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  • Change of Summer Plans? Summer Storage Special at Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

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

     

    While you may find it hard to believe, Summer is lurking around the corner. It’s a great season for boating in this part of the world, but people are already locking in their off-season storage plans too. For some people, that means Summer storage and for others it may mean another time of year that suits their lifestyle better. People come back to AYB year after year and even boat after boat. And we thank you for being one of them!

    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS!

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Atlantic Yacht Basin

  • Duckweed Gone! Thank You USACE! Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    The Dismal Swamp Canal has been plagued with duckweed most of January and the clearing of the nuisance to boaters and a hazard to a vessels cooling system is welcome news! Our thanks to Donna Stewart, Welcome Center Director, for this good news update. Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, an NC DOT Rest Area facility, and are located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC.Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this report and these photos.

    Joel Scussel, Operations Manager for the Dismal Swamp Canal (USACE) shared a photo with us today of the completed cleanup work by the crew of the Elizabeth. They came back into the Canal to remove some remaining debris/duckweed matting near the South Mills Lock and in the Lock Chamber.
    CLICK FOR PHOTOS AND REPORT!

    The crew has worked three days in the past week to eliminate this distressing issue for boaters. To put this into perspective, I’ve attached a photo taken on Jan. 26th and the photo shared today.

    It’s so nice to see clear water!! I’m the most optimistic I’ve been in a long time for an active spring boating season on the Dismal Swamp Canal.

    We have been told by recent boaters, the Canal was basically clear until they reached the area in South Mills near the Lock. This information is not an official notice, but information Joel stated could be shared publicly. Please share with those who you think would benefit. The navigational restrictions which were issued at the opening in Oct. still remain in effect until further notice. (Minus the duckweed and the ice!)

    If you plan to transit the canal, call the Lock operators or the Norfolk District office for more information. 757-201-7642.

    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 VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For South Mills Lock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Mills Lock

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

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

  • Dismal Swamp Frozen! AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    The Dismal Swamp Canal had been closed to navigation since Hurricanes Matthew and Irma and its recent restricted re-opening is welcome news to cruisers. Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, an NC DOT Rest Area facility, and are located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this report and these photos.

    I’ve attached an advisory just received from the USACOE regarding the ice on the Dismal Swamp Canal and the A&C Canal. I’ve attached photos taken on Saturday at 4pm, and things have not really changed here, today, except the temperatures have started to creep up. READ MORE!

    I personally do not remember seeing this much ice in the Canal. We have experienced very cold temperatures for a week, my thermometer registering 3 degrees one morning.

    Stay warm if you can.

    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!
    All e-mails sent from this computer are subject to the Public Records Law and the information contained therein is a public record.


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

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

  • Report Suspected Hoax Calls to USCG


    News Release
    Dec. 04, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712

    Coast Guard experiences spike in suspected hoax distress cases in NC, Va.

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard command centers in North Carolina and Virginia experienced an increase in suspected hoax distress calls in November. READ MORE!

    Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington and Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth typically notice a spike in the amount of traffic on VHF-FM channel 16 during the late fall, as well as an increase in suspected false distress cases reported on the channel.

    “False distress calls incur significant cost to the public, divert limited resources to respond, and place both responders and potentially other mariners at risk,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, commander, Sector North Carolina. “We continue to encourage mariners to use VHF radios to communicate with the Coast Guard and other mariners, but it is imperative that this critical, potentially life-saving tool be used appropriately and responsibly for the safety of all mariners.”

    The public should be aware that if children are found to be playing on the radio, the parents are ultimately accountable.

    Hoax distress calls to the Coast Guard are considered a Class D felony and can incur more than $250,000 in fines and 10 years imprisonment, plus the cost of the search.

    “We don’t take hoax distress lightly,” said Capt. Richard Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads. “We, along with our partner agencies, will pursue the prosecution of suspects to the fullest extent of the law. A Newport News man was convicted of making a false distress call to our command center in June 2016 and now faces potential prison time. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.”

    The Coast Guard urges the public to respond to Coast Guard callouts after accidental transmissions. Unintended communications to the Coast Guard are not prosecuted, but require clarification.

    Anyone with information regarding a hoax call made to the Coast Guard is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard Investigative Service through the 5th District Command Center at 757-398-6390.

    For additional information about suspected hoax distress calls at Sector North Carolina, please contact Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Thomas at 910-772-2216.

    For additional information about suspected hoax distress calls at Sector Hampton Roads, please contact Lt. j.g. Stasia Ellis at 757-638-6641.

    -USCG-

  • Report from Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Our thanks to Joyce and Matthew Gauthier for sharing their time spent in the Dismal Swamp Canal which has recently re-opened to navigation.  The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, a part of the NC State Park System, is also open and their programs are ongoing.

