Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Boca Grande Marina, Gasparilla Island, FloridaGulf Harbour Marina    
ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico  
14490 Vista River Dr.,
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-437-0881
gulfharbourmarina@comcast.netTwin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.comSouthwest Florida YachtsLocated at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City ofPink Shell Beach Resort and Marina239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our  beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
St. Andrew's MarinaThe 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 vesPunta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationThe 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, FlRiviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersRegatta Pointe MarinaThe Town of Fort Myers Beach proudly operates and maintains the Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field. The field boasts 70 mooring balls available for public rental year-round, and accommodates vessels up to 48 feet in length. The mooring field is located east of the Sky Bridge between San Carlos and Estero Islands in Matanzas Pass. For recreational cruisers, the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is a wonderful destination. Coming ashore at the Town’s dinghy dock puts boaters in walking distance to beaches, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. Mooring ball rental fees are $13/day or $260/month. All renters MUST register with Matanzas Inn upon arrival. The dinghy dock is available for public use to tie up dinghies 10’ or less (no overnight tie-ups). The dock is located beneath the Sky Bridge between Matanzas Inn Restaurant and the public fishing pier.

Good Times at Fort Myers Yacht Basin (Okeechobee Waterway – Caloosahatchee River)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-30-2010

Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City ofFort Myers City Yacht Basin is, quite simply, one of the best city owned and run marinas in the Southeaster USA. It’s a great place to begin or end your trip on the Okeechobee Waterway, not to mention your exploration of the Western Florida coastline. And, lest we forget, these good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

I’ve been in marinas from the Great Lakes to Venezuela including 3 years at Ft. Myers Yacht Basin. In short, it’s Comfortable, Clean, and Convenient and well staffed with Mgr. Leif and his experienced, extremely helpful crew.
Downtown Ft. Myers has gone through a total renewal and is a fun place to be. This marina just may be one of the shining diamonds of this wonderful city.
Jim, M/V Blue Tang
cruising the Bahamas

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Bottom Paint Yard Recommendations in the Fort Myers Region (Western Florida)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-07-2010

The messages below were copied from the ACLCA (American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association) Mail List. They were all in response to a request for recommendations as to bottom painting yards in the Fort Myers region of Western Florida.

Ft Myers Beach —Olsen’s Marine or Gulf Marine Ways.
We’ve used Gulf Marine Ways twice– we were happy with the work. We’re hauling out after first of the year and will probably go with Olsens (they are under new management) because we want to do our own work and they will do the work or DIY.
Steve and Gina Smith
M/v Island Time
Cape Coral, Fl

I’ve used Olsen Marine in Fort Myers Beach. They are a bit pricey, but I thought they did a good job. I’ve heard good things about Owl Creek Marine, about 15 miles up the Calosahachee River, and that their rates are much better.
Carl Schultz, Fort Myers, FL

We use Black Hawk and love it. We get three years from it when applied by a good boat yard. Had it done in Brandeton’s Sneed Island Boat Yard. Paint is manufactured locally and costs more than $200 a gallon but you can save by purchasing it over the internet. Make sure the boat yard will apply paint they didn’t sell.
Jack on Honga
Krogen-42

We would also recommend Gulf Marine. There is also Olson Marine, a smaller yard nearby, for smaller boats. For a harder bottom Paint on a Faster sport cruiser, try Petit Trinidad SR. We once tried an ablative paint on our sportfish and felt it affected our performance.

There are two areas in Ft Myers Beach that do bottom painting that I am aware of.
1. Snook Bight Marina – 239-765-4371; Enter from the north under the Manatanzas Pass Bridge. Contact gen mgr Larry Sincoskie. They did a terrific job on our 38′ a few years ago and I last saw them doing a SeaRay 42. They use a 50,000 lb fork lift for haul out, and rack store up to 45′ vessels inside.
We have used Trinidad SR for years in salt water and it has been excellent.
2. Gulf Marine @ 239-463-1666. w/ 150 ton travel lift. They do work on large and small cruisers, both power and sail; but I have no personal experience with them.
Regards,
Tom
m/v Marbles

Bob & Annies Boatyard in St James City – at the south end of Pine Island – does a very good job, and can haul by crane or (gasp!) marine railway
Captain Mike Smith

Praise for Southwestern Florida Yacht (North Fort Myers – Caloosahatchee River)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-14-2010

Southwest Florida YachtsI have known Barbara and Vic Hansen, the owners of Southwestern Florida Yachts, for years and years, and can honestly say I’ve never found a better run charter operation than theirs. And, all the MANY great cruising possibilities on Western Florida’s Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor, including Boca Grande, are within an easy day’s cruise of their base of operations. If you are thinking about chartering in Western Florida, click the sponsorship panel to the left of this message. Your search is ended. And, oh yes, Southwestern Florida Yachts is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!!

