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The Panama City Marina is located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facility designed for all classes of vesSlips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersThe Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl
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  • Lulu’s at Homeport Marina (St. M. 155)

    Homeport Marina, home of Lulu’s Restaurant, is located along the northerly shores of the Northern Gulf ICW’s run through a man-made canal, east of Mobile Bay. It lies just a stone’s throw east of the high-rise Gulf Shores – Highway 59 bridge.

    Subject: Lulu’s at Homeport Marina Gulf Shores AL
    Cruising News: Lulu’s was a great stop on Halloween. The local high school created a haunted house in the pavilion with $5 entrance donation going back to the school group. A costume contest topped off the evening. This restaurant and “play area” at Homeport Marina, Gulf Shores AL, is one of our favorite stops when delivering a boat to Mobile or west. The “beach”, pavilion and large outdoor restaurant host music and kid/family-friendly activities every day. Don’t pass up the gift shop for your Lucy Buffett souvenir.
    Capt. Wendy Young
    Punta Gorda FL

  • Low Water Levels in the Florida Panhandle as of 10/18/09

    I, too, have experienced the low water – wind tide conditions described by Captain Tom below. As he notes, these depths usually persist only a few days, but while they are underway, soundings can be spooky!

    If you are near or in the Florida Panhandle this morning, you will find the water levels are 1-2 feet below the charted depths. The north winds have been blowing hard for a few days and pushed the water off the coastline. It will come back in a few days; but for now, be careful.
    Stay Safe,
    Tom

  • Praise for Dog River Marina (Mobile Bay)

    Dog River Marina receives my vote for one of the finest marinas on the Northern Gulf Coast! They also offer full repair services!

    We left Dog River Marina (Mobile) this morning on our way Pensacola. This is a first class repair facility. The staff is very professional and helpful. There is a West Marine store on the premises and the Mobile Yacht Club (semi-private) is right across the street. With diesel fuel at $2.43/gal including ValveTech, why would anyone skip this stop on their way to Florida?
    Tom

  • Fuel Prices and Leased Slip Promo at Port St. Joe Marina

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, FlWow, sounds like a goo deal to me! And, this superb facility is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Subject: Fuel Prices & Leased Slip Promo
    Cruising News: Our gas is $3.73 and diesel is $3.18 includes tax. We have a Special on Annual Lease Customer Wet/Dry till October 1st, 2009. Call 850-227-9393 and ask for Clara
    Clara Landry

  • Great Diesel Fuel Prices in Houma, Louisiana

    Wow, wish we could fill our tanks here!

    I bought 150 gallons of diesel @ $2.25 gal. at Retif Fuel in Houma, Louisiana today, about mile 59 ICW West of Harvey Locks next to the old railroad bridge, North bank of the ICW.
    Steve Willett
    Monk 36, GUMBO
    Thibodaux, Louisiana

  • Buddy and the Moorings at Carrabelle Marina

    I’ve heard for years about Buddy’s prognosticians concerning the state of the Gulf waters, while cruising south across the “Big Bend.” Reading below, sounds like Buddy still knows his stuff!

    In Carrabelle, we can’t say enough about Buddy [at the Moorings at Carrabelle Marina]. He is truly a “weather wizard”. We were laid up for about a week waiting for good crossing weather to Tarpon Springs and points south, and Buddy was absolutely right on with his predictions. He warned two 60+ foot boats that they should wait one more day, but they went anyway. They called us the next day and said they should have listened to Buddy.
    Mark Giraldi and Barb Lechman
    36′ Sabreline Trawler
    Blue Swan
    now home-ported in Punta Gorda

  • Important – Mobile Bay Navigational Hazzard

    Wow, here’s a piece of news and no mistake! It could really ruin your whole day on the water to hit the “pole or iron post” described below by Captains Tood and Brenda. May I be so bold as to suggest that EVERYONE who will be cruising the waters of Mobile Bay, get out their charts and plot the position of this obstruction!
    If anyone else has more info about this navigationa hazzard, PLEASE either click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, or send e-mail to me at
    CruisingWriter@CruisersNet.net.

