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Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCMorehead City Yacht BasinCoinjock Marina, your #1 stop for good fuel prices and great dining on the AICW/North Carolina - Virginia CutManteo Waterfront Marina is now run by the Town of Manteo.  It boasts 53 slips that can accommodate boats up to 140 feet.  The marina is situated right next to  historic downtown Manteo on a boardwalkPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCSouthport MarinaDowry Creek MarinaOur marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.

NC Cruising News – Neuse River (Statute Mile 165 to 185)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-21-2009

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New (Second) Free Dock in Oriental, NC, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-03-2014

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A phone call to TownDock.net confirmed the new free dock which is located just to the southwest of the fuel dock at Oriental Marina and Condos. The dock is c. 70ft in length and for now does not have amenities, although adding water, electric and a restroom, as well as more length is being discussed. SSECN is grateful to Skipper Valinoti for bringing this new facility to the attention of our readers, just in time for the Spring Migration!

Has anyone reported on the new, additional, free town dock?? It is located to the right of the Oriental Marina and is about 80 ft long with room for 4 cruising boats depending on length. Presently there are not any ammenities. However, it is planned to have heads and showers along with a pump out.
Joe Valinoti

Truly a shame that (south) Florida doesn’t treat cruisers the way places like Oriental do. Seems you almost have to go north out of FL to get that southern hospitality…
Wally Moran

The new dock is quite nice and solid looking. Only problem is that the south side of the dock is partially blocked due to the Lady Deborah, a large shrimper being docked on the next dock to the south. According to one of the locals, the Lady Deborah hasn’t moved from this spot in a quite a while.
If you don’t have too wide a beam you’d fit just fine, but it would be tight, not to mention if you have two boats on this side the one closer to shore would be blocked in.
All in all, well done Oriental. Free town docks like this should be the norm, and not the exception.
Rick Morrow

Stopped at the new pier the day after they finished it. Was the first Trawler to use it i was told. A very nice well built pier. The Rest. At the Marina there has great food and drink. Oriental is always a great stop free pier or no free pier.
The “Fire Dog” & Crew
Raymond W Smith

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Update on S/V Primadonna?

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-26-2014

A lot of us would like to know the outcome of this foreign vessel and crew saga (See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=132140 .)
If you can provide a postlude to the story, please do so!. Thank you, Captain Kettlewell, for asking!

Anyone have an update on what happened to Primadonna and crew?
John Kettlewell

Strange you should ask, today (2-26-14) Town Dock from Oriental, NC has an udated article as well as links to many back articles. http://towndock.net/
John Y Jackson

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-22-2014

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Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCBridge Pointe Marina, a new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, flanks the southern banks of the Trent River (off the Neuse River), opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront. This fine facility re-opened last Fall after more than a year of rebuilding their floating dock system which sustained major damage in hurricane Irene in August of 2012. As you can see from the comments from Skipper Fay and Mike, the rebuilding has been a big success!

Bridgepoint is a gem. Jessie the dockmaster is outstanding as is the staff at the hotel. Very helpful. Unless you can caught a ride with the “crowd at dock” taxis’ do not seem to be regulated very well, as you never know how to prepare for charges as they are private and not metered. New Bern lacks dinghy docks which is sad for the downtown merchants, walk or bike across the bridge. Beautiful town.
Fay and Mike

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Boatyard Recommendations for Central NC Coast

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-31-2014

This discussion of mechanics and boatyards comes to us from our friends at Trawlers Forum (http://www.trawlerforum.com/) and, while the list contains both pros and cons, it does not reflect the opinion or endorsement of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. However, we invite you to add your favorite NC mechanic or boatyard to the list!

