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  • Autumn Highlights in Historic Edenton, NC, Albemarle Sound


    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events – especially in their colorful Fall – with a full schedule of activities for all ages! Edenton is always young! Come and let them prove it!

    EDENTON
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    * Autumn Highlights * edenton1028a
    As we prepare for the sharing of harvested bounty with family and friends, beautiful autumn colors come to life in our rich communities.
    Touring – Trolley, Paddling, Walking; Holiday Arts and Crafts; Renowned Silhouette Artist, Clay Rice; and Christmas productions await your November visit!
    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    * Dickens Of A Christmas *edenton1028b
    Holidays in Historic Edenton take on a Dickens Theme with Celebrations, Shopping, Dining and Overnight Stays!
    Much to See and Do
    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
    Chowan County Tourism Development Authority, PO Box 245, 101 W Water Street, Edenton, NC 27932

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

  • More Wave Break Structures, Old House Channel, Pamlico Sound, NC


    Old House Channel connects Pamlico Sound and Roanoke Sound and forms the main/bridgeless, non-AICW northbound route into Manteo, NC. Please see Note C on Chart 12205 regarding frequently shifted navigation aids in these channels. The continued installation of these wave break structures should help reduce shoaling. See http://cruisersnet.net/159286

    NC – PAMLICO SOUND – OLD HOUSE CHANNEL – ESTABLISHMENT OF WAVE BREAK STRUCTURES AND ACCOMPANYING WARNING LIGHTS
    On or about November 7, 2016, North Carolina Department of Transportation will be establishing three wave break structures. These structures will be marked with daymarks and white, slow flashing warning lights.
    Old House Channel Warning Light A, 35-45-17.3N, 075-35-13.7W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Old House Channel Warning Light B, 35-45-17.8N, 075-35-10.7W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Old House Channel Warning Light C, 35-45-17.1N, 075-35-07.8W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Chart 12204 12205 LNM 43/16

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

  • Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock, Southport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    Once again Carolina Yacht Service, Zimmerman Marine and Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, are teaming up to offer FREE weather and navigation daily briefings for the Fall Migration. A big thank you to these hard-working folks!

    Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Southport Marina Dock for Fall 2016 Read More!

    Announcement
    Back by popular demand! Celebrating our third year offering this free, one of a kind service.
    Headed south through Southport, NC this fall? The two things we hear most in discussions amongst cruisers are concerns for coastal weather, winds and seas and navigation issues on the ICW. Well Southport Marina, in historic Southport NC, decided to do something about it.
    Teaming with Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) and Zimmerman Marine, Southport Marina invites you to join them during the Fall 2016 transient season for daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs on the Dock” – geared towards transiting boaters.
    These informal discussions are an opportunity for you to join fellow cruisers at the end of the day for a presentation and interactive discussion on weather and navigation issues for the next leg of your journey.
    Retired US Navy meteorologist, cruising sailor and owner of Carolina Yacht Care – Hank Pomeranz, hosts the daily discussions. Hank will review the current National Weather Service advisories, watches and warnings, analyses and forecast charts and discuss the resultant forecasts for winds and seas, precipitation, temperatures, fog and severe weather potential for the Carolina coast north of Southport.
    On the ICW navigation side, Hank will draw from the US Army Corps of Engineers surveys, USCG Notices to Mariners, recent fellow cruiser postings in cooperation with Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net, The Waterway Guide, ActiveCaptain and local knowledge.
    And, you won’t have to memorize everything presented. They’ll have handouts you can take back to your boat and review at your leisure.
    Briefings will be held daily at 6PM through 15 December 2016 at the marina docks.
    Daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock”: yet another great reason to stop and stay with us at Southport Marina.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Southport Marina

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

  • Added Water Heights Add Question Marks to Fixed Bridge Clearances in NC and SC

    This article by Audrey Hudson of the Myrtle Beach Online relates problems not only for communities along the Waterway, but for boaters as well. Along with debris, floating and submerged, air clearances at fixed bridges become concerns with the added water heights.

    Waccamaw River crest to topple record that has stood since 1928
    The Waccamaw River crested in Conway late Monday at 17.9 feet, toppling the record set in 1928 from the rain unleashed by Hurricane Okeechobee. Read More!

