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Archive For: NC9 – Adams Creek to Beaufort and Morehead City

  • REMINDER: Day-Time Closures at RR Bridge, November 3-7, AICW Statute 203.8, Morehead City, NC

    Fall cruisers will be affected by these day-time repairs and need to plan ahead for early morning departures and late day arrivals. See earlier Local Notice: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144654. With a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, Morehead City Railroad Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 204, immediately south of the Newport River Bridge. The alternate southbound route to avoid this ICW railway bridge is via Russell Slue at statute mile 201 to Gallants Channel into Beaufort and Taylor Creek.

    AICW – Newport River – Carolina Coastal Railroad (lift) Bridge – Closed to vessels from 0900 to 1200 and again
    from 1300 to 1500 every day from 3 to 7 NOV 2014 to facilitate the maintenance and steel work on the
    structure. The drawbridge will be able to open, from 1200 to 1300, each day to accommodate vessel traffic
    during the deviation period. Also, the drawbridge can be opened for emergencies and there is an alternate
    route for vessels through Beaufort Channel with no additional travel time.

    And the Marine Broadcast:

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW)
    Mariners are advised the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC will be closed-to-navigation from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon), and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., every day from November 3 through November 7, 2014 to facilitate maintenance and steel work. The drawbridge will be able to open each day, from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1 p.m., to accommodate vessel traffic during the closure period. The current operating regulations, under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5, require that the drawbridge shall open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given. However, the drawbridge is currently maintained in the open-to-navigation position at all other times and closes for passing trains. In the closed position to vessels, the available vertical clearance is approximately 4 feet above mean high water. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11541 LNM: 40/14

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Railroad Bridge

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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Intersection of the AICW and the Russell Slue Channel

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  • Daytime Opening Restrictions at RR Bridge, AICW Statute 203.8, Morehead City, NC, 10/1/2014

    With a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, Morehead City Railroad Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 204, immediately south of the Newport River Bridge. These daytime restrictions will definitely affect our Fall migration; plan accordingly!

    NORTH CAROLINA – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – MOREHEAD CITY – BRIDGE INFORMATION
    Mariners are advised to take caution when approaching the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge over the Newport River/ICW, Mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC. NCDOT will be conducting maintenance and steel work on the structure. A temporary deviation from the regulation shall allow the bridge to remain closed from 9 a.m. until noon and again from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. every day, from November 3 through November 7, 2014. The bridge has 4 feet of vertical clearance in the closed position. We advise mariners to check for future notices on this project. Chart 11541.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Morehead City RR Bridge

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Railroad Bridge

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  • A Great Weekend at Cape Lookout, off the AICW, via Beaufort Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean

    Cape Lookout Bight is a wonderful, natural harbor formed by Cape Lookout’s curve of land. This superb anchorage, one of the most popular in North Carolina, as confirmed by Skipper Merriman, is best accessed via the Beaufort Inlet, rather than through Back Sound.

    Labor Day Weekend August 30 – September 2nd 2014
    Wow! Just Wow!
    This was our first time to Cape Lookout. This place is fantastic. The water is warm and clear enough to snorkel. About 7 -10 feet of visibility, The water has a green tint to it.
    We anchored about 3/4 of the way into the bite. We were in 25 feet of water and just a short dinghy row from the beach.
    When we first arrived I was concerned because there must have been close to 100 boats in there. However, we had no problem finding a place to drop the hook. The very next morning most of the boats were gone, By day 3 there were only a handful.
    The sunsets and sunrises are super. The light house looks great. Although we didn’t make it up to the top. Good fishing, nice walks on the beach,
    Anybody who is sailing the coast and doesn’t stop by here is missing out.
    Will & Sheila
    s/v Sheila B

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cape Lookout Bight

  • A Marine Professional’s Frustration, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 201

    The current Grayden Paul Bridge over Gallant Channel in Beaufort is a bascule bridge with a closed vertical clearance of 13ft. Adams Creek and Gallant Channel connect southbound Waterway cruisers to the Beaufort waterfront.
    The new Grayden Paul Bridge (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143433) will have a fixed vertical clearance of 65ft and a horizontal clearance of 100ft. However, it is obvious from Skipper Cole’s follow-up comments below that the new bridge does indeed impose restrictions on certain vessels. One can understand and sympathize with the frustrations of a marine professional fighting to stay in business.

    Having worked in a boat yard for many years, I understand after living in the area 41 years,that Adams creek is not part of the inland waterway. I have read many articles saying it is so. Please get the facts straight. This new bridge is putting our boat restoration business Out of work. Can’t the NCDOT understand that they are putting a lot of people out of work. Many boats have left the area to go to Charleston, Savannah, and Florida. This bridge if built will also impede the shrimp boats.
    Judith Cole

    August 30, 2014

    As Skipper Cole makes clear, the 65ft vertical clearance imposes restrictions on those boat yards who have been servicing vessels in need of greater than 65ft vertical clearance.

    Dear Larry , When you compared the new unbuilt bridge 65 ft. Against the present bridge. You failed in your comparison by only stating that it is only 13ft. The Grayden Paul bridge is a draw bridge when it is open the height can not be measured large tall ships with masts a lot higher than 65 feet have been using this bridge before either you or I were born. Please in your next writing quit trying to hide the truth. This new bridge will ruin the tall ships waterway . Adams creek is not part of the waterway,it needs it’s own specific concerns . Tall ships need their own consideration. Does hiding things from the public make it right. No, it is not honest.
    Judith Cole

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gallants Channel

  • Good Visit to Beaufort Municipal Docks, AICW Statute Mile 201

    Location, location is the name of the game at Beaufort Municipal Docks and it is certainly good to hear positive comments about this popular stopping point for Waterway cruisers. The town of Beaufort, NC is known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

    We took a weekend trip to Beaufort Town Docks this weekend and couldn’t have had a better time. Many thanks to Dock Master Neil for his assistance. If you want great views and nightlife, this is the place to be.
    John Flowe

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Beaufort Municipal Docks

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  • Praise for Dock Hands and Staff at Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.