We are definitely biased having our boat in charter at Southwest FloridaYachts in N. Ft. Myers..but. we used other charter company in this areabefore we made our choice and they are definitely a 1st class operation.
Chas & Bev

Thoughts on the Changing Seasons in Southwestern Florida

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-04-2010

Barb Hansen, author of the article below, is co-owner of Southwestern Florida Yachts in North Fort Myers, Florida. These good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and, by the way, one of the best charter operations in all of Florida!!!!

View from the Marina
Florida’s Four Seasons
By Barb Hansen
October 2010

The full moon in late September this year was as big and as beautiful as it can be and it was accompanied by the most delicious breeze from the north, a harbinger of well-deserved, cooler weather for those of us who live in Southwest Florida.
Now for at least nine months more the climate will be exceptionally good, proving again the area deserves its “paradise” title.
This is the time of the year when I have to remind myself not to phone friends up north and brag about our weather, especially not when they’re getting cold fronts and, with autumn’s shorter days, must turn on their car lights at 4:30 p.m.
People say Florida doesn’t have seasons. That’s incorrect.
The temperature differential may not be as dramatic in Fort Myers as it is in Fort Wayne, but signs of seasonal change are just as unmistakable if you are tuned in to the sights and sounds of the subtropics.
Winter is wonderful, of course. I think of it as the season of roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets and wood storks feeding on mud flat at low tide. Natives get chilly sometimes but those who know how cold it gets in other climes are comfortable and so grateful they are not shoveling snow. Personally, I like a wind chill of 75 degrees and break out the winter jacket when the temperature drops into the 60’s.
By late March, the cold fronts seem to lose their punch and the flora and fauna of spring emerge. April and May are a special time of the year when tired, tiny tanagers and warblers hitch rides and a rest on your boat railing before flitting off in search of a berry tree on Sanibel Island. Our eyes and noses delight in the flowering trees — fragrant yellow frangipani, fire-red poinciana, lavender-blue jacaranda.
Summer arrives with the first thunderstorm and the “full moon in June” as the saying goes. Shy cereus cactus flowers make their one-night-only appearances in June. Summer mornings are clear and clouds build throughout the day. On the water, the tarpon are rolling and a fishing frenzy ensues in the waters of Southwest Florida.
Summer is relaxing on the flybridge, in the shade of a Bimini, with a cool drink in hand, watching a pod of dolphins circle in on their fresh fish entrée. This is the “low” season. Okay. Whatever.
I love it here in Southwest Florida, as you can tell. Still, I’ve come to the point of view that no one place is perfect unless you make it so. I like to read and when I’m wrapped up in a great novel I don’t care where I am so long as the chair is comfortable. In fact, if it were snowing outside and I was close to a crackling fire, that would be just dandy.
But dyed in the wool boaters logically migrate toward Florida (and they will leave their woolens behind). Snow skiers probably want to be close to the Rockies, High Sierras, or the Cascades. Surfers prefer the Pacific. We have traveled to all of those places and beyond, but as Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”
So maybe no one place is perfect but, like those snowbirds on the yacht pulpit, we can fly to some other place and suit our changing weather whims.
As a Floridian who spent her first 20 years in the Midwest, I can tell you that I feel the change of seasons in the Sunshine State just as much as I did back in Indiana. Whatever the season, Florida suits me just fine.

Barb Hansen manages Southwest Florida Yachts, yacht charters, and Florida Sailing & Cruising School, a liveaboard yacht school. Contact her at info@swfyachts.com, phone 1-800-262-7939 or visit http://www.swfyachts.com/

Sanibel Island Marina

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-20-2010

Sounds like Captain Dale had a good experience at Sanibel Island Marina. This facility is found just a short hop south of the Sanibel Island Bridge.

