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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. Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCWhether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0R. E. Mayo DocksMcCotters Marina, Washington, NCEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!
Morehead City Yacht BasinDowry 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 boardwalkSouthport MarinaBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, 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.Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

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  • Special Events in Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    So many wonderful attractions to lure you to Elizabeth City, the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway!. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, these fine folks always have a full calendar of events to entertain and enlighten! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.


    IN THIS ISSUE
    From the Chairman
    July-August 2015

    It’s summer in Elizabeth City! For those who live here, it’s a season to unwind, catch up with friends and head down to the river to catch a cool breeze and an outdoor event. For visitors, it’s the perfect time of year for a road trip, and we’d love for you to join us for a wonderful summer lineup. In this issue of The Wayfarer, read all about our fabulous Fourth of July fireworks show, an Elizabeth City tradition; the Mariner’s Wharf Film Festival, with classic American films; the Music on the Green Festival series, showcasing our talented hometown bands; and the arrival of the historic Chesapeake Buyboats reunion tour. The summer bridal season is in full swing, so make sure you view an elegant exhibit that just opened at the Museum of the Albemarle: I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015. After all that fun, you’ll probably be ready for a tasty bite and a good night’s rest. We’ve got that covered too. Just check our food and lodging guides, or call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Center for details at 1-866-ECity-4U. Looking forward to seeing you by the water’s edge!

    Abel Sutton
    Chairman, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority


    Spend a Fabulous Fourth in Elizabeth City
    Nothing says Fourth of July like a bang-up fireworks display, and the Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation Department really know how to put on a show! Join us on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park for live music, tasty foods, sack races, corn hole games, bucket pong and a watermelon eating contest. Then as the sun sets, kick back on your beach blanket and get ready for a star-spangled event as fireworks bloom over the Pasquotank River. Oh, if you have a boat, all the better. You can view the spectacle from our free public docks at beautiful Mariners’ Wharf. It’s all right here in Elizabeth, so plan to celebrate the Fourth with us!

    Say Yes to the I DO! Wedding Exhibit Now Open at MOA

    Expect to find something old, new, borrowed and blue when viewing I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, now open at the Museum of the Albemarle. This stunning exhibition features more than 100 wedding garments, accessories and other items that illustrate the area’s traditions over nearly two centuries. Among the treasures on view: a 1920s-era wedding gown and six-piece French hand-painted trousseau; ensembles worn by a bride and groom in 1884; and an original cornice and photograph of a most generous wedding gift presented to Ivy Blades Robinson, by her father William Blades, in 1914-a Neo-Classical Revival style home which stands today at 201 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City. The exhibit will also explore traditions from bouquets and the exchange of wedding rings, to the honeymoon location. To complement I DO!, the Museum Gift Shop is showcasing many one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, as well as beautiful books on wedding styles and hand-crafted items to decorate a wedded couple’s new home. There’s even a special Wedding Experience interactive space to help wishful visitors plan their own dream wedding, from trying on gowns and tuxedoes to choosing china selections and icing a cake! Your presence is requested. Say yes to I DO! and visit the Museum of the Albemarle soon.


    Good Times on the Green

    It’s a fact. Elizabeth City residents love to socialize, especially in the summer when the sun goes down. That’s when you’ll find locals and visitors alike gathered along the green at Mariners’ Wharf. If it’s June or July, they are taking in a flick on an outdoor screen at the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival. With a focus on classic American films, the 2015 festival opened with “Summer Stock,” “Rio Grande” and “Key Largo,” among other enduring films. The July lineup includes “Edge of the City” (July 2), “The Awful Truth” (July 14), “A Stolen Life” (July 21) and the original 1940 production of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (July 28). Showtime is at 8:30 p.m., and admission is free. In August, you’ll find crowds grooving to the sounds of the Music on the Green Festival. Showcasing homegrown bands (Elizabeth City has quite a few), the festival kicks off July 29 with Bobby Plough & Friends and continues for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings through Sept. 23 from 6-8 p.m. This season boasts an eclectic lineup of artists and genres including Mid Life Crisis Band, Brown Sugar, The Million Watt Sons and Bahia Caliente Tradoc, the U.S. Army TRADOC salsa band, plus more. Check the online schedule for all the details. Summer’s here! So grab a blanket or lawn chair, and mosey on over to Mariners’ Wharf. Whether you seek a film, live music or a cool river breeze, Elizabeth City’s got you covered!


