Reviews from John Tyrell (32)


  • Marina Review for St. Johns Yacht Harbor

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 21, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Best part is the dock crew. They are all helpful, friendly and competent. Stan is the dockmaster and he was very accommodating, allowing us to stay on the fuel dock one night to make it easier when having some work done. Steve, Molly, E, and Austin all helped us during our 4 night stay. Deep water. Strong tidal current but E was very good helping us dock. Pump out boat comes to slip. Sturdy docks. Very nice large restrooms and showers. Four washers and four dryers in laundry room. Pool. Courtesy car.

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  • Anchorage Review for Cumberland Island

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell, Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

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

    Anchored across from Sea Camp dock; pretty; plenty of room, great holding; current shift and some wakes during day; good TV reception, Verizon service. Leave room along island for ferry and other boats. About a 7 foot tide.

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  • Anchorage Review for Buckhead Creek

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell, Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

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

    if northbound, good place to wait for tide at Hell Gate; wide and deep; plenty of room; 33 digital antenna channels; plenty of depth; anchored in 16 feet (low tide) and let out 115 ft; buggy even with 9 mph wind; good holding; 8 - 9 ft tidal changes. Didn’t go too far into creek – Buckhead top

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  • Marina Review for Camachee Island Marina Village

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Well-marked channel off ICW allows for docking in protected marina without current (versus strong tidal current at St. Augustine municipal marina). Nice floating docks; good dock help; strong wifi. Nice restaurant onsite.

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  • Marina Review for New Smyrna Beach City Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Short floating docks so need to stern in or get off at the bow. Wide concrete docks. Wind and current can make docking difficult; strong wifi. Plenty of restaurants and nice downtown within short walk.

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  • Marina Review for Loggerhead Marina - Vero Beach Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Formerly Suntex. Well-marked channel with good depth. G did a great job helping us fuel, dock and tie up. Competitive diesel pricing. Sturdy fixed docks. Clean with nice pool and protected easy off the ICW. Nothing close by the marina. Wifi a little weak. Prefer it to the more crowded and tired Vero City marina.

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  • Marina Review for Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Transient dockage long sturdy concrete fixed dock. Also large mooring field. Good depth. Can be a little rolly – not terrible. Weekly pumpouts in-slip. Coffee shop and upscale restaurant on site. Very convenient location for Stuart. Two female and two male clean showers; five washers and 5 five dryers. Beautiful sunsets.

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  • Marina Review for Roland and Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Good staging to cross Lake Okeechobee. Long floating dock; a little worn but better than many. Dockmaster Sam very friendly and knowledgeable. Told me about the wind and current (there was no current) as I approached; he is a boater and it shows. Other years we had stopped at Moorehaven and this is much nicer. Tiki bar with restaurant on site. Surprisingly good ship’s store with some upscale resort wear.

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  • Marina Review for Legacy Harbour Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Good staging spot for Okeechobee Waterway. Nice floating concrete docks. Clearly marked with large colored flags. Deep water. Strong wifi. Clean but small showers. Shoehorn transient boats into tight spots where a docking miscue will cause damage to neighboring boats.

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  • Marina Review for South Seas Island Resort & Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Beautiful spot. Clearly marked channel in. Nice fixed concrete docks. Well marked alongside docks so easy to tell where you should be going. Protected marina. Good wifi. Everything beautiful and well maintained. Several pools. Lots of large boats.

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  • Marina Review for Snook Bight Yacht Club & Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Was here a year ago and everything was great except poor dock help; this year everything is still great and the dock help was very good. New dockmaster, Mike, is very pleasant, capable and has made a huge improvement in the dock staff. Four of them were at the ready as we docked in high winds and stiff tidal current. Publix at end of Marina parking lot; clean laundry area with 4 washers and 8 dryers. Beach across street; beautiful docks; well protected; good wifi.

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  • Marina Review for Salty Sam's Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Good antenna TV; weak wifi; long floating docks; a lot of rental boat traffic; dinghy (on davit) hit twice (Lady M and a pontoon rental; the pontoon driver barely touched and was apologetic; Lady M gave it a good smack -no apologies; just giggles and shrugs); two restaurants at Marina; $5 pump out on Mondays. A lot of bird guano on the docks. Pleasant office person (Samantha) and good dock help from Gordon. Trey and Casey were great getting us a pumpout and helping us off the dock when departing in strong winds.

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  • Marina Review for Marlin Bay Resort & Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Dockhands Greg and Claudia did a great job helping us dock and tie up. They and dockhand Francis were always around making sure things were good. Top notch marina staff! Fixed sold concrete docks. They have two areas, inner harbor and outer. We were in the inner harbor. It is closer to the pool and clubhouse. Good wifi. Everything is beautifully maintained. Great sunsets. Bar by pool but no restaurant nor laundry.

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  • Marina Review for Hawks Cay Resort Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell , Hydrophilic, on Mar 14, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Would be 4 stars if price more reasonable. Dock hand, LaVar was friendly and did a good job helping us tie up. Fixed dock; finger slips about 20 feet long but 0.5 foot tide changes made it easy to secure the boat. Beautiful spread-out grounds. Very protected marina. Lots of empty slips in the marina, probably because of the high transient dock fee ($4.50/foot; 10% AGLCA discount brings it to $4.05/foot, still about $1 higher than other marinas). There is an additional $45/day resort fee which entitles you to free use of kayaks, bikes, and paddleboards and towel by the pool. I didn’t feel as if I got good value for my $45 but perhaps if we were traveling with several children, it would be worth it. Several restaurants on site. Wifi slow but steady. Diesel available at a good price.

