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    • Inspecting Fuel Tanks by Bill Parlatore

      The condition of your fuel tanks should be every captain’s concern. Our thanks to Bill Parlatore for this excellent article.

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      Inspecting Fuel Tanks

      It is a good idea to inspect your fuel tanks every so often. Keeping them dry and well secured is vital for toruble free cruising. It also helps to check other components that come in contact with the tanks. Having piece of mind is a good thing. 
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    • Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Bridge


      Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Bridge
      Crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 2.6, near the community of Chesapeake, VA
      Lift Bridge
      6 feet of closed vertical clearance, 142 feet of open vertical clearance
      Bridge tender: 757-271-1741
      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13

      Usually open unless a train is due

       

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Richard A Walker -  July 20, 2019 - 7:54 am

        They wouldn't answer 13 we called the 757-543-1996 and is disconnected no answer on other line.

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    • Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge


      Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge
      Crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 3.6, south of charted Paradise Creek
      Lift Bridge
      9 feet closed vertical clearance, 135 feet open vertical clearance
      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13
      Usually open unless a train is due

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    • Gilmerton Highway Bridge


      Gilmerton Highway Bridge
      Crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 5.8, south of flashing daybeacon #22
      Lift Bridge
      35 feet closed vertical clearance
      757-485-5488
      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13

      October 11, 2015
      The draw of the Gilmerton (US13/460) bridge, mile 5.8, in Chesapeake:
      (1) Shall open on signal at any time for commercial vessels carrying liquefied flammable gas or other hazardous materials.

      (2) From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays:

      (i) Need not open for the passage of recreational or commercial vessels that do not qualify under paragraph (d)(2)(ii) of this section.

      (ii) Need not open for commercial cargo vessels, including tugs, and tugs with tows, unless 2 hours advance notice has been given to the Gilmerton Bridge at (757) 485-5488.

      (3) Shall open on signal at all other times.

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    • I-64 High Rise Bridge


      I-64 High Rise Bridge
      Crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 7.1, south of unlighted can buoy #28, immediately north of the entrance to the Alternate AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Route
      Bascule
      65-feet closed vertical clearance
      Will not open, year round, Monday through Friday, except holidays between 6:00 and 9:00 AM and from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13
      Special Comment: Due to the unusual closed vertical clearance of 65-feet, most cruising craft will not have to worry with the restrictive schedule for this span

      NOTE: 12/12/2018: The bridge is currently under expansion construction for parallel lanes on the south side of the bridge. Changes in the channel layouts are to be expected. 

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    • Great Bridge Lock


      Great Bridge Lock
      Found at AICW North Carolina Virginia Cut Statute Mile 11.5
      Lock
      757-547-3311
      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13
      Opening Coordinate with Great Bridge Bridge (see following listing)

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Stein A. Holtbakk -  May 23, 2015 - 10:42 am

        I like you to know that the 24 hour docking is enforced in Great Bridge VA. I docked between the bridge and the lock 5/16/15 1100 hrs. At 1858 hrs on 5/17/15 I was told to get off the dock or receive a summon to appear in court for overstaying the 24 hr limit. I asked if I could stay until morning, but no way. It was just two boats docked at the time, so it was not a question of space.
        Stein A Holtbakk

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    • Great Bridge Bridge


      Great Bridge Bridge, Bus168
      Crosses the AICW North Carolina – Virginia Cut at Statute Mile 12.0
      Bascule
      8.5  feet closed vertical clearance
      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13
      Opens on the hour, year round, from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

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    • Centerville Turnpike Bridge


      Centerville Turnpike Bridge
      Crosses the AICW North Carolina – Virginia Cut at Statute Mile 15.2
      Swing
      3 feet of closed vertical clearance
      757-547-3631
      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13
      Will not open, year round, Monday through Friday, except holidays between 6:30 and 8:30 am and from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Year round, Monday thorugh Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, this span opens only on the hour and half-hour

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    • North Landing Bridge


      North Landing Bridge
      Crosses the AICW North Carolina – Virginia Cut at Statute Mile 20.2
      Swing
      3 feet closed vertical clearance
      757-482-3081

      VHF Hailing Frequency Channel 13
      Open on the hour and half-hour, year round, from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

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