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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. McCotters Marina, Washington, NCR. E. Mayo DocksEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!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 0
Our 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.Dowry Creek MarinaSouthport MarinaMorehead City Yacht BasinPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCManteo 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 boardwalk

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  • Announcement: All North Carolina Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    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”
  • Row Boat in Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route

    Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28. Our thanks to Director Stewart for sharing this experience.

    We had the pleasure of meeting Victor Mooney, a gentleman who has attempted for the past 10 years to travel across the ocean in a mission to raise Aids awareness. He is a gentle spirit who has had some serious challenges, including running out of food, underestimating the rations needed to cross the ocean while expending so many calories, sharks and pirates……and is making the final journey to meet his family in New York.

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    He came to the Swamp yesterday and stayed with us overnight. He deeply respects the waterways and those who travel. He even did not fault the pirates or the shark who put a hole in his boat……he stated they were “hungry”. He believes God has guided his path through all of this journey, even when he had to be rescued and stopped for periods of time.

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    I would like to ask the boating community to keep an eye out for Victor. Show him hospitality and slow down and calm the wake if you pass by. His vessels name is “Spirit of Malabo” named after the capital of Equatorial Guinea. To read more about him, follow these links.

    www.goreechallenge.com
    http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/man-crossing-atlantic-rowboat-stops-ec-2963889
    goreechallenge@gmail.com

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike….take in the sights!

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

  • Two Bridge Closures, October 17, 2015, AICW Statute Mile 283 and Cape Fear River

    With a closed verical clearance of 20ft, the S.R. 74 bridge crosses the Waterway in Wrightsville Beach and, with a closed vertical clearance of 40ft, the Isabel S. Holmes crosses the Cape Fear River in Wilmngton, NC. Obviously, the Wrightsville Beach bridge closure will require planning for ICW cruisers.

    NC – ICW – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – CAPE FEAR RIVER – CAPE FEAR TO WILMINGTON
    Mariners are advised that the annual Beach2Battleship Iron and Half-Iron Triathlons are scheduled on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the S.R. 74 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC and Isabel S. Holmes Bridge across Northeast Cape Fear River, mile 1.0, at Wilmington, NC. The drawbridges are allowed to remain in the closed-to-navigation position at the S.R. 74 Bridge from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and at the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. At all other times, the drawbridges will operate in accordance with
    the operating regulations in 33 CFR Parts 117.821(a) (4) and 117.829 (a), respectively. The vertical clearances above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position are 20 feet at the S. R. 74 Bridge and 40 feet at the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge. Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach these drawbridges with caution. Chart 11537 11541 LNM 34/15

    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

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  • September in 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 September 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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    FORWARD TO A FRIEND!

    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)

  • FOCUS ON – Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and newly opened for business, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC.

     

     

    Port City Marina

    Truly in the “middle of it all”, the brand-new Port City Marina is your gateway to Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. We believe Wilmington is not just a stop on the way to your destination, Wilmington is THE destination. Don’t take our word for it, Wilmington was recently named the “Best American Riverfront in the Country” USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice.

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    Our Marina

    Port City is a protected, deep-water Marina on the Northeast Cape Fear River, equipped with state-of-the-art floating concrete wet slips. We have over 6,000 feet of linear dock space covering 10 acres of water. Our amenities include a full-service fuel dock offering Gasoline & High-Speed Diesel, private & secure bathrooms / showers, metered electric (30, 50, & 100 amp / single & three phase), free wireless internet, pet walking areas, daily trash pick-up, complimentary pump-out services for guests, and a marina store. Have a large boat…no worries…Port City Marina can accommodate boats 250 feet +. We offer daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal & annual rates. We are in the process of installing a large amphitheater on our fixed pier where we will host a range of events from cookouts to live performances. Also coming soon are two new riverfront restaurants, opening in the spring of 2016.

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    Our Location

    We can’t tell you about Port City Marina without bragging about our location. Our Marina is located in the heart of Downtown. Step off of your boat and onto the City’s Riverwalk which puts you within walking distance to all that Downtown Wilmington has to offer. You can eat at a variety of amazing restaurants, explore Wilmington’s scenic array of art and culture, peruse the locally owned shops and boutiques, enjoy some live music, or grab a drink at one of our rooftop bars– there is always plenty to do in Downtown Wilmington. Our marina is conveniently located just 3 miles from the ILM airport.