For diesel repair, we have had a lot of great results with Coastal Diesel in New Bern. Prompt, on-time scheduling and a team of very good mechanics. They are basically a mobile service and will come to you. It can be pricey, but once it’s done, it’s done. They just rebuilt my mechanical injector pump last week and rebuilt my genset last year. Good bunch of guys.
Deaton Yachts in Oriental is a good all-around yard. The complaints we’ve heard from there was that their time management isn’t that great. They have trouble meeting work deadlines. In disclosure, we have used their mobile service, but have not hauled out there. They have an onsite parts department and that’s a huge plus.
Wayfarer’s Cove in Arapahoe, NC is a good general yard. It’s a bit isolated from civilization and the yard, with its dirt lot instead of gravel, leaves you boat very dirty, plus, power hook-us are spotty. They have one of the best fiberglass guys in the area that works there. Tom runs the place quite well and is an honest guy. He will quote you a price and stick to it. If he falls short anywhere, it’s that he’s a bit edgy and sometimes hard to get in touch with. No email either.
I have called Bach Marine on several occasions, but have never used them. They always came in with the highest quotes and Kenny, while very knowledgeable, I have felt that I would have the same issues that I have with Sailcraft. Just a bit too “old school” with billing and communication.
Our new guys are True World Marine and Lightning Yachts. Both are boat builders (or former). They are both located in the marine industrial park where Jarret Bay is. True World is a very neat and well kept yard with good power and new facilities. Lightning Yachts is a repair place just up the road that can do about anything with boats. Both respond quickly to emails and will take the time needed on the phone to make sure all bases are covered.
Chuck Courtney is a mobile guy (Power and Sailboat Repair). He’s a good honest guy, but is very busy. I have used him a couple of times and he’s been good. I don’t think he’s the best engine guy (I would use Coastal for that), but he’s an good electrical guy.
If you want to do some snooping around, go visit Morehead City Yacht Basin and see who’s working on the boats there. Ask Mike (dockmaster) and ask for some recos.
Hope this helps.
Tom & Bess Beaty
m/v Skinny Dippin’

High Praise for Sailcraft Service Boatyard, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-23-2014

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Sailcraft Srvice Boatyard is a full service boatyard located at 1218 Lupton Dr, Oriental, NC 28571, (252) 249-0522. www.sailcraftserviceboatyard.com/
The yard lies on the western side of Whitaker Creek, just east of Oriental Harbor.‎

I have traveled down the AICW for the past four years from Northport ny to fla. I have a catalina c 400 2005 sail, mystical paradise… I stop by every trip to have all my maintenance work done at sailcraft service in whittaker creek oriental nc. the service provided and the facilities are fantastic. from the owner manager Alan to the mechanics and office crew Shannon etc, the quality of service is phenominal.. it is a full service or do it yourself yard. prices are fair quality is tops. THe yard is walking distance of everything in town. They occasionaly lend a support vehicle in extreme cases. Tony Pozun NY

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Oriental In-Water Boat Show April 11-13, Neuse River, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-22-2014

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Oriental Harbor, on the Neuse River, is a very popular cruisers’ destination.

April 11-13 The Oriental Rotary Club presents the largest in-water boat show between Savannah and Annapolis. Expect to find 100 exhibitors showing new and used watercraft of all types – sail and power, yachts to kayaks, cruising and fishing – with many in the water for sea trials. A large array of maritime and nautical goods and services will also be presented. 2014′s show will again feature a Nautical Flea Market and a free water taxi to and Oriental’s town dock. New this year will be a Down East craftsman who will build a 14 foot rowing and sailing skiff on-site. The skiff will be given away at the show.
Paul Olson

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S/V Primadonna Located in Bahamas

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-08-2014

A search for a number of weeks in response to a request (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129228) by Oriental merchant, Pat Stockwell, has finally located the errant sailing vessel, Primadonna. Our thanks to Steve Petty for this story from TownDock, see http://towndock.net/on-the-cover/booby-primadonna.

SV Primadonna has been located although the crew may have been detained:
“SV Primadonna, aground at Booby Cay Island in the Bahamas. It is a tiny island of 300, not normally on tourist / cruiser lists. Apparently the vessel & crew entered the Bahamas without checking in with authorities. Pat Stockwell tells TownDock.net (http://www.TownDock.net) he was told the Primadonna crew may have been arrested – Bahamian authorities are harsher about the rules than they are in the USA. The photo was taken from a US Coast Guard helicopter – the Coast Guard patrols the Bahamas as part of a cooperation agreement with the Bahamas to fight drug trafficking. ” —Towndock.net
Steve Petty

If this is the Booby Cay that is just a bit east of Rose Island, which in turn is east of Nassau, it isn’t all that remote and I suspect the Primadonna crew will be in the not-so-comfortable confines of Nassau jail. Unfortunately, one bad apple like this can severely impact the reputation of the entire cruising community, as we have seen with the so-called “derelict” boat issue that has been used to create anti-anchoring ordinances in Florida and other places. When in reality the vast majority of the cruising community are themselves totally opposed to this type of behavior.
John Kettlewell

I doubt that these two would go anywhere near Nassau because of the entry fees into the Bahamas. I believe that they are aground between Booby Cay and Conception Island in the Bahamas. Conception Island is in a remote area and is a National Park in the Southern Bahamas. Very few cruisers visit.
There are two anchorages off Conception Island, one is located South of Booby Cay. The entrance to this anchorage is from the Southwest. If they tried to enter from the Northeast, between Booby Cay and Conception Island, the route is very shallow and full of rocks.
It’s too bad they did not sink in the really deep water a few miles from where they are. Word is that they were headed for Haiti or one of the French Islands. With any luck the Bahamas officials will confiscate their boat and throw them both in jail.
The good news is that they are gone from the US and are now someone else’s problem.
Dave Boxmeyer

