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Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Port 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.Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comInternational  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 aThe 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
910-457-7380 Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589910-269-2380 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. The 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. Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop programBoat U.S.
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  • Good Review of Crystal Cove Marina, St. Johns River, north of Palatka

    Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this thorough review of Crystal Cove Marina which lies on the western banks of the St. Johns River with a well marked entrance channel.

    Laid back with Southern hospitality. Don the dockmaster could not be more helpful. The crew is very nice Jerry and Billy handled the lines and met us late Sunday. We stayed the week, very quiet. There is a pool we did not try due to the weather. Restrooms showers, etc all here. Old docks but safe. Easy approach with 5-6 ft depths. Very little current or tide. The electrical was good and the wifi worked for us to watch movies. Rental car from enterprise. Gas on site. Diesel by truck. Town is a few miles to shopping center. $5.00 a ft is quoted price for a month. Pets welcome. Lots of liveaboards. The 45 slips were full when we got there. They rent pontoon boats and the boat ramp is used by fishermen. One restaurant at hotel was closed for renovation, A Grill Cafe is open, Hotel onsite with laundry. The grounds are kept up clean. We will be back!
    Sonny Reeves

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Crystal Cove Marina

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  • St. Augustine Cruisers’ Shuttle Service Launched, AICW Statute Mile 778

    Port of Call, St. AugustineWhat a great service! Thank you Port of Call St. Augustine, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! As you take advantage of this new convenience, send us a review. St. Augustine City Marina overlooks the western shoreline, just south of the Bridge of Lions and Hidden Harbor Marina lies on the western shores of the San Sebastian River, northwest of marker #37.

    Port of Call St Augustine has launched their new Cruisers’ Shuttle servicing Mariners at the City Municipal and Hidden Harbor Marinas. The current schedule will transport visitors to all the necessary provisioning spots and watering holes.
    Clean and efficient transportation at a great price has finally arrived. Five dollars will buy you an all- day pass and Albert, the extraordinary bus driver, makes every effort to be sure your provisioning is complete. Our Shuttle is designed to meet every requirement of the transient mariner. For example, the West Route can accommodate your propane tanks with the best price in town on refills. As far as purchasing supplies, there is no such thing as buying too much. The back of the Shuttle is designed to stack and carry all the groceries and supplies you can stand to buy. Our eight passenger Scuttle bus will tie up any loose ends with the 10 am Scuttle Run which handles everything from clearing Customs to supply deliveries from the local chandleries. Special handling can be arranged through our office if you call ahead. Tune into the local Cruisers Net Radio at
    9am VHF CH 72 for daily information or go to our website for the latest information on the Shuttle schedule.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Augustine City Marina

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hidden Harbor Marina

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  • New Buoy for Divers

    As described by Sue Cocking in the article below from the Miami Herald, a new buoy is now available to be used in lieu of the traditional diver down red flag. Keep a watch for these new buoys and do not approach.

    A new safety device for divers, boaters
    By Sue Cocking -
    02/28/2015 4:16 PM

    As a 31-year veteran officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and its predecessor agency the Florida Marine Patrol, Dave Bingham has handled more than his share of cases of boats striking divers.

    During recent lobster miniseasons, Bingham has stepped up enforcement of laws requiring boaters to stay away from divers and divers to display the standard diver-down flag (red with a diagonal white stripe) while in the water.

    But the accidents continue, such as last summer’s well-publicized case of lobster diver Adrian Winchell, who was injured by a hit-and-run boater off Hollywood despite displaying the required flag.


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  • More on Groundings at AICW/Browns Inlet intersection, Statute Mile 237

    With the reported groundings and marker confusion at this intersection (, it is definitely wise to follow the advice given below by Skipper Brass: “pay close attention to the charts and keep a watchful eye out for the markers – particularly the floating ones – instead of following the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW”  -  just as SSECN has advised by many months!

