Top 3 Marine Forecast Sources for Port Canaveral/Florida Weather

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Apr 21, 2014 Comments Off

Recently, we asked some of our local boat customers which sources they usually use when they need a marine forecast for the Port Canaveral area. Based on their responses, we have compiled a list of our top 3 go-to sources for a solid Florida marine forecast.

We hope you find our list useful – Happy boating!

National Data Buoy Center

Especially useful for off-shore trips, the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) provides actual conditions and recorded observations logged by buoys located off the coast. You can even view photos taken the same day by a buoy located, for instance, off the coast of Port Canaveral.

NDBC provides the most detailed report of wind and wave conditions for your targeted local area. We recommend this source for cruisers and sailors who want a truly comprehensive marine forecast, complete with a detailed list of previous observations.

SailFlow – “The ultimate sailing weather resource.”

For casual cruisers, sailors, windsurfers, and kite boarders, we recommend using SailFlow as your go-to source for wind conditions on the water. Before you head offshore through the Canaveral Lock, or hit the Banana River for some sporting, type in the zip code for your local area to view a detailed report of local wind conditions.

The SailFlow interface is clear and easy to understand. Depending on the option you toggle, you’ll be able to see wind observations, forecasts, water surface temperature, precipitation radar, or even cloud cover via satellite.

Wunderground - Weather Underground

Weather Underground makes our top 3 because it provides a detailed snapshot of local and surrounding conditions all on one page. There’s no excessive scrolling or clicking around to find what you need – most of what you need is all in one place, displayed in an easy-to-navigate format.

Bear in mind that you’ll need to do a Marine & Boating Location Search to find a marine forecast; the main page of the site is more for general weather reports. View open sea buoy information & coastal water temperatures, as well as an extended forecast for your local area.

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Is there another marina forecast source that you prefer to use for the Port Canaveral area? Tell us about it! harbortownmarina@earthlink.net

Marina Improvements: Protecting Our Residents’ Privacy

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Mar 27, 2014 Comments Off

Some of you may have already noticed that the Dolphin Paradise Tours check-in booth, formerly located outside the Harbortown office, has been moved to a larger building south of our parking lot. We have implemented this move as the first step in our efforts to maintain a more private atmosphere for our residents and guests.

We will also be installing fencing with gates to help prevent folks not affiliated with the marina from crowding areas that we would like to keep more private. This includes the walkway between Nautical Spirits and the harbor, the dog run area, and our pool area.

We are excited to welcome new visitors to the marina, as some of these may become future boaters; however, protecting the privacy of our residents and their guests will remain a priority for the staff & crew at Harbortown Marina. We will continue to do everything in our power to keep the marina a fun, private, family-friendly place to visit.

Port Canaveral Rapidly Expanding

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Mar 24, 2014 Comments Off

The arrival of two new ship-to-shore cargo cranes from Savannah Georgia puts Port Canaveral into the container market, creating thousands of jobs.

“It’s very much about jobs. We know we can create 5,000 jobs, a combination of on the port and distribution centers here in the Space Coast region, especially in north Brevard County,” said Canaveral Port Authority CEO John Walsh.

At 273 feet tall, the cranes can lift the equivalent of 12 elephants at once. A skilled crane operator would be able to unload 30-40 containers in an hour. A $37 million dollar cargo pier is expected to be completed in April, 2014.

Port Canaveral is well on its way to becoming the world’s busiest seaport, ahead of Miami and Port Everglades.

Many major cruise lines, including Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, have reached deals to expand their operations at Port Canaveral. The port is expanding so quickly that it’s running out of room.

“We’re almost effectively out of berth space,” Walsh told port commissioners. When existing and forecasted cruise ship bookings are taken into account, “We have to start looking at discussions of terminal plans” for a new terminal that would open in 2017 or 2018. It’s estimated that the port’s cruise traffic will grow 50% by that time, more than enough to support the additional terminal.

Port Canaveral is growing fast, and that means a busier tourism industry, a boost for local businesses, and more jobs – especially for North Brevard.

Sources:
www.bizjournals.com
www.floridatoday.com

Harbortown Sponsors Indian River Festival 2014

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Mar 24, 2014 Comments Off

Title: Harbortown Sponsors Indian River Festival 2014
Location: Sandpoint Park, Titusville, Florida
Link out: Click here
Description: Harbortown Marina is proud to once again be a PARK SPONSOR of the INDIAN RIVER FESTIVAL!

The festival is a time honored tradition in North Brevard. This festival will promote our local economy by celebrating the Indian River and our natural resources, local food and culture, and outdoor recreation and health. It is a vehicle to promote healthy families and a healthy community by providing education and opportunity to enjoy food, fun and fitness.

General Admission: FREE
Live Music on multiple stages! There will be Fresh Local Seafood and Arts and Crafts!
Other activities include Kayaking, Titusville Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, St. Teresa Volleyball Tournament
and Kite Flying!

Stop by and say hi to the Harbortown crew! We’ll have a booth at the event with special marina discounts, prizes, and giveaways.

—–SCHEDULE——-

-Friday, April 11-

5:00 p.m. Festival Opens
MAIN STAGE: Maddhatters
9:00 p.m. Festival Closes

-Saturday , April 12-

10:00 a.m. Festival Opens
10:00 a.m. Oyster Mat Making with
the Brevard Nature
Alliance and Brevard Zoo
10:30 a.m. MAIN STAGE
Pinch
10:30 a.m. SOLO STAGE
Matt Adkins
1:45 p.m. MAIN STAGE
Titusville Ballet & Jazz
Keegan All Stars
3:00 p.m. MAIN STAGE
Indian River Blend
3:00 p.m. SOLO STAGE
G-Man (Greg Caputo)
5:00 p.m. MAIN STAGE
Light Out Project
9:00 p.m. Festival Closes

-Sunday , April 13-

10:00 a.m. Festival Opens
10:00 a.m. SOLO STAGE
Matt Adkins
10:30 a.m. MAIN STAGE
Life Pointe Ministries
Sunday Service
1:15 p.m. SOLO STAGE
G-Man (Greg Caputo)
3:00 p.m. MAIN STAGE
Love Center Church
4:00 p.m. Festival Closes

Start Date: 2014-04-11
Start Time: 05:00
End Date: 2014-04-13
End Time: 04:00