Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 31-05-2008, 17:21   #1
Registered User
salty_dog_68's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Dunedin, Florida
Boat: PEARSON 422
Posts: 112
Images: 71
good news/bad news in Bradenton Beach

We are currently enroute from Clearwater to Marathon and had to make an unplanned stop in Bradenton Beach for some repairs...

I am happy to report that Bradenton Beach is very cruiser friendly and a good stop on any voyage. There is a cozy anchorage (8ft and good holding) at the Bridge Street Pier on the intercostal side. At the anchorage/pier (n27 27 925 w082 41 625)there is a free dingy dock with restrooms and showers. Once on shore many things are w/in walking distance and, if not, there is a free beach trolley. We anchored out 4 days and were not approached or hasseled by marine police.

I feel that I was ripped off. First...I had to be towed in for minor repair to my diesel engine. They could not fix it the same day because they had to get some parts. They charged me $80 dollars for a transient slip at their smelly dilapidated sorry excuse for a marina. I paid that much at a resort marina, with a pool, in the keys a year ago. Besides, when you take your car to the mechanic for repairs does he charge you for storage/parking? I didn't think so. When I questioned the charge the lady told me that the marina and the repair yard were two separate busineses and thus had to be charged separately. Well, then why am I paying one bill to one person in one location? Second...they charged me for two and a half hours of diesel machanic labor when I literally stood there and watched the diesel mechanic do the entire repair in one-half hour or less.
"be careful out there boss and stay on the trail. ther'se geurillas in them woods."
salty_dog_68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-05-2008, 22:01   #2
Registered User
windsaloft's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SF Bay area at present
Boat: Mason 33 and a Nordic Folkboat (wooden)
Posts: 172
Sounds like a post for ActiveCaptain
When is the last time you tried something for the first time?
windsaloft is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chagos - Bad News for Cruisers ! Bob Indian Ocean & Red Sea 41 25-12-2010 11:53
Good News for Caribbean Cruisers Hud3 General Sailing Forum 0 10-12-2007 15:10
Wow! Good news methinks! knottybuoyz Navigation 7 27-02-2007 10:16
A Little Good News GordMay Health, Safety & Related Gear 0 20-04-2006 03:57
Hijackers Hijacked :) - Good News ! GordMay Health, Safety & Related Gear 1 16-06-2005 01:14

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:02.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.