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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 0Nautical 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. Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!McCotters Marina, Washington, NCR. E. Mayo Docks
Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCSouthport MarinaMorehead City Yacht BasinManteo 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.Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCDowry Creek MarinaToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

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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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #27

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

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    Washington, NC City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, has proven to be well worth the journey up the Pamlico River to “Little Washington” and April will be an exceptional month!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    July in Washington
    Published on Jun 29, 2015 06:33 pm

    Happy Independence Day!

    Washington’s 4th of July festivities continue to grow each and every year. This year is no different. The day starts with the Saturday Farmer’s Market on the waterfront. There will be corn hole, children’s activities, and more! Jupiter Jones will take the stage at Festival Park at 6 p.m. Fireworks, sponsored by Lee Chevrolet Buick, will cap off the 4th of July Celebration at 9. Be sure to make your way to downtown Washington for a fun-filled day on the river. Many shops and restaurants will be open for the holiday.

     

    Get on the Water

    Summer means it’s time to get on the water. In Washington, there are several ways to do just that. Rent a kayak and explore to your heart’s delight. Or, consider one of the programs offered by Inner Banks Outfitters like the Full Moon Paddle or a SUP class. The Estuarium offers its free River Roving cruises all summer long. Call early, because reservations are required. The Little Washington Sailing School offers sailing classes all summer long for kids ages 8-16. There is always Goose Creek State Park’s swim beach that offers a quiet spot for a dip in the river. With all of these options, there is simply no reason you can’t get on the water this summer.

    The Arts are Hot This Summer

    It’s so exciting to see the arts come alive in Washington. Visit our galleries, like the newest ones The Lemonade Gallery and Art on Market, to see fantastic local talents using all types of mediums. This month the Beaufort County Arts Council opens its annual juried photography show in the Turnage Theater Gallery. Before that opens, you can still catch the Members’ Exhibit on display through July 9th. Music in the Streets showcases local musical talent on the 3rd Friday of each month, this month July 17th. Every Thursday night and Saturday morning, come and play or just listen, as the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association hosts its weekly jam sessions at the Turnage Theater. Whatever your scene, you’ll find it in Washington.

     

     

    More Upcoming Events

    July 4th ~ Belhaven’s Annual 4th of July Celebration
    July 6th ~ Flatty Creek Trail Hike
    July 11th ~ Bath Library Outdoor Movie Series
    August 15th ~ Pickin’ on the Pamlico

    For a complete listing of all upcoming area events, including surrounding communities, check out this Calendar of Events.

    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

  • Shoaling Reported at Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 321

    Shoaling at the intersection of the Waterway and Lockwoods Folly Inlet has been a concern in past years and now, as Skippers Lundie and Winters report.

    Passed through Lockwoods Folly northbound on 6/13 30 minutes before low tide (poor planning). Shoaling in vicinity of G47. Favor north side (R46).

    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

  • Fireworks Displays along the Waters of Virginia and North Carolina

    A reminder that the trip home following the displays is one of the most dangerous times on the water. Please Be Careful! This USCG list is as of 6/23 and is by no means complete. However, fireworks displays registered with the USCG tend to be larger and longer.

    FIREWORKS – DISPLAY PRECAUTIONS AND REGULATIONS
    Fireworks barges and launch sites on land will have signs labeled FIREWORKS–DANGER–STAY AWAY to provide on scene
    notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the COTP or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. Other Federal, State and local agencies may assist these personnel in the enforcement of the safety zone.
    VA – Elizabeth River – Norfolk – Safety Zone – Fireworks
    MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAMPTON ROADS WILL ESTABLISH A SAFETY ZONE IN SUPPORT OF THE 33RD ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION FIREWORKS TO BE HELD ON THE ELIZABETH RIVER, IN NORFOLK, VA, NEAR TOWN POINT BEACH. THE SAFETY ZONE WILL BE ENFORCED FROM 9:30 P.M. UNTIL 9:50 P.M. ON JULY 4, 2015 AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN AN AREA BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING POINTS: 36-50-54.8N/076-18-10.7W, TO 36-51-7.9N/076-18-01W, TO 26-50-45.6N/076-17-44.2W, TO 36-50-29.6N/076-17-23.2W, TO 36-50-7.7N/076-17-32.3W, TO 36-49-58N/076-17-28.6W, TO 36-49-52.6N/076-17-43.8W, TO 36-50-27.2N/076-17-45.3W. MARINERS MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THIS ZONE UNLESS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

