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  • 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

  • Advice on South River Anchorage (Statute Mile 178.5)

    On the waters along South River’s northeastern banks, southeast of Big Creek, South River indents the southern banks of the Neuse River, 4.5 nautical miles south of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #6.

    Anchored just North of the Lukens Cemetary in about 5ft. The other writer is correct about the sticky, dense mud. I was bringing about 5 ft of chain at a time and wiping and washing it. Blech! I wish I could bring a bunch home and use for topsoil in my garden. It’s pretty rich stuff. Keep your deck hose handy, you’ll need it!
    Captain Ben

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For South River Anchorage

  • Complete Text of the NC Law Regarding Pumpout Log Requirements

    Thanks to Richard Tobacco, we may all read the letter of the law!

    GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
    SESSION 2009
    SESSION LAW 2009-345
    HOUSE BILL 1378
    *H1378-v-6*
    AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF CERTAIN MARINAS SHALL INSTALL AND MAINTAIN PUMPOUT FACILITIES BY JULY 1, 2010, TO PROHIBIT THE DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE FROM A VESSEL INTO CERTAIN COASTAL WATERS, TO REQUIRE THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF ANY MARINA WHO KNOWS THAT A VESSEL DOCKED AT THE MARINA HAS UNLAWFULLY DISCHARGED SEWAGE INTO COASTAL WATERS TO REPORT THE UNLAWFUL DISCHARGE TO THE APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, TO REQUIRE VESSEL OWNERS AND OPERATORS TO KEEP A LOG REGARDING THE DATE AND LOCATION OF PUMPOUTS OF SEWAGE FROM MARINE SANITATION DEVICES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A PILOT PROGRAM IN NEW HANOVER COUNTY SHALL BE DESIGNED AND IMPLEMENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO BEGIN PHASING IN THE PUMPOUT STATION REQUIREMENTS.
    The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
    SECTION 1. Chapter 77 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:
    “Article 9.
    “Clean Coastal Water and Vessel Act.
    Ҥ 77-125. Definitions.
    The following definitions apply in this Article:
    (1) Department. – Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
    (2) Large vessel marina. – A marina that has docking facilities and has more than 10 wet slips for vessels of 26 feet or more that have marine sanitation devices. The term includes privately and publicly owned marinas and anchorages.
    (3) Marine sanitation device. – As defined in 33 U.S.C. § 1322. The term does not include ‘portable toilets’ as defined in this act.
    (4) Portable toilet. – A self-contained mobile toilet facility and holding tank for sewage.
    (5) Pumpout facility. – The term includes stations affixed permanently to a dock, mobile stations mounted to a golf cart or hand truck, direct slipside connections, pumpout vessels, and tanker trucks.
    (6) Sewage. – Treated or untreated human waste. As used in this act, the term includes effluent produced or held by any type of marine sanitation device.
    (7) Vessel. – As defined in G.S. 75A-2.
    Ҥ 77-126. Marina pumpout facilities and services required in certain areas; marinas and local government may apply for grant funds.
    (a) The owner or operator, as appropriate, of any large vessel marina that is located on coastal waters designated as a no discharge zone by the Environmental Protection Agency or that is located in a county or municipality that has adopted a resolution to petition the Environmental Protection Agency for a no discharge zone designation shall either (i) install and maintain an operational pumpout facility at the marina that is available to customers patronizing the marina or (ii) contract with an outside service provider to provide pumpout services on a regular basis to the marina.
    (b) The owner or operator, as appropriate, of a large vessel marina may apply for any private, State, or federal grant funds that are available for the purpose of assisting with the cost of installing and maintaining a pumpout facility. A county or municipality may also apply for
    Page 2 Session Law 2009-345 SL2009-0345
    any private, State, or federal grant funds that are available for the purpose of assisting with the cost of installing and maintaining a pumpout facility.
    Ҥ 77-127. Department of Environment and Natural Resources establish pumpout facility criteria; inspection of pumpout facilities and vessels docked or moored at a marina.
    (a) The Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall establish appropriate criteria for pumpout facilities and pumpout services provided at large vessel marinas that offer docking services to the general public. The criteria shall include requirements that the facility or services be available to the public, the pumpout facility be open during normal hours, and the pumpout facility be used for its intended purpose. The criteria also shall include a requirement that these marinas maintain records regarding the pumpout facility or services. The Department also shall develop guidelines for inspections of pumpout facilities at such marinas and of vessels that are docked or moored at these marinas.
    (b) The Department also shall establish appropriate criteria for pumpout facilities and pumpout services provided at privately owned large vessel marinas that do not offer docking services to the general public. The criteria shall include requirements that the facility or services be made reasonably available to members of the private marina and the pumpout facility be used for its intended purpose. The criteria also shall include a requirement that these marinas maintain records regarding the pumpout facility or services. The Department also shall develop guidelines for inspections of pumpout facilities at such marinas and of vessels that are docked or moored at these marinas.
    Ҥ 77-128. Vessel owner and operator required to keep log of pumpout dates.
    (a) Any owner or operator of a vessel that has a marine sanitation device shall maintain a record of the date of each pumpout of the marine sanitation device and the location of the pumpout facility. Each record shall be maintained for a period of one year from the date of the pumpout.
    (b) A violation of this section is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. No civil penalty shall be assessed under G.S. 77-130 for a violation of this section.
    Ҥ 77-129. No discharge of treated or untreated sewage in coastal waters; duty of marina owner or operator to report unlawful discharge.
    (a) No person shall discharge treated or untreated sewage into coastal waters, including effluent produced or held by any type of marine sanitation device into coastal waters. Theowner or operator of a vessel with a marine sanitation device shall keep the overboard waste discharge valves of the device secure by acceptable methods set forth under 33 C.F.R. § 159.7(b) so as to prevent the discharge of treated or untreated sewage, except when lawfully discharging sewage at a pumpout facility. A violation of this section is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor and also may be assessed a civil penalty pursuant to G.S. 77-130.
    (b) If the owner or operator of a large vessel marina knows that the owner or operator of any vessel docked or moored at the marina knowingly and unlawfully discharged sewage, including effluent produced or held by a marine sanitation device, in coastal waters in violation of this section, then the marina owner or operator shall report the unlawful discharge to the appropriate law enforcement agency. A marina owner or operator who fails to report an unlawful discharge pursuant to this subsection may be assessed a civil penalty pursuant to G.S. 77-130.
    Ҥ 77-130. Enforcement.
    (a) The following officers have authority to enforce this Article and to inspect a large vessel marina or vessel subject to this Article:
    (1) Wildlife protectors.
    (2) Marine fisheries inspectors.
    (3) Any sworn local law enforcement officer with jurisdiction to enforce the laws in the county or municipality in which the marina or vessel is located.
    (4) United States Coast Guard personnel.
    (b) Officers enforcing the provisions of this Article shall report violations to the Department.
    (c) Unless provided otherwise by this Article, a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) may be assessed by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources against any person who violates this Article. If any action or failure for which a penalty may be assessed under this section is continuous, the Secretary of Environment and SL2009-0345 Session Law 2009-345 Page 3
    Natural Resources may assess a penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per day for so long as the violation continues.
    Ҥ 77-131. Application of Article.
    The provisions of this Article apply only to the following:
    (1) A large vessel marina that is located on coastal waters designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as a no discharge zone or that is located in a county or municipality that has adopted a resolution to petition the Environmental Protection Agency for a no discharge zone designation.
    (2) A vessel in coastal waters that are either designated as a no discharge zone or are included in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to be
    designated as a no discharge zone unless the petition has been denied by the Environmental Protection Agency.
    Ҥ 77-132. Rule-making authority.
    The Department shall adopt rules to implement this Article.”
    SECTION 2. The Division of Coastal Management of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall design and implement a pilot program in New Hanover County to begin phasing in the requirements of Section 1 of this act. The Department shall report to the Environmental Review Commission by December 1, 2009, regarding the design of the pilot program and shall implement the pilot program no later than January 1, 2010. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall report to the Environmental Review Commission by March 1, 2010, regarding the implementation of the
    pilot project.
    SECTION 3. Section 1 of this act becomes effective July 1, 2010, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date. The remainder of this act is effective when it becomes law.
    In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 16th day of July, 2009.
    s/ Walter H. Dalton
    President of the Senate
    s/ Joe Hackney
    Speaker of the House of Representatives
    s/ Beverly E. Perdue
    Governor
    Approved 9:17 a.m. this 27th day of July, 2009