    Elizabeth City to Host Historic Chesapeake Buyboats Tour, Aug. 5-7

    For the past decade, members of the Chesapeake Buyboat Association have taken its fleet of historic fishing boats to the water in an annual reunion tour, with stops at selected ports of call that connect to the Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth City will be a featured stop on this year’s 11th annual tour, Aug. 5-7, offering the public a rare chance to view 10 of the historic boats and learn about their origin. The graceful wooden vessels, also known as deck or oyster boats, were prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds in the early-to-mid 20th century. Providing a time-saving service between the oyster fisherman and the processing houses, buyboat owners cruised to where the fisherman worked on the water, loaded their boats with the freshly-caught bivalves and headed directly to the shucking houses to drop off that day’s catch. This year’s reunion tour will begin in Poquoson, Va., and make its way to Elizabeth City via the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. The boats will be docked along the downtown waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf, Aug. 5-7, and open to the public to view on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    EC Spotlight: Andy Montero

    Restaurant owner and chef, Andy Montero is a man about town. When he’s not whipping up mahi and crab étouffée or ratatouille lasagna at Montero’s, an Elizabeth City landmark, he’s catering social events, serving on community boards or raising funds to support neighborhood schools. Now, Montero’s fans can learn more about his rise as a restauranteur and try out a few of his recipes, featured in a new book, Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants and Recipes from the North Carolina Coast. Written by restaurant reviewer and food critic John E. Batchelor, the publication is part guide book, part cook book, covering popular dining spots from Corolla to New Bern. Look for Montero’s recipes for shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage, as well as gingered salmon. Then plan a visit to Elizabeth City to sample these signature dishes for yourself! Chances are, you’ll see Montero too. Like we said, he’s a man about town.

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

  • Report from Deep Point Marina, Southport, NC, Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 307

    The marked entry channel to Deep Point Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – lies northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20.

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    Deep Point Marina, near Southport, NC. Great marina, we were the late arrival so we were on or near the fuel dock. This was in front of the ferry station, as the ferry docked at the landing the wakes were more than you would expect at a dock, so the rocking from the ferry as it came and left was an issue until after 1:00 am and started early dark thirty the next morning.
    The marina is very nice the crew are great and Curtis treated us very well. A beautiful pool is near the dock masters office, just a short walk. We took full advantage, it is still very warm.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Deep Point Marina

  • Dredging West of AICW in Lower Cape Fear River, Statute Mile c. 304

    This dredging will be in the Reaves Point Channel, which is west of the Waterway, but which intersects the Waterway at ICW marker #27. While the actual dredging may be not affect Waterway traffic, the barge disposal shipments and Waterway traffic will share 5 miles of water until the Waterway turns westward at mile 309 below Southport.

    NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER – DREDGING OPERATIONS
    The Norfolk Dredging Company bucket dredge ATLANTIC will commences dredging operations at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) on the Cape Fear River adjacent to Reaves Point Channel Range on or about 10 July, 2015. Dredging operations are expected to continue until 30 November, 2015. The dredge will be loading Mud Scows and towing them to the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) located 3.5 miles south of Cape Fear River Entrance Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 30318). Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week and concerned
    mariners can contact the dredge on VHF Channels 13 & 16 30 minutes prior to passage. Chart 11537 LMN: 26/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #27

  • Pipe Installation in Neuse River, July 6-20, 2015, off the AICW

    This project is downriver from New Bern and south southeast of Neuse River marker #11.

