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  • Marker 12 Craft Beer Excursion, May 29, 5:00 PM, Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


    Marker 12 Pop-Up Bar and the other services of GoChesapeake are just another example of Atlantic Yacht Basin’s focus on their customers. And, of course, Atlantic Yacht Basin is A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! And note that Admission to the Beer Excursion is FREE to boaters!

    Marker 12 Events & Updates
    News and Information for Our Waterway Guests
    Marker 12  |  Great Bridge  |  Chesapeake, VA

    MARKER 12 | BOATS & BREWS
    CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS!

    Events & Updates
    News and Information for Our Waterway Guests

    MARKER 12  |  BOATS & BREWS
    Craft Beer Excursion
    Tuesday, MAY 29th @ 5 PM

    Join us for Boats & Brews — the first Beer Excursion on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway!  Guests will enjoy craft brews from Chesapeake’s beloved brewery, Big Ugly Brewing, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Kim Prosser and the crew from KAPERS Catering. The event is sponsored by GoChesapeakeAtlantic Yacht BasinWaterway Guide and Big Ugly Brewing. Admission is FREE to boaters, and complimentary transportation is provided from Atlantic Yacht Basin (AIWC marker 12, Great Bridge, VA). Wine will also be available. 

    BOATERS
    Our waterway guests will receive free admission, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, one free drink ticket  and free transportation to and from Atlantic Yacht Basin. Additional drinks may be purchased for a donation of $5 / each. To participate, please email us at hello@gochesapeake.net and attach a pic of your boat (we will include it in our slideshow and Facebook photo album). We will reply to confirm your reservation. THEN, PLEASE be at the AYB Dockmaster’s Office on Tuesday, May 29th no later than 4:45 PM to catch the shuttle. If you miss the shuttle, you can request an Uber. The brewery is roughly 15 minutes from AYB. Guests mooring at  other marinas or at the public docks are warmly welcomed. Please email us your reservation, then catch the shuttle at AYB or request an Uber. 

    CHESA-PEEPS
    Come out and meet our waterway guests! Tickets are only $25. Proceeds benefit Virginia Water Tourism, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Your participation helps to fund the GoChesapeake initiative which works to promote Chesapeake as a waterway destination to the 10,000 yachts that travel through our city each year. Waterway tourism helps to generate additional funding for our schools, roads and public safety resources. Space is limited and available on a first-come basis. To participate, please email us at hello@gochesapeake.net. We will reply to confirm your reservation. You may pay at the door with check, cash or credit card. The doors open at 5 PM. 

     

    Marker 12 Pop-Up Happy Hour & Dinner Excursions

    The popular Pop-Up Happy Hour hosted by GoChesapeake resumes this season. Check out the new Dinner Excursions on Tuesdaynights. Complimentary transportation is provided. Learn more »

    Visitor Passport

    The new Visitor Passport is your guide to dining, shopping, events and experiences. Pick up your copy at the dockmaster’s office or download a digital copy from the GoChesapeake website. 
    Download a copy »

    GoChesapeake Waterway Concierge Services

    Let us help you make your visit memorable and uniquely yours. No request is too small or impossible. Contact us today with your request! Hello@GoChesapeake.net or 757.296.3404 – Option 1

    Learn more about our services »

    Personalized Provisioning Assistance

    The Farm Fresh Supermarket recently closed. A new store will open in approximately 90 days. In the meantime, contact us for provisioning assistance. Hello@GoChesapeake.net or 757.2996.3404 – Option 1

     

     
    A Community of Partners Devoted to Supporting Our Waterway Guests
     
    Copyright © 2018 GoChesapeake, All rights reserved. 
    You are receiving this email courtesy of GoChesapake. Our mailing address is: 

    GoChesapeake

    ChesapeakeVa 23320

     

     

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

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

  • LNM: 42nd Annual Norfolk Harborfest, June 8-10, 2018, Norfolk, VA


    Please note the possibility of closures on Elizabeth River at Mile Zero and Waterside Marina on the east side of the harbor channel.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – NORFOLK HARBOR – ELIZABETH RIVER – HARBORFEST 2018
    The 42nd Annual Norfolk Harborfest Celebration is expected to draw a large number of spectator vessel in the vicinity of Town Point Reach. READ MORE!

