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  • More on “All Aboard Florida” in the News Again

    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


    The default position for the Florida East Coast Railway bridge across the New River in Ft. Lauderdale is in the up position. Many in the marine industry worry what new passenger rail service could mean for boat traffic on the river. TOM HUDSON

    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.

    And this article by Doreen Hemlock  from the Sun Sentinel:

    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.


  • Good Words for Outback Crab Shack, Six Mile Creek, St. Johns River

    Skipper Burnham is responding to a lengthy posting/replies that Claiborne did way back in 2008, It is nice to know that the Outback Crab Shack is still in business and that the bucket of beer is still cold. Plow on Skipper!

    The Shands Bridge at GCS limits access to the Outback Crab Shack’s 1500 foot floating dock to southbound sailboats with mast heights lower than 45 feet, although at very low tides I have been able to clear the span with the 45′ 9″ mast on the Camper Nicholson 33′. However, I have to “power thru” the muddy shoal at the entrance to Six Mile Creek on the eastern shore with my 6′ 6″ draft fin keel so there are a few 6″ wide “channels” at the entrance of Six Mile Creek leading to the floating dock at the Outback Crab Shack.
    I have read a review that pans the seafood and service at this converted bait shop/biker bar, but they probably didn’t arrive by motorcycle or boat, and forgot to order the bucket of beer before ordering their food. I’m not a big fan of crawdads or chicken wings or overpriced seafood but I’ve never left the Shack hungry or sober and the service is better than the average biker bar.
    David Burnham

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Palmo Cove and Six Miles Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, In Satellite Photo (“Hybrid”) Mode, Zoomed To the Location of the Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek

  • Advice on Currents at San Pablo/Atlantic Boulevard Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 744.5, 9/26/2013

    Our thanks to Skipper Burnham for this helpful information and advice. Go to for the referenced posting. With a fixed vertical clearance of 65ft, San Pablo/Atlantic Boulevard Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 744.5.

    If you go to the website you can easily see that the Atlantic Avenue Bridge has the strongest daily currents on the entire US East Coast. Use caution and timing and enjoy the push, but wait out the adverse current if you cannot maintain over 7 kts.
    David Burnham

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For San Pablo/Atlantic Blvd Bridge

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

  • More on Red Tide Risks on the Beaches of Florida

    These latest warnings must be heeded if you have children or pets playing at the beach. See “Red tide public health risks” below.

    For immediate release: October 30, 2015
    Contact: Kelly Richmond, FWC 727-502-4784

    Red tide confirmed in Florida: What you need to know

    Red tide is a naturally occurring, higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic algae. In Florida, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis. This organism produces toxins that can affect the central nervous system of aquatic organisms such as fish and marine mammals. Red tide toxins also pose a human health risk. The toxins can aerosolize and be carried to beaches with onshore winds, leading to respiratory irritation in people. Toxins can accumulate in shellfish and result in illnesses if contaminated shellfish are consumed. Shellfish harvesting areas are closed when blooms are present.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers are currently monitoring two blooms along Florida’s Gulf coast, one located in northwest Florida and the other in southwest Florida.

    “We confirmed the presence of both blooms in September, and they have persisted since that time,” said Alina Corcoran, FWC research scientist. “The bloom in the Panhandle is currently affecting Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties. In southwest Florida, patchy blooms have been confirmed along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Extensive fish kills and respiratory irritation have been associated with the bloom in the Panhandle but in southwest Florida the effects have been less.”

    Red tide public health tips:

    People in a red tide area can experience varying degrees of eye, nose and throat irritation. When a person leaves an area with a red tide, symptoms usually go away.
    People with severe or chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic lung disease are cautioned to avoid areas with active red tides.
    In some red tides, dead fish wash ashore; during these conditions it is advised that beachgoers avoid swimming in water where dead fish are present.
    Pet owners are advised that red tide poses a risk to animals brought to the beach. If a pet swims in a red tide patch at the beach, rinse off its fur and paws as soon as possible with fresh water. Also, do not let pets eat fish or drink water from the red tide.
    Recreational harvesting of bivalve mollusks such as hard clams, oysters and mussels from approved shellfish harvesting areas is banned during red tide closures. To determine whether harvesting of shellfish is permitted in an area, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture website.
    FWC researchers work closely with partners, including Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and NOAA, to track blooms, share information and develop products that help to inform both citizens and scientists about bloom conditions.

