Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442(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.Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop programYankee Point MarinaWest Marine
Our marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates. 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.Carolina Yacht CareOn the Water GuidebooksBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NC

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“Paddle for the Border”, May 3, 2014, Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-15-2014

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

Dismal Swamp Welcome Center – Click for Chartview

PLEASE, NO WAKE! as you pass these paddlers. Go slow and enjoy the Canal!
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 and would be a great place to watch and cheer on the participants.

VA – CHESAPEAKE – DISMAL SWAMP CANAL
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE PADDLE FOR THE BORDER WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 3, 2014 ON THE DISMAL SWAMP CANAL. THE EVENT WILL COMMENCE AT 7 A.M. AND LAST UNTIL 3 P.M. THE SAME DAY. WHILE THE EVENT SHOULD NOT IMPEDE TRAFFIC, MARINERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITTING THE AREA.

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Mobile Cuisine Events in Chesapeake, VA, Beginning April 16, AICW Statute Mile 12

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-11-2014

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442

Located immediately south of the Great Bridge Locks, Atlantic Yacht Basin -A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! – offers an excellent full-service boat yard, with a long fixed face dock and covered storage on the well protected small inlet behind the yard. Fuel, water, electric and a working pump out are available. There is a well stocked marine store and the workmen at the yard are able to repair virtually anything on a boat.
Now, Atlantic Yacht Basin’s skipper, Spencer Hull, brings us news of what promises to be an exciting gastronomic event for the entire family: “Eat the Streets 757.”

Well, I’m excited to share that the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation will be kicking off Eat the Streets 757, fun for the whole family and great cuisine offered by a variety of local chefs served from their mobile kitchen (food trucks).

http://gbbattlefield.org/events.html

Spencer Hull

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Atlantic Yacht Basin Announces Spring, 2014 Special Offers

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-19-2014

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin, is one of the most respected repair yards and marinas anywhere in the Southeastern USA. It is an honor indeed to have such a quality firm as one of the SSECN’s staunch supporters.
And, just to show how the best keep getting better, the two special offers detailed below, are enough to make any boat owner sit up and take notice. In fact, we suggest you point your bow towards AYB without delay!

Bottom Painting Special
Book your job to take place between now and March 31, 2014 and you will get $5 a foot haul out pricing along with $35 a foot for a power wash, spot sanding and 1 coat of paint — all of which is a limited-time discount from the regular price.
Excessive barnacles or damaged exteriors may be subject to additional costs. Offer applies to travel lift haul outs only. Other custom treatments and repairs are also available upon request.

Summer Storage Special
AYB brought back their popular summer storage referral program. If you refer someone who becomes a new storage customer for at least 3 months both you and your friend will get an additional month of storage absolutely free. You must refer a new storage customer to qualify and they should mention your name when they contact AYB to sign up.

Call toll-free at 800-992-2489 or local at 757-482-2141 or email info@atlanticyachtbasin.com to take advantage of these very special offers!

Publishers Chuck Baier and Susan Landry Announce the Release of “The Great Book Of Anchorages, Chesapeake Bay Edition,” Including The Potomac River

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-19-2014

chesapeake bay coverWe are very pleased to help promote the soon to be released third installment in Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net’s strategic partners, Skippers Chuck Baier and Susan Landry’s, superb “Great Book of Anchorages” series. This fresh volume details overnight havens on the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries. But, hey, why listen to me, when you can read the news directly from Susan and Chuck!

Sarasota, Florida – March 11, 2014 – Publishers Chuck Baier and Susan Landry announce the release of the third installment in “The Great Book Of Anchorages” series. The Chesapeake Bay, Including The Potomac River encompasses anchorages along the Chesapeake and its tributaries from Chesapeake City in the north to Lynnhaven Inlet on the southern Bay and includes both the eastern and western shores plus the Potomac River.
“The Great Book Of Anchorages” series is researched, published and distributed by the authors from their Marine Trader trawler, Beach House. The two previous editions in the series of anchorage books have been, Hampton Roads and Norfolk to The Florida Keys, Including The St. Johns River, released in September 2012 and The Bahamas – The Route Most Traveled, released in September 2013. “The Great Book Of Anchorages” was conceived to fill a void in most cruising guides, the lack of significant anchorage information. The information contained in “The Great Book Of Anchorages, The Chesapeake Bay” is the result of the authors boating experience on the Bay spanning over 40 years. The books are designed to be a supplement to a boater’s favorite cruising guide and not a replacement.

