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  • Side Bar: Post Matthew Story

    The owner of Sunbury Crab Company in Brunswick, GA reports that the marina’s sign was damaged in pre-Matthew winds and a portion of the sign with their phone number was lost. Days later after Matthew, a phone call was received from a boater in Vero Beach FL who had found the broken sign part! Thanks to Carmen Salemno for relating this remarkable tale!

  • Post-Matthew Report from Cocoa Village Marina, Cocoa, FL, AICW Statute Mile 897

    Good to know these folks are okay, but note they are not taking reservations! Cocoa Village Marina occupies the mainland side of the Waterway, just north of the Cocoa bridge and only a few quick steps from the downtown Cocoa business district!

    Just wanted to let you know how we did here:
    The staff at the Cocoa Village Marina worked days in advance, preparing for Hurricane Matthew. We are presently in the damage identification process. Restoration of power, water and internet is underway. Availability of slips will be limited until the completion of dock damage. We are presently not taking reservations for the fourth quarter of 2016.
    Thanks, Ken

    10/17 9:45AM Just a quick heads up letting you know we are now able to take limited, daily rate transient business until further notice. Thanks,
    Ken Lunden

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Cocoa Village Marina

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

  • Photo and Blog from post-Matthew St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

    This report is from “Harts at Sea” a blog by Barb and EW Hart. St. Augustine is home to Inlet Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, which borders the eastern banks of the Waterway and which was extensively damaged by Matthew.

    First of all…the St. Augustine community, the cruisers, the marina staff, everyone we have met during the past year, and especially our friends have been outstanding post-Hurricane Matthew. Please note that this is a time of stress for pretty much everyone in this community, whether boater and non-boater. Read

    It is heart-breaking to walk down any city street to see most of a home’s belongings piled in the yard. Cars and homes were smashed by trees; sewer water flooded stores, restaurants, and homes; and boats broke free to crash into docks, on shore gazebos, other boats, bridges, and mangroves. One marina was nearly destroyed and St. Augustine City Marina has major damage. They are not accepting reservations for at least a few weeks.
    IMG_6201We are cheerful, optimistic, and helping each other. One of our favorite bars got up and running in two days, and is asking for Home Depot and Grocery Store Cards for their staff and clients who lost nearly everything. Another woman purchased cleaning and personal care products and made up 50 bags to give to those who need them. People are helping each other. Stew and I are certainly grateful every day for all the help we’ve received.

    Still, some people don’t get it.

    The first was a local boating lady who stood to one side and listened as I talked with David at the marina just after seeing our boat. David already knew La Luna’s location and was appropriately and sincerely concerned for us. I told him the boat was in great shape and we just had to figure out how to get her back in the water. As he walked away, the woman turned to me and said, with deep sympathy, “What kind of boat was she?” I was not in the mood. “She was and still is a Cheoy Lee designed by David Pedrick. And don’t talk about my boat in the past tense.”

    Oops. Guess she struck a nerve.

    The Facilities Manager of the Bayview Retirement Center where La Luna ran ashore kept making a joke about all his new boats and how he was going to put a rope around them. I was not pleased. After dropping our anchor to shore (a signal that she was being tended and not available for salvage) we learned that Florida actually has a law that prevents others from claiming your boat for salvage. (First Florida boating law I’ve liked.)

    Gawkers have wandered down to the waterfront and usually joke a bit before they realize it is our home they find so droll. I pretty much handle that just fine. The St. Augustine Police Department has been amazing, first going out in a vessel the day after the storm to seek lost boats. They came to us during our first visit to La Luna, moved close enough to read her name and converse with us, and offered their condolences. They also made sure she was our boat and took our contact information. Other police officers have stopped by to check on us and the boats. Last I heard, the SA PD found 29 boats and posted their names and coordinates on Facebook so the owners could find them.

