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Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and this Festival will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages, including events as part of the Albemarle Loop! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!
17th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival
Friday evening will begin with a Guided Sunset Paddle 6:30 with launching from Queen Anne Park. There are kayaks and canoes available from the Town Dock by advance reservation along with bringing your own for participation.
Saturday, this festival promises to delight with Coast Guard participation, entertainment beyond compare both on the waterfront stage and along Broad with roving musicians as well as many more activities for children off and and on the water.
Free Boat Rides, Free Paddling Demos with the Eastern 4-H Center, Artists @ Work, Food and Beverage Vendors/Arts and Crafts Vendors/Educational Vendors, expanded Kids Area with Games and Crafts and Joy the Clown will all be on site for all to ENJOY!
Click Here for a full schedule of events.
Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and May will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages, including events as part of the Albemarle Loop! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!
Click Here for a full schedule of May Events.
For those who have not heard about the new Albemarle Loop brochure, I’d like to direct you to this website. http://albemarleloop.com
Jack Atwell and associates have done the legwork to obtain some pretty nice amenities to encourage boaters to take some side trips along our beautiful waterways in Northeastern North Carolina around the Albemarle Sound. The coupon on the brochure or website provides the key to enjoying these free amenities while staying at participating marinas. For more information, visit their website. We are sharing the brochure with our boaters and they are available in numerous other regional locations.
Contact Jack for more information.
Donna Stewart, Director
Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
2356 US Hwy 17N
South Mills, NC 27976
Phone ~ 252-771-8333
Click Here for a Photo Gallery of the Albemarle Loop.
With the Alligator River Swing Bridge closed to navigation, several of our most experienced sailors have offered alternate routes to avoid the Alligator River portion of the Waterway. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147463. One of those stops along the alternate route is Manteo, home of Manteo Waterfront Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
This video of Manteo’s entrance channel was sent to us by our friend and genuine “Old Salt” George Barr – you can trust his judgement! See George’s comments on this alternate route at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457.
With the disabled Alligator River Bridge closed to navigation, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457, longtime contributors George Barr and Rick Brass offer alternatives to the Alligator River portion of the Waterway. Rick Brass even offers free dockage at Washington City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Information on all the marinas mentioned below can be found on SSECN’s Homepage under CRUISING NEWS AND REFERENCE DIRECTORIES – North Carolina. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457 for more discussion of alternate routes.
To any northbound cruisers in the interim. The alternate route starts at Oriental …down the Neuse River and into the Pamlico Sound heading north.
Possible stops/marinas are Silver Lake in Ocracoke, Big Trout Marina in Englehard (45 miles from Oriental on the Western shore of the Pamlico), Manteo Waterfront Marina off Shallowbag Bay on Roanoke Island 45 miles from Big Trout…and then north through the Albemarle to Coinjock 35 miles away.
The passage is open and deep and has only one fully 65′ bridge and is 17 miles shorter than the ICW. Of course, weather must be considered as it is less protected. Hope this helps in the interim.
If northbound cruisers are on a schedule during the bridge repairs, and need an alternate route, I would suggest leaving the ICW at the crossing of the Pamlico River (at about SM 150) and swing east. You will go through Pamlico Sound, with potential stops in Engelhart on the west side of the sound and Manteo on Roanoke Island, and return to Albemarle Sound and the ICW on the north side of Roanoke Island. Manteo, BTW, is a nice cruising destination and well worth the trip.
If you have time to wait for the bridge to be repaired and are looking for an hospitable spot to wait and explore, swing west about 25 miles on the Pamlico River and visit the Washington Waterfront Docks. Easy access with deep water slips. A number of good restaurants and places to explore. A good place to provision, with West Marine and a number of parts suppliers and repair opportunities. And if you need a free slip without power and water (but with nice heads and showers, and laundry facilities for boaters) you can mention this post and I will waive the 48 hour limit on free dockage.
