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River DunesR. E. Mayo DocksNautical Wheelers - New Bern NCEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0McCotters Marina, Washington, NC910-269-2380 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.
Southport MarinaBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCOur marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCMorehead City Yacht BasinDowry Creek MarinaToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, 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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  • 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”
  • February Happenings, Chowan County and 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 February is 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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    Harriet Jacobs Walking Tours
    2/3-28
    Tuesday – Saturday at 3 pm
    Historic Edenton State Historic Site
    252-482-2637

    Harry Rosenblatt Memorial Speakers’ Series
    2/9
    The Restoration of the Hinton Hotel
    Speaker: Bob Howsare, Director of Acquisitions and Development for SAGA Construction
    Shepard-Pruden Library
    5:30 Refreshments and 6 pm Speakers
    252-482-4112

    ‘Alla Prima’ Workshop by Fen Rascoe
    2/11-12
    2 days of training, all sill levels
    Chowan Arts Council
    252-482-8005 for Reservations

    Historically Fit: Yoga in the Courthouse
    2/14
    At this monthly yoga class, improve your flexibility and strength in a beautiful historic setting. The class is designed for all levels.
    Historic Edenton State Historic Site
    1767 Chowan County Courthouse
    10 am
    252-482-2637

    Valentine Antique and Art Auction
    2/14
    Pembroke Hall
    Edenton Historical Commission
    $75 per person
    252-482-7800

    5 County Art Student Art Show
    2/26
    Area students will participate in this featured event showcasing artistic talents and selected pieces will be on display for judging. There are monetary prizes for the art departments that enter the winning pieces and to the young artists. This year’s show is sponsored by Dr. Benjamin Speller. The opening reception is free and open to the public.
    Chowan Arts Council
    5:30 pm
    252-482-8005

    Historic Edenton State Historic Site
    108 North Broad Street
    Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
    252-482-2637
    Free admission/Fee for Guided Walking Tours to include the 1767 Courthouse, Iredell House, Cupola House and St. Paul’s.
    1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse Open Daily for Touring 10 am – 4 pm

    Chowan County Tourism Development Authority
    101 West Water street
    Edenton, NC 27932
    800-775-0111/252-482-0300

    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)

  • Vote for “Little Washington” on the Pamlico River, off the AICW

    Washington, NC is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and if you are as big a fan of this wonderful town as we are here at SSECN, then vote for them daily in the Budget Travel annual competition. Voting ends February 25th.

    We all know that Washington is America’s Coolest Small Town. Now we need your help letting the world in on that secret! Help spread the word by VOTING once daily at www.BudgetTravel.com. Washington is one of 15 finalists in the annual competition.
    If you use social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, be sure to tag posts and entries with #acst2015 #littlewashingtonnc.
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    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

  • Warning about E15 Gasoline in North Carolina

    Boat U.S.All boaters with gasoline fueled engines need to be concerned about ethanol added fuels. The use of ethanol added fuel in marine engines has been a point of contention for everyone in the boating industry from users to repair services and manufacturers. BoatUS continues to be a strong advocate for boating safety including the risk of engine failure and fire due to ethanol damaged fuel lines. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145755

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    January 23, 2015

    Dear BoatU.S. Member:

    If you fill your boat up at Sheetz gas stations in North Carolina beware of E15 or gasoline containing 15 percent corn-ethanol. There is not a single marine engine warrantied to run on this higher blended fuel and any damage it does to your car may not be covered by the manufacturer warranty, according to AAA.

    Sheetz Convenience Stores announced on January 21, 2015 that they will offer E15 fuel at 60 of their store locations in North Carolina beginning in early 2015. Because this fuel is often the cheapest at the pumps that offer multiple fuel choices, please take an extra moment to ensure you aren’t filling your boat with any fuel containing more than 10% ethanol. It is not only unsafe for you to use this fuel in your boat engine, but you are prohibited by law from using it in marine engines as well as other small engines such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, snowmobiles and line trimmers.

    BoatU.S. will continue to lobby Congress to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – a law which forces these higher blends and less compatible fuels into our markets. For more on the Renewable Fuel Standard go to www.BoatUS.com/gov.