     

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    Attractions

    No matter what you are into – Wilmington has something for you! Wilmington has a variety of area attractions including:
    Beaches – Relax at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach or Kure Beachbeach
    History – Tour the USS North Carolina Battleship (visible from the marina), the Bellamy Mansion, and the Fort Fisher State Historic Sitecarriage-tours
    Family Friendly – Spend the day at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, visit the Cape Fear Serpentarium, or take a splash at the Jungle Rapids Waterpark.
    Parks – Enjoy one of the many parks in our area including Greenfield Lake, Carolina Beach State Park, Airlie Gardens, and the City’s new North Waterfront Park.
    Arts & Culture – Browse one of the many downtown art galleries, the Cameron Art Museum, or take a tour of Screen Gem Studios where over 400 projects in the area including “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and “Sleepy Hollow” have been filmed.  And tons more.

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    Plan your next stay at Port City Marina
    We realize your boat is a major investment and protecting your investment is just as important as maintaining it – that’s why you will find our friendly staff, well-secured marina, and ideal location makes Port City a great home away from home.
    Directions: Enter the Cape Fear River at Southport, North Carolina. We are located on the Northeast Cape Fear River, approximately 20 miles north of Southport. If you are coming from the North on the ICW, enter the River via Snow’s Cut. We are located approvimately 12 miles north of where Snow’s Cut meets the river. Follow the Cape Fear River north. Along the way you will pass the NC State Port Facility, the USS North Carolina and the scenic downtown Wilmington riverfront. You will pass under one bridge, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Hail the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on Channel 18. The bridge has a clearance of 65 feet when down and 138 feet when raised.

    Planning your next trip? Think about Port City Marina. Call us at 910.251.6151 and we’ll save a spot for you!

    Port City Marina | 10 Harnett Street | Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
    Latitude/Longitude (34°14’39″N, 77°57’05″W)
    www.portcitymarina.com

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

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  • Praise for Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and newly opened for business, is located along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. Skippers Mike and Carol provide our inaugural review of this excellent new marina and we are sure there will be many more to follow!

    Larry,
    Port City Marina
    We recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of nights at Port City Marina on the Wilmington Waterfront and would recommend this marina to anyone who is traveling to Wilmington by water and wanting to stay in a brand-new and well-managed marina.
    We saw their ad in the banner section of Salty Southeast Cruisers Net and decided to give them a call. We also planned our trip around a tour of El Galeon, a 170 foot, 495 ton authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet in the 16th century. El Galeon was also docked at Port City Marina, so our slip was perfect.
    Port City Marina is conveniently located within easy walking distance of downtown Wilmington restaurants and shops. The River Walk which provides a waterfront walkway to the heart of downtown is easily accessed right outside the marina gates. Another plus we found was that the Wilmington free trolley (WAVE) stops right in front of the marina gates. This surprise transportation really came in handy with the rain showers and thunderstorms we experienced for one of our days.
    The Marina has state of the art concrete floating docks, 30-50 and 100 amp service, can handle boats up to 250 feet in length and most important, a knowledgeable and helpful staff. Dock Master Josh Alther and his staff made us feel welcome and went out of their way to make our trip there enjoyable. One other note; we noticed that we had little, if any of the effects of the Cape Fear River tidal currents which sometimes brings debris from the river.
    We would recommend Port City Marina to anyone traveling to the Wilmington waterfront.
    Mike and Carolyn
    Hattitude

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port City Marina

  • Elizabeth City Happenings in September, 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 is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and 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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    Elizabeth City, North Carolina

    Our mailing address is:
    Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    400 S Water St
    Suite 101
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909

    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

  • Swimming Advisory Issued for AICW, Holden Beach, NC, Statute Mile 323

    Holden Beach is immediately south of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. This warning comes in an article by Adam Wagner of StarNewsOnline in Wilmington, NC. The affected area is small and should be lifted within a day or two.

