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  • Weekly Highlights from the City of Gulfport, Fl, August 22 to 28, Boca Ciega Bay

    One of our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Gulfport Municipal Marina has recently undergone renovations and is also adding a nearby mooring field. The marina and harbor are found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay and are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

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    Plan your calendar with the City of Gulfport Florida!
    August 22 – 28, 2016

    CLICK HERE for the Official Website for the City of Gulfport, Florida.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Municipal Marina

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

  • Cook with Cruising Kiss, available at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377

    Author Corinne Kanter has these suggestions to make your culinary summer delightful and delicious! Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. As well as making sausage, Bucksport is hosting one more drag boat race this summer in September, as well as a reduced dockage rate for SSECN readers.

    If you are inside and near Bucksport Marina, pickup Bucksport Sausage.
    Need more helpful hints, you should carry the cookbook CRUISING KISS, keep it simple Sailor? Stupid? or really SYSTEM.
    Have a great race. Cook with KISS.
    PS. If you would like a autograph copy order direct or get it on Amazon. Corinne had the column in Multihull Magazine out of Quicy, Mass. titled Corinne’s Culinary Corner.

    Cook With K.I.S.S.
    Corinne Kanter, author of The Cruising KISS Cookbook
    The Rooster Crows but the HEN delivers the goods

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Directory Listing For Bucksport Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bucksport Marina

  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary Dedication Ceremony, 8/31, New Bern Grand Marina, New Bern, NC

    The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.


    New Bern, NC (August 17, 2016) – The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 20-04 New Bern, is pleased to uscgauxnewbernannounce the addition of a boat (hereinafter called a “facility”) which has been outfitted and prepared for use in the support of the United States Coast Guard. This facility was donated by Jim Bonnett of New Bern by way of his parents, Mac & Hob Bonnett, also of New Bern. Mr. & Mrs. Bonnett and their son Jim previously served as members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The event is planned for Wednesday, August 31st at 1-2pm at the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club. The ceremony will immediately be followed with refreshments at the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club Administrative offices at 134 Craven Street. READ MORE

    This facility is registered as USCGAUX 201204, and is the property of the Coast Guard Foundation. It is assigned to Flotilla 20-04 for service in aid to Station Hobucken. The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club has graciously allowed Flotilla 20-04 to dock the new facility at the New Bern Grand Marina which is centrally located in our area of responsibility.

    The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The primary mission of the Auxiliary is the promotion of recreational boating safety which includes teaching boating safety courses. Auxiliarists are unpaid volunteers who train, qualify, dress, perform various Coast Guard missions, and work side by side with the active duty components. With the exception of direct law enforcement and military maneuvers, the Auxiliary is authorized by law to perform all missions of the Coast Guard.

    The generosity of this donation is significant, and is deeply appreciated by all who serve at Station Hobucken as well as the boat crew members and trainees including all of Flotilla 20-04.

    The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club has been referred to as the “Jewel of historic New Bern” and has been pictured and featured in many local and state and regional publications. Walking distance and just minutes from New Bern’s historic district, a host of quaint boutiques, The NC History Center and Tryon Palace, The Birthplace of Pepsi & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Store, fine and casual dining, along with several parks, walking trails, trolley rides and ghost tours; the marina claims title to simply one of the best destination marinas in eastern North Carolina. A limited number of slips are available for purchase and a unique slip rental program which make living the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of a possibility. Services include WiFi service, HD cable with over 150 HD channels, valet baggage service, dine-in service, secure marina cam, pool and fitness center, yacht club facilities, hotel, dining and merchant loyalty discounts. For more information, call The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club at (252) 633-6070 or go to

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For New Bern Grand Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Bern Grand Marina

  • Eastern North Carolina Boat Shows: In-Water, 9/30-10/2, On-Land, 10/8-9, New Bern, NC, Trent River

    The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.


    ATTENTION Eastern North Carolina Boat Dealers and Marine Trade Exhibitors!!!

