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Boating the East Coast- Where to Stay and Eat

 
We are almost four months into lockdown due to the global pandemic. As states start to reopen, some people cannot wait to eat at their favorite restaurants again, attend church services, and sunbathe at the beach. However, some people are still skeptical about the situation and want to continue practicing social distancing measures. A popular way they are social distancing is by boating on the water. 
 
We live on the Intercoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and could not help but notice all of the sailboat and yacht traffic going up and down the ICW and a few miles offshore since lockdown started. Then we thought, what better time to cruise the East Coast than now? We sat down with one of our brokers, Andrew Cooper, and discussed what it is like to travel from Florida to Maine by boat. He informs us where most boaters begin and take breaks during their journey up the coast.
 
 

Q. Where did you stop on your way from Florida to Maine?

 
"One summer we made the trip from Ft. Lauderdale and made it as far North as Southwest Harbor, Maine on a Northern Marine Tri Deck 151 Motor Yacht. We left Bahia Mar Marina in Ft. Lauderdale and stopped in Fernandina Beach, FL and docked up at Fernandina Harbor Marina. From there we went to Charleston, SC and on to Beaufort, NC. We stayed at the Beaufort Town Docks and ran from Beaufort to Coinjock, NC via the Pamlico Sound. The Sound can get rough at times but for us it was calm and we made it in good timing. From Coinjock we carried on to Norfolk, VA via the Albemarle sound. That was a cool experience to see the docks crowded with more than 75 Navy Ships, as it is home to the largest Naval Station. From there we carried on to Cape May, NJ where we stayed the night and refueled at South Jersey Marina. 
 
On the morning of July Fourth, we headed towards the sunrise for our 150 mile journey to Chelsea Piers, NYC. We cruised in the New York Harbor for the fireworks that night and got to relax. It was awesome to see the show and the lights of the city from the water. 
 
Our next stop was Newport, RI and then on to Gloucester, MA  and stayed in the same harbor that the famous Andrea Gail called home. Which was a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea during the Perfect Storm of 1991. Later, in 2000, it was the subject of the movie “The Perfect Storm.” From there we went to Portsmouth, NH. We stayed in New Hampshire for about a week and traveled around the area and did some work on the boat.
 
**SORCHA Motor Yacht - Yachtworld
 
From there we headed further North to Portland, ME where we stayed for the night at DiMillo’s Marina. This Marina was unique. We tied up right next to an old gambling boat that had been converted into a restaurant.  Our Northernmost port of call was Southwest Harbor, ME. We stayed there for close to a week exploring the area, whale watching, swimming, and much more. Maine is beautiful in the summertime--warm sunny days and cool, comfortable nights. The water temperature remains cold year around with the average temperature in July being 61 degrees. Overall, we had a very pleasant voyage and look forward to doing it again too. If you are thinking of cruising the East Coast I recommend reading below for more information on what Marinas and Restaurants to visit while you are visiting the United States beautiful coastal cities."
 
 

Q. What are some essential supplies boaters should pack?

 
"When traveling this distance you have to plan ahead. Food, drinks, maps, GPS, etc. Boaters must make sure all technology is working and have all Coast Guard recommended safety equipment before they pursue their journey. It is also important to have a freezer on board that way you can pack many meals to store food and drinks. You also need to know how much fuel you will burn and map out where you can stop to refuel."
 
 

Q. How long is the journey from Florida to Maine?

 
"It really depends if you are taking the trip to stop and visit places along the way or if you are aiming to get to a destination as quickly as possible. In our case, we made the trip from Fort Lauderdale to Maine in three weeks. On some boats of this size you can make the trip non-stop in about 3 or 4 days cruising at a more economical speed. Others will stop in certain ports overnight just for fuel and some sleep and start again in the morning in order to get to their next spot for essentials and then continue on again until they reach their final destination."
 
