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  • WATERWAY WARNING: Debris and Off-station Markers

    Good Morning Fellow Boaters,

    As anyone who has sailed the Chesapeake will tell you, two of the greatest risks to navigation following an unusually high tide are submerged debris and off-station markers.

    High flood waters, such as being experienced now along the east coast, can bring any number of floating and submerged objects – logs, docks, chairs, even trees – into normally safe channels.

    Markers, especially in narrow channels, can be floated out of position by the flood waters. We are already hearing from readers about off-station markers, such as:

    “Lockwood folly inlet , green can in wrong place, I ran aground and the coast guard watched as sea tow tried to pull us off.” 10/9/2015

    Advice is to keep a sharp lookout forward and slow down in areas of noted flooding like those of South Carolina. See

    Watch the shoreline: if you see debris piled along the shore, some of that could be just under the surface in the channel ahead of you.

    The conditions you might experience in the Waccamaw will also be true near Georgetown and Charleston. Again, if you have questions, check with any of our many South Carolina SPONSORS through that area for local conditions. Phone numbers are found in our SC Marina Directory.

    The SSECN Team is pulling for you and we want you to safely navigate through our beautiful waterways without mishap!

  • Reports from Waterway Cruisers on the Flooded AICW

    We are already receiving reports and inquiries about conditions along the flooded Waterway, especially through North and South Carolina. Please send us your questions, reports and concerns as you encounter areas of risk, such as the Waccamaw south of Myrtle Beach, see Let your fellow boater hear from you! This posting will be updated as comments are received.

    And remember, the waters are still rising in many spots along the coast, with flood warnings still being posted.
    There is also the concern of less air draft at the fixed bridges, a question brought up by Bill Judge below.

    Does anyone have info on HELLGATE after this storm system has past through? (10/06/15)

    We just traveled from Osprey marina to Georgetown. No large debris. We sure didn’t have to worry about low water!! We are on a 50ft motor yacht with a 5 ft draft. Fri. Oct 9th
    Sandy Herl

    Lockwood folly inlet , green can in wrong place, I ran aground and the coast guard watched as sea tow tried to pull us off. 10/9/2015

    Have you had any comments regarding increased water levels in the ICW? Many of us have masts that give very little clearance at the fixed bridges. Hence we only go inside when the weather outside is really bad (especially around Hatteras. I’m thinking all this flooding has raised the water levels significantly.
    Bill Judge

  • Map of Flooded Waterway Areas South of Myrtle Beach, SC

    At Bucksport cruising visitors will discover all new docks, new power pedestals, a newly reopened on-site restaurant, clean – climate controlled showers and laundromat, as well as a warm welcome for the cruising communityOsprey MarinaParticular attention needs to be paid to the Waterway through the Waccamaw River south of the “Rockpile” in Myrtle Beach. Concerned cruisers should call one of SSECN’s two SPONSORS in that area, Bucksport Marina, 843-397-5566 or Osprey Marina, 843-215-5353 for the latest conditions which are changing constantly at this date.

    Horry County map shows projected river flooding locations in Conway, Myrtle Beach areas
    With the Waccamaw River expected to crest several feet above flood stage later this week, Horry County has published a map of areas along the Waccamaw River that could potentially flood.
    The map is based on river predictions made by the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
    Food stage for the river is 11 feet, but as of Monday the river already stood at 14.5 feet. It’s forecast to reach 16.1 feet on Thursday, and remain at 16 feet or higher through Friday.
    For a street by street perspective, you can view a high-resolution of the flood map on the Horry County Government website by clicking here.

    Dark blue areas on the map are estimated at 16 feet and the green areas are estimated at Hurricane Floyd (1999) record levels, which were 17.8 ft.

    Although the county map shows flooding mostly along the Waccamaw River, it also predicts flooding in the Socastee and Forestbrook communities along the Intracoastal Waterway between the Fantasy Harbour Bridge and the waterway’s junction with the Waccamaw River south of S.C. 544.

    Flooding is particularly likely on both sides of the Intracoastal waterway in Forestbrook area, as well as the Socastee swamp, a tributary of the waterway that divides the Forestbrook and Arrowhead communities.

    Horry County police, along with members of the National Guard, will set up 14 checkpoints along the Waccamaw River to provide security for those property owners and assist the community with any concerns or issues they may encounter, said Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

    Boat patrol units will be provided by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to assist with security of those flooded properties, Bourcier said.

    Horry County Fire-Rescue will continue to have a presence in those flooded areas and will assist residents who chose to evacuate from their homes.

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

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

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  • Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, October 9, 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!

    New Weekly Happenings just posted!

