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  • Weekly Highlights from the City of Gulfport, Fl, May 22-28, 2017, Boca Ciega Bay

    Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

    Gulfport Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.


    Hurricane Seminar and events from the City of Gulfport

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Municipal Marina

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

  • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, May 22 to 28, 2017

    Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, especially in the Holiday Season. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.


     Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Punta Gorda Waterfront

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

  • Dismal Swamp Canal Slated to Re-Open by End of Summer, 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 Canal has been closed to navigation due to massive flooding and shoaling due to Hurricane Matthew. Despite the canal’s closure, the State Park has continued public programs as weather has permitted. The re-opening of the canal is good news for cruisers wanting to experience the beauty and solitude of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for forwarding this notice.

    Subject: Corps announces timeline to reopen Dismal Swamp Canal

    NORFOLK, Va. — Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced a goal of opening the Dismal Swamp Canal to its full 6-foot depth late this summer. READ MORE!

    The canal, which was closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October, has ongoing debris and tree removal, and investigations of shoaling at many locations in the canal. Shoaling in the canal has reduced the depth to as little as 1 foot in areas.

    Norfolk District engineers are using recent surveys of the canal to plot the 22 miles of the canal and the 3 miles of the Feeder Ditch to Lake Drummond. The data will be used to check for additional shoals and other obstructions.

    Crews are currently dredging the canal at the Feeder Ditch using information from the canal survey. They will then perform additional dredging at Turners Cut, south of the South Mills Lock.

    The Norfolk District is also working with the Wilmington District to remove a small shoal in the Deep Creek Channel. District engineers project the canal work at the Feeder Ditch work to take the longest; work there will be complete by late-June.

    After canal repairs are completed, District engineers will evaluate whether to open the canal at a restricted depth until the 6-foot depth is achieved.

    At Lake Drummond Reservation and the Feeder Ditch, crews have repaired damaged buildings. Additional work at Lake Drummond Reservation included repairs on the floating docks, roadway washout and the boat tram, which will be scheduled this winter.

    Work on the Deep Creek Locks gates, which was scheduled before the storm, is progressing. Work on replacing the water control valves and deteriorated steel is ongoing and will be completed within the next week. Final work and painting will then be done and the gates will be placed back into the lock in June.

    Kerry L. Solan
    Public Affairs
    Norfolk District, USACE
    Desk 757-201-7258

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333

    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

  • Safe Boating Week in Florida, May 20-26, 2017

    In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida.

    FWC: Safe boating saves lives

    In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida. Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week – a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer. Leading the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state, Florida is the boating capital of the world and is world-renowned as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors. Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely.

    “Boating year-round is just one of the things that makes Florida special,” said Maj. Rob Rowe, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “And even more people will be out on the water for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The holiday and National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating.

    “Our officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help,” Rowe said. “We want to reach as many boaters as we can, to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable.”

    Boaters can enjoy their time on the water even more by taking a few safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket, using an engine cut-off switch lanyard, designating a sober boat operator, paying attention and keeping a proper lookout, having an emergency locator beacon, filing a float plan and taking a boating safety class.

    The FWC’s 2016 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were 714 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 67 fatalities. This represents a 3 percent decrease in the number of accidents, but a 22 percent increase in fatalities as compared to 2015. The leading cause attributed to boating accidents in 2016 was the operator’s inattention or lack of a proper lookout (29 percent). Falls overboard have been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003, with drowning as the leading cause of death.

    Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the boat operators had paid attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintained a proper lookout and if everyone on board had been wearing a life jacket. Sixty percent of boating-related deaths last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.

    “A lot of people say they don’t wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable,” said Rowe. “However, with the inflatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know you have one on. FWC officers wear inflatable life jackets all the time while on the water.”

    For National Safe Boating Week, the FWC is releasing compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water. These dramatic accounts provide vital information and a call to action for every boater to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waters safely while wearing a life jacket.

    An engine cut-off switch lanyard is a safety device that is attached from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat.

    Boating education is critical. In 2016, 70 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had no formal boater education. Florida’s current boating safety education law applies to boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who operate a vessel of 10 hp or greater.

    “We live in a great boating state,” said Rowe. “And we believe that safety truly is the key to enjoyment.”

    FWC officers patrol our waterways in an effort to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the required equipment and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC officers are positive ones by planning ahead and paying attention while on the water.

    To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text More information can be found by visiting You can even search there for the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder to help you find a great place to launch your boat.

  • LNM: Sailboat Regatta, St. Andrews Bay, June 3-4, St. Andrews, FL

    Caution in the vicinity of these slower moving gathered vessels is required. Reduce your wake!

    FL – ST. ANDREW BAY – Regatta Read More!

    St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club is holding a regatta in St. Andrew Bay, June 3-4, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., each day. The regatta will consist of approximately 20 sailboats. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. For further information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile at (251) 441-5976.
    LNM 20/17 Charts 11389 11392

  • Florida Keys Reef Photos

    Our thanks to longtime cruiser, Tony Pozun, for sharing his photos of our Florida Keys reefs.

