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Georgetown 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.comThe 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 Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCInternational  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 aGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442
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. 910-457-7380The 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. Boat U.S.Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop programThe 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.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 0 Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589
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  • New Docks Open at Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

    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.

    Subj: The First Set of New Docks Are Now Open!
    12/17/2014 09:43 AM
    1600 Linear Feet of new dockage is now available!!!!!








    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • A Good Visit to Darien, GA, off AICW Statute Mile 651.5

    Darien City Docks lie along the northern banks of the Darien River, hard by the charted 31-foot fixed bridge, in the heart of downtown Darien, which is 7 nautical miles off the AICW via the fully marked Darien River Channel, featuring minimum 14 foot depths. Recent repairs to the docks add to the attractiveness of this lovely river port.

    We just spent a couple days on the town dock in Darien GA. We were greeted by the most friendly dock master David. Darien had been on our list of places to visit for quite some time. We highly recommend this side trip – about 6 miles off the ICW. This town is very boater friendly and the people were welcoming. They have a great coffee shop Blondies, one block from the marina. We also received a complimentary glass of wine one night while visiting the Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, who also had live entertainment and a great wine selection. We are some if the best shrimp we’ve tasted at B&J Seafood. We visited King George Fort and the Rice Plantation. Well worth a visit. A must do!
    Ron & Tina Main
    Sea Gypsy

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Darien City Docks

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  • Updated Phone Number for Camp Lejeune Firing Range

    The number provided by Skipper Walters has been confirmed as the number for all the firing ranges at Camp Lejeune. See  Thank you Skipper Walters!

    Kayaking from Maine to Guatemala. Tomorrow I will pass by Camp Lejeune on the ICW. Called the number listed in the above post. It was wrong, but they gave me the current correct number to call: 910 451 3064. Safe Passage for me for tomorrow!
    Deb Walters

  • Christmas Greetings from Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, AICW Alternate Route

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28.


    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • ARGUS Update!!

    This notice of an update of ARGUS by John Hersey is definitely GOOD NEWS for Waterway cruisers. If you are not now a user of ARGUS, give it a try by clicking the ARGUS box at the top of any of our Chartview windows – it is an amazing technology! Keep your fingers crossed that NOAA will wake up and begin to use ARGUS in place of the infamous magenta line.

    Hi Larry,
    Just a note to let you know we just updated the AICW solution set this morning, thanks to about 7 million new soundings since March from a bunch of boats including long time contributors M/V Altair, M/V Chez Nous, Trawler Beach House, Reality Check Sailing, M/V Jackets II, S/V Makai, and M/V Elixir. The update reflects several additional transits between Norfolk and the Keys, new Bahamas cruise ship data, St. John’s River updates from Jacksonville to Sanford, and previously uncharted waters on the west coast of Florida thanks to the adventurous expeditions of Trawler Beach House! The total AICW soundings count that makes up the SSECN ARGUS layer is now up to about 30 million.
    Also FYI, our magenta line proposal is back in NOAA’s hands. We appreciate your continued encouragement and support as we move forward in applying ARGUS data to help update the magenta line!
    Just let me know if you have any questions.

  • Support BoatUS Foundation Kids’ Life Jacket Loaner Program

    Boat U.S.BoatUS continues to be the nation’s leading advocate for boating safety, including the proper and consistent use of life jackets, especially on children. SSECN urges all marinas to participate in the BoatUS Foundation Kids’ Life Jacket Loaner Program. SSECN is proud to have BoatUS as a SPONSOR!




    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,

    Photo Caption: The BoatUS Foundation Kids’ Life Jacket Loaner Program loans out over 140,000 each year nationwide at no cost to borrowers or loaner sites (credit: Tom Lenweaver).

    Help Save a Child’s Life – Become a Life Jacket Loaner Site

    Deadline to Apply is March 1st

    Largest, Longest Running Nationwide Loaner Program

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., December 8, 2014 – Waterfront businesses, local organizations or government agencies can help themselves, and at the same time, also possibly help save a child’s life. All they have to do is join the nation’s largest Kids’ Life Jacket Loaner Program offered by the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. By becoming one of the Foundation’s new no-cost loaner site locations available for 2015, a local business or group can have positive interaction with the boating public when a jacket is needed for the day or weekend. However, loaner site applications will only be accepted at until March 1, 2015.

