Today’s Links – December 31, 2011

  • SSECN Alert, 12/30/11
    I. Our Last 2011 Alert II. South Carolina AICW Bridge Schedule Changes III. Two Florida Keys Festivals Set For Late January, 2012 IV. Western Florida ICW Shoaling Reported South of The Englewood – Manasota Key – Tom Adams Bridge V. Good Experience in the St. Augustine Mooring Field (Statute Mile 778) VI. AICW/Daytona Beach Shoaling [...]
  • More on Titusville Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 879
    The Titusville mooring field lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel. Titusville has a new mooring field, the rates are $15 /day or $290 a month. There is still plenty of room to anchor north of the mooring field. The staff there [Titusville Municipal Marina] has always been friendly and still goes out of [...]
  • Recommended Anchorage South of Melbourne, FL, AICW Statute Mile 923.3
    This open unlisted anchorage is on the west side of the Waterway at mile 923.3. Marker #17 is southeast of Cape Malabar. As I type this I am anchored west of Green Marker 17 just south of Melbourne FL. South of here there is no place to anchor till Ft. Pierce, unless you get a [...]
  • A Good Stay at Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor, Neuse River, Oriental, NC near AICW Statute Mile 181
    Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor lies on the point separating the two major branches of Whittaker Creek, northeast of Oriental Harbor’s flashing daybeacon #1. Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor just northwest of Oriental NC is one of the most relaxing stays I have experienced in 5 years of cruising. The $11.00 a day slip with electricity included [...]
  • Spring Cruising on the St. Johns River
    The question and answer exchange below occurred on the Great Loop (GL) list, a great resource for the cruising community. And, yes, Bob and Judy, Captain Jim should certainly check ActiveCaptain for anchorages (it’s a good informational source for the cruising community), but please be aware that the Cruisers’ Net also has extensive marina and [...]
  • Good Experience in the St. Augustine Mooring Field (Statute Mile 778)
    It’s good to hear of a very positive experience in the St. Augustine mooring field. We have an earlier posting here on the Cruisers’ Net describing an unhappy experience, NOT due to any failing on the part of the St. Augustine City Marina personnel, which manage these city mooring fields, but due to wake from [...]
  • Key Largo’s 3rd Annual Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival – 1/28/12 to 1/29/12
    Cruisers visiting the warm waters and sun kissed sands of Key Largo during late January 2012, will want to make every effort to attend this FUN event! A festival chock full of fresh stone crabs, conch, local seafood, music, entertainment and fun for the entire family, including a Conch Cook-Off, cooking demonstrations, a peel-and-eat shrimp [...]
  • Flagler’s 100th Anniversary Gala Costume Ball Set in Key West, 1/21/12
    Well, it’s not the cheapest night’s entertainment I’ve ever come across, but it sure sounds like a LOT of historic FUN. Those fortunate cruisers who are visiting Key West this January, should seriously consider marking this event on their calendars! Step back in time and enjoy an opulent night of period costumes, dinner, dancing and [...]
  • GOOD News – Dredging Completed at Lambs Marina (Dismal Swamp Canal/AICW Alternate Route, near St. M. 47)
    The long entrance channel to Lambs Marina cuts east, north of Elizabeth City, NC, and just north of the charted 3-foot (closed vertical clearance) railway bridge at “Camden.” The dredging here is very good news, as this marina not only provides very secure dockage, and a fresh seafood counter ashore, but it is also the [...]

Today’s Links – December 30, 2011

  • Interlux Pacifica Plus, the seven month test
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    Antifouling bottom paint is a tricky subject, especially now that we’re rightfully paying more attention to the health of the waters it works in and the health of the people who apply it. So I was happy to experiment with copper-free Interlux Pacifica Plus this season, and the results were better than this photo looks. In fact, I may well use it again next year, but I would like to understand more about what chemistry actually constitutes a safe and effective bottom paint…

  • Turtle Brownies
    A wonderful treat for a special occasion — with a variation in case you can’t get a German Chocolate cake mix.

Today’s Links – December 29, 2011

  • Little Basin Anchorage (Statute Mile 1160)
    Little Basin is a semi-enclosed body of water, just off the Florida Keys Inside (Florida Bay) route. Its shores are overlooked by World Wide Sportsman – Bayside Marina, and several other smaller facilities. IN addition to “Ma’s Fish Camp,” listed below, also give Islamorada Fish Company a try, just next to WWS. GREAT grouper sandwiches [...]
  • My Favorite Galley Gear
    Five items I didn’t think too much about before moving aboard — but that turned out to be treasures!

Today’s Links – December 28, 2011

  • Shoaling Reported in Ponce de Leon Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 839.5
    Despite dredging in August of this year, shoaling is occurring again in Ponce de Leon Inlet which intersects the AICW between Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach. FLORIDA-TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES-PONCE DE LEON INLET: Shoaling. The Coast Guard has observed shoaling in Ponce de Leon Inlet. The shoal encroaches 10 yards into the main [...]
  • Christmas Eve Sunrise on the St. Lucie River, Stuart FL
    “Christmas Eve sunrise on the St. Lucie River, Stuart FL” Photo by: Susan Leaf, s/v Soteria
  • Old Port Cove Marina – North Palm Beach/Lake Worth Anchorage (North Palm Beach, Statute Mile 1014)
    Yes, indeed, Old Port Cove Marina is an excellent facility, or you can choose to anchor nearby on northern Lake Worth (follow link below for more info). Anchorage is perfect & free! Lots of room and good holding. The marina is 100% all amenities if you like that sort of thing. Shopping is 1 city [...]
  • SmartPlug shore power system, has its time come?
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    I’ve got shore power running to Gizmo right now, as I’m trying to get the batteries in tip top shape for the frigid months to come, and I feel a lot better about that situation because I recently installed the SmartPlug system above. Maybe I’m paranoid but I’ve heard of so many boat fires which started at the shore power inlet that I’m always reluctant to leave one active when I’m not around. But that 30 amp SmartPlug inlet is carefully designed to avoid heat-inducing resistance and it also contains a trip thermostat which cuts power at 200º F (just before wire insulation begins to soften). Plus the inlet is very easy to install, and when you first use the orange plug itself, you too will likely wonder why we’ve been messing with twist locks all these years. With its obvious orientation and lock levers, a glance at its straight blades is not necessary. The blue “I’ve got power” LED is a useful touch too. But can SmartPlug change the traditional hardware world of shore power?…

  • Make a Better Pizza Crust
    Try this method to make a wonderful pizzeria-style crispy and crunchy pizza crust aboard your boat!
  • Photo of the Week!
    To submit photos to the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net, please attach your image as a JPG file to an e-mail, and send to CruisingWriter@CruisersNet.net 2011 Weekly Winners Belhaven Sunrise at the Docks Thanksgiving, 2011 Feast at St. Marys Foggy Morning at Carters Cove Marina Morning Mist on the Virginia Cut Mary’s Sentinels at Dowry Creek [...]