    Thanks for being a BoatU.S. member!

    Nicole Palya Wood
    BoatU.S. Government Affairs
    (703) 461-2878 x3201

    And more today from BoatUS News:

    Buyer Beware of Ethanol Fuel in North Carolina:

    60 Sheetz Stations to Offer E15 in 2015

    “This Isn’t Just About Boats”

    RALEIGH, NC, January 29, 2015 – The Altoona, Pennsylvania based convenience store chain Sheetz announced on January 21 that it would offer E15 fuel – gas containing up to 15% ethanol – at 60 of their North Carolina locations beginning in early 2015. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) believes that could be a problem for recreational boaters, motorists and many other users of gasoline-powered equipment and vehicles.

    There are no marine engines warrantied to run on E15 and according to AAA, most automobile manufacturers say any damage due to the use of this higher ethanol blend fuel will void the warranty.

    In the US, nine out of every ten boaters own a trailerable boat that is most often filled up at a roadside gas station – not at a marina gas dock. While any gasoline with greater than 10% ethanol (E10) is prohibited for use with recreational boat engines, it’s a common practice among trailer boaters to fill the tow vehicle first, then simply pull the boat up to the pump and insert the same gas pump nozzle into to boat’s fuel fill. A small, inadequate warning label on the pump pointing to the prohibited uses of E15 may contribute to a situation ripe for misfueling.

    “This isn’t just about boats,” said BoatUS Government Affairs Program Manager Nicole Palya-Wood. “If you own an older car, truck, or any small engine such as a lawnmower or leaf blower that uses gas, you will need to be very aware — and take an extra moment to ensure — you’re not putting higher ethanol E15 in the tank. At stations that offer multiple fuel selections these corn-based ethanol fuels are often the lowest price, which is an attraction for frugal boaters. Ironically, owners of small, affordable boats could get hit the hardest when the expensive repair bill comes,” added Wood.

    BoatUS, which has nearly 20,000 members in North Carolina, will continue to lobby Congress to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – a law which forces these higher blends and less compatible fuels onto the public. For more on the Renewable Fuel Standard go to www.BoatUS.com/gov.

    Sheetz operates 437 locations in six states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.

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

    Winter is 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 keep your spirits warm in the chill of winter!
    For the full schedule of community events, in addition to those listed below, go to www.discoverelizabethcity.com

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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

    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

  • Wildlife Arts Festival, February 6-8 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”, especially with so many treats like this East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival.

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    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

  • CAUTION! at AICW/Browns Inlet AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237, 1/19/2015

    The AICW stretch south of Swansboro, NC, where the Waterway runs behind ultra shallow Browns Inlet, is one of the single worst North Carolina sections of the AICW. We reported a grounding in this Problem Stretch back in August of 2014 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144468) and marker confusion could have been the cause. Skipper Jemal’s experience confirms the issue of marker placement. The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet has been the site of shoaling for some time and requires the utmost caution!. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143963

    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

    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

  • Haulout Facilities at Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, off the AICW on Cape Fear River, in Wilmington, NC

    This response to an AGLCA Forum request for dry storage on the Atlantic coast comes from SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, NC. Patricia Bennett was recently featured by Marina Life Magazine, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145444.

    Bennett Brothers Yachts is a AGLCA sponsor and we can accommodate catamarans! Our 70 Ton lift pit has a width of 26 ft so a beam of 22 ft is not a problem. We are located on the Northeast Cape Fear River in historic
    Wilmington, NC. Height is not a restriction! Long term dry storage is available for monohulls as well as multihulls. Please call Tricia Bennett for details – 910.772.9277, www.bbyachts.com
    Patricia Donovan Bennett
    President
    Bennett Brothers Yachts, Inc.
    Cape Fear Marina
    1701 J.E.L. Wade Drive
    Wilmington, NC 28401
    www.bbyachts.com
    910.772.9277

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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

    Winter is 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 keep your spirits warm in the chill of winter!
    For the full schedule of community events, in addition to those listed below, go to www.discoverelizabethcity.com

    Enjoy a Rejuvenating Winter Break in Elizabeth City

    Chilly temps shouldn’t keep you from experiencing new travels. The winter months are a good time to visit Elizabeth City. Rejuvenate body and soul with a stay in one of our cozy lodgings, coupled with any-or all-of these fun excursions:

    Step back in time at the Museum of the Albemarle. A branch of the N.C. Museum of History, the museum is packed with more than 750 artifacts, beautifully interpreted and displayed in the Our Story exhibit. Look for: the canon recovered from the ship purported to be Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge; a miniature replica of the James Adams Floating Theatre, the inspiration for author Edna Ferber’s popular novel, “Show Boat”; a horse-drawn “steam pumper” fire engine; and a 1954 Moth Boat that originated in Elizabeth City.

