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  • Announcement: All North Carolina Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of North Carolina cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of NC cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “North Carolina.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “NC Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 13 North Carolina geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Praise for River Forest Marina, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 135.5


    It is so good to hear of the many upgrades to this conveniently located marina. River Forest Marina is perched on the northeastern shores of Pantego Creek, just northwest of the creek’s breakwater enclosed entrance.

    Many upgrades since we were here a decade ago! Newly remodeled office with separate toilet/showers (new), free laundry with high-capacity washers and gas dryers! The new owner is making more improvements as time goes on. The manor has is totally renovated inside and out for special occasions. Worthy of pictures! Henry Boyd and Eddie will do everything to help your stay a pleasant one! Three golf carts for your use are a nice and fun touch! Fuel prices were very reasonable.
    Emory Shover

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For River Forest Marina

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

  • Hwy 158 Bridge Down for Repairs, Elizabeth City, NC, Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route Mile 51


    This Alert from Annette Baker comes via our good friend, Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care, out of Southport, NC. Highway 158 Bridge crosses the Dismal Swamp AICW Route at Statute Mile 51, in the heart of downtown Elizabeth City, and has been undergoing reconstruction since February of this year. See http://cruisersnet.net/155028.

    Gentlemen,
    Appreciate your help getting the following word out…
    Thanks to Annette Baker aboard S/V Magnolia who reported this late yesterday after hearing chatter on VHF. She verified it today and I followed up with a call to the bridge tender.
    Status as of 2:30PM today…The bridge is closed since yesterday due to mechanical difficulties. The bridge tender states that parts have arrived but is unsure how long to repair. Bridge tender can be reached at 252 331-4772.
    Best regards
    Hank

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Hwy 158 Bridge

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Highway 158 Bridge

  • May at a Glance – Edenton, NC, 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 in April with a full schedule of activities for all ages! Edenton is always young! Come and let them prove it!

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    Celebrate National Tourism Day on Tuesday, May 3rd with complimentary touring, Fun for all Ages at May Play Day, Potters of the Albemarle, Music by the Bay, Paddle – Pedal – Plod for the fit, Family Fun at the Links and Sunday Trolley Tours round out the month
    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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    June 3 – 4
    Dancing Under The Stars with Spare Change and a Beverage Garden along with a Sunset Paddle will kick-off the 18th Annual. Followed by a day of on and off the water activities to please all ages.
    Thank This Year’s Sponsors:
    Albemarle Bank and Trust, Scotch Hall Preserve, Vidant Chowan Hospital and Regulator Marine
    On the Water with Kitty Hawk Kites
    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    Chowan County Tourism Development Authority, PO Box 245, 101 W Water Street, Edenton, NC 27932

    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)

  • May in Washington, NC, Pamlico River


    Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0Washington, NC City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River, especially in Spring!

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    May in Washington
    Published on Apr 29, 2016 10:46 am
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    You MAY want to visit this month!

    April typically kicks off our event season, and May is when we’re full steam ahead.  This month is a great time to visit Washington and the Inner Banks area.  Perhaps check out a quaint bed and breakfast like the Pamlico House or Elmwood 1820 in Washington’s historic district.  Treat mom to a cruise on the Jeanie B, shopping spree in downtown Washington, or a painting class at Wine & Design.  May is also a month to celebrate graduations.  Plan a special dinner or fun night out with friends.  Whatever you choose to celebrate in May, make Washington a special part of your memories.

    Aurora Fossil Festival

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    May 27-29 ~ The annual Aurora Fossil Festival, across the Pamlico River from Washington, is a fantastic, family-friendly event.  This event is held annually on Memorial Day weekend.  There will be music, fossil hunting, a parade, tours, and more.  Be sure to visit the Aurora Fossil Museum, the centerpiece of the festival, and have your picture taken in the jaws of a megalodon! For more information, call 252-322-4238.

     

     

    Bath Fest First Port Celebration

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    May 28 ~ Historic Bath will celebrate becoming the state’s first port of entry with a daylong event with history, fun, and celebration.  Visitors are encouraged to come early and stay late.   Historic interpretations, hands on actives, food and craft vendors, and skydivers help make this a fun-filled day.  Activities begin at 10 a.m. and end with a performance by Jim Quick & Coastline Band and fireworks over Bath Creek.  For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, call 252-923-3971 or visit bathfest.com.

