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    • Come, Stay and Play at New Bern Grand Marina, off the Neuse River, New Bern, NC


      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

      The New Bern Grand Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between Trent River highway and railroad bridges.



      Millissa True
      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club
      On-Site Consultant – Marketing & Customer Relations
      Millissa@newberngrand.com
      (252) 633-6070

       

       

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    • An Update from New Bern Grand Marina, New Bern, NC, off the Neuse River


      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

      The New Bern Grand Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between Trent River highway and railroad bridges. New Bern took a direct hit from Florence and the community has experienced extensive flooding.

       

      All,
      Millissa here,
      I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their rock-solid and uplifting feedback regarding how the entire team (staff and or marina community) pooled together to secure the marina for Florence. I’m nothing less than amazed by the support of the local and extended boating community and their genuine concern. Jeremy and team have been tasked with an extensive list of tasks that would frazzle the minds of most, but are relentlessly pushing the marina forward to the next phase of updates an repairs and will assume an aggressive round of replacements and updates in the upcoming months. They are exhausted so please be patient. Not a single one of us would enjoy most of the things they are doing.

      Since my client acquired the property, a progressive list of updates and repairs have been made to the marina on a planned schedule, however this next round of updates and repairs may prove to be a bit more extensive as we must seek the counsel of marine contractors. As most would agree, this next phase will ensure our beloved marina continues to be one of the best and most affordable destination marinas in eastern North Carolina, so again, please be patient as we move forward. 

      Also, all ramps to the docks have now been repaired. All docks are accessible and now also have water.

       
      Remember, through the miry mud of weary tired souls, the best efforts of many will make us grand. 
       
      Thank you again for being who you are! 
       
      (Please see an important message from Jeremy below)
       
      Millissa
       
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      Important Message – Hurricane Florence Aftermath Preparation & Instructions
       
         As you come back to the marina please take into account all the work vehicles and trucks in the area.  Note-be aware of tripping hazards on the docks as repairs are being made.
       
      Entrance: to the marina and docks: the entry point to the marina will be at the Craven Street walkway. The hotel will be blocked off and there will be a walkway to the marina. This will be the main and only entrance. 
       
      ID’s: everyone needs to have IDs to walk around town. The NB police and National Guard will be checking IDs and your reason to be downtown. It’s also recommended to have a document from your boat. I am providing the Police and Hotel staff a list of those in the marina to verify their entry. I will have it to them by tomorrow.
       
      Ramps: I am working on the ramps for F and D dock. I hope to have them up in the next couple days. 
       
      Power: expect power to be off for the next month. I have spoke to the city and we are on the list. All transformers for each dock have been damaged.
       
      Water: I was working on finding the water main today and will continue tomorrow. The main has been covered up by sand, dirt and debris. Unfortunately it’s been a bear to find. I hope to find it soon to assess any damage and effect repair quickly.
       
      Mail/ Packages: all mail and packages will come to the sales office for now. I have advised the postal service and will advised UPS and FEDEX. 
       
      We will be here everyday to try and assist with limited hours at the Administrative Office, but will be on the docks and about the marina so please call the cell number posted on the door for assistance. Contractors and adjusters will be around. Please give them room to evaluate, repair, and do their jobs.
       
      Thank you all for your effort, patience, and resiliency. We will do our best to answer any calls, texts, and emails as they come. A current time, we do not have phone or internet service at either office, so please give us time to respond by cell.
      Thank you,

      Jeremy McConnell


       

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    • Photos of Hurricane Damage at New Bern Grand Marina, off the Neuse River, New Bern, NC


      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

      The New Bern Grand Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between Trent River highway and railroad bridges. New Bern took a direct hit from Florence and experienced extensive flooding.

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    • Inland Waterway Provision Company Store, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181


      McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

      Owned by McCotter’s Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! in nearby Washington, NC, Inland Waterway Provision Company Store has expanded their offerings! Located on Hodges St. in Oriental, it has long been the place to get boat gear and clothing.