    Morning All,
    Life’s2Short just crossed Mobile Bay and is headed north on the  Tenn-Tom.  Yesterday as we were headed across the bay at low tide we saw  what appeared to be a large barnacle encrusted stump or pole or iron  post.  We were in 11′ of water and this baby was not moving and was 30+  inches in circumference, it was definitely attached to the bottom.  We did  contact the Coast Guard and reported it’s position but I also wanted to let the  list know of  it’s coordinates;  30.22.161 N  87.54.686 W    When Life’s2Short cross’s Mobile Bay, headed west, we always leave  the GIWW shortly after entering Mobile Bay and head N.W. on a direct line  to Dog River.  The obstruction is on that line about an hour north of  the GIWW.  The scary part was that we were following our old track on the  Cap’n software and we came within 10 yards of it before we saw it sticking out  about 6″ above the water!!
    Todd  & Brenda Lanning
    Life’s2Short

    We recently completed a cruise from Punta Gorda, FL to Tennessee aboard our Viking 43 DCMY. We saw something like a stump just outside the west side of the channel and just south of Dog River in Mobile Bay. Anyone interested in fresh info the the cruise up the Gulf Coast, Tenn-Tom and Tennessee River can check out our blog at http://www.persistencetotn.blogspot.com
    Tom Murphy

  • Free Fort Walton Beach City Dock

    If memory serves, and sometimes it does not, there was an earlier posting here on the Cruisers’ Net about the free city dock at Fort Walton Beach. In any case, what a deal, assuming, of course, you can clear an 17-18 foot fixed bridge (see below)!

    Ft Walton Beach free dock if you can clear 17-18 ft bridge . Low amp electric & H2O available . Length & beam probably not a problem if you can clear the bridge . Airport short hop .
    Jim Tharp

    There are 50′ bridges at Navarre to the west and downtown Fort Walton (to the east Brooks Bridge) to navigate to get to the city dock. It is indeed free but you must call city hall or after hours the police department to request permission to stay. Numbers are posted on the dock.
    Steve Purvis

    We stopped here last spring on the way north. We did NOT spend the night but did use the free pump-out, and while I took care of that Jennifer went to the market for supplies. I don’t recall any low (18′) bridge to get into this dock. The free city dock is just off the ICW and just west of the high bridge.
    Jim & Jennifer

  • Apalachicola, Florida Cruising Notes

    Apalachola is one of the most enjoyable ports of call in the Southeastern USA. I highly recommend a stop here. Looks like vern though Captain Reggie had a few marina problems, the local dining was pretty good!

    Subject: Apalachicola
    Cruising News: Arrived Apalachicola 5/24 in late afternoon.  Miller Marine would not answer phone or VHF.  Scipio Marina would not answer phone or VHF.  We wanted to buy fuel and do some shopping and go to a reataurant for much hailed oysters.  We ended up at the Raw Oyster Bar which has free docks for those who eat there.  We ate there.  Oysters were adequate, some being more cheeese than oyster.  Conch fritters were interesting.  Prices seemed a little high for the fritters and the deep fried zuccini.  We had a nice night at anchor just east of R"20" just downstreem of the railroad bridge.  quiet, good holding and if you did drag, you would drag to deeper water.  We did not drag.
    We're transiting in a Cal Cruising 36 sailboat with 48.5 ft mast and antenna clearance and 5.5 draft.  When headed from East Pass to Apalachicola, stay left as you approach the bridge.  Right side shoals into the channel to 4 ft.
    Reggie Good

  • Bay Point Marina (Panama City, Grand Lagoon)

    Bay Point Marina is located in Grand Lagoon, just off the Panama City Inlet. This is a FINE facility!

    This Marina located in Panama City,Fl. is worth the stop.  Great service, excellent layalong docks with a great swiming pool and Deli.  Steve the Manager runs an excellent operation, you couldn/t ask for more. Highly recommend.
    Ray & Patsy
    on the Patsyray

  • More Praise for Port St. Joe Marina

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, FlIt's getting commonplace for me to post laudatory message for Port St. Joe Marina here on the Net's "Northern Gulf'" section. I could not agree more. This is a superb facility, and they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR!

