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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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    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.

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    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; www.albemarleloop.com. For more information about Albemarle Plantation marina, check out www.albemarleplantationmarina.com and www.ospreyyc.com.

    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

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

  • 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.

    Deep Point Marina, NC
    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

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

  • 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!

    VA – CHESAPEAKE – DISMAL SWAMP – DREDGING
    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:

    Larry,
    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.
    Thanks,
    Donna

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

  • 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 http://www.fptower.com/history.html.

    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

    http://wgno.com/2015/06/23/34-miles-offshore-ocean-hotel-offers-solitude/

    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: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=10480. River Forest Marina is located on the northeastern shores of Pantego Creek, just northwest of the creek’s breakwater enclosed entrance.

    Larry,
    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

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 18, 2015
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

    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: BoatUS.com/gov/ncfeechart.

    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: http://goo.gl/zWMTpx

    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.

  • Shoaling Conditions at North Carolina Inlets, June 10, 2015

    Shoaling in the inlets may well mean shoaling in the intersection of the inlet with the Waterway. Pay particular attention to the NC Problem Stretches that involve these inlets: Bogue, Browns, New River, Carolina Beach, Lockwoods and Shalotte. Details of these Problem Stretches are found in the links below.

    NC – COASTAL INLETS – HAZARD TO NAVIGATION DUE TO SHOALING
    Mariners are advised that shoaling conditions exist at the following North Carolina inlets:
    Oregon Inlet
    Hatteras Inlet
    Ocracoke Inlet
    Barden Inlet
    Beaufort Inlet
    Bogue Inlet
    New River Inlet
    Topsail Inlet
    Masonboro Inlet
    Carolina Beach Inlet
    Lockwoods Folly Inlet
    Shallotte Inlet
    Shoaling conditions increase the potential for groundings. These inlets are subject to continual and sometimes rapid environmental changes. Mariners are highly encouraged to obtain the most recent USACE Wilmington, North Carolina District hydrographic survey information, centerline waypoints and controlling depth at:
    http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/HydrographicSurveys.aspx
    Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating in these areas and passage through the inlets is not recommended without local knowledge of the area. The aids to navigation in these inlets may not be charted and may not be marking best water due to continually shifting shoals. Consult Local Notice to Mariners, 5th Coast Guard District for the latest positions and status of aids to navigation. To report any aids to navigation discrepancies (missing, damaged, off station, extinguished lights), shoaling, hazards to navigation, or discrepancies on bridge lighting, please contact Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-2200. LNM: 23/15

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

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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For New River/New River Inlet

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

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

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

  • Good Words for Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    From AGLCA’s Forum:
    Thanks, Foster, we did make several weather briefings at Southpoint while we waited for Ana to pass. We learned a great deal. Took notes and have used all his info to date. Excellent service Southport provides.
    Donadee Jones
    “Always Home”
    DeFever 47 POC

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

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

  • Marlow-Mainship Now in the Carolinas, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

    Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.Intracoastal Yacht Sales, a long-time SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC.

    New Yachts to the Carolinas!!

    Is Proud to Announce
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    All single engine Diesels focusing on efficiency
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    Excellent for the Great Loop or coastal lifestyle
    Models available in August

    2016 Marlow-Mainship 31E $299,490

    2016 Nordic Tugs 34 Pilot $379,400

    www.intracoastalyachtsales.com
    Charleston
    @ Charleston City Marina
    17 Lockwood Dr.
    Charleston, SC 29401
    OFFICE: 843-412-6587
    FAX: 877-720-8698

    Wrightsville Beach
    @ WB Marina
    10 Marina Street Suite A3
    Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
    OFFICE: 910-256-8803
    FAX: 888-893-9755

    Little River
    @ Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
    720 Hwy 17 – Suite 201
    Little River, SC 29566
    OFFICE: 843-340-0080
    FAX: 888-566-5886

  • Need Propane ? Try Sneads Ferry Marinas, AICW Statute Mile 247


    Our thanks to Captain Jerry for sharing this information on obtaining propane. Sneads Ferry marinas have also always had a good reputation for lower fuel prices. Diesel is $2.45 at New River Marina as of May 12, 2015. See their directory listing below for weekly updated prices.

    Just a note to staff; While traveling The ICW in North Carolina, at Mile Marker 247 there are two marinas where you can receive help filling or exchanging propane.

