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Archive For: NC3 – Albemarle Sound

  • Slips Available at Albemarle Plantation Marina, Albemarle Sound, NC


    Our marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.

    Albemarle Plantation Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is now fully recovered from hurricane Matthew and open for business! Located off the AICW, Albemarle Plantation Marina resides on the northern shores of Albemarle Sound on Yeopim River/Creek.

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

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  • Festivals Kick-Off June in Historic Edenton and Chowan County, Albemarle Sound


    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and May will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

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    CLICK HERE FOR JUNE IN EDENTON

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

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  • May 2017 Events Calendar for Elizabeth City, NC, Pasquotank River


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    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route. This wonderful community continues its calendar of exciting events! Hopefully, the currently closed canal will soon be re-opened to navigation.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELIZABETH CITY’S  CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN MAY

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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  • Celebrating All Things Potato and State Park Fun, Elizabeth City, NC, Pasquotank River


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    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route. This wonderful community continues its calendar of exciting events! Hopefully, the currently closed canal will soon be re-opened to navigation.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELIZABETH CITY’S MONTHLY UPDATE

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

  • May in Historic Edenton and Chowan County, Albemarle Sound


    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and May will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

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    CLICK HERE FOR MAY IN EDENTON

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

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  • Ms. Wanda Retires, Alligator River Marina, AICW Statute Mile 84


    Alligator River Marina was recently sold and its owner is retiring after many years of serving Waterway cruisers with delicious food and immaculate facilities. Ms. Wanda will be missed! Alligator River Marina lies on the western shore of the mouth of the Alligator River/AICW, just north of the swing bridge and southwest of flashing daybeacon #12. This facility provides the ONLY readily available dockage and fuel along the patch of the AICW between Coinjock, Elizabeth City and Dowry Creek/Belhaven! Here is a farewell thank you to all her cruising and boating friends:

    Greetings to All ICW Travelers:

    The Alligator River Marina is open for your fuel and docking needs. We will be transitioning to new management in the upcoming weeks due to my retirement. I appreciate your support and friendship all these years and wish for “ALL OF YOU smooth and happy sailing”.
    God Bless each and every one of you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

    Ms. Wanda

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

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  • Alligator River Marina Sold and OPEN for Business, AICW Statute Mile 84


    March 15: Sadly, this estate sale of a fine owner-operated marina marks the end of an era. Owner, Wanda Pritchett, is beginning a well deserved retirement after establishing a reputation for personal, first-name-basis involvement with all visitors. Alligator River Marina lies on the western shore of the mouth of the Alligator River/AICW, just north of the swing bridge and southwest of flashing daybeacon #12. This facility provides the ONLY readily available dockage and fuel along the patch of the AICW between Coinjock, Elizabeth City and Dowry Creek/Belhaven! Our thanks to Tom Beaty for this notice.

    Looks like Wanda is finally calling it quits and putting Alligator River Marina, the former ferry landing, up for sale. Bidding closes Tuesday April 4th. Act now!
    Tom Beaty

    April 25
    Alligator Marina has been sold and new owners will take over in May.
    In the meantime, Wanda wants to remind everyone that the marina is still open, accepting transients, selling fuel, etc. The marina is NOT CLOSED!

    Tell Larry I just got a call from Alligator marina…new owners will not take over until end of May and it remains open to transients and is still selling fuel.
    Evidently Wanda has seen erroneous postings elsewhere and wants all to know she is still in business.
    Paige

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

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  • Albemarle Plantation Marina C Dock Grand Re-Opening, , Albemarle Sound, NC


    Our marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.

    Working to restore and upgrade facilities damaged by Hurricane Matthew, 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.

    Albemarle Plantation Marina is pleased to announce the grand re-opening of C dock.
    After a long winter of work the main deck and finger pier boards have been replaced and the electrical pedestals have been refurbished with new electrical plugs and LED lighting. Read More!

    All work was completed by Plantation staff and a large group of resident volunteers, who worked many days on the pedestals. We welcome all boaters to come for a visit to see our many new improvements.

    We are also happy to welcome our new dock master, James Darnell. Our staff is always ready to assist visiting boaters with dock line handling and offering local knowledge about our community and surrounding area.

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

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  • 15 Ideas for Your Springtime Trip to Elizabeth City, NC, Pasquotank River


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    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route. This wonderful community continues its calendar of exciting events! Hopefully, the currently closed canal will soon be re-opened to navigation.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELIZABETH CITY’S SPRINGTIME CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

  • Slip Specials at Albemarle Plantation Marina, Albemarle Sound, NC


    Our marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.

    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!

    Click Here for This Very Special Promotion!

    Buddy Lawrence PGA, CMAA
    Albemarle Plantation
    Interim General Manager
    (252) 426-4653, Ext. 115
    (252) 339-4216 Cell
    Buddy.Lawrence@AlbemarlePlantation.com

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

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  • Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City, NC Pasquotank River


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    What a fine tribute to the men and women who serve in the US Coast Guard out of Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Long noted as the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, Elizabeth City is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route.

    Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City
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    Feature Release
    March 24, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712

    Seaman Nina Bowen and Chief Bert, the Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, mascot, pose for a portrait in front of the station Feb. 14, 2017. Bowen is one of Bert’s primary caretakers at the station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Calvin Hernandez, a boatswain’s mate and coxswain at Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina, rides aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small near the station, Feb. 14, 2016. Calvin and other boat crew members at the station routinely work with aviators from Air Station Elizabeth City. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Perhaps the best kept boat station secret in the Mid-Atlantic region lies nestled within the largest Coast Guard facility in the country, at Base Elizabeth City in Eastern North Carolina.

    A view of Building 53 at Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 10, 2017 – the location of Station Elizabeth City. Building 53 is shared by crew members from both the boat and air stations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Station Elizabeth City is easy to pass without realizing it’s there, located in an unassuming off-white building that looks like part of the neighboring air station complex. The boathouse on the nearby Pasquotank River is almost a hundred yards away. A view of Building 53 at Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 10, 2017 – the location of Station Elizabeth City. Building 53 is shared by crew members from both the boat and air stations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    The crew at the boat station is accustomed to the surrounding flurry of aviation activity — the base is also home to Air Station Elizabeth City and the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC), where all enlisted Coast Guard aviation personnel are trained in their chosen professions. Consequently, the vast majority of people coming and going from the base each day are connected to Coast Guard aviation in some way.

    “Being stationed here is fun,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Calvin Hernandez, a boatswain’s mate and coxswain at the station. “Throughout the Coast Guard, boat and helicopter crews must work together to complete missions. A lot of the time though, crews talk to one another over the radio during training or on a case, but never actually meet in person. Here, we see aviation people every day.”

    Hernandez acknowledged there’s an age-old rivalry between air and boat crews, but explained how he thinks it makes the service stronger.

    “Our boat crews have about a 30 minute head start when we’re notified of a case since helicopter crews typically take about that long to launch,” he said. “We always strive to safely arrive on scene before the helicopter. We’re on the same team with the goal of saving lives, but working to get there first helps us all keep focused on the mission.”

    Hernandez admitted there are times when it’s frustrating to respond on the water.

    “Sometimes for search and rescue cases, we have to trailer our boats by vehicle an hour or more away, launch from a remote location, then spend 45 minutes traveling on the water before arriving on scene,” he said. “A helicopter crew taking off from here can be to the same place in 15 minutes once they launch. Sometimes after a case, we’ll get back to the station after long hours on the water and find that the aircrew we were working with bought us a meal and beat us back to the station with it. It’s always nice to come back to find food waiting and to feel appreciated.”

    Of course, anytime they want to be appreciated, crew members at Station Elizabeth City can always turn to their station dog, Chief Bert, for his unconditional affection.“

    The crew adopted Bert, a German Shepherd and former explosive detection dog who worked for six years with the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas. He’s arguably the most popular guy on base.

    “Bert makes me feel like I’m home when I’m here,” said Bowen. “I look forward to coming here and seeing him. I think he brings a light-heartedness to the station and even the entire base that people are drawn to.”

    Bowen said that after Bert, what she likes most about Station Elizabeth City is the opportunity to see all the Coast Guard jobs conducted around her.

    “I’m lucky here,” she said. “In addition to the variety of jobs I get to explore at my station, I’m also exposed to the aviation jobs being performed right outside our door. We provide a lot of support for helicopter training flights for the air station and the training center. It’s neat I get to be around all that stuff and be a part of it.”

    “The boat station crew allows us here at the rescue swimmer training school to offer our graduating aviation survival technicians a pre-graduation flight where they complete a free fall into the Pasquotank River,” said Chief Petty Officer Claude Morrissey, an instructor at ATTC. The boat crew provides a platform to pick up our swimmers from the water, and is there to respond in case any emergency should arise.”

    Even while they assist with helicopter training missions, Station Elizabeth City crews are responsible for responding to emergencies in an area of responsibility that spans 1,700 square miles, includes 10 rivers and three sounds as well as the Intracoastal Waterway and Dismal Swamp Canal.

    “We operate inshore and in areas that are very difficult to navigate due to shallow waters and multiple hazards to navigation,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Talys, executive petty officer at Station Elizabeth City. “Unlike most Coast Guard Stations which normally have a search and rescue season in the summer months, we have a transit season, which equates to periods of heavy vessel traffic moving up and down the
    Intracoastal Waterway in the months preceding summer and winter. Our job is to ensure these boaters are safe and in compliance with federal laws and regulations.”

    “Since we have such a large area of responsibility and none of it is open ocean, we operate in a wide range of environments,” said Hernandez. “There are swampy areas, areas where people like to wakeboard and areas popular for fishing. I think all the different nooks and crannies we have to be familiar with is what keeps it interesting here.”

    Hernandez said they do their best to cross train in each other’s jobs at the station. “Lots of people here can do almost any job required at the station,” he said. “We have seamen and machinery technicians that want to become coxswains, and we have boatswain’s mates who work with our engineers if they need help with a project.”