      We at the Island Waterway Provision Company are excited to be offering transient boaters fresh local produce, grocery items, Beer and Wine. We appreciate your help getting the word out!!
      Thanks,
      Mark Henley

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    • Special Offers at New Bern Grand Marina, off the Neuse River, New Bern, NC


      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

      As you are looking to save money on slip rental, these are good deals to consider and some of the offers have been extended! The New Bern Grand Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

      New Bern Grand Marina has several very attractive new offers to save boaters lots of money!


      Thank you!
      Millissa True
      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club
      Marketing and Customer Relations

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    • Update on Alfred A. Cunningham Bridge, Trent/Neuse Rivers, New Bern, NC


      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

      With a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, the Alfred Cunningham Bridge connects New Bern and James City crossing the intersection of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. New Bern is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, New Bern Grand Marina on the northern banks of the Trent River. Our thanks to Millissa True of New Bern Grand Marina for sharing this update.

      From the ICW, follow the river up to the high rise N.C. 55/U.S. 17 bridge. Immediately to port you will approach the Cunningham bascule bridge separating the Neuse and Trent Rivers. The approach depth is over 10 feet, but do consider 2.0 foot tide when approaching. Bridge clearance is 17ft [? charted as 14ft]. It opens on demand. Bridge contact is VHF channel 13; phone 252-633-4799, all year. May 25th-Sept. 8th M-Fri. closed 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Courtesy opening during these hours 7:30 a.m. sharp. Closed 4-6 p.m. with courtesy opening 5 p.m. Summer Hours Saturday and Sunday – Saturday on demand all day Sunday closed 2-7 p.m. courtesy opening 4 p.m. and 6 p.m sharp. Sept. 9th – May 24th Winter hours Mon – Fri. same as summer. Changes to w/e Saturday on demand all day, Sunday opened on demand through 6:30 a.m. Monday a.m. Federal Holidays closed from 2-7 p.m. *Schedule subject to change please call to verify.

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    • Rates Dropped at New Bern Grand Marina, off the Neuse River, New Bern, NC


      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club

      The New Bern Grand Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

      Wow!!! Our RATES HAVE DROPPED! We want to be Eastern NC’s favorite marina so now it’s even more affordable to reserve your slip! Call today at (252) 638-0318 or visit www.newberngrandmarinayachtclub.com.



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    • Good Words for Oriental Marina, Oriental, NC, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181


      Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

      Oriental is home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Oriental Marina and Nautical Wheelers! Oriental Marina is on the eastern banks of inner Oriental Harbor.

      7-2-17 . Last time here 7 1/2 years ago and just as great then as now!. Left Belhaven for Oriental. Tom and Joe helped us tie up. Tom owner. Pole docks with small finger slips. Tiki bar and Toucan grill still open and food great. Wifi strong as is Verizon. Great dog spots right off back of boat. Showers great- even provide towels. Very sheltered marina and Joe-dock hand- the best. Don’t know yet re the w/d or cable. Small grocery less than a mile away- nice for bicycle ride. Still one of our very favorites! Ice cream across is a must stop!!
      Charles Ridley

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. Raymond Smith - MV "Fire Dog" -  July 7, 2017 - 1:44 pm

        I agree 100%!!!!

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      2. Chris Burti -  July 7, 2017 - 1:16 pm

        7/18/17 – We can confirm everything Charles said. I would add that they have no pump out facility at Oriental Marina, the free Oriental Town pump out was not functional when we visited and reportedly had recurring issues. We were able to slip over to on Whitaker creek into Deaton’s travel lift slip and self pump out for a nominal $5 charge.. very boater friendly community.

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    • Christmas Flotilla, December 10, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181


      Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

      Oriental is home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Oriental Marina and Nautical Wheelers! and the Christmas Flotilla is the perfect start for the Holiday Season.

