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McCotters Marina, Washington, NCR. E. Mayo DocksEdenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!Nautical Wheelers - New Bern 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. 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
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 boardwalkDowry Creek 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, NCMorehead City Yacht BasinToucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NCSouthport Marina

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  • AICW Alternate Route/Dismal Swamp Canal Discussion, 6/18/13

    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate RouteClick to learn more about our Carolina Loop programBelow, you will see a recent discussion about navigating the AICW Alternate Dismal Swamp Canal Route, as of June, 2013, which appeared on another nautical mailing list. There’s some really GOOD cruising advice here, particularly concerning the free dock near the Deep Creek Lock.
    As always, those who run the Dismal should plan on taking it slow, to avoid stirring up any underwater debris. If you are in a hurry, this is not the route for you, but, if you have the time, the Dismal Swamp Canal route is a fascinating ecological experience. And, the warm reception for cruisers at the free Elizabeth City, Mariner’s Wharf (City) Docks is a HUGE bonus!

    We are heading southbound..yep, the wrong way. Never been through the Dismal Swamp. It appears to be 43 miles from Top Rack marina to Elizabeth City via the Dismal Swamp Route.
    Has anyone ever done this in one day..all the way through?

    Yes, but the way to make it easy on you coming south is to go thru the Deep Creek Lock last locking of the day and stop at the free dock(sometimes called Elizabeth’s or Robert’s Dock) just south of the lock chamber but before the bridge. Then pass thru the bridge at the first locking the next day to get to Elizabeth City thru before last locking at the south lock.
    The canal has a speed limit and 5.4 knts perfect for lock timing) (wakes can severely damage the wooden canal banks.and is narrow enough you don’t want to do a lot of passing.
    The free dock up by Deep Creek Lock has deep water and easy walks to the strip mall restaurants, CVS, Winn Dixie Supermarket, Advance Auto, etc. on the other side of the canal. All these resources make it a great waiting place beating out the crowded Visitors Center or even Elizabeth City. This along side dock is super protected, has deep water 8′, no power but has water and trash barrels and a par course.
    We much prefer the gentile laid back Dismal to the faster but busier Virginia Cut with all it’s delivery Captain Yacht traffic, commercial traffic and restricted Bridges that must be timed correctly..

    Good points all around.
    In a full displacement deep draft boat like we had, we had to go slower than the speed limit on the southern end of the swamp. You know you’re going too fast when you pull all the water away from the shore and suck up logs off the bottom.

    Yes, [you] can make the entire distance in one day. Just be at the first lock when they open and average around 6 mph. You can catch the last opening of the lock on the way out. You can go a bit faster in the first half of your trip going south because the water is deeper. The second half, you’ll need to go a tad slower because you’ll suck debris (dead logs and crap) off the bottom. Anyone following you should be aware.
    We did it in one day going north. Got to the last lock with about thirty minutes to spare. They opened the bridge so we could stay on the long dock that evening.

    It would be a shame to rush through the Dismal Swamp Canal without taking time to visit Lake Drummond in your dinghy. Look up Lake Drummond on Wikipedia and then ask the lockmaster at Deep Creek to tell you about the little dock you can hang on right by the feeder ditch that leads up to the lake. After your trip to the lake you can run down to the Visitors Center and tie up for the night. Well worth it!

    Yes, it’s an easy day.
    You can stay at Top Rack, or the free dock, at the Deep Creek Canal or anchor overnight in the channel above Deep Creek Lock, or go through and stay at Elizabeth’s Dock or go through the bridge and stay at the Mexican Restaurant dock at Deep Creek. Lots of options. In any case, it’s 22 miles from Deep Creek to South Mills. If you go through at 08h30, you’ll travel at 5 StM/hr or less to make the opening at 13h30 on the other end. That puts you into Elizaabeth City before the afternoon bridge restrictions, and probably early enuf to get a slip at this time of year.

