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Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events, and as you will see below, the Christmas Season is very special! There will be activities for all ages! Edenton is always young! Come and let them prove it!
* A Dickens Of A Christmas *
Tree Lighting, Flotilla, Children Caroling, a Special Visit from Santa and Charles Dickens performed at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse staring Dr. Elliot Engel will be on tap December 2nd and 3rd
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* Christmas Candlelight Tour Weekend *
Eastern North Carolina’s premier tour featuring fourteen historic houses decorated in Colonial and traditional finery presented by the Edenton Historical Commission on December 9th and 10th
Caroling, Confections, Wassail, Eggnog, “A Christmas Carol” Performance and Parade round out a Festive Weekend
Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events – especially in their colorful Fall – with a full schedule of activities for all ages! Edenton is always young! Come and let them prove it!
* Dickens Of A Christmas *
Holidays in Historic Edenton take on a Dickens Theme with Celebrations, Shopping, Dining and Overnight Stays!
Much to See and Do
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Chowan County Tourism Development Authority, PO Box 245, 101 W Water Street, Edenton, NC 27932
This wonderful expanded tour of the Albemarle Sound now includes five Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsors. And below, SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy adds his thoughts on the Albemarle Loop.
Press release for the Albemarle Loop
The Albemarle Loop announces the expansion of its membership by three (3) to a total of nine (9) marinas for 2016, offering free dockage and pump outs where available. Members offer two days of free dockage along with many amenities including swimming pools, golfing, tennis, restaurants and other boating necessities that make your stay at these marinas an enjoyable experience. See details of where these amenities are offered at http://albemarleloop.com/Marinas.html . The new marinas for 2016 are:
The Manteo Waterfront Marina is located in a tranquil setting less than a mile from the Roanoke Sound. It is a small, deep, and well-protected harbor, and can accommodate vessels up to 150 feet in length. Take a stroll along over a mile of boardwalks on the Manteo Waterfront. Near this site the first English colony was born on American soil. Dock your boat in the protected waters of Dough’s Creek and enjoy all the amenities this quaint island village has to offer. There are approximately 20 transient slips and 33 slips dedicated to seasonal and annual boaters. All slips feature 30 and 50 amp power, cable television, and free wireless Internet access. The air conditioned comfort station located at the marina features separate men’s and women’s bathrooms, clean showers, and coin operated washer and dryer. Boaters come to Manteo for its coastal charm and relaxed atmosphere.
Everett Marine and Cypress Cove Marina is a boating and fishing community located off the Scuppernong River about a mile west of the Columbia Docks. One of only 2 Albemarle Loop members offering both diesel and gasoline fuel, marine supplies and the only member offering repairs and a boat lift. With a friendly southern hospitality they specialize in routine marine engine service and custom installation of accessories on new or used boats. Slips feature 30 and 50 amp power, and free wireless Internet access. The air conditioned comfort station located at the marina features separate men’s and women’s bathrooms, clean showers, and coin operated washer and dryer.
The Dismal Swamp Welcome Center is a NC DOT facility providing travel and tourism to both highway and waterway traffic. With the 150’ bulkhead, numerous boats are rafted up on their transit through the canal free for one night or more depending on weather. The Dismal Swamp Visitor Center has free wireless Internet access and comfort station featuring separate men’s and women’s bathrooms and clean showers. Located adjacent to the Welcome Center, the NC State Park provides numerous opportunities for eco-tourism with an exhibit hall that allows visitors to learn the natural and cultural history of the swamp. Rangers will guide you on exciting explorations where you’ll uncover fascinating natural surroundings, and make great discoveries about the world in which we live.
The Albemarle Loop is a non-profit organization that provides the boating public with an exciting opportunity to cruise and explore the protected waters of historic Albemarle Sound. Visit the friendly communities surrounding Albemarle Sound as you share your boating experiences with other families (at a very low cost) and in high-quality marinas. Contact the Albemarle Loop at 427 Albemarle Blvd., Hertford, North Carolina, 27944 or email info@AlbemarleLoop.com or call (252) 426 – 4037 or visit http://albemarleloop.com.
Jim Healy writes:
The Albemarle sound is a shallow body of water; the “deep water” range is 12′ – 18′. These waters are home to many crab fishermen; crab pot floats are to be found virtually throughout the sound. The sound lies geographically East-West, and the prevailing winds are from the West and Southwest. Winds greater than 15 kts can raise uncomfortable beam seas for North-South crossings. Winds greater that 20 kts can produce uncomfortable chop in all directions.
