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  • Detailed Report on Ashepoo-Coosaw Alternate, AICW Statute Mile 517

    Once again we are indebted to Captains Mark and Diana Doyle for this excellent report from the alternative route to Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off which is a perennial shoaling spot. As the Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off has silted in further, we have had several reports of the use of an alternate route to by-pass the shoaling, see For a chart of Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off, scroll northwest on the chartview and don’t forget to check Argus from the top bar to see the shoaling.

    Hi Larry,
    Diana and I ran the alternative route out into St. Helena Sound and around the Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off the other day … and found deep water all of the way.
    For those interested in evaluating the option to avoid this ICW Trouble Spot [Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-off], here’s a depth-annotated track and survey report:

    Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off Alternative: St. Helena Sound Route

    Diana and I transited the Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off Alternative on November 22nd, 2014 with about two-thirds tide and falling. (Small-scale overview, screenshot at upper right.)
    The (northern) relevant tide station, Seabrook, has a Spring Tidal Range (STR) of 7.3 feet and our height of tide was 4.5 above MLLW.
    Our plan was to run a southerly course, along the deeper charted waters west of Fenwick Island, through the marshes west of the Otter Islands, and into St. Helena Sound to round Combahee Bank and then proceed northwesterly up the Coosaw River to rejoin the ICW near R186 and STM 519.

    A few observations on this alternative route:
    1. The alternative route is longer than the preferred ICW Magenta Line route but avoids the Ashepoo Coosaw Cut-Off ICW Trouble Spot. At lower water stages, some cruisers may wish to evaluate this option.
    2. There are few significant navaids to follow for this alternative route. The route is fairly well charted, but unaided.
    3. St. Helena Sound can often be “boisterous” and busy with shrimping traffic.
    4. We experienced water depths of no less than 16 feet (11.5 feet adjusted for MLLW) on the transit. The lowest water was along Fenwick Island, then deepening into the 20s and 30s, and even 40s, 50s, and 60s for the St. Helena Sound and Coosaw River portions.
    5. Note that we chose to move farther easterly of the extending shoals at Combahee Bank than some other reports have advised. There are varying reports of success, although also noting substantially less water, by splitting the charted dayboard on Combahee Bank and the charted 15-foot shoal. Shrimpers and other locals have reported substantially more water eastward of the 15-foot pocket, which we experienced during our depth survey (see primary screenshot to right).

    Again, no recommendation being made here. Just sharing data. Captains are responsible for their decisions and outcome.
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local


    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Combahee Bank

  • Comments and Background Info from BoatUS on Anchoring Survey

    SSECN sent out this Anchoring Survey via an email Alert as soon as it was received. This posting is to publish comments we have received about the survey. Because a wide response is in the best interest of boaters, we ask that you not be deterred from completing the survey by negative comments about the language and format of the survey. This should be one of those “just do it!” moments. And the survey is pertinent to all cruising boaters, not just Florida residents. If you did not receive our Alert, the link to the survey is below.

    And this admonition from BoatUS:


    November 25, 2014

    Dear BoatU.S. Member,

    Florida is once again considering a change in their anchoring regulations. Whether you live in Florida or just want to cruise there someday, now is a critical time to share your views on this topic with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
    Please click on the link below to take FWC’s survey. We recognize it’s long, but we’d like to make sure that active, responsible cruising boaters help the state understand what works and what doesn’t when it comes to anchoring laws in the Sunshine State:

    In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on anchoring. During the 2014 Florida legislative session there were strong attempts to repeal part of this prohibition. While these changes were defeated, there will likely be new legislation introduced in the spring that would grant local governments the authority to regulate anchoring in their municipalities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is now asking for comments on possible changes to Florida’s anchoring laws. It is important to take the FWC survey to register your opinions on anchoring restrictions to help influence what could be allowed by the state legislature.

    For additional information on anchoring in Florida please visit:

    Thanks for helping us get some valuable information to the FWC.

    And thank you for being a BoatU.S. Member!

    Margaret Podlich
    703-461-2878 x8363

    You have been identified as an interested party on potential anchoring regulations on Florida waters. This message is your invitation to contribute your thoughts on this subject through an online survey FWC has developed in response to feedback received at three prior public meetings this year. This survey has crucial explanatory language in the form of a video and audio messages (text options are available). To minimize the risk of confusion please listen to the messages in their entirety. Immediately following each video or audio message are questions specifically related to the information contained in that message. It is our desire to obtain the most widespread response possible from all parties with an interest in this subject. Thank you for your time and interest in completing this survey.

