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  • Good Stay at Midway Marina and Motel, AICW Statute Mile 50

    Midway Marina and Motel flanks the western banks of the Coinjock canal portion of the Waterway, south-southwest of flashing marker #123.

    As promised we stopped off at Midway Marina again on our way back North. We are just as impressed as we were last fall. The dinner was wonderful. A labor of love and you can taste it in every bite. Unfortunately the cable TV was not working. It was a Sunday night and we had been looking forward to Desperate Housewives. The owner immediately offered us a key to one of the Motel rooms so we could watch it. He goes out of his way to make sure his customers are happy. Thanks Terry!!!! We will be back.
    Claudia Young

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Midway Marina and Motel

  • Response to Recent Grounding in N. Alligator River, AICW Statute Mile 81

    Talk about a lesson in hard knocks! And kudos to Jerry for owning up and sharing his experience with all of us! Like so many spots along the east coast, a little research done on your float plan can save you big hassles down the way. The northern entrance to the Alligator River demands our attention and respect, as Jerry’s experience proves.

    I’m the Eastbay that made the mistake of relying upon the magenta line and thought I’d offer some reflections, in hopes of helping others.I sincerely wish I had known of this site [Cruisers’ Net] and will do a LOT more research in the future, including spending hours of bandwith here. I am relatively new to cruising and unfortunately believed (ignorantly so) that I could rely on current charts. I guess my many years of flying taught me to religiously count on them, especially when they are current. Nuff said and believe me, it won’t happen again.
    My approach speed was closer to 18 kts right before entering the dog leg past the green 9. I slowed to about 15 entering the turn (NE) when the ground started coming up. There were no boats ahead of me to notice any other course.
    The depth finder said 5′ (below the hull) and then 3 so I immediately shut down the props to idle. There was a large hit, but not really a grounding. I heard a “metal on metal” sound. We were completely stopped but floating (albeit just barely). I could feel the keel bouncing on a hard surface as the chop ran by.
    My starboard engine was all that was affected and appears to have taken the full hit; pulling the engine off it’s mount and slightly moving the strut. There is no damage, not even a scratch, to the hull. The starboard prop and shaft were moved 8-10″ aft and the prop was impacting the rudder… possibly the “metal on metal” sound. The port engine, strut, prop and shaft were fine.
    A couple of boats came by, about 100 yds east of my location, both going from green 9 to green 7 and said they were in good water. I was facing due east at the time as the tide and chop continued to rotate me about a point. It was clear the starboard prop was hung up on something hard.
    Using the port engine and bow thruster, I was able to slowly continue to rotate (until facing due west) and back off whatever the starboard prop was sitting on, eventually getting to the line between the green 9 and green 7, which is the preferred course.
    We motored to the Alligator Marina (nice people who know quite well what the problem area is… saying they see 2-3 every month) and the next morning was able to get it to a marina for repairs. At present, I have no estimate for repairs but am confident it’ll be a lot less than $50k, but in any event. it was clearly my fault for not researching the area more.
    I guess I just wanted to weigh in and admit my error and at the same time, correct the rumors which do seem to get a bit out of hand.
    Finally, it seems like even in this period of “no money Corps” that the preferred course on charts and chartplotters could be simply adjusted for these kinds of areas when it’s apparently been known for a long time that a problem with a magenta line exists. I realize they don’t have funds to dredge, but it doesn’t seem like changing charts would be difficult since the cost is ours when we buy updates.
    Well, while I was a pilot, we used to say there were only two kinds, “those who have landed gear up; and those who have yet to..” I guess the same goes for boating and I’m now in the former.
    Cheers, Skipper Jerry

    Click Here For Recent Comments On This Problem Stretch

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

  • Good Words for Residents of Washington, NC, off the AICW on the Pamlico River

    Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0The Washington City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is about 24 nautical miles west of the AICW up the Pamlico River.

