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McCotters Marina, Washington, 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 0Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!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. R. E. Mayo DocksRiver Dunes
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 boardwalkMorehead City Yacht BasinDowry Creek MarinaToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCSouthport 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, NCBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NC

Archive For: NORTH CAROLINA – All Cruising News

  • 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”
  • April in Elizabeth City, NC, Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    April will be another exciting month in Elizabeth City and another reason to visit the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway and A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! These fine folks have a full calendar of events to help you welcome in Spring! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

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

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

  • Terminal Groin Construction, Baldhead Island, near AICW Statute Mile 309

    Baldhead Island is home to Baldhead Island Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, found hard by the seaward mouth of the Cape Fear River, within sight of the “Old Baldy” lighthouse!

    NC – BALD HEAD ISLAND – TERMINAL GROIN CONSTRUCTION
    Mariners are advised that the Orion Construction Inc. will be commencing construction of a terminal groin at the southerly side of Bald Head Island, North Carolina in position latitude 33°51’55.99” N, longitude 078°00’42.62” W commencing on or about April 1, 2015 and ending approximately November 15, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the construction barges, tugs and work boats. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Orion Construction 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. Construction will be conducted Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Chart 11537 LNM:12/15

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bald Head Island Marina

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  • Jetty Construction, Baldhead Island, near AICW Statute Mile 309

    Baldhead Island is home to Baldhead Island Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, found hard by the seaward mouth of the Cape Fear River, within sight of the “Old Baldy” lighthouse!

    NC – BALD HEAD ISLAND ENTRANCE CHANNEL – JETTY CONSTRUCTION
    Mariners are advised that the Orion Construction Inc. will be commencing construction of a jetty at the Bald Head Island Entrance Channel at Bald Head Island, North Carolina commencing on or about March 20, 2015 and ending approximately November 15, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the construction barges, tugs and work boats. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Orion Construction 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. Construction will be conducted Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Chart 11537 LNM:12/15

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bald Head Island Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bald Head Island Marina

  • Video of Manteo Entrance Channel, Alternate Route to Alligator River

    With the Alligator River Swing Bridge closed to navigation, several of our most experienced sailors have offered alternate routes to avoid the Alligator River portion of the Waterway. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147463. One of those stops along the alternate route is Manteo, home of Manteo Waterfront Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    This video  of Manteo’s entrance channel was sent to us by our friend and genuine “Old Salt” George Barr – you can trust his judgement! See George’s comments on this alternate route at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457.

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

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

  • More on Alternates to Alligator River during the Swing Bridge Repairs

     

    With the disabled Alligator River Bridge closed to navigation, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457, longtime contributors George Barr and Rick Brass offer alternatives to the Alligator River portion of the Waterway. Rick Brass even offers free dockage at Washington City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Information on all the marinas mentioned below can be found on SSECN’s Homepage under CRUISING NEWS AND REFERENCE DIRECTORIES – North Carolina. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147457 for more discussion of alternate routes.

    To any northbound cruisers in the interim. The alternate route starts at Oriental …down the Neuse River and into the Pamlico Sound heading north.
    Possible stops/marinas are Silver Lake in Ocracoke, Big Trout Marina in Englehard (45 miles from Oriental on the Western shore of the Pamlico), Manteo Waterfront Marina off Shallowbag Bay on Roanoke Island 45 miles from Big Trout…and then north through the Albemarle to Coinjock 35 miles away.
    The passage is open and deep and has only one fully 65′ bridge and is 17 miles shorter than the ICW. Of course, weather must be considered as it is less protected. Hope this helps in the interim.
    George Barr

    If northbound cruisers are on a schedule during the bridge repairs, and need an alternate route, I would suggest leaving the ICW at the crossing of the Pamlico River (at about SM 150) and swing east. You will go through Pamlico Sound, with potential stops in Engelhart on the west side of the sound and Manteo on Roanoke Island, and return to Albemarle Sound and the ICW on the north side of Roanoke Island. Manteo, BTW, is a nice cruising destination and well worth the trip.
    If you have time to wait for the bridge to be repaired and are looking for an hospitable spot to wait and explore, swing west about 25 miles on the Pamlico River and visit the Washington Waterfront Docks. Easy access with deep water slips. A number of good restaurants and places to explore. A good place to provision, with West Marine and a number of parts suppliers and repair opportunities. And if you need a free slip without power and water (but with nice heads and showers, and laundry facilities for boaters) you can mention this post and I will waive the 48 hour limit on free dockage.
    Rick Brass
    Dockmaster
    Washington Waterfront Docks

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

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

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    Washington, NC City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River to “Little Washington” and March will be no exception!

