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

  • Sherer Report: Charted Buoy vs Buoy Reality, AICW Statute Mile 201, Beaufort, NC


    Bob and Ann Sherer, authors of 2017 ICW Cruising Guide and their popular blog, http://fleetwing.blogspot.com/, generously continue to share their research of Waterway trouble spots with our readers. Having run aground in the often shoaled Russell Creek “shortcut” into Beaufort’s waterfront, this editor can vouch for the area’s confusing array of buoys. Thank you Bob and Ann!

    We’ve all faced a passage where the buoy placements don’t match our charts but when it happens at an already confusing area, it’s doubly confusing – especially whens the new buoys don’t seem to make sense. The junction between the ICW and the channel to Beaufort, NC, is such and area. The Coast Guard made major revisions to the buoys in the area and the charts have not caught up with the changes. Not even Navionics which usually does a very good job shows all the buoys in their correct positions. I used the updated light list to show the correct placements compared to what’s on most charts.
    READ MORE!

    First, here’s the area of interest:

    Here’s the NOAA ENC chart for the junction:

    Now for the surprise, the actual buoy placement after the Coast Guard got done:

    What a difference! 28A is gone, RS has been moved northward, and 30A and 30 have been moved. Imagine the confusion in approaching this area from the north when all you have is a NOAA ENC chart which most of the chartplotter manufacturers base their own charts on. For more information on the changes and how charts from different chart providers compare see:
    When Charts Lie: Part I
    When Charts Lie: Part II

    Bob Sherer
    aka Bob423
    2017 ICW Cruising Guide

  • LNM: Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for Morehead City, NC

    Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for Morehead City, NC

    The Captain of the Port (COTP) North Carolina has set Port Condition Yankee for the Port of Morehead City in preparation of the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Maria.   The Port of Morehead City is closed to all inbound traffic.  No vessel may enter the Port of Morehead City without the permission of the COTP. As a reminder, all cargo and bunker handling operations shall cease upon the setting of Port Condition Zulu 12 hours prior to the arrival of gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) and above. 

    READ MORE!
    1. All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons, all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs, and all tank barges over 200 gross tons departing the Port of Morehead City must schedule their departure to clear the Beaufort Inlet Channel Lighted Whistle Buoy “BM” (LLNR 29328) upon the setting of Port Condition Zulu.

    2. All commercial vessels and barges who have received permission from the COTP to remain in the Port of Morehead City must be at their site in accordance with their application as approved by the COTP upon the setting of Port Condition Zulu.  Movement within the port is allowed, including towing vessels and assist vessels.

    3. Vessels bound for the Port of Morehead City shall seek an alternative destination.

    Mariners are also advised that drawbridges will remain closed when wind speeds are 34 knots or greater or once evacuations begin. Because of the uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds.

    For guidance on specific issues or to obtain a vessel application to remain in port, contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-3880

     

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS
  • Living Well Down East Survey

    This potential new delivery service to boaters is interested in your opinion and in your dietary needs when navigating in NC waters. Please copy/paste the survey into your email compose and mail to livingwelldowneast@centurylink.net. Morehead City and New Bern are homes to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Morehead City Yacht Basin and New Bern Grand Marina. Many thanks!

    Living Well Down East is a Natural and organic market interested in providing delivery service to cruisers who dock/layover in the Beaufort, Morehead City or New Bern, North Carolina areas. We are very interested in your opinion and hope you will take a few minuets to share your thoughts in this brief survey.
    Click Here for Survey

    1. Do your cruises bring you to North Carolina?
    ______Yes ______No

    2. How often do you cruise in North Carolina?
    ___Weekly ____Monthly ___ Three times/yr ____More than six times/yr.

    3. What time of year are you in North Carolina? Please check all that apply
    _____Spring ____Summer _____Fall ____Winter

    4. Which location would best serve your provision needs?
    _____Beaufort _____Morehead City _____New Bern

    5. When taking a cruise do you replenish your provisions?
    ____Yes ___No

    6. If you replenish, how often do you purchase provisions?
    ____daily ____weekly ____monthly

    7. Do you find it difficult to find locations to replenish provisions?
    ______Yes ______No

    8. Would you order provisions in advance of your cruise arrival to your slip?
    _____Yes ____No

    9. What is your preferred form of food provisions? If mixed please show percent of each
    ­­_____Frozen ___Canned ___Fresh ___Freeze Dried ___Glass ___Vacuum sealed ___Other

    10. Do you provision bottled water for drinking and cooking while cruising?
    _____Yes ____No

    11. What size bottled water is ideal for your cruising?
    _____1 liter bottles _____1 Gal. bottles _____5Gal. bottles

    12. Are beers and/or wines part of your provisions?
    Beer ____Yes ____No Wine _____Yes ____No

    13. Would you be interested in using a service which delivers to your slip?
    _____Yes ___No

    14. Would you provision low impact, natural and organic products which are kinder to the environment?
    ____Yes ___No

    We thank you greatly for your time and hope we can be of service to you soon!

