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Archive For: NC13 – Southport to Calabash

  • Offshore Route to Avoid Lockwood Folly/AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 312


    James Lea’s comments are in response to a recent Local Notice re shoaling at Lockwood Folly. Cape Fear River intersects the Waterway at Mile 309. Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342.

    This section of the ICW can be easily avoided in good weather by using Little River and Cape Fear River. Little River is well marked and frequently used by boats of all sizes. The currents in the Cape Fear River can be a challenge, particularly if the wind opposes current, but it is an all-weather entrance.
    In six trips up and down the ICW we have never transited this section of the ICW [Lockwood Folly], always enjoying a nice sail while listening to all the VHF chatter about passing and depths. Highly recommended.
    James Lea

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  • More Good Words for St. James Plantation Marina, AICW Statute Mile 315


    St. James Plantation Marina is on the Waterway’s northerly banks, about one nautical mile west of flashing daybeacon #16.

    St James Marina, mm 315.
    Very friendly staff, quiet, protected marina, fuel, showers, laundry, excellent wi-fi, cafe/restaurant, “Tommy Thompsons”, and Enterprise will pick you up!
    A good place to hide, especially when the weather is bad.
    Bruce Franz
    s/v “Hemisphere Dancer”
    Dickerson 41

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For St. James Plantation Marina

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  • Good Words for St. James Plantation Marina, AICW Statute Mile 315


    St. James Plantation Marina is on the Waterway’s northerly banks, some one nautical mile west of flashing daybeacon #16.

    St James Marina has been a nice stop for us as well. Nice floating docks well protected just off the ICW at approx. 315. Dock rate at 1.25 per foot Dec 7, 2015. Nice restaurant, Deli, small store items, and art gallery store that sell items made by the St James Residents only. We found the art gallery to have some very beautiful items. The Restaurant had both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the marina. Fuel dock with both gasoline and diesel. Laundry machines 1 dollar each. Hot showers/bathhouse, all on picturesque, landscaped grounds, walking sidewalks, tranquil setting.
    Captain Clay

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For St. James Plantation Marina

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  • Herl Report: Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    Southport
    Only spent one night, they had a fishing thing going on for this weekend and they were going to be full up.
    Would have liked to walked to Fishy Fishy (less than a mile) but at this time my foot is giving me fits.

    We hear that after we left they had a bad storm in the area and with the tides being high to begin with because of the circulation in the Atlantic, the water level came up enough to cause Fishy Fishy to move a lot of their stuff out. Not much else to report.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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  • High Praise for South Harbour Village Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 311


    South Harbour Village Marina guards the Waterway’s northern shoreline, a short hop west of unlighted daybeacon #8, and not far from the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

    Came here late in the day low on fuel & hoping someone was still at the marina as most fuel docks close at 5:00 pm. To my delight these guys are open till 7:00! After fueling the dock master hinted that if I hadn’t had a good meal in a while to try the Italian restaurant on site. Their dockage rates are extremely fair at only $1.20 a foot & gave me a BoatUS discount on fuel & dockage. The restaurant was definitely what it was cracked up to be. Being solo I sat at the bar & enjoyed the banter from the locals that came through waiting for their tables. Ben the bartender made sure my glass was always full. I had the duck. Excellent! The Marina showers are hot & clean & I cant say enough about this place. 5 stars!
    CJ Drake

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

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  • Report from Deep Point Marina, Southport, NC, Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 307


    The marked entry channel to Deep Point Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – lies northwest of Cape Fear River/AICW marker #20.

    Deep Point Marina, NC
    Deep Point Marina, near Southport, NC. Great marina, we were the late arrival so we were on or near the fuel dock. This was in front of the ferry station, as the ferry docked at the landing the wakes were more than you would expect at a dock, so the rocking from the ferry as it came and left was an issue until after 1:00 am and started early dark thirty the next morning.
    The marina is very nice the crew are great and Curtis treated us very well. A beautiful pool is near the dock masters office, just a short walk. We took full advantage, it is still very warm.
    Phil and Sandy Herl

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

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  • Good Fuel Prices Reported at Ocean Petroleum Company on the East River, near AICW Statute Mile 676, Brunswick, GA


    Ocean Petroleum Company is a very popular fueling stop in Brunswick, GA, whose fuel rate we regularly report in our “Georgia Fuel Prices” (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=91034). They are located on Bay Street on the eastern side of East River, just off the Brunswick River. Brunswick Landing Marina lies just a bit farther upstream on Academy Creek.

