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  • Announcement: All Georgia Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Georgia cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of GA cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Georgia.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “GA Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 4 Georgia geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Review of Dungeness Greyfield Anchorage, Cumberland Island, GA, AICW Statute Mile 711.5


    One of Claiborne’s favorite side trips along the southern Georgia portion of the AICW was to leave the Waterway at marker #34 and cruise up the Cumberland Island channel to anchor off the west side of Cumberland Island and east of Drum Point Island. Our thanks to Chris and Alyse Caldwell for this report.

    Cumberland Island GA anchorage allows you access to the most pristine beach you can imagine. Wander in by dinghy from the southwestern side of the island, stroll under the canopy of trees over to the incredible dunes of the Atlantic Ocean and I will bet you encounter peacocks, goats and wild horses. This national park offers overnight camping but limits the number of daily visitors. It is a must see for us every time we traverse the east coast.
    See you on the water…
    Chris and Alyse Caldwell

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dungeness Greyfield Channel Anchorage

  • LNM: Changes to Nav Aids, Cumberland Sound, vicinity of AICW Statute Mile 705


    These nav aids are private, non-waterway lights on the eastern shore of Cumberland Sound opposite the entrance to St. Marys River and just north of the Georgia/Florida line.

    GEORGIA AND FLORIDA – CUMBERLAND SOUND – FERNANDINA HARBOR TO KINGS BAY – CUMBERLAND SOUND: Changes to the
    Aids to Navigation System.
    Read More!

    Private Aids changed to Federal Aids:
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light A (LLNR 6773/37843) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, position 30-43-39.000N 081-28-52.200W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light B (LLNR 6837/37837) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, position 30-43-56.400N 081-28-59.400W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light C (LLNR 6847/37827) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, position 30-44-13.200N 081-28-59.400W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light D (LLNR 6867/37808) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, position 30-44-27.000N 081-29-10.800W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light E (LLNR 6873/37803) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, due to shifting shoal new position 30-45-
    09.909N 081-28-55.678W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light F (LLNR 6872/37804) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, due to shifting shoal new position 30-45-
    16.312N 081-29-08.692W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light G (LLNR 6892/37798) renamed Cumberland Sound Shoal Light H (LLNR 6894/37793) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, due to shifting shoal new position 30-45-16.312N 081-29-08.692W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light H (LLNR 6894/37793) renamed Cumberland Sound Shoal Light G (LLNR 6892/37798) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, due to shifting shoal new position 30-45-09.909N 081-28-55.678W
    Cumberland Sound Shoal Light I (LLNR 6927/37753) displaying Fl W 4s characteristics, 5NM range, due to shifting shoal new position 30-46-00.138N 081-29-03.919W
    Chart 11503 LNM 04/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cumberland Sound

  • Celebrating 36 Years – Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary


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    Today we celebrate 36 years of protection for Georgia’s special live-bottom habitat that supports wildlife in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast. With your support, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary will continue to be an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life, supported by healthy habitats in clean ocean waters.
    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

  • LNM: Discontinued Nav Aids, Cumberland Sound, AICW Statute Mile 707


    These discontinued non-Waterway lights are on the eastern shore of Cumberland Sound between Markers #30 and #32.

    GEORGIA AND FLORIDA – CUMBERLAND SOUND – FERNANDINA HARBOR TO KINGS BAY – CUMBERLAND SOUND Read More

    The following changes have been approved to the Aids to Navigation System in the Cumberland Sound:
    Cumberland Sound Light B (LLNR 6860/37825) will be permanently discontinued
    Cumberland Sound Light C (LLNR 6890/37795) will be permanently discontinued
    Chart 11503 LNM 02/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of discontinued lights.

  • LNM: Change to Jekyll Creek Nav Aid, AICW Statute Mile 684, Jekyll Island, GA


    This new light is on the west side of the Waterway just north of the Jekyll Island Highway Bridge. Shoaling was reported in this stretch as recently as September of 2016: http://cruisersnet.net/159758

    GEORGIA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – JEKYLL CREEK Read More

    The following change has been approved to the Aids to Navigation System in Jekyll Creek:
    Change Jekyll Creek Daybeacon 20A (LLNR 37346) to Jekyll Creek Light 20A
    LNM Ref: Proposed 49/16 Chart 11489 LNM 02/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jekyll Creek Light 20A

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  • SLOW DOWN! Speed and Wake Enforcement, Thunderbolt, GA, AICW Statute Mile 583, New Comments


    PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of this warning is to remind you to slow down and watch your wake wherever you are, not to assist you in avoiding law enforcement. This specific warning of a speed trap is based on hearsay and it’s the first such we’ve had in a long while. However, a word to the wise calls for carefully watching your speed and wake through this area. If you encounter speed/wake enforcement in Thunderbolt, let us hear from you. Our thanks to Steve and Barb Sipe for this report.