    There is no cost to set up a loaner site and it’s easy to do. “We are looking for hands-on sites that will sign out the life jackets to boaters to help us track their usage,” said BoatUS Foundation Outreach Manager Alanna Keating. “This will help us make sure there are jackets always on hand.” Since the program began in 1997, the Foundation has learned that staffed sites have a higher rate of return for borrowed life jackets, which provide a better community service and continuing opportunities to discuss proper fit. Today, the Foundation supports over 550 sites nationwide that can be found at

    “We look to build an ongoing relationship with our sites and periodically ask them to check in with us to tell us how it’s going.” added Keating. “For borrowers, there is no cost. We know kids grow fast, and sometimes boaters need a correctly-sized jacket for a younger guest.”

    Three children’s lives have been saved by wearing a borrowed BoatUS Foundation loaner life jacket and it has likely helped many others — each year, jackets are loaned out over 140,000 times. “So, in addition to doing good work for the community, this gives groups or businesses that manage loaner sites a little additional foot traffic,” said Keating.

    The most qualified applicants — based on geographical needs as well as their ability to manage the program — will be selected and notified in spring 2015. They will receive a “life jacket loaner kit” of 12 life jackets in various sizes from infant to adult, a protective container to keep them clean and dry, loaner program signage to display, promotional materials and easy-to-use sign-out sheets to track usage.

    About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

    The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the over half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (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

  • Holiday Giveaway: Kindle Fire HDX at Regatta Point Marina, Manatee River, off Tampa Bay

    Regatta Pointe Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on the northern banks of the Manatee River, just east of the Highway 41 Business bridge (off the southeastern corner of Tampa Bay).




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    Regatta Pointe Marina is the 2013 & 2014 winner of the Bradenton Herald’s People’s Choice Award for “Best Marina”

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Regatta Pointe Marina

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  • Two New Restaurants in Wilmington, NC, off the AICW on Cape Fear River

    Cape Fear Marina and Bennett Brother Yachts, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, continues to provide excellent service as well as convenient access to the many attractions Wilmington has to offer, including two new restaurants: Catch, with award winning local Chef and Food TV celebrity, Keith Rhodes at 6623 Market Street, 910-799-3847 and Dock Street Oyster Bar, ranked #11 out of 409 picks for 2014 by Tripadvisor, 12 Dock Street, 910-762-2827.
    Along with the friendly folks at Cape Fear Marina, such haute cuisine makes the trip up the Cape Fear River very alluring!


    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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  • Problem Stretches along the AICW Discussed

    This discussion is from our friends on the AGLCA Forum. While we certainly appreciate Captain Ed’s recommendation of SSECN’s list of AICW Problem Stretches, we strongly recommend that a reader choose the listings of Problem Stretches under the various States found on our Homepage. These listings have the very latest comments and updates on the Problem Stretches within the particular state. For example, see  for North Carolina. And whether you go inside or outside, we wish you the best!

    By: CaptainEd on December 7th, 2014, 7:48 am
    I think you’ll find this link to Salty Southeast Cruisers net helpful to give you the current places to be showing extra caution: Keep in mind though that many of the caution areas are noted by cruisers who were just in the wrong place and would rather blame the charts than themselves. The tide isn’t too much of a factor if your boat draws less that 4’. It generally only ranges 0’ to 3’ down there. There are a few notable caution spots like Lockwood’s Foley, Shallotte Inlet, Carolina Beach and Mud Creek, but it’s not a difficult run. If you do decide to run outside familiarize yourself with Dial-A-Buoy for accurate reports of sea conditions. You don’t want to get caught 25nm off shore or having to come in through unfamiliar inlets if seas are running 8’ or more.
    If you’re running a slow boat (less than about 16 kt. cruise) I’d recommend staying inside unless in a sailboat most of the way to Charleston as the main inlets are a good distance apart (Beaufort, Masonboro, Cape Fear, Georgetown, Charleston), and some of the lesser inlets are to be avoided. Also, the time you spend running in and out of the inlets will cost you much of the time you save by being able to run faster outside. Just remember to mind your wake in populated areas or you’ll hear about it over your radio.
    Mind if I ask why you’re heading south instead of north at that time of year? You’ll find very few boats heading that way as most insurance companies prohibit going south during hurricane season. Also, it’s hot, and there are a lot of horse flies near Georgetown and through Georgia. It’ll also have you pushing against the current as you head north from the Gulf, and probably have you laying up down south for next winter.