    VA – Nansemond River – Suffolk – Safety Zone – Fireworks

    MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAMPTON ROADS WILL ESTABLISH A SAFETY ZONE IN SUPPORT OF THE STARS AND STRIPES FIREWORKS EVENT ON THE NANSEMOND RIVER IN SUFFOLK, VA. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL BE IN ENFORCED ON JULY 4, 2015 FROM 9:00 P.M. UNTIL 9:30 P.M. AND WILL ENCOMPASS ALL WATERS WITHIN A 350 YARD RADIUS OF THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY, IN APPROXIMATE POSITION 36-44-27N/076-34-42W. MARINERS MUST REMAIN OUTSIDE OF THIS ZONE UNLESS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE.

    NC-Cape Fear River-Fire Works Display -Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “N.C. 4th Of July Festival” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 from 9 pm to 10 pm. A safety zone will be in effect on all waters of the Cape Fear River within a 600 yard radius of the fireworks launch barge in position 33-54’ 40”N 078-01’-18”W., approximately 700 yards south of the water front at Southport, NC. The fireworks will be launched from a barge marked at both ends by a sign labeled danger fireworks stay away. Vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. Mariners should exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at
    NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11537

    NC – Albemarle Sound – Pasquotank River – Elizabeth City – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the Elizabeth City 4th of July Celebration fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 from 9:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. A temporary safety zone will be established on all waters of the Pasquotank River within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks launch barge at 36º17’47”N 076º12’17’”W, located near Machelle Island. This safety zone will be enforced from 8:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of the Pasquotank River. The fireworks will be launched from a barge that will be marked on both sides by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 12206

    NC – Figure Eight Island – Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “Figure Eight Island July 4th Celebration” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Figure Eight Island Causeway Channel within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks site in approximate position 34-16-19”N 077-45-32”W, approximately 600 yards southeast of the Figure Eight Island Swing Bridge. This safety zone will be enforced from 08:30 PM to ½ hour past the conclusion of the event. This is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on the entire un-named channel north of the Figure Eight Island Causeway. The fireworks will be launched from shore, which will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER FIREWORKS STAY AWAY”, to provide on scene notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or his or her designated representative on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply
    with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvent@uscg.mil Chart: 11541

    NC – Pamlico Sound – Pamlico River – Washington –Fireworks Display- Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the City of Washington July 4th Celebration fireworks display will be conducted on July 4, 2015, from 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Pamlico River within a 400 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-32’-26”N 077-03’-41”W (Datum NAD 1983), approximately 400 east of the US HWY 17 bridge. This safety zone will be enforced from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of the Pamlico River. The fireworks will be launched from shore; the area will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Events
    Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11554

    NC – Neuse River – Oriental, Nc – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “Pamlico County Croaker Festival Fireworks” display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 7 PM. A safety zone will be established on all waters of Green Creek and Smith Creek that fall within a 300 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-01’29.6N 076-42’-10.4”W located near the entrance of Neuse River in the vicinity of Oriental, NC. This safety zone will be enforced from 7 PM to half hour past the conclusion of the event. This is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be to restrict on this portion of the Neuse River. The fireworks will be launched from a shore site which will be marked with a sign labeled “DANGER FIREWORKS STAY AWAY” to provide on scene notice that the safety zone will be enforced. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the
    designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11552

    NC – Shallowbay Bay – Manteo, Nc – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the Manteo fireworks display will be conducted on July 4 2015, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00p.m. A safety zone will be established on all waters of the Shallowbag Bay within a 200 yard radius of the fireworks launch site at 35-54’ 30”N/075-39’46”W (Datum NAD 1983), approximately 600 yards south of the Roanoke Island Festival Park. This safety zone will be enforced from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is necessary to control vessel traffic for safety of life and property on navigable waters during the event. Vessel traffic will be restricted on this portion of Shallowbag Bay. The fireworks will be launched from a barge; the barge will be marked by a sign labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol commander on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the
    operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Events Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2230, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 12204