Washington Waterfront Docks
This notice was sent by Susan Hinkle via Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide. If you have any information as to the where abouts of this boater, please contact SSECN or Waterway Guide.
A Canoeist who was stopped in Elizabeth City NC on Nov 13-16, I believe he left on the 16th heading south, he is missing, his canoe was found overturned in Big Flatty Creek which feeds into the Albemarle Sound, in Pasquotank County. I was wondering if you could reach out to the boaters who get your email who may have been docked here over those dates, as I know he went over to speak to them after leaving my store on Saturday evening the 15th.
Thanks so much – I hope he met new friends –
Susan Hinkle, Owner, Page After Page Bookstore
Here is a wonderful article about a wonderful body of water. This description of Albemarle Sound is sent to us by Joe Restivo, Marketing Representative for Scotch Hall Preserve, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISER’ NET SPONSOR!
Cruising the Albemarle Sound
One of the gems of the Inner Banks region of North Carolina is the Albemarle Sound. This shallow coastal inlet off of North Carolina’s northeastern shoreline is in a unique place protected from the ocean by the Outer Banks. This makes it the ideal place to sail, cruise or fish when you just want to enjoy some calm, relaxing water.
The Albemarle Sound is never deeper than 25 feet deep and is between 5 to 14 miles wide. The Sound extends east and west for approximately 50 miles. This provides plenty of room for water activities, yet in a quiet, calmer setting than the open sea.
A Confluence of Rivers
What makes the Albemarle Sound popular with boating enthusiasts is the number of rivers that branch off of this larger body of water. The Chowan, Roanoke, Alligator and Pasquotank are some of the most well known. While the Sound is connected to the salt water of the ocean, most of the Sound’s water is brackish or fresh due to the number of freshwater rivers that feed it. The Sound discharges its flow through the Roanoke and Croatian sounds, which then feed Pamlico Sound. From a dock in the Albemarle Sound, you can explore much of the North Carolina coastline and river ways.
What to Expect when Cruising the Sound
Because of the protected nature of the Albemarle Sound, the tides are driven primarily by the wind. This means that the water itself has very little current. You will have little difficulty steering your boat where you want it to go.
One of the benefits of boating on the Albemarle Sound is its great expanse of unobstructed open water. This makes it a popular place for windsurfing or kite boarding, which requires a large body of water for full-speed sailing.
Fishing in the Sound
Fishing is another type of water sport commonly enjoyed on the Albemarle Sound. If you plan to take a boat out on the Sound, be sure to bring fishing gear along, or you will be missing out on exceptional fishing opportunities. The brackish water gives the chance to real in both saltwater and freshwater fish, depending on where you throw in your line. Bass, blues, sheephead and flounder are all commonly found here, and the fish population is still quite high.
Whether you are coming to enjoy fishing, water sports or simply a quiet cruise along the water, the Albemarle Sound is a beautiful, peaceful place to play. Consider a visit to Scotch Hall Preserve, which sits on the shores of the Sound, and offers a plethora of upscale amenities and activities, including paddle-boarding, hiking trails, canoes, kayaks, private swimming pool, and much more!
For more information, please visit: http://scotchhallpreserve.com/real-estate/waterfront-properties-for-sale/
Albemarle Plantation Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is located off the AICW, on the northern shores of Albemarle Sound, on Yeopim River/Creek. Skipper Parker’s description of this facility makes a Waterway side trip up the Albemarle Sound very inviting!
We spent Saturday night, 08-16-14, at Albemarle Plantation Marina and enjoyed a very pleasant experience. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful and the facility itself was well maintained, although showing a few signs of age. The showers and bathrooms were as nice and clean as any we have ever used. The pool was large, clean and very refreshing on a hot day. We decided to rent a golf cart and put it to good use in exploring the massive property. We did not get a chance to try the restaurant as it was being used for a private golfing event. This marina is off the beaten path but worth the effort in getting there.
We wish more cruisers would choose to depart the familiar confines of the AICW, and cruise west on Albemarle Sound to this impressive body of water’s many anchorages and ports of call. The Scuppernong River, which makes into the sounds southern banks, west of Alligator River, is one of the best destinations for Albemarle Sound cruising, and the free (for 48-hour) Columbia Town Docks are a great place to rest from your travels. Or, you could choose to pick up a wet slip at Cypress Cove Marina (see below). Either way, it’s well worth your time, IF the Albemarle does not have its dander up!
We spent the 17th and 18th at the Columbia town docks. This is a very nice place to visit. The docks are limited in space with room for just 3 or 4 boats. Because of this we had to raft next to a friends boat as all the space was full.
Because it was Saturday no one was at the office but bathroom was open and clean and it has a very nice shower.
We had a great meal that night at Old Salt Oyster Bar and Sunday morning we had a good breakfast at Mikes.
All in all this is a very good place to cruise into and stay for a night or two.
A reminder to everyone that the location of markers through this stretch does not coincide with older charts or with the Magenta line. Our oft repeated advice: follow the markers, not the Magenta line! Smaller buoys are often difficult to spot and require a reduction in speed and a sharp lookout!
For more comments on the area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125911 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=101600 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=56971.
Temporary floating red buoy! Didn’t go aground but S/V ahead of us did! Slow and easy!
Edenton, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, holds a special place in my own heart. During my younger days, this historic community often served as a “base of operations” as my Father and I searched the waters of all the nearby rivers for that elusive quarry known as the largemouth bass. If Edenton actually sat along the track of the AICW, it would be as popular as Beaufort.
Another 2 day dock courtesy city in North Carolia is Edenton. Another beautiful stop.
108 North Broad Street
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
Free admission/Fee for Guided Walking and Trolley Tours
2 – 31
Themed tours of the Iredell House and Cupola House
504 South Broad Street
Open Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm
2 – 31
Shoppers Sale, Get out, Have some fun, Find great bargains
505 South Broad Street
Open Daily 10 am – 4 pm
January 6 – 1/31 closed for repairs to the first floor
Open as Edenton and Chowan County’s welcome center
408 South Broad Street
January 6 – 1/31 Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
1582 National Historic Landmark operating as interim welcome center
1101 West Sound Shore Drive
Waterfront Golfing/Event and Weddings
Edenton, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, holds a special place in my own heart. During my younger days, this historic community often served as a “base of operations” as my Father and I searched the waters of all the nearby rivers for that elusive quarry known as the largemouth bass.
I won’t preempt Susan and Chuck’s superbly written story below, but let me just quickly say that I totally agree with their premise that Edenton is one of the most attractive, historic and friendly ports of call to be found anywhere on Southeastern USA coastal waters. If Edenton actually sat along the track of the AICW, it would be as popular as Beaufort.
With its real-world position on the western tip of Albemarle Sound, it take a bit of effort to reach Edenton’s shores, but, just read on, and we think you will quickly agree the happy results are more than worth the effort!!!
We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb, in-depth article and copious photographs, contained in the article below. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN! Please read on!
From a boater’s perspective, Edenton, North Carolina is one of those destinations you have to want to go to. We left Elizabeth City and traveled some 15 miles down the Pasquotank River to the Albemarle Sound. The Albemarle is best known for its unpleasant conditions if the weather is not right. Under normal conditions, it’s no different than any other body of water we have transited. Once into the Albemarle from the Pasquotank, the trip is another 35 miles or more west to the entrance to Edenton harbor. (It is more than 40 miles off the primary AICW, North Carolina – Virginia Cut route.) The water depths are fine for the entire trip, but do keep a sharp lookout for the many commercial floats marking traps that can extend far out into the Sound.
The Edenton town docks have a full time Harbormaster and staff, but they don’t monitor the VHF radio. To make arrangements for a slip, Buddy the Harbormaster, can usually be reached at 252-339-4316. The docks can be reserved in advance, and you can even make reservations for next year if you can plan that far ahead. The best thing to do is to call ahead and let them know you’re coming, and then call again when the boat is in the approach channel to the harbor. The water depths approaching the town docks averaged 10½ to 12 feet all the way in and 11 feet coming into the basin. The docks are surrounded by a concrete seawall that helps keep the waves down from any southerly winds. It can still get a little rolly, but not uncomfortable if the wind kicks up. From any other direction, the basin is completely protected. As you arrive, the first thing that will greet you at the harbor entrance is the old, picturesque Roanoke River Lighthouse that is being restored and will soon open to the public. Inside the protected basin, we had a dockhand waiting to assist us in getting into our slip. The slips vary in size, and for larger boats, there are places to tie up along the inside of the breakwater. There is power and water at the slips and the first 48 hours of dockage is free. The power is charged at $3.00 per day for 30-amp service and $6.00 per day for 50-amp service. After 48 hours, there is an additional fee of $1.00 per foot per day for a maximum of 7 days in a month.
For boaters, the town offers the use of a vehicle for running errands and provisioning. The grocery and laundry are 2-3 miles from the dock, and other shopping and services are as far or farther. There is a local taxi service for any short hops that might be needed if the loaner car is not available. The docks are located at a park and the restrooms are part of the park building. Separate showers are available and boaters need the combination to access the showers. The restrooms are closed at night after park hours but the showers have heads and sinks. There is free wifi at the docks and water hook ups as well. Dockside services and repairs are available as is a diver if needed. The Harbormaster can provide contact phone numbers and any other information that might make your stay more pleasant. There are kayak and paddleboard rentals right next to the park with very scenic waterways to explore either by kayak or your own dinghy. Beautiful parks line the waterfront for a casual stroll or just relaxing on a bench to watch the world go by. For some major exercise, there are tennis courts and an excellent golf course nearby, The Chowan Golf and Country Club. For those of us that prefer walking as a form of exercise, there are walking tours of the beautiful historic homes and sites, or a riding tour on a trolley for those that prefer their sightseeing a little more relaxed.
Downtown Edenton is one of the prettiest, historic small towns we have visited thus far. The streets are lined with buildings that date back to the seventeen and eighteen hundreds, and the shops are filled with restaurants, galleries and a major hardware store. Byrum Hardware is a combination old style hardware, gift and craft shop and even houses a Radio Shack. There is the historic Taylor Movie Theater showing feature films in new digital format every evening.
The Waterman’s Grill offers excellent food at affordable prices. The Edenton Coffee Shop makes the best cup of coffee, latte or iced coffee we have found anywhere, and hosts a band on Friday nights. The music can range from jazz to gospel. And our favorite, ice cream, can be found at The Soda Shoppe, an old fashion soda fountain style shop that sells ice cream, shakes, sandwiches and snacks. Along with great food and drinks, you will find some of the friendliest people you will meet anywhere. Walking down the sidewalk will get you a smile and a hello, and passing motorists will always wave as they go by. Edenton is one of those laid back towns where we keep waiting for Sheriff Andy and Opie to come around the corner with fishing poles over their shoulders.
The best word to describe the many beautiful historic homes along the tree lined streets of Edenton is spectacular. Never have we seen so many well preserved homes. If you take away the paved streets, power lines and automobiles, it’s easy to imagine walking along in the 1700s and saying hello to the many residents as they enjoy an afternoon on the front porch. One well manicured garden after another can fill an entire afternoon’s stroll. If pampering yourself is in your schedule, there are 3 salons on Broad Street alone and a day spa that is reported to give excellent massages right on the harbor. The Library across the street from the docks offers yoga daily. Edenton truly has something for everyone.
