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  • Spouter Inn Has A New Look, A New Bar and the Same GREAT Food (Beaufort,NC – near Statute Mile 201)

    The following is a perilous statement, particularly when we are speaking about Beaufort, North, which has such dining attractions as Beaufort Grocery Company and the Blue Moon, but we think Spouter Inn (218 Front Street, 252-728-5190, offers the very best food in town. But now, there’s even more!
    During a June, 2012 cruise to Beaufort, we came strolling into Spouter’s main Front Street entrance, and were surprised and more than a little pleased by an entirely new, pastel color scheme running the full length of the entrance hall. Equally eye pleasing was a collection of local art displayed down the hallway. We soon learned that this same, new, light and airy color scheme had been carried throughout the entire dining establishment. Please be SURE to follow the “Click Here For Photo Gallery” link below to see for yourself.
    After strolling down the hallway, we were, if possible, even more pleased to learn that more than the color scheme had changed. Part of the interior dining room has been converted to a very cozy bar, with a good view of Taylor Creek out the back. We stopped here for an “attitude adjustment,” and were totally charmed by this new enhancement.
    We enjoyed two meals at Spouter Inn during this trip, and found the food just as good as ever. For lunch Karen’s Bird Shoal Sandwich, a delectable combination of egg salad, melted white cheddar cheese. bacon and leafy lettuce on whole wheat bread, and my crabcake in a pita pocket, were absolutely scrumptious. During our evening meal, the first-rate, first-mate was, as always, very taken with her mixed seafood grill (broiled), as I was with my decadent Scallops Parmigiana!
    If your waistline can stand it, don’t miss Spouter’s dessert tray, and, particularly, their on-site bakery, which is found just to the right as you enter from Front Street. My oh my, my appetite is going crazy just typing this article.
    Trust me on this one fellow cruisers, heed the call, and don’t dare miss Spouter Inn when next your vessel is snuggled into either Beaufort Town Docks or anchored on the tranquil waters of Taylor Creek.
    And, very conveniently for we of the cruising persuasion, the westernmost of Beaufort/Taylor Creek’s two dinghy docks is located next door to Spouter Inn! What more could one ask for?
    See you there!

  • Taylor Creek Grocery – Beaufort, NC (near Statute Mile 201)

    Back on 3/12/12, we published a report here on the SSECN (see /?p=81815), about a new downtown Beaufort, NC grocery story that was about to open at the corner of Front and Queen Streets, within a block of the Beaufort Town Docks. At the time of our first visit, the store was just about to open, and things looked promising, but ever since, we’ve been itching to return and check out the finished product.
    Well, that’s exactly what happened during the week of June 11, 2012. And what we found was MOST impressive. Really, with no exaggeration or embellishment, I can’t remember when I have ever seen such a well laid out, beautifully merchandised small grocery store as what we found at Taylor Creek Grocery (252-838-1495, 525 Front Street). PLEASE follow the “Click Here For Photo Album” button below to check out the visual images for yourself!
    We also had occasion to twice try out the in-store deli, and we can attest that the Reuben and turkey sandwiches are first-rate, not to mention the fudge brownies.
    So, when next your travels take your vessel to the shores of Taylor Creek, possibly North Carolina’s single most popular port of call, run, don’t walk to Taylor Creek Grocery. You won’t be sorry!

    I guess quality has its price, but I was in that store last week, and the prices were outrageously high. So, enjoy, but bring a thick wallet.

  • An Interesting Visit to the R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks (Statute Mile 157)

