| I. The Best Breakfast on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway ???
OK, I've gone out on a proverbial limb, and done something seriously DANGEROUS! I have registered my opinion about where the very best breakfast available to cruisers on the entire course of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, from Norfolk, VA to Miami, Florida, can be found! Yes, in my humble opinion, a better breakfast than Thomas Cafe in Georgetown, South Carolina, than Cox Family Restaurant in Morehead City, North Carolina and even better than the Variety Store Restaurant at Charleston (South Carolina) City Marina.
Follow the link below to check out my stand on this "critically important" question. But, there's more to this posting than just my review of a really GREAT place to raise your cholesterol level!
I WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS ARTICLE TO BEGIN A LIVELY DISCUSSION ABOUT WHERE YOU THINK THE BEST BREAKFAST ON THE AICW CAN BE FOUND. PLEASE contribute your favorites by e-mailing me directly at CruisersNet@triad.twcbc.com. Let's discover together where the best diet busting breakfast spots are to be found. Both yours truly and your fellow cruisers ARE EAGER TO HEAR FROM YOU. So, PLEASE follow the link below, read my personal opinion on the subject, then chime in with your own point of view!
And, by the way, we are also equally interested where the best breakfast spots, convenient to dockside dining, are to be found in the Florida Keys and the Western Florida coastline. Please tell us about your morning favorites on these waters as well!
So, PLEASE check out:
II. GREAT Guest Nautical Photo Gallery Now Available on the SSECN From Captain Susan Leaf
Over the last several years, we have been privileged to publish some absolutely outstanding images in the SSECN's "Photo of the Week" section. More than a few of these noteworthy photos have come to us courtesy of Captain Susan Leaf. Now, Susan has been kind enough to share a very special collection of her favorite photos with the cruising community. Don't dare miss following the link below to peruse these memorable pics!!!!
In regards to Susan's interest in nautical photography, she writes:
I've been interested in photography since art school, mainly for painting ideas. When I and my husband, Elden, became full time cruisers in 2010, I decided digital photos would be a great way to share our journeys. Thus began the collecting and arranging of thousands of photos of our trip up and down the East coast from North Carolina to Florida. The further we went, the more varied and beautiful the subjects. The collection will continue to grow as we plan on exploring the west coast of Florida and the Bahamas in the coming years.
Check out Susan's guest photo gallery at:
III. Captains Mark and Diana Doyle Report on South Carolina's Thoroughfare Creek Anchorage and the AICW/Bogue Inlet Problem Stretch
During the past week, we have published two very useful articles authored by SSECN Strategic Partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of On the Water ChartGuides (see http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/). And, by the way, next week, we will present an important announcement concerning Diana and Mark's latest release, which will be of great interest to the entire cruising community!
For the moment, though, let's turn our attention to this dynamic duo's detailed account of the AICW/Bogue Inlet Intersection "Problem Stretch," hard by the charming community of Swansboro, NC. As you will discover by following the link below, Mark and Diana discovered a worsening shallow spot, right on the magenta line. To discover where these shallows lie, and how bad they are (so far), please visit:
Captains Diana and Mark have also sent along a really useful article concerning one of this writer's favorite AICW/Waccamaw River, South Carolina anchorages (near Statute Mile 389). Sometimes we all, or at least I do, get so wrapped up with memories of an anchorage's natural beauty, rich history and superb shelter, we forget there may be another side to the story.
And, indeed, that is just the case here. Along a river replete with wonderful spots to drop the hook overnight, Thoroughfare Creek vies with Bull Creek for the best of the best in this region. And yet, as you will see by following the link below, there may be certain times of the year when a disadvantage or two may show up on these waters.
So, check out:
|IV. Cedar Keys South Bar Channel Daybeacon Missing, Western Florida - Big Bend Region|
Cedar Key, which lies between the Big Bend's Withlacoochee and Steinhatchee Rivers, is, in my humble opinion, a forgettable port of call. Among other less than desirable attributes are this community's entrance channels from the Gulf of Mexico. Neither of the two principal passage are anything to write home about.
The main, "Seahorse Key" passage contains an unbelievable "S" turn which has to be seen to be believed, and past postings on the SSECN have shown the formerly more navigable Northwest Channel is shoaling near its westerly tip.
