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Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCMcCotters Marina, Washington, NCRiver DunesAn active, gated golf community on the coast of North Carolina, Scotch Hall Preserve offers properties, homes, and other real estate options for those looking to live an active lifestyle.910-269-2380 The new 82-slip Deep Point Marina is located on the Cape Fear River in Southport, NC, and offers fuel and transient dockage, as well as daily, monthly and annual slip rentals. The marina is adjacent to the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal, which houses a snack bar (open seasonally) that offers grab-and-go food options, soft drinks, beer, wine and coffee. In addition, the Deep Point Marina is convenient to Southport's shopping, restaurants and historic district, and offers easy ocean access. Located on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishingR. E. Mayo DocksEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!
Southport MarinaDowry Creek MarinaManteo 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 boardwalkMorehead City Yacht BasinBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCOur 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.

Archive For: NORTH CAROLINA – All Cruising News

  • All North Carolina Cruising News


    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of North Carolina cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of NC cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “North Carolina.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “NC Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 13 North Carolina geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • How Lockwoods Folly Got Its Name, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Our thanks to Skipper Boyd for this message and link in response to one of Claiborne’s “tales” – see And see “Young’s Yarns” on our Homepage for more of Claiborne’s sagas! Lockwoods Folly Inlet, just east of Holden Beach, is well known to Waterway cruisers, not for the Inlet proper, but because of the perennial shoaling at the intersection of the Inlet and the Waterway.

    There are a number of theories about how Lockwood Folly received its name. They can be read at:
    Pete Boyd

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lockwoods Folly Inlet

  • Advocacy for Anchoring Rights in Florida

    Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights. Below are invitations to a Webinar and to Membership in the Association. Please remember that the struggle for anchoring rights is not exclusive to Florida; restrictions in one state will eventually affect other states.

    Hi Larry,
    Seven Seas Cruising Association has been very involved in protecting anchoring rights for all boaters, especially those in Florida. I thought your readers might be interested in the information below.

    Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has been representing both their members and boaters everywhere at recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hearings about anchoring rights, laws, and regulations in Florida. After several years of even-handed work with landowners and boaters the approach of FWC in the latest hearings is of some concern.

    The “devil is in the details” of course. FWC seems to be under a great deal of pressure to allow local regulation of anchoring in Florida. In particular, stand-off distances from mooring fields, from marine infrastructure (ramps, marinas, and other publicly accessible facilities), and private waterfront property were discussed. In addition, time limits on anchoring were proposed.

    Phil Johnson is chair of SSCA’s Concerned Cruisers Committee. He was named SSCA’s 2014 Member of the Year for his efforts on lobbying on behalf of Cruisers’ Rights. As Chair of the Concerned Cruisers’ Committee, Phil’s tireless advocacy of cruisers’ rights from New England to Florida and beyond has been of great benefit to all boaters. SSCA salutes his thoughtful, professional and successful approach, whether the issue is anchoring rights, over-aggressive marine policing, or mooring field management.

    Whether you reside in Florida, pass through Florida on your boat or are just concerned about boaters rights in general, you’ll be interested in the upcoming Seven Seas U webinar, “A Florida Anchoring Update” presented by Phil Johnson on January 6. Phil will update you on the very latest attempts for local Florida communities to restrict your ability to drop the hook in a safe anchorage. Everyone needs to be informed and involved to ensure our anchoring rights are preserved.

    The webinar will help you understand why this issue is important to all boaters and will let you know just what the Florida FWC plans. You’ll also hear the results of the August-September Anchoring Survey and their implications.
    The webinar is free to SSCA members and just $10 for non-members. Go to for more informaiton and to register.

    If you are a Florida resident please let your legislators know how you feel about freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser, sail or power, your membership in SSCA supports defense of your anchoring rights (among many other things) in Florida and elsewhere. Go to to find out more.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Theisen
    Seven Seas Cruising Association

  • Surf City Bridge Restricted Openings February 22-24, 2015, AICW Statute Mile 261

    With a closed vertical clearance of 12ft, Surf City – S.R. 50 Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 261, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #69.

    Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the NC Route 50-210 Highway Bridge, located on AICW, mile 260.7, in Surf City, NC. Work crews and barges may be in the waterway conducting repairs to submarine cables and terminals. To facilitate the necessary repairs the bridge will be closed to navigation from 6 p.m. on February 22, 2015 to 6 p.m. February 24, 2015, except for two openings at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The channel shall remain open to navigation for vessels that can clear the 12 feet of vertical clearance in the closed position. Chart 11541. LNM:50/14

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Surf City Bridge

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  • Updated Phone Number for Camp Lejeune Firing Range

    The number provided by Skipper Walters has been confirmed as the number for all the firing ranges at Camp Lejeune. See  Thank you Skipper Walters!

    Kayaking from Maine to Guatemala. Tomorrow I will pass by Camp Lejeune on the ICW. Called the number listed in the above post. It was wrong, but they gave me the current correct number to call: 910 451 3064. Safe Passage for me for tomorrow!
    Deb Walters

  • New Bridge Construction on Cape Fear River, well north of Wilmington, NC

    Cape Fear River mile marker #1 is north of the Wilmington waterfront and this new bridge construction at mile 35.5 will affect few, if any, cruisers.

    Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the construction site of the new highway bridge on the Wilmington Bypass, over the Cape Fear River, mile 35.5, in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, NC. When completed, the Cape Fear River Bridge will have a vertical clearance of 64 feet at mean high water (MHW) and a horizontal clearance of 160 feet. Work barges and structures will be located along the sides of the waterway through December 2016. The channel shall remain open to navigation. Mariners should continue to monitor the Local Notice to Mariners for potential impacts to navigation. Chart 11537. LNM: 49/14


  • Two New Restaurants in Wilmington, NC, off the AICW on Cape Fear River

    Cape Fear Marina and Bennett Brother Yachts, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, continues to provide excellent service as well as convenient access to the many attractions Wilmington has to offer, including two new restaurants: Catch, with award winning local Chef and Food TV celebrity, Keith Rhodes at 6623 Market Street, 910-799-3847 and Dock Street Oyster Bar, ranked #11 out of 409 picks for 2014 by Tripadvisor, 12 Dock Street, 910-762-2827.
    Along with the friendly folks at Cape Fear Marina, such haute cuisine makes the trip up the Cape Fear River very alluring!


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

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  • Christmas Time in Little Washington on the Pamlico River, off the AICW

    Washington, NC City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River to “Little Washington”, especially with so many Holiday events planned for all ages.

    It’s Christmas Time in the City
    THIS Weekend in Washington

    Washington Christmas Parade, Downtown Washington ~ Saturday, at 10 a.m.
    Kris Kringle Craft Show, The Blind Center ~ Friday & Saturday
    Pictures with Santa, 246 W. Main St. ~ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Annual Holiday Homes Tour, tickets at the Turnage Theater ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Beaufort County Choral Society & River City Ringers Concert at the Turnage Theater ~ 7:30 p.m.

    At the Turnage Theater

    The Beaufort County Arts Council and Turnage Theater have a full calendar this month featuring the best of seasonal music. The Jennifer Licko Band (12/5), The Tar River Swing Band (12/12), the Beaufort County Community Orchestra (12/14) and the Beaufort County Choral Society (12/6), all take to the stage during December to put you in the holiday spirit.

    There will also be a Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 6th to support the ongoing efforts of the Turnage Theater. For more information about these Turnage Theater events, call 252-946-2504 or online at

    Shop Local

    This month support your local businesses by Shopping Local. Washington’s Downtown Harbor District shops, boutiques, and galleries are extending hours on Friday nights to give you more time to do your shopping. Throughout the month of December you will find special offers, hot cider, music, pictures with Santa, and story telling when you shop local in downtown Washington. Come downtown and enjoy the lights and sights of a traditional Christmas. Click here for a complete list of special activities planned for this month. #buylocalIBX

    Wait, There’s More!

    There is so much going on the area, that we can’t list it all here. For a complete schedule of all the events planned in Washington and Beaufort County this month, please visit the online Calendar of Events HERE or call 800-999-3857.

