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  • RR Bridge 12hr Closures, February 5-7, AICW Statute Mile 3.6, 1/29/2016


    With a closed vertical clearance of 10ft, Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 3.6, south of charted Paradise Creek.

    VA – NORFOLK HARBOR AND ELIZABETH RIVER – BRIDGE MAINTENANCE
    Mariners are advised that Norfolk Southern Corporation will be installing new festoon systems at the Norfolk and Western railroad bridge (Norfolk Southern V6.8 Bridge) across the South Branch of the Elizabeth River, river mile 3.6, between Portsmouth and Chesapeake, VA. The bridge will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from February 5, 2016 to February 7, 2016. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies during the maintenance period and the vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 10 feet above mean high water. During the closure there will be limited opportunity for vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position to do so. 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 12253 LNM 4/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 3.6

  • 12 Hour Closures, Norfolk and Western RR Bridge, Feb 5-7, AICW Statute Mile 3.6, 1/15/2016


    With a closed vertical clearance of 9ft, the Norfok and Western RR Lift Bridge crosses the Waterway south of charted Paradise Creek. This MSIB was sent to us by our good friend Matt the Bridge Tender.

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
    MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN
    BULLETIN NO: 16/005 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE: January 14, 2016
    Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge, Daylight Closures due to Repair work
    Mile 3.6 between Portsmouth and Chesapeake, VA

    From 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. starting February 5, 2016 until February 7, 2016, Norfolk Southern Corporation will be installing new festoon systems at the Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge across the South Branch of the Elizabeth River, mile marker 3.6, between Portsmouth and Chesapeake, VA. The bridge will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from February 5, 2016 to February 7, 2016. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies during the maintenance period and the vertical clearance of the bridge in the closed position is 10 feet above mean high water. During the closure there will be limited opportunity for vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position. 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.
    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.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Norfolk and Western RR Bridge

  • 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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Bridge Directory Listing For Gilmerton Hwy Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gilmerton Hwy Bridge

  • 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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Deep Creek Lock

  • 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

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Top Rack Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Top Rack Marina

  • 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

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Waterside Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Norfolk Waterfront and Waterside Marina

  • 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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Tidewater Yacht Agency

  • 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

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    http://yorkriveryachthaven.com/

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of York River Yacht Haven

  • 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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    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Waterside Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Norfolk Waterfront and Waterside Marina

  • Fireworks Displays along the Waters of Virginia and North Carolina

    A reminder that the trip home following the displays is one of the most dangerous times on the water. Please Be Careful! This USCG list is as of 6/23 and is by no means complete. However, fireworks displays registered with the USCG tend to be larger and longer.

    FIREWORKS – DISPLAY PRECAUTIONS AND REGULATIONS
    Fireworks barges and launch sites on land will have signs labeled FIREWORKS–DANGER–STAY AWAY to provide on scene
    notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the COTP or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. Other Federal, State and local agencies may assist these personnel in the enforcement of the safety zone.
    VA – Elizabeth River – Norfolk – Safety Zone – Fireworks
    MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAMPTON ROADS WILL ESTABLISH A SAFETY ZONE IN SUPPORT OF THE 33RD ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION FIREWORKS TO BE HELD ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER, IN NORFOLK, VA, NEAR TOWN POINT BEACH. THE SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ENFORCED FROM 9:30 P.M. UNTIL 9:50 P.M. ON JULY 4, 2015 AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN AN AREA BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING POINTS: 36-50-54.8N/076-18-10.7W, TO 36-51-7.9N/076-18-01W, TO 26-50-45.6N/076-17-44.2W, TO 36-50-29.6N/076-17-23.2W, TO 36-50-7.7N/076-17-32.3W, TO 36-49-58N/076-17-28.6W, TO 36-49-52.6N/076-17-43.8W, TO 36-50-27.2N/076-17-45.3W. MARINERS MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THIS ZONE UNLESS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

