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Archive For: NC10 – Bogue Sound to New River

  • More on Groundings at AICW/Browns Inlet intersection, Statute Mile 237

    With the reported groundings and marker confusion at this intersection (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144468), it is definitely wise to follow the advice given below by Skipper Brass: “pay close attention to the charts and keep a watchful eye out for the markers – particularly the floating ones – instead of following the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW”  -  just as SSECN has advised by many months!

    From a January 19 Navigation Alert:

    On Saturday January 17, we experienced a hard grounding with bent shafts (2) and destroyed props (2) at this location. Knew about previous reports but marks were not where the deep water was. Strong current must have moved them. We are now on the hard waiting for shafts and props.
    Shame that this continuing problem is not addressed Our current bill is $26,000 to be removed back from the bar, and about $80,000 for shaft abd prop repairs! Navigation marks are not maintained!
    Douglas Jemal

    Just happens that I may have been the next boat to pass the location of this grounding. At 10:20 AM on 17 January, I was delivering a boat to Charleston and came up on a large powerboat stopped in the middle of the ICW at 34-35.847N, 077-14.568W. The stopped boat had passed us a few miles further North, headed southbound at around 20 knots.
    As I approached the spot, SeaTow came up and began setting up to unground the boat. It seemed to me that the boat had been on course directly from R60 to G63, which are the prominent daymarks before and after the inlet, and from the appearance of things the boat had been traveling pretty fast.
    This is a traditional problem area in the ICW, and both my Active Captain software and the Garmin plotter on the boat I was delivering sounded alarms for the hazard.
    Floating marks G61A and R62 were both in the location shown on my chart software, which is well over to the north side of the waterway (Starboard if you are heading south) and only about 75-100 feet from the shore. Made me quite nervous as we went by, but we saw 8 to 9 feet of depth in the channel at about an hour before local low tide.
    Object lesson is: pay close attention to the charts and keep a watchful eye out for the markers – particularly the floating ones – instead of following the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW.
    Rick Brass

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Dredging on East Side of Lockwoods Folly Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 321

    This dredging is off the Waterway in an area on the east side of Lockwoods Folly Inlet, NOT the infamous Lockwoods Folly/ICW intersection.

    NC – LOCKWOODS FOLLY – DREDGING OPERATIONS
    Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, VA advises that the dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the Eastern Channel of Lockswoods Folly, NC located South of Sheep Island and North of Oak Island starting at about Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 12 (LLNR 31047). Dredging operations are expected to be completed on or about 30 April, 2015. Chart 11534 LNM: 08/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lockwoods Folly Inlet

  • Shoaling Reported at Sneads Ferry, AICW Statute Mile 247

    This reported shoaling is at the intersection of New River channel, New River Inlet and the Waterway at Sneads Ferry, NC. The markers noted are ICW markers, not Inlet or New River markers.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-BOGUE SOUND-NEW RIVER
    Hazard to navigation – shoaling has been reported to a depth of 3 feet between the Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72A (LLNR 39300) and Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72B (LLNR 393003) and depth of 4 feet at Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 74 (LLNR 39305) on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
    Chart 11542 LNM: 05/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at New River/Waterway Intersection

  • CAUTION! at AICW/Browns Inlet AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237, 1/19/2015

    The AICW stretch south of Swansboro, NC, where the Waterway runs behind ultra shallow Browns Inlet, is one of the single worst North Carolina sections of the AICW. We reported a grounding in this Problem Stretch back in August of 2014 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144468) and marker confusion could have been the cause. Skipper Jemal’s experience confirms the issue of marker placement. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet has been the site of shoaling for some time and requires the utmost caution!. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143963

    On Saturday January 17, we experienced a hard grounding with bent shafts (2) and destroyed props (2) at this location. Knew about previous reports but marks were not where the deep water was. Strong current must have moved them. We are now on the hard waiting for shafts and props.
    Shame that this continuing problem is not addressed Our current bill is $26,000 to be removed back from the bar, and about $80,000 for shaft abd prop repairs! Navigation marks are not maintained!
    Douglas Jemal

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • How Lockwoods Folly Got Its Name, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Our thanks to Skipper Boyd for this message and link in response to one of Claiborne’s “tales” – see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=117868. And see “Young’s Yarns” on our Homepage for more of Claiborne’s sagas! Lockwoods Folly Inlet, just east of Holden Beach, is well known to Waterway cruisers, not for the Inlet proper, but because of the perennial shoaling at the intersection of the Inlet and the Waterway.

