Details for Moorings of Carrabelle

Moorings of Carrabelle

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 39 reviews

Address 1000 Highway 98 E, PO Box M
Carrabelle, FL 32322


After hours contact

Alternate Phone number: 850-697-2800

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Lomax Smith


Lomax Smith



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Amex, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

Payment discounts

November, 2015, Patti confirmed dockage at $1 per foot for loopers with purchase of 100 gallons of fuel.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Follow green markers into Carabelle River - at G17. Note: R8 is missing out in St. George Sound, February 2012.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: 9

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 15
Total: 150
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-10-21)

Other price info: Weekly: $7.50 per foot.
Monthly: $15.00 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 110 and 220 volt.

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - $598.00 plus electricity, one year minimum.


Fuel brand: Pure

Gas price$3.05/gal (2016-10-21)

Other price info: Non ethanol gasoline.

Diesel price$2.21/gal (2016-10-21)

Other price info: Price includes sales tax.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Grassy and gravel parking lot to walk.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - $10.00




Yes - Including handling used oil.


Yes - Modern and clean showers for marina guests. 2 each at the boater lounge building.


Yes - Modern and clean heads for marina guests.


Yes - A small laundry with a single washer and dryer, $1 each.


Yes - IGA across the street.

IGA Supermarket
812 NW Avenue A
Carrabelle FL 32322-1176
Open 9 am - 8 pm, 7 days a week.
Next to ACE Hardware, a full-size grocery store. Small-town (high) priced however the food quality is good. Nice produce, good meats and you can buy bait (frozen section near chicken at back of store) plus fishing tackle.


Yes - Ace Hardware across street;
Just Right Marine supplies, short walk.

Gander's Gulf Supply Hardware
90 Tallahassee St
Carrabelle, FL850-697-3688
Diagonally across from the Post Office, Gander's is the type of old-time hardware store that used to be prevalent in the world. The prices are good. Family run business.


Yes - Moorings Marina has a free breakfast for our boaters.

The Fisherman's Wife is right across the street.

Fathoms has $4 per dozen big and firm oysters September - May. Melt in your mouth scallops. Live entertainment weekends.


Yes - Harry's Bar and Grill; Wicked Willy.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Yes - Hull, engine, propeller.

Jim's Mobile Repair, 850-509-5838 or Home/Office 850-926-5076. does electrical work generators, diesel and gas engines, air conditioners, and refrigerators.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Yes - Trailer storage

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - Forgotten Coast Paddlesports
1102 Hwy 98 W
Carrabelle, FL 32322

Internet access

Yes - Secure WiFi for marina guests at no charge. 5 bars on ATT.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Boat ramp on westside.


Yes - They will give you a ride to local restaurants. Courtesy car. Bicycles.

Other services

Nice chartroom overlooking the marina with pool table, card table, and TV. Swimming pool onsite. 24 hour security. Weather radar monitoring.

There is a Post Office across the street from Gander's Hardware store. You can have mail sent:

Your Name
General Delivery
Carrabelle, FL 32322
Phone at post office: 850-697-3339
Closed 1130 - 1230 for lunch Mon-Fri. Open Saturday mornings. One truck (arrives early am) per day.

The Carrabelle Library
311 St James Ave Se,
Carrabelle, FL
Has open WiFi. Inside, complimentary coffee near the water fountain. Also, a section of books ($1 per bag) if you chose to buy rather than borrow.


Reviews for Moorings of Carrabelle
Early morning fuel and quite, 2016-08-08
Captain: , New Port Richey (310)

Great place. I was greeted and welcomed on a very late arrival. Next morning we where fueled and ready to cross as the sun peaked. Recommended 100 % do not pass as they are upgrading daily. Thanks Team, keeping marinas enjoyable

Older marina, but very helpful staff, 2016-06-03
Captain: , Hernando Beach, PL (30)

Like most places in Carrabelle, thiis is not "modern". Fixed, short, old wood docks pretty much required back in docking, which can be tricky with the river's strong tidal currents. And, it's a loooong walk from the transient docks to the office and ship's store.