    Check Out Earlier Postings On the Cruisers’ Net Concerning These Changes in North Carolina MSD Regulations:

    New Law: Pumpout Log to be required in NC And No-Discharge Zones Created

    Important Background Information on the new NC Pumpout Log Requirement

  • Important Background Information on the new NC Pumpout Log Requirement

    Thanks to Richard Tobacco, this message sheds some light on the reasons this new law might have been enacted. Portions of the new law can be found in the earlier post on this issue. See New Law: Pumpout Log to be required in NC And No-Discharge Zones Created, dated May 5. (http;//www.CruisersNet.net/new-law-pumpout-log-to-be-required-in-nc)

    Boaters, some of you may be unaware that the NC General Assembly passed a law that gos into effect July 1st.
    Why was this law written? In New Hanover, especially in Banks Channel, there were live-a-boards and weekend party boats that had been emptying their holding tanks at night. The law was written to insure ‘certain’ marinas police this (already) illegal act and a New Hanover ‘pilot program’ went into effect January 1st. [Statements have been made that this pilot program will not expand beyond New Hanover (intent of the word 'certain'), however the law reads differently.] The law states that all boaters are required to keep a log of their pump-outs indicating when and where you were pumped out.
    a. Can the typical boater be required to produce this log? Yes
    b. Is it likely a non-live-a-board will be asked to produce this log? (Insert your own opinion here.)
    c. Not keeping this log is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor. No civil penalty shall be assessed for a violation.
    Captain Richard Tobacco

    We stop and spend money in NC each year while cruising North and South.
    Not anymore!
    Our purchasing of diesel for our 72′ yacht, restaurants, parts, dive shops, golf, rental cars, and marinas will no longer be income for NC.
    The surrounding States didn’t make illegal what the Coast Guard states as a legal system.
    We did the right thing and purchased a Type 2 waste treatment system which cost a lot of money.
    Now another political system run by idiots decided that a Coast Guard approved system can’t be used!
    Captain Sam Streater