    R. E. Mayo DocksDuring the week of 6/11/12, the first-rate, first-mate and I cruised to R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks, our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. 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.
    Since the 1970’s, Karen Ann and I have passed the R. E. Mayo Docks, directly flanking the western side of the AICW, on the canal-like Hobucken Cut, at least several hundred times. This narrow stream connects the Waterway between Pamilco and Bay Rivers. We have always thought of these piers and their shoreside buildings as a commercial fishing complex, and have never really thought of tying up for the night, though I did drive here once many years ago, and recall being impressed by the on-site marine supply store!
    So, do you want the good news, or the less than good news first. Let’s start with the latter. The only way to describe the fixed wooden face docks at the R. E. Mayo facility is “rough.” They seem to be sturdy, and we did observe any number of serviceable 30 amp power hookups, but some of the boarding was uneven, and there was seemingly hap-hazard debris lying around here and there. Also, there are no shoreside showers nor a laundromat, and there are absolutely no restaurants within anything like striking distance.
    HOWEVER, both gasoline and diesel fuel can be purchased, there is good shelter from foul weather, and the excellent on-site seafood and marine supply store is just about the last thing you would expect from looking at the utilitarian exterior of the main buildings. Be SURE to follow the “Click Here For Photo Gallery” link below to learn more about this fascinating store.
    And, by the way, a wide selection of fresh and frozen seafood can be purchased in the store. Recently, the owners have constructed a HUGE, refrigeration building across the street which houses a wide selection of frozen catch of the day and other from-the-water goodies. Don’t miss the “COLORFUL” outhouses between the main building and the seafood cold storage center! Depending on the season, visiting cruisers can often purchase shrimp and other seafood literally right off the boats.
    The cost of overnight dockage, or lack thereof, at the R. E. Mayo Docks should also not be overlooked. At a current rate of only 40 cents per foot, per night, these are, at least in my experience, the least expensive on the Waterway wet berths in both Carolinas!
    So, clearly an overnight stop at the R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks is not for everyone. No captain or crew will ever mistake this place for Pier 66 or the Morehead City Yacht Basin. Then, again, if you have a bit of the adventurous about you, and would like to try something decidedly different, with a really good marine and seafood store thrown in for good measure, give this facility a try. And, PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE!

    Thanks so much for this info, Claiborne. We, too, have passed this place dozens of times, just wondering. We may give it a try next time.

  • Dowry Creek Marina Continues to Please, AICW Statute Mile 131.5

    Dowry Creek Marina is a fine family owned and family run marina that has received MANY laudatory reviews here on the Cruisers’ Net. This facility lies off the AICW/Pungo River, north of Belhaven.

    We seldom go to marinas, and there are all sorts of places to anchor out nearby, but this time we stopped just to be sociable, and we were not disappointed. There is a lovely pool, important when the weather is hot, and Mary gathered up everyone she could and had a gathering in the party room, just because I mentioned we were hoping for some visiting. You can’t get more gracious than that. We will make this a must do stop in the future as so many of our friends have always done.
    Beverly Feiges

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

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  • Dredging Scows in Tow, Lower Cape Fear River, June 15, 2012 to February 10, 2013

    While the dredging described below is occurring west of the Waterway, cruisers will encounter spoil scows under tow in the Waterway from Reaves Point Channel to Cape Fear Inlet and return.

    The Dredge VIRGINIAN will be conducting dredging operations at the Sunny Point Terminal from 15 June until 10 February, 2013. Tugs and scows will transport the spoil to the Ocean Disposal Area. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-Fm channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted
    twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge and if necessary to clarify a SAFE PASSAGE contact the dredge on the appropriate VHF-FM channels. Chart: 11537.

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  • In Praise Of The Great Dismal Swamp, VA to NC AICW Alternate Route