Traveled here in May, 2016 with four sailboats and a trawler. The staff was great about getting us docked close together and settled comfortably. They were also helpful about local info - they helped arrange a group taxi to Apalachicola, and helped with a mechanic's referral when one of us needed help.

Decent free breakfast and lounge facilities; also very close to a grocery and great local restaurants.

Would stay again if in the area.

Great Marina, 2016-04-02
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (627)

Friendly staff. Clean restrooms and showers. Free breakfast! Enjoyed playing pool in the Map Room. Easy walk to stores and restaurants in town.

Great place to wait for crossing, 2015-12-09
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (1522)

Very friendly staff, full service, walking distance to great food and grocery.

Sine Die II, 2015-11-15
Captain: , Madisonville, Louisiana (50)

Very nice staff; good place to wait. Walking distance to grocery and local restaurants

Much better than C -Quarters, 2015-11-12
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1663)

Excellent service, restaurant across street. Did not use pool or bathrooms. Easy entrance. Some along side ties well protected and many pull o back in slips.
Safe lighted at night. Answer VHF and phone right away. Office open 24 hrs/day. Motel on site. Small but decent ships store. Hardware store in town. Many new docks being constructed.

OK Place to stop for the jump, 2015-07-09
Captain: , Corpus Christi (240)

Most everyone makes the jump from Carrabelle to the West coast of Florida so you need to stay somewhere. We found the docking tricky. The staff was very helpful once we got docked.

We only stayed 1 night so can't comment much about the town

Carrabelle stop, 2015-04-02
Captain: , Miami Beach (20)

Jimmy at Apalachicola Marine suggested I dock here and I glad for his recommendation. The facility is good and secure. Make sure you have a good galley though. There's not much for restaurants in this town.
The grocery store is close and there's another amazing ACE hardware that is helpful to mechanics.

Great place to wait, 2014-12-15
Captain: , Bay City , MI (40)

Marina and surround has everything you need waiting to cross the Bend. Staff was very helpful, thanks again to Tim and Patty. Ships store hours are longer than most. Have to try the Fisherman's Wife restaurant ...great.
Fuel prices are as good as Pannama City area.

Dock at slack tide, 2014-12-04
Captain: , kemah tx (130)

location is ok if you don't mind walking ... we had a strong wind and a ebb tide which made docking reallly tricky ... staff was great and fuel was reasonabbly priced ... check out the pizza place in town and the fisherman's wife restraunt across the street

Great People, 2014-12-03
Captain: , Mobile, AL. (151)

Only stayed here overnight. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The Fishermans Wife is a short walk and has great food. The IGA grocery was right next door. The marina also served a complimentary breakfast.
The current can be a little tricky when docking.

Convenient to everything, 2014-11-29
Captain: , WILMINGTON DE (10)

Spent two nights there. Fuel price was lowest we've seen. The hardware store accross the street and down a block had filters I needed for genset.

Dockmaster referred us to to Harold Reigers to assist us with the crossing to Clearwater. Harold was great. He even contacted a friend in Clearwater Beach to make sure we'd have a slip. Harold even helped us with a recalcitrant seawater strainer for one of the heads. Harold was extremely knowledgeable and stayed at the helm almost the entire night. Great guy. Highly recommend hoim to anyone needing assistenace in crossing.

Nice Spot to jump over from, 2014-09-27
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (41)

Great folks! No discounts, but reasonable fuel prices. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Fisherman's wife restaurant is AWESOME and prices are ridiculously low. This is the place that you want to stay before the crossing!

Great gas price, 2014-08-29
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (654)

We pulled in for gas and a pumpout. The gas price was great after we were settled in our slip we walked to the store. Everyone says the IGA store is just accross the street this is true, what they don't say is you have to walk to the far end of the marina to get out of the compound. We trid the ribs from IGA for dinner fantastic, went back just before we left for more for the crossing. Would like to spend a little more time here but an open weather window can't be missed.

