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NC Cruising News – Albemarle Sound

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-21-2009

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REMINDER: Northern Mouth of Alligator River, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 81

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-14-2014

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!
Adventure

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Good Words for Edenton, NC – off the AICW on Western Albemarle Sound

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-29-2014

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Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!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.
Alan

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Celebrate “NC Beer Month” in Edenton, NC (Albemarle Sound, NC), April, 2014

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-26-2014

Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Now here is an event sure to please the heart and palate of many cruisers. And, ALL the events described below, are to be found within walking distance of the Edenton, NC (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) City Docks! Now, there is more reason than ever to depart the familiar confines of the AICW, and cruise west on Albemarle Sound to this completely delightful port of call!!!

ncbeermonthNC Beer Month
Edenton, NC – Make your own history in “one of America’s prettiest towns” as recognized by Forbes.com while celebrating NC Beer Month. History, Beauty and Charm will highlight your visit as you walk in the footsteps of your colonial forefathers for tastings, learning and experiencing some of North Carolina’s finest brews. National Historic Landmarks with outstanding architecture nestled along the Albemarle Sound will be your spring-time setting for tours, gardens, art, and music. After a paddle along the creeks, touring or shopping, a refreshment stop along Broad and Water Streets at 309 Bistro, Waterman’s Grill or on the Edenton Bay Trading Patio for one of NC’s favorite craft beers will be the best way to end a perfect day. So if NC Beer, NC Peanuts and NC River Lighthouses are among some of the things you enjoy most, we invite you to make Edenton a visit decision especially during the month of April.

Saturday, April 5 and 12, 2014
Taverns and Trollies
In Celebration of NC Beer Month:
“Step onboard the Edenton Trolley and explore Colonial America’s connection to beer and drinking culture. See former sites of Taverns and the role they played in Edenton and its people. While touring stop at historical locales and taste some of the present day craft brews of our great State.” Trolley Torus leave from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center, 505 South Broad Street, at 3:30 pm and a cost of $10.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brews on the Bay at Edenton Bay Trading Company
Come and join us for an Edenton Bay Tasting Festival of North Carolina Craft Beers, represented by 10 NC Breweries, 30 + Beers, and a “Cask Conditioned Ale” from the Duck Rabbit Brewery. Enjoy a real North Carolina Pig Pickin’ by the “Brews Brothers” with all the fixins’ and Ms. Leslie’s Famous Banana Pudding! And don’t forget your dancin’ shoes! – “Out ‘N the Cold” will be playin’ up a storm with their classic rock sounds with that bluegrass twang! Tickets available at Edenton Bay Trading Company, 113 West Water Street – 5 – 9 pm; $50 (designated driver tickets are $40), all major credit cards accepted; 252-482-4045.

Friday, April 25, 2014
Boogie on Broad with the Embers
“Don’t miss this Family-Friendly Street Dance on South Broad! Come Boogie to The Embers, widely considered a musical MARVEL, the band is responsible for laying the groundwork for Beach Music in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. Held annually, this great event is sponsored by Destination Downtown Edenton and will Celebrate NC Beer Month by offering select NC Craft Beers.” Time of event is 7 – 10 pm; free and contact is 252-333-0655.

Celebrating all Month Long
NC Hometown Flavors come to 309 Bistro & Spirits
An addition of selected NC Brews are offered during the month of April featuring Natty Green’s Southern Pale Yale from Greensboro and Torch Pilsner Hoppyum IPA from Winston-Salem for those that love warm citrusy American hops; Monday 11 am – 2 pm, Tuesday – Thursday 11 am – 2 pm and 5 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am – 9 pm; 309 South Broad Street; 252-482-0997

Edenton Bay Trading Company Patio
A selection of NC Craft Beers from Mystery Brewing, Duck Rabbit, Rail House, Lone Rider, Aviator and Weeping Radish can be enjoyed; Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm; 113 West Water Street; 252-482-4045

Celebrating NC Beer Month and EARTH DAY at Waterman’s Grill
Waterman’s Grill will feature a selection from Mother Earth Brewing Co. in Kinston, NC beers for only $3 a bottle in addition to their Highland Brewery Beers. Be good to your Mother! Earth Day is April 22nd! Open Monday – Saturday 4:30 pm – until; 427 South Broad Street; 252-482-7733

The celebration of NC Beer Month is in cooperation with the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports. To find out more about the program, please go to http://www.ncbeermonth.com.

