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  • 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.
    Read More

    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

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

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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Port City Marina

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

  • More on 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 September 26, 2016, North Carolina Department of Transportation will be establishing three wave break structures. These structures will be marked with white, slow flashing warning lights and daymarks.
    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 12254 LNM 37/16

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

  • Discover Maritime and Outdoor History in Elizabeth City, NC, Dismal Swamp Route


    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route, and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, continues its calendar of exciting events!

     

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    Welcome outdoor enthusiasts! Learn about Elizabeth City’s maritime history and outdoor adventures. 

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE!

    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com/blog

    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

  • Grounding at Mason Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 280


    This intersection was dredged in early 2016 (http://cruisersnet.net/154951) and a Nav Alert (http://cruisersnet.net/158529) was posted in July re shoaling here. But, as Mark and Leslie Fields report, Hermine may have further altered the channel. Thank you Mark for this warning!

    Hi, just a note to help those who are starting south. We are traveling southbound (I know, we’re early!) on SV Valkyrie, a Cal 34 with a 5′ draft. On Thursday, Sept. 8, we ran hard aground in what should have been the middle of the ICW channel where it intersects Mason Inlet (south of the Figure 8 Island Bridge at Marker 121). There is apparently severe shoaling from the recent storm. We were unable to get loose without calling for assistance. TowBoat US had to work hard to get us off the sand shoal, but we were able to continue our journey.
    Boaters passing through that area should be aware that they must hug the private docks adjacent to the inlet intersection and give the green marks plenty of room to port when headed south.
    We took the other inlet intersections slowly and cautiously and didn’t have more problems through that stretch (currently just south of Southport NC).
    Regards,
    Mark and Leslie Fields
    SV Valkyrie, Southbound ICW

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

  • Douglas Road Landing, Dismal Swamp Canal, Alternate Route Statute Mile 18.5


    Douglas Road Landing is on the east side of the Canal, south of Deep Creek Lock. Its new dock and facilities would make a convenient emergency stopover in a storm or other temporary situation. Our thanks to Bill Spaur for this notice and photo.

    The drinking fountain and restrooms at Douglas Road Landing, Dismal Swamp Canal, are open. The Landing is between Army Corps of Engineers Statute mile markers 18 and 19.
    Bill Spaur

    Click Here for Photo

    douglasroadlanding

  • High Praise for Bridge Pointe Marina, off the AICW, on the Trent/Neuse River, New Bern, NC


    Bridge Pointe Marina flanks the southern banks of the Trent River off the Neuse River, opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront.

    What a great place to keep your vessel. I have enjoyed the Marina and its staff, they are always helpful and Jesse (dock-master) is always willing to help any way he can with any issue that may arise. I would like to tip my hat to Bridgepointe Marina for having such a great place to keep my Boat.
    Many thanks for you guys keeping on top of things.
    Tim L Mitchell

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bridge Point Marina

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

  • Wreck and Buoy Removed from Neuss River, NC, off the AICW


    This charted discontinued buoy and removed wreck were on the south side of the river east of Cherry Point.

    NC – NEUSE RIVER – DISCONTINUED WRECK BUOY
    The Coast Guard has discontinued Neuse River Channel Lighted Wreck Buoy WR7A (LLNR 33717). Neuse River Channel Lighted Wreck Buoy WR7A and the wreck which the buoy marked were removed. Chart 11552 LNM 35/16

  • Wave Break Structures to be Added to Old House Channel, Pamlico Sound


    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. These wave break structures should help reduce shoaling.

    ****NC – CAPE HENRY TO PAMLICO SOUND – OLD HOUSE CHANNEL – ESTABLISHMENT OF WAVE BREAK STRUCTURES****
    On or about September 1, 2016, North Carolina Department of Transportation will be establishing three wave break structures. These structures
    will be marked with white, slow flashing warning lights and daymarks in the following approximate positions.
    Old House Channel Warning Light A, 36-45-17.3N, 075-35-13.7W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Old House Channel Warning Light B, 36-45-17.8N, 075-35-10.7W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Old House Channel Warning Light C, 36-45-17.1N, 075-35-07.8W, Fl W 2.5S, NW on pile
    Chart 12254 LNM 34/16

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

  • Groundings at AICW/Shallotte Inlet Intersection, Problem Stretch Statute Mile 330, 8/21/2016


    With two recent groundings at this AICW Problem Stretch, we are upgrading these reports to a Nav Alert. Until dredging is done, slow speed and mid to high tide is recommended for this intersection. Thank you Michael and Ken for sharing these incidents and SSECN is glad neither of you sustained damage in the grounding, other than your pride!