     

     

     

    March Events in Washington
    Published on Mar 02, 2015 04:55 pm

    Last Day to Vote for America’s Coolest Small Town
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    The final round of voting for America’s Coolest Small Town ends at midnight on March 4th, that’s TOMORROW! Be sure to cast your vote for Washington as America’s Coolest Small Town. We would never have made it this far without your votes and enthusiasm for our very own small town. For that, we thank you!

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    Malpass Brothers to Perform at the Turnage

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    Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 3.28.33 PMOn March 28th you will be transported in time back to the days of Roy Acuff with the retro sounds of the Malpass Brothers. These two young men are taking the country music world by storm. Take advantage of this opportunity to see them on stage in Washington. For a sneak peek, listen to Hello Walls by clicking here. Tickets are available now by calling the Beaufort County Arts Council at 252-946-2504 or online at www.BeaufortCountyArtsCouncil.org.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Taste of Washington Tickets on Sale Now

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    Need a break from the winter blahs? Get your ticket now for the Taste of Washington on March 17th at the Washington Civic Center. Taste of Washington is your change to enjoy the best of local restaurants, NC brews, fine wines and other life amenities. You will be pleasantly surprised with all you find! This event sells out every year, so get your ticket today. Tickets may be purchased at the Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center on the Washington waterfront or by calling 252-946-9168.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Click Here to View Our Entire Upcoming Calendar of Events

    3/8 ~ Washington Bridal Show, Washington Civic Center
    3/12 ~ East Coast Championship, Hunters’ Pointe Sporting Clays
    3/17 ~ Slam Dunks & Alley Oops, Washington High School
    3/27 ~ ArtWalk in Downtown Washington
    4/17 ~ Music in the Streets, Downtown Washington
    4/18 ~ GullFest, Beaufort County Community College
    4/25 ~ BoCo Music Festival, Turnage Theater
    4/25 ~ Washington Marine Market, Downtown Washington

    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

  • More on Groundings at AICW/Browns Inlet intersection, Statute Mile 237

    With the reported groundings and marker confusion at this intersection (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144468), it is definitely wise to follow the advice given below by Skipper Brass: “pay close attention to the charts and keep a watchful eye out for the markers – particularly the floating ones – instead of following the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW”  -  just as SSECN has advised by many months!

    From a January 19 Navigation Alert:

    On Saturday January 17, we experienced a hard grounding with bent shafts (2) and destroyed props (2) at this location. Knew about previous reports but marks were not where the deep water was. Strong current must have moved them. We are now on the hard waiting for shafts and props.
    Shame that this continuing problem is not addressed Our current bill is $26,000 to be removed back from the bar, and about $80,000 for shaft abd prop repairs! Navigation marks are not maintained!
    Douglas Jemal

    Just happens that I may have been the next boat to pass the location of this grounding. At 10:20 AM on 17 January, I was delivering a boat to Charleston and came up on a large powerboat stopped in the middle of the ICW at 34-35.847N, 077-14.568W. The stopped boat had passed us a few miles further North, headed southbound at around 20 knots.
    As I approached the spot, SeaTow came up and began setting up to unground the boat. It seemed to me that the boat had been on course directly from R60 to G63, which are the prominent daymarks before and after the inlet, and from the appearance of things the boat had been traveling pretty fast.
    This is a traditional problem area in the ICW, and both my Active Captain software and the Garmin plotter on the boat I was delivering sounded alarms for the hazard.
    Floating marks G61A and R62 were both in the location shown on my chart software, which is well over to the north side of the waterway (Starboard if you are heading south) and only about 75-100 feet from the shore. Made me quite nervous as we went by, but we saw 8 to 9 feet of depth in the channel at about an hour before local low tide.
    Object lesson is: pay close attention to the charts and keep a watchful eye out for the markers – particularly the floating ones – instead of following the Magenta Line in this stretch of the ICW.
    Rick Brass

    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

  • AIWA Winter Newsletter

    Because these are our home waters, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’NET is especially proud to be a member of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association and of supporting their invaluable work. If you are a cruiser of “The Ditch” you will want to join in support of the AIWA.