    “Citizen scientists play a vital role in tracking blooms. Volunteers can provide the majority of water samples for bloom tracking in regions like the Panhandle,” said Corcoran.

    For updated red tide status reports, to track blooms or learn more about red tide, visit To report fish kills to the FWC, contact the Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online.

    Additional red tide resources:

    Red tide facts and information pocket guide and Fact sheet
    Florida Department of Health
    Shellfish Harvesting Area Status
    Mote Marine Laboratory Beach Condition Reporting System at
    USF Collaboration for the Prediction of Red Tides (CPR)
    NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System (HAB-OFS)

    And this from WTSP 10 News:

    Red tide sparks tourism concerns
    Eric Glasser, WTSP 5:40 p.m. EST December 9, 2015

    St. Petersburg Beach, FL — Pictures of dead fish washing ashore in the Bay area are not the images that tourism officials want popping up on social media.
    But red tide, say marine scientists, is now here. And how long it will last, they admit, is a mystery.
    Visitors like Kathy Keleher who came to St. Petersburg from Canada to experience its cuisine and culture have seen the images of bloated fish now floating in Boca Ciega Bay.
    “And then it’s gross, and it stinks,” said Keleher, “I don’t expect that at all. I expect beautiful white sandy beaches and clear water and palm trees. Not that,” she said.
    It’s not what those who rely on tourism want people texting their friends and relatives back home.
    “No, I mean it’s horrible for business obviously,” said Wade Parrish, head chef at O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille in Gulfport.
    “You know, the smell would be a deterrent for people to come out here and sit outside and enjoy the wonderful view that we’ve got here,” said Parrish.
    Bob Weisberg with the University of South Florida’s Marine Sciences lab in St. Petersburg, says red tide, or Karenia Brevis as they call it, can kill fish and even cause respiratory distress for people and marine mammals in high enough concentration.
    “There is very little we can do about the red tide,” said Weisberg, describing it as simply too large.
    “This particular plant can get a foothold, and when it does it then dominates,” said Weisberg, “which is what’s happening right now,” he said.
    The red tide algae, says Weisberg, makes its way inland from deep in the Gulf of Mexico riding along strong underwater currents.
    Scientists, he says, could better predict how long it might stick around if they were able to take more offshore observations.
    Unfortunately, he says, the estimated $300,000 cost to consistently send a boat out into the Gulf of Mexico to take those readings is regularly cut out of the state budget.
    Commonly, red tide will begin to dissipate this time of the year, said Weisberg.
    But he also warned that there have been some seasons when the algae bloom has survived well into the summer.
    For a closer look at the underwater current charts Weisberg and his colleagues at USF use to try to predict the direction red tide may be moving, click here.

  • More on AICW/Matanzas Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 792.5

    This AICW Problem Stretch has always been one of the shallowest sections of the Waterway in Eastern Florida. Earlier descriptions of the three newest markers would indicate that shoaling is beginning to reappear. BE SURE to observe any new aids to navigation and, as always on perennial AICW Problem Stretches, be READY for new shoaling and even newer markers as you pass through. Our thanks to Skipper McLeran for sharing his observations.

    Two of us transited Matanzas Inlet southbound at mid tide 3.5 feet this morning (10/30) at 0930. Despite giving the temp greens and reds their appropriate distance we saw only 7.5 feet total depth in a few spots. Boaters still need to be careful and play the tide if necessary for the boat’s draft.
    Bob McLeran

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • November is Manatee Awareness Month! Slow Down!

    October 29, 2015
    Slow down for manatees migrating to warmer waters

    Manatee caution sign

    With winter’s chill approaching, Florida manatees are on the move. Manatees cannot tolerate cold water and may begin to seek warmer water when temperatures start to drop below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Some travel hundreds of miles to reach a warmer destination. Because of the annual migration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding boat and personal watercraft operators that it is important to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas.

