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Old 07-30-2014, 11:46 AM   #21
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Hugging the coast, if you stay 12 miles out when you are not aground, if something bad happens you can walk to the beach....
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:08 PM   #22
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Good news with the impeller situation... while travelling along the ICW in Clearwater this morning I located one at Pelican Marine up in Hudson. Shortly thereafter we pulled into a Clearwater municipal dock for fuel. While paying my bill I mentioned my dilemma to the d ockmaster and the fact that I needed a ride to Hudson for the part. To my surprise he said he could run me up there this afternoon. That worked out great because we cruised on up to Tarpin Springs where he picked me up. Life is good and you meet some of the nicest people on the water.
We plan to head out in the morning, weather permitting. I'll keep y'all posted. Thanks for the input.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:01 AM   #23
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We are approaching Dog Island. Where is a good place to dock for the night in Carrabelle?
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:05 AM   #24
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Moorings of Carrabelle
1000 Highway 98 E, PO Box M
Carrabelle, FL 32322
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Stayed there years ago and it was great. has good ratings.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:07 AM   #25
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Or if you want to run over to Appilachicola it is not that far and it is a quaint Florida town. If you do let me know and I will look up marinas in active captain.
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Or if you want to run over to Appilachicola it is not that far and it is a quaint Florida town. If you do let me know and I will look up marinas in active captain.
+1 on the Moorings. I have stayed there.

I, too, would vote for Appilachicola. More to do, and a great selection of restaurants. Really good oysters. Not much at Carrabelle.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:19 AM   #27
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Both Apalachicola and Carrabelle are great, though there is for sure more to do and see in Apalach. There are some good places to eat in C'Belle, especially The Fisherman's Wife, which is an easy walk from both the Moorings and C-Quarters.

As far as Carrabelle marinas go, the Moorings is good, and is better known by transients, but a better bang for your buck is C-Quarters. Lower slip rate and nicer docks. Moorings offers a pool, but C-Quarters is sort of the soul of the city. If you stay there you will see what I mean.

Also, Marine Systems at Dockside Marina (across from C-Quarters) is the best mechanic/shop/yard in the area. The owner Eric is the best and most honest mechanic I've ever worked with, anywhere. Just in case you need them.
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Let us know where you end up and what you think of it. Thanks...
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Thank you all for you tips and suggestions. We ere very tired so wound up at the Moorings... we were hooked at the mention of a swimming pool.
The trip across was fantastic, the moon went down around 11:00 and with no clouds, the sky was loaded with stars and a long milky streak stretching across the sky.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:55 PM   #30
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Glad you had a nice crossing. It has been nice and dry at night recently, so I bet the stars were great. Give the fisherman's wife a try, not fancy but good and fresh.

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Already did, had the cod sandwich... very good with fries.
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Oh, The Moorings is nice for the price. $54.00 for a 36 footer includes swimming pool, recreation room (pool, television, charts), restrooms, shower and laundry (quarters probably). Also includes a big breakfast. Diesel was cheapest I've seen yet at $3.85 / gallon.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:34 PM   #33
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Yeah, all the marinas in Carrabelle are a very good value, and the Moorings is a great place for sure. Diesel is generally even cheaper at C-Quarters, my boat is down in Stuart now, I really miss filling up there.

Glad you liked Fisherman's wife.
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Give the fisherman's wife a try, not fancy but good and fresh.
Sitting here biting my tongue till it bleeds.
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Manatee, glad the trip went well and the Moorings worked out. Where are you headed as your destination?
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For the next leg of my journey I'm heading west to Mobile. What is the route to take from Carrabelle? The ICW out of Apalachicola looks like a long desolate trip with no marinas. Should I overnight in Apalachicola then plan on a long day the next day? What's a good place to dock in Apalachicola? I have no generator so need elect service for the a/c.
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Check out: Water Street Hotel and Marina, a new hotel on the Apalachicola River in Apalachicola, Florida, Northwest Florida's Panhandle, near St. George Island and the Gulf of Mexico.
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What I would do if I were making the trip..... Go to Apalach early tomorrow, spend the night at one of the marinas and get a an early start the next day. You should be able to make Panama City late that afternoon. Make Niceville or Fort Walton Beach the next day. Then Pensacola the next day, then on to Mobile the next. Given you run about 6 knots I think this would be best. I would not bother going outside. I have marina recommendations for most of these stops. Let me know if you want them.
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My ultimate destination is Chattanooga, Tn.
I bought this boat in Melbourne, Fl and when I found out how much the insurance was going to be to moor it in coastal waters vs the river system I decided to head home with it. I've had a delivery captain with me up till now but am heading out without him tomorrow, various friends will accompany me from here on out. It's a long journey but I retired a few months ago and this is keeping me busy.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:29 PM   #40
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Then I would still stay with my route if it were me. Some of the stops,
Panama City Marina
1 Harrison Ave
Panama City, FL 32401-2724
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850-872-7272 (Fax: 850-747-5948)
or
St Andrews Marina
3151 W 10th St
Panama City, FL 32401
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850-872-7240 I prefer this one....
then
Bluewater Bay Marina
290 Yacht Club Drive
Niceville, FL 32578-7122
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850-897-2821
or
North Light Marina and Yacht Club
113 John Sims Parkway West
Niceville, FL 32578
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850-678-2836
After hours: 850-428-1887 this is right next to my dock and home. We could get together...
or
Fort Walton Yacht Basin
104 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6615
United States (US)
850-244-5725 not much but OK...
then
Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbour Marina
997 S Palafox St
Pensacola, FL 32501-5939
United States (US)
850-432-9620
After hours: Open seven days a week from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. Very GOOD...
then on to Mobile.....
let me know if you would want to get together....
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