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Sample Page – New “Great Book of Anchorages – Chesapeake Bay Edition”

This will be a series of six anchorage books that will encompass the waterways of the eastern United States and a special edition covering the Bahamas. The Chesapeake Bay, Including the Potomac River edition is available to the boating community now at https://www.tgboa.com/products and will soon be available from select online retailers and locations along the waterway. The website, http://www.tgboa.com/, offers photo albums of select anchorages and interactive maps showing the locations of the anchorage photos. Additional books in the series will be the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway from Mobile, Alabama to Cape Sable, Florida, New Jersey to New York, including the Hudson River, and finally Chicago to Mobile. The order and dates of release for the additional books will depend on input and requests from the boating community.
If you would like more information on The Great Book of Anchorages series, would like to order books, or interview Chuck or Susan, call us at 713-244-4686 or email info@tgboa.com.
Website, http://www.tgboa.com.
Media images available on request
Susan Landry, Publisher/Author/Editor
Chuck Baier, Publisher/Author

Update on Gilmerton Bridge Restrictions, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-19-2014

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Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8 and 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 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=130965) with updated exceptions listed below. SSECN is grateful to Matt, a Gilmerton Bridge tender, for compiling the latest information posted below. Of particular interest to cruisers is the note: “The barges will occupy the entire channel, leaving no clearance for the safe passage of other vessels” for the two periods stated in Matt’s. With Daylight Savings Time, 6PM to dusk might well fall within your time frame and thus require an adjustment to your float plan. See newest condensed version below dated 3/21.

I’ve gathered the latest info regarding the Gilmerton Bridge (AICW MM 5.8) and included it all in this email.
V/R,
Matt – the bridge tender
Vertical Clearance for the new Gilmerton Bridge when closed is 35 feet above MHW.
Gilmerton Bridge monitors marine channel 13 as do all the bridges, locks and commercial traffic in this area.
Gilmerton Bridge restrictions from 33CFR117.997(c) are listed here:
(c) The draw of the Gilmerton (US13/460) bridge, mile 5.8, in Chesapeake:
(1) Shall open on signal at any time for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials.
(2) From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays:
(i) Need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels that do not qualify under paragraph (d)(2)(ii) of this section.
(ii) Need not open for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, unless 2 hours advance notice has been given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757)-485-5488.
(3) Shall open on signal at all other times.
Additional channel restriction from CG Sector Hampton Roads MSIB #14/005 are listed here:
SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
BULLETIN NO: 14/005 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
DATE: March 13, 2014
Channel Restriction at the Gilmerton Bridge Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
From 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily from March 24, 2014 until June 20, 2014, two barges with cranes will occupy the channel at the Gilmerton Bridge to install the bridge’s new fender system and conduct demolition
operations. “Barge A”, a 100 X 60 foot crane barge, will assist with demolition operations; “Barge B”, a 120 X 55 foot crane barge, will assist with driving the fender piles. The barges will occupy the entire channel, leaving no clearance for the safe passage of other vessels.
Vessels able to safely transit with a 69 foot available horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advanced notice to allow sufficient time for Barge A to move. Vessels needing the full width of the channel shall provide 24 hours advanced notice. Effective March 13 to March 23 and June 21 through August 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., only Barge A will occupy the channel reducing the available width of the channel to 64 feet. Vessels
needing the full width of the channel shall provide 2 hours advanced notice. Notice shall be provided by calling the bridge tender at (757)485-5488 or via VHF channel 13. Additionally, the Gilmerton Bridge continues to operate
per 33 Code of Federal Regulations 117.997(c) for mariners needing a bridge opening.
Moreover, an environmental containment cell around the pier and its fender system will be in place until the project’s conclusion on or about August 3, 2014 to facilitate additional demolition work. The containment cell is
rigidly connected to the existing bridge fender with its own fender system consisting of 8 inch x 8 inch timber bumpers with recessed connections, thereby reducing the bridge’s horizontal clearance from approximately 125 feet
to 124 feet.
-USCG-

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Tidewater Yacht Marina has a New Owner, AICW Statute Mile Zero

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-25-2014

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Tidewater Yacht Marina in Portsmouth, VA, is located on the west side of Town Point Reach in the Norfolk harbor, hard by Mile Zero, and has served for many Waterway cruisers as a jumping-off point for their voyage “down the ditch.” Tidewater Yacht Marina’s website is href=”http://www.tyamarina.com”>www.tyamarina.com

The link below from Tidewater Biz of Hampton Roads was sent to us by Captain John Kettlewell.

http://www.dailypress.com/business/tidewater/dp-portsmouth-marina-acquired-by-owner-of-york-river-yacht-haven-in-gloucester-20140224,0,4034085.story

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Normal Operating Regulations Restored at Gilmerton Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-27-2013

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Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge has been under opening restrictions for over three years. After many, many Local Notices and updates, the bridge has now returned to a normal operating schedule (see below). The Gilmerton Highway Lift Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8.

VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
Mariners are advised that the operating regulations set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(c) have been reinstated at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake VA. Since 2010, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate construction of the new vertical-lift span. New signs summarizing the requirements have been posted both upstream and downstream of the drawbridge. A copy of Public Notice 5-1323, which describes the operating regulations in detail can be obtained by writing to the above address, by calling (757) 398-6222 or by viewing the web link http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pagename=pnBridges at Public Notices for Bridges. Chart 12253 LNM 12/27/2013

REINSTATED OPERATING REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE 21 DECEMBER 2013

RUSH HOUR RESTRICTIONS MON TO FRI, EXCEPTFEDERAL HOLIDAYS
From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Need not open. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance notice for an on-demand opening.*

MON TO FRI, EXCEPT FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Opens on demand for all vessels. Commercial vessels must provide a two-hour advance
notice for an on-demand opening.*

SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS
Opens on demand for all vessels.

BRIDGE WILL OPEN ON DEMAND ANYTIME FOR VESSELS CARRYING HAZARDOUS LIQUEFIED FLAMMABLE GAS OR OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; AND OPEN ON DEMAND AT ALL OTHER TIMES.
1 IF ANY VESSEL IS APPROACHING THE BRIDGE AND CANNOT REACH THE DRAW EXACTLY ON THE HALF HOUR, THE DRAW TENDER MAY DELAY THE OPENING UP TO 10 MINUTES PAST THE HALF HOUR FOR PASSAGE OF THE APPROACHING VESSEL AND ANY OTHER VESSELS THAT ARE WAITING TO PASS
2 IF THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7, AT MILE 5.8 IS NOT OPENED DURING A PARTICULAR SCHEDULED OPENING FOR THE GILMERTON BRIDGE AND VESSELS WERE DELAYED, THE DRAW TENDER AT THE GILMERTON BRIDGE MAY PROVIDE A SINGLE OPENING FOR WAITING VESSELS, ONCE THE NORFOLK & SOUTHERN RAILROAD BRIDGE #7 REOPENS FOR VESSELS.

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New Phone Numbers for Gilmerton Bridge and Centerville Turnpike Bridge, AICW Statute Miles 5.8 and 15.2

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-26-2013

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Centerville Turnpike Bridge - Click for Chartview

The Gilmerton Highway Lift Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8. The Centerville Turnpike Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, crosses the Waterway at statute mile 15.2, three nautical miles south of Great Bridge Lock.

VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ELIZABETH RIVER (SOUTHERN BRANCH) TO THE ALBERMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
Mariners are advised that telephone numbers have changed at the new Gilmerton/US13/460 (vertical-lift) Bridge, at AICW mile 5.8, and the Centerville Turnpike/SR170 (swing) Bridge, at AICW mile 15.2, across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, both in Chesapeake VA, respectively. The new telephone numbers are as follows: for the Gilmerton Bridge – (757) 485-5488; and for the Centerville Bridge – (757) 547-3631. Technical amendments will be submitted for revision to Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 117.997(c) and (i), respectively. Chart 12253

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On-Going Fender Installation, Gilmerton Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-11-2013

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These channel obstructions will not affect most cruisers, so this Local Notice is posted to let you be aware of the continuing construction around the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk and has been the subject of much attention since the construction and resulting number of closures and restrictions began fall of 2012. For several months now, Cruisers’ Net has had a Navigation Alert posted for these waters.