    NC – City Of Wilmington 4th Of July Celebration – Fireworks Display – Safety Zone
    Mariners are advised that the “City of Wilmington 4th of July Celebration” fireworks display will be held on July 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A safety zone will be in effect on all waters of the Cape Fear River within an area bound by a line drawn from the following points: latitude 34°13′54″ N., longitude 077°57′06″ W.; thence northeast to latitude 34°13′57″ N., longitude 077°57′05″ W.; thence north to latitude 34°14′11″ N., longitude 077°57′07″ W.; thence northwest to latitude 34°14′22″ N., longitude 077°57′19″ W.; thence east to latitude 34°14′22″ N., longitude 077°57′06″ W.; thence southeast to latitude 34°14′07″ N., longitude 077°57′00″ W.; thence south to latitude 34°13′54″ N., longitude 077°56′58″ W.; thence to the point of origin, located approximately 500 yards north of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The fireworks will be launched from a barge will be marked with signs that 5will be labeled “DANGER” “FIREWORKS” “STAY AWAY”. Vessels may not enter, remain in or transit through the safety zone during the enforcement period unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, or designated Coast Guard patrol personnel on scene. All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or the
    designated on-scene-patrol personnel, and upon being hailed by siren, radio, flashing light or other means, the operator of a vessel shall proceed as directed. For any comments or questions, contact the Marine Event Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, (910) 772-2221, or at NCMarineEvents@uscg.mil Chart: 11537

  • Dredging in Dismal Swamp Canal, ICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 22

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteThe onsite dredges and dredging equipment will certainly make the close quarters of the Dismal Swamp Canal even cozier, so SLOW DOWN and keep a good forward watch. The possibility of the dredging action pulling up stumps and logs is very real and could damage your running gear. The Lake Drummond feeder ditch intersects the Canal at Statute Mile 22 north of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    VA – CHESAPEAKE – DISMAL SWAMP – DREDGING
    Southwind Construction Corporation will begin dredging operations within the Dismal Swamp Canal near marker 22 on 29 June through 29 July, 2015. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dredge KRISTI JOE and tender DANNY JOE will be onscene. Both vessels monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16, with a working channel 78. Floating rubber and polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse both northerly and southerly along the western shoreline of Dismal Swamp Canal to the adjacent Upland Disposal Area located along the Lake Drummond Feeder Ditch. Chart 12200 NM: 25/15

    6/25 And this news today from Donna Stewart at the Welcome Center:

    Larry,
    I spoke to the Operations Manager, Joel Scussell. He said he does not expect a lot of disruption and they will work 1700’ feet both north and south at the mouth of the ditch and 500’ into the Feeder Ditch. The contractor has done work in the past, with a good reputation and they expect to be cleared to 9’ in this location. I wish they had funds to dredge the whole canal. We will add this to our Wish List.
    Thanks,
    Donna

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

  • Profile: More on Frying Pan Tower, south of Bald Head Island

    The decommissioned Frying Pan Light Station is being privately restored as Frying Pan Tower, open to overnight guests. Frying Pan Shoals off the tip of Cape Fear is well known to off-shore cruisers. For more information and lots of photos, visit the Frying Pan Tower website at http://www.fptower.com/history.html.

