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  • Report from JIB Yacht Club, Jupiter Island, FL, AICW Statute Mile 1004


    JIB Yacht Club is really more of a marina than a club and it flanks the eastern shores of the Waterway, immediately north of Jupiter Inlet.

    JIB Yacht Club is a convenient marina to the Jupiter Inlet. Very tight inside the marina. Marina has very helpful staff. However, there is no laundry, no cable TV, no Wi-Fi and the showers/restrooms are in need of upgrades and cleaning. Diesel and gas fuel is available. Pool is very busy on weekends from locals.
    Joanne Kindlund

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For JIB Yacht Club Marina

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  • Weekly Highlights from the City of Gulfport, Fl, May 30 – June 5, 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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    Plan your calendar with the City of Gulfport Florida!
    May 30 – June 5, 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

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  • Offshore Route to Avoid Lockwood Folly/AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 312


    James Lea’s comments are in response to a recent Local Notice re shoaling at Lockwood Folly. Cape Fear River intersects the Waterway at Mile 309. Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342.

    This section of the ICW can be easily avoided in good weather by using Little River and Cape Fear River. Little River is well marked and frequently used by boats of all sizes. The currents in the Cape Fear River can be a challenge, particularly if the wind opposes current, but it is an all-weather entrance.
    In six trips up and down the ICW we have never transited this section of the ICW [Lockwood Folly], always enjoying a nice sail while listening to all the VHF chatter about passing and depths. Highly recommended.
    James Lea

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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Intersection of the AICW and Little River Inlet

  • Intracoastal Blog by Robert Sherer

    Robert Sherer, author of 2015 ICW Cruising Guide: A guide to navigating the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and frequent contributor to SSECN, has granted us permission to share a link to his Intracoastal Blog: http://fleetwing.blogspot.com/

    Especially for those of you heading north for the summer, you will find many informative and entertaining reports on the waterways ahead of you. Such as this discussion of bridge heights near Cape May, NJ.

    Bridge Height on the Cape May Canal – 58 ft at MLLW

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    Is your height less than 58 ft? If so you may be able to take the Cape May canal between Cape May and Delaware Bay. There are three factors to consider:

    1 – The tide. It’s simply the predicted tide out of a tide table, easy to find for any time with a charting programs that allows the time to be varied with a display of the tide height. For the bridges, I use the Cape May Harbor tide station since it’s much closer to the two bridges than the ferry terminal station.

    2 – The actual vs predicted water level. NOAA maintains a family of tide stations that show the actual water level vs the predicted water level. They are not generally known but there is such a station at the ferry terminal at Cape May. It will display either a graph or a spreadsheet showing the actual vs predicted tide height. Most helpfully, the data can be accessed in real time over the internet at NOAA Cape May water level site. Here’s a shorter link: tinyurl.com/zpzojfc. The water level varies due to weather conditions such as a strong on-shore wind blowing water into the bay or a heavy rain upriver when the flow reaches Cape May. An easterly 15 kt wind will easily raise the water level a foot as will heavy rains up the river. During tropical storms and winds greater than 20 kts the water level can be dramatically higher, 2 to 3 ft or more.

    3 – The real bridge height. Unfortunately, data does not support a 55 ft bridge height at high tide provided the height boards are accurate, see photos.

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    The water level as reported by NOAA at the ferry terminal station was running 0.7 ft above the predicted tide level. There had been heavy rains up the river the day before. So what is the real bridge height? Over the years I’ve used 58 ft at low tide as the starting point for figuring passages. Take a look at the low tide picture. The total water level above MLLW was 0.4 + 0.7 = 1.1 ft. If you add that 1.1 ft to the displayed number on the height board (57.2 ft) then you get pretty close to 58 ft at 0.0 MLLW with no water level delta (actually in this example 58.3 ft). With the three numbers I’ve developed an equation for computing bridge clearance:

    Clearance under bridge = 58 ft – Tide Height – Water Level Delta of predicted vs actual

    As long as your mast height is less than the clearance from the formula above, you’ll clear the bridge.

