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  • Comments on Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage near Beaufort/Morehead City, NC (Statute Mile 205)

    As many of you know already, the horseflies – along with the heat wave – have been busy all along the North Carolina coast and, as Captain Ben points out, Cape Lookout Bight was not spared. “Bight” was an apt name for his weekend, don’t you think?

    Went to Cape Lookout on June 9th. Beware – the Horseflies will feast on you! Keep your cabin doors closed and check your screens! I am still scratching! (Of course we went on shore and got eaten there too). Early in the morning we saw sea turtles swimming in the bight, they are a bit shy. Bring a mask and snorkel for seeing the underwater life. Enjoy!
    Captain Ben

    Click Here To View an Earlier Posting on Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage

    Click Here To Read Earlier Comments For Cape Lookout Bight

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cape Lookout Bight

  • Anchorage in Cape Lookout Bight southeast of Beaufort Inlet at Beaufort/Morehead City, NC

    Cape Lookout Bight is almost due north of Cape Lookout and, as Claiborne points out in the link below, is best accessed via the Beaufort Inlet, rather than through Back Sound, departing the AICW at Statute Mile 205 and running the short distance down the coast.

    Agree with everything but launching the apples. The national seashore restricts feeding the horses because they’re digestive systems have been adapted to the shore grass with low nutritional value. Eating apples, carrots, etc. can give them colic. The horses are not regularly checked out so there’s not anyone there to treat this condition. Better to row over to Shackleford and hike in to see them. The shelling on Shackleford is outstanding.

    Click Here To Read Earlier Comments For Cape Lookout Bight

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cape Lookout Bight

  • Happy Visits to Elizabeth City, NC (Statute Mile 50.5)

    The accolades keep rolling in for Elizabeth City, one of the friendliest stops on the entire Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL. Of course, southbounders will probably visit this charming community only if they choose to cruise the Dismal Swamp Canal Route. Many, including this writer, love this passage, but others find the possible presence of underwater debris an offset to the Dismal’s great ecological beauty!

    Cruising News: Hi Claiborne,
    Legrace is in Elizabeth City again, this place is as nice and is as boater friendly as always!! We much prefer the Dismal Swamp route over the Virginia Cut and Elizabeth City is just icing on the cake.
    Bob & Lynn Williamson
    On Legrace in Elizabeth City

    Subject: Elizabeth City is still great
    Cruising News: We did a recent stop in eliz city and it is still the greatest place to stop – there are a few changes – first food fresh runs a schedule shuttle at 0900,1200, and 1500 – the mgr said he was getting 10 calls a day as cruisers were not coordinating there runs so he had to set a schedule – and he did the right thing
    Second the dinner theater unfortunately closed – they are trying to find someone to take it over – admiral patty said if we were not cruising it would be great thing to take over and run
    Third in the summer on Tuesday they have outdoor [party] right at Mariners Wharf where we tie up – it is great and a fun time with folks from all over the city coming out
    Groupers is providing a tent for the Rose Buddies so thank you Groupers – they do still serve great beer and lastly but sadly but happily – sadly Steve is no longer mayor as he – happily decided to get a boat and join us cruising
    Welcome steve to the family – boat is trawler Carolina
    Chuck, Patty

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Mariner’s Wharf (town docks in Elizabeth City)

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Pelican Marina (in Elizabeth City)

  • A Stormy AICW/Albemarle Sound Crossing

    Any cruising on North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound, but, as it so often seems, particularly the AICW’s north to south trek across the sound’s easterly waters, can be a ROUGH and ready experience. It’s not by accident that the Albemarle is known as the roughest body of water on the Eastern Seaboard.
    So, to be crossing Albemarle Sound with water spouts in view (see below), is downright scary!

