Don’t you just love winter boat shows?
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CLICK HERE For a listing of upcoming winter shows from Sun Times of Marco Island.
Peter Conway is inquiring about Hurricane Harbor on the southwestern shore of Key Biscayne. There is no charted channel into what appears to be a well-sheltered anchorage. If you have local knowledge of this harbor, let us hear from you.
What happened to the anchorage at Hurricane Harbor? Is it not still a permitted anchorage?
8th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market Jan 9-10, 2016
Nautical Flea Market – Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show – Used Boat Showcase – Music – Festival Food – Beer
One Admission Price for all the Events. Admission $7.00 Children 12 and Under FREE
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Stuart, Florida…Don’t miss the 8th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market January 9-10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park , 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart Florida 33494
We hear so many good things about this group; they must be doing many things right! These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.
We had a great experience over the phone being walked through our problem by Big Diesel Greg Burkey. All was well and the trip was salvaged! Some people care and yes we recommend the Greg Burkey Marine Group. Several phone calls later at no charge and we were fixed!
With apologies to Shakespeare, Fred Braman wants to know the history of the lake’s name. Since very little is mentioned in Wikipedia, we’re hoping someone of you might have answer. For a recent report from Lake Sylvia, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134325.
Do you know the history of the name “Lake Sylvia,” in Ft Lauderdale? Who was Sylvia?
Happily, Bo Taylor’s experience ended without injury or damage, but it will certainly add fuel to the rented mooring versus personal anchoring tackle, which has been an ongoing debate since municipal mooring fields began to be installed along the Waterway. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135395. The Titusville mooring field lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel leading to Titusville City Marina.
One hour ago, as we were returning to our boat, Sunburst, my daughter said “our boat’s moving”. I said no way, I can see the mooring ball beside it. In the distance, when I saw our boat move past another boat I almost fell out of the dinghy. We caught up and boarded. Five hundred feet adrift without damage to our boat or others that Sunburst had passed. Mooring ball had come loose. Beware!
Bo Taylor s/v Sunburst
As first reported in this from [LINK NO LONGER VALID: http://www.wpbf.com/news/coast-guard-responds-to-container-barge-accident/36830982?src=app[ WPBF 25 News these containers are now confirmed to be adrift east of West Palm Beach and will require a sharp lookout for vessels sailing offshore. Our thanks to Jeff Graham for this submission.
Coast Guard responds to container barge accident
At least 25 containers believed to have fallen off barge
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. —Coast Guard crews responded to reports of multiple containers falling off a barge Sunday off the coast between Port Canaveral, Florida, and West Palm Beach, Florida.
The U.S. flagged 136-foot Capt. Latham, was headed to Puerto Rico as it tugged a 340-foot barge, Columbia Elizabeth. The crew noticed several cargo containers hanging over the port side of the barge and believed more had fallen into the water while in transit.
The Capt. Latham terminated their course toward Puerto Rico and diverted to the Port of Palm Beach for further investigation.
A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Miami and a crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell responded to the report to assess the barge.
At approximately 3:00 p.m., the vessel moored safely in the Port of Palm Beach. It was then determined that up to 25 containers were unaccounted for, with an undetermined amount falling overboard. Several of the containers were confirmed to be carrying batteries.
One of the containers washed ashore in Port Canaveral.
The Coast Guard is investigating the incident and plans to launch an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft to begin searching at sunrise.
And this from WESH 2 News:
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —Thousands of coffee containers are washing up on beaches in Central Florida and South Florida, officials tell WESH 2 News.
Thousands of bright yellow cans of coffee are washing ashore in Brevard County, many people rushing to pick them up. The cans may have fallen off a passing cargo barge, WESH 2 News has learned.
Along the coast of Indialantic, bright cans of coffee that likely were on their way to Puerto Rico, are finding their way ashore.
Early in the day, the first beach visitors were stunned to find cans of coffee and bricks of coffee thickly strewn on the sand.