Ah, but we’re not done yet. During this current visit, Edenton was having its 300 year celebration with many events scheduled over the coming months. A Farmers Market is held every other Saturday and the local airport holds “Wings Over Edenton,” an air show with exhibits, on a regular basis. The annual Peanut Festival is a don’t miss, and you never know what celebration the town has prepared in any month of the year. Tours of many of the historic homes are available on a regular basis, and, during the Christmas Season, you can tour some of the homes and apartments over the many shops in the downtown area. Edenton is rich in our nation’s history and the town has done an excellent job of preserving that history for everyone to enjoy, such as the current renovations to the exterior of the Barker House on the waterfront.
We said you have to want to come to Edenton by boat, the question really is, why wouldn’t you want to come to Edenton by boat? We enjoyed our short time there and our only problem was making ourselves untie the dock lines and continue on our cruise. It would have been very easy to linger for a while and had we been in a position to have more time before colder weather set in, we would have done exactly that. Beach House has visited many friendly harbors in our travels, but we have to say, Edenton, North Carolina shot to the top of our list of the friendliest harbors we have visited to date. You have to go there.
We are once again greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) for providing the superb article below concerning a perennial AICW Problem Stretch. Happily, it looks like this veteran cruising duo have reasonably good news to report. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN! Please read on!
We just came down the Alligator River and wanted to give you a report on the current channel conditions. Just as with our northbound transit, we found no problems and plenty of water, as long as you DON’T follow the magenta line. There are a great deal of floats in the vicinity of green “3” and a sharp lookout is prudent. In the channel running from red daymarker “8” to the floating red nun “8A,” the least depths we saw were 9.5 feet and that was near red “8.” The depths in the rest of the channel were 11 to 12 feet. This is very straightforward as long as the markers are observed and not the chart. We’ll keep you posted as we head south.
Chuck and Susan,
Trawler Beach House
Founded on November 6, 1712, Edenton is celebrating its 300th anniversary beginning October 9 through December 2013. Originally scheduled for October 9, Elizabeth II’s arrival is set for October 25 and 26, 2013. As the article below details, there is much to see and do in this historic town during the celebration. See also http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122596 regarding the visit of Queen Anne’s Revenge.
EDENTON, NC – Elizabeth II‘s sail to Edenton has been re-scheduled because of weather conditions until October 25 and 26. The visit is in celebration of Edenton’s 300th Anniversary. The voyage is sponsored by the Friends of Elizabeth II and Southern Bank Foundation. Kim Sawyer, Executive Director of Roanoke Island Festival Park says” Safety is first. The safety of our Captain, Crew and staff is of utmost importance when we travel. We are hoping for good sailing weather, so we can arrive in Edenton safely for October 25 and 26.” Bob Quinn, 300th Committee Chairman says, “I agree with Kim, it is most important for the Ship and Crew to arrive safely and we are looking forward to that taking place on October 25 and 26. The ship will host area school children on Friday, October 25 and the general public on Saturday, October 26, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be docked on the Edenton waterfront at Edenton Harbor. It is free and open to the public. The Elizabeth II will begin her return to RIFP on October 27 and be back in her homeport on October 28 ready to receive visitors on October 29.
Founded on November 6, 1712, Edenton is celebrating its 300th anniversary through December, 2013. The town served as the first Colonial Capital until 1743. Its citizens then helped in the fight for freedom, and became instrumental in establishing the principles and values upon which the nation was founded. It survived the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars largely intact and visitors today will find historic homes and three National Historic Landmarks preserving heritage for future generations. The state’s oldest Courthouse, built in 1767 and still in use today, stands above the village green looking toward Edenton Bay.
Join us as we celebrate Edenton’s 300th and Elizabeth II’s 30th for a memorable experience in “one of America’s prettiest towns” as recognized by Forbes.com.
The restaurant to which Capt. Styon refers is Mackey’s Crab Bar and Grill, which will surely be missed by local patrons. Mackeys Ferry Marina is on the western shores of Mackeys Creek (also known as Kendrick Creek), north of the charted 8-foot fixed bridge.