    Manatees can be difficult to see as they often swim and rest just below the water’s surface. Boaters wearing polarized sunglasses are more likely to spot manatees underwater.

    November is Manatee Awareness Month. There is no better time to plan a visit to observe Florida’s beloved manatees. Find these places by going to and clicking the link under the “Where can I See Manatees?” box.

    “Watching these large plant-eating mammals swim slowly through Florida waters, often accompanied by their calves, is a special experience for residents and visitors to the state,” said Carol Knox, the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management section leader. “Boaters following posted speed zones for manatees migrating to warmer waters help conserve this iconic Florida species for future generations.”

    Boaters should be aware that many seasonal manatee protection zones go into effect on Nov. 15 throughout the state. For information about manatee protection zones by county, including the seasonal changes, go to, and click on “Data and Maps.” At the bottom of that same page, there also is information on FWC Manatee COLD-weather changes to speed zones. FWC law enforcement officers will be on the water enforcing these seasonal rules to protect manatees in busy boating areas.

    People can report sightings of injured, sick or dead manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922, #FWC and *FWC on a cell phone, or with a text to

    The purchase of a Florida manatee license plate at or a manatee decal from tax collectors’ offices in Florida is another way to help manatees. The license plate and decal support the FWC manatee program, including research, rescue, rehabilitation, conservation, management and education efforts.

    Learn more about Florida manatees at Click on “Manatee Habitat” to discover what plants they eat when inhabiting Florida’s rivers, bays, canals, estuaries and coastal areas. While on that page, click on “Boat, PWC & Paddle-sport Operators.” Also check out “A Boater’s guide to living with Florida Manatees” and “Guidelines for successful manatee watching in Florida.”

  • Advice for Avoiding the Shoals South of Fernandina Beach, AICW Statute Miles 717 – 720

    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 ( Our thanks to cruising writer Robert Sherer, New Intracoastal Waterway Cruising Guide, for sending these charts and waypoints to guide you through the shoals.

    There is a 10 ft MLW path through the shoals south of Fernandina that I took on October 28, 2015.
    Heading south:
    Depart channel 300 ft before R16 aiming for the tongue of deep water shown on chart (Garmin) at a heading of 275M for 17.8 MLW.
    Run along the 12 ft contour line next to shore until the tongue of deep water ends as shown on the chart, then aim for G1 which will be at 245M, pass by 30 ft for 13.4 MLW, higher along the way.
    Important: do not turn immediately around G1 (shoals), continue for 170 ft, then turn due south for 500 ft before turning towards deep water as shown on charts on the green side close to shore. Run just outside the 12 ft contour line down to G3 and G5, 200 ft off. 10.4 MLW entering the 12 ft contour line, deeper after that.
    This passage is difficult because you’re avoiding three shoals:
    – one is in the middle of the marked channel in the bend that’s down to 3 MLW
    – the second one comes out off the eastern shore just south of G1
    – the third one is further south coming off the western shore
    None of these are marked.

    After six years of passing through here, I’ve settled on the above description, it works for no less than 10.4 MLW. The depths were adjusted for not only the tides but also for the higher than normal water levels as reported by the Fernandina weather station. This passage would be easy if buoyed properly, the route has been constant for the pass five years.
    A chart of the route:
    For those wanting the exact path, here are the waypoints with the usual disclaimers (things can change on the ICW)

    N 30° 39.804
    W 081° 28.596
    N 30° 39.805
    W 081° 28.730
    N 30° 39.853
    W 081° 28.938
    N 30° 39.803
    W 081° 29.082
    N 30° 39.713
    W 081° 29.084
    N 30° 39.613
    W 081° 29.030
    N 30° 39.409
    W 081° 28.968
    N 30° 39.254
    W 081° 28.970
    N 30° 38.824
    W 081° 29.024

    Robert Sherer
    aka Bob423
    Author of “2015 ICW Cruising Guide” available on
    Daily blog at

  • Tips and Tricks on Marina WiFi Service, Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port Cove If your marina doesn’t have an onSpot WiFi system, pass this information along. You will be glad you did! Old Port Cove Marina is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7. Both Old Port Cove Marina and onSpot WiFi are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs!

