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  • Dania Marine Flea Market, March 3-6, Hallendale Beach, FL

    As posted in this article from Soundings’ Trade Only Today section, Dania’s Marine Flea Market will be March 3-6 in Hallendale Beach just south of Fort Lauderdale.

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    Florida marine flea market returns in March
    Posted on February 9th, 2016
    The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market will be held March 3-6 at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
    The 26-acre parking lot of the casino at U.S. Route 1 and Pembroke Road will once again become a nautical swap shop.
    Organizers said private individuals and marine-related businesses will sell used marine equipment, coral-encrusted antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items at low prices.
    “Some shoppers to the Marine Flea Market travel hundreds of miles to find that elusive part for a 1946 vintage outboard motor,” event coordinator Jennifer Dudas said in a statement. “Others are looking for antique fishing tackle. Over the four days, thousands of boating- and fishing-related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value.”

    For the full article, CLICK HERE.

  • Reminder: Mycobacterium Marinum is Real!

    We’ve not heard of recent cases of mycobacterium marinum among our cruising colleagues since Jim Bertch’s fight with this awful infection, see, but Michael Tallman’s experience can well serve as a reminder that caution is called for when working in or around water.

    I used to work in a water lab. One of my jobs was setting up the fish test for water toxicity. After working with the dead fish and cleaning containers, a small scratch on my finger became infected. It wouldn’t heal for six months and constantly produced pus. The dr. couldn’t diagnose or heal it. I was finally sent to a dermatologist, who correctly diagnosed mycobacterium marinum !
    By then two nodules of the infection had traveled upward to my wrist and arm. I was told powerful antibiotics which may cause liver damage,may heal it, but the best treatment was surgical incision. Which was done for the two nodules and original infection site. This horrible bacterium lives in water, so beware of the smallest cut getting infected.
    Michael Tallman, California.

  • Welcome Curtis Stokes and Associates! Edenton, NC, Albemarle Sound

    SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET is proud to welcome our newest sponsor, Curtis Stokes and Associates of North Carolina.

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

    Curtis Stokes and Associates is a professional, successful, licensed and bonded yacht brokerage firm, with brokers based throughout the United States and Europe and local representation based in Edenton, NC. Our buyers know that we personally inspect every yacht and boat we list. Our sellers rely on us for a proactive approach to marketing their yachts that includes extensive promotion in both print and electronic media.

    For sellers, we regularly advertise in national, regional and local magazines. We strongly encourage other brokers to sell our listings through co-brokerage agreements and we participate and display in special events year-round.

    Our internet marketing is second to none. Our web site – – is specifically designed to secure the best search engine rankings possible. We also partner with such leading yachting websites as,,,,,,,, and others, ensuring that our listings get the broadest internet exposure possible.

    For boat buyers, we specialize in buyer brokerage, where we preview boats for you and provide you our feedback, thus reducing wasted time and money on your part chasing the wrong boats. Since we collect our commission from the listing broker or seller, there is no extra cost to you for this service.

    For a free evaluation detailing how we can help market your boat or if you’re now searching for that perfect yacht, call your North Carolina Curtis Stokes & Associates rep, Wayne Smith at 516-445-1932, or email him at

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  • February 8 to February 14 Weekly News from City of Gulfport, FL, Boca Ciega Bay

    Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.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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    Weekly News from the City of Gulfport Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, 2016

    CLICK HERE for a complete listing of the Weekly News from City of Gulfport, Florida.

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  • Bahamas Chatter: Active Captain & Explorer Charts, Part 2

    Bahamas Chatter: Active Captain & Explorer Charts, Part 2
    Active Captain & Explorer Charts, Part 2
    Posted: 08 Feb 2016 04:18 AM PST
    Readers may find this an interesting follow-up to my earlier post: “Regarding the Active Captain comments on its Facebook site about Explorer Charts”.

    Let’s recap: Sometime around the week of January 15, 2016, Mr. Siegel posted on his Active Captain Facebook page multiple derogatory comments about Explorer Charts, including his statement that the actions of Explorer Charts were “criminal.”

    Shortly after his posting, several Active Captain Facebook users responded to his comments. I never saw the initial posting, but I did see that Mr. Siegel then substituted a much modified version, eliminating his earlier offensive comments. Sometime later, all evidence of his posting and comments (not all positive, from what I remember) was removed from Facebook in its entirety.

    (The report from Kate Fears of Explorer Charts, summarizing the content of the initial Active Captain post, is available on the Bahamas Chatter section of the Explorer Charts site. Also on that site, you will see several other comments from Explorer Charts users.)

