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. Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCRiver DunesMcCotters Marina, Washington, NCR. E. Mayo DocksCarolina Yacht CareLocated 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 fishing
Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCMorehead City Yacht BasinOur 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, NCSouthport MarinaDowry Creek MarinaPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCManteo 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 boardwalk

GREAT List of “Friendly” Mooring Places

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-29-2010

Captain Jim Quince has done the cruising community a HUGE favor by putting together a list of “Friendly Mooring Places,” which are usually, but not always, free. Of course, Captain Jim’s list goes beyond the Southeastern USA waters we deal with here on the Cruisers’ Net, but there’s plenty of info here concerning “friendly” places from North Carolina to New Orleans.

The list of free docks, etc. is now the Friendly Moorings List online at :


Thanks to all of you that have provided input to the list. It has been updated almost daily since I first posted it and has had many additions and revisions. If I already have sent you a copy of the list, I suggest you delete that list as an out of date list and use this one. You can cut and paste it into a new document if you prefer….no strings attached!
I will continue to add to the list as new information is provided and as we are lucky enough to visit many more places on the list. Please do send any information you think is valuable to other cruisers. I am also including good value stops with relatively low costs like some FL State Parks and Mooring Fields. (Note that we rarely eat at restaurants due to Vaughn’s food allergies. If you know of restaurants with dock space, tell me so I can include them too.)
This Friendly Mooring List will hopefully be a good outcome from the change of status for the Venice “free” (overnight) dock!!
Thanks, Jim

Praise for Core Creek Marine (Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park, near St. M. 197)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-29-2010

Core Creek Marine is located on the grounds of Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park. This complex, in turns. overlooks the Waterway’s eastern banks between Neuse River and Beaufort/Morehead City. I know from personal experience that Jim Flynt, the owner of Core Creek Marine, does nothing except top quality work, at very fair prices. Give them a try! You won’t be sorry!

Subject: yard work
Cruising News: I just finished having Core Creek Marine work on my boat, a 1973 48\’ Meridian. They installed new throttles and shifts (control head and cables) as well as some interior carpentry and bottom painting. I was very pleased with the work. I wanted to do some things myself and have them do other parts, a very difficult arrangement with some yards. They were agreeable to any arrangement and charged 2/3rds of what it would have cost in my own yard near Annapolis. They are located in the Jarrett Bay Industrial Park and use Jarrett Bay’s travel lifts.
John Walsh

Wharf Landing Marina Now Open – Lies off the southern mouth of Chowan River, at the southeastern foot of the Edenhouse Bridge

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-25-2010

90 Luxury Condominiums · 100 Private Boat Slips · Full Service Marina · Protected Harbor · Convenient to the Intracoastal. 800-783-8289A brand, new facility, Wharf Landing Marina has recently opened on the waters of Albemarle Sound, and the Chowan River, just west and a bit north of Edenton. The harbor will be found a short hop south of the fixed, high-rise Chowan River – Edenhouse – Highway 17 bridge, along the easterly banks.
And, Wharf Landing Marina is our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Please patronize Wharf’s Landing whenever possible, and don’t forget to tell the marina personnel that you appreciate their support of the cruising community, by way of their support for the Salty Southeast Cruisers” Net!
And, note Captain Jeff’s special weekend getaway deal for boating and yacht clubs!

Come visit Historic Edenton’s newest full service, deep water marina and waterfront restaurant. Wharf Landing is a short 10 minute boat ride from Edenton’s downtown docks located at the foot of the Chowan River bridge. Wharf Landing Marina offers 90 deep water boat slips with shower and bath facilities. Gas and diesel is available on site. Our waterfront restaurant, Mac’s Backdoor Oyster Bar and Grill is an easy walk from marina. Located directly on the waterfront Mac’s offers exceptional views of the Albemarle Sound and Chowan River. A full menu with nightly specials and oyster bar Mac’s offers something for everyone.
Boaters and yacht clubs schedule a weekend getaway with us. Reserve our extra large pier, including cooking equipment, tables, chairs, umbrellas for an incredible sunset social.
Package deals are available. Call for info.
Check us out at http://www.wharflandingmarina.com and http://www.macsbackdooroysterbar.com. We look forward to seeing you!!
Jeff Powell
Wharf Landing Sales

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Bridge Tender Marina (Wrightsville Beach, Statute Mile 280)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-25-2010

Moving south on the AICW, Bridge Tender Marina will come abeam to the west, immediately south of the Wrightsville Beach swing bridge. These waters are a marina rich environment, with many choices that cruisers may pick from.

