No door-to-door postal service here
Mail can be an issue for cruisers. Sometimes you can talk a family member into handling it for you, but usually it is a real pain for them and they are not very efficient at it. For a while we used our son’s mailing address, but whenever he forwarded items he wanted a Chipotle burrito in return.
After a lot of burritos, we decided to go with a professional service, St. Brendan’s Isle, which many cruisers, RVers, long haul truckers, and merchant marines use. So many cruisers use their service that in Spanish Wells, Bahamas, the dock master commented, “A lot of you live at that same address.” We have found them to be very efficient and probably less expensive than buying burritos.
When your mail arrives at St. Brendan’s Isle, they send you notification by email and you are able to see the front of the envelope. Simply by clicking a button, you decide whether you want them to hold the item, scan the contents, or shred it. For example I had them scan the contents of the Verizon mail above only to learn that Verizon had mailed confirmation that I elected paperless billing. I had St Brendan’s Isle then shred the document.
Usually we have them forward mail to a marina we know we will be visiting, but because we knew we would be in the area, we decided to visit the place many cruisers call home.
Cruisers, your home has an aquarium!
(with a very goofy looking fish)
Actually, St. Brendan’s Isle outgrew their original location at 411 Walnut Street, Green Cove Springs, FL. They are now located in a strip mall, but managed to hold on to the original address.
What started out in 1988 as a former cruiser helping out some cruising friends with their mail has grown into an operation that services close to 6,000 clients and employees several workers.
The current owners bought the operation in 1999 and have expanded the client base as well as the services offered.
Manager Scott Loehr
Besides being convenient and dependable, St. Brendan’s Isle has always provided us with friendly service. Our drop-in visit was no different. Although they seemed very busy, they took the time to answer all of our questions and show us around their spotless facility.
Our mail box, number 6472, is located at the front of the facility center aisle.
Most importantly, Pollie was able to pick up her new 12 string guitar that she had been patiently waiting for.
For more information about St. Brendan’s Isle Mail Service
click on their banner ad to the left.