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An active, gated golf community on the coast of North Carolina, Scotch Hall Preserve offers properties, homes, and other real estate options for those looking to live an active lifestyle.Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!R. E. Mayo DocksLocated on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishingNautical Wheelers - New Bern NCRiver Dunes910-269-2380 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, NC
Manteo 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 boardwalkSouthport MarinaMorehead City Yacht BasinDowry Creek MarinaBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCOur marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

Archive For: NORTH CAROLINA – All Cruising News

  • Dredging in the Upper Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC, off the AICW

    The Isabel S. Holmes Bridge (Hwy133) lies north of the Wilmington Turning Basin in the northeast Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC, a popular side trip for many Waterway cruisers. This dredging project encompasses a 5.5 nautical mile stretch south from the Highway 133 bridge to just south of the Wilmington Marine Center on the eastern shore of the Cape Fear River.

    NC – CAFÉ FEAR RIVER-WILMINGTON – DREDGING
    Mariners are advised that the Southern Dredging Company, Inc. will be conducting dredging in the Cape Fear River between Highway 133 Isabelle Homes Bridge [Isabel S. Holmes] to the Cape Fear Lighted Buoy 58 (LLNR 30840) commencing on or about August 15, 2014 and ending approximately January 31, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, pipelines, barges, derricks, buoys and operating wires about the dredge. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredge areas and plants. The Southern Dredging Company, Inc. monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. Dredging will be conducted twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge thirty minutes prior to expected time of passage and a slow no wake is requested of transiting vessels. Chart 11537 LNM: 32/14

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  • Wooden Boat Show in September, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    According to an article from Soundings’ Trade Only, the fourth annual wooden boat show will be held in Southport’s Old Yacht Basin just east of Southport Marina, a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Southport Marina and the Old Yacht Basin lie west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. Wooden boat shows, like the very popular October show in Georgetown, SC, have long attracted boaters and non-boaters who admire the beauty and craftsmanship of both old and new wooden boats. Builders and owners are usually in attendance to answer questions.

    The fourth annual Wooden Boat Show will be held Sept. 27 at the Old Yacht Basin in Southport, N.C.
    The event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature boat enthusiasts, vendors, children’s activities and a seafood chowder cook-off.
    Organizers said the show promotes interest in the craft and art of wooden boat construction in order to support efforts to preserve the activity and its skills and celebrate the region’s maritime and boatbuilding history.

    For an excellent photo tour of Southport, go to:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zSbRb8iHIU

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  • New Regulations for Oriental’s Free Town Dock, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181

    A second free town dock was opened to the public in April of this year, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=137352. Now that dock, originally intended for pleasure craft and located just to the southwest of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Oriental Marina and Condos, is being over-utilized by commercial craft, prompting these editorial comments and reports in Oriental’s Town Dock. Our thanks to good friend Tom Beaty for sending this report.

    Here are some clips from Town Dock from the past two days:
    When Oriental’s new Town Dock opened this spring on the southeast side of the harbor, it was thought to be a place where visiting boaters — cruisers, day-sailors, small craft basically — would tie up for free and visit town. In recent weeks, a wrinkle in that expectation: relatively massive trawlers have tied up to the dock, denying the smaller boaters their chance to stay at that slip.
    That’s prompted a Letter to the Editor from resident Steve Snyder who asks what the Town Board is going to do about it.
    There is currently nothing in the Town’s Docking regulations to prohibit the large commercial fishing vessels from using the free Town Dock intended for pleasure craft. Coincidentally, the Oriental Town Board at its meeting tomorrow night is to consider some amendments to the 6 month old Docking Ordinance.
    Whether the Board takes steps to keep the large fishing trawlers away from the docks — we’ll know after the meeting. But, given some of the buzz about town in recent days, this subject is likely to come up at the very least in the Public Comment period at the opening of tomorrow night’s meeting.

