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    • Healy Report: Fernandina to Problem Stretch Matanzas Inlet/AICW Intersection, FL AICW Statute Miles 716-792


      Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, continue to generously share their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. Here’s another good distance day and a good depths day. Also another report of a Problem Stretch that isn’t a problem this year! Thank you Jim and Peg! .

      Came through Fernandina Beach at low tide. The nasty curve south of the paper mill into the South Amelia River is clearly marked with floating laterals. It’s the same path that was good last spring, and it carries 8′ this fall. Just follow the markers.

      Came through the Matanzas Inlet [intersection with ICW], next day, also at low tide. There are lateral markers there, and they are correct. A couple have been moved somewhat towards the shoreline from the spring. I followed the visual center between the markers and the shoreline. The route is exciting because visually, you are very close to the shoreline. Follow the curve of the shoreline; do not cut from marker to marker. Saw no less then 7.5′ on that route. South of the inlet, where the Matanzas River straightens out, the markers are farther apart and the water is just a bit more shallow. Saw 7′ at MLLW in that short area.
      Jim

      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

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    • Relocation of Buoys, Problem Stretch, Matanzas Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 793


      Our thanks to Robert Sherer for his update on the Waterway/Matanzas Inlet intersection which was been the site of recent groundings in the past and was dredged in February of this year, resulting in the relocation of the buoys as outlined by Bob’s report.

      The buoy layout has been changed and the depths are now at least 12 MLW all the way through.

      R82 is a floating buoy and has been moved closer to shore. Going north I aimed at it but moved back into the charted channel until abreast of the buoy before turning, slightly toward shore.

      G81D and G81C have been removed. They are no longer needed (the channel is that wide!) The first green buoy is G81B and it appears to be too far out in the middle but that’s where the new, dredged channel is located.

      G81A and the two reds are still there, just honor them.

      Bob
      ICW Blog: http://fleetwing.blogspot.com/

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Matanzas River Intersection

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    • More on AICW/Matanzas Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 792.5


      This AICW Problem Stretch has always been one of the shallowest sections of the Waterway in Eastern Florida. Earlier descriptions of the three newest markers would indicate that shoaling is beginning to reappear. BE SURE to observe any new aids to navigation and, as always on perennial AICW Problem Stretches, be READY for new shoaling and even newer markers as you pass through. Our thanks to Skipper McLeran for sharing his observations.

      Two of us transited Matanzas Inlet southbound at mid tide 3.5 feet this morning (10/30) at 0930. Despite giving the temp greens and reds their appropriate distance we saw only 7.5 feet total depth in a few spots. Boaters still need to be careful and play the tide if necessary for the boat’s draft.
      Bob McLeran

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Matanzas River Intersection

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Curtis Hoff -  November 1, 2015 - 12:09 pm

        I went through southbound at a -0.5 ft low tide on in the afternoon of 10/28 and found 4′ 9″ 50-100 ft south of 81C. I was in mid channel – potentially more water closer to red side. Also skinny water elsewhere but this was the worst I found.

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    • Grounding at AICW/Matanzas Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 792.5


      This AICW Problem Stretch has always been one of the shallowest sections of the Waterway in Eastern Florida. Earlier descriptions of the three newest markers, as well as Skipper Justin’s experience, would indicate that shoaling is beginning to reappear. BE SURE to observe any new aids to navigation and, as always on perennial AICW Problem Stretches, be READY for new shoaling and even newer markers as you pass through. Our thanks to Justin for sharing his experience.

      I ran aground hard going north through this passage with current behind me. I kept to the east of the new green buoys because it seemed they were way to close to the western bit of land. I thought they shifted to be a “port” marker (red right returning) because of the meet up with the two channels..My navigation chart was a complete fail to show depth. This place is tricky. I believe I should have kept the green buoys to my starboard, going north. A red marker would’ve helped too.
      Justin

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Matanzas River Intersection

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      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. FRank Morris -  October 4, 2015 - 3:16 pm

        I’ve done that section a few times; you almost have to stay close enough to the west bank to touch it with an extended boathook (perhaps not “quite” that closely, but it sure seems like it).
        Frank Morris

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      2. Bob McLeran -  October 2, 2015 - 1:54 pm

        This stretch has ALWAYS required proper adherence to the temporary buoys and is not a problem as long as they are honored no matter how close one thinks they’re putting you to the shore.

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      3. Dave mcBride -  October 1, 2015 - 7:25 am

        It appears from his statement that skipper Justin went on the wrong side of the greens. Went through here yesterday southbound had no more problems or less depth than ever. Stay in the channel and you’ll stay off the bottom.

