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Archive For: NC8 – Neuse River

  • More Information on Bridge Pointe Marina (New Bern, NC, on the Trent River)

    Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCWe announced a few months ago, that SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Bridge Pointe Marina in New Bern, NC, had reopened after a year-long rebuilding project. I have twice undertaken a personal inspection of Bridge Pointe’s new reincarnation, and it can be stated with no fear of inaccuracy, that this is now a state-of-the-art facility. Below, we hear more from dockmaster, Jesse Schmucher, about his newly revamped marina.

    Our new state-of-the-art marina includes 150 Brazilian hardwood [decked] floating deep water slips ranging from 30FT – 150FT, cable television, free wireless internet, metered electric and fresh water connections for each slip. Our newly redesigned and completely renovated boater’s lounge includes showers, restrooms, charcoal grills, laundry, and a comfortable air conditioned sitting area. Monthly dockage rates are $6.50 per slip foot, plus a $20 Pedestal Fee + Metered Electric (13 Cents per kilowatt). We will be offering a special rate for a limited time, so be sure to contact us today at (252)637-7372 or by email at bridgepointemarina@colwenhotels.com.

    For more information on Bridge Pointe Marina, follow the links below:

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bridge Pointe Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bridge Pointe Marina

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


    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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Oriental Marina and Condos

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

    Bridge Pointe Marina – Click for Chartview

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bridge Point Marina

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  • Boatyard Recommendations for Central NC Coast

    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

    Whitaker Creek – Click for Chartview

    Sailcraft Service 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

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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

    Oriental Harbor - Photo by Town Dock - "Look at all the available space!"

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Oriental Harbor

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

  • S/V Primadonna Located in Bahamas

    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

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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

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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

    Oriental Harbor - Photo by Town Dock - "Look at all the available space!"

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Oriental Harbor Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Oriental Harbor Anchorage

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

    Bridge Pointe Marina - Click for Chartview

    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

     

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bridge Point Marina

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

    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

    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

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

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

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

    New Bern Grand Marina - Click for Chartview

    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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For New Bern Grand Marina

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

    New Bern Grand Marina - Click for Chartview

    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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For New Bern Grand Marina

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

    Bridge Pointe Marina - Click for Chartview

    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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bridge Point Marina

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

    McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

    Oriental, NC - Click for Chartview

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

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  • Praise for River Dunes Marina, AICW Statute Mile 173.5

    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

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

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

    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

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

  • Marine Surveryor Recommended For New Bern, NC Area (Neuse Area)

    Recommendations of this ilk from marine professionals are often worth their weight in gold!

    This guy is the only marine surveyor I have listed in my “work” phone contacts. We had used him in the past on custom boats and I was impressed. I am not sure of his experience with Hatteras yachts. He is in New Bern, Rob Everly, 670-1976. Hope this helps,

    I agree, Rob Eberle is my surveyor of choice, having done several pre-purchase surveys for me and one that BoatUS hired him to do for an insurance claim to one of my vessels.
    his web page is http://www.marinesurveyor.com/eberle/index2.html
    e-mail: Rob Eberle (eberlemarine@suddenlink.net)
    Gordan Pickett

  • Oriental, NC Marinas and Dining (Statute Mile 181)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 181 – any descriptions of Oriental’s other several marinas and repair facilities would also be helpful to your fellow cruisers.

    Responses follow:

    I leave my boat at Whittaker Point marina for several weeks which is in the aforementioned creek. Easy in if one stays in the channel. I had a problem with my windlass and the folks at Sailcraft shipyard (right across the creek)sent over a mechanic who removed the broken unit and repaired. Continuing north in a week.
    Windward

    Sailcraft [Services] on Whitaker Creek is a really great place to have your boat worked on. Fair prices and good workmanship as well as great staff & management. We had our Endeavour there for what we thought was a minor leak. It turned out our rudder stuffing box hadn’t been maintained at all, even before we purchased it. They were able to drop it and repair it for far less than than we were expecting.
    When we head back North, we definitely would stop if we needed any work.
    Susan & Elden Leaf
    s/v Soteria

    Oriental is a small town where the people are as wonderful as the sailing. Oriental has a lot to offer from great sailing waters to boat sales and services, to some good eating. My first hand experiences there have been so great that my first mate and I plan to make it our retirement home. Being a relatively new sailor, just about everyone I have met has been very helpful in anything I needed.
    Bentley’s (?) seems to be the favorite [dining spot] of a lot of the residents. I have eaten there numerous times. The food is good and the prices reasonable. For Wednesday night meals I highly recommend the “Silos”. They have a killer steak that will satisfy most appetites and numerous other options. On Wednesday nights they have open mike night where anybody can get up and sing or play an instrument. Makes for a fantastic evening.
    The “Sheila B”

    Having kept a boat in Oriental for 30+ years I can tell you this is really a neat place. Brantly’s, as mentioned above, is a favorite or the locals and serves really good, inexpensive meals. Closer to the harbor (downtown Oriental) is M&M’s which is my favorite. Lots of traditional choices plus various kinds of seafood in season. Also in that area in The Trawl Door and Tucan Grill. You couldn’t go wrong with any of these.
    Oriental has become an artist hangout and there are several art galleries in town worth your time exploring. Several gift shops are in town and marine hardware and other boat supplies are available at West Marine, The Inland waterway Treasure Company, and Village Hardware. There is a grocery store which is about three quarters of a mile from the harbor.
    For transients, there is room for about 5-6 boats to anchor in the harbor and three marinas in the harbor area and two in Whittaker Creek which puts you about a mile from the downtown area. Also, for major or minor repairs, Deaton Yacht Service is located right next to Sailcraft mentioned above and also provides top quality work.
    Sykes DeHart

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Whittaker Pointe Marina

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