Now, in a recent SSECN posting, cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners, we learn about a missing aid to navigation on a third Cedar Key route known as the "South Bar Channel," which lies east of the primary Cedar Key waterfront.
Cruisers bent on visiting this port of call will want to check out:
|V. Missing Georgia AICW Aid to Navigation South of Skidaway Narrows, Statute Mile 595 and Missing Marker at Seaward Entrance to Wassaw Sound, off the AICW|
Through no plan of my own, this looks like it's shaping up to be a "missing marker" dominated "SSECN Alert." The first missing marker lies along the AICW in northern Georgia.
South of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR, Isle of Hope Marina, and north of the Waterway's intersection with Vernon River, the AICW passes by historic Moon River. And, yes, this is the stream that inspired the famous song of the same name.
Of less melodic, but far more navigational significance, the latest Notice to Mariners reports a missing AICW aid to navigation along this stretch.
Full details at:
Just a hop farther to the north, mariners can leave the Waterway at marker #40, and track their way seaward by way of Wilmington River and Wassaw Sound. Again, the latest LNTM reports a missing aid to navigation along this stretch. Learn all at:
|VI. Excellent Report on Nine Foot Slough Channel into Ocracoke, NC, Pamlico Sound|
Perhaps "the" single most popular summertime cruise on the North Carolina coastline, is a sojourn across often choppy, shoal prone Pamlico Sound to the historic island community of Ocracoke, NC. Crossing Pamlico Sound is always something of a navigational challenge, with its widely spaced aids to navigation. As you begin your approach to Ocracoke, there are two channels to choose from. The primary route is known as the Big Foot Slough Channel, but in years past any number of year round NC cruisers have made use of a second passage known as the "Nine Foot Shoal Channel."
This latter strategy is now very much in doubt. Follow this link to learn why:
|VII. Shoaling at Wiggins Pass, Western Florida Coastline, South of Caloohatchee River|
One of the most shoal prone inlets on the Western Florida coastline, Wiggins Pass, cuts the coast between Gordon Pass and Fort Myers Beach. This channel is often dredged, but by the time the dredge disappears over the horizon, the sand is silting back in once again.
Follow the link below to peruse a cherry picked Local Notice to Mariners article concerning this inlet. We think you will then agree that it's time to give the dredging contractors some more business.
VIII. News from Downtown Beaufort Marina - Beaufort, South Carolina
Last week yours truly undertook a sojourn to personally call upon and research all the marinas from Beaufort to Hilton Head, South Carolina. All the data gleaned from this trip has already been fed into our "South Carolina Marina Directory."
My first call during this research was to my good friends, Mandy and Rick Griffin at Downtown Beaufort Marina. Both Rick and Mandy gave unstintingly of their time and expertise to update the SSECN not only on their facility, but also many of the happenings and upcoming changes in the Beaufort region.
We have compiled all this data together into a special posting at:
Give it a read. You won't be sorry!
IX. Report from Fort Lauderdale Official Anchorage/Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 1064
Fort Lauderdale, the "Venice of American" and my boyhood winter hang-out, is not exactly known as an anchorage friendly environment. In fact, contrary to Florida State Law there is only one officially sanctioned anchorage/mooring field in all of the corporate city limit waters. That spot is found immediately south of the Las Olas Bridge, abutting the Waterway's westerly banks.
A few days ago, we published a short but useful account of this haven, authored by Captain John Byrne, Check out this article at:
X. Shallow Depths Noted on "Yacht Channel" - Florida Keys to Cape Sable and Western Florida Coastline
There are at least three ways to cruise from the Florida Keys to Cape Sable and the Western Florida coastline. Two of these possible passages depart from Marathon and Moser Channel, and then merge farther to the north. The third possibility leads generally north from Channel Five, found north and east of Marathon, and then skips along the western flank of Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park Boundary, to Cape Sable.
This latter route is known as the "Yacht Channel" and it is the shortest of the three. HOWEVER, the rub is that, for many years, cruisers have noted some shallow depths along the way. Well, we have just published another article that seems to verify the presence of this earlier reported thin water.
All who plan on cruising from the Keys to the western coastline of the Sunshine State, or the other way around, will want to take a good look at: