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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

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

  • 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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

  • A Visit to Joyner Marina, AICW Statute Mile 295

    Joyner Marina has risen from the one-time location of Oceanic Marina and is found almost due east of the AICW’s eastern entrance into Snows Cut.

    Docked early in the day here. we biked to the beach (within walking distance) and then had a good lunch at Sea Witch (about a 2 mile ride). Marina offers 25 cent a foot discount for Boat Us.
    Ron & Audrey aboard Lucky Girl

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

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    Click Here To View An Earlier Article on Joyner Marina

  • New Fans of Elizabeth City, NC, 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!

    We are presently in Elizabeth City and have found the city to be a very warm and friendly place. The Rose Buddies met us at the FREE dock and we were helped to dock and invited to wine and cheese as well as helpful info about the city. i was taken by a member to get propane cheers and fuel. He would not accept anything. We had a wonderful time visiting with the Rose Buddies and gained much info about the city, museum, and places to shop. We had a great meal at Groupers and a fine lunch at Quality Sea Food . This afternoon we visited the Museum and spent much time going through their quality exhibits. This is a must stop for anyone traveling the AICW and the Dismal Swamp.
    Ken & Francie Bushee

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Mariner’s Wharf City Docks

  • Important Navigational News for AICW Problem Stretch at the Northern Mouth of Alligator River, AICW Statute Mile 80

    Due to a combination of shoaling and incorrect depiction of aids to navigation on some older editions of chart 11553, the intersection of the AICW and the northern mouth of Alligator River has gained the reputation of being currently the worst AICW problem stretch on the Tar Heel coastline. Fortunately, below Captains Chuck and George give good advice on how to successfully navigate these troubled waters, and the second posting below notes the replacement of destroyed marker #7, reported earlier here on the Cruisers’ Net, with a temporary, unlighted can buoy. The USCG has thankfully added a red nun buoy marker #8A and if you follow the advice below, you should have no problem, but cross your fingers and toes anyway.

    Claiborne,
    Beach House transited the mouth of the Alligator River yesterday and here is what we found. On the red side between R “6″ and “8″, even near the markers we had 9 feet. The green side is deeper with 12 feet holding about 75 feet off G “7″ and going to G “9″, again holding off about 75 feet. The marker for G “9″ has been replaced and is in fine condition. The Coast Guard has placed a red nun, R “8A” where everyone has cut through and run aground. So if the markers are followed correctly there is no reason for anyone to run aground. We will keep you posted on any further developments. From Norfolk to Adams Creek we have found nothing but good depths. We are heading south.
    Chuck

    Cruising News:
    Hi guys…was at the Alligator River Marina earlier this week and there is a new nun buoy 8a that has been placed in the ICW channel just south of daymarker #8. Heading north this should be left to port but there is good water right next to the marker in the channel. I expect it is there to keep people off the shoal to the west. You may want to follow up with the CG on this…but it was there on 5/15! All best…
    Capt. George Barr

    We passed northbound through this North Alligator River section discussed here this morning – May 1. It is important for cruisers to know that Flashing Green “7″ has been destroyed and has been replaced by the CG with an unlighted small Green can. This “7″ Green can is hard to see as you approach from the South, but is positioned exactly as the old light since about 2′ of the old pole is above the water next to it. All the advice here about getting near Green “9″ and running to Green “7″ and keeping well off of Red “8″ is right on the money. We saw 11 feet or more at all times. We heard a motor cruiser who said he ran the Magenta Line report 3′ and a near grounding.

    Click Here To View An Earlier Posting about the AICW/Northern Alligator River Problem Stretch, That Also Gives Good Navigational Advice For These Waters

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch at the Northern Mouth of Alligator River

  • More Problems At AICW/Northern Mouth of Alligator River (near Statute Mile 81)

    Belhaven Waterway Marina is located on Pantego Creek in Belhaven Harbor at the 135 Mile marker on the Intracoastal Waterway We are in the center of downtown Belhaven just a short walk from the HardwarI have lost count of the number of postings we’ve had here on the Net about the Waterway’s run through the northern mouth of broad Alligator River, just as this stream meets up with Albemarle Sound. That’s why, some time ago, we designated these waters as an “AICW Problem Stretch.”
    If you will be traversing this stretch of the AICW anytime soon, be SURE to follow the link below to our listing of these waters in our AICW Problem Stretch section.
    Thanks to Captain Mason for his very kind words concerning the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. Yes, indeed, as the spring 2011 spring migration goes forward, PLEASE help us get the word out to our fellow cruisers about the quantity and quality of info available here on the Net, and all at no charge, without the need for a users name or password!

