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Archive For: NC6 – Pamlico River

  • A Tall Ship Will Make Washington, NC Waterfront Docks Its New Homeport

    Washington, NC is a long-time and much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    The Schooner Jeanie B, a 72′ tall masted sailing vessel, will be coming to the City of Washington and become a fixture to the community of Eastern North Carolina.

    The Washington Harbor District Alliance helped to formulate the new partnership between the City of Washington and The Schooner Jeanie B. This partnership creates a relationship that couples the vibrant waterfront in Washington, NC with the educational and family sailings of the vessel. Schooner Jeanie B will reconnect the rich history of Washington’s past which was active with tall ships with the present when she arrives March 21.
    The Schooner Jeanie B is a traditional sailing vessel that sails with Camps Sea Gull and Seafarer during the summer months and Boy Scouts of America and the Pamlico Sea Base during the spring and fall months. Jeanie B teaches principles of sailing, ship handling, and traditional navigation including using the stars to find their way. Team and character building are another benefit the campers, scouts and students experience living aboard the boat
    as they travel around the Inner Banks of North Carolina visiting various ports such as Manteo, Ocracoke, Washington and Beaufort.
    The Jeanie B also provides sailing excursions during the week and weekends from the docks in Washington, NC. She can take up to 25 passengers for afternoon and evening sunset or star gazing sails. The captain and crew of Jeanie B can put you at the helm of the 72′ vessel, allow you and your friends to raise her sails and navigate along the Pamlico River or just sit back and enjoy the peaceful sail of an afternoon or evening.
    To celebrate the arrival of Schooner Jeanie B, the City of Washington, NC welcomes her March 21 – 24 with an array of activities. Jeanie B will arrive in Washington on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21 and that evening a lecture entitled, “Equinox, Solstice, Hallmark and Hershey. A talk on astronomical events and how they merge with our lives” will be given by Dr. Lee Sutton, owner and operator of the schooner. Jeanie B teaches celestial navigation and her arrival, to coincide with the Vernal Equinox on March 21, couples that teaching to her new home. The lecture will take place at the North Carolina Estuarium along the Washington waterfront.
    Thursday and Friday, March 22, 23, the vessel will be offering free tours from 10am until 2pm. Saturday, March 24, Jeanie will be offering free to all the public multiple sailings from the docks of the City of Washington.
    After this arrival celebration, the schooner will make Washington, NC her permanent home and be available for corporate, family or group sailings throughout the year. For additional information, please contact the Jeanie B at 804-519-0174 and
    For more information Contact Lee Sutton at 804-519-0174 or Beth Byrd, Director Washington Harbor District Alliance at 252-947-1487,
    Beth Byrd
    Washington Harbor District Alliance
    102 East 2nd Street
    PO Box 1988
    Washington, NC 27889
    Cell: 252-947-1487
    Much appreciation goes out to our Corporate Sponsors and the City of Washington for their support:

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Washington City Docks

  • McCotters Marina Update (Feb. 2012) – off the AICW on Pamlico River, near Washington, NC

    McCotters Marina, Washington, NCThe year of 2011 was a real challenge for one of our favorite marinas along the central North Carolina coastline. In January (2011), a disastrous boat fire swept through part of McCotters Marina, destroying any number of vessels. Many of you subsequently participated in the Cruisers’ Recovery Fund sponsored jointly by the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net and Waterway Guide, to help bring relief to those whose boats were lost or heavily damaged. And, that fund raising effort was a RESOUNDING SUCCESS!
    Then, as mentioned below, in August, Hurricane Irene rained more destruction on this facility! Two of the remaining covered slips/boathouses were destroyed.
    Well, things have really looked up since then for this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!! Check out all the many improvements and recovery efforts described below, and then, PLEASE, whenever possible, patronize this facility. Captain Mark Henley, marina owner, and his fine staff will make you feel more than welcome!