Oriental Merchant Requests Your Aid, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-07-2013

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The owners of Inland Waterway Treasure Company in Oriental are seeking to determine the location of a vessel that until recently was anchored in Oriental Harbor and subsequently was towed to Morehead City. The red sailing vessel, PrimaDonna (see link below for photo), has since left the Morehead City area and its whereabouts are unknown. If you can assist in locating this vessel, do not contact SSECN, but please contact Pat or Laurie Stockwell directly at 252-249-1797 or IWPC@dockline.net.

Claiborne,
Good morning! It’s Paul Fairbank, The Boonedocks, Oriental.
I don’t know if you have heard of the problems here with a French boat, Primadonna. The owners left this eyesore at anchor in our town harbor for over a year, managed to swindle a local do-gooder out of nearly $3000 and left to avoid a small claims judgment.
The search is on for Primadonna.!!
The full story from Towndock at http://towndock.net/news/have-you-seen-primadonna
Perhaps your readers could help. It might even save them some grief.
Thanks,
Paul Fairbank
The Boonedocks
Sent by PAUL FAIRBANK
From “Paul’s Bunker,” at VILLAGE HARDWARE & MARINE SUPPLY
DO IT BEST No. 3444
ORIENTAL, NC 28571
(252) 249-1211

There may be two sides to this story but the articles are fairly clear. I do hope they can resolve the issue. Another reminder to not co-sign checks or loan money.
Sonny

Please let me know when you have the fund raising for Pat. I will be sending money. A person as nice as Pat should never have this happen to him. I am proud to call him friend.
Vicki Willis

More Anchoring Space Available in Oriental Harbor, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-13-2013

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Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCWe are grateful to Carol Small for sending us this article from Town Dock, Oriental’s waterfront news source. See http://towndock.net/. At least one of the “homesteading” boats which have been the source of much discussion and debate over the last few months have now departed. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125893

Wednesday November 13, 2013
There’s more space for visiting boats to anchor in Oriental’s harbor now that the French-crewed sailboat, Primadonna, has been towed to Morehead City. Primadonna has been anchored in Oriental’s harbor since it arrived last November. It was one of four such homesteading boats taking up space normally used by many cruisers on their annual treks south and north. The other three boats continue to homestead in the anchorage.
Carol Small

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Bridge Pointe Marina Grand Opening!, off the AICW, On the Trent/Neuse River, New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-27-2013

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Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCBridge Pointe Marina, a new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, flanks the southern banks of the Trent River (off the Neuse River), opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront. This fine facility is re-opening after more than a year of rebuilding their floating dock system which sustained major damage in hurricane Irene in August of 2012. As you can see from the announcement below, Bridge Pointe Marina is now back in full swing!

BridgePointe Hotel & Marina has brand new floating boat slips located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. Our new state-of-the-art marina includes Brazilian Ipe hardwood docks, free wireless internet, metered electric and fresh water connections for each slip. Our newly redesigned and completely renovated marina lounge includes showers, restrooms, charcoal grills, laundry, and a comfortable air conditioned sitting area. BridgePointe Marina can accommodate vessels up to 150 feet in length in our deep water slips. We will be offering a special rate for a limited time, so be sure to contact our Marina Manager Jesse Schmucker today at (252)637-7372 or by email at bridgepointemarina@colwenhotels.com. Visit us online at http://www.bridgepointehotelandmarina.com.
Thank you,
Gary Curry
General Manager
BridgePointe Hotel & Marina

 

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Oriental, NC Is Still a WELCOMING Port of Call For the Cruising Community (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-23-2013

There has been a LOT of chatter over the past several months about anchoring on the inner waters of Oriental, NC harbor. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=117481, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=117903, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=117903, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120018 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125276.
Virtually all this verbiage is centered around several vessels which have been camped out in the inner Oriental Harbor waters for months on end. The SSECN has nothing more to add to that subject at this time.

Historic Oriental Homeplace

The purpose of this article/editorial is to heartily agree with the sentiments expressed below by Captains Pat and Laurie Stockwell, managers of Oriental’s “Inland Waterway Provision Company,” to whit that the charming community of Oriental, NC is STILL, and always has been, a very welcoming port of call that any AICW cruiser, or year round NC captain, should have red circled on their ports of call itinerary!
From all accounts, there is still room to drop the hook in the inner Oriental anchorage, AND the the local marinas offer plentiful transient dockage, including nearby SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, River Dunes Marina and Oriental Condos and Marina. Local dining is outstanding, with a particular plug from this writer for both Toucan’s Grill and Fresh Bar and M&M Cafe. For FABULOUS deli food on the go, don’t dare miss Village Food Emporium.
So, as you wend your way south on the Waterway this fall, PLEASE visit this charming port of call, and help them recover from all this unfortunate publicity, which the community never deserved in the first place.
See you there!!!!

