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R. E. Mayo DocksNautical Wheelers - New Bern 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. McCotters Marina, Washington, 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 0
Dowry Creek MarinaPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCMorehead City Yacht BasinBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCSouthport MarinaManteo 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 boardwalkOur 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.Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

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    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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  • Tall Ship Visit to Port City Marina, August 14-23, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear River

    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCProgress continues to be made toward the opening of this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, newly opened for business along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148108 for photos of the facilities.

     

    Upcoming Tallship Visit
    From August 14-23, 2015 – the Port City Marina has the honor of featuring the El Galeon Ship, the only galeón class vessel in the world sailing today. This historic tall ship hails from Spain, and will be offering tours of the unique and historic ship while docked at Port City Marina. El Galeón was recently featured in the NBC mini-series Crossbones that starred John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard. For more information on this historic ship, check out www.elgaleon.org

     

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    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

  • National Lighthouse Day, August 7, 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 like this lighthouse celebration. Also included are events that are part of the Albemarle Loop! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

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    * Celebrate National Lighthouse Day *

    Annually Celebrated on August 7.
    This day honors the beacon of light that, for hundreds of years, has symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea. At one time, the beacon of light could be found across almost all of America’s shorelines.

     

    The 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse will be
    open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm offering free tours, refreshments, and live music with Blind Tony and the Saxophone Guy. Young and old will be able to make a Victorian toy, work a word puzzle, and solve a maze. Visitors can enjoy the wonderful view from the decks of the old river lighthouse.

    A Great Day with Family and Friends!

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    * Farmer’s Market * Touring * Music *

    August Highlights

    NC Series – Brunch with an Author, Farmer’s Market, Edenton Bay Cruises, Shrimp by the Bay, Music by the Bay on the Penelope Barker House Lawn and in the Coffee House, Edenton Steamers Baseball Playoffs at Hicks Field, Trolley Tours even on Sunday, and Paddling the Creeks

    We Look Forward To Having You Join Us

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    Website    What To Do    Where To Stay    Where To Eat    Gallery    Contact

     

     

    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)

  • Elizabeth City Happenings in August, Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    So many wonderful attractions to lure you to Elizabeth City, especially the upcoming Chesapeake Bay Buyboat visit. The friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and these fine folks always have a full calendar of events to entertain and enlighten! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

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    Elizabeth City, North Carolina
    August “Things to See & Do in Elizabeth City”
    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com Blog

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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

  • Surf City Bridge Fender System Damaged, AICW Statute Mile 261, 7/29/2015

    With a closed vertical clearance of 12ft, Surf City Swing Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 261, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #69. The damaged fenders are on the ocean side of the bridge approach. By zooming in on the satellite (Hybrid) postion of the Chartview window, you can see the long eastern fenders which are almost in the center of the water span.

    NC – AICW – SURF CITY SWING BRIDGE FENDER DAMAGE – HAZARD TO NAVIGATION
    Mariners are advised that Southern approach fendering system of the Surf City Swing Bridge at mile marker 260 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Surf City, NC has sustained significant damage. The bridge is fully operational. Mariners are urged to stay at least 20 feet clear of the damaged fendering system until permanently repaired due to the possible presence of broken wood pilings. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the enclosed area of the damaged fendering system. Concerned traffic should contact the Surf City Swing Bridge tender on scene via VHF Channels 13 and 16. Chart 11541 LNM 30/15

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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Surf City Bridge

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

  • FOCUS ON – Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is an exciting harbor and community of historical events and entertainment venues. Having recently celebrated their Tricentennial, Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

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    Edenton has been making history for 300 years. Founding fathers and mothers were instrumental in establishing the principles and values upon which our nation was founded while surviving the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
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    Today, visitors will find historic homes and three National Historic Landmarks preserving our heritage for future generations. The states oldest, still in use, Courthouse stands above the village green looking toward Edenton Bay, as it did when built in 1767. Recently awarded the distinction by Forbes.com as “one of America’s Prettiest Towns”, Edenton continues to show her age with pride.

