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  • High Praise for South Harbour Village Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 311

    South Harbour Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northern shoreline, a short hop west of unlighted daybeacon #8, and not far from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    Came here late in the day low on fuel & hoping someone was still at the marina as most fuel docks close at 5:00 pm. To my delight these guys are open till 7:00! After fueling the dock master hinted that if I hadn’t had a good meal in a while to try the Italian restaurant on site. Their dockage rates are extremely fair at only $1.20 a foot & gave me a BoatUS discount on fuel & dockage. The restaurant was definitely what it was cracked up to be. Being solo I sat at the bar & enjoyed the banter from the locals that came through waiting for their tables. Ben the bartender made sure my glass was always full. I had the duck. Excellent! The Marina showers are hot & clean & I cant say enough about this place. 5 stars!
    CJ Drake

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

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  • Advice Sought on 6ft Draft in Eastern Pamlico Sound, off the ICW

    We like to think that Skipper Pozun is responding to recent postings extolling the virtues on Manteo, NC, especially a FOCUS ON – Manteo Waterfront Marina. If you sail with a 6ft draft and can offer advice on the areas mentioned, please let us hear from you! Thanks!

    I am traveling south on the ICW to Fla this winter. After entering Albermarle sound N C, i plan to head east to Manteo, Roanoke is., and then south to Ocracoke harbor, Outer Banks NC. Afterwards i will head south to Oriental. I draw 6 feet (SAILBOAT) I want to know the difficulty of maneuvering the route and channels to, in and out, of the first two harbors.
    tony pozun

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  • Good Comments for Manteo Waterfront Marina, Pamlico Sound, NC


    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Manteo Waterfront Marina is located on the western shores of Doughs Creek, northwest of marker #10. Click Here for a video on the entrance channel.

    Visited here recently twice. A great stop and stay for at least two days. Rent car from local Ford dealer is best. The channel while challenging for first timers is actually easy. This channel is a good example of fear of unknown.
    John Winter

    Also see FOCUS ON – Manteo Waterfront Marina

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

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  • FOCUS ON – Manteo Waterfront Marina, 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 boardwalkWe heartily recommend a visit to Manteo, NC, with its 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!!!

    Cruisers who have not visited Manteo in the past fifteen years will hardly recognize the waterfront or the downtown district. The city docks have been completely rebuilt and expanded and the downtown is filled with interesting shops, restaurants, shoreside businesses of all descriptions with classical-style buildings that await exploration by visiting cruisers.
    The Manteo Waterfront Marina was constructed as part of Manteo’s redevelopment for the celebration of America’s 400th Anniversary, but its history starts long before the pleasure boats and boardwalk. The waterfront in Manteo acted as the hub of industry and commerce in Dare County for many years. There were oil tanks and fishing boats dotting the old wharfs and fish houses. There was an ice plant to package fish for transport, where Roanoke Island Festival Park now hosts concerts and performances. What was once the center of life in Dare County with busy court days and mail arriving by ship is now host to a quiet marina, maritime history center, and a replica of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse.
    The Manteo Waterfront Marina, situated on Doughs Creek, is one of three marinas in Shallowbag Bay and the best escape from a hard northeast wind on the north end of Roanoke Island. A short pleasurable cruise following the alternate route Manteo Waterfront Marina is approximately five miles off the ICW. Numerous boatyards and service providers are close by and can be contacted with information provided by Dockmaster, Carl Jordan. It needs to be noted, that Carl runs a “tight ship” for Manteo Waterfront Marina and is a wealth of local knowledge as to what is happening in the area. Visiting cruisers’ can rest assured they are in excellent hands while staying in his marina.
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    Manteo Waterfront Marina welcomes transient cruisers. This quaint marina has 53 slips and can accommodate vessels up to 150’. Power (30, 50, and 100 amp) service is available along with water, cable and wifi. There is a well-kept comfort station with laundry services, shower facilities, and boater’s library with varied titles. A pump station is available with fuel docks close by. The amenities at Manteo Waterfront Marina are complemented by colorful landscaping set against idyllic Doughs Creek. Few will find a visit here to be anything less than appealing. There is over a mile of public boardwalk with on ground grilling facilities and dining area set up to host clubs.
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    There are restaurants and shops steps from the marina and the grocery store is a quarter of a mile away. Roanoke Island is also host to numerous attractions. The Lost Colony, the longest running outdoor drama in the country, plays nightly from May through August. North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is open daily and features numerous exhibits. Also on Roanoke Island are Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the Elizabethan Gardens and the Alligator River National Wildlife Visitors Center. See where your seafood really comes from by visiting the very southern end of Roanoke Island and pick up todays catch straight from the docks.