    When they aren’t actively working, Coast Guardsmen on the base engage in sports, often competing with teams from different units. The station crew says they enjoy heated ultimate frisbee showdowns with the rescue swimmer shop, and basketball games against the MH-60 Jayhawk team from the air station. That recreational competition keeps the healthy rivalry alive and thriving in a service of the same status.

    A student at the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, plunges from an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter into the Pasquotank River, Feb. 14, 2017. Four aviation survival technician (AST) A school students at ATTC graduated and became ASTs Feb. 17, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    “This station is very unique to the Coast Guard,” said Talys. “Being co-located with Air Station Elizabeth City gives us direct insight into all the hard work and training the flight crews conduct every day.”

    Seaman Nina Bowen shows some love to Chief Bert, Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina’s mascot, near the boathouse at the station Feb. 17, 2017. Chief Bert is a retired explosive detection dog who worked for six years with the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Gavelston, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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  • More on Albemarle Loop Expansion, Albemarle Sound, NC

    "ManteoEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    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.

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    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.

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    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.
    Jim Healy

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

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

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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

  • Descriptions of Albemarle Sound from AGLCA

    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.
    The Lambs
    37′ Nordic Tug
    Split Pace

    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:
    http://www.albemarleloop.com/Marinas.html
    Chas & Bev

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    Sunset over Albemarle Sound in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina by Scott Evers

    Sunset over Albemarle Sound in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina by Scott Evers

  • Curtis Stokes & Associates presents “Journey”, Edenton, NC, Albemarle Sound



    SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET is proud to welcome our newest sponsor, Curtis Stokes and Associates of North Carolina.

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

    Curtis Stokes & Associates presents “Journey”….

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    At Curtis Stokes & Associates, we specialize in marketing some of the finest vessels available in the Southeast. Located in Jacksonville, NC, “Journey” is a prime example. She is a classic 2006 36′ Monk Double Cabin trawler whose experienced owner has maintained her in turn-key condition and is willing to assist the buyer with delivery and – or training. Get a complete description and view a video of this beautiful boat here: http://www.curtisstokes.net/trawler-for-sale-monk36-journey.html.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment to view “Journey” please call Wayne Smith in Edenton, NC, at 516-445-1932 or you can email him at wayne@curtisstokes.net.

    Our customers know they can come to Curtis Stokes & Associates to find some of the most seaworthy yachts on the market today. If you have a boat to sell, find out how we can market your vessel not just here in the Southeast but throughout the country and in overseas markets as well. And if you’re in the market for a boat, find out about our buyer broker service here: http://www.curtisstokes.net/yacht-buyer-brokerage-service.html.
    To view our complete inventory of fine yachts visit us at www.curtisstokes.net

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

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  • Welcome Curtis Stokes and Associates! Edenton, NC, Albemarle Sound


    SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET is proud to welcome our newest sponsor, Curtis Stokes and Associates of North Carolina.

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

    Curtis Stokes and Associates is a professional, successful, licensed and bonded yacht brokerage firm, with brokers based throughout the United States and Europe and local representation based in Edenton, NC. Our buyers know that we personally inspect every yacht and boat we list. Our sellers rely on us for a proactive approach to marketing their yachts that includes extensive promotion in both print and electronic media.

    For sellers, we regularly advertise in national, regional and local magazines. We strongly encourage other brokers to sell our listings through co-brokerage agreements and we participate and display in special events year-round.

    Our internet marketing is second to none. Our web site – curtisstokes.net – is specifically designed to secure the best search engine rankings possible. We also partner with such leading yachting websites as Yachtworld.com, Yatco.com, Boattrader.com, boats.com, marinesource.com, yachtsforsale.com, iboats.com, theyachtmarket.com, moreboats.com and others, ensuring that our listings get the broadest internet exposure possible.

    For boat buyers, we specialize in buyer brokerage, where we preview boats for you and provide you our feedback, thus reducing wasted time and money on your part chasing the wrong boats. Since we collect our commission from the listing broker or seller, there is no extra cost to you for this service.

    For a free evaluation detailing how we can help market your boat or if you’re now searching for that perfect yacht, call your North Carolina Curtis Stokes & Associates rep, Wayne Smith at 516-445-1932, or email him at wayne@curtisstokes.net.

    Please visit our website at:

    www.curtisstokes.net

  • Bridge Repairs, Hwy 17, Hertford, NC, Western Albemarle Sound


    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

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  • Praise for Plymouth Landing Marina and the Albemarle Loop, Albemarle Sound, NC


    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?
    Doyle Evans

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

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  • Good Visit to Albemarle Plantation Marina, Albemarle Sound, NC


    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.
    Doyle Evans

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

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  • New Town Dock at Hertford Bay Marina, off the AICW, Western Albemarle Sound


    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 Manager
    Town of Hertford
    114 W. Grubb St.
    PO Box 32
    Hertford, NC 27944
    Welcome to Hertford, NC

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