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  • Bakery Recommended in Morehead City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 204

    Alex & Brett, Inc. is one block north of the famous Sanitary Fish Market at the corner of Arendell and 5th St and within easy walking distance of the four marinas along the Morehead City waterfront. Telephone: 252-622-4688. Enjoy!

    We were in Morehead City this weekend and discovered a wonderful bakery..Alex & Brett. They are located near the waterfront at 513 Arendall back in the corner of the shopping center. Their fresh bread and deserts are wonderful. They sell many items that are “boat” friendly. We were not disappointed with any of our selections.
    Capt. Janet Childers

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Downtown Morehead City Waterfront

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

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

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

  • Unhappiness at Carolina Beach State Park Marina (Statute Mile 297)

    Hmmmmm!

    Cruising News:
    Hi All,
    Passed Carolina Beach State Park/Marina Yesterday, July 12-Its [been] restored at millions of dollars facility that I have enjoyed many times over the years-one small boat docked out of perhaps 60 slips-Last fall I stopped there after hours with my 43ft Trawler and pulled up to the T dock,as I always have, checked into the office in the AM to register-as normal.
    A totally empty marina-not a boat anywhere-basically the same situation as on July 12.
    CBSP, has been the only marina that I have stayed in that requires “proof of ownership”, Documents or Registration-I accept that/fine.
    Last fall, I was asked/told that docking on the T head was no longer permitted, and I should move my boat to a slip —I pulled out instead-I had called in advance and asked if they could accomidate 45ft boats-sure a the T head I was told by the phone operator. Now I am told to slip in and if I stick out a bit-well thats no good either-in a totally empty marina.
    Methinks some of the problem is with the “Ranger on Duty”, the kind in a green uniform with a gun on their hip-and a bit of an “attitude”—like walking with your dog down the dock and being addressed on the loudspeaker about leashes being reguired-again in a totally empty marina–There may be some other issues at CBSP-all new and rebuilt–but its a shame that a great public facility is
    EMPTY.
    Kevin Kearney
    JOLIE-northbound

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

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

  • Warm Praise for Elizabeth City, NC (Dismal Swamp Canal Route, St. M. 50.5)

    Elizabeth City has been known as one of the most welcoming ports of call for many, many years. The late Fred Fearing used to greet cruisers with a rose for all the female members of the crew, and an incredibly warm welcome for everyone aboard. Sadly, Fred passed away a few years ago, but the “Rose Buddy” volunteer efforts he pioneered, live on in Elizabeth City, as evidenced by the message below, copied from the MTOA List-Serve.
    And, let’s not forget, Elizabeth City is a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We have just had the best experience in Elizabeth City. On one of the hottest 4th of Julys ever, the water pump for the air conditioner gave up the ghost. I disconnected the pump and took it into the little ships store here at Pelican Marina. Everyone wanted to help, but what do you do with a 22 year old pump? Finally the managers, Josh & Mike, said to take it to “Electric Motor Rewind Co” on Poindexter Street. I did, and the owner said to leave it with him for about an hour, and go eat at the Colonial Restaurant, 3 blocks away. After a great breakfast, we returned to the Rewind company and found our air conditioner water pump all fixed and ready for installation. $24.89 was all he charged us.
    Then, walking back over the bridge to Pelican Marina, we met the Bridge Master, Jack Brothers, who said if we needed a ride he would let us use his pickup truck.
    Everyone here in Elizabeth City has been really great to us. Must be something in the water.
    We’ll be back, and we’ll be recommending Elizabeth City to everyone we meet.
    Skipper Jim Powell

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For The Mariners Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Elizabeth City Waterfront

  • Good Words for Northwest Creek Marina, Neuse River, New Bern, NC

    Northwest Creek Marina and Fairfield Harbor are south of New Bern, NC on Northwest Creek off the Neuse River and due north of marker #17 below Hampton Shoal.

