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    • Herald Tribune, Market Snapshot: Coral Shores, Bradenton, FL

      Whether or not you are interested in purchasing property in the West Florida Gulf area, these Market Snapshots by the Herald Tribune make for interesting reading. There are several Snapshots in this single link. Coral Shores Bradenton connects to northern Sarasota Bay east of Longboat Pass. Cruisers Net is not associated with any realty concern.

      Market snapshot: Coral Shores, Bradenton


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

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    • Bahamas Chatter: Salt Cay Airport (TCI) Closed

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Bahamas Chatter is produced by Explorer Chartbooks, A CRUISERS NET PARTNER, which has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

      Bahamas Chatter: Salt Cay Airport (TCI) Closed

      Salt Cay Airport (TCI) Closed

      Posted: 24 Aug 2019 07:18 AM PDT

      Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Aug 2, 2019. InterCaribbean Airways wishes to advise travelers to and from Salt Cay of the closure of the airport for approx. 90 days effective from August 19th and ending on 17 November 2019.

      During this period the Turks & Caicos Airport Authority is undertaking runway repairs and renovation requiring the closure of aircraft traffic. Based on the repairs timeline it is expected the work is to be concluded re-open of November 18, 2019.

      There is a ferry service that is available for travel between Grand Turk and Salt Cay to enable sea access to the island.

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    • NOAA, Tropical Storm Updates: Dorian

      By clicking on the map below, the National Hurricane Center image will automatically open to the latest NHC update. Likewise this posting will be updated regularly with local area condition reports.


      8/25/19 Tropical Storm Dorian forms; new tropical depression could become hurricane, forecasters say

      8/25/19 New Tropical System Taking Shape in Central Atlantic
      The Weather Channel

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    • FWC: Lionfish: From Harvest to Table

      How can something so ugly taste so good? Have you tried lionfish?

      FWC Lionfish: From Harvest to Table
      Check out this new video by Voca Films for FWC’s Lionfish Control Team! This video highlights the process by which divers bring lionfish from sea to table. There are full length and 60 second versions of this video available on FWC’s YouTube and Vimeo channels through the links below:



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      Please feel free to share this video and help spread the word about lionfish!

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    • LNM: Coast Guard’s Top 5 Recommended Communication Devices

      Good advice from the folks who know best!

      Multimedia Release 

      U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
      Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
      Office: (757) 398-6272
      After Hours: (757) 434-7712
      5th District online newsroom

      Coast Guard’s top 5 recommended communication devices to take with you underway  

      Editor’s Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.

      Going out on the water can be dangerous, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. If you do find yourself in trouble, being able to communicate that you need help can be a lifesaver—literally!

      Here are the top five items the Coast Guard recommends you take with you on your boat so you can call for help if you need it.

      1. VHF-FM marine radio: It’s the most versatile piece of comms equipment you can have! If you find yourself in distress, calling for help on the radio not only alerts the Coast Guard, but it also alerts all other vessels in your surrounding area who may be able to assist you. If you find yourself in distress, calling for help on the radio not only alerts the Coast Guard, but it also alerts all other vessels in your surrounding area who may be able to assist you. In addition to being able to call for help, it also allows you to receive important weather information, safety updates, and call bridges to request openings.

      Seaman Christian Green, of Station Manasquan Inlet, made a radio call during training operations aboard a 47' Motor Lifeboat, while Petty Officer 3rd Class Vaugh Yarnall looks on, February 24, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau.

      2. Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon: They let us know where you are via satellite!Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons can also tell the Coast Guard who the beacon is registered to and how to contact you! Register your beacon and verify your information here.

      BALTIMORE - Seaman Ashleigh Wilson, a boatcrew member at Aids to Navigation Team Baltimore, holds a personal emergency position indicating radio beacon on a pier located in Curtis Bay, Md., Dec. 9, 2010. Crewmembers at ANT Baltimore carry PEPIRBs while servicing aids throughout the upper Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell.

      3. Air horn, whistle, or other approved sound-producing device: Sound producing devices work for day and night emergencies. The good thing about sound distress signals is that they’re good during any time of the day. Just like on a car or bicycle, boaters should always carry a sound signal to get the attention of other people on the area. For more information, click here.