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Washington City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Washington City Docks

  • Missing Canoeist, Albemarle Sound, NC

    This notice was sent by Susan Hinkle via Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide. If you have any information as to the where abouts of this boater, please contact SSECN or Waterway Guide.

    Hi Mike,
    A Canoeist who was stopped in Elizabeth City NC on Nov 13-16, I believe he left on the 16th heading south, he is missing, his canoe was found overturned in Big Flatty Creek which feeds into the Albemarle Sound, in Pasquotank County. I was wondering if you could reach out to the boaters who get your email who may have been docked here over those dates, as I know he went over to speak to them after leaving my store on Saturday evening the 15th.
    Thanks so much – I hope he met new friends -
    Susan Hinkle, Owner, Page After Page Bookstore

  • December Events in “Little Washington” on the Pamlico River, off the AICW

    Washington, NC City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River to “Little Washington”, especially with so many Holiday events planned for all ages, as shown in the sample list below.

    Greetings from the Harbor District,
    So much is going on downtown throughout the holidays – it is impossible to list everything here!

    There are retail specials and sales, cool demonstrations like; how to tie a bow, wreath making, and ornament decorating for the kids.
    There’s pictures with Santa, face painting, & holiday refreshments being offered. Click here to be taken to a flyer with all the information.

    FRIDAY, 12/5/2014
    Turnage Theater – 150 W Main Street: A Celtic Christmas Concert, The Jennifer Licko Band, 8:00PM Tickets: $15/$12 for members

    SATURDAY, 12/6/2014
    Washington Christmas Parade: Market and Main Streets, 10:00AM

    Annual Holiday Homes Tour to Benefit the Turnage Theater: Tour many of the finest homes all decorated for Christmas. Tickets & more information available at Turnage Theatre. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of event 10:00AM-5:00PM.

    Turnage Theater – 150 W Main Street: City Christmas Concert Featuring Beaufort County Choral Society 7:30 PM Tickets: FREE.

    FRIDAY, 12/12/2014
    Turnage Theater – 150 W Main Street: Tar River Swing Band Christmas Show, 8:00PM, Tickets: $15

    SUNDAY, 12/14/2014
    Turnage Theater – 150 W Main Street: Beaufort County Community Orchestra Christmas Concert, 3:00PM FREE.

    FRIDAY, 12/19/2014
    ARTWALK – special showing of local arts at downtown galleries.

    Best regards,
    Beth Byrd
    Washington Harbor District Alliance
    102 East 2nd Street
    PO Box 1988
    Washington, NC 27889

    Cell: 252-947-1487

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Washington City Docks

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  • Artificial Reef Marking, near Ocracoke, Pamlico Sound, NC

    Big Foot Slough Channel is the primary entrance from Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke and Silver Lake Harbor and is used by the vast majority of cruising craft and both Ocracoke car ferries.

    Mariners are advised that the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will be remarking new positions for artificial reef 298 located approximately 1.5 mile east from the big foot slough channel entrance in 0cracoke, NC. The new boundary coordinates are: 35.18042N – 75.99352W; 35.17533N -75.99352W; 35.17533N -75.99953W; and 35.18042N -75.99953W. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. NC Carolina Fisheries POC: Gregg Podnar at 252-808-7199 or 252-808-8053. LNM: 47/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Big Foot Slough

  • Spirit of Christmas in Oriental, NC, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181

    Join us for the annual SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS celebration in the lovely, waterfront village of Oriental the second weekend in December. For the twenty-ninth year, local businesses, civic organizations and churches create a memorable holiday event for all ages. Over 2500 luminaries line the streets on Friday evening and lighted boats sparkle in the harbor. Enjoy events such as the old-fashioned Christmas Parade, or strolling, shopping, dining and music in the Sailing Capital of North Carolina.

    Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCRiver DunesThe folks of this wonderful boaters community always celebrate in a big way and the 2014 Christmas Season is no exception. Oriental is also the home of several SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS: Oriental Marina and Condos, River Dunes Marina and Nautical Wheelers. This calendar of events was sent to us by our good friend, Bill Wheeler of Nautical Wheelers.

