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Old 03-26-2019, 01:45 PM   #1
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Marina Costs along ICW

Hello,
I have a whole bunch of questions but let's just start with Marina Costs, say from North Carolina down through Florida.
I have tried calling around and folks are not too helpful over the phone.
For Liveaboard? Do they charge by the LWL or LOA?
For Transient docks? LWL or LOA
Is there a Hotel tax tacked on top of that? Other tax?
Any other common marina fees?

I have read that in North Carolina you can apply for and receive a rebate
for part of your fuel taxes paid?

Since I am asking How often along the ICW can you find anchorages for a day or two or three or a week?
Boater friendly Stretches say from Oriental south?
Unfriendly stretches from Oriental NC South?

I am hearing that Florida has a thing about Anchors rather a thing against them...Anyone care to Expound on that?
Thanks in advance for all of your knowledge.
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:55 PM   #2
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well there all different in nc you will pay 1.00 a foot to 2.60 a foot a night. more if over 40'.most charge by overall length some bump it up to the slip size .

what size boat do you have ?

all this is available at the waterway guide or dockwa .

a lot of marinas don't allow live aboard
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I second the dockwa app. Pretty good for planning.

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No need for marina stays between Toronto and the Abacos if you have good ground tackle.
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I'm with Boatpoker, I travel 50 to 70 miles a day and can anchor every night. Most would be suitable for multiple days if you want. I have my list of normal stop marinas that run from $1 to $1.5 per foot. I'm probably in a marina or on a mooring every 4 or 5 days.

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Not being flippant here.

But if you are that concerned about the minutia of marina costs to the extent that you have detailed.

Sell the boat.
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Not being flippant here.

But if you are that concerned about the minutia of marina costs to the extent that you have detailed.

Sell the boat.
Actually it's a pretty reasonable question. There are a number of places (cities) where dockage can run multiple dollars per foot plus electric. Everyone has their threshold and yours might be $10 per foot, where mine is $2. Frankly, I'm not interested in spending $3,000 a month on transient dockage when I'm cruising.

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Not being flippant here.

But if you are that concerned about the minutia of marina costs to the extent that you have detailed.

Sell the boat.

I think he may be asking because he has never done this before and he just wants to know what to expect. Isn't that one reason for this forum, to help new people out thru others knowledge.

Not everyone wants to hand out money every night to a marina just to enjoy the trip on their boat.
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If you are running the ICW, there may not be many places to anchor.
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Yeah, saving money is a silly concept.


Ballpark...figure $1.75/ foot per night from the Chesapeake on down. That's an average on random picks. You can target cheaper marinas and offset with free docks....



But you have to plan and accept strange length days to get cheaper marinas, or go your planned distance and take what's there.



I budget for $30 per day average....using free docks, cheap marinas, mooring balls or anchor out to hit that average...and the last few years I found it easy to average $25/day.


There are TONS of places to anchor along the ICW. Only a few stretches can be difficult but plan well and do a long day through those stretches and there are usually good anchorages at either end.
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So... about those fuel rebates, how do you guys do on those?
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So... about those fuel rebates, how do you guys do on those?
With a 2,000 mile range, I fuel based on price. For mt trip North starting in about a week, I see prices ranging from $2.37 to $3.50 for diesel. I can more than cover my marina costs for the trip with the fuel savings.

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After a short search , I believe you have to be a resident of SC to be eligible for the rebate.
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With a 2,000 mile range, I fuel based on price. For mt trip North starting in about a week, I see prices ranging from $2.37 to $3.50 for diesel. I can more than cover my marina costs for the trip with the fuel savings.

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Ted, wasn't my question. Do you get the fuel rebates from the states where you can?
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Ted, wasn't my question. Do you get the fuel rebates from the states where you can?
Truthfully, I haven't looked into it. Have you done it?

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Truthfully, I haven't looked into it. Have you done it?

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Exactly my point.

If I was so focused on potential "hotel taxes", fuel rebates, being charged by LWL or LOA, I don't think I would be actually enjoying the trip.
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If you are running the ICW, there may not be many places to anchor.
We rarely stay in a marina (special occasions only) and have done the trip between Toronto and Bahamas several times without staying in a marina at all.

I have a friend who has been summering in Ontario and wintering in the Bahamas for over 20yrs., he has not stayed in a marina for over 20yrs.
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If you are running the ICW, there may not be many places to anchor.
There are hundreds of anchorages. I have never not been able to anchor.
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There are some places (e.g. Albemarle Sound) on or just off the ICW where docking (up to 48 hours) is free.
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Maybe its an Irish social thing but I find it strange that so many people prefer to be insular, whereas we tend to moor up and go and search around for interesting things to do, see and visit. We usually end up in a bar or restaurant to meet the locals, if its unsavoury we simply move on. Being Irish we carry loads of small Irish flags and if people are nice to us in a bar we give one to them
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