    Note that the tide height and water level delta can be positive or negative numbers. The equation works either way. The crucial bit of information is the real bridge height of 58 ft at MLLW. The number started out from my experience with a dozen transits and it looks to be a little conservative by 0.3 ft. I haven’t yet confirmed this but you probably have a few more inches if you avoid the red light hanging down from the middle of the bridge. As I said earlier, I’ve used this formula a dozen times with success. In fact one year I was going through and was called over the VHF to STOP! (their emphasis), I was going to hit! This was before height boards were added. I double checked my figures and proceeded onward with no problem. The experience does highlight the difficulty in judging bridge heights as you approach a bridge. You would swear you are going to hit, your angle of view will lead you to believe that – but you won’t if you follow the formula.

    Standard Disclaimer: the captain always take full responsibility for his actions, I believe the above advice to be accurate and I’ve followed it myself many times in my sailboat with a 55 ft 3 inch mast, once with the height board reading 56 ft.

    Robert Sherer

  • Important Updates on Norfolk AICW Bridges


    Once again our thanks to Matt the Gilmerton Bridge Tender for these updates. The RR bridge just north of Gilmerton remains the primary point of interest for cruisers. With a closed vertical clearance of 9ft, the Norfolk and Western RR Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 3.6, south of charted Paradise Creek.

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    MSIB 16/033 – This is for RR bridge #7 adjacent to the Gilmerton Bridge. Work has been completed early. J
    MSIB 16/032 – This is for the Norfolk & Western RR Bridge (answers to “Old Virginia RR Bridge” on channel 13) This is the first RR bridge north of Gilmerton Bridge at MM 3.6 on the ICWW. MSIB discusses closure of this bridge for work in June. See http://cruisersnet.net/157015
    MSIB 16/015 was for the Centerville Bridge. The MSIB has expired and the fender work at Centerville Bridge has been completed. J
    MSIB 16/030 is for the North Landing Bridge. This MSIB is still active, indicating final repairs should be complete October 1st 2016. (I sent this out on May 15th.)
    I’ve pasted the first 2 MSIBs below in case anyone can’t open a word document.
    Reminder – All bridges, locks and commercial vessels in this area are on marine channel 13.
    V/R,
    Matt – Gilmerton Bridge

    Commander
    United States Coast Guard
    Sector Hampton Roads
    4000 Coast Guard Blvd Portsmouth, VA  23703
    Phone: (757) 668-5555

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

    BULLETIN NO:  16/033 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641
    DATE:  May 26, 2016
     
    Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge Open at Mile 5.8 on the AICW

    This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 16-025, released on April 13, 2016.

    Mariners are advised that maintenance on the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge at mile 5.8 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway has been completed early and the bridge will now be operating in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(d).
    Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, contact USCG Sector Hampton Roads, Waterways Management Division at (757) 668-5580 or HamptonRoadsWaterway@uscg.mil.

    -USCG-

    Commander
     United States Coast GuardSector Hampton Roads
    4000 Coast Guard Blvd Portsmouth, VA  23703
    Phone: (757) 668-5555

    SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS MARINE SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN

    BULLETIN NO:  16/032 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641 DATE:  May 26, 2016
     
    Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge V6.8 Closures (AKA – Old Virginia RR Bridge)

    This Bulletin serves to update and supersede MSIB 16-031, released on May 20, 2016.  All operations listed below are subject to change due to weather, unforeseen factors or operational contingencies.

    Mariners are advised that Norfolk Southern Corporation will be installing a new tie deck across the vertical lift span and under the mitre joints on the fixed approach spans at the Norfolk and Western Railroad V6.8 Bridge (MM 3.6). The bridge will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the following days:

    –   June 6 through June 9, 2016
    –   June 13 through June 16,2016
    –   June 20 through June 23, 2016

    The bridge has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 10 feet above mean high water. During this temporary deviation, the bridge will be able to open for emergencies and vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so after receiving confirmation from the bridge tender. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. At all other times, the bridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.997(b). Mariners should adjust their transits accordingly.
    The primary field point of contact for this operation is the bridge tender, VHF 13/16, 757-494-7371.
    Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, contact USCG Sector Hampton Roads, Waterways Management Division at (757) 668-5580 orHamptonRoadsWaterway@uscg.mil.

