Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Carolina Yacht CareR. E. Mayo DocksLocated 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 fishingMcCotters Marina, Washington, NCRiver Dunes910-269-2380 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.
Morehead City Yacht BasinManteo Waterfront Marina is now run by the Town of Manteo.  It boasts 53 slips that can accommodate boats up to 140 feet.  The marina is situated right next to  historic downtown Manteo on a boardwalkPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, 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.Southport MarinaDowry Creek MarinaBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NC

All North Carolina Cruising News

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-28-2010

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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!

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Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”

Marina Dock Age Publication Names Southport Marina As The “Marina of the Year” in 2013, AICW Statute Mile 309

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-23-2014

Southport MarinaEven though this publication is written primarily for marina owners and managers, it is a source of much information related to the boating industry. Well worth your time to read.

Southport Marina - Click for Chartview

Southport Marina – Click for Chartview

The April 2014 has an excellent article about 2013 Marina of the Year, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina in Southport, NC.

For the publication, go to:

http://marinadockage.com/index.html

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Reminder: Camp Lejeune Firing Exercises May Delay AICW Navigation, Statute Miles 235-240

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-23-2014

Onslow Beach – Click for Chartview

Notification of these firing exercises appear regularly in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners. Note Line 5 in bold. If this is your first time through the Camp Lejeune area, you may be unaware of the possible delays. Normally, if firing is underway, you will be stopped by very courteous, but armed, Marines aboard small vessels, Range Control Boats. SSECN attempts to post all announced dates of closure. We hope you aren’t delayed, but, if so, log it as another of the many wonderful experiences of traveling the ICW!

NC – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES
1. The Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIE-MCB CamLej), North Carolina, has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean between a point approximately 4.5 miles east of Bogue Inlet to a point approximately 10 miles southwest of New River Inlet, North Carolina, within the existing danger zone (depicted as 334.440) as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be hazardous to navigation because of field firing exercises during the periods and times stated below. Firing will be up to 15 nautical miles seaward. Vessels are urged to avoid the above area during the periods stated except for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, where mariners traveling through this area can expect a delay of about one to four hours during the below times. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449.
2. The restricted areas in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
Atlantic Coast Sector Live Fire Operations
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missiles and ranges)
Atlantic Coast Sector Non-Live fire operations
12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
3. The restricted areas in the New River, as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11542, that WILL be closed to navigation because of Stone Bay Rifle Range firing exercises during the following periods:
Stone Creek Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
West of the 77 (deg) 26(min) longitude line.
The restricted areas that MAY be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
Traps Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
Courthouse Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
East of the 77 (deg) 26 (min) longitude line.
Grey Point Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
Farnell Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
Morgans Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
Jacksonville Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
4. The Target Bombing Area N1/BT-3 Impact Area in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, may be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
N1/BT-3 Live Fire Operations:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missile and ranges)
N1/BT-3 Non-Live Fire Operations:
12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
5. Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Inland Waters in the Browns Island Inlet area between Bear Creek and Onslow Beach, may be closed for firing exercises during the following periods:
Live Fire Operations:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Ranges)
Non-Live Fire Operations:
12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (Boat-Maneuvering)
6. Ship operations consisting of landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and helicopters may be conducted in the Onslow Beach operating area and all sectors of New River from 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449. LNM: 16/14

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Report from New Topsail Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 270

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-23-2014

Marker #99A - Click for Chartview

Marker #99A – Click for Chartview

Dredging was last completed in February of 2013. From Skipper Murtha’s observations, shoaling has begun to fill the green side of the intersection again. Skipper Murtha’s advice to stay near the red side, near the docks, is valid and also remains SSECN’s best advice for this intersection. Several Navigation Alerts have been necessary for this stretch in the past.

