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  • Good Report from New River Inlet/AICW Intersection, Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 247


    With reports of groundings and Local Notices re shoaling in this intersection, last dredged in April of 2016, this report and advice from Mike Camarata is positive news. Boaters are reminded that groundings are very possible in the constantly shoaling New River Inlet/AICW Intersection area.

    Yesterday went by the New River Inlet area. I’d say stay away from N72B but go very close to DM72. Mid-tide saw 6ft. Much lower near 72B and away from 72.
    mikevcam
    Mike Camarata

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

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

  • Good Report from Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237


    Thanks to Mike Camarata for this good news for this Problem Spot which was last dredged in November of 2016. However, it is still wise to follow the advice SSECN has been giving for some time: follow the markers and do NOT follow the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW!

    Went through the Browns Inlet [AICW intersection], Onslow Beach, NC area today. 3 April at 0800 low tide. DM63 is gone. There are now two cans and one nun. The channel is very straight, wide and deep. Saw 12-14 ft. Again, low tide.
    mikevcam
    Mike Camarata

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

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

  • “ABC” Reminder! Three Classes Remain in 2017

    P/C Stuart reminds his fellow North Carolinians that if born on or after January 1, 1988, a Boater Safety class is mandatory to operate a vessel with 10 or more horsepower. See their website linked below for more information. The work done by this Power Squadron to promote boating and boating safety is outstanding.

    ABC Boating Class Press Release April READ MORE!

    The Lake Norman boating season is fast approaching and there is still time to attend a Boating Safety Class required for all boat operators born after January 1, 1988 (and recommended for all other boaters). The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron asks for your support in communicating the attached press release to inform your readers, fleet members, boating associates, and families of the next class on April 15, 2017 and the remaining classes in May & June. Since venues are limited in size, early registration is recommended and all registrations must be done on line at our website: www.usps.org/lakenorman. We urge distribution of this information no later than April 1, 2017.

    Thanks for your continued support of the public service provided by the Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron.”

    Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron Continues its 2017 Safe Boating Class Program

    The Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron (LNSPS) is pleased to continue its Boater Safety Education Program for 2017 with three classes remaining scheduled for April, May & June.

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission requires that “Vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1988 must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Education course to operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more.” Education Officer, Russ Klein of the LNSPS anticipates higher enrollment driven by increasing boating injuries, fatalities and law enforcement presence on the water. In addition, the population of boaters required to have taken this class grows every year, thus increasing demand. Parents and children (at least 10 years old) are encouraged to attend together.

    Remaining 2017 Class Schedule:
    Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Department (1518 Brawley School Rd, Mooresville, NC). Class limited to 40 students.
    Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Huntersville United Methodist Church (14005 Stumptown Rd., Huntersville, NC). Class limited to 50 students.
    Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Mt Zion United Methodist Church (19600 Zion Street, Cornelius, NC). Class limited to 70 students.

    Cost is $45.00 ($25 for those sharing a student manual) which includes the Student Manual, classroom instruction, exam, certificate, photo ID, reporting & archiving course completions and lunch. Early registration is encouraged due to space limitations.

    All classes run from 8:00am to 5:00pm

    You must register and pay online at www.usps.org/lakenorman
    For more information email russklein45@charter.net or call Russ Klein at (704) 651-9361
    Steven Stuart

  • Consider Southport, NC and Southport Marina this Spring, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    Southport Marina

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina is located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.

    Boating Through Southport, NC This Spring? We’d Love to Have you Stay at Southport Marina

    Come Experience the Quaint Historic City of Southport, NC

    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

  • Living Well Down East Survey

    This potential new delivery service to boaters is interested in your opinion and in your dietary needs when navigating in NC waters. Please copy/paste the survey into your email compose and mail to livingwelldowneast@centurylink.net. Morehead City and New Bern are homes to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Morehead City Yacht Basin and New Bern Grand Marina. Many thanks!

