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  • More on Wilkerson Creek Bridge, Alligator/Pungo Canal, AICW Statute Mile 126

    Our thanks to Skipper Dammeyer for sharing his experiences and advice with these two bridges in reference to an earlier report, Wilkerson Creek Bridge, at Statute Mile 126, is generally accepted to be only 64ft and SSECN has recommended low to mid tide for vessels needing the full 65ft clearance. Fairfield Bridge with a vertical clearance of 65ft crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 114, west of the charted Fairfield Canal.

    We passed under the Fairfield and Wilkerson bridges yesterday Sept. 29 and dragged our antennas under both. This is our third trip South on the ICW with our Catalina 445, with air draft of theoretical 63′ 10″. We did several tricks to heel the boat over and didn’t do any damage. There are no bridge boards at Fairfield and Wilkerson was reading just below the middle of 64. We did not expect to touch Fairfield, but were prepared to heal at Wilkerson. Water levels are high right now so know your air draft and be cautious.
    Rick Dammeyer

    And this Facebook local knowledge comment from Skipper Friedrich:

    There is no lunar tide in this area, so you cannot plan ahead for low water here. The wind tide can be a foot or more. We have experienced high water here in Belhaven for several weeks.
    Dave Friedrich

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  • Life Jacket Type Code Labels Go Away, BoatUS News

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
    BoatUS Press Room at
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864,

    Step Toward Eliminating Confusion and Introduction of New Designs

    ANNAPOLIS, MD. September 30, 2014 — In a move that’s expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme — Type I, II, III, IV and V — that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. Chris Edmonston, BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President and Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council, said, “The boating safety community believes this move by the Coast Guard will help lead the way toward more comfortable and innovative life jacket designs, help boaters stay on the right side of the law, lower costs, and save lives.”

    Explains Edmonston, “This is positive news is that we will no longer see a Type I, II, III, IV or V label on a new life jacket label after Oct. 22. This type coding was unique to the United States, tended to confuse boaters, limited choice and increased the cost of life jackets.” He says removing the type coding is a first step towards the adoption of new standards that will eventually simplify life jacket requirements for recreational boaters.

    “This move is expected to lead to the introduction of new life jacket designs, especially those made in other countries as US standards will be more ‘harmonized,’ initially Canada and eventually the European Union,” said Edmonston. “Along with a wider variety, aligning our standards with those to our neighbor to the north and across the Atlantic will help reduce prices as manufacturers won’t have to make products unique to the US market.”

    However, Edmonston cautions boaters must still abide by the current standards when using older life jackets marked with the Type I-V labeling, as they will remain legal for use. “We must continue to have a properly fitted life jacket for all aboard, and as always, you’ll need to follow the label’s instructions regardless of when it was made. Simply put, if you follow the label, you’re following the law.” A full list of the current life jacket types and descriptions can be found at, and any update on new life jacket types and styles will be posted here when available.

    In additional effort to help change the mindset of what a life jacket must look like, The BoatUS Foundation, the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), recently kicked off a “Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition” to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas. Running through April 15, 2015, the contest seeks entries from groups or individuals, including collegiate design programs, armchair inventors or even boat and fishing clubs. Entries may be as simple as hand-drawn theoretical designs to working prototypes and will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. For more, go to


    About the BoatUS Foundation:
    The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from over half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – can be found at

  • State of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Day, October 10, Isle of Palms Marina, AICW StatuteMile 457


    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET SPONSOR, Isle of Palms Marina lies southwest of marker #116, on the charted cove indenting the southerly shoreline. We are especially proud of Isle of Palms Marina for hosting the invaluable work of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association. If you are a cruiser of “The Ditch” you will want to attend this meeting and support the AIWA.

    Dear Sponsors, Members and Supporters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association,
    Good afternoon and I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to invite you to a State of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Day in South Carolina at Isle of Palms Marina at 2pm on October 10th. We will be meeting at the marina to discuss the 2014 State of the Waterway in South Carolina and the recent results of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Charleston District Survey that was completed just this month. In addition, we will also be discussing recent efforts by the local governments in the area that led to the availability of non-federal funding for the South Carolina section of the waterway.
    After the short briefing, we will go by boat to look at the worst area in South Carolina at Breach Inlet. We hope you can attend and learn more about the conditions as we are hearing that some areas may have dry sections at low tide. If you will be attending, please RSVP to me at or (843) 379-1151.
    Please let me know if you have any questions and we hope you can attend the trip.
    Brad Pickel
    Executive Director
    Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association
    5A Market
    Beaufort, SC 29906
    (843) 379-1151

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  • 4:00 PM Now Last Opening at Wappoo Creek Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 471

    This correction of the opening schedule of the Wappoo Creek Bridge from last opening at 3:30 to the correct 4:00PM M-F time was prompted by a report from Ray Schmidt and follow-up by John Kettlewell, see A request by SSECN to Michael Lieberum, District 7 Bridge Supervisor, for assistance resulted in the correspondence below sent to the bridge operators clarifying the schedule, hopefully, once and for all. Bravo to Officer Lieberum! and our thanks to Ray Schmidt and John Kettlewell for their participation.

    From: “Lieberum, Michael B CIV” <>
    Date: September 29, 2014 at 11:22:43 AM EDT
    To: “”

    This office has receive a report that the Wappoo Creek Bridge is not opening at the 4 p.m. opening. It is understood that from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the bridge would be closed between June 1 to September 30th; however, the bridge could open at 3:55 p.m.

    The intent of the regulation is that the last opening would occur at 4:00 p.m. and then close until 6:30 p.m.