    The Great Dismal Swamp Canal route southbound departs the AICW south of Norfolk at Statute Mile 7.2 and begins officially at Deep Creek Lock at Mile 10.6. The Visitors Center is at approximately Mile 28. Elizabeth City is south of South Mills Lock at Statute Mile 50.7 and is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Cruising between Norfolk, VA, and the Alligator River, NC, Captains must face the decision whether to go the Great Dismal route or the Virginia Cut route. I’d pick the Great Dismal every time.
    First of all boaters traveling south will meet very possibly the worlds friendliest lockkeeper Robert ‘“ who is also an expert on the local history and fauna of the swamp. You can stay overnight in his Deep Creek Lock approach at the Elizabeth Dock ‘“ right next to a charming park and within walking distance of a grocery store.
    Then you have the North Carolina Visitors Center with a museum all about the Swamp and a huge selection of free maps and brochures with spotlessly clean restrooms and friendly staff.
    South Mills Lock, 23 miles south, will also get you in and out inside a half hour at the scheduled opening times ‘“ and in their approach you can dock for a while and buy the best southern fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. Always a bit of an adventure going through a lock’¦’¦..
    Lambs Marina also (at the southern end of the swamp) offers a large selection of services, the only fuel stop between the Alligator River and Portsmouth and the lowest slip rates on the entire ICW. (see their web site at ) Transients are welcome!
    And finally you have Elizabeth City with a great tradition of welcoming visiting boaters via the `Rose Buddies’, the substantial Albemarle Museum and free pickup service by a local grocery store.
    Contrary to scuttlebutt often heard, the Great Dismal Swamp Route is not `shallow in places’ . Mid channel is a carefully maintained minimum 7 ft and often much deeper. There are said to be cypress logs floating everywhere ‘“ I have yet to see one. The Corps of Engineers do an excellent job of dredging all year round. They also by the way trim overhanging tree branches ‘“ so you have no danger of your mast being damaged providing you stay in the channel.
    By contrast, the Virginia Cut Route is said to be faster and safer ‘“ that must have been written by the big sportsfishers barreling along at 15 knots in front of their 6ft wakes! Or the huge barges frequently seen who cannot stop even if you are dead in front of them. More or less once a week I hear of some boat aground south of Coinjock calling for towing assistance. None of these things happen frequently on the Great Dismal.
    The Swamp route itself is somewhat spooky in a pleasant way. Full of history starting in the days of George Washington when a ditch was manually cut by slaves in an attempt to get lumber to the northern cities of Chesapeake Bay. As you travel through you get a sense of prehistoric times with many kinds of animals to be seen in their natural surroundings ‘“ maybe if you’re lucky, one the substantial number of black bears on the prowl. I think of Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in the African Queen.
    Two great mooring spots to note. First at the top end, just north east of the Deep Creek Lock, what locals call the `Hole in the Wall’ – 12 ft water inside, 6 ft at the entrance. And don’t miss mooring behind Goat Island just south of the South Mills Lock. Be sure to check out the wood dock and boardwalk which goes all over the island.
    By contrast the Virginia Cut is ‘“ well let’s face it fellow Captains – Boooooring’¦’¦..

    So I raise a toast to the Great Dismal Swamp Canal ‘“ May it never close.
    You should try it sometime. You’re always welcome.
    Captain Parky, MV ‘˜Pisces’

    I find the Dismal Swamp Route more enjoyable. Elizabeth City is one of the gems of hospitality with its free town dock, “wine” and “cheese” parties, and waterfront events. The upper Pasquotank River is simply beautiful (kind of like the Waccamaw), and the canal is gorgeous. If you have time, tie up for the night at the welcome center, or dinghy up to Lake Drummond. Whichever way you go, have fun…they’re both nice routes.

    Depending on your preference, either route is worth the trip. The Dismal Swamp is beautiful and much more peaceful and remote. The stop at Elizabeth City is wonderful. Traveling through the DS Canal means slow going and you have two locks to time for your transit. The Welcome Center is always everyone’s favorite stops. It will take a bit longer than the traditional ICW route if you are in a hurry, which I hope you’re not. There have been occasional issues with debris in the Dismal Swamp Canal so go slow and pay attention, and of course your draft will matter. On the other
    hand, we often like to stop in Great Bridge and take advantage of the free tie up and the short walk to restaurants and shopping if taking the ICW route. Have a great trip.

    We’ve done both and if your draft will let you, take the dismal swamp route at least once. It’s awesome. Especially the part of the river leading up to it from Elizabeth City. Take care to time your arrival at the south lock as
    they won’t let you in to wait. Stop at the visitors center. Take your time. Spend the night. Check with the lockmaster at the north lock to determine what time he’ll open the bridge if you want to tie up on the long dock.
    Take a look at the distance if you plan to do it in one day. That will mean skipping the visitors center and traveling around 6 to 7 mph (5 -6 knots).
    But, if you’re a full displacement boat, at 6 – 7 mph you’ll start to lift stuff off the bottom (old logs) that could hit your props or rudder (depending on how they are protected) and definitely throw up obstacles for the boats following. You’ll also suck a lot of water away from the banks at this speed which will exacerbate erosion.
    If you go the Coinjock route, make sure you get your order in for the Prime Rib early. The 32 oz is ridiculously large.
    Bob & Kemba DeGroot