While not technically part of the ICW, this “loop” is centered around the ICW Routes from Norfolk/Portsmouth to the southbound ICW at the Alligator River in North Carolina. The “Albemarle Loop” is a cruising route that touches some wonderful and oft-overlooked venues. On the Crystal Coast, the towns of Manteo and Ocracoke are excellent stops. On the Western Albemarle, the towns of Edenton and Plymouth are delightful. The history of the Albemarle dates to the earliest English colonists. At Manteo, visit the Lost Colony Plantation. At Edenton, visit the revolutionary period Chowan County Courthouse, St. Paul’s Church, learn of the ladies of the Edenton Tea Party, and visit many other historical sites. Here is a link to information on the Albemarle Loop: http://albemarleloop.com.
These excellent discussions of Albemarle Sound were posted on the AGLCA site by good friends and experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy with comments from Bronson Lamb, the Keelers and the McKeowns. Albemarle Sound is home to several SSECN Sponsors, see http://cruisersnet.net/154885.
The Albemarle Sound is shallow and lies geographically east-west. The prevailing summer winds are SW or W. The ICW crosses the sound north-south, so it’s quite usual to have beam seas for any crossing.
The Albemarle is so shallow (10 – 18 feet) that even winds of 15Kts can blow up 2 ft seas if they blow for over 24 hrs. Winds of 20Kts will produce larger seas.
There are crab floats all over the sound, even out in the middle, so do not try to run these waters at night.
OK. Understanding the above: if you plan to leave the boat and go home, your best bet is Norfolk/Portsmouth, VA. There’s an airport there, and many marina options.
I personally would not leave my boat unattended for two weeks in Coinjock. That is a narrow canal with lots of big boat-fast boat traffic, and lots of transient traffic.
Likewise, Elizabeth City. There is a marina at Elizabeth City (pelican) which is inexpensive by regional averages; aging. Fine if what you want is a slip and shore power.
Ms. Wanda at Alligator River Marian is a great stop. The basin is well protected, and Ms. Wanda is unique and special. The place is remote from everything.
Edenton is not a great choice. It’s a MAGNIFICENT town, and the marina there is a goof facility. However, the harbor is at the apex of a “vee,” located on the north shore of the sound, and very susceptible to big seas when the sound is up. The marina breakwater is of only modest help in moderating the seas. Last, Edenton is 45 miles west of the ICW.
Manteo and Ocracoke options are very limited. Waterside Marina in Manteo is the only one I would suggest in the region. The area is the Classic North Carolina hurricane target. OK in the early spring and late fall. Not a choice for me in the hurricane season. There is a reason the area is called the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and the geography of the coast line is clearly at the top of that list.
Belhaven has two good options. Dowery Creek has already been mentioned. My personal preference is the Belhaven Waterway Marina. Belhaven is remote from an airport. Probably, Raleigh is your best choice.
By far one of the best stops on the east coast ICW is another 50 miles south, on Borad Creek off the Neuse River. That is River Dunes. It’s a man-made basin, a hurricane hole, very modern facility, and reasonably priced for the region. That would be the most protected spot for 300 miles in any direction. It is remote, but they have a courtesy car. Yu’d fly in and out of Raleigh if you decided to make that stop.
A bit farther south, but 25 miles off the ICW, is the “city” of New Bern, NC. That is a SUPERB community with excellent options. There are several marina options, at least two of them in the downtown harbor of the Trent River.
So, it all depends on what you need. The Albemarle itself is not “rich” with options, and it is somewhat remote country for boaters wanting to fly in and out.
Peg and Jim Healy
Monk 36 Hull #132
And from Bronson Lamb III:
We took a detour to The town of Manteo on Roanoke Island last year. A little out of the way but a lovely visit. The historical Lost Colony and Elizabethan Gardens were a highlight. Great walking paths. Quaint town. We stayed at the city docks and ended up staying 3 nights. Would return if had the chance. Be wary of Albemarle. Pick your weather.
37′ Nordic Tug
And from Ned and Sheril Keeler:
We live just off the Pamlico Sound and make lots of trips between Morehead City and Norfolk. We always plan our trips to stop in Bellhaven, NC at the River Forest Marina which is at Mile Marker 136 on the Intracoastal Waterway. We stop at Belhaven, leave early in the AM to cross the Albermarle and either end up in Coinjock or Elizabeth City NC.