    Crossing the Albemarle yesterday was “interesting”. The wind was generally 10 knots or less and the waves were around one foot so from that stand point it was one of our nicer crossing. But we saw 5 water spouts! Only the first one was of any concern to us, about a mile or so off our port bow. Fortunately it dissipated after a few minutes. The other water spouts formed behind us about 2 or 3 miles off. Several sail boats were near them but all was ok and again they dissipated quickly.
    It was interesting that the rain showers that spawned the water spouts were neither that strong nor intense; no lighting or thunder, no heavy rain, visibility was good, etc.
    Bob & Lynn Williamson
    On Legrace in Elizabeth City

  • High Praise for Belhaven Waterway Marina (Statute Mile 135.5)

    Good words for another SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR! Thoughts shared by so many of you! Belhaven has long been a favorite stopping point, not only because of the fine marine facilities, but because of the friendly and welcoming town.

    There is no nicer marina on the whole ICW. Brenda sees to all of the details that will make your stay here utterly pleasant. Les is fully professional and a really nice guy. This is the only place I will stay when I sail through Belhaven.
    Captain Jon W.

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

  • Good Reasons to Visit Manteo, North Carolina (Roanoke Sound, north of Pamlico Sound)

    We love to visit Manteo. It can accurately be described as a “charming” port of call. And, the city marina here is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
    Downtown Manteo, within an easy step of the city docks, has a host of good restaurants (don’t miss Tranquil House Inn), a convenience store, and quite a collection of interesting shops (Manteo Booksellers, for one).
    A word of caution, one of the two approaches for vessels northbound on Pamlico Sound, and the far shorter of the two, is by way of the Old House Channel from the Pamlico, to southern Roanoke Sound, and then north on the Roanoke Sound channel. There is NOTHING easy about this passage, and I do not recommend it for vessels drawing 5 feet or more.
    The other, far deeper and navigationally easier route is by way of Croatoan Sound, and then a southerly cruise through northern Roanoke Sound. The caveat for this route is that you must pass under a fixed bridge with 45 feet of vertical clearance, plenty for almost all powercraft, but not enough for many sailboats.
    The safest and easiest route to Manteo is by way of the AICW to Alemarle Sound. Then, a turn to the east will lead to northern Roanoke Sound, and then a quick trip to Shallowbag Bay and Manteo.
    However, you get there, Manteo is worth the effort!

    Greetings from Manteo, NC,
    If you are still headed north and are not past Oriental yet one should consider heading from the Oriental/River Dunes Marina area out to Ocracoke and then up the Outer Banks to Manteo.
    Manteo, NC is also a nice stop, complete with a free city dock to tie up to. The town is very quaint with lots of little shops and eateries, omelettes at the Magnolia Grill should not be missed!
    Life’s2Short has really fallen in love with the state of NC and all the wonderful cruising it has to offer. Don’t be in a rush to get north, slow down and enjoy all the Outer Banks area has to offer. Gads, it sounds like I’m a poster boy for the NC travel & tourism council……
    Hope everyone is enjoying the water under their keel!
    Todd & Brenda Lanning

    Someone told me once, that cruising NC today is like cruising the Chesapeake 20 – 30 years ago. Definitely a place to linger during the Fall and Spring seasons.

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

  • More Praise For River Dunes Marina (Statute Mile 173.5)

    Offhand, I cannot think of a single marina in North Carolina that has consistently garnered more praise here on the Cruisers’ Net than River Dunes, and that’s not just because they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR.
    This marina is surrounded by an ever evolving, sumptuous housing development that is one of the most unique entities of its type that I have ever witnessed. You kind of have to see this one for yourselves folks, from the Wilson, NC tobacco barn planks which line the interior walls of the clubhouse, to the “steam showers” in the marina’s state of the art shower and laundry building. Trust us, don’t dare miss this place, and tell dockmaster J. C., we sent you!

