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  • 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!

    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:

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.
    Ask for Paul Smith or Tim Moon
    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.
    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

    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.

    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

    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

  • Juniper Bay/Pamlico Sound Anchorage (off the AICW, on southwestern Pamlico Sound)

    Juniper Bay Anchorage lies north, northwest of Juniper Bay’s marker #6; Juniper Bay cuts the northern shores of southwestern Pamlico Sound east of Great Island Narrows, and north, northwest of marker #2.

    We spent a few days anchored here in May of 2010. It is pretty remote which we liked. Some crab pots to negotiate but good holding. Had no trouble at all navigating to the anchorage. A good jumping off place for a quick trip over to Ocracoke.
    Captain Steve Young
    aboard S/V Cross Roads

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Juniper Bay Anchorage

  • Masonboro Boatyard and Marina, Masonboro, NC, AICW Statute Mile 287

    Between Masonboro Inlet and Carolina Beach, Masonboro Boatyard and Marina lies southwest of the ICW’s unlighted daybeacon #135.

    Submitted on 2010/11/18 at 9:08pm
    Very good stop. Kevin, the dockmaster was fantastic in terms of assistance docking, departing, offer to take you to the grocery store etc. Excellent cement floating docks; very clean showers bathroom facilities. At !.50 / ft it is well worth it.
    Captain Pat Kenefick

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

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

  • Missing Mast Makes Cedar Creek Anchorage Wreck Less Visible, AICW, Statute Mile 188

    Cedar Creek intersects the AICW/Adams Creek at Quick Flashing Green Marker #9, immediately south of the intersecting range lights and just as Adams Creek turns to the southwest. The old sailboat wreck lies almost exactly in the center of the mouth of the creek, due east of Flashing Marker #9.

    The mast is gone from wreck but pvc pipe and floats marking it are very visible. Plenty of room nice spot.
    Captain Ron & Audrey aboard Lucky Girl

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

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

  • A Stop at South Harbor Village Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 311

    South Harbor Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northern shoreline, a short hop west of unlighted daybeacon #8, and not far from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    Have always loved this marina. It’s great if you have dogs who want a good walk as it’s near a terrific park – Dutchman Creek Park. The deli/market is all deli only selling gift items & luncheon meats & cheeses. Not really a market. The “new” restaurant “deadend saloon” was terrible. Just bar food mostly & not very good. My $10 salad (without meat) had a good amount of rotted lettuce. I told the waitress & she said, “oh.” No offer for a substitute or price reduction. My rail Margarita was $8.50 & hubby’s rail martini was warm & $7! Pricey drinks, mediocre food & fair service make this place a “do not return.”
    Captain Linda Hughes

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Harbor Village Marina

  • “Dragons” in Oriental, NC (Statute Mile 181)

    Our “fearless roving reporter,” Captain Jane Tigar, is once again on the AICW, and filing stories for the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. Captain Jane’s first installment below deals with her home port, Oriental, North Carolina.
    Watch out for “dragons” in this otherwise charming riverside village!

    I’m biased and admit our hailing port is Oriental, NC. I also admit we might have passed her by had our first Lady Jane not needed repairs an hour north of Oriental on our maiden ICW voyage a decade ago proving there’s an advantage to everything.
    Bias aside, don’t pass Oriental by even if you don’t need an emergency repair by the reliable and friendly folks at Deatons boat yard, or a good dinner at the Steamer or M&Ms or the upgraded Toucan Grill or breakfast at Brantley’s where some mornings a baker stops in selling fresh baked fruit and lemon meringue pies.
    Stop in Oriental if for no other reason than because it is the only place in the world — we are quite sure of this –where you can observe an actual nesting site of the rare elusive North Carolina dragon.
    Anchor out just out by the bridge or use the free town dock if you can snag a space. Walk across the street to The Bean, an essential local and cruisers hang out featuring coffee, tea, ice cream and breakfast pastries and, drum roll … Free wifi!
    But I digress.
    Don’t go up to The Bean yet. You are really close… Facing The Bean, look to your left, in the tall grasses until you find this official wildlife sign … Now you are on your own to catch sight of the rare North Carolina dragon.
    Good luck and let us know if you enjoyed your visit in Oriental, NC, a must-visit stop on the ICW.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

  • Captain Jones Advises on the AICW/Alligator River Swing Bridge Approach and Passage (Statute Mile 84)

    Before the removal of most swing, bascule and lift bridges, any voyage on the ICW was an adventure in bridge passages. The many types of bridges and conversations with the tenders were often memorable events. The Alligator River Bridge, at the northern entrance to the Alligator River, is particularly memorable because of its great length, making it very formidable on first approach. Captain Jones shares his thoughts on the process.
    AICW Passage South Across Albemarle Sound into Alligator River:
    It was a beautiful day and we made good progress across the Albemarle which was uncharacteristically docile. Coming into the Alligator River, we almost made a mistake by missing the approach mark. However, we caught ourselves in time and corrected our course. The Alligator River Bridge opened for us promptly. I never remember which way a swing bridge swings and am reluctant to approach too closely should it swing toward me. I like to clear a bridge even before it is fully open to facilitate its prompt closing and thereby minimize the inconvenience to motorists, who vastly outnumber us and don’t like to be inconvenienced by pesky sailboats who take forever to get through the bridge while drivers tap their foot in impatience, late for an appointment. I’ve found, too, that when mine is the only boat passing through, the bridge tender knows how long he (or she) can wait before starting the opening sequence. I confess to getting nervous as I approach the bridge, wondering if I have to slow down, but almost invariably, the second I chicken out and hit the throttle, the bridge will start to open, and I quickly throttle up again and sail through without delay. I find it helps to watch when the gates go down to stop traffic, then I know the opening sequence has begun and I can safely maintain my 5 or 6 knots. The bridge will be open by the time I get there.
    Captain Ted Jones

