Today’s Links – July 17, 2014

  • Mooring Regulations in Portsmouth Inlet Docks, AICW Mile Zero
    North Harbor Inlet and High Street Inlet are in Portsmouth on the west side of the Waterway channel just below mile marker zero. A big thank you to Skipper Litchfield for sending us these regulations. The in-town inlet docking areas are very attractive and convenient, but suitable only for cruisers under 40ft. These inlets also […]
  • Biscayne Bay Fireworks, July 31, 2014, AICW Statute Mile 1091
    In light of recent night-time boating safety concerns (, SSECN thinks you should be aware of the following event in Biscayne Bay listed in this week’s Local Notices. If you venture out unto the water after dark, please use good seamanship and go slow!! Claughton Island is immediately south of the Miami River/AICW intersection. FL-MIAMI-BISCAYNE […]
  • Caution Needed between Okeechobee Waterway Statute Miles 55 and 58
    The Okeechobee Waterway runs parallel to the Palm Beach Glades Airport near statute mile 55, then the waterway makes a dogleg southeast to southwest at Paul Rardin Park near statute mile 58. The area of caution noted below in bold runs from marker #82 to marker #91. The Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project has been […]
  • A Weekend Report from Dudley’s Marina and Casper’s Marina, Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229
    Dudley’s Marina lies northeast of the Waterway near AICW marker #46A, and just a walk across two bridges and a causeway from downtown Swansboro, NC. Good reviews of Dudley’s Marina are frequent here at SSECN. This is Skipper Spence’s third visit in two years to Dudley’s and she presents an accurate depiction of the issue […]
  • More Good Words for Inlet Marina, AICW Statute Mile 775.5, St. Augustine, FL
    Inlet Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! borders the eastern banks of the AICW, immediately south of the Vilano Beach high-rise bridge. We continue to hear good things about Inlet Marina and their personal service. Hey Jay….Once again it was nice to see you again . (May 2014) If you boaters north and southbound […]
  • Rechargeable Batteries 101
    Frustrated that your cordless drill just won’t hold a charge? Or that the batteries in your camera die in the middle of your hike? Before buying replacements, learn a bit about rechargeable batteries.

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Today’s Links – July 16, 2014

  • Jetty Repairs, Masonboro Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 285, Wrightsville Beach, NC
    Banks Channel in Wrightsville Beach is a popular recreation area and anchorage north of the Masonboro Inlet. The temporary mooring buoys mentioned below may well interfere with recreational anchoring in Banks Channel. NC – MASONBORO INLET – JETTY REPAIRS Mariners are advised that Precon Marine Inc. will be completing south jetty rock repairs at Masonboro […]
  • Night-Time Speed Restrictions Sought for Biscayne Bay, South Florida
    Following the deadly crash off Dinner Key, see, several groups are seeking regulations to curb speeding after dark in these popular and congested waters. Our thanks to Chuck Baier for bringing this article to SSECN. Safe boating efforts build after tragic crash on July 4th There’s momentum building to how recreational boating can be […]

Today’s Links – July 15, 2014

  • Restrictions Lifted at Franklin and St. Lucie Locks, Okeechobee Waterway, 7/14/2014
    Franklin Lock, the westernmost lock on the Okeechobee Waterway, is located at Statute Mile 121 and St. Lucie Lock, the easternmost lock, lies west of Stuart, FL near Statute Mile 15. This notice was posted on Seven Seas Cruising Association by Susan Landry. July 14, 2014: We received this note this morning from Skipper Parker […]
  • Inmarsat iSatPhone 2, a solid satphone but here come Globalstar Sat-Fi & Iridium GO
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison

    Inmarsat_iSatPhone_2_aPanbo.jpgA brief test of the new Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 showed it to be quite a good satellite phone. Compared to the original IsatPhone Pro I tested in 2010, the new phone locks onto both GPS and Inmarsat satellites noticably faster and the voice calls seem to sound better. I also found the screen quite readable in most conditions including direct sun, and the user interface struck me as fast and easy to get the hang of. However, if you sense some “buts” coming, you are correct. At nearly $1,000 street price, this phone is not the “game changer” promised in 2010. Also long gone are the $200 prepaid SIM cards good for 250 minutes and two years mentioned in my 2010 review; Inmarsat phone service is pretty costly these days. Perhaps more important, we are just entering an era when we can supposedly have all the services of a satphone without actually having to own another darn phone, and possibly at a lower overall cost…

  • XHose Pro Update
    There have been a lot of negative reviews about the XHose Pro, but the one I got straight from the company is great in four months of almost daily use!

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Today’s Links – July 14, 2014

  • For Sale: Claiborne’s Chris Craft, the KAREN ANN II
    Here’s your chance to own not only a classic Chris Craft, but one that was owned and operated by the venerable Claiborne Young. Classic refurbished 19′ Chris Craft Lancer. The personal research vessel for Claiborne S Young, author of six cruising guides for the Intracoastal Waterway and Co-Founder of The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. This […]