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  • Comfortable Stay in Upper Broad Creek Northern Anchorage, off the AICW on Neuse River, NC

    Upper Broad Creek Northern Anchorage is 18.7 nautical miles off the waterway on Neuse River in the centerline of Upper Broad Creek’s gentle turn to the northeast, north of the charted pilings; Upper Broad Creek indents the northeastern shores of Neuse River, well northeast of Neuse River marker #19.

    We anchored here last night in SW 10-15 and were VERY comfortable. The wind was NE when we entered and the pilings were completely submerged save one lonely post with a cormorant sitting atop. This morning we saw 15-20 pilings where only one was visible the previous afternoon. There is a lot of water in this curve, so stay on the port side going in.
    Doug Sligh

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

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  • Report from New Bern Grand Marina and Galley Stores Marina on the Neuse River, New Bern, NC

    Galley Stores, on the Trent River in New BernThe New Bern Grand Marina lies along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges. Galley Stores Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – guards the western banks of the Neuse River, just north of marker #32 and Union Point, hard by downtown New Bern, NC.

    We docked at the New Bern Grand Marina today and went for a walk around town. The Galley store has a pretty good selection and their wine prices are very competitive. The staff inside are very friendly.
    Doug Sligh

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

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

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  • Good Stay at National Park Service Docks, Ocracoke, NC, Pamlico Sound

    The Ocracoke National Park Service Docks lie on the northern shores of Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor, just east of its entrance.

    Cruising News:
    The National Park Service Docks are a nice and inexpensive stay in the jewel of the Outer Banks. The Pamlico is seldom an easy crossing, but Ocracoke is worth the effort. Lots of history, shops, restaurants, and golf cart rentals. Everything you need is right here.
    Jim and Talley Powell

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

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  • Wonderful Report from the Dismal Swamp Canal/AICW Alternate Route

    These folks definitely know how to take full advantage of a location. Their experience makes you want to go back and follow their tracks/wake in and around the Canal. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We are 2012 Loopers in progress who just exited the Dismal Swamp this morning after having a great time through there! We did hit two deadheads in the center of the canal, fortunately while traveling at idle speed, just in case. We spent one night at the free dock at the Visitors Center. The next morning we rode our bikes along the adjacent bike path, then moved 6 more miles up the Canal and spent a second night tied up at a free Corps of Engineers dock (only 20 feet long, so we took up more than the entire dock but would have let others raft to us). After we tied up there, we took our
    dinghy 3 miles up the Dismal Swamp Canal Feeder Ditch, right across from the dock, to Lake Drummond, which provides the water they use to keep the Swamp at constant level. It was a beautiful trip, and at the canal-lake junction, there is a tiny rail “trolley” you operate yourself to take your dinghy around the dam and into Lake Drummond, which was beautiful and no other boats were there. Great adventure!
    Cathryn and Bob
    aboard “Next to Me”,
    42′ Jefferson Sundeck

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Successful Stay in Turnagain Bay, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 167

    Turnagain Bay is a seldom visited sidewater of the Neuse River, almost directly opposite the ICW’s entrance into the Neuse at Maw Point Shoal.

    Cruising News:
    This is a very flat landscape of marshes and one hammock. It is a nice place to hide when the Pamlico is acting up. Soft mud bottom holds extremely well. Very pleasant when it’s cool. Imagine the mosquitoes will drain you dry on a warm afternoon.
    Jim and Talley Powell

    You’re right about the mosquitoes, Jim and Talley. I anchored in upper Turnagain Bay near the cut-through to West Bay last October and was eaten alive. I have never seen mosquitoes so dense, and I’m from South Louisiana. The entrance to Turnagain Bay was quite shoal, I dropped sail and motored in real slow, saw some 5 foot water but my CD25 draws less than 3 1/2 so I got through it. I poked my nose into the West Bay canal, but turned back as I realized if it was blocked or shoaled too shallow I’d have to back out – it’s too narrow to turn even a CD25. Other than that, a great trip! Seriously, it’s some of the most remote and beautiful lowland scenery I have seen in North Carolina.
    Paul Clayton

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  • Good Report from Carolina Beach Mooring Field, Carolina Beach, NC, AICW Statute Mile 295

    Just completed in February, 2012, the new Carolina Beach mooring field is located south of Snows Cut, between markers #4 and #5 on the approach channel into Carolina Beach town waterfront.

