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River DunesLocated on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishingR. E. Mayo DocksEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NC910-269-2380 The new 82-slip Deep Point Marina is located on the Cape Fear River in Southport, NC, and offers fuel and transient dockage, as well as daily, monthly and annual slip rentals. The marina is adjacent to the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal, which houses a snack bar (open seasonally) that offers grab-and-go food options, soft drinks, beer, wine and coffee. In addition, the Deep Point Marina is convenient to Southport's shopping, restaurants and historic district, and offers easy ocean access. McCotters Marina, Washington, NCAn active, gated golf community on the coast of North Carolina, Scotch Hall Preserve offers properties, homes, and other real estate options for those looking to live an active lifestyle.
Morehead City Yacht BasinDowry Creek MarinaSouthport MarinaOur marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCManteo Waterfront Marina is now run by the Town of Manteo.  It boasts 53 slips that can accommodate boats up to 140 feet.  The marina is situated right next to  historic downtown Manteo on a boardwalkBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NC

Archive For: NORTH CAROLINA – All Cruising News

  • Praise for Bath Harbor Marina in Bath Creek off the Pamlico River departing the AICW at Statute Mile 146

    Bath Creek is on the north side of Pamlico River opposite flashing marker #5, approximately 8 miles west of the AICW. From the Waterway, turn west at flashing marker “PR” at Wades Point. Located on the east side of Bath Creek, Bath Harbor Marina is just below Hwy. 92/99 fixed bridge.

    We were on the tail end of a cruising week and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere at Bath Marina. They were very accommodating and there is not a better deal on the water.
    Captain Bob Bundy

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

  • Praise for Southport, NC (Statute Mile 309) by a Long-time Resident

    Hurry! Our FREE rent offer expires in May!How nice it is to get that valuable “local information” from a resident of Southport. Free dockage is always welcome news and, from Robert’s description of their 4th of July celebration, the town certainly knows not only how to open its arms to visitors, but how to keep them entertained as well.

    As one who has lived in Southport for the past 38 years, and as the Harbor Host for this area, I think that it would be a loss if you did not stop and visit Southport. We have a beautiful little town, with oak tree lined streets, restaurants, shops, a maritime museum, pirate history, civil war history, great boating, golf, tennis, fishing, sailing, great marinas, and, most of all, great people. I will agree that my opinion may be a little biased however.
    In my response to you two days ago I failed to mention that there is some free dockage on a first come basis in the Old Yacht Basin just east of the Southport Marina. This free dockage is well explained in Skipper Bob’s. One of the choices is a fixed t-head that the City of Southport supplies in this basin, which is in front of our house. Just room for one boat, with 15 amp. power and water. You could run the generator for AC, but again, on first come basis.
    Our town is a little crowded this weekend. Southport is the host for North Carolina’s Fourth of July Celebration annually. On the weekend of the 4th we go from 2500 residents to approx. 40,000 residents and tourists for the 3 day event. The celebration concludes tomorrow, Monday, with a parade, fireworks, crafts, food, etc. You have already missed the sailboat regatta, which was yesterday.
    Robert & Kay

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

  • Praise for Southport, NC and Bald Head Island Marina off the AICW departing at Red Marker #2 (c. Statute Mile 309)

    Located on the eastern side of the Cape Fear Entrance Channel, south/southeast of flashing buoy #13, Bald Head Island Marina offers excellent accommodations in a protected harbor. Being a unique ecological entity, Bald Head Island is one of the most tropical regions in North Carolina and, despite development, much of its natural beauty has been preserved. Please see Claiborne’s excellent description of the island and of Bald Head Island Marina in Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina.

    In the Cape Fear/Southport NC area you are just 3 miles from Southport to the harbor on Bald Head Island. It is well worth a visit if you have time. Good restaurants, historic village, beautiful homes, and wide open beaches. You can stay overnight at the marina there.
    Captain Bob Duthie aboard Katy Leigh, a 36 GB Classic 1981

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Bald Head Island Marina

  • Praise for Three Marinas in Southport, NC (Statute Miles 309 – 315)

    Hurry! Our FREE rent offer expires in May!Captain John gives us a snapshot review (especially re dining) of three marinas in the Southport, NC area. South Harbour Village Marina at statute mile 311, Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! at statute mile 309 and St. James Plantation Marina at statute mile 315.