    EW and I love the Coast Guard. I have two wonderful, brilliant, and accomplished nephews who have made their careers with the Coast Guard, and we have met many other members of their force in our travels. My recent favorite was the CG plane who flew over us on our way up from Panama and who contacted us. Sure, he was probably trying to determine if we were drug runners, but we had a delightful conversation.

    Unfortunately, communication skills were lacking in the CG crew who showed up in a truck when EW was aboard La Luna. Like the SAPD they came within speaking distance and said, “Are you leaking oil or gas?” That was it. No, “Good morning, Captain, is this your boat?” No, “I’m very sorry to see this.” No nothing. EW answered in kind. “No, we are not, but frankly that is not my first concern.” They left.

    Now that the storm is over, some folks who weren’t affected want things to get back to normal pretty darn quick. There have been Facebook rants by area venues asking the public to give them a break. Evidently, some folks are ticked that the free concerts held on St. Augustine Beach have been suspended.

    Really? That’s a problem for you? The person who posted the rant suggested that everyone worried about their fun take a measuring tape out to four feet and make a mark around every room on the ground floor of their home. Now imagine all of that stuff wet with sewer water. Get over yourself.

    The lovely catamaran we are now guests aboard is on the north dock which has no power so EW and I are currently onshore charging all electronic devices while I write a couple of posts. This vantage point lets us listen to David Morehead respond to the calls from folks who are anxious to start their cruising adventure and want to include the beautiful city of St. Augustine. Some of them have been rather insistent that David provide them with a mooring or slip. At least one implied that there weren’t a lot of options nearby, and David suggested he check online to see the area damaged and why there were few options.

    And for those of you who love music, don’t mind the smoke, and have a place in your heart for the Trade Winds—The Oldest City’s Oldest Bar—they will rise again. When we walked past two days ago, a crew of bar staff, patrons, and friends were removing everything from the bar and dismantling the stages. Already there are Black and Decker Workmate Benches on the sidewalk where soaked plywood had been stacked. We will soon listen once again to “Those Guys”, and Joe and Rusty, and Dewy Via, in St. Augustine’s iconic bar.

    Give us some time, people. Some restaurants and stores have re-opened. Enjoy those and wait patiently for others. More importantly, there are people who have lost everything or nearly everything. If you can, help them. We have lost nothing except water under the keel. Just like the Mary Ellen Carter, La Luna will sail again. In the meantime, treat those of us in St. Augustine, Flagler, and points north with a bit of sensitivity. We have maintained our sense of humor, but some things just cut a bit too close to the bone.

    In closing, I will resurrect a comment the musician Fond Kiser made when we were discussing our first year in St. Augustine. He had just moved back here from Austin when Hermine joined us. I mentioned that we had arrived in time for the area’s coldest winter in years, hottest summer on record, and now a potential hit from a hurricane in an area known for being safe. “Hmm,” said Fond in his charming accent. “The city may want to take up a collection to pay to have you move out of town.” After Hurricane Matthew, they may want to consider his suggestion.

    NOTE: The link above for the Mary Ellen Carter was performed by Stan Rogers, who wrote it. We learned it from Maine’s Schooner Fare and I have to share that version out of loyalty. (And because I raised a stein many, many times as I belted out “Rise Again! Rise Again! Let her name not be lost to the knowledge of men.”

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Inlet Marina HURRICANE DAMAGE AND CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

  • Fernandina Harbor Marina Closed, AICW Statute Mile 716, 10/13/16

    Fernandina Harbor Marina is closed. No dockage, no mooring field and no fuel. Their answering machine message gives no projected re-opening date. Fernandina Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, that puts you right in the heart of the many wonderful things to do and see in this special port. Many cruisers are going to be disappointed. Our thanks to Wally Moran for this alert!

    From their website:
    October 12, 2016 – Transient Season Questionable Read More!