    Edenton served as the first Colonial Capital until 1743. Edenton boasts an active Downtown District surrounded by fine examples of Jacobean, Georgian, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian homes allowing visitors to see the fabric of America’s architectural styles come alive. Guided walking and trolley tours are provided daily from the Barker House Welcome Center and Historic Edenton State Historic Site.

    More important than buildings are the founding men and women who put Edenton on the map, as they built a state and a nation. Joseph Hewes, signer of the Declaration of Independence and godfather of today’s US Navy – served as edfocus2Colonial Secretary of the Navy. Hugh Williamson, signer of the United States Constitution convinced a skeptical North Carolina to ratify the proposed constitution after first rejecting doing so until the Bill of Rights was included. Samuel Johnston, whose home, Hayes Plantation a private residence today, was North Carolina’s Governor 1787-1789, and was a US Senator in the first sessions of Congress. After the successful battle for independence, Johnston was the first man elected President of the Confederation. He refused the offer due to ill health. Johnston presided at the NC constitution ratification debates and helped Williamson secure its adoption; at the time Johnston was the Governor of NC.
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    Penelope Barker, organizer of the Edenton Tea Party, in 1774 proved herself to be one of the most courageous women of all time. The famous Boston Tea Party was staged by men dressed to disguise their identities, not Penelope and her Edenton Ladies; all 51 signed their names and sent their petition to King George saying, NO to his taxes. A century later, writer, activist, abolitionist and educator, Harriet Jacobs, authored the story of her life,
    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.edfocus4

    James Iredell was only 38 years old when George Washington chose him as a Justice in the first US Supreme Court. His home stands a few blocks from the 1767 Courthouse.

    This Preserve America Community was named one of the National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive
    Destinations because of this rich history combined with its cultural and natural highlights.

    Outdoor Enthusiasts…
    edfocus5Fishing, Sailing, Cruising, Cycling, Paddling, and Hunting can all be found here with Open Bass Tournaments, edfocus6Sailing Regattas, Cycling Routes, six (6) trails, part of the North Carolina Paddle Trails, weave through our river, sound and creeks giving paddlers an experience accompanied with wildlife and scenery that cannot be matched, along with a sense of well-being. A total of ten (10) camping platforms can be reached and the adventurous can book overnight lodging on either Holladay’s or John’s Islands for outdoor recreation enjoyment. pathsofchowan.org

    Romance…edfocus7
    Bed & Breakfast Inns, Fine-Dining, Boutique & Antique Shops, Arts Council with Rotating Exhibits, Art Galleries, Historic Homes, and Scenic Parks within the historic district of this charming town lend itself to rest and relaxation with that special someone that cannot be found just anywhere. This total package can also lead to a
    little hand-holding along the waterfront breakwater on Edenton Bay as well as a perfect setting for weddings with backdrops that complete the whole picture. visitedenton.com/weddings/

    Civil War…
    edfocus8Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of American Civil War 2011-2015 has taken on a life of its own with tours regarding Harriet Jacobs’ escape from slavery via the Maritime Underground Railroad, The Edenton Bell Battery, an artillery unit organized locally using guns cast from the bells of churches and municipal buildings and Occupation of Edenton homes by Union forces such as the 1st New York Mounted Rifles – Edenton/Battle of the Albemarle Sound in Edenton Harbor are both part of the North Carolina Civil War Trail sharing their story. nccivilwar.com

    Lighthouse…
    Now settled over Edenton Bay, the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse started life in 1903 as a warning signal at the mouth of the Roanoke River and there it stood for 52 years, a marine salvage moved it to Edenton in 1955 and placed it on land at Filbert’s Creek. This one-and-half story screw-pile structure has become a Lightkeeper’s interpretive site with daily touring. edentonlighthouse.org
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    Welcoming Boaters…
    Edenton Harbor Marina has 9 transient slips as well as tie up along the breakwater, maximum length 44’ for slips, 10’ draft and 18’ beam, restrooms, showers, electric, pumpout, fresh water and WiFi. Restaurants, Touring, Golf, Shopping, Laundry, Theater and Kayak Rentals are all within easy access. Mobile repair service is also available. As part of the Albemarle Loop, boaters enjoy a 2-night complimentary stay. townofedenton.com

