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    • Topsail Channel/Island Anchorage


      Statute Mile: 265
      Lat/Lon: near 34 23.505 North/077 36.094 West
      Location: northwest of the charted marsh island lying southwest of the Topsail Channel’s unlighted daybeacon #14
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet, but entrance channel is unmarked
      Special Comment:Use of a GPS chartplotter is highly recommended to facilitate safe entry into this anchorage
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 38 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, open to southwestern and northeastern winds

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. David Boxmeyer -  February 24, 2014 - 10:39 am

        Just off the ICW with an easy entrance and exit. We found 10 foot of water at one hour before high tide. As you enter stay pretty close to the markers until you get up to the docks, at that point favor the dock side. We anchored just south of the charted shoal between the marker and the line of crab pots to the west. There is some high speed traffic past this point, but that stops when the sun goes down. You can hear the ocean surf. 4 bars on Verizon Air Card. If you are northbound, this is a good place to stay and than catch the Surf City Bridge opening, 3 miles north, the next morning.

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    • Topsail Channel Anchorage


      Statute Mile: 265
      Lat/Lon: near 34 23.297 North/077 36.296 West
      Location: anchorage lies south, southwest of the correctly charted shoal, south of the small, marsh island, west of marker #13
      Minimum Depth: 6 to 9 feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 48 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: fair, but wide open to southern and southwestern winds

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    • Banks Channel Northside Anchorage


      Statute Mile: 280
      Lat/Lon: near 34 12.425 North/077 47.958 West
      Location: on the mid-line of the Banks Channel, north-northeast of this cut’s intersection with the Motts Channel, and south-southwest of the 8-foot fixed bridge
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Special Note: Motts Channel, which many vessels use for access to the Banks Channel anchorage from the AICW, is subject to shoaling. Periodic dredging usually keeps this problem in check, but between dredging projects, depths can become quite suspect on Motts Channel. For best depths, favor Motts Channel’s southern (green side) flank as you enter from the AICW.
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Good, but open to strong southwesterly winds
      Dinghy Dock Access: Public dinghy dockage available at Wynn Plaza, flanking Banks Channel’s eastern shores, just south of the 8-foot fixed bridge.South Beach Grill located just across street from dinghy dock, and within one to two blocks, you will find the King Neptune Restaurant, Vitos Pizza, Baja Mexican Grill, a coffee shop and Roberts Grocery and Market

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      Comments from Cruisers (8)

      1. Ted -  May 8, 2016 - 4:32 pm

        I was amazed at the amount of speedboats running thru the ancnorage on plane. A constant parade on a Sunday afternoon. Many seemed to enjoy the sport of sloloming between anchored boats on half plane putting out big wakes. Then to my total amazement, a marine sheriff boat came thru, on half plane, and did nothing about hi speed boats running thru here!
        They really dont seem to care about basic safety and courtesy in Wrightsvill beach. The cop must have neen on his way to patrol the bathrooms.

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      2. s/v Skye -  May 13, 2013 - 10:05 am

        Anchored below the bridge in Banks Channel on 5/7/13. Have anchored there several times. Left on 5/8 by way of Motts channel in morning at high tide with plenty of water. Will not consider entering by Motts channel near low tide. Confirmed potential problems with Boat US last fall.
        s/v Skye

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      3. John Pholeric -  May 10, 2013 - 9:27 am

        There is plenty of depth; however, leave plenty of scope. The current is strong, and the anchorage is open to the south. We did dingy to shore and walked around Wrightsville Beach, but did not eat ashore. There were a number of resteraunts some of which were closed for the season. Call ahead!
        John Pholeric

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      4. Captains Dan and Jaye Lunsford -  April 28, 2010 - 11:42 pm

        Very important – when coming into this anchorage/marina Red daymark 24 is destroyed! Stay far to the green side (almost outside of the channel near where R24 is located on your chart). There is a barge that unloads here, he pushes up to a ramp on the green side and keeps his motor running; the prop wash digs a deep hole on the green side and mounds it near R24. Depths as shallow as 3 feet have been reported at R24.
        We’ve been here (Seapath Yacht Club) for a week with transmission troubles, the staff was great as was the courtesy car. Very clean, close to basic needs (grocery, hardware stores). A bit rough in strong SW winds.
        Captains Dan and Jaye Lunsford

