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Cedar Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 188)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 188 – anyone anchored on the waters of Cedar Creek, east of AICW marker #8 recently? Please describe your experiences with this anchorage. Was the sunken sailcraft on this edge of this anchorage a problem for you?

Responses follow:

Good easy off – easy on anchorage – sunken sailboat no issue
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

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Deaton’s Yacht Service – Oriental, NC (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

Deaton’s Yacht Service is one of two repair yards located on Whittaker Creek, immediately east of Oriental Harbor. The Whittaker Creek entrance channel is well marked.

Deaton’s is a top notch professional boat yard and good for Yanmar parts. Their analysis with pictures makes decision making on what to repair much easier. No concern that they will do as agreed.
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

We have stopped by Deaton’s Marina several time and have repair work done( generator, rigging, and refrigerator). They have been very helpful on short notice. Their prices are pretty reasonable, and they have a loaner car for expeditions for provisioning and resteraunts. We ate at restaurant south of the main road near the waterfront. I can’t remember the name though. The nice thing about Oriental is that you can anything done except pulling a catamaran.
John Pholeric

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Broad Creek Anchorages (off the Neuse River Near Statute Mile 173.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List,we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 173.5 – who has dropped the hook on any of the several good anchorages available on Broad Creek, whose entrance cuts into the northern shores of the AICW/Neuse River between markers #6 and #4? Please give us a description of what you found and the depths you discovered. Did you have any trouble navigating Broad Creek’s entrance channel

Responses follow:

Many isolated anchorages but good way off AICW. Five foot draft cruising all the way to Whortonsville.
Gray & Betty Riddick

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Cutting the Corner on the AICW Passage from Bay River to Neuse River at Maw Point Shoal (St. M. 172)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 172 – while following the path of the AICW, and leaving Neuse River, did you round marker #WR, or did you cut the corner a bit by passage northwest of marker #2, located much closer to Maw Point Shoal? If you chose this latter route, did you encounter any depth problems?

Responses follow:

No problem cutting the corner with other local knowledge cruisers and watching the “GPS” go around
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

I always cut the corner – the depths are correctly shown on chart.
Jean Thomason

No depth problems but one can find crab floats in this area in season.
Chris and Janet

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Eastham Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 154)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 154 – who has anchored on Eastham Creek, off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline, hard by marker #13? If so, where did you drop the hook? What depths did you discover? Is that a good anchorage for cruising size craft?

Responses follow:

Eastham [Creek Anchorage] is so easy. Eastham is good with 8 ft depths north of #4. Upstream about # 7 is fine also if you need more protection or privacy.
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

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Up the Pamlico River to Washington, NC (Statute Mile 146)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

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 0On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 146 – who has abandoned the AICW, and cruised upstream on Pamlico River to Washington, NC? Did you stop at Broad Creek, and visit with McCotters Marina? If so, please give us a description of this facility. Or, did you continue upstream to the excellent Washington City Docks? Again, if so, please describe this municipal marina. Did you find any good dining choices in downtown Washington? Is this a side trip you would recommend to fellow cruisers?

Responses follow:

If time permits a visit to little Washington would be a treat. Dockmasters, water & electricity, decent showers and very few transients competing for your time. Several convenience stores close as well as West Marine. Within easy walk restaurants recommended:
Grub Bros
Down on Main
On the Waterfront
Don’t miss a visit to the Estuarium for an education on the second largest estuary in the U.S.
Gray & Betty Riddick