    October 13th, 2016
    To all mariners, Fernandina Harbor Marina is closed at this time. Other plans should be made for a stopping point for your travels. Our Breakwater/Outside dock, mooring field, transient dockage, fuel sales, store sales and pump out services are closed. We do not know when the marina will be back up and in full service but will use this media to keep you up to date. We wish all our customers safe travels and hope to be ready for your next trip.
    October 11, 2016 – Long Term Boaters
    October 13th, 2016
    Prior to Hurricane Matthew, all long term boats were moved to the basin behind the breakwater dock. The breakwater dock did what it was designed to do; it took the brunt of the force and protected the marina basin and the boats located in the basin.
    The City of Fernandina Beach Maintenance staff was on site early Monday morning and to assess damages and to determine what repairs could be completed safely. At this time, the docks in the basin are functional but limited. We are able to provide dockage to our existing customers but no new vessels will be permitted.
    The fuel dock is closed.
    The pump out facilities are closed
    There is NO space available for short term, transient or dingy dockage. Please help in spreading the word to other boaters that the boat ramp is closed and it has not been determined when it will reopen.
    AGAIN, there is room for our existing customers and no new customers will be allowed until repairs are complete.
    Please check back here as information will be posted as it becomes available.
    October 11, 2016 – Marina Closed
    October 13th, 2016
    Due to damages caused by Hurricane Matthew, Fernandina Harbor Marina is closed. Future repairs efforts have yet to be determined. The City of Fernandina Beach has to coordinate any repair efforts with FEMA and insurance officials. Such coordination will likely take time so a return to service for the marina cannot be projected at this time.
    Joe Springer, Dockmaster
    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fernandina Harbor Marina  HURRICANE DAMAGE AND CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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


    Discrepancies to Nav Aids may be reported to 305-415-6800.

    LNM 41/16

  • Discussion of Boater Education Requirement in Florida

    This discussion comes from Kevin Wadlow on

    Boaters operating in Florida Bay waters of Everglades National Park must complete an online education course under a new regulation expected to take effect within months. Read More

    That pending rule prompted advisers to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to ponder whether a similar educational requirement could be adopted to help protect oceanic resources in the 2,900-square-mile sanctuary. he question returns to the volunteer sanctuary council at its next meeting, Oct. 18 in Ocean Reef on North Key Largo.

    In August, Everglades National Park planner Fred Herling briefed the sanctuary council on the park’s new Florida Bay boating rules scheduled to “roll out in late 2016.” Those will require completion of a free one-hour online boat-operator course that focuses on “resource protection, safety [and] respectful boating.”

    The course must be completed before boat owners can get an annual or seven-day permit to operate in park waters. Park boat permits likely will cost $50 per year or $25 for seven days, but fees may be phased in over a period of months. When enacted, fees to launch at the Flamingo ramp will be dropped.

    Boat-permit proceeds, estimated at $500,000 annually, would help increase funding for on-the-water enforcement rangers, marker maintenance and marine research, Herling said.

    Everglades National Park has authority to enact boat permit fees and operator-education requirements for Florida Bay waters that lie in its jurisdiction. The marine sanctuary lacks such authority.

    With an updated management plan for the Keys sanctuary taking shape, now may be the time to seek a new boating-education rule, some council members suggested in August. Others expressed doubt, pointing to a complex maze of regulatory approvals needed at the state and federal level.

    Advocates of boater education for sanctuary waters, largely intended to keep vessels from striking reefs or scarring shallow seagrass flats, have made their case since the national marine sanctuary’s inception in 1990. But enacting a sanctuary boating license remains little more than an uncertain concept.

    The Oct. 18 agenda item, “Boater Education in the Florida Keys,” is scheduled for approximately 2:15 p.m. at the Ocean Reef Cultural Center.

    “It’s essentially a continuation of the earlier discussion on the potential to seek something like Everglades National Park, whether it’s mandatory or voluntary,” Deputy Superintendent Beth Dieveney said Thursday.

    Council members could ask for more specific information on the process or vote on a resolution.

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, comprising 20 appointed Keys representatives from community, business and conservation sectors, does not have rule-making authority. However, sanctuary staff generally give the council’s recommendations and guidance considerable weight.