    There are many reasons to visit Edenton, its history and beauty is but a few; its people and charm
    touch you and make you want to stay.
    Chowan County Tourism Development Authority
    1/800-775-0111; visitedenton.com

    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)

  • New Town Dock at Hertford Bay Marina, off the AICW, Western Albemarle Sound

    A marina that is included in the Albemarle Loop but not listed in our North Carolina Marina Directory is Hertford Bay Marina on the Perquimans River off western Albemarle Sound. Below is the marina’s description sent to us by Town Manager Brandon Shoaf via Jams H Newsome. Access to the new free town dock is limited to vessesl of less than 33ft air draft.

    “70MM (Alternative Route) Hertford Bay Marina, NC – 32.5 miles west of ICW 70MM offering free dockage for 48 hours is brand new for 2015 and includes 9 slips that can accommodate a wide range of transient vessels. The marina is located one block from the Historic Downtown with restaurants, shops, a hardware, and a convenience store that has groceries. Free electric, pump out, and water are also available with the complementary dockage. Access to Hertford is limited by a 33’ fixed vertical bridge just east of town on the Perquimans River. If you can clear the fixed bridge there is also a swing bridge that must be negotiated in order to enter the town harbor. Sailboats over 33′ can anchor in the Perquimans River and dinghy into the town’s dock. The town manager suggests that boaters contact the town office prior to arrival at 252-426-1969.The Ablemarle Loop is a group of marinas and towns that have come together to promote the marine aspects of the Albemarle Sound offering free dockage for 48 hours.” www.albemarleloop.com

    Brandon S. Shoaf
    Town Manager
    Town of Hertford
    114 W. Grubb St.
    PO Box 32
    Hertford, NC 27944
    Welcome to Hertford, NC

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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hertford Waterfront

  • More on Chesapeake Bay Buyboats at Elizabeth City, August 5-7, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    This excellent article on the Chesapeake Bay Buyboats and their visit to Elizabeth City was kindly sent to us by Elizabeth Evans of Cahoon and Cross. We are proud to call Elizabeth City A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Historic Chesapeake Buyboats to Cruise into Elizabeth City, N.C. Aug. 5-7
    Graceful wooden vessels part of Virginia, North Carolina boating history

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    Buyboats docked at Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

    (Elizabeth City, N.C., July 23, 2015) – For the past decade, members of the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association have taken its fleet of historic fishing boats to the water in an annual reunion tour, with stops at selected ports of call that connect to the Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth City, N.C. will be a featured stop on this year’s 11th annual tour, Aug. 5-7, offering the public a rare chance to view 10 of the historic boats and learn about their origin.

    The graceful wooden vessels, also known as deck or oyster boats, were prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds in the early-to-mid 20th century. Providing a time-saving service between the oyster fisherman and the processing houses, buyboat owners cruised to where the fisherman worked on the water, loaded their boats with the freshly-caught bivalves and headed directly to the shucking houses to drop off that day’s catch.
    At the time, there were no highways or small bridges connecting the Chesapeake Bay tributaries, so the buyboats offered a speedy alternative to trucking the seafood to market. When oyster season was over, the owners used the boats to cart fresh produce, lumber, grain and even livestock to market. They were even outfitted with pumps during World War II, serving as fire boats for the Norfolk area.
    “In their hey-day, these boats were the tractor trailer for the region,” said Theodore Parish, owner of the Nellie Crockett which dates to 1925 and will be part of the tour. “When the combustion engine became reliable, boat owners cut off the masts and could get to market no matter how the winds were blowing.”
    Beginning in the 1960s, as the seafood harvest declined and highways became the mode of travel, the large graceful buy boats faded from local waters. Today, there are approximately 30 buy boats in existence, many of which are owned and have been restored by members of the Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association.
    Re-creating the 1900-1960 trade route, this year’s reunion tour will begin in Poquoson, Va., and make its way to Elizabeth City via the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, with stops planned afterwards in Manteo, Coinjock and Chesapeake. In Elizabeth City, the boats will be docked along the downtown waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf, Aug. 5-7, and open to the public to view on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For info on the Elizabeth City stop, visit www.discoverelizabethcity.com or call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U. Photo courtesy of David Cantera. Historic Chesapeake Bay Buyboats Muriel Eileen and Nellie Crockett.
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    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

