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provisioning stops

Well, the first version kinda jumped off the rails. I would like to start fresh.

I'm looking for the PRIMO provisioning stops for cruising boats. I'm mainly interested in east coast usa but anywhere is OK. PLEASE, I'd like to keep to some limits.

Anyone can pull up to a marina, borrow a car and go shopping. Most cruisers are trying to maintain a budget and are not on a 50' motoryacht. So the first requirement is a good anchorage or cheap mooring with dinghy dock access. Second is close proximity to supplies. Hauling multiple bags of groceries is a pain no matter how you slice it. So a half mile walk for groceries would be preferred. Longer bus rides for parts and other supplies would be acceptable. Laundry close by is another issue. We change our underwear more than once a week! So the laundry bag gets heavy!
We have bikes aboard but like to get around without if possible.
Last item is water. Many fuel docks will let you fill when you buy fuel but it is nice to have access if you are in a provisioning spot for a week.

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Miami Beach

Miami Beach is a great provisioning stop. There are plenty of places to anchor and 2 good dinghy tie ups. Publix and Fresh Market are 3 to 6 blocks away. There is a laundry about 3/4 mile. The police dock has a water tap where you can fill jugs. The bus system is good to take you further afield like to marine supplies. Or you can dinghy a few miles to the marine suppliers as well. And there are great restaurants all over Miami Beach. We loved riding our bikes all over town.
An excellent stop.
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There is an anchorage up the St. Lucie river near Sunset Bay marina. There is a bulkhead next to a launch ramp where you could tie 30 dinghies and walk less than a half mile to Publix. Further up that road are hardware stores, drugs, banks, west marine and much more.
If you pay for a mooring at sunset bay you get access to their bicycles, shuttle bus and a few other amenities.
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Northport Long Island

Northport Long Island tries pretty hard. Their town dock is free during the day. You can tie up, walk to the laundry, hardware, drugs close by, wash the boat and fill water tanks. The only problem is the grocery store is about 1 mile up a big hill. We walked our bikes up most of it. At least coming back loaded up is down hill.
The anchorage is at least a half mile out past the giant mooring field and is exposed to north winds and weekend boat wakes.
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Vineyard Haven

Vineyard Haven on Marthas Vineyard works similar to Northport. They have a short stay town dock where you can wash the boat and fill tanks. The moorings are expensive and dock space is astronomical. But the anchorage is good in the prevailing southerly winds. With a north wind...ouch! And ferry wakes do keep you rolling during the day.
The Stop n Shop is right in town, about 4 to 6 blocks from the dink dock. There are banks, drugs, hardware, etc. Don't recall laundry. Considering it's in megabucks New England, its a good stop.
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Re: provisioning stops

Something we found very useful more than once is a dock on the east side of the Hudson River very near where the Erie Canal branches off to the west. The dock is in the back parking lot of a supermarket, you can take the shopping cart right to your boat.

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Re: provisioning stops

Belhaven is almost a mandatory stop for most of us on the ICW - unless you're into long, long runs. Belhaven has now installed a new free town dock, with power, water and pumpout, and are about to install a second. The debil (sic) is in the details....
Dock one is close to downtown, meaning a couple of decent restaurants, and a good hardware store, and interesting museum. Dock two, soon to be opened, is much closer to the grocery store, auto supply store and dollar store.
Hopefully, the River Forest will be reopened with a new menu, etc., since for years it was one of THE stopping places on the ICW.


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Re: provisioning stops

Here's one most folks aren't aware of, in Melbourne FL. The anchorage at Dragon's Point offers a nice safe anchorage, and if you dinghy up the canal beside the marina to the east - can't recall the marina's name offhand - there is a dinghy dock quite close to grocery stores and other useful stores. I've not used it as I have a friend with a dock in the area ;>) but I've driven by and it looks very convenient.


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Marco Island

Marco Island SW Fl has an anchorage that is very well protected called Smokehouse Bay. There is a very long dinghy dock right on the property of a Winn Dixie grocery store! Hardware, auto supply, drug, bank, west marine and more are within a half mile walk. We did not find water available.
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Re: Miami Beach

[/QUOTE]The bus system is good to take you further afield like to marine supplies.
An excellent stop.[/QUOTE]

To add to this, the transit system in Miami will get you as far north as Palm Beach using the Tri Rail, and easily into Lauderdale, etc. All for very little dollars.


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