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The Tampa Bay area is an enormous metropolitan area surrounding a large bay. The Tampa Bay area encompasses the dominant cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg (St. Pete) as well as all of the outlying suburbs and intermediate towns. St. Petersburg occupies the peninsula to seaward with all its associated neighborhoods including Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, and the outer barrier islands. Tampa occupies the inland area.

To the south, Bradenton is a major yachting centre and separates the Tampa Bay area from the Sarasota Bay. The well-known Longboat Key is the outer barrier island that separates Sarasota from the Gulf of Mexico.

Like the Atlantic coast, this area also is served by a well-traveled Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), a unique system of navigable channels, rivers, and canals on the inside of the barrier island chain. The ICW enters Tampa Bay and passes through Boca Ciega on its way north. If you are traveling via the ICW, Tampa and downtown St. Pete will be somewhat out of the way: Gulfport has many yachting facilities in a protected bay. St.Pete and Tampa, on the other hand, have almost ever feasible repair service, fabrication facility, and marina amenity possible.

The main body of Tampa Bay is deep enough for any cruising vessels; however, there are areas of shoaling and spoil areas from dredging. This is especially true outside of the ICW channel. Keep to the markers and do not cut corners.

A number of wildlife refuges and state parks are scattered around this area. Be aware that there are local laws that may limit fishing or other resource usage in these areas. Follow all posted signs or notice boards. The area is patrolled by Park Rangers who enforce the laws in these areas.

To pinpoint the location of each marina in this listing, refer to the address: each address specifies the neighborhood in which the marina/boatyard is located.

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry.

See USA Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of the USA.

Last updated September 2016.

CBP Area Port of Tampa
1624 East Seventh Avenue, Suite 101 , Tampa, FL 33605
Tel:+1 (813) 712-6000
Opening hours: 0830 - 1700 (Mon-Fri)
This port is designated as a Class A Port of entry for all arrivals. This port is serving both the port and the airport. At certain times, there may increased waiting times.
CBP Reporting Station - St. Petersburg
14700 Terminal Blvd. Suite 120 , Clearwater, FL 33762
Tel:+1 (727) 536-7311
Opening hours: 11:30 - 19:30 (Mon-Fri)
This port is designated as a Class A Port of entry for all foreign arrivals.

Docking

The City of St.Pete has installed mooring balls in its North Basin (also known as the Vinoy Basin). Approximate position: 27º46'N - 082º37'W. Anchoring there is no longer possible nor legal. Cruisers who want to visit downtown St. Petersburg by boat will have little choice but to pick up a mooring or rent a slip, since there's no other safe anchorage near downtown St.Pete.

Anchorages are few and far between in the Tampa Bay area. The bay is so large that wind fetch can cause the sea to pile up and act like an inland sea in severe weather.

For anchorages, look for enclosed bays on the chart. Similar to elsewhere in Florida, there are anchoring restrictions near permanent structures and a certain distance from private property. The area near bridges are often viable, but a wind shift might easily make the anchorage untenable.

There is some reported success in the area near Gulfport and on the west of St.Pete peninsula along the ICW. Cruisers who frequent this area report holding is moderate to good in most places with typical amounts of snags. Avoid anchoring near permanent mooring fields due to the increased amount of junk on the seafloor.

Last updated September 2016.