    Make it a Great Day!

    Judy B. Johnson
    (252)-522-1100
    Check us out on Facebook  

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SSECN SPONSORING MARINAS
  • Welcome Beaufort Marine Center, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 198


    SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET is pleased to welcome our newest SPONSOR, Beaufort Marine Center! Beaufort Marine Center lies on the east side of the Waterway north of Beaufort. Check out their Who We Are  link for more about these fine folks!

    Beaufort Marine Center in Beaufort, NC is centrally located at Intracoastal MM 198 and offers affordable long-term dry storage in a tidy, professional boat yard with night security patrols.
    Full service and fully equipped, BMC handles vessels up to 200 tons, 30 foot beam and offers five paint bays for vessels up to 90 feet.
    ​Services include paint and varnish, carpentry, mechanical, fiberglass and welding. Equipped with 25-ton crane and 45-ton state of the art hydraulic transporter.
    Discount marine store and dedicated purchasing agent onsite.
    Liveaboard and DIY friendly with a Captain’s lounge equipped with cable television, WiFi and movie library. 15, 30, 50 and 100 amps.
    website: http://www.beaufortmarine.com
    tel. 252-728-7358
    email: beaufortmarinecenter@gmail.com

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Beaufort Marine Center

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  • Post-Matthew Report from and Winter Specials 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.

    Blue skies are back and fall is upon us! The marina is fully operational and so are the many local restaurants, stores and attractions.
    Click Here for Photo and Special Offer

    As we open back up after our evaluation for Hurricane Matthew, we wanted to remind everyone of our Winter Special. Stay at least three months from November to March and pay $10/ft per month. We are filling up fast so make your reservations now! 252-726-6862
    Cheryl Bomar
    Staff Accountant
    Morehead City Yacht Basin
    Morehead City Yacht Basin, 10/11/2016

    Morehead City Yacht Basin, 10/11/2016

    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

  • Changes to Nav Aids in Russell Slough, Beaufort , NC, near AICW Statute Mile 202


    For many years now, the northwestern tip of the Gallants Channel, where it intersects the Waterway at Marker #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.

    ****NC – RUSSELL SLOUGH – GALLANTS CHANNEL – PROPOSED CHANGES AIDS TO NAVIGATION****
    Russell Slough is a non-maintained channel east of Newport Marshes in Beaufort, North Carolina. Gallants Channel is a federally maintained project that connects to the southern end of Russell Slough. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers state there are no funds or plans to dredge this project. Due to encroaching shoals in these waterways, both channels require the following changes to appropriately mark and ensure safe navigation of the waterway.
    The Coast Guard proposes to relocate: Read More

    Russell Slough DBN 6A (LLNR 38467)
    Russell Slough Light 7 (LLNR 38470)
    Russell Slough Channel Junction Light RG (LLNR 34855)
    The Coast Guard proposes to establish:
    Russell Slough Buoy 8
    The Coast Guard proposes to discontinue:
    Russell Slough Channel Warning DBN A (LLNR 34852)
    Russell Slough Channel Warning DBN B (LLNR 34853)
    Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational
    safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at:
    http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/D05%20LNM%202015%20Special%20Notice_Waterway_Proposal%20Feedback%20Form.pdf
    All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 26 October, 2016 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number
    05-16-138(D).
    Send comments to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or pablo.a.ortiz2@uscg.mil
    U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District
    Waterways Management (dpw)
    Attn: Pablo Ortiz
    431 Crawford Street
    Portsmouth, VA 23704
    Chart 11541, 11545 LNM 38/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Intersection of Russell Slough with Gallants Channel

  • Captain Jim Healy on Beaufort, Morehead City and Cape Lookout, NC, AICW Statute Mile 203


    Our thanks to Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, for shareing his perspective on Beaufort and Morehead City, NC, home to 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.