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      5. Rick Emerson -  October 28, 2009 - 9:36 pm

        We are currently lying in this anchorage and agree it’s not sheltered from southwesterly winds and only marginally better for northeasterly winds. The channel in easy to follow >if< you allow for the shoal NE of the R”14″. Holding seems to be good. Wakes can be an issue, particularly with small boat traffic running along the SE shore. The “not Rum Runner” location is the Blockade Runner hotel.

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      6. Perry & Kathy Sellars -  July 30, 2009 - 2:38 pm

        We were a week late getting to Wrightsville Beach, (due to extending our stay by a week at Barefoot Landing Resort Marina, arriving on the 3rd of July. Unfortunately, I forgot about the holiday weekend and didn’t have a marina reservation. We anchored south of the 8-foot bridge. Not having a dingy, we were boat-locked but had a wonderful time anyway. Went swimming by the boat to enjoy the beautiful blue water. Many boats were in the anchorage. One could almost walk from boat to boat.
        Perry & Kathy Sellars
        M/V Marsh Mellow

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      7. Bill & Laura Bender -  July 30, 2009 - 10:29 am

        We anchored in Wrightsville Beach across from the …not RUM Runner…but some kind of ‘Runner’ and took advantage of city’s very nice dinghy dock, were able to use our bikes…and rode to West Marine
        Bill & Laura Bender
        M/VKindred Spirit III

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      8. First & Ten -  July 27, 2009 - 11:41 am

        Banks Channel anchorage is fun because there are boats from all over. The dinghy dock is good for going ashore.
        Wright and Gladys Anderson
        First & Ten

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    • Banks Channel Southside Anchorage


      Statute Mile: 280
      Lat/Lon: near 34 12.167 North/077 48.213 West
      Location: south of the Banks Channel’s flashing daybeacon #15
      Minimum Depth: 6-feet
      Special Note: Motts Channel, which many vessels use for access to the Banks Channel anchorage from the AICW, is subject to shoaling. Periodic dredging usually keeps this problem in check, but between dredging projects, depths can become quite suspect on Motts Channel
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 50 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Fair, wide open to southwesterly winds

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      1. Charles Hagen -  June 30, 2017 - 9:14 am

        Good anchorage at N34 degrees 12.149′, W077 degrees 48.250′
        Room for 5-7 boats and MLW is about 12′. 2 knot current. Quiet at night.
        Charles Hagen

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      2. s/v Skye -  May 13, 2013 - 10:06 am

        Anchored below the bridge in Banks Channel on 5/7/13. Have anchored there several times. Left on 5/8 by way of Motts channel in morning at high tide with plenty of water. Will not consider entering by Motts channel near low tide. Confirmed potential problems with Boat US last fall.
        s/v Skye

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      3. Captains Dan and Jaye Lunsford -  April 28, 2010 - 11:42 pm

        Very important – when coming into this anchorage/marina Red daymark 24 is destroyed! Stay far to the green side (almost outside of the channel near where R24 is located on your chart). There is a barge that unloads here, he pushes up to a ramp on the green side and keeps his motor running; the prop wash digs a deep hole on the green side and mounds it near R24. Depths as shallow as 3 feet have been reported at R24.
        We’ve been here (Seapath Yacht Club) for a week with transmission troubles, the staff was great as was the courtesy car. Very clean, close to basic needs (grocery, hardware stores). A bit rough in strong SW winds.
        Captains Dan and Jaye Lunsford

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    • Carolina Beach Mooring Field

      Statute Mile: 295
      Lat/Lon: near 34 02.793 North/077 53.347 West
      Location: east-southeast of the Carolina Beach channel’s unlighted daybeacon #4 daybeacon #5
      Special Note: a mooring field opened at this location in February, 2012, displacing the anchorage
      Minimum Depth: 7-feet
      Swing Room: sufficient room for vessels as large as 42 feet
      Foul Weather Shelter: Excellent