    VA – Nansemond River – Suffolk – Safety Zone – Fireworks

    MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAMPTON ROADS WILL ESTABLISH A SAFETY ZONE IN SUPPORT OF THE STARS AND STRIPES FIREWORKS EVENT ON THE NANSEMOND RIVER IN SUFFOLK, VA. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN ENFORCED ON JULY 4, 2015 FROM 9:00 P.M. UNTIL 9:30 P.M. AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN A 350 YARD RADIUS OF THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY, IN APPROXIMATE POSITION 36-44-27N/076-34-42W. MARINERS MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THIS ZONE UNLESS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

    NC-Cape Fear River-Fire Works Display -Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “N.C. 4th Of July Festival” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 from 9 pm to 10 pm. A safety zone will be in effect on all waters of the Cape Fear River within a 600 yard radius of the fireworks launch barge in position 33-54’ 40”N 078-01’-18”W., approximately 700 yards south of the water front at Southport, NC. The fireworks will be launched from a barge marked at both ends by a sign labeled danger fireworks stay away. Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. Mariners should exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at
    NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11537

    NC – Albemarle Sound – Pasquotank River – Elizabeth City – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the Elizabeth City 4th of July Celebration fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 from 9:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. A temporary safety zone will be established on all waters of the Pasquotank River within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks launch barge at 36º17’47”N 076º12’17’”W, located near Machelle Island. This safety zone will be enforced from 8:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of the Pasquotank River. The fireworks will be launched from a barge that will be marked on both sides by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 12206

    NC – Figure Eight Island – Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “Figure Eight Island July 4th Celebration” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Figure Eight Island Causeway Channel within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks site in approximate position 34-16-19”N 077-45-32”W, approximately 600 yards southeast of the Figure Eight Island Swing Bridge. This safety zone will be enforced from 08:30 PM to ½ hour past the conclusion of the event. This is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on the entire un-named channel north of the Figure Eight Island Causeway. The fireworks will be launched from shore, which will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER FIREWORKS STAY AWAY”, to provide on scene notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or his or her designated representative on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply
    with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvent@uscg.mil Chart: 11541

    NC – Pamlico Sound – Pamlico River – Washington –Fireworks Display- Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the City of Washington July 4th Celebration fireworks display will be conducted on July 4, 2015, from 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Pamlico River within a 400 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-32’-26”N 077-03’-41”W (Datum NAD 1983), approximately 400 east of the US HWY 17 bridge. This safety zone will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of the Pamlico River. The fireworks will be launched from shore; the area will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Events
    Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11554

    NC – Neuse River – Oriental, Nc – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “Pamlico County Croaker Festival Fireworks” display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 7 PM. A safety zone will be established on all waters of Green Creek and Smith Creek that fall within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-01’29.6N 076-42’-10.4”W located near the entrance of Neuse River in the vicinity of Oriental, NC. This safety zone will be enforced from 7 PM to half hour past the conclusion of the event. This is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be to restrict on this portion of the Neuse River. The fireworks will be launched from a shore site which will be marked with a sign labeled “DANGER FIREWORKS STAY AWAY” to provide on scene notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the
    designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11552

    NC – Shallowbay Bay – Manteo, Nc – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the Manteo fireworks display will be conducted on July 4 2015, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00p.m. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Shallowbag Bay within a 200 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-54’ 30”N/075-39’46”W (Datum NAD 1983), approximately 600 yards south of the Roanoke Island Festival Park. This safety zone will be enforced from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of Shallowbag Bay. The fireworks will be launched from a barge; the barge will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol commander on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the
    operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Events Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 12204

    NC – City Of Wilmington 4th Of July Celebration – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A safety zone will be in effect on all waters of the Cape Fear River within an area bound by a line drawn from the following points: latitude 34°13′54″ N., longitude 077°57′06″ W.; thence northeast to latitude 34°13′57″ N., longitude 077°57′05″ W.; thence north to latitude 34°14′11″ N., longitude 077°57′07″ W.; thence northwest to latitude 34°14′22″ N., longitude 077°57′19″ W.; thence east to latitude 34°14′22″ N., longitude 077°57′06″ W.; thence southeast to latitude 34°14′07″ N., longitude 077°57′00″ W.; thence south to latitude 34°13′54″ N., longitude 077°56′58″ W.; thence to the point of origin, located approximately 500 yards north of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The fireworks will be launched from a barge will be marked with signs that 5will be labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the
    designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11537

