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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. 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 fishingRiver DunesMcCotters Marina, Washington, NCNautical Wheelers - New Bern NCEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!
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 BasinPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCDowry Creek MarinaOur 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.

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  • The Primadonna Saga Continues, from Oriental, NC to Nassau

    Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

    A search for a number of weeks in response to a request (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129228) by Oriental merchant, Pat Stockwell, the errant sailing vessel, Primadonna, and her crew have been found.. Our thanks to Dave Boxmeyer for sending us this update from TownDock,  http://towndock.net/news/primadonna-s-latest-controversy.

    It appears that the saga of the S/V Primadonna continues. The crew is in jail in Nassau and their boat has been stripped. And now it seems that the French government has gotten involved.
    While it is hard to feel any sympathy for the Primadonna’s crew, based on there stay in Oriental; I have absolutely no respect for the crew of the Fata Morgana. Things are pretty bad when we have started to eat our own.
    Dave Boxmeyer

    Very interesting–thanks for the follow up. For some reading this I think there is some grey area here. For example, I remember seeing an intact motorboat washed up on the rocks in New England and by the morning it was toothpicks and an engine sitting on the reef. It might have been better to try to salvage some things off the boat before it became trash on the rocks. Sometimes it is hard to tell when a boat has been truly abandoned. I personally would not take to salvaging stuff unless I had the owner’s or the insurance company’s permission or somehow knew for certain that the boat was abandoned, but how would you ever know? Also, most of us are used to being in a country where a boat like Primadonna wouldn’t stay there for long, someone would come with a towboat and take it away. In the Out Islands of the Bahamas salvage would likely have been more expensive than the worth of the vessel, so essentially it was just trash on the reef.
    John Kettlewell

    We do not know the vessels involved but before we pass judgement, does anyone have relevant information as to what is correct in Bahamian & maritime law/rights? The vessel will most likely never be salvaged out there so who can give us more information? How does Dave know what went on and anything else that is pertinent.
    Cheers,
    Dick Anderson

    http://towndock.net/

  • Cape Lookout Lighthouse Open for Climbing, southeast of Beaufort Inlet

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    Cape Lookout Bight – Click for Chartview

    Cape Lookout Lighthouse - Click for Chartview

    Cape Lookout Lighthouse – Click for Chartview

    Our thanks to MTOA member Frank Erwin for sending this notice from Carteret County News Times about the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

    Cape Lookout Bight is a wonderful, natural harbor formed by Cape Lookout’s curve of land. This superb anchorage, one of the most popular in North Carolina, is best accessed via the Beaufort Inlet, rather than through Back Sound.

    The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is now going to be open to climb to the top, starting May 14 – only Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am – 3:45 pm. (It closes again September 22) Anchor and dinghy ashore!!!!
    Frank Erwin

    The News Times – Carteret County NC
    Cape Lookout Lighthouse to open for climbs Wednesday
    Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 4:10 pm
    HARKERS ISLAND — The Cape Lookout Lighthouse will open for climbing starting Wednesday through Sept. 21.
    The lighthouse will be open weekly each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Climbs will begin every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. The lighthouse may close at any time if conditions, such as temperature/humidity, lightning or high winds, are determined to be unsafe. The seashore will announce on Twitter at @CapeLookoutNPS and
    on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapeLookoutNPS when lighthouse tickets are sold out for the day and when weather related closures occur.
    Tickets will be $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 years of age and younger and $4 for senior citizens 62 years and older and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass. Ticket prices do not include the cost of ferry transportation. For more information on ferry services, contact the ferry companies directly.
    Tickets for climbs may be purchased from 9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Light Station Visitor Center next to the lighthouse. Each ticket is good only for the date and time stamped on the ticket. Ticket holders should arrive at the lighthouse 10 minutes before their scheduled climb. Tickets will not be refunded for late arriving guests. Reservations for lighthouse tickets will no longer be available except to
    school groups. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only four groups of 10 people may enter the lighthouse per hour. Engineers established this safety limit after they examined the lighthouse.
    The climb to the top is strenuous. It may be hot, humid, noisy and dim inside the lighthouse. Climbing the 207 steps to the gallery is roughly equal to climbing a 12-story building. The stairs are narrow and groups going up will share the stairs with groups returning to the bottom. Visitors with heart, respiratory or other medical conditions – or those who have trouble climbing stairs – should probably not attempt the climb. Visitors who do not wish to climb can view the four outside “View from the Top” exhibits located near the lighthouse Keepers’
    Quarters, the panorama located in the Keepers’ Quarters Museum, and the online panoramas on this website.
    Children must be at least 44 inches tall to climb the lighthouse due to the often-strong winds at the top that can knock children off their feet. Climbers who are 12 years old or younger must be accompanied by someone 16 years of age or older.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage

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  • Another Vote For a Visit to Washington, NC

    Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0 Skipper Susan Landry, co-owner of Beach House Publications, producers of the notable “Great Books of Anchorages” series, confirms what MANY have said before. It’s well worth all cruisers’ time to get off the familiar confines of the AICW, and cruise upstream on charming Pamlico River to the excellent city docks on Washington, NC’s downtown waterfront. And, these fine folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET sponsor!!!

    We enjoy side trips off the ICW instead of just rushing north and south. One recent side trip we took was to Washington, NC. The free town docks are in a well protected basin and across the street from the historic district.
    Susan Landry

    How are the plans going for the new shower facilities in Washington? I think they would really help make the trip worth the extra effort.
    Dick Parker

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    Washington City Docks

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

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  • Report from National Park Service Docks in Ocracoke, Pamilco Sound, NC

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    Silver Lake – Click for Chartview

    The Ocracoke National Park Service Docks lie on the northern shores of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake, just east of the harbor entrance.

    Ocracoke Park Service Docks
    At the moment we are tied up at the Park Service Dock. We are waiting for someone official to throw us out. The docks are in sound shape but under construction. There are new cleats, large enough to hold a battleship and new fire extinguishers. That is it, no water or electricity. The lady in the office told us we had to move but at the moment we are under a tornado watch. With the heavy weather coming I prefer to remain. Which we shall until someone official throws us out. Our government at work; leave a perfectly good dock to anchor out in bad weather. makes you feel good to know these people always have your best interest at heart.
    Dave Boxmeyer

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

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  • Marina Dock Age Publication Names Southport Marina As The “Marina of the Year” in 2013, AICW Statute Mile 309

    Southport MarinaEven though this publication is written primarily for marina owners and managers, it is a source of much information related to the boating industry. Well worth your time to read.

    Southport Marina - Click for Chartview

    Southport Marina – Click for Chartview

    The April 2014 has an excellent article about 2013 Marina of the Year, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina in Southport, NC.

    For the publication, go to:

    http://marinadockage.com/index.html

    marina

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

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  • Reminder: Camp Lejeune Firing Exercises May Delay AICW Navigation, Statute Miles 235-240

    Onslow Beach – Click for Chartview

    Notification of these firing exercises appear regularly in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners. Note Line 5 in bold. If this is your first time through the Camp Lejeune area, you may be unaware of the possible delays. Normally, if firing is underway, you will be stopped by very courteous, but armed, Marines aboard small vessels, Range Control Boats. SSECN attempts to post all announced dates of closure. We hope you aren’t delayed, but, if so, log it as another of the many wonderful experiences of traveling the ICW!