    Propane Company in Sneads Ferry, N.C.
    Refill or Exchange
    Sneads Ferry LP Gas Company
    777 HWY. 210
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327-2541

    Village True Value Hardware in Sneads Ferry, N.C.
    Exchange Only
    Village True Value Hardware
    2135 HWY. 172
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327-3646

    New River Marina
    104 James Rd.
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327- 2106
    ICW Mile Marker 247

    Swan Point Marina
    123 Page St.
    Sneads Ferry, N.C. 28460
    (910) 327- 1081
    ICW Mile Marker 247

    Both of these Marinas are customer friendly and willing to help.
    Captain Jerry
    First Mate Jill
    Vessel: MISS JILL

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New River Marina

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

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

  • More on Port City Marina’s Opening, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCProgress continues to be made toward the opening of this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, which will open for business in a few weeks along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148108 for photos of the facilities.

     

    BIG Announcement. We mean BIG.
    Dear Boating Enthusiast:
    We are thrilled to announce the marina opening is not far off!!!! We are finishing up the last minute touches, and are NOW accepting reservations. Our soft opening is June 5th, and we are gearing up for a grand opening later this summer. (Hint: Stay tuned for announcement and invite to our celebration).
    We hate to brag, but our location can’t be beat! Did you know you will be able to step off your boat and walk right downtown or along the Cape Fear River on the Riverwalk? Our Downtown is quaint and offers boutique style shopping, lots of good eats, culture, and entertainment. Wrightsville Beach (just one of three nearby beaches) is just 15 minutes away if you want to enjoy a beach sunset or feel the sand on your toes. Need to travel — the Wilmington International Airport is just 5 minutes away from PCM. Whatever you want to do – Port City Marina is in the middle of it all.
    Wilmington is thriving, and we have some really exciting (AND BIG) plans in the works for the marina. Sneak peeks can be found on our website www.portcitymarina.com. On our home page – scroll down to see a cool video of what’s happening at PCM!
    Call to schedule a time to come and check us out at 910.251.6151 – or feel free to reach out directly to our staff.


    Marina Manager
    Pete Werling
    Cell: 910.612.8810
    Email: petew@portcitymarina.com


    Dockmaster
    Josh Alther
    Cell: 443.871.1250
    Email: josha@portcitymarina.com

  • Praise for Swan Point Marina and Boatyard, AICW Statute Mile 247


    Swan Point Marina guards the Waterway’s western banks, immediately south of the AICW/New River/New River Inlet Problem Stretch intersection, just north of marker #4. These good words for Swan Point Marina were posted by Skipper Schucker on AGLCA’s Forum.

    Swan Point Marina is the place for you. Small, family run marina by Tina and her mom. Floating docks that hold 8 boats, good power, a little exciting to get into when the tide current is going, but hey, you are a Looper you can do this. Great dock help, cheap rates ($1.50 per foot, no electric up charge) and the cheapest fuel in NC is right next door.
    Sold? But wait there is more! The Riverwalk Restaurant will send the manager over to pick you up. Great food, decent wine/beer selection, home made pies. We loved the free hush puppies, our steaks, blacked fish and two giant pork chops. Baked potatoes the size of a Westerbeke Oil filter. And they will cart your “in a food coma” body back to the marina. Get the pie to go. Don’t want to leave the boat? There is a great build it yourself pasta and pizza place that delivers.
    Laundry? Got it covered. Local boaters to meet and swap tales with? Done. Great Sunset? Why of course, rain or shine the sun sets here every day!
    Tina, the manager, just brought us a quart of strawberrys.
    The perfect jump point to Beaufort, catch the bridge, watch the Marines do live fire across the ICW.

    You loved the friendly family marinas in Canada, NY, down the Middle Rivers, in Florida and up the coast, this place ranks in the top 10.
    Foster Schucker

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

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

  • Port City Marina Opening Soon, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCDespite a number of delays, lots of progress has been made at this new SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Port City Marina, which will open for business in a few weeks along the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, in the heart of downtown Wilmington, NC. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122272 for earlier reports.

    Pier 33 Event Space Wilmington NC

    Click Here for more pictures of the new facilities.

