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Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCR. E. Mayo DocksAn active, gated golf community on the coast of North Carolina, Scotch Hall Preserve offers properties, homes, and other real estate options for those looking to live an active lifestyle.McCotters Marina, Washington, NC910-269-2380 The new 82-slip Deep Point Marina is located on the Cape Fear River in Southport, NC, and offers fuel and transient dockage, as well as daily, monthly and annual slip rentals. The marina is adjacent to the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal, which houses a snack bar (open seasonally) that offers grab-and-go food options, soft drinks, beer, wine and coffee. In addition, the Deep Point Marina is convenient to Southport's shopping, restaurants and historic district, and offers easy ocean access. Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Located on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishingRiver Dunes
Dowry Creek MarinaManteo 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 boardwalkSouthport MarinaPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCOur marina  is your boating access to Albemarle Sound, the largest freshwater sound in the country—55 miles long and 15 miles at its widest point. Placed strategically at the mouth of Yeopim Creek, the marina is just beyond the high insurance line saving boaters significantly on their insurance rates.Bridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCMorehead City Yacht Basin

Archive For: NORTH CAROLINA – All Cruising News

  • Vertical Clearance Report from Wilkerson Creek Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 126, Belhaven, NC

    Wilkerson Bridge - Click for Chartview

    If you carry a height of 65 feet, then you will want to plan your passage for mid to low tide through this bridge, since charts mark this bridge as 64 feet at mean high water. Wilkerson Creek Bridge crosses the southern foot of the Alligator River-Pungo River Canal portion of the AICW at Statute Mile 126, east of marker #27.

    Clearance 10/20/13, 1230, 64 ft
    Michael Powers s/v second flight

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Wilkerson Creek Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Wilkerson Creek Bridge

  • Good Depths through AICW Statute Mile 52, North River, south of Coinjock, NC

    Marker #129 - Click for Chartview

    Captain Kipnis brings good news in response to a Navigation Alert for shoaling in the North River (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=104373) that we posted last December, 2012.

    Didn’t see less than 11.8′ mid channel between Red 128 and the new floating G129.
    Barry Kipnis

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at North Carolina Cut

  • Dockside Yacht Club Off-Limits to Transients, Morehead City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205

    Dockside Yacht Club - Click for Chartview

    A phone call to Dockside Yacht Club confirmed that transients are no longer welcome at their docks. Our thanks to Captain Land for bringing this change of policy to our attention.

    Forget this yacht club in Morehead City, NC as they no longer allow transient docking and threaten arrest if anyone dares to pull up to their docks. There are elementary magic marker signs posted everywhere with threats of arrest for trespassing.
    Jackson Land

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dockside Yacht Club

  • Duckweed Largely Cleared at Both Locks and On Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteOur thanks to Director Stewart of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) for this update and photos below. For earlier photos, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=124791. And we remind you of the “Event Along the Waterway” scheduled for this coming weekend http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120878

    As many of you may have heard there is Duckweed in the northern part of the Canal. I wanted you share with you although you must come through the Deep Creek lock to get here, we are clear. I have a boater who had problems after locking through on Saturday and ended up being towed here to our dock on Sunday.
    I do believe the folks on the north end are doing everything they can to try to alleviate the problem. I know Robert has relayed they have had challenges. My boaters who had come through heading south last week stated they got out of the weed at about mm14. But we did have 5 boats come through earlier today and our stranded boater talked to 5 of them. He said only one stated an issue with having to clean his strainer……..I don’t know what to say, other than I would suggest you contact the Deep Creek lock for their status. Our South Mills lockmaster says he is clear as we are and we took these photos this afternoon (after Tom Hale called) to verify we are clear as well. I called Elizabeth City yesterday to see if they had complaints outside of the South Mills lock to ECity, but Susan reported she had not received any reports of problems. I’ll try to see if one of our boaters here tonight will call me and advise me of the conditions as they head south.
    If we receive further useful information, I’ll let you know.
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    10/18/2013
    We had several boats come in yesterday afternoon and were expecting four more after we left at 5pm. The boaters I spoke to said they had no issues locking at the north. Charlotte Underwood at the Elizabeth City CVB also asked her boaters about the trip from the South Mills lock to ECity and they reported no problems. This is what I’ve heard so far. Thanks for trying to keep all informed. Robert was not working at the lock yesterday, but the lockmaster on duty said he felt they were back to normal. I’ll try to check on the status when I go in this am.
    Donna

  • Praise for Elizabeth City, NC, Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route, Statute Mile 50.5

    Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop program

    Mariners Wharf - Click for Chartview

    Elizabeth City, at the south end of the Dismal Swamp route, has been charming cruising visitors at its City Docks since 1983 and it’s wonderful that Elizabeth City just keeps getting better and better, as one would expect from A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! A hot shower can mean so much at the end of a long day in the wind and spray! Dockage is free for 48 hours, however, we were once allowed to stay for three days when high winds prevented the Alligator River Bridge from opening.

    We had a wonderful stay for 2 nights at Elizabeth City after an eventful transit of the dismal swamp. The only navigation hazard was the duck weed [being cleared as of 10/17/2013] in and around the Deep Creek Lock. Robert is doing all he can to clear the weed which should be gone as the north wing abates this week, call him if concerned. We had a blocked strainer but after clearing it all was OK. After the DC bridge there was no weed to worry about and no other hazards for our 5′ draft IP45.
    Elizabeth City exceeded our expectations for free dock space and great hospitality. There is good shopping 1.5 miles from the dock and great shops and restaurants on the wharf. We thoroughly enjoyed a great value meal at Groupers! The visitor center had a Rose Buddies reception with free wine and cheese and it was great to hear about Elizabeth City and meet fellow cruisers. The museum is well worth the free entry and soon the theatre season will start too! Please pay these folks a visit – you won’t regret it!
    Devin Taylor s/v Moosetracks

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

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

  • Improvements to Mariners Wharf Underway in Elizabeth City, AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route/Pasquotank River, Statute Mile 50.5

    Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop program

    Mariners Wharf - Click for Chartview

    Elizabeth City, at the south end of the Dismal Swamp route, has been charming cruising visitors at its City Docks since 1983 and it’s wonderful that Elizabeth City just keeps getting better and better, as one would expect from A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! A hot shower can mean so much at the end of a long day in the wind and spray! Dockage is free for 48 hours, however, we were once allowed to stay for three days when high winds prevented the Alligator River Bridge from opening, as happened just this past week. Our thanks to Captain Baier for this news and photo.

    Construction has begun on the heads and showers and the contractor wants to have them done by Thanksgiving. Here are a couple of photos.
    Chuck and Susan, Trawler Beach House

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

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

    Showers and Head Under Construction

  • Report from Belhaven, NC, Pungo River, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    Belhaven Cooperage Town Dock - Click for Chartview

    The Belhaven Cooperage Town Dock is found just upstream of Pantego Creek red marker #12, on the north shore. This free dock is not be confused with the Wynne Gut Belhaven Town Dock, farther downstream, where fees do apply. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=124114.
    Pantego Creek anchorage lies west-southwest of marker #8.

    We stopped in Belhaven last week and were somewhat disappointed in the new free docks. They are rather isolated and because there are no lights there, we were concerned about safety at night. Also completely covered in bird poo, so we decided to anchor instead. We did dinghy in and found that they have put in some really nice new restaurants. Perhaps the waterfront will make a come back. It is a shame that they didn’t put more thought into the new docks.
    Walter Smith s/v Salt Shaker

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cooperage Town Dock

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

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

  • More Advice on Recent Shoaling at AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 237

    Browns Inlet/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

    The intersection of the Waterway and Browns Inlet, south of Swansboro, NC was last dredged in December of 2012, but, as with most SSECN designated “AICW Problem Stretches,” shoaling usually reappears sooner or later. Captain Smith’s advice agrees with earlier reports (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=123290) that favoring the red side of the channel is your best bet to avoid grounding through this intersection. And, especially with rapidly shifting channels, seeking local knowledge, as Captain Smith confirms, is good seamanship and always a smart move.

    We were to transit Browns Inlet [AICW/Intersection] yesterday and called Boat US, Swansboro for local information. The advice we were given was spot on and is as follows: Favor R60 (about 20′ off) until you are PAST G61A and then head back to mid channel towards daymark G63.
    Walter Smith

    Not sure if anyone on this site has been through [the AICW passage behind - editor] Browns Inlet lately at markers 61A, 60 and 63. It is FAR from adequate depths. Severe shoaling exists. On 10/13/13 going North I favored RED side per advice on Active a Captain…found 3.5 ft of water 1.5 hours past HIGH TIDE. On 10/16/13 I was following a 90 ft yacht heading SOUTH. Captain was advised to favor OCEAN side of the inlet. At 1 hour prior to HIGH TIDE yacht was hard aground in 4 ft of water 10 Ft right of GREEN markers. This inlet is NOT navigable for large vessels!
    Capt. Rick

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

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

  • Mid-Atlantic GPS Testing, October 27, 28 and 29, 2013

    The testing center point is 45 nautical miles due east of Masonboro Inlet, HOWEVER, its testing radius is 118 NM, so GPS on the NC/SC Waterway could easily be affected.

    NC/FLA – MID- ATLANTIC – GPS TESTING
    THE GPS NAVIGATION SIGNAL MAY BE UNRELIABLE DUE TO TESTING ON GPS FREQUENCIES USED BY SHIPBOARD NAVIGATION AND
    HANDHELD SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS THAT RELY ON GPS, SUCH AS E-911, AIS AND DSC, MAY BE AFFECTED AT AN APPROXIMATE TESTING CENTER POINT OF 34 09’60.0″N 076 54’60.0″W, WITH A POSSIBLE IMPACT RADIUS OF 118 NM FROM CENTER POINT.
    2. GPS TESTING IS SCHEDULED TO BE CONDUCTED ON:
    27 Oct 2013: 1100Z – 1630Z
    28 Oct 2013: 1830Z – 0030Z
    29 Oct 2013: 1700Z – 2300Z
    30 – 31 Oct 2013: 1100Z – 1700Z3
    MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE COAST GUARD NAVIGATION CENTER WEB SITE WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV. DURING THIS PERIOD GPS USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY GPS SERVICE OUTAGES THAT THEY MAY EXPERIENCE TO THE NAVIGATION INFORMATION SERVICE (NIS) BY CALLING (703) 313-5900 OR BY USING THE NAVCEN WEB SITE TO SUBMIT A GPS PROBLEM REPORT.
    For additional information, you may contact the Navigation Information Service (NIS) watch stander at (703) 313-5900.
    LNM: 41/13

  • Depths Survey As of 9/03/13 of the AICW/New River/New River Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 246)

    Our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report below, relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the AICW/New River Inlet/New River intersection on 9/03/13. Note that the Doyle’s soundings were taken near low tide, so you must only subtract .3 feet from the depths portrayed on the Doyle’s graphic, to discover MLW soundings.
    Despite some earlier reports of shoaling, Captains Mark and Diana, as you will see below, discovered nothing less than 8 foot MLW soundings at along this perennial AICW Problem Stretch.
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark have just published a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place an order!

    Hi Claiborne,
    Diana and I are continuing our survey reports with depth-annotated tracks for ICW Trouble Spots.
    This one is for the ICW and New River Inlet intersection.
    Good water this season along this ICW Trouble Spot with depths ABOVE 8 FEET MLLW.
    Hopefully, SSECN readers transiting the area will find these reports useful.
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

  • RESCHEDULED: Elizabeth II Sails into Edenton NC to Celebrate Edenton’s 300th Anniversary – off the AICW on Western Albemarle Sound

    Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

    Edenton, NC - Click for Chartview

    Founded on November 6, 1712, Edenton is celebrating its 300th anniversary beginning October 9 through December 2013. Originally scheduled for October 9, Elizabeth II’s arrival is set for October 25 and 26, 2013. As the article below details, there is much to see and do in this historic town during the celebration. See also http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122596 regarding the visit of Queen Anne’s Revenge.