    McCotters Marina Update
    February 2012
    McCotters Marina is better than ever! Even though 2011 presented some challenges for this North Carolina landmark our full service marina and boat yard is bouncing back stronger than ever.
    As many of you may know a boat fire in January spread to the docks, destroying the North Boat House that had stood watch over Broad Creek for over a half century. Then hurricane “Irene” stormed through in August claiming the two remaining boat houses. These two events brought an end the “boat house era” at McCotters.
    Through it all the McCotters Crew has continued to serve the boating community providing dockage, on-land storage, boat repair, maintenance, custom canvas and sails, sail repair, rigging, boat brokerage and a ships store.
    Going forward McCotters will be in the unique position of offering the regions most experienced repair and maintenance crew combined with new docks. We are excited to report that three of the four docks are already open and construction of the fourth dock is well under way with completion within weeks.
    The McCotters crew wishes to thank its many loyal customers for their continued support over the last year and invites boating friends old and new to come be a part of the rebirth going on at McCotters.
    New slips available on a first come first served basis. Come see us!
    Mark Henley

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

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  • Praise for Carolina Wind Yachting Center, upstream on the Pamlico River off the AICW in Washington, NC

    Carolina Wind Yachting Center is located on the north banks of the Pamlico River just upstream of the Washington City Docks.

    I was a live-aboard at Carolina Winds (Haven’s Warf) in 1995-1996. Wonderful town and great people. The staff at Carolina Winds are fantastic and know their stuff. Your only major challenges to the town are the railroad bridge. When I lived there, the bridge was “hand cranked”, so if the wind was blowing, they could not get it open.
    Line Dempsey

    Editor’s Note – Carolina Wind Yachting Center suffered damage from Hurricane Irene. Be sure to call ahead and check on services availability before committing to a plan which call for coiling your lines here!

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Carolina Wind Yachting Center

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Carolina Wind Yachting Center

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

    McCotters Marina, Washington, NCWe are delighted to learn that this well-known business in Oriental, NC will remain open. For years, it has been the place to get boat gear and clothing in Oriental. McCotter’s Marina, which suffered a devastating fire earlier this year, is located in nearby Washington, NC and is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    A new owner, McCotter’s Marina of Washington, NC has decided to restock and keep the Inland Waterway store open. The decision was made last Monday and it was open for the Memorial Day weekend. Stock will take a while to rebuild.
    Skipper Jim Duggan

    The Inland Waterway Provision Company re-opened in April of 2011 under new management. The folks from McCotter’s Marina (Washington, NC) are now running the store.
    Captain Ben

    And from the new owners:

    Inland Waterway Provision Company, ICW Mile Marker 181
    Newly re-opened in the heart of “downtown” Oriental!
    Visit us for all your boating and fishing needs. We have marine hardware, electrical and plumbing components, cleaning supplies, charts, line, and safety gear. We are the local dealer for AB dinghies. We offer clothing, Sperry shoes, and nautical gifts.
    If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can order it for you, usually with free overnight delivery on parts.
    We can help you with fishing equipment, ice, and bait. The helpful advice is free!
    Inland Waterway Provision Co. is conveniently located on the Oriental harborfront, right between the Town Dock (free dockage for 48 hours!) and the town anchorage. We have free loaner bicycles for visiting boaters.
    We’re an Oriental landmark! Come see why.
    Monday-Saturday 9-6, Sunday 12-4
    Phone: (252)249-1797

    I am so glad that Inland Waterway is back in business and I really hope it can stay that way! Show them some love if you’re in town.
    Jeffrey Sampson

    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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  • Anchoring Restriction, Bath Creek, 16.2 Nautical Miles off the AICW on Pamlico River

    Bath Creek Anchorage lies on the centerline of Bath Creek, north of marker #4 and south of the the fixed, 13-foot Bath Creek Bridge in Bath, NC. Bath Creek itself cuts into the southern shores of the Pamlico River, between the AICW and Washington, NC.
    This is the very first we have heard about any sort of anchorage time restriction on these waters, or most any other North Carolina waters for that matter. If ANYONE has more info on this time limit, PLEASE click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information