    Save the Date

    Washington Summer Festival ~ June 10-11
    Washington’s 4th of July Festivities ~ July 4th
    Belhaven’s 4th of July Festivities ~ July 3rd-4th
    Washington Triathlon ~ August 27th

    For a complete listing of Inner Banks area events, CLICK HERE.

    Our mailing address is:
    Washington Tourism Development Authority
    110 N. Gladden Street
    PO Box 1765
    Washington, NC 27889

    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

  • May “Things to See and Do in Elizabeth City” NC, AICW Dismal Swamp Route


    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route, and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, continues its Spring calendar of exciting events!

     

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    Elizabeth City, North Carolina
    May “Things to See & Do in Elizabeth City”
    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com
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    Our mailing address is:

    Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

    400 S Water St
    Suite 101

    Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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

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

  • News from Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

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

    Hi Larry,
    Just a heads up that our marine services roundup is now online:
    http://portcitymarina.com/news/from-boating-to-boatyards-marine-services-in-wilmington/

     

    Thank you again!
    Jamie

     

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

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

  • Submarine Cable Installation, Roanoke Sound, NC


    This cable installation will extend eastward from the northeast shore of Roanoke Island to Nags Head on Bodie Island, but appears to run north of Marker #36 that marks the entrance channel into Manteo. Particular caution will be needed at Marker #36 into Manteo harbor.

    NC – ROANOKE SOUND – MANTEO, NC – SUBMARINE CABLE INSTALLATION
    Beginning April 21, 2016 Crofton Diving Corporation will be installing a submarine cable on the east side of Manteo, NC crossing Roanoke Sound to Nags Head, NC. The cable will be buried and operations will be taking place between the following two locations: 35° 56’03.07N and 75 ° 41’27.53W & 35° 57’08.55N and 75 ° 37’58.76W. The project is scheduled to end on July 20, 2016, installation operations will include cable laying operations utilizing commercial divers and general marine construction. Barges & vessels will be moored on site with divers working over the side.
    The construction equipment will be confined to the barges with small crew boats working in the vicinity. Work will be conducted during daylight hours only. All floating equipment will be clear of navigable channel sections of the waterway at the end of each day. Vessels are requested to proceed in this area with caution and causing no wake. Crofton’s crews will be monitoring the following radio frequencies: VHF channel 13 & 16 or by telephone at (757) 418-1308.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Nags Head

  • Hazards of North Carolina Coastal Inlets, 4/27/2016

    This Special Notice was issued last year, http://cruisersnet.net/148804, and the latest issue serves to urge NC boaters to use extreme caution in the inlets listed below. Shoaling in the inlets may well mean shoaling in the intersection of the inlet with the Waterway. Pay particular attention to the NC Problem Stretches that involve these inlets: Bogue, Browns, New River, Carolina Beach, Lockwoods and Shalotte. Details of these Problem Stretches are found in the links below.

    NC – HAZARDS OF NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL INLETS
    This notice is to notify mariners about accessing hazardous inlets, to heighten public awareness about the hazards that exist in and around the inlets, and to provide the mariner with available information. Mariners are advised that shoaling conditions exist at following North Carolina coastal inlets:
    Oregon Inlet Hatteras Inlet
    Ocracoke Inlet Barden Inlet
    Beaufort Inlet Bogue Inlet
    New River Inlet Topsail Inlet
    Masonboro Inlet Carolina Beach Inlet
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet Shallotte Inlet
    Shoaling conditions increase the potential for groundings. These inlets are subject to continual and sometimes rapid environmental changes. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at: http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys.aspx
    Mariners should use caution when navigating in these areas and passage through the inlets is not recommended without local knowledge of the area. The aids to navigation in these inlets may not be charted and may not be marking best water due to continually shifting shoals. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lnmDistrict&region=5
    To report any aids to navigation discrepancies (missing, damaged, off station, extinguished lights), shoaling, hazards to navigation, or discrepancies on bridge lighting, please contact Sector North Carolina Command Center (910) 343-2200.   LNM 17/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Welcome! New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC

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    The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

     

    Welcome New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club
    Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net welcomes aboard New Bern Grand Marina and Yacht Club as its newest Sponsor.
    We are honored to be able to connect cruisers and boaters with this outstanding destination up through the beautiful wooded areas surrounding the Neuse River off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Southern hospitality awaits you in this friendly riverfront town and the New Bern Grand Marina is your perfect host. Located in the heart of historic New Bern and within easy walking distance of shopping, dining and many historic sites that date back to its settlement in 1710, New Bern Grand Marina invites you to visit as a transient or to make this your home port with all the many outstanding amenities and even more if you become a slip owner/club member.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For New Bern Grand Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Bern Grand Marina

  • Good Words for Bridge Pointe Marina, off the AICW, on the Trent/Neuse River, New Bern, NC


    Bridge Pointe Marina flanks the southern banks of the Trent River off the Neuse River, opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront.