    Non-recreational vessels may not tie up to Oriental’s Town Docks. The Town Board voted just now to amend the Docking Ordinance to read that commercial vessels of any size — with exceptions such as recreational fishing charters, recreational charters, and tow boats — may not use the Town Docks nor stay overnight. It was an amendment suggested by Commissioner David White.
    4:15p A big fishing trawler has now moved away from Oriental’s new Town Dock but its presence there since Saturday has provoked questions that don’t go away: if the dock was meant to attract pleasure craft, why are commercial fishing trawlers tying up there and what should the Town Board do about it?
    The trawler was having work done from the adjacent property owned by fishing businessman Chris Fulcher. The story is here. The Town Board meets tonight starting at 7p

    Letters to the Editor on the subject are here.
    Oriental’s Town Board last night amended the town’s Docking Ordinance. Among other changes, it now states that commercial vessels could not use the Town Docks. There were some exceptions — recreational charter fishing vessels, recreational boat rentals, recreational charter sailing groups and tow boats.
    town hall signCommissioner David White’s amendment was a response to several fishing trawlers in recent weeks tying up to the new Town Dock. The Town Dock was to have been an attractant for recreational boaters but their access was limited by the trawlers. In recent days, the Gulf Stream III, an 80 foot fishing trawler getting repaired out of Chris Fulcher’s adjacent property, had been using the new Town Dock as a personal repair yard. It filled or blocked a slip there off and on since Saturday. More on the story coming.
    The Board also formally formed a permanent Harbor Waterfront Advisory Committee and voted 5 residents to it: Bill Hines, Art Tierney, Lisa Thompson, Ed Bliss & Gerry Crowley. That panel could fine tune the overall Docking Ordinance.

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  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring

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    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

  • Five Stars! for Zimmerman Marine, Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    Zimmerman Marine is part of the excellent facilities of Southport Marina, a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. These fine organizations lie just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.
    For more information, visit www.zimmermanmarine.com and www.southport-marina.com

    Zimmerman Marine Service/Southport Marina in Southport NC, You guys are great! We were traveling North to BHI Fri the 18th on our 40 Silverton ACMY and lost our raw water exhaust pump on our port side about 6 miles south of Southport. I called SPM and they were quick to offer a courtesy dock for inspection. Then I called Zimmerman Marine, remembering they were on site. By the time we arrived there Steve, the Zimmerman tech was waiting for us on the dock. We quickly determined the raw pump had split, pumping sea water into the bilge overheating the exhaust port side. Steve went to check for a replacement part. There was not one available that day. So, on his on, Steve called around and found a good used part, drove way out of his way to get it, came back and installed it and we were on our way in about 3 hours. Steve saved our family weekend trip and was fantastic to work with. Great service is sometimes taken for granted. I did not want to miss this opportunity to give the staff at SPM and Steve from Zimmerman a big shout out THANK YOU! 5 star service and very reasonable price!
    John Beaver

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  • New Light in Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 309

    This new warning light wil be on the east side of the Lower Swash Channel Range of the Cape Fear River, near Marker #20 east of Southport, NC.

    NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER – PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION ESTABLISHED
    On or about 03 August, 2014 Cape Fear River Warning Light (LLNR 30477/40017) will be established in approximate position 33-55-16.690N 077-59-46.330W, displaying a Fl W 4s characteristic. The aid marks an unlit structure just outside the Cape Fear River Channel. Chart 11537 LNM: 30/14

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  • Possible Threat to Manatees by Protected Status Change

    This article/opinion by Katie Tripp of KeysInfoNet.com highlights how this ruling to reduce their protected status might affect manatees on the East Coast and the Florida Keys.

    Odds already stacked against manatees in federal study for possible downlisting
    By KATIE TRIPP

    In response to a lawsuit by the Pacific Legal Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided downlisting manatees from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act may be warranted, and the agency is embarking on a five-year status review as part of the process.
    Let me be very clear about the seriousness of the situation.
    From 2010 to 2013, 2,441 manatees died in Florida waters, which is 48 percent of the highest minimum population ever recorded (5,077 in 2010), but we’d have to wait until after 2015 to be able to include this data. However, ignoring this information would also constitute a substantial and unacceptable bias.