    First I would like to say, take your time in the Dismal. When going South I go through the first lock during the last lock of the day and when you pass under the open bridge, to your port side will be a concrete wall. Tie up there for the night. You can walk to the grocery store to provision and there is an automotive store, if you need anything of the sort. Then you can leave at daybreak, BEFORE anyone else! Your chances of seeing much more wildlife is spectacular. There is an option to spend the night on a small dock across from the feeder ditch. You can take your dink to the lake, over a rail system ( kind of like big shoot for a dink) and explore. Take a GPS, everything looks the same out on the lake. This will get you into the visitor center early and give you time to explore the area. Be sure to sign the boaters log at the visitors center and pick up your free gifts. Also free water here. Next morning follow the boats into E city. If there is five or more new boats arriving they will have roses for the lady’s and complimentary wine/beer and cheese. E City is a MUST stop….and it is free!
    Whatever you choose, getting through the first lock in the evening for an early start will get you to E City the same day. It’s the journey, not the destination.
    Knot Tide Down

    The tram at Lake Drum is out of service. Just passed it today. Unfortunately, had to push through to last bridge and bridge tender could/would not open. Currently tied to South Mills Bridge. Scary trying to get dog off onto walking bridge. All part of the journey!
    Betsy Frye

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A Portion of the Dismal Swamp Canal, Hard By the VA – NC State Line

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Elizabeth City’s Mariner’s Wharf Docks

  • Report from 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 ICW’s flashing daybeacon #66 and unlighted daybeacon #67.

    Stayed here in January 2013, as well as May of 2013.
    Quiet anchorage in January, pretty noisy in May. Helicopter flights – landings and takeoffs – included passing directly overhead at less than 500 ft, continued until 10:30 pm this May! My wife did not have to remind me to turn on the anchor light that evening.
    I also found the area of poor holding this May. We slowly dragged as we set the anchor. Pulled it up, and on the second try, setting it more slowly, finally got it to grab. Interesting after maybe 100+ nights on the hook along the ICW, this is the only spot we didn’t grab the bottom first try. We may have powered down on it faster than the bottom could handle. Maybe the trick here is to back down a bit slower than normally.
    Gregory Yount, SV Intermezzo

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

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  • Blimp Factory on Pasquotank River (near Statute Mile 59)

    Below is a posting copied from the AGLCA forum about one of the really striking sights to be seen from the AICW/Dismal Swamp Canal Alternate Route’s passage down the Pasquotank River, south of Elizabeth City, NC.
    Southeast of marker #5, you will catch sight of a huge rooftop sitting back from the shore; its location is noted on chart 12206. This immense structure was built during World War II for the manufacture of dirigibles. In times past, cruisers could actually catch sight of two mammoth buildings at this location. The larger of the two—one of the biggest wooden structures in the world—burned in spectacular fashion during 1995; at that time, it still served as a blimp factory, while the smaller of the two structures was leased to a furniture company. Now, the blimp plant has been moved to the surviving building, and dirigibles are once again being constructed in Elizabeth City. If you’re lucky, you may spot one of the mammoth balloons being tested as you pass.
    Below, we hear from a former employee of the Blimp factory, in a reply to a question which originally appeared on the AGLCA forum.

    It is 1 of 8 blimp hangars still remaining in the US. I worked in the hangar in the early 70′s where we built wood kitchen caninets.
    Westinghouse owned that hangar and a huge, all wood hangar that housed TCOM who built blimps for overseas telecommunications. The wood hangar burned to the ground in 1995.
    John & Cyndi Esch

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Blimp Factory on Pasquotank River

  • Shoaling in Wilmington Shortcut, off the AICW at Statute Mile 297

    Wilmington Shortcut - Click for Chartview

    Cruisers leaving the Waterway for the popular trip up the Cape Fear river to Wilmington, NC, are always tempted to take this well-charted shortcut north. However, this channel has always been iffy at best and the wise captain will continue south to join the Cape Fear at ICW marker #177 before turning north. See Chartview for a Navigation Alert posted in 2011.

    Shoaling to a depth of 2.0 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Wilmington Shortcut Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 39785). Shoaling is encroaching into the navigable channel. Chart: 11534.

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

  • More on Inland Waterway Provision Company Store in Oriental, NC, Statute Mile 181

    McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

    Oriental, NC - Click for Chartview

    We are delighted to learn that this well-known business in Oriental, NC will remain open. Located on Hodges St. in Oriental, it has been the place to get boat gear and clothing. The new owners, McCotter’s Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! in nearby Washington, NC, have decided to restock and keep the Inland Waterway store open. They re-opened for business in April of 2011.

    Inland Waterway Provision Co. is one of the best reasons to spend time in Oriental. Pat and Nancy were diligent finding supplies we needed for our boat and were always friendly and helpful even when we were fussy about the color of striping tape we needed. Oriental is well-known for taking care of transient cruisers, but the Provision Company went even further, offering rides and services that made it easy to be here without transportation. We thank them for their great service and hope they continue to thrive in the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina.”
    Heidi Berger and Bill Raley

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

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

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  • Shoaling Reported at Shinn Creek/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 285

    AICW/Shinn Creek - Click for Chartview

    Despite dredging of these waters in December of 2012, it appears that shoaling is beginning to re-occur at this Waterway/Masonboro Inlet intersection.