    We appreciate all of the kind words and raves. Of course, we are in favor of everyone whose draft will allow, visiting the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. It truly is one of the `last Wild Places, and a step back in time. Come enjoy the view.
    Donna Stewart, Director, Great Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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

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

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  • Comment on Old House Channel, Pamlico/Roanoke Sounds, NC

    Old House Channel and Oregon Inlet Channel connect Pamlico Sound and Roanoke Sound and form the main/bridgeless northbound route into Manteo, NC. Please see Note C on Chart 12205 regarding frequently shifted navigation aids in these channels.

    Old House channel was a piece of cake but knowing the marking convention ahead of time, prevented confusion. [Northbound Old House Channel is Red to Port until Marker #36 where Red becomes Starboard into Manteo]

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  • Praise for Manteo/Doughs Creek Anchorage (off the AICW, on Roanoke Sound, Shallowbag Bay)

    The Manteo/Doughs Creek Anchorage lies east of the Manteo, NC cottage/screw pile lighthouse monument, and well northwest of Shallowbag Bay Channel marker #10.

    The Doughs Creek anchorage is a great spot for a NE blow. It blew 20-25 kts over the past two days and there is little fetch and holding is good. My Crealock 34 is riding to a 35 lb CQR and a 33 lb Bruce, but the Bruce is probably not necessary. The dock is a short ride in the dink and everything you could need is at your feet, including the outer banks. It is mid-June, and the beaches are closed to swimming, it is a heck of a nor’ easter for this time of year.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Manteo/Doughs Creek

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  • High Praise for Jarrett Bay Boatworks, AICW Statute Mile 197, Beaufort, NC

    Jarrett Bay is actually located north of Beaufort, NC, on the Core Creek Canal section of the AICW. This is a superb facility for dry storage, and for any sort of repair work. There are many repair firms on-site, including our friends at Core Creek Marine. And, oh yes, even though Jarrett Bay is not strictly a marina, there is some transient dockage available by the fuel dock, and both gasoline and diesel fuel can be purchased.

    Just to pass on experience at Jarrett Bay:
    I stopped on a Saturday to try to find a small part which had some immediate importance but that is not the story. There was an ancient trawler in the slings belonging to an equally ancient couple headed back to the NE. They had struck something and had serious vibration. Turns out that Jarrett Bay had come in on a day they were closed, the manager and two helpers, to lift them out to fix the problem. They could find nothing wrong, maybe something had hung up on the props and had cleared.
    The notable thing was they did not charge them a cent. Not even for the short haul. The owner did tip the dockhands. Now that is service.
    BTW they did not have the part i needed they gave me something that was a temporary fix, also for free.
    Keep these guys on your list if you need work done near Beaufort.
    Gregory Han

    Jarrett Bay is also a Detroit Covington dealer, parts and repair center. I’ve had good service on my Covington 6V92’s Jesse is the parts guy there.Prices are reasonable and factory Detroit oil and fuel filters are downright cheap.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Jarrett Bay Boatworks

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  • Rocky Night at River Forest Manor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    252 943 2151. River Forest Manor & Marina is truly a special stop for the Intracoastal yachtsman. For over 45 years, the Marina has been home to the World Famous Buffet Smorgasbord which is served nightly and the incomparable Sunday Brunch (served from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)  Specialties include many Southern style, mouth -watering dishes. Seafood delights such as crabmeat casserole, oyster fritters, and our unique homemade sausages & desserts -- all are prepared daily in our kitchen!River Forest Marina and Manor will be the first facility spied upon entering Pantego Creek and Belhaven Harbor from Pungo River. And they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Took 2 footers on the swim platty while berthed there and got no sleep. Lesson learned. Nice people, complimentary golf cart to go into town and decent wifi. Would stay there again, but not with an E SE or S blow.

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

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  • Dismal Swamp Canal Fallen Tree Reprise

    On Tuesday, May 22, we received a much appreciated note from Captain Jeffrey Siegel of, which warned of two trees which had fallen across the Dismal Swamp Canal. By the time this message was opened only a few hours after receipt, the SSECN was also directly copied on a reply from Donna Stewart, Director of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, to Captain Siegel. Donna’s original note is reproduced below.