    Liquid Waste Products
    A father and son are fishing from shore all morning while drinking coffee and sodas ……… wonder what happens?
    Four buddies go our for the day in a 20′ center console complete with cooler of beverages ………. wonder what happens?
    Family of six go swimming from a remote shoreline area all afternoon when it is 98 degrees and staying hydrated is necessary ……….. wonder what happens?
    A local community gets pounded by a few inches of rain that overwhelms their storm drains, the oil spotted streets get cleaned, the chemical laden cigarette butts disappear …….. wonder what happens?
    An older residence along the ICW has a septic system that has cracked and is in disrepair ………. wonder what happens?
    Millions of fish and other critters living in the waters eat to gain nourishment ……… wonder what happens?
    A 28′ sailboat just passing through with a 15 gallon holding tank and no potty log ………. we know what happens in NC.
    John

  • Cape Fear Marina – Bennett Brothers Yachts (Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC)

    Like Captains Beth and Stephen, we have always found the good people at Bennett Brothers Yachts to be totally first class in every respect. whether you use them for a marina or a full service repair yard. And, Bennett Brothers Yachts is one of our oldest and staunchest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS!

    Claiborne:
    The “Salty Southeast Cruisers” may find this useful.
    Beth & I on Nightingale were headed north a couple of weeks ago, but instead of stopping in Wrightsville Beach with all the transients, we asked for a slip we could hold for 6 – 7 weeks…we have grandchildren here and were going to stay for a while.
    None of the marinas in the cruising guides wanted any part of us. We guess there are a limited number of transient slips here and everyone we called wanted to save theirs for the transients…and get the $2 per foot, the electricity $ and sell diesel fuel. I guess we can’t blame them, but it didn’t help us any.
    We were referred to Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, and couldn’t be happier. This is a clean marina, adjunct to a full service boatyard. Everyone we have met on staff could not have been more service oriented. And while we’re here we will use the yard. BBY is just north of downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear River. It is about an hour north of the AICW cutoff (Snow’s Cut) at our sailboat speed at slack water.
    Downsides? No fuel dock. River current…but you always have to account for that particularly upstream. It is a bit isolated. BBY has a discount arrangement with Enterprise for anyone staying longer term. Since we will be here for some time we did rent a small car. Pumpout is at every slip and security is excellent with a combination locked gate at night.
    If it is appropriate for our fellow cruisers, we strongly recommend Bennett Brothers.
    Beth & Stephen Deitch

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  • New Law: Pumpout Log to be required in NC And No-Discharge Zones Created

    Please note that this is a change from existing NC law and entails a new responsibility for cruisers.

    Subject: Pumpout Log
    I learned last night that the NC Legislature has passed a bill requiring recreational vessel owners to keep a log of pumpouts starting on July 1, 2010.
    Per NC House Bill 1378: “Vessel owner and operator required to keep log of pumpout dates. (a) Any owner or operator of a vessel that has a marine sanitation device shall maintain a record of the date of each pumpout of the marine sanitation device and the location of the pumpout facility. Each record shall be maintained for a period of one year from the date of the pumpout.” Also, “Section 1 of this act becomes effective July 1, 2010. Fines up to $10,000 may be assessed, and the regulation will be enforced by NC Wildlife officers, USCG and any other law officers with jurisdiction.”
    Captain Wade Ehlen

    Here’s a follow-up message from Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young (Judy must be a long-lost cousin). As you will see, looks like portions of the NC coastline are about to become no-discharge zones.

    Some areas of North Carolina will be “no discharge” zones commencing July 1st, and requiring all vessels to keep a log of pump outs and requires the owner to secure any overboard discharge valve.
    Here’s a link to the bill:

    http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2009/Bills/House/PDF/H1378v6.pdf

    Beyond the legal issues of notice (there are aspects of the bill defining “no discharge” areas that are totally confused and confusing) the one thing that caught my eye is the reference to 33 CFR in this phrase:
    “The owner or operator of a vessel with a marine sanitation device shall keep the overboard waste discharge valves of the device secure by acceptable methods set forth under 33 C.F.R. ‘ 159.7(b) so as to prevent the discharge of treated or untreated sewage, except when lawfully discharging sewage at a pumpout facility.”
    —–
    33 CFR 159.7(b) states “(3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold the seacock in the closed position . . .” It doesn’t further define “wire-tie.”
    Question for those who know: Does “wire-tie” as used in 33 CFR 159.7(b) include non-releasable plastic (wire) ties? This question comes up every time we get a USCGA courtesy inspection or have the potty-patrol aboard for a get-together.
    Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    Responses from the cruising community on this issue posted below. As you will see, many cruisers have questions. If anyone has answers, PLEASE chime in by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.

