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    • Barefoot Transient Dock Discussion (Statute Mile 353.5) and Barefoot Resort

      Over the weekend of 5/8/10 to 5/9/10, there was a discussion on the GL (“Great Loop) mail list about the marina facility at Barefoot Landing Shopping Center in Myrtle Beach. Most of the messages below center around the status of the docks behind the shopping center (which is still very much operational, but no longer free), but it would be easy to understand how confusion could reign here in regards to the two similarly named facilities facing each other on opposite sides of the Pine Island Cut/AICW canal.
      The ocean side facility, which is the subject of this string, now goes under the name, “Barefoot Landing Transient Dock” (see link below). The mainland facility WAS “Barefoot Landing Resort Marina,” but it has gone belly up.
      I visited the former Barefoot Resort marina on 5/1/10. I found good news and bad news. On the plus side, the marina was still operating and accepting transients. As a matter of fact, while I was there, the spring AGLCA rendezvous was in full swing at this marina.
      However, I was also told that a “glitch” had developed in transferring the marina to new ownership, and the dockmaster was not sure when he might be able to begin offering fuel again, or when the new owners might take over.
      While the docks appeared to me to still be in acceptable condition, the formerly lush shoreside landscaping was beginning to look pretty ratty, and the adjacent restaurant was long closed.
      If anyone comes across any fresh information about “Barefoot Resort Marina,” PLEASE share this data with the cruising community by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below!

      Good Afternoon,
      Can anyone tell me if the Barefoot Landing free dock, listed in Skipper Bob’s 2005 version, is still available for cruisers? I did not see it listed in the “Friendly Mooring Places” list that was put together earlier this year by Jim on “Twins”.
      Thanks in advance!
      Todd & Brenda Lanning
      1985 40′ Oceania Trawler

      Ahoy Todd and Brenda:
      The “Barefoot Landing Free Dock” is now the “Barefoot Landing Dock.” No longer free, but upgraded a bit with power and water.
      Susie and I used to dock there twice a year going up and down the AICW, enjoy the “free” dock and spend usually a couple of hundred $s dining, buying tourist trinkets, etc. Now we continue on and anchor north or south of Myrtle Beach.
      Wade Ehlen
      New Bern NC

      Hello Captains Todd and Brenda:
      Yes, the dock at Barefoot Landing Shopping Center does still take transients. The dockmaster here has asked us to now call this facility the “Barefoot Landing Transient Dock.” You can get full details at:
      Let me know if that works for you. Good luck and good cruising!
      Claiborne S. Young
      Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net

      According to the above reference, it’s alive but it is still not free again. Instead there is a $1.50/ft per night charge or, per cruiser’s comment, $5 charge to stop during the day for a few hours.
      A link was provided to the Barefoot Dock, But it was broke for me. Perhaps someone else will have better luck.
      (Oh if you want a free dock with easy access to town in the MB neighborhood, take the Waccamaw upriver to Conway, SC. It is a beautiful cruise.)

      Subject: Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach mile 354
      Cruising News: Hey everyone, we just wanted to post about a Great new place that just opened here, called the Flying Fish, public Market and Grill, We think other cruisers stopping at barefoot will appreciate it. They have and awesome seafood market and limited veggies and fruit, with great prices, not to mention some of the Best Happy Hour specials we have seen, Not only do they have house wines and house liquors for 3 bucks each during there 4-8 pm happy hour,(also beer 2.50) they also have lots of great appetizers for 5 bucks each, and they are big portions, for example 10 huge jumbo peel and eat shrimp steamed in nut brown ale with market seasoning, 12 oysters served raw with lemon and cocktail, Southern fried chicken tenders served with choice of dipping sauce,(huge order) , Sweet Potato fries topped with crumbles of blue cheese and blue cheese sauce diced tomatoes and red onions, Plus many more to choose from, Buffalo Shrimp, Fried Blue Crab Fingers, Crispy Calamari, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, California rolls, Spicy Tuna, all of these during Happy Hour in the Bar seating area for 5 bucks, and Yes they have some tables in that area as well. We Loved it, all great food, only problem, we couldn\’t eat dinner and had leftovers from the appetizers. Please stop by and enjoy, we felt it was worth writing up for others headed North to enjoy! We sure did!
      Captain Clay aboard Gemini

      Hey’¦.The Barefoot Landing Dock is still a nice place to lay over for a day or two even though it is not free anymore. Nice prople are running it. Try helping them out a little. Everything in life cannot be FREE!!!
      Captain Raymond W. Smith aboard `Fire Dog’

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    • Historic Traffic on the Okeechobee Waterway

      There have certainly been times when I’ve felt as if the Okeechobee was a “secret Waterway.” However, Captain Vince must have thought he had wandered into a time warp, when he witnessed the vessels pictured below!