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Celebrate 2014 With The Edenton- Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

Posted by privmadia | Posted on 03-02-2014

Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

Celebrate 2014 with us!

Make your Own History in
“One of America’s Prettiest Towns” says Forbes.com

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Historic Edenton State Historic Site

108 North Broad Street
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
252-482-2637
Free admission/Fee for Guided Walking Tours
March
1 – 31 Tours Offered Upon Request

 “Women’s History Month Walking Tours”
$10 per adult, $3.50 per child

Departs from the Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center sharing the history of Edenton with a special emphasis on the women who lived and impacted the town and beyond! Hear the story of the group of ladies that boycotted the taxes on tea and got England’s notice, the story of Harriet Jacobs who escaped the bonds of slavery and fought to free others from the same fate, or the many other stories of the women of Edenton. Tour includes entry to the James Iredell House, St. Paul’s Church, Cupola House,Barker House and 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.
Penelope Barker House
Welcome Center
505 South Broad Street
Open Daily 10 am – 4 pm
252-482-7800
Open as Edenton and Chowan County’s Welcome Center offering information,
exhibits, restrooms, maps and a book and gift shop. Guided
Trolley Tours leaving from this site beginning at 10:30 am, 11:30 am,
1:30 pm and 2:30 pm; Tuesday – Saturday


 

 

Edenton Coffee House
Friday Night Music
3/7 – Country Classic Band of Elizabeth City
3/14 – John Francis with good old songs
3/21 – Folk, Gospel and Americana with Jerry Morgan
3/28 – Instrumental Latin and Light Classical with the  Castigliones
7 pm – no cover charge – musicians play for tips; 252-482-7465

“For God So Loved” by Gloria Emmerich
3/22 – 4/15
Dinner Theater at Nixon’s Catering Banquet Facility through April 15th, noontime.
Call for scheduled dates and ticket pricing, 252-482-4621
504 South Broad Street
Open Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm
252-482-8005
3/28
2-man Art Show featuring the art of Fred Saunders and Fen Rascoe
Exhibit Opening and Reception with exhibit running through mid-April
5:30 – 7:30 pm free and open to the public
3/28, 4/4, 4/11
Take a trip back in time as you journey through the science behind an 18th Century home.
How did colonial North Carolinians stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, what technology
did they have to prepare their food and light their houses and what other ways did science play into
their daily lives?  The Historic Edenton State Historic Site is proud to offer this special series of tours
as part of the 2014 NC Science Festival at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm; $1 for adults, $0.25 for children;
252-482-2637
1101 West Sound Shore Drive
252-482-3606
Waterfront Golfing/Event and Weddings
Edenton Harbor Town Dock
Colonial Park South Broad Street
252-482-2832

News from Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

Posted by privmadia | Posted on 01-04-2014

News from Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

 

Historic Edenton State Historic SiteHistoric Edenton State Historic Site

108 North Broad Street
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
252-482-2637
Free admission/Fee for Guided Walking and Trolley Tours
January
2 – 31
“Family Connections”

Themed tours of the Iredell House and Cupola House

Chowan Arts Council Cabin Fever

504 South Broad Street
Open Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm
252-482-8005
January
2 – 31
Shoppers Sale, Get out, Have some fun, Find great bargains

The Barker House The Barker House

505 South Broad Street
Open Daily 10 am – 4 pm
252-482-7800
January 6 – 1/31 closed for repairs to the first floor
2/1/2014
Open as Edenton and Chowan County’s welcome center

The Cupola House

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

Chowan Golf and Country Club

1101 West Sound Shore Drive
252-482-3606
Waterfront Golfing/Event and Weddings

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Edenton Harbor Town DockCanoe and Kayak Rentals
Colonial Park South Broad Street
252-482-2832

Edenton, NC – A Welcoming and Historic Port of Call, Captains Chuck and Susan Report (off the AICW on Western Albemarle Sound)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-24-2013

Click Charlet Above To Open Chart View Page Centered on Edenton, NC

Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!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!

