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

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-15-2013

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)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-14-2013

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

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River Dunes Marina (Statute Mile 173.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-13-2013

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

Statute Mile 173.5 – who has visited River Dunes Marina, just off Broad Creek? Did you find this facility as wonderful as it has always been? Did you dine ashore in the club-house, and, if so, how was the bill of fare? Did you find landside transportation into nearby Oriental?

Responses follow:

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.
s/v Skye

Fantastic hurricane hole! If we had to go north, this would be the place. Good rates and there is a van available for 1 hour, no charge, for marina visitors.
Susan & Elden Leaf
s/v Soteria

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Deaton’s Yacht Service – Oriental, NC (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

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.

Deaton’s is a top notch professional boat yard and good for Yanmar parts. Their analysis with pictures makes decision making on what to repair much easier. No concern that they will do as agreed.
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

We have stopped by Deaton’s Marina several time and have repair work done( generator, rigging, and refrigerator). They have been very helpful on short notice. Their prices are pretty reasonable, and they have a loaner car for expeditions for provisioning and resteraunts. We ate at restaurant south of the main road near the waterfront. I can’t remember the name though. The nice thing about Oriental is that you can anything done except pulling a catamaran.
John Pholeric

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Broad Creek Anchorages (off the Neuse River Near Statute Mile 173.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

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

Statute Mile 173.5 – who has dropped the hook on any of the several good anchorages available on Broad Creek, whose entrance cuts into the northern shores of the AICW/Neuse River between markers #6 and #4? Please give us a description of what you found and the depths you discovered. Did you have any trouble navigating Broad Creek’s entrance channel

Responses follow:

Many isolated anchorages but good way off AICW. Five foot draft cruising all the way to Whortonsville.
Gray & Betty Riddick

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Cutting the Corner on the AICW Passage from Bay River to Neuse River at Maw Point Shoal (St. M. 172)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

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

Statute Mile 172 – while following the path of the AICW, and leaving Neuse River, did you round marker #WR, or did you cut the corner a bit by passage northwest of marker #2, located much closer to Maw Point Shoal? If you chose this latter route, did you encounter any depth problems?

Responses follow:

No problem cutting the corner with other local knowledge cruisers and watching the “GPS” go around
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

I always cut the corner – the depths are correctly shown on chart.
Jean Thomason

No depth problems but one can find crab floats in this area in season.
Chris and Janet

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Oriental Marina & Inn, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

Oriental Marina - Click for Chartview

Oriental Marina is located on the eastern banks of inner Oriental Harbor off the Neuse River and is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Located just off the Neuse River across from the ICW entrance to Adams Creek, this marina is within the quaint village of Oriental. The harbor entrance is a quick turn to starboard just after the breakwater entrance to Smith & Greens Creek, and well before the highway bridge. The marina is at the dead end of the harbor, and has dockage available in several fixed slips. Fuel is available and the marina has a pool and a restaurant. There are a few nearby stores and other restaurants. Oriental is a favored harbor location for sail boaters. There is also a good size commercial fishing fleet that uses the harbor.
Ray Kurlak

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More Praise for Whittaker Pointe Marina, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-24-2013

Whitaker Pointe Marina - Click for Chartview

Whittaker Point Marina lies east of marker #5 on the Whittaker Creek marked entrance channel on the north shore of the Neuse River. I visited Whittaker Pointe Marina last year and found it to be a quiet facility with superb showers and a welcoming swimming pool. This facility lies at the entrance to Whittaker Creek, a bit downstream of Oriental’s primary harbor.

Ashley and Butch are great people…very helpful! Loaner vehicle was such a great help! Beautiful club house, very clean! 5 stars!!!!!
Fay Davis

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The Bear Facts: At South River Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 178

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-28-2013

South River - Click for Chartview

South River pierces the southern shores of the Neuse River/AICW, southeast of Oriental, NC. Depending on how it’s measured, the mouth of the South River is almost a mile across.