    We traveled through the Dismal swamp 10/31-11/2. It was great.
    READ MORE FOR PHOTOS!

    Another great day in the Swamp. Sunrise yoga on the dock. Had parfaits with the lock master before we left this morning. Traveled with our new friends about 15 miles to the dismal swamp visitors center. Had to stop to stop two times in 15 miles to clean the duckweed out of our strainer for the engine. Crossed state lines into North Carolina. Walked the swamp trails. Looking forward to a mellow night sipping tea and enjoying the company.
    Joyce and Matthew Gauthier

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

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  • Welcome New Sponsor: GoChesapeake

    Go Chesapeake

    Cruisers’ Net is pleased to be partnering with GoChesapeake.net to assist cruisers who are voyaging south or north via the Waterway through Virgina. Welcome GoChesapeake!

     
    GoChesapeake provides concierge services to the more than 12,000 yacht owners and captains that travel through the Chesapeake Locks each year. Their team of guest service professionals is dedicated to providing the ultimate personalized, professional concierge services available. Skippers using GoChesapeake‘s specialized services will get customized advice and insider access to exclusive benefits in the region — all with the finest attention to detail. The goal of GoChesapeake is to make your visit memorable and uniquely yours. Cruisers’ Net is pleased to link our readers with the customized services of GoChesapeake, with their finest attention to detail. Whether you are in the area for a few hours or several weeks, GoChesapeake can assist with a wide range of services: arrange spa treatments, golf outings, a gourmet on-board culinary experience or an excursion — connecting you with everything the region has to offer.

  • Dismal Swamp Canal to Re-Open by End of September, AICW Alternate Route


    Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this good news concerning the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and State Park, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. The Canal has been closed to navigation following damage from Hurricane Matthew and the re-opening will be just in time for the annual Fall Migration of Cruisers.

    This PSA announcement just in from the USACE – Update of Canal Status
    Donna Stewart

    Dismal Swamp Canal to reopen in September

    By Kerry Solan
    Norfolk District Public Affairs READ MORE!

    NORFOLK, Va. – The Dismal Swamp Canal is scheduled to reopen to vessel traffic by the end of September, with the Lake Drummond Reservation and Feeder Ditch opening to canoes and kayaks on August 18, officials said.

    Crews continue to dredge the canal, which officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October.

    “In the history of the canal, we’ve never had this issue, and we’re using every available resource to make the canal safe again for vessels,” said Joel Scussel, Norfolk District Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway project manager.

    Engineers completed a survey of the Dismal Swamp Canal in March after crews had finished clearing more than 350 trees from the canal.

    That survey, along with another survey in July, revealed controlling depths less than the normal 6 feet: engineers plotted the Deep Creek Channel at 4.8 feet, Tuners Cut was less than 2.5 feet and the Feeder Ditch was shoaled in at a depth of approximately 1 foot.

    The crew of Wilmington District’s Dredge Murden completed dredging in the Deep Creek Channel on June 21. After-dredge surveys showed a controlling depth of 6 feet, which allowed officials to reopen the channel to navigation. The Dredge Murden will return at the end of August to complete clean-up adjacent to the Deep Creek Lock.

    Feeder Ditch dredging resumes today. The crane crew will dredge 1,500 cubic yards of material to reopen the Feeder Ditch to a depth of 6 feet, 25 feet wide by then end of August.

    When crews complete work at the Feeder Ditch, they will return to Turners Cut to complete work that was suspended after the quality of dredged material at Turners Cut did not meet the standards for beneficial reuse. Officials coordinated with the state of North Carolina while a new dredging method was arranged that met state water quality standards.

    Engineers are also working on a design for emergency generators for the Deep Creek and South Mills Locks, which were inoperable after the hurricane.

    Deep Creek Lock Gate rehabilitation work, which was scheduled before Hurricane Matthew struck, is complete: the gates were reinstalled on July 19 and operating the next day.

    When the post-hurricane dredging operations began in the canal, officials aimed to reopen the waterway before October, when perennial “snowbirds” use the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to travel south, bound for the Bahamas and Florida ports of call.

    “Since the hurricane, our goal has been to reopen the canal to navigation as soon as possible,” Scussel said.

    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 Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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

  • Reminder: Winter Storage Reservations, Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

    Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR has a plan to provide you with the very best winter storage. Atlantic Yacht Basin is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12.

    Customize Your Storage Plan to Fit You & Your Boat

    While you may find it hard to believe, Fall is lurking around the corner. It’s a great season for boating in this part of the world, but people are already locking in their off-season storage plans too.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
     

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Atlantic Yacht Basin

  • Photos with Update on Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp State Park is getting back into full swing as they recover from massive flooding and closure due to Hurricane Matthew. Dredging has begun and the canal is scheduled to re-open to navigation by summer’s end. The State Park is open and continuing programs as weather permits. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for this USACE update.