    Friday, December 12th Events
    · Visit local businesses for shopping, treats and holiday cheer
    · See the Lighting of the Luminaries at dusk
    · View the kayak flotilla and beautiful lighted boats in Oriental Harbor
    · Enjoy the free Christmas Concert with the voices of the Pamlico Chorale
    · Sample the fare at your choice of fun, casual restaurants around town
    · Spend the night in one of our lovely waterside hotels or quaint B&B inns

    Saturday, December 13th Events
    · Enjoy more shopping and holiday cheer throughout the village
    · Laugh and clap at the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade rolling through the streets at 1:00 pm
    · View the Live Nativity at 3:00 pm
    · Attend the free Christmas Concert with the Pamlico Chorale
    · Raise a glass of holiday cheer at the local Tiki bar or other “watering holes”

    Also catch the Running of the Dragon on New Year’s Eve at 8 and 11:30 on the waterfront. Bring your pots and pans to make some noise.
    And the Instead of Football Regatta regatta on the river New Year’s Day. Sailboats, power boats and even kayaks are invited to join for a great day on the water. Landlubbers can view the fun from Lou-Mac Park or the high rise bridge.
    Bill Wheeler
    Nautical Wheelers
    252-241-0532 cell

    Click Here To Visit Oriental Nautical Wheelers Web Site

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Oriental Marina and Condos

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

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

  • Deep Keel Vessel Needs Your Advice

    This question is unusual, not because of Skipper Aigeltinger’s concern for Waterway depths, but because of his vessel’s 7ft 3inch draft. Whether that draft is fin keel or full keel, that is a lot of draft with which to confront the shallow spots in North Carolina. He has access to our listing of NC Problem Stretches, but is asking for your input into his decision to attempt the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC, which, fortunately for him, is north of all the Inlet/ICW intersections further south.

    I am considering delivering a 44 ft sailboat from the Chesapeake to Florida. Draft is 7 ft 3 in. Would like to know if anyone knows if it’s possible to get that from Norfolk to Beaufort in the ICW ? Or if anyone could direct me to a source for that info.
    Thanks, Ed Aigeltinger

    Note this praise for Argus:

    The Argus soundings are really helpful. I followed ICW all the way from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC and it looks like the most questionable area is a few miles north of Beaufort. (That area just north of the Alligator River bridge where the channel takes a turn or two around some shoals has always been poorly marked. Have to be careful there but I think there’s plenty of water if you stay channel center.) The shallow area just north of Beaufort is at the south end of the Adams Creek Canal and as I recall that part is narrow and the markers are a little far apart making it a little difficult to stay in the channel. On the chart the Argus readings are shown to be out of the channel. So I wonder if the chart is wrong or if whoever did the Argus run missed the channel, hence the shallow readings there ?? Would appreciate any input from anyone re that. I plan to call Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Beaufort Docks and ask for some local knowledge. Would hate to run 199 miles from Norfolk and get 3-4 miles away only to not be able to get there. However, if the readings are right, the shallowest I see is just over 4 ft and the tidal range is about 3 ft so still might be able to skim through at high tide.
    Thanks again for your help-Ed

    Thanks to all for the info re the ICW depth from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC.

    I also spoke with the dockmaster at Beaufort Docks and he assured me there was plenty of depth at Core Creek if one is careful to stay in the channel. It’s narrow there and the markers are a little far apart. Apparently the Argus boat was a little out of channel hence the readings down to 4 ft. Dockmaster also said he has a friend who comes down each year with 9 ft. He said to be careful to stay as close to center as possible in the Alligator River-Pungo River canal as his friend has hit some pretty hard stuff a little off center.
    As you mention fixed bridge height is also a concern. Boat I may deliver is 62 ft to mast top and 65 ft to antenna top. (I brought a cat down once and rang almost every beam on the bridges with the antenna. A little nerve wracking.) So if anyone has or hears any local knowledge re bridge height problems I would certainly appreciate the info. I may try to do what I’ve done a few times in the past. Install a 4-5 ft long piece of 1×4 wood at the mast head going forward and then a vertical piece at the forward end that is about a foot higher than the highest solid part of the mast. One can then creep up to the first beam and if this ‘indicator’ goes under all is hopefully well. If not heavy reverse is in order.
    Thanks again for the info and please keep me in mind if you hear anything else of importance.
    Ed Aigeltinger

