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Reviews from Eddy Johnsen (55)


  • Marina Review for Harborage Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Dec 28, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    This is our new "favorite" St Petersburg marina! A superb place to spend a week or a month, with all the sought after marina amenities that long-term cruisers desire, including reasonable dockage fees.
    We'll be back!

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  • Marina Review for Marker 1 Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Dec 28, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Renovations are finally completed! We stayed the entire month of November 2019 for a very reasonable dockage rate. For transients, the biggest changes include a good security gate for access to the docks and excellent bathroom/shower facilities. Unfortunately, there is no longer an on-site washer & dryer available. This marina's strong suit (other than the attentive, helpful staff) continues to be its great access to restaurants, groceries, beaches, the Pinellas bike trail and downtown Dunedin.

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  • Marina Review for Fort Walton Beach Landing Dock - Free Dock

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jul 4, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    These deep-water, well-maintained, free city docks are a blessing to the coastal traveler who just wants to tie up for the night, stretch his legs on terra firma, and visit a good, nearby restaurant. We've stayed overnight here a dozen times over as many years and have always enjoyed it. A very short walk will take you to several kinds of dining establishments, the public library, museum, Publix grocery or a large liquor store. The adjacent park gets quite "busy" during public celebrations (like July 4th)! No power or water available.

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  • Marina Review for Orange Beach Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 29, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Transients who want to spend more than a day visiting the infamous Orange Beach, Alabama area would do well to stay here. Yes, it takes more than a cursory look at a chart plotter to figure out how to wind your way off the ICW, but it is very worth the effort. On site restaurants, covered slips, a courtesy vehicle, boat maintenance of every description, clean shower and laundry facilities, nearby grocery shopping and a post office . . . . you'll never want to leave! The well-maintained, eye-appealing tropical grounds of the marina do much to set it apart from the rest. And if the weather turns nasty, you'll be nestled safely and well-protected from wind and waves.

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  • Marina Review for Perdido Key Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina, LLC

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 29, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    We had an excellent overnight stay here in June. Offered us the choice of a slip or the lay-along. A knowledgeable dockhand was available to assist. The marina is in a No Wake Zone of the ICW, making it very comfortable in spite of the transiting boat traffic.
    A fabulous restaurant on site that has an ambiance that can accommodate both the casual and "fine" diners. Don't let the oyster bar moniker trick you into thinking they only have the typical "bar-food" menu!
    The only reason we didn't give this a 5-star rating is because there are no shower or laundry facilities available. However, very nice, clean, and convenient toilets are provided for boaters.

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  • Marina Review for Spring Brook Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Aug 29, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    A wonderfully accomodating staff! The intimate, on-site restaurant / bar is a local favorite, and rightly so. The dockmaster will make a courtesy car available for those needing to go to town for provisions. In addition to having engine mechanics on-duty, there is a marine parts department at the marina as well. Be cognizant of the river current as you enter the short but narrow break into the marina basin. If you draw more than 3 1/2 feet, I would suggest using F-dock.

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  • Marina Review for Port Washington Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Aug 25, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Port Washington offers more than just a safe place to tuck into when weather forces you off the lake. Within easy walking distance of the marina are a variety of restaurants, retail shops, historic sites and a grocery store. The fuel dock is easily accessible and the docks are in great shape. Bath house, laundry and lounge facility were clean and adequate. The only negative was the lack of customer service skills of the young, inexperienced staff.

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  • Marina Review for Manitowoc Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Aug 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    What a jewel this turned out to be! The friendly, knowledgeable staff immediately set the tone for our visit before we even reached our slip. All of the marina's facilities are in great shape; the docks, boater's lounge, laundry room, showers, fuel dock, bar-b-que grills and picnic area are beyond reproach. You'll find everything from boat shoes to boat wax, and everything in between, in the well-stocked Ship's Store. The onsite maintenance facility can provide an expert to help cure whatever ails your vessel. Within walking distance from the marina are numerous eating establishments, shops, pubs and even a first-rate public library. You can spend the better part of a day at the nearby Wisconsin Maritime Museum learning about the city's role in churning out submarines for the U.S. Navy during World War II. One of the most enjoyable, scenic bike trails we've ever ridden comes right by the marina and continues for seven miles along the lakeshore to the city of Two Rivers.