    Missing managers

    Kevin Wadlow: 305-440-3206

  • Florida USACE Prepares for Matthew

    Our thanks to Communications Specialist Erica Skolte of the Jacksonville USACE for this notice.

    US Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for impacts from Hurricane Matthew. We have adjusted the operating hours at the locks on the Okeechobee Waterway, and are ensuring users of our recreation facilities are aware they may need to evacuate. More information is attached and copied below.
    Please contact me if you have questions. Thanks for your help.
    John H Campbell SAJ

    Corps prepares for Matthew; issues guidance to boaters & campers Read More

    As Hurricane Matthew makes its way through the Caribbean islands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is preparing to respond as needed and providing information to boaters and campers on operational adjustments that will take place at navigation locks and recreation facilities.

    The Jacksonville District activated its emergency operations center (EOC) at 7 a.m. today (Oct. 4). This action allows district staff to devote added attention to the response actions that might be necessary should Matthew cause impacts as it passes near Florida.

    “Our staff is coordinating with state and local officials,” said Candida Bronson, Acting Operations Division Chief for Jacksonville District. “We are adjusting our operations to ensure the safety of those who use our facilities and our staff in south Florida.”

    Jacksonville District is issuing the following guidance on its operations in south Florida:
    * For boaters, the Corps has extended operating hours for its navigation locks on the Okeechobee Waterway; they will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 4) and Wednesday (Oct. 5). Operating hours on Thursday will depend on the track of the storm. To ensure safety of lock operators, the Corps will suspend operations when lightning is in the area, or when winds exceed 35 mph.
    * For campers and visitors to recreation sites, Jacksonville District park rangers will monitor conditions at Corps’ campgrounds and recreation areas. If a county government issues an evacuation order for mobile homes or RV parks in an area where there is a Corps’ campground or recreational facility, rangers will order an evacuation of the facility and advise on shelter locations. Visitors should move all campers, motor homes, tents, vessels, and trailers from facilities under evacuation orders.
    * Today, field staff are conducting a pre-storm evaluation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The current lake stage is 15.78 feet. While no immediate threat exists, the Corps advises people living and working around the lake to be prepared to take action should conditions warrant.

    More information on Jacksonville District response actions can be found at

    John H Campbell
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers
    Jacksonville, FL
    Office: 904-232-1004
    Mobile: 904-614-9134

  • Online Survey on Florida Anchoring and Mooring Available, October 1-9, 2016

    This is one very important survey that cruisers definitely will want to take. We can only keep our fingers crossed that the right questions will be asked and that our answers, observations and suggestions will be heeded, unlike past conversations with the FWC.


    FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking feedback from cruising boaters, local boaters and other residents in evaluating the state’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program and related ordinances.

    The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept this feedback. It should take approximately five to 10 minutes to complete and will be available to the public Oct. 1-9. Survey
    Read More for Survey Discussion and Link

    Any input is greatly appreciated in evaluating and improving boating in Florida.

    The Florida Legislature established the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program in 2009. The intent was to explore potential options for regulating the anchoring or mooring of non-live-aboard vessels outside the marked boundaries of public mooring fields throughout the state.

    After public input, the FWC selected the cities of St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Stuart (in conjunction with Martin County) and the cities of Key West and Marathon (in conjunction with Monroe County) as five sites for the pilot program. They were granted temporary authority to regulate mooring in their jurisdictional waters through local ordinances.

    All ordinances enacted under authority of the pilot program will expire on July 1, 2017, and will be inoperative and unenforceable thereafter, unless re-enacted by the Legislature.

    Participation in the survey will help determine the effectiveness of the program, developed ordinances, and a variety of concepts related to specific restrictions on anchoring of vessels which may be considered in the future.

