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  • Boatyard Recommendations for Central NC Coast

    This discussion of mechanics and boatyards comes to us from our friends at Trawlers Forum (http://www.trawlerforum.com/) and, while the list contains both pros and cons, it does not reflect the opinion or endorsement of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. However, we invite you to add your favorite NC mechanic or boatyard to the list!

    For diesel repair, we have had a lot of great results with Coastal Diesel in New Bern. Prompt, on-time scheduling and a team of very good mechanics. They are basically a mobile service and will come to you. It can be pricey, but once it’s done, it’s done. They just rebuilt my mechanical injector pump last week and rebuilt my genset last year. Good bunch of guys.
    Deaton Yachts in Oriental is a good all-around yard. The complaints we’ve heard from there was that their time management isn’t that great. They have trouble meeting work deadlines. In disclosure, we have used their mobile service, but have not hauled out there. They have an onsite parts department and that’s a huge plus.
    Wayfarer’s Cove in Arapahoe, NC is a good general yard. It’s a bit isolated from civilization and the yard, with its dirt lot instead of gravel, leaves you boat very dirty, plus, power hook-us are spotty. They have one of the best fiberglass guys in the area that works there. Tom runs the place quite well and is an honest guy. He will quote you a price and stick to it. If he falls short anywhere, it’s that he’s a bit edgy and sometimes hard to get in touch with. No email either.
    I have called Bach Marine on several occasions, but have never used them. They always came in with the highest quotes and Kenny, while very knowledgeable, I have felt that I would have the same issues that I have with Sailcraft. Just a bit too “old school” with billing and communication.
    Our new guys are True World Marine and Lightning Yachts. Both are boat builders (or former). They are both located in the marine industrial park where Jarret Bay is. True World is a very neat and well kept yard with good power and new facilities. Lightning Yachts is a repair place just up the road that can do about anything with boats. Both respond quickly to emails and will take the time needed on the phone to make sure all bases are covered.
    Chuck Courtney is a mobile guy (Power and Sailboat Repair). He’s a good honest guy, but is very busy. I have used him a couple of times and he’s been good. I don’t think he’s the best engine guy (I would use Coastal for that), but he’s an good electrical guy.
    If you want to do some snooping around, go visit Morehead City Yacht Basin and see who’s working on the boats there. Ask Mike (dockmaster) and ask for some recos.
    Hope this helps.
    Tom & Bess Beaty
    m/v Skinny Dippin’

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

    AICW/Mason Inlet - Click for Chartview

    The SSECN has imposed a “Navigation Alert” for the intersection of the AICW and Mason Inlet since August 5, 2013, and a warning has appeared concerning these waters in a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120325). We have had also several additional reports of shoaling on these troubled waters since our Nav. Alert was issued (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127818). Below, Captain Sonia and crew confirm the need for extreme caution in any passage through the Waterway/Mason Inlet intersection.

    We grounded there with a 5,5ft draft. While our rudder was free, our keel was stuck and our depth sounder showed 5 ft. We could however not move. We were towed by Seatow and fell onto our side and was towed for about 60 feet on our side before stabilizing. Our rudder was bent and our boat twisted, which resulted in serious damage. As we understood from both Seatow and Boatus, the barges create pockets with walls over an extended area. Be very careful and pass within 20 feet of the docks [red side].
    Sonia

    Not having been there I can’t speak for this particular grounding, but in many similar situations I have seen and been involved in on the ICW the best course of action when aground is to put an anchor out towards deep water and wait for tidal help before trying to get off. Near Mason Inlet there is usually at least 3 or 4 feet of tide. Many times I have pulled my own boat off of groundings with no damage by doing this. Often you can pull the bow around towards deeper water as the tide helps and then winch yourself in the right direction. Generally, within the ICW you are sheltered from wave action and there is no great danger in simply waiting. On the other hand, trying to tow a boat off that is hard aground often leads to damage. Of course if the boat hit near high tide and/or you are in an exposed location that would alter your choices.
    John Kettlewell