    The Frying Pan Tower – formerly the U.S. Coast Guard Frying Pan Light Station, is a lighthouse situated at the end of the Frying Pan Shoals, 32 miles south of Bald Head Island N.C.
    This is the southernmost end of the feared “Graveyard of the Atlantic” which stretches up to the northern end of the Outer Banks of N.C. The shallow waters of the shoals (only 35-50 feet under the Tower) made ship navigation treacherous so in 1854 a lightship was stationed there. For 110 years, except for a few years during The War Between the States and WWII, crews manned the lightship 24/7 in all weather.
    The mission of the project is to protect and preserve the Frying Pan Tower, originally the USCG Frying Pan Light Station.
    The restoration of the Frying Pan Tower is being conducted by volunteers; financed through contributions and the donation of needed supplies. This unique part of American history is being preserved so that generations to come will have an opportunity to enjoy what very few people have experienced: the ever changing, never changing life 85′ above the Atlantic Ocean.
    The constant struggle to preserve an old, steel structure sited in the middle of an ocean, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean’s “hurricane alley”, is a labor of love and adventure by individuals who wish to see history preserved and shared. Conditions and materials as well as the forces of Mother Nature make it unlikely that this struggle will ever end. It will be an ongoing project for many years, likely decades, as rust and wind and salt and sun takes its toll on the Tower.
    The Tower has stood vigilant since 1964, though the light has not been continuously lit since 1992. Now it is lit when crew members and guests return to enjoy and work, to change Old Glory, and to experience a unique and thrilling stay with the birds, the fish, the turtles, the rays and spectacular sky displays.
    There are few places in the world such as the Tower and with your help it will be around for years to come!

    And this from WGNO TV:

    34-miles offshore, ocean hotel offers solitude
    POSTED 11:14 AM, JUNE 23, 2015, BY SMARLBROUGH, UPDATED AT 12:05PM, JUNE 23, 2015

    http://wgno.com/2015/06/23/34-miles-offshore-ocean-hotel-offers-solitude/

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Frying Pan Shoals

  • Fuel Discount Correction for River Forest Manor and Marina, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    Skipper McMillen is correct, the 10% BoatUS discount is on dockage and electric only, not on fuel. There is a volume discount on diesel. Our directory has been corrected: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=10480. River Forest Marina is located on the northeastern shores of Pantego Creek, just northwest of the creek’s breakwater enclosed entrance.

    Larry,
    I stopped at River Forest for fuel yesterday and they informed me they do not give Boat US discount on fuel contrary to what is posted on the SSECN site. They do give such a discount on dockage and electricity. Just an FYI.
    Jim McMillen

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida 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

  • BoatUS Media Alert: NC Legislature Proposes New Coastal Waters Fees

    BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters’ rights in all states and we are proud to have them as SPONSORS!

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

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 18, 2015
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

    Chart showing the proposed new fees for North Carolina boaters and out-of-state anglers in coastal NC waters.

     

    MEDIA ALERT: NC Legislators Looking to Charge Boaters New Fee
    BoatUS Urges Boaters to be Heard

    Would be Highest State-Imposed Charges on Boats in the US
    THE ISSUE: As part of the current North Carolina budget debate, the state General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would impose a significant new user fee on all recreational boats 24 feet and longer that are used in coastal waters. For example, the costs proposed for the new North Carolina “Coastal Waterways User Identification Fee” for a 25-foot boat would be $75, $128 for a 32-foot boat, and $200 for a 40-footer. This fee would also apply to any out-of-state vessel fishing in NC coastal waters. Combined with registration fees, the proposed Coastal Boat Fee would be the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats nationwide.

    The proposed fee would be in addition to current state registration fees, which were most recently increased in 2013 to fund dredging and lake weed control. To see a complete list of fees, go to: BoatUS.com/gov/ncfeechart.

    ACTION NEEDED NOW: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges North Carolina boaters, anglers, and sailors to speak out now and contact their State Senator and Representative today and respectfully urge them to vote “No” on the “Coastal Waterways User Identification Number” and associated user fee contained in the North Carolina Senate version of House Bill 97.

    While the intended use of this fee is to increase funding for dredging of waterways and inlets, this budget proposal places too great a financial burden on recreational boaters. Ask your State Senator and Representative to consider other means to pay for dredging North Carolina’s coastal inlets and essential waterways. Access to the waterways brings substantial economic benefits to coastal communities. Maintaining them must be a shared responsibility.

    The budget bill is now before the North Carolina General Assembly and will be voted on in the next few days. Boaters may easily contact their state legislator by going to: http://goo.gl/zWMTpx

    ABOUT BOATUS: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, fighting against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners. It has over 20,000 North Carolina members. BoatUS is also non-partisan working on both sides of the aisle as well as with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense.