    To access the survey and for more information, go to

    And this from Glen Moore on the AGLCA Forum:

    The Florida anchoring issue will be with us every year. This survey is part of the planning for next year’s legislative session and more legislation limiting anchoring. More communities will be vying to be included in the anchoring bans that were granted in two south Florida counties last year. Read More

    As a life-long resident of Florida, I have watched the law-making process over many decades. It is ironic that a state legislature with the majority of its members being elected on the platform of less government continue to issue laws regulating all forms of personal choice, including where one might anchor. Sorry if this sounds political, but this is a political issue and I have attempted to craft words in a benign manner.

    If any of you are Floridians, and have decided to provide input through this survey, please take your time in studying each question (and there are many, particularly if you have anchored in a pilot project area since 2011) before answering. As an example, some of the questions refer to the appropriate distance to be anchored from residences or marine structures such as boat ramps. While you might have a great opinion of how far you believe is appropriate, any answer of a distance could result in laws regulating how far you must anchor. Any distance required could be difficult to follow given how large your swing circle could be. You could anchor at the appropriate distance, the wind direction change resulting in your boat swinging into an illegal spot. In many areas, laws regulating how far one can anchor from a residence will create overlapping illegal areas that essentially bans anchoring.

    Last year, I wrote my State Senator questioning the proposed, and eventually passed law for south Florida. He responded that the anchoring law was needed for safety – that people water skied in the area and boats at anchor are a safety issue. I responded that they law did not prohibit anchoring in the day time, when there were people water skiing, only at night when people did not water ski – so the proposed law had no impact on the safety of skiers. He did not respond and voted for the anchoring prohibition.

    We have some tough battles ahead. Our fight in Florida is not just for reasonable anchoring laws in Florida. Legislatures tend to copy laws from other states. As anchoring laws in Florida get legislated, other states will soon follow – Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina . . .

    My recommendation on the survey is to use the comment box at the end of the survey to build your case that no additional anchoring laws/restrictions are needed in Florida.

    Be aware that waterfront homeowners will also be responding to the survey.

    Glen Moore
    Last Dance, DeFever Passagemaker 40
    Flagler Beach, FL

  • Praise for Ortega River Marina, off the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Fl

    Located on the Ortega River just above the Roosevelt Blvd. Bridge and just upstream of the intersection of the Ortega and St. Johns Rivers, Ortega River Marina is especially convenient to the Riverside section of Jacksonville. This report comes from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association.

    Ortega River Marina. Paul Howe is the dock master at 912-661-3437. We keep our PDQ there in the summer and fall and are very happy with it. ORM (it used to be Ortega Yacht Club Marina) is a smaller marina than “Landing”, with clean bathrooms and laundry, a small pool, and friendly, helpful boat owners. ”Read

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Ortega River Marina

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

  • Good Words for Ortega Landing, off St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    Only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, Ortega Landing is the first facility on your starboard as you enter the Ortega River from the St. Johns. This report is from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

    The Ortega Landing Marina is a great spot. I have kept my boat there for the past three years and am very pleased. Modern floating concrete docks, spotless bathrooms, swimming pool, and an experienced staff make this an excellent choice. Contact the Dockmaster, Bruce, at 904-387-5538.
    Howard Entman

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Ortega Landing Marina

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  • Skipper Seeks Information on Ponce de Leon Inlet Area, near AICW Statute Mile 840-843

    The “Ponce” is a popular, heavily traveled inlet which intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843. Other than the Nav Alerts currently posted on SSECN, Rick is asking for “local knowledge” for the area around the Inlet. If you are a frequent navigator of the Inlet and the ICW/Inlet intersection, let us hear from you.