      Christmas Flotilla in Oriental
      There will be a Christmas flotilla as part of the 2016 annual Oriental Spirit of Christmas festivities.
      Boats will rendezvous at Oriental marker “1” at 1645 on Saturday, December 10th and proceed on a prescribed route. Those participating and desiring a reserved slip at the free town dock will be provided one on a first to register basis. This dock will be reserved from Friday noon until Sunday noon.
      A limited amount of electricity will be provided at this dock for lighting only. We will also have free overflow slips available throughout Oriental for participating out of area or out of town boaters. Please contact Joe Valinoti via email at joesail1@gmail.com for the entry form and flotilla instructions including slip assignments.
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    • New Bern Grand Marina Aided 230 Boats during Matthew, New Bern, NC


      New Bern Grand Marina acted on the very best values of seamanship by assisting these vessels in distress. Well Done New Bern Grand!
      The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

      The marina was proud to serve as safe harbor to nearly 230 boats during hurricane Matthew. In the midst of multiple stories of Matthew’s devastation, we thought you might enjoy sharing a positive story.
      Thank you! Millissa True

      PRESS BULLETIN
      Press Contact: Millissa True, SBS Forward, LLC
      SBS Forward LLC-On Site Consultant, New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club
      (252) 633-6070
      Millissa@newberngrandmarinayachtclub.com or MillissaTrueSBS@suddenlink.net

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

      NEW BERN GRAND MARINA YACHT CLUB WAS SAFE HARBOR TO NEARLY 230 BOATS
      New Bern, NC (October 10, 2016) – ALL IS WELL AT THE NEW BERN GRAND MARINA! For over 30 years, the New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club has been blessed and fortunate in not experiencing any major damage during severe weather and this year was no different. This past week the marina served as a safe harbor to nearly 230 boats during hurricane Matthew.

      “The marina is known as a deep water year-round marina, but when severe weather conditions exist, our occupancy rates have historically jumped. However, this year was much different. At one point, we had completely run out of large slips and had only three 40’ slips left to rent. The marina was nearly 100% occupied which meant that Matthew was a storm to be respected. The wave attenuator along with the fact that the marina offers floating docks aided in the safety and protection for the marina’s live-aboard community and nearly 230 boats; along with the preservation of the marina as a whole. When you see the damage that Matthew ravaged throughout the entire east coast, we were fortunate in that we experienced zero damage, but more importantly, that the tenants and guests felt safe.” states Millissa True, on-site consultant.

      The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club has been referred to as the “Jewel of historic New Bern” and has been pictured and featured in many local and state and regional publications. Walking distance and just minutes from New Bern’s historic district, a host of quaint shops and boutiques, The NC History Center and Tryon Palace, The Birthplace of Pepsi & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Store, fine and casual dining, along with several parks, walking trails, trolley rides and ghost tours; the marina claims title to simply one of the best destination marinas in eastern North Carolina. A limited number of slips are available for purchase along with a unique slip rental program which make living the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of a real possibility. Services include WiFi service, HD cable with over 150 HD channels, valet baggage service, dine-in service, secure marina cam, pool and fitness center, yacht club facilities, hotel, dining and merchant loyalty discounts. For more information, call The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club at (252) 633-6070 or go to NewBernGrandMarinaYachtClub.com.

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    • High Praise for Bridge Pointe Marina, off the AICW, on the Trent/Neuse River, New Bern, NC


      Bridge Pointe Marina flanks the southern banks of the Trent River off the Neuse River, opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront.

      What a great place to keep your vessel. I have enjoyed the Marina and its staff, they are always helpful and Jesse (dock-master) is always willing to help any way he can with any issue that may arise. I would like to tip my hat to Bridgepointe Marina for having such a great place to keep my Boat.
      Many thanks for you guys keeping on top of things.
      Tim L Mitchell

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    • Nautical Wheelers of Oriental, NC Opens 2nd Store in New Bern, Trent River, off Neuse River


      This unique establishment, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, contains everything “coastal” from clothing, to shoes, to home furnishings and accessories, to Adirondack chairs, to say nothing of the wine section and the voluminous selection of all types of gifts and personal items.

      Bill Wheeler and wife Camilla now have a second store located right across the street from our new sponsor, New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club in historic New Bern, North Carolina. Store Owner/Manager Debbie Richart can assist you with your selection of nautical items for you or as a gift. In our book, visiting New Bern is now a double treat.