    NC – NEUSE RIVER – PIPE INSTALLATION
    Contractors for Craven County, NC, will be installing piping in the Neuse River, Craven County, NC. This work will take place on or about 06 July, 2015 through 20 July, 2015, Monday through Sunday during daylight hours. Installation will take place in the vicinity of 34 58 29 N, 076 56 01 W. Chart 11552 LNM: 26/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Piping Project

  • Happenings in July in Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    July will be another exciting month in Elizabeth City and a great reason to visit the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, these fine folks always have a full calendar of events to entertain and enlighten! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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

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    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” and April will be an exceptional month!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    July in Washington
    Published on Jun 29, 2015 06:33 pm

    Happy Independence Day!

    Washington’s 4th of July festivities continue to grow each and every year. This year is no different. The day starts with the Saturday Farmer’s Market on the waterfront. There will be corn hole, children’s activities, and more! Jupiter Jones will take the stage at Festival Park at 6 p.m. Fireworks, sponsored by Lee Chevrolet Buick, will cap off the 4th of July Celebration at 9. Be sure to make your way to downtown Washington for a fun-filled day on the river. Many shops and restaurants will be open for the holiday.

     

    Get on the Water

    Summer means it’s time to get on the water. In Washington, there are several ways to do just that. Rent a kayak and explore to your heart’s delight. Or, consider one of the programs offered by Inner Banks Outfitters like the Full Moon Paddle or a SUP class. The Estuarium offers its free River Roving cruises all summer long. Call early, because reservations are required. The Little Washington Sailing School offers sailing classes all summer long for kids ages 8-16. There is always Goose Creek State Park’s swim beach that offers a quiet spot for a dip in the river. With all of these options, there is simply no reason you can’t get on the water this summer.

    The Arts are Hot This Summer

    It’s so exciting to see the arts come alive in Washington. Visit our galleries, like the newest ones The Lemonade Gallery and Art on Market, to see fantastic local talents using all types of mediums. This month the Beaufort County Arts Council opens its annual juried photography show in the Turnage Theater Gallery. Before that opens, you can still catch the Members’ Exhibit on display through July 9th. Music in the Streets showcases local musical talent on the 3rd Friday of each month, this month July 17th. Every Thursday night and Saturday morning, come and play or just listen, as the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association hosts its weekly jam sessions at the Turnage Theater. Whatever your scene, you’ll find it in Washington.

     

     

    More Upcoming Events

    July 4th ~ Belhaven’s Annual 4th of July Celebration
    July 6th ~ Flatty Creek Trail Hike
    July 11th ~ Bath Library Outdoor Movie Series
    August 15th ~ Pickin’ on the Pamlico

    For a complete listing of all upcoming area events, including surrounding communities, check out this Calendar of Events.

    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

  • July in Historic Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and July will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages, including events as part of the Albemarle Loop! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!


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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

  • Shoaling Reported at Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 321

    Shoaling at the intersection of the Waterway and Lockwoods Folly Inlet has been a concern in past years and now, as Skippers Lundie and Winters report.

    Passed through Lockwoods Folly northbound on 6/13 30 minutes before low tide (poor planning). Shoaling in vicinity of G47. Favor north side (R46).

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Fireworks Displays along the Waters of Virginia and North Carolina

    A reminder that the trip home following the displays is one of the most dangerous times on the water. Please Be Careful! This USCG list is as of 6/23 and is by no means complete. However, fireworks displays registered with the USCG tend to be larger and longer.