    There are a number of theories about how Lockwood Folly received its name. They can be read at:
    http://blog.ncmaps.org/index.php/tag/lockwood-folly/
    Pete Boyd

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lockwoods Folly Inlet

  • Updated Phone Number for Camp Lejeune Firing Range

    The number provided by Skipper Walters has been confirmed as the number for all the firing ranges at Camp Lejeune. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=16763.  Thank you Skipper Walters!

    Kayaking from Maine to Guatemala. Tomorrow I will pass by Camp Lejeune on the ICW. Called the number listed in the above post. It was wrong, but they gave me the current correct number to call: 910 451 3064. Safe Passage for me for tomorrow!
    Deb Walters

  • Marker Confusion and Groundings at Problem Stretch: Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

    We reported a grounding in this Problem Stretch back in August and the confusion Skipper Ross mentions could have been the cause. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143963 From the two contradicting reports below, a wise skipper will go slow through this Problem Stretch and use your best judgement as to the markers. Let us hear from you.

    Browns Inlet mile 236. As you approach marker numbers 60 and 61A, it looks like the colors are reversed. But they are not. You have to zig-zag around the markers. A power boat behind us thought the green marker had drifted off station and promptly ran aground. We saw a minimum of 8 feet MLW in this section.
    Richard Ross

    And we received this report from Skipper McKee that marker #61A is off-station:

    Larry, it [marker#61A] was way to the right of the magenta line and to the right of the just previous red as we headed south. I followed the buoy but it got down to 6 feet and we were almost on the shore. Looking back, I would not have honored the buoy.
    Frank McKee

    Just received word from Carmen Salemno who came through this Problem Stretch yesterday confirming that 61A is very close to the shore but with 6ft of water. He also said a 60ft motor vessel was aground in the intersection.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

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  • Rescue at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Lockwoods Folly Inlet, just east of Holden Beach, is well known to Waterway cruisers, not for the Inlet proper, but because of the perennial shoaling at the intersection of the Inlet and the Waterway. Thanks to Rashod Ollison of the Virginia Pilot for this report.

    Coast Guard rescues five off N.C. coast
    By Rashod Ollison
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © October 4, 2014

    PORTSMOUTH
    The Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people on Saturday after their boat capsized in Lockwoods Folley Inlet near Holden Beach, N.C.

    The disabled vessel was reported by a witness to the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders. A rescue crew aboard a 25-foot response boat was dispatched, arriving at 8:30 a.m., and rescued four of the five people. The fifth was rescued by a local beach patrol boat.

    One sustained a leg injury. Holden Beach EMS took the man to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, N.C., where he is in stable condition.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lockwoods Folly Inlet

  • Grounding at Problem Stretch: Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

    Skipper Halls relates his jarring experience with a shoal and the rudeness of a passing vessel. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time, as well as a mysterious underwater hazard as reported in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141557.

    8/12/2014, ran aground at this spot. Letting crew steer for just a few minutes, I was down below when the gut wrenching bloop of grounding was felt. Very difficult to see the plan (markers) until almost on top when headed southbound. We had a following current and crew didn’t reduce power till I came rushing up. Had to call TowboatUS. I MIGHT have avoided if I was steering, but maybe not, quite confusing, VERY narrow channel remains. And a special thanks to the Aussie couple in a 50ish DeFever who went by as we were trying to be towed off, for waking us so hard the keel ( 4.8 draft ) slammed the shoal 3 times VERY hard !!
    Randy Hall

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

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  • Dredging at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Holden Beach is just west of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. The dredging that Skipper Richard reports appears to be in the inlet itself and NOT the perennially shoaling intersection with the Waterway. Let’s hope the dredging will continue into the intersection.