    On July 12, 2014 my First Mate and I along with 2 guests on board sailed to Morehead City Yacht Basin along with several other boats from the Nuese Sailing Association. This is a very nice marina with floating docks and a dedicated and professional staff. I hailed the marina when I was about 10 minutes out and they gave me instructions on where to go. Upon my arrival there were 2 employees standing by to assist with my docking. Not only did they help with the initial docking, they stayed and assisted until the boat was completely secured with bow, stern, and spring lines in place and the boat connected to shore power. The staff was very friendly and helpful in every aspect of our overnight stay. We had a social on the deck of the Marina’s bath house. The dock master gave us a list of restaurants within walking distance. We had dinner at Floyds which came highly recommended. We weren’t disappointed. The marina also has a courtesy car available for $10.00 for a 2 hour block.
    Upon our departure the next morning (07/13/2014), there was an employee on hand to assist with our departure. We did not request him, he just showed up and assisted. I will definitely stay at this marina again.
    W. Merriman

    Emily and I agree completely. Marina and bathhouse very clean and the people are experts on fuel, docking and the area. We have been there three times in the last several months and each visit has been consistent. They have showed us some pivoting off of spots on dock for our Bristol 47 which will really help us. We try to plan departures to stay at Morehead City Yacht Basin.
    Van Beck

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Yacht Basin

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  • US 70, Morehead City – Newport River Bridge Horizontal Clearance Reduced, AICW Statute Mile 203.8

    While few cruisers will be affected by this reduction in horizontal clearance, it’s good to be aware of any unusual activities on the Waterway. High-Rise US 70 bridge crosses the Waterway just north of the Morehead City Railway and connects Morehead City and Beaufort, NC.

    lnm2
    ncmarineevents@uscg.mil

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Morehead City Newport River Bridge

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  • Construction of US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge Replacement Underway, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201

    SSECN first posted a Local Notice concerning this new construction in December of 2013, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129841. Please note that closures of the channel are expected and will be announced in future Local Notices. The Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge (US 70 in Beaufort, NC) is off the Waterway and the work on the new bridge will only affect those southbound cruisers making use of the Gallants Channel to visit the Beaufort waterfront.

    NC – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND) MOREHEAD CITY HARBOR CHANNEL – BEAUFORT INLET – BEAUFORT (GALLANTS) CHANNEL
    Mariners are advised that work is in progress through May 31, 2015 for the replacement of the US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge across Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, relocated between Radio Island and Michael J Field, in Carteret County, NC. When completed, the new high-level fixed bridge will have a vertical clearance of 65 feet, above mean high water, along with a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between pile bents. The construction operation will include in-water work involving pile driving, concrete placement, girder setting, and concrete deck installation with post
    tensioning. Tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor channel 13 VHF, in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Waterway closures are being planned. We advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11541 LNM: 27/14

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  • Reports From Beaufort Town Docks (Statute Mile 201)

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    SSECN Contributing Editor – Captain Jim Healy

    As some of you may remember, this past fall, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net published a partially negative review concerning Beaufort Town Docks, authored by SSECN frequent contributors, Skippers Chuck Baier and Susan Landry. This veteran cruising duo stopped here, and made their report, at my suggestion to do so.
    The reason for this commission was that, about a year ago, we began, for the first time, receiving several negative reviews of this facility from fellow cruisers. I must admit to being thunderstruck. Beaufort, NC was, and IS, one of my very favorite ports of call, anytime, anywhere. Everyone here knows me on sight, so that is why I asked Susan and Check for a review.
    Several cruisers, and particularly Beaufort Town Dock employees, objected to Susan and Chuck’s review as too negative, and not really fair. We eventually withdrew publication of this story at the specific request of Chuck and Susan.
    So, this year, in a conversation with new Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Contributing Editor (more about this later), Jim Healy, I asked him, if it proved to be convenient, to stop by Beaufort, and share his impressions. As you will see below, this veteran cruiser has presented a largely positive, but, it is only fair to say, also a mixed review of Beaufort Town Docks.

    We bought our Sanctuary in June, 2004. We finished re-fit, commissioned and splashed by the last week of September, 2004. New to boating and cruising, we spent the winter of 2004-05 in North Carolina, first in New Bern and then in Morehead City. During that winter, we also discovered Beaufort, a rustic and historic seafarers and mercantile community.
    Beaufort is not far from the ICW route, but we haven’t visited there in several years. We do stop in Morehead City so I can visit the very best marine “toy store” on the US East Coast, “Ace Marine and Rigging,” which is just a short walk across Arundel Street from the Sanitary Restaurant’s dock. This trip northbound, we decided to divert and visit Beaufort.
    The many mercantile establishments in Beaufort carry a full range of upscale millenaries, clothing, gifts, bric-à-brac, curiosities and books. Merchandise prices are high; we observed “full retail price” in all shoppes, and “well above MSRP” in many. There is a very nice Maritime Museum on Front St. Since we last visited Beaufort, the Post Office has relocated, an inconvenience for those afoot. Local restaurants offer a fine range of victuals. We visited Clawsons for lunch, and were disappointed to find they have dropped their signature “Dirigible” from their menu. Fortunately, their selection of craft beers somewhat compensated; somewhat. We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent ribeye steak dinner at the Grocery Company on Queen St.
    Access to the “Beaufort City Docks” from the Beaufort Inlet is easy. During our visit, two megayachts made overnight stops. Approach depths to 12 ft and slip depths to 7 ft are fine for cruising boats. Taylor Creek currents are moderate. The marina is exposed to winds with an easterly component. The facility has widely separated infrastructure features. Modern, floating docks are in good condition. In-slip fueling and pumpout are available. Fairways and slips are commodious. Shower house/bathrooms are clean and functional in a 1940s high-school locker room style, but are located at the far western end of the facility, so can be a long walk. Complimentary wi-fi is provided and adequate for email and web browsing. There is a well worn courtesy car. Courtesy car use is complimentary and car availability was excellent; finding a place to park it on return was tedious. Net transient pricing (dockage plus electric) is above regional averages, even after organization discounts are applied. On a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being excellent, I’d rate the marina facility as a 7; OK, but overpriced.
    We arrived at the Beaufort City Docks at noon on Thursday. We stayed two nights and felt we had had two very different customer experiences. The reservation process was easy. When we arrived, slip assignment went smoothly. Docking assistance and electric set-up was excellent. It was our impression that there are two separate “crews” of dock attendants and office staff which I will call “Team 1” and “Team 2.” Team 1 – our Thursday experience – was welcoming, friendly, responsive and helpful. They offered local information they knew we would want but did not know to ask about. They smiled and laughed a lot. Team 2 – our Friday experience – was markedly different. They were indifferent and remote. There was no smiling. We asked for information about the Beaufort drawbridge operation and the northbound “Russell Slough” (pronounced: SLEW) navigation channel. “Team 2” pointed to a sheet on the wall. No Captain’s handout was available. We were entirely “on our own” to find a place to park the car. We circled the town for 20 minutes, and finally found a spot two blocks from the marina. “Team 2” made it clear – “if looks could kill” – they were annoyed that we had left the car “so far away.” Our net is, the customer experience that a transient boater might have at the Beaufort City Docks is mixed, and seems to depend on which crew of attendants (and which attitude) is on duty. On a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being excellent, I’d rate “Team 1” as a 10. “Team 2,” well, not so much.

