About Andy

Andy Allen retired from the recorded music business in 2009. He grew up in St. Louis Mo. and began a career in music marketing by joining KSHE as a DJ in 1974. After managing a local record store in the St. Louis area, Andy was hired by RCA to do sales and promotion which led to a move to New York in 1984. Several years later, Andy joined Island Records, where he rose to General Manager. In 1993, ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance) was started by the Warner Music Group to distribute Independent music. Andy joined as President and rose to Chairman after establishing ADA as the largest distributor of Indie music in the world. Andy is married (Annie), has two adult children, and lives on Merritt Island Fl.

Today’s Links – October 25, 2014

  • “All Aboard Florida” Public Meetings to Begin October 27, 2014
    All Aboard Florida has been on concerned boaters’ minds for several months this year and our postings have included this important USCG survey: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144297. A big thank you to BoatUS, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for providing us with a list of the public meetings scheduled for public forums on the issue. Boaters are […]
  • More Good Words for Ladys Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 536.5, in Beaufort, SC
    Over the last three years, Ladys Island Marina has been undergoing big improvements in the marina portion of this property under the direction of owner, Kelly Ryan, and these improvements have been confirmed by the recent positive comments SSECN has received. Ladys Island Marina is located in Factory Creek just east of Ladys Island Bridge. […]
  • Young’s Yarns: “The House of the Beckoning Hands Legend”
    Here is another Claiborne’s Yarns so appropriate for this Halloween season! Somewhere along this coastline was once located the “House of the Beckoning Hands.” Many ghost stories are set along the North Carolina coast, but there is perhaps no more pitiful tale than “The Beckoning Hands,” as related by Charles Harry Whedbee in “Outer Banks […]
  • “Cruising Carolina” DVDs Available Online
    Claiborne S. Young’s classic dvd series, “Cruising Carolina”, is available for purchase at UNC-TV. Enter Cruising Carolina in their Search box, then select Cruising Carolina DVDs. At Click Here to Order,  an order form for the particular region will come up from Blue Water Media in Danbury, NC. Not all regions are available, but the […]
  • Brass Band Concert Hosted by Fishermen’s Village, November 1, Punta Gorda, FL
    Attention Music Lovers! Begin November by attending this brass band concert hosted by Fishermen’s Village, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, found on the western shore of the Peace River, southeast of marker #3 in Punta Gorda. November 1st at Fisherman’s Village Center Court Preliminary Music begins at 1:50 p.m. Concert begins at 2:00 p.m. […]
  • In-Sole Dust Pan
    A great way to not just catch your sweepings but also any little parts that might fall through the grate.

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Today’s Links – October 24, 2014

  • More from the Lunsford Log: NC Waterway, Statute Miles 210-330
    We are very grateful to the Lunsfords for sharing their observations of the North Carolina Waterway. Remember that on our Homepage you can enter each statute mile mentioned into the ST.M./LAT-LON WIDGET and bring up a chart of the exact area discussed below. Several of the spots mentioned have been designated Problem Stretches on Cruisers’Net […]

Today’s Links – October 23, 2014

  • Main Street Bridge, Single-Leaf Operation, Daytona, FL, AICW Statute Mile 830
    With 22ft closed vertical clearance, Main Street Bascule Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 830, south-southeast of unlighted daybeacon #32. Completion date of these emergency repairs is unknown as of Week 42/14. FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – MAIN STREET BRIDGE: Bridge Discrepancy. Volusia County, the bridge owner, […]
  • Severe Shoaling Reported South of Anclote Key, near West Florida ICW Statute Mile 150, May 9, 2014
    This shoaling at the southern tip of Anclote Key was enough to set a Navigation Alert in May of this year, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140538. Obviously, the shoaling has become much more severe since May. Take care! FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ANCLOTE SOUTH ENTRANCE: Severe Shoaling Shoal exists with a depth of 2ft […]
  • Special “Scary” Event at Charleston’s Old Exchange Building, near AICW Statute Mile 465
    The Old Exchange Building is a great place to visit any time of year, but this special “exhibit” is a super way to get into the Halloween spirit for young and old alike! At 122 East Bay in downtown Charleston, the Old Exchange Building is a short taxi or bike ride from City Marina, A […]
  • Report on Southport’s Free City Dock, AICW Statute Mile 309
    Although seldom mentioned, Southport, NC does have a free (48 hours) city dock as described below. Southport is also home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina, located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. This reminder comes to us from Hank […]
  • Report from Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, AICW Problem Stretch Mile 517
    This report comes to us from Dan and Jaye Lunsford’s log of their voyage through South Carolina, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145002. And, as reported by our good friends Mark and Diana Doyle: For those transiting South Carolina, Ashepoo Coosaw Cutoff continues to be a problem area and carries LESS THAN 5 FEET MLLW. For an alternative to […]
  • Report from Problem Stretch North of Ben Sawyer Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 460
    This report comes to us from Dan and Jaye Lunsford’s log of their voyage through South Carolina, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145002. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has posted reports of shoaling in this Problem Stretch (which the ACOE terms as “behind Breach Inlet”) for months now. And, as the Lunsfords confirm, cruisers piloting craft of almost any […]
  • Report from South of McClellanville, AICW Statute Mile 433
    We have been receiving AICW shallow water reports for time out of mind, centered on the Waterway channel southwest of McClellanville, SC. As before, we recommend passage at mid to high tide. This report comes to us from Dan and Jaye Lunsford’s log of their voyage through South Carolina, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145002. SM 430-435 McClellanville: Time […]
  • A SC Waterway Mini-Guide from Little River Inlet to Beaufort, AICW Statute Miles 349-517
    Many thanks to Skippers Lunsford for providing very recent reports from six shoaling areas between Myrtle Beach and Beaufort. Three of these areas have been designated SSECN Problem Stretches and their descriptions are listed below. For a recent report on McClellanville, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144354 For a 2013 ACOE survey of area north of Ben Sawyer Bridge, […]
  • Southeast Winter Boat Shows, 2014-15
    For all of you who like to haunt boat shows during the cold winter months, the edited-for-the-southeast list of shows came to us from http://www.boatshowsinc.com/ Featured Marine Events. 6th Annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale Don’t miss the Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale February 28 – March 1, 2015 […]