    FIREWORKS – DISPLAY PRECAUTIONS AND REGULATIONS
    Fireworks barges and launch sites on land will have signs labeled FIREWORKS–DANGER–STAY AWAY to provide on scene
    notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the COTP or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. Other Federal, State and local agencies may assist these personnel in the enforcement of the safety zone.
    VA – Elizabeth River – Norfolk – Safety Zone – Fireworks
    MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAMPTON ROADS WILL ESTABLISH A SAFETY ZONE IN SUPPORT OF THE 33RD ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION FIREWORKS TO BE HELD ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER, IN NORFOLK, VA, NEAR TOWN POINT BEACH. THE SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ENFORCED FROM 9:30 P.M. UNTIL 9:50 P.M. ON JULY 4, 2015 AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN AN AREA BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING POINTS: 36-50-54.8N/076-18-10.7W, TO 36-51-7.9N/076-18-01W, TO 26-50-45.6N/076-17-44.2W, TO 36-50-29.6N/076-17-23.2W, TO 36-50-7.7N/076-17-32.3W, TO 36-49-58N/076-17-28.6W, TO 36-49-52.6N/076-17-43.8W, TO 36-50-27.2N/076-17-45.3W. MARINERS MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THIS ZONE UNLESS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

    VA – Nansemond River – Suffolk – Safety Zone – Fireworks

    MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAMPTON ROADS WILL ESTABLISH A SAFETY ZONE IN SUPPORT OF THE STARS AND STRIPES FIREWORKS EVENT ON THE NANSEMOND RIVER IN SUFFOLK, VA. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN ENFORCED ON JULY 4, 2015 FROM 9:00 P.M. UNTIL 9:30 P.M. AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN A 350 YARD RADIUS OF THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY, IN APPROXIMATE POSITION 36-44-27N/076-34-42W. MARINERS MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THIS ZONE UNLESS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

    NC-Cape Fear River-Fire Works Display -Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “N.C. 4th Of July Festival” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 from 9 pm to 10 pm. A safety zone will be in effect on all waters of the Cape Fear River within a 600 yard radius of the fireworks launch barge in position 33-54’ 40”N 078-01’-18”W., approximately 700 yards south of the water front at Southport, NC. The fireworks will be launched from a barge marked at both ends by a sign labeled danger fireworks stay away. Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. Mariners should exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at
    NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11537

    NC – Albemarle Sound – Pasquotank River – Elizabeth City – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the Elizabeth City 4th of July Celebration fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 from 9:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. A temporary safety zone will be established on all waters of the Pasquotank River within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks launch barge at 36º17’47”N 076º12’17’”W, located near Machelle Island. This safety zone will be enforced from 8:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of the Pasquotank River. The fireworks will be launched from a barge that will be marked on both sides by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 12206

    NC – Figure Eight Island – Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “Figure Eight Island July 4th Celebration” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Figure Eight Island Causeway Channel within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks site in approximate position 34-16-19”N 077-45-32”W, approximately 600 yards southeast of the Figure Eight Island Swing Bridge. This safety zone will be enforced from 08:30 PM to ½ hour past the conclusion of the event. This is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on the entire un-named channel north of the Figure Eight Island Causeway. The fireworks will be launched from shore, which will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER FIREWORKS STAY AWAY”, to provide on scene notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or his or her designated representative on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply
    with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvent@uscg.mil Chart: 11541

    NC – Pamlico Sound – Pamlico River – Washington –Fireworks Display- Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the City of Washington July 4th Celebration fireworks display will be conducted on July 4, 2015, from 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Pamlico River within a 400 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-32’-26”N 077-03’-41”W (Datum NAD 1983), approximately 400 east of the US HWY 17 bridge. This safety zone will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of the Pamlico River. The fireworks will be launched from shore; the area will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Events
    Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11554

    NC – Neuse River – Oriental, Nc – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “Pamlico County Croaker Festival Fireworks” display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 7 PM. A safety zone will be established on all waters of Green Creek and Smith Creek that fall within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-01’29.6N 076-42’-10.4”W located near the entrance of Neuse River in the vicinity of Oriental, NC. This safety zone will be enforced from 7 PM to half hour past the conclusion of the event. This is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be to restrict on this portion of the Neuse River. The fireworks will be launched from a shore site which will be marked with a sign labeled “DANGER FIREWORKS STAY AWAY” to provide on scene notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the
    designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11552