    Well done review, though I would caution that the term “moderate” for the current in Taylor Creek probably depends on when you hit it. I have seen large powerboats have difficulty getting in and out when the current is full tilt and the wind is blowing. My advice to sailors is to time your arrival or departure for slack tide and wind, if at all possible. Anchoring for a short while to await better conditions can sometimes make the difference between a safe landing and an expensive mistake. Also, this is often the first strong current docking experience for many ICW newbies coming from the north where marinas tend to not be situated in current-swept locations for the most part. It’s good practice for places further south on the ICW where currents can be even stronger.
    John kettlewell

    We have stopped at Beaufort Town Docks many times in the past. The last time was in April 2010. Since then, we have regretfully by- passed this wonderful town. We simply will not pay the exorbitant price for a marina that has so little to offer but a superb location. On our 2009- 2010 cruise to Florida, Beaufort Town Docks was the MOST expensive marina we stayed in in four months. When we were there the last time, it was almost empty. Did the cost have something to do with this?
    Norman Mason
    Peggy Sue, Monk 36
    Norfolk, VA

    Having just returned from three nights in Beaufort I can report that we had a great time. The dock masters were extremely cordial and caring and handled any need. They checked on us several times and as we watched others come and go they paid them the same attention. Beaufort remains our favorite destination, besides Ocracoke, on the North Carolina coast.
    John Rebholz
    Just4Shell

    I arrived at Beaufort Marina on Fri. and experienced crew #2. I totally agree with Jim that there seemed to be an attitude. I think everybody not only wants to deal with competent dock helpers, which crew #2 certainly was, but also wants to feel welcome and treated like the reason for their employment instead of an interruption to their day.
    Joe Apicella

    Just amazes me as the the pettiness of many boaters..sometimes I feel reading this various reports that boaters expect these docks to be 5 star hotels with all the amenities of them. If i can talk to someone, make a reservation, someone meets to grasp a line , and get my power plugged in….i am happy.
    I will bet if i flew into any airport in any city, I would be standing around figuring out what and where.
    PS: BEEN at these docks several time and enjoyed the experience which it is if the current is running!
    Larry Hemmerick

    I’ve gone to Beaufort Town Docks since the 90s. Know it from dock and shore.
    1. It’s expensive by comparison to all other locations within 200 miles.
    2. Roll the dice on whether they’re friendly or not. Honestly.
    3. The bath/shower by comparison to other locations is horrible.
    4. Great location.
    5. Shops are tourist traps, not for bargain seekers.
    6. Some of the best restaurants around. But you have to look and ask.
    If they fix the showers to compare with other local marinas, and get rid of some of the goober, huckster dock-hand behaviors, they’ll be awesome. Not $2.75 awesome, but pretty awesome. Many of their staff are very good, helpful folks, but they’ve got a knucklehead or two they should wish “good luck in your future endeavors”.
    Ben Matthews

    Beaufort Docks has a great location adjacent to a very nice town. We stayed here one night, and the dockhands were courteous and helpful. We dined at the Blue Moon Bistro, and had a wonderful meal. Walking the town and taking in the shops was easy, and the marina had a loaner car we used to provision. We did not use the showers or laundry, so can’t comment on them. The docks are in decent shape, and easy in and out if you know how to play the current.
    About $140 for one night (for a 48’ trawler), however, is a bit steep. Bald Head Island Marina just south was $100 a night. But, due to the location, the owner gets his price, and such is life. My only complaint was the pumpout. First, the hose was not long enough to reach both sides of my boat (I have two tanks and the caps are port and starboard). After untying and turning the boat around for the second tank, I was charged $10 per tank for a total of $20 for the pumpout. While $20 is not going to break the bank, it left a bad taste and is indicative of poor management. Had the pumpout dock and hose been adequate to handle the situation it would be less obtrusive (even though most pumpouts have been free with a slip rental), but the owner should not be surprised at some of the more negative reviews here and elsewhere. It is the little things which can turn a positive experience into a poor one. With that said, I still give the marina four out of five stars, based on our overall positive experience.
    Berwick Duval

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Beaufort Town Docks

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  • North Carolina Mariners Museum Annex, Beaufort, NC Now Offering Transient Dockage, Near St. M. 201)

    NC Mariners Museum Annex Docks - Beaufort, NC

    NC Mariners Museum Annex Docks – Beaufort, NC – Google Earth

    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net just received an e-mail from former “Coastal Cruising” magazine contributor, Captain Brent Creelman, who now works with the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina. As you will read below, the museum annex, which lies at the intersection of the Gallants Channel and Town creek, north of the eventually to be replaced (with a high-rise) Grayden Paul bridge, near 34°43.669′N,76°40.054′W, is now offering transient dockage for visiting vessels. The transient rate is a VERY reasonable $1.00 per foot, per night!
    While power and water connections are available, there are no other shoreside facilities, and it will be a hefty walk (or a very quick taxi ride) from this facility to the many delights and dining attractions in downtown Beaufort. Mariners should also be advised that to reach these docks, they must either navigate the Bulkhead Channel from Beaufort Inlet, and then pass through the restricted Grayden Paul Bridge, or run the somewhat iffy (but still very do-able), Russell Slue – Gallant Channel route from the AICW to a point just short of Town Creek.
    martimemuseumannexdocksEven with those mild disadvantages, many cruisers will be understandably enticed by the dockage rates featured at these docks. If interested, drop Captain Creelman an email, or give him a call!