    NC – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES
    1. The Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIE-MCB CamLej), North Carolina, has advised that the area in the Atlantic Ocean between a point approximately 4.5 miles east of Bogue Inlet to a point approximately 10 miles southwest of New River Inlet, North Carolina, within the existing danger zone (depicted as 334.440) as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be hazardous to navigation because of field firing exercises during the periods and times stated below. Firing will be up to 15 nautical miles seaward. Vessels are urged to avoid the above area during the periods stated except for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, where mariners traveling through this area can expect a delay of about one to four hours during the below times. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449.
    2. The restricted areas in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, will be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Atlantic Coast Sector Live Fire Operations
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missiles and ranges)
    Atlantic Coast Sector Non-Live fire operations
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    3. The restricted areas in the New River, as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11542, that WILL be closed to navigation because of Stone Bay Rifle Range firing exercises during the following periods:
    Stone Creek Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    West of the 77 (deg) 26(min) longitude line.
    The restricted areas that MAY be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    Traps Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Courthouse Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Stone Bay Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    East of the 77 (deg) 26 (min) longitude line.
    Grey Point Sector 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily
    Farnell Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Morgans Bay Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    Jacksonville Sector Sunrise to Sunset – daily
    4. The Target Bombing Area N1/BT-3 Impact Area in the Atlantic Ocean East of the New River Inlet as shown on National Ocean Service Chart 11543, may be closed to navigation because of firing exercises during the following periods:
    N1/BT-3 Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Stinger Missile and ranges)
    N1/BT-3 Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (USS Ship-Maneuvering)
    5. Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Inland Waters in the Browns Island Inlet area between Bear Creek and Onslow Beach, may be closed for firing exercises during the following periods:
    Live Fire Operations:
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm Daily (USS Ship-Naval Gunfire)
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm Daily (Ranges)
    Non-Live Fire Operations:
    12:01 a.m. to Midnight Daily (Boat-Maneuvering)
    6. Ship operations consisting of landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and helicopters may be conducted in the Onslow Beach operating area and all sectors of New River from 12:01 a.m. to Midnight – daily. Range Control Boats, MCIE-MCB CamLej North Carolina monitor Channel 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHz) and the working Channel 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHz). Range Control can be reached by phone at 910-451-3064 or 4449. LNM: 16/14

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

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  • A Visit to Big Trout Marina, Engelhard, NC – Western Shores of Pamlico Sound

    Big Trout Marina - Click for Chartview

    Big Trout Marina – Click for Chartview

    Big Trout Marina, on the mainland shore of Pamlico Sound, guards the northerly banks of Far Creek and Engelhard harbor, a short distance west of flashing daybeacon #10.

    Claiborne,
    Attached are a few photos from the Neuse Sailing Association’s visit to Engelhard in 2013. In the photo with me in the foreground on my Catalina 34, Blue Wind II, you can see the masts of the sailboats behind me lined up down the marina’s dock. We filled every open slip and the full length of the wharf. The marina is a little sketchy for boats drawing more than five feet, and the channel is narrow coming ( sailboats are advised to “hug the greens”), but the marina owners were very hospitable. They cooked up a big dinner of fried fish, hush puppies and fixins just for our club. They knew we were coming, of course. On the down side, the showers leave much to be desired and some of the boats along the outer dock had some polarity lights coming on because of some power issues. But all in all, we had a great one-night stay.
    Carl Crothers

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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Big Trout Marina

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  • Cruising Pamlico Sound, off the AICW in Eastern North Carolina

    Ocracoke, NC – Click for Chartview

    Ocracoke Island, mentioned in this article from the AGLCA forum, is part of the North Carolina Outer Banks and lies on the eastern edge of Pamlico Sound. The National Park Service Docks lie on the northern shores of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor, just east of its entrance.

    The “outside” route to the ICW is definitely through Pamlico Sound, not the ocean, where you have to go way around Cape Lookout then around Diamond Shoals.
    The Pamlico Sound and adjacent waters are subject to very nasty conditions due to its very steep, close chop. You don’t see many boats out when strong winds are forecast with 2-3 foot waves… each wave is like running through a 3 foot brick wall. This is why they built the ICW. When calm, it is a fun cruise, especially if you stop and enjoy Ocracoke, a GREAT cruising destination, and Manteo, another fun little town and area to explore.
    This has been our home cruising grounds for a few years now, and we used it a lot when doing our cruising up and down the entire east coast and adjacent waters.
    George

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

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  • Don’t Miss “Oriental Nautical Wheelers” in Oriental, NC (Statute Mile 181)

    Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCIMG_7778rzedOver the weekend of April 19-20, 2014 I had the good fortune to attend the Oriental, NC Boat Show, and hold three seminars. During the show, I made the acquaintance of Bill and Camilla Wheeler and their unique business, “Oriental Nautical Wheelers.” I am very pleased to say that this firm is our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
    Oriental Nautical Wheelers is located in a historical Oriental homeplace, right on (411) Broad Street (252-249-0359), in downtown Oriental. It is within easy walking distance of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Oriental Marina and Condos, and Oriental Harbor Marina, plus the town’s two free docks. From Whittaker Creek, you will need to have auto transportation available for a visit.
    How to describe Oriental Nautical Wheelers? I could say that this unique establishment contains everything “coastal” from clothing, to shoes, to home furnishings and accessories, to Adirondack chairs. However, that would overlook the wine section, the voluminous selection of all types of gifts and personal items, not to mention the “revolutionary Keira Watering Cans.”
    The selection and range of merchandise is staggering, in a very good way, you understand! EVERY cruiser visiting Oriental will want to be SURE to include a stroll to “Oriental Nautical Wheelers.” Don’t believe me? Well, then just follow the photo gallery link below!