    Swimming advisory issued for part of waterway
    By Adam Wagner
    StarNews Staff
    Published: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 4:29 p.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 4:29 p.m.
    HOLDEN BEACH — State officials Thursday issued an advisory against swimming in the Intracoastal Waterway at the end of Sand Dollar Drive, according to a NC Division of Marine Fisheries release.

    Water samples taken Wednesday showed a higher presence of bacteria than normal.

    Enterococci, the bacteria that was found in higher-than-normal levels, won’t make swimmers sick directly, but could indicate other organisms in the water. Swimmers there have a higher likelihood of gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

    The advisory only affects a 200-feet area around the sign. It is not a beach closing and won’t affect the rest of Holden Beach.

    Thursday’s advisory is the second issued for the Sand Dollar Drive area this summer. The previous advisory was issued on June 4 and canceled one day later.

    The Sand Dollar Drive site is one of 204 that is sampled on a weekly basis between April and October, according to the release. Including Thursday’s advisory, there have been 19 in North Carolina in 2015.

    Testing will continue on a daily basis, according to the release, until bacteria levels return to normal. At that point, the advisory sign will be removed.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Holden Beach

  • Lake Norman USPS August Newsletter

    Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron®, a unit of United States Power Squadrons, District 27, covers North Carolina and North Central South Carolina. United States Power Squadrons® has units in all of the United States and its territories.

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    We are a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote high standards of seamanship and navigation and safe boating for all. Our squadron, located in the beautiful Lake Norman, NC area, includes sail and power boats. We currently have over 100 members.

    CLICK HERE for the Lake Norman USPS homepage

    CLICK HERE For the August Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron Newsletter:

  • Missing Marker in Nine Foot Shoal Channel into Ocracoke, NC, Pamlico Sound, 8/15/2015

    Nine Foot Shoal Channel has been slowly losing its depth for several years now and this missing daybeacon does not help. Heed the warning Skipper Chaplik sends.

    Boaters heading to Okracoke via Nine Foot Shoal Channel should be advised that marker Green 5 is missing. In anything less than perfect visibility conditions it is possible to stray from the channel into extremely shallow water on either side.
    Bill Chaplik

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Nine Foot Sloal Channel

     

    CLICK HERE for an excellent report on Nine Foot Shoal Channel

  • Update on Dinghy Dockage in Silver Lake Harbor, Oracoke, NC, off the AICW, on Pamlico Sound

    Silver Lake Harbor Anchorage lies in the venerable shadow of the 75 ft. Ocracoke Light and is accessible from the NW via Nine Foot Shoal Channel or by Big Foot Slough Channel, which has been recently dredged, and from the south via the Ocracoke Inlet.

    Just thought I’d update this. The park service has a very nice floating dock right by the ferry terminal, but if you stay more than three hours you have to pay. They call it their small boat dock rather than a dinghy dock.
    There is a labeled dinghy dock in front of the grocery store in the square, but there is only one small cleat on it and it is used to secure the bow line of a powerboat in the slip next door. In front of the visitors’ room in the Square, however, there is a very narrow, small dock wedged in next to the fishermen’s exhibit that is in very shallow water. Two kayaks are on a stand in front of it. I’ve asked around and no one knows who it belongs to; and I have parked my dinghy there for two days in the shallow part with a note displayed asking anyone concerned to call me if I am required to move. No calls yet so I think this is probably a pretty good place to park a dink.
    Dan Greenberg

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Silver Lake Harbor

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor and Its Approach Channels

  • High Praise for South Harbour Village Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 311

    South Harbour Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northern shoreline, a short hop west of unlighted daybeacon #8, and not far from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    Came here late in the day low on fuel & hoping someone was still at the marina as most fuel docks close at 5:00 pm. To my delight these guys are open till 7:00! After fueling the dock master hinted that if I hadn’t had a good meal in a while to try the Italian restaurant on site. Their dockage rates are extremely fair at only $1.20 a foot & gave me a BoatUS discount on fuel & dockage. The restaurant was definitely what it was cracked up to be. Being solo I sat at the bar & enjoyed the banter from the locals that came through waiting for their tables. Ben the bartender made sure my glass was always full. I had the duck. Excellent! The Marina showers are hot & clean & I cant say enough about this place. 5 stars!
    CJ Drake

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For South Harbor Village Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Harbour Village Marina

  • August in 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 August 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 for the full calendar of events!

