Cruising the Lake Erie Islands

ENDLESS ADVENTURES await the boaters who venture to the numerous islands located off the southern shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. This chain of islands has been a top cruising destination for boaters from all over the Great Lakes. The 20-plus islands are all in close proximity to each other which makes for great “day Read More

Cruising the Gulf Coast – From Orange Beach to Pensacola and Beyond

When the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway canal from Mobile Bay opens into Wolf Bay in Orange Beach, Alabama, it begins crisscrossing a series of estuaries tucked behind the finest white-sand beaches in the world. This stretch of beach between here and Panama City, Florida, boasts sugar-soft sands that once were the tops of the Appalachian Mountains. Read More

Boating in Puget Sound

Seattle has a reputation for being a rainy city. In truth, there are on average 152 sunny days per year, and most of those are in the prime summer months. On clear days the views are incredible, with snow-capped Mount Rainier towering over the Seattle skyline to the southeast, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains stretching along Read More

Cruising Beaver Island & Little Traverse Bay – The Great Lakes

Every summer, the Great Lakes offer some of the best cruising grounds in America. What could be better? There’s no salt spray to rinse off and no tides or tidal currents to account for. Add to that a fascinating historical mix of Native Americans, French explorers, religious groups, 19th-century settlers and a larger-than-life cast of Read More

Spend a Long Weekend Cruising the Albemarle Sound, North Carolina

Albemarle Sound is to many boaters, especially Intracoastal Waterway cruisers, just a body of water to be crossed in North Carolina. However, to local boaters or those who have taken the time to explore it, Albemarle Sound is a rich and diverse expanse. The Albemarle is an estuary formed by the confluence of the Chowan and Read More

Cruising Florida’s Treasure Coast

Florida’s Treasure Coast stretches along the Atlantic Coast south from Vero Beach, Fla., to the St. Lucie Inlet area. Our departure point for this long weekend excursion is Vero Beach City Marina. Tucked behind a large mangrove island just off the ICW, it is a favorite marina for cruisers since it is set a distance away Read More

Cruising Along North Carolina’s ICW

Day 1 Morehead City to Beaufort – Distance: 2.3 miles   Begin in Morehead City, where you can tie up at Morehead City Yacht Basin, set in a protected cove off the ICW. Marinalife members receive 10% off transient dockage and $0.10 off per gallon of fuel. The spotless facility offers a courtesy car, perfect for provisioning at the Read More

Cruising Florida’s Gulf Coast Islands

What’s not to like about Florida, the Sunshine State? Just the name alone conjures up visions of sugary-white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, umbrella drinks and shimmering blue-green water. Some of the best beaches on the planet can be found on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and a get-away weekend cruise from Sarasota to Bradenton can rejuvenate any mariner’s Read More

Boating on the Upper St. Johns River Florida

Ortega River – Jacksonville, Fla. There are few places better to start a trip on Florida’s St. Johns River than on the Ortega River located near Jacksonville. The choices for weekend jaunts abound. Start at either the Ortega Yacht Club Marina, (904-389-1199,, known for its helpful and friendly atmosphere, or Lambs Yacht Center (904-384-5577, Read More

Weekend Getaways from Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey is the largest man-made yacht harbor in North America. Superlatives abound: It boasts 5,246 slips in 23 anchorages and marinas, 40 restaurants, and even offers funerals at sea. It is a wonderful boating community unto itself. For most yacht owners in Southern California, however, going boating for the weekend means sitting on their Read More