    Ever pull into a marina desperate to check your messages only to encounter Wifi issues? Don’t blame the marina’s Wifi service! According to Bob Taylor of onSpot Wifi, marinas have a very unique set of circumstances when it comes to providing Wifi service. It might not be the service at all, it just could be your device!
    Read Bob’s very useful TIPS & TRICKS on our blog at OLDPORTCOVELD2

    Old Port Cove Holdings is pleased to provide onSpot Wifi service at all three of our marina facilities.
    Thank you boaters for choosing to do business with us!
    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Dredging to Begin in Fort Lauderdale c. AICW Statute Mile 1060

    This dredging is in a relatively short section of the Waterway paralleling Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the east and north of the Sunrise Blvd Bridge at Mile 1062.5. Unfortunately, this article from Soundings does not give project dates. However, the dredging is in a relatively wide section and should not impact through traffic.

    Dredging set to start for ICW in South Florida
    Posted on October 26th, 2015
    After several years, permits were issued and a contract awarded for the dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida, allowing the vessels that patronize the area’s waterways to have better access to local marinas and boatyards.

    The dredging, which will take place from 17th Street to Sunrise Boulevard to 17 feet deep, will be the largest single public works project for the Florida Inland Navigation District, a special state taxing district tasked with managing and maintaining the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, according to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

    “The Florida Inland Navigation District’s ICW dredging project will provide an extraordinary benefit to Broward County through the infusion of $20 million by increasing the depth of the ICW from the congressionally authorized depth of 10 feet to a new depth of 17 feet to accommodate the vessels that are seeking to visit, reside and retrofit at our local marinas and boatyards,” Tyler Chappell, the Broward commissioner for FIND, said in a statement.”

  • Warning for South Entrance to Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 981

    Our thanks to Skipper Meyer for these words of caution. The twin Jensen Beach Bridge anchorages lie west of the Waterway, north and south of the Jensen Beach bridge, south of unlighted daybeacon #219.

    I entered the south anchorage from the east across the thin strip marked as 6′. It was a bad decision. The depth-finder showed 4’6″ (my draft) in a couple spots. Managed to hop through but it was nerve-wracking. Will go southeast through the deeper water to exit.
    Chad Meyer

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jensen Beach Bridge CAnchorages

  • Cove Plaza Welcomes Marine Industries Association, Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port CoveA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. and
    Are Pleased to Welcome



    On behalf of our entire staff and management team, I am pleased to announce that the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County now hails from Cove Plaza which is located at the entrance to Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach. You will find their new office on the lower level of the 1208 building in Suite B. (That’s the 2nd building after going down the ramp.)

    ABOUT: The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.

    MIAPBC is also responsible for the Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive both of which are right around the corner, Saturday, December 5, 2015.


    Please join us in welcoming the MIAPBC to Cove Plaza!

    Questions? Please Contact:
    Alyssa Freeman, Operations Director
    1208 US Highway #1 Suite B
    North Palm Beach, Fl. 33408
    Phone: 561-622-1555 (temporarily)

    Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc.
    Sue Morgan, Marketing & Public Relations Director
    116 Lakeshore Drive
    North Palm Beach, Florida 33408

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Snapshot Report II: Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port CoveA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.


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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Continued Praise for Huckins Boat Yard, Ortega River, Jacksonville FL

    Huckins Boat Yard is located on the northern shores of the Ortega River off the St. Johns River, just upstream of the Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge with a 45ft vertical clearance. Skipper Alderman joins other skippers in praising Huckins Boat Yard. See for photos of their work.

    Huckins is the best. We had a fuel tank replaced by them and some more work done to the Leprechaun 440 EB Sea Ray and I can’t say enough about them. They are the top of the line service and very reasonable on their price. Richard and Justin were the best and PJ was on top of everything and Trishia in the office could not have been better. If you need repairs, get it there you will not be sorry.
    Bill Alderman

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Huckins Boat Yard

  • Changes at Titusville Municipal Marina, AICW Statute Mile 879

    Located south-southeast of AICW marker #27, Titusville Municipal Marina is one of the best medium-sized, municipal marinas on the Eastern Florida coastline. It is also only a short driving distance from Dixie Cross Roads Seafood Restaurant, one of the best in the south! Our thanks to Captain Seeley for bringing these changes to our attention.