Just a short update on Mackeys Marina. The restaurant is no longer open.
Update on the restaurant at Mackey’s Marina. The great restaurant is now closed and is not likely to reopen. All else remains the same at the Marina.
We are very pleased to present the article below, authored by our good friends, Captains Chuck Baier and Susan Landry, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com). They provide a really in-depth look at the strategically placed, but navigationally challenging Little Alligator River Anchorage.
In fact, Little Alligator River is the northernmost AICW anchorage, short of the often choppy (read that as “downright rough”) Albemarle Sound. Of course, you can always choose to berth at Alligator River Marina, just north of the bridge (a. k. a. “Miss Wanda’s place), or, on the opposite banks, “South Lake” is a real possibility as well.
Many cruisers, however, make the same choice as Susan and Chuck and set their bows for Little Alligator River. Read the article below, and learn a LOT more about what you are likely to discover!
The Little Alligator River anchorage is an excellent spot to wait out weather for either crossing the Albemarle Sound or heading south on the Alligator River. Either of these can be very unpleasant if the winds are high and from the wrong direction. Turn east into the Little Alligator anywhere between red “10” to green “11” and you will find 10 or more feet of water at the entrance. One other thing that requires caution is the number of floats around the entrance and in the river itself. Although there are quite a few, there is also plenty of space to pass between the floats, but vigilance is required. Once inside the Little Alligator River, the floats disappear. We aren’t sure why this is, but we have seen this in several rivers in North Carolina.
We found the depths in the river to be about two feet deeper than charted. Keep in mind that winds can affect the depths in the Alligator River and all connecting waters. The depths we found may be the norm, but may not be what other boaters find. Using the chartplotter, follow the deeper water behind Sandy Point or the wider and deeper water past Mill Point if winds are out of the east. Wind protection from any direction can be found for boats of almost any draft under seven feet. Pull in towards the shore, based on protection needed and as far in as draft will allow. There are visible stumps in some areas and the remains of an old wreck to the south between the entrance and Mill Point. Continuing in the river past Mill Point is a wide, deeper basin south of Rock Point that gives all around protection.
Because there is the possibility of stumps and snags on the bottom all along the rivers of this area, a trip line on the anchor might be a good idea. This will be helpful to pull the anchor out in reverse if it becomes seriously snagged. Be sure the trip line is strong enough to take the strain of pulling the anchor loose and long enough to get it up on deck and attach it to the windlass or a winch. We found this to be an excellent anchorage and sat out several storms in complete comfort and security.
Chuck Baier and Susan Landry,
Trawler Beach House
Long before the Columbia, NC City Docks were constructed, there was a private marina on the Scuppernong River, just downstream of the City Hall, known as Columbia Marina. This facility was, for many years, owned by a local attorney, but was then allowed to languish for quite some time before being purchased in February of 2012 by Captain Tom Clancy (no, not the “Tom Clancy” of “The Hunt for Red October” fame – we asked).
Since that time, as you will read below, this facility has gone through a MAJOR renovation. And while there is currently only one transient wet slip available, Columbia Marina is now a GREAT spot to keep your vessel on a long term basis.
Besides the new docks and dock house services (see below), all of downtown Columbia, featuring several restaurants, a visitor’s center, and a hardware store, is within easy walking distance. In short, what more could you ask of a small town marina facility.
And, lest we forget, Columbia Marina is our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
So, whether you are just visiting Columbia and the Scuppernong River, or looking for long term dockage, please give Columbia Marina your most serious consideration. Tell Captain Clancy we sent you!
In February 2012 Tom Clancy purchased the Columbia Marina in Columbia, North Carolina. During the following year, the marina went through extensive renovations. The dock house was rebuilt with a new bathroom and shower, featuring an antique claw foot bathtub. The dock house also boasts a laundry and kitchen facility with microwave oven, coffee maker and refrigerator for boaters to use. In addition to the dock house there is a gazebo with a gas grill for boaters to use as well. All the bulkheads and slips were rebuilt with new water and electrical service. There are ten boat slips with 30 amp service and 1 transient slip with 50 amp service. The Columbia Marina is located in quaint downtown Columbia on the water front within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants in town. For more information please contact Tom Clancy 919-495-1028.