    Living Well Down East is a Natural and organic market interested in providing delivery service to cruisers who dock/layover in the Beaufort, Morehead City or New Bern, North Carolina areas. We are very interested in your opinion and hope you will take a few minuets to share your thoughts in this brief survey.
    Click Here for Survey

    1. Do your cruises bring you to North Carolina?
    ______Yes ______No

    2. How often do you cruise in North Carolina?
    ___Weekly ____Monthly ___ Three times/yr ____More than six times/yr.

    3. What time of year are you in North Carolina? Please check all that apply
    _____Spring ____Summer _____Fall ____Winter

    4. Which location would best serve your provision needs?
    _____Beaufort _____Morehead City _____New Bern

    5. When taking a cruise do you replenish your provisions?
    ____Yes ___No

    6. If you replenish, how often do you purchase provisions?
    ____daily ____weekly ____monthly

    7. Do you find it difficult to find locations to replenish provisions?
    ______Yes ______No

    8. Would you order provisions in advance of your cruise arrival to your slip?
    _____Yes ____No

    9. What is your preferred form of food provisions? If mixed please show percent of each
    ­­_____Frozen ___Canned ___Fresh ___Freeze Dried ___Glass ___Vacuum sealed ___Other

    10. Do you provision bottled water for drinking and cooking while cruising?
    _____Yes ____No

    11. What size bottled water is ideal for your cruising?
    _____1 liter bottles _____1 Gal. bottles _____5Gal. bottles

    12. Are beers and/or wines part of your provisions?
    Beer ____Yes ____No Wine _____Yes ____No

    13. Would you be interested in using a service which delivers to your slip?
    _____Yes ___No

    14. Would you provision low impact, natural and organic products which are kinder to the environment?
    ____Yes ___No

    We thank you greatly for your time and hope we can be of service to you soon!

    Make it a Great Day!

    Judy B. Johnson
    (252)-522-1100
    Check us out on Facebook  

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SSECN SPONSORING MARINAS
  • LNM: Shoaling in Vicinity of Bogue Inlet Problem Stretch, Swansboro, NC, near Statute Mile 227


    This shoaling, as noted below, is throughout the inlet area, an almost always shallow channel through the Bogue Inlet/AICW intersection. Of course, the Waterway intersection is a perennial problem stretch on the AICW, so proceed with caution. This Local Notice also has a very good description of the process used by the CG when handling Nav Aids in shoaling inlets. Note that dredging is to begin in April 2017.

    Mariners are advised of extensive shoaling throughout the Bogue Inlet area, Emerald Isle, NC. READ MORE!

    Significant shoaling has been observed in the vicinity of: Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 29495); between Buoys 6A (LLNR 29525) and Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535); and between Buoy 14 (LLNR 29559) and Buoy 15 (LLNR 29560), to depths as low as 1 foot at MLLW. Mariners transiting Bogue Inlet do so at their own risk and are advised against transiting this inlet until updated surveys by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and potential buoy repositioning by the U.S Coast Guard (USCG) can be completed to ensure the safety of the mariner. It is anticipated that the USACE will be able to dredge the inlet on or after 18 Apr 2017. If this is delayed, it may be necessary for the USCG to temporarily discontinue the Bogue Inlet aids to navigation. Should the inlet become inaccessible to the USCG ‘s smaller aids to navigation servicing vessels, the remaining buoys relative to the shifting shoal would mislead mariners and be more dangerous than having no aids to navigation at all. Under these conditions, the USCG would remove all buoys if necessary. The USCG continues to work with federal, state, and local partner agencies regarding the viability of marking this waterway in a safe manner. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent USACE Wilmington, NC District hydrographic survey information, shoaling conditions and controlling depth at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Naviqation/Hydrographic-Surveys and consult the Local Notice to
    Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?paqeName=lnmDistrict&reqion=5
    Charts 11541, 11543 LNM 13/17
    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS

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

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

  • Bennett Brothers Yachts Reports from Palm Beach International Boat Show


    Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers Yachts

    Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on the eastern banks of the northeast Cape Fear River, just north of the Isabel Holmes – Highway 133 bascule bridge, and only a few steps from the downtown Wilmington waterfront. Our thanks to Peter Kurki for this review of the Palm Beach show. Please note that their recent free dockage offer is expiring soon!