    BridgePointe Marina is the bomb!
    It’s been a year since I left Bridge Pointe Marina and I’m missing my time there. It’s a really well built and well managed marina with a nice bunch of boaters including some locals and liveaboards who will welcome you to Sunday night pot lucks. It’s also a very good place to leave a boat for the winter, as I did, and I also enjoyed the town of New Bern when I was around.
    Ben Ellison

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

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

  • FOCUS ON: Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203


    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.

    The Yacht Basin was originally built in 1946. It started out as a pier and a building with an office, lounge with lockers, and a storage room. Around 1952, Bump Styron bought the Yacht Basin and added two piers. The Yacht Basin has always had close ties to the boating and fishing in Morehead City including the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament that started in 1957. Bump himself won the tournament in 1970 aboard the “Reel King”. Legend has it that even Ernest Hemmingway at one time fished for marlin out of the Yacht Basin.
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    The Morehead City Yacht Basin has always been known for its customer service. James Hester, pictured below, greeted boaters for over fifty years and customers still come in and tell stories about his smiling, friendly service.
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    Today the Morehead City Yacht Basin provides dockage both to slip owners, renters, and transients traveling up and down the ICW. With Mike Pollard as the head dockmaster for close to ten years the tradition of excellent customer service has continued. We have a very comfortable lounge for our guests and we are a short walk to over twenty great restaurants.
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    In 2014, Jet Matthews tripled the size of the Morehead City Yacht Basin with modern floating docks, 87 large interior slips, and over 1,250 feet of side tie dockage to accommodate vessels up to 200 ft with 30/50/100 amp power and 2 x 100 amp pedestals.

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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Morehead City Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Morehead City Yacht Basin

  • Southport Marina, Zimmerman Marine and Carolina Yacht Care Team-up to Offer Free Daily Weather and Navigation Briefs, Southport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 309


    Southport MarinaCarolina Yacht CareOnce again, two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Southport Marina, and Carolina Yacht Care, along with Zimmerman Marine, are offering these invaluable daily weather and navigation on-site briefings for Waterway cruisers.

    Weather and Navigation Briefs on the Dock
    Announcement
    You may have read about it in SAIL Magazine or heard about it from a fellow cruiser!
    Now experience it in person at Southport Marina.
    Teaming with Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) and Zimmerman Marine, we invite you to join us during the Spring 2016 transient season for daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs on the Dock” – a free, one of a kind service geared towards transiting boaters. These informal discussions are an opportunity for you to join fellow cruisers at the end of the day for a presentation and interactive discussion on weather and navigation issues for the next leg of your journey.
    Retired US Navy meteorologist, cruising sailor and owner of Carolina Yacht Care, Hank Pomeranz, will host the daily discussions. He will concentrate on the coastal and ICW stretch from Southport to Norfolk, Va. Hank will review the current National Weather Service advisories, watches and warnings, analyses and forecast charts and discuss the resultant forecasts for winds and seas, precipitation, temperatures, fog and severe weather potential.
    On the ICW navigation side, Hank will draw from the US Army Corps of Engineers surveys, Weekly updated Light Lists, USCG Notices to Mariners, direct cruiser communication as they work their way north, recent fellow cruiser postings in cooperation with SSECN and other cruiser resources and local knowledge.
    And, you won’t have to memorize everything presented. You’ll get handouts covering ICW issues that you can take back to your boat and refer to as you head north.
    Briefings are held daily at 6PM through the end of May at the marina docks.
    Daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock”: yet another great reason to stop and stay at Southport Marina.

    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

  • N.C. Potato Festival, May 20-22, Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Dismal Swamp Route


    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, continues its calendar of exciting events!