South River, Statute Mile: 178.5
During our transit south this past October 2012 we pulled into South River around dusk, heading for Lukens anchorage. We noticed something swimming off our bow, a big animal. We got the glasses out and saw it was a bear. We have seen bears swimming across the ICW before-the Alligator-Pungo Canal one spot-but this bear must have swum at least a half mile from the western to eastern shore. We followed its progress to the bank, where he got on land and went his way. We anchored, had dinner, then wondered about the bear’s return-if he might want to rest on our swim platform during his crossing.
Michael J. Horowitz
ALTAIR

WOW! That’s my favorite anchorage. Always see lots of wildlife, but never a bear.
Tony McMahon

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Anchoring Report from Upper Broad Creek, off the AICW on Neuse River, near New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-19-2012

Upper Broad Creek - Click for Chartview

Upper Broad Creek Northern Anchorage lies 18.7 nautical miles off the AICW, on Neuse River in the centerline of Upper Broad Creek’s gentle turn to the northeast, north of the charted pilings; Upper Broad Creek indents the northeastern shores of Neuse River, well northeast of Neuse River marker #19.

Anchored near the tip of the 7 foot contour line. Wind and current made anchoring difficult for this beginner salor. Muddy bottom. Anchor held good. Winds are out of the North at 11 kts gusting to 20 kts. The next morning the winds were steady at 15 kts.
Only thing protecting us from the wind was the dodger. Temp was about 55 during the day. 40 or so at night.
Beautiful view of the sunset followed shortly thereafter by a sliver of a moon.
Additional comments. Water depth at the time was 9.2 feet. Winds were NNE.
Will Merriman

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Words of Praise for Deaton Yacht Services, Oriental, NC and TowBoat/US

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-05-2012

Whitaker Creek - Click for Chartview

Deaton Yacht Services, located on Whittaker Creek in Oriental, NC, is a long-time repair firm that has, according to all reports I’ve had, been delivering quality work for many years. Now, they are a TowBoat/US franchise as well. Talk about a good thing getting even better.

We are a 36 Grand Banks Trawler and we hit a sunken log on the Dismal Swamp, damaging one of our newly-repaired props that were chewed up on Erie Canal. That time, we had both repaired on the Hudson River for $690. This time, we got into the Deaton Marine yard and the staff and management were excellent; within minutes, they had the props off so we could borrow their car and drive them to Morehead City for repair. They put our boat back in the water so we could be comfortable and stay warm. When we picked up the props the next day, they asked us to call them on our way back and they had BTS sitting in the slings all ready for the props to mount.We were put back in the water for a comfortable evening and we left the next day. The charges were reasonable and everyone was quicker than we could have ever expected. About the only disappointment was the $590 charge from the Propeller service for a bent blade on one prop; we expected less.

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High Praise for New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-03-2012

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.

This is by far the nicest marina I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Ducked in because of hurricane Sandy, THEY COULD NOT HAVE BEEN NICER !!! CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. Starbucks coffee at Hilton, amazing showers, laundry, cable, WiFi, security, great staff, and to top it off, New Bern is a historic beauty. AAA+++
Chris Dates

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Praise for New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-16-2012

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.

A little update. First of all, Mr. Sligh’s comments posted back in February are in reference to the Galley Store Marina, which is on the Neuse River, and is indeed exposed to that river’s weather. The New Bern Grand Marina, which this thread addresses, is on the TRENT river, and is very well protected from open water. It is also much larger than the Galley Store Marina. It is however, on the back side of the Cunningham draw bridge, which will open on request most of the time, otherwise on the hour. As for the laundry facility, there is only ONE washer and ONE dryer, and they are not free ($1 each at this writing.) Everything else I’ve read here is still accurate. The cruiser’s lounge is very small, and filled with furniture the hotel seems to not want. There is no TV or anything else of much use in it. Rates at the NBGM are still very attractive, but I hear rumor that it is headed for an increase soon.
Clay Watson

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Upper Broad Creek Explored, off the AICW on Neuse River, near New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-15-2012

Upper Broad Creek - Click for Chartview

Upper Broad Creek Northern Anchorage is 18.7 nautical miles off the waterway on Neuse River in the centerline of Upper Broad Creek’s gentle turn to the northeast, north of the charted pilings; Upper Broad Creek indents the northeastern shores of Neuse River, well northeast of Neuse River marker #19.