    Elizabeth Evans, Cahoon & Cross
    757.705.7053; eevans@cahoonandcross.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

  • Onslow Beach Bridge Repairs, 7/22-8/13, 2015 , AICW Statute Mile 241

    With a 12ft closed vertical clearance, Onslow Beach Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 241, northeast of flashing daybeacon #64. NOTE THE REDUCTION OF HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE TO 15FT.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ONSLOW BEACH BRIDGE REPAIRS
    Mariners are advised to take caution and proceed slowly when approaching the Onslow Beach Bridge on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, in Onslow Beach, NC. To help facilitate repair of the bridge fender system, on July 22, 2015 through August 13, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., a barge will be placed on the Atlantic Intracostal Watrerway reducing the available horizontal clearance in the navigable channel from 80 feet to 15 feet. A 30 minute advance notice is required to remove the barge from the channel for vessels requiring greater than 15 feet horizontal clearance to safely navigate through the bridge. The onsite work supervisor and bridge tender can be contacted on VHF-FM channel 13 to arrange removal of the barge from the channel. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution at slow no wake speeds. Chart 11542 LNM 29/15

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Onslow Beach Bridge

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

  • Chesapeake Bay Buyboats Coming to Elizabeth City, August 5-7, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    The visit of the Chesapeake Buyboats to the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, Elizabeth City – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is just another reason to make Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf one of your stopping points!

    Take a free tour of the Chesapeake Bay Buyboats and learn some of the history while talking with their captains.
    August 6, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at Waterfront Park in Downtown Elizabeth City, www.oysterbuyboats.com
    These unique crafts that were used to haul seafood and cargo using the Chesapeake Bay waterways before many of the peninsulas were connected by bridges. As the seafood harvest declined and highways became the mode of travel the large graceful buyboats faded from local waters. There are, perhaps, not more than 30 of the oyster buyboats remaining on the Bay.

    The Chesapeake Bay Buyboat Association is comprised of owners and people who share the love of these big boats. The owners maintain and operate the remaining buyboats at their own expense. The owners bring their boats to ports around the Bay each summer so that the public can stand on the decks, touch them and understand their importance in history.
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    Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    400 S. Water St., Suite 101, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
    Phone: (252) 335-5330
    Fax: (252) 335-1733
    Our Website: 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

  • More Good Words for Spoon River Restaurant, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 136

    Spoon River Restaurant has only been in business for two years and is open seven days a week. They are located just off the waterfront and are listed as:
    Spoon River Artworks and Market
    263 Pamlico St, Belhaven, NC ‎
    (252) 945-3899
    And their Facebook address is:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spoon-River-Artworks-and-Market/471584979558789
    There are several opportunities for dockage near Spoon River: Belhaven Waterway Marina, Belhaven Town Dock and Belhaven/Pantego Creek Anchorage. Our thanks to Skipper Whitehead for reminding us of this excellent restaurant!

    We had dinner at Spoon River last night and it was undoubtedly the best meal we have ever enjoyed. The menu choices and the food are excellent. The waitstaff are excellent and well trained. All in all a very pleasant evening. I would give them five stars!
    Carol Whitehead

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Belhaven Waterway Marina

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Belhaven Town Dock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Belhaven Waterway Marina and Belhaven Town Dock

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Belhaven/Pantego Creek Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Belhaven/Pantego Creek Anchorage

  • Good Words for Coinjock Marina, Coinjock, NC, AICW Statute Mile 49

    As Skipper Herl relates, Coinjock Marina, on the eastern bank of the Waterway, has been making and keeping friends in the boating community for years.

