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Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop program910-269-2380 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. 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 0 Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589The Pilot House Marina is located on secluded Lake Largo just minutes from downtown Key Largo. This choice location borders on John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, an underwater park famous among snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.910-457-7380The Town of Fort Myers Beach proudly operates and maintains the Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field. The field boasts 70 mooring balls available for public rental year-round, and accommodates vessels up to 48 feet in length. The mooring field is located east of the Sky Bridge between San Carlos and Estero Islands in Matanzas Pass. For recreational cruisers, the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is a wonderful destination. Coming ashore at the Town’s dinghy dock puts boaters in walking distance to beaches, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. Mooring ball rental fees are $13/day or $260/month. All renters MUST register with Matanzas Inn upon arrival. The dinghy dock is available for public use to tie up dinghies 10’ or less (no overnight tie-ups). The dock is located beneath the Sky Bridge between Matanzas Inn Restaurant and the public fishing pier. Boat U.S.

Archive For: NC13 – Southport to Calabash

  • Bald Head Island Marina (off the AICW, at the mouth of Cape Fear River)

    910-457-7380On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Off the AICW, at the mouth of Cape Fear River – who has docked at Bald Head Island Marina lately. Please give us your impressions of this marina. Did you have any problem with up and down motion at the docks due to tidal surge? Did you find anywhere good to dine ashore?

    Responses follow:

    We spent two nights tied up at the Bald Head Island Marina. Marina staff were excellent. We rode our bikes and also rented a golf cart for a few hours. The Marina restaurant was excellent. On the negative side, there can be a significant surge inside the marina . We were at C dock and danced around for two days. We did have a great time and will return .
    Tom and Melesia Goodman,
    Monk 36 “Journey” on the “Great Loop”

    Claiborne,
    We are here at Bald Head Island Marina on the end of A dock. Made “reservations” by phone. Entrance had a crane working on the S side of inlet as we came in and were able to dodge it. The current was ebbing but didn’t note it as I was trying to miss the crane. Went to fuel pier first, Will helped us there and loaned, us an adapter (50 to 30 amp) for the power. He ran around to help us tie up and plug in. Good friendly service, floating dock so goes up and down with the tide; so did not notice any current in the marina. The marina appeared less than 50% full, but was told that those slips were owned. The marina is busy with the ferries, vehicle and passenger. We bumped at the slip, but that was the wind. Most people did not seem to be on their boats so the small restrooms were not a problem.
    We ate lunch at MoJo’s the dock side restaurant, pot roast sandwich, excellent ( I ordered it out of curiosity) My wife had grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, very good, for dessert we split a creme brûlée cheese cake, out of this world! We were too full to go back for dinner. For lunch the next day we had chicken caesar wrap at the Maritime Market, best we ever had. However this is about a 3
    mile walk, one way.
    In general a friendly, laid back place would come again.
    Good sailing,
    Bob

    Not a cruiser any more (cruising is how I discovered this place!) but live here full time. There are lots of choices on where to eat. Here’s the list during full season. Off season, many will close or reduce their hours. It’s too early to tell right now.
    Here goes:
    Open to everybody:
    At the Marina:
    Delphina (Opened 5/3 for linch; Should open 5/17 for dinner): Mexican, Southwestern, Cuban. Full Liq. Everything under $14
    SandPiper cafe: Great Premium Ice Cream and Super coffee/ cappuccino.
    Mojo’s at the Harbor: Full Menu, Full Liq. Could be great cruisers bar but not. Pricey! Soft serve and and Snow cones.
    Will ‘O the Wisp: At the sail shop on the marina. Self serve beer and wine. Also have Luna Pops (a fruit based popsicle known in Mexico as Paletas. Outrageously addicting and refreshing! Best place to hang out and socialize.

    Elsewhere on the island:
    Peli: At the Bald Head Island Club; by the Tennis courts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Open to everybody and you do NOT need to be a member. About 1mi from marina.
    Maritime Market cafe: At the market mid island. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Market is slightly more expensive than mainland markets ans has most everything. Good selection of Beer and wine. About 2 mi from marina.
    Mike’s Bites: at the east end of the island. Take away only. Mostly premade sandwiches. We do expect changes this year but are not known just yet. About 4mi from marina.