  • Shoaling Conditions at North Carolina Inlets, June 10, 2015

    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 – COASTAL INLETS – HAZARD TO NAVIGATION DUE TO SHOALING
    Mariners are advised that shoaling conditions exist at the following North Carolina 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 USACE Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at:
    http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys.aspx
    Mariners are advised to 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. 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 at (910) 343-2200. LNM: 23/15

    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

  • Good Words for Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    From AGLCA’s Forum:
    Thanks, Foster, we did make several weather briefings at Southpoint while we waited for Ana to pass. We learned a great deal. Took notes and have used all his info to date. Excellent service Southport provides.
    Donadee Jones
    “Always Home”
    DeFever 47 POC

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

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

  • Marlow-Mainship Now in the Carolinas, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

    Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.Intracoastal Yacht Sales, a long-time SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC.

    New Yachts to the Carolinas!!

    Is Proud to Announce
    Nordic Tugs and NOW Marlow-Mainship to 3 Locations in North and South Carolina!
    2 Great Lines
    All single engine Diesels focusing on efficiency
    Bow and stern Thrusters
    Excellent for the Great Loop or coastal lifestyle
    Models available in August

    2016 Marlow-Mainship 31E $299,490

    2016 Nordic Tugs 34 Pilot $379,400

    www.intracoastalyachtsales.com
    Charleston
    @ Charleston City Marina
    17 Lockwood Dr.
    Charleston, SC 29401
    OFFICE: 843-412-6587
    FAX: 877-720-8698

    Wrightsville Beach
    @ WB Marina
    10 Marina Street Suite A3
    Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
    OFFICE: 910-256-8803
    FAX: 888-893-9755

    Little River
    @ Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
    720 Hwy 17 – Suite 201
    Little River, SC 29566
    OFFICE: 843-340-0080
    FAX: 888-566-5886

  • Need Propane ? Try Sneads Ferry Marinas, AICW Statute Mile 247

    Our thanks to Captain Jerry for sharing this information on obtaining propane. Sneads Ferry marinas have also always had a good reputation for lower fuel prices. Diesel is $2.45 at New River Marina as of May 12, 2015. See their directory listing below for weekly updated prices.

    Just a note to staff; While traveling The ICW in North Carolina, at Mile Marker 247 there are two marinas where you can receive help filling or exchanging propane.

    Propane Company in Sneads Ferry, N.C.
    Refill or Exchange
    Sneads Ferry LP Gas Company
    777 HWY. 210
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327-2541

    Village True Value Hardware in Sneads Ferry, N.C.
    Exchange Only
    Village True Value Hardware
    2135 HWY. 172
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327-3646

    New River Marina
    104 James Rd.
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327- 2106
    ICW Mile Marker 247

    Swan Point Marina
    123 Page St.
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327- 1081
    ICW Mile Marker 247

    Both of these Marinas are customer friendly and willing to help.
    Captain Jerry
    First Mate Jill
    Vessel: MISS JILL

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New River Marina

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

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

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

  • More on Port City Marina’s Opening, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCProgress continues to be made toward the opening of this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, which will open for business in a few weeks 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.

     

    BIG Announcement. We mean BIG.
    Dear Boating Enthusiast:
    We are thrilled to announce the marina opening is not far off!!!! We are finishing up the last minute touches, and are NOW accepting reservations. Our soft opening is June 5th, and we are gearing up for a grand opening later this summer. (Hint: Stay tuned for announcement and invite to our celebration).
    We hate to brag, but our location can’t be beat! Did you know you will be able to step off your boat and walk right downtown or along the Cape Fear River on the Riverwalk? Our Downtown is quaint and offers boutique style shopping, lots of good eats, culture, and entertainment. Wrightsville Beach (just one of three nearby beaches) is just 15 minutes away if you want to enjoy a beach sunset or feel the sand on your toes. Need to travel — the Wilmington International Airport is just 5 minutes away from PCM. Whatever you want to do – Port City Marina is in the middle of it all.
    Wilmington is thriving, and we have some really exciting (AND BIG) plans in the works for the marina. Sneak peeks can be found on our website www.portcitymarina.com. On our home page – scroll down to see a cool video of what’s happening at PCM!
    Call to schedule a time to come and check us out at 910.251.6151 – or feel free to reach out directly to our staff.


