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  • AICW Bridge Etiquette Discussion

    There has been a LIVELY discussion on AICW Bridge Etiquette on the GL (Great Loop) mail list during early March, 2012. There’s some really good advice here, not only for the Waterway, but for all bridge navigation in general. I have copied much of this discussion, but it’s too lengthy to post here. Click the link below to peruse all this good info!


  • Thoughts on the Best Boat Dog Breeds

    There has been an interesting discussion taking place on the American Great Loop Cruising Association’s (AGLCA) mailing list as of early March, 2012, as to what breed makes the best boating dog. I have copied much of this discussion, but it’s too lengthy to appear here on the SSECN Home Page. Click on the link below if this is a subject of interest to you.

    Click Here To View the “Thoughts on the Best Boat Dog Breeds” Article

  • GREAT Fuel Price Strategy in the Florida Keys

    Recently, my good friend and host at last fall’s MTOA Rendezvous in Chesapeake Bay, Captain Ken Chumley, arranged for a Florida fuel wholesaler to bring an entire truckload of diesel fuel to Marathon’s Boot Key Harbor. Here, he and a number of other MTOA members, took on 4,200 gallons of diesel, at a really good price! Another fellow cruiser chimed in, and said they had made arrangements with the same company for a truckload delivery to Duck Key, to the tune of about 900 gallons.
    Of course, for anyone to take advantage of this service, they will have to put together a group of fuel thirsty vessels, at a Florida Keys marina where a tanker truck can back close enough to the wet slips so that a hose can be easily snaked to the waiting boats.
    If you can overcome these hurtles, give Urbieta Oil at 305-884-0008 a call, and stand by to save a significant chunk of change!

  • Caution on Entrance to Lake Boca Raton Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1048

    Boca Raton Anchorage on the northeastern section of Lake Boca Raton, east of flashing daybeacon #65, but, as Capt. Smith discovered, the preferred entrance channel seems to be on the north side of marker #65.

    Be careful entering this anchorage! We anchored here last night (2/28/12) and it is tricky to get into the anchorage. We entered just south of Marker 65 and almost went aground. The anchorage was crowded but everyone entered North of marker 65. We left the anchorage this morning North of the marker and had plenty of water. Nice anchorage It was crowded until dark with locals but we had a nice, quiet night.
    Steve and Regina Smith

    Good going on giving advice when entering Lake Boca. You can add that the depth is 6 plus all around the perimeter of the lake and the best depths is in the northeast end.
    Advice from a resident of Boca for 22 years.
    Harold Egor

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Boca Raton Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Boca Raton Anchorage

  • Cape Harbour Marina (near western mouth of Caloosahatchee River)

    Cape Harbour is indeed one of the best kept secrets on the Western Florida coastline. Yours truly, who has spent years personally research every marina (and anchorage) I could find on these waters never knew this marina was there until a fellow cruiser brought its existence to our collective attention.
    To access Cape Harbour Marina leave the Okeechobee Waterway/Caloosahatchee River at marker #92 and follow the marked channel into Glover Bight; break off to the northwest before reaching Tarpon Point Marina and follow canal through a LOCK into Cape Harbour’s well sheltered dockage basin.

    After talking with a number of long time Florida cruisers, I concluded this is the best kept secret on the West coast of Florida. Convenient, inexpensive dockage, low diesel prices, fun restaurants and shops right by the docks, and a very cooperative staff. Try it and you will like it. `I guarantee it.’
    Charles `Chuck’ Waygood

    Amazing place and the people are nice!

    The only disadvantage is the lock you must go through to get to the marina. We had to wait 40 minutes to get out of the marina when we were there last fall.
    James Angel

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Cape Harbour Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cape Harbour Marina

  • Changes to the Broadcasts of NOAA Weather Forecasts

    This Local Notice to Mariners explains the changes to the NOAA radio broadcasts zones and is too lengthy to post here. For details on the 24 new zones, please follow the link below.

