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  • LNM: Charleston Area Bridge Schedules During Eclipse

    This Local Notice is copied from BoatUS East Coast Alerts, from Mel and Tom Neale.

    Charleston Area Bridge Schedules During Eclipse:
    Due to the expectation of increased vehicular traffic in the Charleston Area related to the solar eclipse event on August 21, 2017, the following bridges will operate as stated below. Mariners are urged to prepare and plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruption. Vessels that can pass without an opening may do so at any time.

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    August 21, 2017

    Ben Sawyer, Swing Bridge (SC-703) mile 462.2 ACIW (Vertical Clearance 31 ft)
    Open on the hour from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    No Openings from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Return to normal operating schedule at 6:00 p.m.

    Wappoo Creek, Bascule Bridge (SR-171/700) mile 470.8 AICW (Vertical Clearance 33 ft)
    No Openings 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    Open on the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    No Opening 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Return to normal operating schedule at 6:30 p.m.

    Ashley River, Bascule Bridges (US-17) miles 2.4 and 2.5 Ashley River (Vertical Clearance 14 ft)
    12 hour notices will not be honored starting 7:00 a.m. on August 21, 2017 through 11:59 p.m.
    No Openings 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    Open on the hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    No Openings 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Open on the hour from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. on August 22, 2017
    Return to normal operating schedule at 12:01 a.m. on August 22, 2017

    NOTE: Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows, upon proper signal, will be passed through the drawspan of each drawbridge listed at anytime. For questions regarding these temporary changes please contact the South Carolina Department of Transportation at: (855) 467-2368.For Coast Guard Related issues please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at: (843)740-3188 or our 24-hour Command Center Line at: (843)740-7050. (7th District LNM Week 33/2017)  

  • Sherer Report: Survey of Problem Stretch Jekyll Creek, AICW Statute Mile 683


    Jeykyll Harbor Marina... a Cool Place to Beat the Heat

    The channel through Jekyll Creek seems to shift with each tide and Cruisers’ Net recommends mid to high tide passage. Fortunately, Bob and Ann Sherer, authors of 2017 ICW Cruising Guide, graciously share their 2017 survey of this Problem Stretch, complete with charts of the most treacherous segments, to assist your low tide passage through this fickle channel. Jekyll Creek is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina.

    CLICK HERE for Charting Differences at Jekyll Island

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Jekyll Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

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

  • News and Events from Martin County, Stuart, FL, August 18, 2017


    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

    CLICK HERE FOR NEWS from Boatlines

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, August 21-27, 2017


    Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar 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, where Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

    CLICK HERE FOR NEXT WEEK'S HAPPENINGS!
    Punta Gorda Englewood Bch Logo

    Happy Friday!

    The new This Week’s Happenings has posted.

    Click here for the website • Click here to read online (PDF; printer-friendly)

    Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
    18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104
    Port Charlotte, FL
    941.743.1900

    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

  • Nick’s Kids Shows, September 16, Fishermen’s Village, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


    Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    Fishermen’s Village Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is absolutely the most event active marina on the Gulf Coast for all seasons. With year-round family friendly celebrations, you will feel right at home on your visit to Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, on beautiful Charlotte Harbor.

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST NICK’S KIDS SHOW, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 READ MORE!

    Punta Gorda, FL – Fishermen’s Village is proud to announce the addition of a new, off season event for
    kids and adults! Saturday, September 16, beginning at 12 noon in Center Court, Nick’s Kids Show will
    present a musically entertaining show for the entire family! At Nick’s Kids Show, everyone is a STAR!
    Nick invites kids from the audience to be in the rock ‘n roll band! Jump on board and be in the
    Locomotion train! Nick’s Kids Show brings enjoyment and laughter to all ages.
    Nick’s Kids Show begins at 12 noon with the last show ending at 4 pm.
    Come early to shop, dine and get a good seat in the Village Courtyard!
    Free admission/Free parking.
    Fishermen’s Village is located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. 941 639-8721. www.fishville.com


    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village
    mkting@fishville.com


    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

    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

  • Second Annual Wilmington Boat Show, Port City Marina, Cape Fear River


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.