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      Comments from Cruisers (18)

      1. John Loving -  October 30, 2013 - 4:18 pm

        A very nice anchorage/mooring field. Depths are 18-25 ft (with a lot of current), so I’m glad there are mooring balls.
        Randy came out at 5pm to collect the $20 and gives us the lay of the land. Although the mooring field was not full you might want to call him in advance …(929) 667-0004.
        Overall, a very pleasant stop.
        John Loving

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      2. Paula Spence -  August 30, 2013 - 4:29 pm

        We stayed here a year ago, and I was not looking forward to a second visit. We were only spending one night and after an 8 1/2 hour day I didn’t feel much like launching the dinghy from the second deck in the wind just to go pay our mooring fee. I was very happy to read that they now send a boat out each evening to collect fees. And great news – a second dinghy dock on the beach side with access to the beach is supposed to open in about two weeks!

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      3. Billy -  June 21, 2013 - 6:03 pm

        Raft off’s not allowed at Carolina Beach mooring as of 5-18-2013 even if all pays the $20. While there two local boats one hooked to ball other rafted off hooked to ball for less than an hour and were charged $20 each one was no more than 50 yards from his marina also the tender told me that the $20 is per calendar day if you are there on 18th is $20 still there on 19th another $20 not for a 24 hour time period as I left to help my friend get his boat back to marina and received a call stating that I would be sent a bill from Carolina Beach for $20 when told I was not staying that is when he told be it was not a 24 hour period. Just FYI for anyone else stopping by Carolina Beach mooing. Did enjoy my stay there as it was my first over nite trip and raft off with newly purchased sailboat.

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      4. Jerry Kusky -  May 14, 2013 - 3:25 pm

        We have stayed in Carolina Beach on the mooring balls on 2 occasions. The mooring ball fields is easy to enter right off the channel. The mooring field is less than 10 minutes at no wake speed off the ICW. The tethers on the mooring balls seem short (maybe 5 ft) so it’s easier to grab the tether from the side of the boat rather than from the bow. The city sends a boat to collect the mooring fee about 6 PM each evening.
        The City of Carolina Beach has a dinghy dock at the end of the channel which is less than 1/2 mile away. There is also a restaurant at the end of the channel that has a face dock. From the dinghy dock it is an easy walk to the beach.
        Jerry Kusky
        Knot So Fast

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      5. Glen and Jill Moore -  May 14, 2013 - 3:24 pm

        The mooring field is easy to enter, with plenty of depth. The mooring balls are large, but the pendants are small and slimy. The dinghy dock is a long, long way down, at the end of the harbor. The moorings do provide a secure place to spend a night or to visit Carolina Beach for a day or two. At $20/night, they are over priced compared to other moorings. At the same price, St. Augustine offers a laundry, captains’ lounge, and quality heads/showers.
        Glen and Jill Moore
        DeFever 40 Last Dance

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      6. Richard B. Emerson -  November 20, 2012 - 1:05 am

        We used the Carolina mooring field on 16/17 Nov 12 and found it very easy to use and well worth the $20/night. The moorings have short pendants with a float and loop at the end. Pass a line through the loop to moor up. Randy, the guy who collects the money, is a former live-aboard and generally helpful guy.

        Access to the area is slightly complicated. Follow the ICW to G 161 and turn into the Carolina Beach basin channel’s R 2. Do /not/ try to round off the corner. A boat with 5.5′ draft hit and bumped when taking this shortcut.

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      7. One love -  October 2, 2012 - 9:58 am

        Great news . Looking foward to stop for a few cold ones.

        Carolina beach good work.

        Ed & Joyce

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      8. John Kettlewell -  October 1, 2012 - 10:25 am

        Those of us who prefer to anchor, and I have done so many times successfully in Carolina Beach, think the “slap in the face” is what we are getting! I know and trust my anchoring gear, and I go where I can use it. I didn’t spend thousands of dollars on it just to carry it around with me. Hopefully, sufficient room for anchoring will be retained.

