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

  • Anchoring in Beaufort, NC (Statue Mile 201)

    Frank Erwin, author of the brief blurb below, is a good friend and an MTOA Board of Directors member. Captain Frank gives good advice on where to safely drop the hook in this popular port of call!

    The neat anchorage is in Taylors Creek just in front of the Beaufort Town Docks – (252)728-2503…lots of current…try to come in only at slack tide… you can also anchor out in the creek in front of the docks…usually crowded on weekends… but 3 dinghy docks and very cruiser friendly….very historic and 2 pre-revolutionary cemeteries…. or nearby and protected is Town Creek Marina – http://www.towncreekmarina.com with plenty of room out front for anchorage.

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

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

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

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

  • Anchorage Marina Coverting To Attractively Priced Boataminimums (Statute Mile 206, Atlantic Beach, NC)

    Located on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishingAnchorage Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is accessed from the AICW by way of a well marked, southward running channel, just west of the Morehead City Turning Basin. If you are in the market for a boataminium wet slip in the Beaufort – Morehead City, NC area, run, don’t walk to get in contact with Captain Jim (see below). This sounds like one of the BEST deals I’ve heard about in many a year!

    Jim and Katherine Bailey, the owners of the Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, NC and the developer of several other marinas and waterfront projects in eastern North Carolina has exciting news. After many years of permitting and planning, they are converting the Anchorage into a condominium marina. There will be over 110 slips in the newly renovated marina, featuring both fixed and floating docks for boats up to 70ft LOA.
    This Fall they are offering a huge 40% discount on the first 10 slips sold. The regular price is $3500 per foot but with the special discount, they are being offered at just $2000 per foot. Dues are also very reasonable and vary from $12.50 per month to $42.00 per month, depending on the size of the slip. This is by far the best value for a great marina in years.
    The Anchorage is the premier power boat marina in the area, offering both diesel and non-ethanol gasoline, a fully stocked marine store, and the areas best boat ramp. The marina is in a veery well protected basin with parking behind almost every slip.
    Contact Jim at 252-241-1200 or by email at jimbailey1946@gmail.com.

    Please click here to learn much more about Anchorage Marina’s Attractively Priced Boataminimums

  • Tide Boards Missing on Croatan Sound Channel Bridges, off the AICW

    Croatan Sound Channel Bridges

    Croatan Sound connects Albemarle Sound to the north and Pamlico Sound to the south via a broad channel crossed by two sets of fixed bridges. The older, northernmost span has a vertical clearance of 45ft, and has LONG been the bane of sailors who must use the far more difficult Roanoke Sound – Old House channel to cruise south from the AICW/Albemarle Sound to Pamlico Sound, or the other way around. The southernmost twin Highway 64 bridges feature 66ft of vertical clearance, and one might thing with their installation a few years ago, the older span would have been removed. For whatever reason, this has not come to pass.

    There are also no clearance boards on either of the bridges that cross the Croatan Sound.
    Keith s/v SAGA

    Note that both the NCDOT and the USCG have been apprised of the missing tide boards in Roanoke Sound and Croatan Sound. See article linked below.

    Click Here To Read an Earlier Posting on Missing Tide Boards

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Croatan Sound

  • Beaufort, NC Town Commissioners Take NO Action on Proposed Anchoring Registration Requirements at 8/28/12 Meeting

     The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has published two previous articles about a controversial proposal that would require all boat owners who anchor in Beaufort, NC’s Town Creek or Taylor Creek, to register their vessels with the Beaufort Police Department (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=94843 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95293). Please note that the status reported in the second linked article has now been superseded by the information below.
    Thanks to generous input from “Cartaret County News-Times” (http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/) Managing Editor, Ms. Beth Blake, and reporter Ben Hogwood, we can report that the Beaufort Town Commissioners took NO ACTION on these controversial proposals during their meeting of 8/28/12. Instead, a committee has been appointed to further study the matter. This special group met on 8/20/12, and apparently no agreement was reached.
    Our “reading of the tea leaves” here at the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is that these proposals may now just wither on the vine and never be heard from again. Then again, that might not be the case at all. All cruisers please be assured that we are watching this situation closely, and will bring you news of any new developments as soon as they occur!
    For now though, cruisers can still anchor on the popular waters of Beaufort’s Town Creek and Taylor Creek with no worries. How nice!
    You can read the full text of Ben Hogwood’s “Cartaret News Times” article at:
    http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/news/article_771c73a6-f2b3-11e1-b6cc-0019bb2963f4.html

