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  • SPECIAL NOTICE: SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA, 10/13/2016

    Discrepancies to Nav Aids may be reported to 305-415-6800.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA
    DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE MATTHEW, AIDS TO NAVIGATION, STRUCTURES OR PLATFORMS MAY BE DAMAGED, DESTROYED OR SUBMERGED. LIGHTED AND UNLIGHTED BUOYS MAY HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM ASSIGNED POSITIONS, BE DAMAGED, EXTINGUISHED, SINK, OR OTHERWISE MADE INOPERATIVE. MARINERS SHOULD NOT RELY COMPLETELY UPON THE POSITION OR OPERATION OF AN AID TO
    NAVIGATION IN THESE AREAS, BUT SHOULD ALSO EMPLOY SUCH OTHER METHODS OF DETERMINING POSITION AS MAY BE AVAILABLE.
    WRECKS AND SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTIONS MAY MOVE FROM CHARTED LOCATIONS AND PIPELINES MAY BECOME UNCOVERED OR MOVE DUE
    TO THE FORCE OF STORM SURGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND REPORT ALL AIDS TO NAVIGATION DISCREPANCIES TO THE NEAREST COAST GUARD UNIT.
    ****THIS LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS DOES NOT REFLECT ALL OF THE POTENTIAL DISCREPANCIES OF THE AIDS TO NAVIGATION****
    LNM 41/16

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Morehead City Yacht Basin, 10/11/2016

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    We are excited to see boats at our dock again!

    Donna
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center

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

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

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


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

  • 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 /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/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 (/154951) and a Nav Alert (/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

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  • 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

  • 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

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