    We came through this area, southbound about one hour after low water on 1/23/2014. We were aware that this was a problem area and were moving very slowly. As we proceeded the depth started to decrease very rapidly. We kept moving towards the red side and finally found enough water, we draw about 3 1/2 feet, to get thru. We did kiss the bottom once. This is not the place to be at low water.
    David Boxmeyer

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

  • High Praise for Spoon River Restaurant, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 136

    Belhaven Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    These reviews of Spoon River restaurant come to us from our friends at Cruisers Forum (http://www.cruisersforum.com/). Spoon River Restaurant has only been in business a little over a year and is open seven days a week. They are located just off the waterfront and are listed as:
    Spoon River Artworks and Market
    263 Pamlico St, Belhaven, NC ‎
    (252) 945-3899
    And their Facebook address is:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spoon-River-Artworks-and-Market/471584979558789

    My wife and I just had dinner at Spoon River restaurant in Belhaven, NC.
    It was one of the top 5 meals I have ever had a chance to sit down to. To put things into perspective, I regularly eat at the finest chophouses and seafood restaurants in the world entertaining clients and enjoying the fruits of our sales channels…. on the company dime… DC, NY, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philly, DC, London, MX City, Paris, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Dubai, etc… So, we spare no expense. I am a snob and this makes me highly qualified in this regard
    The encore to this awesome meal was the pricing which BLEW us away. For 2 person meal that would have easily cost us 250 in DC, including a very good bottle of wine, full meals, and deserts that were so big we could not finish them…. 75.
    So, we highly recommend the unexpected pleasure in Belhaven.
    Zboss

    We live nearby and can second that report.
    We had lunch there this fall and were quite impressed both with the food, and with the reasonable prices.
    My only suggestion would be for an improvement in the wait staff. The young gentleman that served us could certainly have been more attentive.
    Still highly recommended!
    redsky49

    We had three meals at Spoon River (northbound in the spring and back in the fall) and we are just constantly amazed by the quality, presentation and service they provide. Small town, BIG surprise. We will be back.
    Win Benbow

  • High Praise for Sailcraft Service Boatyard, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

    Whitaker Creek - Click for Chartview

    Sailcraft Srvice Boatyard is a full service boatyard located at 1218 Lupton Dr, Oriental, NC 28571, (252) 249-0522. www.sailcraftserviceboatyard.com/
    The yard lies on the western side of Whitaker Creek, just east of Oriental Harbor.‎

    I have traveled down the AICW for the past four years from Northport ny to fla. I have a catalina c 400 2005 sail, mystical paradise… I stop by every trip to have all my maintenance work done at sailcraft service in whittaker creek oriental nc. the service provided and the facilities are fantastic. from the owner manager Alan to the mechanics and office crew Shannon etc, the quality of service is phenominal.. it is a full service or do it yourself yard. prices are fair quality is tops. THe yard is walking distance of everything in town. They occasionaly lend a support vehicle in extreme cases. Tony Pozun NY

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Whittaker Creek

  • Oriental In-Water Boat Show April 11-13, Neuse River, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

    Click Charlet Above to Open a Chart View Page Centered on Oriental

    Oriental Harbor, on the Neuse River, is a very popular cruisers’ destination.

    April 11-13 The Oriental Rotary Club presents the largest in-water boat show between Savannah and Annapolis. Expect to find 100 exhibitors showing new and used watercraft of all types – sail and power, yachts to kayaks, cruising and fishing – with many in the water for sea trials. A large array of maritime and nautical goods and services will also be presented. 2014′s show will again feature a Nautical Flea Market and a free water taxi to and Oriental’s town dock. New this year will be a Down East craftsman who will build a 14 foot rowing and sailing skiff on-site. The skiff will be given away at the show.
    Paul Olson

    Oriental Harbor - Photo by Town Dock - "Look at all the available space!"