    NC – Shallowbay Bay – Manteo, Nc – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the Manteo fireworks display will be conducted on July 4 2015, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00p.m. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Shallowbag Bay within a 200 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-54’ 30”N/075-39’46”W (Datum NAD 1983), approximately 600 yards south of the Roanoke Island Festival Park. This safety zone will be enforced from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of Shallowbag Bay. The fireworks will be launched from a barge; the barge will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol commander on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the
    operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Events Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 12204

    NC – City Of Wilmington 4th Of July Celebration – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A safety zone will be in effect on all waters of the Cape Fear River within an area bound by a line drawn from the following points: latitude 34°13′54″ N., longitude 077°57′06″ W.; thence northeast to latitude 34°13′57″ N., longitude 077°57′05″ W.; thence north to latitude 34°14′11″ N., longitude 077°57′07″ W.; thence northwest to latitude 34°14′22″ N., longitude 077°57′19″ W.; thence east to latitude 34°14′22″ N., longitude 077°57′06″ W.; thence southeast to latitude 34°14′07″ N., longitude 077°57′00″ W.; thence south to latitude 34°13′54″ N., longitude 077°56′58″ W.; thence to the point of origin, located approximately 500 yards north of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The fireworks will be launched from a barge will be marked with signs that 5will be labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the
    designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11537

  • Dredging in Dismal Swamp Canal, ICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 22

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteThe onsite dredges and dredging equipment will certainly make the close quarters of the Dismal Swamp Canal even cozier, so SLOW DOWN and keep a good forward watch. The possibility of the dredging action pulling up stumps and logs is very real and could damage your running gear. The Lake Drummond feeder ditch intersects the Canal at Statute Mile 22 north of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    VA – CHESAPEAKE – DISMAL SWAMP – DREDGING
    Southwind Construction Corporation will begin dredging operations within the Dismal Swamp Canal near marker 22 on 29 June through 29 July, 2015. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dredge KRISTI JOE and tender DANNY JOE will be onscene. Both vessels monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16, with a working channel 78. Floating rubber and polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse both northerly and southerly along the western shoreline of Dismal Swamp Canal to the adjacent Upland Disposal Area located along the Lake Drummond Feeder Ditch. Chart 12200 NM: 25/15

    6/25 And this news today from Donna Stewart at the Welcome Center:

    Larry,
    I spoke to the Operations Manager, Joel Scussell. He said he does not expect a lot of disruption and they will work 1700’ feet both north and south at the mouth of the ditch and 500’ into the Feeder Ditch. The contractor has done work in the past, with a good reputation and they expect to be cleared to 9’ in this location. I wish they had funds to dredge the whole canal. We will add this to our Wish List.
    Thanks,
    Donna

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Profile: More on Frying Pan Tower, south of Bald Head Island

    The decommissioned Frying Pan Light Station is being privately restored as Frying Pan Tower, open to overnight guests. Frying Pan Shoals off the tip of Cape Fear is well known to off-shore cruisers. For more information and lots of photos, visit the Frying Pan Tower website at http://www.fptower.com/history.html.