    Take a winter walk at the Dismal Swamp State Park [The Welcome Center is also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS' NET SPONSOR!]. There are nearly 17 miles of trails in this park that fronts the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. The season’s bare branches make it an excellent site for spotting both birds and views. When you’re ready to warm up, head to the park visitor’s center, where you can tour exhibits that interpret the history and biological make up of the famous swamp.

    Hit the shops! Elizabeth City boasts charming clothing boutiques, home décor shops, art galleries and a fabulous locally-owned bookstore, among other finds. The friendly person behind the counter is probably the owner, so say hello-and tell ‘em The Wayfarer sent you!

    Get in touch with your inner artist at The Center at Arts of the Albemarle. Housed in the historic 1897 Lowry-Chesson building, The Center is just what the name implies-the hub of all things art in Elizabeth City. See who’s exhibiting in the changing Jaquelin Jenkins gallery, featuring work by well-known regional artists. Then check the schedule to see what’s on tap in the second-floor Maguire Theatre, home to EC’s resident Encore Theatre Company and The Center Players. Be sure to check the lobby display cases where you can purchase an original piece of art.

    Linger over lunch or dinner at one of our independently-owned restaurants. From fresh-shucked oysters to an expertly-prepared steak, there’s an entrée for every taste. Ask about local music too. Many eateries host local musicians for a fun night out!

    Plan now to join us for a winter weekend. Chart your course and make your reservations online at www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com.

    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

    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

  • More Good Words for Deep Point Marina, Southport, NC, Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 307

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

    Just left Deep Point Marina and can’t say enough great things about the staff, facility and the other boaters I met there. Everyone was extremely hospitable and ready to help with whatever you needed. Historic Southport is a good two miles away from the marina so a ride is needed. Also, there are no grocery stores in historic Southport so you need to go a little farther to get to a Food Lion or Walmart. However, there are lots of great restaurants in Southport. Try Loco Joe’s for an incredible pork sandwich and Bernie’s for a deep fried croissant! Docking fee was extremely reasonable and since we arrived in December there was a special on top of that for staying three days. We will come back!
    Marcia

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

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

  • Isabel Holmes Bridge Closed to Navigation, February 9-10, 2015, Cape Fear River

    With a closed vertical clearance of 40ft the Isabel S. Holmes Bascule 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.

    NC — NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN — CAPE FEAR RIVER — NORTHEAST CAPE FEAR RIVER
    Mariners are advised that the Isabel Holmes Bridge, at mile 1.0, across Northeast Cape Fear River, at Wilmington NC will be maintained in the closed position to vessels requiring an opening from 8 a.m. on February 9, 2015 until 8 p.m. on February 10, 2015. The main breaker will be removed and replaced; power will be completely shut off as to prevent damage to the grids and gear teeth. The drawbridge will not be able to open in the event of an emergency. At all other times, the drawbridge will operate in accordance with the regulations set out in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 117.822. Mariners able to pass under the closed span may do so at anytime and should exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 11573 LNM: 51/14

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

  • How Lockwoods Folly Got Its Name, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Our thanks to Skipper Boyd for this message and link in response to one of Claiborne’s “tales” – see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=117868. And see “Young’s Yarns” on our Homepage for more of Claiborne’s sagas! Lockwoods Folly Inlet, just east of Holden Beach, is well known to Waterway cruisers, not for the Inlet proper, but because of the perennial shoaling at the intersection of the Inlet and the Waterway.