    Cruising News:
    Spent a nice relaxing night in Carolina Beach, NC in the new mooring field. This spot had a terrible bottom akin to pudding. The new concrete anchors sunk up to 8′ in the mud and now one feels quite secure.
    Dave Thomas

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Carolina Beach Mooring Field

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  • Restful Night in Cedar Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 188

    As Capt Miller avows: wide swing radius and extra scope can indeed make for a restful night . However, Cedar Creek, a very popular AICW anchorage, found immediately adjacent to the Waterway between Neuse River and Beaufort, NC, can be crowded with other vessels and crab pots. There is also a sunken sailboat practically in the center of the creek’s entrance.

    Cruising News:
    We anchored in Cedar Creek at mile 187 on 4/27/2012. We motored a swing circle and found the shallows much deeper than charted. We dropped on the 6 foot line in the eastern corner of the anchorage. A longer saiboat had gone even further in to starboard.
    The anchor grabbed and held well. With an available swing circle of 600 feet and no other boats anchored nearby, I savored the luxury of paying out extra scope and sleeping soundly.
    There appears to be a shoal just northeast of the front range marker, “9”. It is marked with three white pipes. We entered and departed south of “9”.
    It’s a tree lined anchorage and the only disturbance was an occassional wake from boats on the ICW (Be careful when cooking over the stove).
    Max Miller

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

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    Click Here To View Another Recent Article on the Cedar Creek Anchorage

  • Report from Anchorage at AICW Statute Mile 264

    The anchorage described below by Captain Miller actually lies directly on the Topsail Inlet approach channel, which leaves the Waterway at ICW marker #86. We specifically do NOT recommend dropping the hook here, as this would put your vessel on a marked channel, which does support some local water traffic. That could lead to a very rude awakening in the middle of the night, or early the next morning.
    If Captain Miller had just continued following the Topsail channel a bit farther, a reasonably good anchorage would have been encountered southwest of marker #14, northwest of the charted marsh island. This haven is linked below

    Cruising News:
    We anchored across from Sloop Point (4 mi south of Surf City Bridge) between markers 19 and 21 in a small tributary to the ICW. We motored a swing circle and found the shallower depths slightly greater than charted. Our circle inpinged within the 6 foot line and we dropped on a line from 19 to 21. The Bruce anchor grabbed quickly and held through the night despite a blow. There are no trees or houses here to block the wind. I didn’t sleep well.
    The southerly wind pushed our stern into the channel but the markers are not lighted so I didn’t expect any large boats to pass after dark. I did hang lanterns at bow and stern so the late-night fishermen would see us (they never look up for a masthead light).
    I wouldn’t anchor here again except in settled weather. I could have (should have) gone further in where the passage gets wider.
    Max Miller

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For the Topsail Channel Anchorage

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  • Favorable Tidal Currents from Myrtle Beach, SC to Carolina Beach, NC

    Capt. Miller shares good advice regarding northbound currents in the Waterway.

    Subject: Favorable Current Northbound from Dock Holiday Marina
    Cruising News:
    We departed Dock Holiday Marina two hours after North Myrtle Beach low tide and enjoyed a following or slack current all of the way to Southport.

    Subject: Northbound Boost from Current when Departing Southport
    Cruising News:
    We tried Skipper Bob’s suggestion of departing Southport one hour before high tide and found that we enjoyed a following current all the way up Cape Fear River and as far as Carolina Beach Inlet.
    Max Miller

  • Praise for Dock Crew at Dudley’s Marina, AICW Statute Mile 229

    Dudley’s Marina lies northeast of the Waterway near unlighted daybeacon #46A, and just a hop, skip and jump from downtown Swansboro, NC. Good reviews of Dudley’s Marina are frequent here at SSECN and, as Capt. Miller points out, it’s people and their skills that make for a good visit to any marina.

