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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. An active, gated golf community on the coast of North Carolina, Scotch Hall Preserve offers properties, homes, and other real estate options for those looking to live an active lifestyle.McCotters Marina, Washington, NCR. E. Mayo DocksNautical Wheelers - New Bern NCRiver DunesEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Located on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishing
Bridge 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 boardwalkDowry Creek MarinaOur 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.Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCSouthport MarinaMorehead City Yacht Basin

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  • 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!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • IMPORTANT! Pre-Public Meetings Survey of Anchoring Rights

    Pursuant to the upcoming public meetings (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143945) on anchoring rights and regulations in Vero Beach and Bradenton, FL, Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide sends our readers this Seven Seas Cruising Association survey. Please open the survey link and submit your opinions. It is critical that cruisers have a voice in these discussions, especially since so many of you are in northern waters during September.
    For well written and well thought out arguments from a landowner and boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s comments at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143720

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has created an online survey to gather thoughts and opinions on Florida anchoring rights and the process being undertaken to propose draft legislation to allow municipalities to restrict anchoring in the state public waters within their geographical boundaries. You do NOT need to be an SSCA member to take the survey, it doesn’t ask for your email address, and it takes only about 10 minutes. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSCAANCHORING2014

    SSCA will be representing their membership and boaters in general at the upcoming meetings (Vero Beach, Sep. 3; Bradenton, Sep. 4). It has been working for years with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), landowners, boaters, and legislators to come up with workable solutions to deal with anchored derelict, abandoned and long-term live-aboard boats without affecting cruising boats. SSCA helped immensely with the current FWC Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program, and, whether you’re for or against it, excessive anchoring restrictions were mostly avoided by going through a thoughtful process, in my opinion. It could have been a lot worse.

    Now, for the “lot worse” – FWC seems to be under pressure from certain municipalities who did not participate in the Pilot Program, but want to restrict anchoring. In the July 2014 meeting, a framework for proposed draft legislation was established and will be further discussed at the upcoming meetings (a public comment period will follow). The proposed concepts for consideration and comment include no-anchoring zone distances from private waterfront property (300′ is noted) and public facilities – mooring fields, boat ramps, marinas, etc… – (150′ is noted), plus conditions that would exclude boats from being stored at anchor. (See http://www.waterwayguide.com/waterway-updates/news/GEN/4185/ALERT-Florida-anchoring-regulations-meetings-announced for details of the proposed concepts, plus more information about the two meetings in September.)

    If you are a Florida resident, please also let your legislators know how you feel about your freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser anywhere and have not already, consider joining SSCA – it not only helps defend anchoring rights in Florida and practically everywhere else, it is a great gathering of local, coastal and world-wide cruisers with a lot of resources and events. But either way, please take the survey. Here’s the link again: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSCAANCHORING2014

    Happy cruising!
    MikeA

    Mike Ahart, News Editor, Waterway Guide
    804-313-0274
    www.waterwayguide.com

  • Restricted Openings for US 70 Bridge, October 11-12, Trent River, New Bern, NC

    The Alfred C. Cunningham Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, connects New Bern and James City, crossing the intersection of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. The bridge normally opens on demand, responding on Channel 13.

    NC — PAMILICO SOUND – NEUSE RIVER – TRENT RIVER –BRIDGE CLOSURE
    Mariners are advised that the US 70 (Alfred C. Cunningham) Bridge, at mile 0.0, across the Trent River, at New Bern, NC need only open every two hours, between 9 a. m. and 7 p. m., to facilitate the free and safe movement of attendees during the annual MUMFEST on Saturday, October 11, 2014. On Sunday, October 12, 2014 the drawbridge need only open every two hours, between 9 a. m. and 5 p. m. The available vertical clearance in the closed-to-navigation position is approximately 14 feet, above MHW. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance
    with the drawbridge regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.843 (a). Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so and should adjust their transits accordingly. Chart 11552. LNM: 25/14

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

  • “Dismal Day” at Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, October 11, AICW Alternate Route

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28.