    We spent a couple of pleasant days at the Washington waterfront docks last on a short cruise from our home port of Oriental. Washington is a nice town, and the people are absolutely fantastic. Blew out half my mainsail luff slides on the way up; nice slip renter on the dock took me up to West Marine (thanks Scott!!), but they didn’t have any. Called Pacific Seacraft (relocated here from CA in 2007) and the owner, Steve Brodie, brought some to the docks; when they didn’t fit, he took me the 9 miles to McCotter’s to get some. How do you quantify that?
    Gordon and Jessica

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Washington NC Waterfront

  • A Vote of Confidence in Core Creek Marine (Statute Mile 197)

    Core Creek Marine, owned and managed by our good friend, Jim Flynt, overlooks the eastern banks of the Core Creek section of the AICW, north of Beaufort. This yard is part of the Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park complex, and you simply can’t find a better place to have your boat serviced. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by one and all here at the Cruisers’ Net!

    I recently had work done at Core Creek Marine. They were courteous, attentive, detailed in their description and execution of the work, and pointed out future issues we might have with our boat. Karmen the office manager was particularly helpful and went out of her way to ensure all our questions were answered and we were satisfied with the work. Thanks Core Creek and well done.
    Ben

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park and Core Creek Marine

  • Good Experiences in Beaufort, NC (near Statute Mile 201)

    Beaufort, NC isn’t known as “the” success story of the Atlantic ICW for nothing. This wonderful port of call remains one of our favorite anytime, anywhere!
    We join with Captain Ben in highly recommending the Pecan Tree Inn and Beaufort Grocery Company. Also, for equally great dining, don’t dare miss Spouter Inn on Front Street in Beaufort!

    Wanted to share some good experiences with Beaufort we had recently. There are a few, so here goes:
    1. We had some out-of-town guests recently stay at the Pecan Tree Inn, while we tied/anchored aboard our trawler. They could not have been more pleased. We have not stayed there, but it came well recommended and our friends were very happy there.
    2. Our party of seven ate at the Beaufort Grocery and rarely would I rave about food, but theirs is worth a few raves. A couple in our party had the petite filet (very happy), and I had the tortilla encrusted yellow fin tuna and it was exquisite. Service was great and food was out of this world.
    3. Came in one night at Beaufort Docks, after hours and tied up after hailing 3 times without response around 7pm. No worry as winds were calm at tie-up and our crew very capable. I love Beaufort Docks, but in my humble opinion $2.30 a foot on an April weekday seems awfully proud. Friendly staff and average (could be tidier) showers. I groused a bit about the cost, but as the dockmaster presiding over many the empty slips told me: “location, location, location”. Okay I guess.
    4. The daylight bridge master for Beaufort Bridge is professional, quick to respond, and friendly. Just left a great impression as we had a couple transits this week with the bridge. Good folks always make a pleasant trip memorable.
    Enjoy.
    Ben

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For The Beaufort Town Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Beaufort, NC Waterfront

  • Reminder: High Winds Will Close Alligator River Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 84

    Our NC Bridge Directory states that Alligator River Bridge will not open when winds were 40kts or more, but when I spoke with the bridge tender today, he said that even gusts of 35kts will keep the bridge closed. Several years ago, my family and I were held up for three days in Elizabeth City (not a bad thing!) waiting for the winds to subside enough to allow the bridge to open. Just another part of the adventure! Alligator River Bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 14ft.

    The Alligator River Bridge stopped opening due to high winds…so we anchored in sheltered area till the winds dropped.
    Mary Kathryn

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

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  • An Overnight Stay in South River – Southwest Creek, Off the AICW Near Statute Mile 175.5

    South River branches off the the Neuse River east of Oriental, NC. Southwest Creek branches southwest (what else?) off the South River about 2 miles south of our last listed anchorage for these waters. Both river and creek are unmarked beyond flashing marker #6, so keep a sharp eye on your chartplotter to reach this 8-9 feet of water in Southwest Creek.

