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McCotters Marina, Washington, NCEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!R. E. Mayo DocksNautical 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. 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 0
Dowry Creek MarinaToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCPort City Marina - Wilmington, 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 boardwalkMorehead City Yacht BasinSouthport MarinaBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCOur 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.

Archive For: NORTH CAROLINA – All Cruising News

  • A Visit to New Bern Grand Marina off the Neuse River in New Bern, NC

    The New Bern Grand Marina lies just inside the intersection of the Trent and Neuse Rivers, along the Trent’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

    The marina at New Bern is now called “New Bern Grand Marina” if I remember correctly, hopefully they will not change their name anymore (Was Sheraton Grand). Still a fantastic place, but they no longer sell fuel, but do have pump-out. BOATUS. The hotel will take you for shopping for $5 each way. Dockmaster’s phone is 252/637-0318 (versus the hotel desk number in the book).
    John and Sue Winter aboard Just Relax

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

  • Good Words for Matthews Point Marina off the Neuse River, near Statute Mile 185

    Matthews Point Marina is located in Clubfoot Creek off of the Neuse River just west of where the AICW turns south into Adams Creek.

    Matthews Point Marina up the Neuse on Clubfoot Creek is a good haven per your book. Water depth is 5.5′, but it is easy to get in and out (N34.54.383, W076.45.804). Facilities are still about the same as described in your book. We recommend it for a stop on the way to/from New Bern/Trent River.
    John and Sue Winter aboard Just Relax

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

  • Praise for Joyner Marina, Carolina Beach, NC, AICW Statute Mile 295

    John and Sue Winter have just returned from a month of cruising NC waters and have graciously shared their observations.

    We stayed at Joyner Marina at Carolina Beach (MM 295) at the exit (going north) of Snows Cut. It is first class, and we highly recommend it ($1.50). All services. It is good to see them back in business.
    John and Sue Winter aboard Just Relax

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

  • Observations on NC Waters from the helm of “Just Relax”

    John and Sue are sharing their travels on the NC waters and we will be posting their delightful and helpful observations in individual postings related the particular port or area. Thank you John and Sue Winters!

    We just spent a month cruising our home waters of NC that we call “The Little Chesapeake”, since we have so much to see. Here are some comments that may be of help for your web site and books. From Little River to the Outer Banks, the ICW is a dream to travel right now compared to years past. We have traveled these waters many times and nowhere are there any trouble spots as long as one pays attention.
    John and Sue Winter aboard Just Relax

  • Good Words for Wilmington Marine Center, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

    Wilmington Marine Center lies just off the Cape Fear River south of Wilmington, NC, east and a bit south of flashing daybeacon #59. The Cape Fear River departs the AICW at Statute Mile 297 at the south end of Snows Cut.

    We have stored our boat on at least three occasions at Wilmington Marine Center on the Cape Fear River. It is a surge free hurricane hole at Buoy 59 about 12 miles off the ICW and a couple miles before Wilmington. Chris, the dockmaster, walks the dock every morning checking on lines. The marina has a secure fence that is locked at sunset. There is nothing within walking distance of the marina and there is no courtesy car but taxis and rental cars are available. Should you need service, Gregory Poole is on site.
    Alan Lloyd, Great Circle Navigation Notes, www.NavigationNotes.com

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

  • Capt. Ben Explores the Upper Neuse and Trent Rivers, New Bern, NC

    River Bend Marina is located off the Trent River departing at Marker #18 (35 04.488’N, 077 07.814’W). River Bend Marina sounds interesting if your draft doesn’t keep you away.

    Took a couple days off work to move the boat out of Earl’s way. So I moved our “Sand Castle” way up the Neuse River into the Trent [River] and found “River Bend Marina”. This is a nice, pleasant establishment off of marker #18 on the Trent River hidden way, way back via canals in a neighborhood. Nice tavern there just getting started by friendly owner George. Good very helpful and accommodating staff. A few convenience/grocery stores in walking distance, and another sports-bar/tavern “Attitudes” which is pretty nice. I took our boat this deep inland to avoid any run-ins with Hurricane Earl, and thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of the marina and it’s surroundings.
    If you want that “Heart of Darkness” feeling (NARROW waterways) of cruising and can tolerate the occasional – and unpredictable 5-foot depths of the Trent River, River Bend Marina is a nice place to stop on the way up the Trent however far you choose to go.
    One more note about the Trent – depths average 8-20 feet most of the way, but early on, there are variable changes down to about 5 foot of water. I never kicked up mud in our 3-1/2 draft trawler, but got a little concerned a couple times nonetheless. You will also find some 30 foot holes. Not a river for 6+ drafts, but definitely out of the way, and probably best after bug season. Look hard at chart 11552, check fuel (no diesel past New Bern) and have a good idea how far you want to go. It’s remote. Enjoy.
    Captain Ben

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Trent River Marker #18,

  • New Restaurant Opens in Swansboro, NC, Hard by Caspers Marina (Statute Mile 229)

    “Ducks” sounds like it’s well worth a look and taste, but, speaking strictly for yours truly, I can never get past the MARVELOUS fried seafood at Captain Charleys Seafood Paradise whenever our bow pokes its way into Swansboro waters.