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  • Marina Review for Kewaunee Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Aug 15, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Mostly a home-base for fishing boats, Kewaunee Marina provides a safe, clean and convenient place to hole-up when nasty weather forces you off the lake. We purposely came here because of its close proximity to the city of Green Bay. The marina's large picnic pavilion and the spacious, fresh shower rooms are noteworthy features. The Waterfront Café, adjacent to the marina, is a local favorite serving ice cold beer and good food. Just a short walk across the bridge is a fish market.

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  • Marina Review for Harbor Club Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Aug 15, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    We're beginning to think Door County "grows" the best dock hands on the entire lake! This marina's facilities rank as one of the best laid-out designs we've come across. From convenient pump-out stations to dock-side bar-b-que grills, from the inviting boater's lounge to the spacious laundry room, and to the "country club" shower rooms, all combine to make it a marina you won't ever want to leave. Plenty of shops, stores and restaurants are within walking distance if you can tear yourself away from the comforts of the marina. And don't miss the Maritime Museum right across the street!

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  • Marina Review for Sister Bay Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Aug 15, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    It's hard to beat the convenience of this marina's location, arguably in the middle of Door County's most popular vacation destination. It seems all the staff are well-trained in the importance of good customer service. Most notable are the secure, clean shower and bathroom facilities, the well-maintained docks and finger piers, the laundry room, and free loaner bikes. Provisioning the galley or the engine room is easily accomplished while in Sister Bay and there are numerous nearby restaurants to satiate almost every palate!

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  • Marina Review for Town Dock at Jackson Harbor

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Aug 3, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 2

    This is where people go to get away from the trappings of modern life and be one with nature! We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights at this rustic, quiet, picturesque harbor. The marina has very nice lay-alongs for transients, but call ahead to reserve space (920-847-2454). In spite of its remoteness, they apparently stay near capacity. Currently managed by The Jackson Harbor Inn. Shore power and picnic tables are found dockside, but NO potable water, shower facilities, wi-fi or cell phone service are available, so plan accordingly. A small maritime museum and hot dog / ice cream shop are adjacent, Very convenient to dinghy over to Rock Island to hike the nature trails or do some serious bird watching.

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  • Marina Review for Harbor Beach Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jul 22, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    A great place to lay low when the lake is acting up! The marina staff will drive you into town if you need a ride, but the nearby city bike path is also a very convenient way to get around. There are several tasty and reasonable eateries to choose from, a good laundromat, public library, grocery store, and even a single screen movie theater. If you enjoy history, treat yourself to an extraordinary museum at the home of Frank Murphy, former mayor of Detroit, 1st governor general of the Philippine Islands, Governor of Michigan, U.S. Attorney General, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Dockside depths at the 40 foot slips were 5 feet or more. Bathroom and shower facilities at the marina are well looked after.

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  • Marina Review for Grand River Marine-Offices

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jul 16, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 2

    Patience is the watchword when trying to get directions or information from the part-time summer help at any marina. The fact that they have docks on both sides of the river doesn't help, and that some are technically in the city of Fairport while the others are in Grand River. Only the slips on the Grand River side have access to bathroom and shower facilities, which are locked and inaccessible between sundown and sunrise. Wakes from boats coming and going from other upstream marinas taper off considerably after sunset.

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  • Marina Review for North Coast Harbor Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jul 16, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    The three most important things for any business are location, location, and location! This marina puts you within walking distance of everything that downtown Cleveland has to offer: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, every type of restaurant you can think of, shopping, movie theaters, live entertainment, historical sites you never knew about, professional baseball, football, and basketball games, museums, and even micro breweries! The "Rock & Dock" may be considered just a place to "park" your boat, without normal marina services such as fuel, a pump-out or a ship's store. But the floating docks are well-maintained, the restrooms & showers are clean, and the entire facility is very secure. And for the doubtful souls that haven't been to the city in the past six years, go check it out: Cleveland Rocks!

