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910-269-2380 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. McCotters Marina, Washington, NCAn 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.Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCRiver DunesEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!R. E. Mayo DocksLocated 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 fishing
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 boardwalkSouthport MarinaBridge Pointe Marina, New Bern, NCMorehead City Yacht BasinOur 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.Dowry Creek MarinaPort City Marina - Wilmington, NCToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

Archive For: NORTH CAROLINA – All Cruising News

  • 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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Mackeys Ferry Marina

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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

  • Advice on New 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 Bell reports that shallow depths are occurring as expected. Past experience dictates that the channel can shift quickly and that close attention to the relocated and temporary USCG buoys is your best bet to avoid grounding.

    Do not get within 60 feet of green 61a or you will be aground as was a sailboat today.
    David Bell

    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

  • Southport Marina Offers New Video Look At It’s Facilities and Services (Statute Mile 309)

    Southport MarinaSALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina has just introduced a new video showcasing this fine marina’s facilities and services. It is very definitely worth a look.
    Southport Marina is located in the heart of the old river village of the same name. In the 1950′s and early 60′s, Southport was my boyhood summer home aboard. I have nothing but the warmest memories of my time spent on the docks of the old Southport harbor. May you too be so fortunate.
    Check out the new video at:

    http://vimeo.com/channels/394509

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

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  • Good Words for Pelican Marina, Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route/Pasquotank River, Statute Mile 50.5

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    Pelican Marina - Click for Chartview

    Elizabeth City, at the south end of the Dismal Swamp route, has been charming cruising visitors to the City Docks since 1983 and we are proud to report that Elizabeth, NC is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Pelican Marina guards the Pasquotank’s northern banks, northeast of unlighted daybeacon #8, just across the river from the downtown Elizabeth City waterfront.

    Stayed here on Sept. 1 and was very pleased. This is great marina. Good bathrooms and laundry. very helpful and a ships store with good prices. Only 35.00 with power and water. A good restaurant next door.
    Danny Styons

    Click Here To View This Facility’s Full Listing of Services on the North Carolina Marina Directory

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  • Report from Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route/Pasquotank River, Statute Mile 50.5

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    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 some things do not change! The city docks are officially called Mariner’s Wharf, and 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 are proud to report that Elizabeth, NC is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We cruised in here on August 29 and left on the 31. This was the first we had stayed at these docks. Docks were nice but finger piers are short. Could be a problem for some boats. Also the heavy creosote on the pilings made a mess of my lines.The town is a great place to visit. Easy walk to several restaurants and bars. We recommend Cypress Creek Grill and Groupers. Nice museum close by that you can spend several hours. It would be nice if they had some bathrooms.
    Danny Styons

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

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  • Report from New Bern Grand Marina, Trent 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.

    Was there in August and saw a number of run down boats at this marina. Hard to believe people would buy a boat and then allow it to get in such deplorable condition. Even more concerning is why a marina would allow a boat in poor condition to remain in a slip unless all they care about is collecting a slip fee. The marina is an eye sore to such a beautiful river walk homes like the Robert Stewart House, and great eating places.
    Captain Perry

    We have been at New Bern Grand for the past year. Very happy here, certainly not an eye sore. There are over 250 boats here, I’m sure some need attention, but whose boat doesn’t?
    Captain John

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

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  • Report from Bridge Pointe Marina, off the AICW, On the Trent/Neuse River, New Bern, NC

    Bridge Pointe Marina - Click for Chartview

    Bridge Pointe Marina, flanking the southern banks of the Trent River (off the Neuse River), and opposite the downtown New Bern, NC waterfront, has been closed for almost a year rebuilding their floating dock system which sustained major damage in hurricane Irene in August of 2012. As Captain Perry reports, the marina hopes to re-open by the end of September, 2013. We will post the Grand Opening date as soon as it is announced!

    We stayed at the Bridgepointe Hotel and Marina the week of August 16th and the marina construction is nearing completion. They are doing a fantastic job and hoped to open by the end of August. The hotel staff are the most courtesy and helpful of any we have met both on land and water. You can’t beat their rates. Rooms are clean and location is safe. If you are staying take a walk across the bridge and try out Captain Ratty’s or Chelsea’s. They are grrrreat eating establishments. Reasonably priced, good quantity of food, and fast service.
    Capt. Perry

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

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  • Anchoring in Mile Hammock Bay Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 244.5

    Mile Hammock Bay - Click for Chartview

    Mile Hammock Bay anchorage’s entrance channel lies north of the gap between the AICW’s markers #66 and #67, just a short hop north of the Waterway’s intersection with New River and New River Inlet.

