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Archive For: NC12 – Cape Fear River

  • Offshore Route to Avoid Lockwood Folly/AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 312


    James Lea’s comments are in response to a recent Local Notice re shoaling at Lockwood Folly. Cape Fear River intersects the Waterway at Mile 309. Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342.

    This section of the ICW can be easily avoided in good weather by using Little River and Cape Fear River. Little River is well marked and frequently used by boats of all sizes. The currents in the Cape Fear River can be a challenge, particularly if the wind opposes current, but it is an all-weather entrance.
    In six trips up and down the ICW we have never transited this section of the ICW [Lockwood Folly], always enjoying a nice sail while listening to all the VHF chatter about passing and depths. Highly recommended.
    James Lea

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  • Wanting to Crew on a Sailing Vessel North to Elizabeth City, NC


    If you need crew to handle a sailing vessel and can use Erica on the short trip from the Cape Fear River to Elizabeth City on the Dismal Swamp Route, let us hear from you! Elizabeth City is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    I am near Wilmington looking to crew on a sailing vessel heading north towards Elizabeth City. I will be working on a sailboat here until then. Please email me if interested! Manneaej@gmail.com
    Erica

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  • Life on El Galeon, from Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and newly opened for business, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.

    LIFE ON EL GALEON: AN ALMOST SPANISH SAILOR’S LOG

    On May 10, 2016, El Galeon Andalusia maneuvered her majestic mast beneath the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and returned to Port City Marina, what last summer’s crew called the tall ship’s “most successful port visit.”

    Life at Sea

    Life at Sea

    Indeed, record numbers of wannabe pirates, history buffs, and tall ship enthusiasts flocked to Pier 33 to tour the 170-foot replica of the 16th century Spanish galleon.

    “We had more than 2000 visitors each of the 10 days we were there,” shared Chef David Garcia Gallardo, one of the Spanish crew. “And Port City Marina was very comfortable, with nice bathrooms!” he said, with a laugh. “This is important to sailors arriving in port!”

    CLICK HERE for the full story

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  • News from Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC, May 5, 2016

    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and newly opened for business, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.

    Hi Larry,
    Our latest blog has been posted:
    http://portcitymarina.com/news/on-board-the-2016-wilmington-boat-show/

     

    Thank you again!
    Jamie

     

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  • Southport Marina, Zimmerman Marine and Carolina Yacht Care Team-up to Offer Free Daily Weather and Navigation Briefs, Southport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 309


    Southport MarinaCarolina Yacht CareOnce again, two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Southport Marina, and Carolina Yacht Care, along with Zimmerman Marine, are offering these invaluable daily weather and navigation on-site briefings for Waterway cruisers.

    Weather and Navigation Briefs on the Dock
    Announcement
    You may have read about it in SAIL Magazine or heard about it from a fellow cruiser!
    Now experience it in person at Southport Marina.
    Teaming with Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) and Zimmerman Marine, we invite you to join us during the Spring 2016 transient season for daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs on the Dock” – a free, one of a kind service geared towards transiting boaters. These informal discussions are an opportunity for you to join fellow cruisers at the end of the day for a presentation and interactive discussion on weather and navigation issues for the next leg of your journey.
    Retired US Navy meteorologist, cruising sailor and owner of Carolina Yacht Care, Hank Pomeranz, will host the daily discussions. He will concentrate on the coastal and ICW stretch from Southport to Norfolk, Va. Hank will review the current National Weather Service advisories, watches and warnings, analyses and forecast charts and discuss the resultant forecasts for winds and seas, precipitation, temperatures, fog and severe weather potential.
    On the ICW navigation side, Hank will draw from the US Army Corps of Engineers surveys, Weekly updated Light Lists, USCG Notices to Mariners, direct cruiser communication as they work their way north, recent fellow cruiser postings in cooperation with SSECN and other cruiser resources and local knowledge.
    And, you won’t have to memorize everything presented. You’ll get handouts covering ICW issues that you can take back to your boat and refer to as you head north.
    Briefings are held daily at 6PM through the end of May at the marina docks.
    Daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock”: yet another great reason to stop and stay at Southport Marina.

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  • NC Boating Course Offered in Wilmington, Cape Fear River

    This news of a boating course in Wilimngton, NC, as announced in StarNewsOnline, is good news for first time boaters.