    Carol & I bought our boat (Whitby 42) in February ’11, local to New Bern. We berthed her here at the marina intending to stay a month. The marina and marina staff and the staff of the Hurricane hotel/restaurant were so pleasant and helpful and the work we got done was done so well and promptly that we extended to 3 months. Then, in addition to the friendliness of the people (staff and berth-holders) we decided that we should really be cruising here while we had the chance… extension to 6 months!
    We have lived-aboard in many marinas up the east coast but we totally agree that this is the most enjoyable one we have stayed at (although not live-aboard). We live in Florida and have to feel confident that the boat will be well taken care of; and we are. The staff are excellent at the marina.
    We know it’s a long chug or sail up to New Bern but this place is well worth a visit at least and if you are leaving your boat for a while, this is one of the most reliable places to do so. If you want work done on the boat, there are people who will set a schedule and actually stick to it (what a concept!) and do a great job (am I allowed to mention Harvey Smith, a very local diesel expert who does tremendous work at an excellent rate?).
    Carol and Fergus

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Northwest Creek Marina and Fairfield Harbor

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Northwest Creek Marina and Fairfield Harbor

  • Second Town Dock Proposed for Oriental, NC, AICW Statute Mile 181

    This is welcome news to those of us who have tried to find dockage in Oriental during the busy seasons. Cruisers’ Net would like to hear your opinions on the proposed town dock. Oriental harbor lies northwest of flashing green marker #1 in the Neuss River.

    Cruising News:
    A second Town Dock has been proposed in Oriental. For details of the proposal, and a map showing the location, go to:
    http://towndock.net/news/second-town-dock-proposed-for-oriental-harbor
    Richard Ross

    Good news. This is one of our favorite waypoints. The deli (now called the Bistro) [I suspect this is SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Village Food Emporium – Editor] has the best Rubin sandwiches in the world.
    Jim Powell

    I think another town dock would be great as the current one is always full every time we have tried to use it.
    Larry & Margie Ross aboard Wanderin L&M Hampton 55

    We stayed at a private dock once in Oriental. Other than that, we’ve had to pass by Oriental because there was no place to over-night. We’ll be hoping to visit Oriental for a few days this fall to visit friends … if we can find dockage. We certainly encourage the town to create more space for cruisers.
    Greg & Marian Riach aboard S/V Muskoka Moon

    Current town dock has room for only 2 vessels. Anchoring space is very limited. Marinas there are relatively expensive. We like the town, but space is currently too limited…another place to tie up, or mooring balls would be a great improvement.
    Terry

    Oriental would certainly benefit by the addition of another town dock. The only limitation to a significant increase in visitors is dockage/anchorages. We skipped Oriental because of a lack of sufficient overnight space.
    Douglas Paddock

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

  • Shoaling Reported at Northern Departure from Albemarle Sound, AICW Statute Mile 65

    This notice is referring to shoaling at the Waterway’s narrow channel leading from Albemarle Sound into the North River via the VA-NC Cut. A sharp watch should kept between markers 168 and 173.

    LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 25/11
    Shoaling to a depth of 5.3 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Great Bridge to Albemarle Sound Light 170 (LLNR 37810). Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart : 12206.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker 170

  • Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society to be Formed, Sunset Beach, NC

    If you are interested in historic preservation or just a nostalgia buff, you might want to get involved with this group. As you will remember, the last parts of the old pontoon bridge were removed this past spring.

    I am sure that all boaters were happy to see the last of the Sunset Beach floating [pontoon] bridge on the ICW just north of NC/SC state line. Now there is a society dedicated to preserving the old bridge, fortunately in a park in Sunset Beach. Anyone interested in learning the fate of the old bridge can visit the web site
    http://www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org/Site/Welcome.html.
    Skipper Richard Ross aboard Chez Nous

    Richard! Thanks for the mention of OBPS. Our plans are to keep her out of all boaters’ way and safe in her new home on land. We welcome you all to visit her at 109 Shoreline Dr. if only to shake your fist at her one last time!
    Chris Wilson

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge

  • Interesting Article on Ocracoke, NC (off the AICW, on Pamlico Sound)

    What a great report from Captains Greg and Susan concerning one of the North Carolina’s most popular ports of call. Note that this cruising duo note the same shoaling in the Big Foot Slough Channel, on which we reported last week, but they also reflect a later report of dredging here. Follow the link provided below to check out this earlier article.
    Even if you don’t plan on visiting Ocracoke this summer, Greg and Susan’s account of the “movie” in Ocracoke, plus the offshore research trip, is well worth a read!