    We’ve stayed at Mile Hammock several times, never when it is as calm as the picture shows [http://cruisersnet.net/?p=122589]. If you happen to arrive when the Marines are training, it can be quite tedious.
    We arrived at 2 pm one afternoon and helicopter pilots were training and were landing just off the Northern bank every 10 minutes. At first we thought it was cool, but with the roar from the engines, it became quite distracting, especially when they didn’t finish until 10 pm that night. The holding has gotten suspect and we have had to anchor several times until our anchor took hold. It still is a good anchorage if you can get your anchor to work. Good cruising.
    Phil Mullins
    S/V Katash

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

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  • GREAT Shot Of Mile Hammock Bay Anchorage (Statute Mile 244.5)

    We just had to share this truly quality photo of the very popular anchorage at Mile Hammock Bay (off the North Carolina portion of the AICW, hard by the Waterway’s intersection with New River and New River Inlet), sent to us by our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/). Mornings like the one pictured here are, at least in our opinion, what cruising is all about!

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

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  • Report from the City Docks of Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear River, off the AICW

    Wilmington City Docks - Click for Chartview

    Located along the easterly banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, just west of the high-rise Hilton hotel, the City Docks have long been a popular side trip for many Waterway cruisers.

    We spent Labor Day weekend here (our third visit). Still love downtown Wilmington. It’s so alive with people and places! Went to the free Friday night concert and then the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. The only negative with the area is that there is no grocery store within walking distance so make sure you’re stocked up before you get here. There are two negatives about the Cape Fear River. 1) Lots of large logs always floating down the river that get jammed under your swim platform or between your boat and the dock. We ended up putting out large ball fenders to make more space. 2) Repeatedly being seriously waked by all sized boats and even jet skis. I ended up calling one of the tour boat companies to complain (nicely, of course) and they did slow down quite a bit for the remainder of our visit. But I really wish the city or someone would look into making the area near the docks a no wake zone.
    Paula Spence, M/Y Sea Eagle

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

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  • Security Advice from Visitors to Wilmington City Docks, on the Cape Fear River, off the AICW

    Wilmington City Docks - Click for Chartview

    The crew of the Sea Eagle are experienced cruisers who, as narrated below, let down their guard at the end of an otherwise pleasant visit to the City Docks of Wilmington, NC, which is a longtime popular side trip for many Waterway cruisers. The City Docks are located along the easterly banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, just west of the high-rise Hilton hotel.

    Last night someone boarded our boat while we were sleeping. The person tried to take our TV but it was bolted down. He quickly grabbed the first two things he saw that he could carry – my husband’s laptop and (of all things) a small fan. We never heard a thing and didn’t discover the theft until 5:45 a.m. when Jim got up and found the saloon door wide open. We’re are very grateful that nothing else was taken and even more so that no one (including the bad guy) was hurt or worse. So how did this happen? We certainly have to take some responsibility for it. We were tired and were focused on our plans to leave in the morning instead of being in the present. Either one of two simple things would probably have prevented this. We have a very simple motion detector “driveway” alarm which we had set every night except last night. We also have a procedure for verifying that the door is locked which we had done every night except last night. We let ourselves get too comfortable with a place we’ve stayed at three times but have learned a very valuable lesson and actually got off pretty easy. Bottom line – if you stay here or at any unsecured dock, be vigilant with your security measures!
    Paula aboard m/v Sea Eagle

    Paula
    My Friends who stayed here three years ago had the same experience. I had to check with them today after reading your posting. Someone came aboard and made a quick grab of a TV set before they woke up. Be cautious on Wilmington docks. About 10 blocks away is a rather poor neighborhood with a break-in problem.
    Ben

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

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  • High Praise for Cape Fear Boat Works, Cape Fear River above Wilmington, NC

    Navassa Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    Cape Fear Boat Works is off the Waterway, upstream from the downtown Wilmington waterfront, on the main (northwest) branch of the Cape Fear River. Their facility is located 1690 N.E. Royster Rd, PO 2195, Leland, NC 28451. Telephone 910.371.3460, Fax 910.371.6555, Email info@capefearboatworksinc.com. Web page is http://www.capefearboatworksinc.com/services.html

    This place is awesome! I did a total refit of my boat here. Very helpful! I paid 250/month to keep my boat inside. I could do all the work I wanted on it and it was quiet and no one bothered me while I worked. The yard worker is there for extra help and advice when necessary. Part and materials can be bought through them and delivered on site usually next day. Plenty of space, quality work, highly recommended! They can do everything from a total refit, Awl grip, bottom jobs. Hurricane Hauls, you name it this place is awesome!
    Pat

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  • Unexpected Good Stay at Carolina Beach Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 295

    Carolina Beach Mooring Field - Click for Chartview

    The Carolina Beach Mooring Field lies south of the AICW channel, and also south of Snow Cut’s easterly entrance, in the harbor channel leading to Carolina Beach commercial district. As you will see below, Captain Spence relays welcome improvements in service to mooring users in this field.

    We stayed here a year ago, and I was not looking forward to a second visit. We were only spending one night and after an 8 1/2 hour day I didn’t feel much like launching the dinghy from the second deck in the wind just to go pay our mooring fee. I was very happy to read that they now send a boat out each evening to collect fees. And great news – a second dinghy dock on the beach side with access to the beach is supposed to open in about two weeks!
    Paula Spence

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Carolina Beach Mooring Field

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