    Read More!
    Have heard reports in the past few days of speeding violations being issued on the GA ICW around Thunderbolt, in the area of G33 to G37. Reports indicate LEO’s are stopping vessels for speeding/violation of no wake zones and issuing warnings and in some cases, citations with a fine of $1,000. No specific information as to the enforcement agency conducting the stops, either state or local, not USCG.
    Might be worth a mention on the site as a problem area.
    Steve & Barb Sipe
    Solo 4303 “Maerin”

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #33

  • LNM: Dredging to Begin, Kings Bay Channel, Cumberland Sound, AICW Statute Mile 707


    Range E of the Kings Bay Entrance channel in Cumberland Sound becomes part of the Waterway at statute mile 707, requiring extra care in the vicinity of dredge equipment working in the Waterway.

    GEORGIA AND FLORIDA – FLORIDA – CUMBERLAND SOUND – FERNANDINA HARBOR TO KINGS BAY – ST MARYS ENTRANCE:
    Maintenance Dredging of Kings Bay Entrance Channel.
    READ MORE

    Manson Construction Co. will commence mobilization 06 January 2017 and dredging will start approximately 15 January 2017 in the Kings Bay Entrance Channel Cut-1N through Range-E. Dredging operations to be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day until approximately 15 April 2017. Dredges BAYPORT and NEWPORT will monitor VHF Frequency(s) 13, 16, and 66. Other vessels: JOHN M, AGGIE, 180′ x 50′ ABS Spud Barge, MANSON 39 Booster Pump Barge, Anchor Barge and CHRISTI C Tug Boat. Mariners are advised while transiting the dredging areas reduce speed and exercise caution in the vicinity of the dredges and other floating equipment. Manson POC: Alex Merlo – Project Manager 904-460-4976
    and Ryan Kirk – Project Engineer 904-437-8847. Chart 11503 LNM 01/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Range E

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS
  • Shoaling South of Altahama Sound, AICW Statute Mile 657


    Captain Wes is referring to a narrow stretch of Waterway northwest of Dolbow Island off Altamaha Sound and is responding to an earlier report of shoaling in Little Mud River, see http://cruisersnet.net/161445.

    Another area to keep a close eye on is just south of the little mud river starting around FL 4s “202” to daymark “206” passed through about 2 hrs after low water and bumped in the middle of the channel and the boat behind bumped as well, that was a surprise! Luckily just mud…. Both of us draft 5′-5″ were on plane so calculate how you like, I lose about foot [to 4’5″] while on plane. Like Terry I was transiting this same area the same day. I was aware of what lurked ahead as I’ve transited these waters for 15 years now, it always has my full attention!!!
    Wes

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

  • Shoaling Reported in Cumberland Dividings, AICW Statute Mile 703


    Today’s Waterway Guide reports shoaling at Marker #60 in Cumberland Dividings, a SSECN Problem Stretch, where channel shifting at the Waterway/Brickhill River intersection is perennial. For good advice on this Problem Stretch, go to: http://cruisersnet.net/153352

    CLICK HERE FOR WATERWAY GUIDE’S REPORT

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the Cumberland Dividings

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

  • Grounding, Little Mud River AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655


    Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This AICW Problem Stretch lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. SSECN continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. Our thanks to yacht delivery Captain Terry for this newest update. For a comprehensive report from Little Mud River, go to http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128659

    Navigated Mud River on Nov 30 boat 48 Viking, kicked up plenty mud, many seagulls following wake.
    50 ft Sport Fish hi and dry aground, missed the turn, soft mud, Sea Tow pulled off mud flat, no damage to boat or running gear.
    Terry

    12/8 Follow-up:
    Larry, there were four boats traveling together, I was on Lockout a 48 Viking en route from Manasquan NJ to Palm Beach, Sea Tow came out and pulled him out after the tide came in, it was around 15:48 Dead low tide (7ft tide swing). We all stayed over at St. Simon’s Island and met for dinner. There was virtually no damage to the 54 Sport Fish and the Captain had around 40 years experience. I will not mention the name of the boat due to respect. Remember it can happen to anyone. If it has not happened, with time it is certain to happen.
    Terry

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Little Mud River

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

  • Causton Bluff Bridge Now Open, AICW Statute Mile 580


    Causton Bridge had been closed to navigation for repairs over this past weekend, but has now been partially repaired allowing traffic through a single span. With a closed vertical clearance of 21 feet, the Causton Bluff – Sam Varnedoe Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 580.

