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Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route(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.Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442West MarineClick to learn more about our Carolina Loop program
 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.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.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 Guidebooks

Archive For: VA to NC Line Cruising News

  • Dredging South of the Jordan Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 2.8

    The former Jordan Highway lift bridge has been replaced with a fixed, 145ft vertical clearance span.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – DREDGING
    Sevenson Environmental Services will be conducting dredging operations in the southern branch of the Elizabeth River, just south of the Jordan Bridge in Portsmouth, VA. Operations will take place 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, beginning 03 June, 2015 until on or about 31 December, 2015. Tugboats onscene will monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16.
    Chart 12253 LNM: 21/15

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  • Report on Docking in Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 11.5

    Great Bridge Battlefield Park is on the west side of the Waterway as it passes through the friendly town of Great Bridge. As Skipper Holtbakk relates, the 24hr free docking is strictly enforced. If you need to stay longer than 24hrs, we heartily recommend SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin, just south of Great Bridge Bridge.

    Hi,
    I like you to know that the 24 hour docking is enforced in Great Bridge VA. I docked between the bridge and the lock 5/16/15 1100 hrs. At 1858 hrs on 5/17/15 I was told to get off the dock or receive a summon to appear in court for overstaying the 24 hr limit. I asked if I could stay until morning, but no way. It was just two boats docked at the time, so it was not a question of space.
    Stein A Holtbakk

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  • Observations on the Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

    As Captain Healy noted below on AGLCA’s Forum , northbound cruisers enter the Canal just north of Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28.

    The day you passed us, we went into the Elizabeth City free wharf [Mariner’s Wharf] just after you guys went into Pelican Marina. (What a perfectly nominal crossing of the Albemarle, eh!) We left EC Saturday morning and travelled up to Portsmouth’s High Street Basin after a fuel stop at Top Rack. We also had the Dismal all to ourselves; well, except for a couple of canoes. We draw 4-1/2 ft. We never touched, even once! We saw water depths of 6-1/2 ft or better the entire way. We spent our time this trip looking for the stone mile posts that were placed on the canal during a widening and renovation project in the 1820s. Many have been found/restored/replaced in their original positions by a group called the Virginia Navigation & Canal Society. The Deep Creek lockmaster that we all know and love – Robert Peek – is a canal historian and a key contributor to that effort. We did actually spot many of the markers. Funny that it’s the first trip out of 10 or more canal transits that we even knew they were there! Too often asleep, I guess.
    That said, I definitely agree, people using the Dismal Swamp Canal should make way at slow bell. On previous trips through the canal, we have touched a time or two or three. We always travel at slow bell, and we recommend that if following another boat, you do that at a distance of 1/2 to 3/4 miles. That way, if that boat picks something up off the bottom, it has time to settle back down before you get to it. We have never had any damage; not ever. The canal is 22 miles from South Mills to Deep Creek. Boats that clear through either lock at 08h30 will make the other end for 13h30, so you have 5 hours to travel 22 StM. That’s less than 5 StM/hr, and should be easy even at dead idle. If you get to the other end early, you just have to keep station there until locking time. Keeping station in the canal can be a challenge – especially if there are a cluster of boats all doing the same dance – if there’s any wind to speak of. SLOW BELL!
    Don’t be afraid of it. Just go slow and “smell the roses.”
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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  • A Good Visit to Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12

    Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located at Mile 12 just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge. Skipper Schucker’s comments are from AGLCA’s Forum.

    We stayed here two nights. $1 per foot $7 for 30 amp $15 for 50 amp electric. They have lots of mechanics on site, but book ahead (remember Memorial day is coming up).
    1/2 mile to a shopping center with grocery, ABC, five different places to eat, Dollar store, fabric store, Radio Shack, etc.
    It’s cool to watch all the mega boats go by waiting for the bridge (so no wakes).
    Fuel was $2.449 for less than 200 gallons, $2.399 for over 200 gallons. A deal! (14 May 2015)
    We got our rugs steam cleaned by Benchmark at 757-358-4700, entire boat for $60 and a $20 tip. And I know you are going “I can rent a machine for $35 and do it myself” And while you can, it is well worth having a pro do it.
    They got both “mystery” stains out.
    When she estimated she said $60 and I said “You are sure, $60 and a $20 tip will cover it”. She smiled and said yes and they did a great job. Far, far better than I could of / would have done.
    AYB is at the south end of the Great Bridge draw bridge either up the VA canal or 7 miles south of the Dismal Canal
    Foster Schucker
    Quo Vadimus
    Nowhere OK
    1993 Bayliner 4588

