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  • Visit Scotch Hall Preserve, near Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Kickoff the Fall with a visit to friendly historic Edenton, NC. They are 300 Years Young! For more Fall events in Edenton, go to: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144104. Scotch Hall Preserve is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISER’ NET SPONSOR!

    Sail to Scotch Hall Preserve for Discovery Weekend

    Cruise over to the Albemarle Sound for Discovery Weekend at Scotch Hall Preserve. During one weekend in September, you can enjoy the amenities of the resort community and exceptional local accommodations on your own personal getaway. You can even tour some homes or see one of the waterfront lots available for sale, and discover your dream home while you are visiting.

    The September Lifestyle Weekend is scheduled for September 19 through September 20. When you arrive on Friday evening in Edenton, NC, you will be welcomed at a Welcome Wine Reception at the Barker House. This historic location is within one of the prettiest small towns in the country, and you will have the chance to sit back, relax and get to know your hosts.

    On Saturday you will travel to Scotch Hall Preserve to experience the community’s lifestyle. You can plan how you spend your day. Maybe you will be sailing on the Sound the entire day, trying to catch a trophy. Perhaps you wish to play on the Arnold Palmer Signature Championship golf course. Maybe you will sit poolside or hike through the untouched woods on the property to see the fall colors. No matter how you choose to spend your time, you will be relaxed and refreshed. At the end of the day, enjoy a cocktail reception and dinner on the grounds while watching the sun dance across the waters of the Sound.

    Sunday you are welcome to spend even more time enjoying the property. If you are intrigued by the lifestyle offered, schedule a tour of one of the Legacy Cottages or custom home sites to decide if the property is right for you, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy life on the Sound.

    The cost for the weekend is $199 per couple. This includes two rounds of golf and a two night stay in nearby Edenton, as well as all of the amenities of Scotch Hall Preserve. If you are interested in seeing this waterfront community for yourself and enjoying a relaxing weekend, contact Scotch Hall Preserve at 877-847-3727.

    For more information, please visit: http://scotchhallpreserve.com/news-social/event-calendar/

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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  • September Events in Historic Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Kickoff the Fall with a visit to friendly historic Edenton, NC. They are 300 Years Young!

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    Monday, September 8, 2014
    The 8th Annual Armchair Traveler Series
    The Friends of the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library hosts this series on Germany in September and through mid-October with special events and speakers. To find out all the details, call the library at 252-482-4112.
    Friday, September 12, 2014
    Taste of Edenton
    Enjoy Food & Fun on the Barker House Lawn from the menus of regional food establishments. Revel in the sounds of “Country Classics Band”.
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    2nd Saturday Yoga
    The 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Panel Room is the site for Yoga Class led by three talented local instructors, Patti Mordecai, Clara King and Katy Ebersole.
    Friday & Saturday, September 12 & 13, 2014
    Open Studio Weekend at Sound Shore Pottery
    Local Edenton Potter, Frank Miglorie, will open his studio to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The studio is located on 1222 Sound Shore Drive, Edenton, NC. Frank will be working throughout the day demonstrating the various aspects of the art of pottery making.
    Monday, September 15 – 19, 2014
    Plein Air Workshop
    A week long Plein Air Workshop will be hosted by the Chowan Arts Council and taught by renowned artist, Jack Pardue. Get full information and application at the Gallery.
    Tuesday, September 16 – 22, 2014
    227th Anniversary of the US Constitution
    Celebrate the signing of the U S Constitution with exhibits and tours emphasizing Edenton residents who were part of this historic event. The Historic Edenton State Historic Site is open Tuesday – Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm. Tuesday, September 17th at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the Edenton Tea Party Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a commemorative celebration with the ringing of the bells at 4 pm and the Honorable Terrance Boyle sharing remarks at 3 pm.
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Rocky Hock Playhouse
    Blessed Assurance the Fanny Crosby Storyby Gloria Emmerich, lunch buffet at Nixon’s Catering and Banquet Facility. Call for schedule and ticket pricing.
    September 23-27, 2014
    67th Chowan County Regional Fair
    Amusement rides, entertainment, exhibits, and great food at the American Legion Fairgrounds! To purchase tickets in advance send check or money order to: Chowan County Regional Fair P.O. Box 390 Edenton, NC 27932
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    2nd Annual Live-Your-Dash 8K & Fun Run
    An off-road race to raise support for the George & Alex Memorial Scholarship. Great waterfront views through Wharf Landing and Edenton Lake and Harbor along the way! Rain or shine.
    Register Today at www.raceit.com. Live Your Dash

    For a complete list of events and historical sites, go to:
    http://www.visitedenton.com/?utm_source=August+Tourism+Happenings&utm_campaign=August+Happenings+2014&utm_medium=email

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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  • A Good Visit to Albemarle Plantation Marina, Northern Shore of Albemarle Sound

    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.
    Dick Parker

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Albemarle Plantation Marina

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  • Pleasant Visit to Columbia City Dock, Columbia, NC, on the Scuppernong River

    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 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.
    Danny Styons

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Columbia City Docks

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  • More on Historic Edenton, NC, off the AICW on Western Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    2013 was the 300th Anniversary Celebration of Edenton, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140147. SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, has sent us a wonderful article on this historic North Carolina town.

     

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    Captain Jim Healy – SSECN Contributing Editor

    It was great to read your write up. Just wanted to let you know about the Edenton Yacht Club. We welcome out of town visitors at our events. Join us at a party just to say hello, or participate in one of our races if you’re in the mood. Visit our website http://www.eycnc.org to see what is happening with the club when you are in town!!
    Thanks,
    Kathy

    That is our Monk 36 “Journey” docked in Edenton. We had a wonderful visit in this welcoming historic town. The following day we visited Plymouth, NC. Which we highly recommend. We are from Swansboro NC and are headed to the Chesapeake Bay for the summer. We completed the “Great Loop” in April 2014. Love your site.
    Just realized that is my good friend Jim Healy’s Monk “Sanctuary”. Great article!
    Tom Goodman

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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

    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!
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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the North Mouth of Alligator River

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

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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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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  • News from Chowan County Tourism Development Authority

    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

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    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)

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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

    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

    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.

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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

    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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Mackeys Ferry Marina

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

     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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Little Alligator River Anchorage

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

    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

     

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For 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

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Plymouth City Docks

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

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Columbia City Docks

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

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Columbia City Docks

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Cypress Cove Marina

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  • Alligator River Marina (Statute Mile 84)

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Alligator River Marina

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

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For the Alligator River Bridge

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