    (d) SR 171/700 bridge across Wappoo Creek Mile 470.8 at Charleston. The draw shall open on signal, except that from April 1 to November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, the bridge need not open except on the hour and half-hour. From June 1 to September 30 and from December 1 to March 30 the draw need not open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, and from April 1 to May 31 and from October 1 to November 30 Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, the draw need not open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Please instruct your bridge tender accordingly.

    We will adjust our operations to meet your clarification stated below.
    By copy of this email I am instructing our tender supervisor to direct his staff to accommodate openings of the Wappoo Bridge up to an including 4:00pm. This will carry through to the half hour and hour openings, so that last opening before the curfew will be at 4pm.
    Please let me know if you need anything further in this regard.
    Thanks, John

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  • Shallow Water Report from Jekyll Creek, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 683

    Despite Skipper Schmidt’s warning of shallow water at Marker #19, his report at least confirms the replacement of the marker which, along with Marker#20A, was reported missing just a few weeks ago by our “on-site-reporter,” Sonny Reeves at Jekyll Harbor Marina. These folks are the ones to call for local knowledge, (912) 635-3137. SSECN recommends mid to high tide for Jekyll Creek. Markers 19 and 20A are on the north side of the Hwy 520 fixed bridge immediately north of Jekyll Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Today at 11 AM, according to the tide chart at Jekyll Creek, there should have been a 5ft rise from low water. I came through on 8ft at Green beacon 19. That means there is only 3ft at low tide! Recommend caution transiting this creek.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

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  • Chesapeake Wine Festival, October 11, 2014, Chesapeake City, VA

    Here is another wine festival with which to relieve the tension of all those bridges and locks you just came through. Chesapeake City Park is a short taxi ride from the available docking in Great Bridge, VA. Our vote, of course, would be for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin.

    Chesapeake Wine Festival
    October 11, 2014
    Noon to 6 PM,
    Chesapeake City Park, Greenbrier Parkway
    Chesapeake, VA
    If you were not able to fit the earlier vineyard tour in this year, don’t fret! Premier wines from around the world are available for tasting at the 4th Annual Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival. The event, presented by Towne Bank, will benefit a variety of important local charities as well as give you a chance to enjoy fabulous wines from all over Virginia and all over the world plus foods from the region’s finest restaurants. For more information, click here:

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  • Discounts for Military on BoatUS Membership and Towing Services

    Our men and women in uniform deserve all the financial assistance a business can give. Many military families struggle to find quality time together and what better way than getting out on the water! Well done, BoatUS!

    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864,

    Military Get 10% Discount on BoatUS On Water Towing, and Half Price Membership

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 29, 2014 – Members of the military who enjoy boating sometimes need a little help when their boat breaks down on the water. To help them get safely back to the launch ramp or home, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is offering those serving active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard 10% off BoatUS’ on water towing services. In addition, BoatUS is offering half-price membership dues of just $15.
    “It’s our uniformed military personnel that allow our over half-million members the freedom to enjoy boating in America,” said BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs, Scott Croft. “This is just our way of saying thank you,” added Croft.
    With the 10% discount, BoatUS Towing Services offers military members annual on water Unlimited freshwater towing plans for inland lakes and rivers for $39, and Unlimited saltwater towing plans for coastal boaters for $112. BoatUS’ Unlimited plans provide for tows back to docks, boat launch ramps or repair facilities. Battery jumps, fuel drop offs and soft ungroundings are also included. BoatUS offers the largest towing fleet in the nation, and all BoatUS towing plans provide for any boat that is owned, rented, or borrowed, so no matter if it’s their own boat or a rental from post Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the service member is taken care of. Without an annual towing plan, boaters face out of pocket costs that average $600 per incident nationally.
    Annual BoatUS membership for military members is $15 and includes a subscription to BoatUS Magazine as well as money saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating and keeps everyone safe. Being a BoatUS member also means growing the voice of boaters when important boating legislation is debated.
    To request assistance, members can contact any TowBoatUS or Vessel Assist towing provider by hailing on VHF channel 16 or by calling the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Service at 800-391-4869. Assistance can also be summoned via smartphone with the free BoatUS Towing App, and BoatUS is also the only towing service that offers satellite messaging services with the SPOT and inReach satellite communications services. To find out if a TowBoatUS or Vessel Assist is nearby, military boaters and anglers can go to
    To get the special discounts offered to active duty military, Reserve and National Guard, call 800-395-2628.


    About BoatUS:
    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) 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 provided by TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist – offering the nation’s largest network of towing ports with over 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels – 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 and life saving programs.

  • REMINDER: Use Problem Stretch Listings for Planning!

    With today’s shallow conditions in many Waterway areas, especially inlet intersections, it is doubly important that you consult the ICW Problem Stretches listed under each state in the right-hand column of SSECN’s Homepage as you plot your float plan. Many of these Problem Stretches carry a recommendation of “mid to high tide only.”

    Opening the particular state’s ICW Problem stretches will take you to a list of all problems within that state. Then clicking the link at the bottom of each area’s posting (“Click Here For Updates and To See What Your Fellow Cruisers Are Saying About the …”) will bring you recent updates from other boaters and from Local Notices. Each posting also displays a ChartView of the area.

    Above all: take your time, post a good watch forward, keep your eye on the depth finder, follow the markers – not the magenta line and…ENJOY!!

    Let us hear from you!

  • Report from Little Mud River, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655

    Little Mud River is often acknowledged to be one of the worst sections of the Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This “AICW Problem Stretch” lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, GA and SSECN recommends navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only, as confirmed by Skipper Schmidt’s observations. Please see for recent changes to navigation aids in Little Mud River.

    Came through little mud river mile 655 today at low tide. 4.5 feet just before beacon 194`
    Ray Schmdit

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