    The 1928 flood is listed as one of the state’s “storms of the century” by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, with rainfall of 10 to 12 inches that topped the Waccamaw at 17.8 feet above flood level. Road, bridges and railways were impassible, and property losses were nearly $6 million.

    The river’s third-highest crest was set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and last year’s record rainstorm is now fourth.

    The slow-moving river took nine days to hit the mark following Hurricane Matthew, and officials say it could take just as long for the water to finally recede back to moderate flood stage levels.

    Residents near Conway started preparing for the coming flood the morning after Hurricane Matthew hit, and roads were cut off by water the following Monday.

    Residents in areas that have never flooded before along the Intracoastal Waterway and in Bucksport were evacuated days later as the water crept to the crest.

    The Intracoastal Waterway was at 19.09 feet over flood stage by Monday.

    The code red emergency call system was activated Saturday to alert Socastee residents by phone about the rising waterway, and a voluntary evacuation was urged.

    Bucksport residents — at risk from the Intracoastal Waterway, Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee River flooding — were alerted on Friday, said Brooke Holden, communications specialist for Horry County Emergency Management.

    “We wanted to make sure those people knew that if they wanted to leave or felt the need to leave, now was the time to go,” Holden said.

    There are seven shelters still operating in Horry County for residents who have evacuated flooded areas: at Aynor High School, Conway High School, Green Sea Floyds Middle and High schools, Loris High School, North Myrtle Beach High, Palmetto Bay Elementary School and Whittemore Park Middle School, according to the Emergency Operations Center.

    “People need to know there is still somewhere for them to go,” Holden said.

    With more than 100 roads closed throughout the county due to flooding and the Waccamaw River just hitting its peak, it will be several days before local, state and federal officials can access the areas to assess the damage and finalize requests for federal assistance from FEMA.

    “Just like last year, it’s going to be a waiting process,” Holden said.

    Once the river crests, it takes the crawling Waccamaw days, sometimes more than a week, to recede to the point that homeowners can access their property and assessments can be made.

    Those assessments must be made before FEMA determines whether to grant the state’s request that Horry County be declared an emergency area.

    “It’s a process that has to go to the White House for the president to approve,” said Derrec Becker, public information officer with the state Emergency Management Division.

    “Horry County is still in response mode with the oncoming flood. Because it’s an ongoing emergency situation, we are focused on life and safety first, and then recovery,” Becker said.

    Audrey Hudson: 843-444-1765, @AudreyHudson

    Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article108738657.html#storylink=cpy

  • More on Shoaling at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280


    This area of shoaling was noted in a Local Notice back in July. Thanks to Erin and Chris Miller for confirming the location of this “skinny water” in their observations below.

    Hi Cruisers Net,
    M/V Barefeet wants to make a waterway report of skinny water observed October 17, 2016. The location is between Figure Eight Island Bridge and Wrightsville Beach Bridge at Howe Point. The depth closest to the green day marker (close to green 121) is shallow – we took it slow but bumped along at 5.5 feet. In retrospect we should have been further right (closer to the docks) where depth appeared deeper. Please feel free to contact us for additional details.
    All the best,
    Erin and Chris Miller
    m/v Barefeet

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

  • UPDATE: Survey and Report from AICW/Shalotte Inlet Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 330


    Latest reports, Problem Stretch Report and http://cruisersnet.net/160432 confirm that the shallowest spot was at G81 in the Shalotte intersection and that the other nav aids appear to be on-station. That shallow water at G81 is confirmed by a report and survey sent by Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care in Southport. The current advice for this intersection remains: mid to high tide and HUG THE RED!

    LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – This is an extremely tight squeeze through here at MLW for all but the shallowest draft boats. Check the most recent USACE survey at: http://saw-nav.usace.army.mil/AIWW/CFRLR/T_19-20/Tangent_19-20.pdf.

    We took our work boat down there after Matthew. Between R80A and R82, we followed the USACE track and found 5′ MLW with rapid shoaling on the green side. We tried the same run again closer to the red side and found 6.4′ MLW. The challenge is that it’s narrow through there.
    Suggest transiting this inlet on a mid and rising tide and favoring a line between R80A and R82 – perhaps 10′ off. Slow and easy.