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  • Marina Review for Erie Basin Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jul 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    For such a large marina, the setting felt rather intimate, probably because it is surrounded by a park on one side and very nice condos on the other. As their website suggests, stop at the fuel dock on your way into the basin (starboard side) to check-in at the dockmaster's office. You'll need to get the security key for your dock gate. Although the docks are fixed, they are in very good condition. Fingers are long enough to allow our 36 foot Grand Banks to tie bow-in and still get on & off the boat. We were pleasantly surprised to find the bathroom and shower facilities in such nice, clean condition, especially since we were here over a very busy July 4th. And the air conditioned bathrooms were a big bonus! They were about 100 yards from our slip, but conveniently located right next to a bar, a hamburger joint, and a great ice cream shop! There are several eating establishments within walking distance, both beach casual and dockside "dining". Great view of the lake and breakwater as you stroll along flower lined sidewalks.

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  • Marina Review for Canal Harbor at Seneca Falls

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    What a great find! The city of Seneca Falls has done a marvelous job accommodating all types of boaters, both big and small. For smaller boats that are just out for the day that do not need power or water, there is a 200' floating dock located at each end of the 400' concrete wall. For bigger boats, the wall has sensibly spaced cleats for your lines (no bollards) and seven pedestals with 30 amp outlets and water. The city's Canalside Boater Facility, located midway along the docks (below the Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry) has well-maintained toilets, showers, washers and dryers for boaters use. A five minute walk will take you to at least a dozen various local eateries, the "It's a Wonderful Life" Museum, the Women's Rights National Historic Park, the National Women's Hall of Fame or the city library!

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  • Marina Review for Donovan's Shady Harbor Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 21, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    The only thing this marina doesn't have is city noise and city lights (And that would be a good thing!). We absolutely cannot think of anything negative to say about their docks, restrooms, laundry room, ship's store, maintenance facility, swimming pool, marina staff or restaurant.
    If you're looking for a peaceful setting with all of the aforementioned sterling amenities, then look no further.

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  • Marina Review for Albany Yacht Club

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 21, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    A very convenient and accessible location to get fuel. Sturdy, floating lay-along docks for transients. Restrooms, showers and laundry facility were very clean. All the members we met were gracious and treated us like "one of their own". An intimate clubhouse with a fabulous view! We happened to be there for one of the monthly dinners and it was terrific! Several local eating establishments within easy walking distance. Albany's "South Mall" is worth a visit just to see the State Capitol, the New York State Museum and The Egg Center for the Performing Arts.

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  • Marina Review for Kingston City Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 14, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 2

    The best thing about this marina is the location. Sheltered by the high cliffs of the Roundout Creek and in a no wake zone, you are in the middle of the old downtown waterfront of Kingston. Several good eating establishments, from fine dining to casual fare, are within a five minute walk of the marina. The Hudson River Maritime Museum is worth a visit to learn about the fascinating and vital roles that the Hudson River and NY canals played over the last century.
    Unfortunately, the city is not investing any resources to help this facility reach its potential. The docks, electrical outlets, and single restroom need to be modernized.

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  • Marina Review for Half Moon Bay Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 14, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    For Loopers, this is the marina you want to stay at to take in the sights of New York! Within walking distance to the train station for a quick trip to Grand Central Station in NY City. Enterprise is also a stone's throw away if you choose to rent a car to visit Hyde Park, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or the Culinary Institute of America. It is one of the more protected marinas on the Hudson River and has very reasonable dock fees.

