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  • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, June 26 to July 2, 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, as you will see in the calendar 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, 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

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

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  • REPAIRED! Openings Back to Normal, Great Bridge Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 11.5, 6/23/2017

    Our thanks to our good friend Matt the Bridge Tender for this alert and good news!.

    6/23/2017 UPDATE
    Great Bridge Bridge repairs have been completed earlier this morning. The bridge has resumed its normal scheduled: lifts on the top of the hour between 6am & 7pm, on demand between 7pm and 6am.
    Matt the Bridge Tender – Gilmerton Bridge.

    Great Bridge Bridge – Chesapeake, VA (M/M 12 on the ICWW) experienced an electrical failure. The bridge is currently doing 2 manual bridge openings daily at 6 AM & 7 PM until repairs are made. There is NO estimated time of repair as yet.
    Matt the Bridge Tender – Gilmerton Bridge

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  • Marine Thefts on Rise

    Thefts are being reported all along the Florida coast and Keys, so extra caution and preparation to protect your equipment is required.

    NEWS From BoatUS

    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria VA 22304

    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864,

    BoatUS Alert: Crime Rings Stealing Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Garmin Electronics

    7 tips to slow down thieves READ MORE!

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 21, 2017 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) said today crime rings responsible for stealing boats, Yamaha outboard engines, Garmin electronics, and other expensive navigation units along the East Coast’s I-95 corridor have moved across the country. Largely striking boat dealerships and boat-storage facilities, the thieves are getting the attention of a new intelligence working group made up of local, state and federal law enforcement officials as well as certified marine investigators who urge recreational boaters to be vigilant.

    One Virginia marina recently reported six 600-pound engines stolen, with dealerships in upstate New York and Texas hit in similar fashion, according to a June 2 report in Soundings Trade Only Today. Working-group member Daniel Rutherford, claims director for Maritime Program Group, a leading marina and boatyard specialty insurance program company said, “They are professional. They know what they are doing and get in and out quickly leaving very little damage.”

    What can boat owners and boating facilities do to prevent thefts? It’s hard to stop a determined thief, but you can reduce your chances of being targeted. BoatUS offers seven tips:

    Take a look at your boat storage area. Is it lit at night? Does it have motion-operated lighting or audible alarms? How difficult is it to gain entry? Is there one or multiple ways to enter? Does it have an effective, fully operating video-surveillance system? Does the storage facility have signage advising that license plates are being recorded and property is under 24-hour surveillance?
    Slow a thief down. Are helm electronics locked behind a solid instrument cover? Use tamper-resistant fasteners for mounting electronics and outboard locking devices. Using a special nut with an engine-mounting bolt that requires a special key can help.
    Make stealing expensive electronics less appealing by engraving and posting a warning (this goes for the outboard, too). Create and keep at home an engine and electronics inventory list that includes manufacturer and serial number, and take plenty of pictures – including the boat.
    Be wary of suspicious questions. In most of the boat dealership theft cases, a suspect posed as a boat shopper on the day before the theft occurred. For boat owners, loose lips sink ships. Boaters should remain cautious to questions from strangers wanting to know more about access. Get to know your dockside neighbors so you can more readily recognize suspicious activity and people who don’t belong.
    Consider adding a boat tracking device that can sound an early alarm if something’s amiss.
    Yamaha outboard engine owners may want to investigate Yamaha Customer Outboard Protection, or Y-COP. Y-COP is available with the manufacturer’s Command Link (CL) and Command Link Plus (CLP) systems.
    Help get the word out. If you are a victim of theft, ask your local law enforcement to share the information on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a computerized database of documented criminal-justice information available to virtually every law-enforcement agency in the U.S. or add to state crime-tracking databases.

  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Party, Kaminski House Museum, August 21, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403

    VHF 16 & 68   Located on the Sampit River, Harborwalk Marina is only a boardwalk away from Georgetown's Historic District, great food, shopping, etc. A safe harbor from bad weather and located in calm
    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Kaminski House Museum is located on Front Street in Historic Georgetown, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, making a visit to this “stroll-worthy community” for the Museum’s Solar Eclipse Party an absolute must.

    Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
    The Kaminski House Museum is directly in the Path of Totality for the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 from 1pm to 4pm. We will be having a special viewing and streaming of the NASA Coverage of the eclipse on the lawn of the museum. We will be serving cold beverages and DJ Jeff Benton will be on hand to play songs such as Moon Dance, Solar Eclipse of the Heart and Moon Shadow. So on Monday, August 21, It’s All Happening on the Lawn! For more details call 843-546-7706 or visit our website at

    Thanks in advance,
    Aaliyah Rice
    Kaminski House Museum Intern

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  • LNM: Bogue Inlet Buoys Re-established, AICW Statute Mile 227

    Bogue Inlet buoys were removed in May of 2017 and have now reset. Note that the Nav Aids affected are in the Inlet proper and not Bogue Inlet/AICW intersection which has been a shoaling Problem Stretch for years.


    The new Bogue Inlet aids to navigation system has been reestablished and mariners are advised to consult Commander Coast Guard Fifth District Broadcast Notice to Mariners BNM 403-17 or contact Sector North Carolina Command Center (910) 343-2200 for additional guidance. Currently Bogue Inlet Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 29495) no longer marks safe passage for mariners and Bogue Inlet Buoy 1 (LLNR 29497) an unlighted green can buoy, has been established in approximate position 34-38-02.867N 077-06-13.528W. Bogue Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 29500) has been reestablished in approximate position 34-38-02.867N 077-06-13.528W to mark the entrance to Bogue Inlet. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting this newly marked entrance to Bogue Inlet. Chart 11541 25/17

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  • Okeechobee Update by Greg Allard

    Our thanks to regular contributor and experienced cruiser, Greg Allard, for this log and photos of his recent west to east crossing of Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Waterway.