    I’ve been diving Florida keys for 45 yrs,.. we need to take better care of our reefs for our kids. Some pics:

  • LNM: Bogue Inlet ATONs Removal, AICW Statute Mile 227

    Hopefully, this temporary removal of inlet Nav Aids is in anticipation of dredging of Bogue Inlet. See for comments on projected dredging. Bogue Inlet/AICW intersection has been a shoaling Problem Stretch for years and will be positively affected by dredging of the Inlet itself.

    News Release
    May 16, 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 temporarily discontinues 12 navigational aids in Bogue Inlet, NC  READ MORE!

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard temporarily discontinued 12 navigational aids Monday in Bogue Inlet, near Emerald Isle and Swansboro.

    Heavy shoaling in the vicinity of Bogue Inlet has grown over recent months making the waterway inaccessible to vessels with a draft greater than three feet. The aids to navigation (ATON) no longer safely mark the channel and mariners transiting through Bogue Inlet do so at their own risk.

    The ATON listed below have changed and currently do not accurately mark the waterway, which can be more dangerous to mariners than having no ATON:

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 6A (LLNR 29525)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 29530)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 8 (LLNR 29535)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 10 (LLNR 29540)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 11 (LLNR 29550)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 12 (LLNR 29555)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 13 (LLNR 29557)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 14 (LLNR 29559)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 15 (LLNR 29560)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 29563)

    * Bogue Inlet Buoy 17 (LLNR 29565)

    * Swansboro Coast Guard Channel Junction Buoy CG (LLNR 29605)

    The Army Corps of Engineers plans to return to the Inlet to conduct additional dredging in June, after which time the Coast Guard will re-establish the ATON.

    “The Coast Guard is responsible for providing navigational systems, information and services that enable safe navigation,” said Lt. Eunice A. James, Chief of Waterways Management Division at Sector North Carolina. “We will continue to work with federal, state and local partner agencies to address safety concerns to waterway depth and safe placement of navigational aids.”

    Consult the Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of ATON at:

    To report any ATON discrepancies, shoaling, or hazards to navigation, please contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-343-3882.

    The U.S. Coast Guard will continue to monitor the conditions of the waterway and update mariners as necessary.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Bogue Inlet Channel Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Fish Where the Fish Are… in Martin County, Florida

    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

    Fish Where the Fish Are…
    in Martin County, Florida

    Martin County, Florida, is popular with fish. Lots of fish. More than 800 different species within a ten-mile radius of the St. Lucie Inlet, to be exact, according to Dr. Grant Gilmore, a renowned marine scientist.

    On the Atlantic coast, Martin County is just 85 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, in the overlap of two climate zones. This environment, along with a healthy reef system and the warm Gulf Stream current, bring lots of fish to these waters.

    Which makes for excellent fishing here, regardless of what type of angler you are and what type of fish you like to catch.

    Stuart, the county seat, has been called “Sailfish Capital of the World” since the 1950s, and with good reason. A 1949 Palm Beach Times article tells the tale of a fishing captain who ran out of bait and had to turn back after boating 19 ‘sails in a single outing. Sailfish are the fastest marine predators, and in winter months, it’s not uncommon to hook multiple sailfish at one time.

    One recent angler tells the story of reeling in a mahi when a marlin came up and ate it. An hour and a half later, the fisherman landed the marlin on a line meant for a mahi. Other salt-water species that lead to mighty fish tales include Wahoo, pompano, grouper, snapper, cobia, sea bass and kingfish.

    Martin County is renowned for its fresh-water fishing, too. The county stretches from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to the fresh waters of Lake Okeechobee on the west, with a rich system of rivers and canals in between. It’s possible to fish from Stuart all the way to Fort Myers and the Gulf of Mexico via the Okeechobee Waterway. Snook, tarpon, bass, redfish and seatrout are just a few of the fish that are plentiful and fun to catch inshore.

    They call this area Florida’s Treasure Coast. Fishing enthusiasts who visit know why. It’s enough to make you say Wahoo!

    Fish Here!

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • SCDNR Offering Courtesy Boat Inspections, May 27-29, 2017

    SCDNR to offer courtesy boat inspections during Memorial Day weekend READ MORE!

    In an effort to keep people and waterways safe during Memorial Day weekend, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Law Enforcement Division will once again be conducting courtesy boat inspections at certain public boat landings around the state. Memorial Day weekend is one of the year’s busiest weekends on state waters, and officers want to do everything possible to keep boaters out of harm’s way during the holiday.

    SCDNR officers will perform quick but thorough inspections for required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat. SCDNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

    To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the SCDNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431. For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form, contact the SCDNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301 or visit

    Courtesy boat inspection sites for May 27 – May 29:

    May 27
    York County: Ebenezer Landing- Lake Wylie, 10 a.m. to noon
    Lexington County: Lake Murray Dam, 10 a.m. to noon
    Clarendon County: Alex Harvin Landing- Lake Marion, 10 a.m. to noon
    Horry County: Conway Marina Landing- New Peachtree, 10 a.m. to noon

    May 28
    Anderson County: River Forks Boat Ramp- Lake Hartwell, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Fairfield County: Wateree State Park- Lake Wateree, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    May 29
    Charleston County: Wapoo Cut Landing- ICW South of Charleston Harbor, 10 a.m. to noon
    Pickens County: Gap Hill Landing- Lake Keowee, 10 a.m. to noon

  • News and Events from Martin County, Stuart, FL, May 17, 2017

    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

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