    Thanks for your quick reply. A few years ago we were traveling around Ponse Inlet or New Smyrna Beach where there was reported shoaling and frequent marker relocations, is this still a problem and can the area be identified?
    Thanks again
    Rick Scheinert
    43’ Tiara “Rock On”

    SSECN’s answer:
    Hi Rick,
    There were reports of groundings in the Ponce back in July ( which resulted in our posting a Nav Alert ( immediately after the initial report.
    Note that these groundings are in the ICW west and south of the Inlet proper. We have not received reports of shoaling in the Ponce Inlet itself.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ponce de Leon Inlet

  • AGLCA Discussion on Florida’s No Wake Zones

    These words of wisdom come from our good friends on America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association’s Forum. The real issue is “destructive wake” as from sports fishermen and hurricanes. Sailing vessels and trawlers, except maybe the newer fast trawlers, are rarely guilty of wake that endangers lives, disrupts navigation or destroys property. High powered, short waterline vessels designed to get to fishing grounds 60 miles offshore as quickly as possible are the usual suspects. Even smaller pleasure craft that slow down, then plow through an anchorage with bow up in the air, can be almost as dangerous and destructive. As pointed out below, no wake speed adds very little time to the trip and teaches what boating is all about: patience!

    I admire your courage and fortitude to make the journey in such a small and open boat and understand the need to stay in protected waters as much as possible not just for comfort, but for safety. Read More

    If such publications exist, I am not aware of them. Assuming you are transiting Lake Okeechobee, and not going around to the Keys to get to the east coast of Florida, you will miss the longest no-wake, slow speed, minimal wake zone in Florida. It is basically most all of the ICW water south of Palm Beach all the way to Biscayne Bay in Miami. Florida has a confusing mix of speed zones and it is hard to precisely define what they mean. Sometimes they will give you a speed limit in the channel and a different one out of the channel. “Slow speed” (not sure what that means) and “minimal wake” (same imprecise definition) are just two posted restrictions that are hard to define. “No wake” is much easier to define – it means you do not put out a bow wave or a stern wave as you move through the water – a much more precise definition. In Florida, you will have “Manatee Zones” with different speeds during different calendar months. All in all – very confusing to track all of this.
    Anytime we were near an inlet, a bridge, a boat ramp, or a marina, we reduced speed to minimal or no wake speed depending on how narrow the channel or proximity to other boats or to structures. Not always was this required with posted signs, but we do this out of courtesy for others and for an additional margin of safety. Remember that you are responsible for damage to other boats, persons, or structures caused by your wake. Far too many skippers have no idea how much wake they put out and how disruptive and damaging it can be. Having said that, your 15 foot dinghy won’t move a lot of water making a big wake, but you may run into speed issues from place to place. My only advice is to look out for signage that tells you about restrictions.
    Sorry for a less than satisfactory answer to find a resource to help you plan. Best of luck with your adventure – be safe and have fun.
    Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller

    I actually quite like the Florida system, especially when compared to other East Coast states where the system is either not marked at all, or not at all well. Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia…
    Florida’s definition of ” Idle Speed, No Wake” is: “… proceed at a speed no greater than that which will maintain steerage and headway. At no time is any vessel required to proceed so slowly that the operator is unable to maintain control over the vessel or any other vessel or object that it has under tow (Rules 68C-22.002(1) and 68C-23.103(2)(a), FAC).
    “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” is not about sailboats and trawlers. It’s about Sea Rays and Sportfish. Florida’s definition of ” Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” is actually VERY HELPFUL TO ME:
    “… [the] vessel be fully off plane and completely settled into the water. The vessel must proceed at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the prevailing circumstances so as to avoid the creation of an excessive wake or other hazardous condition that endangers or is likely to endanger other vessels or persons using the waterway. Due to the varying speeds at which vessels of different sizes and configurations may travel while in compliance, there is no specific numeric speed assigned to “SLOW SPEED” (Rules 68C-22.002(4) and 68C-23.103(2)(b), FAC).”
    As I say, this not about sailboats and trawlers. For me on our boat, what it means is that I slow enough so that my wake does not visibly break or foam. There is still a wake, but not a hazard to anyone. For me on my boat that only amounts to about 1-1/2 mph. Even over the huge six-mile long run south of New Smyrna to Mosquito Lagoon, it only adds about 1/2 hour to the transit time over that distance.
    NOW THAT SAID, the locals will yell at you that you’re in a “No Wake” zone. It’s on you to understand that you are not. NOT! Even the bridge tender at Haulover Canal will yell at you. I just remind the bridge tender – on VHF 13 with the world listening – that the canal is marked as “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake,” not “Idle Speed, No Wake.” That immediately shuts him up, because he does not want others to actually understand the difference.
    And that same phenomena applies south of West Palm, in the concrete canyon. The locals and some bridge tenders will yell at you. But even the signage there says “Slow Speed – Fully Settled in the Water.” And speaking of the concrete canyon, some of that distance is NOT “Idle Speed, No Wake.” Even at “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake,” it can be very choppy and difficult for truly small vessels.
    And if a LEO objects to my view of “Slow Speed” and flags me to slow, well certainly I comply. I’m not looking for trouble. Anyway, it definitely does help to understand what the signs actually mean!
    Hope this helps!
    Jim Healy

