In This Issue
I. VERY IMPORTANT - New Florida Keys Anchoring Regulations Approved.
II. Marker Destroyed On Bunces Pass, Off Sunshine Skyway Channel, South of Boca Ciega Bay
III. Successful Low-Tide Passage of Little Mud River, AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655
IV. Captains Mark and Diana Doyle Provide Two More Excellent Articles
V. Jupiter Seasport Marina Temporarily Closing For Renovations in Late September, 2012 (Statute Mile 1005)
VI. Coast Guard Assists 3 from Sailboat On Pasquotanke River, South of Elizabeth City, NC
VII. Hazard to Navigation: Shell Key Light Destroyed, Florida Keys Inside Route - Steamboat Channel (Statute Mile 1161.3)
VIII. Caution: AICW Shoaling Reported Near Statute Mile 257.3
IX. Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net Sponsor News
X. Good Repair Yard Discovered in Southern Georgia
XI. DELAYED! Safety Zone, Elizabeth River, Eastern and Southern Branches, September 5th to 9th, AICW Statute Miles Zero to 5.8
XII. Misssing Marker in Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-Off, AICW Statute Mile 515
Old Port Cove Marina
Florida Keys

I. VERY IMPORTANT - New Florida Keys Anchoring Regulations Approved   

North Palm Beach Marina On Wednesday, September 5, 2012 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the Monroe County anchorage regulations associated with the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program. While the final version must still be approved by the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, that final nod would seem to be a mere formality. We conclude that, after all the many public forums, voluminous comments published here on the Cruisers' Net and on other nautical forums, and a lot of GOOD work by our very special Florida Keys correspondent (and founder of BARR - Boaters' Action Rights and Responsibilities), Captain Charmaine Smith Ladd, we have a new set of Florida Keys anchorage regulations which will almost certainly be in effect by the winter 2012 - 2013 cruising season! HOWEVER, as you will see, this is not nearly as onerous as it initially Key Lime Sailing Club sounds!

PLEASE check out the full story at:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96458
Intracoastal Yacht Sales Western Florida

 

II. Marker Destroyed On Bunces Pass, Off Sunshine Skyway Channel, South of Boca Ciega Bay      

 

Washington NC Connecting the Sunshine Skyway Channel with the Gulf of Mexico, Bunces Pass runs east to west north of Mullet Key, which lies west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridges and causeways, over the seaward mouth of Tampa Bay. While well-marked, Bunces Pass is restricted for larger vessels due to two fixed, 16ft vertical clearance bridges. In spite of these vertical restrictions, Bunces Pass is a very popular weekend destination for Western Florida cruisers centered around Tampa Bay and Boca Ciega Bay.

Pilot House Marina Now, in an article just cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, we learn that a key aid to navigation is now missing from this marked track. Learn where you need to take extra care at:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96362
Georgia    

III. Successful Low-Tide Passage of Little Mud River,  AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 655

Hidden Harbor Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire AICW run from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL. This "AICW Problem Stretch" lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. Earlier depth sounding reports from fellow cruisers have confirmed our recommendation to navigate this stretch at mid to high tide ONLY.

 Well, never say never. A mere 48 hours ago, we published an account by Captain Duane Ising concerning a near low water passage through these troubled waters. Wow, this article make for VERY INTERESTING reading, but all mariners please note, we still specifically do NOT recommend that Deep Point Marina anyone try to traverse this perennial AICW Problem Stretch at anything approach low water.

Read Captain Ising's full account at:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96816
Georgetown, SC North Carolina and AICW

IV. Captains Mark and Diana Doyle Provide Two More Excellent Articles

Only those very new to the Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net don't already know that for the last several months, our web site has partnered with Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of "On the Water ChartGuides." This dynamic cruising duo have been providing SSECN readers with a host of wonderful and very informative articles. Well, we have two more entries in this noteworthy list.

Belhaven Waterway Marina Belhaven, NC Guest Dock Welcomes Boaters - Captains Mark and Diana Report (Statute Mile 135.5)
Belhaven's new city dock is located along the northern shores of Pantego Creek, just west of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR, Belhaven Waterway Marina! Even though we have published several earlier articles concerning this fresh facility (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=77961 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=86346), Diana and Mark really do an excellent job of providing an in-depth look at what is certainly a welcome addition to the Belhaven, NC Cruising Scene.

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96764

Skidaway Narrows and Other Low Clearance AICW Bridges ALMOST Gone - Captains Mark and Diana Report
Captains Diana and Mark Doyle give us a penetrating insight into the topic of cruising the AICW. In this case, our dynamic cruising duo brings to light the eventual disappearance of low level AICW bridges.
While some may find the demise of these opening spans a bit of a nostalgic experience, I, for one, will be happy to see the last one fall. Over the years, I've waited far too long, and worked too hard to say off the fenders at the Wappoo Creek Bridge, south of Charleston, or pulled all my hair out at the old, now long gone, Sunset Beach McCotters Marina pontoon bridge. Soon, as Mark and Diana note, all of this will be but a bad memory!