    Larry,
    Connor Bennett and Peter Kurki of Bennett Brothers Yachts / Cape Fear Marina ran down to Palm Beach to attend the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
    The industry is growing in leaps and bounds! Read More!

    There are more vessels than ever circumnavigating the globe and running through our waters here in North Carolina. The BBY team has seen the arrival of superyacht to the Cape Fear River and is supporting the captains and crews with provisioning, repairs, tender assist and recreation.
    Cruisers like to follow the superyacht culture as they seem to show up in marinas that cater to “Loopers and Cruisers”
    Destinations in North Carolina that have the draft for the larger vessels can be found with the Cape Fear Inlet and Beaufort Inlet where provisioning and recreation for the crew is available .
    Having the Wilmington international airport (ILM) is an asset as well. Larger recreational vessel owners often have aircraft to get them on board faster. The proximity of aircraft to vessel is important.
    The BBY team picked up on important trends and knowledge that can prove to enhance the maritime economics for the coastal Carolina region.
    Having the keen understanding of the superyacht culture, vernacular and protocols is important.
    Cruisers.net provides knowledge and understanding to its subscribers, Bennett Brothers Yachts
    have taken steps to connect with the superyacht community to inform of the features our region can provide.
    Economic forecasters have noted the number and size of vessels coming to the coastal Carolina region
    are on the increase. It stands to reason the rising economic tide will raise all vessels.
    Thank you for sharing our good news.
    Peter
    Peter Jensen Kurki
    Yacht Broker
    Commodore of Business Development
    Bennett Brothers Yachts
    Wilmington NC
    910-380-3738
    peterkurki@bbyachts.com

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

  • Slip Specials at Albemarle Plantation Marina, Albemarle Sound, NC


    Our marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.

    Albemarle Plantation Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is located off the AICW, on the northern shores of Albemarle Sound, on Yeopim River/Creek. Good reports from boaters like Skipper Evans and descriptions of this facility make a side trip up the Albemarle Sound very inviting!

    Click Here for This Very Special Promotion!

    Buddy Lawrence PGA, CMAA
    Albemarle Plantation
    Interim General Manager
    (252) 426-4653, Ext. 115
    (252) 339-4216 Cell
    Buddy.Lawrence@AlbemarlePlantation.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Albemarle Plantation Marina

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

  • Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City, NC Pasquotank River


    Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop program

    What a fine tribute to the men and women who serve in the US Coast Guard out of Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Long noted as the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, Elizabeth City is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route.

    Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City
    READ MORE!

    Feature Release
    March 24, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712

    Seaman Nina Bowen and Chief Bert, the Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, mascot, pose for a portrait in front of the station Feb. 14, 2017. Bowen is one of Bert’s primary caretakers at the station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Calvin Hernandez, a boatswain’s mate and coxswain at Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina, rides aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small near the station, Feb. 14, 2016. Calvin and other boat crew members at the station routinely work with aviators from Air Station Elizabeth City. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Perhaps the best kept boat station secret in the Mid-Atlantic region lies nestled within the largest Coast Guard facility in the country, at Base Elizabeth City in Eastern North Carolina.

    A view of Building 53 at Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 10, 2017 – the location of Station Elizabeth City. Building 53 is shared by crew members from both the boat and air stations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Station Elizabeth City is easy to pass without realizing it’s there, located in an unassuming off-white building that looks like part of the neighboring air station complex. The boathouse on the nearby Pasquotank River is almost a hundred yards away. A view of Building 53 at Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 10, 2017 – the location of Station Elizabeth City. Building 53 is shared by crew members from both the boat and air stations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    The crew at the boat station is accustomed to the surrounding flurry of aviation activity — the base is also home to Air Station Elizabeth City and the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC), where all enlisted Coast Guard aviation personnel are trained in their chosen professions. Consequently, the vast majority of people coming and going from the base each day are connected to Coast Guard aviation in some way.

