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  • Still Another Alternative to the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Statute Mile 517

    We have had lots of discussion (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141157)  on bypassing Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff by heading southeast to Combahee Bank then northwest to return to the Waterway south of the Cutoff. Now Skipper Dammeyer offers another alternative by heading almost due west from Combahee Bank into Morgan River to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Dataw Island Marina. Slipper Dammeyer and I had a chance to compare navigation notes this week just before he headed south from Charleston. If Dataw Island Marina is in your float plan, this is a logical choice of routes.

    Larry,
    Thanks for the encouragement to take the alternative to Ashepoo Coosaw cut. We arrived at Fenwick [Cut] about 2:30 or a couple of hours before low. We motored out and down the Ashepoo in calm seaway, went below the Combahee Bank and across St Helena Sound all the way to green 11 below pelican bank and found 25-30 ft of water to turn up Morgan Creek to Dataw Marina. Saving us from having to motor up the ICW and then crossing at Parrot Creek.
    Thanks again,
    Rick Dammeyer
    S/V Promise, Catalina 445, 5ft draft

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    Click Here For The Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Dataw Island Marina

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  • Opening Schedule Variances on Three Bridges, West Florida ICW Staute Miles 123-129

    Park Boulevard Bridge crosses the West Florida Waterway at Statute Mile 126, north of unlighted daybeacon #12 in the heart of “The Narrows.” Indian Rocks Beach Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 129, northwest of flashing daybeacon #33. The Tom Stuart Bridge or Welch Causeway Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 123 in Madeira. These three bridges are south of Clearwater, FL.

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TAMPA BAY TO ANCLOTE – PARK BOULEVARD BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.

    Pinellas County has hired Seacoast to repair the Park Boulevard Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas County, Florida. From September 28 through November 3, 2014, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position as the machinery will be removed and the bridge will be unable to function. During this time the contractor will be repairing/painting portions of the bridge from a work barge in the waterway. From November 4 through December 12, 2014, the Park Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operations. A double-leaf operation will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender by calling 727-319-7088 or via VHF-FM channel 9.

    Once the Park Boulevard Bridge is placed in the open to navigation position, the vehicle traffic will need to be detoured to Indian Rocks Beach to the north and Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway to the south. For this reason, the Coast Guard is placing opening restrictions on both of these bridges to assist the local communities. A coordinated effort between the Local School Board, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the best times to leave these bridges closed to navigation during the heaviest periods of rush hour traffic and school bus traffic.

    For the reasons stated above the Indian Rocks Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Indian Rocks, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through November 3, 2014. At all other times the bridge will open on signal per 33 CFR 117.5. The Tom Stuart/SR 666 Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway mile 122.8, Madeira Beach, Florida will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays from September 28 through November 3, 2014. At all other times the bridge shall open on signal; except that, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays, the draw need be opened only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(h). Ref: LNM 33 through 41-14 Chart: 11411

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  • 8-Day Lockdown of FEC RR Bridge in Jacksonville, November 14-21, 2014, St. Johns River

    As stated in an earlier posting (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144400) this Florida East Coast RR bridge has been the poster child for all that can go wrong with lift bridges. Local Jacksonville boaters and businesses are not happy!! With a closed vertical clearance of ONLY 5ft, the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge crosses the St. Johns immediately west of the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville. Until someone designs a high-rise, 65ft clearance bridge for railways, boaters must live with mechanical breakdowns.

    The Florida East Coast Railroad has request that the Coast Guard consider a request to allow the Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River to be closed for a period of 8 days as follows:
    The Florida East Coast Railway is requesting a bridge outage on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. During this work outage the bridge will be in the locked down position with no boat traffic being able to pass thru the opening. However smaller boats may use the small boat span if they desire. This outage will start on Friday November 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM and continue till Friday November 21, 2014 till 6:00 PM. The Railway will be doing heavy machinery repairs during this bridge outage.
    The closure will allow FEC to finish repairing this bridge so that it fully functional and will no longer be on the temporary operating schedule the mariners are currently subject to.
    This conflicts with no Game day or special events.
    Jim
    Captain Jim Suber
    City of Jacksonville
    Waterways Coordinator

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For FEC RR Bridge

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  • Shark Repellent Developed at Florida Keys Community College, Key West

    This article from The Associate Press is for our scuba diving friends and those of us who still insist on diving under to clean the props!