    M/V Ruby Slipper anchored on South West Creek (maybe 6 miles up the South River. We had a BIG blow 25-30 k constant, gusts to 40 all from the SE & S. Had 150′ of chain on our 44 lb Delta out in 8′ & rode very well! Very buggy (April ) when the wind wasn’t blowing. Landed the dogs on the north shore of the creek. It had a sign that said, No Trespassing. A derelict dock & abandoned structure were there. Tied dink to “dock.” Boards missing. Be careful. Dirt roads appeared used & grass mowed nearby. We walked briefly on the roads. Saw no one, but wild turkeys. Cleaned up any dog waste & moved on. Felt bad about trespassing. But ZERO options. Brushed dogs for ticks! Check yourselves too.
    Skipper Linda Hughes

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Southwest Creek

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

  • Shoaling Reported in Teaches Hole Channel, (Pamlico Sound, Ocracoke, NC)

    This shoaling report may not be of concern to most Waterway cruisers, but it will interest year round North Carolina mariners and off-shore captains who wish to visit Ocracoke, NC.

    LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 15/11
    Severe shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Teaches h Hole Channel Lighted Buoy 20 (LLNR 28955). Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart : 11555.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Teaches Hole Channel

  • Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge Completely Removed, AICW Statute Mile 337.9

    The last retractable pontoon bridge on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is now a memory. Click on the link below and scroll to Comments to relive the last days of the old bridge.

    We just passed through ICW mile 337.9, site of the old Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge at the southern tip of North Carolina. As of today, 4/4/2011, the Pontoon Bridge is totally removed. It was apparently removed on 3/30/11.
    Skipper Jack Robinson

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

  • Northern Alligator River/AICW Anchorages (neat Statute Mile 82 and 98)

    The following question appeared on the MTOA List-Serve:

    Does anyone have any information about Frying Pan Landing? From the air it looks like a nice anchorage half way between Coinjock and Belhaven.
    Jim Powell

    Here is my reply to Captain Powell:
    Good Morning Captain Powell:
    I have been researching the Frying Pan Landing anchorages for almost thirty years now, and I can pass along some fairly reliable info.
    First, the incoming channel is unmarked. Do NOT attempt this passage unless you have a well functioning GPS chartplotter aboard, and be SURE to make your approach during fair weather and times of good visibility. As you can tell this is NOT a navigationally simple anchorage to enter.
    If you do make the attempt, use your chartplotter to cruise between the charted shoals. Watch for any number of stumps and snags which will be visible above the waterline. Stay well away from these hazards.
    Eventually, you will make a turn to the north, and actually enter the channel leading to the Frying Pan, which will soon turn west again.
    Note that you can NOT actually cruise into the Frying Pan. There is a stretch of VERY shallow water between the entrance and the large bay-like “Frying Pan.” However, there are several anchorage possibilities between the entrance channel’s westward turn and the shallow stretch. Follow this link for more info!

    http://www.CruisersNet.net/the-straits-anchorages

    Also, I noticed someone else recommended that you anchor on South Lake instead. The route to this anchorage runs east from the AICW, north of the Alligator River Bridge. I agree that this is a better anchorage, though you will still need your chartplotter to keep to the unmarked entry channel. More info at:

    http://www.CruisersNet.net/east-and-south-lakes-anchorages

    Hope that helps. Good luck and good cruising!!!
    Claiborne

  • Praise for the Newly Remodeled 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.

    Completely remodeled facility with new floating docks in a protected basin. Peaceful, attractive place with very nice nature trails on the Cape Fear River. Friendly, helpful staff. Easy walk to Supermarket, restaurants, beach. Great value.
    Skipper Russ McAden

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Carolina Beach State Park

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Carolina Beach State Park

  • Advice Heeded at North Entrance to Alligator River, AICW, Statute Mile 81

    It is gratifying when readers heed the advice given by their fellow boaters. In the case of the northern entrance to the Alligator River, going directly from Green Marker #7 to Flashing Green Marker #9 is good solid advice confirmed by these latest reports. Shoaling is definitely occurring beneath the magenta line to the west.