    Ahoy Fellow Mariners!
    The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort invites transient vessels and historically significant craft to visit and be our guests at the museum’s expansion site on Gallants Channel just north of downtown.
    The facility has deep water wharfs running some 1,500’ and floating docks with 10 slips and a 100’ face dock.
    The Friends of the Museum is offering a very reasonable short term dockage rate of just $1/foot per night, or $10/foot per month.
    Water and power are available but there are no shore side facilities at this time. There is ample parking on site.
    Located less than a mile from the AICW the site is well protected, has plenty of water depth, and is just a mile from Beaufort’s Front Street.
    Brent Creelman
    Director of Operations
    Friends of the Museum
    brent@maritimefriends.org
    252-728-2762

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mariner’s Wharf Annex Docks

  • Boatyard Recommendations for Central NC Coast

    This discussion of mechanics and boatyards comes to us from our friends at Trawlers Forum (http://www.trawlerforum.com/) and, while the list contains both pros and cons, it does not reflect the opinion or endorsement of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. However, we invite you to add your favorite NC mechanic or boatyard to the list!

    For diesel repair, we have had a lot of great results with Coastal Diesel in New Bern. Prompt, on-time scheduling and a team of very good mechanics. They are basically a mobile service and will come to you. It can be pricey, but once it’s done, it’s done. They just rebuilt my mechanical injector pump last week and rebuilt my genset last year. Good bunch of guys.
    Deaton Yachts in Oriental is a good all-around yard. The complaints we’ve heard from there was that their time management isn’t that great. They have trouble meeting work deadlines. In disclosure, we have used their mobile service, but have not hauled out there. They have an onsite parts department and that’s a huge plus.
    Wayfarer’s Cove in Arapahoe, NC is a good general yard. It’s a bit isolated from civilization and the yard, with its dirt lot instead of gravel, leaves you boat very dirty, plus, power hook-us are spotty. They have one of the best fiberglass guys in the area that works there. Tom runs the place quite well and is an honest guy. He will quote you a price and stick to it. If he falls short anywhere, it’s that he’s a bit edgy and sometimes hard to get in touch with. No email either.
    I have called Bach Marine on several occasions, but have never used them. They always came in with the highest quotes and Kenny, while very knowledgeable, I have felt that I would have the same issues that I have with Sailcraft. Just a bit too “old school” with billing and communication.
    Our new guys are True World Marine and Lightning Yachts. Both are boat builders (or former). They are both located in the marine industrial park where Jarret Bay is. True World is a very neat and well kept yard with good power and new facilities. Lightning Yachts is a repair place just up the road that can do about anything with boats. Both respond quickly to emails and will take the time needed on the phone to make sure all bases are covered.
    Chuck Courtney is a mobile guy (Power and Sailboat Repair). He’s a good honest guy, but is very busy. I have used him a couple of times and he’s been good. I don’t think he’s the best engine guy (I would use Coastal for that), but he’s an good electrical guy.
    If you want to do some snooping around, go visit Morehead City Yacht Basin and see who’s working on the boats there. Ask Mike (dockmaster) and ask for some recos.
    Hope this helps.
    Tom & Bess Beaty
    m/v Skinny Dippin’

  • Night Time Opening Restrictions Ended at RR Bridge, AICW Statute 203.8, Morehead City, NC

    Morehead City RR Bridge – Click for Chartview

    With a closed vertical clearance of 4ft, Morehead City Railroad Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 204, immediately south of the Newport River Bridge.
    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW)
    Mariners are advised that the general operating regulations, set out at Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.5, have been reinstated at the Carolina Coastal Railroad Bridge across Newport River, at AICW mile 203.8, in Morehead City, NC. Since October 2012, the drawbridge had been operating on a temporary schedule to facilitate extensive rehabilitation. The re-established operating regulations require that the drawbridge open promptly and fully for the passage of vessels when a request to open is given. However, the drawbridge is normally maintained in the open to navigation position at all times and only closes for passing trains and/or maintenance. In the closed position to vessels, this single-leaf bascule drawbridge has a vertical clearance of approximately four feet, above mean high water. Chart 11541 January 4, 2014

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Railroad Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Morehead City Railroad Bridge

  • Gallants Channel Bridge Replacement to Begin in February, 2014, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201

    Gallants Channel Bridge - Click for Chartview

    The Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge (US 70 in Beaufort, NC) is off the Waterway and the construction of a new bridge will affect those southbound cruisers making use of the Gallants Channel to visit the Beaufort waterfront. The construction was first proposed in early 2012, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81432.

    RALEIGH – The Coast Guard approved a bridge permit application from N.C. Department of Transportation for the US 70 bridge replacement project. This milestone represents one of the first steps required to begin a bridge replacement project across Gallant’s Channel in Carteret County. Coast Guard received over 100 comments during the preliminary and public comment periods that were taken into consideration for the approval of the permit.
    Bids will be opened on January 21, 2014 and the contract awarded in early February. The bridge replacement project is scheduled to be complete by September 15, 2017.
    Charles R. Cox, PE
    NCDOT – Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gallants Channel

  • Oriental Merchant Requests Your Aid, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

    Click Charlet Above to Open a Chart View Page Centered on Oriental

    The owners of Inland Waterway Treasure Company in Oriental are seeking to determine the location of a vessel that until recently was anchored in Oriental Harbor and subsequently was towed to Morehead City. The red sailing vessel, PrimaDonna (see link below for photo), has since left the Morehead City area and its whereabouts are unknown. If you can assist in locating this vessel, do not contact SSECN, but please contact Pat or Laurie Stockwell directly at 252-249-1797 or IWPC@dockline.net.

    Claiborne,
    Good morning! It’s Paul Fairbank, The Boonedocks, Oriental.
    I don’t know if you have heard of the problems here with a French boat, Primadonna. The owners left this eyesore at anchor in our town harbor for over a year, managed to swindle a local do-gooder out of nearly $3000 and left to avoid a small claims judgment.
    The search is on for Primadonna.!!
    The full story from Towndock at http://towndock.net/news/have-you-seen-primadonna
    Perhaps your readers could help. It might even save them some grief.
    Thanks,
    Paul Fairbank
    The Boonedocks
    Sent by PAUL FAIRBANK
    From “Paul’s Bunker,” at VILLAGE HARDWARE & MARINE SUPPLY
    DO IT BEST No. 3444
    ORIENTAL, NC 28571
    (252) 249-1211

    There may be two sides to this story but the articles are fairly clear. I do hope they can resolve the issue. Another reminder to not co-sign checks or loan money.
    Sonny

    Please let me know when you have the fund raising for Pat. I will be sending money. A person as nice as Pat should never have this happen to him. I am proud to call him friend.
    Vicki Willis

  • More on Town Creek Inner Anchorage, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 201

    Town Creek Anchorages - Click for Chartview

    Town Creek is east of the south end of Gallants Channel in Beaufort, NC, east of unlighted daybeacon #1.