    Beaufort, NC: This is a seaport town near Morehead City; it’s a very pleasant, laid-back, “chillaxin'” place with a small but well done Maritime Museum, many shoppes and some nice local restaurants. For those who might enjoy a short off-shore (maybe 10 miles) cruise, depart the Beaufort Inlet and head out the the bight at the Cape Lookout National Seashore. [See Claiborne’s article on Cape Lookout.] It a large, well protected anchorage, with access to the beach for campfires and swimming. The bight itself is well protected from winds and ocean sea states, but the trip out and back can be too much for some if the wind offshore is up. Plan accordingly.
    Jim Healy

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

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    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

  • Praise for Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


    Always good to hear words of praise for one of our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS! Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina are located on Town Creek in beautiful Beaufort, NC.

    Went into Homer Smith last week and it is a gem and is going to be a top notch marina (actually already is). Fairly easy walk to town great folks and much easier to dock than downtown docks. Also the price is much better, facilities are much better, and the attitude and service of the owners and staff far exceeds the downtown docks. This is now the place to stay if you want to see Beaufort. He has plans for expansion and even more services down the road. Navigating from the north is a piece a cake as you do not have to go under the lift bridge (which is being replaced). Leaving to founder the bridge is same as before. North bound boats can either go under the bridge, or take the Gallants Cut (even though longer, it is easier). Extremely nice docks.
    John Winter

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina

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  • Question re Depth in Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 205


    Taylor Creek runs along Beaufort’s waterfront and the “jig” David Mentions is at the creek’s east end. The Creek connects several narrow cuts through Back Sound that are often used by shallow draft vessels to reach the anchorage behind Lookout Bight.

    My question is, has anyone traveled from Beaufort, NC down Taylor’s Creek toward Harkers Island recently? Is the little jig at the end of Taylor’s Creek passable to vessels drawing 3-1/2 feet, and is it reasonably accurately portrayed on the latest charts? Also, is the channel past Harkers Island and through Barden Inlet to Cape Lookout similarly passable and well charted?
    Thanks.
    David Swanson
    s/v Lucky Penny

  • FOCUS ON Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203


    Morehead City Yacht Basin

    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.

    The Yacht Basin was originally built in 1946. It started out as a pier and a building with an office, lounge with lockers, and a storage room. Around 1952, Bump Styron bought the Yacht Basin and added two piers. The Yacht Basin has always had close ties to the boating and fishing in Morehead City including the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament that started in 1957. Bump himself won the tournament in 1970 aboard the “Reel King”. Legend has it that even Ernest Hemmingway at one time fished for marlin out of the Yacht Basin.
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    The Morehead City Yacht Basin has always been known for its customer service. James Hester, pictured below, greeted boaters for over fifty years and customers still come in and tell stories about his smiling, friendly service.
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    Today the Morehead City Yacht Basin provides dockage both to slip owners, renters, and transients traveling up and down the ICW. With Mike Pollard as the head dockmaster for close to ten years the tradition of excellent customer service has continued. We have a very comfortable lounge for our guests and we are a short walk to over twenty great restaurants.
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    In 2014, Jet Matthews tripled the size of the Morehead City Yacht Basin with modern floating docks, 87 large interior slips, and over 1,250 feet of side tie dockage to accommodate vessels up to 200 ft with 30/50/100 amp power and 2 x 100 amp pedestals.

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

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  • More Good Words for Portside Marina, Morehead City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


    When entering the Morehead City waterfront from the “Turning Basin,” Portside Marina is the first facility that will come abeam to the north.

    These folks are very helpful, since we had a weather layover. Rate them highly and will return.
    Dusty

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Portside Marina

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  • Reminder re Southbound into Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


    With a closed vertical clearance of 13ft, the Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge is off the Waterway and is frequently used by southbound cruisers to visit the Beaufort waterfront. Town Creek , on the north side of the bridge, is home to one of SSECN’s newest SPONSORS: Home Smith’s Docks and Marina.

    Just a reminder for those southbound via Beaufort, NC.
    If you are taking the “back way” into Beaufort, via Gallants channel, the Beaufort City Bridge (US 70 – at Town Creek) does NOT open at 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm or 6:00pm. if you miss the 4:00 opening, it’s best take the Morehead City route around Radio Island.
    It only adds 1/2 hr or so if you know in advance you’re going to miss the bridge opening.
    Geoff Cooke

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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina

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  • Welcome Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


    Shout out a big Welcome to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET’s newest sponsor, Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina on Town Creek in beautiful Beaufort, NC.

