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Archive For: EASTERN FLORIDA – All Cruising News

  • Announcement: All Eastern Florida Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Eastern Florida cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of EF cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Eastern Florida.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “EF Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 12 Eastern Florida geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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  • Diesel Fuel Availability on the St. Johns River, off the AICW


    Our thanks to Norman Mason for this survey of available sources of diesel fuel on the St. Johns River upstream of Jacksonville, FL.

    There is no diesel fuel available south [upstream] of Doctor’s Lake Marina on the St. John’s River, including at Monroe Bay Marina in Sanford. Waterway Guide’s 2018 Southern edition shows it available at several places.
    READ MORE!

    Trout Creek Marina near Palatka is accessible if you can get under a 17 foot fixed bridge. This is the listed height on the NOAA chart, however some resources say the clearance is 14 feet. This marina told us their credit card machine was not working and they would only accept cash.

    We did not check with Mandarin Holiday Marina, but it is just across the river from Doctor’s Lake.

    Georgetown Marina, at the north end of Lake George, told us their diesel system was destroyed by the hurricane. Not sure which one, but no indication it would change.

    St. John’s Marina South, north of Hontoon Island, told us their diesel pump was not working, with no indication it was going to be fixed anytime soon.

    Sanford Boat Works, which is south of Sanford, may have it available, but there was no answer when trying to contact them on a Saturday. Access to this facility is questionable for deeper draft cruising boats, according to several we talked to.

    Anyone cruising the St. John’s should know this, and be sure to fill at Doctor’s Lake Marina, before heading farther south.

    Norman Mason
    Peggy Sue, Monk 36
    California, MD

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Doctors Lake

  • Stiff Currents at San Pablo/Atlantic Boulevard Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 744.5, plus new comments

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    San Pablo/Atlantic Boulevard Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 744.5. Having seen the currents here for myself, I can tell you that Captain Ising isn’t kidding nor relaying inaccurate data. The water movement can be fierce!
    In recognition of that fact, we are establishing an SSECN Navigation Alert for these waters!

    We just passed through on 16 Sep 2012 at what was likely max ebb and barely made 1.0 kts SOG. Our boat under full power will do about 6.2 kts, so I estimate the current can get as high as 5+ kts. It was scary with boats ahead and astern wondering if we were going to make it.
    Duane Ising

    In all of Jacksonville that bridge has the strongest current first only to the Main Street bridge on the Saint Johns river In downtown Jacksonville. The travel under this bridge must scrutinized according to the tides as it is a truly powerful funneling of water through a narrow gap. Water flow can exceed 6 knots.
    Dave Bennett

    My boat is at Harbortown Marina right there at Atlantic Blvd and the ICW, and yea, I can’t go anywhere when she’s running strong. The current is just as dangerous two miles north where the ICW crosses the St.John’s River, stay well away from the jetty and watch your sideways set action.
    Keith Blankenship s/v Renasci

    We came through this bridge about the 13th of Nov. 2012 and it was horrible !! Outgoing tide and we had all we could do get through ‘“ my guess is that we were doing no more than 1 ‘“ 1.5 knts; plus the turbulence approaching and under the bridge was like a washing machine. This is an extremely dangerous situation and most expecially when you some idiot approching from the opposite direction with the current, can obviously see that you are having a major control problem and continues to enter the bridge.
    Pat Kenefick

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For San Pablo/Atlantic Blvd Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at San Pablo/Atlantic Boulevard Bridge

  • Looking for Crossing Buddy, Lake Worth to West End, Bahamas

    Betsy is responding to Bahamas Chatter: Warderwick Wells WiFi. Please reply via her email if you plan to cross in early June.

    Hello. Husband and I would like to cross from Lake Worth Inlet to West End on or around June 2, 2018. We are looking for a crossing buddy. We are in a 30′ Proline walk-around cutty cabin, with twin 250′ motors. Please contact me at betsyrosander@yahoo.com if u are interested.
    Betsy

  • An Inspiring Story: Endurance Paddle from Bimini to Lake Worth

    Enjoy this story from Southern Boating Magazine.

    Click Here for Crossing for a Cure
     
     
     
    Crossing for a Cure
     
    An endurance paddle from Bimini to Lake Worth will raise funds for
    Cystic Fibrosis.
     
    Crossing for a Cure began after Travis Suit’s daughter Piper was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Piper was just four years old at the time and Suit felt helpless, but like any father, he knew he had to make the best of it for Piper. After some tears and extensive research, Suit learned of the incredible health benefits the ocean has on those living with the disease… and so the first Crossing for the Cure was born.
     