    For the complete story, go to:
    http://www.keysnet.com/2014/07/23/497910/odds-already-stacked-against-manatees.html?sp=/99/116/

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  • Praise for Dock Hands and Staff at Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203

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

    On July 12, 2014 my First Mate and I along with 2 guests on board sailed to Morehead City Yacht Basin along with several other boats from the Nuese Sailing Association. This is a very nice marina with floating docks and a dedicated and professional staff. I hailed the marina when I was about 10 minutes out and they gave me instructions on where to go. Upon my arrival there were 2 employees standing by to assist with my docking. Not only did they help with the initial docking, they stayed and assisted until the boat was completely secured with bow, stern, and spring lines in place and the boat connected to shore power. The staff was very friendly and helpful in every aspect of our overnight stay. We had a social on the deck of the Marina’s bath house. The dock master gave us a list of restaurants within walking distance. We had dinner at Floyds which came highly recommended. We weren’t disappointed. The marina also has a courtesy car available for $10.00 for a 2 hour block.
    Upon our departure the next morning (07/13/2014), there was an employee on hand to assist with our departure. We did not request him, he just showed up and assisted. I will definitely stay at this marina again.
    W. Merriman

    Emily and I agree completely. Marina and bathhouse very clean and the people are experts on fuel, docking and the area. We have been there three times in the last several months and each visit has been consistent. They have showed us some pivoting off of spots on dock for our Bristol 47 which will really help us. We try to plan departures to stay at Morehead City Yacht Basin.
    Van Beck

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  • Spiders and Arthur at McCotters Marina and Boat Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC

    McCotters Marina and Repair Yard is located on Broad Creek (off the Pamlico River), a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina, and its repair capabilities are impressive. And, despite those persistent, seasonal spiders, McCotters is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and, as Skipper Merriman attests, a fine place to be in a storm!

    I stayed at McCotters Marina 3-5 July 2014. The first problem I had was identifying which marina was McCotters. Then I noticed two subjects waving me in. These two individuals got me onto a finger pier where I tied in. I found out they were not McCotters employees, but a couple of guys that had boats in the marina. I made contact with the office and they were very friendly and helpful for the rest of my stay. McCotters has a small pickup truck as a courtesy vehicle that I was able to use to go to Little Washington.
    Again I want to stress that the employees were very friendly and helpful. Having said that, [spiders are a big issue at this marina]. They are everywhere. As I walked the docks looking at other boats, my initial impression was, “Don’t people come here and take care of their boats?” Most of the boats had 3-5 clearly visible spider webs on them. Some had more. I later found out that the problem is there are so many spiders that they build new webs almost as fast as you can destroy the old ones. I was back at my home port for 3-4 days before I got rid of the spiders that had taken up residence on my boat.
    As a final note: Hurricane Arthur (Cat 2) came through while I was at McCotters Marina. I put extra lines on the boat and road out the hurricane without any problems. To the best of my knowledge there was no damage anywhere in the marina. During the hurricane the water rose more than a foot. Afterwards, the water was blown out of the marina and several boats sat on the ground all morning. A couple boats pulled out into the open area of the creek and anchored during the hurricane. They were still there the next day. So I would rate this marina as a good hurricane hole.
    W. Merriman

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  • Dredging at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Holden Beach is just west of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. The dredging that Skipper Richard reports appears to be in the inlet itself and NOT the perennially shoaling intersection with the Waterway. Let’s hope the dredging will continue into the intersection.

    Was at Holden Beach 7/12/14-7/19/14 and saw the inlet dredged.
    Richard

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  • US 70, Morehead City – Newport River Bridge Horizontal Clearance Reduced, AICW Statute Mile 203.8

    While few cruisers will be affected by this reduction in horizontal clearance, it’s good to be aware of any unusual activities on the Waterway. High-Rise US 70 bridge crosses the Waterway just north of the Morehead City Railway and connects Morehead City and Beaufort, NC.