    EDENTON, NC – Elizabeth II‘s sail to Edenton has been re-scheduled because of weather conditions until October 25 and 26. The visit is in celebration of Edenton’s 300th Anniversary. The voyage is sponsored by the Friends of Elizabeth II and Southern Bank Foundation. Kim Sawyer, Executive Director of Roanoke Island Festival Park says” Safety is first. The safety of our Captain, Crew and staff is of utmost importance when we travel. We are hoping for good sailing weather, so we can arrive in Edenton safely for October 25 and 26.” Bob Quinn, 300th Committee Chairman says, “I agree with Kim, it is most important for the Ship and Crew to arrive safely and we are looking forward to that taking place on October 25 and 26. The ship will host area school children on Friday, October 25 and the general public on Saturday, October 26, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be docked on the Edenton waterfront at Edenton Harbor. It is free and open to the public. The Elizabeth II will begin her return to RIFP on October 27 and be back in her homeport on October 28 ready to receive visitors on October 29.
    Founded on November 6, 1712, Edenton is celebrating its 300th anniversary through December, 2013. The town served as the first Colonial Capital until 1743. Its citizens then helped in the fight for freedom, and became instrumental in establishing the principles and values upon which the nation was founded. It survived the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars largely intact and visitors today will find historic homes and three National Historic Landmarks preserving heritage for future generations. The state’s oldest Courthouse, built in 1767 and still in use today, stands above the village green looking toward Edenton Bay.
    Join us as we celebrate Edenton’s 300th and Elizabeth II’s 30th for a memorable experience in “one of America’s prettiest towns” as recognized by Forbes.com.

    For more information on this Celebratory Weekend visit roanokeisland.com or visitedenton.com or call 800-775-0111 or 252-482-0300.

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

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

  • Good Words for True World Marine, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 198

    True World Marine - Click for Chartview

    True World Marine is located on the eastern shores of ICW-Core Creek passage, 1145 Sensation Weigh, Beaufort, NC 28516 and their website is www.trueworldmarine.com.

    With the snow birds beginning their migration south, I thought I would put in a word on behalf of True World Marine in Beaufort, NC. They manufacture a small range of fishing boats in the 20-30 foot range in addition to storage and repair of most any boat.
    They are located roughly midway between Oriental and Morehead City, right on the Adams Creek portion of the ICW – about Mile 198. They are adjacent to the Jarrett Bay facility for those familiar with the area.
    If you need a short haul, bottom paint or minor repair, they might be worth your consideration. They also have some transient dockage if needed, though I would not characterize them as a full service yard (nor are there any restaurants within walking distance). In the same marine industrial park however are several specialty contractors (electronics, diesel, etc.) that should handle most any involved repair that they don’t offer.
    They have treated me very well in the past.
    Ask for Keenan, Yard Manager ( 252.723.9370 ) or Patrick ( 252.728.2541 ).
    In no way financially connected to the above.
    Gregory Yount

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park

  • Depths Survey As of 9/03/13 of the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 293.5)

    Looks like the major dredging project which took place some two years ago at the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet intersection, south and west of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and north and east of the Snows Cut canal, is still holding. Hooray, at last some good news!
    Our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report below, relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet intersection on 9/03/13.
    Note that the Doyle’s soundings were taken near high tide, so you must subtract 4 feet from the depths portrayed on the Doyle’s graphic, to discover MLW soundings.
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark have just published a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place an order!

    Hi Claiborne,
    Diana and I are continuing our survey reports with depth-annotated tracks for ICW Trouble Spots.
    This one is for the ICW and Carolina Beach Inlet intersection.
    Pretty smooth sailing this season with depths ABOVE 8 FEET MLLW.
    Hopefully, SSECN readers transiting the area will find these reports useful.
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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

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

  • Good Words for Portside Marina, Morehead City, NC, AICW Statute Mile 205

    Portside Marina - Click for Chartview

    When entering the Morehead City waterfront from the “Turning Basin,” Portside Marina is the first facility that will come abeam to the north.