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

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

  • Grounding at Shalotte Inlet Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 330


    An earlier Problem Stretch Report confirmed that the shallowest spot was at G81 in the Shalotte intersection and that the other nav aids appear to be on-station. That shallow water at G81 has now been confirmed by the keel of Darryl Desmarteau’s vessel. We are glad he has able to back off with no damage. Thank you, Darryl, for your report. The current advice for this intersection: hug the Red!

    Travelling N on 10/14/2016 in trawler with 3′ 8″ draft. about 1h before low tide. Ran hard aground following mid channel course between G 81 and R 80,. I was able to back off and continue staying close to R 80. it was like a wall and in my view G 81 is essentially on top of a shoal extending well to port.
    Darryl Desmarteau

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

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

  • Matthew Results Photos and Video

    These photos and video from Facebook were posted by SSECN Team Member, Winston Fowler.

    Red Bluff Road, Myrtle Beach area:
    https://www.facebook.com/NMBGazette/photos/pcb.1840265916192348/1840263636192576/?type=3&theater

    SC Hwy 9 near Longs, SC
    https://www.facebook.com/NMBGazette/photos/pcb.1840265916192348/1840263579525915/?type=3&theater

    TV Channel 12 shows Goldsboro, NC flooding video
    https://www.facebook.com/wxii12news/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

  • North Carolina Manteo/Roanoke Island Area Post Matthew Report, Pamlico Sound


    This report on the Outer Banks waterfront comes from our good friend, George Barr, at Manteo Waterfront Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shores of Doughs Creek, northwest of marker #10. George offers advice on avoiding the NC ICW to reach the Neuse River and Oriental, NC. CLICK HERE for a video showing the channel into Manteo.

    Cruisers headed south on the Alternate ICW through the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds to Oriental should know that Manteo Waterfront Marina suffered little damage and has all facilities and amenities in full operation. The entrance channel into Shallowbag Bay remains clear with depths of at least 7 feet, Read More

     but marker 30A heading south in Roanoke channel was stripped by the winds and only the marker pole remains. The prior marker 29C on your right heading south is a Green can low in the water and is in shoal water so should be avoided by staying in center channel and then making a HARD right turn at the now bare poll where 30A used to be. This will have you ready to split the Red4 can and Green3 pole markers and you should stay close the the Green to port. Ditto on marker #5 in the distance and the rest of the channel up to #10 is deep and clear. Take a hard right into Manteo marinas fairway at #10 or point to the low white private aid in the water to the left of the white lighthouse if you’re headed to Shallowbag Bay Marina. Suggest calling them since they took heavy dock damage and may have limited availability for dockage and fuel.
    Pirates Cove Marina also just before the Baum bridge also took damage to docks…but they are back in business and a good place to fuel up if you’re headed south.
    Any of the marinas on the Island will be grateful for the business and you might be pleased to find a better, shorter and easier way south to Oriental!

    Quick update as of 10/15:
    Coast Guard has replaced marker 30A sign so everything is normal entering Shallowbag Bay now.
    Pirates Cove Marina also is fully functional again and remains the only local stop for gas and diesel at the moment.
    George

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Manteo Waterfront Marina

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

  • USACE Survey of Problem Stretch Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 321


    The intersection of the ICW and Lockwoods Folly has been a Problem Stretch for years and requires almost annual dredging. Much thanks to Hank Pomeranz for this report.

    The USACE surveyed Lockwood Folly Inlet on 10-11-16 – Post Matthew. Attached is the latest survey, including the lat/lon for waypoints. Read More

    We took the workboat down there today and found the buoy positions to be accurate. We also ran the waypoint lines as shown on the chart and measured a minimum depth along the lines at 6.7’ MLW. Boats drawing around 6’ or greater might want to wait until a mid tide and rising tide to make this transit. Notice the wide turn between R46A and R46B, keeping you off G47. The track seems close to the seawall but there’s good water along the USACE recommended route.
    I feel confident that this survey and the USACE waypoints are good representations of the current state of this intersection.
    Best regards
    Hank

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    Hank Pomeranz        (910) 742-0083  hank@CarolinaYachtCare.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