    Click Here To Visit Oriental Nautical Wheelers Web Site

    Click Here To Visit Oriental Nautical Wheelers Photo Gallery

  • Latest on Dredging for Oregon Inlet, Pamlico Sound, Outer Banks, NC

    Oregon Inlet – Click for Chartview

    Shoaling has been steadily increasing in the main channel of Oregon Inlet for several years (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=52021) prompting SSECN to recommend that cruisers with a draft over 3ft avoid the inlet and that only shallow draft vessels should attempt the inlet only with very exact local knowledge. Shoaling had become so severe that it was undermining the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet resulting in the closure of the bridge to road traffic. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129461
    Dredging of the inlet was last completed in December of 2013. and this most recent shoaling virtually closes the inlet to all but shallowest draft vessels.

    HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C.
    Oregon Inlet has shoaled to a depth of about 2 feet and is too shallow for dredging. The channel under the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge connecting Hatteras Island to the northern Outer Banks will be left to the elements, according to a news release from the Army Corps of Engineers. The side-casting dredge Merritt was unable to operate.
    “I had not seen the conditions that bad before and that when we were able to move enough sand to float, the surrounding sand would fill the hole we had dug, immediately filling in behind us and trapping us in place,” Ray Bleam, a dredging master, said in a statement. There are no immediate plans to resume dredging, said Hank Heusinkveld, a Corps of Engineers spokesman. The Coast Guard will broadcast safety information every hour on VHF marine channel 16 to alert sailors to the conditions, according to the release.
    Frank Wiegand

    Claiborne, here is the latest on this, they have a dredge back on the scene. Sportfishing boats are reporting getting through. Would advise calling the CG, and/or folks at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, or Pirates Cove for up to the minute news.
    George
    http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsStories/tabid/10021/Article/23368/wilmington-districts-dredge-merrit-goes-back-to-oregon-inlet.aspx

    Claiborne, I had no trouble getting through the inlet on Saturday, May 5th. There was a dredge working at the span when I came back in that afternoon. Charter and private sport fishing boats can make it through without too much problem. We have not given up on keeping the inlet open.
    Dick Parker

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  • Good Words for R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks, AICW Statute Mile 157

    R E Mayo Seafood Docks – Click for Chartview

    R. E. Mayo DocksIn June of 2012, I cruised to R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks, one of our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS. It was a very interesting visit indeed, and I think I can say without any fear of telling an inaccuracy, this is one of the most unique facilities that has ever chosen to support our web site. R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks flanks the western shores of the “Hobucken Cut” portion of the North Carolina AICW, south of the Hobucken Bridge and north of marker #21.

    We spent a night on the RE Mayo dock and found everything to be as described. There were three sailboats tied up that night along with the fishing vessels. As others have said, the electrical leaves a bit to be desired, but at 0.40 a foot, it’s fine! You’ll need plenty of fenders also. We purchased some delicious shrimp (it was frozen, shrink-wrapped). There is a very well stocked convenience store across the Hobucken bridge. My husband also said that the ships store at RE Mayo is also well stocked.
    Kathrine Noel

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For R E Mayo Seafood Docks

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  • More Information on Bridge Pointe Marina (New Bern, NC, on the Trent River)

    Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCWe announced a few months ago, that SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Bridge Pointe Marina in New Bern, NC, had reopened after a year-long rebuilding project. I have twice undertaken a personal inspection of Bridge Pointe’s new reincarnation, and it can be stated with no fear of inaccuracy, that this is now a state-of-the-art facility. Below, we hear more from dockmaster, Jesse Schmucher, about his newly revamped marina.