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  • Marina Review for Barefoot Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 4

    Not to be confused with the day docks at Barefoot Landing across the waterway at the mall. Easy docking. Tim, the dockmaster has always gone out of his way to be helpful. Restaurant on site with meh food. Nice easy stop along the waterway.

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  • Marina Review for Osprey Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 5

    Friendly, easy access off ICW. Good prices. No current and protected from wind - makes me feel like an expert docking the boat. Best diesel price in the area. They give you a goodie bag which among other things contains a jar of red pepper jelly. The jelly alone is worth staying here.

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  • Anchorage Review for Awendaw Creek

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

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

    Easy entrance; not much current; plenty of room; not if strong E winds; great TV reception 40+ channels

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  • Anchorage Review for South Edisto River-Sampson Island North

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    4
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    1
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1

    Plenty of room; right off ICW at G143; great TV reception 40+ channels; little protection; strong current.

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Port Royal

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 5

    Michelle and her staff are some of the best along the ICW. Very friendly and knowledgeable. During their rounds, saw one of the dock hands adjusting a fender on a boat - you don't see that extra care too often.

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  • Marina Review for Thunderbolt Marine

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 4

    Nice location; clean restrooms, showers and laundry. Knowledgeable dockhands, especially Rob. Can be a swift current but easy docking if you take their advice. Extra perk to get six Krispy Kreme donuts dropped off on the boat first thing. Good diesel price and easy pump out at fuel dock.

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  • Anchorage Review for Crescent River ICW MM 644

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Overall Rating:
    4
    Holding:
    5
    Wind Protection:
    1
    Current Flow:
    1
    Wake Protection:
    4
    Scenic Beauty:
    4
    Ease of Shopping:
    1

    Plenty of room; no wakes, easy ICW access; great holding; some current and little wind protection; good TV(20 channels).

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  • Marina Review for Brunswick Landing Marina, Inc.

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 3

    We stayed here for a week in December 2020. Well protected marina and many activities during non-covid times. Ownership seems to go out of their way to try to make boaters happy. Can walk to town for several restaurants (we had fantastic Brunswick stew and beef stew takeout from Nautica Joes). Only three stars because town seemed a little tired and when the wind died out the bugs came out in the marina which is across from a marsh.

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  • Marina Review for Jekyll Harbor Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 4

    Great dockhands. Pretty location and everyone friendly. They put transients on long face dock which makes docking easy. Nice casual restaurant on site. Took a courtesy golf cart into town (quaint but not much in town). They were flexible with us as we adjusted our schedule to take advantage of a good weather day to cross the dreaded St. Andrew sound just to the south.

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  • Free Dock Review for Jim King Park at Sisters Creek Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 5

    Long free dock. Dock is aluminum and in very good shape. Current can be strong so be aware when docking. Room for about 6 forty foot boats. Usually other boaters will help you dock. At least one water faucet on the dock. There is a webcam if you wish to look ahead of time, but there has always been room when we were there. Park and boat ramp a short distance away but otherwise pretty remote and nothing in walking distance.

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  • Marina Review for St. Augustine Municipal Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 4

    Stayed at the docks. Good and bad here. Great dock help so docking during strong current is not as bad as I had feared. Good that it is right in the center of town so fantastic access to all the tourist sites but also have lots of people walking the docks. Next to Bridge of Lions so bridge noise from passing traffic. Free in-slip pump out on request.

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  • Marina Review for Halifax Harbor Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 4

    Good dock hands; very large marina. They check you in at the slip saving a trip to the office. Return the gate keys at the fuel dock on your way out by dropping them in a fish net held by dock hand. Wifi was marginal, but I suspect it varies by where you are in the marina. Can walk to several restaurants.

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  • Marina Review for Cocoa Village Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 4

    Eager, friendly staff. Fixed docks but accessible from boat. Easy walk to several restaurants or local park. Clean and well-run. Call on radio for entrance guidance.

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Harbortown

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 3

    We like staying here because it is close to Fort Pierce inlet and does not have strong current when docking. The high fixed docks can make it difficult to get off your boat (depending on boat configuration)

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Old Port Cove

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 5

    This year was our fourth year staying for a week plus at OPC. Everything is first class here. When you check in, they give you a bottle of wine. Joe, the dockmaster, stayed late to help us dock. Beautiful wide docks in great shape. Friendly and helpful dock hands check several times a day on the boats. On-site restaurant has good food. Doris's, an Italian bakery and grocery store is a 1.5 mile walk. Easy access to Lake Worth inlet. Lots of repair people on-site. Gary got our horn working again. Only negative is that $25/day for 50 amp is out of line with other marinas.

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  • Marina Review for Hall of Fame Marina

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 3

    Helpful dockhands. Great location. Short walk to beach. Offset from ICW so not exposed to ICW wakes. Negatives were construction going on at Swimming Hall of Fame caused a lot of noise and dirt on boat. Fixed docks. We didn't use the pump out but it was self serve and I saw someone struggling to wheel it up and down the dock. Have been to nearby Las Olas and prefer HOF. Haven't stayed at Bahia Mar but it looks like the best of the three with floating docks; also the highest price.

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  • Anchorage Review for Marine Stadium

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

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

    Great holding in sand. Plenty of room. Not a quiet bucolic anchorage with lots of boats partying on the weekend, but it didn't bother us- was actually entertaining. Beautiful night view of the Miami skyline.

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  • Marina Review for Pilot House Marina & Restaurant

    Reviewed by: John Tyrell on Jan 11, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 39'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 4

    Second time here. We like the vibe. Floating docks are nice. We like the restaurant. The dockhands (Pat & David) were very helpful and went out of their way for us. Narrow channel coming in so might be best to issue a securite.

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