Edenton, North Carolina by Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

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.

Approach to Edenton City Docks

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.

Revolutionary War Cannons Guarding Entry from Albemarle Sound - 300th Anniversary Banner

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.

Downtown Edenton

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.

Edenton City Dock Basin

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.

Historic Edenton Homeplace

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October, 2013 Detailed Report on AICW/Northern Alligator River Entrance Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 81)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-23-2013

Click Chartlet Above to Open a Chart View Page Centered on This AICW Problem Stretch

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!

Claiborne,
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

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RESCHEDULED: Elizabeth II Sails into Edenton NC to Celebrate Edenton’s 300th Anniversary – off the AICW on Western Albemarle Sound

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-10-2013

Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

Edenton, NC - Click for Chartview

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.

For more information on this Celebratory Weekend visit roanokeisland.com or visitedenton.com or call 800-775-0111 or 252-482-0300.

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Crab Bar and Grill Closes at Mackeys Ferry Marina, southern shore of Albemarle Sound

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-20-2013

Mackeys Ferry Marina - Click for Chartview

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.
Jim Styon

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.
Danny Styons

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Little Alligator River Anchorage – Captains Susan and Chuck Report (Statute Mile 82)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-05-2013

 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

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Columbia Marina – Under New Ownership and Completely Rebuilt – On the Beautiful Scuppernong River at Columbia, NC

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-31-2013

Red Square Marks Position of Columbia Marina

Columbia Marina on the Scuppernong RiverLong 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!

Columbia Marina

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.

Columbia Marina

 

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New City Docks (Plymouth Landing Marina) and Services for Visiting Cruisers at Plymouth, NC, on the Roanoke River, off Western Albemarle Sound

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-30-2013

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.

New Plymouth, NC City Docks and Reproduction Roanoke River Lighthouse

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.
Jean Thomason

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.
Harry Burns
S/V Two for the Roads

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Report from Columbia City Dock, Columbia, NC, on the Scuppernong River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-19-2013

Columbia City Dock - Click for Chartview

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 stayed at the Columbia City Docks at the beginning of May 2013. Passage up the river in our Silverton 36C, (38 inch draft) was simple just follow the markers and look out for fish traps. The dock is well sheltered and in pretty good shape. At the time we were there, no water or electric were available. There was a pump out connection we did not use. We were tied up on a Saturday overnight and were the only ones at the dock.
Columbia is a small town and you can walk around it in less than an hour. Not a whole lot of things to do. The NC visitirs center is located just under the bridge. Most of the stores downtown were either deserted or closed.
The highlight of the trip was dinner at the Salty Oyster. This is a fairly new restaurant located on the main street in the old Woolworth building. The food was great.
Dave Boxmeyer

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Cruising on Albemarle Sound from the AICW to Columbia, NC, on the Scuppernong River

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-12-2013

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!

Because our marina (Cypress Cove, formerly IYC) is at Columbia, we often cruise west on Albemarle Sound. It’s a nice trip if the waves are 2 ft or less and the wind is behind you. Edenton is nice but so is Columbia which has a free dock, a relatively new shower building and a pumpout available. Nice town to stroll around – waterfront boardwalk – several restaurants. Cypress Cove is improved over its former life as IYC – the folks are friendly and helpful and many repairs can be done on-site.
Jean Thomason

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Alligator River Marina (Statute Mile 84)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-12-2013

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

Statute Mile 84 – who has spent a night or two at Alligator River Marina, just north and west of the Alligator River Bridge? Please describe your experience and impressions at this marina. What sort of depths did you observe between the Waterway and the marina entrance? Did you dine ashore, and, if so, how was the food?

