Burnt Store Isles Boat Club
Punta Gorda Florida

BSIBC began in 1989 with 52 Charter Members, as a boating club for residents of Burnt Store Isles, in Punta Gorda, FL.  BSIBC promotes safe boating, furthering our boating and marine education, supporting our law enforcement agencies, protecting our marine environment and enjoying good fellowship among the boating and non-boating members of Burnt Store Isles, Fl.

Next Waypoints

Nav-A-Gator Grill Lunch Cruise

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Come by boat or car but plan to meet your BSIBC mates for lunch around 11:30 for a true “Florida Cracker” experience.  OPEN seating. We will order off the menu. Please call Bill Page (614-507-6468) or email (wepage175@gmail.com) no later than September 16th so we may provide the restaurant with a headcount. 

Come early or stay later and enjoy air boat tours, pontoon tours, or kayaking.

Click here for the details

BSIA/BSIBC Monthly Mixer :

2 FOR 1 Happy Hour drink pricing now in effect! 
Meet your boat club friends at Twin Isles Country Club from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and stay for dinner if you like.
See the flyer for all the particulars.

Fishing Club


At the Alligator Creek location of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center; 10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda.

Docking Without Difficulty

I think that at one time or another most boaters have had some difficulty docking a boat, either heading into a slip, backing into a slip or even coming along side a dock to tie up.  There are a number of factors that increase that difficulty; winds coming towards the dock, blowing away the dock or blowing from either side.  A strong current running can add to your problems sometimes making this a daunting task.As a boating professional I am regularly asked about boat handling, especially when it comes to docking.  

Below are several points I like to make to those asking:

1)     Pilings can be your friends – if necessary, use wooden pilings as a pivot point and power around them.

2)     If the conditions are challenging don’t refuse line handling help from folks on the dock.

  • All mooring lines that you are likely to use in that docking session should already be in place well before you start your docking process.  Additionally, all docking lines should be 1 ½ times the length of your boat (that is, if you have a 20 ft boat your lines should be at least 30 ft. in length).  That way there is sufficient line to throw to someone on the dock.  There is nothing more frustrating (to everyone involved) than to throw the line to someone on the dock and that line is too short and falls in the water.

3)     Every experienced boater has been in some kind of docking difficulty in his or her past and will be again. 

  • If you start to get into an issue with wind blowing you off your “entry point” and it looks like that will become a problem, there is no shame in halting that attempt and to go around again to start the docking process from a fresh vantage point.  When watching someone getting into that kind of difficulty the experienced viewer will usually acknowledge that going around again shows boating savvy, not ineffectiveness.  No embarrassment necessary.   I have on several times had to retry a docking maneuver three or four times to get it right, depending on what kind of challenging conditions I was facing, and I’ve been doing this for well over 50 years.

It has been my intention for the last several months to give docking demonstrations to those who might be interested, but the unpredictability of this summer’s weather has not allowed me to schedule anything in advance.  To try to do the next best thing I have located a few YouTube videos on docking procedures that you may find helpful.  Below are links to those videos.  Enjoy, and safe boating!






Captain Nick Hay

Seawall Replacement Sequence Information

Marine Contracting Group (MCG) will be replacing damaged seawalls in Burnt Store Isles, which has been divided into BSI North (BSI-N) and BSI South (BSI-S). Marine Contracting Group has submitted a schedule to start work in the BSI- S section beginning Oct. 1.
The contractor must wait for delivery of a barge before beginning waterside work. The City is planning a workshop prior to October to discuss and answer any questions for the seawall replacements in Burnt Store Isles. Residents will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with designated Punta Gorda Canal Maintenance employees to discuss their individual seawall issues.

The current seawall replacement sequence information can be found on the City's website at http://ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/government/public-works/storm-related-seawall-failures


Weather station for Peace River Marker 4

The Weather Station is up and running!!!

After many months of frustrating technical issues, bad weather, and Hurricane Irma Ron Jones and company have completed the installation of our on-the-water weather station. The station, funded in part by a MAC grant, is located on Marker 4. 

To access the information go to The Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance web page (boat2puntagorda.org) and click on the "Current Wx" tab and follow the directions. The weather (wind speed, direction, humidity, gusts, rain, etc.) is updated every 15 minutes. This is the ONLY on-the-water weather station on Charlotte Harbor.


The Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance has applied for a second grant from the Marine Advisory Committee to install a second weather station on Marker 2. We should be able to install this second station sometime in October or November of this year.


Please Sound your HORN when entering and exiting the BSI rim canal via the old lock. 

It's the law!

Welcome to the Burnt Store Isles Boat Club web site.  We are a group of people that reside in Burnt Store Isles and share common interests in boating and social events.  While our primary focus is boating, both cruising and fishing, we do have many social events.  We provide information for our members that relate to our waterways and provide information from other boating related entities.  Take the time to surf our website.  There is a vast amount of information available that is updated regularly.

 You do not have to own a boat to belong to the Club.  We encourage those without boats to join those that do for many of our cruises.  For those that fish, we have within the Boat Club, a Fishing Club.  They hold regular meetings and frequently bring in speakers.  We are a very friendly group of people that enjoy boating and getting together.

If you are a member of this community, please consider joining our great organization.  We live in one of the nicest estuaries in the country that boasts great boating and fishing, to say nothing of our proximity to the Gulf Islands and the Gulf of Mexico.  Click to read "member benefits"


Ron Levis

Commodore – 2018            

Click to read "member benefits"

Free One Year Trial Membership for New Residents

Membership in the Burnt Store Isles Boat Club for 2018 is FREE for new residents of Burnt Store Isles who move in by Dec. 31, 2018.

Please click HERE to download the new resident trial membership form and information sheet.

New Membership Application
(Existing residents of BSI)
  (current BSIBC Members)