    I anchored in town creek. It is a nice location. It is crowded and there are some long term boats there (and some sunken boats). They are on multiple anchors. When I pull my anchor I had picked up someone’s rode. I was able to easily free it with the boathook.
    Galen

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Town Creek Inner Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Town Creek Anchorage

  • Praise for Beaufort Municipal Docks, AICW Statute Mile 201

    Captain Hipple’s comments are in response to recent widely varying points of view concerning the Beaufort Municipal Docks in Beaufort, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126312

    Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:41:17 -0500
    I have been stopping at the Beaufort Town Docks, along with just about every other marina along the AICW, for over 25 years. I have done this in everything from a 30 foot cruiser to the 130 foot motor yacht I currently operate. During all those years I have never experienced anything other than professional, knowledgeable and pleasant service from the entire dock crew at the marina.
    While it is true that the laundry and showers are of no consequence to us on this boat, they were for many years but were never a major problem. I been there for an overnight stop and have also spent a month there rebuilding an
    engine.
    The docks may not be state of the art but they are strong and safe. I have ridden out 2 tropical storms there. One on a 70 foot Hatteras and the other on the 130 foot tri-deck motor yacht without any problems. All the dock guys were there to assist in securing the boats and some stayed through the night to help if needed. They were there along with TowBoat US to remove this sail boat that broke loose from its mooring, before it damaged, or sunk the trawler it got tangled with.
    Some of the power pedestals are indeed made of wood but who cares? The power is good and reliable. This is one of the few marinas along the coast where we can get 2, 208V 3 phase power outlets on several docks, while there are still 50 amp and 30 amp outlets for the smaller boats. This is something you will not find in most marinas, even the “state of the art” ones. The Charleston City Marina’s Mega dock is great but 90% of the time we can’t get electric.
    The water is good and fuel is available in most of the slips. The Wi-Fi works fine and is free.
    The location is among the best on the coast with shops and restaurants across the street. Anything else you desire is easily reached by one of several courtesy cars that the marina makes available at no cost.
    As for cost, $1.95/ft. and $6 for electric described in the article, is in the range of similar stops, many of which do not have amenities like loaner cars or Wi-Fi___33. Moorhead City Yacht Basin is $2.00/ft. or $1.80 BoatUS, Oriental Marina and Inn is $1.90/ft., River Dunes is $1.50/ft. and $5 for electric, Beaufort SC is $1.85/ft. and $6 electric.

    I consider the Beaufort Docks one of the best stops on the East coast and I look forward to our next visit in the spring.
    Captain Bill Hipple
    M/Y Lady Kath

    There is a lot less current at the marinas in Morehead City and a lot more protection. And the “Praise” comments mentioned the cheapest, under 35ft rate or $1.95, not the $2.30 rate that applies to boats over 36ft. While the dock crew is indeed good in Beaufort, they have to be because the location is swept with current and the channel occupied by untended boats on moorings, none of which exist at the other options available in the area. Beaufort simply overcharges for a less attractive boating experience. If that appeals, great.
    Roger Arrowood

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Beaufort Municipal Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Beaufort Municipal Docks

  • Praise for Morehead City Yacht Basin and Area, AICW Statute Mile 203

    Morehead City Yacht Basin

    Morehead City Yacht Basin - Click for Chartview

    Captain Bell’s remarks follow a report on less-than-favorable conditions at Beaufort City Docks (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126312). We are pleased that Captain Bell chose to recommend A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from the AICW, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.

    Make a change for the better and dock at the Morehead City Yacht Basin. With BoatUS the rate is $1.80 per foot. The two dock hands take care of everything, even putting a carpet over your power cord so you don’t trip. Then go to Floyd’s Restaurant, two blocks away, with GREAT food. Bring a signed business card from the dock master and they will give you a FREE desert. To food is the BEST. We found this place because the Sanitary Restaurant put in a new floating dock, charges $25.00 per night, must eat there, customers eating at the new outdoor dining keep you up at night, lots of wakes and we almost got hit by an old sport fish boat coming into dock. Never Again. Go to Morehead City Yacht Basin, you will have a great time.
    Dave Bell

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Morehead City Yacht Basin

  • Very Different Views of Conditions at Beaufort Municipal Docks (Statute Mile 201)