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  • A Weekend Report from Dudley’s Marina and Casper’s Marina, Swansboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 229

    Dudley’s Marina lies northeast of the Waterway near AICW marker #46A, and just a walk across two bridges and a causeway from downtown Swansboro, NC. Good reviews of Dudley’s Marina are frequent here at SSECN. This is Skipper Spence’s third visit in two years to Dudley’s and she presents an accurate depiction of the issue of No-Wake-Zone violators, so common now at more and more marinas and anchorages. Undue speed in recreational waters, as on our highways, is becoming a deadly problem. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143534

    We stopped in Swansboro last weekend [7/10-11] to visit with a friend who lives there. We’ve stayed at Dudley’s twice before and will do so again in the future, but NEVER, EVER on a weekend! The boat traffic was on the river was very heavy, which I would expect on a weekend in July, but virtually no one pays any attention to the No Wake zone. Boats of varying sizes flew by us not 20 feet from our hull. The heavy wakes were almost constant, starting very early in the morning and going on well into the evening. I don’t understand why there is no enforcement in areas like this.

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

    We stayed at nearby Caspers Marina and had the same thing. Center consoles flying about and even the park service boat was speeding with wakes. Not good!
    That said, Swansboro is worth a visit and they are finishing the new town docks this summer? Any updates as of mid July? Are they open?
    Ben Matthews

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  • Carolina Beach State Park Marina Re-Opened, AICW Statute Mile 297

    Like the National Park Service in the Outer Banks, Carolina Beach State Park Marina closed in anticipation of Hurricane Arthur, but they have now re-opened for boaters. The entrance channel to the marina cuts off southward from the AICW, at the western end of Snows Cut, between markers #163 and #165.

     

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  • NPS and Ocracoke, Open for Business, Ocracoke, NC Pamlico Sound

    According to a National Parks spokesperson, the National Park Service Docks in Ocracoke, which had closed in anticipation of Hurricane Arthur, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143288, have re-opened for business after having suffered only minimal damage from the storm. The spokesperson confirmed, too, that most businesses in Ocracoke are open as well. Certainly good news for summer visitors to this beautiful village on the Outer Banks.

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  • Construction of US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge Replacement Underway, Beaufort, NC, near AICW Statute Mile 201

    SSECN first posted a Local Notice concerning this new construction in December of 2013, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129841. Please note that closures of the channel are expected and will be announced in future Local Notices. The Gallants Channel – Grayden Paul Bridge (US 70 in Beaufort, NC) is off the Waterway and the work on the new bridge will only affect those southbound cruisers making use of the Gallants Channel to visit the Beaufort waterfront.

    NC – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND) MOREHEAD CITY HARBOR CHANNEL – BEAUFORT INLET – BEAUFORT (GALLANTS) CHANNEL
    Mariners are advised that work is in progress through May 31, 2015 for the replacement of the US 70/Grayden Paul Bridge across Gallants (Beaufort) Channel, relocated between Radio Island and Michael J Field, in Carteret County, NC. When completed, the new high-level fixed bridge will have a vertical clearance of 65 feet, above mean high water, along with a horizontal clearance of 100 feet between pile bents. The construction operation will include in-water work involving pile driving, concrete placement, girder setting, and concrete deck installation with post
    tensioning. Tugboats and barges will be used and will monitor channel 13 VHF, in the event that mariners need to contact the contractor. Waterway closures are being planned. We advising mariners to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11541 LNM: 27/14

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  • High Praise for New River Marina, Sneads Ferry, NC, AICW Statute Mile 247

    New River Marina overlooks the Waterway’s western banks from Swan Point, just north of marker #4.  Sneads Ferry has always had a reputation as having good fuel prices and, as Skipper Floyd highlights, they also have great local seafood.

    We brought a new boat from Charleston to New Bern just ahead of Hurricane Arthur and happened upon a marina worth touting. New River Marina boasts one of the best staff ever! They even offered to come out during the night if we needed anything (they live right behind the office.) BUT the best part of our overnight stay was the RiverView Cafe. As directed, we called the telephone number provided by marina staff and Julianna came by car to ferry us to the father’s restaurant nearby. The best seafood of our trip! the place where the locals eat – as always, the best reference! We would recommend both the marina and the restaurant to any cruiser going north or south on the ICW!
    Joni Floyd

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  • Ocracoke National Service Docks Now Open, Pamilco Sound, NC

    The last report SSECN received was in May of this year (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140772) indicated that the docks were closed for renovation. However, the very nice folks at nearby Anchorage Marina confirmed today that the National Parks Service Docks are now open. So if you have stopped into Silver Lake and can provide further confirmation, please do so! The Ocracoke National Park Service Docks lie on the northern shores of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake, just east of the harbor entrance.
    July 2: A spokesperson with the Park Service confirmed that all facilities at the docks are fully functional.

