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(804) 725-5136 Situated on a secluded creek of the Chesapeake Bay in charming Mathews County, Virginia, the Inn has over 800 ft. of waterfront and 8 acres of wooded and open space.  The main Inn is an 1880's newly renovated farmhouse with a separate cottage housing the luxury suites just across the garden and pool. An eco-friendly and certified Virginia Green lodging establishment, The Inn at Tabbs Creek is just the place if you appreciate the natural splendor of the outdoors and want the luxury and comfort of a casual B&B.Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop programSet in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteWest MarineGeorgetown 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. 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.Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCOn 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.

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  • All VA to NC Line Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

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

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Chesapeake Wine Festival, October 11, 2014, Chesapeake City, VA

    Here is another wine festival with which to relieve the tension of all those bridges and locks you just came through. Chesapeake City Park is a short taxi ride from the available docking in Great Bridge, VA. Our vote, of course, would be for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin.

    Chesapeake Wine Festival
    October 11, 2014
    Noon to 6 PM,
    Chesapeake City Park, Greenbrier Parkway
    Chesapeake, VA
    If you were not able to fit the earlier vineyard tour in this year, don’t fret! Premier wines from around the world are available for tasting at the 4th Annual Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival. The event, presented by Towne Bank, will benefit a variety of important local charities as well as give you a chance to enjoy fabulous wines from all over Virginia and all over the world plus foods from the region’s finest restaurants. For more information, click here:
    http://www.visitchesapeake.com/events/?action=displayDetail&EventID=958

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  • Mobile Cuisine Events in Chesapeake, VA, Beginning October 1, AICW Statute Mile 12

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

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

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

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    http://gbbattlefield.org/events.html

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  • 26th Annual Virginia Children’s Festival, October 4, 2014, AICW Statute Mile Zero

    Your kids will love this Festival! And what a great way to start your Fall Migration with a stop at Norfolk’s waterfront for a visit to beautiful Town Point Park. Docking is available just next door to the park at Waterside Marina (757-625-3625) or across the river in Portsmouth, VA at Tidewater Yacht Agency (757-393-2525) or Portsmouth Boating Center (757-397-2092).

    26th Annual Virginia Children’s Festival
    October 4, 2014
    Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA
    Hampton Road’s most beloved family festival is filled with more than 100 creative and interactive activities, storytelling, hands-on workshops and educational displays, cultural experiences, arts and crafts, costumed characters an more. Designed for kids 10 and under plus their families, this is a great event that brings the whole family and community together. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here:
    http://festevents.org/events/current-events/26th-annual-t-virginia-childrens-festival/

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  • Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, October 18 and 19, 2014, AICW Statute Mile Zero

    What a great way to start your Fall Migration with a stop at Norfolk’s waterfront for a visit to beautiful Town Point Park. Docking is available just next door to the park at Waterside Marina (757-625-3625) or across the river in Portsmouth, VA at Tidewater Yacht Agency (757-393-2525) or Portsmouth Boating Center (757-397-2092).

    27th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival
    October 18 and 19, 2014
    11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. both days
    Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA
    Festival guests enjoy the company of friends and family for a weekend-long harvest of Virginia wines in Town Point park. Each day offers premier wine vintages and live musical performances in addition to gourmet foods and specialty wares. All wines presented during the festival are available for purchase by the bottle or the case until 5 p.m. Wine sampling ends at 4:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here:
    http://festevents.org/events/current-events/27th-annual-t-town-point-virginia-wine-festival/

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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

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  • Waterways Heritage Festival, October 11 & 12, 2014, Great Bridge Lock, AICW Statute Mile 11.5

    The 5th Annual Waterways Heritage Festival will be held October 11th & 12th at Great Bridge Lock Park & Battlefield Park in Great Bridge, VA. Presented by the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation, this event should be a wonderful stop-over on your Fall trip south! Our thanks to Chuck Baier and Susan Landry for sending us this notice.