    We tied up at Dudley’s on April 26. The fixed piers are still rough so get out your old lines and fenderboards.
    But Dudley’s is still $0.75 per foot and they are generous with their courtesy car and their hospitality. There is a Walgreens Pharmacy and a grocery in town (too far to walk). I didn’t see a West Marine but Dudley’s has more parts and fishing supplies that I have ever seen in a West Marine and at reasonable prices.
    Folks here in Swansboro are proud of their seafaring and boatbuilding history. One of the Dudleys published a pictoralhistory of the town. They have a copy in the office. They might let you view it.
    The wind was blowing a 30-40 the day we arrived. Every hand from the marina was on the dock landing boats. Each of them, mechanics, yard workers, and all, knew how to handle a line and tie a clove hitch.
    One sailboat ran aground when entering a slip and the dock boys brought the towing skiff around to pull him off. The senior Mr. Dudley stepped aboard, took the helm, and, with a near gale blowing, impressed us with as fine a demonstration of boat handling as I have ever witnessed.
    Max Miller

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

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  • Praise for Cape Fear Marina – Bennett Brothers Yachts (off the AICW on the Northeast Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC)

    Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers YachtsSALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Cape Fear Marina – Bennett Brothers Yachts is a truly class act indeed. The late Paul Bennett, who I was privileged to call my friend, left behind a shining legacy of a fine marina and a repair yard second to none. His first-rate, first-mate, Patricia Bennett, continues this same tradition, and I can say with no fear of relaying any sort of inaccuracy, that seldom will you find a better place to coil your lines or leave your vessel for servicing.
    This fine facility is located upstream of the downtown Wilmington, NC waterfront, on the Northeast Cape Fear River (the starboard fork, cruising upstream). Soon after passing under the 42-foot Isabel Holmes – Highway 117 bascule bridge.

    Come stop by Bennett Brothers Yachts and the Cape Fear Marina in Wilmington, North Carolina! We are located in one of the most picturesque southern cities on the east coast. Nestled along the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River, it is the perfect spot to come for for a weekend or the season. A hurricane safe harbor, you can get on our reservation list to make sure you have a place to go if the weather gets ugly. We are a full service boatyard, celebrating 26 years in the business and have the
    ability to do just about anything you might want to consider from a spanky paint job, electronics installation, engine alignment, gel coat repairs, etc. We are 5 minutes
    from the Wilmington International Airport and just minutes off I-40. If you need to leave your boat for any length of time, we can provide a monthly maintenance service and can customize to your needs.
    Give us a call anytime – 910-772-9277 or go to our website – http://www.bbyachts.com . Free ice and Free Wifi!
    Submitted by Patricia Bennett,
    President, Bennett Brothers Yachts.

  • Good Report from Southport, NC and Southport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 309

    Southport Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – lies just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.

    Before I get to the marina, I need to report that there are alternatives to using the marina and they are within the safety of the harbor. The staff at Fishy Fishy Restaurant tell me that they often provide free overnight dockage (no elec) if you dine there. It’s the second restaurant on starboard with the green roof which has their name set into the roof tiles. Your chances, they say, are better if you arrive nearer sunset when fewer boats are likely to arrive for dinner. Ask the manager when you call. Fishy Fishy can be reached at 910-457-1881. The same used to be true of The Provision Company, the first restaurant on starboard, at 910-457-9900. It’s worth a call to see if they still do.
    There is also a free tie-up (which we have used before and a local confirmed today that it is still available for overnight transients) at the T-head of the town docks. Look for a large black-on-white sign posted on the end of the pier on your port side as you enter the harbor. The tie-up is small but we managed to tie our 32 footer with an array of breast and spring lines using four fenders to avoid damage to our topsides. The sign told us to call the local police to report our stay which we did.
    This year, we stayed at the marina. The laundry room has two 30 minute washers and two 45 minute dryers. They are $1.75 each but they get the job done with no extra quarters.
    The marina has floating docks which are in excellent condition and the finger piers are long so you can go bow-in and have room to back out.
    When we landed at the gas dock, we met Captain Jeff who is the most nimble and well informed dock hand we have ever seen. He will take good care of you.
    The wifi works fine here (we were near the main building so I don’t know about the piers out in the 3rd world area) and has no “cyper-hoops” to jump through to use it.
    The town, which is a short walk from the marina, has many bar/restaurants and shops, mostly antiques. We liked the bar at the Cape Fear Restaurant, 101 West Bay Sreet. Say hi to Gary. The Walmart is about two miles from the marina.
    This is a truly, well maintained marina with many gregarious live-aboards and, in my opinion, worth the cost.
    Regrettably, the marina Tiki bar is closed but you can create your own tiki bar experience because the bar is still there and boaters hang out there even there is no bartender.
    Max Miller

