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(804) 725-5136 Situated on a secluded creek of the Chesapeake Bay in charming Mathews County, Virginia, the Inn has over 800 ft. of waterfront and 8 acres of wooded and open space.  The main Inn is an 1880's newly renovated farmhouse with a separate cottage housing the luxury suites just across the garden and pool. An eco-friendly and certified Virginia Green lodging establishment, The Inn at Tabbs Creek is just the place if you appreciate the natural splendor of the outdoors and want the luxury and comfort of a casual B&B.West MarineClick to learn more about our Carolina Loop programGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route
 904-547-2219 Inlet Marina sits on the site of the old Sea Love Marina, along the AICW/Tolomato River’s eastern shores, north of St. Augustine Inlet, and hard by the Vilano Beach Bridge, will be a full fledged marina. Inlet Marina just opened with new fuel tanks installed for unleaded 89 octane gas with no ethanol and of course diesel. They currently are just a fuel stop but they are supposed to have their new restaurant opened on May 15th, called Beaches. This marina used to be the old Sea Love marina which was closed last year sometime then bought and is now permitted for 60 slips (not yet built), but they do have two floating docks, one concrete and one wood and a fuel dock. There is also a boat rental operation already there. They have a nice beach area near the dock office also. There is a lot of area behind the marina office which is planned for development with a Publix grocery planned as part of the complex and they are supposed to have a grocery delivery operation for the marina if folks want to get provisions while fueling..that is to come. The new owners are taking it slow but are committed to the new operations success. The Marina is very close to the St. Augustine inlet and on the AICW. So it is very convenient for cruisers to stop in for fuel.An active, gated golf community on the coast of North Carolina, Scotch Hall Preserve offers properties, homes, and other real estate options for those looking to live an active lifestyle.On the Water GuidebooksOur marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.

Archive For: VA to NC Line Cruising News

  • All VA to NC Line Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Virginia to the North Carolina state line cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date.

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Advocacy for Anchoring Rights in Florida

    Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights. Below are invitations to a Webinar and to Membership in the Association. Please remember that the struggle for anchoring rights is not exclusive to Florida; restrictions in one state will eventually affect other states.

    Hi Larry,
    Seven Seas Cruising Association has been very involved in protecting anchoring rights for all boaters, especially those in Florida. I thought your readers might be interested in the information below.

    Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has been representing both their members and boaters everywhere at recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hearings about anchoring rights, laws, and regulations in Florida. After several years of even-handed work with landowners and boaters the approach of FWC in the latest hearings is of some concern.

    The “devil is in the details” of course. FWC seems to be under a great deal of pressure to allow local regulation of anchoring in Florida. In particular, stand-off distances from mooring fields, from marine infrastructure (ramps, marinas, and other publicly accessible facilities), and private waterfront property were discussed. In addition, time limits on anchoring were proposed.

    Phil Johnson is chair of SSCA’s Concerned Cruisers Committee. He was named SSCA’s 2014 Member of the Year for his efforts on lobbying on behalf of Cruisers’ Rights. As Chair of the Concerned Cruisers’ Committee, Phil’s tireless advocacy of cruisers’ rights from New England to Florida and beyond has been of great benefit to all boaters. SSCA salutes his thoughtful, professional and successful approach, whether the issue is anchoring rights, over-aggressive marine policing, or mooring field management.

    Whether you reside in Florida, pass through Florida on your boat or are just concerned about boaters rights in general, you’ll be interested in the upcoming Seven Seas U webinar, “A Florida Anchoring Update” presented by Phil Johnson on January 6. Phil will update you on the very latest attempts for local Florida communities to restrict your ability to drop the hook in a safe anchorage. Everyone needs to be informed and involved to ensure our anchoring rights are preserved.

    The webinar will help you understand why this issue is important to all boaters and will let you know just what the Florida FWC plans. You’ll also hear the results of the August-September Anchoring Survey and their implications.
    The webinar is free to SSCA members and just $10 for non-members. Go to www.SevenSeasU.com for more informaiton and to register.

