Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.comLocated 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 of Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Gulf 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.netPink Shell Beach Resort and MarinaSouthwest Florida Yachts239 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.Boca Grande Marina, Gasparilla Island, Florida
The 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. Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationRegatta Pointe MarinaSt. Andrew's MarinaThe 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 BoatersThe 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 ves

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Praise for Regatta Pointe Marina, Manatee River, off Tampa Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-19-2014

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Regatta Pointe MarinaRegatta Pointe Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on the northern banks of the Manatee River, just east of the Highway 41 Business bridge (off the southeastern corner of Tampa Bay).

Karen and I live on Largo at Regatta pointe, on the Manatee river in Palmetto. Upscale, security, multiple eating/drinking opportunities at the marina. nice, fair people. Power, water, pump out, wireless/cable, gym, nice showers/restrooms, plus business office to use.
Jay

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More Good Words for Riviera Dunes Marina Resort, on the Manatee River, off Tampa Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-19-2014

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Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, Riviera Dunes Marina Resort occupies a mostly uncharted harbor along Manatee River’s northern banks, just east of the easternmost of three bridges crossing the river at Bradenton and Palmetto (near charted Craig Point).

Riviera Dunes in Palmetto up the Manatee river is fantastic. Well protected, pools, bar, restaurant and friendly staff.
Craig Lewis

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Good Words for Lands End Marina, Apollo Beach, Tampa Bay, Western FLorida

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-19-2014

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Lands End Marina – Click for Chartview

Off the eastern shores of Tampa Bay, Lands End Marina guards the northeastern banks of the Apollo Beach cove, beside Tampa Sailing Squadron.

There’s also Lands End Marina at Apollo Beach. It’s reasonably priced, good restaurant, not much else.
Peter Colket

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Good Words for the Harborage at Bayboro Marina, St. Petersburg – Tampa Bay, Western Florida

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-17-2014

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The Harborage at Bayboro is a very large marina complex, located just south of even larger St. Petersburg Municipal Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), at the western tip of the Bayboro Channel, west of Tampa Bay’s marker #S. With its on-site restaurant, the Harborage is a superior marina that many cruisers will thoroughly enjoy!

I almost always docked at the Municipal Marina in downtown St. Petersburg, but this last time there was no transient space and we stayed at The Harborage. Incidentally you can make reservations at the Municipal Marina now. I found the Harborage Marina to be a really nice place. The floating docks are much nicer than those at the Municipal Marina and the people are really nice too with WiFi coverage over the entire marina. The dockage cost is almost the same too. Many think it is too far away from downtown St. Petersburg, but they have a nearly free Trolly that takes you all around the city for 25 cents if you are a senior and it it comes by about every 20 minutes. You have to walk about two blocks to get to the nearest Trolly stop near the USF student center which also has a nice cafeteria. The Trolly is fun to ride and you learn a lot about the history of the city. Another nearby resataurant is at the private airport which is excellent. Just north of the airport is the Saturday morning market and Salvadore Dali Museum and professional baseball spring training and Mahaffey Theater. There is a nearby Publix super market and drugstore too. With the Trolly no restaurant is more than a few minutes away. A short distance from the marina is Salt Creek jammed packed with many of the best repair facilities in west FL and the fuel dock. To find this marina look for the USCG station which is about 2 miles south of the Municipal Marina and has its own channel into Bayboro Bay which is well marked.
Mike Negley

I forgot to add this excellent marine supply store which probably no visitor would know about. It is located a few blocks south west of the Harborage Marina and has recently changed locations. Thanks
Mike
Marine Supply Warehouse
1427 4th Street South
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
Phone 727-258-4958
Fax 727-498-8722
service@marinesupplywarehouse.net

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Around the Marina- Regatta Pointe Marina

Posted by privmadia | Posted on 03-12-2014

Regetta Pointe Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the events and promotions you will find around the marina in the coming weeks.

St. Patrick’s Party

St Patrick Party 2

Regatta Pointe Yacht Club
At Regatta Pointe Marina
Eagle’s Nest
Feb. 14
7 pm

Put on your green clothes
and join the Regatta Pointe Yacht Club’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Members and nonmembers
are welcome. Bar service
available, call for pricing details.
RSVP at the Ship Store
Or call (941) 729-6021

Seafood FestivalSeafood FestivalDe Soto Seafood Festival
At Sutton Park, Palmetto
April 4-6, 2014

The region’s largest seafood festival comes to Palmetto this year. Enjoy great food,
a market and live entertainment each day.