    Good Afternoon All,
    We have spent the past 5 days at River Dunes Marina and are loving this place! River Dunes is located at M.M. #175 on the ICW, up Broad Creek on your port side.
    The Director of Ops, “J.C.”, and his team have gone above and beyond to make our stay an enjoyable one. For a $1.25 per foot you have use of all the facilities here at the marina. A wonderful pool, 4-star dining at very reasonable prices, exercise room, laundry, pump-out, courtesy car, and use of a golf-cart to tour the property. They even had “movie night” here on Sunday night for all the guests, complete with free popcorn!
    Life’s2Short is not used to staying in such a nice place and being pampered but the Admiral wanted some non-cruise time to get caught up on boat projects, as did the Captain. Boat projects in the morning and pool time in the afternoon, it just don’t get much better than this!
    I would highly recommend River Dunes if you are still headed north or perhaps this fall as you are headed south, you won’t be disappointed!
    Now if I can just convince the Admiral to untie the lines so we can head to Ocracoke!
    Todd & Brenda Lanning

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

  • More Reasons to Visit New Bern, NC on the Neuse River

    New Bern has always had a warm welcome for the cruising community, and, now, with the multitude of special activities associated with their 300′th anniversary, we think ALL captains should consider leaving the familiar confines of the AICW and setting their course up the Neuse River to New Bern’s waterfront.

    We are at Galley Stores right now as we visit the lovely NC Mountains for a break from cruising. Mark has been very helpful by keeping a watch over Allegria. The new floating docks break up the chop on the river. The facility is top notch in every category.
    New Bern is a wonderful stop and well worth the 20 mile side trip. We had visited several years ago by car but ths is the first trip up the river by boat. The town has a lot to offer. We took the trolley tour to see all of the historic homes in this colonial era capitol city.
    The restaurants are great too. Pollock St Deli is a block from the marina and it serves very fresh and tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner(?)
    The Chelsea restaurant nearby should not be missed. Great Food.
    Greg and Susan Han aboard Allegria

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  • Report of a Good Evening on the Upper Pungo River Anchorages (Statute Mile 127.5)

    The Upper Pungo Anchorages lie north and northwest of the AICW’s flashing daybeacon #23. This is an idyllic pace to drop the hook. One possible anchorage lies hard by a tall, pine woods. Whenever the winds blow through these trees, the swishing always lulls us to sleep!

    Submitted on 2010/05/27 at 8:20am
    We anchored here on 5/11/10. We have anchored here just off the G23 on other occasions. This time we went about a mile up the river to the basin. We experienced good depths all the way to the basin. We found a couple of boats anchored along the way. we saw a few crab pots. Holding appeared to be good although one boat did make a couple of attempts before finding a good spot for their CQR. Nice quiet anchorage. A total of 10 boats in the anchorage between the basin and G23.
    Captain Dick Litchfield aboard S/V Ninkasi

  • Comments and advice on Shoaling Near AICW/Calabash Creek Intersection (Statute Mile 342)

    We have to assume that an earlier mention of “rock” near the AICW/Calabash Creek intersection was that good old hard packed sand free of soft mud. However, that does not mean that Waterway shoaling along this stretch is still not a concern. Keep in mind that with a 4-5 tidal range, 9 feet at high tide can become 4 feet at low tide. Let Slow and Easy be your mantra as you pass through these problem areas.

    Don’t know where the mystery rock is (not too many in SC…) but I came thru today, 5/26/10 with a 6 1/4 draft, just after high tide and found plenty of water on the ICW line. Lowest reading was 9′ MLW…the key is to stay on the ICW centerline and not stray off. Like everywhere else!
    Captain Pascal

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the “Alert” Section of the AICW/Little River Inlet/Calabash Creek Intersection

  • Praise for the Crew at Midway Marina (Statute Mile 50)

    Isn’t it grand when we hear stories like this about the folks we all deal with as we travel up and down the Ditch? My own experience reflects exactly these sentiments: first rate people at Midway Marina. I know for a fact that Midway’s staff rafted a host of “fall-migration” boats three-deep during hurricane Noel to help them through the storm!

    I would like to thank everyone at Midway Marina for all of their help and encourage everyone to stop in. We lost a transmission on our 36Trojan and had to turn back to a marina. It was our good fortune to choose Midway Marina. The owner and staff at Midway not only helped us find a great mechanic but also put us up in a slip until the repairs were finished! Several times they grilled and invited us to join them. They ran us to town for supplies, loaned us their computer and overall treated us like old friends. On top of all this we found the best fuel prices around as well as great food at the restaurant next door! Many thanks to everyone at Midway Marina for turning this into a wonderful experience.
    Captain Rick

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

  • AICW/Currituck Sound Observations and Cautions (c. Statute Mile 40)

    The AICW stretch through Currituck Sound is a long, boring straight stretch of “minding the markers” and, unless you like open, unadorned water, offers little to occupy the eye or your camera. More than one of you have commented about “getting through it”.