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

  • 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

  • Post-Matthew Report from Lockwood Folly and Shalotte Inlet Intersections,


    Just received word from Carmen Salemno that Lockwood Folly Inlet and Shalotte Inlet AICW Intersections are passable and that the nav aids appear to be on-station. Shallowest spot was at G81 in the Shalotte intersection. He also reported extensive damage to private docks along the Waterway. Our thanks for this report goes to Carmen and Cathy Salemno who are traveling south in their Grand Banks, having ridden out Matthew at Southport Marina.
    See http://cruisersnet.net/160354 for a post-Matthew survey and report on Lockwood Folly.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

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

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

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

  • New Bern Grand Marina Aided 230 Boats during Matthew, New Bern, NC


    New Bern Grand Marina acted on the very best values of seamanship by assisting these vessels in distress. Well Done New Bern Grand!
    The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

    The marina was proud to serve as safe harbor to nearly 230 boats during hurricane Matthew. In the midst of multiple stories of Matthew’s devastation, we thought you might enjoy sharing a positive story.
    Thank you! Millissa True Read More!

    PRESS BULLETIN
    Press Contact: Millissa True, SBS Forward, LLC
    SBS Forward LLC-On Site Consultant, New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club
    (252) 633-6070
    Millissa@newberngrandmarinayachtclub.com or MillissaTrueSBS@suddenlink.net

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    NEW BERN GRAND MARINA YACHT CLUB WAS SAFE HARBOR TO NEARLY 230 BOATS
    New Bern, NC (October 10, 2016) – ALL IS WELL AT THE NEW BERN GRAND MARINA! For over 30 years, the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club has been blessed and fortunate in not experiencing any major damage during severe weather and this year was no different. This past week the marina served as a safe harbor to nearly 230 boats during hurricane Matthew.

    “The marina is known as a deep water year-round marina, but when severe weather conditions exist, our occupancy rates have historically jumped. However, this year was much different. At one point, we had completely run out of large slips and had only three 40’ slips left to rent. The marina was nearly 100% occupied which meant that Matthew was a storm to be respected. The wave attenuator along with the fact that the marina offers floating docks aided in the safety and protection for the marina’s live-aboard community and nearly 230 boats; along with the preservation of the marina as a whole. When you see the damage that Matthew ravaged throughout the entire east coast, we were fortunate in that we experienced zero damage, but more importantly, that the tenants and guests felt safe.” states Millissa True, on-site consultant.

    The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club has been referred to as the “Jewel of historic New Bern” and has been pictured and featured in many local and state and regional publications. Walking distance and just minutes from New Bern’s historic district, a host of quaint shops and boutiques, The NC History Center and Tryon Palace, The Birthplace of Pepsi & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Store, fine and casual dining, along with several parks, walking trails, trolley rides and ghost tours; the marina claims title to simply one of the best destination marinas in eastern North Carolina. A limited number of slips are available for purchase along with a unique slip rental program which make living the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of a real possibility. Services include WiFi service, HD cable with over 150 HD channels, valet baggage service, dine-in service, secure marina cam, pool and fitness center, yacht club facilities, hotel, dining and merchant loyalty discounts. For more information, call The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club at (252) 633-6070 or go to NewBernGrandMarinaYachtClub.com.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For New Bern Grand Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Bern Grand Marina

  • Post-Matthew Report from and Winter Specials at Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203


    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.

    Blue skies are back and fall is upon us! The marina is fully operational and so are the many local restaurants, stores and attractions.
    Click Here for Photo and Special Offer

    As we open back up after our evaluation for Hurricane Matthew, we wanted to remind everyone of our Winter Special. Stay at least three months from November to March and pay $10/ft per month. We are filling up fast so make your reservations now! 252-726-6862
    Cheryl Bomar
    Staff Accountant
    Morehead City Yacht Basin
    Morehead City Yacht Basin, 10/11/2016

    Morehead City Yacht Basin, 10/11/2016

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Morehead City Yacht Basin

  • Groundings at Problem Spot: AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 237, 10/3, 2016


    11/12 NOTE: Recent reports indicate that Marker #61A is now on-station. Good News!

    The AICW stretch south of Swansboro, NC, where the Waterway runs behind ultra shallow Browns Inlet, is one of the single worst North Carolina sections of the AICW. These groundings are a result of marker 61A being off station, which – UNTIL THE USCG MOVES IT! – must be passed on its east side rather its normal west side. See surveys below. Our thanks to author Bob Sherer for sending these reports, surveys and advice.

