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  • July 4th Celebration at New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC


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    The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

     

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    New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

    Watch the FIREWORKS AT THE NEW BERN GRAND MARINA YACHT CLUB comfy and cozy nestled in your boat! We have a few slips still available for rent.
    Event Title: New Bern’s July 4th Celebration

    Dates/Times: Monday, July 4, 2016… See More

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For New Bern Grand Marina

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  • July Events Calendar for Elizabeth City, NC, Dismal Swamp Route


    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route, and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, continues its calendar of exciting events!

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    “Things to See & Do in Elizabeth City during July”

    CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE JULY CALENDAR

    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com    www.DiscoverElizabethCity/blog

    Our mailing address is:
    Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    400 S. Water St., Suite 101
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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  • Okeechobee Update

    Our sincere thanks to Captain Greg Allard for this excellent report and photos of the Okeechobee Waterway. Greg is an experienced cruiser and his observations and advice are definitely to be trusted and heeded.

    Okeechobee Update – June 24, 1016

    We just finished crossing the Okeechobee waterway from east to west.  Some observations:
    1) Obstruction report at MM34:  On January 12, 2016 the Cruisers Net contained a report of a vessel which hit an object and sustained damage in the vicinity of MM 34 on the St. Lucie Canal.
    On June 22, 2016, while we were underway we observed the scene below, at approximately MM34:
    This bird was perched on the limb of a tree, on the south side of the waterway.  The water was very murky, so we could not see any other parts of the tree or limb to be able to tell how far it extended into the waterway. The bird is approximately 30’+ from shore.
    I hit the MOB button, and recorded the location as we passed:  27 degrees 00.8582’N; 080 degrees, 32.8102′ W.
    In re-reading the report about the damaged vessel from January 12th, it appears that the vessel was “along the side of the canal which is the starboard side coming East from Port Mayaca,”which would have put it in approximately this location.  Of course we can’t be certain that this was the earlier reported obstruction.
    This type of hazard is not unusual along this portion of the St. Lucie Canal.  Just a mile further west, we took this photo:
    On both sides of the canal, there are stands of trees, including some tall casuarinas on the right side.  If one of them fell into the canal, it could easily become a hazard. The lesson here is to “stay in the middle”.  That won’t protect you from free-floating logs or pilings, but it will minimize the risk of contacting fallen trees.
    2) Lake Okeechobee water levels:  The water levels in the lake have been high, due to heavy rains.  Most cruisers use “Route 1” to cross (as opposed to Route 2, the southern rim route).  This link takes you to the Corp of Engineers site, showing you the current depths for each route:
    According to the Corps, the shallowest part of Route 1 is in the SW corner of the lake, from Clewiston out to where the channel stops its zig-zags. Follow the markers carefully, and don’t drift off.  When we crossed on June 22, the level was over 8.8’.
    It’s important to try to cross the lake as early as possible in the morning, before any strong winds develop, especially if the winds come from the north/northeast, or east. Where the water is only 8’ deep, if winds cause waves in the lake 2-4’ in height near the SW corner of the lake, a boat with a 5’ draft may start to bottom out in those conditions.  The bottom there is rock, not sand.
    3) Algae conditions:  
    Due to the heavy rains, there are severe algae blooms in the St Lucie canal, lower St. Lucie River, and the lake.  We saw none on the Caloosahatchee River side.  The algae is kelly green in color. Here’s what it looks like:
    According to local news reports, samples have been sent to
    Florida’s health lab for testing, so as of the time of this report it is unknown whether it will be considered toxic or not.  We observed no cooling issues with our engines as we passed through these patches. It is thin and “whispy” and did not accumulate at all in the engine strainer baskets.
    Favorite places to stay overnight:
    1) To position yourself for an early morning Okeechobee crossing, going west to east:
        a) Moore Haven docks (just before the lock). $1.00 a foot; electric available.
        b) Roland Martin’s Marina, in Clewiston.  Probably the best layover place; right on the edge of the lake.  The outdoor bar is terrific: it reminds us of the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie.
    When we stayed there in March on the way east, the small lock at Clewiston was actually in operation (the first time we have ever seen that.)  Our 65’ LOA boat barely fit into the lock.  On our most recent return trip, the lock was fully open, not in operation, and allowed full pass-through to the marina.   The Clewiston lock is not operated by the Corps of Engineers – it is private, and the people who run it are well intentioned, friendly amateurs.  Just because they tell you to do something, it doesn’t mean they know what they are talking about.  They put about 20 bass boats into the chamber with us, and they were hanging all over us, banging into us, and cutting us off as we entered the chamber; it was bedlam.
    Roland Martin’s is still the best place to stay on a west to east trip.  The dockmaster Sam is excellent.  Call for a reservation.
    2) To position yourself for an east to west crossing of the lake in the morning:
         a) Indiantown Marina: A true old fashioned time-warp. They have limited slip space, but at $1.00 a foot, it is a bargain.  It’s about 9.9 Statute Miles from the Port Mayaca lock, where you would begin to cross the lake.
         b) If Indiantown can’t take you, the River Forest marina, just 1/2 mile west of the St. Lucie lock, is a good alternative, at $1.35 a foot.  It will take you longer to get to the eastern edge of the lake in the morning, but there aren’t any other choices.
    4) Ortona Lock Restrictions:
        The Ortona lock is undergoing repairs, and there are restricted openings which have been reported on the Cruisers Net.
    Note that the restricted openings do not apply on weekends, when the lock will open on demand from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
    On our recent trip across the waterway from east to west, we stayed at the River Forest location in Moore Haven, just 1/4 mile east of the Ortona lock. It’s perfectly positioned to allow us to arrive at the Ortona lock in time for the 7:00-7:30 limited opening.  We did hear the lockmaster, on the VHF, allowing a boat to lock through at a time other than the restricted windows, so it does not hurt to ask.  It depends on whether construction is actually going on.
    Corp of Engineers Contact:
    The day before we begin any Okeechobee crossing, we call the local Corp of Engineers office directly (they are in Clewiston), to be sure there aren’t any lock shutdowns or bridge problems. They are always very helpful.
    Here’s the phone number:  863-983-8101
    Many of our cruising friends would never consider using the Okeechobee.  We enjoy the trip.  It’s much shorter than going down through the Keys and then heading north, up through the endless and tiresome Florida Bay, which can be loaded with crab traps.  It is also easier to run the waterway in bad weather.  It presents a fascinating slice of old time Florida.  Scenes like this sunrise make it worthwhile:
    Greg Allard
     M/V “Meander”
  • More Good Words for Longboat Key Club Moorings, GICW Statute Mile 77.5, Sarasota, FL