    Thank you for the notice, we had not been contacted. I just spoke with my ACOE contact at 4:10pm. The Elizabeth II was brought into the Canal this morning. There were two trees down at MM18 and MM21- the second being a large oak tree.
    He has just called back and states they plan to be completed in about 15 mins.
    We are experiencing a severe storm here as well for the past hour. Thank you for the heads up. I posted a note on your site to say the same. Unfortunately, communication lines do not always work.
    Thank you,
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center

    Within a few minutes we posted a notice on the SSECN describing the problem and its speedy resolution. All had returned to normal on the Dismal!

    Then, a few days later, Director Stewart forwarded a note authored by Captain Norman Loev, describing the series of events surrounding this incident, and bearing a gracious compliment directed towards the US Army Corps of Engineers. We wanted to reproduce this note on the SSECN right away, but have waited until Donna and the USACOE obtained permission for us to publish Captain Loev’s remarks. That permission has now been secured, so please take a few minutes to peruse Captain Loev’s account. I will then have a few editorial remarks to make afterwards:

    This message is intended to compliment the responsiveness of the people associated with operating and maintaining the Canal which we have transited 17 times in the past 12 years. We spent Sunday evening, May 20, 2012 in our 38ft Sabre sailboat tied up at the Visitors Center. The next morning (5/21/12) we were the lead boat of another sailboat and three trawlers heading north to make the 1100 lock thru at Deep creek Lock. At approximately mile 22 we hit a submerged tree and were stopped dead. I had difficulty getting past it because it extended all of the way across the Canal. I did eventually force my way past it on the extreme west side of the canal with a lot of bumps and grinds because I was hung up on it. We then saw another tree further north that was leaning into the center of the Canal which we would have hit with our mast had I not looked up in time to see it. I reported both of these by cell phone (too far away for VHF) to Robert, the Deep Creek Lock tender. After we exited the lock I was amazed to first hear on VHF and then see the Vessel Elizabeth on its way into the Canal to begin clearing these obstacles. I understand that this has been successfully completed.
    I want to commend all of you for your very quick response to this situation. We believe that the Swamp in a very valuable piece of American history and should be maintained and used.
    Norman M. Loev

    As you can see, the heroes in this series of events, were, first, Captain Loev, who so promptly informed the Deep Creek Lockmaster of the problem, then the lockmaster “Robert,” who contacted the Army Corps of Engineers without delay, and, particularly, the USACOE who dispatched a repair vessel, apparently equipped with a crane, almost IMMEDIATELY!
    The cruising community owes a huge debt of gratitude to Captain Loev, the Deep Creek Lockmaster and the Norfolk, VA office of the US Army Corps of Engineer. So, THANKS, to all three parties for resolving this obstructing and potentially dangerous situation in very short order!

    Anyone who has ever met Rob, at the Deep Creek Lock, would know that he would respond immediately to this situation and see that it was dealt with properly.
    Wally Moran

    Thanks to all’¦’¦’¦.in my 23 years as Director, retired last year, of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center I could always depend on the USCOE for their understanding dedication and workmanship on the Dismal Swamp Canal. Robert has tremendous passion for the Canal and always does an outstanding job. Also, thanks to the crew of the Elizabeth. Just remember boaters, always continue working to make sure the Canal has funding to remain open. We have been very fortunate over the past years and want future fundings to continue. Happy crusing to all the boaters and thanks for using the Dismal Swamp Canal! Always remember to do the DISMAL!
    Penny Leary-Smith

  • Beach House Marina to Close, Surf City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 260.5

    The approach channel to Beach House Marina cuts southeast from the Waterway, southwest of unlighted marker #69, and just northeast of the Surf City swing bridge.