New Topsail is a problem a hundred yards before 99A till you clear 99 by the same distance. On 4-22-14 our sailing vessel with a 4′ 3″ draft was temporarily grounded on the green side of the channel. This happened very near low tide. Passage is no problem at this time if vessels run the red side of the channel close to the many docks on that side. At the time of our grounding another sailboat with a draft of 6′ 7″ ran the “red side” without a problem.
We were able to hoist our sails to free the vessel and also passed through staying close to the various docks on the red side (extreme left side of marked channel).
Jim Murtha

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Missing Marker Reported at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-23-2014

AICW/Mason Inlet – Click for Chartview

Carolina Yacht CareSouthport MarinaA Local Notice to Mariners from August of 2013 that reported shoaling in the vicinity of ICW Marker #121 resulted in the posting of a Navigation Alert for this intersection, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120325. Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care and Southport Marina, TWO SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs! has received numerous reports that G121 is missing. Dredging was just completed on April 20 and it is possible that the marker was removed to enable the dredge to work that shoaling. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=138060 for more on this weather/navigation reporting service offered by these two excellent facilities.

From cruiser emails resulting from the Navigation brief provided in Southport: We’ve had several boats pass through this area from 4/17/14 through 4/21/14. All report G121 missing. Dredging operations were recently completed and the buoy hasn’t been on station since.
This area is causing fits. They recently dredged it and we’ve had reports of boats successfully transiting on the Magenta Line (as recently as yesterday). Calling Towboat US today to try to improve our understanding of it.
Since this AM I spoke with TowboatUS and confirmed 12′ in the ICW.
Hank Pomeranz

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AICW Shoaling Reported at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280, August 5, 2013

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-23-2014

AICW/Mason Inlet – Click for Chartview

The AICW shoaling reported below, in this article cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners, seems to lie along the path of the Waterway where it passes west of ultra-shallow Mason Inlet, hard by marker #131 and north of Wrightsville Beach, NC.
We deeply suspect only a part of the AICW channel is really 3.4 feet deep at MLW, or we would have hear FAR more about these shallows before now. HAS ANYONE ENCOUNTERED shallow depths while cruising the Waterway in this region. If (or if not) so, PLEASE share your observations with the cruising community by either making use of the “Comment” function below, or sending e-mail to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net. Many thanks in advance!

NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER – SHOALING
Shoaling to a depth of 3.4 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of New River- Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597).

NOTE: As of April 23, 2014, G121 has been reported missing. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139474

We grounded there with a 5,5ft draft. While our rudder was free, our keel was stuck and our depth sounder showed 5 ft. We could however not move. We were towed by Seatow and fell onto our side and was towed for about 60 feet on our side before stabilizing. Our rudder was bent and our boat twisted, which resulted in serious damage. As we understood from both Seatow and Boatus, the barges create pockets with walls over an extended area. Be very careful and pass within 20 feet of the docks [red side].
Sonia

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A Visit to Big Trout Marina, Engelhard, NC – Western Shores of Pamlico Sound

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-22-2014

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Big Trout Marina – Click for Chartview

Big Trout Marina, on the mainland shore of Pamlico Sound, guards the northerly banks of Far Creek and Engelhard harbor, a short distance west of flashing daybeacon #10.

Claiborne,
Attached are a few photos from the Neuse Sailing Association’s visit to Engelhard in 2013. In the photo with me in the foreground on my Catalina 34, Blue Wind II, you can see the masts of the sailboats behind me lined up down the marina’s dock. We filled every open slip and the full length of the wharf. The marina is a little sketchy for boats drawing more than five feet, and the channel is narrow coming ( sailboats are advised to “hug the greens”), but the marina owners were very hospitable. They cooked up a big dinner of fried fish, hush puppies and fixins just for our club. They knew we were coming, of course. On the down side, the showers leave much to be desired and some of the boats along the outer dock had some polarity lights coming on because of some power issues. But all in all, we had a great one-night stay.
Carl Crothers

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Cruising Pamlico Sound, off the AICW in Eastern North Carolina

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-22-2014

Ocracoke, NC – Click for Chartview

Ocracoke Island, mentioned in this article from the AGLCA forum, is part of the North Carolina Outer Banks and lies on the eastern edge of Pamlico Sound. The National Park Service Docks lie on the northern shores of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor, just east of its entrance.