    longboatLongboat Key Club Moorings, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, guards the western shores of Sarasota Bay, north of the city of Sarasota, and south of Longboat Pass. With the advent of mooring fields in Florida, you might mistake this marina as just another set of mooring balls. But, believe you me, this is one gorgeous marina. Anna’s comments are typical for this excellent facility and we are glad they stumbled upon it!

    My husband and I stayed here last week while on vacation….we actually stumbled upon it. What a beautiful resort. We were pleasantly greeted by Pete the dockhand. He was very helpful. We were very impressed by the amenities, pool (pool towels are given at office) and very nice showers, bicycles for loan, Publix within walking distance. Harbor masters store and staff was awesome. We didn’t make it to Portofinos but will visit it next time.
    We will definitely be back.
    Anna

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Longboat Key Club Moorings

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  • Not Impressed with ‘Tween Waters Inn and Marina, near GICW Statute Mile 10


    Anna’s comments are in contrast to other more favorable reviews of ‘Tween Waters Marina we have received, such as http://cruisersnet.net/149457, but seems to be in line with these comments: http://cruisersnet.net/148730. Tween Waters Inn and Marina lies southwest of the Roosevelt Channel’s marker #19 off Pine Island Sound.

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For ‘Tween Waters Marina

    My husband and I visited this marina before our vacation to preview it. We drove our car and when we got to the marina we weren’t impressed. The docks were in need of repair with nails poking through. We went into the dock masters office to inquire about pricing…the older lady working there was helpful but the gentleman there was to busy to even acknowledge our presence. We even asked him a question and he never looked up at us. Then we went to check out the restaurant and the older lady working there was very rude to us when we inquired about the menu as they weren’t open yet. Needless to say we will never stay at this place.
    Anna

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  • Celebrate July 4th at Old Port Cove, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port CoveA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.


    TRANSIENT BOATERS GET 15% OFF* & Bottle of Wine to Kick off the Weekend!*
    Enjoy your stay with a discount! Show us your BoatUS Membership Card and Transient boaters will receive a 15% discount off the daily rate.  If you need fuel, there’s a discount for that too! (*Min. 2 night stay at New Port. Utilities not included.)
    In-House Boaters – Ask about Complimentary Reciprocal Dockage!
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    ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR &
    MENU SPECIALS
    at Sandpiper’s Cove at Old Port Cove Marina
    HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY! 
    Lunch & Dinner Specials
    Baby Back Ribs, Roast BBQ Chicken, Bar Bites, Slider Trio, All American Burger & Jumbo Beef Hot Dogs, Plus our full menu!
    THE SAND BAR PRESENTS:
    LIVE MUSIC BY
    TRIPLE PLAY!

