| South Carolina
I. SSECN "South Carolina Marina Directory" Now Includes Photo Galleries
The Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net is proud to announce the completion of our "Photo Gallery Project" for virtually all of the facilities included in our "South Carolina Marina Directory." There are a very few marinas where we need to go back and get some additional images before putting up a gallery, but the vast majority of our marina listings now contain a colorful, easy to find link to photo galleries specific to each marina. And, included in all these photo galleries is a Google Earth image of each facility.
Let me show you how it works. We are going to pick on Harbour Town Yacht Basin, on Hilton Head Island, SC, as an example. So, please follow this link to HTYB's entry in our "South Carolina Marina Directory:"
Once the listing comes up, scroll to the bottom, and click on the "Click Here for Photo Gallery" graphic." You will then be taken to a gallery page, specific to Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Follow the instructions on how to browse through the full size images. After you are finished viewing, click the "Click Here To Return To Full Listing Of Services For This Marina" graphic. Presto, chango, you will be returned to the SC Marina Directory listing for this facility. What could be easier?
All photo galleries listed in our "South Carolina Marina Directory" work pretty much the same way. Remember, to peruse our various SC facilities, locate the red, vertically stacked menus on the right side of all SSECN pages (except Chart View pages). Click on "South Carolina" and a drop down menu will appear. Now, click on "SC Marinas" and a sub-sub drop down menu will appear. You can then choose to view "All SC Marinas" or only those facilities specific to a particular geographic sub-region of the South Carolina coastline.
We sincerely hope the cruising community finds this new feature to be helpful. PLEASE let us know what you think by e-mailing me at CruisersNet@triad.twcbc.com.
Now, it's on to setting up photo galleries for all Georgia marinas. We'll let you know just as soon as this project is complete!
| Western Florida
II. One Marina's Preparation For Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac
It's too early yet to bring you reports on how the Northern Gulf Coast has fared after the onslaught of slow moving Hurricane Isaac. However, we have just posted a very interesting account, including photos, of how one really first class Western Florida marina prepared for what was then Tropical Storm Isaac.
The facility in question is located in Palmetto Florida, on the waters of Manatee River, itself running off lower Tampa Bay. Of course, the storm did not have too much of an impact on these waters, but no-one knew that was going to be the case when the described preparations were taking place.
So, check out how a marina can be well prepared for a major storm by visiting:
Oh yes, we do have one report from Orange Beach, Alabama concerning Isaac's impact on Wharf Marina. And, this is a happy report indeed. Check out:
| Eastern Florida
III. "Rocky" Hazard Reported in Dania Cut-off Canal, south of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Port Everglades (Statute Mile 1068.5)
A short hop south of the AICW's transit through Fort Lauderdale's Port Evergades commercial harbor, the Dania Cut-off canal strikes into the western flank of the AICW. This stream is bounded farther to the west by a couple of low-level, fixed bridges, but east of these spans, the canal plays host to two marinas which cater to cruising size craft and several repair facilities.
Just this week, SSECN Senior Editor, Captain Larry Dorminy, cherry picked an important article from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, about a very real navigational hazard on the Dania Cut-Off Canal, right in the heart of the large craft marinas and repair yards.
ALL cruisers who have even a thought of visiting the canal facilities should spare no effort to fully read:
IV. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Exempts Popular Northern Keys Anchorage From New Regulations
We are very pleased to report that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) has decided to disallow Monroe County's new anchorage regulations, associated with the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Project, for what is arguably the most popular Key Largo anchorage, off the Florida Keys Inside Route. Check out this happy news at:
V. Shoaling Reported South of AICW Marker #54 (Statute Mile 774, near St. Augustine, FL)
Here's an item that will be of great interest to all "snowbirds," as well as year round northeastern Florida cruisers. Earlier this week, we posted an important message authored by Captain David Burnham concerning what is apparently new AICW shoaling north of St. Augustine, hard by marker #54. This aid to navigation denotes the AICW's path through Tolomato River some 2.2 statute miles north of St. Augustine Inlet.
Check out the full skinny on these shallows at:
VI. Captain Jane Tigar Returns to the Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net With a Review of a Super Oriental, NC Dining Attraction
The Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net is HAPPY to welcome back our good friend, Captain Jane Tigar. During years past, we have featured Captain Jane's articles about cruising south (and north) on the AICW, as far as the Florida Keys. Lately, though, Jane has taken a long absence from cruising.
Happily, Captain Jane has now relocated to the charming river village of Oriental, North Carolina, and has promised regular contributions to the Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net!
Linked below, you will find Jane's first new contribution concerning one of this fellow's FAVORITE dining spots in Oriental, NC. To be just a little bit succinct, DON'T MISS IT!!!
Full details at:http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95791
VII. Sixth Edition of "The Intracoastal Waterway Chartbook" Released
We are pleased to help promote the new, updated sixth edition of "The Intracoastal Waterway Chartbook," authored by yours truly's dear friends (and frequent SSECN contributors), Captains John and Leslie Kettlewell.
I truly don't think there is a better paper chartbook for the AICW anywhere than this one. John and Leslie, kind of like this fellow, have been at this for 25+ years. So, not only do you get the latest charts, but you get the benefit of all their experience as well.
So, if you are in the market for a paper chart book, run, don't walk to your nearest bookshop and pick up a copy of the just released sixth edition! Learn lots more at:http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95808
VIII. Key Lime Sailing Club Survives Hurricane Isaac And Looks Forward to a GREAT Fall/Winter Cruising Season (Key Largo, FL)
I am sometimes asked who was the very first marine company to support the Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net when our site first came on the scene back in early 2006. Well, the answer is Captain Paul and the Key Lime Sailing Club. I received a telephone call from Paul while he was traveling in the Philippines. His enthusiastic support of what we were trying to do really gladdened our hearts, and made everyone's day.
And so, it is with much gratitude that we present the report linked below about this interesting facility having survived Tropical Storm Isaac with only very minor damage. You will also learn all that these good people have to offer their guests, INCLUDING YOUR OWN SAILCRAFT AS PART OF ALL ROOM RENTALS. How's that for something completely different.
X. Two Opposing Views Concerning The New Mooring Field in Carolina Beach, NC, AICW Statute Mile 295
Just completed in February, 2012, the new Carolina Beach mooring field is located south of Snows Cut, between markers #4 and #5 on the approach channel to the Carolina Beach town waterfront. A dinghy dock is now available at the Carolina Beach Municipal Marina in the extreme southwest corner of the harbor.
Cruisers will want to peruse two very different views of this mooring field, just published this week on the Cruisers' Net.
Learn all at:http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95509