    If you are a Florida resident please let your legislators know how you feel about freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser, sail or power, your membership in SSCA supports defense of your anchoring rights (among many other things) in Florida and elsewhere. Go to www.ssca.org to find out more.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Theisen
    Editor
    Seven Seas Cruising Association

  • Christmas Greetings from Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, AICW Alternate Route

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28.

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

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

  • Fender Repairs at Route 726 Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 28.6

    With 65ft vertical clearance, the Route 726 Highway Bridge crosses the AICW North Carolina – Virginia Cut at Statute Mile 28.6. Fender repairs do not normally affect navigation, but the in-water work with divers should require a sharp lookout and slow caution.

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Route 726 Hwy Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Route 726 Hwy Bridge

  • Construction Barge at Gilmerton Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

    Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8, has been under opening restrictions for over three years. This horizontal restriction notice will not affect cruisers and is posted only for your knowledge.

    VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – CONSTRUCTION
    Beginning Wednesday December 10, 2014, mariners are advised that PCL Civil constructors will have one working barge occupying the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Saturday, in support of construction operations involving driving piles until approximately January 20, 2015. All vessels needing more than 65 feet of horizontal clearance to pass shall provide at least 2 hours advance notice to the bridge tender at 757-485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart
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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Bridge Directory Listing For Gilmerton Hwy Bridge

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  • Deep Keel Vessel Needs Your Advice

    This question is unusual, not because of Skipper Aigeltinger’s concern for Waterway depths, but because of his vessel’s 7ft 3inch draft. Whether that draft is fin keel or full keel, that is a lot of draft with which to confront the shallow spots in North Carolina. He has access to our listing of NC Problem Stretches, but is asking for your input into his decision to attempt the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC, which, fortunately for him, is north of all the Inlet/ICW intersections further south.

    I am considering delivering a 44 ft sailboat from the Chesapeake to Florida. Draft is 7 ft 3 in. Would like to know if anyone knows if it’s possible to get that from Norfolk to Beaufort in the ICW ? Or if anyone could direct me to a source for that info.
    Thanks, Ed Aigeltinger

    Note this praise for Argus:

    The Argus soundings are really helpful. I followed ICW all the way from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC and it looks like the most questionable area is a few miles north of Beaufort. (That area just north of the Alligator River bridge where the channel takes a turn or two around some shoals has always been poorly marked. Have to be careful there but I think there’s plenty of water if you stay channel center.) The shallow area just north of Beaufort is at the south end of the Adams Creek Canal and as I recall that part is narrow and the markers are a little far apart making it a little difficult to stay in the channel. On the chart the Argus readings are shown to be out of the channel. So I wonder if the chart is wrong or if whoever did the Argus run missed the channel, hence the shallow readings there ?? Would appreciate any input from anyone re that. I plan to call Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Beaufort Docks and ask for some local knowledge. Would hate to run 199 miles from Norfolk and get 3-4 miles away only to not be able to get there. However, if the readings are right, the shallowest I see is just over 4 ft and the tidal range is about 3 ft so still might be able to skim through at high tide.
    Thanks again for your help-Ed

    Thanks to all for the info re the ICW depth from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC.

    I also spoke with the dockmaster at Beaufort Docks and he assured me there was plenty of depth at Core Creek if one is careful to stay in the channel. It’s narrow there and the markers are a little far apart. Apparently the Argus boat was a little out of channel hence the readings down to 4 ft. Dockmaster also said he has a friend who comes down each year with 9 ft. He said to be careful to stay as close to center as possible in the Alligator River-Pungo River canal as his friend has hit some pretty hard stuff a little off center.
    As you mention fixed bridge height is also a concern. Boat I may deliver is 62 ft to mast top and 65 ft to antenna top. (I brought a cat down once and rang almost every beam on the bridges with the antenna. A little nerve wracking.) So if anyone has or hears any local knowledge re bridge height problems I would certainly appreciate the info. I may try to do what I’ve done a few times in the past. Install a 4-5 ft long piece of 1×4 wood at the mast head going forward and then a vertical piece at the forward end that is about a foot higher than the highest solid part of the mast. One can then creep up to the first beam and if this ‘indicator’ goes under all is hopefully well. If not heavy reverse is in order.
    Thanks again for the info and please keep me in mind if you hear anything else of importance.
    Ed Aigeltinger