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

  • Captain Jones Shortcuts The AICW/Bay River/Neuse River Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 167

    Captain Jones exposes his sailor’s soul as he cuts corners to shorten the distance traveled. Such tactics do have advantages for the slow boat, BUT keep a sharp eye on the chart and on your depth finder!

    AICW Shortcut Around Maw Point Shoal – Bay River into Neuse River:
    I see no point in going all the way out to the Neuse River Junction marker when it is easy to take the hypotenuse from #1 off Deep Point to #2 marking Maw Point Shoal. The minimum depth between these markers is 8 feet approaching #2. Moon River said he didn’t want to have to explain to his insurance company why he was out of the channel when he ran aground. Point taken, but the purple lines drawn on the chart are meant for powerboats who hardly notice the few extra yards. I guess it’s the racer still in me which refuses to take the long way around.
    Captain Ted Jones

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bay/Neuse Rivers Intersection

  • Captain Jones Visits Bonner Bay off the AICW at Statute Mile 162

    Bonner Bay lies a short hop off the AICW’s passage through Bay River near Statute Mile 162.There are two anchorages just off Bonner Bay, Long Creek and Spring Creek.
    As the skipper of “Moon River” discovered (see below), all the anchorages in this area are best entered and exited while referencing a well functioning chart plotter.

    Anchorage off Bonner Bay
    We did not attempt to sail as we had the Hobucken Canal to transit further on. It was only 1500 when we left the canal, but we had decided to take it easy and look for an anchorage early on. There were a couple of likely wide spots after the canal which looked promising on the chart but not so good when we got to them ~ exposed to the south. Years ago, Don and Gael Steffens, who wrote for “Coastal Cruising Magazine” which I used to edit, had written glowingly about Bonner Bay which they portrayed as a lovely quiet anchorage rarely frequented by cruisers. It was a couple of miles out of our way, but we decided to check it out. Jim was navigating, and he directed us from the canal to flashing red #4 in the middle of the Bay River. Neither of us could see this mark when we thought we should as it was
    directly under the lowering Sun. Finally, we both spotted it and used it as our departure point into Bonner Bay which is relatively deep in the middle but shoal for quite a distance from the low lying shores of the bay. We both thought we saw a boat ahead of us enter the bay, but neither of us could see it when we got inside.
    There are two narrow but navigable branches well inside the bay, but we chose to anchor in the outer bay and were joined later by a larger than average trawler who anchored just north of us. I think Don and Gael overstated Bonner Bay’s virtues somewhat. The land surrounding it is extremely low with nothing protecting one from a strong south wind coming off the Neuse River but a wide sandy beach. Nevertheless, we felt secure in the outer bay and slept well.
    In the morning, we spotted a boat anchored way up the southwest creek in Bonner Bay, and shortly Ocean Gypsy was hailed on VHF 16. It was Moon River a lovely dark blue motorsailer designed by Mark Ellis and built in Canada by Bruckman. Moon River’s skipper was curious about the apparent shortcut we had taken as we approached Hobucken the day before. I like to cut the corners when I can and not necessarily follow doggedly along the purple path shown on the waterway charts. I had to admit to Moon River that my shortcut almost got us into difficulty, as we missed the outer channel marker and narrowly averted going over a 6 foot shoal. We probably would have been okay, but there were a few nervous moments as I watched the depth sounder indications of shoaling water, but soon we were back in the channel with 11 foot soundings.
    Our conversation was suddenly interrupted as Moon River ran aground inside Bonner Bay. Now we could see them, and we stopped to make sure they were okay. “It doesn’t pay to try to talk on the radio and navigate at the same time”, said the skipper of Moon River, who quickly recovered deeper water, as we could plainly see. He thanked us for standing by.
    Captain Ted Jones

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

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

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

  • Dowry Creek Marina, excerpt from Captain Jones’ Log, AICW Statute Mile 131.5

    Captain Jones gives us some recent history of this fine family owned and family run marina. Off the AICW/Pungo River, north of Belhaven, Dowry Creek Marina has long been a favorite among cruisers.

    It was our plan to put into Dowry Creek Marina, just a few miles further on the Pungo River, for fuel, water, and ice. We had discovered Dowry Creek Marina when it was new, a dozen years ago. It was started by Ted Klapperich and his family, but Ted died early in 2007 according to Maptech’s Embassy Guide. We had stopped there in 2008 and found things in disarray, but when we stopped on our way north last spring everyone was cheerful and helpful. The marina appeared to be doing well although there were a number of vacant slips.
    Captain Ted Jones

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

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

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