    Allegria is spending and extended weekend at the USNPS docks in Ocracoke, NC. This idyllic village on the outer banks is the perfect place to enjoythe summer’s heat with a cooling breeze. The docks were only half full and we got a great spot along with enough power to be comforable with our A/C. Since we are over 62 years old we can use our Golden Passports here to get a 50% discount on the dockage, quite a bargain. The channel entering the Silver Lake anchorage was extremely shoaled with barely 6′ on the green side and seabirds walking around on the red side. Fortunately, there is an USACOE dredge working there right now.
    Last night in Ocracoke, there was a feature movie played right behind our boat on a big inflatable screen, of a Disney from 2009 entitled Oceans. It had some of the most spectacular wildlife footage I have ever seen. One scene in Alaska had a pod of grey whales herding bait fish into a ball using air bubbles. Then a dozen full grown grey whale exploded to the surface en-mass from deep down. The slow motion showed their mouths, which sieve out the fish from the water, bloated and distended with their catch as they fell back. Truly do not miss this film, it is unlike anything else I have ever seen. See some clips at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765128/
    There is an 85′ NOAA research vessel in residence which is working on a project to locate and photograph wrecks that are offshore from the Battle of the Atlantic, the extended battle between U boats and merchant and US Navy ships that resulted in dozen of sinkings in the early part of WWII. They have a sophisticated free ranging, self propelled side scan sonar device that they release to run track lines along the bottom. When retrieved, the data can be downloaded and reviewed. This is much easier than towing the device behind a ship and running track lines. The National Geographic has a film crew documenting the project so look for a future piece on TV and in print. This is related to the Marine Sanctuary program of NOAA surrounding the Monitor archeological site just offshore.
    Greg and Susan Han
    USCG 100GT Master, Near Coastal
    Key Biscayne, FL
    Allegria — Krogen Whaleback #16

    Click Here To Read An Earlier Article About Shoaling and New Dredging on Ocracoke’s Big Foot Slough Channel

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Ocracoke’s National Park Service Docks

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor and Its Approach Channels

  • Good Words for Cypress Cove Marina, off Albemarle Sound, Columbia, NC

    Cypress Cove Marina, formerly International Yaching Center, formerly Sawyers Marina, sits on the banks of the beautiful Scuppernong River, near the tiny river town of Columbia, NC.

    Cypress Cove has a nice lift, and nice “ramp” area for boats to sit on the hard for maintenance or storage. Something important to me personally is toilet and shower facilities; I rate Cypress Cove’s facilities above average. My experience is getting a bit dated; I was there over the Winter 2007/2008. The maintenance was first class. Very small staff, but it is/was plenty, professional and proficient. Other than being careful of wind/water depth, I rate this marina at excellent. It is best to call ahead since dockage was almost full. When I was in the water I was tied to a temporary end-of-pier spot; which was very adequate since the marina is in a very protected cove. Unless someone has recently moved or is out cruising, I doubt there are any empty slips. They are a dealer for power boats, so the lean may seem a bit toward the power yachter, however, that is where the money is so I see no problem there. Can’t see anyone staying in business in this region if they specialized in sail. The maintenance “person” was knowledgeable of both power and sailing craft.
    Skipper Mark H.