      Upon exiting the Ortona Lock (westbound) on the Okeechobee WW on April 13,2010, the Nina (65′) and Pinta (85′) passed us entering the lock. It certainly took us by surprise when we got our first glance at them and almost felt like we were in a time warp. They had departed Ft. Myers that morning headed to the east coast to continue their tour. Check it out on
      The photos were taken with a Canon Power Shot A570.
      The first photo is the Nina and the second photo is the Pinta.
      Vince Burkhardt
      M/V Sharon Ann

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    • New Law: Pumpout Log to be required in NC And No-Discharge Zones Created

      Please note that this is a change from existing NC law and entails a new responsibility for cruisers.

      Subject: Pumpout Log
      I learned last night that the NC Legislature has passed a bill requiring recreational vessel owners to keep a log of pumpouts starting on July 1, 2010.
      Per NC House Bill 1378: “Vessel owner and operator required to keep log of pumpout dates. (a) Any owner or operator of a vessel that has a marine sanitation device shall maintain a record of the date of each pumpout of the marine sanitation device and the location of the pumpout facility. Each record shall be maintained for a period of one year from the date of the pumpout.” Also, “Section 1 of this act becomes effective July 1, 2010. Fines up to $10,000 may be assessed, and the regulation will be enforced by NC Wildlife officers, USCG and any other law officers with jurisdiction.”
      Captain Wade Ehlen

      Here’s a follow-up message from Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young (Judy must be a long-lost cousin). As you will see, looks like portions of the NC coastline are about to become no-discharge zones.

      Some areas of North Carolina will be “no discharge” zones commencing July 1st, and requiring all vessels to keep a log of pump outs and requires the owner to secure any overboard discharge valve.
      Here’s a link to the bill:

      Beyond the legal issues of notice (there are aspects of the bill defining “no discharge” areas that are totally confused and confusing) the one thing that caught my eye is the reference to 33 CFR in this phrase:
      “The owner or operator of a vessel with a marine sanitation device shall keep the overboard waste discharge valves of the device secure by acceptable methods set forth under 33 C.F.R. ‘ 159.7(b) so as to prevent the discharge of treated or untreated sewage, except when lawfully discharging sewage at a pumpout facility.”
      33 CFR 159.7(b) states “(3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold the seacock in the closed position . . .” It doesn’t further define “wire-tie.”
      Question for those who know: Does “wire-tie” as used in 33 CFR 159.7(b) include non-releasable plastic (wire) ties? This question comes up every time we get a USCGA courtesy inspection or have the potty-patrol aboard for a get-together.
      Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young

      Responses from the cruising community on this issue posted below. As you will see, many cruisers have questions. If anyone has answers, PLEASE chime in by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.

      What about boats transiting N.C.?
      Captain Joan Clark

      Don’t you just love it! We have to keep the head discharge valves locked, maintain a Log of pump outs and face a Ten Thousand Dollar Fine if caught in violation of the law. I know if I pump my daily poop over the side I am going to destroy the inshore waters of my favorite cruising places’¦.one dump at a time. I sit on my friends boat at Lake Norman at the NC Hwy 150 Bridge’¦.and watch the Gusher of fecal matter being pumped into the lake by the County at a rate of Tens of Thousands of Gallons a day’¦.and that is not harmful to the water quality of the Lake. My what a criminal I feel like when I merely piddle over the side of the boat now and then!
      Captain Ralph Chappell

      Submitted on 2010/05/06 at 5:43pm
      I am all for this law. but it needs to be writen by someone who knows what they are doing. This group of law makers never had a boat otherwise they would not write a a law that doesn’t make sense. open your seacock to pump out your tank above ground into the proper facility????????
      Captain Cliff Kisby

      I appreciate the notice and the free pumpout log. Do you have any idea where the no-discharge zones will be in NC ?? Also, please let us know as soon as you are made aware, if plastic ties will be okay to use’¦. Thanks,
      Captain Randy Umstead