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    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

  • September Events in Washington, NC, Pamlico River, off the AICW

    Washington, 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.

    September Events in Washington
    On Stage This Month
    The Turnage Theater stage will be busy this month. Bill Leslie and Lorica will perform modern Celtic music on September 6th. Then, the Pamlico Opry continues. September performances include John Dee Holeman and Lightnin’ Wells on September 13th. The Barefoot Movement will take the stage on the 27th.

    The Tar Heel Variety Theater in Chocowinity welcomes James Gregory to its stage on September 27th. He has been called the funniest man in America and provides good, clean humor that will keep you in stitches.

    Rainbow of Quilts
    The Pamlico River Quilter’s Guild will hold its biennial Quilt Show, titled Rainbow of Quilts. will showcase quilts made by guild members including hand and machine quilted bed and smaller quilts. ”Quilt-related demonstrations, a boutique of handmade gifts, antique quilt bed turnings, vendors, and a donation quilt will also be featured. This event will be held at the Washington Civic Center, September 26-27.

    ICW Anniversary Celebration
    The Belhaven Chamber of Commerce and the community invite you to celebrate the 66th Anniversary of the ICW on Saturday, September 20th. The day-long event will feature music, vendors, a blessing of the fleet, and much more. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed as visitors would have 60+ years ago!

    For more upcoming events in the area, please visit us online at VisitWashingtonNC.com or call 1-800-999-3857 to receive a printed 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

  • September Events in Historic Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Kickoff the Fall with a visit to friendly historic Edenton, NC. They are 300 Years Young!

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    Monday, September 8, 2014
    The 8th Annual Armchair Traveler Series
    The Friends of the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library hosts this series on Germany in September and through mid-October with special events and speakers. To find out all the details, call the library at 252-482-4112.
    Friday, September 12, 2014
    Taste of Edenton
    Enjoy Food & Fun on the Barker House Lawn from the menus of regional food establishments. Revel in the sounds of “Country Classics Band”.
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    2nd Saturday Yoga
    The 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Panel Room is the site for Yoga Class led by three talented local instructors, Patti Mordecai, Clara King and Katy Ebersole.
    Friday & Saturday, September 12 & 13, 2014
    Open Studio Weekend at Sound Shore Pottery
    Local Edenton Potter, Frank Miglorie, will open his studio to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The studio is located on 1222 Sound Shore Drive, Edenton, NC. Frank will be working throughout the day demonstrating the various aspects of the art of pottery making.
    Monday, September 15 – 19, 2014
    Plein Air Workshop
    A week long Plein Air Workshop will be hosted by the Chowan Arts Council and taught by renowned artist, Jack Pardue. Get full information and application at the Gallery.
    Tuesday, September 16 – 22, 2014
    227th Anniversary of the US Constitution
    Celebrate the signing of the U S Constitution with exhibits and tours emphasizing Edenton residents who were part of this historic event. The Historic Edenton State Historic Site is open Tuesday – Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm. Tuesday, September 17th at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, the Edenton Tea Party Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a commemorative celebration with the ringing of the bells at 4 pm and the Honorable Terrance Boyle sharing remarks at 3 pm.
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Rocky Hock Playhouse
    Blessed Assurance the Fanny Crosby Storyby Gloria Emmerich, lunch buffet at Nixon’s Catering and Banquet Facility. Call for schedule and ticket pricing.
    September 23-27, 2014
    67th Chowan County Regional Fair
    Amusement rides, entertainment, exhibits, and great food at the American Legion Fairgrounds! To purchase tickets in advance send check or money order to: Chowan County Regional Fair P.O. Box 390 Edenton, NC 27932
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    2nd Annual Live-Your-Dash 8K & Fun Run
    An off-road race to raise support for the George & Alex Memorial Scholarship. Great waterfront views through Wharf Landing and Edenton Lake and Harbor along the way! Rain or shine.
    Register Today at www.raceit.com. Live Your Dash

