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  • Limited Opening Schedule through October 15, North Landing Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 20.2


    With a closed vertical clearance of 3ft, North Landing Swing Bridge crosses the Virginia – North Carolina Cut (a. k. a. the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal) portion of the AICW. North Landing Bridge has been much in the news recently because of collisions and closures due to high water.

    ****VA/NC – NORFOLK TO ALBEMARLE SOUND – VIA NORTH LANDING RIVER EMERGENCY BRIDGE OPERATING SCHEDULE****The S165 Bridge across the North Landing River, mile 20.2, at Chesapeake, VA has sustained damage and will not be capable of normal operation until 4 p.m. on October 14, 2016. The north span of the bridge is fully operational and the south span of the bridge is limited in operational capability. Read More

    The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation on the hour and half hour, upon request, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on demand from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation and the south span of the bridge will partially open-to-navigation, upon request, for scheduled openings at 9:30 a.m. for vessels transiting southeast, 10:30 a.m. for vessels transiting northwest, and noon and 2 p.m. for two-way vessel traffic through the bridge; Monday through Friday through Monday, October 10, 2016. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation and the south span of the bridge will partially open-to-navigation, upon request, for scheduled openings at 9:30 a.m. for vessels transiting southeast and 10:30 a.m. for vessels transiting northwest; Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, October 9, 2016. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation and the south span of the bridge will partially open-to-navigation for additional openings from October 4, 2016 through October 10, 2016, if 48 hours notice is given. The south span of the bridge will be closed-to-navigation during bridge repair from 9 a.m., October 11, 2016, through 4 p.m., October 14, 2016. The horizontal clearance of the bridge with the south span closed-to-navigation is 38 feet and the horizontal clearance of the bridge with south span partially open-to-navigation is 70 feet. The north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation for emergencies. The vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 6 feet above mean high water and vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so, after receiving confirmation from the bridge tender that it is safe to transit through the bridge. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 12206 LNM 39/16
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  • NEWS FLASH: AICW NOW OPEN, Dismal Swamp Canal Still Closed


    This definitely good news especially for those boaters in a holding pattern in Norfolk. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this important notice.

    Centerville Turnpike Bridge & North Landing Bridge (ICWW – Chesapeake Va.) have just both reopened. They were closed due to high water from the recent rain event. Dismal Swamp Canal is still closed due to high water.
    V/R,
    Matt the Bridge Tender – Gilmerton Bridge

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  • Report from Dismal Swamp Canal, 9/22/2016


    Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this report on conditions in the Dismal Swamp Canal.

    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.

    I have had several calls and wanted to pass on this information. Read More

    We had a lot of rain here and the Dismal Swamp Canal locks have not operated for the past two days. The water is spilling over the lock gates, per our South Mills Lockmasters. They have opened the spillways at both ends of the canal to remove water as fast as possible. They hoped we would be operational today, but this too, did not occur.

    I will check with the ACOE first think tomorrow to see the status of the locks operating at a revised or normal schedule. Many of our rural local roads are flooded.

    The Dismal Swamp State Park has also been closed, due to high water and the inability to lower and close the bridge for pedestrian traffic.

    Hope you all are safe and dry. Call before you come!

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

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

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

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  • FLASH Updates on Waterway Closures Due to High Water, 8:00AM 9/23/2016


    On 9/22, we received a report from Skipper Richard Ross that the AICW south of Great Bridge Lock is closed due to high water at the bridges below Great Bridge. The Dismal Swamp Canal is closed at Deep Creek Lock, also due to high water.

    If you are in Norfolk, STAY THERE!

    Details will be added as reported:

    8:00AM 9/23 Atlantic Yacht Basin’s face dock is full. They do have some slip space but with no power. Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTH EAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is just south of the Great Bridge Lock.