Bay Pines Marine
5000 92nd Street North , St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Tel:+1 (727) 392-4922
Opening hours: 0730 - 1700 (Mon-Fri), 0700 - 1830 (Sat-Sun)
Dockage for 60 vessels. Gasoline only. Marine supplies, bait, ice, small store. Forklift for vessels up to 32ft.
Blind Pass Marina
9555 Blind Pass Road , St Petersburg Beach, FL 33706
Tel:+1 (727) 360-4281
Opening hours: 24/7/365
Location: 27º45'24"N, 082º45'37"W
Protected, all-weather marina with direct access to the ICW. Popular marina for ICW cruisers. Dockage for 110 yachts with deep water access. 30/50amp power, water, pump-out. Showers, toilets, wifi, 24-hour security, ice. Restaurant on site. Liveaboards welcome. Dog friendly. Grocery, shopping, bank nearby.
Gulfport Municipal Marina
4630 29th Avenue South , Gulfport, FL 33711
Tel:+1 (727) 893-1071 ,VHF Channel 16
Opening hours: 0800 - 1700 (Mon-Thurs), 0700 - 1830 (Fri-Sun)
Location: 27º44′00″N, 082º42′00″W
Full service city marina open for public use. Dockage for 192 yachts up to 60ft. 30/50amp power, water, marine supplies, shower, fuel, small store. Transient friendly. Public park adjacent to marina property.
Harborage Marina at Bayboro
1110 3rd Street South , St Petersburg, FL 33701
Tel:+1 (727) 821-6347 ,VHF Channel 16
Opening hours: 0800 - 1700, 7 days a week
Full-service marina in downtown St.Pete. Dockage for 340 yachts up to 200ft length. 30/50/100/200amp power, water. Pump-out at slip. Showers, toilets, laundry, fuel. Wifi. Dock boxes. Megayacht docks, full-service.
IGY: Maximo Marina
4801 37th Street South , St Petersburg, FL 33711
Tel:+1 (727) 867-1102 Fax:+1 (727) 867-8087 ,VHF Channel 16, 6
Opening hours: 0800 - 1700 (Mon-Fri), 0800 - 1600 (Sat-Sun)
Full service covered marina. Service department on-site. Marine supplies. Direct access to ICW, protected harbour. All amenities, shower, toilets, water, power, fuel, pump-out, laundry. 24-hour security. 55-ton travel lift. Shopping, groceries nearby. Member of the IGY Group.
Lands End Marina
1220 Apollo Beach Blvd , Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Tel:+1 (813) 645-5594 Fax:+1 (813) 534-0760
Opening hours: 0800 - 1700, 7 days a week
Full-service marina with dockage for yachts up to 100ft, 20ft beam, and 10ft draught. Showers, toilets, fuel, 30/50amp power, water. 24-hour security.
Marjorie Park Yacht Basin
97 Columbia Drive , Tampa, FL 33606
Tel:+1 (813) 259-1604 Fax:+1 (813) 259-1778 ,VHF Channel 16
Municipal marine operated by the City of Tampa. Dockage for 51 yachts up to 90ft length. Toilets, showers, laundry, ice. 50amp power, water available. Approach from south entrance of Seddon Channel.
O'Neill's Marina
6701 34th Street South , St Petersburg , FL 33711, Florida
Tel:+1 (727) 867-2585
Full service marina. Dockage for yachts up to 50ft. Toilets, fuel, grocery nearby, repairs on-site, fishing supplies. Relatively shallow approach, best attempted at high tide.
Shell Point Marina
3340 W Shell Point Road , Ruskin, FL 33570
Tel:+1 (813) 645-1313, ext 2 ,VHF Channel 16
Opening hours: 0800 - 1700, 7 days a week
Full service marina with yacht maintenance and service. All amenities, 30amp power, water, pump-out, shower, toilets, fuel. 24-hour security. Dockage for 43 yachts up to 60ft.
St. Petersburg Municipal Marina
500 First Avenue S.E. , St Petersburg, FL 33701
Tel:+1 (727) 893-7329 ,VHF Channel 16
Opening hours: 0800 - 1730, 7 days a week
Location: 27º46'12"N, 082º37'47"
Full service marina with dockage for 650 yachts. 500ft transient dock. Dredged 10ft throughout. Fuel. Shower, toilets, laundry, small shop. Downtown nearby. Mooring field.
Village Marina at Little Harbor
536 Bahia Beach Blvd , Ruskin, FL 33570
Tel:+1 (800) 327-2773 Fax:+1 (813) 922-6171 ,VHF Channel 16
Full service marina and resort complex. Dockage for 201 yachts. Electric, water, showers, toilets, fuel, wifi, laundry. Marine supplies. Dining, shopping, grocery nearby or on-site.