     

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    Celebrating All Things Potato at the N.C. Potato Festival
    Elizabeth City, N.C., April 19, 2016 – What’s more delicious than a festival that celebrates all things potato? With a bevy of ‘tater-themed contests, a rollicking midway, live music and plenty of spuds, the North Carolina Potato Festival, May 20-22 in downtown Elizabeth City, promises to please both your taste buds and your desire to have a good time.
    “It wouldn’t be spring in Elizabeth City without the North Carolina Potato Festival,” said said Wade Nichols, executive director of Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., a downtown revitaliztion non-profit and the festival presenter. “We’re rolling out the welcome mat for visitors, vendors and neighbors to join us for three family-friendly days of rides, music, games and fun!”
    What began as a simple tribute to the farmers that tend the state’s major potato-growing areas along the Albemarle Sound has grown to attract more than 30,000 celebrants annually for a weekend full of festivities. This year, festival organizers have embraced an outdoor theme, illustrated with a cartoon potato mascot paddling a canoe, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of North Carolina’s state parks.
    “In choosing a theme, we look for something that is meaningful for our community,” said Cindy Williams, a long-time festival volunteer. “In the past we’ve honored the openings of our Aviation Research and Development Commerce Park, Arts of the Albemarle and South Park Sports Complex. With Elizabeth City’s river-front location and access to the Intracoastal Waterway, celebrating our region’s four beautiful state parks made sense.”
    In addition to the usual fare – rides, games, food and fun – the festival will feature exhibits from Merchants Mill Pond, Dismal Swamp, Jockey’s Ridge and Pettigrew State parks.

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    Runaway June to Headline Festival’s Musical Lineup
    Great entertainment is a hallmark of the festival, and the up-and-coming, all-female country music trio Runaway June will kick off the festival’s opening night concert, May 20. The band, whose style and sass have been compared to The Dixie Chicks, landed a label deal with Wheelhouse Records and are presently on a national radio tour.
    Other musicians to perform over the three-day event will include Elizabeth City singer/songwriter Bobby Plough (Americana); Delta Son (southern folk); The Original Moonlighters (variety band); UPHILL Band (swampland blues), featuring Elizabeth City pianist Chris Palestrant; Dark Water Rising (rocky soul); Zach Burick (country); Mountain Faith (bluegrass and gospel); singer/songwriter Kylie Odetta (jazz/soul); and Home Bru, featuring Elizabeth City singers Matt and Chelsea Brunoehler (Chelsea is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard).
    And don’t forget the ‘taters. In addition to nibbling on home-cooked fries, festival-goers can watch the National Potato Peeling Contest participants peel through bushels of spuds, cheer on the “Mister and Miss Tater Tot” contestants and take part in a mashed potato-eating contest. Approximately 175 shopping, crafts and dining vendors will line the Main Street thoroughfare. Visitors can also view antique and new tractors in the festival’s featured tractor display.
    Mark your calendars and bring your appetite! It will soon be all things potato – all weekend long in Elizabeth City. The festival is open May 20, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; May 21, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and May 22, 11 to 6 p.m. The Elizabeth City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hall Automotive Elizabeth City, the U.S. Coast Guard, The All New Toyota of Elizabeth City and Paradise Treasures are the premier festival sponsors. For more information and a complete lineup of live entertainment check the festival’s Facebook page or visit www.ncpotatofestival.com.

    Elizabeth City is the “Harbor of Hospitality®”
    Elizabeth City is located in northeastern North Carolina on the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Known as the “Harbor of Hospitality,” the city has six National Register Historic Districts and is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University Planetarium, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations in the Continental United States. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area’s proximity to the Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings. For additional information, call Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or visit 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

  • Channel Shift in Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection, Problem Stretch Statute Mile 321


    The intersection of the ICW and Lockwoods Folly has been a Problem Stretch for years and requires almost annual dredging. Recent reports confirm shoaling here, http://cruisersnet.net/154017. SSECN stills recommends Mid to high tide for passage through Lockwoods Folly. Kudos to Carolina Yacht Care for their nightly briefings on weather and navigation issues and our thanks to Hank Pomeranz for this report.