Great jumping off point for a weekend cruise around St. George Sound!, 2014-04-19
Captain: , Orange Lake FL (40)

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Fresh carpet and paint in the hotel rooms. Free slip with room rental. Good ramp with shallow angle use trailer tongue extension. Ample parking with security cameras. We would definitely stay here again on our next visit.

Stayed here for a few days April 2014, 2014-04-15
Captain: , Rosston, PA (100)

Nice protected deep water marina. Staff very friendly and helpful. Good restaurants, grocery, hardware nearby.

Quick overnight stay before crossing the gulf - helpful staff, 2014-03-12
Captain: , High Springs, FL (686)

We decided to try to shave a day off our trip by running nonstop from Pensacola to Carrabelle. This put us getting in to the marina about 20 minutes after closing time. A phone call to the marina when we passed through Panama City eased my mind with the assurance that they would sticka round until my arrival.

Once we got to the marina, it was another 45 minutes as we fueled up which put them well past closing. The marina staff was more than helpful when we tied into the slip for the night and even gave us a ride across the street to the Fisherman's Wife restaraunt.

Diesel prices were the lowest we encountered during our trip and we were gone on our way at sunrise. Kudos to the stad at the Moorings!

The People are Great, 2014-01-29
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (602)

The Moorings is an older marina but offers a lot of ammenities for those waiting to cross the gulf. Boaters lounge (chart room) is a very nice place for docktails, potluck dinners, and socializing. Lisa and Lake Ann open up at 6:30am with free breakfast and coffee every day. Buddy usually comes around to the breakfast room each morning and gives a weather forcast for crossing and lots of good advice. IGA Supermarket ($9.99 for fresh 10 inch pizza), Ace Hardware, and The Fisherman's Wife restaurant are within two blocks of your slip. Laundry, cable TV, low prices on gas and diesel. Good protection from weather but current and wind can be challenging when getting into the narrow slips.
Getting on and off our boat on the fixed docks was challenging at low tide and WIFI works only if you are close to the marina store or in the boaters lounge.
The Moorings is a good stop before making the crossing.

Older marina, 2014-01-06
Captain: , Chicago, IL (958)

Older facility, but they make you feel comfortable, important when you may be held up due to weather. Free breakfast for transients (Lisa is very nice); Patty is the go-to person for logistics (how to get to Tallahassee to get a rental car); Buddy is the local source for all things weather-related and anchorages.Discount on slip rate if you get fuel. Grovery store and a couple of restaurants across the street from marina. Nice captains lounge/chart room with pool table & poker table.

Good value, 2013-12-18
Captain: , St Joe (159)

Fairly priced, great showers, laundry, cruiser's lounge with billiards and tv and chart room. Free breakfast included at the associated hotel. golf cart rides complimentary. Helpful staff. Wifi signal was strong at the boat, but the connection reset often and the internet itself was slow. Don't miss the nautical thrift store across the street. Skip the fisherman's wife, there's a great sandwich shop across from the post office.

Its the place to wait, 2013-01-12
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1696)

Marina is in pretty good shape with a long line of slips along the rivers edge. Most likely you would stern in because of the short finger docks, unless you have a short boat with a blunt nose. Cheap fuel $3.80 gal. Very nice lounge. Walking all the way around to get to the office is kind of a pain. Buddy, Polly and the rest are very friendly and helpful. They are trying very hard to please. Grocery store is 5 minutes (really!) from the docks. Fisherman's Wife restaurant is good. The town of Carrabelle is not much but they do have a couple of gas/convenience stores and a pharmacy. Waited here 12 days for a crossing - still got rocked. As with any advice anyone gives about conditions to cross it is your responsibility to verify. However, and trust me on this, when someone says wait for 2 foot or less seas, less than 10 kts wind, and waves at buoy 42036 at 2 feet or less...listen and heed.
But that being said, Buddy is very helpful and well informed.