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  • Norfolk Harborfest, June 5-7, 2015, AICW Statute Mile Zero

    Most spring migrators will have already passed Mile Zero, but some may decide to stay around for this wonderful festival. Town Point Park is on the eastern shore of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk. See Local Notice to Mariners for changes in navigation aids during the Harborfest.

    39th Annual Norfolk Harborfest

    Presented by

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    June 5-7, 2015
    Free and open to the public!

    The largest, longest-running, free maritime festival in the nation is three explosive days of tall ship visits, national, regional, and local entertainment, electrifying fireworks show, and the biggest outdoor dock party in Hampton Roads.  Harborfest is proud to honor the Navy Reserve Centennial with a special recognition ceremony prior to Saturday night’s Fireworks.

    Click Here for a full schedule of events.

  • Changes in Navigational Aids for Norfolk’s Harborfest in June, AICW Statute Mile Zero

    Most spring migrators will have already passed Mile Zero, but some may decide to stay around for this wonderful festival. As designated below with six temporary markers, the spectator anchorage will be on the western edge of the channel off Hospital Point. Town Point Park is directly across the channel on the eastern shore of the Elizabeth River. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148149 for information on Harborfest.

    VA – ELIZABETH RIVER TEMPORARY CHANGES TO AIDS TO NAVIGATION IN SUPPORT OF 2015 HARBORFEST
    The following temporary changes will be made to aids to navigation within the Elizabeth River Channel to enhance boater safety during the upcoming Harborfest celebration activities to be held June 5 through June 7, 2014. Upon completion of the Harborfest celebrations these temporary changes are to be removed and the Elizabeth River Channel aids to navigation system returned to its published characteristics.
    A. Temporarily establish six 5NFR yellow unlighted buoys in the following positions to mark the outer navigational limits of the spectator anchorage area as published in 33 CFR 110.72aa(a)1:
    a. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy “A” at 36 50 49.693N, 076 18 07.650W
    b. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy “B” at 36 50 48.908N, 076 18 00.792W
    c. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy “C” at 36 50 46.691N, 076 17-56.652W
    d. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy “D” at 36 50 42.842N, 076 17 54.460W
    e. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy “E” at 36 50 37.064N, 076 17 51.576W
    f. Elizabeth River Anchorage Buoy “F” at 36 50 33.964N, 076 17 57.544W
    B. Temporarily change Elizabeth River Channel Buoy 31 (LLNR 9835) to Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 31 showing a QG characteristic.
    C. Establish two additional buoys with QG characteristics, and one additional buoy with QR charcteristic in the following positions:
    a. Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 29A
    at 36 52 08.917N, 076 19 37.841W
    b. Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 29B
    at 36 52 01.702N, 076 19 27.437W
    c. Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 34A at 36 50 58.432N, 076 18 10.390W
    Chart 12253 LNM:18/15

  • Bridge Frustration of An Unusual Kind

    As Skipper Paul reports the old Steel Bridge is no more, replaced by a 95ft fixed bridge. While his report is definitely good news for other cruisers, we offer him condolences on a missed dining opportunity and we’re delighted that Paul could laugh at himself! See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=106464 for the remaining construction details.

