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Archive For: East FL – 5 – San Sebastian River to Daytona Beach

  • Good Words for Halifax Harbor Marina (Daytona Beach, FL, Statute Mile 831)

    A short, but enthusiastic account of a very fine marina in Daytona Beach, Florida.

    Halifax Harbor in Daytona Beach, Florida is a great choice. Secure marina, floating docks, local airport, also close to Orlando airport. Check out their website:

    Don & Rebecca Roman

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Halifax Harbor Marina

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  • Good Words for Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796

    Marineland Marina lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. This marina has been closed for many years now, but had just recently reopened. While there are not yet any nearby restaurants or good provisioning possibilities, the new incarnation of Marineland Marina will be another excellent stop for cruisers plying the AICW between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.

    We just want to let those of you passing through northern Florida know about a new marina which we stayed at last night.
    We’ve been passing Marineland at mile 795 for years (by boat and car) and always wondered if the basin there would ever open as a marina; we were told by a cashier at the newly-opened Marineland Education Center (the dolphin, etc, display) a couple of years ago that it wasn’t going to ever open as a marina.
    Well, all that changed this past August when the Marineland Marina opened with all new facilities, a long floating concrete dock, fixed docks, heads, free laundry and free Wifi. 30 amps shore power was $3.00 with a Boat/US discount (show your membership card).
    The beautiful beach and Marineland is a short walk across route A1A. The GEORGIA aquarium is involved in the education center and kayak tours originate from the marina.
    We stayed only overnight as we are on the way home to Merritt Island, but if you don’t live in the area you should consider staying long enough to visit the Marineland Education Center (see the new dolphin calf).
    The cost is extremely reasonable, but there are no commercial restaurants, etc, within walking distance. It is, however, a beautiful, quiet spot in a sell protected basin immediately off the ICW.
    The dockmaster, Chris, is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the local area and birdlife.
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Marineland Marina

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  • Praise for Daytona Beach, FL, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Halifax Harbor Marina is in Daytona Beach on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    All.. Please don’t forget Daytona Beach, Fl if you’re headed south, north, or just hanging out this fall/winter. We have good facilities between the marina’s available, and yards from do-it-yourselves to they do it all. Several decent anchorage areas and Halifax Harbor has plenty of transient space. Farmers’ market on Saturday within walking distance of Halifax Harbor. Keep this harbor in mind on your way around the east coast of Fl. Rebecca and I are happy to help facilitate your visit unless we’re at anchor somewhere or on the road.
    Don & Rebecca,
    m/v Andante,
    moored Halifax Harbor, Daytona Beach, Fl

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Halifax Harbor Marina

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  • Incorrect Charted Height at Broadway Bridge, Daytona Beach, Statute Mile 830.5, 5/13/11

    Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory has this bridge listed as 62ft and care needs to be taken at high tide as Almost Heaven relates below. The Broadway Bridge (E International Speedway Blvd) crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 830.5, south-southeast of unlighted daybeacons #33 and #34.

    This Bridge is 62′! on a high tide we would not clear this bridge.(63.5 + Antennas) The Markers on the bridge clearly showed 63′ with the tide down 1 foot. Please consider the tide range when passing under the Broadway Bridge. The chart is INCORRECT as it shows 65′.
    Almost Heaven

    This bridge needs a proper clearance board. ie: measurement. I crept under this spring with the board reading 63. My antenna usually hits at a 64 reading. Antenna did not hit.
    Skipper Paul Eckenroth

    Our mast height is also 63.5′ + antennas, we passed under this bridge @ 8pm Sunday May 13th, 2012. The Bridge clearance guage showed 62′ but as we had previously cleared this bridge in the fall we gave it a very slow go weaving between the nav light. As far as we could tell not even our antenna touched (unlinke many other bridges on the AICW) which means there is at least 66+’ in the middle of the span.

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  • Good Words for Halifax Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Halifax Harbor Marina is in Daytona Beach on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    I suggest you stay at the Halifax Harbor Marina, I lived there for two years and the people and services were great, and you could not beat the rates, for liveaboards, I would still be there if work did not keep me where I am now.
    Sean Hickey

    We just stayed there last week & it is a great place.
    Cheryl Jones

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Halifax Harbor Marina

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  • Loggerhead Club & Marina – Daytona Beach (Statute Mile 830)

    Below, Captain Judy Klawe gives us a good description of the Daytona Beach iteration of Loggerhead Marinas. It’s interesting that this facility does accept cruisers for long term/live-aboard stays, but many Loggerhead Marinas seem not to offer the same service (see below).

