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The Dockmaster Speaks

Dockmaster Speaks Button 2This button appears at various points throughout the narrative cruising guide text. Clicking on it will bring up one of our “The Dockmaster Speaks” features in which an area dockmaster gives his or her personal perspective on one or more aspects of the region. Reading them is a great way to gain added “local knowledge.”

We hope you enjoy "meeting" dockmasters this way as much as we enjoy bringing them to you... It's good for them to share their expertise and we plan to continue the feature — in print and on line. If you have a favorite DM, ask him — or her — to get in touch with us by phone, fax or email to be in the next FCD! (Already-featured DMs are welcome back!) [Contact Us.]


We want our annual FCD users and site visitors to be aware of our publishing schedule and monthly web site updates ...We often use the term "press time." That, for us, is roughly from early December through January each year. By December, most ads are ready, most editorial has been updated and the new edition has been pretty much laid out. By early February, all pages are with the printer. As our pages are being finalized, we attempt to contact all marinas and boatyards listed on our charts and other businesses, museums, governmental contacts, et cetera, that we mention.  Classifieds are mostly updated from marine businesses' replies to our written and verbal queries or from local phone books; unfortunately, we can't call all of the 2000+ companies in our classifieds.) All of that is to make the printed version as up-to-date as possible to present to you each year in February.

After publication, as always, our monthly web site updates (on or about the first ...) WILL advise of changes and news and much of that news will be infused into the interactive web site. Our new E-Book was published shortly after the print version. Now, let’s consider mistakes. Do we make them? Of course! If you find any, please advise. We can't correct the print and e-book versions, but we CAN  correct them here, and will endeavor to do so ASAP!

There are lots of cruising guides and we don't rival any with color, glitz and pizzazz. There are also other Web sites that have more “Flash,” and we mean that both literally and also figuratively! The FCD's "niche" is being a good, up-to-date and affordable book for cruisers —produced by creative and knowledgeable people who simply love boats and the water. Please support our advertisers — who keep the book and this site going with that low cover price! And thank you for having the FCD aboard.

And, there was something else ... Ah yes, our mission: "... Make Boating More Fun and Less Hassle for Florida Boaters and our Cruising Visitors." That was set over 25 years ago, and we're still trying.

About Anchoring An update on major plans and problems discussed in our past editions ...

The FWC has re-worked its listings for salt and fresh water launching ramps throughout the state. The project was completed in February. We now have a direct link from our “Launch Ramps” page to FWC's updated ramp lists.


This is an ever-present concern in these turbulent times. Be sure to check out our Port Security page to be completely up to date on current regulations.


The Florida PSC has a new area code scheduled for Florida, in the Orlando area.

The Caution SymbolCaution Symbol copy

From time to time you'll see this symbol on our on-line sketch charts. When you click on one, it will bring up a pop-up that contains a special consideration pertinent to the area. This doesn't mean you should avoid the place, but rather that you should pay extra attention. To further clarify the caution message's meaning, each pop-up contains a link to the cruising guide text in which the message appears so you can read it in context.

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