Alternate stopover between Jacksonville Beach and next full day's run to Daytona Beach is St. Augustine, 26.5 miles from El Verde and worth a stop for sight-seeing. Slow boats leave El Verde by 7 a.m. to give fullest possible day in St. Augustine. BEST DOCK is City Yacht Pier on west bank immediately below Bridge of Lions draw. Make your landing against 3-knot current. Dock (currently under repair) holds 8 boats, with 15 feet of water at the pierhead, 3� in shallowest slips. Tide drops 5 feet. Dock, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., has gas, diesel, water, shore power, ice on call. Dockage $1.25 up to 50 feet, $1.75 50 to 60 feet, $2 over 60 feet. Dock has shower and rest rooms. MECHANIC on call through Manager J. L. McDaniel. Nearest MARINE RAILWAY at George's Marine Shop 2 miles up San Sebastian River holds boats up to 60 feet. Dock is right in middle of town, but GROCERIES will be delivered if you call S. A. Snyder or Weinstein's. LAUNDRY and DRY CLEANING also delivered by St. Augustine Soft-water Laundry with same-day service if you give it to them by 9. BEST RESTAURANT for quick early lunch is Blue Bay across the street. Then start on SIGHT-SEEING tour of St. Augustine, which is oldest permanent white settlement in U.S. Tours are arranged by St. Augustine Trains (motor-drawn) at $1.50 per person to see such sights as Fountain of Youth, The Old Slave Market, Mission of Nombre de Dios. If you want to make it fast, call St. Augustine Transfer Co. for a limousine. Slower and more novel way is to hail a horse carriage ($2.50 per hour). Or you can save the money and just walk (2 blocks to Castillo de San Marcos, 3 blocks to oldest house in U.S.). Incurable GOLFERS may want to play a few quick holes at Ponce de Leon Golf Club 2� miles north of marina and open to yachtsmen. FISHING for sailfish and tuna is good through such charterers as Captain George Maust (phone Valley 9-3401) or Captain Robert M. Brown (Valley 9-8881) for $36 to $45 per day for four people. But this is all-day proposition, and best plan for St. Augustine is to arrive early (about 10 a.m.), see the sights and shove off about 3:30 p.m. in order to spend night at Marineland 15.6 miles south. You will thus avoid spending night tied to exposed pierhead where 5-foot tide (no floats) and wash from local shrimp boats can chew up your woodwork.
Alternate stopover 29.6 miles north of Daytona Beach is Marineland—particularly for sight-seers. ONLY DOCK is the Marineland Dock on east bank just past white flasher 87. Pier has room for 10 boats, with 7 to 8 feet of water throughout basin. Tide drops 2� feet. Dockmaster Barney Murphy lives on dock and is available after hours. Gas, diesel, water and shore power at pier, with dockage $1 minimum. Showers and rest rooms at Dolphin Restaurant open until 9 p.m. MECHANIC available through Murphy only in emergency; so this is not the place to break down, since nearest major repair facilities (including marine railways) are 15 miles away at St. Augustine. Light GROCERIES can be bought at the dock. No quick laundry or dry cleaning available. Boats on a schedule should plan to push off for Daytona in early afternoon. SIGHT-SEEING is the thing to do in Marineland, and the place to go is the huge Oceanarium (see map) 200 yards from dock. Oceanarium holds vast collection of saltwater fish (amber jack, tarpon, angelfish, shark, barracuda) visible through 300 portholes built into side of tank. Marineland open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feedings are at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. and after Dec. 1 added feeding hours at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Trained porpoise act goes on at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:25 and 3:30 p.m.