    We enjoyed a very nice stay at Portside Marina in Morehead City last night. Denard (rhymes with Leonard) and Kay Harris are great hosts providing wifi, free laundry, bicycles, reasonable dockage and great conversation on floating docks right on the Morehead waterfront and in sight of the ICW. A great stopover for those transiting the area on the ICW. Had dinner at Floyds, a few blocks away and it was delicious.
    Kathrine Noel

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

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

  • Belhaven, NC Changes Town Docks Policies (Statute Mile 135.5)

    Red Square Denotes the Location of Belhaven Town Dock on Wynne's Gut

    Those of you who have been following the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net know we published a major article/editorial last week (on 9/19/13), verifying the polices in place for the Belhaven Town Dock on Wynne’s Gut. Partly due to all the discussion raised around this posting, and the negative reviews which appeared on OTHER, non-moderated nautical web sites and forums, and partly due to the happy news that Belhaven has now completed a SECOND town dock, the decision has been made to completely revise the dockage pricing, and clearly set forth maximum stay limits, for both Town Docks.
    This posting completely supercedes our SSECN article of 9/19/13, and that story has been discontinued.
    First, the bad news. There are no more free overnight stays allowed at the original Belhaven Town Dock on Wynne’s Gut. Instead, as you will see below in the note from Captain Les Porter, dockage at this facility now costs $1.00 per foot, per night, with an additional charge of $5.00 per night for a single 30 amp power hookup. A maximum stay of 72 hours is allowed. The Wynne’s Gut dock has the advantage of being located in the heart of downtown Belhaven, with its several restaurants only a few steps away.

    Red Square Denotes the Location of Belhaven Cooperage Town Dock

    The new Belhaven town dock, which shall hereafter be referred to as the “Belhaven Cooperage Town Dock” is located farther upstream on Pantego Creek, a short hop from marker #12. Overnight dockage at this new facility is currently free, with a maximum stay of 72 hours allowed. Berths here are composed of finger-pier type piers, set onto a fixed wooden dock. No power or water connections are yet available, though the town of Belhaven hopes to add these services soon. Cruisers should also know that it is a 5 block walk into downtown Belhaven, from the Cooperage Dock. This is still very do-able, but not as convenient as the Wynne’s Gut dock.
    We are honored that the town of Belhaven has chosen the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net as the FIRST means of relaying their new dockage policy to the cruising community!

    Hey Claiborne,
    The town manager and I have reviewed the recent concerns from the skippers with the early check out times (9am-11am) and the short length of stay allowed for free at the Wynne’s Gut town docks.
    In an effort to allow a longer stay and a later check out time we have moved our free dock location to the newly constructed Cooperage Town docks and have changed our policies to the following:
    Our Belhaven Town docks at the Wynne’s Gut location on Pantego Creek are now rented at a daily rate of $1.00 per foot, per night with a maximum stay of three nights. Electrical is $5.00 for a single 30 amp hook up and water is available. Registration is required upon arrival and the check out time is 11:00am. Dockage is along side with tall pilings and the controlling depth is 6 feet. The docks are located just 100 yards past the green number 9 day marker and on the North shore in Wynne’s Gut.
    Our Belhaven Town free docks are now located at the Cooperage landing on Pantego Creek just past the red number 12 day marker and 100 yards to the north shore. This site has newly constructed fixed docks with slips having finger piers and pilings, no water and no electrical. Controlling depth is 7 feet. The docks are available on a first come first serve basis with a maximum stay of 72 hours.
    Thank you for all your help Claiborne,
    Les

    I am sorry to report that, after a telephone conversation with a reliable, local source in Belhaven, Captain Styon’s description below of the Belhaven “Cooperage Town Dock” is accurate. Cruisers will want to take all these unfortunate characteristics in mind before deciding to coil their lines here.

