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    • Magnetic North Pole Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

      An interesting article from The Maritime Executive on the natural phenomenon that affects all our compasses.

      Magnetic North Pole Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

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      1. Mike Turner -  January 15, 2019 - 8:15 am

        A link to a non existing article for which they want a comment. Get real. If you want to post an article — then post the damn thing.

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        • Cruisers' Net -  January 15, 2019 - 8:28 am

          Sorry Mike. Copy/paste just doesn’t work for some external pages which require a link. The link as posted is active. Try again.

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        • Cruisers' Net -  January 15, 2019 - 8:39 am

          Here you go Mike: BY MAREX 2019-01-12 19:52:24

          The Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting so rapidly that steps are being taken to ensure it doesn’t impact navigation in the Arctic.

          Compass needles point towards the north magnetic pole, a point that has moved from Canada to the middle of the Arctic Ocean over the last century. It is currently moving towards Siberia at about 50 kilometers (30 miles) a year.

          The World Magnetic Model predicts the Earth’s geomagnetic field for the next five years, and it is normally produced every five years. Scientists have now recognized that the 2015 World Magnetic Model needs updating earlier than planned, but the update has been postponed from January 15 to January 30 due to the ongoing U.S. government shutdown.

          Since late 2014, the core field has varied in a currently unpredictable manner. This led to the World Magnetic Model becoming less accurate, particularly at high northern latitudes, much faster than normal. The variations have been attributed to an abrupt unpredictable change in 2014/2015 and an acceleration of flow in the core in the northern hemisphere.

          The Model is produced by the British Geological Survey and NOAA, on behalf of the U.K. Defence Geographic Centre and the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. It is a model of the primary component of the geomagnetic field: the Earth’s core. The core field is generated by dynamic action in the swirling iron-rich fluid of the outer core, roughly 3,500 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. The ever-changing flow of the outer core leads to an ever-changing magnetic field.

          “The magnetic poles drift, the field strengthens and weakens, and the immense magnetic field of the Sun, carried by the solar wind, constantly batters at it from the outside,” says British Geological Survey blogger, Will Brown. “The World Magnetic Model is the standard magnetic model used for navigation by organizations such as NATO, the Ministry of Defence, and the U.S.’ Department of Defense, and also by smartphone operating systems such as Android and iOS. When you open your smartphone’s map app, you may see an arrow pointing which way you’re facing, and there’s something quite clever going on underneath. Your phone contains a magnetometer that is measuring the Earth’s magnetic field. In order to make sense of this information a reference model like the World Magnetic Model is needed to correct the measurements of magnetic north made by your phone to True North.”

          The next scheduled update to the World Magnetic Model is expected in December 2019.

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, January 14, 2019, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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    • Florida Inland Navigation District Community Outreach, Jan 17, St. Augustine, FL


      If you are a boater who deals with the restrictions of the Bridge of Lions, attending this meeting could be very beneficial. Our thanks to Michelle Bennett for sharing this notice on Facebook.

      Michelle Bennett posted in St Augustine Cruisers Net.
      Michelle Bennett shared a link.

      The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is hosting a community outreach meeting this Thursday, January 17th, from 6:00-8:00pm at Casa Monica. This event is free and open to the pubic.

      A little history… Originally constructed in 1925, the Bridge of Lions is a double-leaf bascule bridge that spans the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida. The City has repeatedly requested the USCG to consider reducing the bridge opening schedule to reduce vehicle traffic congestion on A1A. The most recent attempt was made in 2017. The FIND Board objected to the proposed reduced opening schedule, and sent a letter to the USCG, the City of St Augustine, and FDOT stating their concerns for vessel safety.

      Mr. Reuben Franklin, City of St. Augustine Mobility Coordinator, will present new proposed reductions initiated by the City of St. Augustine to improve traffic congestion in the area of the Bridge of Lions.