    Cruising News:
    Check for closing news on Beach House Marina, Surf City NC.
    Capt Mike Wilmington NC

    And this from the Pender-Topsail News and Voice and WWAY:

    SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A marina in Surf City is closing, but the tenants are not the only ones affected. As the Pender-Topsail News & Voice was first to report, Wells Fargo, which owns Surf City Beach House Marina, delivered the news to people who keep their boat there yesterday.
    “It’s been a pleasure being able to promote our entire village,” business owner Capt. David Luther said. “That’s gone now.”
    For Luther and other tenants of the Beach House Marina, the past few days have been a whirlwind. Luther found out Tuesday he has to move his boats, one of which he lives on, by June 19. It’s a tough situation for him as he runs entertainment cruises from the Belle of Topsail and the pirate ship Raven.
    “We’ve gotten very involved with all the businesses around here, because surprisingly enough, this marina feeds business,” Luther said. “We get back in at 8 p.m. because we do a sunset cruise, and at 8 p.m. you have been out having a good time, what do you want to do? Go somewhere else.”
    Capt. Luther and his business are not the only ones affected by the closure of the marina. There are also those who own and live on boats here that will have to relocate.
    “I really don’t have any plans,” tenant David Avery said. “We’re looking and trying to find out. We’ll probably have to moor here for a while until we find another place to go or figure out what’s going on… at least till my daughter gets done with school.”
    Tenants have signed leases, and Capt. Luther even bought $30,000 worth of advertising promoting the location. They say it’s a nightmare they wish was not happening.
    “I put everything I had into this, and then for them to come and give me 20 days to get the hell out, that’s painful,” Luther said.
    Surf City Mayor Zander Guy says he does not want to see this happen. He says the town is looking into alternate options for the boats.

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

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  • Photos of Roanoke Lighthouse Being Moved to Its New Home in Edenton Harbor

    Earlier, we ran a series of photos showing the historic Roanoke River Screw Pile Lighthouse, freshly perched atop its new home overlooking Edenton Harbor and Town Docks (see /?p=87872). Then, just today, we received a fresh set of photos from Captain Greg Han, showing the lighthouse being moved to its new resting place. Excellent pics!

    Cruising News:
    Recently the Roanoke River lighthouse was installed in its permanent home at Edenton harbor. A party atmosphere took over the town park while the crews readied for the transfer from land to a platform over the harbor waters. House moving is a slow and careful business so the crowd thinned considerably by the time the crew was ready. The house was rolled across the divide inch by inch on a study network of girders.
    Allegria had a front row seat in Edenton’s terrific town harbor (first two nights free).
    Gregory Han

    Follow the Photo Gallery link below to check out these images for yourself!

  • Electric Service Upgraded at Bath Harbor Marina, off the AICW on Bath Creek off Pamlico River, NC

    Bath Harbor Marina is located on the eastern shores of Bath Creek (off the Pamlico River), north of flashing daybeacon #4.

    We now have 50 Amp service on the transient slips. Our 2012 daily rate is 1.25 per ft with water and power included.
    Paul Minor

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

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  • Report on Conditions in the Great Dismal Swamp Canal, 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 RouteNavigation in the Canal was halted two days ago by storm damage, but rapid-within-hours response by the Army Corp of Engineers soon cleared the debris. Now our good friend, Donna Stewart, Director of the Welcome Center, brings us up to date on the water conditions of the Canal. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    As you know, we had a large downed oak tree at MM 21 on May 22nd. I understand there was a tree leaning into the canal at MM18 as well. My ACOE contact, Joel Scussel-Operations Manager, told me both of these obstacles have been cleared. They are patrolling the canal for other obstructions. We had another boater report a few dead heads yesterday which we passed on as well. Joel shared with me today that it would be great, for future reference, to instruct boaters to report any problems encountered by nearest Mile Marker location as well as coordinates to the lock operator. This could facilitate speed in response time. We are also glad to relay any problems as well. Sometimes our area reflects distorted GPS coordinates. I’m not sure if this is from the legend of the meteor hit which created Lake Drummond or the mystical qualities of the Dismal Swamp…….alas, it is a problem sometimes.
    The beauty and bane of our beloved Dismal Swamp Canal is the fact these tall lush trees forming a tunnel of green for the passage through our dark mirrored waters, also prove a liability if a storm blows them into those same dark, mirrored waters. The ACOE also does a delicate dance with the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to maintain balance in Lake Drummond and the Dismal Swamp, (and outer lying waterways) as well as the Dismal Swamp State Park, whose bridge will not operate when water levels are off. When anticipated waters are expected from excess rainfall, they also try to manage the waterway to prevent major flooding with release from their spillways into the local outer creeks and rivers. Again, this is not an exact science, but a sophisticated chess match with moves and checks. All of this creates our Dismal Swamp experience.
    Unfortunately, we cannot control Mother Nature and the ACOE does a wonderful job in assisting with quick response times when made aware of any problems. We also all operate within budget constraints which can limit the ability to fulfill our wish list of improvements. I am grateful for the good working relationship we have with the ACOE in trying to manage problems as quickly as possible. It is our hope to have each visitor has a wonderful, enjoyable, safe passage through our waters.
    I appreciate your passing any of this information to your readers. We all want the most correct information to our boating public.
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17 N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333