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Oriental Harbor

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Oriental Harbor

  • Pumpout Log Required or Enforced in NC?

    If you have any recent information about NC’s log requirement, let us hear from you. Apropos to this discussion is the new Key West regulation requiring a pumpout log (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=133955). And apropos to both situations is this ongoing discussion on Trawler Forum concerning a pumpout log requirement – or lack thereof – in NC. Got to: http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s27/nc-pumpout-log-13076.html

  • Praise for South Harbour Village Marina, AICW Statute Mile 312

    South Harbor Village Marina - Click for Chartview

    Here are good words for South Harbour Village Marina from the Skipper of Second Base, as originally posted on Cruisers’ Forum. South Harbour Village Marina is one of the southernmost marinas in NC, south of Southport.

    I gunk hole as much as I can to keep costs down. With a big cold front, I pulled in for a couple nights at South Harbor. It was a record low and despite the challenges the cold weather brought they take care of business no matter the conditions. This is a good stop for 3 things- waiting on the weather window coming in, or heading out, from Cape Fear, and catching a football game at the Dead End bar & grill which is right at the dock and open 7 days/nights even off-season. The other advantage is they are directly on the AICW and not one meter off the route. A welcome oasis after all the inevitable current and traffic on the Cape Fear River.
    When you get off the river, try to stay on the outer transient dock – get your fuel right there and enjoy the best, sunny views.
    SecondBase

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For South Harbor Village Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Harbour Village Marina

  • S/V Primadonna Located in Bahamas

    A search for a number of weeks in response to a request (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129228) by Oriental merchant, Pat Stockwell, has finally located the errant sailing vessel, Primadonna. Our thanks to Steve Petty for this story from TownDock, see http://towndock.net/on-the-cover/booby-primadonna.

    SV Primadonna has been located although the crew may have been detained:
    “SV Primadonna, aground at Booby Cay Island in the Bahamas. It is a tiny island of 300, not normally on tourist / cruiser lists. Apparently the vessel & crew entered the Bahamas without checking in with authorities. Pat Stockwell tells TownDock.net (http://www.TownDock.net) he was told the Primadonna crew may have been arrested – Bahamian authorities are harsher about the rules than they are in the USA. The photo was taken from a US Coast Guard helicopter – the Coast Guard patrols the Bahamas as part of a cooperation agreement with the Bahamas to fight drug trafficking. ” —Towndock.net
    Steve Petty

    If this is the Booby Cay that is just a bit east of Rose Island, which in turn is east of Nassau, it isn’t all that remote and I suspect the Primadonna crew will be in the not-so-comfortable confines of Nassau jail. Unfortunately, one bad apple like this can severely impact the reputation of the entire cruising community, as we have seen with the so-called “derelict” boat issue that has been used to create anti-anchoring ordinances in Florida and other places. When in reality the vast majority of the cruising community are themselves totally opposed to this type of behavior.
    John Kettlewell

    I doubt that these two would go anywhere near Nassau because of the entry fees into the Bahamas. I believe that they are aground between Booby Cay and Conception Island in the Bahamas. Conception Island is in a remote area and is a National Park in the Southern Bahamas. Very few cruisers visit.
    There are two anchorages off Conception Island, one is located South of Booby Cay. The entrance to this anchorage is from the Southwest. If they tried to enter from the Northeast, between Booby Cay and Conception Island, the route is very shallow and full of rocks.
    It’s too bad they did not sink in the really deep water a few miles from where they are. Word is that they were headed for Haiti or one of the French Islands. With any luck the Bahamas officials will confiscate their boat and throw them both in jail.
    The good news is that they are gone from the US and are now someone else’s problem.
    Dave Boxmeyer

  • Praise for Belhaven Waterway Marina, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 136

    Belhaven Waterway Marina - Click for Chartview

    Belhaven Waterway Marina is on the northeast side of the channel into Belhaven and Pantego Creek which lies to the west of Waterway statute mile 135.

