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Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442The FROLI System, developed in Germany has made a big hit with the USA  recreation and leisure travel market. Nickle Atlantic will be at the Annapolis Sail Boat Show, October 8 - 12, in Booth One look at a Kadey-Krogen Yacht and your cruising spirit awakens. And no wonder — every element of the new generation of Kadey-Krogen trawler yachts speaks of confidence and freedom. Our exclusive PuGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comInternational  Marine  Insurance  Services is the source of choice for insurance coverage for your watercraft. After nineteen years of incomparable service to our clientele, we'd like to welcome you a
 Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589910-457-7380The Pilot House Marina is located on secluded Lake Largo just minutes from downtown Key Largo. This choice location borders on John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, an underwater park famous among snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.Boat U.S.Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0The Town of Fort Myers Beach proudly operates and maintains the Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field. The field boasts 70 mooring balls available for public rental year-round, and accommodates vessels up to 48 feet in length. The mooring field is located east of the Sky Bridge between San Carlos and Estero Islands in Matanzas Pass. For recreational cruisers, the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is a wonderful destination. Coming ashore at the Town’s dinghy dock puts boaters in walking distance to beaches, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. Mooring ball rental fees are $13/day or $260/month. All renters MUST register with Matanzas Inn upon arrival. The dinghy dock is available for public use to tie up dinghies 10’ or less (no overnight tie-ups). The dock is located beneath the Sky Bridge between Matanzas Inn Restaurant and the public fishing pier. 910-269-2380 The new 82-slip Deep Point Marina is located on the Cape Fear River in Southport, NC, and offers fuel and transient dockage, as well as daily, monthly and annual slip rentals. The marina is adjacent to the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal, which houses a snack bar (open seasonally) that offers grab-and-go food options, soft drinks, beer, wine and coffee. In addition, the Deep Point Marina is convenient to Southport's shopping, restaurants and historic district, and offers easy ocean access. Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop program
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  • Tentative Closures of I-75 Twin Bridges, Caloosahatchee River, Okeechobee Mile 129

    There are five fixed bridges with 55ft vertical clearances between Lake Okeechobee and the western end of the Okeechobee Waterway, beginning with the I-75 twin bridges at statute mile 129.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY – ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER – I-75 BRIDGE: Bridge
    Construction.

    The de Moya Group, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be setting the new bridge girders across the Caloosahatchee River. During main girder installation the waterway will need to be closed to navigation for the protection of the workers as well as the vessel operators passing under this location. The tentative schedule for waterway closures are Saturday, November 21, 2014, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and Saturday, January 10, 2015.
    The exact dates and times will be published in future Notice to Mariners, due to possible weather delays.
    Chart 11428 LNM: 40/14

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  • AIS Net work Testing Begins Today

    SSECN is unsure how many of you have AIS onboard and, if your units are so equiped, it is uncertain as to how you will be affected by these tests. But, as so often, we prefer to let you be aware of this Local Notice.

    USCG NATIONWIDE AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (NAIS) NETWORK TESTING
    On October 21, 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will conduct AIS test messaging from all USCG NAIS base stations located across the United States; for up to 15 minutes on the hour, from 1100-2215 UTC. These messages can be identified by their Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number: 003669139 or 00366613 and by the words ‘USCG TEST’ within their contents. This is the first of many tests the USCG will conduct in the future as it seeks to provide another timely delivery source of navigational information and services to promote safety, efficiency, and integration of the Marine Transportation System (MTS).
    Messages to be tested: AIS Application Specific (ASM) messages 8, 25, and 26, with DAC = 001, 367, FI’s = 0, 22, 29, 33, or 35; AIS Safety Related Text (SRM) messages 14, of various lengths, using repetitions of the text ‘USCG TEST’. For further information on AIS messages, DACs, and FI’s visit http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=AISMessages.
    Mariners capable of decoding these messages can ignore them and should contact the USCG Navigation Center at 1-703-313-5900 or TIS-PF-NISWS@uscg.mil should they encounter any negative impacts due to the testing. LMN: 41/14

  • “The Ghost in the Attic” – Young’s Yarns by Claiborne S. Young

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    In honor of Halloween, we thought that this ghost story from Young’s Yarns would be well worth featuring here at the end of October. If you have not found them already, there are more Young’s Yarns to be found on our Homepage.