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

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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Taylor Creek/Beaufort Waterfront Anchorage

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

  • Beaufort, NC Considering Proposal to Require Registration of All Vessels Anchored in Taylor Creek, and Mandatory Removal During Hurricanes

    Taylor Creek - Beaufort, NC

    Beaufort, NC, always considered to be one of the friendliest ports of call for cruisers along the entire length of the AICW, is considering a proposal to require that all vessels anchored in Taylor Creek or Town Creek register with the Beaufort Police Department. The idea behind this registration is not some sort of time restriction, as is so often the case in the Sunshine State, but a means that would allow the city to require removal of anchored boats from Taylor Creek within 12 hours if a hurricane threatens these waters.
    During a August 13 Beaufort Town Commissioners meeting, the proposal received some support, but was also roundly criticized by members of the local cruising community. It was tabled until an August 28 meeting to allow for more study.
    Reading between the lines, as everyone interested in cruising North Carolina waters should by following the link in Captain Joe’s message below, it sounds as if the real impetus behind all of this is not so much worry about vessels breaking free during really heavy weather, and causing damage to other property, but a means to find the owners of some abandoned vessels seemingly permanently moored on Taylor Creek and Town Creek. Sound familiar to anyone acquainted with the Florida anchoring rights issue?
    We will send you a report following the August 28 meeting, and urge all cruisers who happen to be in Beaufort on that date, to attend. This proposal could actually be a benefit to the cruising community, if and only if it is carefully tailored to protect all interests during hurricanes. Let it be worded and/or perceived as a way to limit anchoring in Taylor and Town Creek, and Beaufort’s heretofore stellar image in the cruising community could get a real black eye!

    You might be interested in this article and distribute to our fellow sailors.
    http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/news/article_83cdfed8-e7a2-11e1-a4d7-001a4bcf887a.html
    This could have a disastrous impact on transients that come to Beaufort to wait out the hurricane season before heading to warmer climes.
    Regards,
    Joe

    I understand the problem and have seen it firsthand many times: poorly maintained and anchored or moored local boats. This proposed solution seems overly broad and is mostly negative toward transient boats, that aren’t the problem there. Why not instead pass an ordinance that boats that stay more than 30 days need to register? Also, the liability insurance requirement is a state-level issue, just like it is for cars.
    John Kettlewell

    John nailed it with the 30-day limit.
    Florida has provided us with numerous examples of how NOT to do this without trampling on the rights (and maritime laws) relating to transients.
    Derelicts are easily identifiable and should bear the onus of compliance in lieu of some blanket “one size fits all” action that adversely affects everyone.
    My $.02 worth.
    Andy Denmark

    The whole discussion of Beaufort is interesting. This wonderful town seems to be doing all it can to stop cruisers from visiting. We have stopped going there, due to the very high cost of the Beaufort Town Docks. Our last time there cost more than any marina we had ever stayed in. We have not returned, and do not plan to until the rates are reasonable. Over the years, we have stayed there probably ten times, and spent lots of money in Beaufort. I wonder if the local Chamber of Commerce knows of the town’s actions and rates at the marina?
    Norman Mason
    Peggy Sue, Monk 36
    Norfolk, VA

  • Morehead City, NC Dining/Seafood Shopping Recommendations (Statute Mile 203-205)

    Now, here is a VERY useful posting from our good friends, Captains George and Ann, who liveaboard in Morehead City, North Carolina. Some of the dining/shopping recommendations below are found within easy walking distance of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, or the other area dockage facilities, including the Morehead City (Municipal) Docks, while others will require a short taxi ride. However, you get there, rely on these recommendations from knowledgeable MC locals!!!!