Leaving Jacksonville Beach
for straight 71.7-mile run to Daytona Beach, slow boats get off by 6:15 a.m. (no stops at St. Augustine or Marineland). WARNING—there are four successive drawbridges (not counting span at Ormond Beach) crossing waterway in 2-mile stretch just off Daytona Beach. Do not shortcut out of channel by taking direct line from second span (Fairview Bridge) to third (Carlton-Blank Bridge). Stay in channel and best keep up to starboard markers to avoid shoaling east of fairway. BEST DOCK in Daytona, in fact best-managed marina with most superior repair facilities thus far on waterway, is Daytona Beach Boat Works, a right-angle turn below fourth bridge and immediately past black daymark 39. Many boats, especially small power cruisers, stay at Daytona Beach Municipal Yacht Basin (hard right just after fourth draw), which has room for 100 boats, 10 feet of water throughout basin with 7-foot entrance channel, full dock service, showers, a Bendix on the dock and is 2 to 3 blocks closer to shopping center. But Boat Works is worth a night's stay in itself, and their repair facilities are (repeat) superb. Boat Works has room for 150 yachts, but they are usually loaded with houseboats so try not to get in too late unless you want to nest. If you do get in after dark, turn off the waterway, then line up two green ranges in rear of basin. Eight feet of water throughout basin and only 10-inch tide. Dockmaster Jim Smith on hand 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for gas, diesel, water, shore power and ice on 15-minute call. For service 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. call watchman by dialing 6421 on pay phone in lounge (small white building along pier). Dockage for transients free first night, after that 2� per foot in open, 3� under sheds. Full yard facilities open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. five days, with half day Saturday include MECHANICS, electricians, carpenters, riggers, sheet metal workers, welding and pipe men, painters, electronic experts, sailmakers and MARINE LIFT and RAILWAYS for boats up to 165 feet. Lounge with TV, magazines, chairs (very comfortable), open 24 hours, and attached luncheon room (open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) has really good, quick food. LAUNDRY and DRY CLEANING through dockmaster, and 8 a.m. clothes come back clean at 5 p.m. If determined to leave basin (or if staying at municipal dock), call Clinton taxi and ride three-fourths mile to Johnson's Coffee Shop, or for slightly quieter meal go 2� miles farther to Chez Bruchez. Boat Works also has guest cottages (twin beds, living room, kitchen and bath) over-looking harbor for $6 per day or $30 per week if your boat is being fixed. Beach at Daytona is one of longest and widest in world, but end of Nov. too late for sensible swimming. In spring, however, install yourself at Daytona Plaza Hotel ($6 to $16) 3 miles from basin. Lounge on beach all day, have cocktails across street in Seabreeze Manor, then dance in hotel's Ocean Room or hire car ( Avis or Hertz) and go for drive on beach. GOLF at Ellinor Village Course or at Daytona Beach Golf and Country Club half a mile from boat works, or at Riviera Country Club 6 miles away—all open to visiting yachtsmen.
Leaving Daytona, shove off by 6:15 a.m. to make Eau Gallie (pronounced O'Galley), 73.5 miles away. BEST DOCK in Eau Gallie is Eau Gallie Yacht Basin, an extra-hard right at red flasher 2 below Eau Gallie, then follow port-hand daymarks into basin. There is room for 35 boats with 15 feet of water at the dock. Channel in, however, is dredged to only 8 feet. No tide. Dock crew on 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After hours see Manager T. R. Whitehead in room over office. Dock has gas, diesel, water, shore power. Ice from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on dock, and afterward see Mr. Whitehead. This yard is miniature of Daytona Boat Works, i.e., they have everything, but on small scale. MECHANICS at yard 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days and till noon Saturday. After hours see Mr. Whitehead. Ditto electricians, carpenters, metal workers, painters, canvas workers. Electronics especially good here, MARINE RAILWAYS handle boats up to 85 feet. GROCERIES from Crew's Supermarket 2 blocks from marina on U.S. 1. LAUNDRY AND DRY CLEANING through Whitehead, 24-hour service. Best idea is to have dinner on boat, then sit on fantail and fish for nothing in particular in this quiet, pleasant little basin. Boats making long jump to West Palm Beach may want to bypass Eau Gallie for Indian River Marine Basin 4 miles farther south in Melbourne. Take an extra hard right at red nun 4, then up small 7-foot channel into basin. Get gas or diesel at dock on right; has room for 40 boats, 9 feet at pumps. MARINE RAILWAY for boats up to 50 feet. Then move to Melbourne City Dock 400 yards farther inside harbor. Dock takes 22 boats, water and shore power available. Dock is also block from shopping center and from Pickwick Tea Room (try the broiled pompano). Other good food at Marie's River View, a block from dock. Less than a block away is Havenaire Motel ($7 for double room), pleasant place to spend night ashore. However, Eau Gallie docking facilities are better.