    For conditions in the Dismal Swamp Canal, see http://cruisersnet.net/159775

    5:00PM 9/22

    Just spoke with the Lock Tender at Great Bridge Lock who confirms that, even though Great Bridge Lock is still operating, there is virtually no place south for boats to go and boats may not tie up in the lock itself.
    The holdup problem lies with North Landing Swing Bridge (Mile 20.2 closed vertical clearance of 3ft) south of Great Bridge where at least a foot of water must go down before the electrical circuits can begin to dry out. AND, it is still raining! Almost all docks immediately south of Great Bridge have been taken and the small free dock on your port side going south is under water.

    Water at Deep Creek Lock is and the canal was three to four feet above normal and water is still coming over the lock gate. Obviously the lock is inoperable and it will be sometime before the water level drops.

    NO ESTIMATE IS BEING MADE AS TO WHEN OPERATIONS WILL RETURN TO NORMAL AT EITHER LOCK.

    IF YOU ARE STILL IN NORFOLK, STAY THERE!!

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  • Gilmerton Bridge is Fully Operational, AICW Statute Mile 5.8


    This is definitely good news for Waterway cruisers, especially our tall-masted brethren. As always, a big thank to Matt the Bridge Tender for this and many other notifications. See http://cruisersnet.net/159631.

    Gilmerton Bridge is fully operational as of this evening, Sunday Sept 18th and has resumed its normal opening schedule per the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) immediately, which I’ve included below. I appreciate everyone’s patience in dealing with our modified opening schedule.
    Sincerely,
    Matt the Bridge Tender – Gilmerton Bridge

    GILMERTON BRIDGE OPENING SCHEDULE
    c) The draw of the Gilmerton (US13/460) bridge, mile 5.8, in Chesapeake:
    (1) Shall open on signal at any time for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials.
    (2) From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays:
    (i) Need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels that do not qualify under paragraph (c)(2)(ii) of this section.
    (ii) Need not open for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, unless 2 hours advance notice has been given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757)-485-5488.
    (3) Shall open on signal at all other times.

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  • Temporary Height Deviation, Gilmerton Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8


    This MSIB will affect only vessels needing air draft of more than 110ft – i.e. very few of us. However, caution is always the watchword when passing under a bridge in the midst of repairs. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this notification.CLICK HERE for a related Nav Alert.

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    BULLETIN NO: 16/065 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: September 9, 2016
    Proposed Gilmerton Bridge Closure Schedule At Mile 5.8 on the Elizabeth River Southern Branch
    Read More

    This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 16-046, released on July 8, 2016. All operations listed below are
    subject to change due to weather, unforeseen factors or operational contingencies.
    Mariners are advised that the Gilmerton Bridge at mile 5.8 on the Elizabeth River Southern Branch experienced a mechanical malfunction and will not be capable of normal operations until 5 a.m. on September 19, 2016.
    The scheduled openings remain in effect until Friday, September 16, 2016 at 9 p.m.:
    Monday through Friday: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 36 feet above mean high water and 136 feet above mean high water in the open position. Any vessel able to safely pass through the bridge may do so, after receiving confirmation from the bridge tender that it is safe to transit through the bridge. The bridge tender may be reached at 757-485-5488.
    During this temporary deviation, the bridge will open on signal for emergency vessels if at least one hour notice is given. We request that mariners exercise extreme caution while in the vicinity of the bridge.
    To affect repairs, the vertical clearance in the open position will be kept at 110 feet above mean high water from 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2016 through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016.
    Commander
    United States Coast Guard
    Sector Hampton Roads
    4000 Coast Guard Blvd
    Portsmouth, VA 23703
    Phone: (757) 668-5555
    Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, contact USCG Sector Hampton Roads, Waterways Management Division at (757) 668-5580 or HamptonRoadsWaterway@uscg.mil.

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  • Dredging in Main Channel North of Mile Zero, Norfolk, VA


    This dredging will occur in the main channel opposite Lambert Point to the east and north of Mile Zero and Norfolk Inner Harbor.