    My son helped open a nice place to eat, “Ducks”, right on water front near Caspers Marina [in Swansboro, NC], and [the] city dingy dock. It has a tiki bar with dining tables, and umbrellas on the T pier, and two courtesy slips for diners. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building. Just thought a mention for AICW boaters passing in this area.
    Regards,
    Mike Williams,
    P26, “Chardonnay”,
    home port Wilmington

    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 Swansboro, NC

  • Coast Guard Responds to Ferry Collision in Ocracoke, NC, Pamlico Sound

    OCRACOKE, N.C. — The Coast Guard responded to a boat collision in the ferry channel in Ocracoke, Saturday night. Scroll down to article and picture below.

    Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a radio call from a crewmember aboard the ferry Carteret, which travels from Cedar Island to Ocracoke, at 8:30 p.m. stating that there had been a collision between the ferry and a 35-foot motor yacht.
    The ferry had eight passengers, one car and the crew aboard. The yacht, Tony C, had two crewmembers and two dogs aboard.
    A 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Ocracoke responded and transferred two crewmembers and the dogs to Station Ocracoke to awaiting Coast Guard emergency medical technicians. The two individuals were cleared with no severe injuries.
    No one aboard the Carteret was injured. Coast Guard personnel inspected the ferry and found no major damage. The Carteret was brought back to Ocracoke.
    The yacht was damaged and has a hole from slightly above the waterline to the deck.
    A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatters Inlet was deployed to tow the yacht to shallow water.
    The cause of the collision is under Coast Guard investigation.

    Click Here To View Capt. Ben’s Report and Photo

  • Trawler Meets Ferry in Ocracoke, NC, off the AICW in Pamilco Sound

    Be careful out there folks, especially on holiday weekends and especially around larger vessels in close quarters!

    One more concern, evidently a 36-foot Albin trawler was struck by another boat Saturday night Sept 4th somewhere near Ocracoke. We saw the wrecked boat docked over by the channel entrance. Can’t say and don’t know what hit it, but was strong enough to dislodge the bridge structure halfway off the pilothouse and crack the hull. Heard the crew got off safely. Still afloat as of morning Sept 5th.
    Good luck to the crew and with all the challenges that will inevitably follow!
    I obscured the name and hailing port to protect the owner’s privacy, but this is what happens when Trawler meets Ferry. Saw this in Ocracoke Sunday. Was told by a few locals, the ferries have an awfully hard time in the channels maneuvering or slowing down, and that the ferry captain was in full reverse trying to avoid the trawler. Good luck to the unfortunate owner.
    Capt. Ben Matthews

    Click Here To View an Earlier Posting on Ocracoke, NC

  • Praise for Silver Lake Anchorage in Ocracoke, NC, off the AICW from Pamilco Sound

    Silver Lake Harbor Anchorage lies in the venerable shadow of the 75 ft. Ocracoke Light and is accessible from the NW via Nine Foot Shoal Channel or by Big Foot Slough Channel, which has been recently dredged, and from the south via the Ocracoke Inlet.

    Have been here several times. Most recently the Saturday after Hurricane Earl. Silver Lake is very nice and relaxing. Nice to just bring the boat in and tinker. Cannot beat the view. Ocracoke is in a whole other pace and time zone. Very slow and nice. It’s especially nice after high season is done.
    Capt. Ben Matthews

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Silver Lake Harbor

  • Difficulties with Holding in Railroad Bridge Anchorage, Dismal Swamp Route, Statute Mile, 47.5

    We’ve all had situations like this and it’s why the old salts recommend carrying two different style anchors, such as a CQR along with a Danforth, as well as a good length of chain on your rode. Railroad Bridge Anchorage is just on the outskirts of Elizabeth City, NC.

    I tried for well over an hour at multiple spots and could not get my Danforth to hold anywhere in this anchorage.
    Capt. Gary Riddick

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

  • Good Words for Eastern Propane in Bayboro, NC, north of Oriental, NC.

    Eastern Propane is at 13588 NC 55, Bayboro, NC‎ 252-745-7346‎. Bayboro is at the head of the Bay River departing the AICW at statute mile 161, northwest of the Bay River/Neuse River/Pamlico Sound Junction at statute mile 166.

    Had a delightful experience with Eastern Propane in Bayboro, NC. Two thumbs up to the folks there. Lots of hoses, regulators, fittings conveniently hung on the wall, no wait refills, and very nice folks!
    Capt. Ralph Chappell

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

  • Good Words for Broad Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 61

    South of Coinjock, in the NC-Virginia Cut route, Broad Creek lies just off the AICW to the west of quick flashing red marker #164 and green marker # 163.