    We passed through the northern entrance to the Alligator River today, 3/22/11. We took your advice and ran in a straight line from marker G9 to marker G7, rather than following the dog leg shown on the magenta line. We saw 10′ to 12′ throughout this route.
    Skipper Larry Thackston aboard M/V PEACH

    Passed through today (23, March 2011) Southbound. Found 10′ of good water if you run a straight line from Green #7 to Green #9 rather than follow the recommended line on the chart/cruising guide. Hope this helps some folks. I’m on a 173′ Small Cruise Ship with a 7′ Draft.
    Capt. Mike Kiernan

    While our information is old, things don’t change real fast in this area either. We have encountered abandoned fish/crab-pots on the bottom in five feet around this area. Go slooooowly.
    Skipper Chris

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For Northern Alligator River

  • Good Experience at Caspers Marina (Statute Mile 229)

    Caspers Marina has the considerable advantage of sitting within easy walking distance of the downtown Swansboro historic and business district, with its may shopping and dining attractions. Don’t dare miss the fried seafood at Captain Charleys, and the breakfast at Yana’s Cafe!

    Stayed at Caspers Marina on 3/15 while relocating my Hunter 30 up to New Bern. The people at the Marina were extremely helpful and nice. Shortly after the marina store closed I realized that my beer supply was low. I got directions from Mrs.Casper to the local Pig and started the 1/2 mile walk. Shortly after I made it up the hill the bottom fell out of the sky. She looped around and gave me a ride to the store and back to the boat. I’ll be sure to stop by here the next trip down the ICW.
    Mark

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

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  • Suggestions on Where to Leave a Boat in North Carolina During the Summer Months

    We’ve copied an interesting discussion below which recently appeared on the AGLCA (American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association) mail list about good spots to leave a vessel along the North Carolina coastline during the summer months. There’s a lot of good info here for anyone who cruises between Southport and the NC-VA line!

    [Your] next best bet for security/hurricane hole going north is Wilmington Marine center up the Cape Fear. Not as nice as Harbourgate, but safe. Nothing around that marina.
    John & Sue Winter

    Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers YachtsIf you are leaving your boat for the summer or just want to stop at one of the prettiest historic cities of the south, come to Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, North Carolina!
    We have a full service boatyard on site at the Cape Fear Marina. We can simply do a routine
    monthly check on your boat or a complete refit! We are offering a special of $6.00 per foot per month with a 3 month minimum. If you are looking for a hurricane hole – you have found it! The Cape Fear Marina is extremely well protected – call us for details on our 2012
    Hurricane Plan – 910-772-9277.
    Patricia Bennett
    Bennett Brothers Yachts

    Check out Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club. They have both wet and dry storage inside or out. Very reasonable and service oriented.
    http://www.oceanislemarina.com
    Ask for Paul Smith or Tim Moon
    910-579-6440
    Frank and Linda Johnson
    (The Emma Rose)

    I would suggest our home port of River Dunes in Oriental, NC. Call JC Cappelman at the Marina and ask him about a six month lease. You can leave your boat in the water with the canvas on and not worry about a thing. The only thing I would suggest is getting the bottom cleaned about every other month. John at Mike’s Dive Service can do this for you. Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions.
    KentC
    No Bad Days

    Generally boats are left in the water, and covered is great until the winds get up, year-round in North Carolina. Recognize that North Carolina is frequently visited by hurricanes during the summer/fall. If southeastern North Carolina was a desired location I would consider either Bennett Brothers, up the Cape Fear River at Wilmington, NC, or St. James Plantation Marina, just south of Southport, NC.
    Robert & Kay Creech
    C-Life