    WILMINGTON

    Ned W. Rhodes, lead instructor with Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron (right) poses with Capt. Doug Springer of Wilmington Water Tours. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Ned W. Rhodes, lead instructor with Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron (right) poses with Capt. Doug Springer of Wilmington Water Tours. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


    New boating course a team effort

    Contributed article
    Published: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:16 a.m.
    NC_Wilmington –

    Thanks to a recent fusion of resources from the Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington Water Tours LLC, and the Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron, local boaters have access to a modern, comprehensive, shore- and water- based learning experience.

    The program would not exist without all three players. CFCC has the superbly equipped, large, centrally located lecture spaces needed to accommodate three-times-a-year classes of 30 to 50 students participating in what is known as America’s Boating Course. Wilmington Water Tours operates the course’s “floating classroom,” a catamaran named the Wilmington that can comfortably host up to 45 students at a time. The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron provides the certified experienced instructors, the practical expertise and the instructional materials needed to complete the effort.

    The course begins in downtown Wilmington with a day of classes, capped by a state-sponsored certification test in CFCC’s Union Station building. The classes touch on all aspects of boating safety – including required equipment, basic boat handling, weather hazards, signals, lights and rules of the road – and practical tips drawn from the experiences of veteran instructors.

    The next session of America’s Boating Course will begin on May 14th. For more information, see www.capefearboatingcourse.org.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

     

  • Latest News from Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and newly opened for business, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.

    “Slip into Somewhere More Comfortable”
    The Port City Marina is a protected, deep water, full-service marina in Wilmington, North Carolina with over 200 state-of-the-art floating concrete wet slips and a full complement of first-class amenities situated in the heart of downtown. You can walk to restaurants, check out the thriving downtown art scene, or explore the boutique shops. Convenience at its finest.

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  • Good Words from Bennett Brothers Yachts, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on the eastern banks of the northeast Cape Fear River, just north of the Isabel Holmes – Highway 133 bascule bridge, and only a few steps from the downtown Wilmington waterfront. Our thanks to Peter Kurki of Bennett Brothers Yachts for these kind words.

    Thank you Cruisers Net for providing quality information at a most convenient time. Fun relevant and current information make for a safe journey. Keep up the great work, Captains often say they saw and read it first on your forum.

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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  • FOCUS ON – Bennett Brothers Yachts, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on the eastern banks of the northeast Cape Fear River, just north of the Isabel Holmes – Highway 133 bascule bridge, and only a few steps from the downtown Wilmington waterfront.

     

     

    Acting as your host to beautiful and historic Wilmington, NC, Bennett Brothers Yachts at the Cape Fear Marina features 3,000 feet of floating docks in a sheltered harbor. Bennett Brothers Yachts (BBY) has been a widelyimage024
    recognized repair yard since 1986 and every conceivable repair – mechanical, below waterline, electronic, and carpentry – is readily available. Most of all, BBY has the safe and sure reputation of getting it right the first time.

    Voted by USA image015Today for 2015 “America’s Best Riverfront City”, Wilmington, North Carolina is a “must see” as you travel through the Carolinas and a visit Bennett Brothers Yachts at the Cape Fear Marina could be your best stop on your passage or journey. With so many sites to see and so much fun to take part in, Wilmington is located in the northernmost subtropic region with pleasant weather year round. No frozen harbors in Wilmington!

    Beautiful antebellum architecture with great “gingerbread” can be

    Photo by Wedding Mapper

    Photo by Wedding Mapper

    seen as you stroll this pedestrian friendly city. Guided tours and horse drawn carriages are commonly enjoyed, but self guided visiting is encouraged and well worth it. The locals are approachable and happy to share a story or two and will direct you to whatever you seek. Restaurants are abundant in all genres of fair, and provisioning is easy with Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s , Harris Teeter Supermarkets and a local seasonal Farmers Market nearby.