    I can’t remember when an article here on the SSECN has brought about so much controversy as the one authored by the veteran cruising duo of Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, concerning the Beaufort Town Docks, originally published on 10/28/13. While some agreed with Chuck and Susan, other cruisers were ardent supports of the Beaufort Town Docks, and some took real exception to Chuck and Susan’s review. Most troubling of all, in many cases there was a combative attitude expressed towards the reviewers, rather than a civil exchange of different points of view, experiences and an honest reporting of the facility’s stats and prices.
    At Chuck and Susan’s request, we have removed their original article. However, we have left in place many of the subsequent contributions, both positive and negative, hoping that all this verbiage will help the cruising community make an informed decision about whether or not to patronize the Beaufort Town Docks.
    We suggest you read all the messages below, and make up your own mind.
    I would like to personally comment on two points originally raised in both Chuck and Susan’s article, and in the notes from Beaufort City Dock’s supporters. The nearby laundromat is located behind a local business called, “The General Store.” If your vessel is berthed near the eastern end of the dockage complex, this facility is indeed located just across the street. If you are on the western end of the docks, then it’s a walk of a block to a block and a half to “The General Store.”
    Next, it is quite true that during the spring, summer and fall months, there is a LOT of foot traffic along the Beaufort boardwalk, only a few paces from the Beaufort Town Docks wet slips. This is a case of “you like it, or you don’t.” Karen and I always found the diversity of people and the energy they produced, one of the most delightful aspects of visiting Beaufort. Over the years we met more than a few fascinating people wandering the Beaufort boardwalk.
    Not all cruisers will agree. Some like a more quiet and private dockage experience. And, I should also note, this high traffic situation is a not a typical marina dockage experience. I can only think of a handful of other Southeastern USA marinas where this much humanity is found within such close proximity of the docks. Again, you may like this, but if that’s not your thing, there are certainly alternatives that still allow a visit to Beaufort.
    Let me also note that the responses below deal with Beaufort Town Docks, NOT the community of Beaufort, NC which remains one of the most popular ports of call anywhere on the AICW, and with GOOD reason! It also remains one of my personal favorite places anywhere, anytime!
    Wherever you berth in Beaufort, or drop the hook, once you are ashore, Beaufort offers a range of attractions that are the envy of many a port of call. There is absolutely first rate dining available, particularly at places like Spouter Inn (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=90587) and Beaufort Grocery Company. Also, interesting shops dot the downtown landscape like grains of sand on a beach.
    If you want to spend a night or two with solid ground under your feet, then Beaufort boasts a wonderful selection of B&B inns. We think the Pecan Tree Inn and the Ann Street Inn are particularly wonderful.
    Is it time to reprovision, then Beaufort is ready for you. Taylor Creek Grocery, an unusually well outfitted mini-grocery store and deli, is located either just across the street, or within an easy one block walk (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=90572). A walk of several more blocks will bring you to the Coastal Community Market (606 Broad St), with a great selection of organic and all-natural foods. And, Beaufort Town Docks does indeed have courtesy cars which allow for ready visits to the local supermarkets.
    Beaufort is a wonderfully historic community. If you have not taken a dream-like stroll along Ann Street, and viewed the historic homes, not to mention their incredibly landscaped and well manicured lawns, you have simply missed some of the best that the cruising life has to offer. Don’t believe me, well just take a look at our Beaufort Photo Gallery (http://cruisersnet.net/beaufort-nc-photo-gallery/).
    Then, there is the nearby North Carolina Mariner’s Museum, and particularly its adjacent (across the street) wooden boat building shop. Be sure to take a few moments to watch the craftsman at their work from the visitor’s gallery.
    So, there is every reason to visit Beaufort, NC, and much to see and do (and eat). Again, the subject of this string of articles is the Beaufort Town Docks, and, as you will see below, there is a wide range of opinions, ranging from the mixed, to those who believe that the Beaufort Town docks are a fine facility. Again, we strongly suggest you take in all this verbiage, and make an informed decision for yourself.
    However, wherever you park your vessel, don’t dare miss a visit to this wonderful and historic community!

    We always anchor up Taylor Creek, a short dinghy ride up away from the docks. Unless you are rowing, there is no need to be in front of the docks. Better yet we go the Morehead city and stay at the Sanitary Restaurant.
    Greg Han

    Sad. Used to enjoy going there. The owners don’t “get it”.
    Paul Eckenroth

    Upon visiting again (still alongside) I feel compelled to respond to a recent review on Cruiser Net.
    It saddens me when someone completely misses the point of a location.
    The marina does have a local laundry facility, far better than a single washer and dryer and a four hour Que, there is a professional grade laundry service less than 100ft from the offices.
    The trash is kept away from the boaters by perhaps 15ft from the dock head, nice and discrete by the car parks so as not to trouble us with fowl odors as we enjoy the views from the cockpit, or trip over the trash cans on the dock.
    The docks float, so yes they can be made to wobble, nothing new there, unless you are used to securing on industrial wharfs on a millpond.
    The marina staff are excellent at ensuring a vessel is safe and secure before they dash off to the next vessel requiring their services, for note I would suggest handing the upstream “Brake” line before the downstream one that is pointless when coming alongside on a tidal flow!
    It is also vital to understand that most of the staff here have worked this location for decades, and are trying to assist more than one vessel at a time, when the bridge opens they are inundated with arrivals in a very short time frame, and work frantically to keep as many vessels safe as they are able.
    One of the great charms of Beaufort City Docks is that the generally informed public can wander down to the boats and stop for a chat, I have met some truly wonderful people here and sincerely hope that the marina experience is not diluted by fort Knox type security gates!
    I am surprised that anyone is upset by the marina rates, they can be obtained prior to arrival, and if you don’t like them there are plenty of more expensive choices nearby, or you could anchor off and try to make use of facilities you are not entitled to!!
    I hope that people are able to read through the negative experience and understand that they are a minority. I can understand that goofing up your arrival may leave you with a sour taste.
    For reference, the power posts are mounted through the docks, and upon inspection I can see they are through bolted, no nails evident upon the 4 x 4inch timbers.
    The review above fails to mention how the quirky courtesy cars save an easy $30 round taxi trip to grocery facilities, this (if you are so minded) makes the mooring rates look more attractive ?
    Regards,
    George

    As a boater who has visited the Beaufort Docks at least 60 times since 1985, my experience has little in common with Landry and Baier’s. In the winter and spring of 2012-13, I cruised the ICW from North Carolina to St. Augustine, stopped at many marinas and came away with a greater appreciation of Beaufort Docks. No, Beaufort is not the cheapest marina – but it’s not the most expensive marina either, including some with fewer amenities.
    In my view, Landry and Baier were unfairly critical of the Beaufort dockhands. On many occasions, the dockhands under veteran Dockmaster Jeb Brearey have skillfully guided my boat into a slip against tricky currents without incident. No, they don’t always hang around offering to plug in your power cord – it is, after all, a busy marina and they are often needed to help other boaters. I give the Beaufort guys credit for being most helpful when it counts. For example, they remain knowledgeable about weather conditions within 100 miles and are able to offer guidance to mariners. If you are arriving late, a dockhand will stay on duty to help you tie up. And they are familiar with local experts who can perform boat repairs at modest rates, as I know from experience.
    I also disagree with your reviewers’ comments about the facilities. The bathrooms are not new, but they are cleaner and more spacious than those at most of the marinas I visited during my ICW trip. Your reviewers could have asked for a slip closer to the bathrooms if that was an issue for them, but even the most distant slips are a shorter walk to the bathhouse than at many other marinas.
    The docks are in good condition, and while it is true that washers and dryers are in a private business that closes on Sundays, they are directly across the street from the marina – not “blocks away.” I am surprised your reviewers had trouble finding the trash cans, which are in enclosures spaced along the boardwalk. What’s more, recycling is available – a rarity elsewhere. As for the issue of security, well-placed placards limit access to boat owners and guests.
    I urge all boaters visiting the area to stay at the Beaufort Docks. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary beer or glass of wine that Beaufort Docks offers all visiting crewmembers and enjoy one of the jewels of the North Carolina coast.
    Dudley Price

    Be advised that Captain Tillett’s remarks below refer to the original introductory text to Chuck and Susan’s article.