      A nylon (plastic?) wire tie has come into general use as more than a wire tie, but in spite of being used as handcuffs, and ankle restraints, it is commonly referred as just a `wire tie’. Wire ties are not ties made of wire. Think about it; would you want to bundle up your wires with a `wire’ device that could short out the whole kit and kaboodle? Thus the plastic, or nylon, `wire’ ties.
      Captain Dick Giddings

      As I read the CG regs you can close your valve and remove the handle Idid this as my handle had no way to.put a tie on and secure.Any thoights
      Captain Ed Helms, SV Johnnie Cake

      The way I read this, it will initially only apply to New Hanover County (Wilmington, Wrighstville Beach, etc.), but I can see other jurisdictions jumping on the bandwagon, hopefully with proper notice. No mention is made of Type I (Lectra-San) devices. They are OK by USCG standards. Is the state pre-empting those? At any rate I would keep a log, especially if I am passing through the Wrightsville Beach area.
      Capt. Richard Beesley

      One more loss of freedom. Now the government will check our sewerage pump out while they do nothing to assure that the freighters, passenger ships, commercial boats don’t put poop in the water or bring in any nasty crap on their hulls.
      When are we going to demand an end to this stupid ecological micromanagement and deal with the serious pollution that is pouring from city street runoffs to industrial dumping?
      This should not be accepted by the citizens of this free society.
      Captain G.F.Weld

      We are usually in the ocean 5-7 miles out. When we discharge that far out do we need to make note of our location and put it in the log so that when we come in to NC we will be safe from fines?
      Captain Pat Washer

      So far from what I have read is that a vessel owner must maintain a log but does not have to retain any receipts from the pumpout locations other than to write down the costs of the pumpouts. There is no mention as to whether the pumpout facility must maintain a log that coincides with the vessels it has pumped out. If this is the case then all that is needed to comply with the law is to just make up dates and locations and write them in the log which will make the water cops happy when they look at your log. This sounds just like another stupid law enacted by the idiots who were elected by the sheep of this nation. The only way to stop all of this nonsense is to not vote for any incumbent at election time regardless of their party.
      Captain John Adams

      How do they gauge when you require a pump. Example’¦.Last pump out was just before I entered NC Waters and just as i am leaving NC waters they stop me, i show them my log and they question me why i show no pump outs in NC’¦..Now what????
      Captain Raymond W. Smith aboard `Fire Dog IV’

      I know this is probably a silly question, but given the sometimes nitpicking ways of inspectors, I have to ask. What about porta potties? Most marinas just tell us to empty it into their toilet facility. Must we keep a log also, or is the law specific to those with built in heads and holding tanks?
      Captain Joe Babb

      FYI, straight from the CFR.
      Y valve lockouts
      (b) When operating a vessel on a body of water where the discharge of treated or untreated sewage is prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR 140.3 or 140.4, the operator must secure each Type I or Type II device in a manner which prevents discharge of treated or untreated sewage. Acceptable methods of securing the device include’“
      (1) Closing the seacock and removing the handle;
      (2) Padlocking the seacock in the closed position;
      (3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold the seacock in the closed position; or
      (4) Locking the door to the space enclosing the toilets with a padlock or door handle key lock.
      (c) When operating a vessel on a body of water where the discharge of untreated sewage is prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR 140.3, the operator must secure each Type III device in a manner which prevents discharge of sewage. Acceptable methods of securing the device include’“
      (1) Closing each valve leading to an overboard discharge and removing the handle;
      (2) Padlocking each valve leading to an overboard discharge in the closed position; or
      (3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold each valve leading to an overboard discharge in the closed position.
      [CGH 95-028, 62 FR 51194, Sept. 30, 1997]
      Captain Keith

      In answer to the question, `What about boats transiting NC?’, frankly, any `large vessel’ in the coastal waters of NC is subject to this law. I think it would be prudent to have a log after July 1, this year, and if you happened to come from Mantanilla Shoals to Beaufort, enter in the log that you closed the `Y’-valve while still offshore, and record the date and time. So far, there is no requirement to keep receipts from pump-out stations, but they will think of that!
      Captain Dick Giddings

      Does this law apply to a portable toilet holding tank that could be dumped at home or in the ocean?
      Captain Mike Williams