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    Photo by Brad Van Amberg

    The Downtown historic district has some new things brewing and brewing makes another great reason to sample the flavors of the area. Microbreweries and brew pubs have become increasingly popular for locals and visitors alike. Sample craft beers while enjoying the backdrop of a fun peninsula city borded by the Atlantic ocean and the Cape Fear River. The Cotton Exchange, The City Market and Chandlers Wharf are filled with unique one of a kind retailers where you can pick up the perfect gift or present .

    image016If your vessel needs any attention during your visit, BBY – awarded ABBRA “Excellence in Customer Care 2015” – can handle most any repair or service you require. Full mechanical, paint and glass departments supported with carpentry and electronics service are found here at BBY. Work can be completed via our mobile service in-water or, if needed, hauled-out by our certified 70 ton Marine Travel Lift image022with extra wide capacity to haul catamarans. It is one of the largest lifts in the region. Ask for a free, full guided tour of the BBY facility when you arrive, to see if there is something you would like to fix or upgrade to make your cruising more enjoyable.

    image018If you happen to schedule work on your vessel, or just stop for a visit, there will certainly be no shortage of things to see and do. For starters, The USS North Carolina is moored in her permanent home and has tours below her decks that will inform even the experts and entertain the whole family. Golf, fishing, SUP, kayaking, birding, triathlon training and competition, sailing, surfing and theater are just a small taste of what the “Port City ” has to offer. Wrightsville Beach is just minutes away and was acknowledged by National Geographic as a top ten surfing town!

    Located just 26 nautical miles north of Southport, North Carolina, BBY is easier to get to than you think. BBY and Cape Fear Marina are on the Northeast Cape Fear River, approximately 12 nautical miles from the Snow’s image019Cut passage on the AICW. As you travel north along the Cape Fear River, you will first pass the NC State Port Facility, then USS North Carolina and the scenic downtown Wilmington riverfront. You will then pass under two bridges, first the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 65 feet and 138 feet maximum when raised, should be hailed on Channel 18. Next is the Isabel Holmes Bridge with a closed vertical clearance of 42 feet and should be hailed on Channel 13. The image013Isabel Holmes Bridge opens at 10 AM and 2 PM between the hours of 6 AM and 6 PM and on demand at all other times.

    Fly in and out of Wilmington through the International Airport ILM, located just 5 minutes from BBY. We will even pick you up at the airport! We hope you have a wonderful visit when you’re here and return with your friends to experience the many facets this ‘off the beaten path’ town has to offer.

     

    Patricia Donovan Bennett, President

    Editor’s note: Patricia Bennett was honored recently by Marina Life Magazine, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145444

    Bennett Brothers Yachts, Inc.
    Cape Fear Marina
    1701 J.E.L. Wade Drive
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    www.bbyachts.com
    910.772.9277

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  • Herl Report: Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    Southport
    Only spent one night, they had a fishing thing going on for this weekend and they were going to be full up.
    Would have liked to walked to Fishy Fishy (less than a mile) but at this time my foot is giving me fits.

    We hear that after we left they had a bad storm in the area and with the tides being high to begin with because of the circulation in the Atlantic, the water level came up enough to cause Fishy Fishy to move a lot of their stuff out. Not much else to report.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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  • FOCUS ON – Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and newly opened for business, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.

     

     

    Port City Marina

    Truly in the “middle of it all”, the brand-new Port City Marina is your gateway to Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. We believe Wilmington is not just a stop on the way to your destination, Wilmington is THE destination. Don’t take our word for it, Wilmington was recently named the “Best American Riverfront in the Country” USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice.

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    Our Marina

    Port City is a protected, deep-water Marina on the Northeast Cape Fear River, equipped with state-of-the-art floating concrete wet slips. We have over 6,000 feet of linear dock space covering 10 acres of water. Our amenities include a full-service fuel dock offering Gasoline & High-Speed Diesel, private & secure bathrooms / showers, metered electric (30, 50, & 100 amp / single & three phase), free wireless internet, pet walking areas, daily trash pick-up, complimentary pump-out services for guests, and a marina store. Have a large boat…no worries…Port City Marina can accommodate boats 250 feet +. We offer daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal & annual rates. We are in the process of installing a large amphitheater on our fixed pier where we will host a range of events from cookouts to live performances. Also coming soon are two new riverfront restaurants, opening in the spring of 2016.

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    Our Location

    We can’t tell you about Port City Marina without bragging about our location. Our Marina is located in the heart of Downtown. Step off of your boat and onto the City’s Riverwalk which puts you within walking distance to all that Downtown Wilmington has to offer. You can eat at a variety of amazing restaurants, explore Wilmington’s scenic array of art and culture, peruse the locally owned shops and boutiques, enjoy some live music, or grab a drink at one of our rooftop bars– there is always plenty to do in Downtown Wilmington. Our marina is conveniently located just 3 miles from the ILM airport.