    Georgia B’s is [found] on the north side of Arendell between 5th and 6th before you get to the wonderful City News stand and the ACE Marine Hardware from the [Morehead City] Yacht Basin. Piccatas moved further west on Arendell on the south side,
    still pretty good for lunch, for dinner we tend to go to Beaufort Grocery Too (where the old Shepherd’s Point was, and who in turn serves an excellent Sunday brunch), Ruddy Duck, Wind and Sea, Circa 81 (not walking distance but fantastic). or of course Floyd’s, but I have had some spotty luck there lately. We don’t go out that often as I am married to a great chef, but Beaufort/MHC are certainly great dining towns given their size.
    I also can’t leave the topic of local eating without mentioning the wonderful Blue Ocean seafood market on Bridge’s street before you get to Lowe’s foods.
    They mostly supply local restaurants but have a great retail shop. If Eric the manager is there he gives out great cooking tips for any of the plethora of locally caught species that typically don’t show up in supermarkets. He is an outstanding chef in his own right; he cooked for a dinner party we had once and it was superb. Ant cruisers provisioning in MHC must include Blue Ocean in their shopping itinerary!
    All the Best,
    George and Ann

    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

  • A Successful Navigation From Shackleford Banks To Eastern Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC near AICW Statute Mile 201

    After running east past the primary Beaufort, NC waterfront, Taylor Creek leads to Harkers Island, the Straits, and eventually Core Sound. Some brave/local cruisers also use this route as part of a “back door” entrance to the extremely popular anchorage in Cape Lookout Bight.
    Harkers Island, the Straits and Core Sound are some of the least discovered waters along the North Carolina coastline, but, unfortunately, ALL these waters are shallow and navigationally difficult, to say the least. And, if that’s not enough, the passage from Taylor Creek’s easterly mouth to Back Sound and Harkers Island eastern has always been a challenge for any vessel with a draft over 3 ft. For photos and more information on Taylor Creek, see the link below. Our North Carolina Anchorage Directory listing for Taylor Creek refers to the western end of the creek abeam the Beaufort waterfront.

    Claiborne -
    We transited the east end of Taylor’s Creek [on the way back to Beaufort from Shackleford Banks] on July 7th about 5pm at approximate low tide. We saw a center-console nice fishing boat grounded. We saw another boat start to get grounded and then back away free. The channel is marked by PVC pipe with green and red tape. Very narrow and very easy to see in clear weather which it was that day and time. I would recommend to no one to try this cut fast, though I saw this a couple times before we made it through.
    We have a 36′ trawler with full keel and protected prop, so I decided to give it a go. Additionally I have a temperamental depth finder at low depths with some kind of voltage anxiety, so when I slow down, depth goes a bit crazy – 850 feet when there is only 3 and so on. When we are tearing up the water and raising Cain, we do about 8 knots. I decided to proceed more modestly at 3-4 knots and had no trouble. As stated, the entrance is narrow with one set of PVC markers about 50 feet apart, maybe less. At our slow speed, I know if we touch bottom it should be gentle barnacle scrape and not much more. On this day, we had no touches and followed the markers carefully into Taylor’s Creek without incident.
    We did see a few 18 to 22-foot boats come tearing through there at about 20 knots. I say good luck with that and make sure your insurance is paid. We were careful and had no issues.
    All the best.
    Ben Matthews

    Click Here For More on Taylor Creek

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Western Taylor Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Eastern Taylor Creek

  • A Great Visit to Cape Lookout National Seashore (off the AICW, via Beaufort, Inlet, NC)

    As part of the Salty Southeast Cruisers Net’s strategic partnership with Captain Cathy Gillenwater and her web-site, “East Coast Boating Adventures” (http://www.eastcoastboatingadventures.com/), Captain Cathy gives us a good account of a visit to Cape Lookout Bight, Cape Lookout National Seashore and nearby Shackleford Banks. To check out this article, please go to:

    http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91222

  • Spouter Inn Has A New Look, A New Bar and the Same GREAT Food (Beaufort,NC – near Statute Mile 201)