VA – NORFOLK HARBOR – ELIZABETH RIVER-SOUTHERN BRANCH – GILMERTON BRIDGE – FENDER SYSTEM DEMOLITION/INSTALLATION
Mariners are advised that the demolition/reconstruction of the Gilmerton Bridge fender system will be ongoing from 6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. daily until 03 August, 2014. Barges with cranes will be in the navigational channel. Vessels transiting the waterway and requiring the barges to move for safe transit must provide a two hour advance notice by calling the bridge tender at (757)-485-5488 on via VHF-FM channel 13. Chart: 12253. LNM: 50/13

New Gilmerton Lift Bridge

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Divergent Thoughts on Cruising the AICW Dismal Swamp Alternate Route

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-26-2013

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

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The recent closure of the Great Bridge Lock, which temporarily made the AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route the only inland option, has prompted discussion of the Dismal Swamp’s cruising characteristics, good and less than good.

I am curious as to why our members are concerned about the Great Bridge Lock being closed. There is enough water and the locks are open on the Dismal Swamp Canal and the passage is prettier than the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal. We have traversed both many times and prefer the Dismal.
It’s true that there are more marinas on the C and A and you may have to run a generator at Elizabeth City or at the anchorage above the E. C. bridge but the distance is the same for each passage. True the lower Pasquotank River is open to the wind but then so is Currituck Sound.
Jim Bertch

Jim, rarely do I disagree with you, but this time I do! It cost us a pretty penny last time we went through and we’ve been there and done that, and we now prefer the Virginia Cut. OHH and BTW it appears that the Great Bridge Lock is open again. No word on whether it is permanently fixed or what, but right now they are operating on a normal schedule!
Hans

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Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route Versus the North Carolina – Virginia Cut Route Primary AICW Passage

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-26-2013

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

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The recent closure of the Great Bridge Lock, which temporarily made the Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route the only inland option, prompted this discussion of the Dismal Swamp versus the North Carolina – Virginia Cut (a. k. a. the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal) on the AGLCA Forum.

Obviously each boater makes their own decisions but the Dismal is my absolute preference over the Va Cut. that said I am a shallow draft boat (3′) and have keel protected props. I have found that there are different risks for both routes depending upon your individual boat. We always thump something coming thru the Dismal but so far no damage, and also the Pungo for that matter. The Va Cut bridges are difficult for us to time, as we are a slow boat so we are often waked badly by inconsiderate captains on large yachts transiting the Va. Cut making a schedule. There is commercial traffic on the cut as well and the long narrow channel reach across the Carrituck Sound in weather can be a real bear. I also find that the approaches to the bridges on the upper end of the Virginia Cut has it’s dangers with the stumps lining that narrow channel. Often not visible until they poke out from a wake trough.
So for us the very protected easy relaxing transit of the Dismal is the attraction and it has many more anchoring/docking options than the cut. When weather blocks the crossing of the Albemarle we often hang out at Elizabeth’s (sometimes referred to as Robert’s) Dock between the Swing bridge and the deep creek lock chamber. Deep water extremely protected free dock with easy walking to the town that has everything the cruiser could require in the adjacent shopping Center. No electric and sometimes you can get water if the tap is on. We prefer this spot to trying to jam into Elizabeth City among a backlog of boats trying to wait a weather window.
Again the decision is of course dependent upon your situation and boat.
cruise safe, stay warm but have fun

We agree whole heartedly in preferring the Dismal Swamp route over the Dreadful Currituck Sound route. In our dozen cruises along the east coast we’ve visited the canal 10 times (leaving 2 for the Dreadful route). Same reasons mentioned in the above article, plus the canal and the river leading to it from Elizabeth City is beautiful and unhurried. We’ve never had an issue with our four foot draft. The new nature center is worth a visit.
Bob McLeran/Judy Young

Absolutely agree with the comments above. Add that a visit with Robert Peak, lockmaster at Deep Creek is one of the pleasures of the trip. For a small adventure, take the dinghy, canoe or kayak up the feeder ditch, use the marine railway to get it to lake level and enjoy the almost perfect roundness and natural beauty of Lake Drummond (just be sure to note a landmark so you can find your way back off the lake).
If you visit the state park and walk or bicycle on the trails, take seriously the warning about Lyme disease carrying deer ticks. We didn’t and had multiple tick bites resulting in a round of antibiotics when we reached home a few days later.
Jean Thomason

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Update: Great Bridge Lock RETURNS TO NORMAL OPENING SCHEDULE, 11/24/2013 (AICW Statute Mile 11.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-24-2013

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Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442As of 11/24/2013, the Great Bridge Lock has returned to A normal opening schedule, as noted below in the notice from the Corp of Engineers. Our thanks to Officer Scussel for this good news!