     

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    NOAA officials praise shark repellent developed at Florida Keys Community College
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    First Posted: October 25, 2014 – 3:01 am
    KEY WEST, Florida — Federal officials are praising a shark repellent developed at the Florida Keys Community College.
    The project was funded by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant. In a recent report to Congress, NOAA officials highlighted the repellent among efforts in coastal communities to reduce the numbers of sharks caught in commercial seafood harvests.

    For the rest of the story, go to: http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/bb8904b720b547539448b8aaee993ae1/FL–Keys-Shark-Repellent/

  • Bahamas Anchorage Fees?

    Our thanks to friends Chuck and Susan for sending this article by Natario McKensie in Tribune242. From the Bahamas Trust Chairman’s remarks, you can see that he doesn’t think much of transients from the US.

    Could we soon be paying to anchor in the Bahamas? It’s not as far fetched as you might think.
    Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

    Trust Chief: Anchorage Fees Must Be Nationwide

    By NATARIO McKENZIE
    Tribune Business Reporter

    The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) chairman has called for anchorage fees to be imposed in mooring spots throughout the Bahamas.

    Addressing the ninth annual Exuma Business Outlook conference, Eric Carey noted that while the BNT had implemented anchorage fees at the Exuma Land & Sea Park to cover its annual operating expenses and upgrade infrastructure, the initiative was one he believed should be implemented in other areas.

    “We need to think about doing these sorts of initiatives in other areas like Elizabeth Harbour off of Black Point, Staniel Cay and Nassau Harbour,” he said.

    “They come down there they anchor and they pay absolutely nothing and they come fully stocked. Half of the time they don’t even spend $5 in the Bahamas and what do they eat? Our fish,” said Mr Carey.

    For the rest of the article, go to:

    http://www.tribune242.com/news/2014/oct/24/trust-chief-anchorage-fees-must-be-nationwide/

  • “All Aboard Florida” Public Meetings to Begin October 27, 2014

    Boat U.S.All Aboard Florida has been on concerned boaters’ minds for several months this year and our postings have included this important USCG survey: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144297. A big thank you to BoatUS, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for providing us with a list of the public meetings scheduled for public forums on the issue. Boaters are urged to attend and be heard!

    Will Plans for New Rail Service Affect Your Boating?

    BoatUS Asks Boaters to Speak Up at Public Meetings or Provide Written Comments by Nov. 1

    TALLAHASSEE, Fl., October 24, 2014 — Under plans for a new passenger rail service along Florida’s Atlantic Coast from Miami to Orlando, waterway drawbridge closings along the proposed route would become more frequent. The new passenger rail service, known as All Aboard Florida, would offer hourly trains starting in the early morning and ending in the late evening, requiring additional bridge closings on waterways used by boaters in the nation’s #1 boating state. This includes the New River, Loxahatchee River and St. Lucie River. Up to 32 scheduled railroad drawbridge closings per day could last up to 25 minutes each.

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges boaters and anglers potentially affected by the proposal to have their voice heard at one of eight public meetings held by the US Federal Railroad Administration scheduled for October and November, or to provide their written comments to the U.S. Coast Guard by November 1.