    The following is a perilous statement, particularly when we are speaking about Beaufort, North, which has such dining attractions as Beaufort Grocery Company and the Blue Moon, but we think Spouter Inn (218 Front Street, 252-728-5190, http://thespouterinn.com/) offers the very best food in town. But now, there’s even more!
    During a June, 2012 cruise to Beaufort, we came strolling into Spouter’s main Front Street entrance, and were surprised and more than a little pleased by an entirely new, pastel color scheme running the full length of the entrance hall. Equally eye pleasing was a collection of local art displayed down the hallway. We soon learned that this same, new, light and airy color scheme had been carried throughout the entire dining establishment. Please be SURE to follow the “Click Here For Photo Gallery” link below to see for yourself.
    After strolling down the hallway, we were, if possible, even more pleased to learn that more than the color scheme had changed. Part of the interior dining room has been converted to a very cozy bar, with a good view of Taylor Creek out the back. We stopped here for an “attitude adjustment,” and were totally charmed by this new enhancement.
    We enjoyed two meals at Spouter Inn during this trip, and found the food just as good as ever. For lunch Karen’s Bird Shoal Sandwich, a delectable combination of egg salad, melted white cheddar cheese. bacon and leafy lettuce on whole wheat bread, and my crabcake in a pita pocket, were absolutely scrumptious. During our evening meal, the first-rate, first-mate was, as always, very taken with her mixed seafood grill (broiled), as I was with my decadent Scallops Parmigiana!
    If your waistline can stand it, don’t miss Spouter’s dessert tray, and, particularly, their on-site bakery, which is found just to the right as you enter from Front Street. My oh my, my appetite is going crazy just typing this article.
    Trust me on this one fellow cruisers, heed the call, and don’t dare miss Spouter Inn when next your vessel is snuggled into either Beaufort Town Docks or anchored on the tranquil waters of Taylor Creek.
    And, very conveniently for we of the cruising persuasion, the westernmost of Beaufort/Taylor Creek’s two dinghy docks is located next door to Spouter Inn! What more could one ask for?
    See you there!

  • Taylor Creek Grocery – Beaufort, NC (near Statute Mile 201)

    Back on 3/12/12, we published a report here on the SSECN (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81815), about a new downtown Beaufort, NC grocery story that was about to open at the corner of Front and Queen Streets, within a block of the Beaufort Town Docks. At the time of our first visit, the store was just about to open, and things looked promising, but ever since, we’ve been itching to return and check out the finished product.
    Well, that’s exactly what happened during the week of June 11, 2012. And what we found was MOST impressive. Really, with no exaggeration or embellishment, I can’t remember when I have ever seen such a well laid out, beautifully merchandised small grocery store as what we found at Taylor Creek Grocery (252-838-1495, 525 Front Street). PLEASE follow the “Click Here For Photo Album” button below to check out the visual images for yourself!
    We also had occasion to twice try out the in-store deli, and we can attest that the Reuben and turkey sandwiches are first-rate, not to mention the fudge brownies.
    So, when next your travels take your vessel to the shores of Taylor Creek, possibly North Carolina’s single most popular port of call, run, don’t walk to Taylor Creek Grocery. You won’t be sorry!

    I guess quality has its price, but I was in that store last week, and the prices were outrageously high. So, enjoy, but bring a thick wallet.
    Ed

  • High Praise for Jarrett Bay Boatworks, AICW Statute Mile 197, Beaufort, NC

    Jarrett Bay is actually located north of Beaufort, NC, on the Core Creek Canal section of the AICW. This is a superb facility for dry storage, and for any sort of repair work. There are many repair firms on-site, including our friends at Core Creek Marine. And, oh yes, even though Jarrett Bay is not strictly a marina, there is some transient dockage available by the fuel dock, and both gasoline and diesel fuel can be purchased.

