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Old 10-10-2016, 11:34 AM   #421
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FOG, "Yard Salad" perfect description. I know exactly what you mean.

If you have a neighbor close enough, run a garden hose to his house, pick up a double female swivel at the hardware store, attach the other end of the hose to your house and back feed the water into your system until you can get the broken pipe fixed. Don't forget to shut off the broken pipe at the house end.

It's nice to be able to flush toilets. Remember, If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down. Actually that's only the rule if you're flushing by poring buckets of water in the toilet.
Ski in NC used the yard salad term before me and I thought it was clever so
re-used it.

Thanks for the tip on the double ended female garden hose. We use this trick from RV to RV to transfer water when camping in the California Sand Dunes. My other hobby when not boating.
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:41 PM   #422
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NC continues with major issues and now a levee breach and 1500 or so stranded. The area hardest hit isn't that close to the ocean. Their problem was 10 inches of rain a week before they got 14 inches from Matthew. It's not surge caused but just volume of rain caused.
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:46 PM   #423
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We are at the top of the Chesapeake enroute south via the ICW. Is that still doable ?
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:57 PM   #424
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Spent Saturday night out on a Mooring in the upper Pamlico river (NC). 4 of us were out on the balls and stayed on our boats. 60mph winds were probably the max. It was a bit lumpy out there in my 28 footer, but got through it fine. Unfortunately a 36' sailboat 2 moorings down broke loose in the night and went into the railroad bridge. As the water got pumped out of the River from the North wind It came substantially out of the water, pinned at the bridge. Water came up, boat stuck and went under at the bow. Sunday Morning SeaTow showed up. At this point the bow was down and water up to the mast. They tried to pump her out (with a marginal pump) then tried to pull her off the bridge. Last I saw Sunday Morning she was under and SeaTow was gone. Sad for the owner who was temporarily living aboard, but not there during the storm....Sorry I can't upload my pics at this time..

Currently back in my slip. Tar River feeding the Pamlico is at flood stage and water is running through my slip at 5 knots. This will likely continue for another few days... Washington without power until Wednesday.
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Old 10-10-2016, 04:43 PM   #425
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Mr. Matthew

Greetings from North Myrtle Beach.

Been a crazy few days. Rode out Mr. Matthew on the boat. Pretty wild ride.
Rain started in sheets on Fri. (2-3Ē hour), kept up all day and night. Good way to find out if you have a dry boat (luckily, I had just re-caulked the forward hatch).

Saturday the wind started in earnest pretty early. In the afternoon we had a tornado touchdown at Briarcliff Trailer Park right across the waterway from me. The sky went very dark and it sure felt like the boat was trying to leave the water (all 20 tons of her). Very intense.

By mid-afternoon the rain was coming down sideways, and water was being blown off the surface of the waterway. Then the surge came in. The dock at Barefoot Landing went over its pilings, level with the road, and when the water came back down the dock didnít come back down on the pilings. Substantial damage.

After what was left of the eye passed over us (right over us), all hell broke loose. When the backside of Matthew hit we really got our collective asses kicked! The wind held at a steady 40ish and then the freight train gusts blasted us. One guy with an anemometer said he clocked an 88mph monster. It was kinda weird because you could hear the gust coming and then a hard slam and the whole boat would shudder (shiver me timbers). This is when you start fretting whether you should have put the extra money out for the next size up dock lines. I had one of my dock cleats snap a horn. Thatís a lot of power.

Fortunately, there is a safe shelter at the marina restrooms that we could go to if we had get off the boats. Still, not for the faint of heart. It was long, sleepless night.

The rain stopped in the evening and the winds dropped significantly after midnight. We lost power around 5pm, so the genny got a good workout. Finally got power back this morning.

Fortunately, we had sufficient lead in time to prepare so there wasnít much damage in the marina. Lots of folks came down to get their boats prepped. I saw some owners that I only see maybe once a year. After the storm I only saw one boat with its flybridge canvas and frame that got trashed and the guy behind me lost his bimini.

Things are starting to get back to normal, but itís gonna take a while as there was widespread damage to the whole area. Cherry Grove was completely underwater (seawater) again, and we lost at least five piers.

So, we survived Mr. Matthew. I didnít feel that I was in danger at any time, but Iím not sure Iíll ride out the next one. KJ

Welcome to Greg Norman's Australian Grill, you don't even have to get off your boat. Big wind.


Barefoot Landing dock.


The road just outside the marina!


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Old 10-10-2016, 05:36 PM   #426
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We are at the top of the Chesapeake enroute south via the ICW. Is that still doable ?
Wallace, here's a report from Jeff Siegel of Active Captain on various spots, including the ICW and DS routes south. It sounds challenging for the next few days. It was great meeting you two on Saturday.

- - -

Harbor Town is reporting that their fuel and charter docks have been destroyed. Other concrete docks are also damaged. It's unclear whether they can accept transients - it'll take some time to figure that out.

Multiple marinas in the Hilton Head area were destroyed.

Isle of Hope (referenced below) is reporting minimal damage. Other marinas around there like Hinckley Savannah had all their docks wash away with boats on them. They've recovered the docks and are working on repair but we can all count on reduced numbers of transient spaces available between Southport, NC and Brunswick, GA.

Charleston is not without issues. The Maritime Center is reporting that they are destroyed. The City marina is reporting minimal damage. St Johns Yacht Harbor is reporting that T-heads and transient dockage has been damaged.