    What about boats transiting N.C.?
    Captain Joan Clark

    Don’t you just love it! We have to keep the head discharge valves locked, maintain a Log of pump outs and face a Ten Thousand Dollar Fine if caught in violation of the law. I know if I pump my daily poop over the side I am going to destroy the inshore waters of my favorite cruising places….one dump at a time. I sit on my friends boat at Lake Norman at the NC Hwy 150 Bridge….and watch the Gusher of fecal matter being pumped into the lake by the County at a rate of Tens of Thousands of Gallons a day….and that is not harmful to the water quality of the Lake. My what a criminal I feel like when I merely piddle over the side of the boat now and then!
    Captain Ralph Chappell

    Submitted on 2010/05/06 at 5:43pm
    I am all for this law. but it needs to be writen by someone who knows what they are doing. This group of law makers never had a boat otherwise they would not write a a law that doesn’t make sense. open your seacock to pump out your tank above ground into the proper facility????????
    Captain Cliff Kisby

    I appreciate the notice and the free pumpout log. Do you have any idea where the no-discharge zones will be in NC ?? Also, please let us know as soon as you are made aware, if plastic ties will be okay to use…. Thanks,
    Captain Randy Umstead

    A nylon (plastic?) wire tie has come into general use as more than a wire tie, but in spite of being used as handcuffs, and ankle restraints, it is commonly referred as just a “wire tie”. Wire ties are not ties made of wire. Think about it; would you want to bundle up your wires with a “wire” device that could short out the whole kit and kaboodle? Thus the plastic, or nylon, “wire” ties.
    Captain Dick Giddings

    As I read the CG regs you can close your valve and remove the handle Idid this as my handle had no way to.put a tie on and secure.Any thoights
    Captain Ed Helms, SV Johnnie Cake

    The way I read this, it will initially only apply to New Hanover County (Wilmington, Wrighstville Beach, etc.), but I can see other jurisdictions jumping on the bandwagon, hopefully with proper notice. No mention is made of Type I (Lectra-San) devices. They are OK by USCG standards. Is the state pre-empting those? At any rate I would keep a log, especially if I am passing through the Wrightsville Beach area.
    Capt. Richard Beesley

    One more loss of freedom. Now the government will check our sewerage pump out while they do nothing to assure that the freighters, passenger ships, commercial boats don’t put poop in the water or bring in any nasty crap on their hulls.
    When are we going to demand an end to this stupid ecological micromanagement and deal with the serious pollution that is pouring from city street runoffs to industrial dumping?
    This should not be accepted by the citizens of this free society.
    Captain G.F.Weld

    We are usually in the ocean 5-7 miles out. When we discharge that far out do we need to make note of our location and put it in the log so that when we come in to NC we will be safe from fines?
    Captain Pat Washer

    So far from what I have read is that a vessel owner must maintain a log but does not have to retain any receipts from the pumpout locations other than to write down the costs of the pumpouts. There is no mention as to whether the pumpout facility must maintain a log that coincides with the vessels it has pumped out. If this is the case then all that is needed to comply with the law is to just make up dates and locations and write them in the log which will make the water cops happy when they look at your log. This sounds just like another stupid law enacted by the idiots who were elected by the sheep of this nation. The only way to stop all of this nonsense is to not vote for any incumbent at election time regardless of their party.
    Captain John Adams

    How do they gauge when you require a pump. Example….Last pump out was just before I entered NC Waters and just as i am leaving NC waters they stop me, i show them my log and they question me why i show no pump outs in NC…..Now what????
    Captain Raymond W. Smith aboard “Fire Dog IV”

    I know this is probably a silly question, but given the sometimes nitpicking ways of inspectors, I have to ask. What about porta potties? Most marinas just tell us to empty it into their toilet facility. Must we keep a log also, or is the law specific to those with built in heads and holding tanks?
    Captain Joe Babb

    FYI, straight from the CFR.
    Y valve lockouts
    (b) When operating a vessel on a body of water where the discharge of treated or untreated sewage is prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR 140.3 or 140.4, the operator must secure each Type I or Type II device in a manner which prevents discharge of treated or untreated sewage. Acceptable methods of securing the device include–
    (1) Closing the seacock and removing the handle;
    (2) Padlocking the seacock in the closed position;
    (3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold the seacock in the closed position; or
    (4) Locking the door to the space enclosing the toilets with a padlock or door handle key lock.
    (c) When operating a vessel on a body of water where the discharge of untreated sewage is prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR 140.3, the operator must secure each Type III device in a manner which prevents discharge of sewage. Acceptable methods of securing the device include–
    (1) Closing each valve leading to an overboard discharge and removing the handle;
    (2) Padlocking each valve leading to an overboard discharge in the closed position; or
    (3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold each valve leading to an overboard discharge in the closed position.
    [CGH 95-028, 62 FR 51194, Sept. 30, 1997]
    Captain Keith

    In answer to the question, “What about boats transiting NC?”, frankly, any “large vessel” in the coastal waters of NC is subject to this law. I think it would be prudent to have a log after July 1, this year, and if you happened to come from Mantanilla Shoals to Beaufort, enter in the log that you closed the “Y”-valve while still offshore, and record the date and time. So far, there is no requirement to keep receipts from pump-out stations, but they will think of that!
    Captain Dick Giddings

    Does this law apply to a portable toilet holding tank that could be dumped at home or in the ocean?
    Captain Mike Williams

    Unfortunately, in the eyes of this law, the Lectra-San is treated as any other “sanitation device”. The tree huggers who wrote this law don’t know there is a safe way to treat sewage before we discharge it. We need to get Peggy Hall working on this.
    Captain Dick Giddings