The “outside” route to the ICW is definitely through Pamlico Sound, not the ocean, where you have to go way around Cape Lookout then around Diamond Shoals.
The Pamlico Sound and adjacent waters are subject to very nasty conditions due to its very steep, close chop. You don’t see many boats out when strong winds are forecast with 2-3 foot waves… each wave is like running through a 3 foot brick wall. This is why they built the ICW. When calm, it is a fun cruise, especially if you stop and enjoy Ocracoke, a GREAT cruising destination, and Manteo, another fun little town and area to explore.
This has been our home cruising grounds for a few years now, and we used it a lot when doing our cruising up and down the entire east coast and adjacent waters.
George

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Don’t Miss “Oriental Nautical Wheelers” in Oriental, NC (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-22-2014

Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCIMG_7778rzedOver the weekend of April 19-20, 2014 I had the good fortune to attend the Oriental, NC Boat Show, and hold three seminars. During the show, I made the acquaintance of Bill and Camilla Wheeler and their unique business, “Oriental Nautical Wheelers.” I am very pleased to say that this firm is our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
Oriental Nautical Wheelers is located in a historical Oriental homeplace, right on (411) Broad Street (252-249-0359), in downtown Oriental. It is within easy walking distance of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Oriental Marina and Condos, and Oriental Harbor Marina, plus the town’s two free docks. From Whittaker Creek, you will need to have auto transportation available for a visit.
How to describe Oriental Nautical Wheelers? I could say that this unique establishment contains everything “coastal” from clothing, to shoes, to home furnishings and accessories, to Adirondack chairs. However, that would overlook the wine section, the voluminous selection of all types of gifts and personal items, not to mention the “revolutionary Keira Watering Cans.”
The selection and range of merchandise is staggering, in a very good way, you understand! EVERY cruiser visiting Oriental will want to be SURE to include a stroll to “Oriental Nautical Wheelers.” Don’t believe me? Well, then just follow the photo gallery link below!

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Oregon Inlet Too Shoaled to Dredge – Inlet Will Now Be Left “To the Elements” – Pamlico Sound, Outer Banks, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-22-2014

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Shoaling has been steadily increasing in the main channel of Oregon Inlet for several years (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=52021) prompting SSECN to recommend that cruisers with a draft over 3ft avoid the inlet and that only shallow draft vessels should attempt the inlet only with very exact local knowledge. Shoaling had become so severe that it was undermining the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet resulting in the closure of the bridge to road traffic. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129461
Dredging of the inlet was last completed in December of 2013. and this most recent shoaling virtually closes the inlet to all but shallowest draft vessels.

HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C.
Oregon Inlet has shoaled to a depth of about 2 feet and is too shallow for dredging.
The channel under the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge connecting Hatteras Island to
the northern Outer Banks will be left to the elements, according to a news
release from the Army Corps of Engineers. The side-casting dredge Merritt
was unable to operate.
“I had not seen the conditions that bad before and that when we were able to
move enough sand to float, the surrounding sand would fill the hole we had
dug, immediately filling in behind us and trapping us in place,” Ray Bleam,
a dredging master, said in a statement.
There are no immediate plans to resume dredging, said Hank Heusinkveld, a
Corps of Engineers spokesman.
The Coast Guard will broadcast safety information every hour on VHF marine
channel 16 to alert sailors to the conditions, according to the release.
Frank Wiegand

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Good Words for R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks, AICW Statute Mile 157

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-21-2014

R E Mayo Seafood Docks – Click for Chartview

R. E. Mayo DocksIn June of 2012, I cruised to R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks, one of our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS. It was a very interesting visit indeed, and I think I can say without any fear of telling an inaccuracy, this is one of the most unique facilities that has ever chosen to support our web site. R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks flanks the western shores of the “Hobucken Cut” portion of the North Carolina AICW, south of the Hobucken Bridge and north of marker #21.