    We just fueled up on Friday, 4-3. We went to Ocean Petroleum in Brunswick, GA. Cash/check price was 2.32 / gal. It’s located just towards the Sidney Lanier bridge from the Brunswick Landing Marina. If not going to or from the marina it’s about a 4 mile side trip off the AICW. I asked how the prices were so good and was told it’s because they are a distributor – so think their prices would always be very competitive.
    Phil Whitney
    m/v Y Knot

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    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Brunswick Landing Marina

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  • Temporary Power Line Height Reduction, AICW Statute Mile 310.5


    These power lines are midway between Southport, NC and the Oak Island-Fort Caswell Bridge. The temporary reduction in height of the power lines will affect few if any cruisers, but our tall-masted friends are very conscious of overhead clearances, as they should be! No completion date is given.

    NC – OAK ISLAND – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – POWERLINE VERTICAL CLEARANCE REDUCTION
    Mariners be advised that the power lines on the navigable waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at latitude 33°55’11” N, longitude 078°03’24” W in Oak Island, North Carolina is not reflecting the charted vertical clearance of 96 feet. The current temporary vertical clearance is at 76 feet. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. Chart 11537. LNM: 05/15

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  • Report on Southport’s Free City Dock, AICW Statute Mile 309


    Although seldom mentioned, Southport, NC does have a free (48 hours) city dock as described below. Southport is also home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina, located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. This reminder comes to us from Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care.

    “The City of Southport, NC, always a transient friendly destination, now allows transient boaters to use the free city dock for 48 hours instead of 24 hours. Since most transients arrive late in the day and generally leave in the morning hours, the old 24 hour policy did not allow time for provisioning or visiting the city. Visitors should check in with the police station when they arrive. The phone number is: 910-457-7913.
    As you enter the Yacht Basin, the City Dock will be to port (opposite the restaurants). It is the T-Head on the outermost (closest to the ICW) dock.”
    Thanks
    Hank Pomeranz

    And we have this description of the free dock from our good friends, Chuck Baier and Susan Landry in a 2013 review of Southport:

    At the end of a long dock at the west end of the basin is the town dock where you can tie up for free for 48 hours. There is water on the dock and a 20-amp power outlet if you can make it work for the boat. Depths at the town dock can be 4 feet at low tide and with the tidal range, climbing onto the dock at low tide can be a challenge. Boaters do offer to allow others to raft up at the dock and it is much deeper even just a boat width off.

    For the full review, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128381

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

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  • Weather/Navigation Briefings Return, Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    We have heard nothing but good things about these informative weather and navigation briefings presented “at the dock” at Southport Marina. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina is located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. Give them a try – you’ll like it!

    Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from hundreds of cruisers last spring, Southport Marina will present its daily Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock for Southbound cruisers from October 15th through December 15th 2014.
    Teaming with Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) and Zimmerman Marine, Southport Marina invites you to join them for this free, one of a kind service geared towards transiting boaters. These informal discussions are an opportunity for you to join fellow cruisers at the end of the day for a presentation and interactive discussion on weather and navigation issues for the next leg of your journey.
    Retired US Navy meteorologist, cruising sailor and owner of Carolina Yacht Care – Hank Pomeranz, will host the daily discussions. Hank will review the current National Weather Service advisories, watches and warnings, analyses and forecast charts and discuss the resultant forecasts for winds and seas, precipitation, temperatures, fog and severe weather potential for the Carolinas through Georgia.
    On the ICW navigation side, Hank will concentrate on the waterway from Southport to the Georgia border. Synthesizing information from the US Army Corps of Engineers surveys, Local Notices to Mariners, recent fellow cruiser postings on popular websites and direct skipper feedback, Hank will review known problem areas and present the most accurate, up to date picture available.
    And, you won’t have to memorize everything presented. They’ll have handouts you can take back to your boat and review at your leisure.
    Briefings will be held daily at 6PM October 15th through December 15th at the marina docks.

    Daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock”: yet another great reason to stop and stay at Southport Marina.

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

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  • Confirmation of Good Depths at Little River Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 342


    Little River Inlet lies south and east of the Waterway, right at the NC-SC state line, intersecting the Waterway at Mile 342. Skipper Spouse’s opening comment refers to a June 6, 2013 posting on this inlet:  http://cruisersnet.net/?p=116922  Note that marker references are inlet markers, not Waterway markers.

    Last year’s good reports about the Little River Inlet are still valid as at 16 August 2014. This morning we came out through the Little River Inlet from Calabash Creek at half-flood – just followed the buoys and remained mid channel out to the seabuoy. Tons of water and the minimum observed depth was 15ft over the bar about half-mile inshore of the seabuoy.
    William Spouse
    Hallberg Rassy 42

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  • Five Stars! for Zimmerman Marine, Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


    Zimmerman Marine is part of the excellent facilities of Southport Marina, a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. These fine organizations lie just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.
    For more information, visit www.zimmermanmarine.com and www.southport-marina.com

    Zimmerman Marine Service/Southport Marina in Southport NC, You guys are great! We were traveling North to BHI Fri the 18th on our 40 Silverton ACMY and lost our raw water exhaust pump on our port side about 6 miles south of Southport. I called SPM and they were quick to offer a courtesy dock for inspection. Then I called Zimmerman Marine, remembering they were on site. By the time we arrived there Steve, the Zimmerman tech was waiting for us on the dock. We quickly determined the raw pump had split, pumping sea water into the bilge overheating the exhaust port side. Steve went to check for a replacement part. There was not one available that day. So, on his on, Steve called around and found a good used part, drove way out of his way to get it, came back and installed it and we were on our way in about 3 hours. Steve saved our family weekend trip and was fantastic to work with. Great service is sometimes taken for granted. I did not want to miss this opportunity to give the staff at SPM and Steve from Zimmerman a big shout out THANK YOU! 5 star service and very reasonable price!
    John Beaver

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

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  • New Light in Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 309


    This new warning light wil be on the east side of the Lower Swash Channel Range of the Cape Fear River, near Marker #20 east of Southport, NC.

    NC – CAPE FEAR RIVER – PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION ESTABLISHED
    On or about 03 August, 2014 Cape Fear River Warning Light (LLNR 30477/40017) will be established in approximate position 33-55-16.690N 077-59-46.330W, displaying a Fl W 4s characteristic. The aid marks an unlit structure just outside the Cape Fear River Channel. Chart 11537 LNM: 30/14

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  • Southport Marina, Zimmerman Marine and Carolina Yacht Care Combine to Offer Free Weather and Navigation Briefs During the Spring, 2014 Transient Season (St. M. 309)

    Southport MarinaCarolina Yacht CareNow here is an absolutely wonderful idea and a genuinely invaluable service to the cruising community, courtesy of TWO SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Southport Marina, and Carolina Yacht Care. Late every afternoon from April 2 through June 15 (2014), join Skipper Hank Pomeranz, co-owner of Carolina Yacht Care, on the docks at Southport Marina for an informal discussion of upcoming weather events. Hank is a retired US Navy meteorologist, and you can bet his information will be extremely valuable, based on the most up to date National Weather Service information available.” I can’t think of a better way to spend a late afternoon while northward bound on the AICW than exchanging information with Hank and fellow cruisers.

