WELCOME TO THE CAPTAIN'S CORNER
Captain's Corner is intended to provide information regarding boating
in general. With the help of our own Downing Nightingale, Jr., we can
tap into his mind to find out his take on important issues and
concepts. You just might learn something you never knew.
Spring Cruise Tip
Puxitony Phil has been charged for giving a false prediction of an early spring. However late, spring is officially here.
Recently a customer from Virginia returned from a trip up the St. Johns River, from Jacksonville to Sanford. “The St. Johns reputation has not preceded it” he stated. In the last four months or so, we have had about a half dozen boats embark from Lambs to journey “down south”, “up the St. Johns”. The St. Johns is one of the major rivers that flows north. The St. Johns is the old south. The river has many personalities, from the coastal estuary near the ocean, flowing through the middle of downtown Jacksonville, then opening up to two to three miles wide for the next fifty miles to Palatka. There are vast expanses of natural shoreline. After Palatka, it drops to a half mile wide as it wanders towards Lake George. The lake is five miles wide and nine miles long and fed by several springs that make for a fun picnic stop. South of the lake for forty miles from Astor to Sanford the river narrows again and becomes more winding.
Why go? Don’t go if you don’t want to see osprey (not to be confused by the occasional bald eagle), herons, egrets, ibis, stately oaks and towering cypress trees, turtles and gators sunning along the shore and manatees feeding in the grass beds. Welaka is known as the bass fishing capital of the world. Don’t be in a rush. Kick back and savor the real Florida.
Navigation: From Jacksonville to Sanford is roughly 150 miles with a minimum draft of 10 feet. For sailboats there is a 45 foot fixed bridge 20 miles south of Jacksonville. Stop at Lambs and we have additional St. Johns cruising information and will help you plan your trip up the lazy river.
Lamb’s still has a few covered slips (about the ONLY ONES) in north Florida available to protect your varnish, paint and gelcoat. Call our Harbormaster for special introductory rates. Our experienced and ABYC certified staff can take care of your all your boating needs from your small fishing skiff to your 100+’ cruiser.