    Anchored near the “9″, just above the anchor symbol on the chartlet, on a friend’s 49 DeFever, 4.8 ft. draft, in late July, 2010. Spectacular location, beautiful, very protected, no problems holding at all with a 66# Bruce. Don’t miss this beautiful place.
    Capt. Norman Mason aboard Peggy Sue, Monk 36

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

  • A Favorite Anchorage in South River off the Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 178.5

    The mouth of the South River is on the south side of the AICW and directly across the Neuse River from Oriental, NC. via flashing red marker #2.

    For those of us who sail out of Oriental, South River is by far the most favorite anchorage. Once you get inside the mouth, the depth is good pretty much from shore to shore and you can pick either side depending on whether or not you want bugs and no waves or no bugs and a little chop! My favorite spot is Southwest Creek which further up stream or you can just keep going up the main channel and anchor in the middle where it gets narrow.
    Capt. Sykes DeHart

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

  • A Hurricane Hole Recommendation for NC from John Kettlewell

    An excellent suggestion from one of the leading authorities on the AICW. This recommendation should also work south of Deep Creek Lock in the Virginia portion of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Thank you John!

    My choice would be to get inside the Dismal Swamp Canal past the first lock {South Mills Lock, mile 33.2}. Then you don’t have to worry about storm surge, just the wind and there would be no fetch.
    John Kettlewell, Editor of The Intracoastal Waterway Chartbook

    Click Here To View Other Suggestions on Hurricane Holes in NC

  • Captain Charleys Now Has Home Made Desserts (Swansboro, NC, St. M. 229)

    Captain Charleys Seafood Paradise (no kidding, that’s this establishment’s full name) has been our choice for the best fried seafood and crab casserole anytime, anywhere, since 1976. And now, Skipper Fowler tells us they’ve added delectable home-made desserts. Be still my beating heart!
    Do be careful when you anchor at the foot of White Oak River off the Swansboro waterfront. The tidal currents in this anchorage are fierce!

    Hello Claiborne:
    We took your advice and anchored off the Swansboro waterfront, then dinghied into the handy city dock and treked the two blocks to Captain Charleys. The crab casserole and fried shrimp were just as good as you described them in the North Carolina guide. Then, we got a real surprise when we learned that the manger, “Linda” is now making home made desserts for the restaurant. We both had a piece of “cookie dough pie,” which was to die for. We groaned our way back to the boat, bursting at the seams, but very satisfied.
    Skipper Fowler

  • Shoaling Reported in the Roanoke Sound Channel

    The Roanoke Sound Channel runs along the eastern side of Roanoke Sound and, as mentioned in earlier posts, requires constant vigilance to markers in the narrow channel. Captain Brian seems to have managed very nicely.

    On August 13, 2010, we headed for Ocracoke, NC by way of the Roanoke Sound channel. No problems with depth, however we did notice some shoaling into the channel around marker 16, the entrance into Mill Landing Creek. The entrance buoys have been moved slightly into the channel and accurately reflect the good water.
    Captain Brian Campbell

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

  • Well Done Entrance and Anchoring in Shallowbag Bay, Manteo, NC

    Shallowbag Bay is essentially Manteo Harbor. While less than 5 feet in many spots, there are good anchorages as Brian points out. The channels into Shallowbag Bay are narrow and require vigilance as Claiborne warns with these comments:
    “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 Albemarle 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!”
    Claiborne

    I have gained great knowledge in reading others posts on this site and thought it was time to return the favor. On August 12, 2010, we visited Manteo, NC aboard Tranquility. Tranquility has a tall mast and 6′ draft. We had no problem entering Shallowbag Bay and anchoring just east of the charted sewer outflow. Holding was good as a pretty severe thunderstorm rolled through with 30 mph gusts.
    Captain Brian Campbell

    Click on the Chartlet Below for a Chart View Window for Shallowbag Bay.

  • A Positive Experience at Deep Point Marina (AICW Statute Mile 307)

    910-269-2380 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. Location and facilities certainly make a difference in remembering a marina stay, but so often it is the personal effort of the staff that makes us want to return, as David attests. This new facility is located just off the Cape Fear River portion of the AICW, north of the Waterway’s sharp turn to the west at Southport.

    Deep Point Marina was one of our best stops on our south bound trip from Stoney Point, New York to Fernandina, Florida! They were still under construction at the time we were there, but the hospitality we received was unmatched. These people really care about their customers. The dockmaster (Rob Gandy) even loaned us his personal vehicle to go to the local grocery store. We will always make Deep Pointe Marina one of our stops when traveling up and down the east coast.
    Captain David Johnson

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

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