    Charlotte Harbor & The Gulf Islands
    18500 Murdock Circle, B104
    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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  • 16th Annual Smoke on the Water, October 16-17, Washington, NC, on the Pamlico River, off the AICW

    Smoke on the Water is one of the Signature Events held annually in Washington. It returns with much fanfare on October 16th and 17th. Smoke features a BBQ cookoff, chili cook, fire engine pulls, show, vendors and artists. The Pamlico River proved the perfect spot for dragon boat races last year, and this year the event will grow to 24 teams! While you are in Washington for Smoke on the Water, be sure to take in the Fine Arts Show presented by Arts of the Pamlico. Rounding out the weekend is a featured concert at Festival Park on Sunday. The Time of My Life tour with The Afters, Chris August, and more is presented by the Bridge FM.


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

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  • BoatUS News: BoatUS Partners with Dockwa

    Boat U.S.BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters on all waters and 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

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    BoatUS members have a new member benefit with Dockwa, a simple, online transient slip booking service.

    Press Contacts:
    BoatUS – D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864,
    Dockwa – Bryan Barbieri, 508-340-1576,




    BoatUS and Dockwa Partner for Transient Slip Booking Benefit

    Tapping Into the “OpenTable” for the Boating Industry

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 7, 2015 — Booking a slip, dock or mooring just got a lot easier for the 500,000+ members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). A new partnership with Dockwa, an award-winning unified booking and marketing platform that greatly simplifies the transient slip booking process, now allows BoatUS members to find and book a slip with just a few taps on the Dockwa app – a seamless and secure process that streamlines communication and payment via an innovative digital platform that no longer requires reservations via email or phone.

    As an exclusive BoatUS benefit, members using the Dockwa app or choosing to book online at will have booking fees waived when arranging dockage at any of the BoatUS Participating Marinas. Discounts will be subject to specific marinas within Dockwa’s growing network. This member perk is in addition to the exclusive transient slip discount currently offered to BoatUS members, which typically reflects a 25% savings. BoatUS members can sign up for Dockwa with great ease and convenience by simply entering their membership number during the registration process where all applicable discounts will be automatically applied.

    “This is the most convenient way for our members to book their transient reservations for docks and moorings,” said BoatUS Vice President of Membership Heather Lougheed. “No waiting for a call back, no voicemail or web forms to fill out. Just tap the Dockwa app, book and dock. You don’t even have to bring your wallet as payment is automated. If weather causes you to change your plans, it can be done with Dockwa’s easy messaging feature.”

    The ease and convenience of the Dockwa platform has been positively received by early adopters within the marina and boating community. “Dockwa is the only mobile reservation service that really listened to our concerns,” said Tom Cox, General Manager and owner of the Constitution Marina in Boston, Massachusetts. “They have the technical know-how and the business acumen to make this next generation of marina software a success.”

    Launched in May of 2015 in the New England region, the entrepreneurial team of eight rapidly expanded down the Eastern Seaboard with a growing network of over 175 marinas from Maine to the Bahamas. The platform has already begun west coast expansion with plans to expand to further develop to other parts of the country later this year.

    Additional benefits for marina managers through the Dockwa platform include a user-friendly web-based dashboard that lets operators review and confirm reservation requests, customer relationship tools, management capabilities and an easy and secure method for collecting payment. The ability to aggregate and store customer information into an online database also creates opportunity to optimize operations and boost traffic and revenue.

    For more information, go to


    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. For more information, visit

    About Dockwa:

    Dockwa is an award-winning unified booking and marketing platform that connects boaters to marinas in real time. This customer-oriented approach provides the marina and the boater an optimal and convenient experience for booking transient reservations. Boaters simply download the app, explore, reserve, and pay at their favorite marina in a matter of minutes. Marinas confirm the reservation, collect payment, and deposit the customer’s information into their intelligent database with a single click. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $1.4 million in what has been called the “OpenTable for boaters and marinas.” Launched in May of 2015 in the New England region, Dockwa has rapidly expanded down the Eastern Seaboard with a growing network of over 175 marinas from Maine to the Bahamas. The platform has already begun west coast expansion with plans to expand to further develop to other parts of the country later this year. The team is based out of Newport, RI with offices in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit

  • NOAA Online Map Update

    NOAA online map update offers improved coastal observations and forecasts
    Additional data, animation features added to popular coastal product

    Dawn Forsythe,, 240-429-6125

    October 7, 2015
    NOAA has upgraded nowCOAST, a GIS-based online map service providing more frequently updated ocean observations along with coastal and marine weather forecasts. The new version, which went live on September 21, also offers a visual point-and-click access to 60 NOAA data products and services. Users can reach the site at

    “NOAA’s nowCOAST gives the public a one-stop-shop look at coastal conditions — real-time and forecast — before they do or plan anything on the water,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “Are you sailing? Look at the winds and currents. Are you a commercial shipper? Get your high seas marine weather forecast, on the same animated map where you can check the tides before you approach your port.”

