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06-23-2012 05:13 AM
MARC2012
Re: Big Bend Local Knowledge?

Am presently at CQuarters Marina in Carrabelle,very friendly & grocery very close.marc
06-23-2012 12:34 AM
aquamanhf@aim.com
Re: Big Bend Local Knowledge?

Hi Stumble,

Thanks for the note. We are planning to ease down the Tenn-Tom in fall as soon as the hurricanes ease up and hope to be in Mobile Bay between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are doing a major refit on the Islander that has been neglected for over 8 yeas. Doing it on a SS budget takes time and I am in a State Park Marina. We are hoping to be underway in the next 2 months.

Harry
06-22-2012 10:00 PM
lowtide
Re: Big Bend Local Knowledge?

Forget Government cut, it is currently too shallow even for you, East pass is currently the only way in to St George's Bay.

Cedar Key has a reputation for being sailboat unfriendly, and a recent unplanned visit confirmed this, aside from a few local sailors. They reported sailboats left at anchor unattended had been boarded, their chain cut loose, putting them on the shore. There is not a single non-private dock deep enough to tie a sailboat to. The dock at the City Marina specifically prohibits tying up dinghies, and is to be used only to stage boat launching.

These "fishing villages" look down at sailors. I usually ask them how their great grandfathers went out to fish, and am met with a dumbfounded stare.

It's too bad that these places along the Big Bend don't make themselves available to sailboats, but they don't. Go offshore to East Pass, or directly to Port St. Joe, where the City Marina welcomes cruisers both power and sail alike.
06-22-2012 03:32 AM
Stumble
Re: Big Bend Local Knowledge?

My knowledge ends really in Pensacola, but be very careful of the Dixey Bar just outside the mouth of Mobile Bay. It currently stretches a set of channel markers past the lighthouse before ou can make the turn to the east.

Fairhope Yacht Club on the east side of the bay is incredible, and the club has very reasonable transient slip rates.

Pensacola Yacht Club is currently stacked full of boats for probably the next two weeks as they are hosting two large regattas last week, and this weekend. And it will likely take a few weeks to clear out.

Any idea what your time line looks like?
06-18-2012 03:03 AM
Frogwatch
Re: Big Bend Local Knowledge?

I tell people in the big Bend, "If you can see land, yer aground"
06-18-2012 03:01 AM
Frogwatch
Re: Big Bend Local Knowledge?

Interesting, My first boat was on Lake Guntersville.
So, west to east
So, the Big Bend. At Carabelle, you gotta go to Dog Island. At the east end is Tysons Harbor where you anchor out in a well protected but shallow cove (yeah, yer gonna go aground, big deal).
Alligator Harbor to the east, difficult to get in, difficult to get out. Well protected though but no current marina.
Ocklocknee Bay, almost impossible to get in and out.
Panacea, very shallow but it has a marina.
Spring Creek up in far NW Apalachee Bay, really cool Old Florida but nearly impossible w/o going aground several times. Go ahead and do it. There is a dock where you can stay but no facilities except a bathroom.
Shell Point. Shallow channel, you will go aground. No facilities except at the Apalachee Bay Yacht Club.
St Marks, deep water with several choices of places to go. All facilities are about 5 miles upriver. There is a fair weather anchorage adjacent to the lighthouse boat ramp (just outside the turning basin) called Spanish Hole. There are numerous places going upriver to anchor. Both the St Marks and Wakulla Rivers are very nice.
Aucilla, NO WAY.
Keaton Beach, not if your draft is over 4'
Steinhatchee, deep water, a good place with two marinas last I checked or you can anchor in the river.
Horseshoe Beach, maybe, I have never been there.
Suwanee River, looks difficult but i have never tried it.
Cedar Key, You GOTTA go there, a cool place. Unfortunately, almost hostile to sailboats with no marinas you can get into. You will hit bottom at least twice going there. You anchor between the shore and Atsena Otie Key and dinghy in. Do not try the municipal dock as it is "difficult" for any boats and is meant for fishing. Sorry but no fuel easily available there.
Between Cedar Key and TArpon Springs, everyplace is hard to get into so I'd just do the 65 miles or so to Tarpon Springs.
06-07-2012 10:50 AM
aquamanhf@aim.com
Re: Big Bend Local Knowledge?

Greetings,

I have an islander 32 shoal draft in N Alabama at the moment. This sall I plan to come down the Tenn Tom to Mobile bay and continue on towards Florida and points further. Eventually.

I would like to look for some Old Florida locations along the big bend where we can anchhor and find some new friends gunkholing all the way. We are retired and have no particular schedule.

We came to Joe Wheeler State park 14 months ago for 10 days...... Sold the sailboat we arrived on From Misouri and bought this one here.

Any information of neat places to visit along the bend and west coast of Florida would be appreciated. We have a travel blog with lots of pictures and some video of going through the Tenn river locks but I am not sure if I can put a link here?

Harry and Barbara
aboard New House
02-02-2010 10:54 PM
Mechsmith At the Greenway the canal was finished up to about the first lock at Ingliss. You would spend the night in the canal near the bridge. (US 41) If you pick up the channel from the Gulf the canal to the power plant goes off to the right and the channel to the Withlacoochie goes off to the left. Probably two to three miles closer to the open gulf than the river.

Check your charts, it's well marked but there is quite a lot of skinny water. They didn't put the daymarks close together because they had extra posts to use up . (:-)
02-02-2010 03:09 PM
Mike Turner
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The Withlacootchie is a long ways in. (6 miles in channel from the gulf to the mouth). Shorter for overnight would be the greenway, (Cross Florida Barge Canal) which is very sheltered and has a boat ramp and ranger station. Resupply would be a fair walk though from either place. However Yankeetown and Inglis are pleasant places to visit. Well marked but a bit confusing as there are three branching channels.

A plus for a beginner is that you can see either the stacks at Anclote or the cooling towers at Yankeetown for the whole 50 miles making it a piloting rather than a navigational event.
How far in is it to the greenway? I see it on the chart, didn't know there was anything up there.

Great tip re: the stacks, I've seen the ones at Anclote. Thanks for both tips.

I think I've got the wife leaning with me now towards doing the overnight up to Carrabelle/Apalachicola, less chance of weather closing in in a 30 hour direct sail versus 5-7 days hugging the coast. But still evaluating.
02-02-2010 10:11 AM
Mechsmith The Withlacootchie is a long ways in. (6 miles in channel from the gulf to the mouth). Shorter for overnight would be the greenway, (Cross Florida Barge Canal) which is very sheltered and has a boat ramp and ranger station. Resupply would be a fair walk though from either place. However Yankeetown and Inglis are pleasant places to visit. Well marked but a bit confusing as there are three branching channels.

A plus for a beginner is that you can see either the stacks at Anclote or the cooling towers at Yankeetown for the whole 50 miles making it a piloting rather than a navigational event.
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