    From a January 19 Navigation Alert:

    On Saturday January 17, we experienced a hard grounding with bent shafts (2) and destroyed props (2) at this location. Knew about previous reports but marks were not where the deep water was. Strong current must have moved them. We are now on the hard waiting for shafts and props.
    Shame that this continuing problem is not addressed Our current bill is $26,000 to be removed back from the bar, and about $80,000 for shaft abd prop repairs! Navigation marks are not maintained!
    Douglas Jemal

    Just happens that I may have been the next boat to pass the location of this grounding. At 10:20 AM on 17 January, I was delivering a boat to Charleston and came up on a large powerboat stopped in the middle of the ICW at 34-35.847N, 077-14.568W. The stopped boat had passed us a few miles further North, headed southbound at around 20 knots.
    As I approached the spot, SeaTow came up and began setting up to unground the boat. It seemed to me that the boat had been on course directly from R60 to G63, which are the prominent daymarks before and after the inlet, and from the appearance of things the boat had been traveling pretty fast.
    This is a traditional problem area in the ICW, and both my Active Captain software and the Garmin plotter on the boat I was delivering sounded alarms for the hazard.
    Floating marks G61A and R62 were both in the location shown on my chart software, which is well over to the north side of the waterway (Starboard if you are heading south) and only about 75-100 feet from the shore. Made me quite nervous as we went by, but we saw 8 to 9 feet of depth in the channel at about an hour before local low tide.
    Object lesson is: pay close attention to the charts and keep a watchful eye out for the markers – particularly the floating ones – instead of following the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW.
    Rick Brass

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

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  • Charlotte Harbor Events, Week of March 2, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    Winter celebrations continue in Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River, and you are sure to find plenty to do on the list of events below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, there is always something special to do!


    For listing of all events, go to:
    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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  • AIWA Winter Newsletter

    Because these are our home waters, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET is especially proud to be a member of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association and of supporting their invaluable work. If you are a cruiser of “The Ditch” you will want to join in support of the AIWA.


  • Sunken Barge Closes Fort Pierce Inlet, off AICW Statute Mile 966

    The inlet remains closed and the exact location of the sunken barge is not yet available from the Fort Pierce USCG, but a CG vessel is currently on location diverting traffic to inlets north and south of Fort Pierce. This report is from TCPalm and this alert is brought to you by Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!


    Update 2/28

    On Thursday, the inlet was opened to smaller vessels with a 6-foot draft, but a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said Friday the contractor working on the project might have to bring a boat from Mobile, Alabama, to hoist up the barge wreckage.

    UPDATE 2/26
    FORT PIERCE — The Army Corps of Engineers has hired an international marine salvage firm to work as quickly as possible on removing a sunken barge blocking the Fort Pierce Inlet.
    “It’s an emergency,” Army Corps spokeswoman Susan Jackson said of hiring Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale, overnight Wednesday night. The company worked with the oil rig fire and spill in the Gulf of Mexico and with the recovery of the passenger ship Concordia off Italy.
    Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said it is too early to say when the federal navigation channel at Fort Pierce Inlet will be reopened.

    FORT PIERCE — While federal officials continue looking into how to remove a barge that sank in the heavily used Fort Pierce Inlet, boaters are being diverted 20 miles north or south to other ocean inlets, according to Coast Guard officials.
    The 100-foot by 40-foot barge broke up and sank Tuesday, claiming the life of a man who lived in a cabin on it. The barge went down in the middle of the ship channel, about 100 yards inside the end of the ocean jetties.
    That was in 40 feet of water, but the wreckage — including the cabin and other gear — could be as close as 10 feet from the surface, officials said.
    Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said it is too early to say when the Fort Pierce Inlet will be reopened. A team from the Army Corps of Engineers is to be at the inlet today to help out.
    The hundreds of boats that regularly use the inlet are being diverted either to the Sebastian Inlet near Sebastian or to the St. Lucie Inlet in Stuart. However ships at the Coast Guard Station, at the Fort Pierce Inlet, can still get out if need be.
    At the Indian River Terminal, the closure is delaying deployment of a dredge into the ocean to help with renourishing beaches south of the inlet, said terminal spokesman Ken Roberts.
    It also could delay the arrival of a barge through the inlet that’s coming in for repairs Friday.
    “Can I put a number on economic impact, no,” said city of Fort Pierce Marina Director Dean Kubitschek. “It is having an effect on commercial charter boat operations and marinas.”
    The barge was being towed along the coast from Key Biscayne to Georgia. When it began taking on water, it diverted into the Fort Pierce Inlet, ran into strong tides and sank.