Spent three nights here in June. Coming from Stuart on the East Coast we wanted to stay close to one of the beaches. It is not easy to hoof it anywhere. Our slip mates broke out their dinghy and explored a great deal including the beach. All beach accesses require a 2 dollar per hour fee. They are dog friendly however.
Gramma Dots restaurant at the marina was great but busy. We were part of the attraction as many patrons stopped to talk to us and snap photos.
Each morning we were given a newspaper and warm blueberry muffins. The staff and esp dock master were some of the best. If you are looking for a quiet layover this is the place.
Dale

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A Happy Experience at City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin (Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-20-2010

The City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin is one of the very best city owned and managed facilities I have ever reviewed. And, we are not just saying that because these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Not only is the dockage secure and the staff as helpful as can be, but all downtown Fort Myers attractions and dining spots are within easy walking distance.

We passed this marina on our way to Sanibel. About 30 min later we were hit by a ferocious thunderstorm, winds gusting 40 and us in a narrow winding channel for the first time. A call to Ft Myers sea tow confirmed the same all the way to Sanibel. We turned around and called the Ft Myers Yacht Basin, were talked in close then lost comms prob due to the constant lightning. As we passed the breakwater, I saw a lone figure waiting on the end of the dock in foul weather gear. He helped us dock in the height of the storm and we were tied up tight. Stayed the night. Staff were very helpful and friendly. As it was Sunday night, most of the restaurants and businesses were closed. Clean facility, nice laundry, great showers.
Dale

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High Praise for Legacy Harbour Marina in Ft. Myers on the Okeechobee Waterway St. M. 135.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-01-2010

Legacy Harbour Marina is located along the Caloosahatchee’s southeasterly banks in the heart of downtown Fort Myers, southeast of flashing daybeacon 49.

I heartily agree with the positive comments about Legacy Harbour Marina in Ft. Myers. We were part of a group of four boats from Solomons, MD that went south this past winter. Some of our group had visited Ft. Myers and vicinity by car the previous winter to check out potential places to stay and Legacy Harbour as well as Ft. Myers came out as top choice. All of the perks mentioned above are true. We arrived towards in early February just before it began to blow and blow and blow. Once there, we never left until heading back home across the lake. It was just too cold and windy. Apart from the amenities discussed above, the cruiser’s group there has potluck dinners each week. There was also a group dinner out each week to a new restaurant with those with cars driving those without. We were tied up on D dock, the outer breakwater and that was an experience when the winds were from the northwest across the river. Dave and his staff at Legacy Harbour really made everyone welcome and went out their way to help out. Another plus coming up in the installation of dockside pump outs for all the docks. D dock will probably be last on the list but, this amenty is really welcome. After checking out Naples and Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers and Legacy Harbour would surely be our choice for a return visit.
Curt Larsen

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Legacy Harbour Marina (Fort Myers – on the Caloosahatchee River – Okeechobee Waterway St. M. 135.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-18-2010

21 March to 13 April 2010.
We chose Legacy over the nearby municipal marina as it had a reduced weekly rate, a rarity in this part of the world. Staying a second week, it was cheaper paying for a month although we pushed on after three weeks and it was still a bargain. I heartily agree with all of the superlatives previously posted
Comparing it with the other marina which we visited by foot as it has a nice small marine store with a complete supply of local government charts, Legacy is within easier walking distance to a Publix. The municipal marina is closer to downtown which offers boutique-type shops, restaurants, a coffee house and a newly opened, well-stocked, dollar store. The Thursday farmer’s market is handy to both marinas.
The big plus for us was metered electricity. Instead of paying up to $12/day for 30 amp service, our entire three-week stay amounted to $5.85, or $.30/day. For the first and only time, we were able to see exactly how much we were paying in excess of our actual usage.
The fixed break-wall at municipal offers more protection from the swell from river traffic and wind blowing across the wide expanse of river. Legacy’s floating dock break-wall dampens it down but the entrance, open to the north, allows the swell to snake in. Finger dock slips are available extending from the break-wall that offer a nice view of the river but in stronger winds it’s an adventurous trip navigating to shore whilst dodging the odd wave breaking over the dock. We were on a floating dock closer in.
Most of the cruisers we met at Legacy were repeat customers, coming back year after year to stay for a week or two like us, taking advantage of a reduced rate for a period shorter than a month.
We made good use of the Fort Myers bus system as well as periodically renting cars for day trips. There is an Enterprise, Avis and Hertz nearby. All offered to pick us up and return us to the marina.
A nearby restaurant, Sub & Pub, is unique and good value for money. Neither a submarine sandwich parlor nor a true pub, it offers daily home cooked specials – hearty portions at bargain prices – as well as regular fare. The relaxed, folksy decor was a welcome change from the restaurant chains. In the latter category, a Joe’s Crab Shack is located on the marina premises, replete with dancing waitresses and loud music. Still, it was hard to resist the odd visit as the irresistible odor of crab cakes and fish wafted over the marina each day!
Austin Whitten

