Originally Posted by Sailndive345
I will be on Layla between April 24th and May 3rd. I'd be starting from Fernandina. Do you know of any opening bridges w/ restricted hours between St John's (Mayport) and Green Cove Springs? I am not sure the Waterway Guide covers St John's... I imagine Buckman bridge clearance is ok for 61' mast
Is Green Cove Springs the same place as the infamous Green Cove bridge that the builder
"accidently" built to be a few feet short in clearance? If so, is the Spring Fling North of this bridge? I remember hearing this from some friends who live on George Island not too far from there. (Isn't Google Earth
I don't mind driving if it turns out that sailing will take too long or be too much of a hassle...
Hey - the Buckman bridge is 64' on an average day. If the wind
has been blowing from the East the tide sometimes does not get to go out of the river and can stack up pretty bad in the river. This will make the bridge 62'.
The mainstreet bridge (downtown) is an opening bridge. On week days they have a morning and evening period where they will not open. I am not sure of the hours. If I had to guess it is 4-6 and 7-9 but don't quote me.
There is also a railroad bridge just South (West) of the Mainstreet bridge. It closes when the train is there so you really can't predict this bridge.
in the river can be 3+knots so pick your time to come up the river. Usually you want to go @ 2 hours after the incomming tide at the mouth of the river; however, this can be greatly influenced by how high the tide was the last time, wind
The trip from Fernandia is usually a full day. The anchoring
is in soft mud that holds pretty well. Not much protection from anything from the North East, North, or East.
If you are one of the first there you could always pick up a slip at the greencove municipal dock
and dingy over to Renyolds. Be careful when going to the dock. I draw 5' and sometimes bump. The city of Greencove is quite quaint. I would lock the boat on the dock (better safe than sorry).
My boat is over at Mandarin Holiday Marina. We are across and up the river a little. I can get the first person a mooring
bouy if you would like. Send me a private message so I will know I have a message.