    FYI, Titusville has been turned over to a private management company by the city, as of October 3. The city was dis-allowing live aboards’ over 6 months in a 12 month period. The new management is in the process of changing that. We will see how that develops.
    S and G management out of Milwaukee is the new manager.
    Courtesy van no longer offered, merchants did not support it.
    Captain Douglas Seeley

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Titusville Municipal Marina

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

  • More Anchoring Woes Anticipated in South Florida

    This report is from our good friend, Wally Moran, who is known to not mince words when it comes to Florida politics. Our thanks to Mike Ahart, whose report from the Tallahassee meeting is shared through Wally’s blog.


    Illegal dinghies behind Karlton’s house in Miami Beach

    We’re SCREWED – Florida Anchoring Meeting

    Mike Ahart, Waterway Guide’s news editor, watched the entire anchoring hearing in Tallahassee today, and here’s the link to his article – Waterway Guides. For those wanting the real deal, here’s the link to the meeting video itself.
    Let me summarize this for you – we are in serious trouble in Florida, very serious trouble. First off, let me tell you what boaters’ enemy number one, the infamous Frederick Karlton of Sunset Lake, Miami Beach infamy had to say about boats coming south in the winter: CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.



    And this from another concerned boater:

    Please be aware that a bill is being drafted by the Florida Legislature to attempt to limit anchoring in Dade and Broward counties. Check the October 8th edition of the Sun-Sentinal (by Jim Turner) for more information.

  • Ports to Visit on the Southeast Coast

    Skipper Hoff is responding to a reader’s earlier inquiry about ports to visit on the east coasts of Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas. There are great suggestions here.

    Regarding other locations – we have only stayed at Marathon overnight so can’t really say much about it. We have spent more time at Islamorada, Key Largo and Biscayne Bay, almost always at anchor. We tend to like either remote (Biscayne Bay, Dry Tortugas, etc.) or interesting cities (Key West) – but that is our preference. Biscayne Bay is a place we like to hang out at anchor – swimming, kayaking, walking the beach, etc.

    As you head north we time a stop at West Palm Beach for their Farmers’ Market – one of the best, if not the best, on the east coast and my wife has made me stop at all of them from Maine to Key West. They have a large free day dock we spend all day at then move a couple 100 feet off to anchor for the night – all the benefits of a marina with none of the cost. Let me know if you plan to stop there and I can give you further advice since the peak current can be strong.

    Downtown Ft. Lauderdale (New River) is also an interesting spot – a world away from relaxing in the Keys but interesting to see 100+ foot yachts go by one after another. Good restaurants, interesting people watching, reasonable dockage, etc.. Easy spot to have people arrive and depart from since the airport is very close by.

    If at all possible we try to run outside from Ft. Lauderdale to Lake Worth (just north of West Palm). Otherwise along the ICW there are bridges, bridges and more bridges – plus some crazy boaters. Combine these and it doesn’t make for the most enjoyable travel. However the benefit of inside along the ICW is looking at the huge houses with their 100+ ft yachts docked outside.

    You will probably leave from Lake Worth to cross to the Bahamas. This is where the weather is most important – don’t even consider it with any form for NE wind the day you go or during the previous few days. A few years ago I helped a friend bring a brand new 69 ft Nordhavn back after their maiden voyage crossing in 25 kt NE winds. He said it tossed the 250,000 lb boat around like a cork plus stood it on end a few times – he said they were never sicker in their lives (very experienced boaters having taken a 55 ft Nordhavn all the way to Alaska and back around to New England). His wife wouldn’t do the return crossing so I helped him. Last time I crossed with my Fleming we waited five days for good weather and finally went in what we thought would be ok weather – ended up with 15+ footers out the Gulf Stream – not fun. On the other hand my return crossing on the Nordhavn was ~1 footers – all depends on the day.