    For a complete list of events and historical sites, go to:
    http://www.visitedenton.com/?utm_source=August+Tourism+Happenings&utm_campaign=August+Happenings+2014&utm_medium=email

    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)

  • Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, Saturday, September 13, 11am-6pm, Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

    Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCNautical Wheelers, one of the newest Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsors, will host one of the 18 Porches full of music for the “Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival” on Saturday, September 13 from 12-4pm! Oriental will be jumpin’ and jammin’ so come join the fun! See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139391 for more on Nautical Wheelers.

    Join us in Oriental, NC for the 1st ever Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, September 13, Saturday, 11-6 pm. This event celebrates the pickers and musicians that that once played on the front porch of the Ol’ Store. There will be 18 porches around the Town of Oriental full of music including guitars, banjos, horns and even ukuleles. Bring your instruments and voices too, there will be a porch to jam on and even a sing along. Nautical Wheelers will feature Mac playing country/rockabilly and we will have store specials too. Need more music? Go music, go online and get tickets for the MalPass Brothers playing at the Old Theater on September 12th and 13th. http://www.pamlicomusic.org/season-calendar.html
    More details coming on https://www.facebook.com/OldPorchMusicFestival

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Oriental Marina and Condos

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

  • A Good Visit to Albemarle Plantation Marina, Northern Shore of Albemarle Sound

    Albemarle Plantation Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is located off the AICW, on the northern shores of Albemarle Sound, on Yeopim River/Creek. Skipper Parker’s description of this facility makes a Waterway side trip up the Albemarle Sound very inviting!

    We spent Saturday night, 08-16-14, at Albemarle Plantation Marina and enjoyed a very pleasant experience. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful and the facility itself was well maintained, although showing a few signs of age. The showers and bathrooms were as nice and clean as any we have ever used. The pool was large, clean and very refreshing on a hot day. We decided to rent a golf cart and put it to good use in exploring the massive property. We did not get a chance to try the restaurant as it was being used for a private golfing event. This marina is off the beaten path but worth the effort in getting there.
    Dick Parker

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Albemarle Plantation Marina

  • Nighttime Height Restrictions at Wrightsville Beach Bridge , AICW Statute Mile 283.1

    The US 74 Bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 20ft [reduced to 15ft with repairs] and crosses the Waterway in the heart of Wrightsville Beach. These closures should not affect navigation, but late-night boaters expecting a 20ft clearance should heed this Local Notice.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW)
    Mariners are advised that maintenance will be performed at the S.R. 74 Bridge across AICW mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC, beginning September 7, 2014 through September 19, 2014 each night, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. To facilitate repairs, a hydro-platform system will be positioned under the draw spans reducing the available vertical clearance, by approximately five feet, from 20 feet to 15 feet above MHW. The removal of this platform only takes a matter of minutes, so the drawbridge will operate as normally scheduled in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.821(a) (6). Vessels that can pass under the drawbridge without an opening may do so at all times and the drawbridge will be able to open for emergencies. Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11541 LNM: 08/22/2014

    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

  • A Marine Professional’s Frustration, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 201

    The current Grayden Paul Bridge over Gallant Channel in Beaufort is a bascule bridge with a closed vertical clearance of 13ft. Adams Creek and Gallant Channel connect southbound Waterway cruisers to the Beaufort waterfront.
    The new Grayden Paul Bridge (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143433) will have a fixed vertical clearance of 65ft and a horizontal clearance of 100ft. However, it is obvious from Skipper Cole’s follow-up comments below that the new bridge does indeed impose restrictions on certain vessels. One can understand and sympathize with the frustrations of a marine professional fighting to stay in business.