      The full agenda with backup can be found on the District’s web site at:

      AICW.ORG
      2018 2019 FIND Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
      January 2019 2019 01 FIND Board Meeting Preliminary Agenda Minutes 2019 01 FIND Finance and Budget Meeting Preliminary…

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    • Advice for Boat Buyers

      The two happiest days in a boater’s life: the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat. Having owned sixteen boats I can attest to the joys and sorrows of boat ownership. This article by Jan and David Irons from Commuter Cruiser offers insight into the features you might want to consider when purchasing your first boat. Although addressed to folks considering doing The Loop, the advice works for all waters and conditions.

       

      After The Loop Update: Buying A Boat for The Great Loop

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    • Information on New No-Wake Zones in the Bahamas

      No-Wake zones, especially in mooring areas and anchorages, can make a huge difference in a crew’s safety and enjoyment of an area. Please heed the zones!

      Elijah Sands posted in Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park.
      Some information on the new “No wake Zones” in the park,…See More
      Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park Notice:
      The increase of vessel traffic and vessels moored at Cambridge Cay – ECLSP has prompted the BNT to invoke special regulations for vessels transiting Cambridge Cay channel to the West of the Mooring Field.
      Increased usage and transiting boat traffic through this channel has created the need for a “Slow No Wake” zone.
      All vessels are required to reduce their speed between the three (3) “Slow No Wake” buoys in position at the BNT Cambridge Cay Channel. 5 mph (max) speed limits and other safe boating regulations are in place and will be enforced.
      The Wardens of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) have established this permanent “Slow No Wake” zone at the Cambridge Cay Channel and have marked this channel with (3) buoys.
      This new “Slow No Wake” area at Cambridge Cay Channel is effective from January 1st, 2019, and is permanent.
      The BNT wishes to remind boaters that there is a “Slow No Wake” regulation throughout ALL mooring fields located within the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Please do abide by these regulations at all times.
      To seek further information about this and all other idle and no wake zones, contact the BNT Administrator via VHF channel 09, or through Bahamas National Trust – Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park Head Quarters at 242-601-7438. #WeareBNT
      Elijah Sands on Facebook

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        • Beth Barrie -  January 14, 2019 - 7:26 pm

          Jayne Gorham thanks. I just “liked” Cruiser’s Net”, looks like a good resource.

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    • New Dockside Restaurant Now Open, Riviera Dunes Marina Resort, on the Manatee River, off Tampa Bay


      Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by Boaters

      Formerly Blu Mangrove, Dockside at Riviera Dunes promises to be a first class bar, grill and restaurant. A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Riviera Dunes Marina Resort occupies the Manatee River’s northern banks, just east of the easternmost of three bridges crossing the river at Bradenton and Palmetto near charted Craig Point.

      DOCKSIDE AT RIVIERA DUNES
      OPENS TODAY AT 5:00 PM!!
       
      Excellence in Restaurants LLC, the new owners of Dockside at Riviera Dunes, are happy to announce that the restaurant will open this afternoon at 5:00 PM.  Owners Ron Fuller and Steve Bishop, along with managers Kit and Tammy and the staff of “Dockside” invite all owners and tenants to stop in and see the improvements that have been made and look forward to serving you.
       
      Attached are the restaurant menus as well as the happy hour food and drink menus.
       
      Regards,
       
      Bill Chamberlain
      General Manager
      Riviera Dunes Marina
      (941) 981-5330 Office
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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Riviera Dunes Marina Resort

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    • Looking for a Liveaboard Marina in Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL GIWW Statute Mile 70


      If you know the Siesta Key marinas, let us hear from you. Siesta Key lies south of Sarasota Bay and Big Sarasota Pass.

      Looking for a live aboard marina in the Siesta Key area of Florida.
      Jerry Williams on Facebook

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    • Mullet Wrapper, Gulfport Historical Society, City of Gulfport, Fl, Boca Ciega Bay

      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Despite the tragic fire in 2018 at the Gulfport History Museum, the Society continues its educational activities for the City of Gulfport, which always has a full calendar of events for all ages and is home to Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Happy new year!