    Don’t want to start a whole big thing again, but…. We are at Halifax Harbor Marina, yesterday we took our Whaler over to Loggerhead just south of Marker 32 and had lunch at Caribbean Jack’s. After lunch I went in to the office and spoke to the Dockmaster. I inquired about the live aboard situation. I told her we had called several Loggerhead Marinas on our trip south and none would accept live aboards. She told me that each Loggerhead Marina is a separate entity a few do allow live aboards but most do not. They do here in Daytona. They charge a $50 per month live aboard fee, $65 a month for 30 amp and $85 a month for 50 amp. $8 per foot for boats up to 46 feet and $9.50 for boats over 46 feet. Those are their annual fees. If you just want to stay seasonal (min of 5 months) it is the same for electric and live aboard fee but the rate is $9.50 up to 46 and $11.00 for over 46 feet. They have a small swimming pool and you get 10% off at Caribbean Jacks restaurant. I did not inspect the laundry or bath houses, but the place looked very well kept. Dockmaster also told me that if you decide to visit another Loggerhead while at their marina, like further south, for a week or two, they pay the dock fee and
    you just pay your electric. Oh yeah, they provide cable and of course water. Wifi you would have to pay for separate. So that is the scoop from
    Daytona Beach.
    Judy Klawe

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club & Marina – Daytona Beach

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  • High Praise for Hammock Beach Resort – Marina at Yacht Harbor Village, AICW Statute Mile 802

    Hammock Beach Resort Marina flanks the eastern banks of the AICW immediately north of the Palm Coast Parkway high-rise bridge in Palm Coast, FL.

    We stayed here over the long Thanksgiving weekend; checked in on Wednesday the 24th and out on Saturday the 27th. Paid $2.60/foot, including service charge and Florida tax, and were BLOWN AWAY by the place. For that price, you get a great spot at top of the line floating docks, excellent service (from Suzanne and Neil), the most beautiful shower/bathroom facility we have ever seen, a gorgeous pool on the marina side, free pump-out, AND full access to the resort amenities. You can use the resort pools and beach – towels provided – by using the (no extra charge) 24X7 shuttle service; you can dine at any of several restaurants, all very good, at several price points. Not a “bargain” spot, but worth every penny of the charge if you are looking for a little slice of paradise from the comfort of your very own boat.
    Captain Leigh Hough

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Hammock Beach Resort Marina

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  • New Coffee Shop in Daytona Beach near Halifax Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Good coffee, free WIFI and great desserts – what more could one ask? Halifax Harbor Marina is on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    Cruising News:
    There is a new coffee shop in Daytona Beach on Beach St. called Sweet Marlays’. It is walking distance from the Halifax Marina. The hours are from 7am – 10 pm Mon-Sat and 1pm – 10 pm on Sunday. They have free WIFI for their customers and the coffee and desserts are great!
    Captain Ed Kozinski

    Cruising News:
    Stopped and anchored out near the Halifax Marina. Took my dingy to the north public dock and found a great coffee shop on Beach Street in Dayton Beach called Sweet Marlays. Coffee was excellent, great atmosphere and the food was good also. I had the panini. They also have free WIFI. Make sure you check it out. The owner is also a boater.
    Captain Elwyn Hart

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Halifax Harbor Marina

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  • ALERT! Be Aware of Pedestrians on AICW Fixed Bridges

    This warning refers to the Seabreeze Bridge which crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 829, but a similar situation could occur at any fixed bridge!

    Wednesday evening, November 10, 2010, we accompanied another boat southbound into Daytona Beach, FL. North of the city is a 65′, twin span, high rise bridge called “Seabreeze.” Two (apparently teenage) males were on the bridge throwing “lemon sized” rocks at boats passing through. The boat I was traveling with was hit twice. His boat has a fiberglass pilothouse roof, and there was no apparent damage. No one was hurt. Sanctuary has a canvass top, so we stopped short of the bridge. It was getting late, and chilly, and after a few minutes, the “youngsters” lost interest and left. Police were called on both VHF radio and 911, but did not respond in the 15 minutes we were on scene.
    So, just a heads up to those who might be in the area. And, I guess, more generally when traveling. Scan bridge spans with binoculars, and be wary if people appear to be waiting for you to pass through.
    Captains Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For The Seabrezze Bridge

  • Praise for Daytona, FL and Halifax Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Halifax Harbor Marina is on the western shores of the ICW/Halifax River, south of unlighted daybeacon #39A.