      Coast Guard Seaman Samantha Randall, 20, of Coast Guard Station King's Point in King's Point, N.Y., displays a signal whistle and mirror required to be carried by U.S. Coast Guardsmen who are underway April 15, 2009. The Coast Guard strongly urges mariners to be prepared in case of emergencies and to bring survival equipment such as signalling and sound devices, a personal Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), cell phone, radio and lifejackets while underway to increase chances of survival in the event something goes wrong. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Barbara L. Patton)

      4. Visual distress signals: To pyro or not to pyro? Nine of the sixteen internationally recognized distress signals are visual distress signals. Three are three pyrotechnic distress signals, and the other six are non-pyrotechnics. While visual distress signals can be extremely helpful when operating in a well-populated area, they should not be relied on as your only method of communicating distress. If you need to use a pyrotechnic distress signal, be sure to point the pyrotechnics in a safe direction, away from yourself and other people.

      This is a graphic of the international distress signals found in the Aug. 2014 edition of the Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations. The graphic can be found in the handbook on page 106. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic)

      5. Cell phone: Not a primary, but a good back-up. While not reliable enough to be used on its own as an on-water communication device, it’s a good back-up in case your radio isn’t functional, you don’t have a radio, or you don’t know how to use one. The Coast Guard recommends mariners download the official Coast Guard Boating Safety App. One of the many features of the app allows mariners to place an emergency call to the U.S. Coast Guard or 911, and provides you with your current location to provide to emergency personnel over the phone.

      A Coast Guard member displays the home screen of the Coast Guard boating safety app on Aug. 9, 2019, in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Coast Guard app is available for free on every app store, and one feature of the app allows mariners to place an emergency call to the U.S. Coast Guard or 911 while providing the user with their current latitude and longitude to provide to emergency personnel over the phone. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Kearney)


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      1. Glenn Tuttle -  August 25, 2019 - 8:05 am

        Being the Net Manager of International Boat Watch Network (, as well as the Net Manager of the Seven Seas Cruising association's HF Radio Service KPK, I am amazed the Garmin In-Reach nor the SPOT, both using satellite tracking technology, is not mentioned where a cell phone is. I respectfully think the USCG should re-visit their recommendations on the Top 5 Communications Devices.

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    • Alligator August/September Special, Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438,

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

      Alligator August/September $99 Special:
      Book the the Mermaid, Keys or Managers Cottage for a minimum of 3 nights and stay from tonight up to August 30th check out and starting again September 2nd up to September 14th check out for a deeeeeep discount of $99 per nightplus taxes/cleaning fees.
      Offer is good for new reservations ONLY.
      Send a Request to book now!
      Florida is the alligator hunting capital of the world!
      Florida holds an alligator permit lottery for Florida residents as well as people from out of state. This helps control Florida’s alligator population.
      The yearly alligator hunting season here runs from Aug. 15 – Nov. 1 each. If you are interested to try hunting some alligators, click here for more info!
      Now that the kids are away, it’s time for a getaway! Our off season has started, August 16th until December 15th, so now you can enjoy a Florida Keys vacation for as low as $175 per night or get away now for our Aug/Sept Special deeeeeep discount of $99 per night. Staying during our low season also gives you the pleasure of avoiding the summer crowds, plus, right now, most things in the Keys costs less such as rentals, tickets, etc.
      Here are our available dates and cottages for the next three months:
      Cottage rental includes unlimited use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel and fishing gear at no extra cost.
      We also offer activities  such as ocean side sail and snorkel charters aboard a pirate shipbayside sunset cruisesailing lessonskayak eco-tourssailboat rentals and captained charters.
      Visit our website and send us a Request to Book! You can also call or text our reservation specialist at 305-451-3438 almost any time day or night!
      Win Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club
      To our past, present, and future guests/friends, get a chance to come back and vacation at KLSC without paying anything by sending us pictures of your stay here! Win our 8th Annual KLSC Photo Contest and get a free three-night stay! Check here for details.
      Got a talent for video making? Enter our 8th Annual KLSC Video Contest and get a chance to win a free five-night stay! Check here for details.
      We at Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages would love to see all of you back again for another fun-filled and relaxing Florida Keys vacation!
      Reservations is standing by @ or call 1-305-451-3438
      Thank you and see y’all in the Florida Keys!
      Follow Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages on Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube,
      Learn ASA Certified Sailing at American Sailing Academy. Call us at 305-587-3205.
      Enjoy a Snorkel or Sunset Cruise both bay side and ocean side as well as boat rentals from 22 foot to 68 foot. at Morning Star Sailing Charters. Call us at 305-451-7057.
      South Dade Marina, Wet and Dry Slips Available. Call 305-247-8730
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 305-451-3438 | 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo Florida |

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    • Hampton ICW Snowbird Rendezvous, October 17-20, Hampton Public Piers, Hampton, VA

      Come join fellow cruisers for three fantastic days of education and camaraderie at the 2019 Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous! Hampton waterfront is west of the Waterway, c. 9 nautical miles north of Mile Zero.