    FWIW, the NC statute doesn’t require a separate pump-out log for boats, only that pump-outs be logged. We do that anyway as a matter of course in the log – just like filling the water tanks or getting fuel. Not a big deal for a trawler-crawler.
    As far as I can see, of more concern for us is trying to figure out what areas are state “no discharge zones” because an application to the EPA is pending. How are we going to know? What if the EPA disapproves the application? I think this whole situation in NC is ripe for a lot of trouble and litigation over the next couple of years.
    Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    Claiborne
    I may be wrong, but according to my reading of the statute, the pump-out log requirement only applies to boats located in waters designated as a no-discharge zone, not to boats elsewhere in NC.
    “77-131. Application of Article.
    The provisions of this Article apply only to the following:”
    (1) pertains to marinas
    (2) A vessel in coastal waters that are either designated as a no discharge zone or are included in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to be designated as a no discharge zone unless the
    petition has been denied by the Environmental Protection Agency.”
    Captain Al Rossiter Jr.
    Washington, NC

    So we’re cruising the ICW through NC; the last time we pumped out was somewhere in South Carolina but didn’t note it in the log. A little further up the “road” we cross into a NC NDZ and get stopped by
    the water cops and they ask to see our log. There’s no pump-out event noted in the log. Are we in violation of the statute because we’re currently in a NC NDZ and haven’t logged any pump out?
    If we keep our boat (more or less permanently) in an area of NC that is NOT a NDZ, then enter a NDZ, are we in violation of the law because we didn’t log the pump outs we had back in the “free” area?
    The point being, how is this going to be applied to boats transiting a NDZ when on the face of the statute it applies only to boats in a NDZ?
    Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young

    I have a LectraSan. Do I have to keep an unused log? I took out the ‘Y’ and discharge only through the treatment tank. What about pre-1980 LectraSans in no-discharge zones? (Grandfathered)
    Captain Tom Murphy

    This “approach” was tried just last year in Canada. I believe it failed to pass the legislature. Guess somebody copied it in NC.
    Captain Stu Jackson

    All we have to do is keep a log of pump-outs. There is no requirement for a minimum number of pump-outs nor is there any mention of a minimum interval. You just have to keep a record. Once a year might be sufficient. If you show up in an area and don’t get a pump-out there, they will probably also see in your logbook that you’ve recently been in a discharge-OK zone. I believe that upon entering a no-discharge zone it might be prudent to make an actual entry in the book stating that upon entering the zone no pump-out was necessary.
    Captain Troy Scott

    About portable toilets, I found this:
    The term MSD includes any equipment for installation onboard a vessel which is designed to receive, retain, treat, or discharge sewage and any process which treats such sewage. It does not include “portable devices” which can be carried on and off the vessel. These regulations are effective now for new vessels, and 30 January 1980 for existing vessels.
    at http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Pubs/FedMSD/index.htm
    The article goes on to describe Type I,II, and III.
    Wonder what they do to you if you have no device at all? Should one keep a record of bowel movements???
    Captain Joe Babb

    I read with interest your notice about the new pumpout log requirements in NC. It made me wonder what I should do with regard to my composting head that does not have overboard valves and can’t be “pumped out.” Well, according to the letter of the NC law, a composting head like the AirHead would be considered a “portable toilet,” like a porta potti. Therefore, those of us with porta pottis or composting heads would be exempt. I suspect cedar (or plastic) buckets would also be considered portable toilets. Still, it might pay to print out and keep a copy of the legislation onboard your boat so you can point this out to any law enforcement that happens by. In my experience in many states, local law enforcement and marine patrols in general are not too accurate when it comes to the letter of the law. Here’s what the NC bill says:
    3) Marine sanitation device. – As defined in 33 U.S.C. § 1322. The term does not include ‘portable toilets’ as defined in this act.
    (4) Portable toilet. – A self-contained mobile toilet facility and holding tank for sewage.
    Captain John J. Kettlewell

    By far the largest polluters of our waterways are the municipalities and govt’s that try to run our lives. Need to increase employment? Build the infrastructure with state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants. For those bleeding heart liberal democrats, the most notable improvement in the waterways of the U.S. occurred with the Clean Water Act enacted under (hold your breath….) that scoundrel, President Nixon!!! I worked as an environmental engineer at the time and we saw more federal funding for cleaning the waterways with new sewage plants than ever before.
    Now to the subject of boaters polluting our waterways? You betcha, get off your lazy butt and be responsible…I’m an avid scuba diver and cruiser and I don’t want to be swimming in your crap! Use the pump outs and stop acting like your communing with nature…I see cruisers pushing back constantly about using facilities. I will agree that there are way too few pump out facilities…marinas have an obligation to seek out the grants and install them!
    Captain Durl Evans

    I suspect there will be some confusion around this issue for quite some time, particularly with regard to transient boats that are just passing through. I’m hoping the various policing agencies view this as an educational opportunity not as a way to raise funds through tickets and fines. There is so much that is open to interpretation. For example, as far as I can see there is basically just a requirement for a log, not how often or how much one must pump out. And, what about those of us who sail offshore from time to time and therefore take the opportunity to pump out where it is legal? Or, what if you decide to just lock up your tanks and use a porta potti or bucket when in NC? Theoretically, that is legal.