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  • Marina Review for Captain Bill's Landing

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 10, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Just accept the fact that there is not a marina or anchorage in this entire area that is not adversely affected by the current or the boat wakes! Captain Bill and his crew did an excellent job making sure we were as secured and protected as possible. Convenient location for a walk to the oceanfront boardwalk. Lots of entertainment, people watching, restaurants, or just staring at the ocean if you havent had enough of it!
    Even if you don't care for seafood, a fabulous meal at Red's Lobster Pot, next door to the marina, should be on your bucket list. Shop and compare, but it's hard to beat Captain Bill's fuel prices, dockage fees, and accomodating staff!

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  • Marina Review for Historic Gardner's Basin

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 7, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Best value for the Atlantic City area! Within walking distance to the boardwalk, bus stop, and many restaurants. Be sure to eat at the adjacent Gilchrist's for breakfast; fantastic pancakes! Their floating docks also provide a great view. Public restrooms available for use during the day but no shower or laundry facilities. Bonus: no charge for visiting The Aquarium, which is well worth seeing!

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  • Marina Review for Miss Chris Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 7, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 2

    If you just need an inexpensive, no-frills, bare-bones floating dock with power and water to tie up to for the night, this is the place! Toilet facilities but no showers or laundry. However, it is almost literally a stone's throw to several very good and popular restaurants. Lots of activity during the day, but very quiet at night.

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  • Marina Review for The Boathouse Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 3, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Navigation charts make this look like a questionable endeavor. However, the channel is well marked and deep all the way to this particular marina. If you need repairs performed or need to have your boat hauled, experienced mechanics and a 25-ton travel lift are on site. Floating docks and clean private bathrooms are always a bonus, but a golf cart that you can use for a run to the grocery store or a meal at one of several restaurants is exceptional.
    The marina owner is a "collector", and has a plethora of boating treasures, wooden boats, cars, photos, and memorabilia of all sorts on the property for you to peruse.

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  • Marina Review for The Wharf at Handy's Point

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 3, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Pepper & Alice, the couple who operate the marina, came 25 years ago and never left. After spending two nights here, we can certainly understand why. We echo all the sentiments of James (Oct '17 review). This is the quiet, peaceful, protected, nature-respecting marina that only a few lucky souls get to experience. Thanks for the memories!

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  • Marina Review for Calvert Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jun 3, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    This marina is literally "across the creek" from most of the restaurants and attractions in Solomons, so a short dinghy ride is required to visit them. The up-side of this is that you're away from the hubbub of the crowds and revelry of the partiers.
    A short walk will take you to the only waterfront eatery on their side of the creek. All the marina's facilities are more than adequate, floating transient docks are in very good shape, and dockage fees are the least expensive in the area.

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  • Marina Review for Capital Yacht Club

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on May 30, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    The absolutely best place to stay if you are visiting D.C. for the first time. The CYC members and staff make you to feel at home in their fabulous clubhouse. A convenient, free shuttle bus makes a run every 15 minutes to a Metro station and The National Mall. A Safeway grocery store literally requires only a 10 minute walk to obtain provisions. Fresh seafood of almost any variety can be found at the Seafood Market, a short stroll from the Yacht Club. There aren't many transient slips available, so make your request as far in advance as possible.

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  • Marina Review for Tantallon Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on May 21, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Concerned about dockside depth at nearby Fort Washington, we took their staff's advice to try Tantallon Marina. What a pleasant surprise! It's hard to believe we are surrounded by a peaceful, "country" setting and yet so close to metro D.C. Don't expect the modern glitz, glamour or amenities of the high-priced marinas in the city. Tantallon is in a quiet, rural setting where chirping birds and honking Canadian geese serve as your alarm clock! A nearby Enterprise car rental will pick you up and a Safeway grocery store is within walking distance. The friendly, helpful, live-aboard staff will bend over backwards to make your stay an enjoyable one. Charted depths from the Potomac into the creek would normally make us leery about coming here. But the well-marked channel, along with a rising tide, made it a non-event. And the dockside depths on our floating dock were never less than 5 feet during our five-day stay!