 2014
Nautical Expo

Nautical Expo  Nautical Expo
At Regatta Pointe Marina
April 12-13

Mark your calendar now for the 2014 Nautical Expo at Regatta Pointe Marina!
The RPM Yacht Brokers are organizing this celebration of our boating community.
Join us for great food, a market, incredible speakers and the region’s largest in-water boat show.

 Click here for more

 

 

 

River Charts

Map

Manatee River Charts
Now Available at
RPM Ship Store

After numerous requests, we have created Manatee River / Tampa Bay Entrance charts, which you can now purchase at the RPM ship store for just $5, tax include. The charts are NOAA generated with additional markers & symbols for navigation. They include local weather radio, tidal information and more.

Riverhouse Live MusicRiverHouseMusic from Steve Sipes
At Riverhouse Reef & Grill
Tuesdays
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy a wide selection of favorite pop/rock music performed by one of the top local musicians – Steve Sipes – from 5:30 to 8:30 each Tuesday on the waterfront deck at Riverhouse Reef & Grill.

See more about
Steve Sipes at SteveSipes.com

Mantee County Boater

 

 

 

 

Good Words for St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, Tampa Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-10-2014

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St. Petersburg Municipal Marina – Click for Chartview

 Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350What a good description of one of the finest municipal marinas I have ever reviewed in my many years of cruising guide authorship. As Skipper David notes on Cruisers Forum, this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR is a great liveaboard marina located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Municipal Marina is great for liveaboards. It would be a 30-45 minute drive to downtown Tampa, depending on the time of day. The facilities are very good including laundry, showers, and a captains lounge. Vinoy Park and the Pier are on the same property. Downtown St. Pete is just across the street. There are resturants, clubs, gyms, banking, groceries, and parks within walking distance.
I pay $505 for a liveaboard slip for boats under 34′. Larger slips are about $100 more up to 45 feet, I believe.
Good Luck,
David

Last time I checked there was a several year long waiting list to get a liveaboard slip. Has this changed?
Jim Barrentine

A phone call to St. Pete Municipal gave these waiting list results:
“A” Slips, 44-55ft, 6-8 months wait
“B” Slips, 34-44ft, 8-10 months wait

We enjoyed St Pete municipal a few years ago. Lots of walkable places of interest to visit .
Steve Willett
Monk 36, Gumbo

We are currently enjoying a weekend at St Pete Municipal with the Tampa Bay MTOA. 2 years ago we visited most of the local marinas looking for a place to spend the summer. There are a number of options but no other marina has the walk – to attractions as does St Pete.
John Walsh

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Good Words for Snead Island Boat Works and Marina, Manatee River, Tampa Bay, Western Florida Coast

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-17-2014

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Snead Island Boat Works and Marina, Palmetto, FL, is located on McKay Point in the Manatee River off Tampa Bay. 941-722-4450

We left our boat at Snead Island Boatworks while we returned home for the holidays. They hauled the boat out, painted the bottom, waxed the hull and did engine maintenance work. When we returned yesterday, the boat was in the water waiting to continue our great loop adventure. We found the people at Snead Island Boatworks to be knowledgeable, friendly and charged a fair price for all the work that they did. We have no interest in Snead Island other than that of a satisfied customer.
Sharon Simion

We have been launching boats at Snead Island Boat Works for 38 years. They are professional, knowledgable, honest and consistent in their work. We gladly recommend them every chance we get. They are the best of the best.
Ed Massey

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Snead-Island-Boat-Works-Inc/118137701580521

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Blu Mangrove Grill, Now Open at Riviera Dunes Marina (Manatee River, off southeastern Tampa Bay)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-14-2014

 Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersWe are very pleased to note that SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Riviera Dunes Marina, now boasts a new, on-site dining establishment, the Blu Mangrove Grill (941-479-7827). Don’t read the message below if you are hungry, unless, of course, you are in striking distance of this new dining attraction!

