Sonar wars: Lowrance StructureScan 3D, Raymarine SonarChart Live & GoFree Hooked

Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison

Lowrance_StructureScan_3D_split_screen_aPanbo.jpgThe competition around sonar burns hot on many fronts and the more the merrier, I say. At the recent iCast show Lowrance introduced StructureScan 3D, which displays in many ways like the Garmin Panoptix Down looking sonar which I saw demonstrated last February in its Forward looking version. Trade Only’s Chris Landry noticed the similarity too and reports that SS 3D will also be supported on Simrad NSS evo2 displays. The necessary StructureScan 3D transducer and module are due out in December and purportedly improve on SS HD’s standard down and side views as well as enabling the new 3D mode…

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War Veteran Loses Boat To Fire In Florida (VIDEO)

Vietnam veteran Tony Veasey used all of his savings from retirement to buy a 41-foot Hatteras, but during his first day on the water in Stuart, Florida, the boat caught fire — and is likely beyond repair.

“I’ll never replace it. Never,” Veasey said.

Veasey said it was his lifelong dream to finally retire and spend time with his six grandchildren on the water “for a weekend to fish and have fun.” He bought the boat about two months ago from an older couple, he said. The boat was so new to him that he hadn’t had the chance to buy insurance.

He was navigating from Fort Pierce to Stuart last Monday afternoon to dock at a friend’s house.

“I saw what looked like diesel fuel in the water behind the boat. I was going really slow because it’s a manatee zone,” Veasey told Channel 5 News. “I shut off the boat. I went downstairs and picked up the engine cover and it was on fire.”

Veasey said he tried to put the fire out, but it quickly spread to the curtains and carpet. He had no choice but to jump off and swim to other nearby boaters.

“It meant everything,” Veasey said.

He was not injured.

This post originally appeared here.

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FOCUS ON – Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is an exciting harbor and community of historical events and entertainment venues. Having recently celebrated their Tricentennial, Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

















Edenton has been making history for 300 years. Founding fathers and mothers were instrumental in establishing the principles and values upon which our nation was founded while surviving the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
Today, visitors will find historic homes and three National Historic Landmarks preserving our heritage for future generations. The states oldest, still in use, Courthouse stands above the village green looking toward Edenton Bay, as it did when built in 1767. Recently awarded the distinction by as “one of America’s Prettiest Towns”, Edenton continues to show her age with pride.

Edenton served as the first Colonial Capital until 1743. Edenton boasts an active Downtown District surrounded by fine examples of Jacobean, Georgian, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian homes allowing visitors to see the fabric of America’s architectural styles come alive. Guided walking and trolley tours are provided daily from the Barker House Welcome Center and Historic Edenton State Historic Site.

More important than buildings are the founding men and women who put Edenton on the map, as they built a state and a nation. Joseph Hewes, signer of the Declaration of Independence and godfather of today’s US Navy – served as edfocus2Colonial Secretary of the Navy. Hugh Williamson, signer of the United States Constitution convinced a skeptical North Carolina to ratify the proposed constitution after first rejecting doing so until the Bill of Rights was included. Samuel Johnston, whose home, Hayes Plantation a private residence today, was North Carolina’s Governor 1787-1789, and was a US Senator in the first sessions of Congress. After the successful battle for independence, Johnston was the first man elected President of the Confederation. He refused the offer due to ill health. Johnston presided at the NC constitution ratification debates and helped Williamson secure its adoption; at the time Johnston was the Governor of NC.
Penelope Barker, organizer of the Edenton Tea Party, in 1774 proved herself to be one of the most courageous women of all time. The famous Boston Tea Party was staged by men dressed to disguise their identities, not Penelope and her Edenton Ladies; all 51 signed their names and sent their petition to King George saying, NO to his taxes. A century later, writer, activist, abolitionist and educator, Harriet Jacobs, authored the story of her life,
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James Iredell was only 38 years old when George Washington chose him as a Justice in the first US Supreme Court. His home stands a few blocks from the 1767 Courthouse.

This Preserve America Community was named one of the National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive
Destinations because of this rich history combined with its cultural and natural highlights.

Outdoor Enthusiasts…
edfocus5Fishing, Sailing, Cruising, Cycling, Paddling, and Hunting can all be found here with Open Bass Tournaments, edfocus6Sailing Regattas, Cycling Routes, six (6) trails, part of the North Carolina Paddle Trails, weave through our river, sound and creeks giving paddlers an experience accompanied with wildlife and scenery that cannot be matched, along with a sense of well-being. A total of ten (10) camping platforms can be reached and the adventurous can book overnight lodging on either Holladay’s or John’s Islands for outdoor recreation enjoyment.

Bed & Breakfast Inns, Fine-Dining, Boutique & Antique Shops, Arts Council with Rotating Exhibits, Art Galleries, Historic Homes, and Scenic Parks within the historic district of this charming town lend itself to rest and relaxation with that special someone that cannot be found just anywhere. This total package can also lead to a
little hand-holding along the waterfront breakwater on Edenton Bay as well as a perfect setting for weddings with backdrops that complete the whole picture.

