February Programs at Dismal Swamp State Park, AICW Alternate Route

A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28 and is adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park.

Good morning!
Here are the programs for February at Dismal Swamp State Park.

Winter Birding Basics, Sat 02/06/2016 – 2:00pm, Auditorium
Bird-watching is fun year-round, but February is a great month to start! Learn about the different birds found in our area in winter months. We’ll cover how to ID them, what to feed them, and why YOUR participation in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count from February 12-15, 2016 is important!
Different field guides will be available for you to see and use–optional hike to follow the indoor program (weather permitting). If you have binoculars, bring them. You can also borrow binoculars from the park.
Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.
Denizens of the Dismal, Sat 02/13/2016 – 2:00pm, Auditorium
Join the ranger for a short indoor talk appropriate for all ages to learn about the many residents of the Swamp. Mounts, pelts, and skulls will be on hand for you to see.
Animals In Winter, Sat 02/20/2016 – 2:00pm, Auditorium
Animals don’t have an easy time of it during winter. People have insulated homes and heating systems to weather the cold months, but what about our wildlife? Learn about the unique behaviors and special adaptations that aid a variety of different critters in the freezing temperatures.
Denizens of the Dismal, Sat 02/27/2016 – 2:00pm, Auditorium
Join the ranger for a short indoor talk appropriate for all ages to learn about the many residents of the Swamp. Mounts, pelts, and skulls will be on hand for you to see.

Katie Sanford, State Park Ranger
Dismal Swamp State Park
2294 Hwy 17 North
South Mills, NC 27976
Office: 252-771-6593

Donna Stewart, Director
Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
2356 US Hwy 17N
South Mills, NC 27976
Phone ~ 252-771-8333

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Bahamas Chatter: “Cruisers Giving Back” plus 1 more

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Bahamas Chatter: “Cruisers Giving Back” plus 1 more
Cruisers Giving Back
Posted: 03 Feb 2016 08:33 AM PST
After the devastation that Hurricane Joaquin brought to the southeastern islands in the Bahamas, it is encouraging to see so many cruising yachts coming to help. Not only are they bringing lots of supplies, mainly for the schools, but they are also putting in their sweat equity as well. At Salt Pond, cruisers anchored in Thompson Bay have been helping out with putting on new roofs at the Midway Inn, the Oasis Bahamas Youth Network facility, the Farmers Market, and others. Landed locals have helped organize the work parties with tools and equipment, plus transportation and meals.

Good on ya, Mates! Keep it up.

We know that there are many other examples of CRUISERS GIVING BACK, and we’d like to hear about them from you. It is inspiring to us all to know how people are stepping up to help people in need.

Monty and Sara

New February Fuel and Dockage Prices
Posted: 03 Feb 2016 08:27 AM PST
Good news on fuel prices. Across the board, prices are down. The new monthly Explorer Fuel and Dockage survey is posted on our website www.explorercharts.com.

Please note that not all marinas responded to our survey request for new information. They are highlighted in red on the survey so that you will know the prices are not necessarily current.

As always, we appreciate the individual reports you send us to keep this survey updated. Send an email to sara@explorercharts.com for any new prices you find as you travel along these beautiful islands.

Source: trawlerChimp

Three Of Our Best Seminars Returning To TrawlerFest-Anacortes in Washington

TrawlerFest seminar staples “Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Engines,” “The Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide” and “Hands-On Boat Handling” return to our Anacortes, Washington, event in May.


Mike Beemer of Northwest Center for Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology of Anacortes, a TrawlerFest partner, gives “Diesel Engines” attendees some hands-on training at the 2015 event.

The TrawlerFest boat show and seminar series happens at the Cap Sante Marina Tuesday through Saturday, May 17-21. The boat show runs Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, and includes booths displaying marine products and services. Online registration opens by mid-month.

“Diesel Engines” is not the only  engine course for boaters, but it is the only diesel engine course for boaters taught by Calder, the renown author/researcher (mad scientist?), and veteran boatbuilder and yard operator Steve Zimmerman. Calder’s status is such that when he makes an observation about engine performance, the engine manufacturers themselves pay attention. He has become something of a one-man skunk works for propulsion and power generation innovations.

This two-day seminar combines classroom time with hands-on engine time in the shop. It combines theory and practical troubleshooting instruction, and it does so with a touch of humor to keep things lively. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion that in some cases may help save some money on their boat insurance.

It is also worthy of note that unlike most other engine instructors both Calder and Zimmerman are real-deal cruisers, who bring this perspective to the curriculum. Before you sign on to any other diesel course, ask the organizers how many years of long-distance cruising its instructors have done.

“Hands-On Boat Handling” will develop skills in close quarters maneuvering and docking, not to mention the confidence gained from having been taught by some of the very best instructors in the business. Bob Sweet is the author of several marine titles including Powerboat Handling Illustrated and The Instant Handbook of Boat Handling, Navigation and Seamanship.

Here’s what Ladd Thorne had to say after taking the course during our event in Connecticut last year:

Simply stated, Bob Sweet opened all of our eyes to the ease and common sense of power boat handling. The seminar covered the fundamentals of how propeller action has certain characteristics that influence the handling of a boat in entirely different ways than sails do. Bob presented all aspects of docking, anchoring, power-boat maneuvering in normal conditions, and in not-so-normal conditions in a seaway.

As part of the seminar Bob arranged for on-the-water instruction in which all class members could participate in small groups. This element was outstanding, as it enabled my wife, my son, and me to prove to ourselves that we could accomplish the basics that we had just learned in the class room, at the helm of a 32 foot trawler.

John Park of Seattle, Washington, came out of last year’s “Boat Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide” at the Anacortes, Washington TrawlerFest with a sense of regret. “If I had taken this course 10 years ago, I would have saved $100,000 and a whole lot of aggravation,” Park said.

Park had made some mistakes and paid the price, but even when it goes well, buying a boat can be a stressful experience. Anyone planning to purchase over the next five years should attend this year’s event in Washington state. A team of experts will help buyers make sound decisions and save money, and as Park has learned, much more money than the price of admission.

“Diesel Engines” and “Boat Handling” are limited to 36 and 20 attendees, and the “Boat Buyer’s Survival Guide” is a favorite among VIP pass-holders.

A $399 VIP pass offers the best value at TrawlerFest because it allows entry into any and all of the seminars (except “Diesel Engines” and “Boat Handling” seminars) for a set price and also includes admission to the show and evening social events.

For information about TrawlerFest-Riviera Beach, call 954.703.4789 or send an email to Trawlerfest@passagemaker.com.


Source: trawlerChimp

Fishermen’s Village March Calendar of Events/Entertainment, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL

Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see from the list of events 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! Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.


Kathy Burnam
Marketing/Events Manager
Fishermen’s Village
mkting@fishville.com P 941 575-3007
M 941 258-1327
F 941 637-1054
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