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    Contact: Jacqui Bomar

    President/JBM & Associates
    843-364-0218
    Jacqui@jbmshows.com

    www.JBMshows.com

    Greenville, SC (August 8, 2017)  JBM & Associates, veteran boat show management company, announce the 2nd Annual Wilmington Boat Show to be held September 8-10, at the Port City Marina, the Shell, Wilmington Convention Center and Battleship NC.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with our presenting sponsor Yamaha Motor Corporation to be bringing the Wilmington Boat Show back for the second year. With their support, the show will be even bigger this year with sold out docks and exhibit space. We had to add additional space due to high demand after the success of last year’s show,” said JBM President and show creator Jacqui Bomar.

    The Wilmington Boat Show will feature more than 85 different boat lines including skiffs, cruisers, sailboats, fishing boats and yachts.  It will be the marine marketplace for water sports, gear, apparel and fishing accessories. The show will span the entire Port City Marina docks, the large pier called the Shell, the lawn of the Convention Center and the exhibit hall and meeting rooms. One unique feature is the demo docks where people can do sea trials. Down the Riverwalk from the Convention Center, the Cape Fear Community College’s Boat Building School will be open for show visitors. 

    “Being the Presenting Sponsor of the Wilmington Boat Show provides Yamaha yet another opportunity to promote and demonstrate the power of our V6 and V8 outboards,” said David Ittner, Tournament, Sponsorship and Pro Staff Manager , Yamaha Marine Group.  “The increased growth from last year is in direct response from our customer’s participation and excitement in this market.” 

    A huge portion of the show is across the Cape Fear River at Battleship NC. This space not only hosts nautical exhibits, but will have a festival –type atmosphere with bands, Bombers Beer Garden, and children’s features including the Hook the Future Kids Fishing Clinic with Captain Don Dingman. Every child who attends his clinics gets a free rod and reel.  

    Wilmington Water Tours will be ferrying people back and forth between the Battleship and the Marina again this year. “One of the favorite elements of the show was the ability to go back and forth for free. People could park on either side of the River and attend the entire show, plus get a cool ferry ride,” said Bomar. The Battleship offers free parking for show attendees.

    The Wilmington Convention Center will host boats and marine related exhibitors as well as the Wilmington Fishing Expo, on-going fishing seminars sponsored by Coastal Carolina Fishing.

    “We waited a long, long time to bring this show to Wilmington and if the success of the first show is any indication, we expect more than 15,000 people to attend this year’s show.  This has a major economic impact on Wilmington and surrounding towns, especially as it continues to grow annually. People came from all over the country to exhibit and attend last year,” said Bomar. 

    This year’s show will kick off with a Preview and Party under the stars, Thursday, September 7, from 6-9 at VIDA Restaurant overlooking the Port City Marina. Blackfinn Ameripub will cater this special evening.  The cost for a VIP ticket is $50 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets followed by a cash bar, one complimentary boat show ticket to be used anytime during the show. “We want to open this up to the public because there are huge boating fans in this market who will love the opportunity to see the boats at the Marina first, and enjoy the perks of this special event,” said Bomar.

    The Wilmington Boat Show is Presented by Yamaha Motor Corporation and sponsored by RAM Truck/Neuwirth Motors, Gulfstream Yachts, Allstate Boat Insurance, Maritime Insurance International and ILM. The VIP Party is sponsored by Epic Finance and Marathon Specialty Finance. Water ferries are sponsored by Wilmington Water Tours.

    The Show will open at Noon on Friday, September 8, and close at 6pmSaturday, September 9, from 10am-6pm and Sunday, September 10, from 10am-5pm. For information please visit www.WilmingtonBoatShow.com . Contact Erica Allen for exhibit space information. Erica@JBMshows.com.  864-250-9713.