    Going north on the ICW There is a Green marker [#129] at the entrance to Shin Creek. near Wrightsville beach , NC, followed by a red. There is a shoal coming off the red marker #128] far into the ICW, 4.2 ft at low tide. stay to the green side near the bank from the red to the green marks. I found it the hard way.
    Henry Booke aboard Penny-wise

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  • Docking Concerns at Carolina Beach State Park Marina, AICW Statute Mile 297

    Carolina Beach State Park Marina - Click for Chartview

    While Capt. Grooms certainly had a “one of those days” experience, most recent reviews on Carolina Beach State Park have been positive, unlike the one below. The tight quarters of the marina do need to be considered when electing to dock here, especially for a wide beam, as Capt. Grooms will attest.

    Yes, almost empty marina. When I called, I was told they had plenty of room on a t-head for my 34 ft. PDQ power cat with a 17′ beam. Told to go to c dock, turn around, and dock on outside. There is absolutely NO space to turn around, and the only reason we averted a catastrophe was thanks to two fisherman who pushed us off and caught our line. Current is swift going into marina, unlike what guidebook says. The workers are courteous, but know nothing about running a marina, and saying that they were only paid minimum wage and were not allowed to help with docking. They acted like they’d never seen a catamaran, and told us they didn’t know how wide it was. Now we’re here, docked on the outside finally, and praying that we can back out of here when we get better weather. Huge trawler right in front of us, narrow entrance, huge pole in the middle for an unknown reason. So worried yesterday about tearing up my boat or someone else’s, while staff just watched. Worst docking experience I’ve ever had.
    Beth Grooms

    The water really races out of Snow’s Cut into the river leading to a really strong current.
    Since this marina is really a State Park, they are just not equipped to run it like one [a marina]. A good opportunity for privatization.
    David Craft
    Occasional over-nighter at CBSP Marina

    Click Here To View A Recent Posting on Carolina Beach State Park

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  • 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 unlighted daybeacons #1 and #2.

    Today is 5/12/13. Am writing this from River Dunes. We give this marina the highest rating for best facilities, help and over all a first class operation. A courtesy car is available to go to Oriental. Food store is limited. We ate several meals in the club house and the food and service are also first class, although somewhat limited. Reasonable dockage for this type of facility. Been here before and plan to come back.
    Has Royer s/v Skye

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

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  • URGENT: Support Vessel Needed for a Worthy Cause, SC/NC State Line to VA

    The initial support vessel planned for this event has withdrawn due to mechanical problems. Please help Kacie find another!!

    This sounds like a wonderful adventure. Contact Kacie Wallace at the email below to determine what requirements are needed to be a support vessel.

    Cruising News:
    On June 8, World Oceans Day, YOLO Board team rider Kacie Wallace and friend Kimberly Sutton will begin paddling up the North Carolina coast, from the South Carolina state line to Virginia. The two are making the trip to raise awareness of plastics pollution in the ocean. And they’re looking for a support boat to accompany them., or visit
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    HB Koerner

  • Columbia Marina – Under New Ownership and Completely Rebuilt – On the Beautiful Scuppernong River at Columbia, NC

    Red Square Marks Position of Columbia Marina

    Columbia Marina on the Scuppernong RiverLong before the Columbia, NC City Docks were constructed, there was a private marina on the Scuppernong River, just downstream of the City Hall, known as Columbia Marina. This facility was, for many years, owned by a local attorney, but was then allowed to languish for quite some time before being purchased in February of 2012 by Captain Tom Clancy (no, not the “Tom Clancy” of “The Hunt for Red October” fame – we asked).
    Since that time, as you will read below, this facility has gone through a MAJOR renovation. And while there is currently only one transient wet slip available, Columbia Marina is now a GREAT spot to keep your vessel on a long term basis.
    Besides the new docks and dock house services (see below), all of downtown Columbia, featuring several restaurants, a visitor’s center, and a hardware store, is within easy walking distance. In short, what more could you ask of a small town marina facility.
    And, lest we forget, Columbia Marina is our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
    So, whether you are just visiting Columbia and the Scuppernong River, or looking for long term dockage, please give Columbia Marina your most serious consideration. Tell Captain Clancy we sent you!