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We berth our trawler in New Bern and I was curious to see how far one could go up Upper Broad Creek in the Neuse River. If you look at chart 11552, you can see that Upper Broad Creek travels quite a ways north at some reasonable depths, so we decided to gingerly check it out.
I measure on the chart it is about 4.5 Nm from the mouth to Lee’s Landing where there is a boat ramp for small boats and the marked overhead lines. The overhead lines indicated on chart 11552 appear to be no longer there, but there is still the utility pole, on which they used to be. We went as far as the kayak docks for Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park (5.4Nm from the mouth at 35’07.000N, 76’56.515W), until it started to become almost too narrow to turn around. At that point we measured 11 feet of water. The channel is probably about 60-70 feet wide at that part and plenty deep (readings as high as 21 feet) in most places. Most of the creek is around 11 feet deep with occasional 5-foot depths. We have a full keel protecting our prop and draw 3-1/2 feet most days, so it was worth a look. It’s a very remote area, and our trawler drew a few looks from some bass boats in the little creek, but it was a nice test of skill to maneuver slowly up the way. The creek up that far is too narrow to anchor, but fun for a look for a day.
If you go, you will want to have a bit of time to take it slowly, as per the chart and our experience, it was a very narrow tributary. Our trawler is 35 feet and I would not recommend going as far as we did on a larger boat. Turning around as far as we went required a good bit of patience and attention. Still well worth the experience of doing.
Ben Matthews

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Praise for Whittaker Pointe Marina, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-13-2012

Whittaker Point Marina lies east of marker #5 on the Whittaker Creek marked entrance channel. I just visited Whittaker Pointe Marina in April of 2012, and found it to be a quiet facility, with superb showers and a welcoming swimming pool. This facility lies at the entrance to Whittaker Creek, a bit downstream of Oriental’s primary harbor.

We kept our boat at Whittaker Point Marina this summer. It is a pretty sparkling facility, meaning new. Nice fixed docks in great condition, beautifully clean and comfortable clubhouse, nice pool. Ashley the dock master really looks out for your boat and he called a time or two when the wind got rough and toyed with our ailing bimini. It is close to Oriental, but remote enough to be super peaceful. The frogs chirping a bit at night is the only sound you’ll hear.
Take heed on the markers though, it goes from 6+ feet to knee deep in a hurry if you drift outside the markers. Saw about a 24 foot shoal keel sailboat get stranded once, and was only 1/2 an oar deep when I was fiddling in the dinghy on the other side of them.
Ben Matthews

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Village Food Emporium, (Relatively) New Kid in Oriental, NC – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-30-2012

Village Food Emporium Front Door

The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is HAPPY to welcome back our good buddy, Captain Jane Tigar. During years past, we have featured Captain Jane’s articles about cruising south (and north) on the AICW, as far as the Florida Keys. Lately, though, Jane has taken a long absence from cruising.
Happily, Captain Jane has now relocated to the charming river village of Oriental, North Carolina, and has promised regular contributions to the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net!
Below, you will find Jane’s first new contribution concerning one of this fellow’s FAVORITE dining spots in Oriental. To be just a little bit succinct, DON’T MISS IT!!!

Captain Jane Reports: Oriental’s Village Food Emporium — a short walk from Town Dock to good food and gourmet provisions.

Did you ever just wish one of these coastal towns along the ICW had a restaurant you could walk to that has good “healthy food” options for breakfast and lunch with a gourmet touch — yet not too “berries, twigs and dirt” as my husband might say?

Around three years ago, some new kids came to town and they opened the Village Food Emporium. Inspired by Chapel Hill’s A Southern Season, owners Bama and John Deal created one of my favorite breakfast and lunch places in Oriental. Their motto is: You didn’t come here to cook.

They describe themselves as “Oriental’s Go-To Kitchen” — and, indeed, they can be when you make your cruise stop here. You couldn’t ask for more pleasant hosts, the food is creative and honest, and you can even stock up on organic coffee beans and tea.

Village Food Emporium has a changing menu of freshly made food with a focus on “whole” ingredients. My co-captain and I can vouch for their terrific organic fresh roasted coffee, the pulled pork sandwich, tarragon chicken salad, the tuna burger, the breakfast egg and cheese sandwich. A new offering is the breakfast sampler of two eggs any style plus 2 buttermilk pancakes, bacon or sausage and two slices whole wheat or marble rye toast with butter and strawberry jam — for $6.

Village Food Emporium Shop

Gourmet provisions and catering.

Boaters — note there are takeout dinners and good loaves of bread available daily (a multi grain batard and Italian bread) and several gourmet staples you may miss while cruising — several varieties of organic-shade grown-fair trade-freshly roasted coffee beans (hyphenated and non-hypenated, I mean, caffeinated and decaffeinated) and a selection of green and black teas and herbal brews from one of my favorite tea purveyors, Rishi Tea. Plus, there are handmade cheeses (the selection varies seasonally), freshly made salads and soups. Check their website (below) for details and sample menus. You can also call in advance and order specialty cakes or picnics to take away with you when you return to the ICW.