    Hi Gentlemen,
    We’ve started our nightly briefs here at Southport covering the waterway north of here to MM 0. Hearing from a bunch of folks having problems with Lockwoods Folly – just south of Southport.
    Suggest reiterating that cruisers follow the marks carefully. G47, in particular, was just moved west and is very close to the shore. That said, mariners must follow it for plenty of deep water. Do not get sucked in to the R12 which will be to starboard for north bound cruisers. That is an inlet buoy.
    I don’t know if you can somehow share the attached image but you are welcome to use it. The depth legend for the USACE survey is shown and the depths represent MLLW. A pic is worth…
    Regards to you all,
    Hank

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

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

  • NC Boating Course Offered in Wilmington, Cape Fear River

    This news of a boating course in Wilimngton, NC, as announced in StarNewsOnline, is good news for first time boaters.

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    Ned W. Rhodes, lead instructor with Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron (right) poses with Capt. Doug Springer of Wilmington Water Tours. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Ned W. Rhodes, lead instructor with Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron (right) poses with Capt. Doug Springer of Wilmington Water Tours. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


    New boating course a team effort

    Contributed article
    Published: Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:16 a.m.
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    Thanks to a recent fusion of resources from the Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington Water Tours LLC, and the Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron, local boaters have access to a modern, comprehensive, shore- and water- based learning experience.

    The program would not exist without all three players. CFCC has the superbly equipped, large, centrally located lecture spaces needed to accommodate three-times-a-year classes of 30 to 50 students participating in what is known as America’s Boating Course. Wilmington Water Tours operates the course’s “floating classroom,” a catamaran named the Wilmington that can comfortably host up to 45 students at a time. The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron provides the certified experienced instructors, the practical expertise and the instructional materials needed to complete the effort.

    The course begins in downtown Wilmington with a day of classes, capped by a state-sponsored certification test in CFCC’s Union Station building. The classes touch on all aspects of boating safety – including required equipment, basic boat handling, weather hazards, signals, lights and rules of the road – and practical tips drawn from the experiences of veteran instructors.

    The next session of America’s Boating Course will begin on May 14th. For more information, see www.capefearboatingcourse.org.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

     

  • BoatUS News: NC TowBoatUS Captain Named Volunteer of the Year

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    BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters and boating safety on all waters and SSECN is proud to have BoatUS as a SPONSOR!

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    (L) Capt. Lee Sykes receives the “Volunteer of the Year” award from (R) CCA NC Executive Director David Sneed.

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

    Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina Names
    TowBoatUS Capt. Lee Sykes Volunteer of the Year
    “Chapter Would Remain A Vibrant Voice for Coastal Fisheries Conservation”

    RALEIGH, NC, April 18, 2016 – At its recent annual meeting, the State Board of Directors for the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina (CCA NC) named local on water towing Captain and TowBoatUS Beaufort owner Lee Sykes “Volunteer of the Year.”

    An advocate for coastal fisheries and owner of a local 24-hour on water recreational boat towing and assistance company, Sykes is the CCA NC President of the Crystal Coast Chapter and is credited with “Revitalizing this chapter and bringing it back as a significant contributor to our efforts in North Carolina,” said Chapter Member and CCA NC Board Member Bert Owens. The chapter is one of 13 in North Carolina. “He was determined that the Crystal Coast Chapter would remain a vibrant voice for coastal fisheries conservation in North Carolina.”

    “I’m honored to have been selected,” Said Sykes. “I’m out on our waters nearly every day and believe that everyone needs to do their part. I’ve always wanted to ensure that my own child will continue to have a vibrant fishery for her generation, and our coastal waters continue to provide a quality fishing experience that doesn’t diminish.”

    Part of a nationwide network of 300 locations and over 600 towboats, Sykes’ TowBoatUS business is North Carolina’s largest, providing 24-hour on water towing assistance and soft ungrounding services to recreational boaters, much like a reliable auto club. It also offers salvage services. In addition to Beaufort, Sykes’ additional TowBoatUS locations include Swansboro, Jordon Lake, Falls Lake, Sharon Harris Lake, Gaston Lake, Kerr Lake, Smith Mountain Lake VA, and most recently High Rock Lake. For more visit BoatUS.com/beaufort.

    CCA and its state-chapter network are engaged in hundreds of local, state and national programs and projects related to marine conservation, including initiating scientific studies, funding marine science scholarships, building artificial reefs, creating finfish hatcheries, initiating hydrologic and contaminant studies, monitoring the quality and quantity of freshwater inflows, supporting local marine law enforcement and more. For more visit www.ccanc.org.