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

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  • Report from Belhaven/Pantego Creek, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    Belhaven/Pantego Creek Anchorage is found on the waters of Pantego Creek, off the Pungo River, west-southwest of unlighted daybeacon #8. The town of Belhaven is within easy dinghy distance, and there is NEW dockage available at the recently opened city dock. (see /?p=81838)

    Belhaven anchorage is much the same today as it was when we first read about it in your “Cruising Guide to Coastal North Carolina” – plenty of room to anchor in 10 ft but still having a couple of shallow places near G11. You can still anchor beyond the daymark, which is within rowing distance to the National Wildlife provided boat ramp, where we left our dinghys. Additional dockage for dinghies is provided by the city at mid-town, but it’s a higher step up to land. I’ve heard it said that Belhaven is not good anchoring because of the soft mud but in the several times I have anchored here there’s been no trouble in up to 20 knots of wind. River Forest Marina still has diesel, water and pump out and charges $1.50 per foot for dockage. At a separate location River Forest also has a full service yard with an excellent mechanic.
    We ate out at the one restaurant we could find, Fishhooks, where we had cocktails and and excellent meal at very reasonable prices. An Ace Hardware is in the middle of town and has it’s own library (of all things) with very inexpensive used books for sale on an amazingly wide variety of subjects.
    Fair Winds and Following Seas,
    Brian Walter

    Belhaven has new town docks in the center of town with no fee ! No electric or pumpout for free but nice.
    The best seafood we have had in a long time is 4 blocks from the dock at Georgies in Belhaven. Georgies is a great value too.
    Keith and Joy Reising
    aboard “Great Mates II”
    44 Atlantic MY

    We stayed at the new town dock at Belhaven, NC this last week.
    Narrow entrance, but basin to turn around. Room for three to four boats depending on size. Tie to poles, no cleats. No water or power, No assistance unless someone is there.
    Right in the middle of town, short walk down to Georgies Sports and Oyster bar, where the seafood is great. Sitting at the bar the guys will shuck your steamed oysters. We rafted up to companion boat comfortably for the night.
    I would stay here again.
    Mike and Gail Preston

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

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  • A Good Night In Upper Gale Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 159.5

    This anchorage lies on the waters of upper Gale Creek, north of the Waterway’s entrance into Bay River and southwest of flashing daybeacon #22 and .

    We anchored in Upper Gale Creek April 19, 2012. Very pleasant night, well protected. We found a spot with 6 1/2 feet of water between a few crab pots.
    Tom Potter

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

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  • Praise 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 always has been a good stop. Mary and her crew are the best and the accommodations are fabulous!
    Marshall

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

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  • Detailed Navigational Notes on Cruise From Albemarle Sound to Manteo, NC, Then On to Ocracoke, NC, Via Roanoke Sound, Old House Channel and Pamlico Sound

    Manteo Waterfront Marina is now run by the Town of Manteo.  It boasts 53 slips that can accommodate boats up to 140 feet.  The marina is situated right next to  historic downtown Manteo on a boardwalkBelow, Captains Peg and Jim Healy give a wonderfully detailed account of their cruise from Albemarle Sound to Manteo, NC, a totally charming port of call, and then onto one of very favorite stops anywhere, Ocracoke, NC. This later 1/2 of their voyage was by way of Roanoke Sound – Old House Channel – Pamlico Sound – Big Foot Slough Channel. The portion of this passage between Manteo and the western tip of Old House Channel is, we believe, one of the most navigationally challenging routes on the North Carolina coastline.
    While there is SUPERB detail provided by Jim and Peg’s account below, DO NOTE THAT THIS LOG IS THE RESULT OF A 2010 VOYAGE, as our two intrepid cruisers note in their introductory remarks. Some things have certainly changed since then, particularly the noted markers on the Old House Channel, where aids to navigation for moved, deleted and added to with dizzying speed.
    Still, there is MUCH here to interest year round NC cruisers, and/or Snow Birds who wisely decide to take some extra time to explore the Tar Heel coastline.
    Finally, note Peg and Jim’s good words concerning Manteo Waterfront Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!!