    Was at Holden Beach 7/12/14-7/19/14 and saw the inlet dredged.
    Richard

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lockwoods Folly Inlet

  • A Weekend Report from Dudley’s Marina and Casper’s Marina, Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229

    Dudley’s Marina lies northeast of the Waterway near AICW marker #46A, and just a walk across two bridges and a causeway from downtown Swansboro, NC. Good reviews of Dudley’s Marina are frequent here at SSECN. This is Skipper Spence’s third visit in two years to Dudley’s and she presents an accurate depiction of the issue of No-Wake-Zone violators, so common now at more and more marinas and anchorages. Undue speed in recreational waters, as on our highways, is becoming a deadly problem. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143534

    We stopped in Swansboro last weekend [7/10-11] to visit with a friend who lives there. We’ve stayed at Dudley’s twice before and will do so again in the future, but NEVER, EVER on a weekend! The boat traffic was on the river was very heavy, which I would expect on a weekend in July, but virtually no one pays any attention to the No Wake zone. Boats of varying sizes flew by us not 20 feet from our hull. The heavy wakes were almost constant, starting very early in the morning and going on well into the evening. I don’t understand why there is no enforcement in areas like this.

    Casper’s Marine Service lies at the western foot of the Swansboro channel -northeast of flashing daybeacon #46C in Swansboro, NC.

    We stayed at nearby Caspers Marina and had the same thing. Center consoles flying about and even the park service boat was speeding with wakes. Not good!
    That said, Swansboro is worth a visit and they are finishing the new town docks this summer? Any updates as of mid July? Are they open?
    Ben Matthews

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dudley’s Marina

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Casper’s Marine Service

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  • High Praise for New River Marina, Sneads Ferry, NC, AICW Statute Mile 247

    New River Marina overlooks the Waterway’s western banks from Swan Point, just north of marker #4.  Sneads Ferry has always had a reputation as having good fuel prices and, as Skipper Floyd highlights, they also have great local seafood.

    We brought a new boat from Charleston to New Bern just ahead of Hurricane Arthur and happened upon a marina worth touting. New River Marina boasts one of the best staff ever! They even offered to come out during the night if we needed anything (they live right behind the office.) BUT the best part of our overnight stay was the RiverView Cafe. As directed, we called the telephone number provided by marina staff and Julianna came by car to ferry us to the father’s restaurant nearby. The best seafood of our trip! the place where the locals eat – as always, the best reference! We would recommend both the marina and the restaurant to any cruiser going north or south on the ICW!
    Joni Floyd

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New River Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New River Marina

  • Shoaling Reported South of Morehead City, AICW Statute Mile 210

    This reported shoaling is west of Morehead City in a long narrow channel in the open waters of Bogue Sound, where the Waterway runs east/west. Marker #7 sits on the south side of the channel opposite the mouth to Peletier Creek. If you have also experienced shallow water at this spot, let us hear from you.

    Shoaling in the channel Bogue Sound, NC near mile 210 south of Beaufort, NC. Ran aground near G”7″ today. Seems the spoil area has spilled into the channel. We were slightly right of center in the channel, mid tide rising (2.5′ above MLW) when our 6′ draft sailboat was brought to an abrupt haul. It was sand or silt and were able to get free without a problem, but the new shoal extended to near the center of the channel. A large catamaran with 4′ draft was two miles behind us, that we were unable to contact on VHF, also ran aground on the same shoal.
    Recommend cruisers be alerted to favor the red side for 12′ plus depths north of mile marker 210 until past G”7″.
    Pete Peterson

    We ditto the comment. We got to the green side at this same marker and were in 4.5 feet of water at near low tide.
    John Winter

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Shoaling

  • Report from AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

    Skipper Matthews sends a fresh report on a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet has been the site of shoaling for some time, as well as a mysterious underwater hazard.