    The survey may be accessed at this site:

    This survey will be active from 4:00 P.M. EST November 21, 2014, through 11:59 P.M. EST December 7, 2014.

  • BoatUS President Margaret Podlich Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

    Boat U.S.Fellow SSECN Team member, Curtis Hoff, and I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Margaret Podlich at BoatUS’s recent Town Hall Meeting in Charleston and we both came away with a firm opinion that BoatUS, and all its programs and advocacy for boaters, is definitely in very good hands with Margaret at the helm! She is very deserving of this honor!




    BoatUS President Margaret Podlich Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

    ORLANDO, Fla. November 19, 2014 — Margaret Podlich, president of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest boat owners’ association with more than 500,000 members, was named the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. Podlich was honored Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Awards Breakfast at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry.

    For the past 20 years, Podlich has served in various capacities for BoatUS, working her way up to the presidency in 2011. She began her two-decades-long career with the association back in 1994, when she was recruited by BoatUS to run its then-new, non-profit BoatUS Clean Water Trust. In 2005, Podlich was promoted to the position of vice president of government affairs. She ascended to BoatUS’ top position more than three years ago, overseeing the group’s membership activities, recruitment and retention efforts, government affairs and lobbying responsibilities, and consumer and public affairs, among other responsibilities.

    Podlich is active beyond her BoatUS duties with organizations such as the Recreational Boating Leadership Council and the American Boat & Yacht Council, where she currently sits on the ABYC Board of Directors. She also served one term on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Advisory Council, ending in 2011.

    A lifelong boater, Podlich was raised in a sailing family. After racing in college while attending Tulane University, she competed in a wide range of national and international events, including finishing fourth in the 2011 Rolex Women’s International Keelboat Regatta. In 2006, she also was a member of the three-woman Yuengling Team Cronin sailing crew that competed for a place on the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team for the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

    “To be in the select group of women who have received this award before me — who build, sell, service and provide ‘homes’ to the boats that are critical to our half-million members — is very humbling,” says Podlich. “Folks like Volvo’s Marcia Kull and Grady-White Boats’ Kris Carroll have shown great leadership and prove there are successful career paths for women in recreational boating. I hope the industry recognizes that today, women play a central and growing role, and can offer a valuable perspective when it comes to increasing our customer base.”

    The recipient of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award demonstrates leadership and commitment to the boating business. Recipients also must show a willingness to volunteer their time and effort in their communities and social organizations.

    The award was established in 1987 in honor of Darlene Briggs of Wayzata Marine in Wayzata, Minn., who exemplified these qualities, serving as the first retail marine saleswoman in Minnesota and the first female member of her state marine trades association. It is sponsored by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry magazine.

    At the event, Boating Industry’s national sales director Kathy Johnson introduced the 2007 Darlene Briggs Award winner, Marcia Kull, vice president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, who presented the award to Podlich. Podlich received a trophy furnished by Boating Industry, which will publicize the presentation and feature Podli

    “Margaret’s passion for boating is evident in all she pursues, and she directly translates that passion into action that ensures safe and available boating access for all boaters,” says Kull. “She promotes and protects boating on both a national and regional basis, and works with a wide variety of stakeholders to solve issues facing the boating community tirelessly and enthusiastically. She is an incredible person and thoroughly deserving of the honor of being named the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year.”


    From left to right: Marcia Kull, Volvo Penta; Margaret Podlich, BoatUS; and Kathy Johnson, Boating Industry.

    Past recipients include: Rallee Chupich of Gordy’s Lakefront Marine; Debbie Meigs of Cobalt Boats; Jewell “Julie” Crowe of Crowe Marine; Barbara Woodard of Woodard Marine; Nancy Smith of Colorado Boat Center; Ann Baldree of Marine Products Corp.; Marcia Kull of Volvo Penta; Joan Maxwell of Regulator Marine Inc.; Kris Carroll of Grady-White Boats; Lynn Fiorenzano of Silver Spring Marine; and Maureen Dickson of Cap Sante Marine.

