Literary Landmark: John D. MacDonald, Slip F18, Bahia Mar, anchorage of Travis McGee's Busted Flush

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dedicated: 1988

On February 21st, 1987, The Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida designated Slip F-18 as a literary landmark in honor of John D. MacDonald’s most famous character “Travis McGee” and his houseboat “Busted Flush”.

John D. MacDonald created the life of “Travis McGee”, the fictional salvage consultant that docked at the Bahia Mar, in his forty-fourth novel The Deep Blue Good-by in 1964. MacDonald continued a twenty-one book series on “Travis McGee” all with colors in the title.

The Deep Blue Good-by begins at the famous marina: “It was to have been a quiet evening at home. Home is the ‘ Busted Flush’ , fifty-two foot barge-type houseboat, slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale.”

John D. MacDonald became one of the most prolific mystery writers producing over seventy novels and one of the most respected masters of pulp fiction. MacDonald served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and received the American Book Award in 1980.

The plaque has been relegated to the harbormaster’s office due to dock renovations.


Travis McGee and his Busted Flush evicted from Fort Lauderdale marina (Miami Herald)