    Having worked in a boat yard for many years, I understand after living in the area 41 years,that Adams creek is not part of the inland waterway. I have read many articles saying it is so. Please get the facts straight. This new bridge is putting our boat restoration business Out of work. Can’t the NCDOT understand that they are putting a lot of people out of work. Many boats have left the area to go to Charleston, Savannah, and Florida. This bridge if built will also impede the shrimp boats.
    Judith Cole

    August 30, 2014

    As Skipper Cole makes clear, the 65ft vertical clearance imposes restrictions on those boat yards who have been servicing vessels in need of greater than 65ft vertical clearance.

    Dear Larry , When you compared the new unbuilt bridge 65 ft. Against the present bridge. You failed in your comparison by only stating that it is only 13ft. The Grayden Paul bridge is a draw bridge when it is open the height can not be measured large tall ships with masts a lot higher than 65 feet have been using this bridge before either you or I were born. Please in your next writing quit trying to hide the truth. This new bridge will ruin the tall ships waterway . Adams creek is not part of the waterway,it needs it’s own specific concerns . Tall ships need their own consideration. Does hiding things from the public make it right. No, it is not honest.
    Judith Cole

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

  • A New Light over the Pamlico River, off the AICW in Washington, NC

    Washington, 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 a pleasant 30 mile cruise upstream on Pamlico River from the Waterway’s passage across this body of water to the Washington City Docks.

    A NEW LIGHT OVER THE PAMLICO
    New boating facility evokes Pamlico Point Light

    A rare occurrence has taken place on North Carolina’s Inner Banks as a new lighthouse now shines its beam across the harbor of Washington, NC. The lighthouse is not intended as a navigational aid, but will welcome mariners and landside visitors to this historic riverfront town.
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    Construction of the new boating facility was completed in June. The lighthouse was designed to evoke the architecture of the Pamlico Point Light, which once marked the entrance of the Pamlico River. The structure includes shower and laundry facilities for boaters, as well as public restrooms and, on the second floor, new quarters for the Dockmaster and Dock Attendants.
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    The Washington waterfront harbor, formed by the broadening of the Pamlico/Tar River, has been Eastern North Carolina’s hub for waterborne commerce since colonial days. As the closest deep water harbor to the metro areas of Greenville, Rocky Mount, and Raleigh/Durham, it now supports a large recreational boating population.
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    In addition to space for long-term and transient dockage, the Washington waterfront now provides a wide variety of public amenities including a waterfront promenade, nature boardwalk, playground, concert stage, and public seating along the water. The Lighthouse Boating Facility is the latest milestone in a decades-long effort to make the Washington waterfront one of the area’s premier recreational destinations for tourists and residents alike.

    For more information, visit www.facebook.com/washingtonwaterfrontdocks or call 252.944.6661.
    Best regards,
    Beth Byrd, Director
    Washington Harbor District Alliance

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WashingtonHarborDistrictAlliance

    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

  • Morning Closures for US 70 Bridge, September 6-7, Trent River, New Bern, NC

    The Alfred C. Cunningham Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, connects New Bern and James City, crossing the intersection of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. The bridge normally opens on demand, responding on Channel 13.

    NC – NEUSE RIVER – TRENT RIVER – DRAWBRIDGE RESTRICTIONS
    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 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., on Sunday, September 7, 2014, to accommodate the Multiple Sclerosis Historic New Bern 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, all others should adjust their transits accordingly and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11552 LNM: 33/14

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

  • Good Visit to Beaufort Municipal Docks, AICW Statute Mile 201

    Location, location is the name of the game at Beaufort Municipal Docks and it is certainly good to hear positive comments about this popular stopping point for Waterway cruisers. The town of Beaufort, NC is known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

    We took a weekend trip to Beaufort Town Docks this weekend and couldn’t have had a better time. Many thanks to Dock Master Neil for his assistance. If you want great views and nightlife, this is the place to be.
    John Flowe

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Beaufort Municipal Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Beaufort Municipal Docks

  • Grounding at Problem Stretch: Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 237

    Skipper Halls relates his jarring experience with a shoal and the rudeness of a passing vessel. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, a Problem Stretch south of Swansboro, has been the site of shoaling for some time, as well as a mysterious underwater hazard as reported in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=141557.