    November 30:
    Thanks again for your help with ICW depth issue. I had no idea about the ARGUS ‘program’. Obviously with that kind of data in the laptop one could cruise the ICW from data point to data point. Really amazing stuff !
    Thanks again,
    Ed Aigeltinger

  • Dredging in New Topsail Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 270

    New Topsail Inlet intersects the Waterway via Howards Channel at Mile 270. The dredging operation should not impede Waterway navigation.

    The Dredge CHARLESTON will commence dredging operations in the Topsail Inlet area on or about November 22, 2014. The project includes dredging in Topsail Inlet. A pipeline will be placed from the inlet to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until approximately December 15, 2014. The Dredge CHESAPEAKE will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of Topsail Inlet, Topsail Creek, and Banks Channel on or about December 10th. The pipeline will be placed from the dredging location to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until March 15th, 2015. The
    Dredge Operators will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Chart 11541

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Topsail Inlet

  • New Bern Railway Bridge Closed to Navigation, December 15-19, Trent and Neuss Rivers

    With a vertical clearance of 5ft, the New Bern Railroad Bridge lies just west of the intersection of Trent and Neuss Rivers in New Bern, NC. Except for early risers and skipper comfortable navigating in the dark, these closures will affect most navigation at this intersection of the Neuss and Trent rivers.

    The operating schedule that governs the Norfolk Southern Railroad Drawbridge across Trent River, mile 0.2, at New Bern, NC will be temporarily changed to facilitate a repair project. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 8 a.m. Monday, December 15, 2014 until 7 p.m. Friday, December 19, 2014. This deviation is necessary to facilitate removal and replacement of the rail lift joints. Mariners are advised to take caution. Chart 11552. LNM 46/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Bern RR Bridge

  • High Praise for Alligator River Marina, AICW Statute Mile 84

    Well deserved praise for a fine owner-operated marina! Alligator River Marina lies on the western shore of the mouth of the Alligator River/AICW, just north of the swing bridge and southwest of flashing daybeacon #12. This facility provides the ONLY readily available dockage and fuel along the patch of the AICW between Coinjock, Elizabeth City and Dowry Creek/Belhaven!

    We stayed at the Alligator River Marina in early October and found both the staff and the facilities to be great. We used their ramp to launch our 22 ft sailboat and stayed for two nights at the marina while sailing on the Alligator River and touring the nearby Alligator Wildlife Refuge. (We saw a mother black bear and two cubs playing in the road while in the Refuge.) Upon our arrival at the marina one of the staff members even assisted me in lifting our outboard motor onto its mount. Although we came prepared to cook meals on our boat the food and service at the marina grill was so good that we quickly changed plans. As long as they had extra slips they spaced the boats out in the marina so that we all had plenty of privacy. As noted by one of the other reviewers there was a beautiful moon out over the Alligator River on our first night there. Mrs. Wanda and the staff went out of their way to make our stay a pleasant one.
    Philip & Genie Safriet – The Venture

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

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

  • Christmas Happenings in Downtown Morehead City, AICW Statute Mile 203

    Lots of Holiday activities in Morehead City and the perfect place to stay is Morehead City Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway. Wish them a Happy Holidays! from us.




    Christmas Happenings in Downtown Morehead City
    December 6, 2014 4:30p.m.
    Hot Chocolate and Christmas Music with DJ Raymond Rigsbee at Jaycee Park. Santa & Mrs. Claus there also!

    Christmas Flotilla
    December 6,2014 5:30p.m.
    Downtown Morehead City Waterfront

    Morehead City Christmas Parade
    December 13, 2014 at 11:00 am
    Arendell Street

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Yacht Basin

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  • Colonial Christmas Season in Historic Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and this Holiday Season is no exception!