    November 30:
    Larry-
    Thanks again for your help with ICW depth issue. I had no idea about the ARGUS ‘program’. Obviously with that kind of data in the laptop one could cruise the ICW from data point to data point. Really amazing stuff !
    Thanks again,
    Ed Aigeltinger

  • Christmas Parade and Battle of Great Bridge, December 6, 2014, AICW Statute Mile 12

    This Revolutionary War Re-enactment coincides with the Annual Christmas Parade and the closing of Great Bridge Bridge from 4PM to 9PM, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145326. A perfect time to tie up at Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! located directly on the path of the Waterway immediately south of the Great Bridge Lock.

    Battle of Great Bridge
    Day: Saturday, December 6, 2014
    Times: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Location: Battlefield Park South
    Address: 120 Reservation Road, Chesapeake, VA
    Inclement Weather Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
    Battle of Great Bridge
    This one-day event is held the first Saturday of December at the Great Bridge Bridge, which is the original site of the Battle of Great Bridge on December 9, 1775. Step back in time with us.
    The event features re-enactments of two pivotal Revolutionary War battles: the Battle at Kemps Landing and the Battle of Great Bridge. The event also features Revolutionary War encampments, demonstrations, character portrayals, camp life, historical displays and lectures, skilled artisans demonstrating early American trades, and children’s crafts and activities.
    Event is FREE to the Public.
    Concessions available for purchase.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s NC-VA Bridge Directory Listing For Great Bridge Lock

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    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Atlantic Yacht Basin

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  • Demolition and Repair, Fort Norfolk, Elizabeth River above Statute Mile 0

    Fort Norfolk is on the eastern shore of the Elizabeth River approximately 1 nautical mile north of Mile Zero. Fort Norfolk is a historic fort and national historic district located at Norfolk, Virginia. It encompasses 13 contributing buildings.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – DEMOLITION AND REPAIR OPERATIONS
    Mariners are advised that Crofton diving corporation will be conducting demolition and repair operations on the Fort Norfolk bulkhead, located adjacent to the Corp of Engineers building, on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA. Operations will occur November 17, 2014 through April 29, 2015, between 7 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. Mariners should stay clear of the fort Norfolk bulkhead and on-scene equipment. Crofton diving corporation will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Norfolk

  • Southbound Voyage Through Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

    This lovely photo-log of a voyage through Dismal Swamp Canal, sent to us by close friend of Claiborne Young, Ed Kukla, is taken from Ed’s blog site, Cruising Aboard Freedom. Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1. Along the canal is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center. Sit back and enjoy the ride…

    Not So Dismal
    Heading south from Norfolk, VA to the Albemarle Sound of NC can be accomplished two ways on the ICW (intracoastal waterway). In the past we have taken the Virginia cut. This is a straight forward route with just one small lock that raises you less than a foot. It is longer in distance but shorter in time. The Dismal Swamp Canal is the other option. It was constructed in the 1790s. George Washington was a staunch supporter and investor of this hand dug canal. We decided to take the swamp this time to enjoy the scenery and history.

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    Here we are approaching a lock. The lock tenders also have to operate the lift bridge for you.

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    The canal, we were told, has a minimum of 7 foot depth down the middle. This was true except for some of those logs laying on the bottom. We managed to thump into a few of them.

    You can see some logs along the lush shoreline.