    On Friday, April 10, northbound, I stopped at Great Bridge at 1545 thinking I would be held up until 1800 at Steel Bridge. To my surprise (and chagrin), the next morning lock-though brought me to a functioning high-rise “steel bridge”; the old low-slung steel bridge was no more. Another on-the -hour obstruction gone south of Norfolk. That’s the good news. Had I known, however, I could have kept on and dined that Friday evening at one of my favorite spots along the AICW, Portsmouth’s Cafe Europa, That’s the source of my chagrin.
    Paul

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

    Our boat was since october in the Atlantic Yacht Basin und we got the best service. James knows most of the problems a boat can have. He even got our hydraulic crane repaired, 2 other yards didn’t succeed. I can recommend AYB for all the work you need and the docking under roof is great.
    Rene Gubler
    Blue Rosy V

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  • Good Report from Hampton Public Piers, north of Mile Zero, Hampton, VA

    Hampton Public Piers are located on the western shore of the Hampton River, approximately 11 nautical miles north of Statute Mile Zero.

    The Hampton Public Piers can be a convenient and affordable stop, not far off ICW routes. They have decent showers. Wifi is weak if not near the office.
    The setting is fairly urban. There are several restaurants and bars within walking distance, groceries a cab ride away. Road noise from the bridge and surrounding streets dies down somewhat after dark. Various locals walk the dockside paths at all hours.
    River currents and tides can be strong, crossways to the slips, so docking may be difficult, as the finger piers are quite short.
    Neil Woodside

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  • Nighttime Restrictions on Gilmerton Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8

    Due to major construction, the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 35ft and which crosses the Waterway just south of Norfolk at statute mile 5.8, has been under opening restrictions for over three years. Cruisers should not be affected by these daytime restrictions for vessels of over 60ft beam, but late evening travel after 8PM will require a 2 hour notification of vessels of less than 60ft beam, i.e. “us”! Northbound cruisers must plan carefully to navigate the Great Bridge lock early enough to allow arrival at Gilmerton before 8PM. Many thanks to our good friend, Matt the Bridge Tender, who keeps us posted on all things Gilmerton!

    Here is the new MSIB (15/011) for the Gilmerton Bridge (M/M 5.8 on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Virginia). I’ve attached the document and also pasted the same in the text of this email.
    As a reminder all the bridges, locks and commercial traffic in this area monitor marine channel 13.
    The new Gilmerton Bridge has 35 feet at MHW when closed/135 feet at MHW when fully opened. Use caution when transiting as fender construction continues through the Summer 2015.
    The bascule spans of the Steel Bridge/Dominion Boulevard Bridge (M/M 8.8) have been permanently removed and replaced with an unmanned fixed high rise bridge – clearance 95 feet at MHW.
    Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this Spring.
    V/R,
    Matt the Bridge Tender
    W (757) 485-5488

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    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    BULLETIN NO: 15/011 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: March 27, 2015

    Channel Restrictions at the Gilmerton Bridge
    Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA

    This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 15-004 [http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146043], released on February 06, 2015. All operations listed below are subject to change due to weather, unforeseen factors or operational contingencies.

    Day Shift Operations
    Please be advised that PCL Civil Constructors will continue to conduct day shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system until September 30, 2015. One working barge will occupy the channel from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice as detailed below.

    Night Shift Operations
    Due to weather related delays, PCL Civil Constructors will continue to conduct night shift pile driving operations until April 15, 2015. Two working barges will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. All vessels requiring less than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 24 hours advance notice.

    PCL Civil Constructors will conduct night shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system from April 15, 2015 until September 30, 2015. One working barge will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice.

    Mariners providing such notice shall contact the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. 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).

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  • Summer Storage Referral Program at Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12

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

    Summer Storage Referral Program
    Back by popular demand, we are offering a summer storage referral program – refer someone who becomes a new summer storage customer for at least 2 months and both you and your friend will receive one month of storage absolutely free.

    Referral offer applies to new storage customers only and they should mention your name when they contact us to sign up. If you both commit to the two months of summer storage, you would both get a third month absolutely free. Offer applies to summer storage only and storage must begin on or before August 1, 2015 to qualify.