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    Another long but productive day, 8 hours. Arrived at Coinjock at 4:15. Left Dowry Creek this am at 8:10. really good crossing Alligator River and again crossing the Albemarle Sound, the hard part was the wind, it was behind us and we were going as fast as the wind, again a really hot day. Sure makes a shower feel really good. After sweating all day the shower is an absolute necessary. Otherwise you don’t dare get down wind of each other.
    Coinjock, a great stop, one long dock, no backing in and the dock hands are special, no need to get off the boat until your ready to eat. They take care of all the electric, water, tieup, spring-lines, everything.
    Another place we would like to stop again.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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

  • New Aids to Navigation, Neuss River, off the AICW

    These new lights are on the southwest side of the Neuss River, south of New Bern, NC.

    NC – NEUSE RIVER – PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGTION ESTABLISHED
    Craven County, NC is establishing three lights in the Neuse River to mark a submerged effluent diffuser, approximately two nautical miles upriver (west northwest) of the mouth of Slocum Creek. Each light will be slow flashing white and marked with orange and white dayboards worded “Danger Submerged Diffuser”.

    Neuse River Diffuser Warning Light A 34 58 28.92N, 76 56 01.24W Private aid Fl W 6s NW on pile.
    Neuse River Diffuser Warning Light B 34 58 28.80N, 76 56 01.42W Private aid Fl W 6s NW on pile.
    Neuse River Diffuser Warning Light C 34 58 28.67N, 76 56 01.61W Private aid Fl W 6s NW on pile.
    Charts Affected: 11552, 11520, 11009 LNM 28/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Warning Light A

  • Praise for 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 July will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages, including events as part of the Albemarle Loop! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

    Close to Chesapeake Bay boaters who have a yen for new territory without having to go up the Atlantic coast. Autumn is a wonderful time to do the Albermarle Loop and Edenton is so quaint and the marina is “right down town!” Please don’t miss the famous “Bell Battery” adjacent to the municipal marina in Edenton. Cannon made from church bells in North Carolina which were “melted down” to make cannon “For The Cause!” Very noble and patriotic!
    Alan V. Cecil

    Click Here for a full schedule of July events!

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

  • Good Visit to Dowry Creek Marina, AICW Statute Mile 131.5

    Dowry Creek Marina is a fine family-owned and family-run marina that has received MANY laudatory reviews here on the Cruisers’ Net. This facility lies off the AICW/Pungo River, north of Belhaven. Our thanks to Phil and Sandy for their good words for A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Dowry Creek Marina, near Belhaven NC
    Arrived at 3:45 a very long day, 7 hours. All are very tired. The crew did great, another windy cross wind type of docking, this time we had to get the stern line hooked and spring the bow into the dock. Got to fuel, pumpout and a grocery run they do have a loaner car.
    The crew on the dock were great, got every thing we needed, ref the fuel, pumpout and docking. Iced up the cooler and ready for tomorrow. All the people are really friendly and want to help out in any way they can. I would like to stop in again.
    Phil and Sandy Herl
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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Dowry Creek Marina

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

  • Report from Harbor Village Marina, Hampstead, NC, AICW Statute Mile 267

    Harbor Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northwestern shore hard by flashing daybeacon #94. Our thanks to the Herls for this report.