    “Being stationed here is fun,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Calvin Hernandez, a boatswain’s mate and coxswain at the station. “Throughout the Coast Guard, boat and helicopter crews must work together to complete missions. A lot of the time though, crews talk to one another over the radio during training or on a case, but never actually meet in person. Here, we see aviation people every day.”

    Hernandez acknowledged there’s an age-old rivalry between air and boat crews, but explained how he thinks it makes the service stronger.

    “Our boat crews have about a 30 minute head start when we’re notified of a case since helicopter crews typically take about that long to launch,” he said. “We always strive to safely arrive on scene before the helicopter. We’re on the same team with the goal of saving lives, but working to get there first helps us all keep focused on the mission.”

    Hernandez admitted there are times when it’s frustrating to respond on the water.

    “Sometimes for search and rescue cases, we have to trailer our boats by vehicle an hour or more away, launch from a remote location, then spend 45 minutes traveling on the water before arriving on scene,” he said. “A helicopter crew taking off from here can be to the same place in 15 minutes once they launch. Sometimes after a case, we’ll get back to the station after long hours on the water and find that the aircrew we were working with bought us a meal and beat us back to the station with it. It’s always nice to come back to find food waiting and to feel appreciated.”

    Of course, anytime they want to be appreciated, crew members at Station Elizabeth City can always turn to their station dog, Chief Bert, for his unconditional affection.“

    The crew adopted Bert, a German Shepherd and former explosive detection dog who worked for six years with the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas. He’s arguably the most popular guy on base.

    “Bert makes me feel like I’m home when I’m here,” said Bowen. “I look forward to coming here and seeing him. I think he brings a light-heartedness to the station and even the entire base that people are drawn to.”

    Bowen said that after Bert, what she likes most about Station Elizabeth City is the opportunity to see all the Coast Guard jobs conducted around her.

    “I’m lucky here,” she said. “In addition to the variety of jobs I get to explore at my station, I’m also exposed to the aviation jobs being performed right outside our door. We provide a lot of support for helicopter training flights for the air station and the training center. It’s neat I get to be around all that stuff and be a part of it.”

    “The boat station crew allows us here at the rescue swimmer training school to offer our graduating aviation survival technicians a pre-graduation flight where they complete a free fall into the Pasquotank River,” said Chief Petty Officer Claude Morrissey, an instructor at ATTC. The boat crew provides a platform to pick up our swimmers from the water, and is there to respond in case any emergency should arise.”

    Even while they assist with helicopter training missions, Station Elizabeth City crews are responsible for responding to emergencies in an area of responsibility that spans 1,700 square miles, includes 10 rivers and three sounds as well as the Intracoastal Waterway and Dismal Swamp Canal.

    “We operate inshore and in areas that are very difficult to navigate due to shallow waters and multiple hazards to navigation,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Talys, executive petty officer at Station Elizabeth City. “Unlike most Coast Guard Stations which normally have a search and rescue season in the summer months, we have a transit season, which equates to periods of heavy vessel traffic moving up and down the
    Intracoastal Waterway in the months preceding summer and winter. Our job is to ensure these boaters are safe and in compliance with federal laws and regulations.”

    “Since we have such a large area of responsibility and none of it is open ocean, we operate in a wide range of environments,” said Hernandez. “There are swampy areas, areas where people like to wakeboard and areas popular for fishing. I think all the different nooks and crannies we have to be familiar with is what keeps it interesting here.”

    Hernandez said they do their best to cross train in each other’s jobs at the station. “Lots of people here can do almost any job required at the station,” he said. “We have seamen and machinery technicians that want to become coxswains, and we have boatswain’s mates who work with our engineers if they need help with a project.”