    *****VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – LAMBERTS BEND REACH – DREDGING****
    The Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, Virginia Dredge Lexington will be conducting dredging operations within the Elizabeth River Channel, Lamberts Bend Reach between Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 25 (LLNR 9710) and Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 30 (LLNR 9735). Additionally, the dredge will be conducting operation within the Navy Deperming Station (on the west side of the channel). The dredge will conduct operations from September 1 through November 1, 2016. Chart 12253 LNM 36/16

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  • Douglas Road Landing, Dismal Swamp Canal, Alternate Route Statute Mile 18.5


    Douglas Road Landing is on the east side of the Canal, south of Deep Creek Lock. Its new dock and facilities would make a convenient emergency stopover in a storm or other temporary situation. Our thanks to Bill Spaur for this notice and photo.

    The drinking fountain and restrooms at Douglas Road Landing, Dismal Swamp Canal, are open. The Landing is between Army Corps of Engineers Statute mile markers 18 and 19.
    Bill Spaur

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    douglasroadlanding

  • Atlantic Yacht Basin Awarded 2016 Waterfront Business of the Year, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

    Our Community is a Better Place Because of You

    Steven Wright Executive Director Of Chesapeake Economic Development, Spencer Hull AYB’s Treasurer, Chesapeake’s Mayor Alan Krasnoff, and Jack Stumborg AYB’s President.

    Steven Wright Executive Director Of Chesapeake Economic Development, Spencer Hull AYB’s Treasurer, Chesapeake’s Mayor Alan Krasnoff, and Jack Stumborg AYB’s President.

    The Chesapeake Port Authority awarded Atlantic Yacht Basin its 2016 Waterfront Business of the Year.

    In bestowing the award to AYB, Steven Wright, Director, City of Chesapeake, Department of Economic Development, recognized Atlantic Yacht Basin “for its role in driving the local economy forward with sustained employment levels, new investment and job creation.”

    All of us at Atlantic Yacht Basin are proud to receive this award.

    We also recognize that there are awards and there are rewards. They are different, but share some of the same space.

    The Waterfront Business of the Year award totally caught us by surprise! We are so honored to be recognized as contributing to the economic health of our community.
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    Chesapeake is the 3rd largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia based on population and the 2nd largest based on land mass. So, we are in good company with a long list of businesses that call Chesapeake their home, and contribute to our vital and strong economy.

    The rewards for us at AYB come from taking care of you: boat owners and your guests who stop at our facility as you make your way up and down the waterway.

    AYB’s family proudly offering a tradition of quality craftsmanship and excellence since 1936

    AYB’s family proudly offering a tradition of quality craftsmanship and excellence since 1936

    We take great pride in making sure that we exceed your expectations. Whether you are visiting us to top off your fuel, spending the night with us at our face docks, provisioning for your journey ahead, seeking a repair, looking for parts, planning a refit or storing your prized possession in our covered sheds — the largest under cover, fresh water storage facility on the East Coast – our reward is that each and every one of you put your trust in us.

    Our mission is to exceed your expectations.

    It’s our reward.

    The shared space between awards and rewards comes from serving you. The part we play in local economic development is the result of meeting your needs. We contribute to local employment by hiring dedicated and professional staff. We retain only the most experienced and reliable outside contractors.

    Our professional and knowledgeable Marine Store personnel stock and order only the best paints, varnishes, parts and equipment to keep your vessel as good as new. We take pride in fulfilling your needs, and at the same time, we are cognizant that this mission is also a resource for other local businesses that serve the boating sector.
    All of what we do is interdependent.

    In fact, the 2016 Waterfront Business of the Year award belongs to you, as much as it does to us.
    We are honored that you put your trust in us. And as a result, we have a thriving business in a community with a strong economy. Bringing your boat to AYB results in our success, which contributes to our community’s vitality.
    We wouldn’t be here unless you were here, and our community is a better place because of it.

    Awards and rewards…they share some of the same space.

    We are proud we can share our passion for boats with your passion for travelling America’s waterways—and that includes the Intracoastal Waterway, as it passes through Chesapeake, Virginia and in front of Atlantic Yacht Basin.

