Download the Bradenton, Manatee County Boater’s Guide

The Manatee County Boater’s Guide contains
maps and information specific to the waterways
of Manatee County (such as in Bradenton and Palmetto), emphasizing newly-posted manatee protection and boating safety speed zones.

Many features of interest to boaters and anglers are
displayed: locations of boat ramps, marinas, piers,
parks and preserves accessible by water, aquatic
preserves, watersport recreational areas, artificial
reefs, navigational channels, and speed zones. A
Resource Directory along with information on
marine life and native habitats, boating and angling
safety, and ways in which boaters can help protect
our local waterways, are also included. This guide
should not be used for navigational purposes.
Instead, use nautical charts #11400 and #11420,
which are available through NOAA


Regatta Poite Marina Yacht Brokers’ Open House: August 2 & 3

Brokers’ Open House at Regatta Pointe Marina: Aug. 2 & 3
Regatta Pointe Marina (Palmetto, FL) is home to four on-site yacht brokerage companies (Massey Yacht Sales, Whiteaker Yacht Sales, American Marine and Shippey Marine), all of whom will participate in a grand open house on Aug. 2 & 3, 2014.

Whether you are in the market to buy, sell, or upgrade your boat, Regatta Pointe Maria is the one-stop destination for you.  The on-site yacht brokerage firms host dozens of power and sail yachts docked at the marina, and their sales teams will be available at the open house to answer any questions, or help you in your next yacht transaction.

Yacht buyers: The public is welcome to come and browse the new and used boats at Regatta Pointe Marina. You’ll find numerous docks lined with yachts listed by on-site brokers.  Each boat has an individual standing display that provides the information you need, including make, model, year, features and list price.   

Yacht sellers: Get your boat seen by more potential buyers with Regatta Pointe Marina’s high foot traffic, two award-winning restaurants on site (Riverhouse Reef & Grill and Riverside Café) and daily in-coming boaters, by listing and hosting your boat with a Regatta Pointe Marina broker.

Yacht upgrades: If you’re ready to upgrade your vessel, there’s no better place to sell your old vessel and purchase a new one than at Regatta Pointe Marina.  Use the information below or stop by to speak with a broker.

Visit for more information, or speak with one of the Regatta Pointe Marina brokerage companies directly:  Massey Yacht Sales (941-723-1610); Whiteaker Yacht Sales (941-776-0616); American Marine (941-779-0605); Shippey Marine (941-981-3855).

Basics of Sailing with Charts

By John Jamieson

One single spark and you can lose your black box navigation That’s all it takes to fry the electronics. So, let’s take a minute to get back to the dead simple basics that you should use every moment you are sailing along the coast or offshore.

This isn’t the textbook version, but the realistic version of sailing navigation made dead simple. Which means, no chart table, heeling, taking spray over the bow, and feeling a bit green all at the same time. It all begins long before you cast off that first docking line.

These seven super simple steps will work on any boat any size anywhere in the world. Here’s how to complete 90% of your chart navigation for safer nautical navigation wherever you choose to go sailing:

1. Plan Your Sailing Route

Use the largest scale navigation chart for the sailboat cruising area. Larger scales show greater detail for entering harbors, anchorages, passing near dangers, and using aids to navigation. Look beneath the title of the chart at the ratio. The smaller the second number, the larger the scale.

For instance, in US waters, the best charts for coastal navigation are scaled at 1:80,000. This means that one inch on the chart equals 80,000 inches on the earth’s surface. Once you get inside the coastline and enter harbors, you will want an even larger scale, such as 1:40,000 for much better detail.

Use the “what if” factor when choosing the proper scale chart to use. What if the weather turns rotten, or you have an injury aboard and need to enter a harbor at night, or you need to find an anchorage for the night. Your navigational chart needs to offer the best detail for the safest navigation day or night, in any marine weather.

2. Draw Your Tracklines (TR)

Plot your sailing courses–called “tracklines”–onto your chart with a pencil. Use the outer ring of the compass rose to plot in true direction. Many folks like to use the magnetic (second ring) compass ring, but not all charts have a magnetic ring. Those used offshore show only true direction. Convert the true direction to a magnetic course with the variation shown in the center of the compass rose.

Add westerly variation and subtract easterly variation. For example, if you plotted a true course of 038 true, and the center of the compass rose showed a variation of 3E, you subtract variation from true course to find the magnetic course (035M).

Some charts lack compass roses altogether. Instead they show magenta (purplish) dashed, diagonal lines ever so often that span the real estate of the chart. These are called isogonic lines. Look along the line to find the variation. Use the same rules above to convert your true course to a magnetic course.

3. Label Your Magnetic Steering Course

Write the magnetic course on the top of each of your tracklines. Label the course with three digits and a capital M (for magnetic). For example, for a magnetic course of 35 degrees magnetic, you would write 035M onto the top of the line. For a magnetic course of 8 degrees magnetic, you would write 008M onto the top of the trackline.

To make your labels clearer, draw a small arrow that breaks between the magnetic label, with the arrowhead directed in the direction of travel. For example -035M-> or -008M->

4. Scan for Dangers and Annotate

Take time to scan with great care to the right, left, and ahead of your trackline. Look for any dangers such as hazardous wrecks, shoals (shallow spots), rip current notations, or other areas that could place your vessel in harm’s way.