    Effective Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 200 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) or 1800 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) of the National Hurricane Center will reconfigure its marine zones for the offshore waters in the Caribbean and SW North Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico. The existing nine (9) zones will be
    reconfigured into twenty-four (24) zones This greater number of zones will result in a number of improved products and services. For further information see:

  • An Appeal from Boat/US re LightSquared and GPS

    Join Today, enjoy better boating all year long.  Online Special - 25% Off*, Pay Only $19.00 For a Limited Time , Annual Domestic Dues $25.00....Annual International Dues $30.00, *Discount only appliesYou need not be a Boat/US member to respond to this appeal for comments on this important issue for all cruisers. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is proud to join with Boat?US in a appeal to the cruising community to let our collective voices be heard on this vital issue!

    February 24, 2012
    Dear Boat/U.S. Member:
    Last summer boaters sent a clear message to the Federal Communications Commission ‘“ `Don’t Mess with GPS!” As you may remember, a private company, LightSquared, received preliminary FCC approval to offer a new cellular broadband service. Tests showed this service could significantly interfere with GPS signals.

    Thanks to over 18,000 boaters who submitted comments, along with many other GPS users, the FCC required additional testing in the fall. (Thank you all for your help!) Last week, these tests revealed that the LightSquared’s network would interfere with GPS and that there are no practical fixes. As a result, the FCC has proposed to withdraw LightSquared’s approval.(

    The FCC has a new comment period (open to March 1) asking for the public’s opinion. Even if you wrote last summer, please take a few minutes now and write the FCC asking them to protect the GPS signal by saying `No’ to LightSquared’s current proposal. Given this company’s tenacity over the last year, we want to make sure that boaters’ needs are remembered as the FCC makes their final decision.

    Important points to make:
    How do you use GPS in your life ‘“ on the water, on land, or in the air?
    What would happen to your business/personal life if GPS became unavailable or unreliable?
    Wireless broadband service is important, but it should not come at the expense of GPS.
    All the studies show that LightSquared’s proposed network would cause interference and that there are no remedies.
    Tell FCC that you rely on them to protect the integrity of the GPS signal and that you support their recommendation to stop LightSquared’s current proposal

    You can submit comments directly to the FCC through their online comment form. (We regret we can’t streamline this process for you, but it is important enough we’re still asking for your help.) Here’s how:
    Click on this link for the FCC’s Electronic Comments Filing System (ECFS):
    Select `Proceeding Number 11-109.’ It should be near the top of the list.
    In the designated boxes, enter your name and mailing address.
    In the box that says `Type in or paste your brief comments,’ do so. Click `Continue’.
    A review page will load listing all of the information entered. If correct, click `Confirm.’
    If you have any trouble, you may contact the FCC ECFS Help desk at 202-418-0193 or email at

    Thank you for taking action to protect the integrity of the GPSsystem.

    Margaret Podlich
    President, BoatU.S.
    703-461-2878 x8363

    For an update on this and other government affairs topics please visit

  • Arcane Opening Procedure at the Moore Haven Railway Bridge (Okeechobee Waterway, St. M. 78.5)

    Click on Charlet Above to Open Chart View Page Centered on Moore Haven

    Wow, this sounds like something that might have taken place during my Dad’s cruising days in the early 1950’s! Note the VERY HELPFUL phone number provided by Captain Regina below, if you should find yourself in this same fix!
    Moore Haven is located north of Clewiston, FL, and is the gateway to the western 1/2 of the Okeechobee Waterway!