Yacht Clubs

Boca Ciega Yacht Club
4600 Tifton Drive South , Gulfport, FL 33703
Tel:+1 (727) 321-7295
Location: 27°44'21''N, 082°41'44"W
Full service marina and yacht club. Some restrictions for transient or non-resident visitors. Power, water, all amenities.
Davis Island Yacht Club
1315 Severn Ave , Tampa, FL 33606
Tel:+1 (813) 251-1158
Visitor dockage available, but limited. Full-service yacht club with all amenities.
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club
6300 Pasadena Point Boulevard South , Gulfport, FL 33707
Tel:+1 (727) 381-7922
Exclusive yacht club. Membership required. Full service marina and yacht club. All possible amenities. 50amp power, water, wifi, pump-out. Dockage for yachts 30ft to 70ft, 6ft draught throughout. Immediate acces to ICW. No liveaboards.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue , St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tel:+1 (727) 822-3873
Opening hours: 0830 - 1700 (Tues-Sun), 0830 - 1600 (Mon)
One of the oldest yacht clubs in the United States. Some space for guests, but contact first. Full-service marina, showers, toilets, laundry, all amenities.
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USA, Florida, Ft. Lauderdale: Plans to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)   (23 Jul 2014)

USA: Tropical Storm Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

USA: Tropical Storm Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast  (02 Jul 2014)

USA: Inaugural ARC DelMarVa Rally Wraps up Back in Annapolis

USA: Inaugural ARC DelMarVa Rally Wraps up Back in Annapolis  (15 Jun 2014)

First book on High Latitude Sailing released

First book on High Latitude Sailing released  (21 May 2014)

Ocean adventures: ARC Europe and ARC USA set sail

Ocean adventures: ARC Europe and ARC USA set sail  (02 May 2014)

USA East Coast Florida: Anti-anchoring amendments defeated

USA East Coast Florida: Anti-anchoring amendments defeated  (24 Apr 2014)

Pacific Ocean: Circumnavigating family abandon ship as 1 year old falls seriously ill - new statement from family

Pacific Ocean: Circumnavigating family abandon ship as 1 year old falls seriously ill - new statement from family  (05 Apr 2014)

Steve Black - 1943 to 2014

Steve Black - 1943 to 2014  (18 Mar 2014)

Atlantic: Swedish Sailors Rescued

Atlantic: Swedish Sailors Rescued  (12 Mar 2014)

Eastern Caribbean and now the Pacific: The Coconut Telegraph SSB Net extends its reach

Eastern Caribbean and now the Pacific: The Coconut Telegraph SSB Net extends its reach  (28 Feb 2014)

 Ocean Sailing Seminar: A Social and Practical Weekend in Annapolis with World Cruising Club

Ocean Sailing Seminar: A Social and Practical Weekend in Annapolis with World Cruising Club  (11 Feb 2014)

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New York to USVIs: Disabled catamaran abandoned by crew  (16 Jan 2014)

USA: NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

USA: NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts  (05 Jan 2014)

ARC DelMarVa: A new rally for East Coast USA

ARC DelMarVa: A new rally for East Coast USA  (18 Dec 2013)

Practical preparation for an offshore passage from the experts  at World Cruising Club  UK and USA

Practical preparation for an offshore passage from the experts at World Cruising Club UK and USA  (16 Dec 2013)

BVIs: A Challenging 24th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Nanny Cay

BVIs: A Challenging 24th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Nanny Cay  (03 Dec 2013)

12 Brands of Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards

12 Brands of Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Serious Fire and Burn Hazards  (29 Nov 2013)

24th ARC Caribbean 1500 Heads Offshore

24th ARC Caribbean 1500 Heads Offshore  (04 Nov 2013)