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  • Upcoming Community Events in Historic Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

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

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    March Highlights
    Art * Music * Woman’s History & Theater
    As spring approaches, we have an array of daily touring opportunities from the Historic Edenton State Historic Site and the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center. In celebration of Woman’s History Month, Womens History Trolley Tours will be featured Tuesday – Saturdays at 3:30 pm.

    Friday Night Music at the Coffee House and Art Exhibit Opening Receptions welcome everyone.
    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    Mark Your Calendars For April Celebrations
    Touring * Dancing * Music * Fishing & Yoga
    A very special month in Edenton with an Easter Event at the Penelope Barker House – pictures with an 18th Century Bunny for little ones and those a little older.

    Historic Edenton Pilgrimage Tour featuring homes over 100 years old and NC’s oldest (1718) open for touring. Tickets for this event may be purchased on-line at Pilgrimage Tickets. For those that love to dance in the street, Boogie on Broad with The Embers and Brews by the Bay will be back for a second year.

    New on the horizon will be Music by the Bay on the Penelope Barker House Lawn on the 3rd Sunday of the month April – September so time to get out and enjoy on and off the water activities with fishing, kayaking and cruising making April a favorite time to visit.
    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    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)

  • Dredging on East Side of Lockwoods Folly Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 321

    This dredging is off the Waterway in an area on the east side of Lockwoods Folly Inlet, NOT the infamous Lockwoods Folly/ICW intersection.

    NC – LOCKWOODS FOLLY – DREDGING OPERATIONS
    Cottrell Contracting Corporation of Chesapeake, VA advises that the dredge MARION will be conducting dredging operations in the Eastern Channel of Lockswoods Folly, NC located South of Sheep Island and North of Oak Island starting at about Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoy 12 (LLNR 31047). Dredging operations are expected to be completed on or about 30 April, 2015. Chart 11534 LNM: 08/15

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

  • Winter Helicopter Rescue off NC Coast by Elizabeth City Coast Guard

    Here is a not-so-typical story of the dangers faced by our Coast Guard as they answer the needs of boaters in distress. Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

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    U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City prepares to land at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Friday. The crew medevaced and transported an injured crewman from a motor vessel off the North Carolina coast.

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    Friday, February 20, 2015
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard crews from Air Station Elizabeth City transported an injured crewman today from a motor vessel about 170 miles east of Oregon Inlet.
    The Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Va., received a report from the 1,052-foot, German-flagged freight ship Dalian Express Thursday at about 4 p.m., stating a 62-year-old male crewmember suffered an eye injury while changing a valve in the engine room about 350 miles east of Oregon Inlet.
    To enable a medevac, the crew of Dalian Express, en route to Italy from Norfolk, changed course toward North Carolina to meet with a Coast Guard helicopter crew.
    A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched Friday from Air Station Elizabeth City, at about 5:45 a.m. The crews flew through intermittent snow and icing conditions before arriving at the Dalian Express at about 6:45 a.m.
    The helicopter crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at about 9 a.m.
    The man, whose name was not released, was reported to be in stable condition.

    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

  • March in Elizabeth City, NC, Dismal Swamp Canal, Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    March will be a great time to visit the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway and A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR , Elizabeth City. These fine folks have a full calendar of events to help you welcome in Spring! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

     

     

    Elizabeth City, North Carolina www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com
    March “Things to See & Do in Elizabeth City View from the Harbor
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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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

  • Southport Marina Named Marina of the Year, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    No one deserves this honor more than Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. Congratulations Southport!

    ValvTect Names Marina of the Year
    North Carolina’s Southport Marina Honored

    Northbrook, Illinois – In 2006, Preston Development Company of Cary, North Carolina purchased an aging marina in Southport, North Carolina, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).