I thoroughly agree with Mr. Wittens observations. Legacy Harbor is a great, and well managed, marina! The two downtown marinas do more to help each other help the boaters, than any others I am aware of. Job well done Dave!
Leif Lustig,
FMYB Dockmaster

I heartily agree with the positive comments about Legacy Harbour Marina in Ft. Myers. We were part of a group of four boats from Solomons, MD that went south this past winter. Some of our group had visited Ft. Myers and vicinity by car the previous winter to check out potential places to stay and Legacy Harbour as well as Ft. Myers came out as top choice. All of the perks mentioned above are true. We arrived towards in early February just before it began to blow and blow and blow. Once there, we never left until heading back home across the lake. It was just too cold and windy. Apart from the ammenities discussed above, the cruiser’s group there has potluck dinners each week. There was also a group dinner out each week to a new retaurant with those with cars driving those without. We were tied up on D dock, the outer breakwater and that was an experience when the winds were from the northwest across the river. Dave and his staff at Legacy Harbour really made everyone welcome and went out their way to help out. Another plus coming up in the installation of dockside pump outs for all the docks. D dock will probably be last on the list but, this ammenty is really welcome. After checking out Naples and Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers and Legacy Harbour would surely be our choice for a return visit.
Curt Larsen

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Okeechobee Waterway and Western Florida Cruising

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-12-2010

Wow, there’s all sorts of great cruising info in Captain RB’s message below, concerning both the Okeechobee Waterway, and cruising the Western Florida coastline from Fort Myers south to Boca Grande!

Subject: Fl trip
Cruising News: I just got back from a spring break cruise with the family and thought I would share my observations. We left Stuart at 10AM and arrived at Ft Myers at 8PM. We stayed at the Ft Myers Yacht Basin which was an easy and pleasant walk to the happening Downtown seen. Had a very good meal at Delicious things. Left the next morning for Boca Grande and had a beautiful ride and found the Miserable Mile not so miserable. Stayed at Boca Grande Marina and while it was expensive it was nice and clean. I draw 5 feet and am very concerned with running aground and I did not have any issues with the channel. I went 50 feet past Green 7 and made my turn to Boca Grande Marina. You can see the shoal which helps. We then enjoyed Boca Grande for 2 days. Rode bikes and dinghied to the north end of the island where Uncle Henry’s Marina is. The water is beautiful there but it is a ways from the village and might be a challenge for the first timer bringing in a deep draft boat. We left Boca for Tween Waters on Captiva and stopped at Cabbage Key for lunch. Plenty of water for a 5 foot draft. They do not allow dogs on the island which is an issue for us. We ate lunch and walked the trails (without the dogs) and it is a really beautiful/natural island. Then we went to Tween Waters. There was a shallow spot by Red 4 but you can see the shoal on each side of the channel and at least can have the boat at idle speed. I believe we carried 6 feet through that spot. Tween waters is a long walk from the shops and restaurants but if you have a dinghy you can dinghy towards Sanibel on this mangrove lined creek and end up at a beautiful pass/inlet. Also I called Bailey\’s Grocery and Hardware(on Sanibel) to see if they would pick us up at Tween Waters and let us shop and bring us back and to my surprise they were happy to do so with no charge for the ride although I tipped the driver. Very good fresh seafood and bakery. On the way back to Stuart we stopped in Clewiston at Roland Martin’s marina and ate at the Clewiston Inn (they picked us up and the food was delicious and surprisingly reasonable.) Martins Marina was very friendly maybe a tad run down. Overall the Okeechobee had plenty of water. The worst section is between the Stuart bascule bridge and Riverwatch Marina. We fueled up at Harborage Marina and pumped out and the staff is very friendly and didn’t mind if we hung out to wait for the tide to come up for my white knuckle journey up the Manatee Pocket to A&J Boatworks for some work. I recommend A&J they did a fair amount of work on my boat and did it on time and on budget. Hope this info helps others as others info on this website has helped me.
RB