    Available with temporary membership to transients (temporary memberships are available at the marina and are about $20. Rates may have gone up):
    Bald Head Island Club: Two dining rooms, great food and full use of facilities: Pool, tennis, croquet, exercise room. Golf is extra. About 1mi from the marina.
    Shoals Club. East end of the Island. Dinning room and Sandbar Grill. About 4+mi from the marina.
    That’s it. If I can supply any more information please don’t hesitate to let me know.
    Brewse Barnard
    formerly of S/V Integrale

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  • Deep Point Marina (Statute Mile 307)

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

    Statute Mile 307 – anyone who has frequented Deep Point Marina, north of AICW/Cape Fear River marker #20, recently, please give us your impressions of this facility.

    Responses follow:

    Deep Creek Marina: I had to hole up in this marina last spring to wait out a storm, facilities were above average, free use of the washer dryer, nice pool and a great friendly bunch of people. The staff was great, helpful and friendly. Fuel; available at a decent price. Only drawback was the very busy ferry terminal next door. I would highly recommend this stop to anyone AND the prices were reasonable.
    Bill
    S/V “Resolute”

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  • Southport Marina (Statute Mile 309)

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

    Statute Mile 309- anyone who has spent a night or two at Southport Marina, please share your experiences with us. What was your overall impressions of this marina and its facilities?

    Responses follow:

    We stayed there about a week ago. It is a class A marina. The dock master and dock hand were very good at giving us directions and catching our lines. We don’t use shoreside facilities, so I can’t say anything about shower and bathrooms. However, the docks and grounds are very neat and clean. The marina is within walking distance of the main part of Southport and restaurants.
    I would rate it very highly and recommend it to others. It is also very easy to access, right off the ICW.
    Tom Law

    Spent 4/30 to 5/6/13 at Southport Marina. This was our first visit and won’t be our last. We stayed several days longer than planned due to weather. Marina employees are great. The facilities are very good and kept clean. The marina is a short walk into town. Nice farmers market on Wednesday. Numerous restaurants and shops. Marina has very good outside help for any boat problems (Snyders Marine). We rented a car for 3 days and took ferry to Fort Fisher and the NC aquarium. Overall, a great stop-over.
    s/v Skye

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  • Southport, NC Dining Recommendations (Statute Mile 309)

    Southport MarinaOn 5/30/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

    Statute Mile 309 – can someone please provide us with some shoreside dining recommendations in Southport, NC! Also, anyone got any sightseeing tips in this charming village, where I spent so many years as a young boy!

    Responses follow:

    We ate at Mr. P’s Bistro in Southport. Very good food at reasonable prices. I heard good things about Fishy Fishy, too, which is closer to the marina.
    Tom Law

    Neat, historical town. Took the golf cart tour, went through the museum, attended the Wednesday farmer’s market. Ate at several restaurants, most within walking distance from the marina. Especially liked the Provisioning Co. on the waterfront. Different but good food at a good price. Local’s is a good restaurant where the locals eat. Rented a car for a day in Wilmington and a day across the river at Fort Fisher and the aquarium. Good shopping but several miles away. Marina could use a courtesy car. Numerous movies and TV programs filmed here. Take the golf cart tour and learn about Southport.
    s/v Skye

    Fishy, Fishy – great place to eat within easy walk from Southport Marina.
    John Wild

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  • U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. Announces $585,000 For Dredging of Carolina Beach Inlet and Intracoastal Waterway

    Here’ some really GOOD news. Congressman Mike McIntyre, the US House of Representatives member from the Wilmington, NC region, has been a LONG-TIME supporter of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As you will see by following the link below, to an article which recently appeared in PortCityDaily.com, Congressman McIntyre has secured a good chunk of change for inlet and AICW dredging.
    Let’s just hope that BOTH the AICW/Lockwoods Folly and AICW/Shallotte Inlet intersections are part of this dredging work! These two closely spaced “Problem Stretches” are currently the two worst spots on the North Carolina portion of the Waterway!

    Check out the full story at:

    http://portcitydaily.com/2013/04/06/mcintyre-announces-585000-for-dredging-of-carolina-beach-inlet-intracoastal-waterway/

  • Don’t Dare Miss A Stop in Southport, NC (Statute Mile 309)

    Southport MarinaAs a boy, I spent many a summer living aboard in the old Southport Harbor. I still have many fond memories of this delightful village!
    Much of the dockage Captains Kay and Bob speak about below is located in the older, easterly basin, while modern Southport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just next door, and within easy walking distance of all the old harbor’s dining attractions.
    Really, folks, don’t miss a stop in Southport! Those who just cruise on by are missing one of the great ports of call along the AICW!