    Here’s a report I posted on our trip to Manteo and Ocracoke in 2010. Definitely, worthwhile. My report is based on travel North-to-South, so you’ll have to read backwards if you’re traveling South-to-North. Manteo in particular is a neat stop. Great historical museum (plantation) there, and the Homeport of Elizabeth II. If she’s in port, she’ll be open for tours. If not, you may see her two masts on Albemarle Sound. There will be tall ships on the Chesapeake in June this year.

    Sanctuary and crew made our first transit between Manteo and Ocracoke across Pamlico Sound yesterday, Monday, 10/25/2010. This route is 20 miles shorter than the ICW route from Coinjock to Oriental, but it is more exposed to open water. The portion of the Pamlico Sound crossing that is in truly “open water” is about 35 StM, so pay particular attention to the marine forecast when you do go. That said, Manteo and Ocracoke are neat little towns, and we learned things here that we never knew. This is a really excellent “side-trip,” and also a refreshing alternative to the same-o Alligator River, Alligator River Swing Bridge, and Alligator-Pungo Canal!!!!!!!
    We got to Manteo by crossing the Albemarle Sound from Elizabeth City to Croatan Sound. No problems; unremarkable navigation except for the trillions of crab pots in the Albemarle. From the Albemarle, we took the Croatan Sound Channel to the north end of Roanoke Island, and then the marked traverse across the north of Roanoke Island through Roanoke Sound to the Roanoke Channel. We stayed at Manteo at the Waterfront Marina, an excellent facility and staff.
    We departed from Waterfront Marina in Manteo, turned south into the Roanoke Channel through Roanoke Sound, joined the Old House Channel into Pamlico Sound, southwest across the sound to the Big Foot Slough Channel into Ocracoke Island’s Silver Lake, and to the National Park Service docks. This is a transit of 67.1 StM which we did in 8.26 hours (so an average speed of 8.12 Stm/hr).
    Here’s a synopsis of the navigation between Manteo and Ocracoke. The Roanoke Channel, from it’s beginnings north of Manteo, carries as little as 7ft to it’s intersection with the Manteo Village entrance channel. South of the Manteo entrance channel, the Roanoke Channel carries ***at least*** 9 ft for it’s entire length; in most areas, 11ft to 14ft. There are no draft-related problem areas (at this time). In fact, the Elizabeth II, which draws 8 ft, regularly uses this channel. So, no draft problems, but the channel is quite narrow, probably 100 ft. And, it is not a “No Wake” area. Thus, our plan was to “take our half out of the middle,” which was OK at 07h00 on a Monday morning.
    There were, however, two areas that caused some confusion for me. A couple of miles south of Manteo is the US64/US264, 65 ft fixed bridge. Southbound, as you emerge from under that bridge, there is a square “No Wake” sign on a post just on the east side of the channel. With the sun low on the morning horizon, I nearly mistook that sign, by shape, for a green marker. It’s not.
    The second area of confusion was another 2 – 3 miles south of the bridge, where there is a side-channel that runs off to the west, into the village of Wanchese (pronounced: WAN-cheese). In that area, the Roanoke Channel takes a small dog-leg left, and then another, back to the right. It took me a minute looking through the binoculars to actually realize there was a side-channel intersection there, and it was confusing; and narrow. Carefully pick out the markers for the Roanoke Channel.
    At it’s south end, the Roanoke Channel turns sharply west. In another mile, it intersects with the Old House Channel where the Oregon Inlet Channel comes in from the ocean. There are several new markers there that are not mentioned in the cruising guides and are only reflected on electronic charts that have recent LNMs incorporated. On the Roanoke channel, the new markers include 37A, 37, 36A, 36, 34A and 34. At the entrance of the Old House Channel (which is just a continuation of the route from the Roanoke Channel into Pamlico Sound) there is a new green-over-red marker, “OH.” The rest of the Old House route into Pamlico Sound is well marked and unremarkable.
    The route across Pamlico Sound is, likewise, unremarkable. Follow it to the Big Foot Slough Channel from the sound into Ocracoke. Note here that the North Carolina State Ferry System uses this channel. Draft for pleasure craft is not a problem, but if you encounter a ferry in that channel, watch the prop wash! The prop wash is very, very strong, and definitely enough to set you out of the channel. There is a red-over-green junction marker just beyond R3 and G4. Watch for the correctly charted shoal there, and turn 120 degrees or so to port, into the entrance channel into Ocracoke harbor, called “Sliver Lake” on the charts. In the harbor, inexpensive dockage with water and electric is available at the National Park Service docks adjacent to the ferry docks. In this harbor, there is also plenty of room to anchor; 20 boats or more. The harbor is very well protected from the strong periodic winds that frequent this island 20 miles into the Atlantic.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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

