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Old 22-10-2020, 12:22   #1
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Where to land my dinghy in Stuart FL

3 weeks ago I posted a request for advice on where to dock our boat in Stuart after we splash. I wanted to thank everyone for your thoughtful responses. The information was very much appreciated.

My wife and I have pretty much decided to anchor in the St Lucie river across the waterway from Sunset Bay. Now, if I'm understanding the comments correctly, Sunset Bay will not permit us to use their dinghy dock unless we're guests of the marina.

My new question then; where would we be allowed to come ashore from this anchorage? Looking to hear from anyone who has already done what we hope to do.

Thankyou all in advance.

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Old 23-10-2020, 20:32   #2
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Re: Where to land my dinghy in Stuart FL

The Stuart Town Dock is just under the bridges and around the corner. If I recall it is free for 4 hours.

We have also found that while if you call on the phone and ask you get a no, but if you show up in person and are courteous to the dockmaster at most marinas they will let you tie up your dingy for a few hours. This summer in Hyannis the dingy dock was kind of crowded so they gave me a whole slip for my dingy while we went off on a day trip
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Re: Where to land my dinghy in Stuart FL

we were there in winter 2017, so this may be dated. Isn't Shepard Park the place to go?
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Re: Where to land my dinghy in Stuart FL

Thank you both for the replies and information. You guys are great.
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Re: Where to land my dinghy in Stuart FL

Lease on life is correct.....Shepardís Park is the closest place to go to tie up your dinghy. ( I had forgotten about it)

From the anchorage across the river from Sunset Bay, you just take your dinghy straight thru the mooring field ( there is kind of a channel thru the mooring field) and into a creek that goes in about 200 yds. The entrance to the creek is about 1/8 mile south of Sunset Bay marina. The park is on your port side and has parking, some porta potties, and a long dock where you can tie the dinghy. The park entrance drops you on Rt 1, Federal hwy. about two or three blocks north of a Publix market, close by to the Ace hardware store, etc. Stuart also has a free jittney/ trolley that will run you around town, but I donít know if it stops in the park, but I think it does stop at Sunset.
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