    Skipper Pomeranz will also be covering AICW navigational issues, using both Local Notice to Mariners, and information from the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net. We promise to keep Hank well supplied with the latest Waterway information, courtesy of both our own research and data submitted by your fellow cruiser!
    Who knows, I may even pop down to Southport from time to time and participate in these sessions. Hope to see you there!!!!!

    navbriefwelcomeHeaded north through Southport, NC this spring? The two things we hear most in discussions amongst cruisers are concerns for coastal weather, winds and seas and navigation issues on the ICW. Well Southport Marina, in historic Southport NC, decided to do something about it.
    Teaming with Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) and Zimmerman Marine, Southport Marina invites you to join them during the Spring 2014 transient season for daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs on the Dock” – a free, one of a kind service geared towards transiting boaters. These informal discussions are an opportunity for you to join fellow cruisers at the end of the day for a presentation and interactive discussion on weather and navigation issues for the next leg of your journey.
    Retired US Navy meteorologist, cruising sailor and owner of Carolina Yacht Care – Hank Pomeranz, will host the daily discussions. Hank will review the current National Weather Service advisories, watches and warnings, analyses and forecast charts and discuss the resultant forecasts for winds and seas, precipitation, temperatures, fog and severe weather potential for the Carolina coast north of Southport.
    On the ICW navigation side, Hank will draw from the US Army Corps of Engineers surveys, Notices to Mariners, recent fellow cruiser postings in cooperation with Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net and local knowledge.
    And, you won’t have to memorize everything presented. They’ll have handouts you can take back to your boat and review at your leisure.
    Briefings will be held daily from 2 April 2014 through 15 June 2014 at the marina docks.
    Daily “Weather and Navigation Briefs at the Dock”: yet another great reason to stop and stay with us at Southport Marina.
    Hank Whitley, CMM
    Marina Manager

    And, here are some additional comments, courtesy of Skipper Pomeranz:

    masoninletsurveyWith regards to the briefs, the Navigation portion draws information from several sources – SSECN, USCG, USACE, cruiser comments, etc… “We” (meaning those of us who are performing services to our cruising brethren) have this unique opportunity to be standing in front of some of them daily and talking specific navigation issues.
    I want to take advantage of this one on one and make a strong point that, as our fellow cruisers continue their journeys, their feedback into the knowledge base is critical in helping those who follow. They will leave here with a chart snippet and description from SSECN relevant to known or suspected problem areas. They will also have the latest USACE survey image for those areas.
    Armed with that info, we will ask them to “pay it forward” and send an email describing their passage through the worrisome areas…an email to me, so that I can immediately update the daily brief and an email to SSECN, so you can have it for the biweekly Alerts and your website.
    I will emphasize that reports from cruisers need to feature specific info…Date, tide level, draft, etc. Nothing is more frustrating than reading through comments without that info.
    Hank Pomeranz

    Hank Pomeranz has worked with us since we brought our Bristol 47.7 Frances to Southport from Maine in November 2013. He has proven to be highly conscientious and reliable with yacht services and has gone the extra mile for us at every turn. Hank is a real asset to local mariners. Having been caught by afternoon weather in small boats around front and in the river since 1969 – we will look forward to his information and thoughts on the weather and sailing and ICW conditions.
    Van and Emily Beck

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

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  • Dredging Underway at AICW/Shallotte Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 330

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    AICW/Shallotte Inlet Intersection – Click for Chartview

    The much needed dredging of this AICW Problem Stretch is certainly welcome news, especially with the completion date occurring before the heart of the Spring, 2014 transient season.

    NC – MYRTLE GROVE TO LITTLE RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER TO LITTLE RIVER/AICW – SHALLOTTE INLET CROSSING
    The Dredge WILKO will be conducting dredging operations in the AICW at the Shallotte Inlet Crossing from 20 March until 13 April, 2014. The dredge and assisting vessels MISS LEANNE and PROUD MARY will monitor VHF-FM channels 13, 16 and 78. A Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation will traverse southwesterly and upland along west shoreline of Shallotte Inlet to the Ocean Isle Fill Placement Area near Shallotte Blvd. Pipeline, vessels and established crossings will be visibly lighted and marked with floating buoys
    in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made with dredge plant. Chart: 11534 LNM: 11/14

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

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  • Dredging To Begin in Shallotte Inlet, near AICW Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 330

    Please note that this dredging project is in the inlet proper, not the Waterway intersection. However, dredging of the Inlet/Waterway intersection is scheduled to begin soon, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135309