Alternate stopover at Fort Pierce, 44.8 miles south of Eau Gallie (in case 12- to 13-hour run to West Palm Beach sounds too long to slow boaters) is one of top fishing spots on waterway. WARNING—bad tide rips through Fort Pierce Inlet carry across span of first drawbridge. Moral: hang back till the draw is wide open, then go through with plenty of power, favoring side from which current is flowing. BEST DOCK is Fort Pierce Yacht Basin, right-angle turn at red nun 2 just below second drawbridge. Basin holds 120 boats, with 8 feet all the way around (entrance channel dredged to 5� feet). Tide drop is one foot. Dock crew on 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for gas, water, shore power and ice. After hours, blow horn for attendant who is there 24 hours. Dockage 3� per foot per day. There are showers at end of dock. MECHANIC on call around the clock through dock man. Electrician same; electronics through Manager Joe Tierney. MARINE ELEVATOR takes boats up to 65 feet. GROCERIES at A&P 1� blocks from marina and they deliver. LAUNDRY and DRY CLEANING at Warren's Laundry for 12-hour service. Ship Ahoy Restaurant at the basin is adequate for quick meals. However, Simonsen's on causeway one mile from basin (Fort Pierce Cab Co.) best bet for dinner ashore. SIGHT-SEEING worthwhile here but involves some heavy traveling. Seminole Indian reservations (see map) are 57 miles away on Lake Okeechobee. Rent car from Hertz. If traveling in outboard cruiser or inboard cruiser drawing 3� feet or less, you can take extra two to three days and go to Okeechobee via the St. Lucie canal from Stuart, 20 miles south of Fort Pierce by water. Also might try McKee's Jungle Gardens (elephants, penguins, bobcats and vast botanical display) 14 miles down U.S. 1; but this is not a must. FISHING is the big attraction in Fort Pierce. Gulf Stream charter boats (try Capt. George Archer of the Victory Two or Capt. Walter Ergle of the City of Fort Pierce
) at marina for $60 per day for six persons. Sea trout, channel bass in the Indian River section of waterway from Fort Pierce to Stuart. Boats and guides from Capt. Walter Cochrane at Ankona 8 miles south. Easiest (and least expensive) salt water fishing from Fort Pierce causeway. Fresh-water fish, especially bass in north branch of St. Lucie River and at Stuart 18 miles by car from Fort Pierce marina. Incidentally, Stuart has fairly good small-boat facilities at Anchorage Botel, and somewhat more spartan tie-ups for bigger boats at Stuart Marine Service and Gulf Dock.
Leaving Eau Gallie for straight run to West Palm Beach (no stops at Fort Pierce or Stuart), slow boats get under way by 5:30 a.m. This is longest single day on the waterway (95 miles), and although West Palm marinas are well lighted, it is never much fun coming into a new harbor after dark. BEST DOCK in West Palm Beach is the West Palm Beach Marina on west bank of waterway immediately below Flagler Memorial drawbridge. Basin holds 140 boats, with 13 feet of water at the pumps, but only 5 feet on far side of most southerly pier. Tide 2� feet. Dockmaster Clay Caullett on hand 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for gas, diesel. For fuel between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ask men in gas station at end of pier. Shore power and water costs 25� per day. Ice deliveries at 6:30 and 8 a.m., and Caullett keeps 500 pounds at the dock for emergencies. Dockage 3� per foot, $1 minimum. Showers, rest rooms available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Snack Bar (small white building at end of pier where food is served from Nov. 15 to May 15), and ask for key at gas station. MECHANICS for gas engines from Wood's Chrysler or for diesel from Marine Engine Equipment Co. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Sundays and late hours see Caullett. Electrician and electronics from Sykes and Zweig across street from marina 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; nights and Sundays phone Sykes at home (7936). MARINE RAILWAY for boats up to 90 feet at Milling's Marineways in Riviera Beach (pronounced Ruh-veer-a) on waterway 3 miles from basin. Rybovich Boat Yard in West Palm Beach miles from basin takes powerboats up to 70 feet and is one of best men in Florida on repairs. GROCERIES (expensive) from Bustani's Supermarket or (less expensive) from Southampton Markets, and they both deliver. LAUNDRY and DRY CLEANING with a.m. to p.m. service from Gulfstream, Dixie or West Palm Beach Laundry. Patio RESTAURANT 2� blocks west of marina is quick and good. Morrison's Imperial House in the Pennsylvania Hotel 3 blocks south is the place for a family dinner. For soft lights and French food Nino's Continental 2� blocks east. BEST HOTELS are The Palm Beach Biltmore and The Breakers across the bridge in Palm Beach. Least expensive is Biltmore ($14 to $32 including breakfast). Breakers, closed until Dec. 15th opening of winter season, has not released new rate schedule. Dancing (young, jazz) at O'Hara's or the Montmartre in Palm Beach—Yellow Cab. Dancing at Monte Cristo Hotel or Casa Blanca. FISHING for blues, pompano, mackerel, snook off bridges or end of Palm Beach fishing pier. Charter boats for Gulf Stream fishing at marina or at Layton's Park in Riviera Beach 3 miles north. GOLF at Palm Beach Winter Club 7 miles north on U.S. 1, or West Palm Beach Country Club 3 miles south, or at Lake Worth Golf Club 7 miles away in Lake Worth. Yachtsmen welcome at all three. Good alternate tie-up in West Palm Beach is Palm Beach Yacht Club (public), on west bank of waterway at red nun 16 immediately north of Flagler Bridge. Room for 46 boats, with 8 feet of water on north side of pier, but only 4 feet in close on south side. Gas, diesel, water, power by meter with 25� minimum, ice on call 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Showers, rest rooms, small lounge with TV open till midnight. Club is 2 to 3 blocks farther from stores.