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96784
R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks Eastern Florida

V. Jupiter Seasport Marina Temporarily Closing For Renovations in Late September, 2012 (Statute Mile 1005)

Shores at Spooners Creek Here's one Eastern Florida facility that cruisers will not be able to count on during the fall, 2012 transient season. Jupiter Seasport Marina is located along the southern flanks of the brief, east-west running portion of the AICW, between Jupiter Inlet and the Loxhatchee River (just opposite the red brick, Jupiter Lighthouse). We obtained the info in the article linked below during our telephoning to check fuel prices the week of 9/10/12.

River Dunes Marina Learn the full story at:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96781
Elizabeth City, NC North Carolina

VI. Coast Guard Assists 3 from Sailboat On Pasquotanke River, South of Elizabeth City, NC, Near AICW Dismal Swamp Alternate Route St. M. 59

Galley Stores Marina The calendar had hardly left the month of August behind before we began hearing reports about the partial "sinking" of a sailcraft on the Pasquotank River, near Elizabeth City, NC. The Pasquotank, of course, is part of the AICW Alternate Dismal Swamp Canal Route.

An on-line story published by the USCG reported that the vessel in question had been holed by an underwater piling. We immediately began researching this incident. If there was a piling waiting just below the surface to ambush the keel of any cruising craft, we wanted to find out about it forthwith.

Southport Marina Well, one cool week later after an even half dozen calls to the Elizabeth City, NC USCG Small Boat Base, we were getting seriously frustrated. None of our calls were being returned, even after more than one thorough explanation that we were just attempting to provide information to the cruising community which would help to avoid a repetition of this incident.

Thus it was that we turned to our friends at the Elizabeth City Convention and Visitor's Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR, for help. Less than 24 hours later, a promptly returned called solved Coinjock Marina the mystery. Many, many thanks to Captain Susan for clearing up this question.

Get the answers to this mini-mystery at:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96490
Morehead City Yacht Basin Florida Keys 

VII. Hazard to Navigation: Shell Key Light Destroyed, Florida Keys Inside Route - Steamboat Channel (Statute Mile 1161.3)

Manteo Waterfront Marina Shell Key Light, a 16ft FG Marker #90, usually denotes the northern flank of the Florida Keys Inside Route's passage through Steam Boat Channel, which divides Shell Key Bank (near Islamorado, between Barley Basin and Lignumvitae Basin).

As you will see by perusing the article linked below, this aid to navigation has been destroyed, and the remains of the piling that once supported the marker, are now a mere 2 feet below the water's surface. YIKES!!!!

Toucan Grill ALL Florida Keys cruisers are urged to get full details at:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96322 
River Forest Marina North Carolina AICW

VIII. Caution: AICW Shoaling Reported Near Statute Mile 257.3


Siggghhh, it seems every time we turn around here at the SSECN, another report comes along concerning additional shoaling along the path of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Well, we have another one, this time centered on the North Carolina portion of the AICW, south of New River Inlet.

Albemarle Plantation Marina All snowbirds and year round North Carolina cruisers, run, don't walk to:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96505
Harbourgate Marina
North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia

IX. Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net Sponsor News

Jekyll Harbor Marina It has been said many times, but it's definitely worth repeating again. If it were not for the support of our sponsors, we could not possibly offer all the many free services of the Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net to the cruising community. And so, we humbly ask once again, as you undertake your fall cruising, PLEASE patronize our sponsors whenever possible, and please tell our sponsors that you appreciate their support of the cruising community via their support for the SSECN.

And, in this same vein, I have asked our sponsors to let us know about any special deals for cruisers during this fall, 2012 cruising season. Here are some links to what we've heard so far:

Anchorage Marina All Welcome at Harbourgate Marina, AICW Statute Mile 347
http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96447

New Manager at Jekyll Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 684.5
http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96378

Anchorage Marina Coverting To Attractively Priced Boataminimums (Statute Mile 206, Atlantic Beach, NC)
http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96375

Harborwalk Marina Harborwalk Marina (Statute Mile 403, Georgetown, SC) Offering Winter Layover Dockage Special
http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96369

High Praise for Sunbury Crab Company Restaurant and Marina, Medway River off AICW Statute Mile 620
http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96053

Sunbury Crab Company
 
Downtown Beaufort Marina Georgia

X. Good Repair Yard Discovered in Southern Georgia (off St. Marys River, on North River, near St. M. 712)

Charleston Harbor Marina Linked below is a note from a satisfied customer of a boatyard (St. Marys Boat Service) that I've somehow managed to miss knowing about for the past 30+ years. After seeing Captain Sipe's note, I e-mailed and asked for more specific data on this yard's location. Captain Sipe promptly replied, and gave us an exact position on the eastern shores of North River.

Sounds like this place may be a good one to know about!

Dolphin Cove Marina Check out:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=96151

 
Charleston City Marina Winter, 2012 Dockage Specials VA to NC

XI. DELAYED! Safety Zone, Elizabeth River, Eastern and Southern Branches, September 5th to 9th, AICW Statute Miles Zero to 5.8

Port Royal Landing Marina We just received word that this Safety Zone has been delayed:

Longboat Key Club Marina South Carolina

XII. Misssing Marker in Ashepoo-Coosaw Cut-Off, AICW Statute Mile 515

As if depths were not problem enough in this perennial AICW Problem Stretch, where earlier reports have indicated depths of 5.8 feet at dead low tide, now we have a marker broken off near the waterline.

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