Oriental Inner Harbor Anchorage

And, oh yes, the author of the story below, Captain Pat Stockwell, has been the victim of a bad check scam by one of the local anchorage squatters. SSECN strategic partners, Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), hatched the commendable plan of “passing the hat” during the recent Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous, to help defray Captain Stockwell’s loss. The SSECN is kicking in $50 to this effort. Please follow this link to discover how you can contribute: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125849

 

Oriental: Setting the record straight
by Pat Stockwell

Oriental, NC. The little village at MM 181 is still one of the most cruiser-friendly stops on the ICW. Waterway rumor may have it that Oriental isn’t as easy and welcoming as it once was.Not true!
The town has not passed any anchor laws or regulations. Our town dock is still free and open. A second free dock is now in the works, along with boater-friendly amenities (stay tuned). If we weren’t boater-friendly why would we be addingmore free dockage AND amenities?

Oriental Marina

Currently there is a lively discussion about four boats that have anchored, more or less “permanently” in our harbor. They are not cruisers. This is but one of the issues the Oriental Harbor and Waterfront Committee has been working on this summer and fall. There has been much input from public, private and government sources(yes even some cruisers). The final report hasn’t been written yet. But a major goal is to find ways to welcome traveling boaters and make their stay here pleasant and easy.
Oriental is proud of our well-earned reputation as a boater-friendly stopover. In Oriental, people stop to give cruisers a ride to the grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store or the boatyards. We lend people bikes and tools. We have youover for meals, even get you the the big city of New Bern for major provisioning or the airport. Many are current boaters, former cruisers, even a few circumnavigators. Others just enjoy hearing your stories.
We have dozens of skilled repair people, canvas workers and marine problem-solvers. None of that has changed.

Inland Waterway Treasure Company

You may have heard or read recently of a man in Oriental who was defrauded out of $3000.00 by one of the homesteaders in the harbor. That was me, and I learned a painful lesson. Yet I am still here helping cruisers, giving them rides, lending then things and generally helping in anyway I can.
My wife and I are former cruisers and we know what it’s like. Things break. Stuff happens. Simple things can get complicated when you live on a boat!
So the welcome mat remains out in Oriental. Stop by and see for yourself. We’ll leave a light on for you.
Pat Stockwell
(The writer and his wife cruised for seven years on their Freedom 38, Miss Pearl. She still waits for them on Whittaker Creek. They now live in Oriental. He is a member of the Oriental Parks and Recreation Board and was appointed to the Oriental Harbor/Waterfronts Committee. He has worked for the Inland Waterway Provision Company the past two and a half years.)

I would like to add my endorsement for the wonderful town of Oriental, which I first visited in 1985 on my first trip south. Wonderful people, great services, and a fantastic place to drop the hook or tie up in a marina. With regard to the problem anchorers, I would reiterate that there are almost always laws on the books to take care of folks like that, without resorting to adding new restrictive anchoring laws that impact all the legitimate cruisers. It is a matter of enforcement, not new laws.
John Kettlewell

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Please Help Captain Pat in Oriental, NC (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-22-2013

As reported here earlier on the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125276), the controversy over at least one long-time resident of the Oriental anchorage took a bizarre turn when one of the managers at the nearby Inland Waterway Provision Company, Captain Pat Stockwell, out of the goodness of his heart, cashed a check for the “boat owner” in question for $2,980.42. The check turned out to be bad.
SSECN strategic partners, Captains Diana and Mark Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), hatched the commendable plan of “passing the hat” during the recent Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous, to help defray Captain Stockwell’s loss.
WE THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA, AND THE SSECN HAS KICKED IN $50.00. We urge other members of the cruising community to contribute whatever might be within their abilities (see below)!

The Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous passed the sea boot around this week and collected $400 for Pat.
That’s what rendezvous are all about, cruisers helping cruisers. Whether sharing information, matching up buddy boats, leveraging the intelligence and expertise of the group to inspect rigs, repair refrigeration, or shake down SSBs … it’s great to make sure that the innocent aren’t punished and the kind taken advantage of and forgotten.
Pat Stockwell is everyone on the ICW’s buddy and shouldn’t feel embarrassed about trying to help out one of the cruising family. We’re all in that family also.
Folks, please consider sending $5 or $10 to: Pat Stockwell, Inland Waterway Provision Company, 305 Hodges Street, POB 466, Oriental, NC 28571.
Stay in the deep water,
Mark

More Praise for River Dunes Marina, AICW Statute Mile 173.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-22-2013

River DunesRiver Dunes Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located off the AICW’s run along Neuse River, in Broad Creek between the creek’s markers, #1 and #2.