    Being 20′ above the water in the fly bridge is helpful. Draft was at 6′ but a few years ago added a full keel that extends below the props and that makes us a bit braver than we should be. I still hate Currituck Sound for some reason and very glad to get past it. A boat ran aground right at the southern end of the Currituck Sound. It was a sailboat that drew 5′ and he looked to be on the green side of the channel and ran hard aground.
    Captain Tedd Chappell

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Currituck Sound

  • Buck Island Anchorages (Group of three at Statute Mile 56 on NC-VA Cut)

    If you can deal with the restricted 5-8 ft depths and the many crab traps/pots, you should be able to find good holding in one of the three recommended spots around Buck Island. These waters lie south of Coinjock, along the AICW’s trek through North River.

    Submitted on 2010/05/24 at 9:52am
    We anchored on the north side on 11/8/2009 for the first time. We arrived late in the day right at sunset. Depths were pretty much as charted and holding seemed good. It was a quiet anchorage that night, but it could be less if traffic passes by in ICW. We had a good night but were fogged in for a couple of hours in the morning.
    We usually anchor a couple miles further south and east in the vicinity of Lutz Creek. You will usually find crab pots in all these anchorages.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorages Directory Listing For Buck Island Anchorages

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Buck Island

  • An Evening at Tuckahoe Point Anchorage (Statute Mile 104)

    A lovely setting amid cypress trees at the entrance to the Alligator-Pungo Canal and just off the ICW , Tuckahoe Point can be a very pleasant anchorage.

    Submitted on 2010/05/24 at 10:00am
    We anchored here on 11/09/09 while heading south to FL. We were running out of daylight so we stopped off Tuckahoe Point. There was only one boat there when we arrived, but by the time we were anchored and had a glass of wine, there were seven boats anchored for the evening.
    We anchored with a danforth type and trip line. Turned out the trip line wasn’t needed. Holding was good. We experienced some bugs at dusk.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorages Directory Listing For Tuckahoe Point Anchorage

  • Dowry Creek Marina (Statute Mile 131.5)

    What else can be said about Dowry Creek Marina, on the Pungo River, a few miles upstream of Belhaven. This is a great place and Captain Mary is always ready with a warm greeting!

    We hunkered down at Dowry Creek Marina for four days (11/10-14/2009) to ride out the effects of a nasty front and Hurricane/TS Ida. Riding out the wind and rain was not bad, but it wasn’t pleasant either. The piers were almost ninety degrees to the wind so we were broadside to the wind which gave us a pretty good heel right in the slip.
    We enjoyed happy hours and pot luck dinners with transient boaters from England, Canada, and US. One night all the transient boaters and Mary, the Marina owner, piled in to several vehicles and went into Belhaven for dinner. We dined at George’s Sport & Oyster Bar. It’s nothing fancy, but obviously a locals’ favorite. Seafood was either grilled or steamed, no deep fry stuff here. Hatteras style clam chowder was steamy good, but a little heavy on the potato. The grilled Crab Cake sandwich was tasty, but not as spicy as I like it. We all returned to the boaters’ lounge for after dinner libations and conversation.
    A great place even in bad weather.
    Dick Litchfield

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

  • Praise for River Dunes Marina (Statutte Mile 173.5)

    Located on the southeastern shores of Broad Creek (off the AICW’s track down the Neuse River, east of Oriental, NC) between unlighted daybeacons #1 and #2, River Dunes Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) has received numerous words of praise, justly so as noted by Captain Litchfield and in the comments from your fellow cruisers in the link below.

    Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 4:54pm
    We stayed 2 nights in early May. It’s a great facility with floating docks in a very protected basin. They have a great clubhouse, deck pool, and steam showers to die for. The restaurant was only open on weekends when we visited. They also have a courtesy car for trips to Oriental although shopping is somewhat limited there. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. Watch the approach depths in Broad Creek if the winds are blowing the water out. Lots of crab pots in Broad Creek.
    Captain Dick Litchfield

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

  • Mile Hammock Bay (Statute Mile 244.5)

    An anchorage noted for poor holding did not bother Captain Litchfield and ten other boats recently in what is certainly not the largest anchorage on the AICW, but it might well have the most unusual name.

    When we got to Mile Hammock Bay, there were already 5 boats anchored. We found a spot just inside the basin entrance and dropped the hook. Later four more boats joined the anchorage making a total of ten boats (make that eleven counting the permanent resident). Considering the high wind situation (20 and gusting) we all needed maximum swing room. The wind stayed strong until sometime after 0130. Despite other’s remarks on holding, our Rocna held firm with only 5:1 all chain scope.
    Captain Dick Litchfield

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Mile Hammock Bay

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Mile Hammock Bay

  • Kudos for Elizabeth City, the Rose Buddies and the Free City Docks (Statute Mile 50.5, Dismal Swamp Route)

    I wonder how many thousands of boaters have been given the royal welcome by the legendary Rose Buddies. Elizabeth City sets the standard for making cruisers feel at home. Once in the past, because of high winds that kept the Alligator River Bridge closed for several days, my family and I were graciously allowed to stay well beyond the normal limit. Roger and Karen join the ranks of those who sing the praises for the citizens and environs of Elizabeth City.

    Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 10:23pm
    Several of us opted to take the Dismal Swamp route north so we could experience Elizabeth City and the “Rose Buddies” that we had heard about on many occasions. We arrived on Fri. night and attended the Rose Buddies welcome complete with beer, wine and snacks and useful information about our stay. Dave gave us good info on the trip north to mm 0 and Steve Atkinson (sp?) the former mayor was exemplary in his welcoming us to his town. We liked what we saw (especially the free dock) and decided to spend an additional day in E city spending cash on restaurants, farmers market and Karen even found a dress for our son’s wedding in Nov at a small boutique near the docks! Elizabeth City is a must stop on the loop. Don’t pass this one by – it’s a gem.
    Captains Roger & Karen Montembeault
    aboard m/v Karen Anne,
    1986 KK Manatee

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

  • Praise for Midway Marina and “Crabbies” (Statute Mile 50)

    We’ve all had crossings or storms that left us exhausted, and how nice it is to find a friendly face, cold beer and good food!

    Submitted on 2010/05/22 at 7:47pm
    After getting “roughed up” in an Albemarle crossing, we decided to treat ourselves to a slip and dinner. We were greeted and assisted in docking by a very friendly dockmaster and his really cute dog. We went to Crabbies for dinner. Considering the place wasn’t crowded, the service was a little slow. But in their favor, the Yuengling was cold and the food was great.
    Only thing that topped that was knowing we were only 50 miles from getting home.
    Captain Dick Litchfield

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

  • Downtown Wilmington Waterfront, Wilmington, NC

    The downtown Wilmington waterfront is well off the AICW and requires a 10+ mile trip upstream from the Snows Cut section of the AICW, but Greg and Susan Han found it well worth the trip.

    Allegria is at Wilmington, NC at the City Docks and we are paying 1.25/ft plus $5 for 50 amp electric.
    We enjoyed the life along the river walk. Many nice restaurants. if you are like me, you have passed up the short trip beyond Snow’s Cut turnoff on the ICW to visit Wilmington. It is a thoroughly engaging stop for one and maybe two nights. We rode the sightseeing trolley, which I believe is owned by a fellow Looper, and learned all we wanted to know about this historic city.
    We found a free dock in front of a restaurant but had already paid for the City Dock. Call before coming up and get free dockage with purchase at “George on the Riverwalk”, 128 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC (910) 763-2052. You have to eat anyway so why not save on dockage also.
    Greg and Susan Han, MTOA # 3702, Key Biscayne, FL
    Allegria — Krogen Whaleback #16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Wilmington, NC
    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wilmington Public Docks
    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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