     

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    Attractions

    No matter what you are into – Wilmington has something for you! Wilmington has a variety of area attractions including:
    Beaches – Relax at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach or Kure Beachbeach
    History – Tour the USS North Carolina Battleship (visible from the marina), the Bellamy Mansion, and the Fort Fisher State Historic Sitecarriage-tours
    Family Friendly – Spend the day at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, visit the Cape Fear Serpentarium, or take a splash at the Jungle Rapids Waterpark.
    Parks – Enjoy one of the many parks in our area including Greenfield Lake, Carolina Beach State Park, Airlie Gardens, and the City’s new North Waterfront Park.
    Arts & Culture – Browse one of the many downtown art galleries, the Cameron Art Museum, or take a tour of Screen Gem Studios where over 400 projects in the area including “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and “Sleepy Hollow” have been filmed.  And tons more.

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    Plan your next stay at Port City Marina
    We realize your boat is a major investment and protecting your investment is just as important as maintaining it – that’s why you will find our friendly staff, well-secured marina, and ideal location makes Port City a great home away from home.
    Directions: Enter the Cape Fear River at Southport, North Carolina. We are located on the Northeast Cape Fear River, approximately 20 miles north of Southport. If you are coming from the North on the ICW, enter the River via Snow’s Cut. We are located approvimately 12 miles north of where Snow’s Cut meets the river. Follow the Cape Fear River north. Along the way you will pass the NC State Port Facility, the USS North Carolina and the scenic downtown Wilmington riverfront. You will pass under one bridge, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Hail the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on Channel 18. The bridge has a clearance of 65 feet when down and 138 feet when raised.

    Planning your next trip? Think about Port City Marina. Call us at 910.251.6151 and we’ll save a spot for you!

    Port City Marina | 10 Harnett Street | Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
    Latitude/Longitude (34°14’39″N, 77°57’05″W)
    www.portcitymarina.com

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  • Praise for Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and newly opened for business, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. Skippers Mike and Carol provide our inaugural review of this excellent new marina and we are sure there will be many more to follow!

    Larry,
    Port City Marina
    We recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of nights at Port City Marina on the Wilmington Waterfront and would recommend this marina to anyone who is traveling to Wilmington by water and wanting to stay in a brand-new and well-managed marina.
    We saw their ad in the banner section of Salty Southeast Cruisers Net and decided to give them a call. We also planned our trip around a tour of El Galeon, a 170 foot, 495 ton authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet in the 16th century. El Galeon was also docked at Port City Marina, so our slip was perfect.
    Port City Marina is conveniently located within easy walking distance of downtown Wilmington restaurants and shops. The River Walk which provides a waterfront walkway to the heart of downtown is easily accessed right outside the marina gates. Another plus we found was that the Wilmington free trolley (WAVE) stops right in front of the marina gates. This surprise transportation really came in handy with the rain showers and thunderstorms we experienced for one of our days.
    The Marina has state of the art concrete floating docks, 30-50 and 100 amp service, can handle boats up to 250 feet in length and most important, a knowledgeable and helpful staff. Dock Master Josh Alther and his staff made us feel welcome and went out of their way to make our trip there enjoyable. One other note; we noticed that we had little, if any of the effects of the Cape Fear River tidal currents which sometimes brings debris from the river.
    We would recommend Port City Marina to anyone traveling to the Wilmington waterfront.
    Mike and Carolyn
    Hattitude

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  • High Praise for South Harbour Village Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 311


    South Harbour Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northern shoreline, a short hop west of unlighted daybeacon #8, and not far from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    Came here late in the day low on fuel & hoping someone was still at the marina as most fuel docks close at 5:00 pm. To my delight these guys are open till 7:00! After fueling the dock master hinted that if I hadn’t had a good meal in a while to try the Italian restaurant on site. Their dockage rates are extremely fair at only $1.20 a foot & gave me a BoatUS discount on fuel & dockage. The restaurant was definitely what it was cracked up to be. Being solo I sat at the bar & enjoyed the banter from the locals that came through waiting for their tables. Ben the bartender made sure my glass was always full. I had the duck. Excellent! The Marina showers are hot & clean & I cant say enough about this place. 5 stars!
    CJ Drake

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  • Report from Deep Point Marina, Southport, NC, Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 307


    The marked entry channel to Deep Point Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – lies northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20.