Stayed there 3/17. Nice people. Showers are in a public restroom and not available after 5PM. Only about a half mile walk thru a very safe neighborhood to a grocery, general hardware store, and a West Marine. Also, about a block from the marina is a shop that sells model boats with some of the best you have ever seen on display.
SV Aquarius

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Southport and Southport Marina (Statute Mile 309)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-25-2010

Well, you can’t go by me in any discussion of Southport, as I spent many a boyhood summer here, whiling away the hours along the old harbor waterfront, crabbing under the docks, and fishing the Frying Pan Shoals offshore. I love this place. And, let’s not forget, Southport Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

We were there on 3/19/2010. Nice people and facilities. Spent a good bit of time walking around town and have never seen any town where every house was is supurb condition. They take a lot of pride in their town!
Also, check out their maritime museum.
Don’t think there is a real great restaurant around. We did eat at Loco Jo’s which is where it seems everyone gathers after work for a drink. Their fresh fish was well prepared, but the place is nothing fancy
SV Aquarius

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Manteo Waterfront Marina (off Roanoke Sound)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-22-2010

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 boardwalkLike Captain, we adore Manteo, and when we are docked at Manteo Waterfront Marina, it’s even better. There’s generous shopping and great dining with an easy stop of the docks, and dockmaster Carl is simply one of the very best. And, let’s not forget, this facility and the city of Manteo is supporting the cruising community by being a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

We really love this little town! It’s only a short jog off the ICW and a great stop. We have brought our 44 ft boat here from Baltimore for the winter months for the last few years. As noted by others, the turn into Shallowbag Bay can be a little confusing, but take it slow and you should find plenty of water in the channel. There are lots of big boats that make it in without problems. There was a 100 footer here at the town marina last week.
Jim Milner

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Big Trout Marina (Pamlico Sound, Mainland Shore)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-15-2010

Big Trout Marina is the only cruising craft friendly marina on the mainland shores of mid-Pamlico Sound. It is located in the tiny but friendly and commercial fishing craft rich village of Engelhard, NC. There is a little cafe at Big Trout, open for breakfast and lunch only, and a small grocery store is within walking distance of the docks. Glad to hear (below) that the Far Creek entrance channel, which serves Big Trout Marina and Engelhard, is in good shape!

Hi Claiborne
We just arrived at Big Trout after calling Edna and Frank at home (they did not answer the Marina number, but it is very early in the season – March 14). Frank met us at the dock when we arrived at 6:30 PM and was very accommodating.
The Channel in was never less than 10 feet – we stayed about 30 feet off the green markers as one of the posters suggested.
Thanks for the recommendation – we found it in your book and then went to the website. We had planned to go to Manteo, but a 5 hour bridge closure yesterday at the Onslow bridge kept that from happening.
Fair Sailing
PS: Verizon service is fine, ATT is non-existent.

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Mile Hammock Bay Anchorage (Statute Mile 244.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-25-2010

Miles Hammock Bay is really the ONLY secure anchorage between Swansboro and New River. Its entrance is subject to shoaling, and don’t dare go ashore. This is US Marine Corps property, and part of Camp Lejeune.

Spent a very calm night here on 21 Feb 2010. We were the only boat in the anchorage as would be expected this time of the year. Leaving the next morning we found two dredges at the New River Inlet. We did bump going past them but after calling the lead dredge, we found the right path and never saw less than 10 feet.
Larry Morrow

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Seapath Yacht Club (Wrightsville Beach, off AICW via Motts Channel, near St. M. 280)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-25-2010

To easily access Seapath Yacht Club (transient dockage is usually readily available), you must leave the AICW just south of the Wrightsville Beach Bridge, and traverse Motts Channel. This passage can get shoally between dredging cycles. Call Seapath for the latest channel info.

This was our 3rd stay at Seapath. It is an easy marina to dock at and use of the courtesy car is a plus. We might have hit them on an off day, but I found the crew not as friendly and helpful as our last visits. Bought fuel ( diesel ) for $2.99/gal.
Larry Morrow

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St. James Plantation Marina (Statute Mile 315)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-25-2010

Sounds like things are really looking up at this facility, located directly off the AICW, south of Southport. The last I heard, there was no restaurant here, and no provisioning either. Has anyone else had good luck at St. James Plantation?

I can’t believe I’ve never stopped here before. We heard about St. James from several friends and had to try it ourselves. All I can say is that this place is not to be missed by cruisers. At $1.05 per foot and a great restaurant, grocery store/deli, easy access fuel dock and very helpful staff …… it’s a steal !!!!! We will stay here for sure on our trip back north and hope to be able to enjoy the Tiki bar in warmer weather.
s/v twomorrows
Larry Morrow

St. James Plantation “IS” a very nice stop. Great walking all over the roads next to the marina and viewing the beautiful homes. Four 18 hole Golf Courses right on the property.
We stayed there in late Nov for a week then left for home for the month of Dec. Arrived back after New Years 2010 and headed for FL. Very secure place to leave a boat, and great monthly rates.
Bob Wilkins
Ocean Rose
KK 44

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Caspers Marine, Swansboro, NC (near St. M. 229)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-25-2010

Caspers Marine is the closest facility offering transient dockage to the Swansboro downtown historic/shopping/dining district. And, it’s only a quick walk from Caspers to Captain Charleys Seafood Paradise, home to possibly the best fried seafood in the world!