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

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

    Click Here For An Article on Columbia, NC

  • Elizabeth City Gets Better and Better, Dismal Swamp Route, Statute Mile 50.5

    Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop programElizabeth City and the Rose Buddies have been charming cruising visitors to the City Docks since 1983. Over 15 years ago, my family and I were privileged to meet the original Rose Buddy, Fred Fearing, who passed away in 2007, and we got the same warm greeting and assistance as did Ken and Francie. Isn’t it wonderful that some things do not change! The city docks are officially called Mariner’s Wharf City Docks and dockage is free for 48 hours, although we were once allowed to stay for three days when high winds prevented the Alligator River Bridge from opening. We are proud to report that Elizabeth, NC is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Elizabeth City has major improvements for boaters since our last stop a few years ago, thanks to former mayor Atkinson who now owns a trawler. Enjoy Saturday morning farmer’s market at mariner wharf May – October. Farm Fresh market, a great new grocery store, picks boaters up at the wharf with a phone call. We enjoyed First Friday gallery walk and new art center downtown. The new library and Albermarle museum exhibits are terrific. We highly recommend Elizabeth City to anyone cruising the area.
    Capt. Wendy Young aboard “Blue Crab” 32′ Island Gypsy, Punta Gorda FL

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Elizabeth City Waterfront

  • Another Great Report on Deep Point Marina (Statute Mile 307, AICW/Cape Fear River)

    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. One of the Cruisers’ Net’s newest sponsors, Deep Point Marina keeps racking up the good reviews. This facility’s marked entry channel lies northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20.

    We just left . . . the Deep Point Marina.WHAT A GREAT STOP. We recommend the Marina.The docking price is right $1.14 a foot,with free laundry and swimming pool.Their organization donated hundreds
    of dollars worth of door prizes to the southern [MTOA] rendezvous.Please stop and say hello.Located of the Cape fear river at red marker #20,next to the Bald Head Island ferry.The bald Head Conservatory has been very kind to MTOA.Try and support them.
    George Kay

    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

  • More Good Words for 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. Deep Point Marina is reached via a marked entry channel northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20. These good people are one of our newest Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sponsors

    4/19/11- Stopped at Deep Point on our way North from St. Augustine Fl to Portsmouth NH. This is on its way to being a nice stop. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Once all the amenities are done we will be back. Very protected, good stop in bad weather.
    Capt Glenn Kiedaisch

    Thanks to Cruisers Net we found a new jewel of a marina. In Southport, NC we “just went in for fuel” to the new Deep Point marina because we noted a very good price on fuel. Rob the marina dock master made us feel so at home that we ended up staying two nights and the price was right. $1.14/ft. with our Boat US discount. The baths and showers were extra clean and new, the pool looked great and the staff was so friendly and helpful. We definitely will be returning. The people can make or break the marina experience.
    Thank you Cruisers Net for keeping us informed and helping us to save some money on fuel and I am sure this service helps to spur competition in the fuel market. I know that we don’t even consider buying fuel from a marina who will not respond to your price inquires. Keep up the great work.
    Capt’n Joe aboard S/V C-Note

    We just left The FLETCHERS at the Deep Point Marina.WHAT A GREAT STOP.Chuck and Joy are super friends and Port Captains.We recommend the Marina and a hello to Chuck and Joy.The docking price is right $1.14 a foot,with free laundry and swimming pool.Their organization donated hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes to the southern rendezvous.Please stop and say hello.Located of the Cape fear river at red marker #20,next to the Bald Head Island ferry.The Bald Head Conservatory has been very kind to MTOA.Try and support them.
    George Kay

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

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  • High Praise for River Dunes Marina, AICW Statute Mile 173.5

    River DunesRiver Dunes Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located off the AICW’s run along Neuse River, in Broad Creek between unlighted daybeacons #1 and #2.

    Stayed at River Dunes Marina just north of Oriental. What a delight! Lovely main building with billiards, great library, super sailing photos of J boats and a great Rest. (Thurs-Sun). New tile heads, laundry, great pool and cabanas, hot tubs, workout room and even croquet on the lawn. New floating docks and $1,50/’. Free courtesy van with Oriental a 15 min. drive. Manager, CJ, is a delight as is the facility. Next time we’ll spend two or three days. A real “resort” atmosphere at a good price. Try it – you’ll like it! Cheers from Queen Ann’s Revenge @ Okracoke,
    Hank Evans

    River Dunes is a real treat! Dont pass it up and plan on staying a week.
    Knot tide down