    When they aren’t actively working, Coast Guardsmen on the base engage in sports, often competing with teams from different units. The station crew says they enjoy heated ultimate frisbee showdowns with the rescue swimmer shop, and basketball games against the MH-60 Jayhawk team from the air station. That recreational competition keeps the healthy rivalry alive and thriving in a service of the same status.

    A student at the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, plunges from an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter into the Pasquotank River, Feb. 14, 2017. Four aviation survival technician (AST) A school students at ATTC graduated and became ASTs Feb. 17, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    “This station is very unique to the Coast Guard,” said Talys. “Being co-located with Air Station Elizabeth City gives us direct insight into all the hard work and training the flight crews conduct every day.”

    Seaman Nina Bowen shows some love to Chief Bert, Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina’s mascot, near the boathouse at the station Feb. 17, 2017. Chief Bert is a retired explosive detection dog who worked for six years with the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Gavelston, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

  • Welcome Beaufort Marine Center, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 198


    SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET is pleased to welcome our newest SPONSOR, Beaufort Marine Center! Beaufort Marine Center lies on the east side of the Waterway north of Beaufort. Check out their Who We Are  link for more about these fine folks!

    Beaufort Marine Center in Beaufort, NC is centrally located at Intracoastal MM 198 and offers affordable long-term dry storage in a tidy, professional boat yard with night security patrols.
    Full service and fully equipped, BMC handles vessels up to 200 tons, 30 foot beam and offers five paint bays for vessels up to 90 feet.
    ​Services include paint and varnish, carpentry, mechanical, fiberglass and welding. Equipped with 25-ton crane and 45-ton state of the art hydraulic transporter.
    Discount marine store and dedicated purchasing agent onsite.
    Liveaboard and DIY friendly with a Captain’s lounge equipped with cable television, WiFi and movie library. 15, 30, 50 and 100 amps.
    website: http://www.beaufortmarine.com
    tel. 252-728-7358
    email: beaufortmarinecenter@gmail.com

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Beaufort Marine Center

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Beaufort Marine Center

  • Low Tide Passage Through Shallotte/AICW Intersection Statute Mile 330


    The intersection of Shallotte Inlet and the Waterway has been an infamous Problem Stretch for years, but this report from experienced cruiser, Roger Long, holds promise for a safe Spring Migration.

    I’ve made these passages [Shallotte and Lockwoods Folly] several times and always found plenty of water. Circumstances required us to transit northbound with .2 feet of water in Shallotte and Lockwoods at dead low. I called TowboatUS for their opinion with our 3’ – 9” draft. He said it shouldn’t be a problem if I knew the route and Lockwoods had just been dredged so should be easy. READ MORE!

    We went through Shallotte and never saw less than 5 feet by nearly leaving paint on the first red buoy, R 82. It might have been more difficult with another foot of tide as we wouldn’t have had the bare sandbanks for an additional guide.

    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

  • Shallow Water Report from Lockwoods Folly, AICW Statute Mile 321


    Despite dredging last November, the intersection of the Waterway and Lockwoods Folly, which has been a Problem Stretch for years, remains a shoaling area and a recommended mid-high tide zone. Our thanks to experienced cruisers, Roger long, for this report. His report also shows that even with local knowledge, TowBoatUS in this case, you must GO SLOW AND EASY!

    I’ve made these passages several times and always found plenty of water. Circumstances required us to transit northbound with .2 feet of water in Shallotte and Lockwoods at dead low. I called TowboatUS for their opinion with our 3’ – 9” draft. He said it shouldn’t be a problem if I knew the route and Lockwoods had just been dredged so should be easy.
    Lockwoods was a different matter. READ MORE!

    Just past the first red, we bumped over a hump and then another. The sounder didn’t show less than six feet. Our transducer is about 4 feet to port so there is a steep slope to these humps. We were about as far to port as we could go so there is probably less water on the green side.

