This week we introduce a new feature for yacht owners, for those considering unique yacht charter destinations, and all other boating enthusiasts – our FYM Florida Cruising Guide. Each week we will take a look at some of the more unique yachting opportunities in and around the state of Florida, and give you all the details you need about how to get there by motor yacht, and how to get the most out of your cruise once you arrive.
For our first feature, we take a look at Manatee Pocket.
Manatee Pocket, and the town at its head, Port Salerno, was once a quiet little fishing village. Over the years it has evolved to a boating and yachting hub to those in the know. Manatee Pocket is located just south of the St. Lucie Inlet in an area boaters refer to as “the Crossroads” where the Intracoastal intersects with the Okeechobee Waterway. If you are looking for the usual Florida tourist location, skip Manatee Pocket, but if you want a real taste of “Old Florida,” this is the place for you!
Navigation and Nautical Details
According to US Harbors, Manatee Pocket is about 1 mile long and 0.2 mile wide. It had a reported controlling depth of 4½ feet in 1983. The entrance is 0.6 mile west of the intersection of the St. Lucie River and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The channel at the entrance is marked by day-beacons. However, first time visitors to the area need to know that the Crossroads can be a little difficult to navigate, because markers are often changed due to shoaling and strong currents. There also can be some heavy boat traffic in the area at times, and boaters are advised to use caution and common sense. Additionally, the St. Lucie Inlet has been known to have some very rough waters during certain weather periods and times of year.
There are several marinas in the area. According to Discover Florida Cruising, the first marina you will come upon is the Sailfish Marina of Stuart followed by Mariner’s Cay, Finest Kind Marina, Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina and finally, the Manatee Marina. Most of them accept transients, but it is best to call ahead because these facilities are usually booked solid. The Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club may have a short term slip available to boaters with reciprocal club agreements.
Repairs and virtually any sort of boat work is readily available at The Hinckley Company, which has a full-service boat yard on the eastern shore. Another source for repairs or other work is the Whiticar Boat Works.
Activities On and Offshore
The Stuart area is known for sportfishing. There are several charter fishing boats that make Manatee Pocket home, and they go out for: sailfish, marlin, kingfish, wahoo and other pelagic species. There are not a lot of sights to see or a nightlife to speak of in the area, as just about everything revolves around sport fishing and boating. However, as you might imagine there are several good seafood restaurants along the waterfront. A couple of the favorites of the locals are the Manatee Island Bar and Grill and Pirate’s Loft at the Pirate’s Cove Resort, which also features a fine hotel.
Hassle Free Cruising
Did you know that our On Demand Yachting solution has been designed to remove all of the challenges of yacht ownership? That means among the many benefits of membership, we can help you find the best route to any area you want to visit by yacht, and not just in Florida.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.