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    We even saw a little bit of fall color.

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    The trees would overhang the canal in areas. We had to take care not to clip them with our mast.

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    The canal is very narrow, sufficient for the 1800s but a little tight for modern day boats.

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    In most areas there is no room to pass other boats so you follow the same ones into the locks and your speed is set by the slowest boat in front of you.

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    The slow speed was no problem for us but the power boat behind us was not very happy.

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    The ICW is known for its tannin stained water that stains the hull of your vessel. The Dismal Swamp has the darkest water we’ve seen…..coffee?

     

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    We really enjoyed this picturesque route. Will we do it again next year? Stay tuned.
    Ed Kukla
    S/V Freedom, Endeavor 42

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

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  • Atlantic Yacht Basin Newsletter, AICW Statute Mile 12

    Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and long-time favorite repair yard, lies directly on the path of the Waterway immediately south of the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, VA. Give them a try, you will be glad you did!

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    We had September weather in August, so why not a little August in September? Seriously though, this chunk of time after Labor Day might be a little warm, but we are expecting a beautiful fall season here at AYB – particularly with so many people passing through. People come to AYB when they are looking for a quick stop, a home base, or a trusted place to get work done.

    Right now is a great time to come by for the Fall Bottom Painting Special. Book your job to take place between September 15 and December 1, 2014 and you will get $40/ft power wash, light sanding, 1 coat of paint plus $5.00 a foot haul in and out. Excessive scraping or additional work may incur an additional charge. It’s also a great time to check out what is happening with all of your underwater equipment and surfaces (see below for more tips).

    For the full Newsletter, go to: http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3271550552cb1ac3554d70054&id=09089ca701&e=757d12f986

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Atlantic Yacht Basin

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  • Efforts by Virginia Beach to Promote the Intracoastal Waterway

    Our thanks to Stacy Parker for this article on the Waterway. For the full story from PilotOnline.com, go to: http://hamptonroads.com/2014/09/cities-unite-protect-intracoastal-waterway

    Cities unite to protect, promote Intracoastal Waterway
    By Stacy Parker
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © September 10, 2014
    VIRGINIA BEACH

    The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway meanders through Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, paying no mind to city boundaries. So why should city leaders when it comes to protecting the natural resource?

    Virginia Beach planners decided to take a broader approach to the waterway last year. They had begun to create an environmental strategy for the North Landing River, part of the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal portion of the Intracoastal Waterway. It called for marketing the river to boost tourism and creating a long-term protection plan.

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  • Extension of Night-Time Restrictions, Gilmerton Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

    This required two-hour notification will apply only to vessels wishing to transit the Gilmerton Bridge after 8:00PM, which might be a possibility with Daylight Savings Time. Plan accordingly. Our thanks to Matt, the Bridge Tender, for sending us this update.

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    BULLETIN NO: 14/017 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: September 10, 2014

    Channel Restriction at the Gilmerton Bridge Update
    Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
    Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge construction project has been delayed by approximately three weeks. This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 14-013, released on August 11, 2014 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143965). The schedule noted herein is subject to change based on operational contingencies. In the event the operational schedule set forth herein is further modified, the Coast Guard will notify the public via the Local Notice to Mariners.

    Advanced notice is required per the table below for vessels transiting on the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of the Gilmerton Bridge during the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. In all cases, notice shall be given by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. In the table, “Vessels ≤60 ft HC” applies to vessels requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance, while “Vessels >60 ft HC” applies to vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance.
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    Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate in accordance with the schedule set forth in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 117.997(c).
    -USCG-

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Bridge Directory Listing For Gilmerton Hwy Bridge

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  • Virginia Cut versus Dismal Swamp Canal

    The “debate” over which route is better has been going on for a very long time. The Dismal Swamp Canal route is almost one of those “either you love or you hate it” as shown in this article from November of 2013: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128524. Unless you are in a big hurry, SSECN has always preferred the slow, easy pace of the Canal over the Virginia Cut. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28. Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1.