Waterway Terminus No. 1 is 35.5 miles south of West Palm Beach at Bahia Mar marina in Fort Lauderdale, where last year 850 people stopped short of Miami to spend winter aboard their boats. Basin is on east bank of waterway past black daymark 19, below Las Olas swing bridge. Bahia Mar holds 450 boats with 10 feet throughout the basin. Tide drops 2� feet. Service station crew on hand 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for gas, diesel. After hours see watchman at the tower. Ice available at dock. Water, shore power in all slips. Dockage May to Nov. $1 for boats up to 50 feet, $2 over 50. Dec. to April dockage from $1.50 to $7 per day depending on dock used. MECHANICS at dock 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and after hours through watchman. Electricians and electronics on call during and after hours. Three MARINE ELEVATORS in basin handle boats up to 60 feet. Boats over 60 feet (and up to 125 feet) go to Broward Marine 4 miles up New River. GROCERIES from Bahia Mar Market (open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and marina also has full stock of marine stores. LAUNDRY and DRY CLEANING picked up at the dock by Jack Haworth Laundry with same-day service. GOOD RESTAURANT at Marina open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Private club (bar and dining room membership $100 per year with $200 initiation fee) is on second floor of same building and is the Place to Be for Bahia Mar regulars. Water taxis to town 35� for anyone who wants to go. Three boats leave marina twice daily for three-hour SIGHT-SEEING trips into Everglades. Excellent ocean beach is 200 yards from marina. Twenty-one charter boats for Gulf Stream FISHING (rates average $70 a day) at the basin. GOLF at Plantation Golf Course, 7 miles west of town, or at Fort Lauderdale Golf and Country Club, 5 miles away (both open to yachtsmen).
Leaving West Palm Beach
for straight hop to Miami (no stopover at Fort Lauderdale) slow boats leave at 7 a.m. to make final run of 56.6 miles. BEST DOCK for visitors who want to spend nights aboard their boats (some Miami marinas do not allow this) is Dinner Key Yacht Basin five miles south of Rickenbacker Causeway. Basin holds 166 boats, but depth in basin and lead-in channel is only 5 feet (deeper boats—up to 9 feet—should go to City Yacht Basin). Tide drop is 3 feet. Dock crew on duty 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., after hours try guard or watchman on all night. Gas at Santana Marina 100 yards north, gas and diesel at Merrill-Stevens Boat Yard, 200 yards north. Dockage at Dinner Key is 5� a foot overnight, 4� a foot if you stay a month. Showers and rest room in main building. MECHANIC from Merrill-Stevens, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and after hours through watchman at dock. Electricity and electronics at Merrill-Stevens, where MARINE RAILWAY handles boats up to 70 feet. GROCERIES from Village Market in Coconut Grove one mile from marina, or deliveries from Miami Grocery or Tip Top in Miami. LAUNDRY and DRY CLEANING picked up and delivered at dock. Miami is six miles from the marina by local bus (leaving every 20 minutes), or rent a car from Hertz or Ryder Service. RESTAURANTS and night clubs abound. For a starter, the Red Coach Grill, the Bahama and the Flame are all good steak houses. In Miami Beach, the Cathay House (Chinese) and the Embers (barbecue) are worth a try. The Vagabond NIGHT CLUB in Miami and the Beachcomber in Miami Beach usually have entertaining shows. However, practically all the big hotels in Miami Beach have passable shows at lower prices than night clubs. For HOTELS in Miami try the McAllister ($7 to $22) or Columbus ($6 to $23), or any of the hundreds of hotels at all rates in the area. For Gulf Stream FISHING there are 15 charter boats at Dinner Key ($50 a day for four), and there are 38 charter boats available at the famous Pier 5 at City Yacht Basin ($50 to $65 for 4 to 6 persons all day, $35 to $45 half day). For GOLF try the Biltmore course in Coral Gables or the Miami Springs, both public courses, or the Miami Shores, open to yachtsmen with club affiliations.