    Stayed here on 12/31/13. This was our first stay here but it won’t be our last. I Like this marina best in the Belhaven area. Nice couple running this Marina and they keep it very clean. It’s right downtown with several restaurants close by. We spent New Year Eve at Jacks. It is a great restaurant and bar.
    Danny Styons

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

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

  • Report from Alligator River/Bear Point Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 103

    Alligator River/Bear Point Anchorage - Click for Chartview

    Alligator River/Bear Point Anchorage flanks the northern side of the Waterway, north of AICW markers #45 and #47. The anchorage lies east of the northern entrance to the Alligator River-Pungo River Canal portion of the Waterway.

    We anchored here on 12/30/13. It was our second time anchoring in this spot. I really like this spot for the fact its right off the waterway. Just pull over between red beacon #46 and Bear Point. It is a muddy bottom and we were in 7 ft. of water. However both times we were there it was calm winds. I wouldn’t anchor here with strong winds from the south,east or west.
    Danny Styons

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Alligator River/Bear Point Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Alligator River/Bear Point Anchorage

  • Praise for Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

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

    I cannot say enough positive things about Southport Marina. I have been here for almost three weeks and will be here for a couple more as well. All of the staff are attentive, professional and pleasant. Excellent facilities, a short 10 minute walk into the heart of downtown Southport and a myriad of services available. Highly recommended for one night, a week or longer – and will return!
    Jay Kuhn

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

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

  • News from Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

    News from Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

     

    Historic Edenton State Historic SiteHistoric Edenton State Historic Site

    108 North Broad Street
    Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
    252-482-2637
    Free admission/Fee for Guided Walking and Trolley Tours
    January
    2 – 31
    “Family Connections”

    Themed tours of the Iredell House and Cupola House

    Chowan Arts Council Cabin Fever

    504 South Broad Street
    Open Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm
    252-482-8005
    January
    2 – 31
    Shoppers Sale, Get out, Have some fun, Find great bargains

    The Barker House The Barker House

    505 South Broad Street
    Open Daily 10 am – 4 pm
    252-482-7800
    January 6 – 1/31 closed for repairs to the first floor
    2/1/2014
    Open as Edenton and Chowan County’s welcome center

    The Cupola House

    408 South Broad Street
    January 6 – 1/31 Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
    1582 National Historic Landmark operating as interim welcome center

    Chowan Golf and Country Club

    1101 West Sound Shore Drive
    252-482-3606
    Waterfront Golfing/Event and Weddings

    Canoe and Kayak Rentals

    Edenton Harbor Town DockCanoe and Kayak Rentals
    Colonial Park South Broad Street
    252-482-2832
  • Night Time Opening Restrictions Ended at RR Bridge, AICW Statute 203.8, Morehead City, NC

    Morehead City RR Bridge – Click for Chartview

    With a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, Morehead City Railroad Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 204, immediately south of the Newport River Bridge.
    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW)
    Mariners are advised that the general operating regulations, set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5, have been reinstated at the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC. Since October 2012, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate extensive rehabilitation. The re-established operating regulations require that the drawbridge open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given. However, the drawbridge is normally maintained in the open to navigation position at all times and only closes for passing trains and/or maintenance. In the closed position to vessels, this single-leaf bascule drawbridge has a vertical clearance of approximately four feet, above mean high water. Chart 11541 January 4, 2014

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Railroad Bridge

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

  • Hearty Endorsement of Carolina Yacht Care (Southport, NC – Statute Mile 309)

    Carolina Yacht CareWow, what a great endorsement of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Carolina Yacht Care, based in Southport, NC! If you are anywhere near Southport, and you need yacht services, NOW YOU KNOW WHO TO CALL!!!!