    Hi Claiborne,
    Here is a try of your new address. I hope you are feeling much better. The following was told to me by a good friend, and it is about his friend.
    This person was coming up Alligator River, heading into Albemarle Sound. He was running twenty five knots in a 47 foot Eastbay. You guessed it, he was following the magenta line on his chart and chartplotter, and hit bottom at the curve just south of number 7 and 8. The impact tore his engines off their mounts and destroyed props, shafts and rudders. The damage estimate is above $50,000. He was fortunate not to be seriously injured.
    For the few minutes it takes to review your website before each day’s run, such hazards can hopefully be avoided. We now find many cruisers who have internet access on their vessels with aircards. This issue has been noted on your website for years now, including a post from me. This area is also well covered in various publications. I really wish we in the cruising community could get the information out better about your incredibly valuable website. It is hard for me to believe that there are still a few cruisers out there who do nothing but look at the charts and their chartplotter. Fortunately most we talk to review your website as much as I do. I wonder if a flag with a logo of your website could be made available. It might prompt questions from the few who do not know of it. I would be proud to pay for and fly such a flag.
    Recently, we were returning to Norfolk from our favorite marina, Belhaven Waterway Marina, after some work there, and were followed through this area by a 42 foot Krogen. This person had softly hit bottom here on the way south.
    I led him through, and told him about your website, which he was aware of, but had not reviewed. I think he will now.
    Again, I wish you all the best.
    With warm regards,
    Norman Mason
    Peggy Sue, Monk 36

    This just brings to mind something a tugboat captain once told me about the ICW. He said to drive the markers not the chart-keep the yellow squares (usually on the green side) to starboard and the yellow triangles (usually on the red side) to port. This would have prevented that damage to the Eastbay. We now have a very happy shipyard! This group on Facebook is providing some very useful intelligence on our migration once again. A great service to ICW users. Keep up the posting.
    The above is for heading North-the addendum was to keep the green markers between you and the ocean. Reverse this for heading south.
    Also,
    To run aground on this point your going to have to pass to the WEST of the red marker on the tip of the point of land that sticks out from the west bank of the Alligator River-pretty dumb if you ask me…If you look at the markers not the chart you will be fine. Also if your not sure where your supposed to be then stop. Your supposed to pass between the red and green. It just makes a little turn here around the sand bar…..I see a boat in trouble here every trip.
    The hardest thing for a captain to do is slow down.
    Tedd Greenwald

    Transited this area in early April this year with an experienced crewmember. Like me he “refers” to the chartplotter but “uses” his eyes. We cleared this area with no trouble but unfortunately watched a boat behind us go aground!!!
    Capt. Larry Weiss

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

    I can’t help myself – I just have to ask – why are people so obsessed with that magenta line? It seems to be a dangerous habit – as we’ve seen with the two prior postings – so why do people depend on something drawn by an unknown (who knows who drew it, or when, or what their capabilities were at the time, or just how outdated the information is)? Far better to use your eyes, your instruments and your charts to determine your own best course.

    Jerry replies:

    Capt Smith:
    I guess, to answer your question, “why are people are so obsessed with that magenta line” it’s because that’s the ONLY true aid to navigation available when you’re unfamiliar with the area. The question seems to insinuate that someone is wearing blinders and not scanning the terrain. In my opinion, I find that insinuation (at least in this instance) to be an easy attack, a bit loose and off the mark.
    In the Alligator River instance, clearly the magenta line was drawn with a dogleg for a reason AND it continues to be the OFFICIAL recommended course (which clearly needs to be changed). The chart specifies that the magenta line is defined as “Channel, course, track recommended”. There is NO PHYSICAL evidence out there when cruising that magenta line that would cause you to question the recommended and charted course. Only having been there, talking to others or reading this site would allow you to know not to follow the course specifically. That’s called “prior knowledge” and can’t be gained by looking around.
    I have also experienced a pretty bad grounding with another Captain who decided NOT to follow a doglegged magenta line (outside of Pensacola on the ICW), choosing instead to head directly from green to green. Just as in the Alligator River instance, there was NO PHYSICAL evidence available that suggested anything out of the ordinary. He used his “eyes” and not the chart… Was that wrong as well?
    I now know the Alligator River problem area pretty well. BUT, I would very much disagree that short of prior knowledge, nothing out there exists that would cause anyone to question the chart and proceed straight from green 9 to green 7, in DIRECT CONFLICT with the latest publication of a charted course.
    In my instance, I did exactly as you suggested,,, “used my eyes, instruments AND charts”. If there was anything out there that would have caused my eyes to question the instruments and finally the charts, I’d like to have it pointed out. It doesn’t exist. The ONLY reason not to follow that magenta line is to have prior knowledge, of which I claim sole personal and painful responsibility.
    Would we be having this same discussion if I posted the Pensacola grounding I spoke of? What about a time when a grounding occurs because you didn’t follow the magenta line?. I’ll wager an insurance company will be MUCH more difficult to deal with in getting the repairs accomplished in that instance. How can you explain a bad grounding when you’re OFF the magenta line? In my background, THAT would be called “Pilot Error”.
    Bottom line is, the magenta line is the best that we have, when lacking any other physical evidence. And in this instance at least, that line needs to be changed so that those of us who have never been there before can safely navigate the area without “prior knowledge”.
    Jerry