    Anybody have an update on the repair/re-wiring of the federal docks???
    I have heard all is completed and are now open but cannot get confirmation.
    Thanks much
    Capt. Ron

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  • Four Tips for Picking the Best Boatyard, BoatUS News

    The following article from BoatUS on how to choose a good boat yard is certainly helpful, and you can find among our SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSORS! two of the finest yards on the east coast. Sponsors that are helping to keep this service FREE to the cruising community. Those yards are, of course, Atlantic Yacht Basin in Chesapeake, VA and Bennett Brothers in Wilmington, NC.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 24, 2014 – While boatyards are busy, summer may be a better time to have repair work done on the boat. Why? The typical boatyard and shop warranty on labor is 90 days, giving boaters the time necessary to use the boat and ensure a correct repair. But where does a boater go to get repairs done right? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips:

    Use what your eyes are telling you: Sometimes it’s the little things that give you a sign that the yard you are entering isn’t the best. One BoatUS member took his boat to a repair facility and thought that the abundance of boats in the lot meant that the boatyard was popular. It wasn’t until after the yard started giving odd excuses for delays and then made him pay for hundreds of dollars of ineffective engine repairs before releasing the boat, did the member notice that few, if any, of the boats in the lot had been moved in years.

    All recommendations aren’t the same: Online recommendations are a mish-mash of good and bad: more reliable ones have real names attached and specific details in postings. Fellow boaters are likely the best folks to recommend a yard, but go one step further: be sure that the repairs are similar to what you need. Another option is to ask a marine surveyor. These professionals are often knowledgeable about the quality of work in local repair yards, as long as they’re impartial and unaffiliated with any shop or boatyard. Look for a boat surveyor having SAMS or NAMS credentials as these surveyor associations require their members to be independent. Another good sign to see is a shop that follows American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) guidelines for repairs, which ensures that crucial safety standards are met. ABYC technicians also get specialized certification in a range of boat systems.

    Dealerships may offer more, but don’t write off independents: There are certain benefits to taking an out-of-warranty boat or motor to a dealership, with the best training and equipment being at the top of the list. Dealerships also enjoy better parts connections. On the other hand, most well established independent repair facilities also produce high quality work – especially those run by former or current factory-trained technicians. And unlike a dealership, they must compete on repair business alone and their prices are usually lower.

    Look for shops that specialize: Boats vary in type, size and complexity and so do repair facilities. Don’t bring a 34-foot trawler for repairs to a shop that mostly works on trailer boats, and don’t expect the guy living in a van down by the river to fix your high-tech outboard.

    “Always check around first before doing business,” said BoatUS Director of Consumer Affairs Charles Fort. “Many boaters only have the summer to enjoy their boats, so any problems could lead to a premature end of the boating season.”

    http://www.boatus.com/pressroom

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  • Unhappy Dismal Swamp Canal Traveler, AICW Alternate Route

    Most of the reports we receive from Dismal Swamp travelers are downright amorous! See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=138522. There are occasions, after high winds or high water, when the canal may be trashed with extra debris and duckweed, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=88326. In fact, it is sometimes closed to order for the ACOE to remove excess debris. Obviously, Captain Grimes came through at one of those congested times, and I hope you will join me in encouraging Captain Grimes to give the Great Dismal Swamp Canal another chance! It is a favorite part of the Waterway for many folks.
    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center lies along the eastern banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal at statute mile 28.

    We traveled southbound in August, 2012, at < 6 knots with two of us on the flybridge looking for debris in the water. We hit no fewer than 5 submerged objects. Fortunately, our hull sustained no damage, but we will not venture into the Dismal Swamp Canal again. We saw numerous floating logs tied to brush along the bank with flimsy rope.
    Capt. David Grimes

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