    Prop-Eater.
    Came through here on May 25, 2014 at 745am. This one spot is mentioned here as a problem. Most advice says “stay to the red side” which I have during 4 passages without incident. However this last Sunday, going southbound, I passed a trawler going northbound a few miles south of this spot. Later on channel 16, I heard his call to USCG and his tow service with the words “engine runs but prop not turning”. As USCG was contacting him and asking him to verify his position, he did. N34,36.41, W077,13.84. The same spot.
    There are multiple references which mention bent shafts and struts, and damaged props. Most shoaling reports merely mention that someone got stuck or kicked up some mud. This is one of the few that consistently mentions damaged hardware.
    On a prior visit, I photoed a tug stuck here:
    tug3
    Notice the prop wash to the side. I hailed him but no answer. Saw him later heading south, obviously freed.
    tug4
    Ben Matthews

    Came through that spot (Browns Inlet) at low tide with no problem. Draft 5 feet. May 30, 2014.
    Raymond W. Smith – The “Firer Dog”

    We went through the Brown Inlet area (marker 63) May 23 at near low tide with 10 ft at low tide. Just follow the marks. The problem is the temporary red and green are way off the normal channel and look like the are for a side channel. They are also in a straight line but they are for the intracoastal waterway marks.
    Henry Booke

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Report from New River Marina, AICW Statute Mile 247

    New River Marina overlooks the Waterway’s western banks just north of marker #4 at Sneads Ferry, which has long had a reputation as a source for good fuel prices.

    Stopped here Memorial Day weekend. Very popular, about 3 boats lined up behind us for fuel 5 minutes after we tied up. Very rustic. Fixed fuel dock. Fast diesel pumps. cheap fuel but they will charge 7% tax with an old calculator. Be alert for this calculation and CHECK it. Young girl behind the counter doing the calculation charged me 40% tax with the old calculator (twice). I showed her the calculator on my phone for the true 7% (which, to be honest, not sure if that rate was right or not for diesel?) So it’s not really $3.58 (of this writing), they add on tax. Be advised pulling straight out from the dock can put you in 4 foot of water for a brief moment. Better to turn hard after untying and leave with the dock at your stern.
    Ben Matthews

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New River Marina

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  • Reminder: Camp Lejeune Firing Exercises May Delay AICW Navigation, Statute Miles 235-240

    Onslow Beach – Click for Chartview

    Notification of these firing exercises appear regularly in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners. Note Line 5 in bold. If this is your first time through the Camp Lejeune area, you may be unaware of the possible delays. Normally, if firing is underway, you will be stopped by very courteous, but armed, Marines aboard small vessels, Range Control Boats. SSECN attempts to post all announced dates of closure. We hope you aren’t delayed, but, if so, log it as another of the many wonderful experiences of traveling the ICW!

    NC – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES
    1. The Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIE-MCB CamLej), North Carolina, has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean between a point approximately 4.5 miles east of Bogue Inlet to a point approximately 10 miles southwest of New River Inlet, North Carolina, within the existing danger zone (depicted as 334.440) as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be hazardous to navigation because of field firing exercises during the periods and times stated below. Firing will be up to 15 nautical miles seaward. Vessels are urged to avoid the above area during the periods stated except for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, where mariners traveling through this area can expect a delay of about one to four hours during the below times. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449.
    2. The restricted areas in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Atlantic Coast Sector Live Fire Operations
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missiles and ranges)
    Atlantic Coast Sector Non-Live fire operations
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    3. The restricted areas in the New River, as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11542, that WILL be closed to navigation because of Stone Bay Rifle Range firing exercises during the following periods:
    Stone Creek Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    West of the 77 (deg) 26(min) longitude line.
    The restricted areas that MAY be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Traps Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Courthouse Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    East of the 77 (deg) 26 (min) longitude line.
    Grey Point Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Farnell Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Morgans Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Jacksonville Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    4. The Target Bombing Area N1/BT-3 Impact Area in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, may be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    N1/BT-3 Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missile and ranges)
    N1/BT-3 Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    5. Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Inland Waters in the Browns Island Inlet area between Bear Creek and Onslow Beach, may be closed for firing exercises during the following periods:
    Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Ranges)
    Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (Boat-Maneuvering)
    6. Ship operations consisting of landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and helicopters may be conducted in the Onslow Beach operating area and all sectors of New River from 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449. LNM: 16/14

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  • Dredging Begun at Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 321

    Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

    Dredging at this Problem Stretch is certainly welcome news at this perennial shoaling area. For more news on the dredging projects in this area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135309

    NC – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK (AIWW)– LOCKWOODS FOLLY – DREDGING
    The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations at the Lockwoods Folly Crossing on the AIWW from 11 February until 23 March, 2015. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse southwesterly along the west shoreline of the Inlet to the Holden Beach Fill Replacement Area. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine
    construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge. Chart: 11534. LNM: 06/14

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

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  • Captains Susan and Chuck Visit Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229

    Swansboro, NC - Click for Chartview

    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 photographs, contained in the article below. THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN! Please read on!