Glover Bight Anchorage (near western mouth of the Caloosahatchee River)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-26-2010

The entrance channel to the Glover Bight Anchorage also eventually leads to Tarpon Point Marina. If you have not been here for a few years, you’ll be amazed at the huge condos that now surround the dockage basin.

Spent the night here March 24, 2010. Nice setting, good depths and plenty of room. Met up with friends and we had a good visit.
Jean Thomason (DOVEKIE)

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Legacy Harbour Marina (Fort Myers, Caloosahatchee River)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-25-2010

Legacy Harbour Marina is one of two outstanding pleasure craft facilities along the downtown Fort Myers waterfront). The other is Fort Myers Yacht Basin (a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR).

Can’t say enough about Legacy Harbor Marina in Ft. Meyers. Stayed a week there several months ago and thought it was in the top ten for the last 10,000 miles of traveling.
Michael

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Glover Bight Anchorage (Caloosahatchee River, near Cape Coral)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-14-2010

Glover Bight makes for a GREAT overnight anchorage, and, as it is located near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, it’s very convenient to drop the hook here, and then begin your explorations of Pine Island Sound the next morning. First timers should pay close attention to the marked entrance channel, being sure not to miss any of the marks.

Hi from Kismet:
Florida: Anchorage-Cape Coral
In Cape Coral, Florida, a couple of miles up the Caloosahatchee River off the ICW, is Tarpon Point Marina. Just outside the marina basin is a well protected anchorage located in Glover Bight, it is highlighted in Skipper Bob’s book. We spent the night with only one other boat. It was quiet and surrounded by mangroves and birds.
Safe Cruising.
Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet
Fathom 40 Fast Trawler

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Tarpon Point Marina (Caloosahatchee River, near Cape Coral)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-14-2010

Tarpon Point Marina is a good facility, though it has certainly changed in character over the last several years. Where once this facility was surrounded with a field, it is now overlooked by multiple, tall condo towers. That really does not detract from the marina, it’s just different.

Hi from Kismet:
Florida: Marina-Cape Coral
In Cape Coral, Florida a couple of miles up the Caloosahatchee River off the ICW is Tarpon Point Marina. We found this new, top rate marina convenient with shopping and a few restaurants on sight (Marker 92 was our choice) and for first time visitors who are BoatUS members the price is $1.50 per foot for the first night vs. their normal $2.00. The rate includes electric, water and a free pump out and a coupon for a free bottle of wine if you dine at Marker 92. Now that’s a good deal.
Safe Cruising.
Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet
Fathom 40 Fast Trawler

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Marinas and Anchorages on the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway From the Gulf to Fort Myers

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-28-2009

There’s some GREAT cruising advice on anchorages and marinas in Captains Tom and Sue’s note below. This is a portion of a message from this cruising duo which appeared on the AGLCA (American Great Loop Cruisers’ Assocation) mail list. I’ve posted the remainder of their recommendations on other parts of the Net’s “Western Florida” Cruising News section.