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    NOAA’s nowCOAST web portal, shown here with wind gusts and directions, has 60 layers of data the user can click on or turn off.

    The original version of nowCOAST, available since 2003, has provided the public with information on the latest observed and predicted coastal weather, marine weather, and oceanographic and river conditions. The updated map viewer allows users to animate observations for the past four hours and forecasts for the next seven days.

    The new version also adds significant data from NOAA’s National Ocean Service and National Weather Service, including watches, warnings and advisories for hazardous marine weather conditions, even far offshore. It also provides near-real-time lightning strike density data for land and over water, and hydrologic conditions and predictions from ocean forecast models.

    “The new time-enabled map services go beyond traditional navigation uses,” said Luis Cano, director of the NWS dissemination office. “For instance, during coastal storms, emergency managers are now able to overlay National Weather Service watches, warnings, and forecast products on top of critical infrastructure and evacuation maps, for better response.”

    NowCOAST is an ArcGIS-based web mapping application developed by the Office of Coast Survey’s Coast Survey Development Laboratory, with technical assistance and IT support from National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

    NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our other social media channels.

  • Ports to Visit on the Southeast Coast

    Skipper Hoff is responding to a reader’s earlier inquiry about ports to visit on the east coasts of Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas. There are great suggestions here.

    Regarding other locations – we have only stayed at Marathon overnight so can’t really say much about it. We have spent more time at Islamorada, Key Largo and Biscayne Bay, almost always at anchor. We tend to like either remote (Biscayne Bay, Dry Tortugas, etc.) or interesting cities (Key West) – but that is our preference. Biscayne Bay is a place we like to hang out at anchor – swimming, kayaking, walking the beach, etc.

    As you head north we time a stop at West Palm Beach for their Farmers’ Market – one of the best, if not the best, on the east coast and my wife has made me stop at all of them from Maine to Key West. They have a large free day dock we spend all day at then move a couple 100 feet off to anchor for the night – all the benefits of a marina with none of the cost. Let me know if you plan to stop there and I can give you further advice since the peak current can be strong.

    Downtown Ft. Lauderdale (New River) is also an interesting spot – a world away from relaxing in the Keys but interesting to see 100+ foot yachts go by one after another. Good restaurants, interesting people watching, reasonable dockage, etc.. Easy spot to have people arrive and depart from since the airport is very close by.

    If at all possible we try to run outside from Ft. Lauderdale to Lake Worth (just north of West Palm). Otherwise along the ICW there are bridges, bridges and more bridges – plus some crazy boaters. Combine these and it doesn’t make for the most enjoyable travel. However the benefit of inside along the ICW is looking at the huge houses with their 100+ ft yachts docked outside.

    You will probably leave from Lake Worth to cross to the Bahamas. This is where the weather is most important – don’t even consider it with any form for NE wind the day you go or during the previous few days. A few years ago I helped a friend bring a brand new 69 ft Nordhavn back after their maiden voyage crossing in 25 kt NE winds. He said it tossed the 250,000 lb boat around like a cork plus stood it on end a few times – he said they were never sicker in their lives (very experienced boaters having taken a 55 ft Nordhavn all the way to Alaska and back around to New England). His wife wouldn’t do the return crossing so I helped him. Last time I crossed with my Fleming we waited five days for good weather and finally went in what we thought would be ok weather – ended up with 15+ footers out the Gulf Stream – not fun. On the other hand my return crossing on the Nordhavn was ~1 footers – all depends on the day.

    We have only spent time at West End in the northern Bahamas so I can’t say anything about the Abacos. We have spent an entire winter in the southern Bahamas and enjoyed it.

    Hope you find this helpful.


  • Trawler Skipper Requesting Navigation Route, Naples to Key West

    Skipper Crenshaw is seeking advice on the run from Naples to Key West. If you have experience in these waters, let us hear from you.

    We hope to do our first trip from Naples , Florida to Key West. We will depart from Naples at end of December. We are not comfortable too far out in gulf and we do not mind making in two day trip with one overnite preferably in marina. We have 42 trawler with 4 foot draft . We cannot seem to select best track.
    Can you help with some suggestion tracks/paths down west coast side?
    Bob Crenshaw
    Sea Path Marina
    Wrightsville Beach, NC

  • Five Day Closure of the FEC RR Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville, FL, December 7-11, 10/8/2015

    This cantankerous railway bridge in the heart of Jacksonville has been a source of navigation headaches of boaters for some time and this closure will effect cruisers wishing to explore the St. Johns River upstream of Jacksonville. With a closed vertical clearance of ONLY 5ft, the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge crosses the St. Johns immediately west of the Acosta Bridge.

    The Coast Guard will allow the FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. on December 7 through 5:00 p.m. on December 11, 2015, for repairs. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. Chart: 11491 LNM 40/15

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

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