    We’re grateful that our customers come back to us boat after boat, year after year

    We’re grateful that our customers come back to us boat after boat, year after year

    All of us at AYB, our management team, office staff, mechanics, dockmasters, carpenters, painters, fiberglass specialists, marine store personnel, detailers and haulout crew, are honored to be recipients of this year’s Waterfront Business of the Year

    And we thank you for trusting your vessel with us.

    We hope to see you soon!

    As always, please give us a call toll free at (800) 992-2489 or local at (757) 482-2141 or drop us a line at info@atlanticyachtbasin.com for a free quote or to find out more about all of our comprehensive marine services.

    Your Friends at AYB

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  • Norfolk Harborfest, Sail Regatta and More, June 9 to 12, 2016

    Our thanks to Alan Cecil for sending us this notice of the upcoming 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest. The Parade of Sail will begin at noon on June 10th.

    I just received this announcement. Perhaps you would help “spread the word” to the sail and cruising community?
    The Parade of Sail and Boat Parade is a magnificent event.
    Several years ago I participated in it aboard the USCG’s (signature tall ship) EAGLE!
    Salute,
    Alan V. Cecil

    Sailboat Racing Returns to Norfolk Harborfest for 40th Anniversary
    The largest, longest- running, free maritime festival in the nation.

    NORFOLK, VA (January 14, 2016) – Norfolk Festevents released details today for the 2016 Norfolk Harborfest ® Challenge Regatta. Planned for Thursday, June 9, 2016, this US Sailing Association sanctioned race will be reminiscent of the former Harborfest® sail boat races conducted in the 70s and 80s.
    The race will be part of the 40th Annual Norfolk Harborfest®, June 9 – 12, 2016, on the downtown Norfolk, VA waterfront.
    The race will be run as an around the buoys day race held in the Hampton Roads starting off Craney Island and finishing off Town Point Park and Waterside in downtown Norfolk. The race is open to sailboats over 20 feet LOA, all PHRF handicap classes, regular spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes as well as cruising classes. The race package includes docking options and a series of dockside social events.

    CLICK HERE for the full notice.

  • New Norfolk Harbor Light, east of Pinner Point


    This new light is northeast of the main channel approximately a mile north of Mile Zero.

    VA – NORFOLK HARBOR AND ELIZABETH RIVER – NORFOLK INNER HARBOR – New Light
    On or about March 4, 2016, SKW will be establishing a light marking the channel ward pile of a series of piles which were installed to protect the permanent bulkhead at the east entrance of the Midtown Tunnel. Midtown Tunnel East Light B36 51 31.44N, 76 18 37.43W, Fl W 4s. Chart 12254 LNM 9/16

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


    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12. A noted Hurricane Hole, Atlantic Yacht Basin is a great summer layup facility for Bahamas and Keys winter cruisers wanting to bring their vessels north for the summer hurricane season.

    Summer Storage special 2016

    Spencer Hull | Treasurer/Office Manager
    O-757 482-2141, M-757 373-7118
    www.atlanticyachtbasin.com

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  • Final Construction Update on the Gilmerton Highway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 5.8


    This latest and, hopefully, final update on the Gilmerton Bridge is sent to us by our good friend, Matt the Bridge Tender, who has faithfully kept us updated on the long and frustrating construction of the new Gilmerton bridge. Thank you Matt!!

    Ahoy from the Gilmerton Bridge (Mile Marker 5.8 ICW – Southern Branch Elizabeth River, Chesapeake VA),
    Just wanted to share with all of you that have been coming through the Gilmerton draw since construction started on the new bridge (Nov 2009) that the contractor told me yesterday he just completed working on the new fender system that day. I really do appreciate everyone’s patience (especially the tug Captains) in dealing with all the extra restrictions over the past few years.
    As a reminder (until the Nav charts catch up) the new vertical clearance for the Gilmerton Bridge is 35 feet at MHW in the closed position. Our new clearance gauges were installed last Friday.
    Also very important – all the bridges, locks and commercial traffic in this area are on Marine Channel 13.