    The Frying Pan Tower – formerly the U.S. Coast Guard Frying Pan Light Station, is a lighthouse situated at the end of the Frying Pan Shoals, 32 miles south of Bald Head Island N.C.
    This is the southernmost end of the feared “Graveyard of the Atlantic” which stretches up to the northern end of the Outer Banks of N.C. The shallow waters of the shoals (only 35-50 feet under the Tower) made ship navigation treacherous so in 1854 a lightship was stationed there. For 110 years, except for a few years during The War Between the States and WWII, crews manned the lightship 24/7 in all weather.
    The mission of the project is to protect and preserve the Frying Pan Tower, originally the USCG Frying Pan Light Station.
    The restoration of the Frying Pan Tower is being conducted by volunteers; financed through contributions and the donation of needed supplies. This unique part of American history is being preserved so that generations to come will have an opportunity to enjoy what very few people have experienced: the ever changing, never changing life 85′ above the Atlantic Ocean.
    The constant struggle to preserve an old, steel structure sited in the middle of an ocean, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean’s “hurricane alley”, is a labor of love and adventure by individuals who wish to see history preserved and shared. Conditions and materials as well as the forces of Mother Nature make it unlikely that this struggle will ever end. It will be an ongoing project for many years, likely decades, as rust and wind and salt and sun takes its toll on the Tower.
    The Tower has stood vigilant since 1964, though the light has not been continuously lit since 1992. Now it is lit when crew members and guests return to enjoy and work, to change Old Glory, and to experience a unique and thrilling stay with the birds, the fish, the turtles, the rays and spectacular sky displays.
    There are few places in the world such as the Tower and with your help it will be around for years to come!

    And this from WGNO TV:

    34-miles offshore, ocean hotel offers solitude
    POSTED 11:14 AM, JUNE 23, 2015, BY SMARLBROUGH, UPDATED AT 12:05PM, JUNE 23, 2015

    http://wgno.com/2015/06/23/34-miles-offshore-ocean-hotel-offers-solitude/

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  • Fuel Discount Correction for River Forest Manor and Marina, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    Skipper McMillen is correct, the 10% BoatUS discount is on dockage and electric only, not on fuel. There is a volume discount on diesel. Our directory has been corrected: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=10480. River Forest Marina is located on the northeastern shores of Pantego Creek, just northwest of the creek’s breakwater enclosed entrance.

    Larry,
    I stopped at River Forest for fuel yesterday and they informed me they do not give Boat US discount on fuel contrary to what is posted on the SSECN site. They do give such a discount on dockage and electricity. Just an FYI.
    Jim McMillen

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For River Forest Marina

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  • BoatUS Media Alert: NC Legislature Proposes New Coastal Waters Fees

    BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters’ rights in all states and we are proud to have them as SPONSORS!

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 18, 2015
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

    Chart showing the proposed new fees for North Carolina boaters and out-of-state anglers in coastal NC waters.

     

    MEDIA ALERT: NC Legislators Looking to Charge Boaters New Fee
    BoatUS Urges Boaters to be Heard

    Would be Highest State-Imposed Charges on Boats in the US
    THE ISSUE: As part of the current North Carolina budget debate, the state General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would impose a significant new user fee on all recreational boats 24 feet and longer that are used in coastal waters. For example, the costs proposed for the new North Carolina “Coastal Waterways User Identification Fee” for a 25-foot boat would be $75, $128 for a 32-foot boat, and $200 for a 40-footer. This fee would also apply to any out-of-state vessel fishing in NC coastal waters. Combined with registration fees, the proposed Coastal Boat Fee would be the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats nationwide.

    The proposed fee would be in addition to current state registration fees, which were most recently increased in 2013 to fund dredging and lake weed control. To see a complete list of fees, go to: BoatUS.com/gov/ncfeechart.

    ACTION NEEDED NOW: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges North Carolina boaters, anglers, and sailors to speak out now and contact their State Senator and Representative today and respectfully urge them to vote “No” on the “Coastal Waterways User Identification Number” and associated user fee contained in the North Carolina Senate version of House Bill 97.

    While the intended use of this fee is to increase funding for dredging of waterways and inlets, this budget proposal places too great a financial burden on recreational boaters. Ask your State Senator and Representative to consider other means to pay for dredging North Carolina’s coastal inlets and essential waterways. Access to the waterways brings substantial economic benefits to coastal communities. Maintaining them must be a shared responsibility.

    The budget bill is now before the North Carolina General Assembly and will be voted on in the next few days. Boaters may easily contact their state legislator by going to: http://goo.gl/zWMTpx

    ABOUT BOATUS: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, fighting against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners. It has over 20,000 North Carolina members. BoatUS is also non-partisan working on both sides of the aisle as well as with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense.