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    Harbor Village Marina is just off the ICW. Just north of Wrighsville Beach. They have really nice floating docks and we were put on the outside wall finger docks. The dock master was there to help us get hooked up and gave us a ride in the golf cart to the dockmasters office to get checked in. It’s a long walk in fact that evening I just dropped the dinghy into the water and used it to get some ice. The office and fuel docks were just across the fairway and to the left of where we were docked but the walk would have been all the way around the marina. It was just a one night stay; we left early the next AM.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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

  • FOCUS ON – Albemarle Plantation Marina, Albemarle Sound, NC

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

    “Were a marine architect to set up an ideal location for a new colony, he might first round up thousands of acres of level agricultural and timber lands….In the middle of the land he would place an inland sea completely sheltered from oceanic disturbance. The sea would be long, (say 60 miles), so as to tap a maximum territory, but fairly narrow….To facilitate its crossing, it would taper as it progressed inland. It would generally be approachable by dry shores and would have deep water connections with the outside world…. At frequent intervals there would be large rivers pouring into the sea from every direction. These would keep it fresh….and provide fish with spawning grounds…It would merely cost wishing, to give this body of water a beautiful forested shoreline and all needed then would be to drench it with sunshine, history, and romance. Around its coast would be planted small towns, comfortable, prosperous, well kept and hospitable. This precisely is Albermarle Sound, a brilliant gem.”
    1954 quote by Bill Sharpe in The State

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    Albemarle Plantation Marina

    For 20 years, Albemarle Plantation marina has been offering year-round sheltered dockage, power, water, fuel and pump-outs to cruising boaters, as well as the full range of lifestyle amenities available at Albemarle Plantation – golf, tennis, swimming, bocce ball, full-service restaurant, clubhouse, picnic park, etc…. More recent additionsalbemarle2
    include free WiFi, as well as canoe and kayak rentals and a new community fitness center. The marina has over 100 deep-water slips for vessels of all sizes and is located centrally on the north shore of Albemarle Sound in Yeopim Creek. Albemarle Planation Marina was recently awarded the coveted State of North Carolina “Clean Marina” designation.

     

     

     

     

     

    Albemarle Sound is the largest fresh-water Sound on the east coast. Located in the northeastern corner of North Carolina, its wide expanse of sheltered, but deep, water is a sailing paradise as well as a cruising gunk-holer’s delight. Its many rivers and creeks are great kayaking or canoeing grounds, abundant with wildlife of all forms.

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    Being non-tidal, there are no currents to worry about. As an inland waterway, it is well charted (Nautical Chart 12205, Cape Henry to Pamlico Sound) and marked with navigational aids.

    Private navigational aids mark the entrance channel to the Yeopim River from the Albemarle Sound, beginning at green “1” (Fl G 2.5s 15ft 3m) and red daymark “Y/R”.

    From a waypoint at 36 3’N; 76 24’W, continue on a northerly course through the channel until green “5” (Fl G 4s 15ft).  Then set a northwesterly course to approach red daymark “4A”; proceed on course to red daymark “6” (QR 8 ft 3m), followed shortly thereafter by red daymark “8”.  Then steer a heading 355M for 1/3nm, then turn right directly to fuel dock. The fuel dock has a soft bottom and a depth of 6-8 feet.

    The shores of Albemarle Sound are literally littered with historical sites – from the earliest Colonial settlements on Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks at its eastern extremity, to Edenton, the first capital of North Carolina, at its western end and a myriad of historic places in between.

    From our marina, it is a 16 mile sail west to Edenton, and just a little further to explore the Chowan and Roanoke rivers. Cruising east, one can visit Elizabeth City at the head of the Pasquotank River, or stay at Manteo and enjoy the history of Roanoke Island and the Lost Colony. Near the eastern end of the Sound is also where you would join the AICW to go north to the Chesapeake or south through the Alligator River to Pamlico Sound and beyond. Crossing the Sound, 12 miles south from Albemarle Plantation marina, will take you to Columbia for an enjoyable lunch stop. Speaking of lunch, it is worthwhile to seek out some fresh locally caught blue crab; Albemarle Sound is home to the largest population of blue crab.

    Both BoatUS and SeaTow serve the Sound.  So, you are never alone out there on the water – even though it often feels like it. The Sound is never crowded and there are many days when you may see only a commercial fisherman or crabber working.

    Albemarle Plantation Marina is also home to Osprey Yacht Club where you will always find a friendly welcome, hospitality and fellow boaters to swap stories with.