    All… good morning… Just a note to remind all that Daytona, Fl is a good transient (or winter) stop. The municipal marina is Halifax Harbor with full services, good power and in a month or so WiFi. It’s less than two blocks to downtown, within a 10 min walk of multiple restaurants providing a good choice, West Marine located in the marina, etc. A great farmers’ market on Sat morning. Of course there are other marinas available and there’s also an anchorage across the river by the bridge – if you know how to get into it.
    Don & Rebecca, aboard m/v Andante, moored Daytona Beach, Fl

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Halifax Harbor Marina

  • Good Experience at Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802)

    We continue to hear laudatory reports about the good management at Palm Coast Marina. This facility is found on a small canal which indents the AICW’s western banks south of St. Augustine, and north of Daytona Beach.

    Great Place! Very friendly and helpful staff, they truly make you feel like they want you there. Shower and bathroom faculties adequate. Beautiful bike and walking path along ICW. We definitely would recommend and will return!
    Nancy Ojard

    When I was there on 10/28/10, they had a special deal, $20, but no water, no electric, and slips are little shallow for some (~4.5 at MLW).
    Captain Tom

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

  • Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802) – Captain Jane Reports

    Statute Mile 803 Palm Coast Marina
    “They get our mail and we get their mail,” said Debbie, Dockmaster of Palm Coast Marina about Salty Southeast Cruisers Net Sponsor Palm Cove Marina in Jacksonville. This time, Palm Coast got us — we had the location right but confused the names in our head having read through Claiborne’s recent list of sponsors.
    Oh well, we meant to patronize and thank a Salty Southeast sponsor, but oops, Palm Coast is not a sponsor — yet.
    This is a small and clean marina in a handy spot to wait for a favorable tide at the infamously shoal-plagued Matanzas Inlet, which is why we stopped early one wintry day heading north. Palm Coast
    Marina is, as its name implies, in Palm Coast, Florida, some 25 miles south of St. Augustine and 25 miles north of Daytona. Northbound, it positions you 12 statute miles south of the Matanzas inlet, so it is
    good for catching a morning or late morning high tide. Southbound, it’s a useful stop if you are catching an afternoon high tide.
    Palm Coast is a pleasant place run by the very friendly and affable Debbie Hogan. Debbie is already my new best friend as she is a fellow parrot and bird person — hard core enough to keep three pet birds in the lounge area in addition to those she has at home.
    Working the docks is Frank, a true professional with great attitude and attention to detail. He was very patient as we fussed with lines, getting them just right.
    There is a fuel dock, in-slip pump-outs, a large cruiser’s outdoor gathering area, and a small fitness center with two bicycles, two
    treadmills and a weight machine. There is a 25% Boat US discount for transient dockage, bringing the price to $1.32 a foot. For boats 35 feet and under with 12 foot beam or less, there is a “no frills”
    special advertised on the website of $20 a night, no electric, no water.
    Mondays and Thursdays at 4 PM, there is a happy hour — bring your own beverage — for liveaboards and transients. There is a book swap with two hefty rows of books in the inside lounge which is part of the dockmaster’s office and ships store with basic supplies. Mango, a charming lovebird (actual not a metaphor) and Beep and ReBeep the parakeets add both color and song to the setting.
    While it bills itself as part of a resort, we did not see any resort like amenities other than kayaks and bicycles for rent. There are walking paths along the busy road that borders condos and other
    housing developments, including some that are unfinished. Perhaps this has more charm in good weather and spring, summer or fall than was apparent to us on a cold wintry day.
    Heads are clean and climate-controlled. The laundry machines are in a door-free covered alcove-like passage and the machines have that ‘weathered’ look. While not inspiring, they appear to be adequate for the job.
    Fearless and roving though we may be, we did not personally verify the Palm Coast Marina’s website statement that Publix, Walgreens and CVS are within walking distance of the marina.
    We did, however, take a ten-minute walk from the marina to European Village, a complex of shops and what appear to be condos arranged around a large courtyard. Many establishments, including the hotel, appear to be, as Kinky Friedman might say, relegated to the past tense — victims of the recession. However, we did find several that are alive and eager to serve you.
    Mezzaluna and Barbara Jeans are two restaurants Dockmaster Debbie highlighted in the map showing European Village she gave us with our information packet. Mezzaluna offers Italian food; specials on the
    board when we walked by included roasted lamb shank. Barbara Jeans describes its fare as southern cooking. One column in their reasonably priced menu is called “Better than you think” with items such as
    meatloaf and other comfort food.
    Between these two restaurants, we found a well-stocked natural food store and grocery named Diane’s. Diane’s has pretty much everything you’d expect from a good health food store, but no Diane. The store manager is a friendly woman named Patsy. She had a small but good selection of perishables — fresh vegetables, greens and some fruit as well as organic deli meats and vegan cheeses. My first mate admired the ample selection of high quality frozen foods.
    There is also an English Tearoom and shop that was open. We could not tell whether the Japanese restaurant is still open. While the wine shop is now a place that buys gold, there is a decent selection of Australian and California wines at the General Store there where you can buy beer, soft drinks and some groceries in a sports bar setting.
    If you stop at Palm Coast Marina, watch out for the visually subtle tidal current. It runs up and down the fairway and parallel to the face and fuel dock. The current there is not as strong as, say, in
    parts of Georgia, but it still deserves your careful attention.
    Jane Tigar
    S/V Lady Jane