  • News from Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Southport Marina:
    In keeping up with the constant upgrading and changes that are the hallmark of the new Southport Marina, the region’s most complete marina facility is now introducing its newly produced video showcasing the marina and the surrounding beauty of Southport. The renovated marina has transformed the waterfront of the historic town, inviting tourists to stroll along its docks and enjoy the shade of its Oak grove.
    With more than 225 in-water slips, 250 dry storage slips, transient fuel dock, full service yard, boat ramps and deep water unrestricted height access from the Atlantic Ocean, Southport Marina is a must-stop destination for boaters of all kinds, from oceangoing mega yachts and sailboats, to local day boaters.

    Southport Marina, Southport, NC

    Southport Voted Happiest Seaside Town!!!

    The votes are in, and Southport has been named number one Happiest Seaside Town by Coastal Living!! Southport Marina is so happy that we brought back our ‘Happy’ video that was produced on the 4th of July of last year!! Check out the video by clicking the picture below!! You can also check out the full article here!!

    Interested in competing the the 2015 US Open? You can find all the information you need by clicking here!!
    The US Open King Mackerel Tournament is running October 1st (captain’s meeting) to October 3rd (last day of competition).

    Employee Spotlight of the Month!!
    This month’s feature is Max!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Max works in Dry Storage and his main duty is operating the fork lift. He was born in Sunset Harbor, NC and has been around boats his whole life. Max has been a helpful part of our team since July 2013. His hobbies include wake boarding, fishing, and working on his truck. Max works for the marina full time, and is going to college for mechanical engineering.

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

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  • Shoaling Conditions at North Carolina Inlets, June 10, 2015

    Shoaling in the inlets may well mean shoaling in the intersection of the inlet with the Waterway. Pay particular attention to the NC Problem Stretches that involve these inlets: Bogue, Browns, New River, Carolina Beach, Lockwoods and Shalotte. Details of these Problem Stretches are found in the links below.

    NC – COASTAL INLETS – HAZARD TO NAVIGATION DUE TO SHOALING
    Mariners are advised that shoaling conditions exist at the following North Carolina inlets:
    Oregon Inlet
    Hatteras Inlet
    Ocracoke Inlet
    Barden Inlet
    Beaufort Inlet
    Bogue Inlet
    New River Inlet
    Topsail Inlet
    Masonboro Inlet
    Carolina Beach Inlet
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet
    Shallotte Inlet
    Shoaling conditions increase the potential for groundings. These inlets are subject to continual and sometimes rapid environmental changes. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent USACE Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at:
    http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys.aspx
    Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating in these areas and passage through the inlets is not recommended without local knowledge of the area. The aids to navigation in these inlets may not be charted and may not be marking best water due to continually shifting shoals. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation. To report any aids to navigation discrepancies (missing, damaged, off station, extinguished lights), shoaling, hazards to navigation, or discrepancies on bridge lighting, please contact Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-2200. LNM: 23/15

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Bogue Inlet Channel Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For New River/New River Inlet

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Shalotte Inlet Intersection

  • This Weekend! Summer Festival and More in Washington, NC, on the Pamlico River

    little washington

    Washington, NC City Docks and McCotters Marina on Broad Creek, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!, have proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River to “Little Washington” where every day is a special event!

     

     

     

     

     

    June Events in Washington
    Summer Festival

    Get ready for the 32nd Annual Washington Summer Festival THIS WEEKEND! It is the perfect kick-off to summer on the Pamlico and a fantastic end of school celebration. Festivities begin on Friday, June 12th at 5 p.m. Enjoy music, amusements, food, and vendors. The Embers featuring Craig Woolard will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday followed by Fireworks at 9. On Saturday, events begin at 10 a.m. Music will begin at 5:30 p.m. K-OS and the Mikele Buck Band will entertain the crowds at Festival Park. DockDogs will return this year. See the dogs jump from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a complete schedule of events planned for the weekend, CLICK HERE.