The United States Coast Guard reports that the containers were from the barge Columbia Elizabeth, which reported losing multiple containers between Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday.
Marine prevention teams from Coast Guard Sector Miami and Marine Safety Detachment Lake Worth were dispatched to the Port of Palm Beach, where the barge is currently being unloaded.
Reports of shoaling south of Fernandina Beach have been coming in for several years and prompted a USCG Hazard Warning in May of last year (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140702). Our thanks to geologist, Bill Aley, for sending these surveys to assist in guiding you through the shoals. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=153488 for further advice.
And, thanks to Robert Sherer, we have the lat/lon locations of the turns indicated in the survey below with WP1 being the first heading south:
Note corrections to WP 2 and 4 below, thanks to Mike. Note also that our chart centers on WP 4.
This posting is what prompted me to email Taylor Engineering asking for more detail, namely the waypoints for the route turns. I wanted his numbers rather than trying to interpolate from the chart. He was gracious enough to provide them. Perhaps we can nail this section of the ICW so it will never again cause agitation for boaters!
At the request of the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), I’d like to share the attached figure with you. The figure illustrates an area of shoaling in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway within Nassau County, FL that is a potential navigation hazard.
The PDF file depicts some very recent mapping that shows naturally deep water to the west and south of the currently marked channel in this area. Taylor Engineering is currently working with the FIND, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Coast Guard to relocate the federal channel and corresponding red channel marker #18 and green channel marker #1 to direct navigation traffic towards the deeper waters.
Bill Aley, P.G.
Taylor Engineering, Inc.
10151 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Bldg. 300, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone (904) 731-7040
Direct (904) 256 -1313
Our thanks to Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide for posting this information. Collins Canal runs northeast from Biscayne Bay near AICW Statute Mile 1088. This article was first posted in August of this year. Let us hear from you if you have experienced this enforcement./p>
Miami Beach cracks down on dinghy access
Date Reported: Aug 6, 2015
Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor
Source: WG Staff
Miami Beach’s anchorages have a lot to offer to cruisers, including good holding, protection, and a beautiful view of the Miami skyline. Another benefit is the Collins Canal, which allows boaters dinghy access to the beach, stores, and restaurants – well, maybe not so much anymore.
The City of Miami Beach passed an amendment to an ordinance which now makes it unlawful to tie a dinghy to the canal wall to visit the city. Signs were installed all along the public sections of seawall on May 15, 2015, according to Nannette Rodriguez of the Miami Beach City office. SeaTow has been removing “many boats,” according to a SeaTow representative, who also said that the city is strictly enforcing the 20-minute limit for the dinghy dock at the end of 17th Street.
We had heard rumors of towing dinghies. I hadn’t seen any news so I called Seatow and the Miami marine patrol. Seatow said they are towing dinghies on orders from the police. There are signs posting this policy on the Collins canal and some sea walls.
I spoke with the police and the policy is a result of the derelict boats. They are aware that it “may cause ” an inconvenience to the transient population. He reported some of the difficulties they have dealt with,most recently a 16 month old drowned after falling overboard. He said you can tie at the police dock for short periods. The sign says 20 minutes but also said they have some latitude with that number. He also said the dock at the old Publix can be utilized. That dock is problematic at low tide.
The officer also said the whole situation is a moving target and recommended speaking with the marine patrol when we get there.
December 8, 2015
Well we finally made it to South Beach after being pinned down in West Pam Beach and Ft Lauderdale. I haven’t spoken to the police yet but after talking to a local liveaboard it seems that everything I posted earlier is still true.
That is, there is some leniency at the police dock and the only “legal place “tot tie your dinghy is at the old Publix on the Collins Canal. It may sound inconvenient but it isn’t as bad as it may sound. The problem is people tying too close too the dock so you can disembark.. This isn’t that unusual so we can adapt. I went a bit further down the wall and walked the small ledge back to the dock. The water is quite high from all the rainfall so I can’t attest to low tide conditions.