    What started as a simple remodeling project grew into a multi-million dollar, multi-year rebuild of the entire location. The result is one of the finest full-service marinas along the ICW. With 225 wet slips and 240 dry slips, Southport Marina can dock and service vessels from 20’ to 100’. By balancing Southern Hospitality-based customer service with first-class facilities and amenities, Southport Marina has become one of the most popular marinas for boaters cruising the ICW, local sport fishermen and local power and sail boaters.

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    Left to right: Paul Craufurd, ValvTect Regional Manager, Robin Rose of Preston Development, Hank Whitley CMM, of Southport Marina, Thad Moore of Preston Development and Jerry Nessenson, founder of ValvTect Petroleum

    “To recognize Southport Marina’s accomplishments for customer service excellence, environmental stewardship, community involvement and marketing of ValvTect Marine Fuels, we are pleased to present the 2014 Certified ValvTect Marina of the Year award,” said ValvTect founder Jerry Nessenson. The award was presented at the ValvTect Marina of the Year award dinner held last month at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) in Tampa, Florida.

    Accepting the prestigious award were Robin Rose and Thad Moore of Preston Development Company (owner’s representatives) and Hank Whitley, CMM (Southport Marina Manager). All stressed their ongoing efforts to make Southport Marina a destination for transients and local boaters alike. “By striving to exceed our customer’s expectations we have been able to develop strong loyalty from both transient and local boaters,” said Hank Whitley. “Throughout the renovation process, our effort to build a top-notch facility was accompanied by a focus on environmental impact. Our efforts have earned us Certified Clean Marina status by North Carolina and the appreciation of our customers,” said Thad Moore. “We are proud to support the nation’s veterans and our community by hosting the Military Appreciation Day Fishing Event, sponsoring the North Carolina Maritime Museum and various other community activities,” added Robin Rose.

    In addition to the 2014 Certified ValvTect Marina of the Year, Southport Marina was recently named as one of the Top 25 Marinas in North America by Power and Motoryacht magazine. It also earned the 2013 Marina Dock Age Marina of the Year and received the Southport Chamber of Commerce “Golden Pineapple Award” for Excellent Customer Service.

    More about Southport Marina: Southport Marina is located on the ICW at mile marker 309 approximately 30 miles south of the Port City of Wilmington, NC. It is the first mainland marina upon entering the Cape Fear River Channel from the Atlantic Ocean, which is the passage all ships enter to come to Wilmington. Southport is a full service marina and boat yard that services boaters cruising the ICW as well as local fishermen, recreational power and sail boaters. There are 225 wet slips for boats from 30’ to 225’, 260 dry slips, 2 boat ramps, a 75 ton lift and ValvTect Marine Gasoline and ValvTect Marine Diesel. We also provide housing for NC Boat Rentals, MarineMax, Freedom Boat Club and North Sails and have been certified as a Clean Marina in North Carolina.

    More about ValvTect Petroleum: ValvTect Petroleum Products is the largest supplier of fuel additives to the nation’s fuel distributors that supply specially formulated fuels under its brands of ValvTect Marine Fuels, Diesel Guard Premium Diesel, ThermoGuard Heating Oil, AgriGuard Farm Fuel and BioGuard. It is also a major supplier to the nation’s largest fleets and engine manufacturers. In the marine industry, approximately 700 Certified ValvTect Marinas in 42 states supply ValvTect Marine Fuels, which are “specially formulated for marine engines”.
    Courtesy of  Boating Magazine: http://www.boatingmag.com/valvtect-names-marine-year

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

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

  • Marine Market, April 25 in “Little Washington” on the Pamlico River, off the AICW

    Washington, NC City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River to “Little Washington” and this special Marine Market will definitely be a day well spent!

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    The historic Inner Banks town of Washington, NC will hold a one-day Marine Market on April 25, 2015. This event is being presented by the Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) and will highlight our beautiful waterfront town and its many marine-related businesses.

    The fifth annual Washington Marine Market will have several components, including marine vendors, a flea market, new and it used boats, artists and antiques and lively entertainment. Treasure hunters and shoppers will find a wide selection of merchandise for sale; everything from new and pre-owned boats, including power, sail and paddle, to marine equipment, nautical art and fishing gear.