    I was told that there is a town ordinance prohibiting anchoring longer than one week in Bath Creek. I left my boat on the hook there for two weeks and was threatened with a “violation” by some town official. Paul Minor at Bath Creek Marina was nice enough to come out and warn me.
    Doug Bond

    Is this even legal??? Never heard of this before.
    S/V Colleen Mae

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Anchorage Directory Listing For Bath Creek

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

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  • Report on Upper Goose Creek Anchorage on the Pamlico River, 17 Miles off the AICW

    Upper Goose Creek Anchorage lies due north of Pamlico River’s, Blounts Bay marker #8. Cruisers’ Net does not recommend that cruising size craft enter this creek. It has an unmarked shoal surrounding the entrance. Only adventurous captains using a GPS chartplotter should attempt entrance and ONLY then if they are willing to risk finding the bottom! Obviously Skipper Keith is a risk-taker who loves to explore. (See Swanquarter posting.) Do not confuse this Upper Goose Creek with the “Upper Goose Creek Anchorage” off the Neuse River as found in our NC Anchorage Directory.

    I just took my 4 1/2 foot draft sailboat well up into Goose Creek State Park (between Bath and Washington) and never touched bottom even with the wind tide about 1 foot low. I anchored near a primitive campground which has a small dock that I could row to for water and a bathroom. It was a GREAT spot.
    Y’all take care and thanks for the great website.
    Skipper Keith Sullivan aboard S/V Saga

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pamlico River’s Upper Goose Creek

  • Washington, NC City Docks Now a “Clean Marina” (Pamlico River, off the AICW)

    Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0We had an earlier notice here on the Cruisers’ Net that SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Washington, NC City Docks, is now a “Clean Marina.” Below, you will find the official press release announcing this new distinction.

    N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
    Release: Immediate
    Contact: Michele Walker
    Date: July 6, 2011
    Phone: 919-715-4074

    Washington Waterfront Docks Certified as a North Carolina Clean Marina
    RALEIGH – The Washington Waterfront Docks in Washington, N.C. is the latest facility to be certified as a North Carolina Clean Marina, a designation given to marinas that go beyond minimum regulatory requirements.
    The Clean Marina program illustrates how marina operators can help safeguard the environment by using management and operation techniques that exceed environmental requirements. To earn the certification, the marina’s owners prepare spill prevention plans and conduct safety and emergency planning. Marina operators also control boat maintenance activities to protect water quality.
    Clean Marina is a voluntary program that began in the summer of 2000. Marina operators who choose to participate must complete an evaluation form about their use of specific best management practices. If a marina meets criteria developed by the Division of Coastal Management, it will be designated as a Clean Marina. Such marinas are eligible to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising. The flags signal to boaters that a marina cares about the cleanliness of area waterways.
    Clean Marina is a nationwide program developed by the National Marine Environmental Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to clean up waterways for better recreational boating. The foundation encourages states to adapt Clean Marina principles to fit their own needs.
    The North Carolina program is a partnership between the Division of Coastal Management, N.C. Boating Industry Services, the N.C. Marine Trade Association, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, N.C. Sea Grant, the U.S. Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and N.C. Big Sweep.
    For more information, contact Pat Durrett with the Division of Coastal Management at 252-808-2808.

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

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  • Good Words for Residents of Washington, NC, off the AICW on the Pamlico River

    Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0The Washington City Docks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, is about 24 nautical miles west of the AICW up the Pamlico River.

    We spent a couple of pleasant days at the Washington waterfront docks last on a short cruise from our home port of Oriental. Washington is a nice town, and the people are absolutely fantastic. Blew out half my mainsail luff slides on the way up; nice slip renter on the dock took me up to West Marine (thanks Scott!!), but they didn’t have any. Called Pacific Seacraft (relocated here from CA in 2007) and the owner, Steve Brodie, brought some to the docks; when they didn’t fit, he took me the 9 miles to McCotter’s to get some. How do you quantify that?
    Gordon and Jessica

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

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

  • Praise for Bath Harbor Marina in Bath Creek off the Pamlico River departing the AICW at Statute Mile 146

    Bath Creek is on the north side of Pamlico River opposite flashing marker #5, approximately 8 miles west of the AICW. From the Waterway, turn west at flashing marker “PR” at Wades Point. Located on the east side of Bath Creek, Bath Harbor Marina is just below Hwy. 92/99 fixed bridge.