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  • Marina Review for Belmont Bay Harbor

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on May 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Belmont Bay Harbor is in a No Wake Zone with very nice floating docks and a convenient fuel & pump out location. The secure dock gates & bath facilities require a key-card in order to enter or exit, which lends greatly to the security and cleanliness of both.
    A very long walk to restaurants or provisions, but a reasonable bike ride. Good wifi, current/wind protection, and pleasant setting.

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  • Marina Review for Shymansky's Restaurant & Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on May 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 2

    I mostly agree with Joel Busse's April 2017 assessment. This is NOT really a marina, but a restaurant with docks; very run-down docks. But we too found the outermost lay-along adequate for our draft and 30 amp power. No water available. Restaurant still serves good seafood and was doing a very brisk business on Mother's Day. Other than the beer & liquor in the "Ships Store", their entire inventory is obviously just left over from the original owner some years back. Bathroom/shower facilities are third-world.

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  • Anchorage Review for Horseshoe Bend - St. Marys River

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen, Spiritus, on May 15, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

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

    The best part of dropping the hook here, other than the countryside scenery, protected waters and fabulous sunsets, is the visit to the college. Makes you think about how cool it would have been to be part of this type of scholastic environment.
    An easy row to shore. White pvc pipes mark several underwater obstructions.

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  • Marina Review for Deltaville Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on May 15, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Fabulous new floating docks, very clean and spacious shower facilities, friendly & helpful staff, a loaner vehicle for running errands, and a well thought-out laundry room. What more does a transient boater need? Repairs? The boat yard is right next door!

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  • Marina Review for Wormley Creek Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on May 7, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Looking for a quiet, peaceful marina with surroundings that look and feel like an anchorage? Escape the wind and waves and tie up to Wormley's well-protected floating docks and enjoy their down home hospitality. There's a travel lift available to carry your boat up to their small, but well-maintained yard. Do-it-yourselfers can find most anything they need in the ship store for regular maintenance. A basic, but very clean, shower room awaits you at the end of a long day. You can Uber into town for a visit to the Yorktown National Battlefield, American Revolution Museum, or one of several restaurants. A great break from the "sameness" of most marinas! Charts make entering this creek look daunting, but the office gave very good instructions.

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  • Marina Review for River Forest Manor and Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Apr 26, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    This marina is "southern hospitality" at its finest! When we arrived, the friendly staff was standing by to assist in getting us settled into our slip. Their large elevated deck provides a great gathering place for docktails, sunsets, and even sunrises. If you're not up for a ten-minute stroll through a picturesque, tree-shaded, waterfront neighborhood, then just drive one of their golf carts into town. It may sound crazy, but whether you're a guy or a gal you must make a stop at Belhaven's fun and unique Ace Hardware Store. Treat yourself to a gourmet meal at Spoon River Café or The Tavern at Jack's Neck. The marina's showers/bathrooms are some of the roomiest we've come across during our years of cruising. The laundry facility is also spacious and clean, with three new washers & dryers that are FREE for boaters use. If you're lucky, the Dockmaster will even arrange a private tour of the fabulous old Manor House.

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  • Marina Review for Alligator River Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Apr 24, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    This may not be a "must visit" location, but if the weather turns ugly on the Albemarle you'll be glad it's here! It is safe, protected, and meets the essential needs of cruisers. The friendly staff will make you feel like a local. Grounds are well-groomed and wooden docks are regularly maintained. The boater's lounge is very comfortable and has Direct TV. The wi-fi is exceptionally good. Four clean, individual bathrooms with showers. Note: This marina is located out in the country and only has well water on the property.

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  • Marina Review for Homer Smith Docks and Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Apr 20, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Don't let looks deceive you! This marina, run by a former commercial fisherman, is home to an active fleet of fishing boats. But their floating docks are in excellent shape. The very clean restroom, shower, and free washer & dryer almost seem out of place in this working man's marina! The best wi-fi we've ever had anywhere! A free loaner vehicle is available for those needing to get provisions. Beaufort's Front Street is only three blocks away, offering numerous culinary establishments to satisfy your palate, historic homes to feed your love of history and local retail shops to help you part with your money!

