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Reviews from Rudy Sechez (19)


  • Free Dock Review for The Jacksonville Landing

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Aug 19, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 1

    The dock is closed and not usable. The Landings shops and restaurant building is also closed and is being torn down.

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  • Anchorage Review for Put in Creek - East River

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Aug 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    2
    Shore Access:
    3
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    4
    WiFi:
    3

    We anchored farther north in the creek, next to the boat ramp. Good protection in most directions, but some exposure to the south, which we didn't mind a breeze in hot weather. Very peaceful, and scenic. There wasn't much boat traffic from the ramp, even on the weekend. We took our dinghy to the top of the creek which ends right in the town of Mathews. This should only be done on a rising tide, as the dinghy will ground out otherwise. We also were able to take our bikes ashore by dinghy to the dock at the boat ramp and ride two miles to town. The town is very picturesque with good restaurants, two grocery stores, a hardware store and a Laundromat.

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  • Marina Review for Riverwalk Landing Piers

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Aug 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    We stopped for the daytime only for a very nominal charge, then anchored in Sarah Creek for the night. Unless the wind is blowing hard, this is a great place to pull in to see all of the sights. With the strong current, the dockmaster will help you get your boat in. In addition to the Battlefield, the American Revolutionary War Museum to the north of the village is fantastic and well worth the entrance fee. The trolley transits to both locations, as well as by the historical "village". The restaurant in the hotel has great breakfasts.

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  • Anchorage Review for Sarah Creek

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Jul 20, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    5
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    2
    Shore Access:
    4
    Cell Service:
    5

    We anchored just inside the entrance and out of the channel across from the marina. There is room for about two 35' boats. We tried to go up the northeast branch, but we were bumping bottom (at low tide) as we tried to pass through the narrowed section at the junction of the two branches. Didn't try the other branch, but it appeared that there might be room to anchor. Take dinghy to the marina. Anchorage surrounded by homes, but we anchored here for only a night, then took the "big" boat over to the Yorktown Riverwalk Piers for the day to tour the Battleground and museums.

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  • Free Dock Review for North Harbor

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Jul 19, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    As of 7/2018 most of this basin's free dockage has been damaged and is unavailable for use except for the small area behind the covered stage.

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  • Anchorage Review for Weems Creek

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Jun 29, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    4
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    3
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    3

    This is a much quieter anchorage than Spa Creek or Back Creek. In spite of the moorings there is still plenty of room to anchor. Holding is good, as we held just fine in 25 knot winds from the south. Exposed to the north. Grocery store and bagel shop about 5 blocks away from the dinghy dock, on the main road.

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  • Anchorage Review for Back Creek

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Jun 29, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    2
    Holding:
    3
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    1
    Ease of Shopping:
    4
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    5

    A dinghy dock is just east of Jabin's yard. That street will lead to shopping and restaurants, approximately 1 mile to the south. But, with the anchoring restrictions that are enforced by the Annapolis Harbormaster, it is just about impossible to find a space large enough to anchor in this creek. We instead, anchored just outside the mouth of the creek, to the NW of the entrance channel, although this anchorage is exposed to the north and to the east, as well as to large wakes.

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  • Anchorage Review for Harness Creek (2)

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Jun 29, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    2
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    4

    This creek has good holding and protection except from the south, but you can go up the creek a little farther and have protection from all directions. The kayak rental dock at Quiet Waters Park has a designated area for dinghy tie-up. You can walk or bike through the park to reach a Laundromat, 2 boat chandleries, restaurants, and grocery store, approx. 1.5 to 2 miles from the creek. The anchorage is peaceful, except for summer when the packs of kids pass by on kayaks, or weekend boaters crowd in to party.

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  • Anchorage Review for Crisfield

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Jun 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    5
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    2
    Ease of Shopping:
    2
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    3

    Anchorage has room for 3-4 boats, in the NW corner of the very protected cove. Not particularly scenic, except for the "flavor" of a fishing village. Dinghy to the marina for $10, which includes marina facilities access, except for pool. 1-2 mile walk to shopping. Marina staff very helpful.