    Just to pass on experience at Jarrett Bay:
    I stopped on a Saturday to try to find a small part which had some immediate importance but that is not the story. There was an ancient trawler in the slings belonging to an equally ancient couple headed back to the NE. They had struck something and had serious vibration. Turns out that Jarrett Bay had come in on a day they were closed, the manager and two helpers, to lift them out to fix the problem. They could find nothing wrong, maybe something had hung up on the props and had cleared.
    The notable thing was they did not charge them a cent. Not even for the short haul. The owner did tip the dockhands. Now that is service.
    BTW they did not have the part i needed they gave me something that was a temporary fix, also for free.
    Keep these guys on your list if you need work done near Beaufort.
    Gregory Han

    Jarrett Bay is also a Detroit Covington dealer, parts and repair center. I’ve had good service on my Covington 6V92′s Jesse is the parts guy there.Prices are reasonable and factory Detroit oil and fuel filters are downright cheap.
    Phil.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Jarrett Bay Boatworks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jarrett Bay Boatworks

  • Restful Night in Cedar Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 188

    As Capt Miller avows: wide swing radius and extra scope can indeed make for a restful night . However, Cedar Creek, a very popular AICW anchorage, found immediately adjacent to the Waterway between Neuse River and Beaufort, NC, can be crowded with other vessels and crab pots. There is also a sunken sailboat practically in the center of the creek’s entrance.

    Cruising News:
    We anchored in Cedar Creek at mile 187 on 4/27/2012. We motored a swing circle and found the shallows much deeper than charted. We dropped on the 6 foot line in the eastern corner of the anchorage. A longer saiboat had gone even further in to starboard.
    The anchor grabbed and held well. With an available swing circle of 600 feet and no other boats anchored nearby, I savored the luxury of paying out extra scope and sleeping soundly.
    There appears to be a shoal just northeast of the front range marker, “9″. It is marked with three white pipes. We entered and departed south of “9″.
    It’s a tree lined anchorage and the only disturbance was an occassional wake from boats on the ICW (Be careful when cooking over the stove).
    Max Miller

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Cedar Creek

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

    Click Here To View Another Recent Article on the Cedar Creek Anchorage

  • Comments on Beaufort Municipal Docks, Beaufort , NC, AICW Statute Mile 201

    This is not the first unhappiness with prices at the Municipals Docks we have had expressed here. Price can easily be blamed on the economy, but attitude and service should never be compromised. Despite such dockage problems, the town of Beaufort, NC is still known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

    Dockage on the facedocks is now $2.75/ft. This marina used to be such a good place to go to because of the restaurants and quaint local businesses. But, staff is unfriendly and prices exorbitant. Would think Beaufort docks could help the local economy a lot by lowering their slips rate to encourage boaters from SE NC to come visit for the weekend and spend money in town. Boats must be bypassing Beaufort and going over to Morehead City or anchoring out……cause there certainly weren’t many boats in marina. On a positive note, we ate dinner at Front Street Grill at Stillwater and food was wonderful!!!! Highly recommend.
    Debbie Wicker

    We were “burnt” our first trip south when we had to stay three days due to weather Nov. 2010. Blew one month’s budget. Staff then was friendly, but will not visit unless absolutely necessary for fuel, and then will definitely anchor.
    The Leafs

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

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

  • Comments on Beaufort Municipal Docks, AICW Statute Mile 201

    This is not the first unhappiness with prices at the Municipals Docks we have had expressed here – see first link below for some price comparisons. Price can easily be blamed on the economy, but attitude and service should never be compromised. Despite such dockage problems, the town of Beaufort, NC is still known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere! And, as Capt. Winter points out, a “must see”!

    The town marina [Municipal Docks] was always a must stop for us as we go north/south (note we live in NC). Their reputation is now better than actual, as we have watched this place go up in cost while not maintaining facilities, but more importantly, bad attitudes from the staff. Staff especially are getting bad reputation up/down the ICW. We now go to Morehead City where all the marinas/restaurants are working hard for business. Beaufort is a must see town, but there are other places to dock in order to see the town. The savings on dockage will more than pay for a cab.
    John Winter

    Click Here To View An Earlier Article on Price Angst in Beaufort

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

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

  • Shoaling Reported on Approach Channel from Beaufort Inlet to Beaufort, NC Waterfront

    This shoaling seems to lie at the southern end of Radio Island between marker #22 and marker #2 at the south end of the main channel leading from Beaufort Inlet into the Beaufort waterfront. Fortunately, most of us will be able to cruise through 9-foot MLW depths without a problem, but this report does signal that these waters will have to be carefully watched for future shallowing!