The town of Belhaven is small but charming with a couple of EXCELLENT restaurants, Spoon River and The Tavern at Jacks Neck. The marina provides a golf cart which is more than sufficient to roam about Bellhaven. This is one of our favorite marinas, the staff is friendly, helpful and would take very good care of your boat.
And from Charles and Bev McKeown:
Check out free docking offered by Albemarle Sound marinas:
Chas & Bev
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Waterway travelers wishing to make a side trip visit to Hertford Bay Marina on the Perquimans River off Western Albemarle Sound will pass under this Hwy 17 bridge with a vertical clearance of 33ft, southeast of Hertford, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=149723 for a report on Hertford Bay Marina.
NC – PERQUIMANS RIVER – HERTFORD – BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the construction site taking place under the Route 17 Bridge crossing the Perquimans River in Hertford, NC. The repairs are to the fender system and anticipated to take place between January 4, 2016 and August 30, 2016 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM. During this time mariners are urged to transit the area with additional caution as floating equipment may be present and portions of the fender system may be removed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Events
Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2212, or at CMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart 12205 LNM 49/15
Plymouth Landing Marina is located on the southern banks of the Roanoke River, near the western end of the Plymouth waterfront. Our thanks to Skipper Evans for this excellent report.
Plymouth is a well kept secret and is the jewel of the Albemarle Loop. Plymouth is reinventing itself and has more plans for their waterfront. Their new docks are the best on the loop. And Brenda, who manages the docks, is a wealth of local flavor and history. She is very accommodating as is everyone in this town. Three museums to visit plus Civil War History make Plymouth worth the short ride up the Roanoke River off the Albemarle Sound. And, the cruise up the river is full of wildlife and color in the Fall. We spotted an Eagle during our recent trip. Add to this the free two day dockage with power and what more could the cruising boater ask for?
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. Good reports from boaters like Skipper Evans and descriptions of this facility make a side trip up the Albemarle Sound very inviting!
The Albemarle Plantation is part of the Albemarle Loop. This loop offers free two day dockage and sometimes free power at each stop. Ports also include Elizabeth City, Hertfort, Edenton, Plymouth and Columbia. The Albemarle Plantation is a very boating friendly community and welcomes loop visitors. This was our first stop after exiting off the ICW. We had a port engine issue coming in and the dockmaster recommended Daneker Marine. These guys came out to the marina ASAP and repaired our problem and got us back on the water. So, we cannot say enough about the marina and residents in this area. We highly suggest spending time exploring each port-of-call on this loop. Each marina offers a unique variety of things to see and do.
A marina that is included in the Albemarle Loop but not listed in our North Carolina Marina Directory is Hertford Bay Marina on the Perquimans River off western Albemarle Sound. Below is the marina’s description sent to us by Town Manager Brandon Shoaf via Jams H Newsome. Access to the new free town dock is limited to vessesl of less than 33ft air draft.
“70MM (Alternative Route) Hertford Bay Marina, NC – 32.5 miles west of ICW 70MM offering free dockage for 48 hours is brand new for 2015 and includes 9 slips that can accommodate a wide range of transient vessels. The marina is located one block from the Historic Downtown with restaurants, shops, a hardware, and a convenience store that has groceries. Free electric, pump out, and water are also available with the complementary dockage. Access to Hertford is limited by a 33’ fixed vertical bridge just east of town on the Perquimans River. If you can clear the fixed bridge there is also a swing bridge that must be negotiated in order to enter the town harbor. Sailboats over 33′ can anchor in the Perquimans River and dinghy into the town’s dock. The town manager suggests that boaters contact the town office prior to arrival at 252-426-1969.The Ablemarle Loop is a group of marinas and towns that have come together to promote the marine aspects of the Albemarle Sound offering free dockage for 48 hours.” www.albemarleloop.com
Brandon S. Shoaf
Town of Hertford
114 W. Grubb St.
PO Box 32
Hertford, NC 27944
Welcome to Hertford, NC
Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is an exciting harbor and community of historical and entertainment events. Having recently celebrated their Tricentennial, Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!
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Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and July 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!
Close to Chesapeake Bay boaters who have a yen for new territory without having to go up the Atlantic coast. Autumn is a wonderful time to do the Albermarle Loop and Edenton is so quaint and the marina is “right down town!” Please don’t miss the famous “Bell Battery” adjacent to the municipal marina in Edenton. Cannon made from church bells in North Carolina which were “melted down” to make cannon “For The Cause!” Very noble and patriotic!