    Marina Manager
    Pete Werling
    Cell: 910.612.8810
    Email: petew@portcitymarina.com


    Dockmaster
    Josh Alther
    Cell: 443.871.1250
    Email: josha@portcitymarina.com

  • Praise for Swan Point Marina and Boatyard, AICW Statute Mile 247

    Swan Point Marina guards the Waterway’s western banks, immediately south of the AICW/New River/New River Inlet Problem Stretch intersection, just north of marker #4. These good words for Swan Point Marina were posted by Skipper Schucker on AGLCA’s Forum.

    Swan Point Marina is the place for you. Small, family run marina by Tina and her mom. Floating docks that hold 8 boats, good power, a little exciting to get into when the tide current is going, but hey, you are a Looper you can do this. Great dock help, cheap rates ($1.50 per foot, no electric up charge) and the cheapest fuel in NC is right next door.
    Sold? But wait there is more! The Riverwalk Restaurant will send the manager over to pick you up. Great food, decent wine/beer selection, home made pies. We loved the free hush puppies, our steaks, blacked fish and two giant pork chops. Baked potatoes the size of a Westerbeke Oil filter. And they will cart your “in a food coma” body back to the marina. Get the pie to go. Don’t want to leave the boat? There is a great build it yourself pasta and pizza place that delivers.
    Laundry? Got it covered. Local boaters to meet and swap tales with? Done. Great Sunset? Why of course, rain or shine the sun sets here every day!
    Tina, the manager, just brought us a quart of strawberrys.
    The perfect jump point to Beaufort, catch the bridge, watch the Marines do live fire across the ICW.

    You loved the friendly family marinas in Canada, NY, down the Middle Rivers, in Florida and up the coast, this place ranks in the top 10.
    Foster Schucker

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

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

  • Port City Marina Opening Soon, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCDespite a number of delays, lots of progress has been made at this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, which will open for business in a few weeks along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122272 for earlier reports.

    Pier 33 Event Space Wilmington NC

    Click Here for more pictures of the new facilities.

     

  • Dredging in Beaufort Inlet and Morehead City Channel, AICW Statute Mile 204

    The Waterway intersects Morehead City Channel in the inner harbor of Morehead City where the northbound Waterway turns north toward Adams Creek Canal.

    NC – MOREHEAD CITY – BEAUFORT INLET – DREDGING
    Marinex Construction dredge SAVANNAH will commence dredging operations within the Beaufort Inlet Channel and Morehead City Channel on 30 April, 2015. Operations are expected to take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until on or about 20 August, 2015. Mariners are requested to contact the dredge on VHF Channels 13, and 16; 30 minutes prior to passing. Chart 11547 LNM: 17/15

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

  • Good Report from National Park Service Docks, Ocracoke, NC Pamlico Sound

    Last summer, the National Park Service Docks  had closed in anticipation of Hurricane Arthur, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143288, but re-opened for business after having suffered only minimal damage from the storm. Now as Skipper Noel confirms, the docks and businesses in Ocracoke are all open.. Certainly good news for summer visitors to this beautiful village on the Outer Banks.

    We are currently at the NPS docs and they are up and running. This is pre-season, but there have only been a few boats in and out. Dockage is $1.25 per foot per night, power is $2.00/$5.00. There is an updated sidewalk leading to the village. We had a great meal at Dajio and a great one at Eduardo’s Taco Truck. We enjoy the relaxed pre-season vibe on Ocracoke!
    Katherine Noel

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Ocracoke National Park Service Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ocracoke National Park Service Docks

  • Reminder of Perennial Shoaling at New River Inlet/AICW Problem Stretch Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 246

    The Waterway typically shoals either immediately north or south of the four-way intersection with New River and New River Inlet. Dredging at this intersection was last done in February of 2013. Skipper Johnson’s detailed comments were posted on AGLCA’s Forum and see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=142854 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146808 for more information and good advice for the New River Inlet area.