Washington has very nice docks with or without electric. One needs only to radio Washington City dockmaster on channel 16 to gain accommodation. There is also a mooring field directly across from the city docks and the city has a dingy dock. Sanitary facilities are located in a trailer at the west end of the docks pending a new building in the next year or so.
There are numerous restaurants on the Main St., about a block away, which cater to most any taste and budget. All locals have their favorites so it would be best to inquire of the dockmaster relative to the various venues and their offerings.
Groceries, Wal-Mart, and the ABC store are more than a mile plus away so transportation is necessary for supplies. West Marine is in town and is within walking distance. Directly next to West Marine is Washington Crab & Oyster Co. which claims to have the largest selection of seafood in Eastern NC.
Unfortunately, no fuel is available in Washington but there is a pump out facility at the docks.
Washington has numerous small boutiques, stores and galleries on Main St. but aside from Main St. there isn’t a lot to see or do. It’s basically pretty quiet.
When venturing to Washington be sure to follow the channel which is well marked being aware of Grandpap Island which is just east of the railroad trestle and is semi-submerged with but a few dead trees showing. Be careful going through the railroad trestle which is quite narrow and can be difficult depending on wind and wave. West of the trestle is a no wake zone all the way to the docks and/or mooring field. There is plenty of depth west of the trestle. Not so to the east.
Bruce Billings
“Coaster”
Chocowinity, NC

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Pungo Creek Anchorages and Pungo Creek Marina (Statute Mile 136)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 136 – who has visited Pungo Creek Recently? This stream indents the Pungo River/AICW’s easterly shoreline, just south of Belhaven, NC. Did you anchor on this creek, and, if so, where? Did you visit with Pungo Creek Marina? Please give us a description of this marina and its current condition, if possible.

Responses follow:

Nice always empty anchorage in all weather except strong easterlies. Many locations are fine. Have not visited the Marina.
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

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Belhaven, NC Marinas and Dining (Statute Mile 135.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 135.5 – I’m sure many of you have already frequented Belhaven, NC on Pantego Creek, this season. Did you dock overnight with one of the marinas? If so, please furnish us with a description of what you found. Or, did you anchor in Pantego Creek? If so, where, and did you have a problem with being rocked and rolled a bit too much? Anyone find a good spot to dine ashore in Belhaven?

Responses follow:

Belhaven Waterway Marina is great – Les and Brenda treat you like family.
Have not used them but understand the town docks are nice and believe have power.
Fish Hooks and George’s oyster bar are good
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

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Coinjock Marina (Statute Mile 50)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 50 – who has spent a night with the good people at Coinjock Marina? Please share your impressions of this facility. Did you dine ashore at the on-site restaurant? How was the food?

Responses follow:

Very helpful marina staff and a nice marine store. The restaurant here is just outstanding. It was packed with people, so the locals eat here as well as the boaters. Excellent food, desserts, drinks, and service. Also, because it is just a long face dock and there is no current, it is very easy to tie up as well as to head out early the next day.
Larry Freedman

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Banks Channel Anchorage (Statute Mile 280)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13 as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 280- who has traversed the Motts Channel in Wrightsville Beach, to the Banks Channel, and anchored south of the 8 foot bridge on the Banks Channel? Did you encounter any less than ideal depths on the western end of the Motts Channel? Did you find sufficient shelter when anchored on the Banks Channel? Did you dinghy ashore at the public park, and, if so, did you find any good shoreside restaurants in Wrightsville Beach?

Responses follow:

There is plenty of depth; however, leave plenty of scope. The current is strong, and the anchorage is open to the south. We did dingy to shore and walked around Wrightsville Beach, but did not eat ashore. There were a number of resteraunts some of which were closed for the season. Call ahead!
John Pholeric

Anchored below the bridge in Banks Channel on 5/7/13. Have anchored there several times. Left on 5/8 by way of Motts channel in morning at high tide with plenty of water. Will not consider entering by Motts channel near low tide. Confirmed potential problems with Boat US last fall.
s/v Skye

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Report from Big Foot Slough Channel, off the AICW in Pamlico Sound

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-09-2013

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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. It is a narrow channel and caution should always be exercised. Based on Capt. Deharts’ observations, last year’s shoaling in the channel seems to have been alleviated by dredging completed last November, 2012. Therefore, we are cancelling the Navigation Alert posted early last year.