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

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  • Military “Fireworks” at Mile Hammock Bay Anchorage (Statute Mile 244.5)

    It’s not surprising that Captain Rice’s evening anchored in Mile Hammock Bay was a bit disturbed by nearby military activity. This body of water is within the bounds of huge Camp Lejeune Marine Base, and artillery fire and aircraft activity are SOP!

    We began our Loop in Florida a month ago and are anchored out tonight at Mile Hammock in the midst of Camp LeJeune, NC. Interesting noises outside (artillery and helicopters and Osprey).
    Cathryn Rice

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

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  • A Happy Visit to Manteo, NC (off the AICW on Roanoke Sound)

    Manteo Waterfront Marina is now run by the Town of Manteo.  It boasts 53 slips that can accommodate boats up to 140 feet.  The marina is situated right next to  historic downtown Manteo on a boardwalkWe heartily recommend a visit to Manteo, NC, with is really GOOD restaurants, plentiful shopping and access to multiple historical attractions. And, you simply can’t do better than to coil your lines at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Manteo Waterfront Marina. Tell Captain Carl we sent you!!!

    Manteo has a lot going for it and you will enjoy the history that abounds there. We went to Manteo last year. To read our story, go to http://www.betsyrick.com and click on the link to our blog. Then just scroll back a bit to last year or use the archive.
    Rick Johnson
    Harbor Host for Sneads Ferry, NC

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

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  • Maximum 45 Foot Vessel Size at Carolina Beach State Park Marina, AICW Statute Mile 297

    After catching site of the short posting below which originally appeared in the AGLCA Forum, we check our own listing for Carolina Beach State Park Marina in the Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory, and discovered that we have had a note all along that “45” feet with the maximum size vessel that could be berthed here. A telephone call on 4/19/12 verified the accuracy of this info!

    We were told vessel length was limited to forty[-five] feet.
    Jim & Pam

    We stayed there earlier this week. We are 42ft and had no problem getting in or docking.
    Great Value
    John Sagel
    “Seas 2 Day”

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

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  • Wilmington Marine Center (off the AICW on Cape Fear River, near Wilmington, NC)

    Wilmington Marine Center is a combination marina and extensive repair yard facility which sits in a sheltered harbor along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River. This facility’s entrance channel cuts east abeam of marker #59.
    Visitors should be prepared to find that Wilmington Marine Center is located in an industrial district. No shopping or dining is to be found within walking or even bike riding distance of the dockage basin. You will need a taxi to visit Wilmington’s many find restaurants and historic attractions.

    We kept our boat at the Wilmington Marine Center for the 8 months in 2010/2011 while we were back in Florida for the fall & winter. Skip and his staff were wonderful. I cannot say too much about the level of service we received while there. When we were looking for a place to leave our boat for this layup period that we felt was protected against storms and was convenient to a boat yard, and WMC fit for us.
    Gregory Poole Marine repairs is located at the marina and DeMann Diesels, Tom DeMann and company, is located across the street. We had repairs done by both companies (bottom painting and misc other work at Poole and Cummins diesel maintenance at DeMann) and McConville Marine (Thrusters & HVAC).
    John Weber
    M/V Bombay Lady III
    2005 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge

    Gregory Poole is no longer located here. They moved out in December, 2011.
    G. L. Buzzell

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