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Fernandina Harbor Marina Kudos


We hadn’t expected to stay here. Life intervened, and we found it necessary to do so. We encountered a generosity of spirit at this marina we will be talking about for years to come. The crew there are special people.

The facility is also excellent and well maintained.

We loved the small town atmosphere with all the services one would expect in a much larger place. We could imagine living here. We will be shifting our cruising schedule to do our provisioning here in the Fernandina-Yulee area instead of Jacksonville Beach from now on.

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Port Royal Landing

KUDO LINKThis is a top-drawer business practice! Kudos, Rion & Staff!

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Studio 55, a Kudo

KUDO LINKSince we broke our travel for the trip to Texas, we made several other adjustments as well. Instead of Janet cutting my hair (23 yrs +), I had to find a place before I started braiding. Questions led me to Studio 55, 705 Broad Street, Oriental, NC 28571 and Jeanette Parrish.

Studio 55 is clean, bright, professional, welcoming, and Jeanette is very, very good with men’s and women’s hair styling. Hey, I liked it, and Janet and her sisters approved.

On returning from Texas, I needed another cut, and Janet wanted a cut and color. Jeanette was fully booked, but came in on her time to take care of us! We are both quite pleased with the results. If near Oriental and in need of these services, give Studio 55 a call — but call when you arrive, they are VERY popular.


Bacon, Bacon….Baconnnn

When we came to the Bay, in 1980, we were pointed toward “Bacon.” Then it was a consignment shop in old Annapolis in a very old store front. Shopping there, then, required archeology skills and a face mask. We never made a penny off consignments we left, but we did find an excellent winch for 10% of what it would have cost us new. We came out ahead even with the losses.


In searching for best prices for this season’s mods to the boat and our approach to cruising, we discovered Bacon Sails & Marine Supplies sold the Spade anchor we sought at the same price (we thought) as the manufacturer (so no shipping)! In the process, we discovered they sold the chain we needed at $1.18 a foot less than anyone else we trusted locally — and this chain came from the same manufacturer as the more expensive sources. A big deal when one is buying 175 feet of the stuff.

When we got to the new store, no more archeology, no more dust mask. Off West Boulevard near Parole, (116 Legion Ave) the new store has high ceilings, lots of high windows, and a really friendly crew. [One of whom was the son of a woman we met in Ft Pierce last season. She stopped at the boat for a chat on the way to the Farmers’ Market. Told us about “Honeybell” Oranges.]

Not only did they have the anchor, it was  less than the manufacturer’s online price.

They were nice folks, in a nice place, and we walked out with about half the price of a satellite phone in savings. Kudos!

Eighth Deadly Sin (PIZZA)

It came on time.
It was hot!
It came as ordered.
The dough was hand-made and yeasty.
The ingredients were balanced and generous.
The price was fair.
We’ll do it again.

If you find yourself in or near Little River,SC.  Treat yourself to Little River House of Pizza. 843-280-0772.

Harbour View Marina, Marsh Harbour, Abaco — a Kudo

We have been involved with marinas for 38 years. We have had generally good experiences and a few memorably bad ones. Our experience with Harbour View Marina has been memorably excellent.

The People. This is a family business involving at least two generations. They are actively involved in the minute to minute operations and maintenance of the property. The dock crew (and the manager/owner wears a dock “CREW” shirt) who aren’t family are treated as if they were. The net result is a high level of engagement in a good customer experience. The family actively seeks feedback.

The Property. The marina is very well and constantly maintained. It reflects the attention and pride of the owners. The heads aren’t just cleaned, they are disinfected. The five heads and showers are air conditioned, vented, and well lit. A key is required — as it is to access the marina from the street after hours. Visitors must pass through the office.

The pool is clean and kept that way. There is a large propane grill available for slip occupants and a seating area for impromptu outdoor dining. The laundry equipment works! The docks are assembled with stainless steel hardware. A few boards rattle, but that’s the marine environment. We never detected a wobble anywhere.

The power towers are well maintained, and we never had a power or cable outage as a result of the marina. Each dock has a ladder for safety and for dealing with the 2-4 foot tides that affect the harbour. The water at the slips is potable.

The slips are generally deeper than the approaches, we only touched on the one day when tides were nearly a foot below mean low water. Moving in and out of the marina just requires paying close attention to the dockmaster’s instructions.

Wally’s Restaurant across the street is reminiscent of Bermuda. Hosted by Eric from Bairritz, France it is part of the HVM complex, and slip holders get a 10% discount by showing their marina key. The food and service are excellent.

For what one receives, the fees here are quite reasonable, and their fee table is explicit. I won’t quote them because things change.

But no place is perfect.

Environmental. All of Marsh Harbour’s south side Marinas are exposed to west and northwest winds which when they blow, blow strongly. HVM is the windward of these. A shoal just west of the marina (remember follow the dockmaster’s instructions) helps moderate the chop/swell that will roll into the marina in these conditions. It is possible to see 1-2 foot chop. If this is a problem for you, ask to be slipped on the east side of the marina where the boats to the west will moderate things. The fetch to the east is protected by two other marinas and a short natural fetch. Notably the south side marinas are closest to the services and shops of Marsh Harbour.

Acoustic. All of Marsh Harbours south side marinas are on the main drag. There is traffic noise. If this is a problem for you, ask to be slipped as far out is reasonable for a boat of your size.

HVM is bracketed by Snappa’s (bar with food) and Mangoes (restaurant with bar). Snappa’s has no qualms about playing loud music well past midnight a couple of nights a week. The musicians are of variable quality, but the bass is consistently cranked to “blow out.” It is a bother all the way into the anchorage. Ask to be slipped as far out on the east side as possible. Mangoes’ entertainment is much more controlled with a very talented musician and an inclination to turn the volume down early.

HVM is the terminus for the shuttle service to Baker’s Bay. Their shuttle boats are exquisitely handled by real professionals. But the boats have bow thrusters which must be used to get in and out of the slips these boats use. The sound travels through air and water. If this is going to bother you, ask to slip to the outer east side.

None of the items mentioned will keep us from returning next year, but we wanted to present a balanced perspective.

Slip #9 with "Uno Mas" beside us.

This is a five star marina in the small to medium size category, and we see no need to look for anything better — we won’t find it.