    Shortly after my posting on the Bahamas Chatter section of the Explorer Charts site, I discovered that I was no longer able to access Active Captain. My password was not accepted, and when I attempted to re-set it, it would not let me do that. I wrote to Mr. Siegel twice, but he has not responded. It is difficult not to think that I was blocked from the site because of my comments. I hope Mr. Siegel will tell me otherwise, and if it was a technical glitch which prevents my access, I am certain that he has the skills to fix it.

    Out of curiosity, I went back to the unlocked portions of Active Captain’s web page, and found these statements in various Active Captain “Newsletters:

    1) “We think the customer is always right. We think that the best relationship is one of cooperation and mutual reward.” (Emphasis added) – A.C. Newsletter, Oct 12, 2010

    2) “The one feature that boaters seem to appreciate the most on ActiveCaptain is the reviews. Captains love to read them and love to write them. Everyone appreciates the opportunity to speak their mind and to see the UNCENSORED opinions of others.” (Emphasis added). – A.C. Newsletter -Feb 16, 2011

    3) “ActiveCaptain data is so rich because the data comes from you. We verify and validate the details but we don’t touch user-feedback from comments and reviews. There is never any moderation or editing done to take out something negative or accentuate something positive. (Emphasis added.) At times the comments are raw, but they’re real. You see, real matters. But you know that.” – A.C. Newsletter- May 28 2014

    4) “When you see a review, you can be assured that we’ve done everything possible to make it real. No one can pay us to remove one (we’ve been asked) and no one can threaten us with legal action to force a review to change (some have tried). And if you look, you can find negative reviews even for the sponsors who pay to make sure ActiveCaptain stays available. Documenting real experiences is the best thing for everyone.” (Emphasis added). A.C. newsletter -January 28, 2015

    While these quotes refer to reviews of marine facilities which users (including myself) have posted on Active Captain’s website, it is reasonable to expect Mr. Siegel to apply the same standards to his Active Captain PUBLIC Facebook page. For him to attack a competitor with offensive comments, and then entirely remove any evidence of those comments (as well as removing other peoples’ subsequent Facebook postings) seems shameful.

    And if he actually did take steps to block someone from Active Captain for comments made on some other unrelated site, that act would be hypocritical at best.

    He’s proud to say that he won’t remove a negative posting about one of his sponsors and makes it a point to say that the postings on Active Captain are “uncensored”. But he doesn’t mention that he will be quick to strip out any negative comment about Active Captain (or himself) from his Facebook site – and – unless he offers a different explanation, equally quick to retaliate against a member who has offered criticism on some website not related to Active Captain.

    I’m anxious for him to tell me that what happened was accidental; if he doesn’t, I guess it’s because Mr. Siegel’s censorship rules apply to us and not to him.

    – Greg Allard

  • Summer Storage Special at Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Atlantic Yacht Basin is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12. A noted Hurricane Hole, Atlantic Yacht Basin is a great summer layup facility for Bahamas and Keys winter cruisers wanting to bring their vessels north for the summer hurricane season.

    Summer Storage special 2016

    Spencer Hull | Treasurer/Office Manager
    O-757 482-2141, M-757 373-7118

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  • This week: Miami International Boat Show, February 11 – 15, Miami Marine Stadium and Basin, AICW Statute Mile 1091.5

    The Miami Boat Show’s move from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium and Basin will be an improvement for visitors arriving by land but not for those wishing to come by boat, since anchoring in the Basin during the show has been prohibited, see Miami Boat Show Anchoring Angst.

    Miami International Boat Show Hits the Water
    The waves between South Beach and Virginia Key (near Key Biscayne) were threatening. For five decades, the Miami International Boat Show had been anchored at the venerable Miami Beach Convention Center.
    Then an announced move to a new location some 16 nautical miles south prompted mounting ripples of contention. Both the City of Miami and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, organizer of the boat show, came under attack by Key Biscayne officials over environmental concerns stemming from the expected crowds totaling roughly 100,000 people. The move was prompted by expansion of the convention center, which would have reduced the boat show by 75 percent.
    Now following lengthy debate, along with permit approvals from Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers, the 75th Progressive Miami International Boat Show is on — set for Feb. 11 to 15 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.

