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

  • 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

    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 ( 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.
    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

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

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    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

    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
    Perhaps your readers could help. It might even save them some grief.
    Paul Fairbank
    The Boonedocks
    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.

    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.

    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 /?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
    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 (/?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 /?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 /?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 (/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 ?

    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.”
    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

    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

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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,” ( 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

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  • Dockside Yacht Club Off-Limits to Transients, Morehead City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205

    Dockside Yacht Club - Click for Chartview

    A phone call to Dockside Yacht Club confirmed that transients are no longer welcome at their docks. Our thanks to Captain Land for bringing this change of policy to our attention.

    Forget this yacht club in Morehead City, NC as they no longer allow transient docking and threaten arrest if anyone dares to pull up to their docks. There are elementary magic marker signs posted everywhere with threats of arrest for trespassing.
    Jackson Land

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  • Good Words for True World Marine, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 198

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    True World Marine is located on the eastern shores of ICW-Core Creek passage, 1145 Sensation Weigh, Beaufort, NC 28516 and their website is

    With the snow birds beginning their migration south, I thought I would put in a word on behalf of True World Marine in Beaufort, NC. They manufacture a small range of fishing boats in the 20-30 foot range in addition to storage and repair of most any boat.
    They are located roughly midway between Oriental and Morehead City, right on the Adams Creek portion of the ICW ‘“ about Mile 198. They are adjacent to the Jarrett Bay facility for those familiar with the area.
    If you need a short haul, bottom paint or minor repair, they might be worth your consideration. They also have some transient dockage if needed, though I would not characterize them as a full service yard (nor are there any restaurants within walking distance). In the same marine industrial park however are several specialty contractors (electronics, diesel, etc.) that should handle most any involved repair that they don’t offer.
    They have treated me very well in the past.
    Ask for Keenan, Yard Manager ( 252.723.9370 ) or Patrick ( 252.728.2541 ).
    In no way financially connected to the above.
    Gregory Yount

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

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

    We enjoyed a very nice stay at Portside Marina in Morehead City last night. Denard (rhymes with Leonard) and Kay Harris are great hosts providing wifi, free laundry, bicycles, reasonable dockage and great conversation on floating docks right on the Morehead waterfront and in sight of the ICW. A great stopover for those transiting the area on the ICW. Had dinner at Floyds, a few blocks away and it was delicious.
    Kathrine Noel

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  • Photos of Morehead City, NC Public Docks (Statute Mile 205)

    Long time SSECN contributor and correspondent, Captain Jane Tigar, has just sent us these two recent photos of the Morehead City Public Docks. This facility is found on the western end of the Morehead City Waterfront channel, west of Captain Bill’s Restaurant.

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  • Morehead City Dining (Statute Mile 205 to 203)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 205 to 203 ‘“ someone please give us some Morehead City dining recommendations. In particular, has anyone eaten at the Ruddy Duck lately?

    Responses follow:

    Ruddy Duck’s is completely awesome and eclectic. Worth the stop. The Sanitary has upfitted it’s outside dinning… tables outside and a bar with stools running the entire front of the dock with gas lanterns. Inside… a piano and bar now on the water side. Menu is still about the same, but it’s a great place for fresh fish of the day.
    Beth Blake
    Managing Editor
    Carteret County News-Times

    Ruddy Duck is still its wonderful self. We Always stop here. There is a short term dock just west and of course at the restaurant itself. At our mid April 2013 stop they were totally rebuilding the float at the restaurant. In the good old days we spent the night but that is not allowed now.
    There is something about the seafood preparation here that creates lightly fried, flavorful shrimp, scallops and fish. I always get the combo platter and have it for two meals.
    Gregory Han

    We dined there [at the Ruddy Duck] when we stopped at Morehead City Yacht Basin on our way South Fall 2012. Great food, especially the fish tacos and margarita pizza. Drinks were reasonable, especially during happy hour. Would recommend this restaurant in a heartbeat!
    Susan & Elden Leaf
    s/v Soteria

    Floyds 1921, next door to Morehead City Yacht Basin is a high quality restaurant with a very pleasant atmosphere in a renovated old home, offers outstanding food. It is an experience that should not be missed.
    Glen and Jill Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

    Two weeks ago,(April 2013) While Making our way north on the ICW, with high anticipation to stop after a long cold day at Sanitary Fish Restaurant. We made the call, ‘sorry we close at 8pm’ our heart sunk as we made it to the dock at 3 minutes after 8. Well with no other boats on the dock, we called it home for the night.
    We walked out to see the surroundings and there it is, The Ruddy Duck, Sweet. We had a great dinner, with great beer and rum. We loved the duck, great wait staff and food.
    Early morning with know one in sight we untied the lines and off north again.. Many thanks for a free night at Sanitary Fish that was very highly recommended .
    Steve & Laurie
    S/V Running Free

    Tried Ruddy Duck twice, food, service, all very disappointing. May try one more time since everyone else raves about the place. Did try the Sanitary again for the first time in about 25 years. It has certainly changed. Food was fresh and perfectly prepared, Service, excellent as it has always been. If you haven’t been there in a while, skip the Duck and give the Sanitary a try. Another good place on the waterfront is the Channel Marker. Great food and view.
    Klaus Hoog
    Oriental, NC

    Floyd’s … to the west …within sight and short walk from Morehead City Yacht Basin….Consistently very good… food and service.
    Doug Jacoby
    Aboard m/v CHANGER

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  • Taylor Creek/Beaufort Waterfront Anchorage – Beaufort, NC (Statute Mile 201)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 201 ‘“ who has anchored on Taylor Creek while visiting Beaufort, NC. Did you find enough swing room for your vessel amidst the many craft on mooring balls here? Where did you dinghy ashore? What depths did you discover in this anchorage?

