Transiting the New River in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is often the subject of many passionate conversations at the yacht club bar. Fact is, local knowledge is truly is key to a stress free passage, recently, someone has placed a sign at the start of the river “CH 9 for new river traffic”, this has saved many a visitor from suffering the yells of a local boater “turn on your radio to CH 9”!
At the start of the New River, where it meats the ICW, there is an area locally called “the cross roads”, there is a shoal in the center, refer to your charts as the day markers can be confusing and change often between the different waterways in the area. In fact, and the end of the video, you can see a owner operator just run aground and start to back off the submerged island that drys at MMLW.
This video starts up river at Marina Bay and ends at the ICW/New River Crossroads in Fort Lauderdale FL USA.
Here are some tips from my limited New River experiences
Monitor VHF CH 9.
Announce security calls on VHF CH 9 at the start of your run and throughout depending on your size, location, current, towing, etc.
Traffic is “inbound” or “outbound” not “northbound”, “down stream”, “up river” and so on.
Down current has the right of way! And offer some curtesy to the owner operator running down street with the single screw sailboat or similar, these kinds of boats can’t just stop with the current on their stern. The current changes direction with the tide. Andrew Avenue is a good published tide and current station.
Communicate on CH 9 and make passing arrangements before you meet at a bad spot on the river, you can see examples of this in my little video. Note that I had the current on my bow, so I was the giveaway vessel.
Learn the landmarks before you set sail:
- Markers 1 & 2
- Tarpon Bend
- The Girls School
- The Tunnel
- 3rd Ave Bridge
- Andrews Ave Bridge
- Performing arts center
- 7th Ave bridge
- The fork
- Little Florida
- Davie Blvd Bridge
- The wiggles
- 95 and the CSX Railroad bridge
- Marina Bay
- Secret Woods Park
- Pipe Welders
- Broward Marine
- Rolly Marine
8) Note the “rush hour” closure times for the bridges on the river.
Bridges are closed to pleasure traffic: 7:30AM – 9:00AM and 4:30PM – 6:00PM Monday to Friday
9) Bridges are on demand via VHF CH 9, but will have to clear foot and auto traffic first. Call when the bridge is insight.
10) If a bridge just opened and you missed it, the bridge operator will clear some traffic then open for boat traffic when able.
11) The “Jungle Queen” or “JQ” is a big tour boat that runs the entire river and tends to slide around, you will here this boat on the VHF CH 9, make a passing arrangement is a safe area.
12) If you here a security call from a towing company like “Steel Towing”, they are likely towing a large vessel, also make passing arrangements in this case.
13) Learn the sound signal rules for passing and for blind corners for US inland waterways.
14) Long blast on blind corner….. The rules are quite clear on the matter, however, almost no one on this waterway follows this rule. One could say the locals are just “too cool” for this and rely on the VHF or home owners get upset with all the noise. Whatever the case, I choose to follow the law and I suggest you do also. You never know, a Captain may have just picked up a 120’ boat at the end of the river for the first time and has no idea river traffic is monitoring VHF CH 9….
15) No wake, my advice is, go as slow as you can to keep proper steerage, this can be pretty quick with a 4-5 knot current pushing you along.
For the geeks: Video shot with GoPro 4 Black at 720p, external power supply, iMovie to crop and speed up.
A very one of a kind and unique Electric Boat, Hull and Deck built from Glen-L drawings, this beautiful vessel is the twentieth boat I’ve built and by far the most elegant and innovative.
Truly I cannot express how innovative this boat is, I am stopped all the time by people both on land (when launching) and while on the water amazed at not only the construction and function but the completely silent operation when cruising. A true premium and bespoke, handmade creation, I spared no time or expense when crafting this true work of art. I used AAA Straight grain teak, 4 Mastervolt Marine Gel batteries in series to make 48 Volts (4000W output) for propulsion, Dual 12 V house batteries to run the 8 speaker premium audio system, lighting, VHF and so on, professionally paint sprayed in very eye catching base-coat/clear-coat Deep Red Dupont Marine, Pod mounted Torqueedo Cruise 4.0 R motor complete with GPS based flight computer and so very much more.
I have no idea what the range is because I’ve never run the batteries to less than 50%, truthfully, we have never used the boat long enough. We use the boat about 4 hours at displacement speeds, this works out to about 5knots, a very silent 5 knots I may add.
Avoiding the sometimes confusing diatribe about the metrics and intricacies of an electric boat it probably is best to call me with any seriously deep questions (954.655.4625); however I will try a written walkthrough for those not inclined to telephone or feel free to ask a question through Ebay:
I plug the boat in and the onboard smart chargers handle the charging and maintenance float charge of all total six marine MasterVolt Gell batteries, most often, I just plug it in the night before of the same day I want to go for a cruise but the smart chargers can just be left plugged in and they will maintain the system indefinitely.
Currently I’ve got the chargers set for a 4 hour charge cycle, this will keep the batteries healthy for 5 years+ but you can change this setting to 2 hours if you want. Just pop the boat into the water, flip on your music and cruise without vibration, exhaust smoke, fuel fumes, noise and without ever facing any “start-up” issues or any other problem you have with fuel powered boats.
How long will the batteries last? I actually don’t know the answer to this as all my 4-hour cruises leave me with plenty of remaining power and after 3-4 hours of boating I’m typically finished for the day. If I had to guess, at displacement speeds, you can get a full day of boating without issue. As mentioned already, I have used the Cruise 4.0R and yes, this is way too big for the boat, but remember, electric motors only use the energy you ask it to, so the power is there if you want it or need to tow a friends boat with motor trouble. I typically use 600watts to make 5 knots. There are 4000 watts of power available, so the motor is very happy to run forever.
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- AAA grade solid teak for the deck
- Lloyds of London approved plywood for the hull shape
- West System epoxy and fiberglass cloth for the hull
- Epoxy fairing compound
- Dupont marine paint (Base coat and Clearcoat) professional and properly sprayed in a booth! (DEEP RED COLOR)
- MasterVolt Gell Battries for main propulsion and same for house batteries
- On-Board and wired into shore power 48V Gell smart charger & 12V 2ch smart Gell charger
- USCG and CCG Approved Navigation nights (LED)
- LED deck lights
- LED work lights fore and aft
- Teak Flag pole
- Hidden mooring cleats
- Marine grade stereo system with Sat, USB, FM, iPhone, AUX etc.
- Marine grade 4 CH Amp
- 6 Marine Speakers
- Raymarine Depth sounder (in-hull mounted) hidden
- Shore power inlet
- Shore power cord
- 2 Electronic smart bilge pumps (no float switches needed with auto and manual)
- 3 Marine – Battery disconnects – Main propulsion, House, bilge pumps
- House and Bilge pumps have auto resetting circuit breakers
- Every electrical connection uses marine grade Anchor head shrink crimp connectors
- Stick Steering
- Port and Starboard “pop-up” electric actuated and hidden switch panel and electronics panels
- USCG safety equipment included
- Canada VHF and HF international radio station license
- Northstar 25Watt VHF marine radio
- Glove box
- Trailer registered in FL
- The boat is in storage in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area 33325
Currently licensed in Canada but can be licensed or registered in any state or country. Boat (ON, Canada) and trailer (Florida) with clear title(s).