Another thing would be to have one dinghy take multiple boats in and then pick them up, If they have large loads they could come back and get their dinghy and get the mate and packages from a convenient spot.
All in all it is not worth crossing South Beach off the itinerary.
Click Here for the full article.
Seven Seas Marina & Boatyard lies east-northeast of AICW marker #56, and just north of the Port Orange high-rise bridge. And Skipper Charleston is correct, their transient dockage rate is $1.10 for the first night and $1.20 per foot for succeeding nights.
2nd time we have stayed here, same as the first. Cooperative staff. We have a 21 ft beam CAT so we were placed on the fuel dock which is fixed and with a good NE wind, we are rocking a bit. Their fenders are keeping us off the dock adequately. PUBLIX is about a mile, restaurant on site was OK. Nothing is fancy but everything is OK. I will stay here again.
Price was $1.20 per foot, not the 0.90 listed here.
Thank you Skipper Clueless for sending what amounts to a retraction to your earlier report. SSECN is glad to hear of the needed improvements to be made. Hollywood Municipal Marina lies south of AICW marker #40, on the southern shores of North Lake.
I’ll start by saying, this is beyond “you get what you pay for!” Spend the money, and go somewhere else! When we made the reservation, we were told that they had 50 amp electric. NOT! We pulled in late (at dusk), and there was know one to answer the radio. I had called ahead, and was given our slip assignment. Once in the slip, we discovered that they only had 30 amp. We found the “security” guard that checked us in, and asked about moving to where they had 50 amp service. He laughed and said: “don’t know what to tell ya, except you won’t use much fuel to run your generator!” Since it was dark at this point, we had no choice than to stay in the slip, and run the generator for power. This place is ridiculous! They also would not take cash! LEGAL TENDER!! Had to use a credit card!! Also, had to fill out 3 pages of legal mumbo jumbo! They insisted on a copy of our insurance! All this, and NO POWER! Ugh! Never again.
I would like to add (or subtract) from my previous post:
Since writing this review, I was contacted by the NEW dock master who explained and addressed each and everyone of my issues. Has also provided a full refund for the stay. This marina is in dire need of several upgrades, and he has assured me that everything addressed will be in the works (if not already) for updating and change. They will immediately start taking cash! I promised, I would return once I have heard of the changes. They are a very inexpensive marina, and in a wonderful location. If you want to give them a try, just ASK about power prior to booking 🙂
Thanks to our tropical weather, boating and beaching opportunities never end here in the Palm Beaches. Take advantage of these handy links and enjoy all that our local waters have to offer whether on or off your boat.
Dive Palm Beach! What is an Artificial Reef? Palm Beach County has sunk 54 ships, about 105,000 tons of lime rock and about 77,000 tons of concrete to build about 100 reefs. Deep-water reefs several miles offshore are for certified divers, while snorkelers can see all kinds of sea life at underwater sheltered parks recently built at Phil Foster Park and Peanut Island. Artificial Reef Map
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The Melbourne Harbor Marina entrance channel cuts west, abeam of unlighted daybeacon #6, south of the Melbourne twin, high-rise bridges.
This is a good marina, close to the great restaurants and good shops of downtown Melbourne.
Jane and Michael Tigar
Harbortown Marina sits on the northern banks of Taylor Creek, which cuts into the Waterway’s western flank, south of unlighted daybeacon #184, just north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.
This marina is reasonably priced, clean and well managed. The staff is very friendly and always willing to help. The best part is they care. You can tell by how clean everything is. And if something is broken, they fix it!
Buoyed by his success at influencing the Coast Guard in regard to the closures of the Belt Line RR Bridge in Norfolk, boating advocate, Jim Healy, has addressed the issue of RR bridge closures in south Florida as part of the new All Aboard Florida train schedules.
For Jim’s complete letter, CLICK HERE.
Harbortown Marina sits on the northern banks of Taylor Creek, which cuts into the Waterway’s western flank, south of unlighted daybeacon #184, just north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.