      Unfortunately, in the eyes of this law, the Lectra-San is treated as any other `sanitation device’. The tree huggers who wrote this law don’t know there is a safe way to treat sewage before we discharge it. We need to get Peggy Hall working on this.
      Captain Dick Giddings

      FWIW, the NC statute doesn’t require a separate pump-out log for boats, only that pump-outs be logged. We do that anyway as a matter of course in the log – just like filling the water tanks or getting fuel. Not a big deal for a trawler-crawler.
      As far as I can see, of more concern for us is trying to figure out what areas are state “no discharge zones” because an application to the EPA is pending. How are we going to know? What if the EPA disapproves the application? I think this whole situation in NC is ripe for a lot of trouble and litigation over the next couple of years.
      Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young

      I may be wrong, but according to my reading of the statute, the pump-out log requirement only applies to boats located in waters designated as a no-discharge zone, not to boats elsewhere in NC.
      “77-131. Application of Article.
      The provisions of this Article apply only to the following:”
      (1) pertains to marinas
      (2) A vessel in coastal waters that are either designated as a no discharge zone or are included in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to be designated as a no discharge zone unless the
      petition has been denied by the Environmental Protection Agency.”
      Captain Al Rossiter Jr.
      Washington, NC

      So we’re cruising the ICW through NC; the last time we pumped out was somewhere in South Carolina but didn’t note it in the log. A little further up the “road” we cross into a NC NDZ and get stopped by
      the water cops and they ask to see our log. There’s no pump-out event noted in the log. Are we in violation of the statute because we’re currently in a NC NDZ and haven’t logged any pump out?
      If we keep our boat (more or less permanently) in an area of NC that is NOT a NDZ, then enter a NDZ, are we in violation of the law because we didn’t log the pump outs we had back in the “free” area?
      The point being, how is this going to be applied to boats transiting a NDZ when on the face of the statute it applies only to boats in a NDZ?
      Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young

      I have a LectraSan. Do I have to keep an unused log? I took out the ‘˜Y’ and discharge only through the treatment tank. What about pre-1980 LectraSans in no-discharge zones? (Grandfathered)
      Captain Tom Murphy

      This `approach’ was tried just last year in Canada. I believe it failed to pass the legislature. Guess somebody copied it in NC.
      Captain Stu Jackson

      All we have to do is keep a log of pump-outs. There is no requirement for a minimum number of pump-outs nor is there any mention of a minimum interval. You just have to keep a record. Once a year might be sufficient. If you show up in an area and don’t get a pump-out there, they will probably also see in your logbook that you’ve recently been in a discharge-OK zone. I believe that upon entering a no-discharge zone it might be prudent to make an actual entry in the book stating that upon entering the zone no pump-out was necessary.
      Captain Troy Scott

      About portable toilets, I found this:
      The term MSD includes any equipment for installation onboard a vessel which is designed to receive, retain, treat, or discharge sewage and any process which treats such sewage. It does not include `portable devices’ which can be carried on and off the vessel. These regulations are effective now for new vessels, and 30 January 1980 for existing vessels.
      The article goes on to describe Type I,II, and III.
      Wonder what they do to you if you have no device at all? Should one keep a record of bowel movements???
      Captain Joe Babb

      I read with interest your notice about the new pumpout log requirements in NC. It made me wonder what I should do with regard to my composting head that does not have overboard valves and can’t be `pumped out.’ Well, according to the letter of the NC law, a composting head like the AirHead would be considered a `portable toilet,’ like a porta potti. Therefore, those of us with porta pottis or composting heads would be exempt. I suspect cedar (or plastic) buckets would also be considered portable toilets. Still, it might pay to print out and keep a copy of the legislation onboard your boat so you can point this out to any law enforcement that happens by. In my experience in many states, local law enforcement and marine patrols in general are not too accurate when it comes to the letter of the law. Here’s what the NC bill says:
      3) Marine sanitation device. ‘“ As defined in 33 U.S.C. § 1322. The term does not include ‘˜portable toilets’ as defined in this act.
      (4) Portable toilet. ‘“ A self-contained mobile toilet facility and holding tank for sewage.
      Captain John J. Kettlewell