    This year’s boat show has been renamed the EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA BOAT SHOW & will be held the first two weekends in October. It’s time to sell this year’s inventory or market your product or service before the warm weather says good bye to eastern North Carolina. READ MORE

    Sponsored in Joint by:

    In-Water Eastern NC Boat Show, (Sept 30-Oct 2): Our in-water boat show will begin with a Kick Off Party on September 30th. This two day show will begin on October 1st and feature 23-30 new and up-scale brokered boats. New boats showcased at this year’s event will feature “nothing but the best”…locally-made eastern NC manufactured boats. Not to mention, we’ve planned a number of PHENOMENAL events! The show will be marketed in 15+ counties throughout the state of North Carolina, along with NC “registered” boat owners and “NC documented” boat owners. Events for this year’s show will be:

    September 30th – Bern Beer Brats & Boats Kick Off Party with Reggae music!
    October 1st – Nautical Wine Tasting Event & Art Exhibit with live “boca beat” Calypso music. A portion of the art sales will be donated to support Swiss Bear Downtown Development. Artwork provided by Fine Art at Baxter’s Art Gallery.
    Barbour & Classic Boat Exhibit
    AND, last but not least, this year’s joint sponsor, Hatteras, will be bringing the “Hatteraskal”, which is a 70 foot sport fishing yacht that will certainly peak the interest of avid boating and sport fishing enthusiasts

    Land Exhibitors Eastern NC Boat Show @ MUMFEST, (Oct 8 & 9): And for land-exhibitors, the show must go on! Featuring 80+ trailerable boat and marine trades exhibitors at Union Point Park on October 8th & 9th. This show will attract over 60,000 attendees and is returning to its original home at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern! Of course, you will be joining the ranks of 100’s of additional Mumfest exhibitors who know that Mumfest is the place to be if you are serious about selling your product or service. Events at this year’s show will be:

    Mumfest events and foot traffic!
    Stage Feature: FREE Vessel Safety Inspection Registration, provided by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary!
    Stage Feature: FREE Child Water Safety Sessions, provided by the the US Coast Guard Auxiliary!
    Please see the attached layouts and exhibitor applications. We have limited the number of in-water spaces available and I’m sure we will have a waiting list for our land exhibitors now that show is returning to Union Point Park, so PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS TODAY! Exhibitors will receive their exhibit space on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. Deadline is September 16th!

    Events Sponsors and Committee Planners are: New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club, Hatteras, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, DoubleTree by Hilton, Blue Water Yacht Sales, Neptune Yacht Sale, and United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas!



    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For New Bern Grand Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Bern Grand Marina

  • South Florida Boat Show, 9/23-25, West Palm Beach

    Aren’t boat shows fun? The best “shoppin’, shoppin’, shoppin'” there is!


    South Florida Fall Boat Show 2016
    The South Florida Fall Boat Show is set to sail into West Palm Beach Friday September 23rd through Sunday September 25, 2016 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida. 33441

    While boats are the main attraction, this show offers much more. The Fairgrounds will be packed with an impressive display of marine accessories.

    Click Here for more information.

  • Groundings at AICW/Shallotte Inlet Intersection, Problem Stretch Statute Mile 330

    With two recent groundings at this AICW Problem Stretch, we are upgrading these reports to a Nav Alert. Until dredging is done, slow speed and mid to high tide is recommended for this intersection. Thank you Michael and Ken for sharing these incidents and SSECN is glad neither of you sustained damage in the grounding, other than your pride!

    Coming south 16Aug16 at +1′ above low. Draw 4′. At idle speed ran hard aground in mid-channel just past green buoy. C-Map charting [updated Sep15] shows channel angles sharply toward red at the green buoy — should have followed its suggestion. My mistake was to “stay mid-channel.” The bottom raised VERY quickly, almost a wall. After backing off, saw above 10′ in area on line between reds.
    Michael Loy

    We were also headed south through this stretch on August 14. We draw 3 feet. Just past the green we also ran hard aground. We were in the channel toward the red side as recommended, but not quite on the line between the two reds. There was no warning on the depth meter before it was too late. We were able to get off eventually using bow and stern thrusters and some wakes from passing small boats. We didn’t incur damage except to our equanimity.
    Captain Ken Hirsch

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Shalotte Inlet

  • Pickin’ on the Pamlico, Washington, NC’s Signature Crab Festival, Pamlico River

    Whether you want to revisit the past, satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks – Washington, North Carolina. Washington City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River, especially if you are a steamed crab lover!