    For a full exploration of Albemarle Sound, we recommend spending time sailing the Albemarle Loop; www.albemarleloop.com. For more information about Albemarle Plantation marina, check out www.albemarleplantationmarina.com and www.ospreyyc.com.

    Phone 252-426-4037 or call on VHF channel 68 or 16 for slip assignment and docking assistance. The marina is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 8am to 5pm weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Winter hours are 9am to 5pm.

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  • Special Events in Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    So many wonderful attractions to lure you to Elizabeth City, the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway!. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, these fine folks always have a full calendar of events to entertain and enlighten! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.


    IN THIS ISSUE
    From the Chairman
    July-August 2015

    It’s summer in Elizabeth City! For those who live here, it’s a season to unwind, catch up with friends and head down to the river to catch a cool breeze and an outdoor event. For visitors, it’s the perfect time of year for a road trip, and we’d love for you to join us for a wonderful summer lineup. In this issue of The Wayfarer, read all about our fabulous Fourth of July fireworks show, an Elizabeth City tradition; the Mariner’s Wharf Film Festival, with classic American films; the Music on the Green Festival series, showcasing our talented hometown bands; and the arrival of the historic Chesapeake Buyboats reunion tour. The summer bridal season is in full swing, so make sure you view an elegant exhibit that just opened at the Museum of the Albemarle: I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015. After all that fun, you’ll probably be ready for a tasty bite and a good night’s rest. We’ve got that covered too. Just check our food and lodging guides, or call the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Center for details at 1-866-ECity-4U. Looking forward to seeing you by the water’s edge!

    Abel Sutton
    Chairman, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority


    Spend a Fabulous Fourth in Elizabeth City
    Nothing says Fourth of July like a bang-up fireworks display, and the Elizabeth City Parks and Recreation Department really know how to put on a show! Join us on Saturday, July 4 beginning at 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park for live music, tasty foods, sack races, corn hole games, bucket pong and a watermelon eating contest. Then as the sun sets, kick back on your beach blanket and get ready for a star-spangled event as fireworks bloom over the Pasquotank River. Oh, if you have a boat, all the better. You can view the spectacle from our free public docks at beautiful Mariners’ Wharf. It’s all right here in Elizabeth, so plan to celebrate the Fourth with us!

    Say Yes to the I DO! Wedding Exhibit Now Open at MOA

    Expect to find something old, new, borrowed and blue when viewing I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, now open at the Museum of the Albemarle. This stunning exhibition features more than 100 wedding garments, accessories and other items that illustrate the area’s traditions over nearly two centuries. Among the treasures on view: a 1920s-era wedding gown and six-piece French hand-painted trousseau; ensembles worn by a bride and groom in 1884; and an original cornice and photograph of a most generous wedding gift presented to Ivy Blades Robinson, by her father William Blades, in 1914-a Neo-Classical Revival style home which stands today at 201 E. Main Street in Elizabeth City. The exhibit will also explore traditions from bouquets and the exchange of wedding rings, to the honeymoon location. To complement I DO!, the Museum Gift Shop is showcasing many one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, as well as beautiful books on wedding styles and hand-crafted items to decorate a wedded couple’s new home. There’s even a special Wedding Experience interactive space to help wishful visitors plan their own dream wedding, from trying on gowns and tuxedoes to choosing china selections and icing a cake! Your presence is requested. Say yes to I DO! and visit the Museum of the Albemarle soon.