    About TowBoatUS:
    Celebrating 50 years in 2016, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate, services and safety group for recreational boaters. We provide our over half-million members with a wide array of helpful services, including 24-hour on water towing that gets you safely home when your boat won’t, will bring you fuel if you run out, jumpstart your dead battery, or provide a gentle pull after you’ve run aground. The TowBoatUS towing fleet is North America’s largest network of towing ports with over 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels, responding to over 70,000 requests for assistance each year. For more information go to BoatUS.com/towing.

  • Albemarle Loop Expanded, Albemarle Sound, NC

    "ManteoEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    This wonderful expanded tour of the Albemarle Sound now includes five Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsors.

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    Press release for the Albemarle Loop
    The Albemarle Loop announces the expansion of its membership by three (3) to a total of nine (9) marinas for 2016, offering free dockage and pump outs where available. Members offer two days of free dockage along with many amenities including swimming pools, golfing, tennis, restaurants and other boating necessities that make your stay at these marinas an enjoyable experience. See details of where these amenities are offered at http://albemarleloop.com/Marinas.html . The new marinas for 2016 are:

    The Manteo Waterfront Marina is located in a tranquil setting less than a mile from the Roanoke Sound.  It is a small, deep, and well-protected harbor, and can accommodate vessels up to 150 feet in length.  Take a stroll along over a mile of boardwalks on the Manteo Waterfront.  Near this site the first English colony was born on American soil. Dock your boat in the protected waters of Dough’s Creek and enjoy all the amenities this quaint island village has to offer. There are approximately 20 transient slips and 33 slips dedicated to seasonal and annual boaters.  All slips feature 30 and 50 amp power, cable television, and free wireless Internet access.  The air conditioned comfort station located at the marina features separate men’s and women’s bathrooms, clean showers, and coin operated washer and dryer.  Boaters come to Manteo for its coastal charm and relaxed atmosphere.

    Everett Marine and Cypress Cove Marina is a boating and fishing community located off the Scuppernong River about a mile west of the Columbia Docks.  One of only 2 Albemarle Loop members offering both diesel and gasoline fuel, marine supplies and the only member offering repairs and a boat lift. With a friendly southern hospitality they specialize in routine marine engine service and custom installation of accessories on new or used boats. Slips feature 30 and 50 amp power, and free wireless Internet access.  The air conditioned comfort station located at the marina features separate men’s and women’s bathrooms, clean showers, and coin operated washer and dryer.

    The Dismal Swamp Welcome Center is a NC DOT facility providing travel and tourism to both highway and waterway traffic. With the 150’ bulkhead, numerous boats are rafted up on their transit through the canal free for one night or more depending on weather. The Dismal Swamp Visitor Center has free wireless Internet access and comfort station featuring separate men’s and women’s bathrooms and clean showers. Located adjacent to the Welcome Center, the NC State Park provides numerous opportunities for eco-tourism with an exhibit hall that allows visitors to learn the natural and cultural history of the swamp.  Rangers will guide you on exciting explorations where you’ll uncover fascinating natural surroundings, and make great discoveries about the world in which we live.

    The Albemarle Loop is a non-profit organization that provides the boating public with an exciting opportunity to cruise and explore the protected waters of historic Albemarle Sound.   Visit the friendly communities surrounding Albemarle Sound as you share your boating experiences with other families (at a very low cost) and in high-quality marinas.  Contact the Albemarle Loop at 427 Albemarle Blvd., Hertford, North Carolina, 27944 or email info@AlbemarleLoop.com or call (252) 426 – 4037 or visit http://albemarleloop.com.

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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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

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

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

  • Latest News from Port City Marina, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC

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

    “Slip into Somewhere More Comfortable”
    The Port City Marina is a protected, deep water, full-service marina in Wilmington, North Carolina with over 200 state-of-the-art floating concrete wet slips and a full complement of first-class amenities situated in the heart of downtown. You can walk to restaurants, check out the thriving downtown art scene, or explore the boutique shops. Convenience at its finest.

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    Click here for the Latest News from Port City Marina

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

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

  • More Good Words for Portside Marina, Morehead City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205


    When entering the Morehead City waterfront from the “Turning Basin,” Portside Marina is the first facility that will come abeam to the north.

    These folks are very helpful, since we had a weather layover. Rate them highly and will return.
    Dusty

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

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

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