    Our new state-of-the-art marina includes 150 Brazilian hardwood [decked] floating deep water slips ranging from 30FT – 150FT, cable television, free wireless internet, metered electric and fresh water connections for each slip. Our newly redesigned and completely renovated boater’s lounge includes showers, restrooms, charcoal grills, laundry, and a comfortable air conditioned sitting area. Monthly dockage rates are $6.50 per slip foot, plus a $20 Pedestal Fee + Metered Electric (13 Cents per kilowatt). We will be offering a special rate for a limited time, so be sure to contact us today at (252)637-7372 or by email at bridgepointemarina@colwenhotels.com.

    For more information on Bridge Pointe Marina, follow the links below:

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

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

  • Washington, NC’s Saturday Market Opens April 19th, Pamlico River, off the AICW

    Washington City Docks – Click for Chartview

    Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0Washington, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is one of the most delightful ports of call on the North Carolina coastline. The town is located off the direct path of the AICW, but it’s usually a pleasant 30 mile cruise upstream on Pamlico River from the Waterway’s passage across this body of water to the Washington City Docks.
    These delightful Saturday Markets run through October 11th and offer fresh produce and local seafood, as well as an artisan fair of crafts and artwork. The Market operates from 8AM to Noon and is located near the Washington City Docks.

    For full details go to:
    http://www.washingtononthewater.com/Saturdaymarket.html

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

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  • REMINDER: Northern Mouth of Alligator River, Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 81

    A reminder to everyone that the location of markers through this stretch does not coincide with older charts or with the Magenta line. Our oft repeated advice: follow the markers, not the Magenta line! Smaller buoys are often difficult to spot and require a reduction in speed and a sharp lookout!
    For more comments on the area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125911 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=101600 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=56971.

    Temporary floating red buoy! Didn’t go aground but S/V ahead of us did! Slow and easy!
    Adventure

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the North Mouth of Alligator River

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  • Request for Information on National Park Service Docks in Ocracoke, Pamilco Sound, NC

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    Silver Lake – Click for Chartview

    The Ocracoke National Park Service Docks are on the northern shores of Silver Lake Harbor, just east of its entrance.

    Would love to hear if anyone has stayed at the NPS dock in the past few months. We sailed to Ocracoke about a year ago and the NPS docks were covered in bird droppings and looked to be in disrepair. The fellow at the desk at the adjacent museum (or whatever that building is) wasn’t happy to be answering questions about it! So we just anchored that time, but would like more current information for an upcoming trip.
    Kathrine Noel

    I’m reporting in [from Ocracoke] that the NPS docks are closed and “under construction”. There is obvious construction on the sidewalks and there was a tiny sign saying the docks were closed. There is a new dingy dock that is very nice. We used it, though it’s behind the construction area, so it probably couldn’t be used during the work week. Had a delicious dinner at the Flying Melon. I did forget to say that the docks are supposed to be ready for service in May. We’ll see; I’m not confident!!
    Headed to Belhaven tomorrow to wait out the yucky weather. Will post a review of that visit too!
    Kathrine Noel

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

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  • Dismal Swamp Route Recommended, AICW Alternate Route

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center – Click for Chartview

    The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is located on the east shore of the like-named Canal at Statute Mile 28.
    The Dismal Swamp Canal State Park Bridge, with 0 ft vertical clearance, is a small, pedestrian foot bridge that crosses the canal just south of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center. This span had malfunctioned, and could not be opened. However, this situation has been remedied and the Dismal Swamp Canal is now open to navigation.

    These good comments about the Great Dismal Swamp Canal come from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association’s forum.

    Re: Dismal Swamp or other route:
    The Great Dismal, by all means. Passed thru that way last July in our 30′ Trawler, draft 3.4 feet. A great way to prepare for the hustle & bustle you will encounter at mile Zero and further north. Teems with wildlife and is almost empty of people & waterfront homes. It is anything BUT, Dismal.
    May you have fair winds and following seas,
    Bill & Bonnie Sweeney
    The Elissa II

    We like the Great Dismal Swamp route so much, that unless the canal is closed, we always take the canal route. The stops at Elizabeth City free town docks, South Mills, the Welcome Center and the docks south of Deep Creek Lock, all free, make this a must do. The canal transit itself it beautiful. Here are a couple of our blog posts that might give you some details.
    http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot.com/2013/07/elizabeth-city-north-carolina-harbor-of.html
    http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-great-dismal-swamp-canal-and.html
    Chuck Baier

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

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  • New (Second) Free Dock in Oriental, NC, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181

    Oriental, NC – Click for Chartview

    A phone call to TownDock.net confirmed the new free dock which is located just to the southwest of the fuel dock at Oriental Marina and Condos. The dock is c. 70ft in length and for now does not have amenities, although adding water, electric and a restroom, as well as more length is being discussed. SSECN is grateful to Skipper Valinoti for bringing this new facility to the attention of our readers, just in time for the Spring Migration!

