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Old 21-11-2013, 02:54   #586
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Can anyone give me more info on the free dock?
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MarkJ - I was in St Augustine, Florida in november last year and it was cold as hell.
You must be getting soft in your old age, it's not that cold in Florida in November! Depends on what you are comparing it to I guess.
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Can anyone give me more info on the free dock?
What free dock?
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You must be getting soft in your old age, it's not that cold in Florida in November! Depends on what you are comparing it to I guess.
St Agustine is North Florida, miami and the keys are south
There is big difference of temperature
So it depends where you are in FL
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Check out AC for the area; Free dockage in Portsmouth (space available), Call ahead for a reservation at Coinjock for docking, fuel, and prime rib. Once thru the Alligator-Pungo Canal there are many anchorages, pick one depending upon the wind. If you need any help below Oriental check out Bock Marine on Adam's Creek, great people.
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In Portsmouth, right across from Waterside; about marker .5
First come first serve, you can spend the night but they don't have power
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You can find the free dock info in active captain, it is called North Dock. It says it is not supposed to be for overnight use, but not enforced. You'll have to check active captain yourself to decide if you want to try it. Have fun, it was 28 degrees here in RI at six am. Brrrrrrr!
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Sounds like a nice day to explore town!
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About mile marker 9, just after G31, there is Top Rack Marina. If you eat at their restaurant you can stay the night for free. This is just before the Steel Bridge. The restaurant isn't cheap but you have to eat and it saves a night's dockage, electric power, showers and wifi. The amenities are some of the best on the ICW. Call ahead.
They also have a fuel dock.

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Log on to http://activecaptain.com it's free and VERY good.
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About mile marker 9, just after G31, there is Top Rack Marina. If you eat at their restaurant you can stay the night for free. This is just before the Steel Bridge. The restaurant isn't cheap but you have to eat and it saves a night's dockage, with fuel available, electric power, showers and wifi. The amenities are some of the best on the ICW. Call ahead.

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Awesome, thank you! Peaked at the menu, looks like our taste!
Wife will love showering, she is a shower a day person, get grumpy when she has not taken at least a navy shower.

I do not have internet on board
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I do not have internet on board
Get it. I have an ACER laptop that I bought a 12vdc power cord for (see: Search). Works great. I only use free wifi, and my boat came with a booster (see: Wi-Fi for Boats). In most marinas I don't need a booster but at anchor it comes in handy.
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You must be getting soft in your old age, it's not that cold in Florida in November! Depends on what you are comparing it to I guess.
I'm in Upstate SC, started at low 40s this morning..To me, anything under 65F is cold. I hate cold. Of course, I am riding a motorcycle 30 miles to work so opinions may vary.
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Re: Transit Time? NY-FL

Scoobert, you through the inlet yet?

were you able to get a sail combo to work? I'm imagining the wind was dead astern and you were wallowing around under power?

Nice accomplishment, will be fun for ya'll to celebrate getting to POrtsmouth. Lots to look forward to now, weather piping up for the weekend though.

How were you getting internet offshore? Were you hugging the coast and picking up cell signal?

One or two more days to keep pushing south, but the weather really picks up Sat/Sun.

The albemarle and Alligator can be rough when the weather picks up so consider a good layover spot. Manteo might be nice option, if you choose to sail the PAmlico down to Neuse.
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We were downwind, the #3 jib pulled us at 6 kts most of the night.
We are at the naval base now.
Cell signal at 3-4 offshore is great!
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