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  • Marina Review for Southport Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Apr 20, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    The ONLY negative about this marina is that at times it can be exposed to wind-generated wave action. Otherwise, the entire staff is very professional and willing to accommodate. Facilities such as the showers, laundry room, ship store, fuel dock, picnic and gathering areas are extremely well looked after. The downtown area is a convenient walk to the North Carolina Maritime Museum, cafes, stores, and numerous restaurants. A great location to have friends or family come to spend some time with you while you're cruising.

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  • Marina Review for Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown SC

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Apr 7, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    It's always a treat to have knowledgeable boat handlers waiting for you at the dock! What they lack in size, this marina makes up for in charm. Convenient to the ICW and literally a stone's throw to the museums, shops and downtown restaurants, this marina is in an awesome location. We agree with the previous rater comments about the superb showers & restrooms. The laundry facilities are equally as nice. A stroll along Front Street and the surrounding neighborhood will have you talking about "the way life used to be"!

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  • Marina Review for Isle of Palms Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Apr 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    This stop was truly a pleasant surprise! Used the marina's excellent, free loaner bikes to ride on the beach AND to get provisions at Harris Teeter's. Didn't realize this island was such a family-oriented vacation destination. April is the beginning of their "high season", so daily transient rates are steeper now thru summer; much more reasonable in the off-season. The adjacent Morgan Creek Grill is very busy in the evenings but serves excellent food. It has two distinct dining rooms, each with its own separate menu (formal vs. casual). Because of its location, water current has little affect on most of the transient lay-along dock.

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Beaufort

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Apr 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    There's no denying that the city Beaufort is a fabulous place to visit! Waterway Cruising Guide thoroughly, and accurately, sings her praises! The most helpful piece of advice I was given: Before getting there, take the time to look at a tide schedule and develop a docking strategy not only for your arrival, but your departure as well. Other than the peak slack period, the current really rips through this marina.

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  • Marina Review for Fernandina Harbor Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 27, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    Although this marina suffered major hurricane damage in 2016, it is still open for business, albeit on a limited basis. Call to reserve one of their four lay-along docks or pick up a mooring ball and go enjoy this interesting, historic town. It has more great restaurants within walking distance of the marina than any town north of Miami! The Island Hopper Shuttle will take you to get provisions, do your banking, or even drop you off at the movies for only a buck! The marina staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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  • Marina Review for Marineland Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 23, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    If you enjoy the peace and quiet of an anchorage but want the amenities of a marina, this is a fabulous place to stop! Take a stroll along the Atlantic ocean, a hike through a nature preserve, or interact with bottlenose dolphin across the street at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Clean, roomy showers/bathrooms and good washers/dryers. Dockmaster and assistant are extremely helpful and accommodating.

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  • Marina Review for Titusville Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 17, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    After hailing the office on CH 16 for our slip assignment, I was given the clearest, most logical directions ever given to me over the radio! This set the tone for the rest of our stay! The fuel dock is easily approached. Secured gates for each dock. Showers and boater's lounge facilities are also secured and kept very clean. Pet owners will enjoy the convenience of the adjacent dog park. Safe, easy walk to "Main Street" businesses. Overall, it's a very pleasant place to stop and catch your breath after a long day on the water.

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  • Marina Review for Loggerhead Marina - Vero Beach Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 11, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    The staff graciously handled our last-minute request for dockage. A very protected marina, located in a beautiful planned community. Loved walking through the neighborhoods on our way to a nearby strip mall. Loaner bikes available to help with provisioning at the local Publix. We echo the other sentiments regarding the well cared-for showers, lounge and pool. Liked it so much that we stayed an extra day. Entry channel may be considered narrow by some, but as of this writing it is well marked.