    Has anyone reported on the new, additional, free town dock?? It is located to the right of the Oriental Marina and is about 80 ft long with room for 4 cruising boats depending on length. Presently there are not any ammenities. However, it is planned to have heads and showers along with a pump out.
    Joe Valinoti

    Truly a shame that (south) Florida doesn’t treat cruisers the way places like Oriental do. Seems you almost have to go north out of FL to get that southern hospitality…
    Wally Moran

    The new dock is quite nice and solid looking. Only problem is that the south side of the dock is partially blocked due to the Lady Deborah, a large shrimper being docked on the next dock to the south. According to one of the locals, the Lady Deborah hasn’t moved from this spot in a quite a while.
    If you don’t have too wide a beam you’d fit just fine, but it would be tight, not to mention if you have two boats on this side the one closer to shore would be blocked in.
    All in all, well done Oriental. Free town docks like this should be the norm, and not the exception.
    Rick Morrow

    Stopped at the new pier the day after they finished it. Was the first Trawler to use it i was told. A very nice well built pier. The Rest. At the Marina there has great food and drink. Oriental is always a great stop free pier or no free pier.
    The “Fire Dog” & Crew
    Raymond W Smith

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  • North Carolina Mariners Museum Annex, Beaufort, NC Now Offering Transient Dockage, Near St. M. 201)

    NC Mariners Museum Annex Docks - Beaufort, NC

    NC Mariners Museum Annex Docks – Beaufort, NC – Google Earth

    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net just received an e-mail from former “Coastal Cruising” magazine contributor, Captain Brent Creelman, who now works with the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, North Carolina. As you will read below, the museum annex, which lies at the intersection of the Gallants Channel and Town creek, north of the eventually to be replaced (with a high-rise) Grayden Paul bridge, near 34°43.669′N,76°40.054′W, is now offering transient dockage for visiting vessels. The transient rate is a VERY reasonable $1.00 per foot, per night!
    While power and water connections are available, there are no other shoreside facilities, and it will be a hefty walk (or a very quick taxi ride) from this facility to the many delights and dining attractions in downtown Beaufort. Mariners should also be advised that to reach these docks, they must either navigate the Bulkhead Channel from Beaufort Inlet, and then pass through the restricted Grayden Paul Bridge, or run the somewhat iffy (but still very do-able), Russell Slue – Gallant Channel route from the AICW to a point just short of Town Creek.
    martimemuseumannexdocksEven with those mild disadvantages, many cruisers will be understandably enticed by the dockage rates featured at these docks. If interested, drop Captain Creelman an email, or give him a call!

    Ahoy Fellow Mariners!
    The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort invites transient vessels and historically significant craft to visit and be our guests at the museum’s expansion site on Gallants Channel just north of downtown.
    The facility has deep water wharfs running some 1,500’ and floating docks with 10 slips and a 100’ face dock.
    The Friends of the Museum is offering a very reasonable short term dockage rate of just $1/foot per night, or $10/foot per month.
    Water and power are available but there are no shore side facilities at this time. There is ample parking on site.
    Located less than a mile from the AICW the site is well protected, has plenty of water depth, and is just a mile from Beaufort’s Front Street.
    Brent Creelman
    Director of Operations
    Friends of the Museum
    brent@maritimefriends.org
    252-728-2762

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  • Southport Marina, Zimmerman Marine and Carolina Yacht Care Combine to Offer Free Weather and Navigation Briefs During the Spring, 2014 Transient Season (St. M. 309)

    Southport MarinaCarolina Yacht CareNow here is an absolutely wonderful idea and a genuinely invaluable service to the cruising community, courtesy of TWO SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Southport Marina, and Carolina Yacht Care. Late every afternoon from April 2 through June 15 (2014), join Skipper Hank Pomeranz, co-owner of Carolina Yacht Care, on the docks at Southport Marina for an informal discussion of upcoming weather events. Hank is a retired US Navy meteorologist, and you can bet his information will be extremely valuable, based on the most up to date National Weather Service information available.” I can’t think of a better way to spend a late afternoon while northward bound on the AICW than exchanging information with Hank and fellow cruisers.