     
  • April 17th: Empty Pockets, Brews N’ Ques at Sandpiper Cove Restaurant, Old Port Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove Holdings

    Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant and Bar is a premier restaurant at Old Port Cove Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    CLICK HERE FOR WELCOME TO APRIL, EMPTY POCKETS, BREWS N' QUES!
    portrait of stylish woman in retro clothing and sunglasses with comic style wow sign isolated on blue
    WELCOME TO APRIL!
    Nearly 450 Members and Guests enjoyed a delightful Buffet on Easter Sunday. Everyone raved about the food and I have to say Chef Joe and the kitchen staff along with all the servers and managers did a great job with every single detail for the day. All reservations were spaced out just right and seating went very smooth. From me to you and the entire staff we want to say a bigTHANK YOU for dining with us! It was a pleasure serving you.
    The next BIG EVENT event will be on Mother’s Day. While we are not expecting quite that many reservations, we will be very busy so PLEASE call our lovely Hostesses today to make your reservations.
    If I can be of service, please do not hesitate to stop by and see me. If you are leaving soon for the summer months, have a great time! We’ll all see you back here in the fall with a full season event calendar for you to enjoy!
    All the best, Claudia Cook, General Manager & Team
     
     
    Take the Sting Out of Tax Day!
     
    Join your friends on Tuesday, April 17th and let us help you put the smile back on your face!
     
    ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR,
    LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS,
    LIVE MUSIC IN THE SAND BAR
     
    See you on the 17th!
     
     
    THE FINAL BREWS N’ QUES OF THE SEASON!
     
    Cooking Caja China Style has been very popular this season! Don’t miss the last one Sunday, April 22nd.
     
    Happy Hour 3-7pm
    Buffet Opens 5pm
    Bar Bites Menu Also Available
     
    Enjoy the Steel Drum sounds performed by
    Wilson – a huge fan favorite!
     
     
    ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYERS!
    Wednesday, APRIL 25th is ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY! Why not show your appreciation by treating your office staff to a lovely waterfront lunch? Sandpiper’s is open at 11:00 am. We’d be happy to reserve a special table just for you and your staff.
    561-626-2280
     
    Mother’s Day Reservations Are Now Available – Please Call Today!
     
    SEE YOU AT THE COVE !
     
    Sue Morgan, Sr. Marketing Director | Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant & Bar North Palm Beach, FL 33408

     

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Excellent Explanation of Florida Restrictive Speed Zones, plus comments

    We think you will appreciate the new comments from Dan, Glenn and Bill on Jim Healy’s article on wake originally posted by Claiborne in 2011.

    Jim Healy

    The very informative message below is copied from the Trawlers and Trawlering Mail List. This free list is an excellent adjunct to Cruisers’ Net, and we highly recommend it. Thanks to Captain Jim Healy for giving one of the best and most thorough descriptions of restrictive speed zones I have ever seen!

    Florida does by far the best job of identifying speed zones as any other US State. By far. (Canada is best of all, but I digress.) Florida Law defines three categories of marine speed limits: 1) “Idle Speed, No Wake,” 2) “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” and 3) “Normal, Safe Operation.” READ MORE!

    There are several variations of “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake:” everything from 25MPH nights, 30MPH days, to date restrictions, etc. Many, many “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” signs have small print that says “channel exempted” or “channel included.” Or, within 300 feet of the west (or) east shore.” Or, “within 300 feet of the bridge.” Or, effective dates. Take a pair of binoculars and make sure you read the small print. That small print can save you travel hours and personal anxiety.
    In almost all Manatee areas (narrow channels with shallow waters where the animals are likely to be in the deeper channel areas), you will see long stretches of “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake.” One that’s about 6 miles long runs from below New Smyrna Beach to Mosquite Lagoon. The good news is, there are actually relatively few “Idle Speed, No Wake” zones, and Florida in general does not abuse them. Remember, the best way to get compliance is when people
    generally agree that the rules are “right.” If people comply because it’s the right thing to do, enforcement is not required. So, “Idle Speed, No Wake” zones
    in Florida are generally short, and virtually always surround narrow bridges and boat ramp launch areas.
    Florida State Law defines “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” as “fully settled in the water,” not making a wake that would cause harm to other nearby boaters, and minimum wake. For trawlers that travel at hull speeds of 7.5 kts, “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” is essentially not much different from your normal speed. All I do is back off 200-250 rpm or so to make sure my wake doesn’t break at the crests. That’s where I’m fully compliant with the law.
    NOTE: This set of distinctions is NOT well understood, even by other boaters, so from time to time, people will yell at you. I always wave back in friendship.
    One such area is the bascule bridge tender at the Haulover Canal. Another is the area of Peck Lake, just above Hobe Sound (Jupiter Island). And yet another is at the Royal Palm bridge in Palm Beach County. They’ll yell at you that you’re in a “No Wake” zone. Not true; the zones are clearly marked “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake.” When you remind them of that (high power, channel 13 or 16, so the whole world hears), they go quiet, or mumble and mutter. But, these areas are heavily patrolled, especially on weekends, and none of the police agencies (FWC, sheriff, metro) will quibble with you. In fact, they often operate (non emergency mode) with wakes larger than your own. We’ve never been stopped, and we always wave and get friendly waves back. Good judgement is important, too, since some min wake areas are more sensitive than others.
    The pearl is, Florida “Slow Speed” zones are designed to protect Manatees by controlling heavy, powerful sportfish and sea-ray types that are fast, selfish and have exposed wheels; Manatee can easily avoid trawlers and slow cruisers. And of course, sail boats. So except for the immediate area of South Florida between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, you will rarely be inconvenienced by “No Wake” zones.
    A good guide in South Florida is to watch what the local 12 – 18 foot day boaters are doing. They are a useful indicator in unfamiliar territory. If they’re ripping along, you’re OK. If they’re dawdling along, check the signage.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    Currently at Franklin Lock, Alva, FL, southbound