Latest Openings Update as of 11/24/13:

From: “Scussel, Joel F NAO”
The damaged chamber valve to the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia has been isolated. Lockings have returned to the normal opening schedule 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The width of the lock has been temporary reduced from 72 feet to 70 feet due to the installation of a coffer dam on the north east lock wall. Vessels shall proceed at a low speed and provide a wide berth at the coffer dam. The coffer dam is marked on the lock wall with an angle iron structure and yellow paint.
Great Bridge locks open on demand, but works in conjunction with the Great Bridge Bridge openings. Vessel operators may contact the Great Bridge Lock at 757-547-3311 if additional locking information is required. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13.
Joel Scussel
Army Corps of Engineers

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Dismal Swamp Welcome Center Winter Hours, AICW Alternate Route

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-20-2013

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

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Our thanks to Sarah Weeks of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) for this update on the Center’s hours.

Greetings,
The winter schedule at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center starting Dec. 1st is as follows:
Monday – Saturday 9am- 5pm
Closed Sundays
Thanks,
Sarah M. Weeks
Assistant to the Director
Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
2356 Highway 17 North
South Mills, NC 27976
Phone: 877.771.8333 ~ Fax: 252.771.2055
Web: www.dismalswampwelcomecenter.com

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Two Brief Closures of Great Bridge Bridge (SR168), December 7, 2013, AICW Statute Mile 12

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-15-2013

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With a closed vertical clearance of 8.5ft, the Great Bridge Bridge crosses the Waterway just south of the Great Bridge Lock in Great Bridge, VA. Openings of this bridge are in coordination with Great Bridge Lock which is currently under very restricted openings due to repairs. Hopefully, repairs will be complete by December 7th.

VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL
To accommodate the annual Christmas Parade event, mariners are advised that the S168 Bridge, at AICW mile 12.0, across the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal in Chesapeake (Great Bridge) VA, will be closed to vessels requiring an opening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2013. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date and times are rescheduled to Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(g). In the closed position to vessels, this lift-type drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 8.5 feet, above mean high water. Mariners requiring an opening should adjust their transits accordingly. Chart 12253

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GREAT Fall Specials For Cruisers At Atlantic Yacht Basin (Statute Mile 12)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-22-2013

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Wow, what a great deal for cruisers at brand new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin. This long-time favorite repair yard lies directly on the path of the AICW, just south of Norfolk, VA. Give them a try, you won’t be sorry!!!!

Praise for “Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous” Held 10/18/13 to 10/20/13 in Hampton, VA

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-21-2013

For the full story on this first annual event, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=123282 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=124669

This collection of trawlers, sailboats, vendors, presenters, restaurants and all the others who have had anything to do with this event all agree that it has been an incredible success. Be sure to give it very careful consideration if you are in the area next year.
Capt. Jeff Janacek
Trawler Time on “Adirondack”

Good Words for Mile Marker 0 Marine Supply, Portsmouth, VA

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-15-2013

Mile Marker 0 is a full-service marine supply business at One High Street Landing in Portsmouth VAMile Marker 0 Marine Supply, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, moved the beginning of this year. PLEASE drop by and visit these fine people in their new location. And, PLEASE, SUPPORT THEM, as we always ask, whenever possible, that you support all our SSECN sponsors!

We cannot say enough good things about Bob McBride and the excellent customer service he provides to boaters…those in transient, and those about to be transients! If he doesn’t have what you need, he will find it for you, and will bring it to you!
Mike

Click Here To View An Earlier Posting on Mile Marker O’s Recent Relocation

URGENT: Support Vessel Needed for a Worthy Cause, SC/NC State Line to VA

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-03-2013

The initial support vessel planned for this event has withdrawn due to mechanical problems. Please help Kacie find another!!

This sounds like a wonderful adventure. Contact Kacie Wallace at the email below to determine what requirements are needed to be a support vessel.

Cruising News:
On June 8, World Oceans Day, YOLO Board team rider Kacie Wallace and friend Kimberly Sutton will begin paddling up the North Carolina coast, from the South Carolina state line to Virginia. The two are making the trip to raise awareness of plastics pollution in the ocean. And they’re looking for a support boat to accompany them. kacie.wallace@gmail.com, or visit http://www.supthemag.com/features/industry-news/yolo-board-team-rider-to-paddle-300-miles-for-plastic-pollution-awareness/
You may also reference this website: http://paddleforthenccoastline.weebly.com
HB Koerner