  • Hammock Beach Resort – Marina at Yacht Harbor Village (Statute Mile 802)

    Our sincere thanks to Captain Whitten for calling this facility to our attention. It is now listed in our “Eastern Florida Marina Directory.” Just follow the link below for full info!

    We went to the marina just south and on the east side of the ICW from Palm Coast, Hammock Beach Resort, a new condo-marina. No one responded to the VHF call or to a phone call so we pulled into a large, mostly empty marina, tied up and went looking for personnel. A person in charge, Neil, arrived and was quite welcoming, charging us $1.50/ft, electricity included, for a luxurious facility. The showers and toilets were in a nearby condominium building – towels included. Use of the condo swimming pool was also included. There was a shuttle bus to a restaurant in the main condo complex.
    We were passage-making so only stayed the night but it was a nice taste of luxury. Clearly the rates and availability will change as the condo fills up but for now, it’s an opportunity you may want to take advantage of.
    Fair winds and following seas,
    Austin Whitten
    S/Y “Discovery II”, Vancouver 27

    8 May 2010.
    Our previous visit was in February when the marina officially opened. This time, the rate was higher but we experienced the full impact of the luxury on offer during a two-day visit, fully justifying, in our view, the $2.25/ft charge with only one minor extra charge. Electricity, wi-fi, access to the full resort, shuttle service and complimentary ice – a first – were included. A 25 lb bag nicely topped up our ice box.
    The extra charge was triggered by Hammock Beach Resort’s “no tipping” policy, with a 20% gratuity built into everything purchased at the resort. In the case of marina charges, I’m not sure who receives the gratuity, but the staff certainly aimed to please. Our $67.50/day docking charge (yes, they have a 30-ft minimum, which is a pet peeve, but it affects few cruising folks these days) resulted in a $7/day service charge.
    Now for the luxury… We have paid as much as $3.50/ft at other marinas that cannot hold a candle to what Hammock Beach offered. Showers, toilets and swimming pool are housed at a nearby condominium building. Towels at both the swimming pool and baths are provided. The uncrowded nature of the marina and condominium adds to the exclusivity.
    A 24×7 shuttle bus is available at your beck and call – for a cell phone call – to transport you to the main resort complex on the ocean side, a couple of miles away. The resort hotel is HUGE. Several restaurants are located in the complex. Neil, the marina manager, recommended the Atlantic Grill, with a panoramic view of the ocean. A qualified chef was obviously in charge, attested to by the cuisine not the price, which was reasonable, for lunch.
    You are provided with a card when you arrive at the marina that gives you “membership” status, equivalent to those staying at the resort. Restaurant charges and anything else purchased at the complex are charged to the card. A credit card, upon arrival, backs this up.
    For us, the numbers of people present at the resort were a bit overwhelming. Many were there for golfing. Families on holiday also proliferated. The marina area was more simpatico but it was interesting seeing how others spend their vacations and then to be able to return to the marina.
    As noted in the description, the shuttle bus passed a Publix on the way to the main resort and I was assured they would let us off and pick us up on a phone call, making this a truly special marina.
    In summary, everything at the marina seems ephemeral – take advantage of it while it is on offer. Hopefully, others passing through will provide updates on the current status. I have always depended on local knowledge from other cruisers for valuable updates.
    Austin Whitten

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Hammock Beach Resort – Marina at Yacht Harbor Village

  • Halifax Harbor Marina (Daytona Beach, FL – Statute Mile 831)

    Halifax Harbor Marina is a HUGE facility, encompassing two dockage basins, and located in the heart of downtown Daytona Beach. While I can certainly sympathize with Skipper Austin’s problems with a “30 foot minimum charge,” I still think Halifax Harbor is a truly first class pleasurecraft facility!