    Destination Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Kick off the joyous holiday season with a wonderful annual event in Historic Downtown Edenton. Special visit from Santa, Caroling with the Albemarle Sounds, children’s train rides, goodies and of course the lighting of the Town Tree. Come join us for the festivities and visit our local merchants for all of your gift giving and holiday needs.
    Time: 5:30pm
    Place: South Broad Street at the monument

















    Friday & Saturday, December 12-13, 2014
    33rd Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour

    Enjoy a Colonial Christmas with natural decorations in beautiful private homes. Many weekend activities accompany the tour making the weekend visit a holiday wonder.
    This tour is sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission with tour headquarters at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center.
    Time: 4 – 8 pm
    Place: Barker House
    Fee: $25 in advance/$30 days of – Groups of 10 or more $20 per person
    Phone: 252-482-7800

    Click here for more December events

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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  • Reminder: Bridge Boards Indicate Least Vertical Clearance and Charts Indicate Maximum Clearance

    This reminder comes to us from Skipper Rohrkemper who relates a bridge incident in which the bridge tender incorrectly stated that the clearance boards were reading the vertical clearance at the center of the span. USCG Officer Rousseau’s response is quite clear: clearance boards give the least vertical clearance available, normally found at the outer edge of the span, and charts indicate the maximum vertical clearance above MHHW at the center of the span. With a closed vertical clearance of 20ft, the Wrightsville Beach Bascule Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 283, southwest of marker #125.

    Approaching the Wrightsville Beach/ S.R. 74 bridge southbound on 10/30/2014, at high tide at Masonboro Inlet, the clearance signboard read 14′. The bridge tender confirmed that the signboard was measuring clearance at the center of the span and not at the lower shoulders. A December, 2013 version of Chart 11541 lists the clearance as 20′ (at center). Was the bridge tender wrong? Tide was high but not 6′ above MHHW.
    Paul Rohrkemper

    I have looked into the Wrightsville Beach question. The clearance boards are most likely reading correctly. The gauges show the vertical clearance of the bridge at the lowest point across the channel 13.5 feet at MHW (outer edges of channel). The Chart shows the clearance of the bridge at the center of the spans. We normally do not mark this clearance on the chart. It is normally what the clearance is at the lowest part of the bridge across the channel 13.5 feet at MHW. Probably at some point in the past it was requested to mark the center and highest point (This point would only be in that exact spot of the bridge). Legally the bridge owner still needs to show the clearance gauges for the lowest clearance across the channel. NCDOT is going to check to make sure the boards are reading correctly. Hope this clears up this question.
    Jim Rousseau
    Bridge Program Manager
    United States Coast Guard District 5

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For SR 74 Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of SR 74 Bridge

  • Patricia Bennett Honored, Bennett Brothers Yachts,off the AICW on Cape Fear River, in Wilmington, NC

    Patricia Bennett, President of Bennett Brothers Yachts, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has been honored in this article by Ellen Honey in Marina Life Magazine.

    Women in Boating

    Written by Ellen Honey
    Once a rarity in the marine industry, women now often play a central role, whether that’s at the wheelhouse, in the galley, or at the helm of the entire operation. Some arrived at their position via family, others through serendipity or determination, but they are all passionate about their boating careers.

    President, Bennett Brothers Yachts
    Patricia assumed full responsibility at Bennett Brothers Yachts and Cape Fear Marina in Wilmington, North Carolina, when her husband and partner, Paul Bennett, passed away in 2007.

    Tricia is used to preparing for hurricanes, but nothing could have prepared her for the recession that swept the industry in 2008. Conservative by nature, she was able to survive and grow, and is optimistic about the current uptick in the marine industry. Customers aren’t just doing necessary mechanical repairs but are now redoing their hulls. Recent projects include repainting a 72-foot Marlow Explorer and the Wilmington Fire Department fireboat.

    Tricia has no plans to slow down. She labels herself a “demanding leader” who expects 110 percent from employees because, “I give 110 percent every day.” Two of her four children are interested in helping her further develop and enhance the marina and boatyard, located in one of the fastest growing areas in the country. No doubt, this energetic woman will keep pace with the growth of her surroundings.

    For more on this story, go to:

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

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