    We got up around the corner and encountered a tugboat stuck between R 36 and G 33 bulling its way through on the tide just starting to rise. We got around and into his wake and then were stopped hard just before the green. The sounder showed properly here and we were able to back off. It took two tries to push through but we left a long trench. I don’t think this stretch is doable at dead low with much more than 2 1/2 feet of draft.

    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

  • Brad Pickle and AIWA Recognized by BoatUS

    SSECN is proud to be an associate of Brad Pickle as well as  a supporting member of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association whose efforts toward improving navigation conditions in the Waterway are invaluable.

    NEWS From BoatUS Read More!

    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria VA 22304

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

    (L to R) Brad Pickle, Executive Director, AIWA; David Kennedy, Manager, BoatUS Government Affairs; Mark Crosley, Chairman of the Board, AIWA, and Executive Director, Florida Inland Navigation District

    Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association Campaigns for the 1100-Mile Waterway on Capitol Hill

    Hazardous shoaling reduces depth to less than 5 feet in several sections

    WASHINGTON, DC, March 13, 2017 – The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the famed 1100-plus mile coastal waterway stretching from Norfolk, Virginia to Miami, Florida, is getting “thin.” Shoaling has created hazardous conditions in some areas with depths reported less than 5 feet – which reflects a remarkable 7 feet of water depth lost in the waterway’s authorized minimum depth of 12 feet. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA), a waterways interest group, recently gathered in Washington, DC, to ensure the Department of Transportation-designated marine highway M-95 is a top priority for Congress and the Trump Administration.

    AIWA members are requesting legislators allocate $50 million for additional dredging needs to come from within the US Army Corps of Engineers operating and maintenance budget. AIWA members also pressed the case for continued allocations for operations and maintenance of navigation projects.

    An estimated 13,000 recreational boaters, or “snowbirds,” make the annual boating migration from the Northeast to Florida each year, averaging $300 per day in spending supporting small-business jobs along the way. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), a charter member of the AIWA, has concerns about boaters potentially forced to take more hazardous offshore routes due to ICW shoaling. BoatUS’s on-water TowBoatUS towing responders in South Carolina and Georgia report shoaling to be an on-going issue in some locations.

    “The waterway is critical US infrastructure and important to recreational boaters,” said David Kennedy, Manager of BoatUS Government Affairs. “We vigorously support efforts to improve navigation and waterway access.”

    Brad Pickel, executive director of AIWA, said, “We appreciate the high level of support by the Congressional delegation along the entire waterway. We look forward to ongoing investments in Marine Highway 95 as part of the infrastructure and jobs focus in the new administration.”

    Additional AIWA members include the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, Florida Inland Navigation District, Waterways Journal, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, as well as state and local agencies, marinas and commercial shipping businesses, tourism groups, publications, associations, dredging companies and tug and maritime businesses. For more information about the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association visit atlanticintracoastal.org.

  • Shoaling Surveyed in Snows Cut, Carolina Beach, NC, AICW Statute Mile 296


    This report of shoaling at Marker #162A in Snow’s Cut comes from Robert Sherer’s Cruising Down the ICW 2017 blog, March 12, 2017. Snows Cut is a 1.5 mile cut connecting Cape Fear River with the east coast Waterway at Carolina Beach.

    Click Here for Survey

    Western end of Snow’s Cut, survey 11/8-9/2016

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker 162A

  • Groundings at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280, 2/20/2017


    Our thanks to David Grimes for this warning via WWAY TV3. Our most recent Nav Alert on the perennial shoaling at Mason Inlet is from July of 2016, see http://cruisersnet.net/158529.

    Dozens of boats running aground near Mason’s Inlet.
    David Grimes

    CLICK HERE FOR THE WWAY TV3 REPORT

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

  • USCG Video of Rescue off Wilmington, NC

    Another example of the excellent work by our USCG and of the need to carry the proper equipment when going offshore.


    Coast Guard rescues 1 from sinking boat 140 miles from Wilmington, NC READ MORE!

    https://www.dvidshub.net/video/509331/coast-guard-rescues-1-sinking-boat

    An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoists a man from a sinking boat 140 miles from Wilmington, North Ca

    Editors’ Note: Click on image to view the video.