    We have only spent time at West End in the northern Bahamas so I can’t say anything about the Abacos. We have spent an entire winter in the southern Bahamas and enjoyed it.

    Hope you find this helpful.


  • Grounding at AICW/Matanzas Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 792.5

    This AICW Problem Stretch has always been one of the shallowest sections of the Waterway in Eastern Florida. Earlier descriptions of the three newest markers, as well as Skipper Justin’s experience, would indicate that shoaling is beginning to reappear. BE SURE to observe any new aids to navigation and, as always on perennial AICW Problem Stretches, be READY for new shoaling and even newer markers as you pass through. Our thanks to Justin for sharing his experience.

    I ran aground hard going north through this passage with current behind me. I kept to the east of the new green buoys because it seemed they were way to close to the western bit of land. I thought they shifted to be a “port” marker (red right returning) because of the meet up with the two channels..My navigation chart was a complete fail to show depth. This place is tricky. I believe I should have kept the green buoys to my starboard, going north. A red marker would’ve helped too.

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Praise for Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796

     The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

    We continue to hear only good words for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore.

    One of the BEST little gems on the ICW! Eric and Chris do their best to help you with any of your needs..very clean…the beach right across A1A…Plenty of water..definitely would go back! Thank you!
    Payrick n Jae Kellogg

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

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

  • Help Requested to Report Sightings of Diamondback Terrapins

    You can help, especially if you do any anchoring or shore exploring between Canaveral and Miami.



    MELBOURNE, Fla. – A zoo in Brevard County needs your help tracking the East Coast Diamondback terrapins, a unique subspecies that lives along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

    The Brevard Zoo wants everyone from the Space Coast to Miami to report sightings to them.

    The terrapins are usually found in brackish coastal waters like the Indian River Lagoon.

    Click here to send sightings along with pictures and GPS coordinates.

    The zoo said the project will help biologists identify critical habitat and road-kill “hot spots”.

  • Cost of Pumpouts in Florida to be Possibly Paid by Boaters

    As local commissioners struggle to fund the current free pumpout service, it becomes apparent that those costs may soon transfer to boaters, as reported in the article below by Kevin Wadlow in

    Boat sewage pumpout costs likely to be assessed on the boaters
    A boat-pumpout program launched to protect Florida Keys nearshore waters from sewage discharges stands as a model for the state, but state funding for the program is drying up.

    Money from the state’s Clean Vessel Act “dropped significantly this year,” Monroe County Marine Resources administrator Rich Jones told county commissioners Wednesday at their Key Largo meeting.
    Local contractor Pumpout USA “had a lot of trouble making ends meet this year,” Jones said.
    Monroe County in 2015 will spend about $367,000 on the program, with the state funding around $319,000 toward an estimated 18,000 vessel sewage pumpouts.
    The county’s share works out to $21.10 per pumpout. Overall, average total per-pumpout cost is about $40, down from $55.70 in 2014.
    The state Department of Environmental Protection now seeks “throughout the state to build sustainable pumpout programs, using Monroe County’s pumpout program as a model,” Jones said in a report to commissioners.
    To reduce the number of illegal sewage discharges in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary waters, the pumpouts are offered free of charge to boaters. However, commissioners have urged staff to work toward some type of fee system for boaters.
    “I am concerned about the long-term viability of free pumpouts,” Commissioner Heather Carruthers said. “We can’t count on the state for anything.”
    Commissioner Sylvia Murphy said her office receives “a constant supply of comments” from land residents “who pay for sewage” while anchored liveaboard residents “are not paying taxes or rent or anything else, and we’re paying for their sewage.”
    “I like doing something to keep sewage from going in the bay or ocean but sooner or later we’re going to get on the stick and make them pay,” Murphy said.
    Pumpouts are mandatory inside local managed anchoring areas, where Jones said compliance “is close to 100 percent.”
    Commissioners asked about extending the pumpout requirement to all nearshore Keys waters, but questions about jurisdiction and enforcement were cited as potential obstacles. Staff is “looking at any and all alternatives,” Jones said.

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