     

  • Good Report from National Park Service Docks, Ocracoke, NC Pamlico Sound


    Last summer, the National Park Service Docks  had closed in anticipation of Hurricane Arthur, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143288, but re-opened for business after having suffered only minimal damage from the storm. Now as Skipper Noel confirms, the docks and businesses in Ocracoke are all open.. Certainly good news for summer visitors to this beautiful village on the Outer Banks.

    We are currently at the NPS docs and they are up and running. This is pre-season, but there have only been a few boats in and out. Dockage is $1.25 per foot per night, power is $2.00/$5.00. There is an updated sidewalk leading to the village. We had a great meal at Dajio and a great one at Eduardo’s Taco Truck. We enjoy the relaxed pre-season vibe on Ocracoke!
    Katherine Noel

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ocracoke National Park Service Docks

  • Reminder of Perennial Shoaling at New River Inlet/AICW Problem Stretch Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 246


    The Waterway typically shoals either immediately north or south of the four-way intersection with New River and New River Inlet. Dredging at this intersection was last done in February of 2013. Skipper Johnson’s detailed comments were posted on AGLCA’s Forum and see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=142854 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146808 for more information and good advice for the New River Inlet area.

    As you make your way northward to the rendezvous there are a couple of areas that warrant a caution. Both are always areas to be cautious, but this year are even worse than ever.
    First, just as you pass by the Marinas in Sneads Ferry, NC (New River Marina, well known for cheap fuel, and Swan Point Marina) you come to the junction with the New River Inlet, where you make a sharp turn to the right. The shoaling, to a depth of less than 3 feet at low tide, is in the vicinity of markers 72 and 74. This is immediately before you reach the popular Mile Hammock Bay anchorage. Then a few miles later after you pass under the Onslow Beach Bridge, Browns Inlet is always a point of concern. Follow the markers very closely, erring to the west if you are in doubt.
    Betsy Johnson

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For New River/New River Inlet

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

  • Nordic Tugs Now in the Carolinas, Intracoastal Yacht Sales

    Our focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.Intracoastal Yacht Sales, a long-time SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC.

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    Intracoastal Yacht Sales is pleased to announce that we are now the exclusive dealer for Nordic Tugs in the both North and South Carolina!

    For years boat cruising enthusiasts have had to travel out of state to find a fuel efficient trawler with a good reputation. That’s why we are so excited to offer the Nordic Tug brand to our customers! Finally a well built trawler available here in the Carolinas. With Nordic Tugs well known existing reputation for superior construction, and an increase in demand for new boats and fuel efficiency, our team is certain these boats will be a big hit on our east coast! Not only do climate controlled helms increase year round boating, but with their sharp entry and deep keel, her stability and seaworthiness ranks with the best ocean boats built today! Our Nordic Tug 42 was a big hit at the Charleston In-Water Boat Show! One great comment after another was made about the spaciousness and livability of the layouts. We are certain that if you compare these tugs with the competition, you will find a more stable and seaworthy vessel for your next expedition!

    Nordic Tugs Cruising Yachts share a heritage that includes their distinctive profile, a hand-laid overbuilt hull and the famous Nordic Tug ship-style pilothouse. Wherever a Nordic Tug owner goes, they travel in comfort and security, safe in the knowledge their vessel is one of the most seaworthy cruisers on the market today! From the classic charm of the Nordic Tug 26 to the majestic elegance of the Nordic Tug 54, there is sure to be a Nordic Tug that is right for you!

    Intracoastal Yacht Sales offers full service brokerage representation from three locations, Wrightsville Beach, NC, Little River, SC and Charleston, SC, and we are now are very proud to include Nordic Tugs customers to our growing list of good friends!! Check out our website at www.IntracoastalYachtSales.com or call Capt. Ric Stanley, Capt. Doug Ford, or Capt. Bobby Gregory for more information!

    Capt. Doug Ford CPYB
    Intracoastal Yacht Sales
    720 Hwy 17 Suite 201
    Little River, SC 29566
    843-340-0080
    888-566-5886 fax
    dford@IntracoastalYachtSales.com

    Capt. Ric Stanley, CPYB
    Intracoastal Yacht Sales
    910-297-4444 (cell)
    888-893-9755 (fax)
    rstanley@intracoastalyachtsales.com

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    Only 180 Hours!
    Sale Price $399,900
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