    There are a number of theories about how Lockwood Folly received its name. They can be read at:
    http://blog.ncmaps.org/index.php/tag/lockwood-folly/
    Pete Boyd

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

  • Surf City Bridge Restricted Openings February 22-24, 2015, AICW Statute Mile 261

    With a closed vertical clearance of 12ft, Surf City – S.R. 50 Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 261, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #69.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – BRIDGE REPAIRS
    Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the NC Route 50-210 Highway Bridge, located on AICW, mile 260.7, in Surf City, NC. Work crews and barges may be in the waterway conducting repairs to submarine cables and terminals. To facilitate the necessary repairs the bridge will be closed to navigation from 6 p.m. on February 22, 2015 to 6 p.m. February 24, 2015, except for two openings at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. The channel shall remain open to navigation for vessels that can clear the 12 feet of vertical clearance in the closed position. Chart 11541. LNM:50/14

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Surf City Bridge

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

  • Updated Phone Number for Camp Lejeune Firing Range

    The number provided by Skipper Walters has been confirmed as the number for all the firing ranges at Camp Lejeune. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=16763.  Thank you Skipper Walters!

    Kayaking from Maine to Guatemala. Tomorrow I will pass by Camp Lejeune on the ICW. Called the number listed in the above post. It was wrong, but they gave me the current correct number to call: 910 451 3064. Safe Passage for me for tomorrow!
    Deb Walters

  • New Bridge Construction on Cape Fear River, well north of Wilmington, NC

    Cape Fear River mile marker #1 is north of the Wilmington waterfront and this new bridge construction at mile 35.5 will affect few, if any, cruisers.

    NORTH CAROLINA – CAPE FEAR RIVER – BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
    Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the construction site of the new highway bridge on the Wilmington Bypass, over the Cape Fear River, mile 35.5, in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, NC. When completed, the Cape Fear River Bridge will have a vertical clearance of 64 feet at mean high water (MHW) and a horizontal clearance of 160 feet. Work barges and structures will be located along the sides of the waterway through December 2016. The channel shall remain open to navigation. Mariners should continue to monitor the Local Notice to Mariners for potential impacts to navigation. Chart 11537. LNM: 49/14

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  • Two New Restaurants in Wilmington, NC, off the AICW on Cape Fear River

    Cape Fear Marina and Bennett Brother Yachts, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, continues to provide excellent service as well as convenient access to the many attractions Wilmington has to offer, including two new restaurants: Catch, with award winning local Chef and Food TV celebrity, Keith Rhodes at 6623 Market Street, 910-799-3847 and Dock Street Oyster Bar, ranked #11 out of 409 picks for 2014 by Tripadvisor, 12 Dock Street, 910-762-2827.
    Along with the friendly folks at Cape Fear Marina, such haute cuisine makes the trip up the Cape Fear River very alluring!

     

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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  • Missing Canoeist, Albemarle Sound, NC

    This notice was sent by Susan Hinkle via Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide. If you have any information as to the where abouts of this boater, please contact SSECN or Waterway Guide.

    Hi Mike,
    A Canoeist who was stopped in Elizabeth City NC on Nov 13-16, I believe he left on the 16th heading south, he is missing, his canoe was found overturned in Big Flatty Creek which feeds into the Albemarle Sound, in Pasquotank County. I was wondering if you could reach out to the boaters who get your email who may have been docked here over those dates, as I know he went over to speak to them after leaving my store on Saturday evening the 15th.
    Thanks so much – I hope he met new friends -
    Susan Hinkle, Owner, Page After Page Bookstore

  • Artificial Reef Marking, near Ocracoke, Pamlico Sound, NC

    Big Foot Slough Channel is the primary entrance from Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke and Silver Lake Harbor and is used by the vast majority of cruising craft and both Ocracoke car ferries.