    Responses follow:

    I moor up Taylor creek east of the city docks. I have to dinghy in anyway so going a quarter mile up the creek always finds a good clear spot where I can anchor mid creek. This is better than trying to squeeze into the space out of the channel in front of the city dock. Holding is good in firm sand.
    Gregory Han

    Depths were fine, 6-9 ft, as we have a 3 1/2 draft, but finding a space to anchor was almost impossible with all the local mooring balls, local liveaboards and sunken vessels. All were spaced to limit only small vessels. We have a 32 ft. sailboat and barely fit. A fellow cruiser with a 37 ft. sailboat traveling with us was unable to find a safe area to anchor and spent several hours motoring around looking for a spot. Would not recommend this anchorage to anyone. Rather would send them to Morehead City Yacht Basin as Beaufort City docks are too expensive.
    Susan & Elden Leaf
    s/v Soteria

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  • Morehead City Yacht Basin (Statute Mile 203)

    Morehead City Yacht BasinAs part of a 5/09/13 North Carolina Wish List, we asked the following question:

    Anyone lucky enough to have spent a night or two at Morehead City Yacht Basin, whose entrance runs west, between the high-rise Newport River Bridge and AICW marker #39? Did you find this place to be just as first class as we have always found it to be? Please give us a full description of your experiences here.

    Responses follow:

    We like this one. It’s modern with good staff. Although not in the middle of the other marinas, there is a high end restaurant a very short walk away and another that delivers good pizza and sandwiches.
    The facility has a loaner car ($10/ 2 hours) to take you to any and all supermarkets, West Marine and hardware. We believe the better ones are all on the Morehead City side.
    Stephen Deitch

    Spent 5/9/13 there. Marina is still first class. Great help from employees. One of half dozen cruisers on transient face dock. Good facilities, kept clean. Floating docks. Easy walk to several good restaurants. Courtesy car for shopping. Most boats in marina are sport fish. The sport fish boat across the dock had two mid-aged guys planning to go out in the morning. They were loud until after midnight and got up at 0500 and were loud again. Started engines at 0500 and didn’t leave until 0600. But before leaving they turned off our shore power which was on the same post as theirs ( we never said a word to them). We’ll stop there again.
    s/v Skye

    We stayed there on our way south last fall and it was great. The dock hands were courteous and the rates were way less than Beaufort City docks. It was well protected from winds and wakes.They even give a discount on fuel if you stay the night. We will definitely stay there when we head North.
    Susan & Elden Leaf
    s/v Soteria

    This is the first class facility in the area. Far, far above others for miles around. Protected harbor; large, concrete, secure floating docks; knowledgeable, friendly, helpful staff; great fuel prices; huge, beautiful captains’ lounge; commercial washer and dryer; courtesy car ($10); and an attitude to please the customer are among the features that make this marina enjoyable. It is a few pennies more per foot than some other close-by marinas, but the value ratio of price/features is outstanding.
    Glen and Jill Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

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  • Airport Marina – Town Creek, Beaufort, NC (near Statute Mile 201)

    Town Creek lies just north of Taylor Creek and the principal Beaufort waterfront. This former body of water hosts at least two anchorages, as well as Town Creek Marina, BUT we must say that “Airport Marina” is a new one for us. If anyone else has patronized this facility, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. Please use the “Comment” function below or follow the “Click Here to Contribute Cruising News” link, on the above right of this, and all (except Chart View), SSECN pages, and share your impressions of Airport Marina!

    We have a Pearson 303, 4.5′ draft, and planned on anchoring in Town Creek, after finding so many unused mooring balls in Taylor creek that it looked like they might tangle our anchor. This was the end of April. We found Airport Marina, right next to Town Creek Marina, a bargain at $10 per night including water and power. Owner loaned us a car to go shopping.
    Captn. Rob Loew and mate Sandy

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  • Cedar Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 188)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 188 ‘“ anyone anchored on the waters of Cedar Creek, east of AICW marker #8 recently? Please describe your experiences with this anchorage. Was the sunken sailcraft on this edge of this anchorage a problem for you?

    Responses follow:

    Good easy off ‘“ easy on anchorage ‘“ sunken sailboat no issue
    Gray Riddick
    Gray Ghost

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  • Dining Recommendations for Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 202

    Beaufort Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

    Queen Anne’s Revenge is 502 Front St. (252-504-7272) and Clauson’s is at 425 Front St. (252-728-2133). Both are within easy walking distance of the Municipal Docks, also on Front St.. 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!

    Having dined at both Queen Anne Revenge and Clauson’s in Beaufort have been enjoyable. Clauson’s is a little pricey, but the food and service was very good. Queen Anne’s is a little more laid back. Overlooks the water and has a great selection of wines as well. Either restaurant will provide a pleasant dinner, but Clauson’s offers a more formal dinner selection.
    Richard Brannan

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  • Beaufort Municipal Docks, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 202

    Beaufort Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

    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!

    Beaufort (on the east) and Morehead City (on the west) straddle the ICW at the Route 70 highway bridge. There is a back channel entrance to Beaufort when approaching from the north, but we do not recommend that route. Instead the best approach is to go out and around Radio Island and to enter the Beaufort harbor from the south.
    The Beaufort Docks marina is in the center of the Beaufort downtown tourist area, and is adjacent to a large mooring field. The docks are floating docks with slips and T-heads. The dockhands are capable and will direct you to a dockage that takes into account the direction of the strong tidal currents in the harbor. Fuel is available and stores and restaurants are right next to the docks.
    Ray Kurlak

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

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