    I rode to Belhaven by car last Wednesday to check out the docks, as we were planning a trip and this was on our list of stops. Boy am I glad I did! There are no free docks down town. They are as you said 1.00 per foot plus power. The free docks are a long way from town. I have hard time calling these town docks. They are up a path I wouldn’t think about walking at night. The docks were completely covered with sea gull poop! No lights. I can not imagine someone staying at these docks. I would feel munch safer anchored. Our new plan is skip Belhaven.
    Danny Styons

    WOW! People actually complaining about not getting a free dock?? Has anyone tried to get a permit for a dock lately? And why threaten to skip these small towns and not help them pay for the upkeep of their docks. Will you be happy when no shoreside facilities are available to us transients.
    Jim

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Belhaven Town Dock on Wynne’s Gut

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

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

  • Report from Still-in-Business River Forest Marina, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 135.5

    River Forest Marina - Click for Chartview

    River Forest Marina, a well known stop on the AICW, lies on the northeastern shores of Pantego Creek, just northwest of the creek’s breakwater entrance to Belhaven. A phone call to Axson Smith, the marina owner/manager, confirmed that – CONTRARY TO THE REPORT BELOW – the marina is definitely open for business. Phone ahead, 252-943-2151 and let Axson know you are coming. All incoming calls are forwarded to Axson’s cell phone and he lives on the property. The on-site River Forest Restaurant and Inn are for sale, but the marina and nearby repair – boatyard will be kept open.

    Rumors this marina is out of business seem to be true. Was just in Belhaven last week and visited them to see for myself. For sale signs up on the property and no one to be found on the property. The local townspeople had mixed reviews of the status of this facility. Some say it has been sold and others say it is still on the market at a reduced price. Either way a visiting boater would be better off staying at the town docks or the Belhaven Waterway Marina. Sad as I recall this marina from years ago as a thriving must stop for Snowbirds and the cruising boaters.
    Doyle Evans

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida 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

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

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

    We have stayed at the River Dunes a couple of times recently. Best said this is a boater’s oasis and a must stopover. It is seems even better when the Pamlico Sound is blowing 15 to 20 MPH from the N NE which we experienced this past week.
    Doyle Evans

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

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

  • Good Words for New Bern Grand Marina, Trent River, off Neuse River, New Bern, NC

    New Bern Grand Marina - Click for Chartview

    The New Bern Grand Marina lies in the heart of downtown New Bern, North Carolina, along Trent River’s northern banks between the low-level Trent River highway and railroad bridges.

    We stayed at the Grand Marina for a couple of days this month and very happy with the experience. The staff is friendly and helpful and the facility is clean and updated. The local boaters were friendly and helpful regarding our questions about the area. New Bern is a gem. Nice water front and the town has several unique shops. New Bern is clean and you feel safe walking or biking around town. New Bern is off the ICW so you do have to plan ahead regarding your fuel requirements for the trip up the Neuse.
    Doyle Evans

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Bern Grand Marina

  • Crab Bar and Grill Closes at Mackeys Ferry Marina, southern shore of Albemarle Sound

    Mackeys Ferry Marina - Click for Chartview

    The restaurant to which Capt. Styon refers is Mackey’s Crab Bar and Grill, which will surely be missed by local patrons. Mackeys Ferry Marina is on the western shores of Mackeys Creek (also known as Kendrick Creek), north of the charted 8-foot fixed bridge.

    Just a short update on Mackeys Marina. The restaurant is no longer open.
    Jim Styon

    Update on the restaurant at Mackey’s Marina. The great restaurant is now closed and is not likely to reopen. All else remains the same at the Marina.
    Danny Styons

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  • Fees TRIPLE !! and North Carolina Registration REQUIRED For Federally Documented Vessels after 90 Days

    As a native North Carolinian, and normally proud of it, I never thought I would see the day when the Old North State would follow the example of Florida, and require state registration of Federally Documented vessels, after being in NC waters for 90 days or more. Just how that one slipped through the legislature in Raleigh, I have no idea. The very first we heard about this was when the note below from Captain Kamp was received.
    And, if that’s not cause enough to raise your blood pressure, NC vessel registration fees TRIPLE in price after 10/1/13! The boys and girls in Raleigh must really feel the need for more revenue. Too bad it’s coming at the expense of North Carolina boat owners, and cruisers who wish to visit our state’s waters for more than 90 days.
    Do note that this is NOT a tax issue. It is a registration fee issue. It has ALWAYS been the case, at least since the 1970′s, that Federally Documented vessels which reside in NC waters for longer than 90 days ARE subject to Ad valorem (property) taxes. Some tried to avoid this tax by moving their boats out of state for a time, or just hoping the state department of revenue would not realize they had a Federally Documented boat in NC waters, but over the past decade or so, North Carolina has gotten quite adept at seeking out such would-be tax dodgers.
    No, this is a case of some vessel owners having to pay a registration fee, and a triple fee at that, which was not heretofore necessary. Ugggghhhh!
    Our sincere thanks to Captain Kamp for bringing this information to the SSECN’s collective attention, and a special nod to Senior Editor, Captain Larry Dorminy, for exhaustively researching this issue. The remainder of these introductory remarks are authored by Larry!
    Captain Kamp’s information is correct: NC state registration IS required after 90 days, effective October 1, 2013. Since Federal regulations typically supersede state regulations, we will have to wait to see if this will be challenged in the courts. In the meantime, the fees more than triple on October 1!