    Dear Mr. Young,
    As a long-time cruiser, resident of Beaufort – and, yes, part-time employee of Beaufort Docks, I found the recent review of Beaufort Docks on your website to be very troubling. The review by the owners of ‘Beach House’ was neither “in-depth” or “un-biased.” As a matter of fact, I found it to be largely inaccurate and vengeful. And, I might add, for you to say this cruising duo “nobly accomplished their goal” casts real doubt on your commitment to accuracy and fairness. To go so far as to encourage cruisers to seek alternatives to the Beaufort Docks based upon this one highly suspect review unfairly damages the reputation of the Beaufort Docks – if not that of the town of Beaufort in general.
    I don’t know where to start in refuting this so-called “noble,” review. To begin with, the floating docks at Beaufort Docks are not narrow and unstable – far from it. There is one set of docks with smaller fingers on which smaller boats (Beach House) are placed. The remainder of the marina has full-size floating docks that are in very good condition. The reviewers, in their zeal, completely misrepresented the type and condition of the docks.
    Not sure why the reviewers chose to criticize the “power posts” at Beaufort Docks unless it was because the one they hit didn’t stop their boat to their complete satisfaction. In actuality, the Beaufort Docks has several types of “power posts” in service – the smallest of which is constructed of 4×4 material — not 2×4! “Power posts” at Beaufort Docks a problem? Laughable.
    To even mention wakes from passing boats at Beaufort Docks is a joke. I can’t recall the last time I witnessed Beaufort Docks being rocked significantly by a passing boat.
    The laundry mentioned is not “a few blocks away.” It is directly across the street – no more than 30 yards from the marina office. Where did the reviewers come up with this stuff?
    “Head stalls” at Beaufort Docks are of various sizes. To imply they are all “very narrow” is totally inaccurate. And, the showers are not “painted.” They are, in fact, fiberglass.
    The reviewers cited location and availability of trash receptacles. This one is totally baffling, as groups of receptacles large enough to accept large bags of trash are positioned at three different spots along the boardwalk. They’re in wooden enclosures for esthetics, all readily accessible.
    To imply Beaufort Docks needs some type of security gates to keep folks from wandering down on to the docks is totally out of touch with reality. This is yet another example of the reviewers “reaching” for a predetermined result.
    Beaufort Docks doesn’t have “a courtesy car”. Beaufort Docks has multiple courtesy cars -beloved old Buick RoadMasters. They’re a joy to drive, often favorably commented on, a trip down memory lane.
    There is not a pump out hose on each dock. There is one pump out hose located at one pump out station. And, yes, there is a fee. Is this unusual? Hardly.
    No mention whatsoever of the fact Beaufort Docks delivers fuel to virtually every slip in the marina and that the wi-fi is state of the art – oh, excuse me, those are positives and would not fit into the reviewers narrative, would they?
    “The marina really has nothing going for it other than location.”
    Really?
    Weymouth Tillett
    Beaufort, NC

    The messages below were received after we published a summary of this message string in the 11/15/13 SSECN Alert. As you will see, there are, again, many different points of view. In a nod to our department of redundancy department, we again suggest that you read ALL this input and form your own impressions!

    The comments on Beaufort are of interest to me, as one who loves Beaufort, and who has stayed at Beaufort Town Docks many times. I no longer stay there, as the cost has gotten way beyond what it should be. We were last there returning from Florida in April of 2010. At that time, we were charged $2.25 per foot, plus a higher than usual electricity charge. For such poor rest room facilities, which someone on this website once compared to 1950′s Boy Scout camp, and no laundromat, it is not worth it, no matter how wonderful Beaufort is. Yes, there is a laundromat across the street, BUT it is not open on Sundays, the day we happened to be there, and it is not part of the marina.
    Now, we go to Morehead City, and walk or bike to Beaufort. The marina costs are reasonable, and the restrooms are very nice. I hope that at some point in the future the cost will come down. We love Beaufort.
    Norman Mason
    Norfolk, VA

    Sanctuary and crew used to stop regularly at Beaufort City Docks. We gave it up as a stop several years ago. It’s the ambiance of the Town, certainly not the Marina experience, that makes the place at all desirable as a stop. The Marina experience is average to below average at the price point. Definitely, boater’s pay a premium to stop here. I liked the comment to “wait for slack.” What ill-considered advice that is to cruisers! When I’m tired and it’s getting toward sunset, or when I want to depart and get moving for my cruising day, that’s neither practical nor well-considered advice. I also liked the comment that only the fingers where “small boats like Beach House” are placed are narrow and wobbly. I guess that makes the fingers where I would be placed narrow and wobbly. It appears Susan and Chuck’s reporting is “correct,” confirmed by the admission of one who actually works there. Of course the marina *COULD* fix that, but I suggest one not look for conditions here to change. Enough people do stop that the town has no market incentive to change what it’s doing. They’re milking a cash cow, and for the locals, town revenue flowing from the marina beats local property taxes any day; property taxes they, themselves, do not have to build into their own cost recovery pricing. Management here (municipal government) is not motivated by customer service. So, I do support the recommendation to stop elsewhere in the area. Swift tidal currents and an average marina at above average prices? You can if you want to, but for us, “Nah!”
    Jim and Peg Healy

    It has been quite a while since we have used Beaufort City Dock. We used to stay there regularly because of atmosphere around, but this had nothing to do with the marina employees. We enjoyed music festivals and other venues convenient to the marina and also the plethora of eating places available. We did not mind that the laundry was across the street and although not really impressed with the baths, we found them adequate. What made us stop coming was the attitude of the docking personnel. They were RUDE. Sometimes we found docking just a bit difficult due to the very strong current. We had to listen to their constant criticism like, “well are you going to dock this boat or not.” We had no problem with the office personnel except maybe when one of the dock crew took over while the regular went to lunch. Consequently we either stayed at Town Creek Marina or just skipped Beaufort completely. Among our friends, we have heard the same stories. Also, the price per foot is astronomical. We were told that because they were the only game in town, they could do that. Would we call the marina cruiser friendly? Absolutely not! We even stopped anchoring in Taylor Creek a long time ago because of all the derelict boats anchored there and all the “private” mooring balls which probably have not been checked for ages. This is a real shame because Beaufort used to be one of our favorite stops.
    Tom and Pat Denni