    Columbia Marina

    In February 2012 Tom Clancy purchased the Columbia Marina in Columbia, North Carolina. During the following year, the marina went through extensive renovations. The dock house was rebuilt with a new bathroom and shower, featuring an antique claw foot bathtub. The dock house also boasts a laundry and kitchen facility with microwave oven, coffee maker and refrigerator for boaters to use. In addition to the dock house there is a gazebo with a gas grill for boaters to use as well. All the bulkheads and slips were rebuilt with new water and electrical service. There are ten boat slips with 30 amp service and 1 transient slip with 50 amp service. The Columbia Marina is located in quaint downtown Columbia on the water front within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants in town. For more information please contact Tom Clancy 919-495-1028.

    Columbia Marina


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

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  • New City Docks (Plymouth Landing Marina) and Services for Visiting Cruisers at Plymouth, NC, on the Roanoke River, off Western Albemarle Sound

    The narrow (compared to other Albemarle Sound rivers) but deep Roanoke River, is the southwesternmost of the nine rivers which feed into Albemarle Sound. In years past, cruising upstream to the community of Plymouth, NC, was frustrating for those looking to find wet slip dockage. There were some wet slips along the city waterfront, but they were forgettable, to say the least. ALL THAT HAS NOW CHANGED IN A BIG WAY FOR THE BETTER!
    In late May, 2013, we received the brief report from Captain Jean Thomason below, informing one and all that Plymouth had invested in new docks for visiting cruisers, which were now open, and ready to accept visitors. We requested more information from the cruising community, and this appeal resulted in the second note below authored by Captains Danny and Jan.
    Well, clearly there were/are BIG changes afoot in this small community, particularly in regards to their welcoming attitude towards, and services for, visiting cruisers. So, we got on the telephone and had an extensive conversation with Mike Wright, Plymouth’s General Services Director.
    The result of all this up close and personal research is very happy news indeed. The town of Plymouth now boasts all-new, fixed, concrete decked wet slips, featuring fresh water and 30-50 amp power hookups, in a facility known as Plymouth Landing Marina. Some slips have 30 amp service and others feature 50 amp hookups. The wet slips designed for larger craft have depths of 12 to 14 feet, while some of the smaller berths have 4.5 to 6 feet of waters. And, we were able to confirm the report from Danny and Jan, that visiting cruisers can enjoy ten day’s free dockage at these fresh city piers, including power and water connections.
    The dockage basin lies under the watchful eye of a reproduction of the Roanoke River screw-pile lighthouse. The eye catching feature adds considerably to the visual appeal of this city facility.
    Shoreside, mariners will discover climate controlled showers, and a laundromat. Waste pump-out service is available for a very reasonable $5,00. There are two restaurants within walking distance, one of which is open for breakfast. There are also several museums in downtown Plymouth which are well worth your attention.
    It’s a hefty 1+ mile walk to Highway 64, where you will find a supermarket and chain drugstore. Those cruising with bicycles will find this an easy trip.
    CLEARLY, with all these new facilities, cruisers now have a new, prime destination just off Albemarle Sound. Please help spread the word about Plymouth’s new welcome and new services for visting cruisers.

    New Plymouth, NC City Docks and Reproduction Roanoke River Lighthouse

    Because our marina (Cypress Cove, formerly IYC) is at Columbia, we often cruise west on Albemarle Sound. Plymouth on the Roanoke River has just opened new town docks. We hear they are nice and free. Plymouth has shops, a museum (with replica of the Abemarle, a Confederate ironclad) and a lighthouse in the historic part of town along the waterfront.
    Jean Thomason

    I would like to tell everyone about the new town docks in Plymouth NC. Very nice slips (10 slips ) with power and water at no charge. They have very nice rest rooms and showers with a washer and dryer. There is also a pump out with just a 5.00 charge.
    We stayed there in April and was very pleased. Oyster Bar short walk away was great. Breakfast at Stella’s down the street was very good. There was also three Museums in easy walking distance.
    The east end where the larger slips are the water 12 to 14 feet and the west end on the T we marked 4.5 feet. These slips are not where the old slips are. These are at the west end of town in front of the Light House. Very nice.
    Danny and Jan on the Mosey

    Plymouth is a great town to visit for it’s Civil War history and all the good things mentioned here. My great grandfather served with the Union army and became a prisoner of war when the town was retaken.
    However, there is a charted fixed bridge of 50′ vertical clearance between the town and Albemarle Sound that will keep most sailboats from visiting. We have anchored just before the bridge and used our dinghy. I think we were lucky to not hit a snag with the anchor since the Roanoke River is dense with cypress on both sides.
    Harry Burns
    S/V Two for the Roads

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

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  • Praise for Deaton’s Yacht Service, Oriental, NC, Statute Mile 181

    Whitaker Creek - Click for Chartview

    Deaton’s Yacht Service is one of two repair yards located on Whittaker Creek, immediately east of Oriental Harbor. The Whittaker Creek entrance channel is well marked.