    8/12/2014, ran aground at this spot. Letting crew steer for just a few minutes, I was down below when the gut wrenching bloop of grounding was felt. Very difficult to see the plan (markers) until almost on top when headed southbound. We had a following current and crew didn’t reduce power till I came rushing up. Had to call TowboatUS. I MIGHT have avoided if I was steering, but maybe not, quite confusing, VERY narrow channel remains. And a special thanks to the Aussie couple in a 50ish DeFever who went by as we were trying to be towed off, for waking us so hard the keel ( 4.8 draft ) slammed the shoal 3 times VERY hard !!
    Randy Hall

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

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

  • Confirmation of Good Depths at Little River Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 342

    Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342. Skipper Spouse’s opening comment refers to a June 6, 2013 posting on this inlet:  http://cruisersnet.net/?p=116922  Note that marker references are inlet markers, not Waterway markers.

    Last year’s good reports about the Little River Inlet are still valid as at 16 August 2014. This morning we came out through the Little River Inlet from Calabash Creek at half-flood – just followed the buoys and remained mid channel out to the seabuoy. Tons of water and the minimum observed depth was 15ft over the bar about half-mile inshore of the seabuoy.
    William Spouse
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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Intersection of the AICW and Little River Inlet

  • Dredging in the Upper Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC, off the AICW

    The Isabel S. Holmes Bridge (Hwy133) lies north of the Wilmington Turning Basin in the northeast Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC, a popular side trip for many Waterway cruisers. This dredging project encompasses a 5.5 nautical mile stretch south from the Highway 133 bridge to just south of the Wilmington Marine Center on the eastern shore of the Cape Fear River.

    NC – CAFÉ FEAR RIVER-WILMINGTON – DREDGING
    Mariners are advised that the Southern Dredging Company, Inc. will be conducting dredging in the Cape Fear River between Highway 133 Isabelle Homes Bridge [Isabel S. Holmes] to the Cape Fear Lighted Buoy 58 (LLNR 30840) commencing on or about August 15, 2014 and ending approximately January 31, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barges, derricks, buoys and operating wires about the dredge. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredge areas and plants. The Southern Dredging Company, Inc. monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. Dredging will be conducted twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge thirty minutes prior to expected time of passage and a slow no wake is requested of transiting vessels. Chart 11537 LNM: 32/14

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Wilmington Marine Center

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Wilmington Marine Center

  • Wooden Boat Show in September, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    According to an article from Soundings’ Trade Only, the fourth annual wooden boat show will be held in Southport’s Old Yacht Basin just east of Southport Marina, a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Southport Marina and the Old Yacht Basin lie west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. Wooden boat shows, like the very popular October show in Georgetown, SC, have long attracted boaters and non-boaters who admire the beauty and craftsmanship of both old and new wooden boats. Builders and owners are usually in attendance to answer questions.

    The fourth annual Wooden Boat Show will be held Sept. 27 at the Old Yacht Basin in Southport, N.C.
    The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature boat enthusiasts, vendors, children’s activities and a seafood chowder cook-off.
    Organizers said the show promotes interest in the craft and art of wooden boat construction in order to support efforts to preserve the activity and its skills and celebrate the region’s maritime and boatbuilding history.

    For an excellent photo tour of Southport, go to:
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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Southport Marina

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

  • New Regulations for Oriental’s Free Town Dock, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181

    A second free town dock was opened to the public in April of this year, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=137352. Now that dock, originally intended for pleasure craft and located just to the southwest of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Oriental Marina and Condos, is being over-utilized by commercial craft, prompting these editorial comments and reports in Oriental’s Town Dock. Our thanks to good friend Tom Beaty for sending this report.