    24 February 2010
    When I called ahead and asked for rates they neglected to tell me about the 30-ft minimum for charges which, for our 27-footer, makes it more expensive than the Loggerhead Marina next door. Their website also did not contain the minimum. I asked why a municipal marina would do this, essentially penalizing smaller boat owners. There was no reason given but the Waterway Guide website noted the municipality recently ‘outsourced’ the management of the marina to the Skipper Bud chain, not known for bargain basement prices. The harbormaster said she would raise my point with the corporation but it was a long, laborious process.
    Other municipalities are going in this direction to reduce costs, resulting in rate hikes for locals as well as transients, essentially changing the focus of what municipal marinas represent – affordable boating for the general public. Whether money is actually saved is problematical as the municipality is left responsible for maintaining the infrastructure and only receives a percentage of the collected fees.
    Fair winds and following seas,
    Austin Whitten
    S/Y “Discovery II”, Vancouver 27

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  • Loggerhead Club & Marina – Daytona Beach (Statute Mile 830)

    The Daytona Beach version of Loggerhead Club and Marinas used to be Caribbean Jacks. We have not stayed here since the changeover.

    8 May 2010.
    The charge for electricity was not optional. I tried to waive the service, exorbitant, for us at $7.50 to no avail. Our metered electricity usage is $.30/day. We have an icebox and no air conditioning or other heavy power draws. The excuse marinas are using these days for charging for a service you choose not to use is that it is not just for electricity but is a general “service” charge for water, swimming pool, cruiser’s lounge, wi-fi access (only available in the lounge here), showers, etc. – what you thought was included in dockage, especially at marinas with high-end rates – and generally not used by us when in transit.
    It would be useful to note in the general description section whether the electricity charge is mandatory. We chose Loggerhead because it worked out to be cheaper for us than the nearby municipal marina, now run by Skipper Bud’s, which has a 30-foot minimum. It used to be simple knowing what it will cost to stay at a marina – multiply the length of your boat by the per foot rate. Now, marina rates seem to be drawn up by corporation lawyers focused on maximizing profits. No wonder folks want to anchor out whenever possible.
    Fair winds and following seas,
    Austin Whitten
    S/Y “Discovery II”, Vancouver 27

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club and Marina – Daytona Beach

  • Loggerhead Marina – Daytona Beach (Statute Mile 830)

    Waterway veterans will remember this Daytona Beach facility as “Caribbean Jacks.” The Loggerhead Chain bought out the former owners some years ago.
    By the way, and, yes, I know this is self serving but if any of you are so inclined, PLEASE mention to the personnel at ALL Loggerhead Marinas that they are missing the proverbial boat by not becoming a Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sponsor. Remember, if a contact you make leads to a new SSECN sponsorship, you can pick either from a complete set of my paper guide books, or the Doyle’s “Get Onboard With Electronic Charting” plus their chart filled DVD! Many thanks in advance!

    We also stayed a Loggerhead marina at Daytona (3/27-29/10). The docks were right on the ICW and so were subject to wakes and fetch, but easy to access and city lights were a pretty view from the cockpit. Staff was excellent and facilities were clean and in good condition (lounge, wireless, laundry). On-site Caribbean Jack’s restaurant was good and not too expensive. Pool and hot tub were well-maintained, uncrowded.
    Dan/Jay Lunsford

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Marina – Daytona Beach

  • Seven Seas Marina (Statute Mile 835)

    The entrance to Seven Seas Marina is located hard by the Port Orange Bridge.