The setting is charming — an old Victorian house with lace curtains, and an eclectic vintage flair, small tables inside and out and an atmosphere that encourages striking up a conversation with folks eating at neighboring tables. If you’re taking food out, enjoy knowing the packaging is “responsible” biodegradable and/or recyclable.

Extra bonus: Local crafts

The Village Food Emporium showcases some lovely craft work including John Deal’s wood cutting boards, boxes and turned wood pens and jewelry by local artist Lynda Johnson.

I hope you visit the Village Food Emporium when you’re here. If you do, tell them Captain Jane sent you.

Oriental’s Village Food Emporium is open 6 days a week, 8 AM to 3 PM. 252-249-3663
702 Broad Street — from Town Dock facing the water, head a few blocks to your right, make a right on Broad and keep on walking for about five minutes. The Food Emporium is at the corner of Church and Broad.

http://villagefoodemporium.com/

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Good Visit to New Bern Grand Marina on the Neuse River, New Bern, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-29-2012

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 New Bern Grand Marina for a month. (June – July 2012). Loved it! Clean facilities, staff very gracious and professional, rates reasonable. Great location to restaurants, shops, tourist attractions. Well done waterfront. Plan to return.
David and Mary

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South River Anchorages (off North Carolina’s Neuse River, near St. M. 178.5) – Captains Mark and Diana Report

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-24-2012

Eastman Creek anchorage. Hang a left at the duck blind!

On the Water GuidebooksWhile successful entry can be just a tiny bit tricky for first timers, South River provides what is, for my money, the best set of anchorages off the Neuse River. We particularly like to drop the hook off the long deserted community of “Lukens,” or, if time is not a concern and/or heavy weather is in the offing, Eastman Creek is almost idyllic!
While Diana and Mark don’t cover all the South River anchorages we list in our Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net North Carolina Anchorage Directory, they have caught most of the best ones, and they list one on Big Creek that I’ve never tried due to the presence of a commercial fish processing operation!
Of course, all the info below is taken from the Doyle’s just released, two volume paper set of AICW AnchorGuides. Learn more at http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com.

Hi Claiborne,
Admit it, how many times have we all anchored off Oriental’s waterfront or at nearby Cedar Creek along Adams Creek?

Hardy Creek's end-of-the-road dinghy landing and shore access

If you’ve had enough ice cream at The Bean, what about trying something different next time you have a few days in the area?
Off the Neuse River is the lovely South River, at STM 178.1, a worthwhile 6- to 9-mile detour off the ICW’s Magenta Line. Reminiscent of Chesapeake Bay cruising, South River has many anchoring options, varied protection, and scenic wooded shorelines.
Here’s a quick overview of two anchorages “on the way” and then our favorite, Eastman Creek.

Hardy Creek Anchorage
This is the South River anchorage closest to the ICW, so it’s a good place to stop if you don’t have time to continue up South River until the next day. Pet owners will particularly like this stop, with easy shore access at a street-end bulkhead (look for three street signs), good for an evening walk through a quiet rural residential neighborhood.

Big Creek
Moving further upriver to explore South River, Big Creek is much more protected than Hardy Creek. It’s a quiet anchorage in a broad spacious river set in wooded marsh, with an easy entry off South River. But no shore access and, lately, a reputed 11-footer. Alligator that is!

Eastman Creek
If you like quiet, scenic, solitude, then continue up the South River (9 miles off the ICW) to Eastman Creek. It’s worth the detour—presumably the quest for a bucolic anchorage is what motivated you to explore the South River in the first place!

Shrimpers working the South River

Other than a prominent house at the creek entrance, it’s a pristine setting of marsh and woods. There’s no shore access, but you can splash the kayaks, dinghy explore, or toss in some fish lines.
And Diana has an insider naturalist’s tip for you if you visit this anchorage in the early spring: Take your sundowner on deck at dusk and listen for a nasal “peent” call followed by an eery winnowing noise. Those are male American Woodcocks, aka timberdoodles, doing their “sky dance” aerial courtship displays. If you look closely you may actually spot a bird zig-zagging downward. The winnowing noise is created by the rushing air vibrating their tail feathers as the bird plummets from about 300 feet in the air. It’s one of the unique sounds and spectacles of spring—which you can view from the box seats of your cockpit or flybridge.
Best and see you On the Water,
Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
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Well, clearly I’m a little behind the times when it comes to Big Creek (see below). I know what happened. After encountering an unhappy smell here years ago, we have always just anchored elsewhere on South River, and have not stuck our nose in this sidewater for many years. I’ll know better now!