    A quick drive over the Washington Baum Bridge and you are at the beaches of the northern Outer Banks. There are many sites to visit and restaurants. Be sure to catch the sunset from Jockey’s Ridge State Park and don’t miss the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

    For more information please visit:

    Or contact Dockmaster, Carl Jordan at 252-305-4800
    The Marina monitors channel 16 and uses Channel 9 as their working channel

    Already on your way? Check this video for helpful tip to approach the marina:

    Still contemplating a trip? This should seal the deal.

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

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  • As Usual: Shoaling Reported near Hatteras Inlet, Pamlico Sound, NC

    As you will see by the Navigation Alert symbols on the Chartview page, shoaling has been par for the course through this area. And, as we have been advising for years, no one should attempt to make use of this inlet channel without very specific local knowledge!

    Mariners are advised that an aera of shoaling has been reported IVO of Hatteras Inlet between South Ferry Terminal Lighted buoy 1SF (LLNR 28699.1) and South Ferry Terminal Buoy 6SF (LLNR 28707) to depths as low as 2.6 feet mean low water. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. Chart 11555 LNM 31/15

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

  • New Town Dock at Hertford Bay Marina, off the AICW, Western Albemarle Sound

    A marina that is included in the Albemarle Loop but not listed in our North Carolina Marina Directory is Hertford Bay Marina on the Perquimans River off western Albemarle Sound. Below is the marina’s description sent to us by Town Manager Brandon Shoaf via Jams H Newsome. Access to the new free town dock is limited to vessesl of less than 33ft air draft.

    “70MM (Alternative Route) Hertford Bay Marina, NC – 32.5 miles west of ICW 70MM offering free dockage for 48 hours is brand new for 2015 and includes 9 slips that can accommodate a wide range of transient vessels. The marina is located one block from the Historic Downtown with restaurants, shops, a hardware, and a convenience store that has groceries. Free electric, pump out, and water are also available with the complementary dockage. Access to Hertford is limited by a 33’ fixed vertical bridge just east of town on the Perquimans River. If you can clear the fixed bridge there is also a swing bridge that must be negotiated in order to enter the town harbor. Sailboats over 33′ can anchor in the Perquimans River and dinghy into the town’s dock. The town manager suggests that boaters contact the town office prior to arrival at 252-426-1969.The Ablemarle Loop is a group of marinas and towns that have come together to promote the marine aspects of the Albemarle Sound offering free dockage for 48 hours.”

    Brandon S. Shoaf
    Town Manager
    Town of Hertford
    114 W. Grubb St.
    PO Box 32
    Hertford, NC 27944
    Welcome to Hertford, NC










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

  • More Good Words for Spoon River Restaurant, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 136

    Spoon River Restaurant has only been in business for two years and is open seven days a week. They are located just off the waterfront and are listed as:
    Spoon River Artworks and Market
    263 Pamlico St, Belhaven, NC ‎
    (252) 945-3899
    And their Facebook address is:
    There are several opportunities for dockage near Spoon River: Belhaven Waterway Marina, Belhaven Town Dock and Belhaven/Pantego Creek Anchorage. Our thanks to Skipper Whitehead for reminding us of this excellent restaurant!