    NC – BEAUFORT HARBOR – SHOALING
    Shoaling to a depth of 9.0ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Beaufort Harbor Channel Warning Daybeacon A (LLNR 34811). Chart 11545

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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Beaufort, NC Waterfront

  • Anchored on Taylor Creek (Beaufort, NC – near St. M. 201)

    An interesting series of events described below, but the real lesson here is how much current exists on the very popular Taylor Creek anchorage, just off the Beaufort, NC waterfront, and how carefully one must anchor, and maintain those anchors.

    We remember Taylor Creek readily, mostly because of the currents. Anchored at the eastish end, in a fairly narrow section, we seemed to either be too close for comfort to the island or too the channel. Nothing we did could change this. Our neighbor though, never seemed to move more than a couple feet. So one day, I rowed over to see how they were anchored, anxious to learn a better way.
    Turned out the woman was by herself, her husband having been taken to the hospital several days before because of a heart attack. She was besides herself because of a storm that was forecast for that evening and her rodes had wrapped around themselves so much that her scope had significantly been reduced, and she was pretty certain that one, if not both anchors had tripped (originally anchored Bahamian style). In addition, their engine was overheating and she wasn’t comfortable operating it to begin with.
    I offered to help do what I could and she enthusiastically agreed. I went back and got Jill, so the three of us could sort out her predicament. Pulled her anchors up and discovered that she was right in her assessment, although only one anchor had tripped, the wrapping having pulled it halfway up the other anchor’s rode. Got her reanchored (her engine was overheating) and Jill and I went back to our boat, happy that we did a good deed. We still chuckle when we rethink of this event, thinking that boat was so well anchored and that we could learn something from her, when it turned out it was borderline, at best.
    As it turned out her boat started swinging just as far and wide as ours did, so we learned nothing there; but, it didn’t drag throughout the storm. Her husband returned two days latter and the impression we got was that he wasn’t very pleased that we helped his wife… never said hello, even thought he motored right by us repeatedly, never said thanks. We still can’t understand that part, but none-the-less, we’d do it again if the opportunity presented itself!
    Rudy
    Briney Bug

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For the Taylor Creek Anchorage

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

  • New Grocery/Deli Open on Beaufort, NC’s Front Street, Within Easy Walking Distance of the Municipal Docks (St. M. 201)

    During a recent research visit to the northeastern and central NC coastline, we were delighted to be taken on a tour of a new, downtown Beaufort grocery store and deli, soon to be opened as Taylor’s Creek Grocery (525 Front Street, 252-838-1495). We saw shelves being stocked with what looked to be delectable yummies, and extensive coolers about to be loaded with all sorts of cold drinks, including beer and wine. Equally impressive was the large deli corner, where everything was shiny new, and looked to be just waiting to churn out a mouth watering selection of sandwiches.
    And, what’s best about this new facility from a cruiser’s point of view, is its location, within easy walking distance of the Beaufort Municipal docks. In fact, the store’s position at the corner of Front and Queen Streets, places it just across the road from the eastern tip of the city docks.
    We were told Taylor’s Creek Grocery would be open for business by mid-March, 2012, and, indeed, all the activity we saw would tend to suggest that this opening date is on target. So, now, in addition to Community Market (a couple of blocks from the city docks on Broad Street), and taking a courtesy car to the local Food Lion and Piggly Wiggly supermarkets, cruisers who berth at the Beaufort Municipal Docks have a very attractive provisioning possibility within easy walking distance!

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  • Replacement of the Grayden Paul Bridge Proposed, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201

    The Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge (US 70 in Beaufort, NC) is off the Waterway and this proposed construction would affect those southbound cruisers making use of the Gallants Channel to visit the Beaufort waterfront. The period of construction and its completion is not indicated in the proposal.