    Coming south 16Aug16 at +1′ above low. Draw 4′. At idle speed ran hard aground in mid-channel just past green buoy. C-Map charting [updated Sep15] shows channel angles sharply toward red at the green buoy — should have followed its suggestion. My mistake was to “stay mid-channel.” The bottom raised VERY quickly, almost a wall. After backing off, saw above 10′ in area on line between reds.
    Michael Loy

    We were also headed south through this stretch on August 14. We draw 3 feet. Just past the green we also ran hard aground. We were in the channel toward the red side as recommended, but not quite on the line between the two reds. There was no warning on the depth meter before it was too late. We were able to get off eventually using bow and stern thrusters and some wakes from passing small boats. We didn’t incur damage except to our equanimity.
    Captain Ken Hirsch

    Keeping in mind that rapid changes in shoals at inlet intersections is not unusual, RodC offers this January 2016 ACOE survey:

    http://saw-nav.usace.army.mil/AIWW/CFRLR/T_19-20/Tangent_19-20.pdf

    Latest ACOE survey for the area – clearly shows the traditional channel is ~100% shoaled to between 2 and 4ft MLLW. What channel there is (or was as of 1-16-2016) is just to the outside on the RED side of the marks.
    RodC

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

  • Welcome New Sponsor Hurricane Boatyard and Marina, off Pamlico Sound


    When was the last time you cruised up the Bay River off the lower western Pamlico Sound? Want to know one of it’s best kept secrets? Let us introduce you to new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISER’S NET SPONSOR, Hurricane Boatyard and Marina, a family run business, actually the second generation, that has been serving the commercial fishing fleet for over 40 years and is now inviting you to experience their hospitality and highly respected services. Owned and operated by John and Carol Buck. John literally grew up on Caterpillar engines and has been a Caterpillar Certified Marine Analyst for over 25 years, serving those who make their living from the North Carolina waters. Located in a quiet, protected cove off the Bay River in Bayboro, NC, only six miles off the AICW. With no less than eight feet of water all the way to their 50 ton travel lift, they can hoist most vessels plying these waters. With so many new amenities, laundry rooms, new security systems, boaters showers, etc., this yard needs to put on your “resource list” for this part of North Carolina.
    Hurricane Boat Yard will help you get what you need if you are a “do-it-yourself “skipper or assist you with whatever your marine requirements might be.
    The Bay River departs the Waterway westward at Statute Mile 162.
    Please join us in welcoming Hurricane Boatyard and Marina on board the “Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net.”

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hurricane Boatyard

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

  • Welcome New Sponsor: Church Street Dock, Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229


    Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is delighted to welcome aboard the Town of Swansboro, North Carolina, as one of our new partner sponsors. As those of you who cruise the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway may know, this quaint town sits right on the western bank of the ICW. Swansboro is one of those down-east charming coastal villages whose warm hospitality, rich local history dating back to the late 1700’s, with its good eating places, is calling you for a visit. Swansboro has been a survivor over the years. From its thriving early ship building days, to its success with lumber for the nautical industry, to its best natural resource, the sea, and its thriving fishing fleet providing fresh sea food daily to its restaurants. The town has done an outstanding job of retaining its coastal charm and character so prevalent in this picturesque colonial port. Swansboro now offers visiting boaters and cruisers a docking facility ideally located for enjoying a walk through the entire town. There are ten slips available at their Church Street Dock, so do call for reservations:
    Monday through Friday before 7:00PM call 910-326-2600
    After 7:00PM and on Sat. and Sun. call 252-725-5400
    Please enjoy this charming coastal town with all it offers and join us in welcoming them aboard as a partner sponsor.

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    Church Street Gazebo

    Church Street Gazebo

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Church Street Dock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Church Street Dock

  • Welcome New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC


    Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is delighted to welcome New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club on board as one of our newest Sponsors. This Trent River, “Off-the-ICW” jewel, is worth every minute of your trip. In fact the town of New Bern has to be one the jewels in the crown of “Off-the-ICW” places that are “must” visits. New Bern Grand Marina is ideally located for all who arrive in New Bern by water, only one block from the heart of the historic down town area. New Bern is filled with history going back to 1710 when founder Christopher de Grafferied of Switzerland named the town after his home town of Bern, Switzerland, hence “New Bern.” It is the second oldest city in North Carolina. It was once the capital of North Carolina and is the birth place of Pepsi-Cola….hard to beat these credentials. The New Bern Grand Marina offers slips for rent, but for those looking for a charming new “home port”, there is a unique equity club membership program. Slip owners will enjoy many privileges and services reserved for slip owners. Now is the time to check-out this very special destination, five-star customer service, port-of-call or new home port.

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    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

  • Nautical Wheelers of Oriental, NC Opens 2nd Store in New Bern, Trent River, off Neuse River


    This unique establishment, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, contains everything “coastal” from clothing, to shoes, to home furnishings and accessories, to Adirondack chairs, to say nothing of the wine section and the voluminous selection of all types of gifts and personal items.

    Bill Wheeler and wife Camilla now have a second store located right across the street from our new sponsor, New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club in historic New Bern, North Carolina. Store Owner/Manager Debbie Richart can assist you with your selection of nautical items for you or as a gift. In our book, visiting New Bern is now a double treat.

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    Nautical Wheelers, 202A Craven Street, New Bern, NC 28560

    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

  • Reports from Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


    These thoughtful and informative reports on the Dismal Swamp Canal, home of Dismal Swamp State Park – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR – come from our good friends at AGLCA. The Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28 and is adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park where there are so many fun summer programs!

