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  • St. Johns River Range Light Relocated, St. Johns River, Northern Florida


    This range light relocation is just east of the Waterway’s diagonal path across the St. Johns River and would be of interest only to those cruisers traveling upstream to Jacksonville and beyond.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MILE POINT: Mile Point Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 7287) Relocate
    Mile Point Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 7287) has been relocated to 30-22-43.834N 081-27-10.552W. The range has a 360 degree arc of visibility to both Mile Point Upper and Lower Range traffic. While proceeding up river, the additional green light will be visible to the west of the existing Mile Point Lower Range Line. Mile Point Upper Range Line has not been affected. Mile Point Lower Range Light will be relocated beginning 18 April with an estimated completion date of 22, April 2016. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11491 LNM 16/16

  • Submerged Object in Ponce de Leon Cut, near AICW Statute Mile 843 and Ponce Inlet, 4/13/2016


    This submerged object is at Swoope Public Boat Ramp on the Halifax River in New Smyrna Beach which gives access to the Halifax River and the Ponce Inlet.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – PONCE DE LEON CUT: Hazard to Navigation
    There is a submerged object near the Swoop Public Boat Ramp in Ponce de Leon Cut. The object us barely visible above the waterline and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB, with Fl Q G characteristics is marking the hazard in approximate position 29-03-47.431N/080-56-09.548W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485 LNM 15/16

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

  • Shoaling Reported in Jupiter Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 1005, 3/16/2016


    Jupiter Inlet intersects the Waterway near statute mile 1005  at Loxahatchee River and was last dredged in February of 2014. Jupiter Inlet is prone to shoaling and passage is not recommended without local knowledge.


    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – JUPITER INLET: Hazard to Navigation/SHOALING

    Shoaling has been reported in Jupiter Inlet. Depths as low as 5 feet have been reported at low tide. A white Danger Shoal Buoy displaying a FL QW light has been set where the most significant shoaling has been found in position 26-56-53.617N/080-04-45.846W. Mariners are strongly encouraged to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11472 LNM 11/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Jupiter Inlet

  • Okeechobee Lock Procedures in Hurricane Conditions

    Let’s hope we never need this information, but it should definitely be included in your Hurricane Procedures folder.

    OKEECHOBEE AND CANAVERAL LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES: EFFECTIVE: 08/26/2015
    00:00 thru 12/31/2015 24:00 EST (REFERENCES: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters

    Notice to Navigation – 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and Drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured as passage across the waterway suspended.
    For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
    1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
    2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.
    After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.
    For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at;
    Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
    St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
    Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
    Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
    Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 WP
    Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
    Chart 11428 11478 LNM 35/15

  • Multiple ATONs Missing, Indian River, AICW Statute Mile 982, 8/6/2015


    These missing private markers exit westward from the Waterway’s passage through Indian River between ICW markers 223 and 224, south of the Jensen Beach Bridge.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – ANCHORS AWEIGH MARINA: Multiple Private Aids/Hazard to Navigation
    The below Private Aids are missing and pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 45645)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 2 (LLNR 45650)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 6 (LLNR 45670)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 7 (LLNR 45675)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 9 (LLNR 45685)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 10 (LLNR 45690)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 11 (LLNR 456959)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 12 (LLNR 45700)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 13 (LLNR 45705)
    Chart 11472 L:NM 31/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 982

  • Temporary Aids, Lake Monroe, St. Johns River, Sanford, FL


    These temporary markers are in a small bay just east of the Sanford waterfront leading to the Sanford Boat works and Marina.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: Temporary Aids Established.
    The following aids have been temporarily established to facilitate local PATON [Private Aids to Navigation] construction.
    -Mothers Arm TRLB 2, Fl Q R in position 28-48-59.873N 081-14-33.773W
    -Mothers Arm TRUB 4 in position 28-49-00.574N 081-14-22.831W
    -Woodruff Creek Cutoff TRUB 5 in position 28-48-55.856N 081-14-07.355W

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sanford Boat Works and Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sanford Boat Works and Marina

  • USCG Hurricane Procedures and Warnings

    Each year around June 1st, the USCG Seventh District publishes detailed information for mariners to heed during a tropical storm event. While these rules and procedures are well known to the savvy sailor, it is good to review before a storm occurs.