    Ahoy Cruisers,
    Slip into waterfront luxury with Homer Smith Docks and Marina, where you’ll find friendly staff and the comfort of a home away from home. Dock your vessel here in our new, state-of-the-art facilities and unwind and discover the beauty of downtown Beaufort, NC and the rest of the Crystal Coast.
    Guests who dock with Homer Smith are just an easy walk or golf cart ride away from the history and action of the third oldest town in North Carolina, Beaufort. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, great dining and the quaint shopping on Front Street.
    The Staff at Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina

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  • Deep Keel Vessel Needs Your Advice

    This question is unusual, not because of Skipper Aigeltinger’s concern for Waterway depths, but because of his vessel’s 7ft 3inch draft. Whether that draft is fin keel or full keel, that is a lot of draft with which to confront the shallow spots in North Carolina. He has access to our listing of NC Problem Stretches, but is asking for your input into his decision to attempt the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC, which, fortunately for him, is north of all the Inlet/ICW intersections further south.

    I am considering delivering a 44 ft sailboat from the Chesapeake to Florida. Draft is 7 ft 3 in. Would like to know if anyone knows if it’s possible to get that from Norfolk to Beaufort in the ICW ? Or if anyone could direct me to a source for that info.
    Thanks, Ed Aigeltinger

    Note this praise for Argus:

    The Argus soundings are really helpful. I followed ICW all the way from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC and it looks like the most questionable area is a few miles north of Beaufort. (That area just north of the Alligator River bridge where the channel takes a turn or two around some shoals has always been poorly marked. Have to be careful there but I think there’s plenty of water if you stay channel center.) The shallow area just north of Beaufort is at the south end of the Adams Creek Canal and as I recall that part is narrow and the markers are a little far apart making it a little difficult to stay in the channel. On the chart the Argus readings are shown to be out of the channel. So I wonder if the chart is wrong or if whoever did the Argus run missed the channel, hence the shallow readings there ?? Would appreciate any input from anyone re that. I plan to call Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Beaufort Docks and ask for some local knowledge. Would hate to run 199 miles from Norfolk and get 3-4 miles away only to not be able to get there. However, if the readings are right, the shallowest I see is just over 4 ft and the tidal range is about 3 ft so still might be able to skim through at high tide.
    Thanks again for your help-Ed

    Thanks to all for the info re the ICW depth from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC.

    I also spoke with the dockmaster at Beaufort Docks and he assured me there was plenty of depth at Core Creek if one is careful to stay in the channel. It’s narrow there and the markers are a little far apart. Apparently the Argus boat was a little out of channel hence the readings down to 4 ft. Dockmaster also said he has a friend who comes down each year with 9 ft. He said to be careful to stay as close to center as possible in the Alligator River-Pungo River canal as his friend has hit some pretty hard stuff a little off center.
    As you mention fixed bridge height is also a concern. Boat I may deliver is 62 ft to mast top and 65 ft to antenna top. (I brought a cat down once and rang almost every beam on the bridges with the antenna. A little nerve wracking.) So if anyone has or hears any local knowledge re bridge height problems I would certainly appreciate the info. I may try to do what I’ve done a few times in the past. Install a 4-5 ft long piece of 1×4 wood at the mast head going forward and then a vertical piece at the forward end that is about a foot higher than the highest solid part of the mast. One can then creep up to the first beam and if this ‘indicator’ goes under all is hopefully well. If not heavy reverse is in order.
    Thanks again for the info and please keep me in mind if you hear anything else of importance.
    Ed Aigeltinger

    November 30:
    Larry-
    Thanks again for your help with ICW depth issue. I had no idea about the ARGUS ‘program’. Obviously with that kind of data in the laptop one could cruise the ICW from data point to data point. Really amazing stuff !
    Thanks again,
    Ed Aigeltinger

  • Update on Sea Gate Marina, Adams Creek Canal, AICW Statute Mile 194


    Sea Gate Marina guards the Waterway’s western banks, just north of the Core Creek bridge. This facility has a well sheltered harbor, but we’ve noted some thin depths here in the past.

    Update: Not for big boats. Transient dock has only 30 amp @ 6.00 per night. The pedestals have 50 amp receptacles but are not wired. The water faucets are not plumbed, however a very long hose is available to reach most of the transient dock. The self-service pumpout has been down all summer but has now been repaired as of 11/2014. Wifi is available at the transient dock but is a residence system with limited bandwidth that is shared with the small campground. Clean showers. Pleasant TV lounge. Friendly adult staff at present. Marina store winter hours 8am – 5pm. Good selection of beers. Eight miles to shopping. My 4.5′ draft wasn’t a problem.
    Tom Geren

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Sea Gate Marina

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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

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  • 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 (/?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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