  • FOCUS ON Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12


     

    One of our many loyal sponsors, Atlantic Yacht Basin is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12. AYB’s continuing and longtime support of SSECN helps keep our site free to all users. This background material about their business and detailed information about their products and services is provided so that you our reader will be fully and better informed. Our thanks to Atlantic Yacht Basin for their participation with and sponsorship of “The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net.”  

    ATLANTIC YACHT BASIN
    HISTORY AND REPUTATION DEFINE THIS ICONIC FACILITY

    You can’t buy it, you can only build it: history and reputation. Atlantic Yacht Basin has been serving boaters, at the same location, for nearly 80 years. And over nearly eight decades, AYB has earned the reputation as a premier boat repair and storage facility on the eastern seaboard.

    In order to understand who we are today, it helps to understand AYB’s history.

    We are a third generation family owned business. Our founder, D. Dunwoody Atkinson founded AYB in 1936. The familiar bascule bridge, Great Bridge Bridge, over Mile 12 of the ICW—within walking distance to AYB– wasn’t built yet.
    While convenience for boaters was an immediate advantage, it is the professional approach to boaters’ needs and attention to detail that is the foundation of AYB’s reputation.

    Today, we are known as a facility that has the experience and expertise to carry out all facets of boat maintenance and repairs, and strategically located on the fresh water side (non-tidal) of the Great Bridge Locks.

    We realize that your boat is a major investment. We believe that protecting your investment is as important as maintaining it. That’s why we committed to creating the largest undercover, freshwater boat storage facility on the eastern seaboard.
    Today we offer 158,000 square feet of undercover storage. The vessels undercover here range from classic wood boats to contemporary, ocean going yachts. We have the height, width and depth to protect virtually any boat. In addition we are staffed 24/7, 365 days a year. There is always a Dockmaster on duty and AYB is a secure yard.

    Not only have we been in business at the same location for nearly 80 years, we have professionals who have been taking care of all facets of repairs and maintenance for decades. Some of our professionals have built that experience at AYB, others have come on board, bringing with them their own reputation of excellence.

    The fact is, no matter what brings boat owners to AYB, our professional staff has seen it before and has the ability, skills and work ethic that exceeds expectations.

    Our mechanics, carpenters, paint and varnish crew, fiberglass team, re-fit specialists, detailing experts and supervisory staff are all committed to perfection. It seems to be in our DNA.

    And, as an extra level of commitment to excellence, the work is monitored by a project manager.

    We understand that when you are traveling the ICW, convenience is one of the factors that determines your stopping points.

    AYB isn’t just close to the Waterway. We are ON the waterway. When you get to Mile 12 and Great Bridge, you are at the docks of AYB. You immediately notice our organized, clean and busy yard. You can’t miss our 1,700 linear feet of outdoor dockage space and fueling dock. And even if you just stop for fuel, you can take a breather, and relax in one of our comfortable Adirondack chairs, strategically located right at our docks. It’s a great spot to watch the ICW traffic going by, see some of the work being done at AYB or talk to other cruisers.

    And if your plans call for an extended stay here, you will benefit from our convenient location that extends beyond the ICW.
    We are within walking distance to a full service grocery store, many restaurants, a hospital is nearby, rental car facilities, hardware stores, banks, propane fill facility, you can catch up on your laundry at AYB, there is a wonderful park and walking path directly on the opposite side of the ICW from AYB, and much more.

    If you need to catch a flight, Norfolk International Airport is a 20-minute ride from us.

    We have a fully stocked marine store. It is staffed by professionals who not only have years of experience…they are boaters too. If we need to order parts for you, we know what you are looking for, we know where to find it, and we can often expedite the order if necessary.