The North Landing and Centerville bridges (at the beginning of the ICW) are closed until the 15th (reported). The Dismal Swamp route has been closed with no projected opening date. The Annapolis Boat Show is over today with good enough weather for people to start leaving south. Many of them don't realize there is nowhere to go. Forecasted waves off Hatteras continue in the 8 foot level through this week.

The ActiveCaptain Facebook group has a pinned posting at the top with all reported and confirmed reports from north to south. There should be a new web page for reporting status and viewing all information in an organized way by tomorrow - that'll be reported in the ActiveCaptain Facebook group, The Marina Minute newsletter, and our weekly Wednesday newsletter. A team of people are setting up a calling system to talk to each marina between Atlantic Yacht Basin and Key West.

No minor inlet should be crossed until multiple confirmations are published. I would expect these inlets to be OK because of commercial and military traffic:

Southport/Cape Fear inlet
Winyah Bay inlet
Charleston inlet
Port Royal inlet
Tybee Roads/Savannah River inlet
Saint Simon Sound inlet
St Marys River inlet
St Johns River inlet
Cape Canaveral inlet
Ft Pierce inlet

None of them have been confirmed yet. AIS over MarineTraffic and ShipFinder is currently showing no traffic at all inland (very eerie) likely due to reporting stations being without power or commercial transit bans. You'll see those maps filled with ships all waiting offshore. Those AIS websites will be good sources for ship transit information for inlets.

The USCG had the most unusual of announcements - no buoys are to be trusted along the US east coast.

It's going to be a rather unusual fall cruising season...


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Old 10-10-2016, 05:53 PM   #427
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For those wanting to know more about marinas and routes, then Waterway Guide has an excellent early summary. The Dismal Swamp is closed until further notice. The NOAA has an incident report document for the Florida Waterways.

https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/sites/...ence_Guide.pdf

Waterway Guide is going to issue a Waterway Alert document this afternoon.

They also have a document with reports from marinas in the area.

There may be markers that have been dislodged. Also, one thing I noted on the marinas is that many are not currently taking transients or more boats. Some because of damage. Some can't sell fuel. One the other hand there are many marinas that are open for all business as normal. I guess one thing I'd advise if heading up or down the ICW and in need of marinas to call them well in advance and find out their condition and the condition of water around them.

I would expect some debris where the Tar River, Neuse River and Cape Fear River flow into the coastal waters. They do have major flooding up river as they had a huge amount of rain a week before Matthew.

For events like this on the east coast, both Waterway Guide and Cruisersnet often are good sources of information.

Oh, just got Waterway Guide's alerts. There are several areas closed to navigation and some bridges closed. These would definitely impact anyone planning to come down the ICW all the way.
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Old 10-10-2016, 06:37 PM   #428
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I have a friend who works with the savannah pilots. He said almost all of the channel markers are gone or some distance downstream of where they should be. The port of savannah was closed as well, last I heard.

For you guys headed south through savannah, we're at coffee bluff marina. It's small but very nice with concrete floating docks, Pumpout, water, gas, laundry, shower, small store, and at some point this fall, diesel. There was no damage here during the storm although I was afraid the docks were going to come off the top! ! Also, the most economical option around I think. A short trip off the icw but it sounds like most everyone else got rocked! !
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:27 PM   #429
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Wallace, here's a report from Jeff Siegel of Active Captain on various spots, including the ICW and DS routes south. It sounds challenging for the next few days. It was great meeting you two on Saturday.
Thanks Ian ........ decisions, decisions !

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Old 10-10-2016, 07:32 PM   #430
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:38 PM   #431
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Looks like a lot of the ICW is closed down to South Carolina.

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Old 10-10-2016, 07:42 PM   #432
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So much for leaving on Thursday. Maybe it's time for a Pocomoke river cruise till some of this gets sorted out.

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If the ICW south of the Mason-Dixon line is anything close to what post SANDY was up here, you gents going south will be dodging debris for months to come along with un-charted shoaling........
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Just very, very glad that our N.C. members seemed to have survived. We were worried about them! Yard salad can be cleaned up. Sunk boats . . . somewhat more of a problem.
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perhaps ..... Wikipedia fake entries
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:25 PM   #436
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Looks like a lot of the ICW is closed down to South Carolina.

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Ted... exactly what do you mean by closed?

By the USCG? Or just reportedly bad?
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I saw that the Dismal Swamp section was closed.
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Ted... exactly what do you mean by closed?

By the USCG? Or just reportedly bad?
This is from the Waterway Guide special report:

Dismal Swamp Canal - Closed
ICW: Mile 15.2, Centerville Turnpike Bridge, closed due to Hurricane Matthew
ICW: Mile 20.2, North Landing Bridge, closed due to Hurricane Matthew
ICW: NC Border to to Albemarle Sound, closed to vessel traffic
ICW: Alligator River to Pungo River, closed to vessel traffic
ICW: Goose Creek to Bay River, closed to vessel traffic
ICW: Bogue Sound, closed to vessel traffic
ICW: Bogue Inlet to New River Inlet, closed to marine traffic
North Myrtle Beach, Little River Swing Bridge, closed to navigation
Socastee Swing Bridge, closed to navigation


Lots of bridges closed do to high water or other problems. Both Dismal Swamp and Albemarle and Chesapeake canal are impassable at this time.

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I saw that the Dismal Swamp section was closed.
Probably leaving the locks open/closed to dump water from the lake and swamp....plus a few debris or downed trees could be an issue...
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Ted! Looks like it's time to look at those stabilizers for outside adventures! Otherwise, you might never get here.
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