Mark these with colored pencils so that they stand out day or night, in any type of weather. Do not use red for annotating, as this will become invisible if you use red lights to maintain night vision. Instead, stick with blues, greens, magenta (nautical purple), or black.

5. Tape Over Your Tracklines

Purchase removable Scotch tape or any similar brand that can be removed and written on. Tape over the penciled tracks and add a strip above and below (for labeling or plotting positions). That way, you can reuse the chart over and over and the tape provides a protective barrier against the ravages of pencil lead, erasers, and the needle points of your navigation dividers.

6. Make It Black and Bold

Use a black fine-tip felt tip pen to trace your penciled sailing tracks onto the top of the tape. Write in your course labels on the top of each trackline with the felt tip marker.

7. Lash it to a Board

Make your chart ready to use in the cockpit. Fold the chart to show the area of navigation. Lash it to a legal size clipboard or use an artist sketch-board with rubber bands. In rainy weather, slide the board into a super-size plastic ziplock-type bag.

Use these seven super simple sailing tips to make your cockpit chart navigation fun, safe, and easier than ever before. You will become a more confident sailing navigator, always prepared to get your boat home safe and sound!

Captain John teaches sailing skippers the skills they need to learn to sail like a pro! Get his popular free report “Ten Top Boat Safety Checks for Cruising Boat Skippers” at Learn to Sail at

A Day In The Live Aboard Life At Regatta Pointe Marina

A typical day as a live aboard boater at Regatta Pointe Marina.

You wake up aboard your boat and rise to a beautiful sunny day on Florida’s gulf coast.  You take a quick show in one of Regatta Pointe Marina’s 17 resort-style showers, get dressed and relax in the comfort of either of the marina’s two comfortable boaters’ lounges while sipping on a free cup of coffee and reading a free newspaper provided by the ship store.

After lounging around in the morning, you take a swim in the on-site swimming pool (heated during winter months) and let your muscles relax in the hot tub.  You watch the birds fly by and spot dolphin who have swam in from the Gulf of Mexico.  After you’ve fully relaxed, you enjoy a delicious lunch at Riverside Cafe where you enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine.

After lunch, an afternoon workout is order so you use the nautilus equipment and weight machines in the Regatta Pointe Marina fitness center overlooking the Manatee River. After your workout, you clean your sweaty clothes in the on-site laundry facilities with detergent you purchased at the marina ship store. 

As your day winds to an end, and the marina becomes quite and peaceful, you realize why Regatta Pointe Marina is the back to back (2013 & 2014) winner of the award for “Best Marina” in the region by the readers of the Bradenton Herald, and commonly known as the Premier Live Aboard Marina in all of Florida. As the day becomes night, you stop in at Riverhouse Reef & Grill (the other on-site restaurant) for an incredible dinner and live music. You enjoy the beautiful 270-degree waterfront views at the Riverhouse, which was recently named “Best Waterfront Restaurant” and “Best Restaurant for Brunch” in the region by readers of the Bradenton Herald.

See How Much You’ll Save on a Slip at Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina has the most amenities of any marina in the region with rates that will knock your socks off.  Get the most out of your life on the water with Regatta Pointe Marina.  

Regatta Pointe Marina is the back-to-back winner of the Bradenton Herald People’s Choice Award for “Best Marina”

Click here to answer a few quick questions to find out how much you could save with a slip at Regatta Pointe Marina, and browse the amenities list below to see all you’ll enjoy when you join our premier resort-style boating community. 

At each slip

  • Water
  • Metered Electric
  • BrightHouse 100 Channel Cable TV
  • Sewer Pump Out
  • Dock Boxes
  • Telephone Hook up, (service is billed and collected by Verizon)


  • 13 Resort Showers
  • 2 Club Houses with TV, Sofas, Tables
  • Full Exercise Facility on site 
  • Monthly Resident Cookout
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Discounted Membership to Regatta Pointe Yacht Club
  • Daily Garbage Pick Up
  • Shuttle Service to the Airports
  • Free Airport Shuttle
  • Dock Carts
  • Free Ice Each Day
  • Free Coffee at Ship Store
  • Free Pastries On Weekends
  • Newspaper – Bradenton Herald
  • Chaplain Services on site
  • Local boat service information provided at the Harbour Master’s Office


Bradenton Fishers Go To Regatta Pointe Marina Ship Store For Fishing Tackle

The Regatta Pointe Marina has all the bait and fishing tackle you need for your next fishing outing. From lines and lures to weights, live storage, rods and more.

Stop by the ship store at the end of the main dock at Regatta Pointe Marina.  In addition to fishing supplies, you can make use of our public restrooms, enjoy a free cup of coffee and load up on all the other drinks and snacks you might need. 

Regatta Pointe Marina is located just west of the Green Bridge on the Manatee River between Bradenton and Palmetto.  Just a few steps to the Palmetto city fishing pier. 