    Thanks so much – hope all’s well in your neck of the woods!!
    Best,
    Spencer Hull
    Spencer Hull | Treasurer/Office Manager
    O-757 482-2141, M-757 373-7118
    www.atlanticyachtbasin.com

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

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  • Great Bridge Food Truck Hump Days, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 11.5

    Great Bridge Battlefield Park is on the west side of the Waterway as it passes through the friendly town of Great Bridge. This notice was posted on Facebook by SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin at Mile 12 just south of the lock and bridge.

     

     

    Atlantic Yacht Basin
    COMING SOON TO THE GREAT BRIDGE (FREE DOCK) PARK

    Food Truck Hump Days featuring Eat The Streets 757 (4 PM – Dusk, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, April through October).
    April 1st & 15th
    May 6th & 20th
    June 3rd & 17th

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

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  • AIWA Winter Newsletter

    Because these are our home waters, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET is especially proud to be a member of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association and of supporting their invaluable work. If you are a cruiser of “The Ditch” you will want to join in support of the AIWA.

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  • Construction on Portsmouth Side of Norfolk Shipping Channel

    Craney Island is on the western side of the channel just north of Mile Zero.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – CRANEY ISLAND – CONSTRUCTION
    Mariners are advised that the Mclean Construction Company will be replacing fuel pier D at the Craney Island Fuel Depot located the western shore of the Elizabeth River in Portsmouth, VA. Operations are expected to completed 31 May, 2015. Crews on scene will be monitoring VHF Channel 13. Chart 12253 LNM: 08/15

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  • Temporary Light at CEC Pier, AICW Statute Mile 5.9

    Chesapeake Energy Center pier is on the west side of Elizabeth River channel just south of Gilmerton Bridge.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – TEMPORARY PIER LIGHT ESTABLISHED
    On or about February 10, 2015 Dominion- Chesapeake Energy Center will establish a temporary; until November 1, 2015, pier light to mark their oil pier during and until demolition is complete.
    Southern Branch Elizabeth River:
    CEC Temporary Oil Pier Light 36 46 10.53N—76 17 54.82W Fl Y 4s.
    Chart 12253 LNM: 06/15

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  • Latest Update on Construction 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 should not affect most cruisers and is posted only for your knowledge. Many thanks to our good friend, Matt the Bridge Tender, who keeps us posted on all things Gilmerton!

    I’ve attached the latest MSIB (dated Feb 6, 2015) for the Gilmerton Bridge (Chesapeake, VA – MM 5.8 on the ICWW) and I’ve also cut and pasted the same document in the text of this email for those that don’t have the appropriate software to read the attachment.
    Clearance requirements in this MSIB refer to HORIZONTAL clearances in the draw. If the air draft of your vessel also requires a bridge lift – the bridge still operates in accordance with the CFR paragraph mentioned at the end of this MSIB. Gilmerton Bridge has 35 feet at MHW when closed. All bridges, locks and commercial traffic in this area monitor marine channel 13.
    Matt the Bridge Tender

    Commander
    United States Coast Guard
    Sector Hampton Roads
    4000 Coast Guard Blvd
    Portsmouth, VA 23703
    Phone: (757) 668-5555
    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

    BULLETIN NO: 15/004 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: February 06, 2015

    Channel Restrictions at the Gilmerton Bridge

    Elizabeth River Southern Branch, Chesapeake, VA
    This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 15-003, released on January 23, 2015. All operations listed below are subject to change due to weather, unforeseen factors or operational contingencies.
    Day Shift Operations
    Please be advised that, from February 7, 2015 until September 30, 2015, PCL Civil Constructors will commence day shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system. One working barge will occupy the channel from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice as detailed below.
    Night Shift Operations
    From February 7, 2015 until March 31, 2015, PCL Civil Constructors will conduct night shift pile driving operations. Two working barges will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. All vessels requiring less than 60 feet of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 24 hours advance notice.
    From April 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015, PCL Civil Constructors will conduct night shift structural plate welding and construction of the rubber arch fendering system. One working barge will occupy the channel from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. All vessels requiring 60 feet or more of horizontal clearance shall provide 2 hours advance notice. Mariners providing such notice shall contact the bridge tender at (757) 485-5488 or via VHF Channel 13. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. 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).

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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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.

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