    We are from Southport, NC, and think that Bald Head and Southport are both great stops. Bald Head does charge a “day Dockage” fee for docking and dining but last summer it was $20. Their overnight dockage is between $1.50 and $2.00 per foot, and again a great stop. There are several restaurants that offer free dockage, no power or water, if you dine with them, [Yacht Basi] Provision being one of the most popular, plus the City of Southport offers one free dock for overnight, with 15 amp. power and water, in the back of the Yacht Basin.
    Also, Southport Marina is just next to the Southport Yacht Basin, $1.75 per foot, and an easy walk to the restaurants and downtown.
    We have seen the movie Safe Haven, filmed in Southport, and think that it is great, and accurately reflects our town.
    Make Southport and Bald Head Island a stop on your travels!
    Kay and Robert Creech

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  • Good Words for Bald Head Island Marina

    910-457-7380Well, of course, Bald Head Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, as well as being an AGLCA sponsor!
    This facility is found hard by the seaward mouth of the Cape Fear River, within sight of the “Old Baldy” lighthouse! Give them a try this spring. You won’t be sorry!

    This is Janice posting from [AGLCA] Lieutenant Sponsor, Bald Head Island. This is a beautiful marina and you should be sure to stop by when you’re doing the Intracoastal in North Carolina. Ben and Doug say “Hello” to all of you!
    Safe cruising,
    Janice Kromer

    We think Baldhead is also a great stop, with a lighthouse within walking distance of the marina that you can go up in and have a great view. Most of the other North Carolina lighthouses are well off the path of loopers, so this is a good reason to stop at Baldhead as well.
    Betsy Johnson
    Rick ‘n Roll

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  • Praise for Southport Marina, Cape Fear River, AICW Statute Mile 309

    Southport MarinaSouthport Marina – A 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.

    Southport Marina is always good and a treat! As you know, laundry and shower facilities are on site. PJ’s, a converted gas station across the street is great for breakfast. Moore Street Market, recommended by a local, was a lunchtime treat. We’d never have seen their obscure sign. Came upon a retired biology prof who’s a water colorist and such a delightful man. Love his work and the bright colors of local scenes. When we visit Southport, it’s always difficult to drag ourselves away.
    Laura Bender

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  • A Happy Ending Thanks to Ocean Isle Marina and Sharky’s Restaurant, AICW Statute Mile 336 and 334

    Ocean Isle Bridge and Sharky's Restaurant - Click for Chartview

    Always good to hear of the kind of courtesy extended by Ocean Isle Marina management, the courtesies shown by Sharky’s Restaurant, as well as a recommendation of good food. A real Happy Ending!

    Cruising News:
    After we aborted our planned overnight stay at Calabash Anchorage on 10/6/2012 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=98764), we found nearby marinas were full. A courtesy call made by Ocean Isle Marina (MM 335.5) found us overnight space at “Sharky’s Restaurant” located at the Ocean Isle Bridge. Jim, the owner, met us at the dock and treated us like family. He has limited space, so call ahead if you are in a pinch. This was a great place to stay overnight and he offers a 10% discount for guests on the great food they serve.
    Capt. Pat Carter

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  • Southport Marina Has Dredged to 6 and 8-Foot Depths (Statute Mile 309)

    Southport MarinaLooks like this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR just got even better! We highly recommend a stop here as you are cruising south this fall, or just spending a night away from home base, while exploring the waters of southeastern North Carolina. And, after you coil the lines, it’s an easy walk of several blocks to Mr. P’s Bistro (910-457-0801). YUMMMMMM!

    Southport Marina – Southport NC – We are excited to let all boaters know we have completed our dredging project that began in early spring. All interior marina slips have been dredged to a low tide depth of 6’ and our transient dock and approach depths average 8’. Make sure you make Southport Marina a stop on your next cruise!
    Vanessa Jenkins, MIRM

    Southport Marina is a great stop. Numerous other waterfront restaurants are all within walking distance. The grocery store is a little further. Atlantic Marine is a handy store as well.
    David Craft

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  • Sign of the Times: The Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge Becomes a Boat Ramp (Statute Mile 338)

    Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge - As It Used to Be

    Many of us were glad to see the old Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge replaced by a modern high-rise last year. Between the mechanical problems and shoaling, many cruisers most certainly did NOT have a soft place in their hearts for the old, floating span.
    Now that it’s gone, though, I cannot help but be a little saddened at this piece of the past that is now long gone forever.
    Below, we are pleased to present another superb report from our strategic partners, Captains Dian and Mark Doyle, founders and owners of On The Water Chartguides (http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com). Check out their NEW paper AICW Anchorage Guides (with a 42% discount until 8/10/12), by following the link above!