1. From R 92 proceed at idle speed around cattle Dock Pt to a nice anchorage in Glover Bight to stbd. Good depths for sail and power. You will notice a new hotel on your north side (planned to open Nov 2009) that is part of the Tarpon Cove Marina facility. With an outboard (or rowing), you can dinghy to #2 & #3 below.
2. Next to the above anchorage is the Tarpon Point Marina (239-549-4900) that has floating docks & fixed docks, a nice facility, helpful staff, and very protected, with fuel…diesel & gas. The retail stores attached to the hotel are not planned to be open until late 2010.
3. You can pass Tarpon Point Marina, turn left(NW) and follow the marked channel and mangroves around to The Marina at Cape Harbour (239-945-4330). You will first pass the terrific eating facility of Rum Runners, and then proceed to the small lock (usually 2 boats max) to enter the fresh water basin taking you the short distance around the seawall to Cape Harbour…..mid rise condo’s, a few restaurants, light retail stores, coffee shops, some marine services.
4. Heading east on the Okeechobee Waterway toward Ft Myers you have the Gulf Harbour Marina to stbd near marker 74 (call for local knowledge before entering), upscale facility (floating docks) in a gated community with slips to 90′, then entering the Ft Myers area you have the Centennial Marina (floating docks & very nice) to stbd near marker 50 and then a little further (mm 135 on the waterway) the city owned Ft Myers Yacht Basin to stbd. The nice thing about the ‘Yacht Bain’……you can walk into the historic and recently redone downtown, with shopping and great restaurants, and theater.
Regards,
Tom & Sue
m/v Marbles

Lofton Island Mooring Field (abeam of Fort Myers City Yacht Basin, Caloosahatchee River)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-13-2009

Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City ofThe Lofton Island Mooring Field is managed by, and lies directly across the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway channel from Fort Myer City Yacht Basin (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR). What else can I say except this is one of the best municipal facilites in all of Florida, and I’m sure the marina’s excellent managment spills over quite readily into its mooring field.

Excellent well-protected anchorage, just noisy with all night traffic on the bridges. Hot and muggy except in winter. Rent a mooring buoy from the City Marina and use their facilities and dinghy dock, or just move north and set your own anchor and use restauarant and bar facilities on west side of westernmost bridge
jim

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Fort Myers Yacht Basin (City Marina) Has Good Waste Pump-Out Services

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-27-2009

The message below is copied from the T&T mail list, and was actually a part of a lenghty discussion of the “Florida Potty Patrol” issue. However, I’m copying it here to pass along what a good waste pump-out system is available at Fort Myers Yacht Basin. And, that’s just as it should be, since these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

I liked the setup at Ft Myers City Marina, and a few other places, the docks are all plumbed with PVC vacuum pipes, each slip has a valve and quick coupler. For every couple of docks there is a dock box with vacuum hose, when you want to pump out you get the hose, connect it to the quick coupler and your blackwater fitting, open the valves and pump out rinse the hose when done (please), and return to the dock box, no scheduling, moving around, or waiting.
I find the process is made simpler if you have the quick coupler adapter that screws into the blackwater deck plate, I had one for my Camano but
haven’t been able to find one which matches the threads on the my Monk.
Steve

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Good Visit To Tarpon Point Marina (Caloosahatchee River, near the “Miserable Mile.”

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-11-2009

Tarpon Point Marina has undergone quite a transformation over the last few years. Where once there was a marina building out in the middle of a field, crusiers will now find a harbor amidst condo caverns. It’s good to hear (see below) that all this development has not had a negative impact on the marina services.

Subject: Good Marina
Cruising News: We just spent the night at the Tarpon Point Marina in Coral Gables, at the beginning of the Okechobee crossing from west to east. This is a first class marina with a professional staff and full ameneties. The approach to this marina is 8\’ plus at MLW, which is important to us as we draw 6\’ which excludes us from a number of marina\’s on the ICW on the west coast of Florida. There is also a great anchorage just outside the marina with near 360 protection and room for at least a dozen vessels.
Bob & Pat Hutchison
S/V Maverick

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Southwest Florida Yachts And Pine Island Sound – Charlotte Harbor Cruising Suggestions

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-18-2009

Southwest Florida YachtsBelow, I have copied a discussion from the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mail list, concerning the charter firm of Southwest Florida Yachts, headquartered in North Fort Myers, and cruising suggestions about the nearby waters (including Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor). All these messages were originally sent as replies to a query on the T&T list. There’s lots of good cruising info here, and, let’s not the forget the good people at Southwestern Florida Yachts are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
As usual with this many contributors, it was impractical to obtain individual permissions, so I have ommitted all names.