    1. South Harbour Village Marina has one of the best Italian bistro’s [in town] I have ever visited. But it is not walking distance to town which is really no big loss.
    2.
    Southport Marina is closer to town within walking distance and is also a great place. There are a few good eateries in town.
    3. If you like golf and total protection from the busy ICW try St. James Plantation Marina just south of Southport proper. All are really nice, you can’t really go wrong.
    Safe travels,
    John M. Beaver aboard
    Forget About It 3

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

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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For St. James Plantation Marina

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Lightkeepers Marina

  • Praise for the Sanitary Fish Market (Morehead City near Statute Mile 205)

    The Sanitary Fish Market Restaurant has a long and interesting history and has pleased the palates of many a seafood lover. My wife and I first dined there twenty eight years ago when it was still a screen porch with picnic tables on open-planked floors over the water and the food was delicious! When we were last there, tied up overnight at their free dock, the air-conditioning, carpeting and upscale decor had not diminished the quality of the menu, as John agrees.

    We have always found the food at the Sanitary very enjoyable. We don’t read the Internet… just drive there and enjoy!
    John

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For the Morehead City Yacht Basin

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

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

  • Captain Jean Reports from Manteo, NC (Roanoke Sound, north of Pamlico Sound)

    Manteo Waterfront Marina is now run by the Town of Manteo.  It boasts 53 slips that can accommodate boats up to 140 feet.  The marina is situated right next to  historic downtown Manteo on a boardwalkOnce again, our roving reporter, Captain Jean Thompson, gives us an excellent review of all the attractions found in this portion of the Outer Banks. And, of course, DOVEKIE was moored at Manteo Waterfront Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Manteo is a local cruising destination for DOVEKIE and we usually stay for a week (the 7th day is free) at the Waterfront Marina. We come here for all the things there are to do. In town there is the Boat building facility of the NC Maritime Museum and a replica of the Roanoke Marshes screw-pile lighthouse, as well as shops and restaurants. Several excursion boats leave from the waterfront, including a pirate experience for young children, and parasailing boats. Across from the waterfront is Festival Island with its museum, good film, replica of the Elizabeth II sailing ship, living history encampment, Indian village, art shows and concerts. The Pioneer Theater shows one movie at 8:00 PM and costs $5.00 admission. On Saturday morning a craft fair/ market is set up near the waterfront. There is a fine bike path from town to the northern end of the island where one will find the Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site, the Waterside Theater (Lost Colony and other productions), and Elizabethan Gardens. There is also an NC Aquarium a little out of town. We are here June 14-21, 2010.
    Captain Jean Thomason

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

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  • Ruddy Duck Tavern (Morehead City, NC, near St. M. 205)

    This is not the first laudatory posting we’ve had here on the Cruisers’ Net concerning the Ruddy Duck Tavern in Morehead City. This fine dining spot is within walking distance of Morehead City Yacht Basin (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), the city dock and the Morehead Gulf Docks. I can’t wait to check the Ruddy Duck out for myself! However, note Captain Bender’s warning that overnight dockage at this restaurant is not guaranteed!

    The menu is extensive, food is prepared impeccably, and the taste is definitely palate-pleasing. If you’re in the area, you simply must sample their fare.
    However, despite several sites’ comments on free dockage and power with a meal purchase, this is not necessarily so. I made the mistake of calling ahead for “permission” and was told that was for small boats who’d be in and out and not for a stay of several hours nor over night. I now realize that it’s better to act first and ask forgiveness second! When we arrived, there was a large sailboat tied to RD’s dock so we were happy to go to Sanitary’s dock for $10. 24 hours later when we departed, the sail boat was still there. I called, spoke with owner, Bill, who asked that I disseminate the information to all that the offer for overnight dockage is valid during his off-season. I never did get an explanation of the sailboat’s “special privilege”.
    And again, their food is a gastronomic delight!
    Laura Bender
    M/V Kindred Spirit III
    Grand Banks Classic 42