We spent a night on the RE Mayo dock and found everything to be as described. There were three sailboats tied up that night along with the fishing vessels. As others have said, the electrical leaves a bit to be desired, but at 0.40 a foot, it’s fine! You’ll need plenty of fenders also. We purchased some delicious shrimp (it was frozen, shrink-wrapped). There is a very well stocked convenience store across the Hobucken bridge. My husband also said that the ships store at RE Mayo is also well stocked.
Kathrine Noel

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

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-21-2014

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

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

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

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“Paddle for the Border”, May 3, 2014, Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-15-2014

Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

Dismal Swamp Welcome Center – Click for Chartview

PLEASE, NO WAKE! as you pass these paddlers. Go slow and enjoy the Canal!
The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28 and would be a great place to watch and cheer on the participants.

VA – CHESAPEAKE – DISMAL SWAMP CANAL
MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE PADDLE FOR THE BORDER WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 3, 2014 ON THE DISMAL SWAMP CANAL. THE EVENT WILL COMMENCE AT 7 A.M. AND LAST UNTIL 3 P.M. THE SAME DAY. WHILE THE EVENT SHOULD NOT IMPEDE TRAFFIC, MARINERS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITTING THE AREA.

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Washington, NC’s Saturday Market Opens April 19th, Pamlico River, off the AICW

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-15-2014

Washington City Docks – Click for Chartview

Whether 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 0Washington, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is one of the most delightful ports of call on the North Carolina coastline. The town is located off the direct path of the AICW, but it’s usually a pleasant 30 mile cruise upstream on Pamlico River from the Waterway’s passage across this body of water to the Washington City Docks.
These delightful Saturday Markets run through October 11th and offer fresh produce and local seafood, as well as an artisan fair of crafts and artwork. The Market operates from 8AM to Noon and is located near the Washington City Docks.

For full details go to:
http://www.washingtononthewater.com/Saturdaymarket.html

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REMINDER: Northern Mouth of Alligator River, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 81

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-14-2014

A reminder to everyone that the location of markers through this stretch does not coincide with older charts or with the Magenta line. Our oft repeated advice: follow the markers, not the Magenta line! Smaller buoys are often difficult to spot and require a reduction in speed and a sharp lookout!
For more comments on the area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125911 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=101600 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=56971.

Temporary floating red buoy! Didn’t go aground but S/V ahead of us did! Slow and easy!
Adventure

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Request for Information on National Park Service Docks in Ocracoke, Pamilco Sound, NC

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-09-2014

Silver Lake - Click for Chartview

Silver Lake – Click for Chartview

The Ocracoke National Park Service Docks are on the northern shores of Silver Lake Harbor, just east of its entrance.

Would love to hear if anyone has stayed at the NPS dock in the past few months. We sailed to Ocracoke about a year ago and the NPS docks were covered in bird droppings and looked to be in disrepair. The fellow at the desk at the adjacent museum (or whatever that building is) wasn’t happy to be answering questions about it! So we just anchored that time, but would like more current information for an upcoming trip.
Kathrine Noel

I’m reporting in [from Ocracoke] that the NPS docks are closed and “under construction”. There is obvious construction on the sidewalks and there was a tiny sign saying the docks were closed. There is a new dingy dock that is very nice. We used it, though it’s behind the construction area, so it probably couldn’t be used during the work week. Had a delicious dinner at the Flying Melon. I did forget to say that the docks are supposed to be ready for service in May. We’ll see; I’m not confident!!
Headed to Belhaven tomorrow to wait out the yucky weather. Will post a review of that visit too!
Kathrine Noel

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US 70, Morehead City – Newport River Bridge Repairs, AICW Statute Mile 203.8

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-09-2014

Morehead City Newport River Bridge – Click for Chartview

While few cruisers will be affected by these night-time repairs, it’s good to be aware of any unusual activities on the Waterway. High-Rise US 70 bridge crosses the Waterway just north of the Morehead City Railway and connects Morehead City and Beaufort, NC.

