Stretching 1,300 statute miles from the southern tip of Texas through the Florida panhandle, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) is the nation’s third busiest waterway.
If you’ve spent any time at all on the inland rivers and lakes of the United States, then you know that boating here is different. The scenery and atmosphere are different. The water and weather are different. Even the boats and some of the boating rules are different. These differences are a big […] Read More
Thank you to all that participated in the 2021 Photo Contest. Below are the contest winners that will appear in the printed guide — available at the end of February. Keep an eye out for that edition to see the overall winner. 2021 was a great year on the Western Rivers and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway […] Read More
Updated 11/19/2020 In over 25 years of cruising, we found the waters along the Gulf Coast from Galveston to Carrabelle to be some of the more scenic and tranquil in which we have traveled. The people are friendly, and the waters forgiving — if you pay attention to weather and navigation. It is a pleasant […] Read More
There’s a formation off the northeast end of Connecticut’s Fishers Island Sound called Seal Rocks, because the critters hang out there. Occasionally, a boat joins them. This happens with such frequency that the towboat skippers there know by the level of panic on the radio where the grounding is. The latest incident happened when a […] Read More
A book excerpt from “Halcyon Days: Cruising America” by Bill and Ellen Fiero. We were in Eufaula to service engines and provision. The town, built on the bluffs over the Chattahoochee River and on the site of a former Creek village, is one of the beauties of Alabama. Brilliant azaleas and dogwoods bloomed along the […] Read More
For boaters who frequently ply the Tennessee-Tombigee Waterway, Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is likely a well-known waypoint on the chartplotter. The marina is the perfect location away from the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist town and is also offers protection from fast-rising storms. With 76 slips, 10 of which are available […] Read More
Recently on a trip to Florida, my son and I stopped by to visit old friends we met in Canada years ago while our families were doing the Great Loop. The last time we had seen each other, we were celebrating our successful arrival in Florida after traveling down the inland rivers and waterways […] Read More