    NC – PAMLICO SOUND – OCRACOKE – ARTIFICIAL REEF MARKING
    Mariners are advised that the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will be remarking new positions for artificial reef 298 located approximately 1.5 mile east from the big foot slough channel entrance in 0cracoke, NC. The new boundary coordinates are: 35.18042N – 75.99352W; 35.17533N -75.99352W; 35.17533N -75.99953W; and 35.18042N -75.99953W. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. NC Carolina Fisheries POC: Gregg Podnar at 252-808-7199 or 252-808-8053. LNM: 47/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Big Foot Slough

  • Deep Keel Vessel Needs Your Advice

    This question is unusual, not because of Skipper Aigeltinger’s concern for Waterway depths, but because of his vessel’s 7ft 3inch draft. Whether that draft is fin keel or full keel, that is a lot of draft with which to confront the shallow spots in North Carolina. He has access to our listing of NC Problem Stretches, but is asking for your input into his decision to attempt the ICW from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC, which, fortunately for him, is north of all the Inlet/ICW intersections further south.

    I am considering delivering a 44 ft sailboat from the Chesapeake to Florida. Draft is 7 ft 3 in. Would like to know if anyone knows if it’s possible to get that from Norfolk to Beaufort in the ICW ? Or if anyone could direct me to a source for that info.
    Thanks, Ed Aigeltinger

    Note this praise for Argus:

    The Argus soundings are really helpful. I followed ICW all the way from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC and it looks like the most questionable area is a few miles north of Beaufort. (That area just north of the Alligator River bridge where the channel takes a turn or two around some shoals has always been poorly marked. Have to be careful there but I think there’s plenty of water if you stay channel center.) The shallow area just north of Beaufort is at the south end of the Adams Creek Canal and as I recall that part is narrow and the markers are a little far apart making it a little difficult to stay in the channel. On the chart the Argus readings are shown to be out of the channel. So I wonder if the chart is wrong or if whoever did the Argus run missed the channel, hence the shallow readings there ?? Would appreciate any input from anyone re that. I plan to call Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Beaufort Docks and ask for some local knowledge. Would hate to run 199 miles from Norfolk and get 3-4 miles away only to not be able to get there. However, if the readings are right, the shallowest I see is just over 4 ft and the tidal range is about 3 ft so still might be able to skim through at high tide.
    Thanks again for your help-Ed

    Thanks to all for the info re the ICW depth from Norfolk to Beaufort, NC.

    I also spoke with the dockmaster at Beaufort Docks and he assured me there was plenty of depth at Core Creek if one is careful to stay in the channel. It’s narrow there and the markers are a little far apart. Apparently the Argus boat was a little out of channel hence the readings down to 4 ft. Dockmaster also said he has a friend who comes down each year with 9 ft. He said to be careful to stay as close to center as possible in the Alligator River-Pungo River canal as his friend has hit some pretty hard stuff a little off center.
    As you mention fixed bridge height is also a concern. Boat I may deliver is 62 ft to mast top and 65 ft to antenna top. (I brought a cat down once and rang almost every beam on the bridges with the antenna. A little nerve wracking.) So if anyone has or hears any local knowledge re bridge height problems I would certainly appreciate the info. I may try to do what I’ve done a few times in the past. Install a 4-5 ft long piece of 1×4 wood at the mast head going forward and then a vertical piece at the forward end that is about a foot higher than the highest solid part of the mast. One can then creep up to the first beam and if this ‘indicator’ goes under all is hopefully well. If not heavy reverse is in order.
    Thanks again for the info and please keep me in mind if you hear anything else of importance.
    Ed Aigeltinger

    November 30:
    Larry-
    Thanks again for your help with ICW depth issue. I had no idea about the ARGUS ‘program’. Obviously with that kind of data in the laptop one could cruise the ICW from data point to data point. Really amazing stuff !
    Thanks again,
    Ed Aigeltinger

  • Dredging in New Topsail Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 270

    New Topsail Inlet intersects the Waterway via Howards Channel at Mile 270. The dredging operation should not impede Waterway navigation.

    NC – TOPSAIL INLET – TOPSAIL CREEK – BANKS CHANNEL – DREDGING OPERATIONS
    The Dredge CHARLESTON will commence dredging operations in the Topsail Inlet area on or about November 22, 2014. The project includes dredging in Topsail Inlet. A pipeline will be placed from the inlet to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until approximately December 15, 2014. The Dredge CHESAPEAKE will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of Topsail Inlet, Topsail Creek, and Banks Channel on or about December 10th. The pipeline will be placed from the dredging location to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until March 15th, 2015. The
    Dredge Operators will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Chart 11541

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Topsail Inlet

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