    I didn’t intend to point a finger at you [Jerry] in particular…. it was more of a generic comment. When I look at a chart, I guess you could say that I’m colorblind when it comes to that magenta line. It never enters into my line of sight – I don’t even see it. Never have, and never will.
    Capt. Mike Smith

    Claiborne, Beach House transited the mouth of the Alligator River yesterday and here is what we found. On the red side between R “6″ and “8″, even near the markers we had 9 feet. The green side is deeper with 12 feet holding about 75 feet off G “7″ and going to G “9″, again holding off about 75 feet. The marker for G “9″ has been replaced and is in fine condition. The Coast Guard has placed a red nun, R “8A” where everyone has cut through and run aground. So if the markers are followed correctly there is no reason for anyone to run aground. We will keep you posted on any further developments. From Norfolk to Adams Creek we have found nothing but good depths. We are heading south.
    Captain Chuck

    May 10, 2011
    Interesting discussion and i’m glad the incident with the East Bay wasn’t too serious.
    Couple of points i’d like to make, which apply not just to the Alligator River but to the entire ICW.
    1)- Watch the charts and look for the location of ATONs and how far off the channel they are located. How many time do we hear stories or read comments about someone running aground inside Green or Red XXX? being between the sticks isn’t enough… there are many places where the marker is way off centerline and actually sits in pretty skinny water.
    Look for shoals near an ATON and if it comes close or extends into the “channel”, take this into account to give that spot a little extra clearance.
    Look for creeks, especially near inlets. This is often where shoaling will take place. A good example of this is the stretch just north of the Ben Sawyer Bridge in Charleston. Breach Inlet and its small creeks doens’t seem like much yet at every intersection you will find some shoaling (as much as 7′ MLW right now)
    2) the Magic-enta Line is a guideline, a suggestion. Usually this is where dredging will be done, and it’s also where most tugs are likely to run, making it the most likely places to find the deeper water. But, there is no guarantee and again look for signs of trouble like marker locations as mentioned previuosly, but also things like side creeks bringing silt into the channel, doglegs, etc…
    typically when approaching a known or possible trouble spot, I will first try the magic-enta line but will take it slow and watch my sounder, often poking on either side for best water if depth decrease on the line.
    3)- your depth sounder is your most critical instrument! more important that your radar and fancy GPS overlay, and maybe even more important than your plotter. Make sure you know where the transducer is and how much you have under the transducer. Props for a power vessel, keel for a sailboat. If you set an offset, make sure it’s accurate and make a note of it.
    Use the shallow depth alarm. Mine is set at 9′ (for a boat with a 6 1/4 draft). While the bottom can come up faster, it can alert you and save a prop!
    4)- In doubt, take it slow. again, watch your depths and the charts. If something doesn’t look right on the charts (see nr 1 above), slow down! Typically, when i get down to 10′, I slow down to fast idle. At 9′, I go to slow idle and if it really gets below 9′ I start coming in and out of gear. (again with a 6+ draft). At such low speed, I usually have enough time to throw the boat in reverse and back out of seriously shallowing water before hitting anything. The boat i run doens’t have the luxury of a keel and has 3′ props hanging off the bottom!
    5)- And above all, use the tides! usually, just 1 to 2 feet of tide is all you need to make transiting some of the worst stretches a less stressful experience. While sometimes schedule constraints may get in the way it’s often possible to get 6 to 8 hours of running with enough tide to enjoy the trip.
    Pascal aboard MY Charmer, 70′ 6+ draft

    Question from Jerry:
    Is the “Red 8A” placed on the east side of the shoal area?
    Just curious graphically where they placed it. If so, it seems like they’ll HAVE to modify the magenta line on the charts as that would place it west of the channel and the new “Red 8A”. Thanks for the update.
    Jerry

    Red “8A” is about half way between G “7” and G “9” marking the starboard side of the channel going south or the port side heading north. Chuck

    And since the shoaling is from the west, we assume that Red Marker 8A has been placed east of the shoaling. There would be very little dogleg remaining.

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Recommended Hair Salon in Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 204

    After several weeks of fighting the briny, there’s nothing like a good hair salon or barber shop to make us feel human again. Thanks, Barbara, for your recommendation!