Good fuel prices, 2012-12-07
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

Stopped here for fuel ($3.80, included tax) and staging for the trip to Tarpon Springs. Very nice marina with laundry, boaters' lounge, nice restrooms/showers and short walk to town. Not much in town but we did eat lunch at Carabbelle Junction which still looks exactly like our memories from the 50s/60s (food was pretty good). Unfortunately for us and the two other boats that jumped across with us, Buddy's forecast was not even close - it was the worst boating experience any of us had ever had (and we have boated for 35 years). Very rough seas for about 16 of the 21 hours we were out there. Don't misunderstand this comment - Buddy is a great guy and certainly was trying to help, but he clearly missed something in his forecast for us.

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving, 2012-11-23
Captain: , Lexington, Kentucky (160)

We arrived at the marina the afternoon before Thanksgiving. The owner and his extended, blended family invited all the boaters in the marina to share Thanksgiving with them in the boater's lounge. They provided everything from wine to turkey to side dishes to dessert. It was a wonderful affair and quite unexpected. This is not some unscale resort marina, but it is a place where they care about their boaters. One on the best Thanksgivings we've ever had.

Adequate marina, 2012-08-05
Captain: , charleston (761)

Marina was adequate with great staff to help -- especially Buddy who was very knowledgeable and very helpful. Weather held so we were only there one night. Grocery store right across the street. Not much in the town but interesting to walk around the area.

An old Florida marina, 2012-05-03
Captain: , San Francisco CA (1301)

Spent four nights here waiting out a front and getting some dental work done in Apalachicola. Marina provided a paid shuttle into Apalachicola (not really any taxi service here). Buddy and the marina staff are great. Buddy knows every current and every wind effect at the marina; he guided us in with finesse at both the fuel dock and our slip; he understands both sail and power boats and respectfully helps every captain into their slips, even in the most demanding circumstances. Buddy is the best!!! Facilities are okay, the shower very nice, the captain's lounge is comfortable. Shopping at IGA is very close close and local restaurants (such as Fathoms oyster bar and more) are within a ten minute walk. Carrabelle is a rustic maritime community. Worth a visit.

Worth A Visit, 2012-04-29
Captain: , Punta Gorda FL (1709)

This is a great little town. Everything is geared toward the water, fisihing and boating. Locals are very friendly and very helpful. Had to get my dinghy outboard repaired. Buddy told me to take it to Bruce at Carrabelle Marina next door. Bruce loaned me his truck to bring it to him. They got right on it. Marina is very protected. Harbor and marina would be an excellent hurricane hole. $4/dozen oysters here in April. Agree with other Captains, whether heading east or West, Morrings at Carrabelle is worth the stop.

Safe and secure, 2012-03-21
Captain: , Beaumont, TX (669)

Left boat here for 3 weeks. Agree with all that's Been said. All staff very friendly and helpful. They put me in contact with diver who change out props $100 for min 2 hours. Topped up with diesel 3/17/12 $3.87/gal

Pleasant Stay, 2012-03-13
Captain: , Gulf Shores AL (130)

Stayed here for four nights waiting for a green light from Buddy the weather guru to head out into the gulf. He is everything he is reputed to be. Nice guy, knowledgeable and bends over backwards to be helpful. The entire staff is a pleasure to be around. Walking distance to restaurants, groceries and hardware store. Had an engine problem here and Buddy put us in touch with Eric Pfeufer the owner of MS Dockside Marina. Repair quickly and reasonably completed. This is the guy to see when you have problems in Carrabelle.

Helpful staff, 2012-02-18
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

We came into the marina in a thick fog. Buddy had called us out in the Sound to make sure we were all right before we arrived. We're expecting gale force winds tonight, and the Moorings basin is much safer and out of the wind than other marinas exposed to the open river. Facilities are a bit dated but clean. All the staff are terrific and want to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Buddy is helpful in planning the crossing to Clearwater.