    We just did the DS northbound on July 27-28. It was hot, but it’s hot everywhere. The tall trees offer some shade. We passed only one boat. No competition for dock space at the visitor center. They have free ice and air conditioning. Free docks at Elizabeth City. Brown water. Some bumps.
    Keith and D’Anne Weitzman
    “Our Backyard”
    Carver 3607 MY
    Read More

    We passed through the Dismal Swamp in the other direction in early July this year. I suggest a cooler day if possible. Be ready with bug spray or a screened in helm. Take it slow. There are small logs and branches that you can sometimes see and sometimes not see that you will bump. The ones you don’t see I think are neutrally buoyant and just below the surface. Going slow will allow them to be pushed to the side without damage. They suggest 5 mph but were were a little faster especially on the north end.
    We did not stop in the swamp because of the flies but we stopped in Elizabeth City at the free slips to see the town and then at Lambs overnight to make the 11:00 lock time. After the swamp, we stayed in Norfolk at Waterside and then Portsmouth. See July 2016 entry in cmosboating.blogspot.com. There are pictures of the scenery which we found very pretty particularly in the morning at the south end before the first lock (and flies).
    Clark on Sea Moss

    We went through the Dismal Swamp in late June and were mostly alone until the north lock when two other boats caught up with us. Water levels were high and the scenery was lovely. There was some construction going on at the visitor center but the facilities were open and uncrowded.
    Ben and Nancy Duggar
    September, Camano 31

    I just went through the Dismal Swamp about six weeks ago and it was fine. If you leave Elizabeth City in time to catch the 0830 or 1100 openings at South Mills and run 5 to 6 knots, you will be at Deep Creek bridge in plenty of time for the 1330 or 1530 openings and then you can make Norfolk, Portsmouth or Hampton before dark. If you are wanting to go latter, you can stay at the lock wall at South Mills, the NC Welcome station, or the wall right before the bridge at Deep Creek bridge. Deep Creek is not a great stop, lots of traffic noise, but a very short walk to Food Lion for provisions and a Burger King(I think). There is also a good anchorage after the Deep Creek lock on the right just before you reach the Elizabeth River.
    Ken Horton

    North Carolina offers several alternative routes if you have time. The “main highway” is the ICW Route, but the barrier islands and the Albemarle offer delightful alternatives.
    I have an article on North Carolina on my website, here: https://gilwellbear.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/north-carolina/.
    Under the North Carolina tab, there are several related articles on the various alternatives. Here is a link to one that discusses the Virginia Cut and the Dismal Swamp alternative: https://gilwellbear.wordpress.com/category/cruising-practica/us-east-coast/north-carolina/albemarle-to-norfolk/.
    Hope they are useful.
    Jim
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436

    We went thru the Dismal Swamp Thursday and Friday July 28th and 29th in a 39 krogen with a 4’6″ draft. The depth was a constant 7 ft. We bumped a few logs in the water. You need to keep a constant lookout. We stayed one night at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center. Great trip.
    Mack McGahee

    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

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


    Assuming David is talking about the AICW intersection, this is good news for this Problem Spot. However, it is definitely wise to follow the advice David gives below and SSECN has been giving for some time: follow the markers and do NOT follow the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW!

    Sail catamaran JilliQ Lagoon 37. Went through Browns inlet on 7/28/16 at 12:00 noon. This was a half rising tide. Followed the buoys and saw a minimum of 8.5 feet.
    David Hough
    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

  • Good Words for McCotters Marina and Boat Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC


    McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on Broad Creek, off the Pamlico River, a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina and its repair capabilities are impressive.

    McCotter’s seems to be a laid-back, easy to just relax environment. Good price, reasonable cleanliness, reasonable repair on the docks. Only problem, which is a significant concern for the younger boaters, is the Wi-Fi notoriously goes down on the weekend just when we need it most.
    Scott

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

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

  • Shoaling Reported at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280, 7/12/2016


    This shoaling is at the intersection of Mason Inlet and the Waterway near Howe Point.

    ****NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER****
    An area of shoaling has been reported IVO of New River – Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597) in the AICWW St M 280 near Mason Inlet Crossing. ACOE reported a depth of 2.2ft at MLW. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting this area. NC BNM 357-16 Chart 11541 LNM 28/16

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

  • Update on Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection, Problem Stretch Statute Mile 321


    The intersection of the ICW and Lockwoods Folly has been a Problem Stretch for years and requires almost annual dredging. Recent reports confirm shoaling and a channel shift here, http://cruisersnet.net/154017 and http://cruisersnet.net/156435. SSECN stills recommends mid to high tide for passage through Lockwoods Folly. Our thanks to John Winter for this update on this Problem Stretch.

    Came through July 12 2016 at .6 feet above low tide. Shallow at 46B.  At 8 feet even make sure you follow the nuns. Red nuns are against the rocks [see second link above for channel]. Stay equal distance between Nuns.
    John Winter

    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

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