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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 RouteClick to learn more about our Carolina Loop programWest Marine(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 29442
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.On the Water GuidebooksAn 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. 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.

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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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  • More Dredging Underway In Norfolk Harbor Reach, north of Mile Zero

    This dredging is east of Craney Island in the long straight channel that turns southeast at Lambert Bend north of Mile Zero.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – DREDGING
    The dredge ROCKBRIDGE will be installing a submerged pipeline between Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoys 19 (LLNR 9605) and 33 (LLNR9850) in Norfolk Virginia. Dredging operations will take place between Portsmouth Marine Terminal Buoy 2PM (LLNR 9810) and Daybeacon 10(LLNR 9832). Operations will continue until on or about 20 April, 2015. Operation will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the dredge maybe contacted on VHF Channels 13 and 16.
    Chart 12253 LNM:14/15

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  • Paddle for the Border – Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, AICW Alternate Route

    As you can see from the photo below, the Canal is virtually impossible to navigate by motor or sail vessels during the event, so plan your passage carefully. The Welcome Center has done a lot to make your cruise through the Canal on May 2 as little of an inconvenience as possible. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28.

     

     

    To our Boating Community:
    Our 12th annual Paddle for the Border event will be held on Saturday May 2nd, beginning near mm28 at the Dismal Swamp State Park on the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. We will host about 325 canoes and kayaks who will launch their watercraft into the canal at approximately 8:30am and travel north to the Ballahack Boat Ramp, approximately 7.5 miles. This event is held to encourage recognition of the historical waterway and its importance to our area. The Dismal Swamp State Park, Camden County, Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, City of Chesapeake Parks and Rec, and the ACOE all collaborate to promote this shared asset between two states.
    We love our boaters and know this can be an inconvenience in their attempt to travel the waterway, but this event only occurs once a year, for a few hours. I’d like to suggest a compromise. Our set up starts early in the morning with traffic crossing the pedestrian bridge for preparations, breakfast and registration at around 6:30am. If you are staying at our dock , we invite you to join us for a breakfast of ham biscuits, yogurt, coffee and juice around 7:30am and enjoy the view. It is a site to behold, seeing all those colorful canoes and kayaks in the water. Our paddlers will have cleared out of our location by about 10:30am, heading north. Paddlers have usually made their destination at Ballahack Road by 2:00pm.
    We want this experience to be enjoyable for all of our waterway travelers. Pulling out early from our dock will also head you on your way, without any encounters with paddlers. If you are staying at our dock the evening before, we will remind you of the upcoming events in the morning.
    I hope this message will provide the ability to plan a great day on the Dismal Swamp Canal for all of our guests, paddlers and boaters, alike. Thank you for sharing this with your boating partners.
    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 Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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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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  • AGLCA Spring Rendezvous, May 4-7, Norfolk, VA, AICW Statute Mile Zero

    America’s Great Loop Cruising Association has announced the dates and location for their Spring Rendezvous and Reunion to be held at Sheraton Norfolk Waterside in downtown Norfolk. If you are considering joining this fine organization, here is your chance to get acquainted.

    For the full details, go to:

    http://www.greatloop.org/spring-2015-rendezvous-reunion-cms-1515

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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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  • Southbound Voyage Through Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

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

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    Heading south from Norfolk, VA to the Albemarle Sound of NC can be accomplished two ways on the ICW (intracoastal waterway). In the past we have taken the Virginia cut. This is a straight forward route with just one small lock that raises you less than a foot. It is longer in distance but shorter in time. The Dismal Swamp Canal is the other option. It was constructed in the 1790s. George Washington was a staunch supporter and investor of this hand dug canal. We decided to take the swamp this time to enjoy the scenery and history.

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

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

    You can see some logs along the lush shoreline.

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    We even saw a little bit of fall color.

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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  • Atlantic Yacht Basin Newsletter, AICW Statute Mile 12

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Efforts by Virginia Beach to Promote the Intracoastal Waterway

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

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

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

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

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  • Virginia Cut versus Dismal Swamp Canal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Update LNM: 31/14, August 5, 2014

     

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