    The US Federal Railroad Administration will hold the following public meetings:

    October 27, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Miami-Dade College – Wolfson Campus
    James K. Batten Room – 2106300 NE 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33132

    October 28, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Broward County Convention Center
    1950 Eisenhower Blvd.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

    October 29, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    West Palm Beach Marriott
    1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

    October 30, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    The Kane Center
    900 SE Salerno Road
    Stuart, FL 34997

    November 5, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Indian River State College – Richardson Hall
    6155 College Lane
    Vero Beach, FL 32966

    November 6, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Port St. Lucie Civic Center
    9221 SE Civic Center Place
    Port St Lucie, FL 34952

    November 12, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Cocoa Civic Center
    430 Delannoy Avenue
    Cocoa, FL 32922

    November 13, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Wyndham Orlando Resort
    800 International Drive
    Orlando, Florida, 32819

    To provide written comments on how these changes will impact your boating or fishing, go to BoatUS.com/allaboardsurvey, fill out the survey form and email to the address provided. The US Coast Guard is charged with ensuring safe and unobstructed passage for waterborne traffic while also considering the needs of other transportation modes. Comments to the USCG are due by November 1.

    For additional information, go to BoatUS.com/allaboardinfo.

    About BoatUS:
    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS.com) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at BoatUS.org/courses.

  • More Good Words for Ladys Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 536.5, in Beaufort, SC

    Over the last three years, Ladys Island Marina has been undergoing big improvements in the marina portion of this property under the direction of owner, Kelly Ryan, and these improvements have been confirmed by the recent positive comments SSECN has received. Ladys Island Marina is located in Factory Creek just east of Ladys Island Bridge.

    Thanx, Larry, that spot [Jekyll Creek] has been troublesome forever. I’m glad you found our observations useful; we’ve gotten so much assistance from this site over the years that its wonderful to be in a position to pay it back, and keep Claiborne’s vision alive.
    BTW, can’t say enough good things about Lady’s Island marina (SM536). Quiet, well-maintained, many services within easy walking distance (groceries, hardware store, liquor store, nice bakery and many restaurants, etc). Very accomodating management/dockmaster Steve is going cruising, new dockmaster TJ started on Monday and he’s clearly committed to carrying on the cruiser-friendly tradition. Loaner car and/or bikes. A ***woodshop*** for doing boat projects!!! Longish walk or short bike ride across the swing bridge to historic downtown.
    We’re waiting on a part for our autopilot, expected in next Friday. We’ll be staying another week, then if weather permits we’ll be doing a single overnight and bypassing Georgia.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Ladys Island Marina

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  • Young’s Yarns: “The House of the Beckoning Hands Legend”

    Here is another Claiborne’s Yarns so appropriate for this Halloween season!

    Somewhere along this coastline was once located the “House of the Beckoning Hands.” Many ghost stories are set along the North Carolina coast, but there is perhaps no more pitiful tale than “The Beckoning Hands,” as related by Charles Harry Whedbee in “Outer Banks Mysteries and Seaside Stories.”
    The tale begins with the construction of a beautiful stone house on a high bluff overlooking the Chowan River. The builder was none other than an infamous pirate. He perceived that his new home would be a secure hiding place, since it commanded a wide view both up and down the great river. It seems that the pirate had a young wife who did not approve of his lawless ways.

    Soon after the house was finished, she and her daughter moved to Charleston, where they lived until the buccaneer’s death. Even as the magnificent edifice was being built, the pirate became the unhappy recipient of a strange curse. Legend tells that he kidnapped the only son of an old hag from Nags Head who was rumored to be a witch. It was not long before the boy was killed in attack by pirates. The old woman cursed the pirate and said that since she would never have grandchildren, neither would he.

    Following the brigand’s death, his widow and her lovely daughter, Caroline, moved back to the house. In a few years, Caroline became engaged, and the ceremony was set for the bride’s home. As the service was about to begin, Caroline appeared atop the great stairs and coyly beckoned her groom to come catch her if he could. Taking to the innocent game, he bounded up the stairs, but his bride was nowhere to be found. That was the last anyone saw of Caroline as a living being. Her grief stricken mother soon moved away, and the house was closed for many years.

    Before long, it began to be whispered that the old home was haunted. Children reported seeing a ghostly visage flitting from window to window on New Year’s Eve, always beckoning with white hands. The stone mansion became known as the “House of the Beckoning Hands.”