    As you make your way northward to the rendezvous there are a couple of areas that warrant a caution. Both are always areas to be cautious, but this year are even worse than ever.
    First, just as you pass by the Marinas in Sneads Ferry, NC (New River Marina, well known for cheap fuel, and Swan Point Marina) you come to the junction with the New River Inlet, where you make a sharp turn to the right. The shoaling, to a depth of less than 3 feet at low tide, is in the vicinity of markers 72 and 74. This is immediately before you reach the popular Mile Hammock Bay anchorage. Then a few miles later after you pass under the Onslow Beach Bridge, Browns Inlet is always a point of concern. Follow the markers very closely, erring to the west if you are in doubt.
    Betsy Johnson

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

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

  • The Albemarle Loop, Albemarle Sound, NC

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    For those who have not heard about the new Albemarle Loop brochure, I’d like to direct you to this website. http://albemarleloop.com
    Jack Atwell and associates have done the legwork to obtain some pretty nice amenities to encourage boaters to take some side trips along our beautiful waterways in Northeastern North Carolina around the Albemarle Sound. The coupon on the brochure or website provides the key to enjoying these free amenities while staying at participating marinas. For more information, visit their website. We are sharing the brochure with our boaters and they are available in numerous other regional locations.
    Contact Jack for more information.
    252-426-6555 Direct
    609-504-4598 Cell

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Click Here for a Photo Gallery of the Albemarle Loop.

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

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

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

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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

  • Nordic Tugs Now in the Carolinas, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

    Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.Intracoastal Yacht Sales, a long-time SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC.

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    Intracoastal Yacht Sales is pleased to announce that we are now the exclusive dealer for Nordic Tugs in the both North and South Carolina!

    For years boat cruising enthusiasts have had to travel out of state to find a fuel efficient trawler with a good reputation. That’s why we are so excited to offer the Nordic Tug brand to our customers! Finally a well built trawler available here in the Carolinas. With Nordic Tugs well known existing reputation for superior construction, and an increase in demand for new boats and fuel efficiency, our team is certain these boats will be a big hit on our east coast! Not only do climate controlled helms increase year round boating, but with their sharp entry and deep keel, her stability and seaworthiness ranks with the best ocean boats built today! Our Nordic Tug 42 was a big hit at the Charleston In-Water Boat Show! One great comment after another was made about the spaciousness and livability of the layouts. We are certain that if you compare these tugs with the competition, you will find a more stable and seaworthy vessel for your next expedition!

    Nordic Tugs Cruising Yachts share a heritage that includes their distinctive profile, a hand-laid overbuilt hull and the famous Nordic Tug ship-style pilothouse. Wherever a Nordic Tug owner goes, they travel in comfort and security, safe in the knowledge their vessel is one of the most seaworthy cruisers on the market today! From the classic charm of the Nordic Tug 26 to the majestic elegance of the Nordic Tug 54, there is sure to be a Nordic Tug that is right for you!

    Intracoastal Yacht Sales offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC, and we are now are very proud to include Nordic Tugs customers to our growing list of good friends!! Check out our website at www.IntracoastalYachtSales.com or call Capt. Ric Stanley, Capt. Doug Ford, or Capt. Bobby Gregory for more information!

    Capt. Doug Ford CPYB
    Intracoastal Yacht Sales
    720 Hwy 17 Suite 201
    Little River, SC 29566
    843-340-0080
    888-566-5886 fax
    dford@IntracoastalYachtSales.com

    Capt. Ric Stanley, CPYB
    Intracoastal Yacht Sales
    910-297-4444 (cell)
    888-893-9755 (fax)
    rstanley@intracoastalyachtsales.com

    26′-54′ Pilothouse Trawlers

     

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    2016 Nordic Tug 26
    Custom Build your 2016 Today!
    Diesel Power
    Seaworthy and Stable
    Sale Price $213,102
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    2016 Nordic Tug 34
    Available in August 2015
    Diesel Power
    Separate Shower
    Sale Price $334,039
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    2016 Nordic Tug 40
    BRAND NEW MODEL!
    4mpg at 8 knots
    Sale Price $582,280
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    2004 Nordic Tug 42
    In Charleston SC this Weekend!
    4mpg at 8 knots
    Only 180 Hours!
    Sale Price $399,900
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    2016 Nordic Tug 54
    Custom Build your 2016 Today!
    Luxurious and Comfortable
    Full Beam Midship MSR
    Superior Construction
    Sale Price $1,646,331

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