      By far the largest polluters of our waterways are the municipalities and govt’s that try to run our lives. Need to increase employment? Build the infrastructure with state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants. For those bleeding heart liberal democrats, the most notable improvement in the waterways of the U.S. occurred with the Clean Water Act enacted under (hold your breath’¦.) that scoundrel, President Nixon!!! I worked as an environmental engineer at the time and we saw more federal funding for cleaning the waterways with new sewage plants than ever before.
      Now to the subject of boaters polluting our waterways? You betcha, get off your lazy butt and be responsible’¦I’m an avid scuba diver and cruiser and I don’t want to be swimming in your crap! Use the pump outs and stop acting like your communing with nature’¦I see cruisers pushing back constantly about using facilities. I will agree that there are way too few pump out facilities’¦marinas have an obligation to seek out the grants and install them!
      Captain Durl Evans

      I suspect there will be some confusion around this issue for quite some time, particularly with regard to transient boats that are just passing through. I’m hoping the various policing agencies view this as an educational opportunity not as a way to raise funds through tickets and fines. There is so much that is open to interpretation. For example, as far as I can see there is basically just a requirement for a log, not how often or how much one must pump out. And, what about those of us who sail offshore from time to time and therefore take the opportunity to pump out where it is legal? Or, what if you decide to just lock up your tanks and use a porta potti or bucket when in NC? Theoretically, that is legal.

      This reminds me of a vagrancy law that was passed by our city council. Downtown merchants were complaining that teenagers were hanging out and scaring off customers. In reality, I think the teenagers were just doing what teens have done for eons–hanging out! In any case, they passed a law that groups of more than two people couldn’t loiter for more than so many minutes in one spot. At first it was used to chase teens away, but the kids quickly caught on and started reporting groups of other people to the police: three grandmothers sitting on a bench, people smoking outside of bars, people waiting for the bus. The police had to come and shoo everyone away, and the uproar quickly nixed the law. Just wait for the outcry when the police start climbing aboard people’s boats to check their potti logs!

      In any case, I suspect this is a law created by landlubbers with no idea about how things are on the water, and with the intention of stopping “all that pollution” that boaters create. When we all know in reality that every major study indicates that pollution from boats is usually unmeasureable.
      Oh well, I’m hoping the police quickly tire of potti patrol, as did the Coast Guard when they were doing it.
      Captain John J. Kettlewell, Editor of The Intracoastal Waterway Chartbook

      So as I have read this if I am cruising from the Northeast to Florida do I need to keep a log everytime I go or just in NC waters. Maybe we should just get enough provisions and bypass NC. These lawmakers really need to lookk at the bigger picture and stop bullying the little people that work hard for a living and want to enjoy their lives, and have to worry about taking a $10,000 dump. This country has much bigger problems than that.
      Captain Bob

      Submitted on 2010/05/14 at 11:02am
      One can praise the good intentions of the NC legislature. But should also be reminded about the evil results of the law of unintended consequences. Perhaps, the time may come when as part of their sport boaters adopt the challenge of using alternative passage routes via the ocean to completely avoid the NC territorial waters. The unintended consequence would be that our pocket books may end up stimulating South Carolina and Virginia to provide replacement restaurant, tourism support, and marinas facilities located close to their respective borders with NC.
      As another alternative, we boaters could explore the upgrading of our marine sanitation devices to the Incinolet type. Wouldn’t it be ironic, all these vessels with Incinolets carrying potty logs with no entries while NC and its marinas are left hanging with those then useless pump out stations?
      Let us not stop with just boats (unintended consequence). Let us join the NC legislature and now insist that to clean our waters, we should start first with the most potential serious offenders. Let us request the sewage treatment plants of coastal municipalities be required to start keeping logs of discharges, amounts, and pollutant concentrations. Then, we can find out where the pollution is coming from. Next, we apply a system of penalties that is proportional to the amount of pollution. We may find out that the penalty for one boat-one-discharge cannot exceed more than something like 15 cents if one does not want to bankrupt municipalities from the ensuing proportional penalty for their pollution.
      Captain Rodolfo Martinez

      Subject: Logs but no pumpouts
      I pumped out at Manteo today. The dockmaster told me that Manteo and perhaps Coinjack are the only functioning pumpouts in Eastern NC. He said, “They break down and since they can only charge $5 for pumpouts, it is not worth their while to repair them.” Apparently the state does nothing about it. Couple that with the new pumpout log law and the stiff fines for non-complying boaters. Multipy that by the countless thousands of stupid laws and regulations and you see why I’m so libertarian and anti-government.
      Captain Dick Mills

      Click to open a pdf version of the Pumpout Log

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    • Uninvited Passenger

      Here’s a little story from Ted Jones, former editor and co-owner of the late, great and much lamented “Coastal Cruising” magazine. This tale signifies to me why we all cruise. Who else could have such an experience but cruisers, and Ted has written it so very well!