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  • Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous, October 16-19, Hampton, VA

    Cruisers’ Net doesn’t normally stray further north than Mile Zero, but this four-day event just up the road in Hampton is too good to pass up. The Hampton Public Piers is the host dock for HSR. This is a transient facility located within walking distance of Downtown Hampton’s historic district, restaurants, and local attractions. Docking for the event is $1.00/foot. Space is limited so reserve your slip soon! Reservations can be made by calling 757-727-1276 or via email at dockmaster@downtownhampton.com. Information on other marinas and on anchoring can be found in the links below.

    Hi Larry,
    I just received this email from Charlene Clark, Chairman of the Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous. Diana and I went last year and had a ball! It’s a bit unique for a boating get-together in that the City of Hampton helps sponsor it, and encourages Chamber of Commerce members to roll out the carpets. So for $35 it’s an amazing amount of food, drink, entertainment, education, and camaraderie. They sold out last year so if you’re interested, I’d go look at the details and decide if you want to go and then make a reservation. We’re definitely going back this year and hope to see many SSECN ICW southbounders there!
    Best,
    Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.org

    Hello Everyone!!
    We are just about a month away from the Rendezvous and we have a great group of past attendees and newcomers already signed up and more reservations are coming in. We have an amazing program planned beginning with our Sundowner Welcome Party at the Hampton History Museum on Thursday night where you’ll get a chance to mingle with, meet and greet fellow attendees over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The seminar program is even better than last year and we have several notable industry speakers joining us to share their knowledge.
    This year, by expanding the Rendezvous to four days, we have been able to build in some free time and also some optional tours and events. We have the full schedule listed on the web site (www.hamptonrendezvous.com) for your review.
    We have also arranged for a motorcoach to pick up attendees Saturday afternoon at the Downtown Hampton Public Pier to take you on a 45-minute guided tour of the largest Navy Base in the world and home to the Atlantic Fleet – Naval Station Norfolk. This optional tour is $10 per person and advance reservations are required so that I know how large a coach we need to reserve. Please email me back by September 30, if you are interested in taking this tour.
    Our Fair Winds Dinner Party will once again be held at the Hampton Yacht Club and we are excited to have Monty and Sara Lewis from Explorer Chart Guides joining us to share their anecdotes and experiences from years of cruising the Bahamas. And course, we have a great band lined up to cap off the evening with fun dancing music!
    Back by popular demand will be the Destinations and Diversions Roundtable discussions on Sunday. Also on Sunday we will have a Nautical Swap & Shop on the docks if you have anything that you may not need any longer that you think could be of interest to fellow cruisers. And of course, throughout the weekend, we will have free shuttles running to West Marine and the Farm Fresh grocery store for provisioning.
    We still have some space available so let your fellow cruisers know about the Rendezvous! I have rambled long enough! Don’t forget to make your docking reservations and send in your reservation money if you haven’t already done so.
    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know! I can’t wait to see everyone next month!!
    Cheers!​​
    Charlene Clark
    Chairman, Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous
    www.HamptonRendez​​vous.com

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  • Efforts by Virginia Beach to Promote the Intracoastal Waterway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mooring Regulations in Portsmouth Inlet Docks, AICW Mile Zero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.boatus.com/pressroom

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  • Unhappy Dismal Swamp Canal Traveler, AICW Alternate Route

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

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

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

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

  • Update on Status of Mile Zero Marine Store, Portsmouth, VA

    Skipper Shick is correct, Mile Marker Zero Marine Suppiles has moved, but, as Bob McBride’s reply clarifies, they are moving across the river to Norfolk and we certainly like the prospect of the plans he is making at Waterside in Norfolk. His current website is still active: milemarker0marinesupplies.com/.

    The store at this address (1 High Street) has closed. They are rumored to have moved to 607 High Street (a few blocks away), but I saw no marine store there and their phone is answered by an answering machine.
    Larry Shick

    6/6/2014 Here’s an update from owner Bob McBride:

    Yes we are moving to Norfolk at the waterside marina. The city of Norfolk is redoing the waterside marina. They are expanding their docks to handle much larger boats. They are putting in a fuel dock.
    They are renovating the festival area with food and drink and entertainment.they are building a bldg at the end of Joe’s Crab Shack. It will house the laundry,showers and rest rooms for the boaters staying at the marina.we are really looking forward to being there. We feel there is a strong need for a marine supply store in downtown Norfolk since west marine closed three. We are doing e-commerce out of a warehouse. We deliver to the boats at no charge.
    Bob McBride

