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The 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 Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCOur 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.International  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 29442Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442
Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop program910-269-2380 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.  Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589The 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. Port of Call, St. AugustineBoat U.S.910-457-7380
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  • Good Words for Loggerhead Club Marina, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 948.5

    Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL. Burkey Marine Group is out of West Palm Beach

    Nice Marina great staff and big help from local marine repair firm Greg Burkey Marine aka
    Ted Davis

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club Marina-Vero Beach

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  • More Praise for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach

    “No charge” – sweet words to any boater! These guys are building a solid reputation, one boater at a time. Bravo Burkey Marine Group!

    We feel the same way! These big diesel guys helped us over the phone telling us what to look for and once we located the problem they talked us through the repair at no charge. (After hours)
    We are fans!
    Ted Davis

    “Mobile Marine Repair In West Palm Beach Florida”
  • Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, July 31, 2015

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see from the list of events below. Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor!

    Happy Friday!

    Find out what’s happening this weekend and next week by visiting:

    Deanna Fritz
    Charlotte County Visitor & Convention Bureau
    18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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  • Google Maps Goes Coastal with Unmanned Boat

    You will think you are seeing things when this unmanned inflatable passes you. Wonder how it will deal with jet skis?

    Google Maps Goes Coastal with Unmanned Boat

    A new high-tech unmanned vessel, launched with the help of Google, will use innovative technologies from the boatbuilding and mapping fields to map shorelines and raise awareness of the impacts of global sea level rise.

    Originally designed to be worn by backpackers, Google’s proprietary Street View Trekker camera system was provided on loan to the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, allowing them to create bay-level maps. It plans to use the imagery collected—nearly 500 miles of coastline ranging from San Jose to Antioch, California—on its website and for educational purposes. It will also help illustrate the threats posed by global sea level change to critical wetlands.

    Electric motor developer Torqeedo said it was chosen to power the craft as clean, powerful and efficient propulsion was a high priority.

    “It’s a Google Boat,” said staff scientist for the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, Ian Wren. The small, remote-controlled catamaran, a Wave Adapted Modular Vehicle (WAM-V) designed by Marine Advanced Research, features a modified hull design that flexes to adjust to the water’s surface and provides ultimate stability. Baykeeper’s WAM-V sports twin Torqeedo Cruise 4kW electric outboard motors rigged with Power 26-104 lithium batteries. The boat is able to run for hours with a nearly zero environmental footprint, thanks to onboard traditional and solar charging capabilities.

    “A lot of people know about sea level rise,” said Sejal Choksi, an environmental lawyer and Baykeeper’s interim director. “We are hoping these images will really bring the reality home to the public, that they will look at pictures of places they know and say, ‘Oh my gosh, this is going to be underwater.'”

    The Google Trekker, WAM-V and Torqeedo technology has also recently completed a mapping project of American Samoa.
    • Google • Ian Wren • Sejal Choksi

  • Survey on Aids to Navigation Requested by USCG

    Boat U.S.

    BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters’ safety and we are proud to have them as SPONSORS! Please take the survey below at your earliest opportunity.


    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304

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


    Six electronic buoys or “eATONs” now mark ship-traffic lanes outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.









    Going “Virtual”: How Do You Want Your Aids to Navigation?

    US Coast Guard Wants to Hear from Boaters with 25-Question Survey

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 31, 2015 – For recreational boaters, the waterway signposts known as aids to navigation are critical for a safe journey. But what if an aid to navigation (ATON) such as a floating buoy marking the edge a deep-water channel could only be seen on an electronic screen and not by the naked eye? Will recreational boaters benefit from these new “eATONs”? That’s the question the US Coast Guard wants to find out with a 25-question online survey at A full look at the issue is found in the August/September issue of BoatUS Magazine at

    On March 12, 2014 the USCG began operating 25 fully functioning “virtual” and “synthetic” eATONs in San Francisco waters with a goal to improved safety and efficiency. Some of these electronic waterway signposts mark the ship-traffic lanes outside the Golden Gate Bridge. The eATONs are only “visible” to vessels equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology that’s currently found on large commercial vessels and a small portion of recreational boats.

    Said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich, “Although the US Coast Guard recently had 12 public listening sessions, recreational boaters did not attend in large numbers. As a result, the agency now has an online survey to capture our viewpoints, and it’s in every boater’s interest to speak up.”

    “Unlike commercial vessels, recreational boats are much less likely to have sophisticated electronics needed to access some of the newer proposed systems, such as virtual buoys projected on electronic charts,” said Podlich in testimony to the US House of Representatives subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. ”There’s still a significant need for the tried-and-true physical ATONs in areas where boaters operate, such shallow-draft harbors and channels.”

    Boaters are encouraged to take the short survey before the end of the year.


    About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

    BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit

  • Tall Ship Visit to Port City Marina, August 14-23, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear River

    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCProgress continues to be made toward the opening of this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, newly opened for business along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. See for photos of the facilities.