Open Daily at 11am. Happy Hour Monday-Sunday 11-6pm 1/2 OFF!
Blu Mangrove Grill, now open at Riviera Dunes Marina, offers a vast selection of steaks, chops, fowl, fresh seafood and authentic American barbecue and of course, we didn’t forget the accompaniments: crisp salads, savory soups, mouthwatering side dishes and a delicious selection of home-style desserts are not to be missed.
Blu Mangrove Grill delivers the highest quality food and service, like our smoked infused cuisine featuring hardwood grilled favorites cooked low and slow over hickory and apple wood.
Compliment your meal with one of our specialty drinks, domestic & import beers, or fine wines, while listening to Live Entertainment (See our calendar for daily music). We are looking forward to seating you soon!
Happy Hour Monday-Sunday 11-6pm

MONDAYS
.75 cent Wings All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
TUESDAYS
$15 Smoked Prime Rib until 11am-10pm. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
WEDNESDAYS
$35 Lobster Special All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
Ladies drink free select drinks from 9pm-1am!
THURSDAYS
$15 Full Rack of Ribs All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
FRIDAYS
$50 All You Can Eat King Crab All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
SATURDAYS
$35 All You Can Eat Snow Crab All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
SUNDAYS
$5 Pulled Pork Sandwiches All Day & Pig Roast. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm

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More on Shoaling on Southern Foot of Sunshine Skyway Channel, at the Mouth of Tampa Bay (near Western Florida ICW St. M. 98)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-03-2014

These reports are in response to a Navigation Alert that SSECN posted in May of 2013, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=114205. The cautions issued at that time are still applicable as Captains Hines and Davis attest.

We came this way five days ago and the shoaling at this point is worse than I have ever seen it. The middle of the channel looked like a sandbar and could not have had more than three feet of water over it. We draw 4 and 1/2 feet and came to a stop. There was a darker strip of deeper water to the east well outside the channel. We picked our way through by sight and feel and made it past the danger area. It was about mid tide on a strong ebbing tide so it was no place to run around. Caution is strongly advised.
Brad Hines

I commented a while back about shoaling adjacent to green 3; since then it seems they have removed the floating red nuns which diverted traffic more easterly near the mouth of the channel. I went through a few days ago and thought I would run aground. Somehow just when the depthfinder said we were done, I got across. This was a little below mid tide, I draw 4.5 feet. Do stay away from green 3, it is still shallow there also.
Cambren Davis

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St. Petersburg Municipal Marina Recommended (Tampa Bay)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-23-2013

 Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350What a good description of one of the finest municipal marinas I have ever reviewed in my 34 years of cruising guide authorship. As Captain Pica notes, cruisers should NOT overlook a winter stay (or any other time of year, for that matter) at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. Want to know why? Read on!

I am amazed by the number of cruiser “snow birds” that skip St. Petersburg Municipal Harbor (an approved live aboard marina) as a “wintering over” port. I guess 5 miles up Tampa Bay is too far off the GICW for many. We and several of our fellow cruisers have found it to be a real nugget of a spot to winter over. If you like beautiful waterfront parks with walking and bike paths and all the conveniences of City amenities you would like St Pete. You are in the easy walking middle of a vibrant big little City surrounded by an urban waterfront park hosting numerous activities all winter long. Easy walking to a major college, Nice Publix 3 blocks from marina, nice air park, the largest farmers market on the Gulf, Salvador Dali Museum, Chahuly Collection, glass hot shop, art classes, Mahaffey Center for the performing Arts, other museums, Vinoy Hotel, a large shopping Cinema Complex, many, many shops, quality restaurants, Sports arenas e.g. Tropicana field, 6 blocks from a major medical complex. etc., etc.etc. Permitted parking is available for marina residents convenient to the docks which are secured and have camera surveillance. Pump out boat service included in dock fee. 50 cent trolley ride to beaches. 20 car mins from Tampa International Airport.
The only draw back is that it can fill so requires some planning.ahead although the Harborage is another option only 6 blocks away. St Pete also has many highly skilled boat repair technicians because of it’s history as a boat building venue. A Yard is available in Salt creek where major restorations can be done.
The winters are very mild but water too cold for me to swim in but hardier souls do swim. Temperatures are very pleasant and cold snaps unusual. Oddly we puzzle over the lack of bugs that had us leaving the boat open many times? Not a complaint for sure
Joe Pica
Carolyn Ann GH N-37

We couldn’t agree more! Downtown St. Petersburg, with its dozens of sidewalk cafés and its easy-going style, is the closest thing to a European city a cruiser will find on this side of the pond. And St. Pete Municipal Marina is right in the middle of it all! We’re as happy as clams to be here for the winter.
Jody Argo and Rick Schroath
and Skipper
SV Moment of Zen

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Albin Rendezvous at Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-14-2013

Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

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Twin Dolphin Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. In addition to the many recent positive reviews (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128780), Twin Dolphin Marina will be host to the 2014 Albin Owners Rendezvous.