    I am a big fan of Ruddy Duck and stayed on the float a month back. We stayed Thursday night and were planning a second night when we were asked very nicely to not stay since Friday was a busy night. Every night we have been there the place is packed. I guess the reasoning is that several small boats can fit in the spot we occupy and bring mucho customers and we are only two. We asked when landing about using the power and were told NO but later we were allowed to connect.
    There are junior staff that one runs into and they really do not know what to say. I spoke to Fabian the owner or the woman who seems to be in authority and they gave me a straight answer. Small boats have several temporary docking opportunities close by and we have the Sanitary dock. I would offer to let small boats raft to me if I notice them. As a rule I would not expect to stay more than one night.
    I am such a fan of the place that I often route people going into Sanitary Rest. (an awful place) to RD. I pointed to one big group (who asked my advice) that the great smells they were smelling were coming from RD and not Sanitary. Sanitary is the one restaurant that whenever its name is mentioned people volunteer that the food is awful. The owner thanked me for the recommendation later since the group mentioned my comments to him. BTW the combo fish platter is hands down the best seafood I have eaten and the leftovers fuel next nights dinner.
    Greg and Susan Han

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For the Morehead City Yacht Basin

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

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

  • Block Ice Now Available in Elizabeth City, NC (Statute Mile 50.5)

    Boy, how can Elizabeth City continue to do even MORE for the cruising community. I don’t know, but they keep on trying.
    It’s no accident that Elizabeth City is known as one of the most welcoming ports of call on the entire Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The spirit of “Rose Buddie’s” founder, Fred Fearing, lives on. Don’t miss a stop here!

    Hi
    I wanted to let you know that a local ice company is now offering block ice and…they will deliver to our beautiful waterfront! We would love it if you would post this exciting information on your website.
    Wright Ice Company
    1105 Herrington Road
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909
    252-335-2697
    Please let us know if you have any questions and thanks so much!!!
    Susan

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

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

  • New Bern, North Carolina Discussion (Neuse River, off the AICW)

    The discussion below is copied from the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) Mail List. The two messages I have copied were in response to a query from Captain Jim about whether he would need to winterize his boat if it was left in New Bern during the winter months. However, as you will see, there is MUCH more to these messages than just winterizing.

    Jim wrote,”But would I have to winterize my boat if it were in New Bern in January?”
    Nope. We spent the winter of ’06-’07 there and only put a 60W light bulb in the engine room. No problems.
    Its a delightful town. Cindy stayed aboard for two weeks while I flew back the following spring and thoroughly enjoyed her time there. But like an earlier poster pointed out, this is the south and either you accept and enjoy its slow and gracious lifestyle or do yourself a favor move along quickly. Or, as one bumper sticker admonishes, “Get your (picture) heart in Dixie or get your (picture) ass out!” VBG!
    Regards,
    Randy Pickelmann
    MORNING STAR
    lying in Clearwater, FL

    New Bern is a wonderful town, to be sure, but be careful of the personal property tax laws in North Carolina. In the city of New Bern, both the county and the city will impose a substantial personal property tax on a boat that’s moored there on January 1st of the year. Across the Trent River, outside of the city, your only liability will be to the county. The rules are vague – although I guess have gotten somewhat better documented in that last few years. If your boat is going to be there on January 1st, make sure you take steps to document with the two tax offices that you are a non-resident
    transient and claim exemption from the taxes ahead of time. Tell them when you plan to leave, and make sure to tell them when you do leave. On this subject, caveat emptor applies. Fighting this after the fact is a PIA, and not what cruising is supposed to be.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    Currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD

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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Galley New Bern Grand Marina

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

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

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

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

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

    Click Here To Read Earlier Comments For Cape Lookout Bight

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

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

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

    Click Here To Read Earlier Comments For Cape Lookout Bight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Stormy AICW/Albemarle Sound Crossing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Get MUCH more information at
    http://www.newbern300.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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