Reviews from Malcolm Rubel (16)


  • Marina Review for Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 4, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    Telephone # 252-242-5287
    Restaurant is open in season 7 days a week from 1130 am to 8:00pm.
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    The Sanitary Seafood Restaurant is a fixture on the Moorhead City Waterfront. Food is good and the selection of local beers is extensive. For the boater there is a 150' floating dock with 15' of depth at the dock, well constructed and solid that is available on a first come first serve basis. No water or electric. Overnight dock fee is $1.00 per foot with no food or $25 flat fee if you eat at the restaurant or take out to eat on your boat. If the dock is full you can anchor up against the island on the other side of the channel. Holding is good but there is a good tidal current that runs through the channel. Lots of boat traffic but it all goes by as slow speeds in this crowded section of the harbor. On the weekends expect some noise from nearby bars. Dock is secured at night.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Swansboro Harbor, Daybeacon 4 destroyed

    Comment by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 4, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Dayboard #4 in Swansboro is present. Alert should be deleted

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: New River Inlet, ICW Mile 244.0, Buoy 74 Missing

    Comment by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 3, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    R74 still missing.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: New River, Light 72 destroyed

    Comment by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 3, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    R72 in place. Best to delete this alert

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Thanks. We will delete.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Masonboro Sound, AIWW Mile 288.4, Light 137 destroyed/TRLB

    Comment by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 3, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    G137 in place. Probably the best thing to do is delete this alert

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Thanks, we will delete.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Intracoastal mile 292.4, Daybeacon 151 destroyed

    Comment by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 3, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    G151 in place. Probably the best thing to do is remove this alert

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Thanks. We will delete.

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  • Marina Review for Carolina Beach Municipal Marina

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 3, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    The Carolina Municipal Marina mooring field is an excellent, safe, low cost stop on the way north or south on the Intracoastal. The mooring field is laid out with sufficient swing room and enough depth for any vessel traveling the ICW. The mooring pendant is usually stowed in a "basket" on the top of the ball so it is not full of slime and gunk. Very nice.
    The new feature for this marina is a trio of floating docks with water, power and sufficient depth for a 50' boat, although the bow will be hanging out beyond the outside mooring piers. Water and 50 amp power is also provided for a $60 Dockwa reservation. These three slips are about a mile south of the mooring field, almost at the end of the cut, located on the shore side just beyond a restaurant named "Stoked." This is a public landing with several fishing ad tourist boats sharing the dock and parking. Shopping, grocery and food choices abound. It was cold when we were here and we appreciated the electricity but, on a normal day, we would prefer to be in the mooring fie.d.
    Larry, the dockmaster, is about as responsive as you could ever wish for.

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  • Nav Alert comment on NC: Snows Cut, shoaling MM 295

    Comment by: Malcolm Rubel on Apr 2, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    G161A and R162A are not present. Shoaling definitely is there. Follow Bob423 track.

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  • Marina Review for The Marina at Ortega Landing

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Jan 17, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    Marina life in the time of COVID. While some of the social activities are curtailed, the marina staff has done an outstanding job of trying to maintain the atmosphere and access to the facilities while paying close attention to the necessities of social distancing. You do not get a "Lockdown" feeling at all. The facilities and staff are first rate. I could rave about many things but other reviewers have already spelled them out and we agree. Our favorite place to stay.

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  • Marina Review for Green Cove Springs City Pier

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Jan 17, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 4

    Not a free dock but the next best thing. $10 for a tie up, $10 for water and power (30 and 50 amp) on an honor system with pay envelopes available at the top of the dock. Pier is behind a concrete breakwater that really reduces wave action from the north through the east. Slips and one longer side tie available on a first come first serve basis with a 48 hour maximum. Slips are narrow and will accommodate boats under 40 feet. The "T" dock sits between two dolphins and will handle a boat of up to 70 feet with good depth. If you find space this is an excellent stop at a reasonable price. The park an local amenities (including St. Brendan's Isle Mail Forwarding Service) are within easy walking distance.

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  • Free Dock Review for Palatka Town Dock

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Jan 17, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 3

    Newer floating docks in excellent condition. No electric and no water. Exposed to current that is somewhat tidal. Exposed to wind from the north through east to southeast and can be bouncy with a good wind. Exposed to noise from the bridge located 200 yards downstream from the landing. Landing is downtown and has access to local park, shops, post office, and restaurants. Have spent the night here twice and would come back again.

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  • Anchorage Review for Morrison Island

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Jan 17, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

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

    Morrison Island is an urban anchorage with houses on the main channel as well as houses on the Morrison Island loop. Although there are speed restrictions in the area some boats don't abide by them and wakes will disturb you from time to time. We had six to eight early morning fishermen come by in bass and pontoon boats so solitude is not this anchorages strong point. 10 foot depth in the front of the anchorage with shallower depths towards the rear. Shore access is possible at one of several commercial and public landings further up the river towards the center of town.

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  • Anchorage Review for Starks Landing Loop

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Jan 17, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

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

    Enter on north side of oxbow in a tight channel between the shore on the north side and the hyacinth in the opening.. Depth on entering is 7' and depth at the back of the oxbow are less than published, averaging 8-9' feet. Holding is good in soft mud. Shore access is available in several place along the bank where it looks like houseboaters tie up.

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  • Anchorage Review for Emanuel Bend

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Jan 17, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

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

    Enter from the north end of the oxbow. Depths are shallower than indicated on the chart but never less than 9 feet on the north arm of the oxbow and 7 feet at the back of the oxbow in front of the five or six houses on shore. All shore access on land looks private. Access to shore on island looks possible but did not try.
    Cell reception for ATT and Verizon good.
    Anchorage will hold at least five or six boats in line with the current. Good anchorage but Butcher's Bend a mile further up the river is better.

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  • Anchorage Review for Butchers Bend

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Jan 17, 2021
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

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

    Oxbow off the river with excellent wind protection all around. No wakes in the back of the oxbow but probably can be felt if you anchor close to the channel. Excellent holding in mud. No shore access but good cell phone reception for both ATT and Verizon. Plenty of room for a large number of boats anchoring in line with the slight current flowing downriver through the anchorage.. Depths vary between 10 feet to 15 feet through most of the anchorage. with 8' at both entrances to the oxbow. Definitely a first choice for the area. Shore access for pets on the island is pretty sketchy.

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  • Marina Review for Wayfarers Cove Marina & Boatyard

    Reviewed by: Malcolm Rubel on Mar 17, 2020
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 48'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    One of the true gems. Tom, the manager is a true professional and his team and resident contractors (Gatlin Marine and Vogt Yachts) do first class work at reasonable prices. DIY work allowed on the hard and in the water. The yard and facilities are being updated by the new owner so stay tuned for updates. (03/20).

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