    Check out Wilmington Marine Center on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington NC.
    We left our boat there last September and we will be picking it up next month and continuing the Loop. We selected WMC due to its protection against storms (it is probably one of the best hurricane holes on the east coast), the attentiveness of the dock master and staff and the closeness of repair facilities. The WMC is adjacent to Gregory Poole Marine and there is a Cummins repair facility, DeMann Marine, within 500 yards or so of the marina.
    The dock master and owner is Skip Fry. You can contact him at 910-395-5055. Ask about a six month lease and make sure you tell him you are a looper.
    John & Gloria Weber

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

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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club

  • Crabpots on Broad Creek Approach to River Dunes Marina ??? (near Statute Mile 173.5)

    River DunesSome 48 hours ago, we put up a posting (linked below) about River Dunes Marina hosting the Coastal NC 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta (6/4/11 to 6/5/11). Soon after this article appeared, we received the following inquiry:

    Is the approach to River Dunes still a maze of crab traps? I tried a few years ago and it was impossible to figure it out.
    Tedd Greenwald

    Now, the “approach” to River Dunes from the AICW/Neuse River is by way of Broad Creek, which cuts into the Neuse’s northern banks, near AICW/Neuse River marker #4. Personally, we’ve never had an unusually bad problem with crab pots on this stream, though we have certainly seen plenty of these pests on here over the ears. Anyway, I forwarded this above inquiry to Director of Operations, J. C. Cappelman, at River Dunes, and received the following reply.

    There probably will be a fair amount of pots in the creek.They do however leave room for passage.By June 1st they have to be in shallower water anyway,so this tends not to constrict the channel.
    J.C. Cappelmann,
    Director of Operations, River Dunes

    Click Here To View An Earlier Article About River Dunes and the Coastal NC 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of River Dunes Marina and Broad Creek

  • Praise for Upper Pungo Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 127.5

    These anchorages lie north and northwest of flashing daybeacon #23 and a short jog west of the Alligator River–Pungo River Canal’s shoal-prone southerly entrance. The easternmost haven is, in our collective opinion, about as good as it gets!

    One of my favorite AICW anchorages, especially before/after transiting the mind-numbing Alligator-Pungo Canal. Always room for another boat even in Snowbird seasons. Great scenery and good holding ground (although I’ve never anchored here in more than 20 kts). Short trip between here and Belhaven, easy day to Oriental or the AICW anchorage off Adams Creek at Cedar Creek.
    Captain John Stevenson
    aboard SV Sarah

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Upper Pungo Anchorages

  • More on Bridgeton Harbor Marina, Bridgeton, NC, on the Neuse River off the AICW

    We continue to hear good things about this new marina in Bridgeton, across the Neuse River from New Bern. The northwest flow of the Neuse departs the ICW at the northern entrance to Adams Creek, statute mile 185. Click on the second link below for further information.

    Bridgeton Harbor Marina. Dock master: Thomas Wynn. Phone 252 349 1194 or 252 514 6728. Location. 35:07:555N by 77:01:747W. On Neuse River, south and east of rail road bridge at Bridgeton.
    Off the north / south migration route but an ideal, safe location to rest awhile or to leave your vessel while attending to shore side commitments. New Bern Airport is convenient to the marina.
    Wide, stable floating docks. each with electricity, water and TV hook ups. Shore side facilities include a clubhouse, which incorporates lounge with wide screen TV, large tiled bathrooms and cooking facilities also a computer for use of guests. Special feature are the free washer/ dryers.
    Outside is an extensive deck fully equipped with comfortable chairs, tables and LPG grills and smoker for dockside cook outs. There is also a large workshop area which can be used with the Dock Masters approval.
    A courtesy car is freely available. Family type restaurant with in walking distance, a pizza store that will delver and a fully stocked Food Lion and pharmacy within 5 minutes drive.
    The Dock Master Tom Wynn is an experienced boat owner who understands and is able to meet the needs of his customers. Tom recently retired as a boat builder and can, when asked, offer solution for most shipboard problems.
    We came for a month , stayed for two and are totally satisfied and will break our future migrations here again.
    Captain Colin Day. M/V LILY MARIA

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bridgeton, NC

    Click Here for Earlier Comments on Bridgeton Harbor Marina

  • Praise for Deep Point Marina, AICW Statute Mile 307

    Deep Point Marina has a marked entry channel northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20.

