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
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
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.
I CAN NOT RECOMEND CORTEZ COVE MARINA!!