    River Roving Crab Cruises


    This summer is the perfect time to enjoy one of the best free experiences in Washington! Call the North Carolina Estuarium today to schedule a River Roving Cruise on the Pamlico. Two special Crab Cruises have been added this season. They are being offered each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. The tours are free, but donations are accepted. Registration is required. For more information about Crab Cruises, or to sign up, call 252-948-0000.IMG_6444

    At the Turnage Theater


    The arts are alive in Washington, now more than ever at the Turnage Theater. The Beaufort County Arts Councils has workshops, exhibits, and events planned to enrich your summer. And, extended weekend hours are offered. The gallery is open Tues-Fri from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. See the Members’ Exhibit and Sale on display now through July 9th. On June 20th, the BCAC will host a fundraising event, Dressing the Part: A Cavalcade of Historic and Theatrical Garments. Call 252.946.2504 for more information. CLICK HERE to see the other exciting programs coming to the Turnage this summer.

     

     

    Save the Date
    June 19th ~ NFL Day on the Waterfront
    June 20th ~ BCCC Garden Tour
    June 20th ~ Historic Washington Ghost Walk
    June 26th ~ ArtWalk
    July 4th ~ Washington’s 4th of July Celebration
    Every Saturday ~ Saturday Market
    Every 3rd Friday ~ Music in the Streets

    Visit our online calendar for a complete listing of upcoming area events.

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

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

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  • Good Words for Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    From AGLCA’s Forum:
    Thanks, Foster, we did make several weather briefings at Southpoint while we waited for Ana to pass. We learned a great deal. Took notes and have used all his info to date. Excellent service Southport provides.
    Donadee Jones
    “Always Home”
    DeFever 47 POC

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

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  • Marlow-Mainship Now in the Carolinas, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

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

    New Yachts to the Carolinas!!

    Is Proud to Announce
    Nordic Tugs and NOW Marlow-Mainship to 3 Locations in North and South Carolina!
    2 Great Lines
    All single engine Diesels focusing on efficiency
    Bow and stern Thrusters
    Excellent for the Great Loop or coastal lifestyle
    Models available in August

    2016 Marlow-Mainship 31E $299,490

    2016 Nordic Tugs 34 Pilot $379,400

    www.intracoastalyachtsales.com
    Charleston
    @ Charleston City Marina
    17 Lockwood Dr.
    Charleston, SC 29401
    OFFICE: 843-412-6587
    FAX: 877-720-8698

    Wrightsville Beach
    @ WB Marina
    10 Marina Street Suite A3
    Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
    OFFICE: 910-256-8803
    FAX: 888-893-9755

    Little River
    @ Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
    720 Hwy 17 – Suite 201
    Little River, SC 29566
    OFFICE: 843-340-0080
    FAX: 888-566-5886

  • Need Propane ? Try Sneads Ferry Marinas, AICW Statute Mile 247

    Our thanks to Captain Jerry for sharing this information on obtaining propane. Sneads Ferry marinas have also always had a good reputation for lower fuel prices. Diesel is $2.45 at New River Marina as of May 12, 2015. See their directory listing below for weekly updated prices.

    Just a note to staff; While traveling The ICW in North Carolina, at Mile Marker 247 there are two marinas where you can receive help filling or exchanging propane.

    Propane Company in Sneads Ferry, N.C.
    Refill or Exchange
    Sneads Ferry LP Gas Company
    777 HWY. 210
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327-2541

    Village True Value Hardware in Sneads Ferry, N.C.
    Exchange Only
    Village True Value Hardware
    2135 HWY. 172
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327-3646

    New River Marina
    104 James Rd.
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327- 2106
    ICW Mile Marker 247

    Swan Point Marina
    123 Page St.
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327- 1081
    ICW Mile Marker 247

    Both of these Marinas are customer friendly and willing to help.
    Captain Jerry
    First Mate Jill
    Vessel: MISS JILL

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New River Marina

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

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