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      9. John Winter -  September 28, 2012 - 10:39 am

        We just got back from a 4 month trip around the south, including FLA Keys. $20 is above market, but Carolina Beach, which is our part time home port, is a great stop. The balls are a good addition and it is good to see more mooring balls being installed in the south. We have also been to Maine on our boat, and the mooring balls there are more, but we found some that were as low as $15 and the highest was in Sag Harbor, Long Island, the cost was over $75 (we anchored – LOL) – supply and demand wins.
        John Winter

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      10. Harbormon -  September 28, 2012 - 10:37 am

        Well that’s a slap in the face to the forward thinking town of Carolina Beach for spending their local taxpayer’s money to establish and maintain a safe harbor and mooring field for transient boaters, especially in a harbor that is known for not having good anchoring conditions. Capt Mike was lucky he didn’t drag his anchor and he obviously doesn’t get around too much or he would know that a 24 hour mooring ball rental for $20 is well below the average cost virtually anywhere in the world, and worth every dime when you need it the most.
        Harbormon

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      11. Capt.RL -  September 19, 2012 - 2:37 pm

        Cruising News:
        What a great addition to this area. Arrived on Monday night 9/17/12. There is a big sign upon entering, just grab a ball and call or register on line. Boats from 26′ – 55′. Randy the dockmaster is great. He will come to your boat and collect the $20 fee not to mention that he offered to take us ashore or bring us ice if needed. Really glad to be on a ball during the big blow on Tuesday.
        Capt. RL

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      12. Capt. Mike -  August 27, 2012 - 3:46 pm

        Cruising News:
        Visited the new Carolina Beach mooring field on August 18 and called the mooring mgr using the no. that was posted on the sign. Was told the fee was 20.00 for 24 hrs. No one was using the moorings. I dropped the hook 50 yards away for free. Plenty of room and depth. Too much to tie up on the ball, and free would be best as you will dingy to day-dock and spend money locally. At best have boats register for maybe a 5.00 fee… Just my thoughts on a nice protected basin.
        Capt Mike, Wilmington NC

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      13. Dave Thomas -  April 29, 2012 - 1:52 pm

        Spent a nice relaxing night in Carolina Beach, NC in the new mooring field. This spot had a terrible bottom akin to pudding. The new concrete anchors sunk up to 8′ in the mud and now one feels quite secure.
        Dave Thomas

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      14. Dave Hough -  November 7, 2011 - 1:29 pm

        Today, 11/07/2011, survey boat was observed laying marker bouys for the future Carolina Beach mooring field. The bouys are south of the island just past daymark 5. There is still room for a few boats to anchor south of the island and room for a few on the north side of the island.

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      15. Jaen Thomason -  April 22, 2010 - 9:27 am

        One of our regular anchorages. Anchored here 4-20-10 in 9 ft MLW. There is now a very unattractive bait barge (selling bait I guess) anchored in the middle of the cove. Doesn’t interfere with anchoring though.
        Jean Thomason

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      16. Jim Ebmeyer -  August 26, 2009 - 1:58 pm

        I anchored in this location in Oct 2001, with a Catalina 400. Plenty of room.

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      17. Ashley Erwin -  August 25, 2009 - 2:48 pm

        This is good anchorage in but not in heavy weather. My boat and one other were anchored here in a heavy NE gail, winds 35 kts and greater. Both of us dragged and tried reanchoring several times. We both finally had to go to a marina. The marina at marker “4” was kind enough to let us both tie up at his fuel dock for 2 days. All of the bridges going north were closed due the high winds and there was no traffic anyway. The locals told me afterwards that the bottom there is not good holding in heavy weather. Ashley and Carol, S/V Blind Date

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      18. Wright and Gladys Anderson -  July 27, 2009 - 2:22 pm

        Carolina Beach is home for us. We have a condo there to live in when we get “old”. We stayed a month at federal Point Marina and the pool, personnel, and laundry were really nice. They have fireworks every Thursday and free movies Sunday at the lake all summer. A long walk but Granny’s has the best breakfast and Michaels the best chowder. The anchorage is not a problem. We met a couple from Sweden with a two meter draft who were anchored over July 4. Fort Fisher and the aquarium are a hit with visitors.
        Wright and Gladys Anderson
        First & Ten

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