    I hauled out there this spring for the first time, they did great work. I’ve always done all the work myself but back problems and work constraints forced me to hire it out this time. They were very accommodating; I live 400 miles from the coast and they just handled it. They run a professional outfit, I highly recommend them.

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

  • Good Words for Dowry Creek Marina, AICW Statute Mile 131.5

    Dowry Creek Marina - Click for Chartview

    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.

    This is one of my favorite places to stop whenever heading north or south from Albemarle Plantation. Staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Rates are good and there is a lovely club house where there is a social hour each evening. Loaner cars are available for trips into town.
    Bill Denison

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

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  • Good Words for Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina (off the AICW on Cape Fear River, in Wilmington, NC)

    Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers YachtsSALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, lies on the eastern banks of the Cape Fear River, just above the downtown Wilmington waterfront. Not only is this a first class marina, but the on-site repair yard is second to none. BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THIS FACILITY’S FREE WEEK’S DOCKAGE OFFER AT!
    The note below was copied from the AGLCA forum, and was in answer to a question about where one can find a good “hurricane hole” during the hurricane season.

    Bennett Brothers Yachts has the best “in my opinion” on the east coast GAI am a member of the Cape Fear Marina and have two 50 foot slips. This Cape Fear/Bennett Bros. is a definite hurricane hole and well protected. Just my 2 cents. Come on up but make sure you call them ahead of time….. it can get populated fast….. 910-772-9277.

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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  • Report from Columbia City Dock, Columbia, NC, on the Scuppernong River

    Columbia City Dock - Click for Chartview

    We wish more cruisers would choose to depart the familiar confines of the AICW, and cruise west on Albemarle Sound to this impressive body of water’s many anchorages and ports of call. The Scuppernong River, which makes into the sounds southern banks, west of Alligator River, is one of the best destinations for Albemarle Sound cruising, and the free (for 48-hour) Columbia Town Docks are a great place to rest from your travels. Or, you could choose to pick up a wet slip at Cypress Cove Marina (see below). Either way, it’s well worth your time, IF the Albemarle does not have its dander up!

    We stayed at the Columbia City Docks at the beginning of May 2013. Passage up the river in our Silverton 36C, (38 inch draft) was simple just follow the markers and look out for fish traps. The dock is well sheltered and in pretty good shape. At the time we were there, no water or electric were available. There was a pump out connection we did not use. We were tied up on a Saturday overnight and were the only ones at the dock.
    Columbia is a small town and you can walk around it in less than an hour. Not a whole lot of things to do. The NC visitirs center is located just under the bridge. Most of the stores downtown were either deserted or closed.
    The highlight of the trip was dinner at the Salty Oyster. This is a fairly new restaurant located on the main street in the old Woolworth building. The food was great.
    Dave Boxmeyer

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

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  • Wilmington Marine Center (off the AICW, on Cape Fear River, 3 Miles Downstream From Wilmington, NC)

    We have visited with the Wilmington Marine Center on many occasions, and have always been impressed with the services available here. The problem is that visiting cruisers will have to undertake a fairly lengthy taxi ride to and from the dockage basin to the downtown Wilmington business and dining district.

    Wilmington Marine Centrer is a good stop….about three miles from down town by Taxi or a long Dink ride up the river.
    Very sheltered and safe during bad weather.
    In town…..lots of places to eat and drink.
    Slainte for Irish a few doors down from Front Street Brewey.
    A block or so away is Hell’s Kitchen….very much a two thumbs up place for food and drink….was my favorite hang out.
    Stay in the channel as it gets shallow fast.
    Ralph Chappell

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Wilmington Marine Center

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  • Broad Creek Anchorage (off North River, Statute Mile 61)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 61 – who has anchored on Broad Creek, off North River, and west of AICW/North River marker #164? Did you have any trouble finding the entrance to Broad Creek? What depths did you find when entering, and while cruising the interior reaches of Broad Creek? Would you recommend this anchorage to fellow cruisers?

