In This Issue
I. South Carolina/AICW Shoaling Reported (Statute Mile 570) - INPUT NEEDED From the Cruising Communinity
II. Five-Day Closure of AICW/Elizabeth River Proposed, To Begin September 5-14, 2012 AICW Statute Mile 5.8
III. AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch - Captains Mark and Diana Report (St. M. 237)
IV. GOOD NEWS - Okeechobee Waterway Reopens Early
V. ARGUS Confirms Shoaling on AICW Problem Stretch - AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC
VI. "Pickin' on the Pamlico" at Festival Park, Washington, NC, off the AICW on Pamlico River Slated 8/25/12
VII....A Visit to Three Rooker Bay Anchorage (Western Florida ICW, Statute Mile 147
VIII. New On-site Restaurant Now Open at Dolphin Cove Marina, Ashley River, Charleston, SC
St. Petersburg Municipal Marina I. South Carolina/AICW Shoaling Reported (Statute Mile 570) - INPUT NEEDED From the Cruising Community             

The Waterway crosses through Statute Mile 570 at the intersection of New River and Ramshorn Creek, five miles north of Fields Cut and the Savannah River. After passing south-southeast through a very narrow section between markers #39 and #40, the Waterway follows a short, dredged channel.

Twin Dolphin Marina Years ago, while researching several different editions of my "Cruising Guide to Coastal South Carolina and Georgia," I found shoaling here, but for some years now, we have not had reports of this nature here on the SSECN. HOWEVER, it has probably been a good four years since I last sounded this passage myself, and clearly things have changed, and not for the better!

Late last week, we posted an important message from Captain Mark Costello in which he reports serious AICW shoaling north and south of markers #39 and #40. We have established an SSECN "Navigation Alert" here, BUT we NEED MORE INPUT FROM THE CRUISING COMMUNITY, to give year round Palmetto State cruisers and soon to be passing "snowbirds" better information as to how to deal with these reported shallows.
Gulf Harbour Marina
ALL cruisers who plan on traversing the Ramshorn Creek section of the AICW over the next six months, should follow the link below and read what Captain Costello has to report. Then, those of you who have cruised this section of the Waterway during the last several months, PLEASE click on the "Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge" link at Legacy Harbour Marina the bottom of the posting, and share your data!

Please go to:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91914

Fort Myers Beach Anchorage II. Five-Day Closure of AICW/Elizabeth River Proposed, To Begin September 5-14, 2012 AICW Statute Mile 5.8    

 

Talk about less than ideal timing! The "proposed" closing (follow link below) of the AICW at the Gilmerton Hwy Bridge, a bascule span with a closed vertical clearance of 11ft (Statute Mile 5.8), was originally slated to take place the first week of August, 2012, a seemingly ideal time with AICW traffic at a minimum. This closure is necessitated by the placing of a new center span as part of the total reconstruction of the Gilmerton bridge.  

Marina at Factory Bay  

Well, undoubtedly the contractor is running behind. What else is new!

   

Even though this is a "proposed" closure, I would just about bet the old homeplace that it indeed takes place. SOUTHBOUND AICW CRUISERS NEED TO PLAN FOR THIS AICW DISRUPTION NOW, OR FACE A LONG AND POSSIBLY FRUSTRATING DELAY!

   

Southwest Florida Yachts Full details at:

  

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=92001 

Fort Myers Municipal Marina III. AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch - Captains Mark and Diana Report (St. M. 237)


The latest in our series of excellent, in-depth reports from our good friends and strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of On The Water ChartGuides (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com) centers on the troubled waters hard by the AICW's twin intersections with shoal Browns Inlet, south and west of Swansboro, NC.

Rivera Dunes Marina This is one of the strangest of the "AICW Problem Stretches." As little as 8 years ago, and going back to my boyhood days in the 1950's, there was never a shoaling problem here. All that has now changed, and, in spite of repeated dredgings the shallows reported by Diana and Mark, as well as MANY other cruisers, keep returning time and time again, in fairly short order.

Again, Diana and Mark bring a wealth of detail to their report, including shots of their sounder/chartplotter, showing their specific track and recorded depths. ANYONE and EVERYONE who plans on traversing the AICW south of Swansboro over the next 6 months will find much to interest them.
Port St. Joe Marina
So, don't pass go, don't collect $200, go directly to:


Dowry Creek Marina IV. GOOD NEWS - Okeechobee Waterway Reopens Early

Will wonders never cease? When is the last time you heard of an on-the-water project being completed ahead of schedule?