    10/3 3:00PM
    Just came through, G61A is still off station. It’s about 20 ft from shore. I passed it to starboard going south. Actually I just ignored it and followed the ACOE waypoints [see surveys below] and found a minimum of 7.4 MLW. However, the ACOE waypoints form a “W, like two “S” together. The only way to accurately do the W is with the waypoints. The W maneuver avoids a 5 ft spot you might go over when returning to the channel after the S route.
    Bob

    10/3 8:00AM
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    CLICK HERE FOR THE ACOE LINK MENTIONED ABOVE

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

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

  • Dismal Swamp Canal Re-Opening Today, 9/30, AICW Alternate Route


    Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route and the State Park have been closed since 9/23 due to high water. Our thanks to Donna Stewart, Director of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for this update. Please note the caution re debris in the canal.

    The ACOE has relayed they will resume normal lock operations at 11am today. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience during this closure due to high waters. The Elizabeth is heading north as we speak, she just went past my window! We look forward to seeing all of our boaters again for a busy fall boating season. Read More and View Photo

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    Some reminders: the ACOE has patrolled to make sure we are clear for passage. The Canal is a no wake zone. Do not follow other boats closely, debris may be stirred up from the bottom. The Canal has a controlling depth of 6 foot. If you do encounter any problems, please note your coordinates as well as the mile marker to help US Facilities in addressing any issues, and report this to our Lock Masters or share with us to forward. Your input helps.

    We are excited to see boats at our dock again!

    Donna
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

  • NCDOT Approves Funding to Replace Surf City Swing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 260.7, Surf City, NC


    For some of us older Waterway cruisers, the continuing replacement of swing, bascule, lift and pontoon bridges with high rise fixed spans is a loss of history. On our family voyages, each bridge we encountered was an experience – an opportunity to deal with current, with timing, and to communicate with an unknown, often unseen Waterway tender serving boaters with their own personalities and special ways. I know it’s progress, but it is also a sterilization process, like old mom and pop shops being replaced by malls. And, like malls, once you have seen a high rise bridge, you have seen them all. Thanks to Tom Beaty for submitting this notice from wral.com. See also http://cruisersnet.net/157769

    NCDOT approves funding to replace Surf City swing bridge

    SURF CITY, N.C. — The days are numbered for the iconic swing bridge connecting Topsail Island and the mainland at Surf City on the North Carolina coast. Read More

    Media outlets report that the state Department of Transportation has approved a $53 million low bid from Balfour Beatty Infrastructure of Wilmington to replace the bridge with a 65-foot-high fixed-span bridge.

    The new bridge will also have a path for bicyclists and pedestrians.

    The old swing bridge has been in operation for more than 60 years.

    Construction on the new bridge could start as early as this fall and the new span should be open in 2020.

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Surf City Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Surf City Bridge

  • Changes to Nav Aids in Russell Slough, Beaufort , NC, near AICW Statute Mile 202


    For many years now, the northwestern tip of the Gallants Channel, where it intersects the Waterway at Marker #35, has shoaled in completely. Thus, southbound AICW craft, bent on a visit to Beaufort, must abandon the Waterway between markers #29 and #30, and run the marked Russel Slue Channel, until intersecting the Gallants Channel southwest of marker #7.

    ****NC – RUSSELL SLOUGH – GALLANTS CHANNEL – PROPOSED CHANGES AIDS TO NAVIGATION****
    Russell Slough is a non-maintained channel east of Newport Marshes in Beaufort, North Carolina. Gallants Channel is a federally maintained project that connects to the southern end of Russell Slough. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers state there are no funds or plans to dredge this project. Due to encroaching shoals in these waterways, both channels require the following changes to appropriately mark and ensure safe navigation of the waterway.
    The Coast Guard proposes to relocate: Read More