    Below are the only restrictions that now apply to the Gilmerton Bridge:

    The draw of the Gilmerton (US13/460) bridge, mile 5.8, in Chesapeake:
    (1) Shall open on signal at any time for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials.

    (2) From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays:

    (i) Need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels that do not qualify under paragraph (d)(2)(ii) of this section.

    (ii) Need not open for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, unless 2 hours advance notice has been given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757) 485-5488.

    (3) Shall open on signal at all other times.

    That’s it for now from beautiful downtown Gilmerton. If we meet – hope to see you on 2 whistles so I can shake your hand,
    Matt the Bridge Tender

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  • 24 Hour Mooring Permitted in Virgina Dismal Swamp Locks and Canal


    Good News: A phone call to Cheaspeake City clears up the situation raised by Skipper McLeran regarding overnight stays in the Virginia Waterway locks and canal. The “no overnight mooring policy” has been rescinded and you may, as before, stay tied up for 24 hours – longer if foul weather demands. Deep Creek Lock interrupts the Alternate AICW Great Dismal Swamp Canal Route at Statute Mile 10.6.

    We entered the Dismal Swamp Canal Wednesday afternoon at the 1530 locking in order to hide from forecast high winds (and now hurricane Joaquin). When we inquired of Robert about the availability of Elizabeth’s Dock he told us that the dock was available, but that recently (didn’t say when) the Army Corps had a problem with a boater who was living on his boat in the canal and working in the area, tried to persuade him to leave, and when that didn’t work contacted Chesapeake City officials who somehow convinced him (and his boat) to depart the canal. Then the _city_ instituted a “no overnight mooring” policy and posted signs to that affect at the locks and docks; interestingly, there are no pertinent signs anywhere at Elizabeth’s Dock.
    We moored to Elizabeth’s Dock anyway, concluding that with the approaching iminent storms this was the best place to hide and that we would deal with the city if asked to leave.
    In our dozen or so passages through the canal we have never encountered this policy, and on several occasions have moored for several nights at Elizabeth’s Dock with other boats while waiting for nor’easters to pass. More commonly, we transit the canal in one day and stop at the “shopping dock” to resupply while waiting for the next lock through.
    This new policy is going to have a big impact on the southerly migration which will start soon, if boats are truly prohibited from mooring at the docks and locks in the canal.
    Perhaps you have some contacts at the Army Corps and the Chesapeake City who would clarify the situation and listen to some reason about the value of allowing boats to moor overnight in the canal.
    I’m sending this to both Waterway Guide and to Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net.
    Bob McLeran

    For more on this story, go Waterway Guide’s report:
    http://www.waterwayguide.com/latest-news/news/5722/deep-creek-lock-and-elizabeths-dock-update

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  • Very Nice Folks at Top Rack Marina, Virginia Cut, AICW Statute Mile 8.8


    Our thanks to Skipper Bell for this report and follow up. Top Rack Marina is just north of the Steel Bridge in the Virginia Cut at Mile 8.8

    Diesel $1.92.9 Includes tax. Free pump out with fuel. These guys bend over backwards for you. Nice deli restaurant, brand new restrooms and great floating docks. Low and high speed diesel fuel pumps. We stopped because the Great Lock was shut down for three hours due to high tides. So glad we did. Very nice folks.
    Dave Bell

    More from Skipper Bell:

    Top Rack has Diesel for $1.93 per gallon. Free Pump Out. Plus. If you eat dinner in the Amber Lantern restaurant that is at the marina, you can stay the night at no charge including power. Food is good too. Very nice folks. They will do anything to make your day on the water more enjoyable. New floating docks as well. We will return.
    David Bell

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  • Praise for Waterside Marina, AICW Mile Zero, Norfolk, VA


    Located in downtown Norfolk on the east side of the Elizabeth River just opposite Portsmouth, this marina is a slight bit south of ICW mile marker zero. It is next to the Waterside Festival Marketplace, Town Point Park and the Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus exhibits. As Skipper Bell points out, there are many excellent restaurants and stores nearby.