    If your boat repair or refit needs extend beyond what we offer…remember…we are in the heart of the largest maritime community in the world with the U.S. Navy in our back yard and a very active and progressive port supporting a wide range of industries. AYB has the support of qualified subcontractors from the local region that know boats. No matter what your needs for repair, refit or manufacture of a specialty part, we know who to trust to meet the specs and exceed your expectations.

    We are understandably proud of our work and our reputation. We are honored to have earned the trust of boat owners like you. Telling you about us is one thing—seeing who we are, what we do, and hearing from our clients is another.
    We invite you to click on our Video Archive section of our website. We recently initiated this aspect of our proof of performance. You will find a growing number of videos that show you what we do, what we offer, and see and hear why we are a trusted boat repair, refit and storage facility on the ICW.

    Atlantic Yacht Basin has earned the trust of literally thousands of boat owners over the years. We would be honored to earn your trust too.

    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 to get a free quote or to find out more about our comprehensive range of marine services.

    If you are outside of the area, we can also help arrange transport to our facility or recommend a licensed captain to bring the boat in for you via the Waterway.
    Also, please check us out at www.atlanticyachtbasin.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for interesting updates, tips, and specials going on at the Yard.

    Enjoy the rest of your Spring and looking forward to seeing you soon!

    Your Friends at AYB

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  • New Daybeacon, Lamberts Point, Elizabeth River, North of Mile Zero


    Lamberts Point is on the eastern shore of the main shipping channel into Norfolk Harbor above Mile Zero.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER – LAMBERTS POINT
    On or about June 16, 2015 Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) will establish a warning daybeacon to mark their newly established reef. Elizabeth River: Lamberts Point Warning Daybeacon 36 53 08.7N—76 19 12.8W NW on pile.
    Chart 12245 LNM: 23/15

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


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

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

    Our thanks to friends Chuck Baier and Susan Landry for sharing this research:

    Larry, We have been researching the incident reported on cruisersnet regarding the boat owner being forced to leave the seawall between the lock and the bridge. I received a reply from the City and the Department of Parks and Recreation. The following is their reply…

    We apologize for any inconvenience or aggravation this situation may have caused you in your travels through Chesapeake. Our research continues to show us that 24-hour mooring is the norm, on unpaid slips, for this area of the Intracoastal Waterway. As you may be aware, 24-hour mooring is dictated by the City of Chesapeake City Code and Parks, Recreation and Tourism policy. Furthermore, the Army Corps of Engineers’ lease agreement with the City of Chesapeake requires staff to enforce this code as written. The justification and enforcement of this code is important because, at any point in time, we have multiple vessels waiting to utilize the pier on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year, for instance, we had a significantly increased number of unfortunate issues with some boaters tying up at that dock and leaving for days, sometimes weeks at a time, which left little to no room for other visiting patrons. Additionally, we received numerous complaints, especially at the specific location, from other boaters, neighbors, the bridge tender, Army Corps of Engineers and Chesapeake Police Department regarding vagrant boaters visiting this and other local areas within our City. In order to keep our docks consistently available, safe, clean, and welcoming, the Chesapeake Park Rangers have been given the directive to use their discretion to enforce this City Code. The Rangers do, however, have the discretion to make the determination as to what type of enforcement actions are appropriate for problems both they and community members identify. “Zero tolerance” policies can sometimes be viewed as “zero intelligence” policies which have the net effect of eliminating a Ranger’s discretion. We encourage and expect our Rangers to use their best judgment in abating certain offenses. They will always go out and talk to the vessel’s owner before making any determination, unless the owner becomes unavailable. There are many situations where a discussion, or possibly a warning, achieves the same if not a better result than strict enforcement does. To this end, we sincerely hope you understand our objectives and will continue to visit Chesapeake’s waterways again in the future. If you have any questions or need any assistance during your travels to Chesapeake, please do not hesitate to give me a call.
    Sincerely,
    Michael D. Barber
    Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
    1224 Progressive Drive, Suite 200
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    (757) 382-6411
    mbarber@cityofchesapeake.net

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  • Observations on the Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


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

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

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


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

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

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  • Bridge Frustration of An Unusual Kind


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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  • 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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