    We had dinner at Spoon River last night and it was undoubtedly the best meal we have ever enjoyed. The menu choices and the food are excellent. The waitstaff are excellent and well trained. All in all a very pleasant evening. I would give them five stars!
    Carol Whitehead

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

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

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

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Belhaven/Pantego Creek Anchorage

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  • Good Words for Coinjock Marina, Coinjock, NC, AICW Statute Mile 49

    As Skipper Herl relates, Coinjock Marina, on the eastern bank of the Waterway, has been making and keeping friends in the boating community for years.

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    Another long but productive day, 8 hours. Arrived at Coinjock at 4:15. Left Dowry Creek this am at 8:10. really good crossing Alligator River and again crossing the Albemarle Sound, the hard part was the wind, it was behind us and we were going as fast as the wind, again a really hot day. Sure makes a shower feel really good. After sweating all day the shower is an absolute necessary. Otherwise you don’t dare get down wind of each other.
    Coinjock, a great stop, one long dock, no backing in and the dock hands are special, no need to get off the boat until your ready to eat. They take care of all the electric, water, tieup, spring-lines, everything.
    Another place we would like to stop again.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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

  • New Aids to Navigation, Neuss River, off the AICW

    These new lights are on the southwest side of the Neuss River, south of New Bern, NC.

    Craven County, NC is establishing three lights in the Neuse River to mark a submerged effluent diffuser, approximately two nautical miles upriver (west northwest) of the mouth of Slocum Creek. Each light will be slow flashing white and marked with orange and white dayboards worded “Danger Submerged Diffuser”.

    Neuse River Diffuser Warning Light A 34 58 28.92N, 76 56 01.24W Private aid Fl W 6s NW on pile.
    Neuse River Diffuser Warning Light B 34 58 28.80N, 76 56 01.42W Private aid Fl W 6s NW on pile.
    Neuse River Diffuser Warning Light C 34 58 28.67N, 76 56 01.61W Private aid Fl W 6s NW on pile.
    Charts Affected: 11552, 11520, 11009 LNM 28/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Warning Light A

  • FOCUS ON – Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is an exciting harbor and community of historical and entertainment events. Having recently celebrated their Tricentennial, Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!


    CLICK HERE to view a full schedule of events!

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

  • Praise for Edenton, NC, Western Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events and July will be no exception with a full schedule of activities for all ages, including events as part of the Albemarle Loop! Edenton is 300 Years Young! Come and let them prove it!

    Close to Chesapeake Bay boaters who have a yen for new territory without having to go up the Atlantic coast. Autumn is a wonderful time to do the Albermarle Loop and Edenton is so quaint and the marina is “right down town!” Please don’t miss the famous “Bell Battery” adjacent to the municipal marina in Edenton. Cannon made from church bells in North Carolina which were “melted down” to make cannon “For The Cause!” Very noble and patriotic!
    Alan V. Cecil

    Click Here for a full schedule of July events!

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

  • Good Visit to Dowry Creek Marina, AICW Statute Mile 131.5

    Dowry Creek Marina is a fine family-owned and family-run marina that has received MANY laudatory reviews here on the Cruisers’ Net. This facility lies off the AICW/Pungo River, north of Belhaven. Our thanks to Phil and Sandy for their good words for A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Dowry Creek Marina, near Belhaven NC
    Arrived at 3:45 a very long day, 7 hours. All are very tired. The crew did great, another windy cross wind type of docking, this time we had to get the stern line hooked and spring the bow into the dock. Got to fuel, pumpout and a grocery run they do have a loaner car.
    The crew on the dock were great, got every thing we needed, ref the fuel, pumpout and docking. Iced up the cooler and ready for tomorrow. All the people are really friendly and want to help out in any way they can. I would like to stop in again.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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  • Report from Harbor Village Marina, Hampstead, NC, AICW Statute Mile 267

    Harbor Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northwestern shore hard by flashing daybeacon #94. Our thanks to the Herls for this report.

