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  • 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.

    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!

    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!!

    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

  • Aids to Navigation Battery Theft, St. Johns River, Sanford to DeBary, FL

    The Coast Guard is requesting our assistance in apprehending the culprits in the removal of batteries from navigational aids in the St. Johns River. PLEASE report any info you may have on this truly dumb stunt to the USCG at 386-427-3227.

    FLORIDA-ST JOHNS RIVER: Stolen Equipment.
    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard is seeking information from the public about the theft of four batteries since the end of April from federally owned navigational aids in the St. Johns River from Sanford, Fla., to DeBary, Fla.
    Non-functioning navigational aids, or aids that are functioning improperly, can endanger mariners who rely on them for safe navigation and may cause accidents.Each battery weighs approximately 40 pounds and costs $106.86. Navigational aids are essential in assisting mariners transiting waterways throughout the country.
    Federal law prohibits vandalism of aids to navigation. Depending on the nature of the violation, persons could face maximum penalties upon conviction of up to 10 years imprisonment and as much as a $250,000 fine.
    Mariners who observe vandalism to navigational aids, have more information about the stolen batteries, or who want to report nonfunctioning aids, may contact Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Holt, the officer in charge of Aids to Navigation Team Ponce De Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach,
    Fla., at 386-427-3227.

    There’s only one word for these incredibly stupid idiots. KEELHAULED!!
    Jack Kramer

  • Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL, 5/18/2014

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

    This shoaling is in a section known as Hell Gate just west of Sewall Point at the mouth of the St. Lucie River and near the easternmost section of the Okeechobee Waterway. The coordinates given in the Notice put the temporary buoy 17A in the middle of Sewall Point, but we have to assume it is near the charted green marker #17. Since the shoaling (charted) is encroaching from the west, favoring the green side of the channel is your best bet.

    The Coast Guard has established St Lucie River Temp Buoy 17A in position 27-11-02.516N/080-11 49.228W. The Buoy marks a shoal that is encroaching the St Lucie River from the west. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11428

    That shoal has been encroaching VERY slowly for many years. It is high time NOAA revised the double dashed channel line; they should have ten years ago!
    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

  • Derelict Removal in Muddy Cove, Lake George, St. Johns River

    Muddy Cove - Click for Chartview

    Muddy Cove is west of the St. Johns River channel just north of Lake George. This removal of derelict vessels is sure to please local residents.

    Southland development Inc will be removing 5 derelict vessels for Clay County from the area known as Muddy Cove in Lake George, Florida. There will be some temporary piling installed to secure the turbidity barrier around the derelict vessels being removed. All piling and turbidity curtains will be removed daily and caution buoys will be deployed at any area that depicts a temporary navigation hazard. There will be a crane barge with a lattice crane and a material barge onsite. The project is scheduled to begin April 9 and is expected to be completed by April 23, 2013. The Project POC is Mr. Wayne Konga (727) 237-1520. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11495

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

  • Relocated Marker at AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection, Statute Mile 1080

    AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection – Click for Chartview

    This relocated marker is at the southern end of AICW/Bakers Haulover Inlet intersection, a perennial problem stretch for shoaling.

    Biscayne Bay Temp Buoy 7B has been relocated to position 25-54-06.580N 080-07-52.639W to mark encroaching shoal. Mariners are reminded that the area is subject to continuous shoaling and temporary aids marking the area are not charted. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution. Chart 11467

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

  • AICW Shoaling Reported North of St. Augustine, Statute Mile 774

    Shoaling at Marker #54 - Click for Chartview

    Back on 8/28/12, we posted a “Navigation Alert” message about shoaling north of St. Augustine, 1.5 nautical miles north of the Vilano Beach Bridge, and hard by marker #54 (see Now, in the message below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, we have confirmation of this shallow water.
    ALL CRUISERS should be sure to take extra care as they pass marker #54, and LET US HEAR FROM YOU about your experiences along this stretch of the Waterway. Send us e-mail directly at, or click the “Contribute Cruising News” link/button, found at the top of this all (except) Chart View SSECN pages!

    The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling near Tolomato River Light 54 (LLNR 38830) north of St Augustine Inlet forming adjacent to the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Lighted Marker #54

  • “Rocky” Hazard in Dania Cut-off Canal, south of Fort Lauderdale, FL (Statute Mile 1068.5), 8/29/12

    The “hazardous rock outcropping,” reported below in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, seems to lie along the Dania Cutoff Canal between Harbour Town Marina and Royal Palm Yacht Basin. So, clearly this is a hazard that both resident and visiting mariners must carefully take into account. Our best advice is the same as given below by the USCG. Stick strictly to the canal’s centerline, and proceed with CAUTION!

    The Coast Guard received a report of a hazardous rock outcropping located in the Dania Cutoff Canal along the northern side between Dania Cut Super Yacht Repair and Broward Shipyard, just west of the AT&T cable crossing. Estimated location is 26° 3.593′ N, 80° 7.893′ W. The outcropping extends approximately 30 ft. from the seawall towards the channel and is marked with a red 15” round buoy numbered 2. Mariners are urged to transit cautiously thru this area and stay in the channel. Chart 11470

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Dania Cut-off Canal

  • Navy Equipment Lost Offshore of Ft. Lauderdale

    This LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS, Week 32/11 is of interest to those of you who navigate offshore of eastern Florida. No comments please about how our Navy could lose a piece of equipment in only 3 foot seas!

    The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) lost equipment offshore Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 1424 EST on July 27th, 2011. The lost equipment is an ”Unmanned Underwater Vehicle” (UUV). The vehicle is 6 feet long, 6” in diameter and is colored yellow and black with “WARD” stenciled on the side. Last known position of the UUV was Lat 26 03.336 Lon -080 03.918. Seas were 3’ or less the day of loss, winds out of the east, and 4 knots of current to the North. Vehicle is positively buoyant and contains no hazardous materials. Should the vehicle be found, please contact SSC Pacific: POC: Peyton Hall 619-221-5245 e-mail: Alt POC: Chris Young 619-553-5387 or 619-607-9000

  • AICW Hazard to Navigation (Eastern Florida AICW, Statute Mile 726), 1/5/11

    This sunken object appears to lie between AICW markers #36 and #37 in the South Amelia River section of the Waterway, south of Fernandina Beach.

    Local Notice to Mariners:
    The Coast Guard has received a report of an unknown submerged metallic object at a reported depth of 3.5 ft in approximate location 30-34.148N 081-28.409W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. [Ref: JAX BNM 331-10] Chart 11488

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the AICW Near St. M. 726, Where the Hazard Described Above is Found<

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