    We stayed at Seven Seas Marina on January 19, 2010. A very fine marina, with fixed wooden piers. only a seven minute walk to the ocean beach. The restrooms are fine, though not what you might find at a more expensive marina. There is a well stocked ship’s store. Pat’s Riverfront Cafe, onsite, is delightful. It is open for breakfast and lunch.
    Seven Seas Marina, at $.90 per foot is helping keep the cost of cruising down. I highly recommend it.
    Norman Mason

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Seven Seas Marina

  • Oyster Creek Marina (now Rivers Edge Marina) – St. Augustine (St. M. 779)

    Well, Captain Paul’s note below is news to me. I always thought Oyster Creek was a strictly live-aboard marina, but apparently that has changed.
    This facility is located well upstream from the AICW/San Sebastian River intersection, on the mainland shores. Give them a try, and let us know what you find!

    Subject: Oyster Creek Marina, St. Augustine, FL
    Cruising News: Just West of downtown St. Augustine at Green marker 29 on the San Sebastian River is a nice little marina with floating docks, restaurant, clean showers and Boat US discount ($1.50/ft). West Marine, Sailor’s Exchange and Winn Dixie groceries all w/in 10-15 min. walk. Great live-aboard scene with weekly pot-luck/BBQ’s, much better spot than the marina’s directly on the ICW.

    We had the pleasure of staying at Oyster Creek Marina the evening of Oct 29, 2009. We entered at just about dead low and had no problem at all getting to the marina up the San Sebastian River. The location is as billed. Close to West Marine, Wynn Dixie and the Sailors’ Exchange. Also, its a reasonable walk to downtown St Augustine. The floating docks are in good condition and the shower room/heads/laundry facility is clean and brite! We’d stay here again.
    Ed Grygent

    We stayed in Oyster Creek Marina for the summer and had a great time. Paul the dockmaster was always helpful and ready to lend a hand and we feel he has become a friend. As we feel that way about many people we have met there. Pat who kept the washroom and laundry area spotless is a great gal. We found the location perfect for all suppling, just down the street from Winn Dixie about another 5 min walk is also Target and a little farther maybe 10 mins Home Depot. You can take a bus to Walmart as well. To walk downtown is an easy and enjoyable walk, lots to see in St Augustine. On the first Fri of the month they have an art walk on King St (wine for a smail tip) this will lead you downtown and St Geroge St is a must do. Don’t forget to check out San Sebastian Winey as well they have great music on the roof at nights and weekends. All in all we can’t say enough about St Augustine except don’t miss it. Say HI to Paul and the gang there for us if you stop there.
    Linda and Dave

    We are docked at Oyster Creek now. They did not answer on channel 16, so we called on the cell and they agreed to answer vhf 71. Go figure. The marina is VERY convenient. Winn Dixie, West Marina, Sailor’s Exchange, and propane refill a short walk. Downtown and historic district an easy one-mile walk on sidewalks. Avis in same shopping center with Winn Dixie and West. The slip we were assigned was to narrow for our Bristol 35.5, so they reassigned us just before we were committed to a too narrow fairway. They re-assigned us to a slip in another fairway, did not know which side the tie-up was on, and it only had about six inches of spare clearance for us between the out piling and the floating dock. Docking was an adventure as it took two tries and a turnaround in wind and current to hit the gap. All the T-dock ends were vacant when we arrived and remain so at this time 4 days later. That said, I would return. The facilities are clean and well maintained. Wi-fi requires a booster antenna from the docks, but is available at the office and the on-site restaurant. The Waterway Guide claims they have fuel, but that is an error.

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Oyster Creek Marina

  • Florida “Potty Patrol” Out in Force In And South of Daytona Beach

    Make sure those thru-hulls are locked down, and be ready for the “potty patrol” as you cruise south from Daytona Beach. It is obvious from the many reports below that the Florida “Potty Patrol” is out in force!!!! Make sure those thru-hulls are locked down!!!!
    By the way, some of the messges below were contributed directly to the Cruisers’ Net, while others were copied from the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mail list.

    We were greeted by the Volusia County Sheriff’s boat on our way south today (11/24/09). I told the officer in the boat’s bow that we have a Type I MSD, he said “A LectraSan?”, I said “yes, a Raritan LectraSan”, and that was it. The officer in the bow said “He’s got a LectraSan” to another officer in the boat, they hit the throttle, and were off after the boat in front of us. End of story.
    P.S. as I write this, anchored near G “39A” south of the Memorial bascule bridge, a “potty patrol” boat is in the anchorage near R “44″.
    Rick Emerson

    Yes, the “Potty Police” are out in force, but just doing the right thing. We were boarded today by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Dept. just South of Rockhouse Creek (a wonderful anchorage, by the way). Very polite. After we told them our macerator thru-hull was in our stern locker (and secured!) plus that I was a Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Examiner, they were satisfied. We asked them what % of the boats they boarded were in violation they said about 40% and most were sailboats. To our fellow sailors, please secure your Y valves or macerator thru-hulls and DON’T pump waste overboard. Dilution is not the solution to pollution!!!
    s/v MicMac

    Subject: potty police
    Cruising News: The potty patrol are up and running at the coranado lift bridge on either side. They got me last year and I was stopped again on the 10th/nov. I guess the message worked,because my heads were wired shut this time.