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  • Free Dock Review for Pocomoke City Municipal Marina - Free Dock

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on May 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    There is dock space both east and west of the drawbridge, on fixed docks. Power, water and restrooms. Docks are downtown- restaurants close by. Wal-Mart with groceries, Lowes, Laundromat approx. 1.5 miles, easy walking and biking.

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  • Free Dock Review for Oriental Town Dock #2 - Free Dock

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Apr 18, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    Post office, hardware store, grocery store, and West Marine Express store within easy, safe biking/walking distance. Piggy Wiggly free shuttle available.

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  • Marina Review for New River Marina

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Apr 16, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    Very helpful, friendly, professional staff. They went out of their way to help get us into and off of the fuel dock safely in a strong wind, and provided information on navigational hazards in the vicinity,

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  • Marina Review for Wrightsville Beach Marina

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Apr 16, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 1

    Today, April 16,2018, I had a very disappointing experience with the fuel attendant at this marina. He was ill-mannered. short tempered, and verbally abusive. As a result, we cast off and took our business elsewhere.

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  • Marina Review for Delegal Creek Marina

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Apr 11, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    Went into this marina 4-10-18. First made several phone calls at mid-morning to verify fuel availability, got no answer. We entered at low tide, our boat drawing 4'9", and had no difficulty, but our chart did not agree with channel marks. We arrived at the dock without incident. Fuel attendant could not reconcile the controlling depth of the channel with our experience of coming through; would only say that she recommends that no boat drawing more than 2'6" enter unless 1/2 tide or greater, regardless of how we addressed the question. Fuel price was the lowest in the area, price of ice within normal pricing.

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  • Free Dock Review for White City Dock - Free Dock

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on May 2, 2017
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    This free dock is tranquil and scenic, and the traffic noise from the bridge is fairly minimal at night. The dock does not have any amenities except for restroom facilities in the park. Wakes can be strong if the passing boats don't slow down. Tie up to either the seawall, or floating dock. We saw 9 feet depth along the seawall in front of the floating house. A convenience store with very minimal supplies is about a mile north along the highway.

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  • Anchorage Review for Eagle Harbor - St. Joseph Peninsula

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Nov 3, 2016
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    5
    Ease of Shopping:
    1
    Shore Access:
    4
    Pet Friendly:
    4
    Cell Service:
    3
    WiFi:
    1

    This is a beautiful, remote anchorage along the inland side of St. Joseph peninsula. Dinghy into state park to walk hiking trails or access beach, just a short walk away. Snorkeling is good in the shallower areas of the bay. Seek out the sandy areas to drop the anchor as there is some grass in the area. Not good protection though, if the wind kicks up from SE, E, NE, or N. No shopping in the area.

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  • Anchorage Review for Governors Creek

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Sep 4, 2016
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    3
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    3
    Ease of Shopping:
    4
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    5
    WiFi:
    3

    There is a dinghy dock at the boat ramp. A shopping center is across the street with a Laundromat, Dollar store and a few fast food restaurants. A grocery store is on the highway 1.25 miles to the north. We rode out a 30 knot thunderstorm from the west with no problem, but it is very open to fetch from the north to east. There is quite a bit of highway noise.

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  • Anchorage Review for Fulton Recreation Area

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Sep 4, 2016
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    3
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    3
    Shore Access:
    5
    Pet Friendly:
    5
    Cell Service:
    4
    WiFi:
    1

    You can anchor in 10' close to the park ramp. The park has great walking trails and the Education Center in the park is worth the walk. There is a nice bike/ walking trail along the main road all the way to the lock. Supplies can be found in town, but it is a long 3.5 bike ride or walk. Pretty scenery. Some wakes from the fishing boats.

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  • Marina Review for Kingfisher Bay Marina

    Reviewed by: Rudy Sechez on Aug 24, 2016
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 34'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    Very friendly and helpful staff. The boater's lounge is nice with Wifi and a television. Clean showers and the washers and dryers are in great shape. The marina has a nice pool, and a courtesy car to get you to town, and to shopping which is 2-3 miles away. Nice place to stop.

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