Well, that's just what has happened here. Repairs on the Moore Haven Lock, which had shut down the entire Okeechobee Waterway passage, and was slated to continue for several more weeks, have been completed. This useful passage is now open and ready to be used by year round Floridian boaters, and will be well worn in by the time the Elizabeth City, NC vanguard of the Fall, 2012 snowbirds arrives.

Full details at:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91907 
Intracoastal Yacht Sales V. ARGUS Confirms Shoaling on AICW Problem Stretch - AICW Channel South of McClellanville, SC to Awendaw Creek (St. M. 430 to 435)

Perhaps the #1 advantage of being Survice Enginnering's ARGUS Project's strategic web partner, is that the SSECN is the FIRST to receive shallow water updates from the various ARGUS volunteer research vessels traveling Southeastern USA coastal waters. And, that's just what's happened here!

Hidden Harbor Now, it isn't exactly a surprise that the ARGUS equipment aboard M/V Elixir has just reported finding less than optimum depths along the path of the AICW south of McClellanville, South Carolina. After all, the Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net declared these waters an "AICW Problem Stretch" several years ago! However, it's certainly nice for ARGUS to verify this data, and even to pin-point the shallowest spots!

International Marine Service Follow the link below and take a look at the included graphic. Note the color coded ARGUS "solution sets" along the track of the AICW immediately southwest of marker #37. This stretch of the AICW lies just southwest of Jeremy Creek and McClellanville. As you will see, Elixir discovered some 6-foot MLW depths right along the mid-width of the AICW channel. Still enough for most vessels, but definitely getting on the thin side!

Please go to:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91407 
Washington NC VI. "Pickin' on the Pamlico" at Festival Park, Washington, NC, off the AICW on Pamlico River Slated for 8/25/12 

SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR, Washington, North Carolina, is up to its old tricks of giving cruisers more reasons than ever to abandon the familiar confines of the AICW, and cruise up Pamlico River to the downtown City Docks. On 8/25/12, the city of Washington has scheduled a massive festival which will celebrate the best in "blue crab" cusine.

Kadey Krogen Yachts And, if that's not reason enough to entice you upstream, follow the link below to discover how you can enjoy the very BEST in blue crab (in all its many forms) AND support the further development of the downtown Washington waterfront. Talk about a win - win scenario! Don't dare miss "Pickin' on the Pamlico!" See you there!

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91898

Key Lime Sailing Club VII.  A Visit to Three Rooker Bay Anchorage (Western Florida ICW, Statute Mile 147

A short hop south of the Western Florida ICW's northerly terminus at Anclote Key, a small and changeable body of land known as "Three Rooker Bar" flanks the Waterway's western flank. Cautious/adventurous cruisers can experience one of the most unusual anchorages on the western coastline of the Sunshine State by carefully dropping the hook just behind this isle.

Georgetown, SC Just this week, we received a good report from Captain Roger Battistoni who has anchored several times at this spot. Learn more by visiting:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91659 

Dolphin Cove Marina
VIII. New On-site Restaurant Now Open at Dolphin Cove Marina, Ashley River, Charleston, SC

Dolphin Cove Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR, overlooks the Ashley River's eastern shores north of unlighted daybeacon #16, northwest of the charted "R TR". To reach this facility from the AICW's run through lower Ashley River, your vessel must pass through/under the Ashley River Memorial/US 17 twin bridges.

Pilot House Marina Dolphin Cove is sometimes overlooked by cruisers who opt for Charleston City Marina or, on the Cooper River side of Charleston, Charleston Martime Center or Charleston Harbor Marina.

And, there is certainly nothing wrong with that plan of action. After all, both Charleston Harbor Marina and Charleston City Marina are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSORS as well!

Deep Point Marina However, if you seek a quieter, lower energy setting to coil your lines, consider Dolphin Cove, farther upstream on Cooper River. To access the principal Charleston historic and business districts, you will need a rental car, or a taxi ride, but now Dolphin Cove offers an on-site dining option, as you will discover by following the link below.

 

Cammachee Cove Marina IX. Camachee Cove Marina Announces New Dredging and Summer Dockage Specials (near St. Augustine, Florida - Statute Mile 775.5)

Follow the link below to peruse a WEALTH of GOOD news concerning SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor. Not only are their summer dockage specials something for which every cruiser should sit up and take notice, but their entrance channel and dockage basin dredging is also good news indeed. It's just another case of the best getting even better.

Bald Head Island Marina The marked entrance channel leading to Camachee Cove strikes west off the AICW, a short hop north of the Vilano Beach Highrise Bridge. See you there!!!

Check out:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91810

That's all for now, Good luck and good cruising to all!  

   

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