    Wilmington Boat Show tickets are available online. Show your Battleship NC tickets for $2 off your boat show admissions.  Download the FREE JBM Shows mobile app for all the details.

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

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

  • Bahamas Chatter: New Novel Set in Exumas

    Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: New Novel Set in Exumas READ MORE!

    New Novel Set in Exumas
    Posted: 17 Aug 2017 01:03 PM PDT
    A Bahamas cruiser has written a novel that takes place on a catamaran in the Exumas. It’s a mystery with some romance and is a lot of fun to read especially knowing the area where it takes place and with the characters as cruisers. Tomorrow is the publish date and it is available now on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Look-Other-Way-Kristina-Stanley-ebook/dp/B073QHLZSB/ref=sr_1_3?tag=geolinker-20&ie=UTF8
  • NASA and USCG: How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

    Very good advice from the folks who know!

    Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.
    The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL NASA REPORT

    And this from USCG – Charleston Sector

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    News Release
    Aug. 17, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Jacksonville
    Office: (904) 714-7606/7607
    After Hours: (305) 318-1864

    Coast Guard stresses safety surrounding Eclipse

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard, in coordination with federal, state, and local partners, is stressing public safety for the upcoming eclipse on August 21, 2017.

    “With anticipation and excitement for the historic eclipse passing through the Charleston area, the Coast Guard wants to highlight the importance of safety and preparedness for those enjoying the waterways here in the Low Country,” said Cmdr. Nick Wong, the Sector Charleston Deputy Commander.

    The Coast Guard’s key concerns are:

    Boating Safety & Navigation Rules of the Road: A surge in people and vessels is expected on the waterways in Charleston harbor and throughout South Carolina. It is crucial for operators, recreational and commercial, to follow the navigational “Rules of the Road,” which include having a proper lookout and displaying the appropriate light and sound signals at all times. All mariners are expected to be vigilant and exercise prudent seamanship, especially in congested waterways. Additional information on Boating Safety can be found here.

    Preparedness: Planning is a key to success on the water. Boaters are encouraged to plan for delays and increased traffic. Coast Guard, federal, state and local first responders are standing by to assist those in distress; however, we rely on mariners to actively plan and prepare. Part of planning for every voyage should include a float plan, which can be easily filed through the Coast Guard App available on your smart phone. Always remember safety equipment such as distress signals and life jackets.

    Safety of Charter Operations: Any vessel engaged in carrying passengers-for-hire must be operated by a Coast Guard licensed captain who is enrolled in a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program, and the vessel must meet the applicable safety regulations for commercial operations. Vessels carrying over 6 passengers, at least one for hire, are required to be inspected by the Coast Guard and hold a valid Certificate of Inspection prior to operations. Vessel operators and owners who are not in compliance with applicable regulations are subject to significant civil and criminal penalties. Additional information on Passenger Vessel Safety Program can be found here.

    Additional eclipse information can be found:

    http://www.charleston-sc.gov/solar-eclipse

  • LNM: Severe Shoaling, Nav Aids Changed, Anclote River Gulf Entrance Channel, north St. Joseph Sound, Tarpon Springs, FL


    This shoaling is off the southern tip of Anclote Key where two other Nav Alerts have been posted in the past. The relocation of the nav aids is good news.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ANCLOTE ANCHORAGE SOUTH ENTRANCE: Severe Shoaling, Temporary Changes
    and Establishment to the Aids to Navigation.

    Due to shoaling the following Aids to Navigation have been temporarily established and changed:
    -Anclote Anchorage South Entrance Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 26085) temporarily converted into a DANGER SHOAL Daybeacon A
    -Relocated TRUB 5 to position 28-08-43.057N / 082-50-25.787W
    -Temporarily established Anclote Anchorage South Entrance Buoy 5A in position 28-09-01.288N / 082-50-12.673W
    -Anclote Anchorage South Entrance Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 26095) temporarily converted into a DANGER SHOAL Daybeacon B
    Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 33/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Anclote Key

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