Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
Operators of smaller vessels running the shallow waters at the bridge ends during early morning and late evening hours need to be aware of the large inspections barges in place at both ends of the Sunshine Parkway Bridge which crosses Tampa Bay/ICW passage at Statute Mile 99, east of flashing buoy #1A.
FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY – CUT A – SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE: Bridge Inspection.
The Coast Guard has been advised that ICA plans to begin water work involved with the inspection of the trestle spans at each end of the Skyway Bridge on August 4, 2014. Equipment involved in the inspection that will be in the area of the bridge will include a 140’ barge loaded with two 86’ lifts and served by a 47’ barge and a 21’ crew boat. It is anticipated that the inspection will continue through most of the month of August and that the barge will be spudded down and the lighted equipment will overnight near the bridge. Chart 11415 LNM: 29/14
On the west side of Shell Key and Mullet Key, this grounded vessel appears to be on the charted shallows on the southern edge of the channel into Bunces Pass. While well-marked, Bunces Pass is restricted for larger vessels due to two fixed 16ft vertical clearance bridges.
FLORIDA – WEST COAST -TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – BUNCES PASS: Hazard to Navigation
The Coast Guard received a report of an unlit 17ft Bayliner aground south of Bunces Pass near Ft Desoto Park in apporixmate position 27-38.998N/082-44.961W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
Chart 11411 LNM: 26/14
This sunken sailing vessel is on the northwest side of the entrance into Bunces Pass which connects to the Sunshine Skyway Channel in Boca Ciega Bay. Bunces Pass separates Shell Key and Mullet Key north of Tampa Bay entrance.
FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – BUNCES PASS: Hazard to Navigation.
The Coast Guard received a report of a submerged 25ft S/V with a broken mast 3ft above the waterline in approximate position 27-39-2N/082-45.5W in the vicinity of the entrance to Bunces Pass. The S/V is unmarked and unlit. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11411 LNM: 23/14
A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, Riviera Dunes Marina Resort occupies the Manatee River’s northern banks, just east of the easternmost of three bridges crossing the river at Bradenton and Palmetto (near charted Craig Point).
For the best price and best protected harbor try Riviera Dunes on the Manatee River, up from Twin Dolphins and Regatta Point.
Marjorie Park Marina is located in the tadpole-shaped cove making into the eastern banks of Davis Island off Seddon Channel in the northern Tampa Bay.
If you’re wanting to be close to Tampa itself, then Marjorie Park Marina is at the top of the bay, and is a nice, quiet & safe marina.
St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a great liveaboard marina located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg.
For leaving your boat for a time, I would recommend the St Pete Municipal Marina. They have good security, are in calmer waters, and have lots of folks looking after boats with absentee owners.
Regatta 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.
A 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.
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.
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.
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
Marine Supply Warehouse
1427 4th Street South
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
Here are some of the events and promotions you will find around the marina in the coming weeks.
St. Patrick’s Party
Regatta Pointe Yacht Club
Put on your green clothes
Members and nonmembers
are welcome. Bar service
available, call for pricing details.
RSVP at the Ship Store
Or call (941) 729-6021
The region’s largest seafood festival comes to Palmetto this year. Enjoy great food,
a market and live entertainment each day.
Manatee River Charts
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.
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What 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.
Last time I checked there was a several year long waiting list to get a liveaboard slip. Has this changed?
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 .
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.
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.
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.
We 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
.75 cent Wings All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
$15 Smoked Prime Rib until 11am-10pm. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
$35 Lobster Special All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
Ladies drink free select drinks from 9pm-1am!
$15 Full Rack of Ribs All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
$50 All You Can Eat King Crab All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
$35 All You Can Eat Snow Crab All Day. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm.
$5 Pulled Pork Sandwiches All Day & Pig Roast. Happy Hour 11-6pm. Appetizers 1/2 off 3-6pm
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.
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.
What 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
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
SV Moment of Zen
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 email@example.com or 239.652.1101.
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.
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!
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!
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.