Cruising News:
No problems with Big Foot Slough channel into Ocracoke. Minimum depth I saw on a trip there last week was 14 feet. Still some shoaling on the green side just after you enter the channel, but these areas are well marked by cans. If you have never been there or haven’t been there in a while, remember it is green to starboard when approaching Ocracoke from the sound!
Sykes DeHart

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Shoaling Reported in Old House Channel, Pamlico Sound, NC, off the AICW, May 7, 2013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-07-2013

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Old House Channel connects Pamlico Sound and Roanoke Sound and forms the main/bridgeless, non-AICW northbound route into Manteo, NC. Oregon Inlet is a most unreliable and downright dangerous passage from southern Roanoke Sound out into the briny blue. Despite recent dredging in Old House Channel (March, 2013), shoaling is re-occurring. Please see Note C on Chart 12205 regarding frequently shifted navigation aids in these channels.

NC – CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHT TO WIMBLE SHOALS – OREGON INLET – OLD HOUSE CHANNEL – SHOALING
Shoaling to a depth of 4.0 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Old House Channel Buoy 11 (LLNR 28275). Chart: 12204.

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Dining Recommendations for Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 202

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-07-2013

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Queen Anne’s Revenge is 502 Front St. (252-504-7272) and Clauson’s is at 425 Front St. (252-728-2133). Both are within easy walking distance of the Municipal Docks, also on Front St.. The town of Beaufort, NC is known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

Having dined at both Queen Anne Revenge and Clauson’s in Beaufort have been enjoyable. Clauson’s is a little pricey, but the food and service was very good. Queen Anne’s is a little more laid back. Overlooks the water and has a great selection of wines as well. Either restaurant will provide a pleasant dinner, but Clauson’s offers a more formal dinner selection.
Richard Brannan

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Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

Southport Marina

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Southport Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – lies just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.

This newly renovated marina is in the heart of downtown Southport. It is within walking distance of the commercial fishing harbor and many restaurants and stores. The entrance is directly off the ICW on the north shore just after passing the fishing harbor on the starboard side when headed south.
Water depths need to be watched here. Transient boaters are usually docked on the face dock that forms a long T-head with the dock office in the center. Water depths are fine in that area, but elsewhere low tide causes some very shallow spots. Fuel is available and there is a small ships store.
Southport is also a quaint southern town reminiscent of Beaufort, SC, and is well worth a visit. The marina is well maintained and conveniently located.
Ray Kurlak

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Bald Head Island Marina, Cape Fear River, near AICW Statute Mile 309

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

910-457-7380Well, of course, Bald Head Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, as well as being an AGLCA sponsor!
This facility is found hard by the seaward mouth of the Cape Fear River, within sight of the “Old Baldy” lighthouse! Give them a try – you won’t be sorry!

Bald Head Island is at the mouth of the Cape Fear River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. When going south down the Cape Fear River it is located further southeast past the point where the ICW leaves the river at Southport. The inlet to the marina is on the west end of the island, or equivalently the east side of the river. It is well marked and framed by two short rock jetties. The current on the river runs fast and entrance into the inlet must take that into account. Additionally, the inlet channel shoals and is routinely dredged to maintain ferry access to the island. Transiting at mid to high tide is prudent.
The marina has floating slips and T-heads and good space for transient boaters. There is one restaurant and a ship’s store in the marina plus restrooms and showers. Fuel and a pump out are available. Kayaks and golf carts can be rented to use on the island (there are no cars allowed).
This marina is an excellent jump off point for boaters going offshore headed south. It’s only a short 30 mile trip to the Little River Inlet at Myrtle Beach.
Ray Kurlak

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Deep Point Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 307

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

910-269-2380 The new 82-slip Deep Point Marina is located on the Cape Fear River in Southport, NC, and offers fuel and transient dockage, as well as daily, monthly and annual slip rentals. The marina is adjacent to the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal, which houses a snack bar (open seasonally) that offers grab-and-go food options, soft drinks, beer, wine and coffee. In addition, the Deep Point Marina is convenient to Southport's shopping, restaurants and historic district, and offers easy ocean access.