      There’s plenty happening at the museum, even if it seems as though it’s been forever since we had the fire this past Labor Day.

      Here’s the latest and greatest:

      • As soon as we’re cleared to re-open, we’ll get to work re-setting the exhibit, Read All About It: 50 Years of The Gabber Newspaper. (The exhibit was only open for two weeks before the fire and the folks at The Gabber agreed to let us keep the artifacts a while longer.)
      • The museum has had a few changes inside, so if you’re a member, keep your eyes open for your VIP-only invite to our grand re-opening preview. Not a member? Join now.
      • We will resume our porch parties at Scout Hall starting this Friday, and we’re super-jazzed about this month. Did you know that Egmont Key was part of the Trail of Tears and the government imprisoned Seminole Indians there? The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s primary investigator for Egmont Key, Dave Scheidecker, will speak at our porch party about this fascinating aspect of the island’s lessor-known history. Join us on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in Gulfport’s Scout Hall (5315 28th Ave. S., Gulfport) to learn about the history — and how it’s at risk with rising sea levels. Here’s more information.
      • The next morning, Dave will lead a trip to Egmont Key to show us the history. This trip is free for Gulfport Historical Society members and $40 for everyone else. It’s already filling up, though, so please make sure to sign up for the trip — we expect it to be full by the time the porch party rolls around Friday night! Here’s more info and a link to register and — for nonmembers — pay for the trip.
      • This week we’ll start digitizing our collection — we’re beginning the process of making tape cassettes (well, hello there, 1983!) of our oral histories digital. We’re still a long way from having enough money to digitize the photographs and other paper artifacts, though — please consider making a donation to the effort today (here’s how).
      • Because of the trip to Egmont Key, there will be no walking tour this month. Why? Because we don’t have enough volunteers to staff both! Want to volunteer? Email our president, Cathy Salustri, and she’ll get you set up as one.
      • We’re also hiring walking tour guides. Sound like fun? Send us your resume, and plan to attend one haunted walking tour (Feb. 1) and one regular tour (Feb. 16) in February. 

      We were fortunate no one died in the Labor Day fire at the museum, but seven people die every day in a home fire. That’s why we’re encouraging people to help volunteer with the American Red Cross, Gulfport Neighbors and Gulfport Fire and Rescue for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) as volunteers go door-to-door in one Gulfport neighborhood, installing smoke alarms and talking about fire safety.

      Volunteers 16 and older can participate. Please wear closed-toe shoes and meet at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church (5800 15th Ave. S, Gulfport) at 9 a.m.; park on the south end of the parking lot.

      Register here to help

       

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    • Alternate Route to Avoid ICW Dredging, New Smyrna Beach, FL AICW Statute Mile 846


      Our thanks to Skipper Grizzard for this notice of dredging activity, as well as his advice to take the channel south of Chicken Island departing southbound at ICW Light 33 which marks the south side of the Waterway and the entrance to the alternate route.

      As I crossed the South Causeway bridge this morning, I saw major dredging operations
      close by the New Smyrna Municipal marina. I have not seen any notifications of this activity thus far.
      The dredge is located downtown and the boom extends north and east in the main, north channel.
      The rig constricts normal navigation north and south bound in the main channel on the north side of Chicken Island. The alternate, south channel is not affected at the moment and has minimum depths of 15 feet at MLW.

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    • Fed Shutdown Affecting the Maritime Industry

      While the maritime industry is recreation and leisure for most of us, it is definitely not so for the professionals who supply our boating needs.

      Federal shutdown rocks the boat for maritime industry
      WJXT News4JAX

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      1. Ronald Clarke -  January 13, 2019 - 3:22 pm

        I just received my renewed vessel documentation paperwork. (I used the homeland security website and electronically paid the $26.00) Submitted and received in a week.

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