    I received a post card from the above agency advising that vessels that are USCG documented and occupying NC waters for over 90 days are required to be registered with that agency, effective October 1 this year, due to a new law enacted by the NC Legislature. This will effectively be a new tax disguised as a fee. Previously USCG documented vessels were not required to be registered in NC , but if they were in state waters they were placed on the tax rolls of whichever county they were slipped in if there over 180 days. I am not sure if this has changed or if the registration requirement is an attempt to identify vessels not on a county tax roll.
    Steve Kamp

    From the NC DNR website: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Boating/RegistrationTitling/RegisteringyourUSCoastGuarddocumentedvessel.aspx

    Registering Your U.S. Coast Guard Documented Vessel in North Carolina
    Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) documented vessels that have been in North Carolina for more than 90 consecutive days, must be registered in the state. However, federal law restricts states from issuing titles for documented vessels since the USCG issues a Certificate of Documentation (COD) to owners of documented vessels which supersede a state title. To register a documented vessel you will need to submit a copy of your COD as proof of ownership, a completed and signed VL-1 Form and the appropriate fees for registration only.

    Got the postcard; registered my documented sailboat yesterday. It’s $40 for three years before 10/1; apparently $150 per year after 10/1. The NC sticker needs to be displayed on your starboard bow, but your registration number does not need to be displayed if you’re documented, according to NC Wildlife, who administers the registrations.
    Jim Starr

    Capt. Starr is correct that the fees are going up October 1st. The fees for vessels less than 26ft are $30 a year or $90 for 3; over 26ft, $50 for a year and $150 for 3. Certainly an incentive to register before October 1!

    I am a resident of NC and the above information sounds like all I have heard lately EXCEPT effective October 1 the $40 fee for three years jumps to $150 for three years. I think there is also a $50.00 per year registration. Needless to say I am taking my documentation to a registration office today or Monday and getting a three year $40.00 permit rather than wait until after October 1 and pay $150.00.
    John Y. Jackson

    On the documented vessels, between now and Oct 1, you can register your boat at the old rate of $40 for 3 years instead of $50 for one year! I and others have done it. Act fast.
    Sam Curry
    New Bern, NC

    Consider the similarities of this situation and the Florida requirement.
    To register while in State over 90 days and or obtain a $135.00 cruising permit good for 11 months.
    Steve Kamp

    According to the NC website (above), their state registration fee (before October 1) for documented vessels is $15 for 1 year or $40 for 3 years. There is no mention on the website about the new fees effective October 1! There is also nothing mentioned on their website about a cruising permit similar to Florida’s Sojourner permit.

    I called the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and asked for a citation to the NC Genreal Statutes. All they had was a Senate Bill number and not even a Session Law number. I looked up the Senate Bill number and found that it was the budget bill! They just slipped it in without any debate that I heard.
    Norwood Bryan

    This type of thing just makes it more and more difficult for snow-birding cruisers why might be very interested in settling down at a nice dock in NC for a stretch of time. Who wants to go through the hassle of registering and unregistering your boat every 90 days? Say you spend summers in New England, the fall in North Carolina, the winter in Florida, and the spring in the Chesapeake–you might have to re-register your boat four times in a year!
    John Kettelwell

    As a resident of Maryland I have been looking for a place to escape to. This is compounding my delima.
    Jim Davis

    For a lengthy discussion on vessel registration, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=106014

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