    Russell Slough DBN 6A (LLNR 38467)
    Russell Slough Light 7 (LLNR 38470)
    Russell Slough Channel Junction Light RG (LLNR 34855)
    The Coast Guard proposes to establish:
    Russell Slough Buoy 8
    The Coast Guard proposes to discontinue:
    Russell Slough Channel Warning DBN A (LLNR 34852)
    Russell Slough Channel Warning DBN B (LLNR 34853)
    Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational
    safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at:
    http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D05%20LNM%202015%20Special%20Notice_Waterway_Proposal%20Feedback%20Form.pdf
    All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 26 October, 2016 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number
    05-16-138(D).
    Send comments to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or pablo.a.ortiz2@uscg.mil
    U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District
    Waterways Management (dpw)
    Attn: Pablo Ortiz
    431 Crawford Street
    Portsmouth, VA 23704
    Chart 11541, 11545 LNM 38/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Intersection of Russell Slough with Gallants Channel

  • First Wilmington Boat Show a Success, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Wilmington is home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Bennett Brothers/Cape Fear Marina and Port City Marina on the Wilmington downtown waterfront. Such a wonderful, friendly community and such fine marine facilities deserve successful events such as this inaugural boat show.

    The First Wilmington Boat Show Ends on a Major High

    Greenville, SC (Sept. 15, 2016) JBM & Associates, producers of the new Wilmington Boat Show, held September 9-11, in downtown Wilmington, is happy to announce a great new show has been born and the stage has been set for a very long life. “In the 15 years I have been producing boat shows, I have never experienced a first year show that I would consider a major success- until now,” said show founder and JBM & Associates President Jacqui Bomar.
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    Thom Cross, the General Manager of MarineMax in Wrightsville Beach, NC had the biggest display at the show and said.“The Wilmington Boat Show was an exceptional venue to display our boats for sale. I was pleased with the small boats in the water as well as our Yachts and there was ample space for trailered boats. The amount of traffic exceeded my highest expectation. What a first class way to introduce a top quality Boat Show at a new venue, in a new city. Not hundreds but thousands of participants were able to view the best brands in boating from the best dealers in the region, while enjoying the beautiful river view of downtown Wilmington, NC

    The show, held at the Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina and Pier 33, as well as across the Cape Fear River at Battleship Park was three years in the making. “After planning for as long as we have and trying to get people to understand the scope of what we were creating, I think I can confidently say, we succeeded in doing what we set out to do,” Bomar added.

    One of the major reasons Bomar feels they had so much success for the first year was due to the fact that Wilmington is the perfect location on the east coast for a major in-water boat show. With the tremendous amount of boaters in North Carolina alone and no other in-water show, the Port City Marina’s downtown location showcased boats of all makes and models to an audience of thousands of attendees. “My team and I had reports from boat dealers who sold boats to attendees from Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Saint Louis, and Michigan. Those are just the folks we had an opportunity to hear from,” said Bomar.

    “We had dozens of people flying into ILM, not only attendees, but people working the show as well. In fact, I made an airport run myself to bring someone to the airport during the show,” said Bomar.
    ILM, the presenting sponsor for the new Wilmington Boat Show, said, “ILM was very proud to be the key sponsor for Wilmington’s FIRST Boat Show. As an exhibitor, we experienced first-hand, the enthusiasm of the guests, vendors and dealers, many of whom traveled from out of the area. We believe the seeds for future attendees to fly, boat, or drive in were planted, and that the economic impact to the Port City will continue to grow. We look forward to being a part of the next Boat Show produced by JBM and Associates,” said Carol LeTellier, Business Development Director for ILM.

    Major boat shows can do a lot for a region due to the potential for economic impact. When thousands of people flock to a city for several days to a week from all over the country, they stay in hotels, shop, eat in restaurants, use transportation services and more.

    “Throughout the three-day show, we received so much positive feedback from both attendees and exhibitors. We have already received contracts for next year’s show. This is a great sign for things to come. We understand the landscape will continue to evolve and we are excited to grow the Wilmington Boat Show and evolve as well,” added Bomar.

    The Wilmington Boat Show was presented by ILM and sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Gulfstream Yachts, Maritime Insurance International, Gregory Poole CAT, Epic Finance, Marathon Specialty Finance and Wilmington Water Tours.

    Contact: Jacqui Bomar
    President/JBM & Associates
    843-364-0218
    Jacqui@JBMshows.com
    www.JBMshows.com
    www.WilmingtonBoatShow.com

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