Tarpon Bay Yacht Club

Cruising Squadron

TBYC Cruising Squadron  
Jim Luciano

The Tarpon Bay Yacht Club Cruising Squadron is a group of dedicated residents who enjoy boating, fishing and other on-the-water activities. Participation is open to all TBYC boats--power and sail, no matter their size, from dinghies to trawlers. 

The Squadron has monthly activities designed to enhance our boating enjoyment. Resident participants are encouraged to bring their non-boating friends and neighbors to the Squadron's scheduled activities. And ... boating friends who are non-residents are invited to join us too. 

Examples of activities are picnics, where we cruise to a park; raft-ups on St. Lucie River or Indian River creeks; and cruises to local on-the-water restaurants.

Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming events. They will be posted on this website as well as on your building bulletin board as soon as they have been arranged. 

Think about joining us. See what a good time we're having!  Squadron Events Past



2017 TBYC Cruising Squadron Schedule 
Possible Cruising Squadron Destinations

1.  Kitching Cove

2.  Club Med area

3.  Five Fingers – inside

4.  Five Fingers – outside

5.  Mud Creek

6.  Veterans Park (tie up and restaurant?)

7.  Prima Vista Picnic – dock  

8.  White City Picnic – dock

9.   Sunset Marina - Sailors Return Restaurant

10. Bessey Creek

11. Bessey Point Creek

12. Pendarvis

13. In front of St. Lucie Locks

14. In back of St. Lucie Locks – dock at picnic area 

15. Indian Town dock

16. The Deck Restaurant

17. Stuart City Docks – downtown Stuart – Pelican Cafe

18. Wahoos Restaurant

19. Hoggs Cove

20. Hooker Cove - air show

21. Hell Gate – air show

22. Whilloughby Creek

23. Shrimpers Restaurant

24. Manatee Pocket

25. Peck Lake Docks – beach picnic 

26. Peck Lake anchorage – beach picnic

27. Spoil Island – Indian R. north of inlet – picnic

28. Shrimp and Dolphin House Restaurant
29. Mulligan's Restaurant in Stewart
30. Blessing of the Fleet


Rafting Rules  

Many of our on-the-water events involve going to an anchorage and forming a raft, that is, where an anchored boat receives other boats that come alongside and tie-off. Here are some rules to follow to allow for the orderly formation of a raft:

1. Usually the first boat into an anchorage drops their hook and becomes the anchor boat. It's best to find a place away from wind and wakes to reduce the amount of rocking the raft will experience.

2. Other boats arriving at the raft should look to the anchor boat for instructions about where to tie off.

3.  Once an arriving boat knows the tie-off side, fenders should be set. Several fenders may be necessary and the larger the fenders the better.

4.  Arriving boats should have their dock lines at the ready.

5.   Once ready, arriving boats should approach the anchor boat slowly from the stern and be ready to hand their dock lines to people on the anchor boat.

6.  It is usually a good idea to set a spring line to control fore and aft movement once tied off.

7.  If the raft is large enough or if large boats come in to raft, additional anchors may be dropped to ensure the raft doesn't drag.

8.  It's a good idea to take a bearing on an object ashore and check it occasionally to judge whether the raft is dragging.9. Enjoy the raft and be safe.


Beach Anchoring Tips    

Upcoming TBYC Cruising Squadron events could involve picnicking or partying at one of the local islands or beaches. The August/September 2014 Boat US Magazine provides guidance that can come in handy when you don’t want to run your boat up onto the sand, but keep it anchored off the beach and accessible. You may already have your own technique but here are some useful steps to beach anchoring success.

Step 1: Watching your depth sounder, approach the beach bow first. Remove your anchor from the bow locker and take it to the stern, making sure you pass the rode outside the stanchions and under the bow rail before heading to the back of the boat. Keep the other end of the rode attached to the boat. 

Step 2: You’ll want to set your anchor with enough scope to hold but not so much that the boat swings into very shallow water. It may take a few tries to find a sweet spot at any particular beach. 

Step 3: When off the beach and with the engine in neutral, have a crew member lower the anchor over the side at the stern. When it has touched bottom, motor very slowly toward the beach as your crew member pays out the anchor rode, carefully keeping it away from the prop.