    Harbor Village Marina, NC
    Harbor Village Marina is just off the ICW. Just north of Wrighsville Beach. They have really nice floating docks and we were put on the outside wall finger docks. The dock master was there to help us get hooked up and gave us a ride in the golf cart to the dockmasters office to get checked in. It’s a long walk in fact that evening I just dropped the dinghy into the water and used it to get some ice. The office and fuel docks were just across the fairway and to the left of where we were docked but the walk would have been all the way around the marina. It was just a one night stay; we left early the next AM.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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  • FOCUS ON – Albemarle Plantation Marina, Albemarle Sound, NC

    Albemarle Plantation Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! is located off the AICW, on the northern shores of Albemarle Sound, on Yeopim River/Creek. Descriptions of this facility make a Waterway side trip up the Albemarle Sound very inviting!

    “Were a marine architect to set up an ideal location for a new colony, he might first round up thousands of acres of level agricultural and timber lands….In the middle of the land he would place an inland sea completely sheltered from oceanic disturbance. The sea would be long, (say 60 miles), so as to tap a maximum territory, but fairly narrow….To facilitate its crossing, it would taper as it progressed inland. It would generally be approachable by dry shores and would have deep water connections with the outside world…. At frequent intervals there would be large rivers pouring into the sea from every direction. These would keep it fresh….and provide fish with spawning grounds…It would merely cost wishing, to give this body of water a beautiful forested shoreline and all needed then would be to drench it with sunshine, history, and romance. Around its coast would be planted small towns, comfortable, prosperous, well kept and hospitable. This precisely is Albermarle Sound, a brilliant gem.”
    1954 quote by Bill Sharpe in The State







    Albemarle Plantation Marina

    For 20 years, Albemarle Plantation marina has been offering year-round sheltered dockage, power, water, fuel and pump-outs to cruising boaters, as well as the full range of lifestyle amenities available at Albemarle Plantation – golf, tennis, swimming, bocce ball, full-service restaurant, clubhouse, picnic park, etc…. More recent additionsalbemarle2
    include free WiFi, as well as canoe and kayak rentals and a new community fitness center. The marina has over 100 deep-water slips for vessels of all sizes and is located centrally on the north shore of Albemarle Sound in Yeopim Creek. Albemarle Planation Marina was recently awarded the coveted State of North Carolina “Clean Marina” designation.






    Albemarle Sound is the largest fresh-water Sound on the east coast. Located in the northeastern corner of North Carolina, its wide expanse of sheltered, but deep, water is a sailing paradise as well as a cruising gunk-holer’s delight. Its many rivers and creeks are great kayaking or canoeing grounds, abundant with wildlife of all forms.

    Being non-tidal, there are no currents to worry about. As an inland waterway, it is well charted (Nautical Chart 12205, Cape Henry to Pamlico Sound) and marked with navigational aids.

    Private navigational aids mark the entrance channel to the Yeopim River from the Albemarle Sound, beginning at green “1” (Fl G 2.5s 15ft 3m) and red daymark “Y/R”.

    From a waypoint at 36 3’N; 76 24’W, continue on a northerly course through the channel until green “5” (Fl G 4s 15ft).  Then set a northwesterly course to approach red daymark “4A”; proceed on course to red daymark “6” (QR 8 ft 3m), followed shortly thereafter by red daymark “8”.  Then steer a heading 355M for 1/3nm, then turn right directly to fuel dock. The fuel dock has a soft bottom and a depth of 6-8 feet.

    The shores of Albemarle Sound are literally littered with historical sites – from the earliest Colonial settlements on Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks at its eastern extremity, to Edenton, the first capital of North Carolina, at its western end and a myriad of historic places in between.

    From our marina, it is a 16 mile sail west to Edenton, and just a little further to explore the Chowan and Roanoke rivers. Cruising east, one can visit Elizabeth City at the head of the Pasquotank River, or stay at Manteo and enjoy the history of Roanoke Island and the Lost Colony. Near the eastern end of the Sound is also where you would join the AICW to go north to the Chesapeake or south through the Alligator River to Pamlico Sound and beyond. Crossing the Sound, 12 miles south from Albemarle Plantation marina, will take you to Columbia for an enjoyable lunch stop. Speaking of lunch, it is worthwhile to seek out some fresh locally caught blue crab; Albemarle Sound is home to the largest population of blue crab.