    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)

  • Advice Sought on 6ft Draft in Eastern Pamlico Sound, off the ICW

    We like to think that Skipper Pozun is responding to recent postings extolling the virtues on Manteo, NC, especially a FOCUS ON – Manteo Waterfront Marina. If you sail with a 6ft draft and can offer advice on the areas mentioned, please let us hear from you! Thanks!

    I am traveling south on the ICW to Fla this winter. After entering Albermarle sound N C, i plan to head east to Manteo, Roanoke is., and then south to Ocracoke harbor, Outer Banks NC. Afterwards i will head south to Oriental. I draw 6 feet (SAILBOAT) I want to know the difficulty of maneuvering the route and channels to, in and out, of the first two harbors.
    tony pozun

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Manteo, NC

  • Surf City Bridge Closed to Navigation 4AM to 2PM, M-F, AICW Statute Mile 260.7

    With a closed vertical clearance of 12ft, Surf City Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 261, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #69. By zooming in on the satellite (Hybrid) position of the Chartlet window, you can see the long western fenders. These restrictions will mean either long, leisurely mornings or very careful planning to make the 0830 opening!

    NC – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – DRAWBRIDGE CLOSURES
    Mariners are advised that the S.R. 50 Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 260.7, at Surf City, NC will be undergoing reconstruction of the bridge fender system between August 17 and October 23, 2015. The bridge will remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Monday through Friday; except for scheduled openings at 8:30 a.m. and 12 noon, and openings for commercial tug and barge traffic unable to transit through the bridge during a scheduled opening, if at least 3 hours notice is given. Commercial tug and barge traffic should adjust voyage plans, when possible, to transit through the bridge during a scheduled opening. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the operating regulations in 33 CFR Part 117.821 (a) (2).
    The vertical clearance above mean high water in the closed-to-navigation position is 13 feet. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed-to-navigation position may do so at anytime. Mariners should approach the drawbridge with extreme caution. Chart 11541 LNM 32/15

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  • Good Comments for Manteo Waterfront Marina, Pamlico Sound, NC

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    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Manteo Waterfront Marina is located on the western shores of Doughs Creek, northwest of marker #10. Click Here for a video on the entrance channel.

    Visited here recently twice. A great stop and stay for at least two days. Rent car from local Ford dealer is best. The channel while challenging for first timers is actually easy. This channel is a good example of fear of unknown.
    John Winter

    Also see FOCUS ON – Manteo Waterfront Marina

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

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  • FOCUS ON – Manteo Waterfront Marina, Pamlico Sound

    Manteo 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 boardwalkWe heartily recommend a visit to Manteo, NC, with its really good restaurants, plentiful shopping and access to multiple historical attractions. And, you simply can’t do better than to coil your lines at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Manteo Waterfront Marina. Tell Captain Carl we sent you!!!

    Cruisers who have not visited Manteo in the past fifteen years will hardly recognize the waterfront or the downtown district. The city docks have been completely rebuilt and expanded and the downtown is filled with interesting shops, restaurants, shoreside businesses of all descriptions with classical-style buildings that await exploration by visiting cruisers.
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    The Manteo Waterfront Marina was constructed as part of Manteo’s redevelopment for the celebration of America’s 400th Anniversary, but its history starts long before the pleasure boats and boardwalk. The waterfront in Manteo acted as the hub of industry and commerce in Dare County for many years. There were oil tanks and fishing boats dotting the old wharfs and fish houses. There was an ice plant to package fish for transport, where Roanoke Island Festival Park now hosts concerts and performances. What was once the center of life in Dare County with busy court days and mail arriving by ship is now host to a quiet marina, maritime history center, and a replica of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.
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    The Manteo Waterfront Marina, situated on Doughs Creek, is one of three marinas in Shallowbag Bay and the best escape from a hard northeast wind on the north end of Roanoke Island. A short pleasurable cruise following the alternate route Manteo Waterfront Marina is approximately five miles off the ICW. Numerous boatyards and service providers are close by and can be contacted with information provided by Dockmaster, Carl Jordan. It needs to be noted, that Carl runs a “tight ship” for Manteo Waterfront Marina and is a wealth of local knowledge as to what is happening in the area. Visiting cruisers’ can rest assured they are in excellent hands while staying in his marina.
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    Manteo Waterfront Marina welcomes transient cruisers. This quaint marina has 53 slips and can accommodate vessels up to 150’. Power (30, 50, and 100 amp) service is available along with water, cable and wifi. There is a well-kept comfort station with laundry services, shower facilities, and boater’s library with varied titles. A pump station is available with fuel docks close by. The amenities at Manteo Waterfront Marina are complemented by colorful landscaping set against idyllic Doughs Creek. Few will find a visit here to be anything less than appealing. There is over a mile of public boardwalk with on ground grilling facilities and dining area set up to host clubs.
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    There are restaurants and shops steps from the marina and the grocery store is a quarter of a mile away. Roanoke Island is also host to numerous attractions. The Lost Colony, the longest running outdoor drama in the country, plays nightly from May through August. North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is open daily and features numerous exhibits. Also on Roanoke Island are Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the Elizabethan Gardens and the Alligator River National Wildlife Visitors Center. See where your seafood really comes from by visiting the very southern end of Roanoke Island and pick up todays catch straight from the docks.