    Upcoming Tallship Visit
    From August 14-23, 2015 – the Port City Marina has the honor of featuring the El Galeon Ship, the only galeón class vessel in the world sailing today. This historic tall ship hails from Spain, and will be offering tours of the unique and historic ship while docked at Port City Marina. El Galeón was recently featured in the NBC mini-series Crossbones that starred John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard. For more information on this historic ship, check out



    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Port City Marina

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  • Promises on All Aboard Florida RR System vs Water Ways

    The conflict between All Aboard Florida RR system and the Florida waterways continues to be a source of discord for spokespersons of both industries. Much discussion has followed the introduction of the controversial plan to increase the daily number of trains crossing primary water routes. Is this article just more political promises? It’s hard to imagine how increased RR bridge activity will not impact the flow of water traffic.

    Florida officials vow rail plan won’t hurt marine industry
    Posted on July 29th, 2015
    Greg Stuart (left), director of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Marine Industries Association of South Florida executive director Phil Purcell are shown at the meeting.
    Greg Stuart (left), executive director of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Marine Industries Association of South Florida executive director Phil Purcell are shown at the meeting.

    U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization director Greg Stuart vowed that they will not put the marine industry at risk at a meeting last week with stakeholders in All Aboard Florida.

    Representatives of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Coast Guard, the Broward County Commission, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, All Aboard Florida and Florida East Coast Industries also attended the meeting. It was held to get an update on the railroad test regulations being implemented at the FEC rail bridge over the New River.

    Greg Stuart, executive director of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, promised that his organization will not allow for the degradation of the bridge and the capacity of the marine facilities west of it.

    “We recognize the need to improve it if we want to add more,” he told attendees.

    Frankel commended the Coast Guard for its efforts and vowed to stay committed to the marine industry and finding a solution. “I’m optimistic we can do it,” she said.

    The test regulations in place require that the bridge not be closed more than a combined 60 minutes during any 120-minute time period. If the test regulations are successful, the Coast Guard has indicated they will become permanent.

    Coast Guard Bridge Administrator Barry Dragon said communication has been the biggest problem in the past and that the regulations, which require various means of communication, have helped the service get a handle on it.

    A review of Coast Guard logs shows that since the test regulations began, the average time the bridge has been down is 1 hour and 45 minutes during a 12-hour period for 17 minutes each time.

    Representatives from All Aboard Florida and Florida East Coast Industries, the parent company of All Aboard Florida, said their goal is predictability and communication. Starting in 2017, they estimate that AAF’s 32 trains will add 12 minutes to every hour that the rail bridge is closed between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., totaling an additional three hours during the day, and that they will implement a website and/or an app that will communicate the times of the closings.

    “We both want to grow and grow successfully,” said Jose Gonzalez, senior vice president of Florida East Coast Industries.

    They also discussed short- and long-term initiatives to move freight west to U.S. 27. The Florida East Coast Industries said eight of the 14 trains that run through the county, mostly at night, could eventually be diverted to CSX tracks. The MIASF pointed out that this would help car traffic, but the trains still would cross the New River at another point.

    All agreed that during the next five to seven years growth in Florida, combined with freight and additional commuters on the FEC corridor, will require a second, higher bridge over the New River to elevate commuter trains, ensure predictability and protect the marine industry. Both the MPO and Frankel committed to finding funds for the bridge.

  • National Lighthouse Day, August 7, Edenton, NC, Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events like this lighthouse celebration. Also included are events that are part of the Albemarle Loop! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!











    * Celebrate National Lighthouse Day *

    Annually Celebrated on August 7.
    This day honors the beacon of light that, for hundreds of years, has symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea. At one time, the beacon of light could be found across almost all of America’s shorelines.


    The 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse will be
    open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm offering free tours, refreshments, and live music with Blind Tony and the Saxophone Guy. Young and old will be able to make a Victorian toy, work a word puzzle, and solve a maze. Visitors can enjoy the wonderful view from the decks of the old river lighthouse.

    A Great Day with Family and Friends!


    * Farmer’s Market * Touring * Music *

    August Highlights

    NC Series – Brunch with an Author, Farmer’s Market, Edenton Bay Cruises, Shrimp by the Bay, Music by the Bay on the Penelope Barker House Lawn and in the Coffee House, Edenton Steamers Baseball Playoffs at Hicks Field, Trolley Tours even on Sunday, and Paddling the Creeks

    We Look Forward To Having You Join Us


    Website    What To Do    Where To Stay    Where To Eat    Gallery    Contact



    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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  • Destroyed Waterway Daybeacon, GICW Statute Mile 85.5, 7/30/2015

    This destroyed GICW daybeacon is just below the intersection of Longboat Pass and the Gulf Waterway at the northern tip of Sarasota Bay.

    Siesta Key-Tampa Bay Daybeacon 42 (LLNR 59520) is destroyed. The wreckage may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11425 LNM 30/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Longboat Pass/GICW

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Loggerhead Club Channel, Biscayne Bay, near AICW Statute Mile 1107, 7/30/2105

    This destroyed daybeacon is part of a long, narrow, multi-marker channel leading into Loggerhead Club and Marina on the western shore of Biscayne Bay.

    Black Point Channel Daybeacon 19 (LLNR 49825) is reported destroyed with wreckage on scene. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11451 LNM 30/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Western Biscayne Bay.

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