    The Ghost in the Attic
    by Claiborne S. Young
    In my 26 years as a cruising guide author, I’ve had more than my share of strange happenings. None, however, have been stranger than what my first-mate, first-mate and I experienced way back in 1984 while researching Georgetown, South Carolina. Little did I know that this eerie incident would come back to “haunt” me years later.

    It was early spring 1984 and my first book, “Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina” had just been released the preceding year. Emboldened by that volume’s success, I was hard at work on a guide to the South Carolina coastline.

    As I do at the beginning of every project which encompasses a coastline unfamiliar to me, I had been reading all I could about the fascinating South Carolina Low Country and its myriad and often confusing waters. Good fortune led me to a wonderful book named “Ghosts from the Coast,” by J. Stevenson Bolick. This volume contains many deeply absorbing ghost stores centered on historic homes in Georgetown and along the nearby Waccamaw River. By the way, if you are at all interested in South Carolina coastal folklore, spare no efforts to obtain this book!

    I was particularly struck by one poignant and tragic story concerning a young girl who had lived in the most beautiful home on the Georgetown waterfront. She had fallen in love with the first officer of a ship which often docked in Georgetown, but her parents objected to the match. Being resourceful, the young girl soon hit on the plan. Whenever her lover’s ship was in port, and her parents had retired for the evening, she would place a lamp in the upstairs dormer window. The couple would then meet in the garden for a few tender but stolen moments.

    Well, as these stories often unfold, the ship’s officer was lost at sea. The young girl was devastated, but continued to place a lamp in the upstairs dormer window every night in remembrance of her lost love. Eventually, following her parent’s death, she became a recluse, with her only companions being several beloved dogs. One day, alerted by the barking dogs, neighbors found her body, dead of a broken heart at last.

    And, as you’ve probably guessed by now, it was whispered along the Georgetown waterfront that a light was still to be seen in the upstairs dormer window. The house was finally abandoned, and remained vacant for many years, but there were still those who affirmed the faithful light was to be seen from time to time.

    One fine spring morning in 1984, my first-rate, first-mate and I came tooling into Georgetown. We had no sooner coiled our lines at Boat Shed Marina, than the cameras were broken out and we began avidly photographing the many beautiful homeplaces in the Georgetown historic district. I was particularly keen on getting photos of the house with the “ghost in the attic.” The old homeplace’s position had been pretty well described in “Ghosts from the Coast,” and we were soon successful in discovering the correct location. What we found was a beautifully restored historic home which no longer bore any scars of its long time abandonment.

    Not wanting to trespass, we walked out on a commercial fishing vessel dock to photograph the beautiful house from the water side. Before we had snapped a half dozen pics, a very impressive grandmotherly type strode out into the front yard, and inquired politely but forcefully as to why we were taking pictures of her house. I made the mistake of telling the lady in question that I was writing a book about the South Carolina Low Country.

    For the next hour and a half, we were treated to a nail by nail, board by board, discussion of how her husband had restored the family home. Karen and I were itching to be continue our photographic tour of Georgetown, but not wanting to be impolite, we heard the discussion through to its lengthy end.

    Nowhere in this conversation was there any mention of the ghost in the attic. Finally, when all had pretty much wound down, I plucked up my courage and asked the home’s mistress if, “ha, ha” she had ever seen the ghost. That 90 year old matron looked straight at me, and without even the hint of a smile, she soberly informed us that “when my husband and I first moved in, we used to see the light coming through the crack under the door leading to the attic. It used to bother me at first, but now I don’t pay it any heed.” Even on a warm, spring morning, that pronouncement brought a chill to the air.

    But, fellow cruisers, that is NOT the end of the story. I included a somewhat abbreviated version of the ghost story and our encounter with the homeplace’s owner in the first edition of “Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia.” As the years passed, and succeeding editions of CGSC (eventually including Georgia) were released, I always returned to that wondrous Georgetown homeplace and took new photos.

    Fast forward to 1998, and my work on what I think was the fourth edition of my South Carolina – Georgia cruising guide. My faithful research assistant Bob Horne and I had spent the better part of two weeks poking our bow into every nook and cranny on the Waccamaw River north of Georgetown. And, anybody that knows the Waccamaw knows there are more than a few nooks and crannies along the water’s course. It was high time to spend a night with solid ground under our feet.