    A quick drive over the Washington Baum Bridge and you are at the beaches of the northern Outer Banks. There are many sites to visit and restaurants. Be sure to catch the sunset from Jockey’s Ridge State Park and don’t miss the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

    For more information please visit: http://www.townofmanteo.com/marina

    Or contact Dockmaster, Carl Jordan at 252-305-4800
    The Marina monitors channel 16 and uses Channel 9 as their working channel

    Already on your way? Check this video for helpful tip to approach the marina:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNIMU1Uspqg

    Still contemplating a trip? This should seal the deal.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VKRALDBaOY

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

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  • DATE CORRECTION: Gallants Channel Bridge (US 70), 2-Hr Closure, 9/12 (!!), 11:00AM-1:00PM, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201

    The LNM below had originally listed 9/16 as the date, BUT the triathlon is on 9/12! Our thanks to Skipper Jaranyi for catching the error! With a closed vertical clearance of 13ft, the Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge is off the Waterway and this 2-hr closure would affect those southbound cruisers making use of the Gallants Channel to visit the Beaufort waterfront.

    NC – MOREHEAD CITY HARBOR CHANNEL – BEAUFORT INLET – BEAUFORT (GALLANTS) CHANNEL
    Mariners are advised that the US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge, at mile 0.1, over Beaufort (Gallants) Channel at Beaufort NC, will be closed to navigation from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to accommodate the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation triathlon. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 13 feet, above mean high water. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.823. Mariners able to pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time, should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11541 LNM 31/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gallants Channel

  • Brief Closures, 9/12 and 13, 8:30-9:00, Alfred A. Cunningham Bridge, Trent River, New Bern NC

    With a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, the Alfred Cunningham Bridge connects New Bern and James City crossing the intersection of the Trent and Neuse Rivers.

    NORTH CAROLINA – NEUSE RIVER – TRENT RIVER
    Mariners are advised that the US 70 (Alfred C. Cunningham) Bridge, at mile 0.0, across Trent River, at New Bern, NC will be closed-to-navigation, from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 12 and 13, 2015 during the annual Historic Newbern Bike Ride. The available vertical clearance in the closed position to vessels is approximately 14 feet, above mean high water. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.843(a). Mariners able to pass under the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time, should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11548 LNM 31/15

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  • As Usual: Shoaling Reported near Hatteras Inlet, Pamlico Sound, NC

    As you will see by the Navigation Alert symbols on the Chartview page, shoaling has been par for the course through this area. And, as we have been advising for years, no one should attempt to make use of this inlet channel without very specific local knowledge!

    NC – HATTERAS INLET – SOUTH FERRY TERMINAL – SHOALING
    Mariners are advised that an aera of shoaling has been reported IVO of Hatteras Inlet between South Ferry Terminal Lighted buoy 1SF (LLNR 28699.1) and South Ferry Terminal Buoy 6SF (LLNR 28707) to depths as low as 2.6 feet mean low water. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. Chart 11555 LNM 31/15

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