Claiborne,
I live on Big Creek and I can assure you that any commercial fish processing operation is long gone. Nothing here but a few homes and the 11 foot aligator.
Dave Boxmeyer

Oriental Dragon Boat Festival, Come One, Come All, 8/10/12 – 8/11/12 (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-09-2012

This the first article authored by Captain Jane Tigar that we have had the privilege to publish in quite awhile. WELCOME BACK CAPTAIN JANE!!!!
Jane has recently relocated to the charming river village of Oriental, NC. We can all look forward to a superb series of future articles concerning this “can’t miss” port of call on North Carolina’s Neuse River/AICW!

Oriental Boat Dragon Festival
by
Captain Jane Tigar
This is the first in a series of stories about Oriental, NC, one of those magical “stops” along the ICW that always has something worth doing going on.

It’s here, it is upon us! Paddlers of many ages and walks of life have been getting ready since April so, be there or …
… be very uncool. It’s the Third Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival and Race, in Oriental, the North Carolina coastal town where “Dragons” are a normal part of life.

Uh, but, you might be wondering, what’s a Dragon Boat? Dragon Boats are long narrow boats with ten pairs of paddlers, a steersperson at the stern and a drummer on a perch at the bow. It’s an increasingly popular international sport originating in China and if we trust Wikipedia on this one, one of the origins may have been to venerate the dragon deity for good fortune and good crops during the dog days of summer. Oriental’s local teams have been practicing regularly and perhaps we have their diligent paddling to thank for the not so doggy day forecast for Saturday — a comfy mid-80s.

There will be 19 Dragon boats competing in the 2012 race. North Carolina teams are coming in from Charlotte, Raleigh, Cary and New Bern featuring paddlers who compete internationally. Many of the local teams are spiked with muscular U.S. Marines and one team is exclusively Coast Guard and Navy, so there could be some serious speed and competition on the Neuse River on Saturday. And lest the Marine-enhanced local teams get too confident — beware the Miami Dragon Slayers, tough competitors coming all the way up from Florida. Several teams are paddling for causes — the Pirates for PAWS and the Gnarly Dragons teams are paddling for awareness and fund raising for the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society and another team is paddling for Heart Works, a non-profit community agency that serves children and families in Pamlico county.

Officially, the Festival begins Friday, August 10 for the participants who will be practicing on the river and fine-tuning their synchronized paddling, but the main viewing action is Saturday August 11, starting with the Paddlers Parade featuring some decked out teams hoping to win a parade prize which in prior years had categories including “most audacious”.

The parade begins Saturday morning at 8:15 AM. Position yourself in Lou Mac Park in downtown Oriental on the water front for best viewing. Races begin at 9 AM with each of the 19 teams racing three times with their cumulative times determining the winners.

Cheer on the paddlers from a viewing spot along South Avenue between Freemason and Mildred Streets. There will be food and beverage vendors. The Kids Park opens at 10 AM. For more information, here is the festival website: http://www.orientaldragonboat.com/odb/?q=node/196

See you there or, as I said, be uncool — and feel free to root for the marine-enhanced Pirates (of many ages) for PAWS… ;)

Captain Jane
M/V Tara
Oriental, NC
Full Disclosure — Captain Jane is the drummer on the Pirates for PAWS dragon boat. “I make zero money from being part of the team, I just spend money helping support the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society,” she says.

For a lively report on the Dragon Boat Race Results, weather drama and photos, go to http://towndock.net
The Miami Dragon Slayers — wow, broke one minute and came in first place in the open division! Their name is apt; they had serious game-face to go with their muscles and experience. The Raleigh team came in first place in its class (mixed boat, which means minimum 8 women) and fifth overall! And Pirates for PAWS came in second place in the mixed class, fifth place overall — and raised over $1,000 for PAWS.
Captain Jane

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Good Words for Whittaker Pointe Marina (Oriental, NC – Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-23-2012

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