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    Hi Larry,
    Well it’s that time of year again and we figure a lot of SSECN readers are thinking, “Virginia Cut or Dismal Swamp?”
    Diana and I are BIG fans of the Dismal Swamp route and for those readers interested here’s a link to a PassageMaker Magazine article we wrote to back it up!

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3291490/magazine%20articles/PMM0514%20ICW%20Dismal%20Frugal%20Doyle.pdf

    And the Captains Doyle have sent us the excellent, complete section on the Dismal Swamp from their ICW CruiseGuide:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3291490/magazine%20articles/OTW%20CruiseGuide%20Dismal%20Swamp.pdf

    Stay in the deep water,
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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

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

  • Another Update on Gilmerton Bridge Restrictions, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

    Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8, has been under opening restrictions for over three years. After many, many Local Notices and updates, the bridge has returned to an almost normal operating schedule with updated exceptions listed in an earlier posting: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139962. Our thanks to Matt, the Bridge Tender, for sending us this new notice.

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    BULLETIN NO: 14/013 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: August 11, 2014
    Channel Restriction at the Gilmerton Bridge Update
    Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
    From 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays until December 31, 2014, two barges with cranes will occupy the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge to conclude demolition operations and install the bridge’s new fendering system. The barges will occupy the entire channel, leaving no clearance for the safe passage of other vessels.
    Between the release of the instant Marine Safety Information Bulletin until August 31, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, all vessels transiting through the area, regardless of size, shall provide two hours advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13.
    Between September 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, any vessel requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance shall provide two hours advance notice; vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 24 hours advance notice as set forth above.
    Between January 1, 2015 until the project concludes on or before February 28, 2015, one barge will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Vessels requiring more than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice as set forth above. Vessels requiring 60 feet or less of horizontal clearance need not provide advance notice.
    Please be advised that the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate in accordance with the schedule set forth in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 117.997(c).
    -USCG-

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Bridge Directory Listing For Gilmerton Hwy Bridge

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  • Update and Comments: Steel Bridge Replacement Construction, AICW Statute Mile 8.8

    We just get the Gilmerton Bridge construction completed and another project begins – lasting until 2017! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this replacement project will have fewer navigation disruptions. Dominion Boulevard Steel Bridge crosses the Waterway north of Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, VA.

    VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AIWW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
    Mariners are advised that construction work, by McLean Contracting Company, will commence in February 2013 and will extend through March 2017 for the replacement of the existing Dominion Boulevard/US 17 (Lift) Bridge across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at AIWW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA (commonly known as the Steel Bridge) and its approaches, with a new 95-foot high-level fixed bridge and new approaches on essentially the same alignment. (Latitude 36o 44’ 10” N, Longitude 76o 17’ 40” W). The operation will consist of construction of a new bridge, removal and replacement of the bridge fender system, demolition of the existing bridge and construction of a second new bridge, along with in-water work involving pile driving, concrete pier construction and girder erection. Tugboats will be used and will monitor VHF Channel 13 in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Mariners should check for future notices on this replacement bridge project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12253

    Update LNM: 31/14, August 5, 2014

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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Virginia Bridge Directory Listing For Dominion Blvd. Bridge

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  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring

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    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

  • Mooring Regulations in Portsmouth Inlet Docks, AICW Mile Zero

    North Harbor Inlet and High Street Inlet are in Portsmouth on the west side of the Waterway channel just below mile marker zero. A big thank you to Skipper Litchfield for sending us these regulations. The in-town inlet docking areas are very attractive and convenient, but suitable only for cruisers under 40ft. These inlets also serve the ferries that connect Portsmouth to Norfolk waterfront.