    We are in beautiful Port St. Joe.  What a great Marina, everyone so friendly and a first class run Marina here!  I can see why everyone likes the Port St. Joe Marina. . .  After enjoying Port St. Joe I am not sure if we can leave this place.  It is very charming
    and all the needs for a looper are within walking distance.    Lovely place with lovely people.
    A Fellow Cruiser

    Port St. Joe Marina let us use two nice cruiser bikes this morning and we had a great bike tour of Pt. St. Joe.  The homes are charming and the community shows a sense of pride and commitment in keeping things up.  A neat memorial and musem to the home of the Floriday Constitution; baseball fields, lovely kept parks with trails and lakes.
    There are quite a few neat new business ventures in town, and we tried and enjoyed Mama Joe's for a wonderful salad with fresh greens, artichokes,kalamata olives and  garden fresh onions.  The pizza was wood fired and a fine renedition with three types of mushroom and cheese and fresh basil.  It was a great Sunday brunch meal and a nice young man that has started the place is doing a great job.  Neat interior and nice wine and beer bar.  Indirect lighting, well decorated with great black and white photographs of the coast artistically hung.  Uncluttered and tasty atmosphere and food.  Highly recommend.
    Looks like Tuesday is our departure headed west, and know Pt.St. Joe will be in our return plans.
    Thom and Ouarda
    The Black Pearl

  • New ICW (Alabama Canal) Marina Between Pensacola and Mobile Bay

    It seems as if there is a whole collection of new marinas sprouting up along the ICW, between Pensacola and Mobile Bay. GOOD NEWS for cruisers! 

    Subject: Barber Marina
    Cruising News: A beautiful new marina has just opened at ICW  MM 161 which is just east of the entrance into the Alabama Canal.  http://barbermarina.com/  Together with The Wharf and Lulu's HomePort marinas this stretch of the ICW offers transient more first rate docking opportunities than any other stretch of the Northern Gulf.  Bob Riggs
    Bob Riggs

  • Destin Harbor Entrance

    The entrance to Destin Harbor from East Pass inlet has ALWAYS been subject to shoaling. I remember once some years ago when depths got so bad, even local boats could only enter and exit at high tide. From Captain Gordon's note below, looks like we are just about in that state again. If the past is any guide, the harbor entrance will probably be dredged, but, until that happens, enter Destin with the greatest caution!

    Subject: Destin Harbor
    Cruising News: Cruisers beware of entry to Destin Harbor.  The depth around Noriega Point is extremely shallow.  Stay close to bridge and don\'t cut the entry short from the South.  City is trying to correct, but it won't be soon.
    Gordon Fornell

  • Shields Marina (St. Marks River – east of Dog Island and Carrabelle)

    Shields Marina sits in the tiny, but interesting community of St. Marks. By land, it is almost due South of Talahassee, but by water, you must run a long, but extremely well marked channel from the Gulf of Mexico, to the waterfront. This is an excellent facility that more cruisers should use!

    Hi:
    We are back home for a week or so. Stopped at Shield Marine in St. Marks Fla today. Chuck and his son Brent Shields own the Marina. They have built a new Marine store..Opening in a couple weeks. Bob & I have never seen a such a Magnificate Facility for selling boats and a Marine store combined. The detail especially ..I have no words for this..I gave Chuck Shields you web site and name. You do have them on your site. Cruisers that are doing the Loop..This is the place to stop. We remember Chuck Shields in a small store that has been flooded many times. We kept our 30′ Allures Classic in St. Marks.Claiborne their store blew us away. Chuck took us on a tour..I could not take pictures. As we were leaving the county inspectors came up the elevator for COO. We will get back there for pictures before we leave
    Claiborne You know how to Publish the news. I said to Mr. Shield that you Penned all of the cruising Guides
    Becky


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  • Port St. Joe Marina (between Apalachicola and Panama City)

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, FlI, too, have always been impressed with Port St. Joe Marina. You must depart the ICW, and cruise down the “Gulf County Canal” into St. Joseph Bay, in order to reach this facility, but the trip is more than justified.