    -USCG-

  • Chart for Chesapeake City Anchorage, C&D Canal, Maryland

    Although this information is way off SSECN’s radar, we know a lot of you will be headed up the Chesapeake from Norfolk and are planning on anchoring in Chesapeake City,  just east of the northern tip of the Chesapeake. Our thanks to Robert Sherer for this research.

    The chart of the Chesapeake City anchorage is one I generated this afternoon [5/20/2016]. I did use a Navionics compatible sounder, but I motored around in my dinghy to take the soundings which fed into my iPad to produce the chart.
    Bob

    See http://www.sonarphone.mobi/ for details.

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    Robert Sherer
    Author, 2015 ICW Cruising Guide: A guide to navigating the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

  • BoatUS News: Caution About Fuel Choice and Misfueling Risks

    BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters and boating safety on all waters and SSECN is proud to present BoatUS News.

    NEWS From BoatUS

    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Media Contacts:
    BoatUS: Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, scroft@boatus.com
    NMMA: Lauren Dunn, 202-737-9752ldunn@nmma.org
    Edleman Public Relations: Kelly Curran, 419-206-0210, kelly.curran@edelman.com

    One mistake at the fuel pump this summer could be costly for boaters who misfuel and inadvertently dispense unapproved, high ethanol blends into the boat’s gas tank.

    At Launch of Boating Season, BoatUS and NMMA Caution About Fuel Choice, Misfueling Risks

    Federal Ethanol Fuel Mandates and Changing Fuel Supply Demand Boater Vigilance

    WASHINGTON, DC, May 26, 2016 – As the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer boating season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) urge boaters to be mindful when selecting fuel for their boats, especially as the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is increasing the risk of consumer misfueling. Even one mistake at the pump can be the source of expensive, warranty voiding repairs and dangerous engine failure.

    “Boaters can’t assume that every fuel sold at gas stations will work in marine engines,” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich, “Boats can only run on 10% or less ethanol content (E10) fuel – and we know many boaters prefer to use ethanol-free (E0) when possible. Unfortunately, as a result of the federal ethanol fuel mandates (RFS), boaters may face a much harder time this summer finding the E0 fuel they want. And with more E15 (gasoline with 15% ethanol) forced into the fuel supply by the RFS, the threat of accidental misfueling—especially at gas stations with blender pumps—is growing.”

    “Our priority is always to keep boaters safe,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “By increasing the share of fuels in the marketplace that are unsafe for marine engines, the federal government’s RFS is putting boaters at risk. Research shows the costly price of accidentally misfueling a boat with E15 can include stalling, corrosion, fuel leaks, damaged valves and complete engine failure – each of which could put boaters and their safety in jeopardy. Now more than ever, with E15 on the rise, the threat of misfueling is real.”

    An estimated Ninety-five percent of boats are filled at retail gas stations, but a 2016 Harris Poll commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute found a startling 60 percent of consumers believe any gas sold at retail stations is suitable for all engines and products. Further, only 36 percent know E15 is harmful to some engines – with just five percent aware that its use in those engines is also illegal.

    The federal ethanol mandates, known as the RFS, require increasing amounts of biofuels—including corn ethanol—to be blended into the US fuel supply every year. This growing mandate forces higher quantities of fuels such as E15 into the marketplace, often at the expense of E0 ethanol-free fuel, and even though fuels with more than 10 percent ethanol are illegal to use in marine engines, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment and cars model year 2000 and older.

    Though the government is aware that the RFS is changing the makeup of the fuel supply, it has undertaken no serious education campaign—beyond requiring small warning labels on fuel pumps—to inform boaters and other consumers about the problems they may face from improper or accidental fueling. The boating industry and others have sought to fill the gap and inform the public about the need to be vigilant when fueling and not assume that just because a gas station sells several fuel types from the same pump that each is suitable for marine engines.