The 2014 Albin Owners Group rendezvous will be held April 1 to 4 at the Twin Dolphins Marina in Bradenton, Florida. All Albin owners and enthusiasts are welcome. Contact Joe Milbauer at mrjoelinda@aol.com or 239.652.1101.

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Moored Vessels in Seaplane Basin to be Evicted, Hillsborough Bay/Tampa Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-06-2013

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The protected harbor known as Seaplane Basin lies just south of the city of Tampa, on the northern part of Hillsborough Bay. The issue of poorly managed moored vessels there has been festering for years. Some of the boats are in good shape, others in poor condition, and a few completely abandoned. Some of the moored vessels are blocking the seaplane corridor of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. The City of Tampa plans a new mooring field adjacent to the corridor.
Seaplane Harbor is also home to the Davis Island Yacht club.

For the full story see: http://www.news-press.com/viewart/20131206/NEWS01/312060023/State-News–Tampa-evicting-boats-in-seaplane-basin?source=nletter-news

I am trying to muster sympathy for the poor yachtsman [in linked story] who feels so hard done by in being evicted from his squatter site in a seaplane landing area, but seriously… If he can’t park a house trailer beside the north-south runway at TPA, and call it home, it would seem likewise inappropriate for him to expect to be allowed to obstruct a seaplane base. Time to think a new thought, Red!
Mimi

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Good Words for Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-02-2013

Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

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Twin Dolphin Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge.

We come to Bradenton every year and always stay for a few days at Twin Dolphin Marina. Everything is top-notch and the staff are friendly and helpful. The only difference for us is that this year we extended our stay to a week!
Jean Thomason

I echo Jean’s comments. Our YC visits Twin Dolphins each year as part of our cruise schedule. A great destination, a great facility with excellent amenities, and a great staff.
Whit Sibley

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Quick, Positive Review of St. Petersburg Municipal Marina (Tampa Bay)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-02-2013

  Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350The huge St. Petersburg Municipal Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) guards the western shores of Tampa Bay, in the heart of the city’s downtown business district. This is, quite simply, one of the best city owned an operated marinas I have ever reviewed.
And, if that’s not enough for you, there are myriad (and superb) dining attractions within walking distance, and lots of other local attractions.
You can’t go wrong by coiling your lines at St. Petersburg Municipal Marina!

Suggest . . . the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. I have my boat there; they are great people and you are close to downtown and very easy to get to the Tampa Airport.
Thank you,
Bob Dersham

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Waterspout Storm Damages Maximo Marina, St. Petersburg Florida, off Boca Ciega Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-16-2013

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The following copyrighted story and link were taken from the website of ABC News out of Tampa, FL. Despite all advice about waterspouts, it is apparent that there is little one can do to prepare for such sudden storms. Maximo Marina is located on the charted canal cutting into Boca Ciega Bay’s southeastern shores, east-northeast of marker #14. There is also a large, strip shopping center located within two blocks of this facility, which contains a West Marine. Anyone know if there was any damage to the shopping center as well???

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_south_pinellas/st_petersburg/quick-moving-storm-damages-maximo-marina-in-st-petersburg#ixzz2f5SFRYgi

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More Good Words for Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-21-2013

Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

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Twin Dolphin Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge.

Stayed here for a few days in 2010 on our way to the Bahamas. Really, really nice with a great location and great amenities. Only problem was we really didn’t want to leave!
R Holiman

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St. Pete Beach Canvas Shop Recommended, St. Petersburg Beach, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-19-2013

Kim’s Marine Canvas is at 277 75th Ave. St. Pete Beach.

