St. Augustine, Florida Local Boating Knowledge

St. Augustine Florida Local Boating Knowledge, St. Augustine, Florida Local Boating Knowledge

What types of information should you acquire before operating your vessel in a new area? It’s all lumped under “Local Knowledge.” This is a checklist I used recently for a boater new to the area.

St. Augustine Florida Local Boating Knowledge, St. Augustine, Florida Local Boating Knowledge
Shoaling can be a real problem on the Tolomato River. Also, watch for barges, tugs, dredging equipment, deadheads, missing markers, extra markers off station from elsewhere, and … dolphins!
  • ICW
    • Marking System
  • Inlet
    • Marking System
    • Bearings
    • Inlet Action
    • Wind and Tide Opposed – East / West
    • Wind and Tide Combined – East / West
    • Return on own bearings/course is best
  • Landmarks
    • Lighthouse, Cross, Presbyterian Church Dome, Vilano Bridge, Airport, Fishing Pier, Amphitheater, 
  • Channels
  • ICW East then North and West then South
  • Inlet East
  • Salt Run South
  • Marking System Channel Junctions
  • LEO
    • Homeland Security Training
    • St. Johns County Fire Rescue
    • St. Johns County Sheriff’s Department
  • Passenger Trade 
    • Victory, Sabrage, Water Taxis, Tiki Huts, Eco Tours, Freedom, ROW
  • Sunken Boats  
    • Look on chartplotter
    • Opposite Camachee – boils
  • Docks for Lunch
    • Caps, Kate’s, Kingfish Grill, Beaches (Publix), Conch House, Municipal
  • Sandbars
    • Inlet
    • Airport
    • Kate’s / Robinson Creek
    • Salt Run
  • Bridges
    • Channels, Schedules, Dolphins use
    • Vilano / Usina
    • Bridge of Lions
    • 312
  • Mooring Fields
  • Wind Prevailing
  • Tide Range
  • Currents Speed
  • Clouds Typical / Worrisome
  • Storms Direction, Intensity
  • Anchorages
  • Right of Way – Likely here
    • NUC – anyone
    • RAM – dredges, barges
    • CBD – sail
    • FISH – shrimpers
    • SAIL – no day shapes visible
    • PWR – speeds, bui, no wake zones
    • PED – opp fort, Salt Run, Vilano, jet paks, waydoos foils, jet skis, kayaks, craigcats, tubing,  – who likely where
  • Depths – cloud vice color
  • Cruiser’s Net / Sea Tow
  • St. Augustine Sailing Sisters – join, race, donate! 
St. Augustine Florida Local Boating Knowledge, St. Augustine, Florida Local Boating Knowledge

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