    For more information, contact Liz Walz at 315-692-4533 or

    About MRAA Educational Foundation

    As part of its mission to create a strong and healthy boating industry, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is committed to offering training, education and professional development opportunities to its members and the entire marine dealer community. In 2004, the association launched the MRAA Educational Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation, to provide financial support for education, training and professional development in the recreational marine trades. For more information, visit

    About Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

    At the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, we believe that for the marine industry to thrive, the companies that interact with the boater in their community must thrive. Those businesses determine the boater’s experience and are the leading factor in the industry’s success. The MRAA works to create a strong and healthy boating industry by uniting those businesses, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice. For more information, visit

  • Free Thanksgiving Meal at Bucksport Marina, 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 generous free meal is typical of the concern always shown for their boating visitors at this unique and fine marina. Plus a reduced rate for SSECN readers.

    Hey Everybody,
    The Grand Opening of Captains Seaweeds Restaurant & Tiki Bar presents a Special Thanksgiving Day Meal!!
    The meal is free which will be Turkey and all of the trimmings.
    The Bar will be open for business. (Come Meet The New Bartender and Staff)
    This is a new beginning for Captain Seaweeds, Under new and energized ownership.
    Please checkout the New Menu and The Hours of Operation that will be Consistent with Customers needs.

    Reduced Fall and Winter Campground Rates are in effect.
    Many New and Exciting Activities and Events are being planned.
    Examples but not limited to are:

    Competition Volleyball Tournaments, Putt Putt Tournaments, Drag Boat Races, Wakeboard Tournaments, Pool Tournaments, Concerts, Bike Swap Meets, Watercraft Rentals, Kayaking and Tours, Jet Skiis, Air Hockey, Darts, Dancing, Corn Hole, Horse Shoes, Classic Cars Shows, Corvette Shows, Fishing Tournaments, Football/Basketball/ Sports Parties and Socials, Weddings and Receptions, Birthday Parties

    A new Website is almost up and running with constant updates (

    We offer boat and watercraft storage ($75 MONTHLY)
    Plus a special rate of $1.00 per foot per night if you say you saw this posted on Cruisers Net.
    We offer long and short term Wet storage as well.
    Reduced RV REPAIR rates for our customers
    Watercraft Mechanic services are now available as well for our customers.

    Please call for more information or for Reservations!!
    Jeff Weeks
    Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV resort

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bucksport Marina

  • Ethanol Added Fuel Update, News from BoatUS

    Boat U.S.The use of ethanol added fuel in marine engines has been a point of contention for everyone in the boating industry from users to repair services and manufacturers. BoatUS continues to be a strong advocate for boating safety including the risk of engine failure and fire due to ethanol damaged fuel lines.




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

    EPA Punts on Renewable Fuel Standard

    Boaters Need Safe Fuels

    WASHINGTON, DC, November 21, 2014 – Ensuring a safe fuel supply for America’s 12 million registered boat owners may have to wait, said Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the agency will further delay the final rule on how much ethanol refiners must blend into the nation’s gasoline supply under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). After almost a year of review, the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs), which dictate ethanol levels, are now not set to be released until 2015.

    BoatUS testified before the EPA on the proposed rule in November of 2013, which for the first time would have lowered the amount of mandated ethanol in gasoline and aligned the law with current gasoline usage. BoatUS supported this move that would have held gasoline/ethanol blends to a safe level for boats and small engines. Currently there is not a single marine engine warrantied to run on any fuel containing over 10% ethanol and this fuel is not authorized for use in recreational vessels. However, the national boat owners group has concerns over misfueling and poor pump labeling. Many boat owners trailer their vessels and refuel at roadside gas stations, filling up both the tow vehicle and boat at the same time.

    “There is solid scientific data that supports levels of ethanol in gasoline over 10% damage marine engines,” said BoatUS Government Affairs Program Manager Nicole Palya Wood. “The EPA’s failure to efficiently administer this program, utilize its waiver authority and set standards that provide protections for consumers sends a clear message that congress must act now to reform the RFS. We were hoping the EPA would utilize their waiver authority to ease the pressure on the nation’s fuel supply with regard to ethanol. Now, with their failure to act, it’s even more critical we work for a Congressional legislative fix which would bring the investment in safer, more compatible renewable fuels, which was what the RFS originally intended,” added Wood.