      Hampton ICW Snowbird Rendezvous

      October 17-20, 2019

      –Enjoy cruising related seminars, great food, entertainment, and more–

      The very popular and successful “Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous” is returning to Hampton, VA, after a year’s hiatus. This rendezvous draws cruisers from across the North East, Mid-Atlantic and eastern Canada for four days of social functions and ICW cruising-related educational seminars. It is the place to meet, socialize, learn about cruising the ICW and buddy boat with fellow ICW travelers. This event, sponsored by the City of Hampton, is a cruiser organized and run event.

      Learn the secrets of traveling the Intracoastal Waterway from Tom Hale (SAIL Magazine, and co-leader of the SAIL Rally down the ICW in ’14 and ’15, veteran of 11 ICW transits.) and Jody Argo Schroath of Chesapeake Bay Media (Over 20 ICW transits) who has written two guide books on the ICW including a mile by mile guide to the ICW. Ed Tillett, Managing Editor of Waterway Guide will cover the features and benefits on the towns and villages along the way, and the latest up to date information on the popular winter destinations including Stuart, Marathon and Fort Myers. Jody and Tom are recognized as ICW experts and know the joys and the pitfalls of the 1200-mile trek south to Florida and the Bahamas for the winter.

      We asked Bob and Ann Sherer (aka Bob423) to join us again this year, however, he plans to be far ahead of the crowd updating his tracks latest tracks, routes and checking conditions along the ICW. Bob will be reporting back his observations and his reports will be conveyed to the attendees in the Session ICW 401.

      Additional speakers include:

      • Chris Parker and “Stormy” Stickle who have been serving the Cruising Community for over 15 years, helping cruisers move up and down the US East Coast and on offshore passages with economical daily forecasts and unparalleled coverage of tropical weather.
      • Max Parker, Zimmerman Marine speaking on Marine Corrosion
      • Lew Grimm, Deltaville Boatyard om Solar Integration.
      • Robert Peake, The history and operation of the Great Dismal Swamp

      Discounted dockage will be provided $1.50 per foot at the Hampton Public Piers for seminar attendees. The Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous is sponsored in part by the Downtown Hampton Development Partnership and Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau.

      Contact: Cyndi Masterstaff, 757-727-1271

      Charlene Clark, 757-647-1437

      Tom Hale, 410-212-7898

      Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hampton Public Piers

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    • Now Sea Recovery Certified, Boat Shows, Kadey Krogen Hull Paint, Bennett Brothers Yachts and Cape Fear Marina, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear River

      Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers Yachts

      Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is located on the eastern banks of the northeast Cape Fear River, just north of the Isabel Holmes – Highway 133 bascule bridge, and only a few steps from the downtown Wilmington waterfront.

      Click here for Now Sea Recovery Certified, Boat Shows, Kadey Krogen Hull Paint

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    • NOAA National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Likely for Southeast Florida

      The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the system just east of Florida’s coast has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression.

      Hurricane center: Tropical depression likely as storm approaches Florida; second system also on its way
      Sun Sentinel

      National Hurricane Center – Click to Open for UPDATES!


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    • Volunteers Needed Tomorrow and Sunday, Vessel Removal, Dolphin Cove Marina, Charleston, SC

      Attention Charleston boaters! Here’s a chance to put action to your words. Chip in and help with these vessel efforts!

      Wounded Nature – Working Veterans could use your help Saturday (8/24) and Sunday (8/25) morning from 8 am – 11 am. Slight chance of rain in the morning. This would be a good thing and keep things cool as we work.

      So help us prepare these boats for burial and send their boat spirits off to that big boat heaven in the sky. I think I heard Mary Williamson say something about the spiritual goodness in doing this during the last debate.

      We will be disassembling boats at Dolphin Cove Marina, 2079 Austin Avenue, Charleston, SC. We have some work that needs to be done for all abilities.

      Rudy Socha
      Wounded Nature – Working Veterans

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