      As dusk settled over the ocean on April 29th a land bird suddenly flew into the companionway and landed on Malla’s head as she was working in the galley. Reflexively, she brushed it away, and it flew out over the ocean again only to return, determined to find a suitable perch before nightfall. Malla identified it as a swallow. It had most likely been blown out to sea by the strong westerly winds of the previous several days. Swallows, she said require a perch before dark where they can safely spend the night. Ted was not surprised, having been visited by land birds on several occasions. They rarely survive the experience, and there seems to be no way one can help. We have tried, but the end always seems to be the same despite good intentions. Our little swallow eventually found a roosting place on the extension cord used to connect Ted’s computer equipment when we are dockside.
      Both of us were mindful of our passenger throughout the tumultuous events of the wee hours of Friday morning and were concerned for its safety. Amazingly, it put up with the contents of the ice box counter crashing to the cabin sole at one point and the noise and vibrations of the engine sometime later. It clung to it’s tenuous perch despite the constant motion.
      An hour or so after sunrise, with a `thank you’ chirp, our little bird suddenly took flight, out of the companionway, and with a quick orientation circle disappeared toward land, several miles away. We hope it made it to shore. We will never know, although we told it to say hello to Dorcas when it gets to Vermont.

      Ted’s story about the bird that took refuge reminded me of a similar incident around 1982. While wrapping up a dive trip on the wreck of the City of Richmond some 30 miles or so off the Georgetown entrance a sandpiper landed on the instrument panel’¦and refused to budge. We knew right away the poor critter must have lost it’s bearings and flew out to sea. About the time we approached the Pee Dee entrance it got reoriented and flew away to the beach. Sigh.
      Bill Norris
      (Nobody You Know) Hatteras 40DCMY

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    • Cruisers Net Welcomes Aboard Larry Dorminy

      The Salty Southeast Cruisers Net would like to welcome aboard Larry Dorminy as our new regional editor for the North and South Carolina coasts.

      After more than thirty years of cruising the Chesapeake in a variety of sail and power vessels, Larry and his wife Dona Jean have retired from teaching, sold their house and moved aboard their Marine Trader 50, Amilado, as full-time cruisers. Larry is a licensed USCG Captain, MTOA Port Captain for Charleston, SC, member of the Charleston USPS, associate broker with Intracoastal Yacht Sales and proud to be a regional editor of SSECN. Having visited Charleston on each of their three times down and back in the Ditch from the Chesapeake to Florida, Larry and Dona Jean have chosen Charleston as their homeport and love it.
      Please join with us in welcoming Larry as the Salty Southeast’s first regional editor. You can communicate directly with Larry at Send him a “Welcome Aboard” note if you have the chance.

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    • Wi-Fi Antennae Easy Announces Rebate for System Purchasers Who Bring New Customers Aboard

      Access the Internet from over 5 miles from shore! Operates on 12 volts; perfect for boats. We can not guarantee access to the internet, however, WIFI Antenna Easy does ensure you will see available transmitters. To access the internet there must be an open transmitter. Wi-Fi Antennae Easy is, in our collective opinion here at the Cruisers’ Net, the BEST option for mariners cruising coastal waters, and seeking reliable, long-range Wi-Fi access. With one of their systems in place, particularly their “AS-2” system, it’s absolutely amazing how far away you can pick up a reliable/usable Wi-Fi signal. And, of course, Wi-Fi Easy is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
      Now, as you will see below, these good people are announcing a rebate offer for those who purchase a system, and then successfully refer new customers to Wi-Fi Antennae Easy. What a deal!

      We wish to offer a $10 refund for referrals.
      “After you have purchased a system, successfully refer the buyer of a system to us, and we will send you a check for $10! We also continue to include Free Routers in selected Antenna Packages.”
      Thank you.