    The Carolinas Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club will display antique and classic outboard motors and boats from the 1930s to the 1960s. This year, in addition to the old motors on display, some 25 motors will be available for sale, swap or trade. Raleigh Traditional Small Craft will also be presenting traditional marine craft under 20 feet.

    Handmade/Homemade Boats will be on display, along with a 3 daylong presentation on “Family Boat Building” at the NC Estuarium. Kits will be available from Graham Byrnes’ 12 foot Mandy/Amanda series. Park Boats will exhibit both fishing boats and pleasure craft on land and in water.

    There will be great seafood and land lubber grub for sale provided by local establishments and non-profit groups. Be sure to get there early to get some of the best Clam Chowder in Eastern NC, as it usually runs out.

    Thirty-minute “Banjo Boat” rides aboard the River Rover will be offered at the N.C. Estuarium at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM. Reservations are required; call the Estuarium at 252-947-0000.

    Singing madrigals for the King by day, pub songs for the hoi polloi at night & love songs and sailor songs all day long, come to see the Motely Tones perform. The BoCo Music Festival, presented by the Beaufort County Arts Council and the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association joins us on the waterfront for entertainment starting at 10:00AM

    Be on the lookout for roving pirates, and you may even see George and Martha Washington on hand for photo ops.

    “Washington is a vibrant community with so much to offer to visitors and residents alike. This is one of the many events we hold each year. I love this event because it brings all the components of the boating community together with music and fun. Our event is free to the public and will take place rain or shine”, says WHDA Executive Director, Beth Byrd.

    Vendor spaces are still available but are going fast. It is not too late to get involved. If interested in participating as a vendor please go to www.whda.org and download the application which has all the pricing and information you will need.

    Whether you come to shop or to sell, join us for a great weekend of waterfront fun.

    Beth Byrd
    Washington Harbor District Alliance
    300 West Stewart Parkway, Washington, NC
    252-947-1487
    whda@washingtononthewater.com

    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

  • US Power and Sail Squadrons Honored by BoatUS

    Boat U.S.USPower and Sail Squadrons provide valuable local community services with their public boating safety inspections and boat handling courses, as recognized here by BoatUS, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

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

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    (L to R) C/C Robert Baldridge; Cdr. Sterling Wyland, Ocean City; Lt/C. Bonnie Kanoy, North Strand; Cdr. JB Bagby, Ft. Macon; Cdr. Dick Todd, Lake Norman; Cdr. Jim Strothers, Sanibel-Captiva; D/C Mary Dodd, USPS District 8: Ted Sensenbrenner, BoatUS.

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

     

    MD, NC, SC and FL United States Power Squadrons Bestowed With Honors

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 5, 2015 — At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to the USPS District and Squadrons in recognition of exceptional service and public boating safety education and service to the boating community.

    “While America’s recreational boaters are enjoying the water with friends and family, Power Squadron members work hard giving up their own time to help make boating safer. They offer boat owners free vessel safety checks, provide boating safety instruction, and more. We greatly appreciate their commitment to ensuring everyone has a safe day on the water,” said BoatUS Foundation for Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner.

    Top Squadron honors went to Sanibel-Captiva Sail and Power Squadron, Florida. Some of their activities included: participating in an on-water wreath laying ceremony honoring lost members of the armed forces, helping a local food pantry, and working to increase safety for paddlers. “They showed how difficult it can be to see kayakers at dusk and in times of limited visibility, and how simply adding white reflective tape to paddle blades can be a real lifesaver,” said Sensenbrenner.

    Second Place for Top Squadron went to Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron, North Carolina, for their work with youth and bringing a new Sea Scout Ship to the area, as well as support of the “The Dolphin Project,” a local non-profit that performs surveys to monitor the health of dolphin populations.

    Third place went to North Strand Sail and Power Squadron, South Carolina, which hosted shoreline clean up events, collected donations for their local Helping Hands charity and Sea Haven, a residence for homeless teens offering crisis services.

    Runners up for Top Squadron included Ocean City Power Squadron, Maryland, for their community participation in parades, clean up events and their work with a respite care home to take families fishing and sightseeing. Another runner up was Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron, North Carolina, for their work with the local visitors center to spread safety message as well as publishing boating safety stories and reaching out to boating families.