    For more information on proper marine fueling, fuel-related maintenance, and boating industry efforts to reform federal ethanol mandates and the supply of E0 fuel, visit BoatUS at BoatUS.com and the National Marine Manufacturers Association at NMMA.org.

    About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

    Celebrating 50 years in 2016, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

    About National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA):

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the US and Canada. Find more information at NMMA.org.

  • Bucksport Marina Drag Boat Races Begin June 3rd, AICW Statute Mile 377


    Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. Bucksport is hosting four drag boat races this summer in June, July, August and September, as well as a reduced dockage rate for SSECN readers.


    “PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY”

    We are proud to announce this year we have some exciting events that we are sponsoring. As the economy has improved, we have positioned ourselves to grow as well! With the support of our local communities and surrounding areas we are fortunate that we have survived two major floods and we are ready to move forward!
    “FAMILY ORIENTED EVENTS”
    Scheduled this year are (4) Drag Boat Races. One each in June (3rd, 4th & 5th), July (8th, 9th & 10th), August (12th, 13th & 14th) and Sept. (9th, 10th & 11th). This is a major under taking and takes lots of planning and many resources.
    “WE NEED YOUR HELP”
    We are soliciting for volunteers to work the admission gate & parking attendants for two hours slots, this will give you a free ticket each day of the event (Sat & Sun)
    We are Soliciting Tiered Sponsorships to off-set the many costs that are incurred to run events such as these. We are planning Sponsorships at different cost to fit different budgets because businesses have varying degrees of needs. Banners, free admission tickets, announcements over loud speakers, your logo on our flyers, advertising spots in the media and our Social networks and email lists will be used.
    “COME STAY DURING THE EVENT”
    We offer RV Sites-very limited spaces (full hook-ups, Electric only and Parking only with out any hook-ups) These sites are priced competitively and all come with (2) free admission tickets both days of the event. We offer tent camping without hookups as well and these also come with the free admission tickets for (2) people. These all come with access to our laundry facilities, showers and bathrooms which are heated and air conditioned and have just recently been upgraded.
    We offer Boating Slips-very limited spaces available ( some with electric but most without )
    “ENJOY THE DINING TRULY WATERFRONT”
    Food & Drink stations strategically located for your convenience and pleasure. Tiki Bar Waterside to indulge while enjoying the activities open from 11 am to 2 am. Choice of inside or outside dining with Air Conditioning or the Great Outdoors!!
    “GAMES AND ACTIVITIES”
    Enjoy free Putt Putt on the front deck waterside before, during and after the races. Free Corn Hole as well!! We have two pool tables / coin operated one outside bar area and one inside with A/C.
    “MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT”
    As always we will be offering live music and entertainment throughout the weekends!
    “PONTOON & JET SKI RENTALS”
    As always we are now offering Rentals before and after the Event.

    “COME GRAB YOUR SLICE OF THE RIVER LIFE & COME GET YOUR BUCKSPORT ON” !!
    PS – LIMITED RV, CAMPING AND BOAT SLIPS ARE AVAILABLE, CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS BEFORE IT IS TO LATE @ 843-397-5566
    ADVERTISERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT US SOON TO SECURE YOUR SPONSORSHIP BEFORE ALL SLOTS ARE FILLED!!
    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON YOUR CONTACT LIST AND COPY AND PASTE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES!!!

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  • Bahamas Chatter: AIDS to Navigation Update

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    Bahamas Chatter: AIDS to Navigation Update
    AIDS to Navigation Update
    Posted: 25 May 2016 07:53 AM PDT
    NOTICE TO MARINERS

    (RBDF MAY 25th, 2016) The Aids to Navigation Section of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise mariners that the Entrance Lights and Range Lights in the harbour at Driggs Hill, South Andros, have been serviced and relit.

    Any discrepancies with this or any navigational aid should be reported to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force at telephone number 362-3091, 362-4436 or by e-mail at aton@rbdf.gov.bs

    Regards

    Richard Pratt

    Royal Bahamas Defence Force

  • This Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, May 27, 2016


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    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, especially with the arrival of Spring! 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
    941-743-1900

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

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