    We contacted Bob from Marker 0 the week of May 9 to order a new fan.
    He has closed his store on Hi(h Street but is still in business. He delivered our fan to our boat in the basin in Portsmouth, telling us that he is going to have a new store across the Elizabeth River by the Waterside Marina. We’re not sure when he will open there.
    Chris & Durene Zinglemann
    S/V Impetuous

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of High Street Landing

  • Reminder: Rules for Meeting/Overtaking on the ICW

    From Rule 35 of the USCG Navigation Center for Inland vessels:
    Rule 35
    (a) When power-driven vessels are in sight of one another and meeting or crossing at a distance within half a mile of each other, each vessel underway, when maneuvering as authorized or required by these Rules:

    (i) shall indicate that maneuver by the following signals on her whistle:

    one short blast to mean “I intend to leave you on my port side”;
    two short blasts to mean “I intend to leave you on my starboard side”;
    three short blasts to mean “I am operating astern propulsion”.
    (ii) upon hearing the one or two blast signal of the other shall, if in agreement, sound the same whistle signal and take the steps necessary to effect a safe passing. If, however, from any cause, the vessel doubts the safety of the proposed maneuver, she shall sound the danger signal specified in paragraph (d) of this Rule and each vessel shall take appropriate precautionary action until a safe passing agreement is made.
    (d) When vessels in sight of one another are approaching each other and from any cause either vessel fails to understand the intentions or actions of the other, or is in doubt whether sufficient action is being taken by the other to avoid collision, the vessel in doubt shall immediately indicate such doubt by giving at least five short and rapid blasts on the whistle. [Such | This] signal may be supplemented by at least five short and rapid flashes.
    Remember that “Port” and “Starboard” always refer to your vessel.
    Our thanks to the AGLCA and the Burkes for this good advice and reminder to review the Rules of the Road!

    We live on the waterway just south of Mile Marker “0″ and in the last week there have been two occasions of “five” whistles by passing tugs pushing barges. The Southbound tugs sounded signals at approaching Northbound cruisers. Each event was started by the tugs sounding appropriate passing whistle signals . . . the cruisers ignored the proposal, and the five whistle signals followed. Vessels passed very close, fortunately there were no mishaps. Norfolk is a very busy place and as the summer season is soon to begin, and, with the looper meeting taking place here in Norfolk, please know that we urge every boater to monitor channel 13 in the Harbor and to talk early to approaching large ships and tugs. Call them on 13 as soon as you see them. They will work with you and like very much to hear you on the radio, channel 13. They then know you see them, have a better feeling regarding your competence, all resulting in understanding and a reduction in everyone’s level of concern. Be sure you have a clear correct understanding of the Rules concerning One Whistle and Two Whistle passing. Be safe out there.
    Charlie & Bonnie Burke
    M/V SONATA (GB42 Ocean Marine Portsmouth)

    IMHO it is not wise to use actual horn signals. Commercial vessels rely on radio communication and they are unlikely to be able to hear your puny horn–use VHF channel 13! Other pleasure boaters may be able to hear your horn, but 90+% won’t know what it means and it will just cause anger/confusion. Instead, first try contacting the other boat on the VHF–usually channel 16 works for pleasure boats. Failing that, assume the other boat may do something unexpected and don’t try to cut it close in a narrow channel until you know it is safe to pass. If you do get a horn blast from another boat it often means “pull over to your starboard, I’m coming through” irregardless of what the actual horn signal means. So if you hear one blast from astern and you see a fast boat coming up don’t immediately swing to port! The chances are very good they don’t understand what one horn blast means.
    John Kettlewell

    I have noticed that from Louisiana to Florida’s west coast, most recreational boaters, and all commercial skippers use the terms “one or two whistles” according to the rules. On the east coast from Florida to NC, most recreational boaters say I am passing you on the port or starboard side, which can be very unclear in an overtaking situation. Is this a regional thing? Also, I have handled court cases involving boating accidents, and disregarding the proper sound signals will certainly work against you in that venue.
    Berwick Duval

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