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  • Marina Review for Fort Pierce City Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 6, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 2

    Made reservations the week prior. Probably would have enjoyed staying here IF we could have gotten some assistance when we arrived. Idled in the marina basin area for an hour, waiting for the Dockmaster to direct us to a slip. He was apparently task saturated with two boats that arrived before us. The office staff that answers the VHF radio is either not knowledgeable enough, or not allowed, to answer any questions regarding dockage. Our experience is that it does not appear to be a very efficiently run marina. So sad, because it looks like it could have been a fun stay.

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  • Marina Review for Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Everything about this marina says "First-class Operation." Most notable is the extremely helpful staff. Is it pricey? Yes. But as they say, you get what you pay for!

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  • Marina Review for Moore Haven City Docks

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    A great option if you don't want to anchor out. The city has made using this unattended lay-along as hassle free as possible (see website). Dock is in good shape with power and water available for only $1 / foot. Literally almost a stone's throw from the Moore Haven Lock.

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  • Marina Review for City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Mar 4, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    As with any business, the three most important things are location, location, and location. FMYB is within walking distance of everything you need; a major grocery store, multiple restaurants, a library and a superb ice cream parlor! Downtown Ft Myers seems to continuously close off their major streets for car shows, live music festivals, art shows, farmer's markets or parades. No wonder so many people winter at this marina! The only negative thing to say about FMYB is that it is "tired". Short of being able to do a haul-out, it has the ability to provide almost any other boat service.

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  • Marina Review for Safe Harbor Burnt Store

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Feb 15, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    This is not just a "marina" in the traditional sense. On first visit, you get a sense that you've stumbled upon some sort of little utopia. This is a community! It's more than dockage, or fuel, or a restaurant. It is a respite for the weary cruiser, a chance to get off the boat and take long walks along the water or admire the greenery of beautiful, well-manicured lawns. It's where friends gather to sing karaoke unabashedly, drink beer, and drive golf carts into the night without fear of being put to the test of a breathalyzer. This is a place where many a boater has visited, only to return permanently.

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  • Marina Review for Laishley Park Municipal Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Feb 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    If you stay here more than a few days you won't ever want to leave. Everything is within walking distance; Publix, West Marine, banks, restaurants, pubs, even pickle-ball courts! Laundry & shower facility are spacious and always clean. Professional, courteous marina staff. Pump-out boat will come to your slip twice a week. Free bicycles available at the marina as well.

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  • Marina Review for Marina Jack

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jan 12, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    This is the Gold Standard by which all marinas should be judged; a first-class operation. Professional, courteous, helpful staff. In spite of being surrounded by boats over twice our size, we were treated like the most important boaters there! Shower and laundry facilities are unmatched. You can't help but love a marina that leaves a newspaper on your deck every morning!

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  • Marina Review for Gulfport Municipal Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Jan 3, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 4

    Transient dock is a floating lay-along, convenient to the bathroom, laundry, and office facilities. Very nice & secure upstairs showers as well as a dayroom with cable t.v. and large book / dvd exchange. Only a short walk to the center of downtown Gulfport for various types of restaurants, a post office and city library. Trailhead for the Pinellas Bike Trail is only 1 mile away. Staff is trying to use Dockwa as the primary means for making reservations, with mixed results.

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  • Bridge comment on Park Boulevard (SR 248) Bridge

    Comment by: Eddy Johnsen, Spiritus, on Dec 15, 2017
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Height clearance board on north side of bridge (for southbound vessels) is missing. Bridge tender says it has been ordered and will be replaced soon.

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  • Marina Review for Marker 1 Marina

    Reviewed by: Eddy Johnsen , Spiritus, on Dec 12, 2017
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 3

    The best things about the marina is their proximity to good restaurants, groceries, the bike trail, and downtown Dunedin. Also, they have a FREE washer & dryer! Bathroom facilities are not being cared for regularly. A major renovation project on one of their Hi & Dry storage buildings will limit the availability of transient slips between February and December of 2018. The staff has already stopped taking reservations and implemented a “first-come, first-serve” policy for transient dockage. The marina director has said the policy will continue until the project is completed.

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