    One step closer to seeing boaters again! My most recent update from the USACE. READ MORE FOR NEW PHOTOS!

    7/19/2017
    I was able to obtain a few pictures today of the installation of the Deep Creek Lock River Gates. The gates are returning back to the water, where they belong! It was so HOT. But, notice the reflection of the sky in the shot of the newly installed gate on the left. I was told dredging still must be completed at the Feeder Ditch and Turner’s Cut, but this is one more step to getting us reopened. Many thanks to US Facilities and the Norfolk District USACE for helping me to get these shots today.
    Donna

    Crane at River Gate

    Gate installed Deep /creek

    The Deep Creek Dredging has been completed and surveyed with the assistance of the Wilmington District. The Deep Creek Lock gates are scheduled to be reinstalled on Wed., July 19th. Dredging at the Feeder Ditch and Turner’s Cut will continue until work is completed.
    We are anxious to see boats at our dock again this fall.
    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 Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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

  • LNM: Shoaling Reported and Temporary Buoys Added to Salt Ponds Entrance Channel, north of Norfolk Harbor, VA


    Salt Ponds is bit out of SSECN’s range, but it is a popular western shore storm shelter for northbound cruisers when the waters just north of Norfolk Harbor kick up. The entrance channel is perpendicular to the beach shore and can be intimidating even without the threat of shoaling.

    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – SALT PONDS – HAMPTON – SHOALING
    Shoaling has been reported in the channel into Salt Ponds, Hampton VA, just inside the stone jetty. Depths to 4 feet at low tide have been reported. This shoaling maybe in addition to the shoaling reported on Salt Ponds Marina Resort web site. http://saltpondsmarinaresort.com/contact–directions.html

    And this good news LNM in Week 26:

    CAPE CHARLES TO NORFOLK HARBOR – SALT PONDS – TEMPORARY BUOYS (PRIVATE)
    On or about June 27, 2017, the City of Hampton, Virginia will establish four temporary buoys to mark best water to address shoaling in the entrance to Salt Ponds. These buoys will be removed later this summer after the City dredges the waterway. READ MORE!

    Salt Ponds Buoy 5TA 37-03-45.77N, 076-16-51.00W (37°3.7628N / 076°16.8500W, 37.062714 / -76.280833)
    Salt Ponds Buoy 5TB 37-03-46.33N, 076-16-52.37W (37°3.7721N / 076°16.8728W, 37.062869 / -76.281214)
    Salt Ponds Buoy 6TA 37-03-45.10N, 076-16-48.58W (37°3.7517N / 076°16.8097W, 37.062528 / -76.280161)
    Salt Ponds Buoy 6TB 37-03-46.26N, 076-16-50.58W (37°3.7710N / 076°16.8430W, 37.062850 / -76.280717)
    Chart 12222 LNM 26/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Salt Ponds

  • Hurricane Planning at Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

    Hurricane may seem to be a long way off, but now is the time to plan. Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR has a plan to help you avoid vessel loss. Atlantic Yacht Basin is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12.

    Do you live or travel in the East Coast’s hurricane strike zone?
    Do you have yacht insurance that requires you to be north of Cape Hatteras, NC from June 1- November 1 each year?
    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL OFFER

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

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  • Good Words for Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


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

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

    We have been a client of AYB for nearly a decade. During that time, AYB professionals have done all the work on our 42 GB, including extensive upgrades.
    I can’t say enough good things about the crew and management.
    They are dependable, professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.
    Clyde & Diane
    1987 Grand Banks 42CL
    “Friendship”

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

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  • Atlantic Yacht Basin Invites You! , AICW Statute Mile 12


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

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

    Are you looking for a quick stop, a home base or a trusted place to get work done? How about a quiet
    port in the storm or a safe spot to store your boat and car? AYB is all of these things and much, much more.
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Atlantic Yacht Basin

  • UPDATE! North Landing Bridge Now Fully Operational as of 10/14/16


    This is certainly good news for cruisers! Our thanks to good friend, Matt the Bridge Tender for this update.

    North Landing Bridge on the ICW at M/M 20.2 is fully operational as of 4 PM Oct 14th.
    The Dismal Swamp Canal Route remains closed due to high water from recent rain events.
    All Bridges, Locks and Commercial traffic in this area are on Marine Channel 13
    Matt the Bridge Tender – Gilmerton Bridge

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For North Landing Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of North Landing Bridge

  • 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

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

  • 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 /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!!

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For North Landing Bridge

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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 /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.

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

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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

    Click Here for Photo

    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.
    Read More

    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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