While we are on the subject of St. Pete Beach, I just have to share http://www.KimsMarineCanvas.com
Kim Osborne stiched a custom boat cushion for us and the craftsmanship is of the very best quality.
If you are in the St. Pete Beach area and in need of canvas or repairs you can call Kim: 727-418-0579.
I’ll send the Editor a photo so you can see for yourself.
David Burnham

Answers re Anchoring Restrictions in Big Bayou Anchorage, Western Shore of Tampa Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-03-2013

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Big Bayou anchorage lies just south of St. Petersburg, along the western shores of Tampa Bay, about mid-way between Big Bayou markers #14 and #16.
If any Tampa Bay cruiser (or any other member of the cruising community for that matter) can help to answer Captain Lorenzi’s question below, we would also find that data most useful here at the SSECN. Please send any info on this subject to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net

Big Bayou is suggested as an alternative anchoring spot to Vinoy Basin. However, I have looked for but not found definitive information regarding anchoring restrictions in Big Bayou. GIS map indicates Big Bayou is within the St. Petersburg City Limits so I presume ordinance 23H would apply. Does this mean anchoring here is prohibited for cruisers and if so, what are the prohibitions? I cruise year round and am considering St. Petersburg as a destination in 2014 primarily because it is rarely affected by hurricanes.
Bob Lorenzi

This may help. Here’s a link to St Pete’s Anchoring ordinance which in effect until, I believe, July of next year. It’s a pilot program and may chance after that. http://myfwc.com/media/2221101/StPeteOrdinance.pdf
Ken

Thanks for forwarding Ken’s comment and link to the St. Petersburg ordinance. I already know about the ordinance and have read it. My question arises due to the fact Big Bayou has been recommended as an alternative anchorage… And, since I am a full time cruiser – not someone just looking for a weekend anchorage – I want to know if anchoring there for 2 months, January-February, 2014 would be allowed for a cruiser like myself. I’m in Orange, Texas where there is a narrow waterway I used in 2005 to tie my boat to trees on both banks bow and stern when hurricane Rita’s eye went right over. I’ll do the same this season if a hurricane is on track to strike Orange. I’ve sailed close to two global circumnavigations and am considering sailing at least as far as South East Asia, leaving through the Panama Canal in March or April , 2014. I may attempt sailing from here, but need to know sailing from Florida is a viable alternative. Can’t do without knowing ahead of time there is some place to anchor in St. Petersburg. I’d be using the Intracoastal Waterway between here and Apalachicola, leaving Orange in November or December.
Thanks,
Bob Lorenzi
S/V Armido of San Diego, Calif.
Presently anchored in Orange, Texas

Big Bayou Dinghy Docks at Public Launching Ramp in Grandview Park (southwestern tip of Big Bayou) - Photo Courtesy of Captain David Burnham

The short answer is: Yes, Bob, you can anchor in Big Bayou for two months if you can find enough room when you arrive. I’ve sent photos of some of the boats anchored in Big Bayou that I took this afternoon to the Editorial Director along with photos of the dinghy dock at Grandview Park that is on the western shore of Big Bayou.
Grandview Park is a boat launch facility and other than sheltered picnic tables and trash cans it has NO other facilities. No bathrooms, no holding tank pumpout, no water unless it rains. There are two bus stops so it is easy to catch a ride to other areas of the city.
If you’ve read the St. Petersburg anchoring ordinance you already know that you are allowed to anchor for up to 10 days (in any 30 day period) in Bayboro harbor in the area south of the USF sailing center and north of the Harborage Marina, as long as you are at least 200 feet from the marina docks. This anchorage is much closer to downtown St. Petersburg and just west of the Port of St. Petersburg where the USCG ships are berthed.

Boats Anchored on Big Bayou, 7/15/13 - Photo Courtesy of Captain David Burnham

Big Bayou is not what I would consider a good hurricane hole but as you will be here in Jan-Feb, that should not be a consideration.
A better anchorage is south of Maximo Park with no more exposure than Big Bayou, it has the advantage of being near Frenchman Creek and Eckard College and this creek is a real hurricane hole. Maximo Park has restrooms and playgrounds as well as boat launch ramps.
Although Maximo Park is NOT on the bus route its only a couple of blocks to walk to the bus stop on 31st St.
David Burnham

Bob, If you are planning to stay in the St. Petersburg area in Jan-Feb, you should anchor on Boca Ciega Bay near the Gulfport, FL pier. Now that the “Structure C” drawbrige has been replaced with a 65′ fixed bridge it is an easy sail to and from the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay provided your mast will clear the 65′ bridge. Gulfport is an active artist colony and public transportation makes the ride from Gulfport to St. Petersburg or St. Pete Beach a breeze. If you get the chance, drop in on the folks at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club next to the Gulfport Marina. They are an active sailing/cruising/racing/party group with all the 411 on Gulfport and the St. Petersburg area.  http://www.sailBCYC.org
David Burnham

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