    So, I phoned my dear friends Susan Sanders and Len Anderson, who at that time, had a shop in Georgetown named Harbor Specialties. In subsequent years, Harbor Specialties moved to Charleston, and eventually to Beaufort, North Carolina with satellite stores in Charleston and Pawleys Island. As usual, I digress.

    I asked Susan if Bob and I could bunk in their spare bedroom that night, but Susan said she had something better in mind. “A new bed and breakfast inn is about to open, and while they are not yet in operation, the owner has offered to put you two up for the evening.” That sounded wonderful, and so late that afternoon we came cruising up the Sampit River to the downtown Georgetown waterfront. I called Susan on the cell phone and asked where the new inn was located. She then asked me where we were. I thought that an odd question, but replied, “We are right in front of Boat Shed Marina.” Susan replied, “See that big white house in front of you. That’s it.” “Susan,” I said, “you got us a room in the house with the ghost.” “Oh, you know about that do you,” said Susan.

    So it was that we first met innkeeper Meg Tarbox and made the acquaintance of the Harbor House Bed and Breakfast Inn, hands down the most elegant and beautiful B&B in which it has been my privilege to visit. I soon told Meg the story related above, and learned that the elderly woman we had met was her grandmother, and J. Steveson Bolick, the author of the ghost story in question, was her grandfather. So, just to spice things up a bit, Meg put us in the two attic rooms.

    Late in the night, (no kidding) I awoke to see a bright light shining on the bedroom wall. I remember thinking, “this is it, a life changing experience.” Alas, though, I was not fated to meet the ghost. It turned out the light was shining through the nearby window, and when I got up and looked, I spied a shrimp trawler unloading on the waterfront. Several bright spot lights illuminated the scene, and this was the luminescence I had mistaken for the ghostly light in the dormer window.

    Since that memorable night, Meg and I have become fast friends, and I’ve had the good fortune to spend many nights at the Harbor House. I still have yet to meet the young girl’s ghost, but every time I began to think it will never happen, I harken back to that conversation many years ago with Meg’s grandmother, and I can not help but wonder.

    Claiborne S. Young
    January 23, 2007
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  • Consider Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, Abaco, Northern Bahamas

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    Please give a big welcome to Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, the newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! RMHYC has already attracted a number of SSECN readers to its membership who report a wealth of activities through club membership. A wonderful way to get truly involved in the spirit of the Abacos! Be sure to tell them SSECN sent you!

    RMHYC is a yacht club based in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, an island group in the northern Bahamas. Boaters, both power and sail, as well as land-based members, enjoy the gin-clear waters surrounding the Sea of Abaco and participate in many social activities.
    Year after year, members from all over the United States and Canada spend the winter at several local marinas and the pristine anchorages of the Sea of Abaco. Once you arrive in Abaco you won’t want to leave!
    Membership provides the opportunity to participate in incredibly varied activities and far reaching discounts. You may choose to participate in any activity or none at all, but nearly everyone enjoys our membership discounts!

    The standard one-year membership includes annual dues of $30 and a one-time initiation fee of $120, which includes a Club Burgee, that will be mailed to your primary address. If a person pays between October 1st and December 30th, their dues will be considered paid for both the current and following year. For more information, go to http://www.rmhyc.com/

    And on your voyage south, be sure to take along “The Great Book of Anchorages, Bahamas” by Susan Landry and Chuck Baier. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122059

  • Farmers’ Markets, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

    The Oriental area is home to three SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS: Oriental Marina and Condos, Oriental Nautical Wheelers, and River Dunes. Please say hello for us as you enjoy this wonderful Fall weather and the delicious buys at the Farmers’ Markets.

    From TownDock.net
    The Oriental Farmers’ Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street from 8-11a. Local produce, baked goods, artisinal work can be found there. There are also markets on some Wednesdays. Next markets are Wednesday Oct 22 and Saturday Oct 25. To find out what’s for sale, visit  http://towndock.net/market

    At the Oriental Farmers’ Market, the emphasis is on “local” — all of the items for sale are locally grown or locally made. The market turned 7 this year and it’s still growing – it now has two rows of vendors providing a great selection for a market in a town of our size. Stop by and see for yourself.

