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Reviews from Ian Ainsworth (16)


  • Anchorage Review for Boca Ciega Bay (3)

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on May 5, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

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

    Anchored here before going to St Pete the next day. Was in about 8ft of water, well away from the shore. There is a Publix close by but didn't bother to find a shore access. Only issue was a number of wakes from boats going inshore. Recommended overall, plenty of space.

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  • Anchorage Review for Anclote River G17

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on Apr 29, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

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

    Stayed here overnight after a long day, before proceeding into Tarpon Springs in the morning. Only room for one or two boats between marker G17, the boat ramp and the swimming area, as the rest was taken by long term stayers. Good holding, subject to tide changes. Many boats passed by to get to the boat ramp, but all observed the no wake signs. Good for an overnight. .

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  • Marina Review for Pete's Pier Inc.

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth , Carina, on Apr 29, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    The hospitality here was excellent, a golf buggy was provided for our exclusive use, and restaurants and groceries were accessible with it. The only reasons for not making it 4 star were the absence of a laundry and no wifi for guests. Three Sisters nature reserve nearby was well worth a visit, with freshwater springs which manatees frequent Nov-Mar. Vistited Crackers bar for live music and good seafood.

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  • Anchorage Review for Atsena Otie Key

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on Apr 25, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

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

    OK, but we were rocked by waves caused by wind against tide. Anchored a little east of the marker on the map. Nearby beach ok for dinghy users. Not much boat traffic.

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  • Marina Review for Gateway Marina

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth , Carina, on Apr 23, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Only 3 stars because access is restricted by tide, needs to be high to get in or out via McGriff channel, and marina facilities limited. (Pumpout not working, wifi problematic.) Staff very friendly and took us to a market for basic shopping.

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  • Anchorage Review for Sumter Recreation Area

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on Nov 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    3
    Wind Protection:
    5
    Current Flow:
    5
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    3

    Very nice anchorage, space for several boats. Pretty and secure from the tows. Had a little difficulty getting anchor to set, but did after a couple of tries. Bottom is muddy. No current.

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  • Marina Review for Kingfisher Bay Marina

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth , Carina, on Nov 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Excellent well designed and maintained marina. A bonus was a covered slip at no extra charge.

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  • Anchorage Review for Windham Landing Cutoff

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on Nov 8, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Overall Rating:
    5
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    4
    Current Flow:
    4
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Cell Service:
    4

    Enter along west bank from mm 286, as per Skipper Bob. Room to swing, but we set both anchors easily and had a peaceful night.

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  • Marina Review for Columbus Marina

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth , Carina, on Nov 8, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    The marina was good for us, no problem getting in with the help of a picture texted by Steve the manager. It is secure and they have 2 courtesy cars for shopping etc. Nearby Waverly Mansion is outstanding if you like beautiful buildings filled with beautiful objects.

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  • Marina Review for Paris Landing State Park Marina

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth , Carina, on Oct 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Very good newish marina, massive fuel dock! Nice people, but no groceries near.

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  • Anchorage Review for Upper Rockport Landing

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on Oct 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Overall Rating:
    1
    Holding:
    2
    Wind Protection:
    2
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    4

    We had problems here, our anchor moved in the night due to strong wind overcoming the current and reversing the pull.

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  • Anchorage Review for Densons Island

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on Oct 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    3
    Current Flow:
    3
    Wake Protection:
    5
    Scenic Beauty:
    4

    Beautiful stop here, well away from the tows and sheltered from their wakes.

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  • Marina Review for Clifton Marina

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth , Carina, on Oct 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Nice people, small town with limited shopping and a laundromat. The Dollar Store surprisingly had good fresh produce. Cosy little marina.

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  • Anchorage Review for Diamond Island

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth, Carina, on Oct 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

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

    A quiet stop protected from the channel.

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Aqua Yacht

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth , Carina, on Oct 31, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Well run marina with good repair facility.

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  • Marina Review for Wright's Marina Limited

    Reviewed by: Ian Ainsworth on Dec 19, 2016
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 38'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    A really pleasant small marina in a quiet inlet. The staff are very helpful and there is a good restaurant about 1 mile up the road. We left our boat here for winterizing and storage, and were impressed by the obvious capability of the staff.

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