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    Washington, NC’s Signature Crab Festival

    Saturday, September 24, 2016
    5:30 – 10:00

    CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets!

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Washington City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Washington City Docks

  • This Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, August 19, 2016

    There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see from the list of events below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor! Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

    New Weekly Happenings just posted,
    Click here to find out what’s happening this week and next!

    Charlotte Harbor & The Gulf Islands
    18500 Murdock Circle, B104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Punta Gorda Waterfront

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

  • Rio Olympic Sailing Underway

    Since there is little television coverage of the Rio Sailing competitions, these articles as posted on Sail will give you good pictures of the action.

    Mens 470 fleet start - Race 3 - this was just as small swell © Richard Gladwell

    Mens 470 fleet start – Race 3 – this was just a small swell © Richard Gladwell

    CLICK HERE for the Sail World articles.

  • Sail to the Sun Cruising Seminar, October 10, Annapolis, MD

    Captain Wally Moran is an experienced Intracoastal Waterway cruiser and is well qualified to host his annual Sail to the Sun ICW Rally.

    The 2016 Sail to the Sun ICW Rally is very pleased to announce the premiere Sail to the Sun Cruising Seminar, to be held during the Annapolis Sailboat Show. Recognizing that sailors and cruisers both need and are actively looking for reliable information to make their voyages easier, safer and more enjoyable, Sail to the Sunʼs founder, Wally Moran, has set up a day long seminar event with top notch speakers.
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    Leading off the list is Lin Pardey, who needs no introduction. Lin and Larryʼs mantra – go small, go simple, go now – is well known by all cruisers and has led thousands of us to untie the lines and head out. Lin will discuss offshore sailing from the point of view of the ʻnew to offshoreʼ cruiser. Of course, being Lin, there will be lots of excellent ideas for old salts as well, making this a must see seminar for everyone.
    New cruisers often wonder how to make that onboard partnership work in practice. Enter Captains Jeff and Jean Grossman, of Two Can Sail. Jeff and Jean discuss the cruising partnership and what works, plus what makes it better with tips and ideas on blue and pink chores, and who is actually running the ship – the admiral or the captain –
    or both. Their enlightening and entertaining advice has been welcomed by thousands of cruisers old and new.
    Even long time cruisers worry about crossing the Gulf Stream on their way to the Bahamas. Captain Dave Skolnick, past president of the Seven Seas Cruising Association and a long time delivery captain, has the techniques youʼll need for a smooth passage to these beautiful islands. Dave is also reputed to be an awesome onboard cook, and youʼll have the chance to ask him for his favorite recipes during the Roundtable Q&A session.
    If youʼve ever wanted to know how to set your anchor for that perfect nightʼs sleep, Dr. Greg Knutson, founder of Mantus Anchors and a cruiser himself, will guide you on the best practices for anchoring so that you wake up in the same place you went to sleep. Cary Wiener, of Pantaenius Insurance, will discuss yacht insurance, including insuring your vessel for a trip to Cuba should cruising to that island paradise be part of your plans.
    Dave Gillespie, of Cruising World, will be discussing cruising in the Bahamas. His talk will include how to cruise the Abacos and the Exumas, including the best anchorages and cays, where to anchor and the unique adventures you can enjoy in each location.
    Long time cruiser and writer and ICW expert Wally Moran will speak on cruising the ICW, that unavoidable first big step on an east coast cruisersʼ trip to Paradise. His seminar is full of tips and techniques designed to assist you in experiencing an enjoyable, comfortable and safe trip down the ʻDitchʼ.
    Following these information filled seminars, there will be a Roundtable Q&A session where you can ask any of the speakers your own questions. With the breadth and depth of knowledge at the table, you can be sure to get the answer youʼre seeking.
    Lunch will be served, and there will be a social session with refreshments after the Roundtable session.
    This event will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd St. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, on Monday, October 10 from 9 – 5. To purchase tickets, click through to
    If you need further information, the Rally Seminar page is at or you can contact Sail to the Sun directly at
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