    HURRICANE SEASON – JUNE 1st THROUGH NOVEMBER 30th
    Hurricanes can cause excessive damage to vessels and loss of life. To minimize these dangers, the following precautions should be taken by all mariners before getting underway during the hurricane season:
    (a) Instruction of crew and passengers in location of emergency equipment and emergency procedures;
    (b) Pre-sailing check of vessel, machinery, and equipment for seaworthiness;
    (c) Installation of strong ground tackle;
    (d) Review of storm center evasion procedures;
    (e) Knowledge of nearest hurricane shelter or port; and
    (f) Constant radio watches on channel 16 VHF-FM and frequent monitoring of weather broadcasts.
    The civilian hurricane warning service for the North Atlantic is provided by the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida. The center collates ship, aircraft, radar, and satellite data to produce and issue tropical cyclone warnings and forecasts for the North Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. A Tropical Cyclone Public Advisory (TCP) is issued every six hours, with intermediate bulletins provided as needed. For tropical storms and hurricanes threatening to cross the coast of the U.S., coastal warnings are issued to the public so that precautionary actions, including evacuation, can be initiated to minimize damage and loss of life.
    Four alerts are issued:
    (a) TROPICAL STORM WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
    (b) TROPICAL STORM WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph or 63 to 118 km/hr) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.
    (c) HURRICANE WATCH – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
    (d) HURRICANE WARNING – An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
    The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.

    Mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted position, damaged, destroyed, extinguished, or otherwise deemed discrepant as a result of hurricanes and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ such other methods of determining position as may be available. Port Hurricane Conditions are set up by the COTP and will change as the threat of severe weather increases, or as a storm approaches a specific COTP Area of Responsibility. For COTP-specific Port Hurricane Conditions, you should review information provided under the Port Directory tab of http://homeport.uscg.mil
    Condition 4 – Hurricane Seasonal Alert. 01 June–30 November; port status: open.
    Condition Whiskey – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 72 hours; port status: open.
    Condition X-Ray – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 48 hours; port status: open.
    Condition Yankee – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 24 hours; port status: restricted; vessel/facility control measures in effect.
    Condition Zulu – Sustained Gale Force winds associated with Tropical Cyclone activity are predicted within 12 hours; port status: closed to all vessel traffic and waterside activities except for activities approved by the COTP.
    Drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures. Drawbridges are authorized to remain closed upon approach of Gale Force winds of 34 knots or greater. Extended closure periods may be authorized up to 8 hours prior to arrival of Gale Force winds to facilitate evacuation of land traffic. Due to the uncertainty of hurricane movements and bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of Gale Force winds.
    LNM: 21/15

  • Shoaling Reported at Matanzas Inlet Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 793


    This Problem Stretch was dredged back in 2012, but it seems to be filling in again exactly where Skipper Dammeyer reports. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=84969 for an earlier report.

    Larry,
    Please forward this as appropriate. While North bound rounding the big bend at Ft Matanzas at about a boat length from 81A we hit hard with 5′ draft at low tide. We slide over the bump with our wing keel. Cruisers should favor the Reds according to Boat US. I’ve not read about a problem on the net. It’s probably time to post it as the North migration has begun.
    Rick Dammeyer
    Promise
    Catalina 445

    And this from Week 14 LNMs. Note: The USCG does not give a specific location, so their warning may or may not be the above Problem Stretch. The LNM does coincide with the above advice to favor the red side (west) of the channel.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Shoaling
    The Coast Guard conducted soundings at low tide and found the center of the channel to be between 12 and 18 feet while on the east side of the channel is between 6 and 12 feet. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution and local knowledge is advised. Chart 11485 LNM: 14/15

    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

  • Overhead Cable Work, St. Johns River, south of Palatka


    Replacement of these Florida Power and Light transmission lines should not affect our tall masted friends, but if in doubt, give them a call at 561-722-0889. This power line is just north of Porter Cove Anchorage and normally has a vertical clearance of 90ft.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: FPL Aerial Crossing Work
    FPL will be replacing some overhead electrical transmission line structures within the St. John’s River, in Putnam County, south of Palatka. Barges will arrive the week of 23 March 23 and work will take place until approximately 20 May, 2015. The structures are along the east and west bank and will not be in the central portion of the river. Coordinates for the two poles that are being replaced are: 29-37-21.49N/81-35-42.60W and 29-37-18.40N/81-35-58.55W in the vicinity of Rivercrest Light 11 (LLNR 8250). The vessel operators will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. The point of contact is Mr. Mark Denman of FPL (561) 722-0889. Chart 11487 LNM: 12/15

  • Request for Comment on Lake Okeechobee Restoration

    This request asks for your comments on lake restoration in South Florida, including Lake Okeechobee.

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    Public input sought on permit request allowing FWC lake restoration in south Florida
    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 03/11/2015 10:06 AM EDT March 11, 2015

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District to conduct restoration activities on four lakes and water bodies in the FWC’s South Region.
    This permit is required pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The request is part of an overall initiative in which the FWC is working with the Corps to obtain permits for routine restoration work in 95 lakes and water bodies throughout Florida.
    The public can review the request and comment on it (see link below).