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    • Welcome aboard, The Marina at Factory Bay

      The Marina at Factory Bay - Your Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. No Bridges - Deep Water - Fast Gulf Access. Located only minutes to the Gulf of Mexico, right of the Marco River, The Marina at Factory Bay offers some of the finest first-class facilities of any marina in the area. Direct gulf access with no bridges, floating docks, a clubhouse with lounge, laundry, and showers, and some of the deepest water around, make it the idea place for a transient stopover whether you are power or sail. And if you are looking for that special full-time place to keep your baby, Factory Bay offers slip leasing and sales. The Marina at Factory Bay – Your Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. No Bridges – Deep Water – Fast Gulf Access. You’ve heard the saying “I’d rather be boating”. Well, when it comes to marinas in Southwest Florida, it’s normal to hear “I’d rather be at Factory Bay.” Located only minutes to the Gulf of Mexico, right of the Marco River, The Marina at Factory Bay offers some of the finest first-class facilities of any marina in the area. Direct gulf access with no bridges, floating docks, a clubhouse with lounge, laundry, and showers, and some of the deepest water around, make it the idea place for a transient stopover whether you are power or sail. And if you are looking for that special full-time place to keep your baby, Factory Bay offers slip leasing and sales.

      If you get a little tired of listening to the fish jumping or watching the dolphins right from your boat, you’re just a minute from some of Marco Islands’ best restaurants. In addition, Factory Bay is convenient to local shopping, grocery stores, and six miles of beaches. World-renowned Naples is only 20 minutes away. Come join us, at the end of the day, you won’t want to go home!

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    • Martins Marina

      Roland Martin Marina - Fishing Resort & Guided Fishing Trips We continuously strived to make our service and resort better for you. Our Lake Okeechobee bass guides continue to set industry standards, our resort accommodations are the best on the lake and you will never find a fishing destination like ours.

      Roland Martin Marina – Fishing Resort & Guided Fishing Trips. Since 1981 Roland Martin Marina and Resort has been family owned and operated and has been the # 1 Florida bass fishing location in the world. Lake Okeechobee is the most famous Big bass lake in the country and for many years, it has produced the best largemouth bass, blue gill and speck fishing in the world.

      Since opening their doors they have helped thousands of anglers catch there “bass of lifetime”, and have been featured on many different Bass fishing TV shows and in fishing magazine articles. Roland Martin Marina and Resort continuously strives to make their service and resort better for you. Their Lake Okeechobee bass guides continue to set industry standards, and their resort accommodations are the best on the lake.

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    • Isle of Palms Bridge Sometimes Has Less Than Charted 65-foot Clearance (Statute Mile 459)

      Hmmm, the clearance at this bridge could be a problem at times for sailcraft skippers piloting vessels with particularly tall masts. Read on!

      Subject: Isle of Palms fixed bridge clerance
      Cruising News: Be advised that the Isle of Palms fixed bridge at SM 458.9 had, according to the height guage, only 63 feet clearance at the morning high tide March 30 (full moon) and that was not the highest of the two high tides that day. We need 64 and waited for 65 by the guage. We did not test it for accuracy! Judging by the marking board scunge line, the 65 foot mark is often under water, rather than being only occasionally covered under exceptional tide and surge. All you tall rigs beware
      John and Joan

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    • GREAT List of “Friendly” Mooring Places

      Captain Jim Quince has done the cruising community a HUGE favor by putting together a list of “Friendly Mooring Places,” which are usually, but not always, free. Of course, Captain Jim’s list goes beyond the Southeastern USA waters we deal with here on the Cruisers’ Net, but there’s plenty of info here concerning “friendly” places from North Carolina to New Orleans.

      The list of free docks, etc. is now the Friendly Moorings List online at :

      Thanks to all of you that have provided input to the list. It has been updated almost daily since I first posted it and has had many additions and revisions. If I already have sent you a copy of the list, I suggest you delete that list as an out of date list and use this one. You can cut and paste it into a new document if you prefer….no strings attached!
      I will continue to add to the list as new information is provided and as we are lucky enough to visit many more places on the list. Please do send any information you think is valuable to other cruisers. I am also including good value stops with relatively low costs like some FL State Parks and Mooring Fields. (Note that we rarely eat at restaurants due to Vaughn’s food allergies. If you know of restaurants with dock space, tell me so I can include them too.)
      This Friendly Mooring List will hopefully be a good outcome from the change of status for the Venice “free” (overnight) dock!!
      Thanks, Jim

