Moving boat from St Simons Island to Miami, thoughts?

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Richie89, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. Richie89

    Richie89 New Member

    471
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    i won't be stopping for sight-seeing until at least halfway down, but any not to miss places or marinas along the way? Especially looking for marinas near restaurants and night entertainment. Will be cruising all day, and enjoying nights in locales.
     
  2. HUMPH

    HUMPH Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    I can't help you with the trip but it does sound like a fun time. Have you calculated the route, verified the best fuel stops, etc? I would reach out to Tusty to get his advise. Good luck, have fun and take pictures!
     
  3. k9medic

    k9medic Member

    421
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    I know you have hit most of the spots in NE Florida but if I had a few days to spare I would hit Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine again. Yuo just can't beat the marina being in the heart of downtown.

    For me, anything south of there is not of much interest. Stuart was a nice place to visit though.
     
  4. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Richie,

    Are you moving the boat to So. Fla permanently or just taking a trip?

    Don't overlook the Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach area for a stop. It is a cool laid back place and the local are some of the nicest folks you will meet on the water. There are several restaurants/bars on the water overlooking the canal and Sea Ray's Yacht factory at Sykes Creek is just across the bay and accessible by water with an invitation and directions.

    If you are moving the boat permanently, then there is a whole laundry list of things to know.
     
  5. Richie89

    Richie89 New Member

    471
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    Original plan was to come back to Ga in Sept, but thinking the move might be permanent. So any other info greatly appreciated. Have a reservation for Haulover Marine Center for racking!
     
  6. cod

    cod Member GOLD Sponsor

    657
    Nov 25, 2010
    Naples, Fl.
    2005 500 Sedan Bridge/
    Cummins QSM 11's/
    Capt. Hirams in Sebastian, Fl. Restaurant and bar with live outdoor music.
     
  7. Richie89

    Richie89 New Member

    471
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    thanks cod, exactly what i'm looking for. it looks like i can drop anchor out front and dinghy in for night fun. good anchorage?
     
  8. cod

    cod Member GOLD Sponsor

    657
    Nov 25, 2010
    Naples, Fl.
    2005 500 Sedan Bridge/
    Cummins QSM 11's/
    I've only docked there twice, never anchored so unfortunately can't answer...... I see on Active Captain there is an anchorage very close. Just watch the depths, I remember fairly shallow water approaching the marina. Fun place, The docks could use some upgrades, at least when I was there a couple of years ago. Safe travels.......
     
  9. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    We like New Smyrna Beach Marina. Short walk to a nice little town. We really like Ft Pierce City Marina. So much we are taking our boat there again for Jan-March.


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  10. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Active Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    East Coast Florida
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    good night life in the cove in canaveral (forget marina names) or harbortown canaveral has cheap gas and a new bar/rest but nothing else close by (uber to the cove?) as frank said, coco village is really nice too (there are municipal slips or an ancorage/moorings there) - sunset bay or pirates cove in stuart are nice - palm harbor marina in west palm (you pass right by) is steps from citywalk and a really nice facility - the square grouper at castaway marina in jupiter is an easy stop (there is a great ancorage just north of there that the locals call devils point) bahia mar in ft lauderdale is 2hrs or so north of haulover if your staying inside.....e mail me if you need any more - the trip inside from boynton inlet to ft lauderdale is a real *****......plan the bridges as you will be too tall for a few of them....(much quicker outside, but this time of year prob too uncomfortable) plan the timing and location of fuel stops too. wish i was doing the trip with you! you will have fun! did you check on insurance yet? prepare for sticker shock!
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2016
  11. Richie89

    Richie89 New Member

    471
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    thanks, great info so far! i applied for a temp registration in FL for more than the allowed 90 days. i'm testing the water to see if i will remain there permanently. insurance will more than double, even tho boat will be racked there. looking forward to exploring the Keys more, and the Bahamas. plus Miami Beach is our favorite city, i just need to learn all the ways to safely leave the dinghy there. been doing research with some luck, but not a lot.
     
  12. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars

    Most dry stack marinas have facilities for storing customer's dinghys, PWC, etc. There is a lot of space under the boat racks and most operators pour concrete under some of the racks to allow for storage on dollys. The problem, you will discover, is the soot from the diesel exhaust on forklift trucks, so you will need to address some sort of cover for the dinghy and perhaps the big boat. The cost for a dinghy is usually discounted for storage customers. I keep my boat at the Sea Ray dealer's marina and had a PWC in storage with them for several years. They keep a few PWC's for the general public on a space available basis, the cost is $150/month. As a regular storage customer, my cost was $300/year.
     
  13. FootballFan

    FootballFan Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    When I had a boat in Adventura, we kept the dinghy in a nearby rack storage. Frank has a good point about the soot, amazing how dirty the boat can get inside the building. Different than a northern dry storage in that the fork lifts are running inside every day year around.

    Mark
     
  14. Richie89

    Richie89 New Member

    471
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    370 Venture
    Twin Mercury Verado 300's
    i can store dinghy inside boat, i was referring to leaving the dinghy unattended somewhere on South Beach while we are at dinner. I will be chaining at one particular marina until i figure out better options. Dinghy theft seems to be a favorite past time down there.
     

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