USA, Port Everglades: Removal of smokestack landmarks

USA, Port Everglades: Removal of smokestack landmarks  (23 Jul 2013)

USA: Yacht abandoned near Bermuda washes up on Martha's Vineyard 54 days later

USA: Yacht abandoned near Bermuda washes up on Martha's Vineyard 54 days later  (21 Jul 2013)

Emergency Product Recall: Lite Cylinder Company Propane Tanks

Emergency Product Recall: Lite Cylinder Company Propane Tanks  (13 Jun 2013)

Weather-watcher Satellite Fails Just Before Hurricane Season

Weather-watcher Satellite Fails Just Before Hurricane Season  (24 May 2013)

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season  (23 May 2013)

USA: NOAA offers free nautical chart mobile app

USA: NOAA offers free nautical chart mobile app  (23 May 2013)

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted  (23 May 2013)

June 8th is World Oceans Day: Create or Join an event near you

June 8th is World Oceans Day: Create or Join an event near you  (17 May 2013)

Cargo Ship Rescues Australian Sailor in the Pacific Ocean

Cargo Ship Rescues Australian Sailor in the Pacific Ocean  (16 May 2013)

ARC Europe & Atlantic Cup Get Underway from Nanny Cay, Tortola

ARC Europe & Atlantic Cup Get Underway from Nanny Cay, Tortola  (08 May 2013)

USA, New Jersey & New York: Superstorm Sandy debris clean-up update

USA, New Jersey & New York: Superstorm Sandy debris clean-up update  (04 May 2013)

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USA: BoatUS joins Waterway Guide in Superstorm Sandy update effort  (16 Mar 2013)

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Hawaii, Oahu, Honolulu: Magic Island Petroleum Closing Business  (04 Mar 2013)

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USA and Canada Divvy Up Electronic Chart Duties for Border Waters  (22 Feb 2013)

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USA, San Juan Islands: New Free Cruising Guide by Salish Sea Pilot  (21 Feb 2013)

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Lessons learned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: Boat US Webinars this March  (14 Feb 2013)

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Cruising Club of America Annual Awards Announced  (13 Feb 2013)

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Mid-Atlantic: Sailors Rescued 900 Miles Offshore  (31 Jan 2013)

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World Cruising Club Announces New Home Port for USA Events  (25 Jan 2013)

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USA: NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Program  (25 Jan 2013)

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The 2012 Caribbean 1500 Finishes on a High Note  (18 Dec 2012)

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USA: The count begins - 65,000 boats damaged by Hurricane ‘Sandy’  (22 Nov 2012)

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Hurricane Sandy Claims Tall Ship HMS Bounty  (31 Oct 2012)

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Hurricane Sandy's death toll across the Caribbean rises to 65  (28 Oct 2012)

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2012 Caribbean 1500 Preview  (24 Oct 2012)

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Gulf of Mexico: Tropical Storm Isaac poses serious threat  (26 Aug 2012)

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USA: Weather Underground Launches New Sailing & Boating Weather Service  (23 Aug 2012)

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Hawaii: Global Positioning System (GPS) Testing  (16 Aug 2012)

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SSCA Clean Wake Project: Monitoring Radiation in the Pacific  (20 Jun 2012)

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USA, Oregon: Huge Dock from Japan's Tsunmai Washed Ashore  (15 Jun 2012)

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Caution when Entering the USA from Cuba - with Updates  (22 May 2012)

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USA, Southern New England: Coastguard Implements New Warning Device  (10 May 2012)

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USA, East Coast: Opsail 2012 – Possible Delays for Boaters  (04 May 2012)

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USA, Rhode Island: Newport's New Maritime Centre  (12 Apr 2012)

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Caribbean Free Cruising Guides - New Editions  (04 Apr 2012)