    This reminds me of a vagrancy law that was passed by our city council. Downtown merchants were complaining that teenagers were hanging out and scaring off customers. In reality, I think the teenagers were just doing what teens have done for eons–hanging out! In any case, they passed a law that groups of more than two people couldn’t loiter for more than so many minutes in one spot. At first it was used to chase teens away, but the kids quickly caught on and started reporting groups of other people to the police: three grandmothers sitting on a bench, people smoking outside of bars, people waiting for the bus. The police had to come and shoo everyone away, and the uproar quickly nixed the law. Just wait for the outcry when the police start climbing aboard people’s boats to check their potti logs!

    In any case, I suspect this is a law created by landlubbers with no idea about how things are on the water, and with the intention of stopping “all that pollution” that boaters create. When we all know in reality that every major study indicates that pollution from boats is usually unmeasureable.
    Oh well, I’m hoping the police quickly tire of potti patrol, as did the Coast Guard when they were doing it.
    Captain John J. Kettlewell, Editor of The Intracoastal Waterway Chartbook

    So as I have read this if I am cruising from the Northeast to Florida do I need to keep a log everytime I go or just in NC waters. Maybe we should just get enough provisions and bypass NC. These lawmakers really need to lookk at the bigger picture and stop bullying the little people that work hard for a living and want to enjoy their lives, and have to worry about taking a $10,000 dump. This country has much bigger problems than that.
    Captain Bob

    Submitted on 2010/05/14 at 11:02am
    One can praise the good intentions of the NC legislature. But should also be reminded about the evil results of the law of unintended consequences. Perhaps, the time may come when as part of their sport boaters adopt the challenge of using alternative passage routes via the ocean to completely avoid the NC territorial waters. The unintended consequence would be that our pocket books may end up stimulating South Carolina and Virginia to provide replacement restaurant, tourism support, and marinas facilities located close to their respective borders with NC.
    As another alternative, we boaters could explore the upgrading of our marine sanitation devices to the Incinolet type. Wouldn’t it be ironic, all these vessels with Incinolets carrying potty logs with no entries while NC and its marinas are left hanging with those then useless pump out stations?
    Let us not stop with just boats (unintended consequence). Let us join the NC legislature and now insist that to clean our waters, we should start first with the most potential serious offenders. Let us request the sewage treatment plants of coastal municipalities be required to start keeping logs of discharges, amounts, and pollutant concentrations. Then, we can find out where the pollution is coming from. Next, we apply a system of penalties that is proportional to the amount of pollution. We may find out that the penalty for one boat-one-discharge cannot exceed more than something like 15 cents if one does not want to bankrupt municipalities from the ensuing proportional penalty for their pollution.
    Captain Rodolfo Martinez

    Subject: Logs but no pumpouts
    I pumped out at Manteo today. The dockmaster told me that Manteo and perhaps Coinjack are the only functioning pumpouts in Eastern NC. He said, “They break down and since they can only charge $5 for pumpouts, it is not worth their while to repair them.” Apparently the state does nothing about it. Couple that with the new pumpout log law and the stiff fines for non-complying boaters. Multipy that by the countless thousands of stupid laws and regulations and you see why I’m so libertarian and anti-government.
    Captain Dick Mills

    Click to open a pdf version of the Pumpout Log

  • Troubles on the East End of Taylor Creek (Beaufort, NC)

    Yes, Captain Frank is quite right. For at least the last ten years, I’ve discouraged even experienced skippers from attempting to take cruising sized vessels out the eastern end of Taylor Creek. That’s really too bad, as these waters lead to the likes of Harkers Island, the Straits, and eventually Core Sound. These are some of the least discovered waters along the North Carolina coastline, but, then again, after perusing the photos below, you will quickly understand why!

    Claiborne…….you have always said that the east end of Taylor’s Creek was a great mystery….thought you would get a kick out of these photos !
    Regards,
    Frank

  • Uninvited Passenger

    Here’s a little story from Ted Jones, former editor and co-owner of the late, great and much lamented “Coastal Cruising” magazine. This tale signifies to me why we all cruise. Who else could have such an experience but cruisers, and Ted has written it so very well!

    As dusk settled over the ocean on April 29th a land bird suddenly flew into the companionway and landed on Malla’s head as she was working in the galley. Reflexively, she brushed it away, and it flew out over the ocean again only to return, determined to find a suitable perch before nightfall. Malla identified it as a swallow. It had most likely been blown out to sea by the strong westerly winds of the previous several days. Swallows, she said require a perch before dark where they can safely spend the night. Ted was not surprised, having been visited by land birds on several occasions. They rarely survive the experience, and there seems to be no way one can help. We have tried, but the end always seems to be the same despite good intentions. Our little swallow eventually found a roosting place on the extension cord used to connect Ted’s computer equipment when we are dockside.
    Both of us were mindful of our passenger throughout the tumultuous events of the wee hours of Friday morning and were concerned for its safety. Amazingly, it put up with the contents of the ice box counter crashing to the cabin sole at one point and the noise and vibrations of the engine sometime later. It clung to it’s tenuous perch despite the constant motion.
    An hour or so after sunrise, with a “thank you” chirp, our little bird suddenly took flight, out of the companionway, and with a quick orientation circle disappeared toward land, several miles away. We hope it made it to shore. We will never know, although we told it to say hello to Dorcas when it gets to Vermont.
    Cheers,
    Ted

