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Mailboat: September 2022

Feedback from our boating community


I always look forward to reading Soundings. It does a great job of offering diverse and informative articles. I enjoyed “Best Dock & Dines” (July), as it consolidated a number of great waterfront restaurants into one story. However, I was disappointed that it was more about the dining experience at each location, rather than how to get there by boat. In the future, perhaps you can provide some basic information, such as mean water depth and docking fees. We keep our boat in Mattituck, New York, and have voyaged to a number of the locations on your list. We know that to make it a fun experience, you need to do more than just call for reservations. - Steve Peterson

My favorite dock & dines are not located in the geographic regions covered in your story, but they are worth mentioning. Spoon River in Belhaven, North Carolina, is run by engaged owners who make sure your visit is exceptional, and Mr. P’s Bistro in Southport, North Carolina, has great Lowcountry cuisine. - John Cottingham

If you are traveling in the Great Lakes region, stop for a meal at the Pink Pony on Mackinac Island, where there’s great food, drinks and views. Better to go before or after peak tourist season. - Patrick McGorisk

If you cover the state of Florida in a future story on dock & dines, don’t forget to mention Lorelei’s in Islamorada. There’s docking, a fun atmosphere and a good mix of tourists and locals. I also recommend Sailfish Marina Restaurant at Singer Island Resort near Palm Beach. There’s a great staff, good view and the best grouper sandwich I’ve ever had. - Jim Bass

If you’re boating in Florida, head for Outriggers in New Smyrna Beach. - Capt. Rick Anderau

I live in Southeast Florida. For true tropical dining, go to Guanabanas in Jupiter, accessed by boating under either of two bridges, each with a 13-foot clearance at high tide. Bands play and tables are outside, and there is a thatched-roof tiki hut if it rains. - Steven Schlamp

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In response to your request for readers to share photos of their own boats, I’ve attached a picture of my 1974 Boston Whaler Revenge. I purchased this boat on July 4, 1974. It turned 48 years old this year. I’m now 80 years of age, and I figure I should provide a good home for her and continue the Boston Whaler Legend. - Ted Mentz


Thanks for the story “10 Tips To Keep You Safe on the Water” (June), which included advice on what to do before you cast off lines. There seem to be a lot of new boaters out there since Covid. It’s not a bad idea for these newcomers to take a boating safety course and hire an experienced captain to show them the ropes early in the season. This type of action can help keep the new boaters and everyone else safe out there. - John Welch

This article was originally published in the September 2022 issue.




Soundings readers share the locations of their favorite waterfront restaurants

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Best Dock & Dines

Readers weigh in on their favorite places to tie up the boat and grab a bite to eat after a day on the water?

Boating Lessons

A Soundings reader shares his story about who introduced him to boating.


As Good as New

Four owners explain their reasons for repowering their boats with new outboards

The Company We Keep

Soundings recently conducted a survey of subscribers to learn how they use their boats and what type of stories they’d like to see in the future.

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Prime Time

The Connecticut Fall Boat Show, presented by Active Interest Media (AIM), runs October 7 through 9 and is located at Safe Harbor Bruce and Johnsons in Branford, Connecticut

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No Time to be Fuelish

Today’s higher gas and diesel prices might tempt a captain to depart with less fuel, but the one-third rule should always be adhered to for safety.