Southwest Florida Yachts has been around a long time and has a good reputation.  Some good stops in the nearby area during your charter would be:
1.   Ft. Myers Beach, with moorings and a public dinghy dock, then a short  walk across the highway (crowded with hotels, restaurants and shops) to the large and very popular beach.
2.  Boca Grande, a small ritzy but quaint town on an island witha small anchorage area among the mangroves.
3.  Cayo Costa park, accessible only by boat, with a nice protected anchorage, and a long walk across the island to a secluded beach.
4.  Also Punta Gorda, St. Pete Beach, Sarasota, etc…..

I have lived next door to Barb and Vic Hanson the owners of Southwest Florida Yachts for 9 years… they are great people and have never heard anything from them or anyone else negative about their charter boats or charter service.
I have lived in the SW Florida area since 1959…  it is absolutely great for cruising… favorite area Pelican Bay Anchorage… absoslutely one of the best places to anchor.

We did Offshore Powerboat training aboard a chartered 42 GB with Southwest Florida Yachts a few years ago.
There are lots of nice places to anchor nearby.  You have the intracoastal going north and could also go east into Ochochobee.  I’m sure SFY can point out a lot of places to go in the area.
We actually made it down to the Keys and had two wonderful nights in Little Shark River at the Everglades.

SW Florida Yachts have been around since forever, chartering both sail and power and I’ve never heard any knocks on them.
The west coast of Florida is a great cruising location once you get used to the idea of shallow water.  Great anchorages abound – you can be alone or in a crowd – you choose.  Nice city marinas and several world-class resorts.  We just took about 10 days and went south to Pine Island Sound where we spent several nights in Pelican Bay, at Cayo Costa Island (Met T&T listee Jay from “Sails” anchored there) followed by three nights at South Seas Plantation.
Great cruise!

They are good people… The boats are clean and in good repair… I recommend them highly… You will enjoy…
But, this is skinny, skinny, water and there are thrills like the MiserableMile, etc. in store where local knowledge is invaluable… Just getting from the dock at SWY to the intercoastal is an interesting trip in it’s own right…  Hire a captain for a couple of days, learn the waters and the idiosyncrasies of the buoys where the gulf waters cross the intercoastal waterway, eat lunch at Sanibel Island and see how the other half lives (very well), etc… Come back to the SWY dock the first night or two and eat/drink at the restaurant right there (very good), then go anchor out for a night or two, etc…  Learning the ropes first will make your trip memorable and fun…

New “Hurricane Hole” On Calooshatchee River (east of Fort Myers)

Posted by admin | Posted on 05-21-2009

This facility described by Captain Gary below, lies east of Fort Myers. on the Okeechobee Waterway. However, sounds like its readily accessible to Western Florida boat owners.

New Hurricane Hole
River Forest Yachting Center has just completed a new facility in LaBelle. This facility will cater to West Coast boaters as the one in Stuart takes care of hurricane storage issues for the East Coast boaters.
The center features two 51,000 square feet buildings built to withstand hurricane force winds. The storage buildings also offer climate control for summer storage of boats whose owners may be heading North. If you are a seasonal boater, you can store your boat and not worry about the weather.
The other interesting feature of the Center is the Hurricane Club. Membership in the Club assures you of a secure outside tie down in the event of a named storm. The membership rate is based on the size of the boat and the Center can accommodate most boats up to 100’. As insurance policies get more complex, this may be an ideal way to mitigate your losses.
When a storm is imminent, a quick trip up the Caloosahatchee River may take your boat out of harm’s way. Hopefully, you will never need to use the Hurricane Club, but it is reassuring to know that it is an option.
The facility also operates as a transient marina for those traveling on the River. If the rainy season prevails, this would be a good overnight stay for those traversing the state.
For more information on the Center, phone 863-946-005.
Gary Riss
M/V Far From Normal

Moss Marine – Fort Myers Beach

Posted by admin | Posted on 03-10-2009

Subject: Moss Marine-Ft Myers Beach
Cruising News: I just wanted to tell anyone who needs amarina to stay at in Ft Myers Beach t consider Moss Marine. They bent over backwatds to help us with any and all requests. They allowed us access of their printer, copy machine and fax machine. We had a lot of paperwork to be taken care of. The casino boat does leave out of there but it is not an issue…it is not noisy. It was very convenient to all restaurants and the Ft Myers beach area. Their price was also more affordable than other marinas  if you need a location  to clean your boat, fill up with water and stay for the nite.
Roberta Nunemaker


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