Awesome restaurant and tiki bar at the marina! WiFi was so/so even being docked in front of the marina office! Advertisement stated that they have loaner bikes for transients…. they had one that was working. Different pricing for being on the wall vs. in a slip…. found this weird and backwards! More expensive to be exposed? Also had to listen to the bar noise and pay more? ASK to be in a slip!! Less per foot!! No grass for dogs….. all area’s that were green had signs for NO DOG WALKING. Strange place, but the tiki bar was the bomb! 🙂
The entrance channel leading to Amelia Island Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, cuts into the Waterway’s eastern shore, immediately north of the Kingsley Creek Railway Bridge and just south of Waterway marker #13. Only gasoline pumps are out of service!/p>
Good reports keep pouring in for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore.
Such an awesome little marina! Very nice staff, helpful and went above and beyond to ensure we were happy. Even provided a loaner car for a run to the Public. Beach is just a 2 minute walk!! Quiet, and deserted, we had it to ourselves! Can’t wait to stop back in the Spring!
All of the glowing reviews posted previously are very well-deserved. Easy in and out. Staff VERY friendly and helpful. Facilities were very clean, also. By far, the best value we found traveling from NC to FL.
Capt Jack Henry & 1st mate Steve Oakley
Skipper Meyer sent us a report about these anchorages back in October, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=153405, and now he fills in many details about the area. The twin Jensen Beach Bridge anchorages lie west of the Waterway, north and south of the Jensen Beach bridge, south of unlighted daybeacon #219.
So I ended up staying here nearly two weeks. The spot was just too good. There’s a nice park north of the anchorage that my dog loved and a bait shop west that was happy to let me use their beach for the dink. Shopping and restaurants are within a stone’s throw and there’s also a laundromat near the Publix about 1/2 mile away. The anchor did come up muddy but held well through some moderate winds.
As this article by Tim Hudson from WLRN in Miami describes, the conflict between All Aboard Florida RR system and the Florida waterways continues to be a source of discord for spokespersons of both industries. Much discussion has followed the introduction of the controversial plan to increase the daily number of trains crossing primary water routes. It’s hard to imagine how increased RR bridge activity will not impact the flow of water traffic.See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=149839.
The Boat Business And A Fort Lauderdale Railroad Bridge
By TOM HUDSON November 1, 2015
Talking with people who make their living based on boats and many quickly mention what they think is the biggest threat to their livelihood — a bridge.
That single bridge crosses the New River near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Florida East Coast Railway operates the bridge, which handles freight traffic now.
However, with All Aboard Florida’s plans to run passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando over the same tracks, South Florida’s marine industry worries what that rail traffic could mean for the flow of its business on the water.
For the better part of two years All Aboard Florida and representatives of South Florida’s marine industry have been talking about how to deal with this pinch point where the boating business and the effort to build passenger rail service come together.
The current bridge was built in 1978, although a railroad bridge has crossed the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale since 1912. It’s a single leaf bascule drawbridge that runs 60 feet shore-to-shore.
When not in use, the bridge defaults to its up position, allowing marine traffic to float upriver to the many marinas lining the shore of the South Fork of the New River or down river to the Intracoastal.
For the full story and other related articles, CLICK HERE.
November 6, 2015
The marine industry and the proposed All Aboard Florida passenger train are making peace over the New River bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
A test by the Coast Guard has proved successful in trimming the time the railroad bridge needs to be closed, allowing both boats and trains to share the river — at least for now, leaders said.
Later, the marine industry would like to see an elevated bridge built over the river for the passenger trains to use instead, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.
“Guess what? I think we’ve worked it out,” Purcell told a surprised audience at a boat show event attended by All Aboard Florida’s president Michael Reininger.
“The test has gone incredibly well,” Reininger added in an interview. “The test worked.”
At issue is a 1970s bridge over the New River that is kept open for boats and closes when freight trains pass — up to 14 times per day. All Aboard Florida plans to use the tracks when it starts high-speed passenger service next year, requiring the bridge be closed 16 extra times per day.