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    • Wharf Landing Marina Now Open – Lies off the southern mouth of Chowan River, at the southeastern foot of the Edenhouse Bridge

      90 Luxury Condominiums · 100 Private Boat Slips · Full Service Marina · Protected Harbor · Convenient to the Intracoastal. 800-783-8289A brand, new facility, Wharf Landing Marina has recently opened on the waters of Albemarle Sound, and the Chowan River, just west and a bit north of Edenton. The harbor will be found a short hop south of the fixed, high-rise Chowan River – Edenhouse – Highway 17 bridge, along the easterly banks.
      And, Wharf Landing Marina is our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Please patronize Wharf’s Landing whenever possible, and don’t forget to tell the marina personnel that you appreciate their support of the cruising community, by way of their support for the Salty Southeast Cruisers” Net!
      And, note Captain Jeff’s special weekend getaway deal for boating and yacht clubs!

      Come visit Historic Edenton’s newest full service, deep water marina and waterfront restaurant. Wharf Landing is a short 10 minute boat ride from Edenton’s downtown docks located at the foot of the Chowan River bridge. Wharf Landing Marina offers 90 deep water boat slips with shower and bath facilities. Gas and diesel is available on site. Our waterfront restaurant, Mac’s Backdoor Oyster Bar and Grill is an easy walk from marina. Located directly on the waterfront Mac’s offers exceptional views of the Albemarle Sound and Chowan River. A full menu with nightly specials and oyster bar Mac’s offers something for everyone.
      Boaters and yacht clubs schedule a weekend getaway with us. Reserve our extra large pier, including cooking equipment, tables, chairs, umbrellas for an incredible sunset social.
      Package deals are available. Call for info.
      Check us out at and We look forward to seeing you!!
      Jeff Powell
      Wharf Landing Sales

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wharf Landing Marina

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      The two messages below from Captain Faughn are very good news indeed. Heretofore, the city of Fort Lauderdale has consistently ignored Florida state law in regards to anchoring. Now, at least for the moment, they are complying. HOWEVER, there is a new threat to Florida anchoring rights on which we will shortly report!

      Subject: Ft. Lauderdale Anchoring
      Cruising News: Claiborne,
      We are currently anchored, and having a great time anchored in Sunset Lake in Miami Beach. We will be heading up to Ft. Lauderdale in a couple of days. So, I read with great interest your postings about the problems and potential problems with anchoring in Ft. Lauderdale. Since this has been a great stop for us in the past, I called the Ft. Lauderdale Marine Division of the Police Department to ask what they are enforcing right now. The officer told me they are no longer enforcing the 24 hour anchoring rule and you may anchor in Ft. Lauderdale and use your tender to land at a dock, which allows you to do so, and enjoy the town and provision your boat. They are in compliance with the new Florida state law with regards to anchoring and cruising boats. To us this was great news since we do enjoy visiting one of if not the largest West Marine Stores and of course Blue Water books not to mention many of the other attractions. I believe this is new information for you. By the way, thanks for all of the info you have on your website.
      Jim Faughn
      S/V Freedom a Gemini 105M

      Cruising News: I emailed previously that I had called Ft. Lauderdale Marine Police and they said they were in compliance with FL State Law. I am currently anchored in Lake Sylvia along with 8 other boats and everything is just fine except for the rain and front passing. It appears this should go back on the list of places you can anchor.
      Capt. Jim Faughn

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    • Welcome Aboard Boat Dock Marine!

      Boat Dock Marine, New Smyrna Beach, 386-690-1132, We Go to YOU!, Corrosion Controled, Outboards Tuneed Up, Diesels Repaired, Energy Systems Serviced We are very pleased to welcome aboard Mobile Boat Repair in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where, “Service Means Business!” Boat Dock Marine makes “Doc” calls and will come to YOUR boat. With over 30 years experience they’re the right call ( 386-690-1132 ) for any repair, service or tune up. “I’m looking for customers for Life,” says Doc Marine. “I will demonstrate an urgent and relentless commitment to achieve total customer satisfaction through superior service and innovative solutions.” Srvices incldue: Alternative Energy Systems Installed, Advanced Corrosion Control, Outboard repairs and Small Diesels serviced. Specializing in cruising sailboats, they also offer professional yacht delivery service.

      Give them a call at 386-690-1132 or visit them online at:

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