    Good Times on the Green

    It’s a fact. Elizabeth City residents love to socialize, especially in the summer when the sun goes down. That’s when you’ll find locals and visitors alike gathered along the green at Mariners’ Wharf. If it’s June or July, they are taking in a flick on an outdoor screen at the Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival. With a focus on classic American films, the 2015 festival opened with “Summer Stock,” “Rio Grande” and “Key Largo,” among other enduring films. The July lineup includes “Edge of the City” (July 2), “The Awful Truth” (July 14), “A Stolen Life” (July 21) and the original 1940 production of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (July 28). Showtime is at 8:30 p.m., and admission is free. In August, you’ll find crowds grooving to the sounds of the Music on the Green Festival. Showcasing homegrown bands (Elizabeth City has quite a few), the festival kicks off July 29 with Bobby Plough & Friends and continues for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings through Sept. 23 from 6-8 p.m. This season boasts an eclectic lineup of artists and genres including Mid Life Crisis Band, Brown Sugar, The Million Watt Sons and Bahia Caliente Tradoc, the U.S. Army TRADOC salsa band, plus more. Check the online schedule for all the details. Summer’s here! So grab a blanket or lawn chair, and mosey on over to Mariners’ Wharf. Whether you seek a film, live music or a cool river breeze, Elizabeth City’s got you covered!


    Elizabeth City to Host Historic Chesapeake Buyboats Tour, Aug. 5-7

    For the past decade, members of the Chesapeake Buyboat Association have taken its fleet of historic fishing boats to the water in an annual reunion tour, with stops at selected ports of call that connect to the Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth City will be a featured stop on this year’s 11th annual tour, Aug. 5-7, offering the public a rare chance to view 10 of the historic boats and learn about their origin. The graceful wooden vessels, also known as deck or oyster boats, were prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds in the early-to-mid 20th century. Providing a time-saving service between the oyster fisherman and the processing houses, buyboat owners cruised to where the fisherman worked on the water, loaded their boats with the freshly-caught bivalves and headed directly to the shucking houses to drop off that day’s catch. This year’s reunion tour will begin in Poquoson, Va., and make its way to Elizabeth City via the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. The boats will be docked along the downtown waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf, Aug. 5-7, and open to the public to view on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    EC Spotlight: Andy Montero

    Restaurant owner and chef, Andy Montero is a man about town. When he’s not whipping up mahi and crab étouffée or ratatouille lasagna at Montero’s, an Elizabeth City landmark, he’s catering social events, serving on community boards or raising funds to support neighborhood schools. Now, Montero’s fans can learn more about his rise as a restauranteur and try out a few of his recipes, featured in a new book, Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants and Recipes from the North Carolina Coast. Written by restaurant reviewer and food critic John E. Batchelor, the publication is part guide book, part cook book, covering popular dining spots from Corolla to New Bern. Look for Montero’s recipes for shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage, as well as gingered salmon. Then plan a visit to Elizabeth City to sample these signature dishes for yourself! Chances are, you’ll see Montero too. Like we said, he’s a man about town.

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  • Report from 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.

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    Deep Point Marina, near Southport, NC. Great marina, we were the late arrival so we were on or near the fuel dock. This was in front of the ferry station, as the ferry docked at the landing the wakes were more than you would expect at a dock, so the rocking from the ferry as it came and left was an issue until after 1:00 am and started early dark thirty the next morning.
    The marina is very nice the crew are great and Curtis treated us very well. A beautiful pool is near the dock masters office, just a short walk. We took full advantage, it is still very warm.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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  • Dredging West of AICW in Lower Cape Fear River, Statute Mile c. 304

    This dredging will be in the Reaves Point Channel, which is west of the Waterway, but which intersects the Waterway at ICW marker #27. While the actual dredging may be not affect Waterway traffic, the barge disposal shipments and Waterway traffic will share 5 miles of water until the Waterway turns westward at mile 309 below Southport.

    NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER – DREDGING OPERATIONS
    The Norfolk Dredging Company bucket dredge ATLANTIC will commences dredging operations at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) on the Cape Fear River adjacent to Reaves Point Channel Range on or about 10 July, 2015. Dredging operations are expected to continue until 30 November, 2015. The dredge will be loading Mud Scows and towing them to the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) located 3.5 miles south of Cape Fear River Entrance Channel Lighted Buoy 2 (LLNR 30318). Operations will take place 24 hours a day 7 days a week and concerned
    mariners can contact the dredge on VHF Channels 13 & 16 30 minutes prior to passage. Chart 11537 LMN: 26/15

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