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Posted by Claiborne Young

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A Sampling of HOT NEWS For the Cruising Community Appears Below - Check Out the Vertically Stacked, Red Menus On the Right For More Detailed Info

Yellow Background Articles Below Are Navigation Alert Postings

Light Blue Background Articles Below Are Concerned with "AICW Problem Stretches"

“Danger Shoal” Marker Missing, Port Everglades Inlet Channel, near AICW Statute Mile 1066

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-16-2014

Port Everglades Entrance Channel - Click for Chartview

Port Everglades Entrance Channel – Click for Chartview

This missing Danger Shoal warning is on the south side of the Port Everglades Inlet channel and marks a Submerged Breakwater.

Port Everglades Spoil Bank East DBN (LLNR 805) is reported missing both daymarks worded “Danger Shoal”. The aid is a steel pile which can pose as a hazard to navigation. Particular attention and extreme caution is advised.
Chart 11466 LNM: 15/14

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Washington, NC’s Saturday Market Opens April 19th, Pamlico River, off the AICW

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-15-2014

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

Washington City Docks – Click for Chartview

Washington, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is one of the most delightful ports of call on the North Carolina coastline. The town is located off the direct path of the AICW, but it’s usually a pleasant 30 mile cruise upstream on Pamlico River from the Waterway’s passage across this body of water to the Washington City Docks.
These delightful Saturday Markets run through October 11th and offer fresh produce and local seafood, as well as an artisan fair of crafts and artwork. The Market operates from 8AM to Noon and is located near the Washington City Docks.

For full details go to:


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

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Advice on Shoaling in Longboat Pass, near Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 85.

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-14-2014

Longboat Pass - Click for Chartview

Longboat Pass – Click for Chartview

Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. The shoaling described is in the Longboat Pass channel, not the intersection with the Waterway. SSECN posted a Navigation Alert for this area in 2013:

Shoal exists across the entire channel of Longboat Pass reaching a minimum depth of 4 feet. Shoal begins at Longboat Pass DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) and continues to Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11425 LNM 14/14

Claiborne, this is not a reply to your topics, but report on the gulf side entrance to longboat key bridge [Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge]. Stay away from the first green day marker. keep to the south and head for the first red and second green. once your through them it’s a straight shot to the bridge. If it is a sunny day and the water is clear, you can see the shallows by the first green. Another bit of advice is to not come out if the wind is piping up to 30 knots and anywhere from the southeast to the north west. The swells or waves can be rather large and the depth is not the best. If you draw over 5 feet, you most likely bump on the low part of the swells or waves. I went in and came out last week, quite an experience.

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REMINDER: Northern Mouth of Alligator River, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 81

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-14-2014

A reminder to everyone that the location of markers through this stretch does not coincide with older charts or with the Magenta line. Our oft repeated advice: follow the markers, not the Magenta line! Smaller buoys are often difficult to spot and require a reduction in speed and a sharp lookout!
For more comments on the area, see and and

Temporary floating red buoy! Didn’t go aground but S/V ahead of us did! Slow and easy!

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the North Mouth of Alligator River

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WARNING: More Tender Woes at Little River Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 347, Myrtle Beach, SC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-12-2014

Little River Swing Bridge – Click for Chartview

With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, Little River Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 347 just north of the Marina at Dock Holidays.

Susan and Tom Constantine phoned SSECN today to relate another incident of the bridge tender at Little River Swing Bridge refusing to open, creating a dangerous situation and resulting in damaged steering gear on their vessel. The owner of this bridge was contacted in August of 2013 with complaints about the unprofessional and inconsiderate behavior of the tender. ( Whether the tender was the same person in both cases, we do not know, but the Constantines can certainly verify the risk to which a vessel is exposed when ignored by a tender. This is an “On Demand” opening bridge.
On April 11, the Constantines were approaching Little River Swing Bridge from the south in a 50ft trawler, motoring with a swift current and following wind. They were within sight of the bridge in open position and requested that the tender hold the opening so they could pass through safely with the current. The tender refused to hold the bridge open, then made the trawler wait 25 minutes fighting current and wind. The Waterway is narrow and rock lined at that point and, in attempting to turn 180 degrees against the current, the trawler struck a submerged object and bent the starboard rudder.
The Constantines have contacted several South Carolina departments and the USCG and have asked SSECN to warn spring migration cruisers of a potentially dangerous situation at this bridge. This posting will be forwarded to Officer Michael Lieberum, Seventh Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, Chief of Operations Section.
If you have experienced such unprofessional behavior at this particular bridge, please let us hear from you! As you can read from some of the comments below, not everyone has met with discourtesy from the tenders at Little River Swing Bridge.