    I went to a great Hair Salon this week right on the water by the Beaufort city marina. Go to Jack Best Hair Salon, 412 Front Street. I had my hair colored and cut by Ron Hux; he did a great job and I would highly recommend the salon. You can reach Ron at 252-728-0951. It is a small shop so you may want to call ahead for an appointment.
    Barbara Cordello

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

  • Queen Anne’s Revenge Exhibit in Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 204

    In 1718, the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet. The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reveals the treasures and mysteries of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, with a new exhibit opening June 2011. The exhibit illuminates the life of pirates aboard the ship from 1717 to 1718, with artifacts, interactive features and fun facts. The museum is located at 315 Front St on Beaufort’s waterfront and is free to the public.

    For those of you heading through NC, in Beaufort on June 11 will be the Opening Exhibit of the recovery of Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge from the Beaufort Inlet.

    http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort.html
    http://www.beaufort-nc.com
    http://www.historicbeaufort.com
    http://www.beaufort-nc.com/
    Frank & Chris Erwin MTOA #2214

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

  • Beaufort Public Library in New Location, Beaufort, NC AICW Statute Mile 204

    The Carteret County Library in Beaufort, NC has moved to a new location: 1702 Live Oak Street, Suite 100, Beaufort, NC 28516-6139, Phone: (252) 728-2050. http://carteret.cpclib.org. While not within walking distance from the marinas, bicycling might be possible. Live Oak Street is Hwy 70, running east and northeast through Beaufort. And remember that Beaufort Municipal Docks has a courtesy car.

    The library in Beaufort has moved out of town and is no longer in walking distance of any of the marinas.
    Lee Beere

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Beaufort Municipal Docks

  • Good Food at Alligator River Marina, AICW Statute Mile 84

    Alligator River Marina lies on the western shore of the Alligator River/AICW, just north of the swing bridge and southwest of flashing daybeacon #12.

    We just stopped at Alligator River Marina and had a great meal there. Who says they do not serve food anymore? I had a full meal with veggies, etc.
    John Winter

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

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

  • Praise for Belhaven Waterway Marina, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    Belhaven Waterway Marina is located on Pantego Creek in Belhaven Harbor at the 135 Mile marker on the Intracoastal Waterway We are in the center of downtown Belhaven just a short walk from the HardwarGood 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.

    Don’t forget Belhaven Waterway Marina inside the breakwater. Has a grassy area and a gazebo. It’s right downtown. The owners put out big ball fenders for you and get you tied securely. Take your cameras to the showers (get tour visit both). Read a real WWII “Dear John” letter in men’s area. Don’t miss the museum two blocks away – incredible.
    Bob and Kemba DeGroot

    We just stayed at Belhaven Waterway Marina. What a wonderful place! The grounds were immaculate with lovely pots of flowers everywhere. It is very dog friendly and the bathroom/shower was very clean. Towels and washcloths were provided as well as soap and shampoo! I highly recommend this facility!
    Billl & Carol Miller aboard “Trident” Grand Banks 42 Europa

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

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

  • Good Words for Dowry Creek Marina, AICW Statute Mile 131.5

    Dowry Creek Marina is a fine family owned and family run marina. Off the AICW/Pungo River, north of Belhaven, NC, Dowry Creek Marina has long been a favorite among cruisers.

    Dowry Creek Marina easily trumps Belhaven. Last personal experience late fall 2010. Great folks, clean facilities, pool, wonderful captains lounge, laundry, other cruisers, discounts, vegetables, courtesy vehicle to see what there is in Belhaven.
    Skipper Joseph

    May 10, 2011
    The marina is a pleasure. Staff is competent and friendly. Nice clubhouse and pool. Marina sponsored a potluck for the loopers and other guests. Docks are not floating and are short finger docks.
    Gloria Crawford

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  • Good Canvas Shop in Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 204

    Cat’s Paw Canvas is 10 miles north of Beaufort and can be reached at 252-728-2122.

    I would like to put in a good word for Cat’s Paw Canvas out of Beaufort, NC. I had a small need for Sunbrella fabric and Rick took very good care of me, and quickly. Nice to know that there are still folks out there that are great people!!!
    Mike Williams, SV Chardonnay, Wilmington, NC

  • Good Visit to Bald Head Island Marina, off the AICW, SE of Southport, NC

    Bald Head Island Marina is east-southeast of Cape Fear River Inlet’s flashing buoy #13, departing the AICW at statute mile 309.

    We stayed at Bald Head Marina for one night. The dockmaster is extremely helpful and a pleasure. With our bikes we saw the entire island and enjoyed seeing the gorgeous homes and pristine beach. Saw a small gator in the harbor. Restaurant was good. Loved the lighthouse. Climb the steps!
    Gloria Crawford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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