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  • Captains Campout / Bucksport Marina & RV Resort, AICW Statute Mile 377

    Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. This three day Bonfire Weekend should be a wonderful Fall experience, especially at this unique and fine marina. Note the special dockage rates below.

    Hey Everyone,
    We are planning a nice Bon Fire Event Called “Captains Campout” A weekend of enjoyment!! November 14th, 15th & 16th. Featuring a Bon Fire & Music at 6pm Sat the 15th. Bring your own Meat and we will grill it on the grill unless you bring it already prepared. Bring a side dish as well. There is no admission fee for the event or music. We will be selling cold drinks.
    RV Specials are as follows:
    Full Hookup (Water, Sewer & Elec) $30 per night or $85 for 3 nights / tax not included
    Primitive RV Camping (dump station provided if needed) $25 per night or $70 for 3 nights / tax not included
    Primitive Tent Camping $18 per night or $50 for 3 nights / tax not included
    Bathrooms and Shower house is heated and newly remodeled, will be available
    Captains Lounge now open with heat as well with Direct TV TO INSURE ALL THE BIG GAMES ARE AVAILABLE ALL WEEKEND!!
    COMING BY BOAT? .75 CENTS PER FOOT / $3 A NIGHT FOR ELECTRICITY IF NEEDED
    Call for questions or Reservations 1-843-397-5566
    Thanks,
    Jeffrey A Weeks
    Manager

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  • Special Winter Rates at Charleston City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 469

    Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the Ashley River’s northeastern banks, northeast of marker #5, and only a hop, skip and jump from the path of the AICW!

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  • News from St. Augustine, AICW Statute Mile 776

    This very welcome information on the navigation aids in the St. Augustine Inlet and on area events is sent to us by our good friend and supporter, Port Commissioner Jay Bliss. During his tenure, Capt. Bliss has provided valuable and timely information on the St. Augustine area. Thank you Jay!

    Greetings Port Observers,
    Selected proceedings at yesterday’s Oct 14 2014 Port meeting: USCG Chief Bosun Mike Tomasi reported our USCG has finally been able to allocate a Large LIGHTED RED channel marker #6 for the St Augustine Inlet channel. Until last Thursday, mariners entering our inlet at night had no red lighted markers, only green ones. Thus a few unintentional landings on Porpoise point over the years….
    Your Port board approved $6500 for the annual Regatta of Lights, which the St Augustine Yacht Club organizes and hosts. This year it will be Saturday December 13th. This evening event provides a spectator draw that closes down the Bridge of Lions and packs the bay front with residents and visitors enjoying the boating parade of lighted craft celebrating Christmas holidays.
    Always you’ll find on the Port website a full set of the minutes of any past meeting!
    My commission with the Port expires 13 November 2014. It’s been a pleasure to serve. Two very able individuals, Tom Rivers (who has been on the board before) and Conch House Dockmaster Mark Helman will fill board seats 1 and 5.
    YOU get to decide the one contested seat 3 on your ballot. I’d urge you to vote for Herb Rippe. He brings balanced judgement and an even disposition as Chairman, an objective viewpoint, and is dedicated to the task.
    Our community is favored with a distinguished group of contenders for City Commission seats. We can salute them all, challengers and incumbents alike, for their contributions. That said, this voter prizes the organizational and leadership skills, the integrity, and the data-based objectivity that Nancy Shaver has already brought to our community. She offers her service as candidate for City Commissioner and Mayor. She has our vote.
    Respectfully,
    Jay Bliss
    St. Augustine Port Commisioner

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  • Fort Pierce City Marina Updates, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, October 17, 2014

    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Tribute to Bill Benton 10/15/2014

    Tribute to Bill Benton
    10/15/2014

    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    FPCM@city-ftpierce.com

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  • Report on Bahia Mar Yachting Center, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Bahia Mar Yachting Center is home to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, October 30-November 3, and does not accept transients during the show. Bahia Mar flanks the Waterways’ eastern shores, south of the Las Olas Boulevard bridge.

    Bahia Mar in EF will not reopen until Nov. 9th after the boat show .
    Kaye Adams, SSECN Team

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