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    • Shoaling Reported at Matanzas Inlet Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 793


      This Problem Stretch was dredged back in 2012, but it seems to be filling in again exactly where Skipper Dammeyer reports. See /?p=84969 for an earlier report.

      Larry,
      Please forward this as appropriate. While North bound rounding the big bend at Ft Matanzas at about a boat length from 81A we hit hard with 5′ draft at low tide. We slide over the bump with our wing keel. Cruisers should favor the Reds according to Boat US. I’ve not read about a problem on the net. It’s probably time to post it as the North migration has begun.
      Rick Dammeyer
      Promise
      Catalina 445

      And this from Week 14 LNMs. Note: The USCG does not give a specific location, so their warning may or may not be the above Problem Stretch. The LNM does coincide with the above advice to favor the red side (west) of the channel.

      FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Shoaling
      The Coast Guard conducted soundings at low tide and found the center of the channel to be between 12 and 18 feet while on the east side of the channel is between 6 and 12 feet. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution and local knowledge is advised. Chart 11485 LNM: 14/15

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Matanzas River Intersection

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Wicked Salty Wes -  June 28, 2015 - 4:26 pm

        Went by Matanzas Inlet with the intention of anchoring in the unmarked channel near the Fort. We did so in the winter, January 15′, with much success.
        A big problem spot I found was between Green channel marker 81D and 81C. I favored west but kept them in line as much as possible and still bumped off the ground at low water with a 5′ 7″ fin keel.
        We attempted to anchor going the same way we did into the unmarked channel and grounded hard, just outside 81A making our turn toward the inlet. Luckily we got out, and did not attempt again. Enter at your own risk!

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      2. Tom Hale -  April 5, 2015 - 12:28 pm

        We came through here on April 1 at dead low water. We saw no less than 7 feet anywhere along our track. The worst stretch is right at 81A. We were probably closer to the reds than Rick. 81B & C seen to have been moved a bit further to the west than last fall. Stay closer to the shore than to the greens along that stretch. The trawler ahead of us must have thought the greens were out of place and tried to leave them to starboard. He parked it hard in the sand .

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    • Depth Report from South Fields Cut, AICW Statute Mile 575

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      Fields Cut lies just north of the intersection of the Waterway and the Savannah River. Shoaling there has always been an issue and even with last year’s dredging, shallow depths can be expected. Follow the link below for the detailed specs on this AICW problem stretch to learn more!

      As of 4/24/2013 at 12h17:
      Field Cut tide data: Low – 14h17
      At 12h13: +1.2 against normal low reference on my Garmin CP almanac…
      Readings, northbound:
      South entrance is not a problem; slightly favor RED (west)
      Approx 1000 ft north, favor RED; avoid the docks on the east shore (inside radius of that first bend. We saw 10.3′ at 60 ‘ from the docks
      FOLLOW THE OUTSIDE RADIUS OF ALL BENDS!
      Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
      Currently at Beaufort, SC
      Monk 36 Hull #132
      MMSI #367042570
      AGLCA #3767
      MTOA #3436

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Fields Cut

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    • Report On AICW/Matanzas Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch and A Mention of “Fort Matanzas Anchorage,” AICW Statute Mile 792.5


      Regular visitors to the Salty Southeast Cruiser’ Net will remember that dredging occurred along this AICW Problem Stretch, as of September, 2011, alleviating what had become one of the two shallowest sections of the Waterway in Eastern Florida. It sounds like from Captain Miller’s description below of the three new markers, as if shoaling is just beginning to reappear here as of April, 2012. Be SURE to observe these three new aids to navigation, and, as always on perennial AICW Problem Stretches, be READY for new shoaling and even newer markers as you pass through this section.
      The anchorage Capt. Miller describes below is not listed as a recommended anchorage in our Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory, as depths are just too inconsistent on these waters. but for further information, follow the first link below.

      The ICW channel at the Matanzas River has been bouyed with three green floating markers, 81B, 81C, 81D providing good water for passage. We entered the Matanzas River anchorage by hugging the daymark 81A and keeping to the north upon entering. Lots of wind and current.
      Max Miller

      Click Here To View the An Earlier Cruisers’ Net Posting about Anchoring Near Fort Matanzas Anchorage

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Matanzas River Intersection

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Justin -  September 29, 2015 - 6:24 pm

        I ran aground hard going north through this passage with current behind me. I kept to the east of the new green buoys because it seemed they were way to close to the western bit of land. I thought they shifted to be a “port” marker (red right returning) because of the meet up with the two channels..My navigation chart was a complete fail to show depth. This place is tricky. I believe i should have kept the green buoys to my starboard, going north. A red marker would’ve helped too.

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