    Hi Claiborne,
    Passed through the Sunset Beach area a couple months ago and was reminiscing … about bridges, and about a slower pace. [smile]
    The Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge at STM 337.9 was an historic landmark—the only vehicle pontoon bridge left in operation on the entire East Coast.
    But a floating pontoon bridge, with “zero clearance,” became more and more incompatible with modern times and schedules.
    About six times per month the tide was so low the bridge couldn’t be opened. Boats had to circle and wait through low tide. And if there were high winds, the bridge could be closed indefinitely.
    In addition to its hourly scheduled openings, the bridge opened for every commercial vessel. (Trivia Fact: Because the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway was constructed before bridges, technically commercial vessels take precedence over vehicular traffic.)
    And, of course, many island residents (local taxpayers) felt they were spending too much time waiting for the bridge …
    But the final demise of the bridge was credited to safety concerns for island residents. Emergency crews had difficulty responding promptly to calls on the island. There was also concern about the risk of a serious fire spreading, given that large ladder trucks and tankers were too heavy to cross the old pontoon bridge.
    The site of the old pontoon bridge will become a public park, with boat ramp access to the ICW and plans to incorporate remnants of the old pontoon bridge in the park design.
    As of June 2012, you can see construction of the boat ramp at the old pontoon bridge location.
    Best and see you On the Water,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

    Soon to be a memorial park with boat ramp ICW access

  • Sunset Beach Fixed Bridge Clearance Gauge Corrected, AICW Statute Mile 338, Sunset Beach, NC

    The new Sunset Beach Bridge with a fixed clearance of 65ft MHW replaced the old pontoon bridge. The correction noted below is the result of comments from cruisers regarding the accuracy of the clearance gauge (see article below). Our thanks to Mr. Gregory of the USCG and to Mr. Carroll of the NCDOT!
    Mr. Gregory,
    We have adjusted the vertical clearance gauge to show the vertical clearance to the bottom of the Navigation Light. The tide was near low and at the time of measurement, just less than 70′ of vertical clearance existed. Thanks for making us aware of the situation, feel free to inform us of any other issues that come up.
    Trevor Carroll
    NCDOT Division 3
    Bridge Maintenance Engineer
    5501 Barbados Blvd
    Castle Hayne, NC 28429

    Excellent to see Cruisers’ Net has the ear of those able to make changes. Thank you!
    Ed

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  • 62ft Vertical Clearance Reported at Sunset Beach Fixed Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 338, Sunset Beach, NC

    This unusually high tide could be because of the Super Moon condition we are finding both high and low tides along the east coast. The bridge and its gauge are relatively new and should be accurate. This new bridge replaced the old pontoon bridge to Sunset Beach.

    We’re seeing a 62′ reading on the tide gauge on the new bridge at Sunset Beach at high tide this morning May 7. Is the tide three feet higher than normal? Perhaps the gauge is inaccurate?
    Ed

    As a follow up…4 boats went thru and radioed back reports of 62′ readings on a 65′ bridge. I don’t think the super tides were 3′ off! 2 sailboats waited a few hours before risking it. One sailboat just had their mast measured after recently clipping apparatus. The tip of their antenna is at 65′. The board was reading 63′ and nothing touched.
    This height board is different than most in that you cannot tell for sure if the depth is above, in the middle or below the number. If 63 is showing, we assume that is the height.
    So, APPARENTLY, the board is 1 to 2 feet off.
    Ed

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  • Favorable Tidal Currents from Myrtle Beach, SC to Carolina Beach, NC

    Capt. Miller shares good advice regarding northbound currents in the Waterway.

    Subject: Favorable Current Northbound from Dock Holiday Marina
    Cruising News:
    We departed Dock Holiday Marina two hours after North Myrtle Beach low tide and enjoyed a following or slack current all of the way to Southport.

    Subject: Northbound Boost from Current when Departing Southport
    Cruising News:
    We tried Skipper Bob’s suggestion of departing Southport one hour before high tide and found that we enjoyed a following current all the way up Cape Fear River and as far as Carolina Beach Inlet.
    Max Miller

  • Good Report from Southport, NC and Southport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 309

    Southport Marina – A 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.