The narrow (compared to other Albemarle Sound rivers) but deep Roanoke River, is the southwesternmost of the nine rivers which feed into Albemarle Sound. In years past, cruising upstream to the community of Plymouth, NC, was frustrating for those looking to find wet slip dockage. There were some wet slips along the city waterfront, but they were forgettable, to say the least. ALL THAT HAS NOW CHANGED IN A BIG WAY FOR THE BETTER!
In late May, 2013, we received the brief report from Captain Jean Thomason below, informing one and all that Plymouth had invested in new docks for visiting cruisers, which were now open, and ready to accept visitors. We requested more information from the cruising community, and this appeal resulted in the second note below authored by Captains Danny and Jan.
Well, clearly there were/are BIG changes afoot in this small community, particularly in regards to their welcoming attitude towards, and services for, visiting cruisers. So, we got on the telephone and had an extensive conversation with Mike Wright, Plymouth’s General Services Director.
The result of all this up close and personal research is very happy news indeed. The town of Plymouth now boasts all-new, fixed, concrete decked wet slips, featuring fresh water and 30-50 amp power hookups, in a facility known as Plymouth Landing Marina. Some slips have 30 amp service and others feature 50 amp hookups. The wet slips designed for larger craft have depths of 12 to 14 feet, while some of the smaller berths have 4.5 to 6 feet of waters. And, we were able to confirm the report from Danny and Jan, that visiting cruisers can enjoy ten day’s free dockage at these fresh city piers, including power and water connections.
The dockage basin lies under the watchful eye of a reproduction of the Roanoke River screw-pile lighthouse. The eye catching feature adds considerably to the visual appeal of this city facility.
Shoreside, mariners will discover climate controlled showers, and a laundromat. Waste pump-out service is available for a very reasonable $5,00. There are two restaurants within walking distance, one of which is open for breakfast. There are also several museums in downtown Plymouth which are well worth your attention.
It’s a hefty 1+ mile walk to Highway 64, where you will find a supermarket and chain drugstore. Those cruising with bicycles will find this an easy trip.
CLEARLY, with all these new facilities, cruisers now have a new, prime destination just off Albemarle Sound. Please help spread the word about Plymouth’s new welcome and new services for visting cruisers.
Because our marina (Cypress Cove, formerly IYC) is at Columbia, we often cruise west on Albemarle Sound. Plymouth on the Roanoke River has just opened new town docks. We hear they are nice and free. Plymouth has shops, a museum (with replica of the Abemarle, a Confederate ironclad) and a lighthouse in the historic part of town along the waterfront.
I would like to tell everyone about the new town docks in Plymouth NC. Very nice slips (10 slips ) with power and water at no charge. They have very nice rest rooms and showers with a washer and dryer. There is also a pump out with just a 5.00 charge.
We stayed there in April and was very pleased. Oyster Bar short walk away was great. Breakfast at Stella’s down the street was very good. There was also three Museums in easy walking distance.
The east end where the larger slips are the water 12 to 14 feet and the west end on the T we marked 4.5 feet. These slips are not where the old slips are. These are at the west end of town in front of the Light House. Very nice.
Danny and Jan on the Mosey
Plymouth is a great town to visit for it’s Civil War history and all the good things mentioned here. My great grandfather served with the Union army and became a prisoner of war when the town was retaken.
However, there is a charted fixed bridge of 50′ vertical clearance between the town and Albemarle Sound that will keep most sailboats from visiting. We have anchored just before the bridge and used our dinghy. I think we were lucky to not hit a snag with the anchor since the Roanoke River is dense with cypress on both sides.
S/V Two for the Roads