    While transiting to Miami from the Chesapeake on MV The Gator, my Outer Reef 65, I had the good fortune to stop in at Southport, NC. Southport is a quaint, friendly town with excellent marina facilities. We stayed at Southport Marina. While there we needed a ride to a laundry facility and were referred by marina staff to Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) who, in addition to other services, runs a shuttle from area marinas. The shuttle is on demand and inexpensive and we used it several times.
    During our shuttle runs we learned that cYc provides a host of services for transient boaters. One of those services is monitoring boats when owners are unavailable. So, when weather interrupted our plans to continue south and with Thanksgiving drawing close, I left The Gator in their hands for 10 days over the holiday, during which time they monitored the boat daily, made adjustments and kept me informed of her status. We were in touch almost daily and I had the sense that they were looking after The Gator as if she were their own.
    As happens, the delay also impacted my crews’ availability and I found myself without crew to finish the trip. I called Hank and asked if cYc might be able to provide crew. While this was not an advertised service, Hank adjusted his schedule and crewed for me himself. His competency and professionalism underway during the four day transit were typical of the same levels of service he applies to the other aspects of his business. I suspect his 30 plus years in the Navy and experience as a cruising sailor contribute a great deal to his expertise, level of detail and professionalism.
    It is rare when you can truly find a single business dedicated to every need of the transient community and with a singular focus on customer service.
    In short, I would strongly endorse Hank and his crew at Carolina Yacht Care to any transient boater needing services in the Southport, NC area.
    Jim Hammel
    Owner/Captain, The Gator
    Outer reef 65

    As the Marina Manager at South Harbour Marina in Southport I also heartily endorse Hank @ Carolina Yacht Care. Our laundry is right at the end of the dock but we have also used Hank for his shuttle and other services. He is dependable, professional, and his extra customer service efforts certainly makes my marina look good too! He can be trusted to give my customers good value.
    Bill Gregory

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

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

  • Gallants Channel Bridge Replacement to Begin in February, 2014, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201

    Gallants Channel Bridge - Click for Chartview

    The Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge (US 70 in Beaufort, NC) is off the Waterway and the construction of a new bridge will affect those southbound cruisers making use of the Gallants Channel to visit the Beaufort waterfront. The construction was first proposed in early 2012, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81432.

    RALEIGH – The Coast Guard approved a bridge permit application from N.C. Department of Transportation for the US 70 bridge replacement project. This milestone represents one of the first steps required to begin a bridge replacement project across Gallant’s Channel in Carteret County. Coast Guard received over 100 comments during the preliminary and public comment periods that were taken into consideration for the approval of the permit.
    Bids will be opened on January 21, 2014 and the contract awarded in early February. The bridge replacement project is scheduled to be complete by September 15, 2017.
    Charles R. Cox, PE
    NCDOT – Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit

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

  • Report from Little Alligator River Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 82

    Little Alligator River is the northernmost AICW anchorage, short of the often choppy (read that as “downright rough”) Albemarle Sound. Of course, you can always choose to berth at Alligator River Marina, just north of the bridge (a. k. a. “Miss Wanda’s place), or, on the opposite banks, “South Lake” is a real possibility as well.

    Spent a night here in Oct. 2013. We had a NE wind about 15 knts. so we went all the way in just around Rocky pt. and anchored in 7 ft. of water. Had no problems. Two other boats spent the night with us. Did have lots of crab pots at the mouth. Just follow your chart plotter and the depths will match whats on the chart. At least my did. All in all I would rate this as a good anchorage.
    Danny Styons

    Claiborne, We often use this anchorage and prefer to anchor past Mill Point in the 8 foot area for better protection. We have sat out some nasty weather here comfortably.
    Chuck and Susan. Trawler Beach House

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Little Alligator River Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Little Alligator River Anchorage