    Cruising News:
    After reading and hearing all the positive comments regarding River Dunes Marina up the Broad Creek north of Oriental, we were looking forward to the possibility of spending some of our summer cruising season with them. When we contacted the Dock Master and inquired about transient monthly rates we were informed that River Dunes has a ‘no live-aboard policy’ for stays in excess of one week. Oh well, I guess we’ll be looking elsewhere to spend a month.
    Linda Bernabucci M/V Live Wire II Selene 43

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

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  • News from Morehead City Docks, AICW Statute Mile 205

    In the heart of downtown, the City docks are on the northern banks of the Morehead City waterfront channel, west of Morehead Gulf Docks. Reservations are made by calling 252-726-2457, but payment is made at the City Library one block from the waterfront at 9th and Evans.

    City Docks at Morehead City. Not in Waterway Guide yet. $1.50/’ including elect. Heads and showers. Pay at City Library or on phone by credit card. To book reservation call the City Library @ 252-726-3012.
    Hank Evans aboard Queen Ann’s Revenge

    Ted Garner, owner of Sanitary Seafood is a friend of ours and a MTOA port capt. He has made some renovations including putting a full service bar at the restaurant in addition to the outside deck. He is just waiting for the permits to put in a new floating dock at the restaurant which he hopes will be in by the end of June. So be patient it will come. In addition, he is a very accommodating port capt. for those who plan to be in the area and need any assistance.
    Jane Deane

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

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  • Report on Wilmington City Docks, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC

    The historic city of Wilmington, on the Cape Fear River about 11.5 miles off the AICW, has worked long and hard over the past decade to update their waterfront, and make it more visitor and cruiser friendly. While there is still room for improvement, cruising visitors will now find some good city docks in the heart of the downtown business/historic district, and a very fine private marina/yacht manufacturer/repair yard, a bit farther upstream.

    Wilmington City Docks: $1.50/’ plus elect. Public restrooms- locked after hours, no showers, no laundry. Hilton Hotel has new manager and cruisers staying at town docks in front of hotel are no longer welcome at Hilton pool and restrooms. Overpriced for what they deliver, but still a delightful stop. Caprice Rest. on Market St. very good steaks and service. Upstairs, quiet and delightful.
    Skipper Hank Evans aboard Queen Anne’s Revenge

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Wilmington City Docks

  • Bridge Tender Marina, AICW Statute Mile 280

    Bridge Tender Marina in Wrightsville Beach, NC is located on the western side of the Waterway immediately south of the Wrightsville Beach bascule bridge (S.R. 74).

    Stayed here on May 24 2011. They no longer have showers. No laundry, lounge, showers or boater facilities. You get cable, electric and water for $1.75. Nice and close to bascule bridge that only opens hourly.
    Kerry Appleton

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

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

  • Good Words for the 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.

    We are currently docked at Carolina Beach State Park at the west end of Snows Cut (ICW mile 292.5). Price $30/day w/240 electric and water. All new floating docks. After you enter the basin, getting into the slip is tight but not a problem. Overall we are about 48 feet and were able to fit into the slip with some hangover front and back.
    We are the only boat on one of the three docks and there are only 3 other boats in the 54 slip marina. It’s restful, clean and a worthwhile stop.
    The construction is very well done and they were able to leave just about enough room between piers so that we could fit across the fairway. You could get a 45 footer in to the 17′ wide slips and the only problem would be the wind. Twins or a bow or stern thruster would make it easier.
    Skipper Jim Bertch

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

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  • Pungo Creek Marina, AICW/Pungo River, Statute Mile 136

    Recently re-opened this past spring, Pungo Creek Marina, ocated on Pungo Creek just south of Belhaven, NC, continues to make upgrades to a fine facility.

