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Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442The 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.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 aGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Our 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.One look at a Kadey-Krogen Yacht and your cruising spirit awakens. And no wonder — every element of the new generation of Kadey-Krogen trawler yachts speaks of confidence and freedom. Our exclusive Pu
Boat U.S.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. The Pilot House Marina is located on secluded Lake Largo just minutes from downtown Key Largo. This choice location borders on John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, an underwater park famous among snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.910-457-7380The 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. 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 Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589
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  • 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
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  • 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

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Midtown Tunnel

  • Pearl Harbor Commemoration, December 7, Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda

    Once again, Fishermen’s Village is setting the standard for community involvement. They are so much more than just a marina! And, naturally, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!


    The 73rd Anniversary of the attack on the military bases in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawaii is only weeks away. Southwest Florida is blessed with having several of these former Servicemen living in this area.

    The Marine Corps League of Charlotte County, in association with the Charlotte County Veterans Council, is again hosting a ceremony at Fishermen’s Village at 5 pm on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 to honor these survivors.

    So far, several will be honored. We sincerely believe that this will be one of the largest ceremonies of this type in the southeast area of our great country. This service will have a firing squad, taps, and the wreath ceremony will be conducted by members of the Marine Corps League and the Pearl Harbor Survivors. Music will be provided by Barb Mendillo on keyboard.

    Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at Fishermen’s Village Center Court. For more information, contact:
    Hank Mastowski, Ceremonies Chairman, Marine Corps League, Charlotte County Detachment #756 , 941 764-8286.

    Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda.

    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

  • Christmas Dinner at Jekyll Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 684.5

    Now this is my kind of place! Not only a Christmas Day dinner for transients, but FREE BEER every Thursday night! Jekyll Harbor is, of course, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Our thanks to Skipper Reeves who keeps us always up to date on everything Jekyll.

    Here at Jekyll Island Marina the face dock has been full of cruisers heading South. The Marina has two new golf carts for boaters to use to visit the island. 10 new bicycles are available for guests to bike the new boardwalks over the marsh and around the island on over 26 miles of bike trails that begin at the Marina parking lot. The hot tub is still hot for November! The showers have been totally redone and are kept spotless for cruisers to use. The laundry has new washers and dryers with it’s renovation. Dockmaster Scott Todd is planning a Christmas dinner for cruisers and local boaters on Dec 25. The onsite restaurant has a new owner, chef and name, it is now 685 Seafood and promises all seafood will be local with Wild Georgia Shrimp served daily fresh off the boat. The new owner provides Thursday night floats with Free Beer for boaters! The weekends from Thursday to Sunday offer the best in Island music.
    Sonny Reeves


    View from porch deck of 685 Seafood,


    Golf Carts


    Wreck of 1850s steam ferry on Driftwood Beach


    Sunset from the JHM docks

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

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

  • Christmas Parade and Battle of Great Bridge, December 6, 2014, AICW Statute Mile 12

    This Revolutionary War Re-enactment coincides with the Annual Christmas Parade and the closing of Great Bridge Bridge from 4PM to 9PM, see A perfect time to tie up at Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! located directly on the path of the Waterway immediately south of the Great Bridge Lock.

    Battle of Great Bridge
    Day: Saturday, December 6, 2014
    Times: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Location: Battlefield Park South
    Address: 120 Reservation Road, Chesapeake, VA
    Inclement Weather Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Battle of Great Bridge
    This one-day event is held the first Saturday of December at the Great Bridge Bridge, which is the original site of the Battle of Great Bridge on December 9, 1775. Step back in time with us.
    The event features re-enactments of two pivotal Revolutionary War battles: the Battle at Kemps Landing and the Battle of Great Bridge. The event also features Revolutionary War encampments, demonstrations, character portrayals, camp life, historical displays and lectures, skilled artisans demonstrating early American trades, and children’s crafts and activities.
    Event is FREE to the Public.
    Concessions available for purchase.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s NC-VA Bridge Directory Listing For Great Bridge Lock

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

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Atlantic Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Atlantic Yacht Basin

  • ARC Caribbean Completed, 11/17/2014

    For all our sailing friends: the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is an annual Atlantic sailing event for cruiser yachts held since 1986. The ARC Caribbean 1500 fleet sails from Portsmouth, VA at the mouth the Chesapeake Bay to Nanny Cay on Tortola. Follow the fleet via the website links below…and dream a little!

    Hey Winston…. Results are in…. After much “discussion” about the virtue of a race versus a rally…. The results were announced on Saturday afternoon. CORSAIR participated in Class A with 12 other boats. Corsair was second in her class after adjusting for motoring times. Cricket Clifton, the only woman aboard, won for the “biggest bruise”. (photos of that are available but not included in this post…) Lastly, and most importantly, the “Spirit of the Caribbean 1500 Race” was also awarded to CORSAIR!! This exemplifies the one boat that is best at sailing, preparation, seamanship, and camaraderie . We are very proud of them.
    We are off to explore the BVIs today. I’ll try to stay in touch. Stay warm our in Colorado!! Thanks for following and highlighting Corsair on the Cruiser’s Net Website. Be well.