    NC – AIWW (NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND) MOREHEAD CITY HARBOR CHANNEL – BEAUFORT INLET – BEAUFORT
    (GALLANTS) CHANNEL – PUBLIC NOTICE
    All interested parties are notified that an application from the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been received by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District for approval of a proposed replacement of the US 70/Graydon Paul Bridge, at mile 0.1, over Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, in Beaufort, between Radio Island and Michael J Field, Carteret County, NC. The project involves a new high-level fixed bridge on a new alignment and improving US 70 to a multi-lane facility. The proposed vertical clearance will be 65 feet, above mean high water; with a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between pile bents. Comments will be received for the record at the office of Commander (dpb), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-5004. Comments on this proposal should be forwarded to the above address attention (dpb) no later than April 5, 2012. A copy of Public Notice 5-1256, which describes the proposal in detail, can be obtained by calling (757) 271-1016 or by viewing at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges. Chart: 11541

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  • Jarrett Bay Boatworks Recommended For Dry Storage (Statute Mile 197)

    Captain Bill and Kathleen’s response below is in answer to a question which originally appeared on the AGLCA mailing list, asking for dry boat storage recommendations north of Beaufort, SC. Well, Jarrett Bay is actually located north of Beaufort, NC, on the Core Creek Canal section of the AICW.
    This is a superb facility for dry storage, and for any sort of repair work. There are many repair firms on-site, including our friends at Core Creek Marine. And, oh yes, even though Bill and Kathleen say Jarrett Bay is “not a marina,” there is some transient dockage available by the fuel dock, and both gasoline and diesel fuel can be purchased.

    I would recommend Jarrett Bay in Beaufort, NC off the ICW. You can get their contact info off the internet at They are a repair and storage yard, not a marina. They have an excellent facility and staff, very experienced at storing boats in a manner that avoids hurricane damage. We used them for repairs on our Hatteras when we were passing through on the loop two years ago. We were very satisfied. Ask for Roger Wetherington and tell him Bill Root referred you.
    Bill & Kathleen Root

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Jarrett Bay Boatworks

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  • Captain Wally’s Beaufort, NC Impressions (Statute Mile 201)

    The extract below is taken from Captain Wally Moran’s “LiveBloggin’ the ICW” (http://bloggingtheicw.blogspot.com/). He gives some good info about one of our very favorite ports of call, but we must disagree with him about there not being any propane within walking distance of the Beaufort Town Docks. He should have check the Cruisers’ Net’s “NC LPG/CNG Availability” directory at http://cruisersnet.net/category/north-carolina-lpg-cng-availability/. By doing so, he would have discovered a long walk would have taken him to Teels Gas Service at 813 Cedar Street (252-728-7039).

    Beaufort is the first major ocean access harbour on the ICW, if you don’t count Norfolk, at its head. Most of the traffic now is sportfishermen, recreational boats and the occasional freighter. It’s also the first location where you run into substantial tide and current. Those three feet (approx) of tide create a very strong current that affects how you anchor and how and where you put your rode down. Holding in the anchorage is good though, so once you’ve done a proper job of backing down, you can safely nod off.
    The waterfront is one of the nicer ones on the ICW, with a good number of decent pubs overlooking the Beaufort waterfront along its boardwalk. Opposite the waterfront is Radio Island [actually Carrot Shoal - editor] – on occasion you’ll see wild horses there, although I never have for some reason. Beaufort is also where I usually see my first dolphins on every trip south. And for real wildlife, there’s my friend Will and his lime green cat!
    Two major downtown Beaurort highlights are the Maritime Museum and the Wooden Boat Building museum, where they actually build wooden boats. The Maritime Museum has an amazing library with thousands of out of print nautical titles, and probably something for everyone. The Maritime Museum at one time used to have a loaner car for transients – that service is no longer, thanks to lawyers and lawsuits making it prohibitively expensive to do so.
    That’s unfortunate, because shopping is too far to walk – as is a propane refill, which is truly unfortunate, because the tank for my boat heater JUST RAN OUT, and it’s going to be chilly tonight. I’ll have to hook up the cooking propane. Fortunately, I’ll be in Wrightsville Beach tomorrow, and they DO have a loaner car and the propane refill store is very close.
    Wally Moran
    LiveBloggin’ the ICW
    http://bloggingtheicw.blogspot.com/

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