    The refiners and obligated parties under the RFS will be held to comply with 2013 mandates until the EPA issues the final rule in 2015. Today’s announcement comes on the eve of the 90-day comment period expiration for the final rule.


    Damage to a boat engine carburetor as a result of ethanol at 10% (E10).

    A Federal Register Notice by the EPA can be found at A BoatUS issue brief on the RFS can be found at


    About BoatUS:

    Boat Owners Association of The United States  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

  • Spirit of Christmas in Oriental, NC, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181

    Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC
    River DunesThe folks of this wonderful boaters community always celebrate in a big way and the 2014 Christmas Season is no exception. Oriental is also the home of several SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS: Oriental Marina and Condos, River Dunes Marina and Nautical Wheelers. This calendar of events was sent to us by our good friend, Bill Wheeler of Nautical Wheelers.

    Join us for the annual SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS celebration in the lovely, waterfront village of Oriental the second weekend in December. For the twenty-ninth year, local businesses, civic organizations and churches create a memorable holiday event for all ages. Over 2500 luminaries line the streets on Friday evening and lighted boats sparkle in the harbor. Enjoy events such as the old-fashioned Christmas Parade, or strolling, shopping, dining and music in the Sailing Capital of North Carolina.

    Friday, December 12th Events
    · Visit local businesses for shopping, treats and holiday cheer
    · See the Lighting of the Luminaries at dusk
    · View the kayak flotilla and beautiful lighted boats in Oriental Harbor
    · Enjoy the free Christmas Concert with the voices of the Pamlico Chorale
    · Sample the fare at your choice of fun, casual restaurants around town
    · Spend the night in one of our lovely waterside hotels or quaint B&B inns

    Saturday, December 13th Events
    · Enjoy more shopping and holiday cheer throughout the village
    · Laugh and clap at the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade rolling through the streets at 1:00 pm
    · View the Live Nativity at 3:00 pm
    · Attend the free Christmas Concert with the Pamlico Chorale
    · Raise a glass of holiday cheer at the local Tiki bar or other “watering holes”

    Also catch the Running of the Dragon on New Year’s Eve at 8 and 11:30 on the waterfront. Bring your pots and pans to make some noise.
    And the Instead of Football Regatta regatta on the river New Year’s Day. Sailboats, power boats and even kayaks are invited to join for a great day on the water. Landlubbers can view the fun from Lou-Mac Park or the high rise bridge.
    Bill Wheeler
    Nautical Wheelers
    252-241-0532 cell

    Click Here To Visit Oriental Nautical Wheelers Web Site

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Oriental Marina and Condos

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For River Dunes Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of River Dunes Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Oriental Waterfront

  • Cape Hatteras Marine Thanksgiving Sale

    If you are still looking for a personalized gift for that special boater friend, try Cape Hatteras Marine

    We just launched this Thanksgiving Sales Event. Sale ends Nov. 30 I enjoy receiving the Cruisers net updates. I thought maybe you would like to share this sale with your readers. Thank you and have a Happy Holiday Season.
    David Dudgeon
    Cape Hatteras Marine
    Cruising Outpost Magazine
    949-574-4111 office
    231-670-5076 cell


  • FEC RR Bridge in Jacksonville NOW OPEN, St. Johns River

    This cantankerous railway bridge in the heart of Jacksonville has been locked down since November 14, but repairs have been completed (for now!) and navigation can return to normal. See Lockdown of FEC RR Bridge in Jacksonville, November 14-21, 2014, St. Johns River.
    This good news article by Joe Daraskevich in the Florida Times Union comes to us from our good friends Chuck Baier and Susan Landry of Beach House Publications

    Boat traffic on the St. Johns River was free to pass at the Florida East Coast Railway bridge Thursday for the first time in almost a week.
    The bridge was raised at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, more than a day earlier than the railway company expected.

    The railway beside the Acosta Bridge has a counterweight that normally keeps the deck raised unless a train is crossing but it had to be lowered over the last week while the company completed repairs, preventing boat traffic from passing through on the river.

    The bridge was lowered Nov. 14 about 8 a.m. and was supposed to be down until 6 p.m. Friday.