    Enjoyed our stay at Waterside Marina. John, the dock master, helped us in and brought us up to speed on what was happening locally and with the weather moving in. This is one of our favorite stop overs. Newer floating docks, protected from wakes, both 30 & 50 amp electric, two story indoor mall just three blocks away and they will provide transportation to provision. Lots to see and do in Norfolk.
    Dave Bell

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  • A Good Stop at Tidewater Yacht Agency, AICW Statute Mile 0, Portsmouth, VA


    The Skippers Herl begin their Waterway run with a stop at Portsmouth and we look forward to their voyage reports as they motor south. Tidewater Yacht Agency in Portsmouth, VA, is located on the west side of Town Point Reach in the Norfolk harbor, hard by Mile Zero, and has served many Waterway cruisers as a jumping-off point for their voyage “down the ditch.”

    Portsmouth, VA
    9/15/15, Arrived at the Tidewater Marina in Portsmouth, Va. Had a long day over nine hours but a beautiful run, very pleasant.
    This also marks the beginning of our trip south.
    Were able to get an Rx filled and to walk in town and visit some of the shops.
    Also were able to get a pumpout and top off the fuel at a good price.($2.20) though after we left Portsmouth we did see better prices, oh well whats $.10 a gal.
    Sandy and Phil Herl

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  • Report from York River Yacht Haven, off the Chesapeake Bay


    Well, Phil and Sandy Herl have navigated their vessel right out of our coverage, moving into the southern Chesapeake Bay. York River Yacht Haven is in Sarah Creek on the northern shore of the York River, west out of the Chesapeake. Phil and Sandy, we thank you for your many reports and we wish you safe travels has you continue north.

    York River Yacht Haven
    Just a short run from Waterside to Yacht Haven, a little over 4 hours @ 8-10 kn. Wanted to get settled in before the weather starts, supposed to be here this pm but also more tomorrow. Also wanted to be in somewhere and tied up to a dock for the 4th of July week end.
    Well it is starting,by the evening of the 3rd the marina is all but full, maybe one or two spots left and the sprinkling (rain) has started.
    Were able to rent a car on Monday and see Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg in the week we stayed at York River Yacht Heaven. For the weekend we just stayed on the dock.
    York River Yacht Haven is a wonderful place to stop. Everyone is friendly and very helpful. And it is a good place to range out to the attractions in the area.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

    SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

    http://yorkriveryachthaven.com/

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  • Report from Waterside Marina, AICW Mile Zero, Norfolk, VA


    Located in downtown Norfolk on the east side of the Elizabeth River just opposite Portsmouth, this marina is a slight bit south of ICW mile marker zero. It is next to the Waterside Festival Marketplace, Town Point Park and the Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus exhibits. There are many excellent restaurants and stores nearby, but no fuel or supplies at the marina itself. (from a report by Raymond Kurlak)

    Waterside Marina, VA
    Not a long run today, but we had to wait on the Great Bridge Bridge and the Great Bridge Lock, they are doing some repairs on the locks and were only letting boats through as they could. The noon opening did not happen, we were locked through at 1:00. It was only a one hour delay, all part of the adventure. Our travels have taken us 1365 NM since we left Palmetto area, we are almost where we want to continue our travels. I’m sure we can add a few more miles.
    Stopped at Waterside Marina, a good stop for checking out Norfolk history. The Norfolk visitors center is just a block away. And the Cannon Ball Walk is also part of the area. The MacArthur Center mall is also within a short walk. Just a warning the mall does not have a Grangers, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Tractor Supply or any thing I was interested in. It did have a Mens Warehouse, but if it requires more than shorts and a tee shirt, I’m not going. I am becoming boatified. Have not worn anything but shorts and tee since March. Love it.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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