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Some Good News Regarding the International Certificate of Competence  (07 Mar 2012)

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NARC Rally Participants Abandon Ship in Rough Seas  (10 Nov 2011)

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USA, Hampton: Start of the Caribbean 1500 Postponed due to Tropical Storm Sean  (09 Nov 2011)

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Hazard warning for yachts in the Pacific - debris from Japan's tsunami   (19 Oct 2011)

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More Hurricane Activity in the Atlantic  (09 Sep 2011)

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Hurricane Irene Hits the US East Coast  (27 Aug 2011)

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Hurricane Irene - The First Hurricane of the Season due to hit the US this Weekend  (23 Aug 2011)

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Tropical Storm Emily Tracking Towards Eastern Seaboard  (03 Aug 2011)

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USA: Anchoring Restrictions Proposed from Maryland to Florida  (28 Jun 2011)

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USA: Rogue Wave Swamps Cruising Yacht off East Coast  (19 May 2011)

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ARC Europe transatlantic cruising rally starts  (09 May 2011)

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Somali charged in hijacking that killed 4 Americans  (15 Apr 2011)

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Massive floating rubbish islands from Japan tsunami spotted on Pacific  (08 Apr 2011)

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Warning About GPS Unreliability in US Waters  (23 Jan 2011)

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Update Regarding the Issuing of US Recreational Vessel Documents  (19 Dec 2010)

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Sailor drowned, two lost for 12 days, no EPIRB   (02 Dec 2010)

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World Cruising Club Announces New U.S. Departure Port for ARC Europe Rally  (14 Oct 2010)

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Alex - First Named Storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season  (29 Jun 2010)

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New Online Gulf Oil Spill Resource  (14 May 2010)

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USA: North Carolina Coast - Update to No Discharge Regulation  (08 May 2010)

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Transatlantic Rally sets sail from Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVIs  (08 May 2010)

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BP hires locals boats to assist in Gulf clean up  (04 May 2010)

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New Anchoring Restrictions for Florida  (08 Mar 2010)

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OceansWatch Aid to Haiti  (24 Jan 2010)

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New Florida Boating Education Law Started January 1st  (07 Jan 2010)

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Record Load Bound for Freeport and St. Thomas  (30 Oct 2009)

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Yacht dismasted by one ship, saved by another  (29 Oct 2009)

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Anchoring in Florida, USA  (07 Oct 2009)

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Super Ship Yacht Express Visits Northeast US for First Time  (21 Jul 2009)

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American Visa Application  (15 Jan 2009)

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FBI Maritime Liaison Agents assisting US Sailors Internationally  (18 Dec 2008)

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Marina Seca Resumes Trucking Boats to the US  (05 Dec 2008)

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New Weather Website Launched by NOAA  (06 Nov 2008)

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USA Customs & Border Control – Issue of Cruising Permit Decals  (30 Oct 2008)

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Solo Sailor Rescued by AMVER  (16 Oct 2008)

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Yacht Express Makes Debut Down Under  (18 Jul 2008)

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FLORIDA – Skipper arrested for Anchoring for more than 10 days  (26 Jun 2008)

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Switlik Liferafts - Safety Alert and Recall  (19 Jun 2008)

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US Visa Waiver Program NOT for cruisers  (14 Jun 2008)

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US Coast Guard Announces Decision to Continue HF Weather Broadcasts  (29 Feb 2008)

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DYT Announces New Routes and Voyages  (12 Dec 2007)

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US Regulations For Yachts Vary From State To State  (23 May 2007)

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Fate Of North American LORAN-C Radionavigation System To be Decided  (16 Jan 2007)

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New US Immigration Requirements  (02 Aug 2006)

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US President Declares Largest Marine Sanctuary On Earth  (26 Jun 2006)

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New powers to seize vessels in US territorial waters  (29 Apr 2004)

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French Yacht Completes First Polar Circumnavigation  (01 Oct 2003)