The City of Titusville, Florida / Support Services / Marina / NewsTitusville's Municipal Marina Featured in SSCA ArticleThe following article appeared in the September 2013 of the SSCA Commodores’ Bulletin. SSCA is a 7000+ member, 61 year old association committed to the cruising lifestyle. Find out more about them at www.SSCA.org or by contacting their home base at email@example.com / (954) 771-5660.
Cruising Station Update: Titusville, Florida
One of our newest SSCA Cruising Stations is located in Titusville, Florida. Founded in 1867 by Confederate Colonel Henry T. Titus, Titusville sports a friendly All-American hometown atmosphere. It’s a small, welcoming community that truly appreciates cruisers.
Titusville is situated close enough to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Complex that you can watch the continuing rocket launches from the Cape Canaveral area. It’s also easy to visit the Kennedy Space Center museum and stand under a full size Saturn 5 Apollo rocket from here. Other nearby attractions include the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, both of which are just a few miles to the east and boast 24 miles of pristine white sand on an undeveloped beach that attracts the second largest population of nesting Loggerhead sea turtles in the world. You can enjoy surfing at Playa Linda Beach, bird watching in the refuge or a lazy day kayaking on the Indian River and its estuaries (nearby kayak rentals are available). The Indian River Lagoon is Red Fish capital of the world and also home to one-third of the U.S. manatee population. Mother manatees often bring their nursing babies into the Titusville Marine lagoon where they can be seen sleeping peacefully in the afternoon sun. Titusville is home to the annual Red Fish fishing contest called “Hunt for Reds in October.” The Titusville Marine lagoon offers a well-protected haven during tropical storms as the 20 miles of ICW waters to the closest ocean inlet cushions it from storm surge.
Our Cruising Station hosts in Titusville are Shirley Cool and Patrick Maslen. They’ve been SSCA members since 1991 and have been active sailors for over 40 years. They became live aboard cruisers in 2001 when they sold their house in Harvard, MA. Since then they’ve made passages from their original homeport of Newport, RI to Central and South America, with a couple of trips into the eastern Caribbean and Bahamas. They now consider Titusville their homeport. They live aboard their cutter-rigged Tayana 37, Intrepid
Shirley and Patrick say that they’ve been assisted by various SSCA Cruising Stations while actively cruising and they now wish to reciprocate by helping other cruisers who are visiting Titusville. They are located at the Titusville Municipal Marina, which offers new fixed docks. The marina offers showers, water, electricity, book exchange, laundry, fuel, free Wi-Fi and is located near several restaurants and bars. The marina store has beer, wine, soda, ice, essential supplies, laundry supplies, marine hardware, etc.
The marina is within walking distance of a supermarket. It offers free seasonal shuttle service to many local businesses. Being a marine orientated community, Titusville also offers all of the major and minor services and amenities active cruisers require for upkeep of their vessels.
You can contact Shirley and Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org