    What you write makes sense, but unfortunately law enforcement does not always use common sense. I have been stopped in my sailboat in a `Slow Speed, Minimum Wake’ zone while creating at most a 6-inch wave which I produce at my usual cruising speed. The most infuriating thing was that moments before I was pulled over I was seriously waked by a whole string of powerboats going full tilt through the same area. Luckily, when I angrily confronted the police officer with this information he let me go. His take was that even on a sailboat throwing almost no wake we must slow down significantly in these zones.
    John Kettlewell

    I have to disagree with Jim. Here on the West Coast you better be going slower than 7.5 kts in a min wake zone. I have personally asked three FWC law enforcement officers how they define min wake and none gave me an answer other than go very slow. They did not have any definition and most just shrugged their shoulders. Even the definition you quote just says `minimum wake’ at the end. I usually slow down to 1300 RPM or around 4 knots. Even at that speed I have had sheriffs boats pull along side of me and told to go slower. At anything over 5knts on the West Coast, you’ll get a ticket.
    Dick Goldfarb

  • NAV ALERT: Destroyed ICW Daybeacon 54, Biscayne Creek, AICW Statute Mile 1077


    This destroyed daybeacon 54 marks the west side of the northern entrance into Biscayne Creek.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – DUMFOUNDLING BAY: Hazard to Navigation.
    Dumfoundling Bay Daybeacon 54 (LLNR 47725) reported destroyed with wreckage partially submerged. Chart 11467 LNM 15/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Biscayne Creek

  • LNM: Shoaling Reported, Matanzas River, north of Matanzas Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 792


    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Shoaling
    Shoaling is protruding into the channel approximately 100 yards from the east to the west between Matanzas River Buoy 81A (LLNR 39535) and Matanzas River Buoy 81C (LLNR 39539). Aids have been relocated and re-established to shift the channel to the west to mark 8 feet at MLW.
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81A (LLNR 39535) relocated to position 29-43-05.621N / 081-14-47.006W
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81B (LLNR 39537) relocated to position 29-42-58.118N / 081-14-49.107W
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81C (LLNR 39539) re-established and relocated to position 29-42-52.526N / 081-14-45.797W
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81D (LLNR 39540) remains temporarily discontinued (LNM 16/17)
    Chart 11485 LNM 15/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Buoy 81A

  • NAV ALERT: Destroyed ICW Daybeaon 52, Crescent Beach, FL AICW Statute Mile 785, 4/12/2018


    This destroyed daybeacon is on the southwest side of the channel in Crescent Beach.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
    Matanzas River Daybeacon 52 (LLNR 39380) is reported destroyed and leaning 1ft above the waterline.
    Chart 11485 LNM 15/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Crescent Beach

  • NAV ALERT: Destroyed ICW Daybeacon 57, Vilano Beach, FL, AICW Statute Mile 776, 4/12/2018


    This destroyed daybeacon 57 is on the east side of the channel just north of the entrance into Camachee Cove Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – TOLOMATO RIVER: Hazard to Navigation.
    Tolomato River Daybeacon 57 (LLNR 38840) is destroyed. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q G characteristics. Chart 11489 LNM 15/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 776

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS
  • April Events & Live Music to Enjoy Waterside, Sandpiper Cove Restaurant, Old Port Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove Holdings

    Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant and Bar is a premier restaurant at Old Port Cove Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    CLICK HERE FOR APRIL EVENTS AT SANDPIPER COVE!
    portrait of stylish woman in retro clothing and sunglasses with comic style wow sign isolated on blue
    WELCOME TO APRIL!
    Nearly 450 Members and Guests enjoyed a delightful Buffet on Easter Sunday. Everyone raved about the food and I have to say Chef Joe and the kitchen staff along with all the servers and managers did a great job with every single detail for the day. All reservations were spaced out just right and seating went very smooth. From me to you and the entire staff we want to say a bigTHANK YOU for dining with us! It was a pleasure serving you.
    The next BIG EVENT event will be on Mother’s Day. While we are not expecting quite that many reservations, we will be very busy so PLEASE call our lovely Hostesses today to make your reservations.
    If I can be of service, please do not hesitate to stop by and see me. If you are leaving soon for the summer months, have a great time! We’ll all see you back here in the fall with a full season event calendar for you to enjoy!
    All the best, Claudia Cook, General Manager & Team
     
     
    Take the Sting Out of Tax Day!
     
    Join your friends on Tuesday, March 17th and let us help you put the smile back on your face!
     
    ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR,
    LUNCH & DINNER SPECIALS,
    LIVE MUSIC IN THE SAND BAR
     
    See you on the 17th!
     
     
    THE FINAL BREWS N’ QUES OF THE SEASON!
     
    Cooking Caja China Style has been very popular this season! Don’t miss the last one Sunday, April 22nd.
     
    Happy Hour 3-7pm
    Buffet Opens 5pm
    Bar Bites Menu Also Available
     
    Enjoy the Steel Drum sounds performed by
    Wilson – a huge fan favorite!
     
     
    ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYERS!
    Wednesday, APRIL 25th is ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY! Why not show your appreciation by treating your office staff to a lovely waterfront lunch? Sandpiper’s is open at 11:00 am. We’d be happy to reserve a special table just for you and your staff.
    561-626-2280
     
    Mother’s Day Reservations Are Now Available – Please Call Today!
     
    SEE YOU AT THE COVE !
     
    Sue Morgan, Sr. Marketing Director | Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant & Bar North Palm Beach, FL 33408

     

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • NAV ALERT: Non-ICW Daybeacon 3 Destroyed, AICW Statute Mile 966, 4/5/2018


    This non-ICW daybeacon 3 is east of the Waterway on the north side of the cove channel and marks the northward turn into Causeway Marina, location of an upcoming MTOA Rendezvous.

    FLORIDA – AICW- PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FABER COVER: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation.
    Private aid Faber Cove Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 45135) is reported destroyed. The remains of the wreckage is leaning over into the water and may pose a hazard to navigation. Chart 11472 LNM 14/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Faber Cove

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS
  • LNM: Look Out for Manatees When Boating


    Chances of close encounters between Florida manatees and boaters increase in the spring.

    For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals. READ MORE!

    “Spring is a great time to go boating in Florida, but manatees are out there too. Please watch out for them,” said Ron Mezich, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee management program.

    From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts. FWC law enforcement officers are on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones and take enforcement actions when appropriate.

    Since manatees are difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal watercrafts can help by:

    Wearing polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees.
    Looking for large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below.
    Looking for a snout sticking up out of the water.
    Following posted manatee zones while boating.
    Reporting an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or dialing #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone.
    FWC biologists, managers and law enforcement staff work closely with partners to evaluate current data and identify necessary actions to protect this iconic animal. Florida has invested over $2 million annually for manatee conservation, and the FWC works toward continued success for manatees in our state.

    Manatee zones and maps are available at MyFWC.com/Manatee, where you can select “Protection Zones” for links to county maps. Boaters can get tips from “A boater’s guide to living with Florida Manatees.” And if you want to see manatees in the wild or captivity, go to “Where are Florida’s Manatees?”

    To support the FWC’s manatee research, rescue and management efforts, purchase a “Save the Manatee” Florida license plate at BuyaPlate.com, or donate $5 to receive an FWC manatee decal by going to MyFWC.com/Manatee and clicking on “Decals.”

  • SunFest Music Festival, May 3-6, Flagler Festival Grounds, West Palm Beach, FL, near AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove Holdings

    Palm Beach is home to two CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs, Old Port Cove Marina, located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, and North Palm Beach Marina on the southwestern banks of the Waterway south of the North Palm Beach/Parker Bridge. Both marinas are only a short drive to the SunFest location at Flagler Festival Grounds.

    South Florida’s largest music, art and waterfront festival is just over a month away. The 2018 festival will be held from May 3 to 6, along the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach with three stages and 50 acts.

    Here’s What You Need To Know About This Year’s SunFest Music Festival Being Held In West Palm Beach from Palm Beacher Magazine

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For North Palm Beach Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of North Palm Beach Marina

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