    For more, go to:

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of FEC RR Bridge

  • Deep Keel Vessel Needs Your Advice

    This question is unusual, not because of Skipper Aigeltinger’s concern for Waterway depths, but because of his vessel’s 7ft 3inch draft. Whether that draft is fin keel or full keel, that is a lot of draft with which to confront the shallow spots in North Carolina. He has access to our listing of NC Problem Stretches, but is asking for your input into his decision to attempt the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC, which, fortunately for him, is north of all the Inlet/ICW intersections further south.

    I am considering delivering a 44 ft sailboat from the Chesapeake to Florida. Draft is 7 ft 3 in. Would like to know if anyone knows if it’s possible to get that from Norfolk to Beaufort in the ICW ? Or if anyone could direct me to a source for that info.
    Thanks, Ed Aigeltinger

    Note this praise for Argus:

    The Argus soundings are really helpful. I followed ICW all the way from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC and it looks like the most questionable area is a few miles north of Beaufort. (That area just north of the Alligator River bridge where the channel takes a turn or two around some shoals has always been poorly marked. Have to be careful there but I think there’s plenty of water if you stay channel center.) The shallow area just north of Beaufort is at the south end of the Adams Creek Canal and as I recall that part is narrow and the markers are a little far apart making it a little difficult to stay in the channel. On the chart the Argus readings are shown to be out of the channel. So I wonder if the chart is wrong or if whoever did the Argus run missed the channel, hence the shallow readings there ?? Would appreciate any input from anyone re that. I plan to call Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Beaufort Docks and ask for some local knowledge. Would hate to run 199 miles from Norfolk and get 3-4 miles away only to not be able to get there. However, if the readings are right, the shallowest I see is just over 4 ft and the tidal range is about 3 ft so still might be able to skim through at high tide.
    Thanks again for your help-Ed

    Thanks to all for the info re the ICW depth from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC.

    I also spoke with the dockmaster at Beaufort Docks and he assured me there was plenty of depth at Core Creek if one is careful to stay in the channel. It’s narrow there and the markers are a little far apart. Apparently the Argus boat was a little out of channel hence the readings down to 4 ft. Dockmaster also said he has a friend who comes down each year with 9 ft. He said to be careful to stay as close to center as possible in the Alligator River-Pungo River canal as his friend has hit some pretty hard stuff a little off center.
    As you mention fixed bridge height is also a concern. Boat I may deliver is 62 ft to mast top and 65 ft to antenna top. (I brought a cat down once and rang almost every beam on the bridges with the antenna. A little nerve wracking.) So if anyone has or hears any local knowledge re bridge height problems I would certainly appreciate the info. I may try to do what I’ve done a few times in the past. Install a 4-5 ft long piece of 1×4 wood at the mast head going forward and then a vertical piece at the forward end that is about a foot higher than the highest solid part of the mast. One can then creep up to the first beam and if this ‘indicator’ goes under all is hopefully well. If not heavy reverse is in order.
    Thanks again for the info and please keep me in mind if you hear anything else of importance.
    Ed Aigeltinger

  • Channel Restrictions Underway, Portsmouth, VA, near Statute Mile Zero

    The Midtown Tunnel area is just north of Mile Zero and Scott Creek. These channel restrictions will most likely NOT affect cruiser passage.

    SKW Constructors will conduct trial maneuvering operations for the Midtown Tunnel construction project from 17-21 and 24-26 NOV 2014. These operations will involve equipment that will impact the available width of the federal channel. The trial maneuvering operations will occur on the Portsmouth side of the channel, between the edge of the channel and the Portsmouth shoreline. Operations will take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.
    During the maneuvering operations, equipment may block up to half the width of the federal channel. In the event a vessel needs more than half the width of the channel, the vessel shall provide at least 30 minutes notice to allow SKW to move its equipment. Vessels on scene include the KENNY O lay barge, as well as 2 assist tug boats. Vessels on scene will be monitoring VHF Channels 13 and 16 at all times. Information about this project was released as a Broadcast Notice to Mariners on November 12, 2014.
    The primary field point of contact for this work is Terry Cronk, (757) 434-2625, with secondary field contact Ron Meyer, (908) 4630-4418. For any other questions or information, contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Waterways Management Division, (757) 668-5580, email Chart 12253 LNM: 46/14

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