Live Shrimp Bait Regatta Pointe Marina Ship Store Bradenton Palmetto

Come to the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store for live shrimp bait when you fish the Manatee River, Tampa Bay, or the Gulf of Mexico in Bradenton or Palmetto, FL.

Live shrimp bait at Regatta Pointe Marina ship store.

Dead or alive, shrimp are one of the best and most popular forms of live bait for saltwater or brackish fishing. Shrimp are located near the bottom of the nautical food chain, much like the minnows and other small marine animals commonly used as bait.  Larger fish see shrimp as easy prey, and a major source of their diet.

Shrimp are a great option for attracting redfish, bluefish and grouper as well as rock dwelling fish such as flounder.  For boater’s in Palmetto, there’s not better place to stock up on live shrimp than at the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store.  Stop in and fill up your bait box, fuel tank and grab snacks and sodas with quick access to the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay and/or the Manatee River.

Regatta Pointe Marina is located on the Manatee River at 1001 Riverside Dr. in Palmetto, FL.  The marina was voted the 2013 and the 2014 winner of the Bradenton Herald’s People’s Choice Award for Best Marina.

Sailstice River Regatta to be held by Regatta Pointe Yacht Club

The Regatta Pointe Yacht Club is set to host the Summer Sailstice River Regatta on June 21 on the Manatee River.  The race will mark the sixth annual River Regatta at Regatta Pointe Marina. 

The River Regatta is a pursuit-style race.  Boats will be handicapped and signaled to start accordingly.  Course markers will be set on the Manatee River, and the official course will be announced at the Skipper’s Meeting held at 7:30 pm on June 20 at the Eagle’s Nest, located on the third floor above the Riverhouse Reef & Grill.

You can sign up for $55 by calling the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store at 941-729-6021 or by attending the race registration held prior to the Skipper’s Meeting at the Eagle’s Nest from 6 to 7 pm.  Every boat captain who enters will receive a Summer Sailstice hat, as well as a $10 gift certificate good for food or drinks at Riverhouse Reef & Grill. Race awards will be announced at the post-race ceremony held on the Rivehouse Reef & Grill deck beginning at 5 p.m. race day.  

Click here to download the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions from the Regatta Pointe Yacht Club website.

The Many Benefits of Liveaboard Boating in Palmetto, FL

With a little research, you’ll find that Regatta Pointe Marina is widely recognized as west Florida’s premier destination for liveaboard boaters.  We have a wide array of people from many walks of life in our liveaboard community. Some of the great aspects of life at Regatta Pointe Marina, are the benefits of living on the water in Palmetto, FL.

Regatta Pointe Marina sits on the Manatee River, which separates Bradenton and Palmetto.  While Regatta Pointe Marina’s location is on the quieter side of the river near the sleepy small-town feel of Palmetto. Palmetto is only minutes away from some of Florida’s largest shopping outlets, including the shops in Ellington (which include major brands like Banana Republic, Gap, Coach and Ralph Lauren to name a few).  Just across the river is the lively downtown to Bradenton, where you’ll find great nightlife and McKechnie Field, home to the Bradenton Mauaraders (a Minor League affiliate for the Pittsburgh Pirates). 

Approximately 15 miles south of Regatta Pointe Marina on Hwy 41, you’ll find the Bradenton-Sarasota international airport, and many great opportunities for arts and culture, including the Ringling Museum of Art and Design, the VanWezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota Ballet and more.

Just minutes to the north is the beautiful St. Petersburg-Tampa region and the many great boating & fishing opportunities afforded by Tampa Bay. The Tampa region includes some of the top rated beaches in the world, an international airport, professional sports teams, incredible restaurants and nightlife.  

These are just some of the near endless reasons that living aboard at Regatta Pointe Marina provides the easiest access to off board fun. Life in Palmetto gives you a quite place to call home, but plenty of places to go when you’re ready to live it up Florida-Florida style. 

Events Around Regatta Pointe Marina June 2014

Events at or around Regatta Pointe Marina during the month of June, 2014.

Live Music at Riverhouse Reef & Grill

5:30 to 8:30 pm Tuesdays at Riverhouse Reef & Grill

Enjoy pop/rock music performed by one of the top local musicians (Steve Sipes) on the waterfront deck. 

Weekly Selah Discussion at Regatta Pointe Marina

6:30 pm Thursdays at Regatta Pointe Marina Conference Room

Join our on-going weekly Selah Discussion regarding life and success, led by Regatta Pointe Marina chaplain David Lodwick.  


Fire Charity Fishing Tournament

June 6-7-8 at Bradenton Yacht Club

Enter to win large cash prizes and help kids affected by fire while having a lot of fun.


Father’s Day Weekend

11:30 am to close June 14-15 at Riverhouse Reef & Grill

Bring dad for a prime steak dinner. Reservations are recommended 941-729-0616.  


RPYC Sailstice River Regatta

10:30 am June 21 at Regatta Pointe Marina

Join as we celebrate sailing with a river regatta.

Notice of Race at


July 4th at Riverhouse Reef & Grill

July 4 – Reservations strongly recommended

Enjoy a fabulous dinner as you enjoy front row seating for Manatee County’s July 4th Fireworks Display.