    Responses follow:

    Broad Creek on the Coinjock Route (Mile 61) is normally a well protected creek and good fishing. But last September I was headed for the entrance when I saw coming right towards me a nasty black thing. About a mile from the creek opening it turned into what appeared to be a 25 ft high white wave heading stright for my bow at some 70 mph! (And I’m not kidding ‘cos it was on the news)
    It turned out it was more a rolling mixture of water and air rather than a solid wave – but it grabbed Pisces – a heavy 45,000 lb steel boat – and turned me round twice as if I were a paper boat on a pond. Then 20 minutes of hell being driven back (at maximum RPM) by the horizontal wind and rain. My poor cat Addie was flattened out frantically grasping a ventilator – I had to release the wheel, get on the foredeck, grab him, and literally throw him down below!
    I lost a hatch and a few other things yet in a way I was very lucky. I have no doubt that had I been moored in the creek a half hour or so sooner – I would have been blown ashore before I could even start the engine……
    God takes care of drunks, sailors, and cats. :-)

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

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  • Marine Surveryor Recommended For New Bern, NC Area (Neuse Area)

    Recommendations of this ilk from marine professionals are often worth their weight in gold!

    This guy is the only marine surveyor I have listed in my “work” phone contacts. We had used him in the past on custom boats and I was impressed. I am not sure of his experience with Hatteras yachts. He is in New Bern, Rob Everly, 670-1976. Hope this helps,

    I agree, Rob Eberle is my surveyor of choice, having done several pre-purchase surveys for me and one that BoatUS hired him to do for an insurance claim to one of my vessels.
    his web page is
    e-mail: Rob Eberle (
    Gordan Pickett

  • Carolina Beach Mooring Field (just off the AICW, near Statute Mile 295)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 295- who has picked up a mooring at the Carolina Beach Mooring Field south of Snow Cut’s eastern entrance? Did you find the field easy to enter? What sort of mooring ball condition did you observe? Did you find anywhere to dinghy ashore? If so, did you find any good dining attractions in the town of Carolina Beach?

    Responses follow:

    The mooring field is easy to enter, with plenty of depth. The mooring balls are large, but the pendants are small and slimy. The dinghy dock is a long, long way down, at the end of the harbor. The moorings do provide a secure place to spend a night or to visit Carolina Beach for a day or two. At $20/night, they are over priced compared to other moorings. At the same price, St. Augustine offers a laundry, captains’ lounge, and quality heads/showers.
    Glen and Jill Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

    We have stayed in Carolina Beach on the mooring balls on 2 occasions. The mooring ball fields is easy to enter right off the channel. The mooring field is less than 10 minutes at no wake speed off the ICW. The tethers on the mooring balls seem short (maybe 5 ft) so it’s easier to grab the tether from the side of the boat rather than from the bow. The city sends a boat to collect the mooring fee about 6 PM each evening.
    The City of Carolina Beach has a dinghy dock at the end of the channel which is less than 1/2 mile away. There is also a restaurant at the end of the channel that has a face dock. From the dinghy dock it is an easy walk to the beach.
    Jerry Kusky
    Knot So Fast

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

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  • McCotter’s Marina (off the AICW on Upper Pamlico River, Near Washington, NC)

    On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 146 – who has abandoned the AICW, and cruised upstream on Pamlico River to Washington, NC? Did you stop at Broad Creek, and visit with McCotters Marina? If so, please give us a description of this facility. Or, did you continue upstream to the excellent Washington City Docks? Again, if so, please describe this municipal marina. Did you find any good dining choices in downtown Washington? Is this a side trip you would recommend to fellow cruisers?

    Responses follow:

    McCotter’s Marina is a good facility for repairs. Bob is the chief facilitator, Mark Henley the owner, and Shirley Long the sail maker and canvas person. All are very easy to work with and accommodating. They have a rather complete ship’s store and if they don’t have it they will get it for you post haste. They do mechanical work and repairs of all sort and Shirley has a complete sail/canvas operation. Unfortunately, no fuel. For fuel one must go next door to the Washington Yacht and Country Club which sells fuel to the public, both diesel and gasoline, and is the only place easily accessible and the only place for diesel west of the Pungo River at Belhaven. Most of Cotter’s docks are new after the terrible fire of a few years ago and the docks are fully serviced.
    Bruce Billings
    Chocowinity, NC

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

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