    FORT PIERCE — The Fort Pierce Inlet is closed Wednesday after a barge that was being towed sunk early Tuesday evening in the inlet, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
    Fireman Mark Umphrey with the Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce said as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the inlet is closed and that boats can’t go in or out.
    Fishing charter operators were turned back Wednesday morning. Capt. Tris Colket of Last Mango charters said the Fort Pierce Police Department Marine Unit turned 21 boats around Wednesday morning.
    Umphrey did not know when the inlet would reopen.
    The barge began sinking about 6:30 or 7 p.m. Tuesday, as it was being towed by a tug named the Main Office, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
    Rios said the Coast Guard sent boats and a helicopter, and recovered one person and a dog out of the water. The Coast Guard continued looking for a second person. The condition of that person wasn’t clear.
    Rios said the barge already was submerged when Coast Guard officials arrived.
    Catherine Chaney, St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman, said rescue crews treated a man in his late 50s at the Coast Guard station, but she said he declined to be taken to a hospital.
    Rios, based in Miami, said officials used markers to designate the location of the submerged barge and alert others to the hazard to navigation.
    Rios could provide little other information, such as the origin or destination of the vessels.
    Staff writer Ed Killer contributed to this report.

    FORT PIERCE — Two people and a dog were rescued from a sinking barge by U.S. Coast Guard crews Tuesday near the Fort Pierce Inlet.
    Coast Guard crews went to the mouth of inlet after 6:30 p.m., said spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
    Markers have been around the sunken barge to help prevent boaters from hitting it.
    One person was missing and later found by the Coast Guard. The person was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in critical condition.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Fort Pierce Inlet

  • Key West Bight Channel Light Destroyed, Key West Waterfront

    Key West Bight Channel parallels the Key West waterfront and Light 2 marks the southeast dockside of the channel.

    Key West Bight Channel Light 2 (LLNR 14975) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile pose a hazard to navigation and are marked with a TRLB WR2, Fl Q R characteristics. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11447 LNM: 08/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Key West Waterfront

  • Upcoming Community Events in Historic Edenton, NC, Western 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 and March and April will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!



    March Highlights
    Art * Music * Woman’s History & Theater
    As spring approaches, we have an array of daily touring opportunities from the Historic Edenton State Historic Site and the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center. In celebration of Woman’s History Month, Womens History Trolley Tours will be featured Tuesday – Saturdays at 3:30 pm.

    Friday Night Music at the Coffee House and Art Exhibit Opening Receptions welcome everyone.

    Mark Your Calendars For April Celebrations
    Touring * Dancing * Music * Fishing & Yoga
    A very special month in Edenton with an Easter Event at the Penelope Barker House – pictures with an 18th Century Bunny for little ones and those a little older.

    Historic Edenton Pilgrimage Tour featuring homes over 100 years old and NC’s oldest (1718) open for touring. Tickets for this event may be purchased on-line at Pilgrimage Tickets. For those that love to dance in the street, Boogie on Broad with The Embers and Brews by the Bay will be back for a second year.

    New on the horizon will be Music by the Bay on the Penelope Barker House Lawn on the 3rd Sunday of the month April – September so time to get out and enjoy on and off the water activities with fishing, kayaking and cruising making April a favorite time to visit.

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

  • Death in Sunken Barge Incident, Fort Pierce Inlet, off AICW Statute Mile 966

    Fort Pierce Inlet remains closed to navigation. See for the events related to this tragic death.

    Death in Fort Pierce Inlet prompts establishment of safety zone

     2:31 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 | Filed in: Treasure Coast

    The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone in the Fort Pierce Inlet after a person died in the water Tuesday, according to a news release.
    Coast Guard officials responded to the waterway Tuesday for reports of a sinking barge. They rescued three people and a dog, but one person was found dead. He has not been identified.
    The safety zone restricts the following:
    •passing and overtaking other transiting vessels
    There is no timetable for when the inlet will fully re-open.

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