Responses follow:

In 15 years of cruising coastal NC we have probably spent more nights here [Alligator River Marina] than anywhere else – probably 25% were weather related delays Our stays with Miss Wanda have always been good but realize some visitors have not shared our opinion. Food in the convenience store-truck stop –marina is well priced, fast and welcome break from the boat.
Gray & Betty Riddick

I saw no issues with depth entering this marina (at least 8 feet everywhere). The staff was very helpful with docking. There is a lot of very nice grass for the dog to run and a nice clubhouse and laundry facility as well. There are limited hours for service in the small restaurant attached to the gas station out front, but the food was very good. I particularly enjoyed the alligator bites appetizer (couldn’t resist). This is a perfect stop to wait out any weather before crossing Albemarle Sound going northbound.
Larry Freedman

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Route 13-158 Bridge Construction to Begin 7/1/13 to 8/1/14, Chowan River, off Albemarle Sound, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-05-2013

Route 13 Bridge - Click for Chartview

Well off the familiar path of the AICW, the Chowan River is a deep, blackwater river that runs west and north from the westerly extreme of Albemarle Sound into remote Gates County, North Carolina.
This is a stream all too rarely visited by cruising craft, particularly as it hosts one of the finest anchorages you will ever find, anywhere, anytime, on Bennetts Creek. There is also another good anchor down spot behind Holiday Island.
Very, very few cruisers venture upstream on the Chowan as far as the Highway US 13-158 bridge, whose reconstruction is described below. HOWEVER, this work may indeed affect some local, year-round Albemarle Sound/Edenton, NC cruisers, so if this accurately describes you, take note!

NC —ALBERMARLE SOUND — CHOWAN RIVER – BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Mariners are advised that construction activity will commence on or about July 1, 2013 through August 1, 2014 at the US 13-158 Bridge across Chowan River, at mile 36.7, between Winton and Tarheel, NC. A new fixed bridge will be constructed adjacent to the existing fixed bridge. The purpose of the project is to reduce traffic congestion and improve travel time and safety along US 13-158. The new fixed bridge will provide a minimum vertical clearance of 34 feet, above mean high water, with a 66-foot wide horizontal clearance. The existing span is currently charted with a 35-foot vertical clearance, above mean high water, with the same 66-foot wide horizontal clearance in the navigational channel. To
facilitate the work, construction barges and tugboats will be in the area performing pile driving, concrete footing construction, erection of precast concrete girders and superstructure. We are also advising mariners use extreme caution when transiting the area. Construction tugboats will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13. Chart: 12205.

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Alligator River Bridge (AICW Statute Mile 84) Will Not Open in Heavy Fog

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-13-2013

Alligator River Bridge - Click for Chartview

AICW cruising veterans have long known the decrepit Alligator River Swing Bridge (closed vertical clearance – 14 feet), will not open in high winds due to the possibility of mechanical injury to the bridge mechanism. Now, we hear this same, troublesome span may not open in heavy fog!!!

Cruisers from Maine who are used to traveling in fog should be aware that the Alligator River Bridge will not open in reduced visibility as they are afraid cars won’t see the stop lights. There are no set standards. According to the bridge tender, it is up to his discretion. I can see cars half a mile down the bridge from where I am now anchored in the middle of nowhere. With the current weather report, I could be here all day and night.
Roger Long S/V Strider

Kudos to the bridge tender. We have watched semi’s and others gun it to get across the ARB swing span after the lights have turned red. The tender is responsible for all the users, even the irresponsible ones.
Chris

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Edenton, North Carolina Slated to Hold 300th Anniversary Celebration Cruiser Rally 5/6/13 to 5/12/13

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-28-2012

Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!As part of its 300′th Anniversary, the charming and historic town of Edenton, North Carolina, our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is planning on a HUGE event to welcome the cruising community during the first part of May, 2013. PLEASE take a good look below at all the details already in place! We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
Notice the FREE dockage at the city marina (during the week of 5/6/13 to 5/12/13 ONLY!), and the anticipated water taxi if the marina becomes full, and some vessels need to anchor off the town waterfront! Coupled the with this community’s many historic and striking homes and public buildings, CRUISERS HAVE MANY, MANY REASONS TO LEAVE THE COMFORTABLE CONFINES OF THE AICW AND CRUISE WEST ON ALBEMARLE SOUND TO THE EDENTON WATERFRONT! SEE YOU THERE!!!!

