Highlights of the Stuart Area
We are located in Stuart, Florida, the crossroads of Florida yachting, approximately 25 miles north of Palm Beach on the Intracoastal waterway. Stuart is at the junction of the Intracoastal and Okeechobee waterways with direct access to the Atlantic and Bahamas through the St. Lucie inlet, and to the west coast through the Okeechobee waterway. Continue to cruise through these pages on Stuart to learn more about our beautiful Martin County and Treasure Coast cruising areas and services available.
"The Yachting Crossroads of Florida"
Perspective through the eyes of a mariner:
In addition to the claim of being the Sailfish Capital of the World, Stuart is also one of the finest and most convenient cruising ports found on the east coast of Florida. Its atmosphere is low key and friendly, but yet modern and very supportive of the yachting public.
Stuart's unique location provides protected anchorages, marinas and a wide variety of services to the cruising yachtsman ….all within minutes of the Atlantic, Intracoastal or Okeechobee Waterways.
For the cruising yachtsman, this is an ideal area to start or terminate a cruise. Long-term storage facilities are available, as are all the services necessary to prepare for a long voyage or to change gears from the cruising life to a land-based alternative. All services are at prices that are much more reasonable than most locations to our south. Stuart Yacht Sales, because of our experience and resources has developed a large client base of cruising folks (most of whom are now good friends as well) that we have been able to help in these endeavors. Please call us for more information on this option.
"We have been cruising on our Cabot 36 for the last six years and feel that the Stuart area is the best Florida has to offer. The area is beautiful, the people are great and everything we have needed has been within easy reach. It's just an outstanding home port for us!"
(Al & Heather Boudreau, Halifax, NS)
The Stuart area is somewhat unique in Florida, in that it is not yet well-known as a "tourist" area and as such, does not receive the publicity or notoriety that it deserves. The water access and the related resources are second to none in the State, and because of its anonymity, the prices are reasonable and the resources readily available.
Historically, one of the reasons that Stuart has not been more popular with the cruising community is that the St. Lucie inlet was not maintained and, was at best, difficult to navigate or at worst, downright dangerous, even with local knowledge. In 1996 that situation saw a major change for the better. The inlet was dredged to approximately 12 feet and is now being maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, as a "light commercial/recreational inlet". The navigational aids were upgraded and the inlet is now a pleasure to transit.
As you enter the Stuart area from the Intracoastal waterway, vessels drawing less than 5 1/2 feet can make use of the Manatee Pocket, a totally protected anchorage with many services available. Deeper vessels, with drafts up to 8 feet, can proceed west, up the St. Lucie River, where there are numerous options for anchoring and several full service marinas. Many days can be spent exploring the area by water and an equal amount of time exploring land attractions. After proceeding under the new Roosevelt Bridge and through the original bascule bridge that is still in operation, you will find a very pleasant and convenient anchorage on your left. The Stuart town dock, called both the Sunset Anchorage and Sunset Bay Marina, (7' depth) is located there and it is an easy walk to stores and restaurants of every variety. If one wants to explore, one can proceed up the North Fork of the river, anchor in any number of small protected spots and then proceed for miles in a dingy. The South Fork offers the same possibilities but is limited by the 55' Palm City fixed bridge.
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