    Deep Point Marina, NC
    Deep Point Marina, near Southport, NC. Great marina, we were the late arrival so we were on or near the fuel dock. This was in front of the ferry station, as the ferry docked at the landing the wakes were more than you would expect at a dock, so the rocking from the ferry as it came and left was an issue until after 1:00 am and started early dark thirty the next morning.
    The marina is very nice the crew are great and Curtis treated us very well. A beautiful pool is near the dock masters office, just a short walk. We took full advantage, it is still very warm.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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  • Profile: More on Frying Pan Tower, south of Bald Head Island


    The decommissioned Frying Pan Light Station is being privately restored as Frying Pan Tower, open to overnight guests. Frying Pan Shoals off the tip of Cape Fear is well known to off-shore cruisers. For more information and lots of photos, visit the Frying Pan Tower website at http://www.fptower.com/history.html.

    The Frying Pan Tower – formerly the U.S. Coast Guard Frying Pan Light Station, is a lighthouse situated at the end of the Frying Pan Shoals, 32 miles south of Bald Head Island N.C.
    This is the southernmost end of the feared “Graveyard of the Atlantic” which stretches up to the northern end of the Outer Banks of N.C. The shallow waters of the shoals (only 35-50 feet under the Tower) made ship navigation treacherous so in 1854 a lightship was stationed there. For 110 years, except for a few years during The War Between the States and WWII, crews manned the lightship 24/7 in all weather.
    The mission of the project is to protect and preserve the Frying Pan Tower, originally the USCG Frying Pan Light Station.
    The restoration of the Frying Pan Tower is being conducted by volunteers; financed through contributions and the donation of needed supplies. This unique part of American history is being preserved so that generations to come will have an opportunity to enjoy what very few people have experienced: the ever changing, never changing life 85′ above the Atlantic Ocean.
    The constant struggle to preserve an old, steel structure sited in the middle of an ocean, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean’s “hurricane alley”, is a labor of love and adventure by individuals who wish to see history preserved and shared. Conditions and materials as well as the forces of Mother Nature make it unlikely that this struggle will ever end. It will be an ongoing project for many years, likely decades, as rust and wind and salt and sun takes its toll on the Tower.
    The Tower has stood vigilant since 1964, though the light has not been continuously lit since 1992. Now it is lit when crew members and guests return to enjoy and work, to change Old Glory, and to experience a unique and thrilling stay with the birds, the fish, the turtles, the rays and spectacular sky displays.
    There are few places in the world such as the Tower and with your help it will be around for years to come!

    And this from WGNO TV:

    34-miles offshore, ocean hotel offers solitude
    POSTED 11:14 AM, JUNE 23, 2015, BY SMARLBROUGH, UPDATED AT 12:05PM, JUNE 23, 2015

    http://wgno.com/2015/06/23/34-miles-offshore-ocean-hotel-offers-solitude/

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  • Good Words for Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    From AGLCA’s Forum:
    Thanks, Foster, we did make several weather briefings at Southpoint while we waited for Ana to pass. We learned a great deal. Took notes and have used all his info to date. Excellent service Southport provides.
    Donadee Jones
    “Always Home”
    DeFever 47 POC

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  • More on Port City Marina’s Opening, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCProgress continues to be made toward the opening of this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, which will open for business in a few weeks along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148108 for photos of the facilities.

     

    BIG Announcement. We mean BIG.
    Dear Boating Enthusiast:
    We are thrilled to announce the marina opening is not far off!!!! We are finishing up the last minute touches, and are NOW accepting reservations. Our soft opening is June 5th, and we are gearing up for a grand opening later this summer. (Hint: Stay tuned for announcement and invite to our celebration).
    We hate to brag, but our location can’t be beat! Did you know you will be able to step off your boat and walk right downtown or along the Cape Fear River on the Riverwalk? Our Downtown is quaint and offers boutique style shopping, lots of good eats, culture, and entertainment. Wrightsville Beach (just one of three nearby beaches) is just 15 minutes away if you want to enjoy a beach sunset or feel the sand on your toes. Need to travel — the Wilmington International Airport is just 5 minutes away from PCM. Whatever you want to do – Port City Marina is in the middle of it all.
    Wilmington is thriving, and we have some really exciting (AND BIG) plans in the works for the marina. Sneak peeks can be found on our website www.portcitymarina.com. On our home page – scroll down to see a cool video of what’s happening at PCM!
    Call to schedule a time to come and check us out at 910.251.6151 – or feel free to reach out directly to our staff.