    Tom Rose, owner and Captain of Corsair

    Tom Rose, owner and Captain of Corsair

    ARC Caribbean 1500 & ARC Bahamas- follow the fleet

    I am sure everyone at home is excited to follow your progress while at sea. It looks like the boats are getting ready but somehow the “to do list” has been growing every day! Remember that the biggest memories you will have is the people you meet so make sure you take the time to get to know your neighbor’s and have some fun!

    Follow the fleet on our website
    You can follow the fleet by going to our website – there is one site for the ARC Caribbean 1500 rally and one for the ARC Bahamas rally.

    The crew finished the many miles from the Chesapeake Bay to Tortola… Looks like they are happy to be in Nanny Cay. More than 10 boats have yet to arrive due to extremely variable and sometimes non-existent winds.. Thanks for your support and good cheer.


    Hi All, We have 654 nm to go to the finish line. It was a busy night. The AIS function on all the boats out here is acting crazy. Coast Guard warned mariners that the recent huge solar flare was causing problems with the AIS systems. not a real problem here, just annoying. We had some heavy rain squalls that killed the wind and we had to motor another 4 hours. Next the bilge pump started cycling way to often. Discovered salt walter was getting in the boat. After an hour of work at 04:00 last night we found the source was the anchor locker. The bilge pump in there was off, we had taken so much water over the bow the locker was filling and this was slowly leaking into the main bilge. All is well now, we are celebrating passing the half way point with rum cake for lunch.
    Love Tom or Dad

    Couldn’t resist sharing the latest from CORSAIR…. Looks like they caught a big 30 pound mahi mahi, but lost 45 minutes from the race!! Sure looks beautiful. This is Colin Curtis, one of the capable crew. Hopefully, the weather will hold. Anne was trying to post the photo on the CORSAIR Facebook page. We wish them well…

    We continue to make progress though it is painfully slow. We did manage to sail for about 90 minutes around and through a local squall line. We are going to continue a little more easterly until about 11 pm then we will set a course direct to Tortola. At the turn we will have about 425 miles to the finish if we do not have to tack later. Everyone had a quick shower today, spirits are up and we smell a lot better. Cricket is making us a chicken dish and fresh asparagus for dinner. We have chilled a bottle of white wine and will enjoy a movie after dinner. We feel bad for some of the smaller boats that are really far behind. There will probably be some very late finishes. Since we started a day late all the parties at Nanny will be a day late. Love to all from the crew.
    Thomas Rose S/V Corsair


    ARC Caribbean 1500 website:
    ARC Bahamas website:

    On the website, you will find a lot of links on the left hand side.
    Entry list: see a list of all boats in the fleet, including the owner, type of boat and where they are from.
    Fleet Viewer : All boats will be fitted with a GPS tracker – this is where you can follow their progress south. The fleet viewer will be activated Saturday November 1st.
    News: rally news will be updated regularly during the event, both in port and at sea.
    Gallery: Check out some fun photos from the event
    Logs: Read the blogs from the boats during their preparations and under way. You can read them all, or choose a specific boat on the scroll down menu (the boat name will only show up if they have posted a blog). If you cant see a blog from your friends, encourage them to start blogging!
    Weather: Read the same weather as the boats will get sent to them while at sea.
    ‘YB races’ app for smartphones
    If you have a smartphone, you can download the ‘YB Races’ app and follow the fleet south via their GPS tracker. The app itself is free, but to buy the “ARC Caribbean 1500 race”, you have to spend a few dollars. You can download the app already today, but the rally will only be available a few days before the start.

    Follow the rallies on Facebook
    Facebook will be updated regularly with pictures and stories – make sure you ‘like’ us to get the latest updates!

    This is the crew and captain of CORSAIR one of the participants in the Caribbean 1500. Tom Dugan is far left in yellow and the boats owner and captain is next to him in red jacket, Tom Rose. They all hail from the Palmetto, FL area.
    The CORSAIR Crew was bundled up and ready to set sail. The race started today at noon. I’ll try to keep updates coming. Check out the CORSIAR Facebook page and the website Carribbean 1500.



    Winston Fowler

  • Five-Year Study on Florida’s Red Tide

    Here is an interesting article on red tide which had a recent bloom in the Big Bend region of the Gulf, see


    FWC, partners unlock some mysteries behind red tide in 5-year study

    Last month, researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) published new findings on Florida’s red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in a special issue of the scientific journal Harmful Algae. This publication is the culmination of an unprecedented collaboration on red tide research in the Gulf of Mexico led by the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    For more on this study, go to:


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