    Deborah Ann has moored at Port St. Joe Marina for the past Month. We wanted to escape the Wisconsin winter and enjoy the warmer weather of the South.
    Most of the Loopers have passed this point by now, but for those still heading this way, give Port St. Joe a try. The sign at the harbor entrance says “Port St. Joe Marina, the friendliest marina on the Gulf Coast”. I think it should say “on the Great Loop”. Port St. Joe Marina is owned and operated by the same companies that own and operate Bay Point in Panama City, which also receives high marks.
    The staff has been helpful beyond expectations, the locals have been great. When you arrive you will possibly be greeted by Ray Whitney, commodore of Port St. Joe Yacht Club, a wonderful ambassador of the Port St. Joe area. There is a grocery store nearby, sporting goods store, laundry, restaurants, and a nice downtown, all within walking distance.
    Winter slip rate is $1.00 per foot per day. Long term transient rates are very attractive. We plan on staying for another month before heading part of the way back north, and hope to see some Loopers that are continuing South.
    Jeff DeVries
    Deborah Ann
    Nordic Tug 37

    Subject: Diesel Price
    Cruising News: Port St Joe Marina just lowered their price of Diesel to $1.88 gallon. with 10 cent off for boat U.S. and Sea Tow membership.
    Ray Whitney

    This is a great place to stop and fuel up and provision very friendly staff that arevery helpful. Diesel fuel is $1.88 per gallon with a 10% discount for boat us. Resturant on site as well as well within walking distance like 2 blocks. Grocery store at the gate.
    Ed

  • Apalachicola & Carrabelle, Florida Marina Recommendations

    I copied the question and answer below from the AGLCA list. Captain Jame’s advice sounds spot on to me!

    Hello,
    The MV lady lee 34′ trawler will be in Apalachicola about Dec 09 & 10, looks like bad weather window for big bend route. What are the best Marina’s to stay at in Apalachicola & Carrabell3.We will need crossing information. We travel at about 7 MPH.
    Thanks
    Joe & Jamie Schwartzott
    34′ trawler Lady Lee

    Jamie,
    In Carrabelle you have two marina’s I would suggest…either ‘The Moorings’ (850-697-2800) or ‘C-Quarters’ (850-697-8400).? The latter is less expensive, but The Moorings offers more amenities (pool, boaters lounge, etc.), so depends on what you are looking for.
    Re: crossing information, “Buddy” at The Moorings can give you good information, and you can call the National Marine Weather service out of Tallahassee (850-942-8833). They welcome calls from mariners making “the crossing” anytime of the day or night, and will give you updated marine WX info based on current & forecasted conditions in addition to what they are broadcasting on the local WX VHF channel.
    Tom Jones

    Jamie,
    We left Carrabelle on Thursday afternoon and arrived in Clearwater on Friday morning. We stayed at the Moorings and one added advantage is they are close to a company called Marine Systems who can help you with any mechanical/electrical problem you have. It is run by Eric Pfeufer and he is on top of most jobs that they take on. Tom Conrad’s weather forcasts are very helpful. Have a safe crossing.
    Neil Shaw
    Adagio Due GB52
    m/v Marbles

    Apalachicola: the best marina is Scipio Creek Marina.
    Carrabelle:  I say the best is The Moorings, (new name Moorings Marina  Sea Change).
    Many loopers stay at C Quarters then walk to The Moorings for Buddy’s  advice on crossing the Gulf.
    Alan  Lloyd

    In Appalachicola, we stayed at the Water Street Hotel Marina.  It was
    just fine for a one-night stay.  Appalachicola Bay is very exposed.
    If you plan/need to be there multiple days, perhaps a conventional
    marina would be better depending on what you want.