    I could use pages describing the positives at Beaufort City Dock, but will not waste anyone’s time refuting the negative comments made against this facility & it’s staff. THEY MUST HAVE A PERSONAL PROBLEM. Keep up the great work at my semi-annual home away from home.
    Thomas J Comber

    All I can say is that Chuck & Susan on Trawler Beach House sound like very very novice cruisers. Yes the curent may run fast, but as the captian its your decision when to dock..maybe next time wait for slack! Do not depend on dock hsnds saving your docking experience.
    I am sure you will find more expensive and poorer condition dock on the ICW. Enjoy cruising and except each new place as a grant adventure.
    We spent two week this spring and enjoyed every minute!
    Larry Hemmerich

    OK, I have to weigh in. I’ve been visiting Beaufort by water since 1985 and it remains a “must” stop on the ICW. I must admit to not having used the municipal docks in a few years, but I have tied up there numerous times. It can be a very difficult place to get in and out of, particularly when the current and wind are strong. This often leads to unpleasant docking situations, which can color your entire stay there. Personally, if at all possible, I temporarily anchor until the current is slack and the wind is reasonable or else you are in for an exciting time of it. There are times when you I wouldn’t go anywhere near the docks–too tricky to get in there safely, no matter how wonderful the dock attendants. And, I have had some very difficult exits too. However, the laundromat, even though it is across the street, is one of the best close to the ICW–I suspect I have used it 20-30 times at least. Can’t comment on the restrooms or the power posts as I haven’t tied up there in a few years. I will only add that a visit at any marina is often shaped by the people you meet, whether it is the marina staff or the locals, and you will probably meet quite a few in Beaufort strolling along the waterfront. Mostly they have been great, but occasionally you get too much noise at night or someone asking too many questions while you’re trying to tie up in that current.
    John Kettlewell

    We’ve stayed at Beaufort Docks twice a year (North & Southbound between FL and NY) since 2005. We have never had a bad experience at this Marina. The Dockhands have always been helpful, their instructions clear and the Marina has let us use their ‘lender cars’ when we needed them. We enjoy the local residents walking the docks and chatting with them. When I read the original post, I wondered if they were speaking about the same place that we have always enjoyed. Judge for yourselves folks…
    Bob Scalia
    MV DALL’AZZURRO

    We have docked Vouivre at Beaufort Docks several times in the past, with our last stay being in October. We were traveling with friends in their boat Island Passage. The dockhands met our friends boat first (larger boat); got them tied up and then they were very responsive and helpful in getting us tied up. Both were very friendly too. Docking at Beaufort Docks, we enjoy being right there close to all the shops in town. Getting the chit for a beer was also nice. As far as the dockage rates, while they may be higher than some, they are also lower than other locations we’ve stayed. The marina is in a prime location and I would expect that their local taxes are higher than other less desirable locations; thus the need for them to set their fees at that rate. Bottom Line: If you want to enjoy being close to all the action, you may need to pay more….
    Reid Gantt

    There is a lot less current at the marinas in Morehead City and a lot more protection. And the “Praise” comments mentioned the cheapest, under 35ft rate or $1.95, not the $2.30 rate that applies to boats over 36ft. While the dock crew is indeed good in Beaufort, they have to be because the location is swept with current and the channel occupied by untended boats on moorings, none of which exist at the other options available in the area. Beaufort simply overcharges for a less attractive boating experience. If that appeals, great.
    Roger Arrowood

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Beaufort Municipal Docks

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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Town Creek Marina

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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Anchorage Listing For the Taylor Creek Anchroage

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  • Good Depths Reported in Russell Slue – Gallants Channel Route From the AICW to Beaufort, NC and Taylor Creek (Statute Mile 201)

    In the “good old days,” cruisers could continue southbound on the AICW all the way to marker #35, and then cut directly southeast on the Gallants Channel,thereby cruising past Town Creek, under the Grayden Paul Bridge, and thence to Taylor Creek and the primary downtown Beaufort, NC waterfront. DO NOT TRY THIS ROUTE NOW UNLESS YOU ARE PILOTING A CANOE!
    For many years now, the northwestern tip of the Gallants Channel, where it intersects the Waterway at #35, has shoaled in completely. Thus, southbound AICW craft, bent on a visit to Beaufort, must abandon the Waterway between markers #29 and #30, and run the marked Russel Slue Channel, until intersecting the Gallants Channel southwest of marker #7.
    Below Captains Chuck Baier and Susan Landry, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) provide an in-depth review of the Russell Slue – Gallants Channel route to Beaufort. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!
    Before getting on to Susan and Chuck’s article, let’s just quickly note another alternative passage to cruise from the AICW to Taylor Creek and the Beaufort waterfront. There is an unnamed (at least on the chart, though the locals call it the “Bulkhead Channel”) channel that leads from Beaufort Inlet to Taylor Creek. This is the deeper and easier to follow of the two routes to Beaufort, discussed here, and it should be your choice if your vessel draw more than 5 1/2 feet. We should also note this Beaufort Inlet to Taylor Creek route is much more convenient for northbound AICW vessels, but, by going out of your way just a bit, any vessel navigating the Waterway, or entering from the briny blue by way of Beaufort Inlet, can make use of this passage!

    Edenton, North Carolina by Chuck Baier and Susan Landry
    We came down the ICW from Core Creek and took Russell Slough to Gallants Channel. We found the channel well marked and plenty of depth. The lowest water in Russel Slough that we saw was at the 7 foot spot marked on the chart, but we found 11 feet and this was at low tide. In Gallants Channel we found 9 feet MLW at green “7″ where it meets Russell Slough. The rest of the channel depths run from 15 to over 20 feet and near the bridge we found depths in the 20 to 30 feet range. The bridge opens on the hour and half hour. Chuck and Susan,
    Trawler Beach House

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Intersection of the AICW and the Russell Slue Channel

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Channel Running From Beaufort Inlet to Taylor Creek (Beaufort Waterfront)

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