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard rescued a 52-year-old man from a sinking boat 140 miles from Wilmington Saturday.

    Fifth Coast Guard District watchstanders were alerted at 6:32 p.m. that the man had used his SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger to notify the International Emergency Response Center that his 32-foot Pearson sailboat Great Peace was taking on water and sinking.

    An HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, launched to assist. Upon arriving on scene, the Jayhawk crew hoisted the man from the sailboat, then transported him back to Air Station Elizabeth City.

    “The more prepared boaters are, the easier our job becomes when they need our assistance,” said Coast Guard Lt. Daniel Reilly, pilot of the Jayhawk helicopter crew. “Because this individual was well-prepared and utilized his satellite GPS messenger right away, we were able to get to him in time.

  • Update for the Dismal Swamp Canal, 1/19/2017, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp State Park is getting back into full swing as they recover from massive flooding and closure due to Hurricane Matthew. The canal is still closed to navigation, but the State Park is continuing programs as weather permits. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for these updates and photos.

    Photos and Update for the Dismal Swamp Canal Read More

    The ACOE continues to debris the Canal. These photos were taken today, about one mile from the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center (Right across from the Camden Eco-Park). They are getting closer to us! Another Corps District will assist in February with a complete survey of the entire Canal, moving forward a year ahead of the normal five year schedule. A survey at the mouth of the Feeder Ditch was done before the end of the year and determined severe shoaling at this location. The Deep Creek Lock River Gate removal and renovation project was budgeted and began about a week ago, and I hope to have pictures soon. The Corps is continuing to pursue funding to assist with their efforts to reopen the Canal.
    Camden/Pasquotank Emergency Management Coordinator, Christy Saunders has also coordinated a Flood Meeting at the end of the month with stake holders, to discuss this historic storm and its damages, regarding our local communities.
    We hope to give you more positive news in the future. There is action.
    Donna
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com
    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!

    ACOE Barge and Crane working one mile from Welcome Center 1/19/17

    Barge at Work 1/19/17

    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

  • LNM: More Severe Shoaling in Hatteras Inlet, Pamlico Sound, off AICW


    Hatteras Inlet, a narrow, unstable seaward passage, cuts the southern reaches of Hatteras Island and the northern strands of Ocracoke Island. Regular Navigation Alerts are posted for this inlet and SSECN still advises that no one attempt to make use of this inlet channel without very specific and recent local knowledge!

    NC – HATTERAS INLET – SHOALING Read More

    Due to severe shoaling Hatteras Inlet Buoy 2A (LLNR 28647), Hatteras Inlet Lighted Buoy 4 (LLNR 28650), Hatteras Inlet Lighted Buoy 5 (LLNR 28653), Hatteras Inlet Lighted 6 (LLNR 28660) no longer mark navigable water. Mariners should not rely on these buoys for navigation and are advised to use caution while transiting this area.
    Chart 11520 and 11555 LNM 03/17

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

  • Grounding and Rescue in Ocracoke Inlet, Pamlico Sound, NC


    Despite good charted depths in the eastern waters of the inlet, the constant channel shifting and shoaling in the western portion make Ocracoke Inlet very dangerous without very specific local knowledge. This article should serve as a warning to prudent navigators!


    COAST GUARD RESCUES 3 OFF YACHT IN OCRACOKE INLET, NC

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The Coast Guard hoisted two men and one woman Thursday from a motor yacht in the Ocracoke Inlet.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

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

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


    This Waterway shoaling, at the intersection of Mason Inlet and the Waterway near Howe Point, was also reported as a Nav Alert in July of this year. See http://cruisersnet.net/158529

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – NEW RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER – SHOALING
    The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling to a depth of 2 feet at MLW channelward of New River/Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597), in approximate position 34-14-60N, 077-46-57W. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. NC BNM 733-16 Chart 11541 LNM 51/16

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

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