    Before I get to the marina, I need to report that there are alternatives to using the marina and they are within the safety of the harbor. The staff at Fishy Fishy Restaurant tell me that they often provide free overnight dockage (no elec) if you dine there. It’s the second restaurant on starboard with the green roof which has their name set into the roof tiles. Your chances, they say, are better if you arrive nearer sunset when fewer boats are likely to arrive for dinner. Ask the manager when you call. Fishy Fishy can be reached at 910-457-1881. The same used to be true of The Provision Company, the first restaurant on starboard, at 910-457-9900. It’s worth a call to see if they still do.
    There is also a free tie-up (which we have used before and a local confirmed today that it is still available for overnight transients) at the T-head of the town docks. Look for a large black-on-white sign posted on the end of the pier on your port side as you enter the harbor. The tie-up is small but we managed to tie our 32 footer with an array of breast and spring lines using four fenders to avoid damage to our topsides. The sign told us to call the local police to report our stay which we did.
    This year, we stayed at the marina. The laundry room has two 30 minute washers and two 45 minute dryers. They are $1.75 each but they get the job done with no extra quarters.
    The marina has floating docks which are in excellent condition and the finger piers are long so you can go bow-in and have room to back out.
    When we landed at the gas dock, we met Captain Jeff who is the most nimble and well informed dock hand we have ever seen. He will take good care of you.
    The wifi works fine here (we were near the main building so I don’t know about the piers out in the 3rd world area) and has no “cyper-hoops” to jump through to use it.
    The town, which is a short walk from the marina, has many bar/restaurants and shops, mostly antiques. We liked the bar at the Cape Fear Restaurant, 101 West Bay Sreet. Say hi to Gary. The Walmart is about two miles from the marina.
    This is a truly, well maintained marina with many gregarious live-aboards and, in my opinion, worth the cost.
    Regrettably, the marina Tiki bar is closed but you can create your own tiki bar experience because the bar is still there and boaters hang out there even there is no bartender.
    Max Miller

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  • Report from Lockwoods Folly/ AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 321

    Lockwoods Folly Inlet (NOT the AICW) was closed to navigation in October of 2011 and as reported below, dredging is underway. We will update the condition of the inlet as we get word, but for now, even though the depths at the intersection of the Waterway and inlet are good, you should still avoid the inlet passage!

    1-20-12
    Lots of dredging going on as we go through this area. we have no problems and we showed 16 feet as we passed the inlet. Just after fell to 8-10. this is low tide at 8:30 AM
    Penny and Dick
    Penelope catamaran

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  • Report on St. James Plantation Marina, AICW Statute Mile 315

    St. James Plantation Marina is on the Waterway’s northerly banks, some 1 nautical mile west of flashing daybeacon #16.

    Protected marina. Easy access. Good service until 7 p.m.
    Ed Kroposki

    I agree. We stopped there on the way down to Florida last year. Nice docks and friendly people, but it’s a little far from town.
    Dennis Jay

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  • Good Words for South Harbor Village Marina, Southport, NC, AICW Statute Mile 311

    South Harbor 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.

    This marina is hidden but a good stop. Daylight service. Costs reasonable. Contact first on cell phone.
    Ed Kroposki

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  • Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society to be Formed, Sunset Beach, NC

    If you are interested in historic preservation or just a nostalgia buff, you might want to get involved with this group. As you will remember, the last parts of the old pontoon bridge were removed this past spring.

    I am sure that all boaters were happy to see the last of the Sunset Beach floating [pontoon] bridge on the ICW just north of NC/SC state line. Now there is a society dedicated to preserving the old bridge, fortunately in a park in Sunset Beach. Anyone interested in learning the fate of the old bridge can visit the web site
    http://www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org/Site/Welcome.html.
    Skipper Richard Ross aboard Chez Nous

    Richard! Thanks for the mention of OBPS. Our plans are to keep her out of all boaters’ way and safe in her new home on land. We welcome you all to visit her at 109 Shoreline Dr. if only to shake your fist at her one last time!
    Chris Wilson

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  • Good Visit to Bald Head Island Marina, off the AICW, SE of Southport, NC

    Bald Head Island Marina is east-southeast of Cape Fear River Inlet’s flashing buoy #13, departing the AICW at statute mile 309.

    We stayed at Bald Head Marina for one night. The dockmaster is extremely helpful and a pleasure. With our bikes we saw the entire island and enjoyed seeing the gorgeous homes and pristine beach. Saw a small gator in the harbor. Restaurant was good. Loved the lighthouse. Climb the steps!
    Gloria Crawford

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Bald Head Island Marina

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