    We were on the tail end of a cruising week and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere at Bath Marina. They were very accommodating and there is not a better deal on the water.
    Captain Bob Bundy

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

  • Washington, NC City Docks (Pamlico River)

    On 7/23/09, as part of a “North Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    30. Finally, cruisers can continue up Pamlico River to the very nice Washington, NC city docks (a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR). These are some of the nicest city facilities in North Carolina. Anyone who has berthed here, please share what you found. Did you find any good places to eat or places to shop in downtown Washington?

    Responses follow:

    Enjoyed Washington, NC. Bought a new 8D battery at West Marine and one of the employees delivered in his truck. No charge and wouldn’t accept a tip!
    Wayne Thomas

    Washington is great.  Several restaurants. The Map Room has excellent food with a creative flair.  We were fortunate to be there on a Friday night when the town had bands of every type playing in the streets.  Nice town dock.  West Marine within walking distance.

    Washington City Dock permits you to tie up for 2 days every 7 days free of charge – no power or water. Docking is $260 a month and I believe now plus power cost (which was included when I was there) There are great showers free of charge and a waterside boardwalk and park. Mimis Coffee House on the waterfront is a great place to eat fine home made soups and other specials. (Owners Mimi and Pete at one time were cruisers themselves) . The Metro (I think it’s called) serves a good old fashioned breakfast. Good Farmers Market every Saturday in summer time. All Dockmasters very friendly. Walmart / Lowes / Office Depot et al are a $5 taxi ride away. West Marine is within walking distance
    Best wishes
    Arnold Parkinson
    The British Club Worldwide

    Click Here For More Information on the Washington City Docks

  • Visiting Bath, NC (Pamlico River)

    On 7/23/09, as part of a “North Carolina Wish List,” I posed the following question:

    28. Farther up the Pamlico River, Bath Creek cuts into the northern banks. This well marked body of water leads to Bath, officially North Carolina’s oldest incorporated town. Here, you can tie up to free state docks, or a nice, smaller private marina. Who has visited Bath in the last several years? Where do you berth? Did you find anyplace to eat ashore in Bath?

    Responses follow:

    Dock was full so attempted to anchor, bottom must be very soft. Finally set Fortress after Delta and SuperMax kept sliding along.
    Wayne Thomas

    We docked at state dock during election last November during nor’easter, Bath is a lovely town. There’s a pizza place very nearby and it was tasty. They also had some cheese biscuits for breakfast, but otherwise not many choices. Rarely is there better food than can be found in this farmer’s galley, though.

    We have been to Bath 6 times in the last year and I’m going back next week.  It is my favorite place in NC.  Edenton is a close second.  We’ve used the town dock and anchored out.  My blood pressure drops 40 points as soon as my feet hit shore.  This town is so perfect. I nice restaurant called Blackbeards is mostly Italian stuff.  And ice cream!  Very good food.

    Bath Creek – delightful. And the free dock excellent. Nothing much there however in terms of stores except one pizza restaurant – which is quite good however. I hear that Fortune 500 magazine recommended Bath as one of the top ten places in America to build a multi million dollar home……… Grocery stores etc too far away for boaters
    Best wishes
    Arnold Parkinson
    The British Club Worldwide

  • Praise for McCotters Marina and Repair Yard (Pamlico River, Washington, NC)

    McCotters Marina, Washington, NCMcCotters Marina and Repair Yard is located on Broad Creek, a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina, and its repair capabilities, as you will see below, are impressive. And, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Hello Claiborne:
    Just want to let you and everyone know that we just had some repair work done at McCotters Marina in Washington, NC. We could not be happier with the work, Everything was finished on time, and the price was fair. That’s a good recommendation for any repair yard. These good folks receive our hightest recommendation.
    Skipper Fowler

    Click Here For More Information On McCotters Marina

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