Helpful staff, good location, 2011-12-16
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (6425)

Lots of help at fuel/pump out dock and when tying up. Friendly office staff, always had biscuit for our dog. Some of the the slips shallow, one boater with us was on the bottom at low tide. Shower is roomy and clean, although a long walk around the harbor from the transient docks. Grocery & hardware across the street and the "Fisherman's Wife" is great restaurant. "Buddy" great help deciding when a good weather window to cross gulf would occur, solid advice on the route as well. However we found most of our socializing was done down the street at C-Quarters.

Beautiful location, decent marina, mostly friendly personnel, 2011-11-27
Captain: , Marthas Vineyard (506)

We spent 4 days here waiting for a weather window for Steinhatchee -- they have all the amenities and a great boaters lounge, though the walk over can be long depending on where you are; things are looking a little tired but it worked fine for us. There is a grocery nearby, as well as a big hardware store, some decent restaurants.

friendly stop, 2011-09-10
Captain: , placida,fl (330)

Spent the day and night here after crossing from Tarpon Springs.Clean facilities, swimming pool most welcome with temps in the 90's. Friendly and helpful staff
Don't miss the cafe "The Fisherman's Wife". Good food and the best hushpuppies ever. IGA and hardware store right across the street,just past the cafe.

Not Too Bad..., 2010-06-13
Captain: , Shreveport, Louisiana (50)

Old Florida, no riff raff! fixed docks, good people. Check out Olde Salts for good food!

Smaill sailboat Cruising, 2010-06-02
Captain: , Carrabelle (364)

The moorings has fixed transient slips that are well protected. The rest rooms are clean and there is a pool available during the summer months. They have a sailors lounge area that has internet access. The dockmaster, Buddy, is very helpful and will offer lots of advice.
The ramp is not great for sailboats. It is very gentle and the Carrabelle River Bridge is 20 yards away. You don't want your engine to quit while launching!

Moorings at Carrabelle, 2009-12-22
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

Very helpful staff, nice boater's lounge. Finger piers quite short. Tie onto pilings, cleats on pier. Ok overnight stop.

Clean marina with lots of amenities, 2009-05-24
Captain: , Captiva (163)

We were also here for over a week waiting for a crossing to Tarpon Springs. I agree with what everyone else has said in their reviews. The tiled showers were the nicest we've ever seen, almost like being in a house. The faciilities for transients are steps away, inlcuding the laundry and lounge/chart room. While it's a very small town there is quite a bit to do here. The marina has bikes to use for free and it's a short bike ride to all the stores, post office, restaurants, etc. It's also close enough to walk. In addition, the marina people will drive you wherever you want to go and even pick up up at the IGA if you have too much to carry back. We highly recommend the soup/sandwich shop called the Carrabelle Junction. It's a journey back to the 60's. Also, if you need a haircut or color, there is a very small shop with two stylists in town, Clip N Snip (850-697-3861 or 850-228-3854). The cut and color Christina gave me was one of the best I've ever had and also was very reasonable. Transient fees are $1.50 a foot by the day or $7.50 per ft weekly. Check out time is up to 3:00 pm. Pumpout is $10.00 for transients.

Nice place to stay, 2009-05-06
Captain: , Knoxville, TN (1788)

We enjoyed our 24 hours here while we waited to cross the Gulf. The kids enjoyed the pool. There is a building with a nice, clean boater's lounge upstairs (pool table, tv w/ cable, tables, chairs, game table, books, wi-fi access, toilets), and laundry downstairs next to men/women showers. Everything is clean. The IGA grocery across the street is a typical grocery store.
The staff was very friendly and very helpful with information about crossing the Gulf. Fuel was the best price we had seen on the panhandle of Fla.
We would definitely stop here and stay a few days again.

Good Marina, great staff, , 2009-03-27
Captain: , Key Largo (5304)

We got stuck here for 10 days waiting for a crossing window. Grocery store and Hardware across the street, small town, friendly, Not a bad place to get stuck.
The dockmaster gives good advice for crossings.

The Moorings at Carrabelle, 2007-04-21
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (141)

Nice clean marina with courteous staff. Grocery store and hardware store across the street. Retaurants within walking distance

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