    We have had an outstanding experience at Deep Point Marina. It is a new facility made great by the Rob Gandy and staff. They are truly committed and caring for cruisers. Rob has certainly gone above and beyond for us during our stay. Also, the basin is so protected, we weathered out two strong cold fronts here barely feeling the wind at all. I highly recommend Deep Point Marina.
    Capt. Mitch Traphagen

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Deep Point Marina

  • Masonboro Boatyard and Marina Highly Recommended, AICW Statute Mile 287

    Masonboro Boatyard and Marina lies southwest of the Waterway’s unlighted marker #135.

    12/13/2010
    Stayed at Masonboro Marina a few miles south of Wrightsville Beach waiting out a forecast storm.
    We were greeted by David, marina manager, and he was most helpful. Kevin, the Dockmaster, gave us a ride to Lowes Supermarket and picked us up. I highly recommend this stop. It is a quiet, friendly, sheltered place with a great attitude.
    Captain Philip Conner

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s north Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Masonboro Boatyard and Marina

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

  • The Happy, “Rest of the Story” of the Labrador Retriever Missing in Albemarle Sound, NC

    Thanks to Captain Rogers, we hear of this happy ending to an otherwise sad story. Kudos and congratulations to the wonderful, caring Hansons for adopting another rescued dog.

    Bucky’s remains were found today at Roanoke Island by a kind fisheries ranger. He tried calling us several times and we finally had to drive halfway to town to get reception and speak to him. We would like to thank everyone for kind expressions of sympathy and creative and helpful suggestions to find him. Thank you friends, one and all – you have been wonderful.
    Jane Hanson aboard Sweet Liberty

    Yesterday, a Lab fell off a Southbound Uniflite and the couple could not find her, although she wore a yellow life preserver. It was like a
    lake so the distraught couple does not understand what could have happened. The USCG and local fishermen were notified. Tomorrow they
    will put up posters in Elizabeth City and environs. The Lab is tan and about 12 years old. She has a color with their phone number in ink,
    but they fear it washed off.
    If you learn anything, please email me or call my cell at 443-223-1559.
    Ron Rogers

    Subject:LABRADOR RETRIEVER LOST ON THE ALBEMARLE – OUTCOME
    A good holiday outcome to an otherwise sad story. Sadly, Bucky was found dead by a Ranger on the shore of Roanoke Island – 25 miles East of the channel where he was lost. The head of the Rangers was notified by a list member (of the Great Loop, T&T, or Liveaboard List) named Adam. Thank you Adam.

    The Pughs, a gracious, dog-loving couple in New Bern, NC read of the tragedy and had just participated with the Craven County Animal Shelter in the rescue of a Yellow Lab thought to have fallen out of a pickup truck in the New Bern, NC area. They had taken him to a vet for treatment after seeing him at the shelter. He had avoided euthanasia by being so sweet. The Pughs contacted me having read the first email and I asked Bucky’s parents {the Hansons} if they would like to adopt this dog who appears to be about 8 years old. They did!
    In a few days, their new dog Lucky, will travel with them to Wisconsin along with Baylor and their two cats. Hearts are mending and animals are comfortably adjusting. Everyone including Lucky remembers their past but is enjoying the present.
    Thank you to all who expressed their concern and asked to stay informed. This has been a tribute to caring people and the power of the Internet in bringing them together. And they all lived happily ever after.
    Happy Holidays,
    Ron Rogers, Washington, NC

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