    Pungo Creek Marina update: The ships store is now up and operating, along with wifi covering the entire docks. The new dock rates are 50.00 a night, and the size of the vessel doesn’t matter. There is also a nice t-dock to lay up on, as well as easy access to the fuel pumps. (5-17-11)
    Capt. Larry

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

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  • Report on Mile Hammock Bay Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 244.5

    Mile Hammock Bay anchorage lies just off the AICW, hard by (just north of) the Waterway’s intersection with New River and New River Inlet.
    Mile Hammock Bay lies within the sprawling Camp Lejeune US Marine Base, and Corps activities can sometimes disrupt anchorage by pleasure craft in these waters, occasionally to the point where you can not drop the hook here at all.

    We anchored there for the night on the 4th. Four other boats, plenty of room. The Marines were doing touch and goes with a tiltrotor nearby and then at about 11:00pm they went to work with more Helos and made a whole lot of NOISE for about an hour and then it was quiet the rest of the night.
    We anchor there twice a year. Once in a while they do amphibious exercises and it can be in the middle of the night and they sometimes make serious wakes doing it, so it’s a good idea to get all your knick knacks secure.
    I used to live on short final south of the Glenview Naval Air Station when they were still flying Privateers and Cougars, both LOUD. I can sleep through anything as a result, so I’m not bothered by the noise. Besides, their noise is for our benefit – bless them.
    The holding is not uniformly good around the anchorage as you will see if the wind gets stronger. Bottom is muck on top of hardpan and if you are where the muck is thinner, more on the east side, you may not get the holding you think you have. We always back down and sometimes switch anchors fluke to plow and it often takes two or three tries to get it to stick.
    If you use the place, and there is any threat of serious wind, keep an eye on what your neighbors are doing with respect to anchoring and if it isn’t adequate, move. we’ve twice moved out of what turned out to be the path of boats dragging up the Marines’ ramp.
    All this notwithstanding, we love the place and use it because it’s the only place that makes any sense between pipeline and adams creek beach given our 6 knot speed.
    We don’t anchor in wrightsville beach anymore. The current and any serious wind make the place tricky and if you don’t really know what you are doing getting secure holding can be difficult. Again, it’s not you, it’s the neighbours – you’ll know who they are. “Rope” rodes and at most 25 foot scope.
    Skipper John Ferguson aboard m/v arcadian

    On rare occasions the Marines do close the anchorage. We came past a few days ago and they were doing helicopter maneuvers but there were boats anchored in the basin. So the answer is, it depends.
    Capt. Chuck

    We anchored in Mile Hammock Bay last night, May 18th. Very nice anchorage. We had no problem holding in 15 mph winds. Winds died overnight. There were some small camo boats the marines were practicing maneuvering when we came in but they were over by the boat ramp, no problem. Not much else going on. Four boats total in the anchorage. We recommend it.
    Skipper Steve Franko aboard Yesterday’s Dream

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

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  • Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina Needs Support From the Cruising Community (Cape Fear River – Wilmington, NC)

    Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers YachtsBennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina is a superb marina and repair yard facility near downtown Wilmington, NC, on the Cape Fear River. These good folks are also a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR.
    Ms. Tricia Bennett, President of this fine organization, has asked the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net to help rally support within the cruising community to obtain the necessary permits to dredge their facility. It’s my understanding the state has already approved, but now they need a little help with the “fed boys.”

    Dear Claiborne:
    I am writing to see if we get some support from your cruising community for maintenance dredging at the Cape Fear Marina. As you know, we been located on the Northeast Cape Fear River since 1997 and some of the slips have silted in. We have applied for all the permits required and it is now time to get some public support! We are not looking to expand the marina, just make sure all the slips have enough water. Details of the entire permit process and background can be found at www.saw.usace.army.mil/wetlands.. We are an NC Certified Clean Marina and want to make sure we can accommodate folks in all our slips! .
    Letters supporting our marina maintenance dredging can be sent by mail to:
    Mr. Dave Timpy
    Wilmington District
    Corps of Engineers
    69 Darlington Avenue
    Wilmington, NC 28402
    Thanks very much for spreading the word. We really appreciate it!
    Best Regards,

    Tricia
    Patricia Donovan Bennett
    President
    BENNETT BROTHERS YACHTS, INC.
    Cape Fear Marina

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