Claiborne,
Please see below information on the upcoming Cruiser Rally in celebration of Edenton’s 300th Anniversary that we hope you can be a part of and offer to cruisers you think would be interested:

We have established some parameters for the proposed Cruiser Rally at Edenton and done some tentative planning of a program to tempt some of the ICW cruisers heading North in the spring, to turn left and visit our historic and pretty little town.

Basically, we will throw the doors open between the 6th and the 12th of May 2013 to all visitors by water. We will offer free docking, free trolley tours, free guided tours, free shuttle bus to get to shops for all water borne visitors. There are only 9 docks at the town harbor that have electricity and water available, but overflow can tie up along the inside of the breakwater and we are planning a water taxi service if people elect to anchor in the bay.

As well as the land based activities that concentrate on the historic buildings of Edenton, there will also be kayaking available either using the town kayaks or cruisers own, to explore the creeks that extend on either side of the harbor. These could also be explored in dinks. We are exploring ways of having this as a water borne guided tour.

To help with the passage up to Edenton from the Alligator River, some of our members are planning a cook out in the Yeopim River and the Scuppernong River which effectively splits the journey in two. Cruisers could use these events as a prelude to arriving, but early arrivals could also attend as it is only a half day trip to either or both locations. Dates and further details on these events will be coming soon.

The plan is to have the week act as the collection time for the cruisers then at the weekend have a reception and welcome hosted by the Edenton Yacht Club on the Friday evening, followed on Saturday evening by a presentation by some speakers. We are hoping that you will be persuaded to talk about the various opportunities for exploration around the west end of the Albemarle Sound. In the hope that this will give the cruisers that have made the trip up, something to go and look at before they leave on the way back.

There will be slips available at the Edenton Marina too, but they are somewhat removed from downtown and it would probably be better from a social point of view to anchor off and be part of the action rather than be round the corner and a bit out of it.

Information about Edenton and the 300th celebration can be accessed on their web site, www.visitedenton.com The local marinas can be checked out at http://marinas.com/browse/marina/US/NC/1/E

If you could let your members know that this event is going to happen and get them to pencil in attending that would be much appreciated. I will forward more detailed information as we get closer to the time and it would be nice from an organization point of view if we could get potential visitors to register in some way so that we know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

I had thought that if we pin down the dates and locations of the feeder events in the new year, then we could ask for a commitment, always realizing that stuff happens when on the water and that nothing is cast in stone. But a general idea would be a great help.

Thank you for you help so far. Please feel free to advise and guide us in providing the information needed to attract a substantial crowd to make the trip up the sound to see us. We know that they will find it worthwhile, what do we have to do to make them realize it?

Best regards,
Brian FitzSimons and Nancy Nicholls
Edenton Yacht Club and Chowan County TDA

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North Mouth of Alligator River AICW Problem Stretch – Captains Mark and Diana Report (St. M. 81)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-12-2012

On the Water GuidebooksBelow, our strategic partners Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of On The Water ChartGuides, give a concise and accurate report of the current situation at the northern mouth of the Alligator River, where the AICW flows south from Albemarle Sound into this body of water. Note that Diana and Mark confirm our earlier posting here on the SSECN (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=98565), that the infamous “magenta line” is charted on the WRONG side of marker #8A. Be SURE to pass this marker to its EASTERLY side!

Hi Claiborne,
Diana and I crossed the Albemarle Sound southbound last week and re-surveyed the known Alligator River Entrance ICW trouble spot … with its westward shoal and mis-charted Magenta Line.
As you can see from the attached screenshot, the depths are fine if you follow the navaids, NOT necessarily the Magenta Line.
Southbound, you would honor R6 and the G7-R8 pair, then (importantly) depart the charted Magenta Line, honoring floating navaid Red 8A, to stay off encroaching Long Shoal Point, finally re-joing the ICW and the charted Magenta Line at G9.
I’ll re-survey the other known ICW trouble spots as we continue southbound and share these with your SSECN readers.
Best and see you On the Water,
Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

Cruised through the northern Alligator River dog leg. No problem. Follow the marks.
Raymond W. Smith

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