River’s Edge Marina, St Augustine

Quality is fitness for use. St Augustine’s River’s Edge Marina is a quality marina. Equally important, it is a family owned small business. I’ll patronize those before a government owned marina any day.

We pick our marinas for safety, cleanliness, utility, and management. River’s Edge (formerly Oyster Creek*) gets high marks from us on all counts. It is in a safe neighborhood. It is protected from surge, wakes and winds.  It has safe facilities (docks, decks, pilings, ramps, etc.). It is operated safely.  It is clean. The young man who maintains the laundry, heads, and grounds gets a plus by his high mark.

For utility it is very hard to beat. It has the lowest price on commercially supplied diesel for miles (and miles). It is just off US 1, and food & spirits, marine supplies (West), hardware, yada-yada-yada, are literally no more than 15 minutes away — even propane at the St Augustine Beach KOA! If it’s farther, call Eco Ride, a zone-fared taxi that uses a hybrid. Back at the marina, Hurricane Patty’s serves an excellent meal. Its clientele extends well beyond the marina denizens, so they have to pay attention to quality.

And River’s Edge is well-managed. This is our third stay, and once again, we left the boat in their care for the better part of a month while we took a road trip.

*They changed the name because people inferred “Creek” meant shallow and passed them by. Strange, I thought one used a chart to determine depth. What ever one calls it, River’s Edge pays attention to the essentials and leaves non-value added glitz to others to charge extra for.

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