    Adagio received a ticket in a minimum wake zone last year, Broward County Sheriff.
    Their definition for minimum wake was more strict than you could reasonably expect, but we didn’t argue. Probably going about 8~9 mph, barely above hull speed, friend was driving. We have been boarded several times over the years by both USCG and locals, this was the only stop where officials were actually rude.
    Ron & Jan Matuska

    Of course it applies to trawlers; it applies to all boats; even kayaks and canoes. But it wasn’t kayaks and canoes, or sailboats or trawlers, that caused the legislature to craft this jewel…
    At my top SOG, even the Manatees laugh at me!
    Jim Healy

  • US Army Corp of Engineers to Increase Water Flow from Lake Okeechobee

    This release of water has to be attributed to rains from Hermine. Increased water releases from Lake Okeechobee earlier this year resulted in massive fish kills downstream of the release.

    Corps of Engineers increasing Lake Okeechobee discharges
    by Scott Sutton
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday plans to increase the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee over the next week….

    CLICK HERE for the full report from WPTV, West Palm Beach

  • Question re Mooring in St. Augustine Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 778

    A fellow boater asks for your opinion on long term mooring in the St. Augustine harbor. The mooring field has a northern portion and a southern portion. General consensus is that the southern portion, below the Bridge of Lions, is more protected from wind and wake. Let us hear from your experience anchoring there. For more opinions, go to

    I am considering mooring my 43′ pontoon houseboat here long term, but am concerned about wake from winds, boats, and the current. What are your opinions of how this would work out?

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Northern Mooring Field

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Southern Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the St. Augustine Mooring Fields

  • Question re Anchorage near Haulover Canal, AICW Statute Mile 869

    Charted depths in this area do not suggest good anchorage. However, if you have found suitable depths, let Jerry and SSECN hear from you. The nearest SSECN recommended anchorage in that area is ten miles south of Haulover Canal at Titusville/Mwx Brewer Bridge.

    Good morning,
    Would anyone know if anchorages are still available in the Haulover Canal, Florida @ Mile 869.5 in the basin just past the bridge southbound?
    Best regards,
    Gerald Gerlitzki
    33’ Pearson with a 4’ 2” draft.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Haulover Canal

  • Yacht Stranded on Beach at Palm Beach Inlet

    Definitely not a good day!! He should have drunk plain old Sweet Tea!

    Boater admits to drinking Long Island Ice Teas before stranding 72-foot yacht on Palm Beach
    WPTV Webteam
    8:56 AM, Sep 7, 2016
    1 min ago

    Man admitted to drinking Long Island Ice Teas

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – A boater, who said he had been drinking Long Island Ice Teas before the incident, was arrested Wednesday morning after an 80-foot yacht washed ashore on Palm Beach.

    Thomas Henry Baker, 63, Belle Isle, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, told police he “failed to navigate his vessel into the Palm Beach Inlet and ran the vessel into the beach.”

    The 72-foot yacht named “Time Out” was spotted floating at the shoreline right next to the Palm Beach Inlet.

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