| I. Great In-Depth Article about Dinner Key Marina and Mooring Field, Plus Coconut Grove Community (Miami, FL, near St. M. 1094.5)
The Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net is pleased and proud to have just published an excellent article authored by freelance writer, Captain Jessica Geffen. In her story, Captain Jessica give us an in-depth look at both Dinner Key Marina's facilities and adjacent mooring field, plus lots of info and advice concerning the nearby Coconut Grove community and business district.
If your cruising plans call for a stop at this popular port of call on the way to or from the Florida Keys (or elsewhere), run, don't walk to:
II. Shoaling Worsens On Two AICW Problem Stretches
Within this past week, we've posted two articles concerning ongoing shoaling at both South Carolina's Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff (near St. M. 515) and Georgia's Hell Gate section of the AICW (near St. M. 602). If you are cruising south and are still north of one or both of these waters, or these problem stretches are part of your local, year round cruising grounds, be sure to check out both:
III. Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net Now Offers "Alphabetical" Index of Georgia Marinas
In our last Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net Alert, we announced alphabetical listings for all marinas in North and South Carolina, in addition to our traditional geographic listings of these facilities. As we explained then, our new alphabetical marina listings are useful if a cruiser wants to check out the services and stats for a marina which is already known by name and coastline. Of course, you can continue to review marinas, anchorages and bridges geographically, as has always been true on the Cruisers' Net. Our new alpha pages are what might be considered the proverbial icing on top of the cake!
Anyway, to check out the new alphabetical listing for Georgia Marinas, go to our home page at:
Locate the red, vertically stacked, "Cruising News and Reference Directories" menus on the right, upper side of the page and click on "Georgia." A drop down menu will appear. Now, click on "GA Marinas." A sub drop-down menu will appear with the usual geographic and sub geographic categories of GA marinas, EXCEPT at the very top of the sub-menu is a NEW choice entitled, "GA Marinas Alphabetical Listing." Click on this menu item, and a page will open listing all Georgia facilities sorted alphabetically by marina name.
We are hard at work on an Eastern Florida Marinas alphabetical listing, and will hopefully have that new feature ready to go sometime next week.
| IV. Detailed Okeechobee Waterway Crossing Report As of 10/12/11|
My long lost cousin, Captain Wendy Young, has filed a very detailed account of her recent passage across the Okeechobee Waterway, from Stuart to Fort Myers. I've noticed a host of questions on other nautical mailing lists lately asking for up-to-date info concerning this useful Florida short-cut. Well, Captain Wendy answers most of those queries in her report. So, if you will be cruising the Okeechobee Waterway this fall or winter season, check out:
V. Captains Greg and Susan Han Post Dramatic Live-Fire Video Link
Recently, long time Cruisers' Net contributors, Captains Greg and Susan Han, spent what they thought was going to be a quiet night at an old dock, near Pungo Ferry, VA (on the AICW just north of the VA - NC state line). Warned by a US Navy photographic boat that a live fire exercise was about to take place immediately adjacent to their berth, Greg shot some very dramatic video of the event. He has been kind enough to post a link to this video on the Cruisers' Net.
Trust me on this one folks, even though the involved vessels are small, the rapid fire machine guns and other weapons in action have to be seen. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!
VI. Report of Shallow Water in AICW/Masonboro Inlet Intersection (Statute Mile 285.5)
Immediately south of Wrightsville Beach, NC, the AICW runs past the westernmost reaches of Masonboro Inlet, at a body of water known as Shinn Creek. Over the years, shoaling has been a perennial problem at this intersection, but prior to 2011, this problem was not as large a concern.
Now, with two recent reports to the contrary, the Cruisers' Net has established a "Navigational Alert" for these waters. Check it out at:
| VII. Charleston, South Carolina Swim Event Set For Sunday, October 23, 2011, 10am to 4pm|
Swimmers will be navigating Charleston Harbor on a 10-mile marathon swim from the Wando River to the Ashley River this coming weekend. HOWEVER, there is good news for cruisers navigating through the waters of the "Holy City" during this time period. Check it out at:
| VIII. Norfolk/Portsmouth Belt Line RR Bridge Cruising Size Craft Transit Not Affected by Repairs! AICW Statute Mile 2.19|
Over the past two weeks there has been contradictory information flying around on many nautical web sites and mailing lists about the Norfolk/Portsmouth Belt Line RR Bridge at AICW Statute Mile 2.19. Some have reported that repairs were going to restrict passage through this span, while others claimed the opposite. The reason for this confusion was an unclear item concerning this bridge which appeared in the "Local Notice to Mariners."
Well, not one to be confused, our Eastern Seaboard Editor, Captain Larry Dorminy, has tracked down the correct information on this span, after one on one conversations with the bridge tender and the USCG. And, the news is GOOD for cruising craft.
Full details at:
| IX. Praise for Charleston Harbor Marina, Charleston Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 465|
It's always nice to post not one, but two very positive reviews about a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUSIERS' NET SPONSOR! That's just what happened this week in regards to Charleston Harbor Marina.
For full details, go to:
| X. Ponce de Leon Inlet, North Jetty Light Destroyed, AICW Statute Mile 843|
Few cruising skippers, except by necessity, would brave changeable Ponce de Leon Inlet (a few miles north of New Smyrna Beach, Florida) after dark. But, just to keep everyone current, follow the link below to check out info concerning a "destroyed" aid to navigation on this inlet channel.