We have stayed at the River Dunes a couple of times recently. Best said this is a boater’s oasis and a must stopover. It is seems even better when the Pamlico Sound is blowing 15 to 20 MPH from the N NE which we experienced this past week.
Doyle Evans

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Good Words for New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-22-2013

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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.

We stayed at the Grand Marina for a couple of days this month and very happy with the experience. The staff is friendly and helpful and the facility is clean and updated. The local boaters were friendly and helpful regarding our questions about the area. New Bern is a gem. Nice water front and the town has several unique shops. New Bern is clean and you feel safe walking or biking around town. New Bern is off the ICW so you do have to plan ahead regarding your fuel requirements for the trip up the Neuse.
Doyle Evans

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Report from New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-10-2013

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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.

Was there in August and saw a number of run down boats at this marina. Hard to believe people would buy a boat and then allow it to get in such deplorable condition. Even more concerning is why a marina would allow a boat in poor condition to remain in a slip unless all they care about is collecting a slip fee. The marina is an eye sore to such a beautiful river walk homes like the Robert Stewart House, and great eating places.
Captain Perry

We have been at New Bern Grand for the past year. Very happy here, certainly not an eye sore. There are over 250 boats here, I’m sure some need attention, but whose boat doesn’t?
Captain John

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Report from Bridge Pointe Marina, off the AICW, On the Trent/Neuse River, New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-10-2013

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Bridge Pointe Marina, flanking the southern banks of the Trent River (off the Neuse River), and opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront, has been closed for almost a year rebuilding their floating dock system which sustained major damage in hurricane Irene in August of 2012. As Captain Perry reports, the marina hopes to re-open by the end of September, 2013. We will post the Grand Opening date as soon as it is announced!

We stayed at the Bridgepointe Hotel and Marina the week of August 16th and the marina construction is nearing completion. They are doing a fantastic job and hoped to open by the end of August. The hotel staff are the most courtesy and helpful of any we have met both on land and water. You can’t beat their rates. Rooms are clean and location is safe. If you are staying take a walk across the bridge and try out Captain Ratty’s or Chelsea’s. They are grrrreat eating establishments. Reasonably priced, good quantity of food, and fast service.
Capt. Perry

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More on Inland Waterway Provision Company Store in Oriental, NC, Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-10-2013

McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

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We are delighted to learn that this well-known business in Oriental, NC will remain open. Located on Hodges St. in Oriental, it has been the place to get boat gear and clothing. The new owners, McCotter’s Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! in nearby Washington, NC, have decided to restock and keep the Inland Waterway store open. They re-opened for business in April of 2011. www.inlandwaterwayonline.com

Inland Waterway Provision Co. is one of the best reasons to spend time in Oriental. Pat and Nancy were diligent finding supplies we needed for our boat and were always friendly and helpful even when we were fussy about the color of striping tape we needed. Oriental is well-known for taking care of transient cruisers, but the Provision Company went even further, offering rides and services that made it easy to be here without transportation. We thank them for their great service and hope they continue to thrive in the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina.”
Heidi Berger and Bill Raley

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Praise for River Dunes Marina, AICW Statute Mile 173.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-03-2013

River DunesRiver Dunes Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located off the AICW’s run along Neuse River, in Broad Creek between unlighted daybeacons #1 and #2.

Today is 5/12/13. Am writing this from River Dunes. We give this marina the highest rating for best facilities, help and over all a first class operation. A courtesy car is available to go to Oriental. Food store is limited. We ate several meals in the club house and the food and service are also first class, although somewhat limited. Reasonable dockage for this type of facility. Been here before and plan to come back.
Has Royer s/v Skye

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Praise for Deaton’s Yacht Service, Oriental, NC, Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-29-2013

Whitaker Creek - Click for Chartview

Deaton’s Yacht Service is one of two repair yards located on Whittaker Creek, immediately east of Oriental Harbor. The Whittaker Creek entrance channel is well marked.

I hauled out there this spring for the first time, they did great work. I’ve always done all the work myself but back problems and work constraints forced me to hire it out this time. They were very accommodating; I live 400 miles from the coast and they just handled it. They run a professional outfit, I highly recommend them.
Chase

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