    Swansboro, NC
    Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway is Swansboro, NC. Rich in history, Swanboro was established in the 1730s but not incorporated until about 50 years later. It initially thrived via its shipbuilding industry which lasted until after the Civil War. After the decline in shipbuilding, the town then changed its focus to the fishing industry which, along with tourism, now supports the local economy.

    Swansboro Waterfront

    Swansboro doesn’t get nearly as many visitors as its nearby cousin of Beaufort, NC, but it is a little town with a big personality, and a great little place to stop by and visit. You can cover the downtown area by foot in just a few minutes. Although small in size, Swansboro has a lot to offer. If a marina is what you are looking for, both Dudleys and Caspers are available. Dudleys is across the bridge and a bit of a walk from downtown, but the price is right (75 cents a foot, includes power). It is not fancy, but the staff is friendly and the marina even provides a courtesy car. Just beyond the shops and restaurants downtown, close to the ICW, is Caspers. They, too, are reasonably priced. Or, you can anchor just south of the bridge near R “4” in 14 feet of water and dinghy in to the town dock at the park toward the north end of town and the bridge.

    Swansboro Anchorage

    A number of restaurants are available if the crew wants to dine ashore. Captain Charley’s Seafood Paradise is the boater’s choices for fried seafood. Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, just next to the bridge in Swansboro, comes highly recommended by locals. Saltwater Grill, also with a very good reputation, is a bit pricier, but also a good choice. Saltwater Grill offers dock and dine slips for customer with power at some docks. Church Street Irish Pub gets rave reviews. Yana Mama’s has been around forever and has unique décor and 50s memorabilia. A unique find on the waterfront is Bake Bottle & Brew, a second story waterfront shop that sells coffee, beer, wine and ice cream. Enjoy watching the ICW traffic while sipping your favorite brew or nibbling that sweet treat. For such a small town, you sure won’t go hungry. And, there are even more restaurants available than listed here.

    Bake Bottle and Brew

    If shopping is on your list, Lighthouse Boutique and Tidewater Gallery sit on the waterfront and tempt visitors with their wares. The Olde Brick Store, an historical landmark dating back to the early 1800s, houses a number of shops. Poor Man’s Hole, back on the waterfront, carries handmade furniture. The Cigar Shop, behind the Harry Pugliese Pavilion, is a popular spot for the gents to hang out and swap a few yarns. The Mercantile carries nautical gifts. And don’t forget Russell’s Olde Type Shoppe for those handmade gifts. Many more shops with a variety of wares line Water and Front Streets as well as the neighboring side streets.
    After all of that eating and shopping, take a stroll down to the end of Water Street to Ward Shore Park, for a front row view of the ICW. The sunsets from here are spectacular. We like this sleepy little town and would encourage boaters traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway to stop, spend some time, and have a closer look.

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  • Possible Shoaling Beginning at Statute Mile 225, AICW, Bogue Sound

    Statute Mile 225 in Bogue Sound - Cclick for Chartview

    Most of the recent shoaling in this area has occurred at Markers #45 and #45A  at the intersection of the Waterway and the Bogue Inlet , an area which SSECN has designated as a Problem Stretch. Captain Baier relates a possible depth issue just north of the intersection at Markers #40 and #40A. If others of you find any indication of depths beginning to shoal at mile 225, please let us know!

    We found the depths in Bogue Sound, heading south from Beaufort to be in the 13 to 15 foot range until we reached markers R”40″ to R”40A” off Guthrie Point. The depths dropped from 14 feet to 8.9 feet between the two markers, both in the center of the channel and on the red side. This was near high tide for the day and would put the depths at 6.5 feet at mean low water. Not a problem for many boats, but deeper drafts should use caution.
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