    Enjoy Live Music in The Sand Bar at Sandpiper’s Cove by local band,TRIPLE PLAY. Rockin’ South Florida with party favorites,classic rock and Americana songs for the 4th.The fun begins at 4pm.

    MAKE D O C K A G E RESERVATIONS TODAY!
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    Old Port Cove Marina 561-626-1760
    Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant & Bar 561-626-2280

    (for restaurant information)

    North Palm Beach Marina 561-626-4919
    New Port Cove Marine Center 561-844-2504

    Or Click This Link to Reserve

    Every Hour is Happy Hour on the Water!  Join us won’t you?

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

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  • NOAA Office of Coast Survey: Latest News

    We are entering the next generation of navigational products. NOAA is developing new services for faster chart downloads, using more data from new sources, and providing more information for better decision-making. Here are the latest updates.

    Beta testing of crowdsourced bathymetry
    We are on the verge of acquiring a significant new source of data to improve NOAA nautical charts, thanks to an

    BHII testing Rose Point CSB

    Coast Survey Research Vessel Bay Hydro II collected about 123,000 soundings over 12 days to pre-test the efficacy of Rose Point beta test for bathymetric crowdsourcing.

    enthusiastic industry and mariners equipped with new technology. Rose Point Navigation Systems is working with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and Coast Survey and others who are collaborating on an international effort to maintain crowdsourced bathymetry.

    In a beta test released on May 13, 2016, Rose Point has added a new feature to Coastal Explorer that gives users an option to send anonymous GPS position and soundings data to a new international database managed by NCEI. After getting permission from users, Rose Point systems will generate data log files of positions, depths, and time, and automatically transmit the files to the data center, where Coast Survey can pull the data to compare it to nautical charts. The new sources of information will alert Coast Survey cartographers to areas where shoaling and other changes to the seafloor have made the chart inaccurate.

    How accurate are nautical charts?
    It is a major challenge – some might say an impossibility – to keep all thousand U.S. nautical charts up to date. But exactly how out of date is the chart data? Chart users will get a better idea now that Coast Survey is gradually rolling out a new chart feature called the zone of confidence, or “ZOC” box. It will replace the source diagram that is currently on large-scale charts. Source diagrams, and now the improved ZOC, help mariners assess hydrographic survey data and the associated level of risk to navigate in a particular area.

    The first charts to show the new ZOC box are 18622, 18682, 18754, and 11328. They were released on April 7.

    New tip sheets explain chart symbols
    Charts are packed with symbols and abbreviations, some that might be unfamiliar to you. U.S. Chart No. 1 lists all of the symbols used on NOAA nautical charts, but sometimes chart users need a deeper understanding.

    Coast Survey is now providing additional information about complex or particularly confusing chart symbols to augment what is available in U.S. Chart No. 1. The first three tip sheets help explain fish havens, anchorages and harbors of refuge, and virtual AIS aids to navigation.

  • Captain Jim Healy on Beaufort, Morehead City and Cape Lookout, NC, AICW Statute Mile 203


    Our thanks to Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, for shareing his perspective on Beaufort and Morehead City, NC, home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.

    Beaufort, NC: This is a seaport town near Morehead City; it’s a very pleasant, laid-back, “chillaxin'” place with a small but well done Maritime Museum, many shoppes and some nice local restaurants. For those who might enjoy a short off-shore (maybe 10 miles) cruise, depart the Beaufort Inlet and head out the the bight at the Cape Lookout National Seashore. [See Claiborne’s article on Cape Lookout.] It a large, well protected anchorage, with access to the beach for campfires and swimming. The bight itself is well protected from winds and ocean sea states, but the trip out and back can be too much for some if the wind offshore is up. Plan accordingly.
    Jim Healy

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Yacht Basin

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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage

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  • This Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, June 24, 2016


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    There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see from the list of events below. 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, especially with the arrival of Spring! Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.


    New Weekly Happenings just posted,
    Click here to find out what’s happening this week and next!

    Charlotte Harbor & The Gulf Islands
    18500 Murdock Circle, B104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948
    941-743-1900

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

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

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