    Ted’s story about the bird that took refuge reminded me of a similar incident around 1982. While wrapping up a dive trip on the wreck of the City of Richmond some 30 miles or so off the Georgetown entrance a sandpiper landed on the instrument panel…and refused to budge. We knew right away the poor critter must have lost it’s bearings and flew out to sea. About the time we approached the Pee Dee entrance it got reoriented and flew away to the beach. Sigh.
    Bill Norris
    (Nobody You Know) Hatteras 40DCMY

  • Alligator River Marina (Statute Mile 84)

    Alligator River Marina lies on the western shore of the Alligator River/AICW, just north of the swing bridge and southwest of flashing daybeacon #12. A good layover spot when high winds keep the swing bridge closed.

    Alligator River Marina was only $1 a foot! We were able to knock out the whole Alligator River by planning to go there, and we were ready to jump on the Albermarle Sound in the morning when the forecast changed to lower winds. It was a very nice stop. Good anchorage in the Chesapeake was at Chisman Creek off the Poquosan River just before the York River.We also anchored off the Patuxent River, by Solomons island in Mill Creek.
    MTOA Captains Good-Mikki and Joe Heinrich, aboard Asian Lady.

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

  • New Facility – Pungo Creek Marina (North Carolina AICW/Pungo River, Statute Mile 136)

    In 2009, our “mad Englishman on the Waterways,” Captain Arnold reporter that a small facility on Pungo Creek (immediately south of Belhaven and Pantego Creek) had closed. Now, below we hear from Captain Don stark of the Belhaven Yacht Club, that this facility has been reborn as Pungo Creek Marina. We’ll be getting in touch with the new owner, Captain Randy O’Neal shortly and adding his facility ot the North Carolina Marina directory. Many thanks to Captain Stark for bringing Pungo Creek Marina to our attention!

    Bayside Marina is now a new and much better facility but is operating under new management and name.
    The marina is now called Pungo Creek Marina. They have improved the launch ramps and docks. There are currently 48 slips. There are showers and bathrooms with laundry facilities. They will have Wi-Fi at the new Ship’s Store and soon it will be extended to the docks. Each slip has water and power, half of them have 50 Amps.
    Current rate for dockage is $1 per foot with a 30 foot minimum plus a separate charge for electric and use of the shower and laundry. The rates are certainly reasonable.They are reworking the old bar area to make it more of a club house setting. They will have a wide screen TV, tables, chairs sound system etc. They have begun installation of tanks and will be selling gas and diesel! That is good news for all local boaters.
    For more information contact the new owner / manager Randy ONeal (randy@pungocreekmarina.com) The website for the marina is http://www.PungoCreekMarina.com. You will find Randy to be most enthusiastic and helpful. He is making some major investments here and plans to make this a success. He has made a lot of changes in a short period of time.
    You can see photos of the construction and on the Belhaven Yacht Club website for the May BYC News. The Belhaven Yacht Club site is at http://www.BelhavenYachtClub.org
    Don Stark
    BYC Fleet Captain

  • Tuckahoe Point Anchorage (Statute Mile 104)

    Located just north of the entrance to the Alligator River – Pungo River Canal, this small anchorage offers a picturesque, away-from-civilization setting among the cypress trees. However, you might be treated to low flying jets from nearby Cherry Point Marine Base, as we were during a lunch stop not long ago. It seemed the pilots used our boat as a pivot point during their day’s training – quite an airshow!

    Anchored out just past Tuckahoe Point at around MM105. Headed South and wanted to make the canal run early the next day. Tuckahoe Point is buggy (mosquitoes)! However the mosquitoes seem to fade after you cut lights for a while. 6-7 foot depths, great wind protection.
    Captain Ben

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

  • Taylor Creek/Beaufort Waterfront Anchorage (Statute Mile 201)

    Evidently, private moorings which reduce swing room are an ongoing problem in Taylor Creek. In case you missed Claiborne’s comments of last October, please read on:
    The installation of private moorings on Taylor Creek has been going on for some years now. The town has chosen not to regulate this practice, at least not yet. I’m very sorry to hear the reduced swing room is one of the results of this activity. So many of us in the cruising community like to anchor on Taylor Creek and experience the delights of the Beaufort Historical District. Of course, you can always pick up a slip at the Beaufort Town Docks. Everything except a supermarket is within easy walking distance. If you do anchor on Taylor Creek, there are free dinghy docks at both the eastern and western ends of the principal waterfront. The westerly pier is particularly convenient to the downtown shopping district.

    Kinda tight anchorage, but good location.
    Capt. Sterling

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Taylor Creek/Beaufort Waterfront Anchorage

  • Accolades For River Dunes Marina (off the AICW/Neuse River on Broad Creek, near St. M. 173.5)

    As you will quickly discern, the message below was copied off the AGLCA mail list. Wherever it came from, Captains Ed and and Linda have discovered just what a wonderful facility River Dunes is for all cruisers. And I am not saying that just because these good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Give this facility a try! You won’t be sorry!