    Here are some clips from Town Dock from the past two days:
    When Oriental’s new Town Dock opened this spring on the southeast side of the harbor, it was thought to be a place where visiting boaters — cruisers, day-sailors, small craft basically — would tie up for free and visit town. In recent weeks, a wrinkle in that expectation: relatively massive trawlers have tied up to the dock, denying the smaller boaters their chance to stay at that slip.
    That’s prompted a Letter to the Editor from resident Steve Snyder who asks what the Town Board is going to do about it.
    There is currently nothing in the Town’s Docking regulations to prohibit the large commercial fishing vessels from using the free Town Dock intended for pleasure craft. Coincidentally, the Oriental Town Board at its meeting tomorrow night is to consider some amendments to the 6 month old Docking Ordinance.
    Whether the Board takes steps to keep the large fishing trawlers away from the docks — we’ll know after the meeting. But, given some of the buzz about town in recent days, this subject is likely to come up at the very least in the Public Comment period at the opening of tomorrow night’s meeting.

    Non-recreational vessels may not tie up to Oriental’s Town Docks. The Town Board voted just now to amend the Docking Ordinance to read that commercial vessels of any size — with exceptions such as recreational fishing charters, recreational charters, and tow boats — may not use the Town Docks nor stay overnight. It was an amendment suggested by Commissioner David White.
    4:15p A big fishing trawler has now moved away from Oriental’s new Town Dock but its presence there since Saturday has provoked questions that don’t go away: if the dock was meant to attract pleasure craft, why are commercial fishing trawlers tying up there and what should the Town Board do about it?
    The trawler was having work done from the adjacent property owned by fishing businessman Chris Fulcher. The story is here. The Town Board meets tonight starting at 7p

    Letters to the Editor on the subject are here.
    Oriental’s Town Board last night amended the town’s Docking Ordinance. Among other changes, it now states that commercial vessels could not use the Town Docks. There were some exceptions — recreational charter fishing vessels, recreational boat rentals, recreational charter sailing groups and tow boats.
    town hall signCommissioner David White’s amendment was a response to several fishing trawlers in recent weeks tying up to the new Town Dock. The Town Dock was to have been an attractant for recreational boaters but their access was limited by the trawlers. In recent days, the Gulf Stream III, an 80 foot fishing trawler getting repaired out of Chris Fulcher’s adjacent property, had been using the new Town Dock as a personal repair yard. It filled or blocked a slip there off and on since Saturday. More on the story coming.
    The Board also formally formed a permanent Harbor Waterfront Advisory Committee and voted 5 residents to it: Bill Hines, Art Tierney, Lisa Thompson, Ed Bliss & Gerry Crowley. That panel could fine tune the overall Docking Ordinance.

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  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring

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    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

  • Five Stars! for Zimmerman Marine, Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    Zimmerman Marine is part of the excellent facilities of Southport Marina, a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. These fine organizations lie just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.
    For more information, visit www.zimmermanmarine.com and www.southport-marina.com

    Zimmerman Marine Service/Southport Marina in Southport NC, You guys are great! We were traveling North to BHI Fri the 18th on our 40 Silverton ACMY and lost our raw water exhaust pump on our port side about 6 miles south of Southport. I called SPM and they were quick to offer a courtesy dock for inspection. Then I called Zimmerman Marine, remembering they were on site. By the time we arrived there Steve, the Zimmerman tech was waiting for us on the dock. We quickly determined the raw pump had split, pumping sea water into the bilge overheating the exhaust port side. Steve went to check for a replacement part. There was not one available that day. So, on his on, Steve called around and found a good used part, drove way out of his way to get it, came back and installed it and we were on our way in about 3 hours. Steve saved our family weekend trip and was fantastic to work with. Great service is sometimes taken for granted. I did not want to miss this opportunity to give the staff at SPM and Steve from Zimmerman a big shout out THANK YOU! 5 star service and very reasonable price!
    John Beaver

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