    Top USPS District Award, which recognizes the collective efforts of all of the squadrons within a region, went to USPS District 8, which includes South Florida and the Keys. The award is based on the amount of classroom hours logged, community outreach hours and number of vessel safety checks performed. These voluntary and free safety reviews are designed to educate boaters about recommended and required safety equipment aboard recreational vessels and to assess the condition of the safety equipment they have aboard.

    US Power Squadrons began with the efforts of Charles Chapman, who in 1914 realized that owners of recreational powerboats needed instruction on how to operate safely and with confidence. Today, the USPS has over 400 regional Squadrons for owners of both sail and powerboats.

    About United States Power Squadrons:

    Organized in 1914, United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS has nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America’s largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Each squadron’s activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members. For more, go to USPS.org.

    About BoatUS and BoatUS Foundation:

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its 501(c)(3) nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating, and provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe. For more, go to BoatUS.com or BoatUS.org.

  • Wilmington District ACOE NC Coastal Maintenance Budget for 2015-16

    This budget article by Jenny Callison, from WilmingtonBiz.com, holds some promise of increased maintenance in the NC coastal waters.

    Draft FY ’16 Budget For Army Corps’ Wilmington District Favors Coastal Projects
    By Jenny Callison, posted 2/4/2015

    President Obama’s budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year – presented to Congress on Monday – includes almost $30 million for operations and maintenance projects in coastal North Carolina, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District. The district’s total appropriation in the draft budget is $54 million for FY 2016, which runs from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016.

    The largest single expenditure on the draft budget is about $15 million for work in the Wilmington harbor, an increase of slightly more than $1 million from the current budget year’s level. A total of nearly $8.8 million is proposed for work in the Morehead City harbor, down slightly from the current fiscal year total of $8.9 million.

    Read more at: http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/maritime/2015/02/04/draft_fy_16_budget_for_army_corps_wilmington_district_favors_coastal_projects/12875

  • Boater Safety Class, March 14, Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron, Huntersville, NC

    Here is another great way for any boater to cure the cabin blues and , if you are a North Carolinian, fulfill a state requirement. Thank you Lake Norman SPS!

    The Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron (LNSPS) will be conducting Boater Education Class on Saturday March 14th at the Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC. Classes run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Preregistration is required. The cost of the class including manual and lunch is $45.00. Additional family members can attend for $25.00 each.

    In North Carolina, anyone operating a vessel with 10 or more horsepower and born on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a Boater Safety Course.

    To register visit our website http://www.usps.org/lakenorman/courseboatsmart.htm

    For more information email Bob Yannacci sportscarguy@roadrunner.com or call 516 547-7737

    It is through your continued support that we are able to get the word out to the Lake Norman community about the importance of Boater Education program. We thank you in advance for your support.
    Lt. Bob Yannacci AP

  • Temporary Power Line Height Reduction, AICW Statute Mile 310.5

    These power lines are midway between Southport, NC and the Oak Island-Fort Caswell Bridge. The temporary reduction in height of the power lines will affect few if any cruisers, but our tall-masted friends are very conscious of overhead clearances, as they should be! No completion date is given.

    NC – OAK ISLAND – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – POWERLINE VERTICAL CLEARANCE REDUCTION
    Mariners be advised that the power lines on the navigable waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at latitude 33°55’11” N, longitude 078°03’24” W in Oak Island, North Carolina is not reflecting the charted vertical clearance of 96 feet. The current temporary vertical clearance is at 76 feet. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. Chart 11537. LNM: 05/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Power Lines

  • Shoaling Reported at Sneads Ferry, AICW Statute Mile 247

    This reported shoaling is at the intersection of New River channel, New River Inlet and the Waterway at Sneads Ferry, NC. The markers noted are ICW markers, not Inlet or New River markers.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-BOGUE SOUND-NEW RIVER
    Hazard to navigation – shoaling has been reported to a depth of 3 feet between the Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72A (LLNR 39300) and Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 72B (LLNR 393003) and depth of 4 feet at Bogue Sound-New River Buoy 74 (LLNR 39305) on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
    Chart 11542 LNM: 05/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at New River/Waterway Intersection

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