    The following water bodies within the FWC’s South Region are included in the permit application:
    •Lake Okeechobee in Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Martin and Palm Beach counties;
    •Lake Trafford in Collier County;
    •Lake Hicpochee in Glades County;
    •Lake Osborne in Palm Beach County.

    The Corps permitting process requires the opportunity for public comment. The Corps has published a Public Notice for the proposed work on its website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx. To view the notice, click on the following file number to open the Public Notice: SAJ-2015-00641 (SP-SLR). If you would like to provide comments or have any questions regarding the Corps permit process, please follow the directions included in the Public Notice. Note that the Web address is case sensitive and should be entered as it appears above.

    Click Here to read the complete Bulletin

  • Shallow Water Reported East of Lake Park, FL, AICW Statute Mile 1017, 1/14/2015


    This charted spoil area is on the eastern side of a narrow Waterway channel abreast of Lake Park at the southern end of Lake Worth. As with all narrrow channels in the Waterway, care must be taken to stay in the channel!

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH NORTH: Hazard to Navigation/Shallow Area
    The USCG received a report of a shallow area of approximately 4ft in position 26-47.652’N/080-02.701’W located in the Spoil Area east of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Florida AIA Bridge in West Palm Beach, Fl. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 02/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Lake Park

  • Main Street Bridge, Single-Leaf Operation, Daytona, FL, AICW Statute Mile 830


    With 22ft closed vertical clearance, Main Street Bascule Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 830, south-southeast of unlighted daybeacon #32. Completion date of these emergency repairs is unknown as of Week 42/14.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – MAIN STREET BRIDGE: Bridge
    Discrepancy.

    Volusia County, the bridge owner, of the Main Street Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 829.7, Daytona, Florida has advised the Coast Guard that the bridge has malfunctioned and they are currently on single-leaf operations. A manual double-leaf opening is available by contacting the bridge tender. No estimated time of repair has been provided. Chart 11485 LNM: 42/14

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Main Street Bridge

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

    29 13.357 North/081 01.137

  • Offshore Channel Marker Light Sinking, Government Cut, Miami, FL, 9/17/2014


    This sinking light marks the entrance to the channel into Government Cut in Miami. It is located 2.5 nautical miles offshore and sits northeast of the first channel marker.

    SEACOAST FLORIDA – JUPITER INLET TO FOWEY ROCKS: Hazard to Navigation
    MIAMI LIGHTED BUOY M (LLNR 895/10455) is riding low in the water and sinking. Aid will eventually become extinguished and sink. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting through the area. Chart 11466 LNM 37/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Government Cut Channel

  • AQUADICE Adrift off the Coast of Florida

    Here is something to make your next off-shore trek even more exciting. If you happen to “stumble upon” these sculptures, take a photo and send it to us! Although this Local Notice dos not give a current lat/lon, the position of the drifting dice can be monitored on Facebook.

    ATLANTIC COAST – TRIANGLE FORMED BETWEEN THE CANARY ISLANDS, PORT D’ESPAGNE VENEZUALA AND JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA: Giant Ocean Dice (AQUADICE)
    The US Coast Guard received a report of two adrift independent 8′ x 8′ x 8′ orange cubes. The cubes known as a “floating sculpture” called AQUADICE. AQUADICE will be highly visible at sea. The bodies of the dice will be painted a bright phosphorescent orange with blue pips on each face. In addition each face will have constantly flashing lights visible up to 5 kilometers and with life spans of 2 years. The beacons will provide electronic signals. The voyage of AQUADICE will serve as a feasibility study for unmanned, non-sail; wind powered Trans-Atlantic shipping. This sculpture does not readily present a danger to navigation. Mariners are advised to be on the lookout. For complete information refer to the website http://aquadice.net/

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  • Shoaling Reported South of Fernandina Beach, AICW Statute Mile 719.5, 5/13/2014


    This shoaling seems to lie two miles south of Fernandina Beach harbor just north of the Waterway’s turn into Kingsley Creek.
    NOTICE that the USCG has established a “TEMP Buoy 2” to mark these shallows!!!

    FLORIDA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – FERNANDINA BEACH : Shoaling
    There is excessive shoaling visible at low tide in the vicinity of Fernandina Beach LT 3 (LLNR 37990). The Coast Guard has established Fernandina Beach TEMP Buoy 2 in position 30-38-54.689N 081-29-03.486W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11489 LNM 19/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Light #3

  • Update on Dredging at AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 1080

    Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

    Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

    This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling. Since only passage at mid-to-high tide has been our recommendation, the dredging of this intersection is very welcome news!