    In Carrabelle, we stayed at C-Quarters.  It was fine.  Cheap.  The guys were very welcoming and helpful.  Never did met “Buddy,” but met several fishermen who seemed to know those waters pretty well.    We left our transit plan with C-Quarters, and they were glad for us to do so.  We called when we got to Tarpon Springs to let them know were had arrived safely.  Great service for $25 and change.
    Peg and Jim Healy, aboard Sanctuary
    currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL

    We were at Scipio Creek marina in Sept. as we had made a short trip over from Panama City.  Although the people are nice, I don’t suggest this marina as they are over run with ants.  We had to leave our boat for a week and when we came back we were totally infested with them. Were told by the lady who owns the marina that they fight them constantly.  No fun. C-quarters in Carrabelle is a better bet.
    Many blessings,
    Shelley

  • Fort Walton City Dock

     Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Copied the discussion below from the Net's "Ask Your Neighbor" page. I thought it would be of equal value here!

    Hello All, Does anyone have the proper procedure to stay at the Ft. Walton City dock.
    Thanks,
    Joe & Jamie Schwartzott
    MV Lady Lee

    You have to check in with the city manager's office before 5:00 pm at  850-833-9500.
    Search "Ft. Walton dock" on the forums and you will find several posts about the dock.  Perhaps the most helpful is one from Chuck Gorgen on ODYSSEE posted November 27, 2007.  In case you have trouble with the search, here is the gist of his post:
    "We stopped at the Fort Walton Beach town dock at MM 222.6 on the GICW, 0.4 miles before you get to the bridge, north of R8.  There are three usable 45' slips, one 35' slip, and 100' of face dock  to tie to, and free water and pump out, in about 6 1/2' of water.  There is a city park with a gazebo and an emergency launch ramp.  Library is across the street, Publix is less than 2 blocks to the east, and there is a town trolley that operates up and down the main drag.  You are required to check in with the city manager before 5:00 PM to get permission and notify the police that you are here.  Call
    850-833-9500.  GREAT STOP!"
    It is worth every penny (free)!
    Bill

    We agree the Ft. Walton dock is super.  The only problem we encountered is that if you arrive there on Saturday or Sunday when the town manager's office is closed it isn't quite as simple.  We arrived
    about a month ago, called the office, and since it was closed we talked to someone else.  I'm not sure who, but I thought it was the police.  Anyway I was told that only the manager could give
    permission.  When I asked if we could get permission from someone else since she wasn't there, I was told no.  I then asked what would happen if we did and the reply was we would get a ticket.  Anyway we stayed, enjoyed the town and left early the next day.
    If you'll arrive on the weekend, Try to call on Friday so you don'thave that uncomfortable feeling all night.  Enjoy your stay!
    Mary

    Three of us Loopers (C-Life, Wanderin' L&M, and Bella Luna) stayed at Ft.  Walton City Dock on Friday after Thanksgiving.  I called the number listed in Skipper Bob, I don't have that number with me, but the police dispatcher answered.  I requested permission to stay at the dock and he responded that he would get permission from his Capt. and call me right back.  He called back shortly and said permission granted and to have a great evening. Several police cars patrolled the area that evening, and a city worker came down to check the pumpout on Saturday morning, which he said that they do every morning.  We had a pleasant stay.
    Robert & Kay Creech

  • Thoughts on Cruising The Missisippi Sound

    I can only add a hearty, “Hear, Hear!”

    And don’t forget the sound, the Mississippi Sound. It’s shallow and can be treacherous. Trick is to get on it when it’s settled down after a front al passage and get back off it before another comes through. There are almost no all weather anchorages so it’s either hang out in marinas or get across it quickly.
    Regards,
    Larry and Teri

  • Panama City Municipal Marina Has New Web Site

    The Panama City Marina is located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facility designed for all classes of vesIt is a pleasure to bring you this good news about Panama City Municipal Marina. It is, without a doubt, one of the best municipal marina faclities I've run across in my 28 years of being a cruising guide author. And, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR!

    Subject: New web site
    Cruising News: We would like to announce that Panama City Marina has a new stand alone web site separate from the city.  The new site, www.pcmarina.com, has much more information specific to the marina & the local area.  We hope this will be helpful to boaters passing through our area. Some areas of it are still under construction but the site is up & running.  We welcome any feedback.
    Bill Lloyd

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