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

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

  • IMPORTANT – Enlightening Study About the Economic Benefits of the AICW

    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has chosen to apportion an unusually large amount of line space to what we feel is the very important story presented below. If you have even a passing interest in EVER cruising the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, we urge you to read and study all the text and graphics below. We believe, at least for the AICW, this is one of the most important articles ever published on the SSECN!
    On 11/22/13, I had the good fortune to be a speaker at the annual Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association conference in Charleston, South Carolina. I spoke about how the entire Southeastern USA marine business is predicated on the semi-annual “snowbird migration,” and, should the AICW become an unviable avenue for this twice a year migration, the entire pleasurecraft industry in our part of the world would be fundamentally altered.
    However, before I made my presentation, everyone’s eyes practically popped out of their collective heads at the information imparted to the conference by Mr. Harry Simmons, Mayor of the town of Caswell Beach, North Carolina. Mayor Simmons gave all attendees an up close and personal look at an in-depth, economic survey of the Atlanic Intracoatal Waterway’s economic benefits! This report was primarily funded by North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association, which owns the published results, with major support from North Carolina Sea Grant and the NC Dept of Environment & Natural Resources. It was prepared by noted economic experts, Dr. Jim Herstine, Ph.D., Dr. Chris Dumas, Ph.D. (both of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington), and Dr. John Whitehead, Ph.D.— Appalachian State University. All of which is to say that this study/report comes with some genuine expertise and impressive credentials attached.
    I think it fair to say that the entire audience was stunned when we learned that:

    For every $1.00 of Federal expenditure on maintaining the AICW, there is an economic return of $26.00

    For every $1.00 of NC State and local government expenditure, there is an economic return of $29.00

    WOW, I only wish I could find any sort of investment that would yield these sorts of return! Are these totally amazing stats or what!!!

    Please take a moment to peruse these three excerpts from the study’s graphic, executive summary:

    And, finally, take a look at what would happen if the AICW ceased to be a viable avenue of migration and commerce. NOTICE THE 53% OF BOAT OWNERS THAT WOULD ABANDON CRUISING ENTIRELY IF MAINTENANCE OF THE AICW WAS FURTHER REDUCED!

    Given these professionally prepared and researched figures, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT OUR POLITICIANS WOULD BE DESPERATE TO FIND MORE FUNDS TO SPEND ON AICW MAINTENANCE RATHER THAT THE INDIFFERENT ATTITUDE MOST SEEM TO SHOW TOWARDS THE WATERWAY!

    So, what can we do about this. Quite simply, if you want the AICW to continue, not only for those of us cruising now, but for future generations as well, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net once again urges ALL members of the cruising community to join the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (http://www.atlintracoastal.org/). For only a tiny investment of $25.00 a year, we can be assured that the rather astounding economic study alluded to above will be plopped front and center into every state and Federal politician’s lap. I can’t think of any better way to spend a measly $25.00! To join the AIWA, please visit:

    http://www.atlintracoastal.org/join-aiwa

    For those who would like to learn more about the AICW Economic Study, please follow these links:

    Executive Graphic Summary:

    AIWWbenefits

    Full Text of Economic Study:

    AIWWstudy

    While I applaud efforts to build political pressure to fund maintenance of the ICW, in today’s climate there had better be a “Plan B” somewhere ready to pull out if that doesn’t work. Let’s face it, the ICW serves and benefits a fairly narrow slice of the U.S. population (including me). Accordingly, a lot of the members of Congress probably don’t even know what it is. How many votes will we get from Wyoming and Arizona? Commercial use isn’t helping much any more, so it’s up to us.
    While an alternative plan might diminish the chance for more help from Washington, someone had better start to figure out how we might collect user fees. After all, in some cities people who want to drive in the downtown in rush hour have to pay extra for it. Think transponders. While not wanting to go too deep into the pun category, I think user fees are “the wave of the future”, and we had better wax up our surf boards.
    K. C. Moore, Jr.