    Both BoatUS and SeaTow serve the Sound.  So, you are never alone out there on the water – even though it often feels like it. The Sound is never crowded and there are many days when you may see only a commercial fisherman or crabber working.

    Albemarle Plantation Marina is also home to Osprey Yacht Club where you will always find a friendly welcome, hospitality and fellow boaters to swap stories with.

    For a full exploration of Albemarle Sound, we recommend spending time sailing the Albemarle Loop; For more information about Albemarle Plantation marina, check out and

    Phone 252-426-4037 or call on VHF channel 68 or 16 for slip assignment and docking assistance. The marina is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 8am to 5pm weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Winter hours are 9am to 5pm.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net  North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Albemarle Plantation Marina

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  • Report from Deep Point Marina, Southport, NC, Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 307

    The marked entry channel to Deep Point Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – lies northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20.

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    Deep Point Marina, near Southport, NC. Great marina, we were the late arrival so we were on or near the fuel dock. This was in front of the ferry station, as the ferry docked at the landing the wakes were more than you would expect at a dock, so the rocking from the ferry as it came and left was an issue until after 1:00 am and started early dark thirty the next morning.
    The marina is very nice the crew are great and Curtis treated us very well. A beautiful pool is near the dock masters office, just a short walk. We took full advantage, it is still very warm.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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  • Shoaling Reported at Lockwoods Folly/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 321

    Shoaling at the intersection of the Waterway and Lockwoods Folly Inlet has been a concern in past years and now, as Skippers Lundie and Winters report.

    Passed through Lockwoods Folly northbound on 6/13 30 minutes before low tide (poor planning). Shoaling in vicinity of G47. Favor north side (R46).

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Lockwoods Folly Inlet Intersection

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

  • Dredging in Dismal Swamp Canal, ICW Alternate Route Statute Mile 22

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteThe onsite dredges and dredging equipment will certainly make the close quarters of the Dismal Swamp Canal even cozier, so SLOW DOWN and keep a good forward watch. The possibility of the dredging action pulling up stumps and logs is very real and could damage your running gear. The Lake Drummond feeder ditch intersects the Canal at Statute Mile 22 north of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Southwind Construction Corporation will begin dredging operations within the Dismal Swamp Canal near marker 22 on 29 June through 29 July, 2015. Operations will take place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The dredge KRISTI JOE and tender DANNY JOE will be onscene. Both vessels monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16, with a working channel 78. Floating rubber and polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse both northerly and southerly along the western shoreline of Dismal Swamp Canal to the adjacent Upland Disposal Area located along the Lake Drummond Feeder Ditch. Chart 12200 NM: 25/15

    6/25 And this news today from Donna Stewart at the Welcome Center:

    I spoke to the Operations Manager, Joel Scussell. He said he does not expect a lot of disruption and they will work 1700’ feet both north and south at the mouth of the ditch and 500’ into the Feeder Ditch. The contractor has done work in the past, with a good reputation and they expect to be cleared to 9’ in this location. I wish they had funds to dredge the whole canal. We will add this to our Wish List.

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

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  • Profile: More on Frying Pan Tower, south of Bald Head Island

    The decommissioned Frying Pan Light Station is being privately restored as Frying Pan Tower, open to overnight guests. Frying Pan Shoals off the tip of Cape Fear is well known to off-shore cruisers. For more information and lots of photos, visit the Frying Pan Tower website at