**SORCHA Motor Yacht - Yachtworld
 

Q. Are there any areas in particular in the ocean that boaters should be aware of? 

 
"There is always the threat of submerged objects such as shipping containers, logs, tug lines that have broken loose and can fowl your props and those are just a few examples. In some locations like the Bahamas and FL you have to know the waters well and watch for coral reefs as a run in with those can sink a boat easily. Up North there are submerged rocks and those can be extremely dangerous as well. In Maine for example the tide swing can be 20 + ft exposing rocks and other hazards that are not visible at high tide. It is important to always be vigilant when operating a boat whether it is in new waters or an area you have boated in for years."
 
 

Q. How many miles offshore do boaters typically cruise?

 
"It really depends where you are going. A straight line is always the fastest and most efficient way to travel. In some cases you can end up 100+ miles offshore traveling from point A to point B. Other times you may only be 10 or 15 miles offshore. In some cases, when the weather is bad you have to stay in the Intracoastal Waterway while you travel."
 
**SORCHA Motor Yacht - Yachtworld
 

Q. Are there any local restaurants or  "whole in the walls," people stop at for beer, food, fuel, etc.

 
"I think all boaters have their favorite whole in the wall destination for a cold drink after a long day of fishing or traveling. Captains that make the trip North and South each season moving boats begin to find restaurants they like and get to know people at certain marinas. One example is Coinjock Marina in Coinjock, NC. If you have ever been through there then you have certainly tried their prime rib! Below is a list of popular marinas and restaurants boaters can go to during their voyage." 
 

 

Start - Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Marinas:

(954) 523-8507
1900 SE 15th Street
 
(954) 627-6309
801 Seabreeze Blvd
**Pictured Below
 
 

Places to Eat:

Shooters Waterfront ($$) - American (New), Seafood
(954) 566-2855
3033 NE 32nd Ave
 
Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill ($$) - American, Burgers
(954) 768-8990
1821 Cordova Road
 
Coconuts ($$) - Seafood, Breakfast & Brunch, Salad
(954) 525-2421
429 Seabreeze Blvd
 

Stop 1 - Fernandina Beach, Florida

Marinas:

(904) 310-3300
23 S. Front Street
**Pictured Below
 
 

Places to Eat:

Timoti’s Seafood Shak ($$) - American (New), Seafood
(904) 310-6550
21 N. 3rd Street
 
The Green Turtle ($) - Cocktail Bars, Music Venues 
(904) 321 2324
14 S 3rd Street
 
Le Clos ($$$) - French
(904) 261-8100
20 S 2nd Street
 

Stop 2 - Charleston, SC

Marinas:

(843) 723-5098
17 Lockwood Drive
 
(843) 722-1996
33 Lockwood Drive
 

Places to Eat:

Dave's Carry-Out ($) - Seafood, Soul Food
(843) 577-7943
42 Morris Street
 
Maui Tacos - Charleston ($$) - Mexican, Hawaiian
(843) 793-4441
200 Meeting St Unit 2
 
Halls Chophouse ($$$$) - Steakhouse, Seafood, Bars
(843) 727-0090
434 King Street
**Pictured Below
 
 

Stop 3 - Beaufort, NC

Marinas:

(843) 525-6664
1006 Bay Street
**Pictured Below
 
 

Places to Eat:

KC Mike’s Smokin ($) - Barbeque
(843) 379-2378
81 Sea Island Pkwy
 
Old Bull Tavern ($$) - American (New), Gastropubs
(843) 379-2855
205 W Street
 
Dockside Restaurant ($$) - Seafood
(843) 379-3288
71 Sea Island Parkway
 

Stop 4 - Coinjock, NC

Marinas:

(252) 453-3271
321 Waterlily Road
**Pictured Below and the Yacht Andrew Traveled On
 
 

Places to Eat:

(252) 453-3271
321 Waterlily Road
 
Currituck BBQ Company ($) - Barbeque, American, Burgers
(252) 453-6618
4467 Caratoke Hwy
 