    To assist in maintaining a safe waterway, The Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads will be enforcing a special local regulation from Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, 2018. Some of the Harborfest events could present hazards to mariners transiting the area. To protect vessel operators from the hazards associated with the Parade of Sail, fireworks display, and workboat races, the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of Town Point Park will be closed from time to time during the hours of 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 8 through June 10, 2018. During the scheduled closures, vessels shall not enter the regulated area. Operators must stop their vessel immediately upon being directed to do so and must proceed as directed by any law enforcement vessels. A Coast Guard patrol will be on scene monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16 during these events. Mariners are requested to use extreme caution when transiting the area. LNM 20/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Town Point

  • Marker 12 Events & Updates, Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


    Marker 12 Pop-Up Bar and the other services of GoChesapeake are just another example of Atlantic Yacht Basin’s focus on their customers. And, of course, Atlantic Yacht Basin is A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Marker 12 Events & Updates
    News and Information for Our Waterway Guests
    Marker 12  |  Great Bridge  |  Chesapeake, VA

    CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS!
    Marker 12 Events & Updates
    News and Information for Our Waterway Guests
    Marker 12  |  Great Bridge  |  Chesapeake, VA

    Marker 12 Pop-Up Happy Hour & Dinner Excursions

    The popular Pop-Up Happy Hour hosted by GoChesapeake resumes this season. Check out the new Dinner Excursions on Tuesdaynights. Complimentary transportation is provided. Learn more »

    Visitor Passport

    The new Visitor Passport is your guide to dining, shopping, events and experiences. Pick up your copy at the dockmaster’s office or download a digital copy from the GoChesapeake website. 
    Download a copy »

    GoChesapeake Waterway Concierge Services

    Let us help you make your visit memorable and uniquely yours. No request is too small or impossible. Contact us today with your request! Hello@GoChesapeake.net or 757.296.3404 – Option 1

    Learn more about our services »

    Personalized Provisioning Assistance

    The Farm Fresh Supermarket recently closed. A new store will open in approximately 90 days. In the meantime, contact us for provisioning assistance. Hello@GoChesapeake.net or 757.2996.3404 – Option 1

     

     
    A Community of Partners Devoted to Supporting Our Waterway Guests
     
     
     
    Copyright © 2018 GoChesapeake, All rights reserved. 
    You are receiving this email courtesy of GoChesapake. Our mailing address is: 

    GoChesapeake

    ChesapeakeVa 23320

     

     

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

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

  • Good Review of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, AICW Alternate Route


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

    The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, an NC DOT Rest Area facility and A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC.

    NC has one of the country’s most beautiful rest stops – and it’s next to a swamp

    The welcome center also serves as a gateway to Dismal Swamp State Park, just across the canal, a 22-mile stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway that connects the Elizabeth River in Virginia with the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY by Richard Stradling of the Raleigh News and Observer

    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

  • Spring Perspective on Historic Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


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

    The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, an NC DOT Rest Area facility, and are located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC.

    Looking north from our dock.

    The historic Dismal Swamp Canal is coming back to life after ice, storms and other natural disasters….. “I feel like The Princess Bride” reported one of our lovely guests who had experienced this waterway for the first time just this week. As the dogwoods blush and the Carolina pines tower above, we are optimistic for the future of our beloved waterway. Many boaters recently report this was on their wish list and are thrilled with their first experience. The Norfolk District ACOE has plans to continue work this spring and summer to restore the canal to its normal 6’ controlling depth, but should not hinder navigation. Please visit this link for more information: https://dismalswampwelcomecenter.com/boating/
    READ MORE!

    As a northern gateway to our beautiful state and the Albemarle Region, we take our jobs seriously in making our boaters feel welcome and informed. We encourage them to explore the Albemarle Sound, including the assets featured in the Albemarle Loop and enjoy the southern hospitality, a staple of our region. These marinas, cities, towns and counties count the boating community as valued and appreciated. They are working together to enhance the experiences and stories to come, of adventures through our enchanting waterways. Whispers and cries from the lives before us blend to create diverse stories to be discovered and treasured. The Albemarle Region is celebrating a 350th anniversary in 2018, and we have much to learn from our past. http://www.350th.com/

    Donna

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com
    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!

    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

  • Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival  Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 a.m. AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival 
    Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 a.m. 

    Runners take a 13.1-mile journey alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal — complete with forested wetlands and a peaceful paved pathway through the wilderness. Also returning this year is the Children’s Half-Mile Cub Run – a half-mile out-and-back fun run for kids 12 and under. 5K run/walk – If a half marathon is more than you want to tackle, try the 5K run/walk. For details, click here.

  • LNM: Fender Repairs until June 11, Great Bridge Lock, AICW Statute Mile 11.5


    These repairs may involve a beam restriction, but, hopefully, should not impact the lock schedule which is found in the link below.

    VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS – REPAIRS
    The Great Bridge Lock, located in Chesapeake, Virginia, will be performing fender repairs and diving operations starting on 11 April and concluding on or before June 8, 2018. Repairs will take place between 6:30 AM and 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Diving operations and repairs will be limited to fender systems on the north side of the lock and the majority of the repairs will be behind the existing lock fenders. During the repairs, recreation vessels may have a restricted width of 20 feet entering or exiting the lock. Large vessels, greater than 20 feet wide, may have short delays to allow repair equipment to move and provide the full lock chamber width. Vessels are requested to proceed at a slow speed and provide a wide berth near the repair site. Those planning to use this route can contact the Great Bridge Lock operator at 757-547-3311 or call the Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District office at 757-201-7642. Chart 12206 LNM 15/18

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Great Bridge Lock

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS
  • Farm Fresh Supermarket Closing, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

    Farm Fresh Supermarket is indeed closing in May, which is a blow to cruisers stopping in Great Bridge to re-provision. Fortunately, GoChesapeake of Atlantic Yacht Basin will be there to assist you in finding supplies. Atlantic Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12.

    Farm Fresh @ Great Bridge Locks, Mile Marker 12, Closing. Contact GoChesapeake for provisioning options.

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

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

  • Marker 12 Pop-Up Bar, Re-Opening April 24, Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


    Marker 12 Pop-Up Bar is a happy hour par excellence and another example of Atlantic Yacht Basin’s focus on their customers. And of course, Atlantic Yacht Basin is A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Marker 12 Pop-Up Bar @ Atlantic Yacht Basin – Tues and Fri – Seasonally — AICW Statute Mile 12 — will reopen April 24th
    We’re also featuring Dinner Excursions on Tuesday evenings with complimentary transportation to and from the restaurants.

    CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS

     

     

    GoChesapeake
    Providing concierge and lifestyle services for our waterway guests.
    O: 757.296.3404 
    hello@gochesapeake.net

    GoChesapeake.net
    READ MORE!

    GoChesapeake is an initiative of Virginia Water Tourism Corp – a Virginia Non-Profit Corporation. The organization works to promote water tourism along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway with the mission of expanding community tax bases and creating quality job opportunities for Virginians. The GoChesapeake logo is a trademark of The Matheson Group, Inc. and is used with permission. This email communication may contain confidential information which may also be legally privileged and is intended only for the use of the intended recipients identified above. If you are not the intended recipient of this communication, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized review, use, dissemination, distribution, downloading, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient and have received this communication in error, please immediately notify us by reply email, delete the communication and destroy all copies.

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

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

  • Praise for Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

    Atlantic Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12. Jan and Lee’s kind words are reprinted with permission from AGLCA’s Forum.

    We started early out of Beaufort, NC. We’ve been in Atlantic Yacht Basin, Chesapeake VA waiting for the weather to calm down north of us. Can’t say enough about the team here at AYB. Every single member of their crew is polite and anxious to help out. We had Shangri-La hauled to paint her bottom and remove the trim tabs. All done in two days. Rates are fair, work is professional in every way. Topped off the fuel at $2.35/g (with volume nickel discount.) Their team helped Jan and I lower the mast so we could better understand what’s involved. Can’t say enough about them.
    Jan and Lee
    Aboard Shangri-La
    42 GB Classic

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

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

  • Change of Summer Plans? Summer Storage Special at Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

    Atlantic Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12. 

     

    While you may find it hard to believe, Summer is lurking around the corner. It’s a great season for boating in this part of the world, but people are already locking in their off-season storage plans too. For some people, that means Summer storage and for others it may mean another time of year that suits their lifestyle better. People come back to AYB year after year and even boat after boat. And we thank you for being one of them!

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

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

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

  • Duckweed Gone! Thank You USACE! Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


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

    The Dismal Swamp Canal has been plagued with duckweed most of January and the clearing of the nuisance to boaters and a hazard to a vessels cooling system is welcome news! Our thanks to Donna Stewart, Welcome Center Director, for this good news update. Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, an NC DOT Rest Area facility, and are located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC.Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this report and these photos.

    Joel Scussel, Operations Manager for the Dismal Swamp Canal (USACE) shared a photo with us today of the completed cleanup work by the crew of the Elizabeth. They came back into the Canal to remove some remaining debris/duckweed matting near the South Mills Lock and in the Lock Chamber.
    CLICK FOR PHOTOS AND REPORT!

    The crew has worked three days in the past week to eliminate this distressing issue for boaters. To put this into perspective, I’ve attached a photo taken on Jan. 26th and the photo shared today.