Alan V. Cecil
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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. Descriptions of this facility make a Waterway side trip up the Albemarle Sound very inviting!
“Were a marine architect to set up an ideal location for a new colony, he might first round up thousands of acres of level agricultural and timber lands….In the middle of the land he would place an inland sea completely sheltered from oceanic disturbance. The sea would be long, (say 60 miles), so as to tap a maximum territory, but fairly narrow….To facilitate its crossing, it would taper as it progressed inland. It would generally be approachable by dry shores and would have deep water connections with the outside world…. At frequent intervals there would be large rivers pouring into the sea from every direction. These would keep it fresh….and provide fish with spawning grounds…It would merely cost wishing, to give this body of water a beautiful forested shoreline and all needed then would be to drench it with sunshine, history, and romance. Around its coast would be planted small towns, comfortable, prosperous, well kept and hospitable. This precisely is Albermarle Sound, a brilliant gem.”
1954 quote by Bill Sharpe in The State
Albemarle Plantation Marina
For 20 years, Albemarle Plantation marina has been offering year-round sheltered dockage, power, water, fuel and pump-outs to cruising boaters, as well as the full range of lifestyle amenities available at Albemarle Plantation – golf, tennis, swimming, bocce ball, full-service restaurant, clubhouse, picnic park, etc…. More recent additions
include free WiFi, as well as canoe and kayak rentals and a new community fitness center. The marina has over 100 deep-water slips for vessels of all sizes and is located centrally on the north shore of Albemarle Sound in Yeopim Creek. Albemarle Planation Marina was recently awarded the coveted State of North Carolina “Clean Marina” designation.
Albemarle Sound is the largest fresh-water Sound on the east coast. Located in the northeastern corner of North Carolina, its wide expanse of sheltered, but deep, water is a sailing paradise as well as a cruising gunk-holer’s delight. Its many rivers and creeks are great kayaking or canoeing grounds, abundant with wildlife of all forms.
Private navigational aids mark the entrance channel to the Yeopim River from the Albemarle Sound, beginning at green “1” (Fl G 2.5s 15ft 3m) and red daymark “Y/R”.
From a waypoint at 36 3’N; 76 24’W, continue on a northerly course through the channel until green “5” (Fl G 4s 15ft). Then set a northwesterly course to approach red daymark “4A”; proceed on course to red daymark “6” (QR 8 ft 3m), followed shortly thereafter by red daymark “8”. Then steer a heading 355M for 1/3nm, then turn right directly to fuel dock. The fuel dock has a soft bottom and a depth of 6-8 feet.
The shores of Albemarle Sound are literally littered with historical sites – from the earliest Colonial settlements on Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks at its eastern extremity, to Edenton, the first capital of North Carolina, at its western end and a myriad of historic places in between.
From our marina, it is a 16 mile sail west to Edenton, and just a little further to explore the Chowan and Roanoke rivers. Cruising east, one can visit Elizabeth City at the head of the Pasquotank River, or stay at Manteo and enjoy the history of Roanoke Island and the Lost Colony. Near the eastern end of the Sound is also where you would join the AICW to go north to the Chesapeake or south through the Alligator River to Pamlico Sound and beyond. Crossing the Sound, 12 miles south from Albemarle Plantation marina, will take you to Columbia for an enjoyable lunch stop. Speaking of lunch, it is worthwhile to seek out some fresh locally caught blue crab; Albemarle Sound is home to the largest population of blue crab.
Both BoatUS and SeaTow serve the Sound. So, you are never alone out there on the water – even though it often feels like it. The Sound is never crowded and there are many days when you may see only a commercial fisherman or crabber working.
Albemarle Plantation Marina is also home to Osprey Yacht Club where you will always find a friendly welcome, hospitality and fellow boaters to swap stories with.
For a full exploration of Albemarle Sound, we recommend spending time sailing the Albemarle Loop; www.albemarleloop.com. For more information about Albemarle Plantation marina, check out www.albemarleplantationmarina.com and www.ospreyyc.com.
Phone 252-426-4037 or call on VHF channel 68 or 16 for slip assignment and docking assistance. The marina is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 8am to 5pm weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Winter hours are 9am to 5pm.
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
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/
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!