    The mystery remained unsolved until modern times. A famous ghost hunter finally undertook to lay the matter to rest. While awaiting the apparition on New Year’s Eve, he fell asleep and had a strange dream. In his dream, he saw the long-ago wedding day. After Caroline beckoned to her groom, the investigator saw her run down the upstairs hall and trip over her wedding gown. As she put out her hands for support, a portion of the wall gave way, tipped her through, and then snapped back into place. Caroline was entombed alive in a secret room!
    Startled awake by the intensity of his dream, the investigator ran upstairs. Sure enough, the wall opened just as he had seen in his dream. He beheld the pitiful figure of a small skeleton still anointed by a bit of bridal lace. The remains were given a Christian burial.

    Perhaps Caroline’s spirit was at last laid to rest.

  • “Cruising Carolina” DVDs Available Online

    Claiborne S. Young’s classic dvd series, “Cruising Carolina”, is available for purchase at UNC-TV. Enter Cruising Carolina in their Search box, then select Cruising Carolina DVDs. At Click Here to Order,  an order form for the particular region will come up from Blue Water Media in Danbury, NC. Not all regions are available, but the ones remaining are $19.95 each.

    You might also try this link: http://www.cruisingcarolina.com/tempDVDorderPage.html

    Page to find:
    cruising

  • More from the Lunsford Log: NC Waterway, Statute Miles 210-330

    We are very grateful to the Lunsfords for sharing their observations of the North Carolina Waterway. Remember that on our Homepage you can enter each statute mile mentioned into the ST.M./LAT-LON WIDGET and bring up a chart of the exact area discussed below. Several of the spots mentioned have been designated Problem Stretches on Cruisers’Net and their sites are listed below.

    Delighted to be able to help, after all the assistance we’ve gotten from you over the years. This is a little bit older, we posted it on Facebook on Oct 8, having transited North Carolina during the previous 2 weeks. We’re hanging out in Beaufort for a couple of weeks for insurance restrictions, after 1 November we’ll head to Florida. If weather permits we’ll go outside overnight, otherwise, we’ll update you on conditions in Georgia.
    Dan and Jaye Lunsford

    We’ve just done the ICW through North Carolina from Beaufort/Morehead City on down toward Myrtle Beach, SC. We have a few passage notes for those following. Mostly it was a very easy trip with plenty of water, most of the traditional trouble inlets have been recently dredged.
    Mile 210-ish, daymarks 9-11, stay to the red side of the channel if it gets shoal.
    Mile 227, Bogue Inlet – this traditional trouble spot was dredged Feb 2014, no issues.
    Mile 237, Brown’s Inlet – There are 3 marks here that look like they are in a straight line, Red 60, Green 61A and Green 63. The marks are NOT off-station, you will sweep a wide lazy “S” turn around them. Stay close to R60 (20 feet off) then stay to the red side, or no further than mid-channel, from G61A to G63.

    (See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144468)

    Mile 246, New River Inlet – Favor the red side between Red 72A and Red 72B. Get close to R72B before you turn (I call it “squaring the corner”) and you will find 9 feet MLLW.
    Mile 270, marker 99A – it’s way over to the side of the channel, favor the red side over near the boat dock.

    (New Topsail Inlet/AICW, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144470 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144976)

    Mile 293, Carolina Beach Inlet – this traditional trouble spot was recently dredged, no issues.
    Mile 321, Lockwood’s Folly Inlet – recently dredged Feb 2014, and well-marked with cans that may not be on your chart. Make sure to follow the ICW marks (with the gold squares or triangles) and not the inlet markers, there is plenty of water.
    Mile 330, Shallotte Inlet – this traditional trouble spot is recently dredged March 2014, no issues, we saw nothing less than 9.5 feet MLLW.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Bogue Inlet Channel Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For New River/New River Inlet

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Shalotte Inlet Intersection

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