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      Nautical Wheelers, 202A Craven Street, New Bern, NC 28560

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    • “Event Delighter Services” from New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC


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      The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

       

       

      PRESS BULLETIN
      Press Contact: Millissa True, On-site Consultant-Marketing & Customer Relations
      New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club
      (252) 633-6070
      millissa@newberngrandmarinayachtclub.com

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

      NEW BERN, NC – NEW BERN GRAND MARINA YACHT CLUB CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT WITH NEW SERVICE AND PROPERTY ENHANCEMENTS.

      New Bern, NC (June 6, 2016) – The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club continues to invest in technology improvements along with announcing the marina’s new “Event Delighter Services”.

      The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club recently celebrated its one year anniversary with a number of marina newbernpicrelated improvements to the marina’s WiFi services, phone system upgrades, along with the installation of commercial gates and locks, and the launch of their new Event Delighter Services.
      Last year, the marina supported a re-cabling project by laying new cable at the marina to provide its tenants and guests more than 150 HD television stations, along with better WiFi Service. “With the re-cabling project complete, we felt we had addressed all necessary upgrades to provide the best possible internet and cable services at the marina. However, after a recent evaluation, we discovered that additional upgrades were necessary due to two antennas that needed to be replaced, along with a few more cabling upgrades. Furthermore, we installed a new phone system that replaced a very outdated one that now connects our New Bern offices with the corporate facility in California. These technology upgrades were fairly extensive,” states Paul Konapelsky, Managing Partner, Marina Ventures 223, LLC.
      The New Bern Grand also has contracted with American Machine & Fabrication to update and replace the remaining five gates to the marina’s docks which provide commercial grade gates and locks.
      “However, the most exciting announcement is the launch of the marina’s new Event Delighter Services. In the interest of attracting and building upon the marina’s and New Bern’s rich history as a premier destination, the marina now provides free event pre-planning services that focus on ensuring every event we bring to the marina is fully supported during the pre-planning stages. The goal being…a great event, memorable experiences, and return visitors. These services include: hotel, meeting space and restaurant selections, team building or group activity selections, dine-arounds, pub crawls, creative themed event specials, guest speaker coordination, and whatever else we can dream up to “delight” our customers in order to make their experience wonderful!” states Millissa True, on-site consultant.

      The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club has been referred to as the “Jewel of historic New Bern” and has been pictured and featured in many local and state and regional publications. Walking distance and just minutes from New Bern’s historic district, a host of quaint boutiques, The NC History Center and Tryon Palace, The Birthplace of Pepsi & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and Store, fine and casual dining, along with several parks, walking trails, trolley rides and ghost tours; the marina claims title to simply one of the best destination marinas in eastern North Carolina. A limited number of slips are available for purchase and a unique slip rental program which make living the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of a possibility. Services include WiFi service, HD cable with over 150 HD channels, valet baggage service, dine-in service, secure marina cam, pool and fitness center, yacht club facilities, hotel, dining and merchant loyalty discounts. For more information, call The New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club at (252) 633-6070 or go to NewBernGrandMarinaYachtClub.com. # # #

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    • Good Deals from New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC


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      The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

       

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    • Tryon Palace Museum near New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, New Bern, NC


      NewBernGrandMarina650x650pxBorder_v2The Tryon Palace Museum is another good reason to visit New Bern and be hosted by the ideally located New Bern Grand Marina! One of our newest SPONSORS, New Bern Grand Marina is on the northern shore of the Trent River between the two bridges near the intersection of the Trent and Neuse Rivers.