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Causton Bluff – Sam Varnedoe Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Causton Bluff – Sam Varnedoe Bridge

  • Sunken Vessel Debris, St Simons Sound, AICW Statute Mile 673, 11/17/2016


    This sunken vessel is between St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island just west of the Waterway’s path through St. Simons Sound as the Waterway rounds Marker #20 near the mouth of St. Simons Inlet.

    GEORGIA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – ST SIMONS SOUND – FERNANDINA BEACH: Hazard to Navigation.
    On November 5, 2016 the commercial F/V PREDATOR sank and broke apart in position 31°7′ 34.6343N, 81°25′ 16.2977’W, in vicinity of Jekyll Island in Brunswick, Georgia. Portions of the vessel still remain in the area and may break apart, float to the surface, or shift on the sea floor. Mariners transiting the area are urged to exercise extreme caution and if debris is sighted notify Marine Safety Unit Savannah at 912-652-4353 or your nearest Coast Guard unit. Chart 11489 LNM 46/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at St Simons Sound

  • Poor Paint Job from Hinckley Boat Yard, Thunderbolt, GA, AICW Statute Mile 583

    We post this complaint only to compare the experience of this skipper with Imron versus Awlgrip. We also trust that the results of this particular work are not typical of Hinkley’s expertise. See Tom Law’s comments below.

    You don’t always get what you pay for! With such great reviews we decided to use Hinckley to paint our boat. We got a bid to have our 49 Hylas yacht painted in Awlgrip in January 2016. We have used Awlgrip paint before and found it to be durable, easy to clean and long lasting. Read More

    A few weeks after we got the bid to paint the topsides in Awlgrip by the manager, we were handed off to [another worker] to coordinate the work we needed done. Then came emails and phone calls to use Imron paint. Imron paint is cheaper than Awlgrip. Although we loved Awlgrip we decided the “professionals” knew better and so we went with their product Imron. We felt that on every step Hinkley encouraged us to do more and more work than we felt unnecessary. It always started with “at Hinckley we do it this way because it’s the best”. They faired the transom and built it up with a compound to fix a few dings. We were not in Florida when the work was done which was Big mistake. When we arrived in late January the first issues started. First issue was we had covered our boat to protect the deck from the harsh Florida weather .We always do this when leaving our boat in storage. Hinckley removed it when they stepped the mast right after we left and never replaced as they deemed it unnecessary. We reminded them to put it back on after the mast was stepped and were assured they would do so. We had new [name] signs put on the boat. When I showed [the worker] that they were peeling, he suggested a little clear nail polish on the edges to keep them from peeling off! I was starting to regret using Hinckley.
    Most worrisome was the paint job. The Imron just wasn’t the right type of paint for a sailboat that actually gets used. This became apparent a few months later. We sailed from Hinckley directly to the Bahamas and Cuba for 4 months. The boat was only in a marina once where it was rinsed down and washed. It was there we noticed that salt had etched the paint. When we returned to Hinckley five months after the initial painting we had to haul the boat and they had to use an acid to remove the salt. Even the yard and paint distributor said they had never seen anything like it. Never in 25,000 miles of sailing with Awlgrip had we ever used anything but Awlgrip wash to clean our boat of salt residue. It always looked great. Next issue was discovered by the guys who polished the boa. He t noticed small cracks all over the transom. Brian tried to explain it as fiberglass from under the bonding they used was suddenly erupting through the paint. Riduculous? Of course. But our choice was to stay in Florida and haggle with Hinckley or just consider this a VERY EXPENSIVE lesson. We realized we would never be satisfied and left. We are currently in Europe and have now noticed that everything scratches this paint. Mooring lines that rub remove the paint down to the primer. Bumpers rubbing wear off the paint, a small bump on a plastic dock scratches. Even my finger nail can scratch through the paint! Two professional painters here in Europe laughed at their explanation on why the transom had cracks. Both explained it was too much compound used and the compound was cracking underneath. This of course makes more sense. I will say that Hinckley did reimburse me the costs of the signs. Lessons learned. Never would I recommend Imron paint and never would I recommend Hinckley Boat yard.
    Maureen Gapp
  • News from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

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    Sanctuary News — Council Webinar
    Join the Sanctuary Advisory Council webinar on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.— noon, for a presentation on Marine Protected Areas and climate change. Click here to register for this public, online meeting. You can also apply for a seat on the Gray’s Reef or other sanctuaries and monument councils, as announced today in the U.S. Federal Register. For more council information, contact Becky.Shortland@noaa.gov.
    Read More!