Today’s Links – October 22, 2014

  • Welcome BoatUS as SSECN Sponsor!
    It is with great pleasure that Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net welcomes BoatUS as a sponsor! BoatUS has for many years been an advocate and supporter of all levels of boating and a major voice in the political arena where so many decisions are made affecting all recreational mariners. If you are not a member, we […]
  • Dredging to Begin at New Topsail Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 270
    This AICW/New Topsail Inlet intersection, a perennial shoaling area, was last dredged in January 0f 2013. NC – OLD TOPSAIL CREEK AND HOWARDS CHANNEL – DREDGING The dredge SNELL will be conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Old Topsail Creek and Howards Channel in the Intracoastal Waterway from 22 – 28 October and 05 […]
  • Pier Demolition near Great Bridge Lock, AICW Statute Mile 11.5
    The Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal is part of the North Carolina/Virginia Cut south of Norfolk and Great Bridge Lock is at Waterway statute mile 11.5. VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – CHESAPEAKE AND ALBEMARLE CANAL – PIER CONSTRUCTION Flint Construction Company has commenced demolition and reconstruction work at the City of Chesapeake Pier in the […]
  • Tentative Closures of I-75 Twin Bridges, Caloosahatchee River, Okeechobee Mile 129
    There are five fixed bridges with 55ft vertical clearances between Lake Okeechobee and the western end of the Okeechobee Waterway, beginning with the I-75 twin bridges at statute mile 129. FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY – ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER – I-75 BRIDGE: Bridge Construction. The de Moya Group, Inc. has […]
  • USB charging on a 12v boat, fie on Apple?
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison


    It was easy to gather a slew of devices currently on board Gizmo that hunger for a USB power supply at least occaisionally. Heck, when the Verizon Android Galaxy phone is providing an LTE WiFi hotspot and also streaming Bluetooth audio to the Fusion IP700 stereo as it is now — I’m online while listening to a Maine radio station — it needs to be charged almost constantly. The hard-working phone is also why I keep those two USB charged/charging batteries topped up for shore trips (and, yes, they do make great press event swag, thank you Simrad and FLIR). The Phonak hearing aid accessory needs nightly charging and while the DeLorme InReach Explorer in the background can go for days doing satellite tracking and a few messages, I prefer to keep it plugged in so my Share Map stays complete. In short, I need multiple 12v USB power sources to keep this crew happy and thus this entry will cover several types I’ve tested. There are a lot of cables involved too, but it’s nice that all the gadgets pictured use a standard USB mini or micro size power/data plug, with one very significant exception…

  • AIS Net work Testing Begins Today
    SSECN is unsure how many of you have AIS onboard and, if your units are so equiped, it is uncertain as to how you will be affected by these tests. But, as so often, we prefer to let you be aware of this Local Notice. USCG NATIONWIDE AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (NAIS) NETWORK TESTING On October […]
  • Fuel Discounts Available at Dataw Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 521.5
    Dataw Island Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has reinstated quantity discounts on fuel purchases of 100 gallons or more. This wonderful, intimate marina is just a short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, west of marker #6, along the southern banks of the Morgan River. A great stopover! […]
  • “The Ghost in the Attic” – Young’s Yarns by Claiborne S. Young
    In honor of Halloween, we thought that this ghost story from Young’s Yarns would be well worth featuring here at the end of October. If you have not found them already, there are more Young’s Yarns to be found on our Homepage. The Ghost in the Attic by Claiborne S. Young In my 26 years […]
  • Consider Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, Abaco, Northern Bahamas
    Please give a big welcome to Royal Marsh Harbor Yacht Club, the newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! RMHYC has already attracted a number of SSECN readers to its membership who report a wealth of activities through club membership. A wonderful way to get truly involved in the spirit of the Abacos! Be sure to […]