    CLICK HERE for the full article by Michael Candelaria

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  • Log of the Ideath, Captain Randy Mims, February 2, 2016

    You only have to spend a short time talking with Randy Mims to know that he has the soul of a true sailor. Randy not only built his 27ft gaff-rigged cutter, Ideath, but each year he single-hands the cutter from North Carolina to the Northern Gulf Coast and back again. “Ideath” is pronounced Idea-th and loosely translates as “house of ideas”. Randy stops along the way to visit maritime museums and, indulging his passion for music, he volunteers to sing in church choirs along the way. He also takes time to share his travels with his friends and has agreed to allow SSECN to post his emails. For more photos and more on Randy, go to from in Oriental. Also see

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    Randy Mims

    Dear Friends,
    It seems like a very long time since my last update. Believe it or not I consider that I am still on my voyage. It has been since the boat was hauled in October of last year that the boat has moved. I will not spend your time listing all the individual repairs that I have been involved in since I got here. After a through survey of areas of that needed attention, three main areas needed to be addressed. The cockpit combings and cabin sides had pretty extensive rot areas. This was caused by water intruding under the cap railing which also had rot. The second area of concern was the bowsprite, Sampson post and the bow in general. Now that the engine has over two thousand hours of use it is time to replace a lot of things that have a life span.
    As I was tearing out the rotten wood around the cockpit combing, It occured to me that I put this wood here back in 1986. I was not quite so bummed when I realized that the wood I was replacing has served well for thirty years! I am happy to say that new wood is now in place, has been fiberglassed and even has it’s first coat of paint. The boat is now sporting new steam bent oak cockpit combing railings. They turned out beautifully and now have four of the eight or nine coats of varnish.
    With the repairs in the stern down to finishes, I turned my attention to the bow. I can not begin to express how happy I was when I finally got the rotten bowsprit to let go of the boat and found that the bow was in virtually new condition. I was sure that I would find a dismal situation that would involve rebuilding the entire bow. Insted all I have to do is repair some fiberglass and make a new bowsprite and sampson post.
    One good thing about having so many things to do is that no matter what the weather is, there is some project that I can advance. When ever it is to cold or rainy to work on the boat, I have been replacing the engine mounts, the raw water pump, engine cooling water hoses and dozens of other regular maintenance items to get the propulsion system in a like new condition.
    I am really enjoying getting “Ideath” back into shipshape condition. If the weather cooperates, I hope to be back to real voyaging sometime in early March. I promise more sea stories then. At the first opportunity I will be uploading a new video I made of the repairs to Youtube and Facebook. Be on the lookout. Enjoy.
    Peace and Love to you all,

  • Good Words for Fort Myers Yacht Basin, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135

    These two reports on City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, come from our friends at AGLCA Forum. Fort Myers Yacht Basin lies along the southeasterly banks of the Caloosahatchee River, between the 3rd and 4th bridges from west to east.

    We spent a lovely month at Fort Myers municipal marina last year about this time.
    They were helpful, and kind. Legacy is closer to the Publix grocery. But if you need some exercise, the Publix is a 22 minute brisk walk from the city marina. We walked up to restaurants downtown and enjoyed the many festivals that abound on the area. There were car shows, parades and the like.
    An added advantage was the saxophone player who serenaded us and the rest of the marina from under the highway bridge. Hope you are there when he is.
    Because it is close to a city street , there are early morning runners if you are docked by the street. We have also found that docking close to the city walk invites ants to join you…depending on your thoughts, you may want to spray your dock lines with a Raid like thing.
    But we loved it. Stayed a month.
    Kathy Anderson
    Sea Fever

    Just stayed a month there, great experience. Very friendly and helpful staff, reasonable rates, and metered elec only totaled 25 bucks for the whole month.
    Was not on the street side so can’t comment on that. Did hear the sax player a few times, very pleasant sounds. Close to most things you might need and a free shuttle to get you around the area. Highly recommended facility.
    David and Barbara Doyl

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  • Fort Myers Beach 9th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day, April 2, Western Terminus of the Okeechobee Waterway

    SSECN wishes all Florida could be as welcoming to the cruising community as SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Fort Myers Beach! Matanzas Harbor’s mooring field (Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field) has East and West fields – both are east of the Fort Myers Beach hi-rise bridge – with the West field being closest to the dinghy dock and Matanzas Inn where the Appreciation Day activities will be held. The municipal link given below provides detailed information for boaters.

    Fort Myers Beach 9th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day, April 2
    Cruisers at the 2016 Cruisers Appreciation Day in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
    Fort Myers Beach will once again show its appreciation for the cruising community with its 9th Annual Cruisers’ Appreciation Day on April 2, 2016. Held at the Matanzas Inn , there will be a barbeque, live entertainment, drinks, door prizes (even though it’s outside) and giveaways. Free to boaters renting a mooring ball at the Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field on the day of the event with a nominal fee to others. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs since seating will be limited. Everyone is welcome. The event will be from noon to 3 pm.
    The event is sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Anchorage Advisory Committee. For information on Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field, go to, and click on “Visitors” and then “Recreation.”

    Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks.
    Jeff Richard
    Public Works Maintenance Supervisor
    Town of Fort Myers Beach
    (239) 765-0202 ext. 1704


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