    NC – CAPE HATTERAS TO LITTLE RIVER INLET – SHALLOTTE INLET/OCEAN ISLE INLET – DREDGING/BEACH NOURISHMENT
    The Dredge E. W. ELLEFSEN will be conducting dredging operations and beach nourishment at Shallotte Inlet from 14 February until 31 March, 2014. Dredged material will be transported to the beach via a submerged pipeline. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and16. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested of all vessels passing the dredge. Chart: 11520. LNM: 05/14

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

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  • Praise for South Harbour Village Marina, AICW Statute Mile 312

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    Here are good words for South Harbour Village Marina from the Skipper of Second Base, as originally posted on Cruisers’ Forum. South Harbour Village Marina is one of the southernmost marinas in NC, south of Southport.

    I gunk hole as much as I can to keep costs down. With a big cold front, I pulled in for a couple nights at South Harbor. It was a record low and despite the challenges the cold weather brought they take care of business no matter the conditions. This is a good stop for 3 things- waiting on the weather window coming in, or heading out, from Cape Fear, and catching a football game at the Dead End bar & grill which is right at the dock and open 7 days/nights even off-season. The other advantage is they are directly on the AICW and not one meter off the route. A welcome oasis after all the inevitable current and traffic on the Cape Fear River.
    When you get off the river, try to stay on the outer transient dock – get your fuel right there and enjoy the best, sunny views.
    SecondBase

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For South Harbor Village Marina

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  • Praise for Southport Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 309.5

    Southport MarinaSouthport Marina, a much valued SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A.

    I cannot say enough positive things about Southport Marina. I have been here for almost three weeks and will be here for a couple more as well. All of the staff are attentive, professional and pleasant. Excellent facilities, a short 10 minute walk into the heart of downtown Southport and a myriad of services available. Highly recommended for one night, a week or longer – and will return!
    Jay Kuhn

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

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  • Hearty Endorsement of Carolina Yacht Care (Southport, NC – Statute Mile 309)

    Carolina Yacht CareWow, what a great endorsement of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Carolina Yacht Care, based in Southport, NC! If you are anywhere near Southport, and you need yacht services, NOW YOU KNOW WHO TO CALL!!!!

    While transiting to Miami from the Chesapeake on MV The Gator, my Outer Reef 65, I had the good fortune to stop in at Southport, NC. Southport is a quaint, friendly town with excellent marina facilities. We stayed at Southport Marina. While there we needed a ride to a laundry facility and were referred by marina staff to Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care (cYc) who, in addition to other services, runs a shuttle from area marinas. The shuttle is on demand and inexpensive and we used it several times.
    During our shuttle runs we learned that cYc provides a host of services for transient boaters. One of those services is monitoring boats when owners are unavailable. So, when weather interrupted our plans to continue south and with Thanksgiving drawing close, I left The Gator in their hands for 10 days over the holiday, during which time they monitored the boat daily, made adjustments and kept me informed of her status. We were in touch almost daily and I had the sense that they were looking after The Gator as if she were their own.
    As happens, the delay also impacted my crews’ availability and I found myself without crew to finish the trip. I called Hank and asked if cYc might be able to provide crew. While this was not an advertised service, Hank adjusted his schedule and crewed for me himself. His competency and professionalism underway during the four day transit were typical of the same levels of service he applies to the other aspects of his business. I suspect his 30 plus years in the Navy and experience as a cruising sailor contribute a great deal to his expertise, level of detail and professionalism.
    It is rare when you can truly find a single business dedicated to every need of the transient community and with a singular focus on customer service.
    In short, I would strongly endorse Hank and his crew at Carolina Yacht Care to any transient boater needing services in the Southport, NC area.
    Jim Hammel
    Owner/Captain, The Gator
    Outer reef 65

    As the Marina Manager at South Harbour Marina in Southport I also heartily endorse Hank @ Carolina Yacht Care. Our laundry is right at the end of the dock but we have also used Hank for his shuttle and other services. He is dependable, professional, and his extra customer service efforts certainly makes my marina look good too! He can be trusted to give my customers good value.
    Bill Gregory

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

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