    Skipper Pomeranz will also be covering AICW navigational issues, using both Local Notice to Mariners, and information from the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. We promise to keep Hank well supplied with the latest Waterway information, courtesy of both our own research and data submitted by your fellow cruiser!
    Who knows, I may even pop down to Southport from time to time and participate in these sessions. Hope to see you there!!!!!

    navbriefwelcomeHeaded north through Southport, NC this spring? The two things we hear most in discussions amongst cruisers are concerns for coastal weather, winds and seas and navigation issues on the ICW. Well Southport Marina, in historic Southport NC, decided to do something about it.
    Teaming with Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) and Zimmerman Marine, Southport Marina invites you to join them during the Spring 2014 transient season for daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs on the Dock” – a free, one of a kind service geared towards transiting boaters. These informal discussions are an opportunity for you to join fellow cruisers at the end of the day for a presentation and interactive discussion on weather and navigation issues for the next leg of your journey.
    Retired US Navy meteorologist, cruising sailor and owner of Carolina Yacht Care – Hank Pomeranz, will host the daily discussions. Hank will review the current National Weather Service advisories, watches and warnings, analyses and forecast charts and discuss the resultant forecasts for winds and seas, precipitation, temperatures, fog and severe weather potential for the Carolina coast north of Southport.
    On the ICW navigation side, Hank will draw from the US Army Corps of Engineers surveys, Notices to Mariners, recent fellow cruiser postings in cooperation with Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net and local knowledge.
    And, you won’t have to memorize everything presented. They’ll have handouts you can take back to your boat and review at your leisure.
    Briefings will be held daily from 2 April 2014 through 15 June 2014 at the marina docks.
    Daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock”: yet another great reason to stop and stay with us at Southport Marina.
    Hank Whitley, CMM
    Marina Manager

    And, here are some additional comments, courtesy of Skipper Pomeranz:

    masoninletsurveyWith regards to the briefs, the Navigation portion draws information from several sources – SSECN, USCG, USACE, cruiser comments, etc… “We” (meaning those of us who are performing services to our cruising brethren) have this unique opportunity to be standing in front of some of them daily and talking specific navigation issues.
    I want to take advantage of this one on one and make a strong point that, as our fellow cruisers continue their journeys, their feedback into the knowledge base is critical in helping those who follow. They will leave here with a chart snippet and description from SSECN relevant to known or suspected problem areas. They will also have the latest USACE survey image for those areas.
    Armed with that info, we will ask them to “pay it forward” and send an email describing their passage through the worrisome areas…an email to me, so that I can immediately update the daily brief and an email to SSECN, so you can have it for the biweekly Alerts and your website.
    I will emphasize that reports from cruisers need to feature specific info…Date, tide level, draft, etc. Nothing is more frustrating than reading through comments without that info.
    Hank Pomeranz

    Hank Pomeranz has worked with us since we brought our Bristol 47.7 Frances to Southport from Maine in November 2013. He has proven to be highly conscientious and reliable with yacht services and has gone the extra mile for us at every turn. Hank is a real asset to local mariners. Having been caught by afternoon weather in small boats around front and in the river since 1969 – we will look forward to his information and thoughts on the weather and sailing and ICW conditions.
    Van and Emily Beck

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

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  • Good Words for Edenton, NC – off the AICW on Western Albemarle Sound

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    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Edenton, NC, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, holds a special place in my own heart. During my younger days, this historic community often served as a “base of operations” as my Father and I searched the waters of all the nearby rivers for that elusive quarry known as the largemouth bass. If Edenton actually sat along the track of the AICW, it would be as popular as Beaufort.

    Another 2 day dock courtesy city in North Carolia is Edenton. Another beautiful stop.
    Alan

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

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