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Old 12-02-2019, 04:50 PM   #21
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we've been stuck up here in Maryland for two months longer than we expected but tarpon springs was supposed to be our destination this year. Will be leaving Worton Creek at sunrise tomorrow and hope to get down there in time to join you. Please keep me in the loop as we will have cell and internet as we travel thank you.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:05 PM   #22
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I was thinking (yeah I know that’s dangerous) but it’s great that the Forum is becoming so social. A get together in January at Tarpon Springs and February at Ft Pierce. It’s a Great Life!
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:36 PM   #23
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I'm doing my refit on Dodecanes Rd (sponge docks) by the city marina. Leaving tomorrow to go home for xmas , but will be back around 7 Jan. The city marina has just reopened after putting new docks in. Currently only 2 boats in although it was busy a week or so ago. Would love to meet up with forum people if you do come up this way. Feel free to message me with any dates.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:45 PM   #24
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Martin how many feet do you draw? That info may provide a clue to other boats.

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Old 12-02-2019, 06:54 PM   #25
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Mines a 67ft Cheoy Lee (see my Avatar) with 5ft 3" draft. I've seen some pretty big stuff come up the river, with draft greater than me. I have not been down river yet since the sea trials. I bought the boat here and have been refitting it since. Hopefully finished prior to spring.
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When they did the new city docks , they dredged the area.
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Thanks. It’s been many years since I’ve been there but I know some shrimpers get in there and most I know draw six plus feet. Nice to know it was dredged recently. I draw five feet and knew your boat draws more.

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Old 12-02-2019, 07:54 PM   #28
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Thanks for the invite, would love to attend. Been there many times, and just live south of there in St. Petersburg. Five hour boat run or hour drive. Most likely bring the boat.
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:25 PM   #29
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Great local if we can get slips at the same dock, lots of good restaurants and shopping for the ladies.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:03 AM   #30
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Hey there,
We are a little new to the Trawler lifestyle and would love to meet up with some real salty veterans. I’m on a little Bayou off the river. I know the town pretty well. Stay between the markers on your way in and you’ll be fine. Rusty Belles has the best fish in town so you will want to go there Its on the river has a bar/live music Finally after you get tired of looking at sponges and crap at the docks ride the trolley downtown to the antique shops for the wife to shop. There is a cozy little bar where you can wait. Also consider a stop on the SE side of three Rooker Bar that lies south of Anclote Island. It’s quite beautiful there. The inside channel runs next to it.
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Thanks for your input and welcome aboard. And you will find some salty dudes amoung us.
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Great local if we can get slips at the same dock, lots of good restaurants and shopping for the ladies.

Good point. I believe the only two good options are Turtle Cove and the City Marina. Both easy walk into town, but Turtle is a tad closer, especially to Rustys. Is there another marina option?



Turtle is probably a tad nicer but has shallow water issues, and a low tide, I've had several friends face a few hour wait to get in/out. With the City marina having been rebuilt recently, that would make a nice option.... no tide issues, but can have some current. Food for thought.
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Iíve been in and out of the Anclote river several times in my 17 ft boat and thereís plenty of water just make sure you do not go out of the channel not only in the river but in the approach channel as well. Itís well marked but pay attention.
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:25 PM   #34
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We are newish to the trawler world too. Still working so depending on date we would enjoy meeting some with way more experience than us. Keep us posted on date and time

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So I've talked to the Tarpon Springs municipal marina and reached out to Turtle Cove marina. TC hasn't called me back yet and their website is down or in transition. TSM has 6 transient floating docks that are new. Price is $2 per foot including electric.

I get the impression that there aren't a lot of transient slips near the sponge docks. So it seems a good idea to set dates and for those coming by boat, make reservations soon. TSM indicated that a month or so out, all 6 slips would likely be available.

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I would like to center this over a weekend as a few who may come, still work. After looking at the city's event calendar, the weekend of January 11th and 12th look to be void of any events. While the next weekend would also work, MLK federal holiday is the 20th and there's also an arts festival that weekend. Personally, I prefer to not wait in line at restaurants, so an event free weekend would be my preference. My plan would be to arrive Friday 10th and depart Monday 13th.

So what do people think? If you plan to attend, please respond to this thread indicating whether you will want dockage or not.

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Like I said earlier Iím local will not need a slip and doesnít matter when you have it. I understand the weekend idea but understand the area is many times busier on the weekend.
So you might want to plan on staying a day or two on a weekday also so you can better enjoy the area.
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Could certainly come in on Thursday, do Friday and Saturday, and leave on Sunday.

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I'll be there. Do not need a slip. My boats moored next to the city Marina.
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Update:

So I talked to Turtle Cove marina. Their rate is $2.50 per foot including electric and BoatUs discount. It sounds like they have more amenities (swimming pool, spa, etc.) and if I were going to be there for an extended stay, would likely take advantage of those features. The mean (mid tide) water depth is 5' in fairways. When asked about my 4.5' draft, high tide was recommended for arriving and departing. For the second weekend in January, they only have one 50' slip available, but a number of smaller size ones. While it sounds like a nice place to spend a month, I think the municipal marina is going to be a better fit (pun intended).

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Saturday the 11th would be great. We will be driving and not need dockage. Just the two of us (hear the music?)

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