    FLORIDA – AICW – MIAMI – BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: (UPDATE: 03/24/2014) Dredge Operations
    Southwind Construction Corp. will commence dredging in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet beginning on or about 18 March. The Dredge JENNIE LEA II and workboats Ann Kay & Viper will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 16 & 78. Operations will continue 24/7 until on or about April 5, 2014. Buoys may be temporarily disestablished to accommodate dredge operations and the channel may be restricted to vessel traffic. Submerged pipeline will be in designated areas then turn southerly toward the Bal-Harbor Beach placement site. Further information contact the Project Manager, Devon Carlock at (812) 867-7220. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For passing arrangements contact the Dredge JENNIE LEA II. See enclosure section for pipeline route.
    The below aids have been temporarily discontinued to facilitate dredge operations.
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7 (LLNR 47822)
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824)
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) has been temporarily relocated to position 25-54-04.052N / 080-07-54.294W to facilitate dredge operations.
    **The area is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution, seek local knowledge when transiting the area, and use alternate route when necessary.**
    Chart 11467 LNM:12/14

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For AICW Bakers/Haulover Inlet Intersection

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

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  • Dredging To Begin in Sebastian Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 936

    No completion date or scope is given for this dredging project, but be alert for dredges, barges and submerged pipelines in the inlet which intersects the Waterway between Melbourne and Vero Beach, FL. Navigation of Sebastian Inlet is restricted by a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 37ft.

    FLORIDA-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-SEBASTIAN INLET CHANNEL: Dredge Operations
    Orion Marine Construction will commence hydraulic dredge operations in Sebastian Inlet, Sebastian, Florida. Operations will occur in the vicinity of private Aids – Sebastian Inlet Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 9730) and buoy 3A (LLNR 9740.1) on or around February 25, 2014 completion date is (TBD). The Dredge JERI-B will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channel 78 days of Operation (7-days per week/24-hours per day). Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operations will be utilized. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further information contact Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498 or Mr. Prasong (904) 451-3216. Chart 11472 LNM: 06/14

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

  • Temporary Replacement of Navigation Aids , Fishermans Channel, off AICW Statute Mile 1090

    Fishermans Channel - Click fro Chartview

    Fishermans Channel – Click for Chartview

    Fishermans Channel parallels the south side of Dodge Island in Miami Harbor and is often used when arriving or departing offshore to avoid large ship traffic in the Main Channel. Fishermans Channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1090.

    FLORIDA–MIAMI HARBOR–MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL–FISHERMANS CHANNEL: Temporarily Disestablish and Replace Aids.
    In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids will be temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
    Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550)
    Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740)
    Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655)
    Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660)
    Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665)
    Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) temporarily renumbered to 9A
    Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) temporarily renumbered to 9E
    Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685)
    The above changes will begin on 04 February 2014 and all aids are anticipated to be temporarily converted to floating aids no later than 14 February 2014. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Divison at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. Chart 11468 LNM: 05/14

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

  • Offshore Towers a Hazard, South Carolina to Cape Canaveral

    This is a Local Notice to Mariners for our cruising brethren who choose to avoid shallow parts of the Ditch by going offshore. These unlighted towers are roughly 40 nautical miles off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, from St. Catherines Sound to Cumberland Island.

    SEACOAST-SOUTH CAROLINA-GEORGIA-CHARLESTON LIGHT TO CAPE CANAVERAL: Hazard to Navigation.
    There are eight (8) offshore U.S. Navy Aircraft Towers charted as lighted. The towers are not lighted, they are no longer used, not maintained and in very poor condition. The towers pose a hazard to navigation and are slated for removal in the future.
    The Positions of the (8) Towers:
    31 03 00.0N, 80 26 59.4W
    31 22 29.9N, 80 33 59.5W
    31 13 00.1N, 80 06 59.7W
    30 47 59.8N, 80 18 59.9W
    30 56 30.4N, 80 44 59.7W
    31 32 00.1N, 80 14 00.0W
    31 49 00.4N, 80 16 29.5W
    31 37 59.8N, 79 55 30.0W

    Chart 11480

  • More on Continued Shoaling at AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 1080

    AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection – Click for Chartview

    This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling, as well as having a Navigation Alert due to a relocated marker at the southern end of AICW/Bakers Haulover Inlet intersection.
    Note the use of the description “severe shoaling” in the article below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners! Clearly, captains whose vessels draws 3 feet or more should time their passage of these troubled waters for mid to high tide!

    FLORIDA-ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: Shoaling.
    The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet. The shoal is encroaching the channel from the east in between Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824) and Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828). Depths of less than 4ft have been reported during low tide near the center of the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11467

    July 15, 2013
    Tide was dead low and I cleared the channel with my 40′ Azimut with a 4 ft. draft. There was a 70′ Azimut that ran aground, he did not favor the greens. FAVOR THE GREEN!!
    Philip

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For AICW Bakers/Haulover Inlet Intersection

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

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