Stop 5 - Norfolk, VA

Marinas:

(757) 496-7000
2100 Marina Shores Drive
 

Places to Eat:

Repeal Bourbons and Burgers ($$) - Burgers, Cocktail Bars
(757) 321-8885
202 22nd Street
 
Dockside Seafood Market ($$)- Seafood, Seafood Markets
(757) 481-4545
3311 Shore Drive
**Pictured Below
 
(757) 428-2411
39th Street & Atlantic Ave
 
 

Stop 6 - Cape May, NJ

Marinas:

(609) 938-8187
1121 Route 109
 
(609) 884-2400
1231 Route 109
**Pictured Below
 
 

Places to Eat:

Lucky Bones Backwater Grille ($$) - Seafood, Bars, American
(609) 884-2663
1200 Rte 109 S.
 
(609) 898-2244
1317 Beach Ave
 
(609) 600-3571
709 Beach Ave
 
 

Stop 7 - Chelesea Piers, NYC

Marinas:

(212) 336-7873
59 Chelsea Piers
**Pictured Below
 
 

Places to Eat:

Bateaux New York ($$$$) - Venues, American
(212) 352-1366
Chelsea Piers Pier 61
 
Roth Bar - Cafe, Bars, American
548 W 22nd Street
 
Cookshop ($$) - American, Breakfast & Brunch, Wine Bars
(212) 924-4440
156 10th Avenue
 

Stop 8 - Newport, RI

Marinas:

(401) 846-4500
1 Bannister's Wharf
**Pictured Below
 
(401) 847-9047
4 Commercial Wharf
 
 

Places to Eat:

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar ($$$) - Seafood, Wine Bars
(401) 846-2260
1 Sayers Wharf
 
The Black Pearl ($$) - Seafood, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
(401) 846-5264
Bannister’s Wharf
 
Tin Can Crab Shake ($$) - Seafood, Cajun
(401) 608-2300
472 Thames Street
 

Stop 9 - Gloucester, MA

Marinas:

(978) 786-6833
35 Dodge Street
 

Places to Eat:

Blu Karma ($$) - Asian, Sushi Bars
(978) 791-0244
6 Purchase Street
 
Seaport Grille ($$) - Seafood, Salad, Sandwiches
(978) 282-9799
6 Rowe Square
**Pictured Below
 
Destino’s Submarine Sandwiches ($) - Sandwiches, Salads, Breakfast
(978) 283-3100
129 Prospect St.
 
 

Stop 10 - Portsmouth, NH

Marinas:

(603) 433-5050
116 Morgans Way
**Pictured Below
 
 

Places to Eat:

Lexie’s Joint ($) - Burgers, Sandwiches, To-Go
(603) 319-4055
212 islington Street
 
Row 34 ($$) - Seafood, Bars
(603) 319-5011
5 Portwalk Pl
 
The Black Birch ($$) - American, Gastropubs
(207) 703-2294
2 Government Street
 

Stop 11 - Portland, ME

Marinas: 

(207) 773-7632
148 Commercial St
 

Places to Eat:

(207) 773-7632
148 Commercial St
 
(207) 274-6097
60 Portland Pier - Old Port
**Pictured Below
 
Maine Oyster Company ($$) - Seafood
(207) 650-5383
38 Portland St - West Bayside
 
 

Last Stop - Southwest Harbor, ME

Marinas:

(207) 244-0117
11 Apple Ln
**Pictured Below
 

Places to Eat:

Beal’s Lobster Pier ($$) - Seafood
(207) 244-3202
182 Clark Point Rd
 
Peter Trout’s Tavern and Inn ($$) - Gastropubs, Burgers
(207) 244-8619
48 Shore Road
 
Xanthus at the Claremont Hotel ($$$) - Tapas/Small Plates
(207) 244-5036
22 Claremont Road
 
 

 
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