    Official Information on Portsmouth’s mooring policies has been difficult to find, however a visit to the Portsmouth Visitor Information Center netted a fact sheet that is given out to boaters who stop and visit the center. I have scanned and posted the document (in PDF format) on our clubs website. You can see the documents here:
    http://portsmouthboatclub.org/PDF%20files/PortsVA%20-%20Mooring_opt.pdf
    Regards,
    Dick Litchfield
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  • Four Tips for Picking the Best Boatyard, BoatUS News

    The following article from BoatUS on how to choose a good boat yard is certainly helpful, and you can find among our SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSORS! two of the finest yards on the east coast. Sponsors that are helping to keep this service FREE to the cruising community. Those yards are, of course, Atlantic Yacht Basin in Chesapeake, VA and Bennett Brothers in Wilmington, NC.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 24, 2014 – While boatyards are busy, summer may be a better time to have repair work done on the boat. Why? The typical boatyard and shop warranty on labor is 90 days, giving boaters the time necessary to use the boat and ensure a correct repair. But where does a boater go to get repairs done right? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips:

    Use what your eyes are telling you: Sometimes it’s the little things that give you a sign that the yard you are entering isn’t the best. One BoatUS member took his boat to a repair facility and thought that the abundance of boats in the lot meant that the boatyard was popular. It wasn’t until after the yard started giving odd excuses for delays and then made him pay for hundreds of dollars of ineffective engine repairs before releasing the boat, did the member notice that few, if any, of the boats in the lot had been moved in years.

    All recommendations aren’t the same: Online recommendations are a mish-mash of good and bad: more reliable ones have real names attached and specific details in postings. Fellow boaters are likely the best folks to recommend a yard, but go one step further: be sure that the repairs are similar to what you need. Another option is to ask a marine surveyor. These professionals are often knowledgeable about the quality of work in local repair yards, as long as they’re impartial and unaffiliated with any shop or boatyard. Look for a boat surveyor having SAMS or NAMS credentials as these surveyor associations require their members to be independent. Another good sign to see is a shop that follows American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) guidelines for repairs, which ensures that crucial safety standards are met. ABYC technicians also get specialized certification in a range of boat systems.

    Dealerships may offer more, but don’t write off independents: There are certain benefits to taking an out-of-warranty boat or motor to a dealership, with the best training and equipment being at the top of the list. Dealerships also enjoy better parts connections. On the other hand, most well established independent repair facilities also produce high quality work – especially those run by former or current factory-trained technicians. And unlike a dealership, they must compete on repair business alone and their prices are usually lower.

    Look for shops that specialize: Boats vary in type, size and complexity and so do repair facilities. Don’t bring a 34-foot trawler for repairs to a shop that mostly works on trailer boats, and don’t expect the guy living in a van down by the river to fix your high-tech outboard.

    “Always check around first before doing business,” said BoatUS Director of Consumer Affairs Charles Fort. “Many boaters only have the summer to enjoy their boats, so any problems could lead to a premature end of the boating season.”

    http://www.boatus.com/pressroom

    Click Here To View the Virginia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Atlantic Yacht Basin

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  • Unhappy Dismal Swamp Canal Traveler, AICW Alternate Route

    Most of the reports we receive from Dismal Swamp travelers are downright amorous! See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=138522. There are occasions, after high winds or high water, when the canal may be trashed with extra debris and duckweed, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=88326. In fact, it is sometimes closed to order for the ACOE to remove excess debris. Obviously, Captain Grimes came through at one of those congested times, and I hope you will join me in encouraging Captain Grimes to give the Great Dismal Swamp Canal another chance! It is a favorite part of the Waterway for many folks.
    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center lies along the eastern banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal at statute mile 28.

    We traveled southbound in August, 2012, at < 6 knots with two of us on the flybridge looking for debris in the water. We hit no fewer than 5 submerged objects. Fortunately, our hull sustained no damage, but we will not venture into the Dismal Swamp Canal again. We saw numerous floating logs tied to brush along the bank with flimsy rope.
    Capt. David Grimes

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

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