    Marina Manager
    Pete Werling
    Cell: 910.612.8810
    Email: petew@portcitymarina.com


    Dockmaster
    Josh Alther
    Cell: 443.871.1250
    Email: josha@portcitymarina.com

  • Port City Marina Opening Soon, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCDespite a number of delays, lots of progress has been made at this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, which will open for business in a few weeks along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122272 for earlier reports.

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    Click Here for more pictures of the new facilities.

     

  • Southport Marina Named Marina of the Year, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    No one deserves this honor more than Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. Congratulations Southport!

    ValvTect Names Marina of the Year
    North Carolina’s Southport Marina Honored

    Northbrook, Illinois – In 2006, Preston Development Company of Cary, North Carolina purchased an aging marina in Southport, North Carolina, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).

    What started as a simple remodeling project grew into a multi-million dollar, multi-year rebuild of the entire location. The result is one of the finest full-service marinas along the ICW. With 225 wet slips and 240 dry slips, Southport Marina can dock and service vessels from 20’ to 100’. By balancing Southern Hospitality-based customer service with first-class facilities and amenities, Southport Marina has become one of the most popular marinas for boaters cruising the ICW, local sport fishermen and local power and sail boaters.

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    Left to right: Paul Craufurd, ValvTect Regional Manager, Robin Rose of Preston Development, Hank Whitley CMM, of Southport Marina, Thad Moore of Preston Development and Jerry Nessenson, founder of ValvTect Petroleum

    “To recognize Southport Marina’s accomplishments for customer service excellence, environmental stewardship, community involvement and marketing of ValvTect Marine Fuels, we are pleased to present the 2014 Certified ValvTect Marina of the Year award,” said ValvTect founder Jerry Nessenson. The award was presented at the ValvTect Marina of the Year award dinner held last month at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in Tampa, Florida.

    Accepting the prestigious award were Robin Rose and Thad Moore of Preston Development Company (owner’s representatives) and Hank Whitley, CMM (Southport Marina Manager). All stressed their ongoing efforts to make Southport Marina a destination for transients and local boaters alike. “By striving to exceed our customer’s expectations we have been able to develop strong loyalty from both transient and local boaters,” said Hank Whitley. “Throughout the renovation process, our effort to build a top-notch facility was accompanied by a focus on environmental impact. Our efforts have earned us Certified Clean Marina status by North Carolina and the appreciation of our customers,” said Thad Moore. “We are proud to support the nation’s veterans and our community by hosting the Military Appreciation Day Fishing Event, sponsoring the North Carolina Maritime Museum and various other community activities,” added Robin Rose.

    In addition to the 2014 Certified ValvTect Marina of the Year, Southport Marina was recently named as one of the Top 25 Marinas in North America by Power and Motoryacht magazine. It also earned the 2013 Marina Dock Age Marina of the Year and received the Southport Chamber of Commerce “Golden Pineapple Award” for Excellent Customer Service.

    More about Southport Marina: Southport Marina is located on the ICW at mile marker 309 approximately 30 miles south of the Port City of Wilmington, NC. It is the first mainland marina upon entering the Cape Fear River Channel from the Atlantic Ocean, which is the passage all ships enter to come to Wilmington. Southport is a full service marina and boat yard that services boaters cruising the ICW as well as local fishermen, recreational power and sail boaters. There are 225 wet slips for boats from 30’ to 225’, 260 dry slips, 2 boat ramps, a 75 ton lift and ValvTect Marine Gasoline and ValvTect Marine Diesel. We also provide housing for NC Boat Rentals, MarineMax, Freedom Boat Club and North Sails and have been certified as a Clean Marina in North Carolina.

    More about ValvTect Petroleum: ValvTect Petroleum Products is the largest supplier of fuel additives to the nation’s fuel distributors that supply specially formulated fuels under its brands of ValvTect Marine Fuels, Diesel Guard Premium Diesel, ThermoGuard Heating Oil, AgriGuard Farm Fuel and BioGuard. It is also a major supplier to the nation’s largest fleets and engine manufacturers. In the marine industry, approximately 700 Certified ValvTect Marinas in 42 states supply ValvTect Marine Fuels, which are “specially formulated for marine engines”.
    Courtesy of  Boating Magazine: http://www.boatingmag.com/valvtect-names-marine-year

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