    Okeechobee Update – June 19, 2017

    The water levels in Lake Okeechobee and the Waterway have been very low this spring, prompting an earlier request by the Corp of Engineers to avoid using the waterway if possible.
    Recent rains have restored the water level to some extent, and boats are using the Okeechobee waterway. All of the locks are fully operational, with no reduced operating schedule.
    Here is a report based on our crossing of the lake on Sunday, June 18, 2017; we crossed from east to west. READ MORE!

    The latest Corp of Engineers report (on 6/17) showed the lake level for Route 1 was 5.93 feet. Route 1 is the deeper, more preferable route across. It runs from Clewiston (in the SW corner of the lake) to the Port Mayaca lock on the eastern shore.

    Here is a link to the Corp of Engineers site, which gives the daily report of lake levels:

    This aid to navigation shows that the lake level is quite a bit lower than its “highest”, based on the markings on the steel beam. An osprey sits on the marker.

    Our boat has a 4’7” draft. With our carefully calibrated depth finders (3 of them), adjusted for their mounting positions in the hull, during our entire crossing the actual depth of the water from the western side of the Port Mayaca lock to Clewiston was never less than 6.6 feet. (Remember, the report for Route 1 indicated 5.93’) The shallowest section was, as expected, in the zig-zag channel which runs between Clewiston, and ends at green marker #7 – (which is at the north-eastern end of the zig-zag channel, out in the deeper portion of the lake.)

    Two days earlier, another boat, with a 4’8” draft, and a careful observer aboard, noted that the shallowest water along the same route was 6.25 feet; the Corp of Engineers report for that day was 5.78 for Route 1.

    You can used these reports, in combination with the latest Corp of Engineers report of lake depth, to
    help you evaluate whether you have sufficient water to cross. Remember, these reported depths are
    along the exact route which those boats took; if your position differs even a little, your depths readings may differ.

    There has been some discussion on this site about an obstruction in the marked entry/exit channel between the western end of the Port Mayaca lock and the lake. I questioned the lock master at Port Mayaca, and he advised that we should “keep close to the the green markers.” We stayed within 50-75 feet of the greens, and the shallowest water we observed was 7 feet.

    It is critical to stay within the marked channel, especially in the Clewiston channel, which is unforgiving.
    It is not mud, it is not sand, it is rock. It’s the same for the channel from the lake into the Port Mayaca lock… all rock.

    We have used the Okeechobee for many years, and this year the low lake levels revealed what is along side the channel. Those rocks are also on the bottom.

    Missing Marker

    Since we were traveling generally west-bound in the waterway, this was our view of “G7” which is the first marker for west-bound boats at the start of the Clewiston zig-zag channel. This marker is at the NE end of that cut, and normally there would be a green day board facing north-east. That marker is missing from the structure. This can make the west-bound approach deceptive, since there are other structures and aids to navigation in the area. The other green day board is in place (upper right corner of structure) and visible if you are coming towards this structure, generally eastbound from Clewiston.

    Finally, with the lake in such a shallow condition, it is more important than ever that you cross the lake when it is calm. Usually that means early in the morning, when you can depart from either Indiantown marina (if you are westbound) or, if you are eastbound, plan to depart from either Clewiston (Roland Martin marina) or from the docks at Moore Haven. It is surprising how rough it gets in Lake Okeechobee, even in relatively light winds. Here’s the problem: if the winds produce 2-3′ waves in the lake, that gives you 2-3’ less water under your keel. In shallow conditions you could easily bottom-out. If winds are coming from north through east, the problem develops in the SW corner of the lake….right in the Clewiston cut. If the winds are from the north through southwest or even the south, the shallow channel from the lake into Port Mayaca lock can become a problem.

  • Dockage Discounts at Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    This generous dockage discount from Old Port Cove Marina is open to AGLCA members, as well as BoatUS members. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Welcome to Summer Loopers! The staff at Old Port Cove Marina are ready to WELCOME you in with a smile, a 15% transient dockage discount and a bottle of lovely Seaglass Wine! Because “Wine Tastes Better on a Boat” don’t ya know! If you’re headed for the Islands, doing the Loop or just in the area, we’d love to have you stay with us. Our restaurant is open 7 days, we have Happy Hour daily and live music twice a week. Your peers have rated us 5 stars so you know you’ll have a great time here. Plan to join us won’t you? For reservations, click this link or call us. 561-626-1760.
    Wishing you safe travels. See you soon!
    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

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  • Hurricane Preparation Course, July 15, 2017, Washington, NC on the Pamlico River

    Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0

    Pamlico Sail & Power Squadron invites the public to attend a very informative Hurricane Preparation Course taught by qualified instructors. Registration deadline is July 10th. Washington City Docks is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and well worth the lovely voyage up the Pamlico River.

    Hurricane & Boats Seminar.2017


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  • Free Haul-Out and 7-Day Paint Guarantee, City Boatyard, Wando River, Charleston, SC

    Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water.  The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay.  The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast.  These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.

    The Charleston City Boatyard, a subsidiary of Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is found on the northern reaches of the Wando River north of red marker #40.



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