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  • Good Words for Whittaker Pointe Marina (Oriental, NC – Statute Mile 181)

    I just visited Whittaker Pointe Marina in April of 2012, and found it to be a quiet facility, with superb showers and a welcoming swimming pool. This facility lies at the entrance to Whittaker Creek, a bit downstream of Oriental’s primary harbor.

    Whittker Point in Oriental,clean friendly great Club House and Facilities,.If you want more city Bridgepoint Marina New Bern conveient resonable good Facilities.

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  • Praise for River Dunes Marina (Statute Mile 173.5)

    River Dunes, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, found just off the AICW’s run up Neuse River, on Broad Creek, is battling it out with several other marinas for the greatest number of POSITIVE reviews here on the Cruisers’ Net. Below, Captain Cheoah, in a message copied from the Cruisers’ Forum, chimes in below with more words of praise!

    River Dunes in Oriental, NC is about as nice as it gets. It is out in the boonies, but they have floating docks, a nice club house, hot tubs, swimming pool, bikes, wifi, exercise room and primo showers with AC. Oriental is a ten minute drive. They have a very nice loaner car, so no beater, and very competitive long term rates. I don’t care for marinas much and stay on a private mooring nearby, but we use River Dunes for all their services before and after cruises and feel at home there.

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  • Good Words for River Dunes Marina, AICW Statute Mile 173.5

    River DunesRiver Dunes Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located off the AICW’s run along Neuse River, in Broad Creek between unlighted daybeacons #1 and #2.

    We spent the night of Sunday 20th May at River Dunes on our Beneteau 50′. The marina facilities are first rate, the staff are helpful and professional, one of the nicest we have visited. We could not eat at the restaurant as it closes at 3pm on Sunday and doesn’t reopen until later in the week. The one big negative as far as we are concerned was the lack of cell phone reception ‘“ if you are with AT&T, basically there is no service, I am told others have spotty reception, to make thing worse the wifi does not really cover the marina docks well.

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  • More Good Words for Casper’s Marine Service, AICW Statute Mile 229

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

    On Saturday 19th May 2012 we spent an overnight at Caspers on our Beneteau 50′. The proximity to the local town makes this an ideal stopping place. The marina staff go out of their way to be helpful from the dock hands on arrival to the ride to Piggly Wiggly for groceries. The docks are fixed and in good condition and as the tidal range seemed small no extra tie up measures were necessary. The Ebb tide brings a strong current but it is in line with the docks and therefore isn’t a problem. The one both positive and negative is Caspers lies more or less directly on the ICW and unfortunately not everyone slows to a no wake speed!

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  • A Good Visit to Carolina Beach State Park Marina, AICW Statute Mile 297

    The long awaited remodeling and reopening of this fine facility has happened! The State Park entrance channel cuts off from the AICW, at the western end of Snows Cut, between markers #163 and #165.

    Having stayed at Wrightsville beach on the way south and finding the noise from the bridge too much we decided to give Carolina Beach state park a try. On 18th May 2012 in our Beneteau 50′, 6′ draft we stayed on the A dock ‘˜T’ head. We were initially assigned the B dock ‘˜T’ head but found the draft to be less than 6′ MLW so moved to A dock for deeper water (~7′ MLW). The park offers great walks, a quiet night, power and water, just what we needed and all for $30. If you are skilled at handling your boat in tight places this is a good stop.

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