Civil War…
edfocus8Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of American Civil War 2011-2015 has taken on a life of its own with tours regarding Harriet Jacobs’ escape from slavery via the Maritime Underground Railroad, The Edenton Bell Battery, an artillery unit organized locally using guns cast from the bells of churches and municipal buildings and Occupation of Edenton homes by Union forces such as the 1st New York Mounted Rifles – Edenton/Battle of the Albemarle Sound in Edenton Harbor are both part of the North Carolina Civil War Trail sharing their story.

Now settled over Edenton Bay, the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse started life in 1903 as a warning signal at the mouth of the Roanoke River and there it stood for 52 years, a marine salvage moved it to Edenton in 1955 and placed it on land at Filbert’s Creek. This one-and-half story screw-pile structure has become a Lightkeeper’s interpretive site with daily touring.
Welcoming Boaters…
Edenton Harbor Marina has 9 transient slips as well as tie up along the breakwater, maximum length 44’ for slips, 10’ draft and 18’ beam, restrooms, showers, electric, pumpout, fresh water and WiFi. Restaurants, Touring, Golf, Shopping, Laundry, Theater and Kayak Rentals are all within easy access. Mobile repair service is also available. As part of the Albemarle Loop, boaters enjoy a 2-night complimentary stay.

There are many reasons to visit Edenton, its history and beauty is but a few; its people and charm
touch you and make you want to stay.
Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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FOCUS ON – Manteo Waterfront Marina

Manteo Waterfront Marina is now run by the Town of Manteo.  It boasts 53 slips that can accommodate boats up to 140 feet.  The marina is situated right next to  historic downtown Manteo on a boardwalkWe heartily recommend a visit to Manteo, NC, with its really good restaurants, plentiful shopping and access to multiple historical attractions. And, you simply can’t do better than to coil your lines at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Manteo Waterfront Marina. Tell Captain Carl we sent you!!!

Cruisers who have not visited Manteo in the past fifteen years will hardly recognize the waterfront or the downtown district. The city docks have been completely rebuilt and expanded and the downtown is filled with interesting shops, restaurants, shoreside businesses of all descriptions with classical-style buildings that await exploration by visiting cruisers.
The Manteo Waterfront Marina was constructed as part of Manteo’s redevelopment for the celebration of America’s 400th Anniversary, but its history starts long before the pleasure boats and boardwalk. The waterfront in Manteo acted as the hub of industry and commerce in Dare County for many years. There were oil tanks and fishing boats dotting the old wharfs and fish houses. There was an ice plant to package fish for transport, where Roanoke Island Festival Park now hosts concerts and performances. What was once the center of life in Dare County with busy court days and mail arriving by ship is now host to a quiet marina, maritime history center, and a replica of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.
The Manteo Waterfront Marina, situated on Doughs Creek, is one of three marinas in Shallowbag Bay and the best escape from a hard northeast wind on the north end of Roanoke Island. A short pleasurable cruise following the alternate route Manteo Waterfront Marina is approximately five miles off the ICW. Numerous boatyards and service providers are close by and can be contacted with information provided by Dockmaster, Carl Jordan. It needs to be noted, that Carl runs a “tight ship” for Manteo Waterfront Marina and is a wealth of local knowledge as to what is happening in the area. Visiting cruisers’ can rest assured they are in excellent hands while staying in his marina.
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Manteo Waterfront Marina welcomes transient cruisers. This quaint marina has 53 slips and can accommodate vessels up to 150’. Power (30, 50, and 100 amp) service is available along with water, cable and wifi. There is a well-kept comfort station with laundry services, shower facilities, and boater’s library with varied titles. A pump station is available with fuel docks close by. The amenities at Manteo Waterfront Marina are complemented by colorful landscaping set against idyllic Doughs Creek. Few will find a visit here to be anything less than appealing. There is over a mile of public boardwalk with on ground grilling facilities and dining area set up to host clubs.
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There are restaurants and shops steps from the marina and the grocery store is a quarter of a mile away. Roanoke Island is also host to numerous attractions. The Lost Colony, the longest running outdoor drama in the country, plays nightly from May through August. North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is open daily and features numerous exhibits. Also on Roanoke Island are Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the Elizabethan Gardens and the Alligator River National Wildlife Visitors Center. See where your seafood really comes from by visiting the very southern end of Roanoke Island and pick up todays catch straight from the docks.

A quick drive over the Washington Baum Bridge and you are at the beaches of the northern Outer Banks. There are many sites to visit and restaurants. Be sure to catch the sunset from Jockey’s Ridge State Park and don’t miss the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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Or contact Dockmaster, Carl Jordan at 252-305-4800
The Marina monitors channel 16 and uses Channel 9 as their working channel

Already on your way? Check this video for helpful tip to approach the marina:

Still contemplating a trip? This should seal the deal.

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