We ask our fellow cruisers to please notify Larry Dorminy at SSECN if you heard any of our VHF 09 transmission to the bridge tender on 4/11/2014, at approx. 1045, regarding the opening of this bridge.
If any other cruisers/boaters have had issues with this bridge, we ask that you please notify SSECN. This situation needs immediate attention before someone is seriously injured, or worse.
Talking with the locals at the marina at which we are hauled out for repairs, problems with this bridge tender’s attitude, and his denial of requests for openings is well known. Safe and happy cruising.
Susan and Tom Constantine

We had a similar problem with the bridge tender on October 8, 2012. We requested the bridge to open, the tender at first did not answer, after repeated calls the tender finally answered. Since we were a small boat (22 C-Dory) the tender wanted us to come up to the bridge and determine if we could get under without opening. We were headed south with a swift current towards the bridge so I did not want to approach close to the bridge without it open. I knew I could get under if I took down the antenna and anchor light. So that is what we did and proceeded with the bridge closed. I did not think was the safest approach, dismantling the boat to go under a bridge while underway, however I did not want to continue discussing this with the tender.
Richard Clagett

This post is concerning. My home port is Lightkeepers Marina in Little River. I have been back and forth thru LR Swing countless times over the past 13 years while there. I have simply never had issues with LR Swing. In contrast, I have always said to other cruisers that LRS is one of the most accomadating bridges on the ICW. The tenders are always very accomadating, super polite, for me and I can never remember waiting more than a few minutes. Sorry for your experience.
John Beaver

We have cruised through the Little River Swing Bridge many, many times north and southbound and it has always been pleasant passage. Sunday, April 13, 2014 being the latest passage. There have also been times when i have heard Boaters not being so pleasant with the Bridge Tenders causing them to get a little agitated with the Boater. A “10″ for the Little River Swing Bridge. Keep up the good work.
The “Fire Dog” & Crew
Raymond W Smith

This is not to defend slow or sloppy bridge tenders, and we all have had our share of them. However, at least in the case of the C-Dory he may have been right.
In my annual migrations I have had a few tenders get me what I considered too close, but all in all they seem to have gotten better over the years. I have never liked approaching a bridge with the current behind me and make it a point to stay well back until the tender calls me up to go through.
Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters
Subpart A—General Requirements
§117.11 Unnecessary opening of the draw.
No vessel owner or operator shall—
(a) Signal a drawbridge to open if the vertical clearance is sufficient to allow the vessel, after all lowerable nonstructural vessel appurtenances that are not essential to navigation have been lowered, to safely pass under the drawbridge in the closed position; or
(b) Signal a drawbridge to open for any purpose other than to pass through the drawbridge opening.
[CGD 91-059, 59 FR 16563, Apr. 7, 1994]
Jim Davis

Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Little River Swing Bridge

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More Discussion of Longer FEC RR Bridge Closures in Store for South Florida?

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-11-2014

Wow, here is a piece of sobering news from our “man on the scene” in Stuart, Florida, Captain Ted Guy. Ted is a maritime attorney and the past president of the Treasure Coast Marine Industries Association, and is unusually knowledgeable about all things nautical when it comes to Eastern Florida and the Okeechobee Waterway. Looks like we may all have more time to wait at railway bridges in Florida, starting in 2015!

Claiborne, my friend,
A local controversy has sprung up in the boating community about FEC adding 16 passenger trains each way each day to about ten or twelve freights each way each day, more than doubling the bridge closure down time per day. It will affect their drawbridges from Cocoa Beach to Miami. The new service starting in 2015 is called “All Aboard Florida”, although I’ve heard they may rename it. Check out .
W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

This is going to be a huge problem if it ever comes to completion. Some estimates say the bridge will be closed up to 75% of the time for train crossings.
In addition the bridge is beyond it’s end of life and the RR company (FEC) does not intend to replace it. A breakdown is very likely.
For more information, see the grass roots campaign at:
Paul Sears
Sailing Vessel “Aurora” currently in Palm City to the West of the RR bridge!