NC – BEAUFORT INLET AND SOUTHERN CORE SOUND – NEWPORT RIVER – BRIDGE REPAIR
Mariners are advised that concrete and shotcrete repairs will be conducted at the US 70/High Rise (fixed) Bridge, at AICW mile 203.8, across Newport River in Morehead City, NC beginning April 14, 2014 and continue through July 14, 2014, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. A temporary snooper crane/work platform shall be suspended at various locations from atop the bridge along with a barge in the waterway. The waterway shall remain open. We advise mariners to check for future notices on this project and should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart: 11545 LNM: 14/14

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Dismal Swamp Route Recommended, AICW Alternate Route

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-07-2014

Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

Dismal Swamp Welcome Center – Click for Chartview

The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28.
The Dismal Swamp Canal State Park Bridge, with 0 ft vertical clearance, is a small, pedestrian foot bridge that crosses the canal just south of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center. This span had malfunctioned, and could not be opened. However, this situation has been remedied and the Dismal Swamp Canal is now open to navigation.

These good comments about the Great Dismal Swamp Canal come from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association’s forum.

Re: Dismal Swamp or other route:
The Great Dismal, by all means. Passed thru that way last July in our 30′ Trawler, draft 3.4 feet. A great way to prepare for the hustle & bustle you will encounter at mile Zero and further north. Teems with wildlife and is almost empty of people & waterfront homes. It is anything BUT, Dismal.
May you have fair winds and following seas,
Bill & Bonnie Sweeney
The Elissa II

We like the Great Dismal Swamp route so much, that unless the canal is closed, we always take the canal route. The stops at Elizabeth City free town docks, South Mills, the Welcome Center and the docks south of Deep Creek Lock, all free, make this a must do. The canal transit itself it beautiful. Here are a couple of our blog posts that might give you some details.
http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot.com/2013/07/elizabeth-city-north-carolina-harbor-of.html
http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-great-dismal-swamp-canal-and.html
Chuck Baier

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

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

Oriental, NC – Click for Chartview

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

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

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

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

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

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North Carolina Mariners Museum Annex, Beaufort, NC Now Offering Transient Dockage, Near St. M. 201)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-01-2014

NC Mariners Museum Annex Docks - Beaufort, NC

NC Mariners Museum Annex Docks – Beaufort, NC – Google Earth

The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net just received an e-mail from former “Coastal Cruising” magazine contributor, Captain Brent Creelman, who now works with the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina. As you will read below, the museum annex, which lies at the intersection of the Gallants Channel and Town creek, north of the eventually to be replaced (with a high-rise) Grayden Paul bridge, near 34°43.669′N,76°40.054′W, is now offering transient dockage for visiting vessels. The transient rate is a VERY reasonable $1.00 per foot, per night!
While power and water connections are available, there are no other shoreside facilities, and it will be a hefty walk (or a very quick taxi ride) from this facility to the many delights and dining attractions in downtown Beaufort. Mariners should also be advised that to reach these docks, they must either navigate the Bulkhead Channel from Beaufort Inlet, and then pass through the restricted Grayden Paul Bridge, or run the somewhat iffy (but still very do-able), Russell Slue – Gallant Channel route from the AICW to a point just short of Town Creek.
martimemuseumannexdocksEven with those mild disadvantages, many cruisers will be understandably enticed by the dockage rates featured at these docks. If interested, drop Captain Creelman an email, or give him a call!

Ahoy Fellow Mariners!
The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort invites transient vessels and historically significant craft to visit and be our guests at the museum’s expansion site on Gallants Channel just north of downtown.
The facility has deep water wharfs running some 1,500’ and floating docks with 10 slips and a 100’ face dock.
The Friends of the Museum is offering a very reasonable short term dockage rate of just $1/foot per night, or $10/foot per month.
Water and power are available but there are no shore side facilities at this time. There is ample parking on site.
Located less than a mile from the AICW the site is well protected, has plenty of water depth, and is just a mile from Beaufort’s Front Street.
Brent Creelman
Director of Operations
Friends of the Museum
brent@maritimefriends.org
252-728-2762

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