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      Hot day? Cool off with Pepsi’s new 1893 Original Cola or Ginger Cola made with Fair Trade Certified sugar and now on sale in the Tryon Palace Museum Store! unnamed (6)

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    • Welcome! New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC

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      The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

       

      Welcome New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club
      Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net welcomes aboard New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club as its newest Sponsor.
      We are honored to be able to connect cruisers and boaters with this outstanding destination up through the beautiful wooded areas surrounding the Neuse River off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Southern hospitality awaits you in this friendly riverfront town and the New Bern Grand Marina is your perfect host. Located in the heart of historic New Bern and within easy walking distance of shopping, dining and many historic sites that date back to its settlement in 1710, New Bern Grand Marina invites you to visit as a transient or to make this your home port with all the many outstanding amenities and even more if you become a slip owner/club member.

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    • Good Words for Bridge Pointe Marina, off the AICW, on the Trent/Neuse River, New Bern, NC


      Bridge Pointe Marina flanks the southern banks of the Trent River off the Neuse River, opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront.

      BridgePointe Marina is the bomb!
      It’s been a year since I left Bridge Pointe Marina and I’m missing my time there. It’s a really well built and well managed marina with a nice bunch of boaters including some locals and liveaboards who will welcome you to Sunday night pot lucks. It’s also a very good place to leave a boat for the winter, as I did, and I also enjoyed the town of New Bern when I was around.
      Ben Ellison

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    • REMINDER: Oriental NC Boat Show This Weekend, AICW Statute Mile 181

      Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.See /155023 for Show Announcement. Intracoastal Yacht Sales, a long-time SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC.

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      #1: You’ve probably already heard the cardinal rule of docking a boat: Never approach the pier any faster than you’re willing to hit it. In other words, you never know when a sudden “oopsie” will cause your precious fiberglass chariot to do the opposite of what you had intended. Just in case, always approach solid objects slowly enough that if your docking job turns into a ramming, the results won’t be tragic.

      #2: Use enough juice to get the job done. When it comes to causes of disastrous docking, applying insufficient power comes in a close second to applying too much. You need to counter and overcome momentum, wind, and current. If you don’t tell your boat what to do—with authority—one or more of these other factors is likely to take over.

      #3: Always look before you leap. Give your slip a hairy eyeball, even if you’ve backed into it 100 times before. The biggest issue here is mooring lines. If any lines of yours or a neighboring slip fell off a piling and into the water, current could stretch it out across your path. Tangle a mooring line in your propeller, and that docking job will go south in a hurry.

      #4: With twin inboards, don’t touch the wheel. Ever. You’ll be tempted, but you have more control if you leave the wheel centered and use only the engines. If you do turn the wheel, then when you try to use the engines and the prop-wash hits a cockeyed rudder, the boat may take an unexpected path.

      #5: In heavy winds, reduce your windage. Particularly in a small boat, this can have a dramatic effect on how easy or how hard it is to dock. A Bimini top or an Isinglass enclosure can act like a sail on a powerboat, and throw you out of kilter. On a sailboat, a sail lazily left unfurled can have the same effect.

      #6: Never kill the engines until all the lines are secure. Many people who don’t know how to dock a boat well make the mistake of shutting down as soon as the boat is in the slip, but you never know if a crewmember is going to drop his or her line(s), or when a piling will slip out of reach. Keep the powerplants on, so you can maneuver as necessary.

      #7: Don’t be afraid to abort. This is especially important for sailboats, single-screw inboards, and other boats with a limited ability to maneuver. If the approach doesn’t seem to be going well don’t try to force the issue; instead, circle back for another try.

      # 8: Learn how to dock a boat using fenders that are placed with precision. There’s more to this than merely hanging the fenders over the side; you need to judge where the boat will kiss a piling, and how to orient the fenders so they don’t get caught under the pier or swing freely above it. Position them properly and you’ll find that even the best boaters in the world can do a better job of damage-free docking, with the pressure-points protected.

      #9: When docking any type of single-engine boat, always turn the wheel before applying power—not during or after. That way, you won’t get a blast of forward or reverse before the blast of port or starboard kicks in.

      #10: Always apply short bursts of power, instead of steady power. This allows you to maneuver without building up a lot of momentum, which can quickly get out of control.