    I got stopped this morning on the Mosquito Lagoon by Florida Wildlife for inspection of my head. I have a LectraSan system and they were happy with that. All was polite and non-threatening etc, but, of course, being boarded, itself, is upsetting
    Tom Murphy
    s/v Monday Morning.

    Subject: Potty Police
    Cruising News: We were boarded by Florida DNR yesterday after just passing through the L.B. Knox bridge. They wanted to ensure that our Y-valve was locked to the holding tank position. We had put a small cable with a padlock around it when we entered Florida waters. They approved and proceeded to board all of the sailboats in front of us. They want the valve to be locked…and not just with a wire tie!
    S/V Moondance

    Looks like things are going to get even more strict. See

    Just a note …. most boaters are aware that their “Y” valve, if installed, must be wire tied or locked in the holding tank position. If you have a pump out (e.g.: macerator) the thru hull for this system must ALSO be wire tied or locked in the closed position. Being boarded with any valve allowing overboard discharge in the ICW or Atlantic waters inside a 3-7 mile limit (counties vary) will stand the chance of a ticket and a heavy fine. Most of us would not pump out or discharge overboard in these waters, but the county governments are short on cash and will issue summonses where ever they can.

    Saturday, working on the boat, in my slip at Halifax River Yacht Club, up walked two Fl Fish & Wildlife officers, in uniform, guns and all. (previous conversation at lunch, I had heard that they were patrolling the docks at Halifax Harbor, and had given out at least two $250 fines because the boat did not have a tie wrap to secure their valves)
    Asked if I had heads on board: Answer, “yes, two”
    Asked if I had lectrasan: Answer: “No”
    Asked if the valves were locked: Answer: “yes”
    Asked if they could come on board and look, Answer: “yes” (I don’t think “no” would have been accepted).
    One of the officers followed me to the aft cabin, I asked if he had a flashlight or should I get one, he answered that he had a light. I opened a locker, and showed him a Y valve with a padlock on it, he was satisfied. We went to the engine room, again, I showed him a second Y valve with a padlock, he was satisfied.
    He then asked to see FL registration, checked it and they left.
    After they left, I got to thinking about the “inspection”.
    They did not check to see in what position the Y valve was locked. They did not check to see what the Y valve was connected to (or if it wasconnected to anything, other than some pieces of hose).
    They did not check to see what thru hull was attached to the output of the Y valve and if that thru hull valve was open, closed, or locked. They did not check the output thru hull valve on the overboard discharge pump. Apparently, seeing two valves with a lock was good enough for them.

  • Palm Coast Marina (Statute Mile 802)

    Palm Coast Marina is a good facility, well situated between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. At the management’s request, we have just recently returned this facility to our Eastern Florida fuel price listings.

    [Palm Coast Marina] Has become one of my regular stops – always good place to walk over to European village to MezaLunna for pizza. found out they’re not open on Mondays – otherwise pretty much as described above [in SSECN Marina Directory listing]. If you’re getting fuel, I learned this year that there can be a current in that canal, my plan to dock was quickly thwarted by a surprising strong current running east, so turned around and got it figured out.
    Capt Bill,
    s/v Kittiwake

    I’m not sure if anyone has responded to this yet. We are currently staying here at Palm Coast. The local boaters tell us that there used to be a pool but that with development of the area, the property that had the pool was bought and redeveloped, so no pool. The marina facility however is really nice. It is off the waterway with no current. I was unprepared with my lines for the pilings at the slips but we quickly readjusted. The showers and rest rooms are a bit dated but clean and work well and the bicycles are also a bit old. The owners (or managers?) and the liveaboards have been very friendly and helpful and we feel secure leaving our boat here to make a run home to the Northeast. There is a fresh pot of coffee in the morning, lots of outside patio seating for socializing (and there is lots of that) and they are going to look after my basil plant whie we are away.
    J.S. Woodward

    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

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