We have stayed at Caspers a number of times on both our Endeavour 42 Sloop and our current Eagle 40 Pilothouse, and we cannot say enough about the marina and the town. Admittedly the marina is a bit exposed, but the docks and skill of the owner have always made us feel safe and secure. We were “stuck” at Caspers with our sailing club for two days of gale force winds, gusting to 60, and everyone had a great time and never felt threatened. The owner is a real professional!
Capt Durl and Debbie aboard
m/v Season Ticket

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Dowry Creek Marina (Feb. 2010 Report, near St. Mile 131.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-22-2010

Dowry Creek Marina guards the northern shores of the AICW/Pungo River upstream of Belhaven, NC. This facility is consistently praised as one of the friendliest marinas in North Carolina.

Stopped at Dowry Creek Marina on Feb. 18th. We were greeted at the fuel dock by 2 liveaboards who expertly tied our dock lines. Mary, the owner, was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The water is turned off because of the cold weather and the diesel was $2.65 gallon. We were able to watch the Olympics that night due to great reception on the dock.
Larry Morrow

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River Dunes Marina (off the Neuse River, near Statute Mile 173.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-22-2010

River Dunes is part of a sumptuous, low impact development. It is accessible by water from Neuse River, by way of Broad Creek, east of Oriental. Just to be clear on this, River Dunes is one of the very best marinas in North Carolina, and I’m not just saying that because they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

We are staying at River Dunes as I write this note. Just got back from a fantastic dinner at the restaurant and a long hot shower in one of the most superb showers I have ever been in, complete with a steam bath in the shower itself. Docking was a snap with all the room afforded in the fairways and basin. Dock hand, Meredith, was great and made us feel special. There was a golf cart for us to use to get around the grounds which are nothing less than beautiful. The water has been turned off at the docks but there is a faucet in the pool area that can be used with your jerry jugs. We will be sure to stop here again on our way north in the Spring.
Larry Morrow

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Dudleys Marina (Statute Mile 229)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-05-2010

One of the best things about docking at Dudleys, is you can easily walk across the bridges and causeway to downtown Swansboro, and eat at Captain Charleys Seafood Paradise. They have the best fried seafood we’ve ever had anytime, anywhere! (do NOT go to Charleys and order broiled seafood).

We stayed at Dudley’s Marina for three days just after January 1, 2010. It was so cold that we had to cover the engine room vents to keep it from freezing, even with heat on. Dudley’s is a great place, and we should all support them for helping us keep the cost of cruising down. We were there simply because it was too cold to move. The cost was minimal, because of the $.75 per foot rate. A car is available for the short run to Swansboro and necessary grocery stores and even a Lowes. We look forward to returning in the spring.
Norman Mason

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River Forest Marina and Repair Yard (Belhaven, NC, near St. M. 135.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 02-05-2010

River Forest Marina and Manor will be the first facility spied upon entering Pantego Creek and Belhaven Harbor. The repair yard portion of this operation lies on a different, nearby creek, and it’s usually best to let the yard personnel move your boat to these waters.

For those interested, I ran across a very nice Marina in NC where I am having my boat’s Interior refitted. River Forest Marina, Belhaven, NC has folks removing and installing new carpeting, and another crew
recovering the old furniture with updated materials similar to the new Carver 40s.
Their dock rates are also reasonable, especially if you want their full service marina to do work. So is the hotel which is outta sight!?!
While they are at it, they are waxing and polishing the boat and painting the bottom.
All are very reasonably priced. I mention this because good people doing honest work at a fair price should be recognized!!
Highly recommended with 5 Stars.
Richard & Gisela McCall

Northwest Creek Marina (on Neuse River, off the AICW, near New Bern, NC)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-26-2010

Galley Stores, on the Trent River in New BernNorthwest Creek Marina is a nice facility, but don’t forget Galley Stores Marina, on the Neuse River in New Bern, NC. These latter folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

Cruisers have been lauding their marinas. I would like to throw NW Creek into the hat. It is well protected, and, at $6.65 per foot is pretty reasonable. Bud, Dawn, and Clarence run the place and do make some demands. They expect you to have long lines so THEY can move your boat forward in the slip in case there is a hurricane. They have never lost a boat in a huricane.
A great attribute is the number and quality of marine services available. A number of technicians from Hattaras who were laid off, are skilled craftsmen in woodworking, fiberglass, engines and systems. They do great work at much less than shipyard prices.
However, the best part is the caring and supportive attitude of everyone I have met.
Brian and Karen Donaldson

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Don’t Miss Anchoring in Cape Lookout Bight (usually accessed from Beaufort Inlet)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-18-2010

I could not agree with Captains David and Dixie more! Some of the very best nights we have ever spent on the water have been enjoyed while swinging on the hook in Cape Lookout Bight!
While it is possible to find your way to this anchorage from Harkers Island and Back Sound, by way of Barden Inlet, this route has some real shoaling problems, and the aids to navigation are scattered and hard to identify on some parts of this passage. Most cruisers will want to cruise to the Bight from Beaufort Inlet.