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      Capt. Doug Ford in Little River SC at 843-340-0080
      Capt. Bobby Gregory in Charleston SC at 843-412-6587

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    • Log of the Ideath, Captain Randy Mims, October 10, 2015

      You only have to spend a short time talking with Randy Mims to know that he has the soul of a true sailor. Randy not only built his 27ft gaff-rigged cutter, Ideath, but each year he single-hands the cutter from North Carolina to the Northern Gulf Coast and back again. “Ideath” is pronounced Idea-th and loosely translates as “house of ideas”. Randy stops along the way to visit maritime museums and, indulging his passion for music, he volunteers to sing in church choirs along the way. He also takes time to share his travels with his friends and has agreed to allow SSECN to post his emails. For more photos and more on Randy, go to http://towndock.net/shippingnews/ideath?pg=1 from TownDock.net in Oriental. Also see /?p=150703.

      Dear Friends,
      I have been having some wonderful times and survived some not so wonderful times here on the North Carolina coast. After leaving Beaufort, I went up to New Bern to Duck Creek Marina. Duck Creek is one of my favorite places in NC. It is the boat yard that I haul the boat to keep it maintained on the way back from each voyage. I won’t be hauling the boat until the end of the month but I came here so my long time friend could come down and go sailing with me for a weekend. This enabled me to ride back with him to Greensboro to visit my 92 year old father and the rest of my family. My sister brought me back to the boat and we had an exhilarating sail out in the Neuse river with all the wind that plan sail could handle from exactly the best direction for flying down and back up the river. Unfortunately, the next day was blowing a gale so we spent the day dodging the rain and visited Tryon Palace and museum. Next Stop was Elizabeth City. I had the trip planned out to arrive the following Saturday to tie up to the town dock (48 hours free) so I could go to church on Sunday. Listening to the weather radio changed my plans by Wednesday. Insted of a leisurly pace of twenty some miles a day and lots of time playing music and reading, it turned into driving on into the night to be in Elizabeth City before the gale spawned by hurricane Joaquin arrived. I arrived on Thursday night and not wanting to use up my 48 hours before Sunday, I anchored in a very secure cove in the Pasquatank river. Saturday morning I moved the boat to the City dock. The predicted wind had arrived and getting to the dock slip had lots of opportunity for disaster. I made double sure all my lines were all ready and well coiled, took a pass and realized I needed to be more upwind. I aborted and came around for a second try. Coming into the slip I hit strong reverse to slow the boat down but the slower it goes the less steering you have and the more the wind will push it sideways. I braced myself and threw a line with a loop on the end to the outside windward piling. Wonder of wonders the loop settled around the top of the piling and the boat came to a stop exactly the proper distance from the dock for the guys on the dock to take the neatly coiled lines and secure the bow. It appeared so calm and planned when actually my heart was pounding because I knew that if I had missed with the first line, even hitting full reverse the boat would have been blown down onto the pilings and possibly would not have stopped in time and hit the wall or would have gone sideways and been pinned against the pilings and pounded by the waves. This was graphically illustrated about an hour later when the next boat arrived and it took the two people on the boat and four guys on the dock to get the boat fended off and straightened out without too much damage. For the next two days it blew so hard that even in the harbor the waves were so high that with the boat tied up (with virtually every line I had) down below it felt like the boat was at sea. I did get to go to Church and sang with the choir. It was fun to see all my friends from when I was here before. They are always glad to have another tenor.
      After the gale blew itself out, I took a very pleasurable trip up the Dismal Swamp Canal. The lock keeper at the other end has turned what is normally a place you go through and don’t look back into a famous “Cruising Destination”. People go through the lock and stay at the overnight dock and meet other cruisers. Everyone meets at the lock house the next morning for a Coffee and donut and yogurt breakfast before heading out. Stories are exchanged and people leave with a fondness for this historic canal and Robert the Lock Keeper. It is starting to really feel like fall here. Some of the trees are beginning to turn. Hope you all are enjoying the colors and being back into the fall routine. I am heading back to the boat yard to haul her and fix some places that need attention. I hope you enjoyed this update. I have posted some more videos on youtube and facebook. Please check them out if you can . Till next time
      Thank you all,
      Randy

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