    For all you Loopers heading north after the Rendezvous there is a good stop about 8 miles beyond Oriental at a new marina, River Dunes, on Broad Creek. At $1.00/ft. & elec. it’s a great stop. New floating docks, pool, exercise room, $1.00 washer/dryer, courtesy car to go to Oriental – very nice. Very protected harbor.
    Best to look them up on the Internet and call to get directions, http://www.riverdunes.com
    Ed & Linda Brennan
    Shore Thing

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

  • Joyner Marina (Statute Mile 295)

    At the mouth of the channel into Carolina Beach and on the ocean side of the AICW, Joyner Marina is immediately east of the AICW’s turn into the eastern mouth of Snows Cut.

    To get a change of scenery from our home marina, we have just spent the last month (April 2010) at Joyner Marina. This place has been nothing short of fantastic! Tim and his staff has made us feel very welcome (to the point of seriously considering moving there full-time). Wi_Fi signal is strong, floating docks are new and nice, and bathroom facilities are very good. The fuel docks are easy to get to, but the entrance to the marina is a bit tricky in high winds and swift current. It would be nice if they had a courtesy car available as the marina is in a residential part of Carolina Beach and shopping and eating (other than one place) are several miles away.
    Being right on the ICW, there is a little rolling from passing boat traffic, but the breakwater does a really good job and the marina is well protected. The great view more than makes up for that, and if you like to watch boats go by… this is the place for you.
    One of the best things about Joyner is its proximity to beautiful Carolina Beach. It’s just a five minute walk to a huge sandy beach that allows camping and driving on the beach. A long walk on the beach is a “must do” while you are there.
    The new management and staff there are doing an amazing job. They are really trying to engage the boaters with day trips and cook-outs. You can tell they want your business. Joyner Marina has been a great experience for us. We will stop there from now on when passing by Carolina Beach and may decide to make it a permanent home in the future.
    Captain Tom Beaty

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

  • Dowry Creek Marina (Statute Mile 132)

    Dowry Creek Marina, just north of Belhaven, is an owner-operated marina where you get member-of-the-family treatment.

    04-17-2010
    We stopped off at Dowry Creek Marina 3 years ago and had a great time. We are returning to Virginia and decided to stop off at Dowry Creek again. We are the only transients here tonight. We took part in the nightly cocktail hour at the boaters lounge and we had a wonderful time. I do hope many more boaters will decide to stop off. We need to keep Marinas like this in business for future generations of boaters. If you want to have a memorable evening on your way up or down the ICW stop off at Dowry Creek Marina. You won’t regret it.
    Claudia Young

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

  • Carolina Beach Anchorage (Statute Mile 295)

    Carolina Beach no longer has any transient dockage for transient visitors south of Snows Cut, though you can anchor, as described below, or pick up a slip at Joyner Marina, just east of Snows Cut’s easterly mouth..

    One of our regular anchorages. Anchored here 4-20-10 in 9 ft MLW. There is now a very unattractive bait barge (selling bait I guess) anchored in the middle of the cove. Doesn’t interfere with anchoring though.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Carolina Beach Anchorage

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

  • Elizabeth City Info (St. Mile 50.5)

    Elizabeth City is the Dismal Swamp Canal Route’s only real port of call. This community is well known for its hospitality, as Capt. David relates below, and they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!.

    Claiborne
    Perhaps northbound cruisers could use some very recent Elizabeth City information to supplement your excellent comments in your Guide. Betty and I drove (sorry about that) to Elizabeth City on April 19 and we stayed at the Elizabeth City B&B (252 338 2177) a 5 minute walk from the docks. It is a late 19th century house. Ray and Maureen were excellent hosts-wine in the courtyard and a fantastic breakfast. We had a good lunch at the Cyprus Creek Cafe just across the street from the docks and great fish dinners at Logan Raye’s Key West Grill on Colonial Avenue. The latter has a local atmosphere. The Visitors’ Center has a good walking map with descriptions of the local buildings. The new Museum of the Albemarle that can be seen to the left of the docks is a must visit. It just opened and has excellent exhibits of the history of the area and the Outer Banks. This could easily take half of a day.
    Lamb’s Marine is well maintained. Larry sends his regards.
    David Hughes
    Expedition

    Ditto. Stayed at Pelican Marina last Thursday and Friday nights. Marina just fair but priced right. The town is to be experienced. Very cruiser friendly locals, walkable town with a good variety of dining.
    BTW, got thumped 8 times in the ditch.
    Best marina so far in the AICW is Port Royal Landing Marina. Port Royal, SC
    M/V Into The Mystic, currently lying St. Michaels, MD

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

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

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

    You must leave the AICW’s run down the Cape Fear River at Snows Cut, and track your way upstream to Wilmington Marine Center. This facility is located in the heart of the industrial area south (downstream) of the Wilmington historic/business district. There are no restaurants or other amenities with walking distance, but you could always take a cab into town.

    Wilmington Marine Center, about 1/2 way to downtown up the Cape Fear is extremely safe both weatherwise and security, good prices, and it is a very good boat yard if you need any repairs/maintenance.
    Just Relax

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Wilmington Marine Center

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