We live in NC and love the Beaufort/ Morehead area. If you decide to stay there be sure to spend some nights out at Cape Lookout. There are no marinas, restaurants, traffic, …. just a lot of quiet and beautiful beaches. You should be able to watch the weather and have several 60 degree days. Perfect for walking the beaches.
You will be far enough away from light pollution to see the milky way at night.
Be sure to take a spud launcher to launch apple halves to the wild horses. Launch a couple and the horses will appear shortly. Fun to watch the horses chase the apples.
Watch the tide in this area. It can have a 6 foot swing and turns in a hurry. I’ve grounded there once and have seen locals from Harkers Island get grounded there also (course they would rather say they got liquored up and fell asleep than admit to making a nautical mistake).
David and Dixie

Wilmington Marine Center (on the Cape Fear River, near downtown Wilmington, NC)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-15-2009

The only problem I’ve ever see with the Wilmington Marine Center is that it’s located in the heart of an industrial maritime business park, and it’s a long way to the downtown Wilmington historic/business district, with its many good restaurants and historical attractions. If you don’t have ready automobile transportation, it’s a long taxi ride into town.

We stayed at Wilmington Marine Center on the Cape Fear River. It is a surge free hurricane hole at Buoy 59 about 12 miles from the ICW and a couple miles before Wilmington. (A cruise from the marina to downtown Wilmington for lunch is delightful especially when guests visit.) The facility is secure and remote. Are you planning to stay with the boat? There is nothing within walking distance.
Last year I paid $400/month plus metered electric. Call Chris (dockmaster) at 910 395 5055.
Alan Lloyd
Author, Great Loop Navigation Notes

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Bridge Pointe Marina (New Bern, NC, on the Neuse/Trent River)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-15-2009

Bridge Pointe Marina (formerly the “Ramada Marina”) is actually located on the Trent River, on the opposite shore from the New Bern Grand Marina (at the Sheraton Inn). Captain is quite correct about the old, Trent River swing bridge currently being under reconstruction. As long as this span is closed, it’s like going around your thumb to get to your little finger, to reach downtown New Bern, with its many good restaurants and interesting shops.

We have stayed at two marinas in the North Carolina area: Bridgepointe Marina in New Bern (5+ months) and Washington City Dock in Washington (1 week). Both are 20+ miles from the ICW and in mostly fresh water. New Bern is a much larger community with restaurants, historical areas, etc. The Bridgepointe Marnina is probably best described as “adequate” – not the best place we stayed and certainly not the worst. Get a slip on the dock nearest the clubhouse, I believe that’s dock A. Docks B and C are less protected from waves/wakes. If you leave in the spring, you should be able to avoid the layer of river mussels that grows on EVERYTHING under water during the summer.
The bridge that provides easy access to New Bern from the marina is under construction and therefore closed. You will need a car there to get around since you cannot cross the bridge. The marina does not have a courtesy car.
Patti and Billy Clifford

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Strong Currents in Swansboro/White Oak River Anchorage (St. M. 229)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 12-06-2009

Anchoring at the southern foot of White Oak River, abeam of the Swansboro downtown waterfront, has long been a popular thing to do. The presence of a town dinghy dock makes this an even more attractive proposition.
HOWEVER Captain Nichole is right on target in her posting below when she speaks of “strong” tidal currents which scour this anchorage. We, too, have had trouble when the current shifts. Clearly, extra care is called for when anchoring on these waters.

We anchored here last night and had a really hard time. We had dinner on a fellow cruisers boat and came back out to find our boat had dragged over 100 feet. We have a fishermen’s anchor that is rated for 60 foot boat (we have a 28 foot sailboat) and it was good and set when we left. When the current shifted the chain, the boat sailed around the anchor, fouled it and caused us to drift. (which has never happened to us before.) We grounded briefly which saved our boat from hitting any other boats but it was a tricky proposition to move the boat back to a good spot in that current, we set out a second anchor and spent most of the night checking it on the half hour to make sure we were staying in one spot. The current is swift and some of the holding ground is not great especially when the current switches, when we pulled up anchor today to go to Dudley’s Marina to sit out a blow(75 cents a foot by the way, worth it to not have to deal with an anchoring nightmare) our anchor had fouled again. Use heavy anchors if you are going to anchor here and try to be near your boat when the tide switches because it is a very challenging location.

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