    The Frying Pan Tower – formerly the U.S. Coast Guard Frying Pan Light Station, is a lighthouse situated at the end of the Frying Pan Shoals, 32 miles south of Bald Head Island N.C.
    This is the southernmost end of the feared “Graveyard of the Atlantic” which stretches up to the northern end of the Outer Banks of N.C. The shallow waters of the shoals (only 35-50 feet under the Tower) made ship navigation treacherous so in 1854 a lightship was stationed there. For 110 years, except for a few years during The War Between the States and WWII, crews manned the lightship 24/7 in all weather.
    The mission of the project is to protect and preserve the Frying Pan Tower, originally the USCG Frying Pan Light Station.
    The restoration of the Frying Pan Tower is being conducted by volunteers; financed through contributions and the donation of needed supplies. This unique part of American history is being preserved so that generations to come will have an opportunity to enjoy what very few people have experienced: the ever changing, never changing life 85′ above the Atlantic Ocean.
    The constant struggle to preserve an old, steel structure sited in the middle of an ocean, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean’s “hurricane alley”, is a labor of love and adventure by individuals who wish to see history preserved and shared. Conditions and materials as well as the forces of Mother Nature make it unlikely that this struggle will ever end. It will be an ongoing project for many years, likely decades, as rust and wind and salt and sun takes its toll on the Tower.
    The Tower has stood vigilant since 1964, though the light has not been continuously lit since 1992. Now it is lit when crew members and guests return to enjoy and work, to change Old Glory, and to experience a unique and thrilling stay with the birds, the fish, the turtles, the rays and spectacular sky displays.
    There are few places in the world such as the Tower and with your help it will be around for years to come!

    And this from WGNO TV:

    34-miles offshore, ocean hotel offers solitude
    POSTED 11:14 AM, JUNE 23, 2015, BY SMARLBROUGH, UPDATED AT 12:05PM, JUNE 23, 2015

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Frying Pan Shoals

  • Fuel Discount Correction for River Forest Manor and Marina, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    Skipper McMillen is correct, the 10% BoatUS discount is on dockage and electric only, not on fuel. There is a volume discount on diesel. Our directory has been corrected: River Forest Marina is located on the northeastern shores of Pantego Creek, just northwest of the creek’s breakwater enclosed entrance.

    I stopped at River Forest for fuel yesterday and they informed me they do not give Boat US discount on fuel contrary to what is posted on the SSECN site. They do give such a discount on dockage and electricity. Just an FYI.
    Jim McMillen

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

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

  • BoatUS Media Alert: NC Legislature Proposes New Coastal Waters Fees

    BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters’ rights in all states and we are proud to have them as SPONSORS!

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304

    June 18, 2015
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864,

    Chart showing the proposed new fees for North Carolina boaters and out-of-state anglers in coastal NC waters.


    MEDIA ALERT: NC Legislators Looking to Charge Boaters New Fee
    BoatUS Urges Boaters to be Heard

    Would be Highest State-Imposed Charges on Boats in the US
    THE ISSUE: As part of the current North Carolina budget debate, the state General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would impose a significant new user fee on all recreational boats 24 feet and longer that are used in coastal waters. For example, the costs proposed for the new North Carolina “Coastal Waterways User Identification Fee” for a 25-foot boat would be $75, $128 for a 32-foot boat, and $200 for a 40-footer. This fee would also apply to any out-of-state vessel fishing in NC coastal waters. Combined with registration fees, the proposed Coastal Boat Fee would be the highest state-imposed charges on recreational boats nationwide.

    The proposed fee would be in addition to current state registration fees, which were most recently increased in 2013 to fund dredging and lake weed control. To see a complete list of fees, go to:

    ACTION NEEDED NOW: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges North Carolina boaters, anglers, and sailors to speak out now and contact their State Senator and Representative today and respectfully urge them to vote “No” on the “Coastal Waterways User Identification Number” and associated user fee contained in the North Carolina Senate version of House Bill 97.

    While the intended use of this fee is to increase funding for dredging of waterways and inlets, this budget proposal places too great a financial burden on recreational boaters. Ask your State Senator and Representative to consider other means to pay for dredging North Carolina’s coastal inlets and essential waterways. Access to the waterways brings substantial economic benefits to coastal communities. Maintaining them must be a shared responsibility.

    The budget bill is now before the North Carolina General Assembly and will be voted on in the next few days. Boaters may easily contact their state legislator by going to:

    ABOUT BOATUS: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, fighting against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners. It has over 20,000 North Carolina members. BoatUS is also non-partisan working on both sides of the aisle as well as with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense.

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