    Film Festival — Submissions Accepted
    The Gray’s Reef Film Festival will be held early February 2017 in the historic city of Savannah, GA. Student films are now being accepted for the Emerging Filmmakers Competition, and a call for poster art is underway as well. For more information, please contact Chris.Hines@noaa.gov.

    Student Robotics Competition — Port Cities of the Future
    The Port of Savannah, home to the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in North America, is comprised of two modern, deep-water terminals. Garden City Terminal is the fourth busiest container handling facility in the United States, encompassing more than 1,200 acres and moving millions of tons of containerized cargo annually. Source: gaports.com

    To simulate the technical challenges of this maritime industry, the MATE underwater robotics (ROV) competition mission for 2017 is to build and demonstrate a robot that helps streamline port commerce, maintains entertainment systems, collects material samples for health and environmental remediation, and ensures the safety of the port and its operations. Source: marinetech.org

    Gray’s Reef will host the Southeast Region MATE ROV Competition on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Chatham County Aquatic Center. The public is welcome to attend and team registration will open soon. For more information, contact Jody.Patterson@noaa.gov.

    graysreef.noaa.gov
    10 Ocean Science Circle Savannah, GA 31411
    Phone: 912-598-2345

  • GA DNR Hearing on Private Docks, October 27, Brunswick, GA

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    DNR to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Rule for Coastal Private Docks
    Brunswick, GA (Oct 18, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced the rescheduled public hearing for proposed new rules for private recreational docks. The public hearing, rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will be held in Brunswick on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM. Read More

    The proposed new rule would codify standards and conditions for issuance of a revocable license authorizing construction, maintenance, or modification of private recreational docks located over state-owned tidal water bottoms. The proposed new rule would also provide penalties for non-compliance with these standards and conditions.

    “The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for insuring that private docks in coastal areas are built in a manner that balances environmental impact with access to tidal waterways for recreation such as boating and fishing,” explained Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. “The proposed rule will formalize in state law the same standards for dock size and configuration that have been required in federal law since 2012. Harmonizing state and federal law will eliminate confusion in the regulated community and strengthen the ability of DNR to resolve situations when docks are built knowingly and willfully in the wrong location or in the wrong manner.”

    The public hearing on the proposed rule will be held in Brunswick at the Georgia DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters campus in the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

    Written public comment will be received through Monday, November 07, 2016. Comments should be legible, concise and limited to the proposed rule change. Following the comment period, the Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed rule on December 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia.

    Mail or email comments to:Doug Haymans, Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520; email: doug.haymans@dnr.ga.gov

    Additional information is available at www.CoastalGaDNR.org “News and Notices.”

  • Post Matthew AICW Report: Traffic Light and Debris Sparse

    Carmen and Cathy Salemno traveling south through SC and GA report that traffic is very light and that visible debris is sparse. They also report that most marinas look good, but that many private docks, especially the ones with longer walkouts, have suffered damage. The dock houses appear to be undamaged, but the walkouts are gone.

  • 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!

  • SPECIAL NOTICE: SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA, 10/13/2016

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

    SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA
    DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE MATTHEW, AIDS TO NAVIGATION, STRUCTURES OR PLATFORMS MAY BE DAMAGED, DESTROYED OR SUBMERGED. LIGHTED AND UNLIGHTED BUOYS MAY HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM ASSIGNED POSITIONS, BE DAMAGED, EXTINGUISHED, SINK, OR OTHERWISE MADE INOPERATIVE. MARINERS SHOULD NOT RELY COMPLETELY UPON THE POSITION OR OPERATION OF AN AID TO
    NAVIGATION IN THESE AREAS, BUT SHOULD ALSO EMPLOY SUCH OTHER METHODS OF DETERMINING POSITION AS MAY BE AVAILABLE.
    WRECKS AND SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTIONS MAY MOVE FROM CHARTED LOCATIONS AND PIPELINES MAY BECOME UNCOVERED OR MOVE DUE
    TO THE FORCE OF STORM SURGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND REPORT ALL AIDS TO NAVIGATION DISCREPANCIES TO THE NEAREST COAST GUARD UNIT.
    ****THIS LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS DOES NOT REFLECT ALL OF THE POTENTIAL DISCREPANCIES OF THE AIDS TO NAVIGATION****
    LNM 41/16

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