    Claiborne,
    I should have added the comment that the ICW problems predate the country’s recent budget problems and the sequester, etc. by many years. The challenge involved in getting money from Washington started to really bite when the Corps stopped dredging between Port Royal Sound and the King’s Bay channel…and this was about five years ago. The job got even tougher since Congress abandoned the
    earmark practice. Earmarks got things like this done…and they are pretty much gone.
    K. C. Moore

    If you’ve not already joined BoatUS you can be heard in Washington, even if your state representative is not a boater…http://www.boatus.com/news/gastax.htm
    David Burnham

  • Repairs Underway to Bonner Bridge, Oregon Inlet, Pamilco Sound, Outer Banks, NC

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    Shoaling in the Oregon Inlet has become so severe that it is undermining the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet resulting in the closure of the bridge to road traffic in October. A on-going dredging project of the Inlet channel has become critical with the weakening of the Bonner Bridge. For more on this story, go to: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129461

    NC – CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET – BRIDGE REPAIRS
    Emergency repair operations will be conducted on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge commencing 05 December, 2013 and will be continuing until completed. Operations will be conducted 24/7. Mariners are requested to remain clear of the work area and transit at a NO WAKE speed. Chart: 12204. LNM: 50/13

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  • USACE Maintenance of NC Inlets to Resume

    Carolina Beach Inlet/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

    This agreement between USACE and the NC DNR is certainly good news for cruisers since the inlet intersections with the Waterway have always been notorious areas for shoaling. The article below is from the Port City Daily of Wilmington, NC and was sent to us by Captain Tom Beaty. For the complete story, go to: http://portcitydaily.com/2013/12/10/state-federal-agreement-lands-to-keep-shallow-draft-inlets-open/

    Aerial of Carolina Beach Inlet. Credit: Google Maps.

    North Carolina and the federal government have finalized a deal to continue dredging in shallow navigation sites like Carolina Beach Inlet and the Shallotte River, touted as crucial components of the coast’s economy.
    Announced Tuesday between the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), it provides an outline for resumed maintenance of federally authorized shallow-draft inlets and channels through September 2017.

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

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

  • Initial Dredging Work at Oregon Inlet and Bonner Bridge Completed, Pamlico Sound, Outer Banks, NC

    Oregon Inlet - Click for Chartview

    Shoaling has been steadily increasing in the main channel of Oregon Inlet for several years (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=52021) prompting SSECN to recommend that cruisers with a draft over 3ft avoid the inlet and that shallow draft vessels should attempt the inlet only with very exact local knowledge. Shoaling had become so severe that it was undermining the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet resulting in the closure of the bridge to road traffic. The dredging project had been ongoing since October and became critical with the weakening of the Bonner Bridge. The article below is taken from Dredging Today, http://www.dredgingtoday.com/

    “I want to sincerely thank all of the hardworking NCDOT crews and the dredge crews for pushing through the harsh elements to try to complete this repair work as soon as possible,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I also want to thank the residents of the Outer Banks for their patience during this process, and our outstanding NC Ferry employees for all of their efforts to keep the residents connected.”

    Crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC Dredge Alaska completed dredging operations Sunday night at the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County.

    Initial scans are promising; however, it will be several days before NCDOT can determine the success of the dredging. Approximately 30,000 cubic yards of sand were pumped during the weekend from the main navigation channel of the Oregon Inlet to the location at Bent 166 underneath the Bonner Bridge where scour, or the erosion of sand from bridge pilings, caused NCDOT to close the bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

    For the rest of the story and more photos, go to: http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2013/12/10/usa-initial-dredging-work-at-bonner-bridge-completed/

    For a Local Notice to Mariners on repairs to the bridge, go to: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129657

    Local Notice as of December 17, 2013:
    NC – CURRITUCK BEACH TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET
    Dredging in Oregon Inlet has been completed at the main navigational span under the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge to a depth of 15.0 feet MLW. Mariners are cautioned to use only this channel due to shoaling in other areas. Chart 12204 LNM 51/13

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