Deep Point Marina lies in the Cape Fear River via a marked entry channel northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20 and is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

This marina is located on the western shore of the Cape Fear River just north of downtown Southport. Deep Point has floating docks with slips and T-heads and is the operating terminal for the Bald Head Island Ferry. This marina is just a bit south of the NC State Ferry terminal for the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry. It is near the Cape Fear River channel Red marker 20 (nun buoy).
Fuel is available and, seasonally, there is a café in the ferry terminal. Travel into Southport requires a taxi or a car ride. Taking the ferry to visit Bald Head Island is a convenient option when stopping here.
Ray Kurlak

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Seapath Yacht Club & Transient Marina, Wrightsville Beach, NC, AICW Statute Mile 284

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

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Seapath Yacht Club lies northwest of Motts Channel’s unlighted daybeacon #21.

Located on Motts Channel, which is just south of the Wrightsville Beach bridge, the marina is on the north side of the channel about a tenth of a mile east of the ICW. This marina provides dockage for transient boats primarily on its long floating face dock. Fuel is available and stores and restaurants are within walking distance.
This marina is particularly useful as jump off point prior to the five bridges when going north on the ICW, or as an end of day port if making an offshore run from the Beaufort Inlet to the Masonboro Inlet just south of Wrightsville Beach. Access via the inlet to Banks Channel and Motts Channel makes it easy to reach Seapath. The only difficulty (that is well known) is that Motts Channel has a tendency to shoal where it meets the ICW (see Cruiser’s net report).
Ray Kurlak

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Harbor Village Marina, Hampstead, NC, AICW Statute Mile 267

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

Harbor Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northwestern shore hard by flashing daybeacon #94.

This marina is between the Surf City Bridge and the Figure Eight Island Swing Bridge near ICW red marker 94. It too offers a bail out point on those long days when bridge timing and travel speeds do not work out well. There are floating docks in this marina, which primarily caters to private slip holders. There are a few transient docks and fuel is available. There are no restaurants or stores nearby.
Ray Kurlak

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Casper’s Marine Service, Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

Family owned and operated, Casper’s Marine Service lies at the western foot of the Swansboro channel -northeast of flashing daybeacon #46C in Swansboro, NC.

Located in Swansboro this marina is at the east end of Bogue Sound near the Bogue Inlet and the White Oak River. It is easily accessed but is fairly exposed in windy conditions. It has fixed docks with slips and one T-head. Fuel is available and there are several restaurants nearby.
NOTE: This stop is a convenient spot just before the ICW stretch going south that has five bridges with the names, heights and opening schedules shown below. Because the two that open only hourly are 22 miles apart, at trawler & sailboat speeds (with frequent no-wake areas for all boats) transiting this area often makes for a long day. Any boaters that can fold down their mast and antennas to go under a 20 ft bridge are well advised to do so.
–Onslow Beach Swing Bridge, 12 ft, opens on the hour and half-hour (mile 241)
–Highway Bridge, 65 ft (mile 253)
–Surf City Swing Bridge, 12 ft, opens on the hour (mile 261)
–Figure Eight Island Bridge, 20 ft, opens on the hour and half-hour (mile 278)
–Wrightsville Beach Bridge, 20 ft, opens on the hour (mile 283)
Ray Kurlak

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Beaufort Municipal Docks, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 202

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

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

Beaufort (on the east) and Morehead City (on the west) straddle the ICW at the Route 70 highway bridge. There is a back channel entrance to Beaufort when approaching from the north, but we do not recommend that route. Instead the best approach is to go out and around Radio Island and to enter the Beaufort harbor from the south.
The Beaufort Docks marina is in the center of the Beaufort downtown tourist area, and is adjacent to a large mooring field. The docks are floating docks with slips and T-heads. The dockhands are capable and will direct you to a dockage that takes into account the direction of the strong tidal currents in the harbor. Fuel is available and stores and restaurants are right next to the docks.
Ray Kurlak

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