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Power & Motoryacht’s Worst-Kept Secrets

Great Spots to Eat from Sea to Shining Sea

  1. Captain’s Table Fish House Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Panama City, Florida, is an unassuming, decidedly un-touristy little place with arguably the best seafood in the Florida Panhandle. Try the hush puppies. (850-767-9933)
  2. Pepes Café is an easy walk from the docks and marinas of Key West Bight. This busy spot at 806 Caroline Street is, according to its proprietor, the “oldest joint” in Key West, and serves the best breakfast in town (the Eggs Benedict? Perfect!).
  3. Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit, Maine, serves the finestkind (as a Mainer would say) lobster and other dishes with an unbeatable view of Perkins Cove.
  4. While Joe’s Stone Crab (11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach) is well known for stone crabs, there’s a lesser-known item on the menu that’s just as noteworthy—key lime pie.
  5. Ah, the doughnuts of Roche Harbor, a comely little destination in the Pacific Northwest’s San Juan Islands. The only authentic place to get the doughnuts is at the Lime Kiln Café.

Things to See and Do

Fancy a boat-docking competition with a cast of thousands? Check out Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland, when Labor Day rolls around this year. The competition features single-engine commercial boats primarily, each required to back into a slip and tie up as quickly as possible.

If you want to sit where Bogie sat, the actual boat that was used in the filming of The African Queen in 1951 is berthed in Key Largo, Florida, and available for day cruises of the Key Largo Canal ($49) and for dinner cruises ($89) as well.

The roar of race-tuned engines can be heard all around Down East in the summer months, courtesy of some souped-up lobsterboats. You may just be surprised what kind of get up and go these boats exhibit. Take in a race in various towns from June through August.

Tie up at Parks Marina on Tangier Island, a chunk of territory in Chesapeake Bay that’s officially part of Virginia, and you’ll soon be scratching your head, thanks to a dialect that reportedly dates back to 1686, when the island was settled. Conversation among locals is virtually unintelligible to outsiders.

Cruising Companion

For serious cruisers, the Power & Motoryacht Cruising Club might be your essential travel partner.
Power & Motoryacht recently teamed up with the cruising-concierge service Marinalife to announce an exciting new partnership—the Power & Motoryacht Cruising Club. Offering access to discounted fuel and dockage, help planning trips and making marina reservations, and top-notch boat insurance and towing service, basic membership is $49.99 a year, or for $199.99 a year you get all of the great services of the Cruising Club plus a one-year membership to Sea Tow. For more information and to join, go to