  • Follow Up on Submerged Vessel, Gulfport Mooring Field, Boca Ciega Bay, near GICW Statute Mile 115

    Our thanks to Skipper Burnham for his description of the location and depth of this underwater hazard. Gulfport Mooring Field is on the northeastern shore of Boca Ciega Bay on the lower portion of the Tampa peninsula.

    I have been remiss at reporting this submerged vessel because I had thought it was already posted on SSCN but cannot find it in the archives.
    There is a large powerboat that sunk in the Gulfport mooring area and it is marked by a small white buoy that may be mistaken for a crab pot marker except for the yellow band around the top. We cruised over this sunken vessel and found it to be lying entirely to the west of the marker buoy and not under the buoy as we had suspected. We were surprised to find less than 3 feet of water measured by our boat hook above the highest point of the sunken vessel.
    Because this sunken vessel lies quite a way south of the Gulfport fishing pier it is not a hazard to cruisers using the Gulfport Casino Dock for visiting Gulfport unless their approach is close by the Trawler with the light green hull that is moored to the west of the sunken vessel. If that light green hulled Trawler is NOT on her mooring, as usual, the sunken wreck is a poorly marked shallow water hazard that does not show up on Google Earth.
    David Burnham

    Through Skipper Burnham’s efforts, the USCG has issued Notice to Mariners. Thank you David Burnham! This is the Boating Community at its Best!!
    The Notice to Mariners and David’s correspondence is copied below:

    The USCG has located the 30′ Power Yacht that sunk in the Gulfport, Florida mooring area on June 4th and it is now on the Notice to Mariners with a GPS approximate location to help pinpoint the hazard for cruisers. I’m grateful that it hasn’t caused someone a serious problem up ’til now. I can’t help but feel that I’ve “stuck my nose” into some other Captain’s affairs although it seems irresponsible that the USCG wasn’t contacted earlier this year.

    —–Forwarded Message—–
    From: “Pauly, Darren A BOSN3″
    Sent: Dec 10, 2014 12:32 PM
    To: “”
    Mr. Burnham,
    I was not aware of this sunken boat until you contacted Ms. Dragon at our district office. We are currently doing a voice broadcast for this Hazard and it will go into the weekly Local Notice to Mariners and will stay there until the boat is removed. Thank you for reporting this.
    BOSN3 Darren Pauly
    Aids to Navigation Officer
    USCG Sector St. Petersburg
    155 Columbia Drive
    Tampa, Fl. 33606
    (813) 228-2191 ext 8184 Tampa office
    (727) 502-1522 St. Pete office
    (727) 804-3972 CELL
    —–Original Message—–
    From: []
    Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:17 PM
    To: Pauly, Darren A BOSN3
    DTG: 101342Z DEC 14

    UNCLAS //N16750//

    “Life’s a reach and then you jibe”
    David Burnham
    Treasurer, Past Commodore, RIYC 2014
    Racing Chairman, Board Member, BCYC 2014-2016
    C: 843-906-8637

    12/17/2014 And here is the Week 50/14 Local Notice:

    FLORIDA – GIWW – GULPORT – BOCA CIEGA BAY: Hazard to Navigation
    The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken vessel approximately 30ft in the Anchorage Area of Boca Ciega Bay. The vessel is approximately 3ft underwater and marked by an unlit white buoy in approximate position 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 50/14

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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