    It’s so nice to see clear water!! I’m the most optimistic I’ve been in a long time for an active spring boating season on the Dismal Swamp Canal.

    We have been told by recent boaters, the Canal was basically clear until they reached the area in South Mills near the Lock. This information is not an official notice, but information Joel stated could be shared publicly. Please share with those who you think would benefit. The navigational restrictions which were issued at the opening in Oct. still remain in effect until further notice. (Minus the duckweed and the ice!)

    If you plan to transit the canal, call the Lock operators or the Norfolk District office for more information. 757-201-7642.

    Donna
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com
    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For South Mills Lock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Mills Lock

    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

  • Dismal Swamp Frozen! AICW Alternate Route


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

    The Dismal Swamp Canal had been closed to navigation since Hurricanes Matthew and Irma and its recent restricted re-opening is welcome news to cruisers. Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, an NC DOT Rest Area facility, and are located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this report and these photos.

    I’ve attached an advisory just received from the USACOE regarding the ice on the Dismal Swamp Canal and the A&C Canal. I’ve attached photos taken on Saturday at 4pm, and things have not really changed here, today, except the temperatures have started to creep up. READ MORE!

    I personally do not remember seeing this much ice in the Canal. We have experienced very cold temperatures for a week, my thermometer registering 3 degrees one morning.

    Stay warm if you can.

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!
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    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

  • Report Suspected Hoax Calls to USCG


    News Release
    Dec. 04, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712

    Coast Guard experiences spike in suspected hoax distress cases in NC, Va.

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard command centers in North Carolina and Virginia experienced an increase in suspected hoax distress calls in November. READ MORE!

    Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington and Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth typically notice a spike in the amount of traffic on VHF-FM channel 16 during the late fall, as well as an increase in suspected false distress cases reported on the channel.

    “False distress calls incur significant cost to the public, divert limited resources to respond, and place both responders and potentially other mariners at risk,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, commander, Sector North Carolina. “We continue to encourage mariners to use VHF radios to communicate with the Coast Guard and other mariners, but it is imperative that this critical, potentially life-saving tool be used appropriately and responsibly for the safety of all mariners.”

    The public should be aware that if children are found to be playing on the radio, the parents are ultimately accountable.

    Hoax distress calls to the Coast Guard are considered a Class D felony and can incur more than $250,000 in fines and 10 years imprisonment, plus the cost of the search.

    “We don’t take hoax distress lightly,” said Capt. Richard Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads. “We, along with our partner agencies, will pursue the prosecution of suspects to the fullest extent of the law. A Newport News man was convicted of making a false distress call to our command center in June 2016 and now faces potential prison time. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.”

    The Coast Guard urges the public to respond to Coast Guard callouts after accidental transmissions. Unintended communications to the Coast Guard are not prosecuted, but require clarification.

    Anyone with information regarding a hoax call made to the Coast Guard is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard Investigative Service through the 5th District Command Center at 757-398-6390.

    For additional information about suspected hoax distress calls at Sector North Carolina, please contact Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Thomas at 910-772-2216.

    For additional information about suspected hoax distress calls at Sector Hampton Roads, please contact Lt. j.g. Stasia Ellis at 757-638-6641.

    -USCG-

  • Report from Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


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

    Our thanks to Joyce and Matthew Gauthier for sharing their time spent in the Dismal Swamp Canal which has recently re-opened to navigation.  The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, a part of the NC State Park System, is also open and their programs are ongoing.

    We traveled through the Dismal swamp 10/31-11/2. It was great.
    READ MORE FOR PHOTOS!

    Another great day in the Swamp. Sunrise yoga on the dock. Had parfaits with the lock master before we left this morning. Traveled with our new friends about 15 miles to the dismal swamp visitors center. Had to stop to stop two times in 15 miles to clean the duckweed out of our strainer for the engine. Crossed state lines into North Carolina. Walked the swamp trails. Looking forward to a mellow night sipping tea and enjoying the company.
    Joyce and Matthew Gauthier

    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

  • Welcome New Sponsor: GoChesapeake

    Go Chesapeake

    Cruisers’ Net is pleased to be partnering with GoChesapeake.net to assist cruisers who are voyaging south or north via the Waterway through Virgina. Welcome GoChesapeake!

     
    GoChesapeake provides concierge services to the more than 12,000 yacht owners and captains that travel through the Chesapeake Locks each year. Their team of guest service professionals is dedicated to providing the ultimate personalized, professional concierge services available. Skippers using GoChesapeake‘s specialized services will get customized advice and insider access to exclusive benefits in the region — all with the finest attention to detail. The goal of GoChesapeake is to make your visit memorable and uniquely yours. Cruisers’ Net is pleased to link our readers with the customized services of GoChesapeake, with their finest attention to detail. Whether you are in the area for a few hours or several weeks, GoChesapeake can assist with a wide range of services: arrange spa treatments, golf outings, a gourmet on-board culinary experience or an excursion — connecting you with everything the region has to offer.