    Today our destination was Indiantown, eastbound across Lake Okeechobee, so we wanted to get an `earlier’ start at 8 a.m. We had spent the night at Moorehaven and as we went under the Moorehaven bridge, we noticed that the Moorehaven Railway Bridge was down. It’s supposed to be open unless a train is coming. Several of the cruising guides suggest sounding the horn for someone to open it. We tried that several times to no avail. Finally, we called the lockmaster at Ortona Lock for suggestions. He gave us the phone number of the CSX Dispatch in Clewiston. After a chuckle, the man at CSX we spoke with said they’d send someone in about 5 minutes to open the bridge ‘“ SO NO BRIDGETENDER ON DUTY???. After 30 minutes, a man in a pickup truck came and in 10-15 minutes the bridge was open.. So our early start wasn’t so early ‘“ we lost over an hour waiting for the bridge to open. Oh, one of the joys of cruising’¦’¦
    If you are crossing Lake O and have a questions or problems with a railway bridge, here is the number we were given for CSX Dispatch in Clewiston: 863-983-3163!
    Regina Smith

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Moore Haven

    There appears to be a lot of RR activity in Moore Haven lately. We came through on 2/16 and the RR bridge was down. There was a short train preparing to cross. A couple of men got off the train and walked back and forth across the bridge like they were inspecting it. The train finally crossed and we had to wait about 10 minutes to go through. I don’t know of any of RR bridges that have bridge tenders on duty.
    Susan Parker

  • Shad Fishing In the AICW/Waccamaw River, SC

    The legal season for shad gill net fishing runs from Nov 1 to Mar 1. Gill fishing is only allowed on Wednesdays,  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Fortunately for we cruisers, there’s only a few days remaining in the season. In the meantime, watch for these local fishermen and, as usual, give their small boats a very slow, no wake pass! As a kid, I helped my Dad and Grandad tend their gill nets in the Ocmulgee River in GA and we often fished well after dark.

    Helping a friend bring his new boat from Little River, SC to Charleston, SC, we were cruising the ICW on the Waccamaw River when we cam upon a man in a jon boat waving an orange PFD at us and motioning us away from a line of what we thought were crab trap markers. We went on around and a few miles later had much the same experience only the guy waved and pulled up to us and told us he had a net strung between two floats.
    We spent the night at a marina in Georgetown, SC and asked the staff about this. Apparently, there is a certain time of year when people are allowed to place nets across the river to catch shad. They cannot block more than one half the river and must be on duty the entire time to warn boaters away from their nets. Just FYI.

  • McCotters Marina Update (Feb. 2012) – off the AICW on Pamlico River, near Washington, NC

    McCotters Marina, Washington, NCThe year of 2011 was a real challenge for one of our favorite marinas along the central North Carolina coastline. In January (2011), a disastrous boat fire swept through part of McCotters Marina, destroying any number of vessels. Many of you subsequently participated in the Cruisers’ Recovery Fund sponsored jointly by the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net and Waterway Guide, to help bring relief to those whose boats were lost or heavily damaged. And, that fund raising effort was a RESOUNDING SUCCESS!
    Then, as mentioned below, in August, Hurricane Irene rained more destruction on this facility! Two of the remaining covered slips/boathouses were destroyed.
    Well, things have really looked up since then for this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!! Check out all the many improvements and recovery efforts described below, and then, PLEASE, whenever possible, patronize this facility. Captain Mark Henley, marina owner, and his fine staff will make you feel more than welcome!

    McCotters Marina Update
    February 2012
    McCotters Marina is better than ever! Even though 2011 presented some challenges for this North Carolina landmark our full service marina and boat yard is bouncing back stronger than ever.
    As many of you may know a boat fire in January spread to the docks, destroying the North Boat House that had stood watch over Broad Creek for over a half century. Then hurricane `Irene’ stormed through in August claiming the two remaining boat houses. These two events brought an end the `boat house era’ at McCotters.
    Through it all the McCotters Crew has continued to serve the boating community providing dockage, on-land storage, boat repair, maintenance, custom canvas and sails, sail repair, rigging, boat brokerage and a ships store.
    Going forward McCotters will be in the unique position of offering the regions most experienced repair and maintenance crew combined with new docks. We are excited to report that three of the four docks are already open and construction of the fourth dock is well under way with completion within weeks.
    The McCotters crew wishes to thank its many loyal customers for their continued support over the last year and invites boating friends old and new to come be a part of the rebirth going on at McCotters.
    New slips available on a first come first served basis. Come see us!
    Mark Henley

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For McCotters Marina

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