Vero Beach county officials are raising concerns about the impact of the All-Aboard Florida passenger rail service as outlined the article by Lisa Zahner linked here from

Report from Moore Haven City Dock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-10-2014

Moore Haven – Click for Chartview

Moore Haven City Dock, the first stop west of Lake Okeechobee, is located at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78, on the Moore Haven waterfront. This report comes to us from our good friends, Peg and Jim Healy.

The muni docks at Moore Haven are in good shape, have power and water, and are $1.00/ft. There is a good enough Mexican restaurant about 1/2 mile from the docks, but generally, Moore Haven has limited options. It’s a very convenient stop which we use and recommend.
Peg and Jim Healy

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Good Advice on Okeechobee Lake Route Approach to Clewiston, FL – Statute Miles 60-65

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-10-2014

Approach Channel - Click for Chartview

Approach Channel – Click for Chartview

The portion of the Okeechobee Waterway “Lake Route,” described below by the Healys is found between Statute Miles 60 to 65 and is charted as Approach Channel.

The one additional thing to highlight about the Lake crossing that I have not seen mentioned is that the area charted from Rocky Reef to Clewiston is a narrow channel exposed to whatever prevailing crosswinds are to be found on the lake. It is a man-made, dredged channel. The natural bottom is sandstone; hard, not soft, and so, the channel edges are also hard. The markers at the Lake end of the channel are further apart than the markers at the shore end. They can be hard to see depending on daylighting conditions. BE SURE YOU STAY IN THAT CHANNEL. DO NOT ALLOW THE BOAT TO GET PUSHED OUT OF THAT CHANNEL BY CROSSWINDS. Backsight to make sure you really are *in* that channel. Sandstone is soft rock, but it’s plenty hard enough to hurt bronze propellors and SS rudders and shafts.
Peg and Jim Healy

Excellent advice! We were in Roland Martins marina in Clewiston a couple years ago, and there was a brand new 54 foot trawler being delivered to a boat show on the face dock. The delivery captain just barely missed a turn in that channel, and took out both props, shafts, and rudders. I don’t even want to think about that yard bill!
Jonathan Gorham

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Missing AICW Aid to Navigation at Peck Lake, Statute Mile 992, April 10, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-10-2014

The missing light reported below in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, is supposed to lie on the east side of a narrow section of the AICW channel as it passes through the western reach of Peck Lake, a popular anchorage until recently when it became a staging area for dredge equipment, essentially blocking all anchor space. See
FLORIDA – AICW – PECK LAKE: Hazard to Navigation.
Peck Lake Light 19 (LLNR 46050) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB “WR19″, Fl Q G in position 27-06-51.983N/080-08-40.355W is 6 yards channelward of the destroyed LT. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 14/14

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Request for Information on National Park Service Docks in Ocracoke, Pamilco Sound, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-09-2014

Silver Lake - Click for Chartview

Silver Lake – Click for Chartview

The Ocracoke National Park Service Docks are on the northern shores of Silver Lake Harbor, just east of its entrance.

Would love to hear if anyone has stayed at the NPS dock in the past few months. We sailed to Ocracoke about a year ago and the NPS docks were covered in bird droppings and looked to be in disrepair. The fellow at the desk at the adjacent museum (or whatever that building is) wasn’t happy to be answering questions about it! So we just anchored that time, but would like more current information for an upcoming trip.
Kathrine Noel

I’m reporting in [from Ocracoke] that the NPS docks are closed and “under construction”. There is obvious construction on the sidewalks and there was a tiny sign saying the docks were closed. There is a new dingy dock that is very nice. We used it, though it’s behind the construction area, so it probably couldn’t be used during the work week. Had a delicious dinner at the Flying Melon. I did forget to say that the docks are supposed to be ready for service in May. We’ll see; I’m not confident!!
Headed to Belhaven tomorrow to wait out the yucky weather. Will post a review of that visit too!
Kathrine Noel

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Ocracoke National Park Service Docks

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