  • Dismal Swamp Canal to Re-Open by End of September, AICW Alternate Route


    Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this good news concerning the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and State Park, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. The Canal has been closed to navigation following damage from Hurricane Matthew and the re-opening will be just in time for the annual Fall Migration of Cruisers.

    This PSA announcement just in from the USACE – Update of Canal Status
    Donna Stewart

    Dismal Swamp Canal to reopen in September

    By Kerry Solan
    Norfolk District Public Affairs READ MORE!

    NORFOLK, Va. – The Dismal Swamp Canal is scheduled to reopen to vessel traffic by the end of September, with the Lake Drummond Reservation and Feeder Ditch opening to canoes and kayaks on August 18, officials said.

    Crews continue to dredge the canal, which officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October.

    “In the history of the canal, we’ve never had this issue, and we’re using every available resource to make the canal safe again for vessels,” said Joel Scussel, Norfolk District Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway project manager.

    Engineers completed a survey of the Dismal Swamp Canal in March after crews had finished clearing more than 350 trees from the canal.

    That survey, along with another survey in July, revealed controlling depths less than the normal 6 feet: engineers plotted the Deep Creek Channel at 4.8 feet, Tuners Cut was less than 2.5 feet and the Feeder Ditch was shoaled in at a depth of approximately 1 foot.

    The crew of Wilmington District’s Dredge Murden completed dredging in the Deep Creek Channel on June 21. After-dredge surveys showed a controlling depth of 6 feet, which allowed officials to reopen the channel to navigation. The Dredge Murden will return at the end of August to complete clean-up adjacent to the Deep Creek Lock.

    Feeder Ditch dredging resumes today. The crane crew will dredge 1,500 cubic yards of material to reopen the Feeder Ditch to a depth of 6 feet, 25 feet wide by then end of August.

    When crews complete work at the Feeder Ditch, they will return to Turners Cut to complete work that was suspended after the quality of dredged material at Turners Cut did not meet the standards for beneficial reuse. Officials coordinated with the state of North Carolina while a new dredging method was arranged that met state water quality standards.

    Engineers are also working on a design for emergency generators for the Deep Creek and South Mills Locks, which were inoperable after the hurricane.

    Deep Creek Lock Gate rehabilitation work, which was scheduled before Hurricane Matthew struck, is complete: the gates were reinstalled on July 19 and operating the next day.

    When the post-hurricane dredging operations began in the canal, officials aimed to reopen the waterway before October, when perennial “snowbirds” use the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to travel south, bound for the Bahamas and Florida ports of call.

    “Since the hurricane, our goal has been to reopen the canal to navigation as soon as possible,” Scussel said.

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!

    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

  • Reminder: Winter Storage Reservations, Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

    Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR has a plan to provide you with the very best winter storage. Atlantic Yacht Basin is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12.

    Customize Your Storage Plan to Fit You & Your Boat

    While you may find it hard to believe, Fall is lurking around the corner. It’s a great season for boating in this part of the world, but people are already locking in their off-season storage plans too.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
     

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

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  • Photos with Update on Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


    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 State Park is getting back into full swing as they recover from massive flooding and closure due to Hurricane Matthew. Dredging has begun and the canal is scheduled to re-open to navigation by summer’s end. The State Park is open and continuing programs as weather permits. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this USACE update.

    One step closer to seeing boaters again! My most recent update from the USACE. READ MORE FOR NEW PHOTOS!

    7/19/2017
    I was able to obtain a few pictures today of the installation of the Deep Creek Lock River Gates. The gates are returning back to the water, where they belong! It was so HOT. But, notice the reflection of the sky in the shot of the newly installed gate on the left. I was told dredging still must be completed at the Feeder Ditch and Turner’s Cut, but this is one more step to getting us reopened. Many thanks to US Facilities and the Norfolk District USACE for helping me to get these shots today.
    Donna

    Crane at River Gate

    Gate installed Deep /creek

    The Deep Creek Dredging has been completed and surveyed with the assistance of the Wilmington District. The Deep Creek Lock gates are scheduled to be reinstalled on Wed., July 19th. Dredging at the Feeder Ditch and Turner’s Cut will continue until work is completed.
    We are anxious to see boats at our dock again this fall.
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!

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

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