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Archive For: NC11 – Swan Point to Snows Cut

  • Dredging in New Topsail Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 270

    New Topsail Inlet intersects the Waterway via Howards Channel at Mile 270. The dredging operation should not impede Waterway navigation.

    NC – TOPSAIL INLET – TOPSAIL CREEK – BANKS CHANNEL – DREDGING OPERATIONS
    The Dredge CHARLESTON will commence dredging operations in the Topsail Inlet area on or about November 22, 2014. The project includes dredging in Topsail Inlet. A pipeline will be placed from the inlet to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until approximately December 15, 2014. The Dredge CHESAPEAKE will commence dredging operations in the vicinity of Topsail Inlet, Topsail Creek, and Banks Channel on or about December 10th. The pipeline will be placed from the dredging location to the Topsail Beach. The project will continue until March 15th, 2015. The
    Dredge Operators will standby on channels #13 and #16 VHF-FM. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. Chart 11541

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Topsail Inlet

  • Reminder: Bridge Boards Indicate Least Vertical Clearance and Charts Indicate Maximum Clearance

    This reminder comes to us from Skipper Rohrkemper who relates a bridge incident in which the bridge tender incorrectly stated that the clearance boards were reading the vertical clearance at the center of the span. USCG Officer Rousseau’s response is quite clear: clearance boards give the least vertical clearance available, normally found at the outer edge of the span, and charts indicate the maximum vertical clearance above MHHW at the center of the span. With a closed vertical clearance of 20ft, the Wrightsville Beach Bascule Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 283, southwest of marker #125.

    Approaching the Wrightsville Beach/ S.R. 74 bridge southbound on 10/30/2014, at high tide at Masonboro Inlet, the clearance signboard read 14′. The bridge tender confirmed that the signboard was measuring clearance at the center of the span and not at the lower shoulders. A December, 2013 version of Chart 11541 lists the clearance as 20′ (at center). Was the bridge tender wrong? Tide was high but not 6′ above MHHW.
    Paul Rohrkemper

    Larry,
    I have looked into the Wrightsville Beach question. The clearance boards are most likely reading correctly. The gauges show the vertical clearance of the bridge at the lowest point across the channel 13.5 feet at MHW (outer edges of channel). The Chart shows the clearance of the bridge at the center of the spans. We normally do not mark this clearance on the chart. It is normally what the clearance is at the lowest part of the bridge across the channel 13.5 feet at MHW. Probably at some point in the past it was requested to mark the center and highest point (This point would only be in that exact spot of the bridge). Legally the bridge owner still needs to show the clearance gauges for the lowest clearance across the channel. NCDOT is going to check to make sure the boards are reading correctly. Hope this clears up this question.
    Regards,
    Jim Rousseau
    Bridge Program Manager
    United States Coast Guard District 5

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For SR 74 Bridge

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  • Island of Lights Festival, Carolina Beach, NC, AICW Statute Mile 295

    This month long celebration is certain to get you into the Holiday spirit. If going by boat, try their new mooring field, which lies south of the AICW channel and south of Snow Cut’s easterly entrance, in the harbor channel leading to Carolina Beach and the Island of Lights Festival.

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    Island of Lights Festival
    Carolina Beach Blvd
    Carolina Beach, NC 28428
    Location: Pleasure Island Call: 910 458-5507
    Visit: http://www.islandoflights.org
    Pleasure Island is home to an island-wide holiday festival featuring lighted displays around Carolina Beach Lake (nightly) along with businesses and residences decorated for the season. Enjoy the fantastic light displays and holiday cheer with signature events taking place through December 31, all right in Carolina and Kure Beach!
    Dates:
    Fri, November 28, 2014 – Wed, December 31, 2014
    Admission:
    Most events are free. – See more at: http://www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com/events-calendar/island-of-lights-festival/#sthash.JQudsev6.dpuf

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

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  • More on Shoaled Waterway Channel at Black Mud Channel (New Topsail Inlet/AICW Intersection), Statute Mile 270

    Since May of 2014, we have been receiving warnings of shallow water through this stretch and also the admonition to steer close to the docks on the red side of the channel: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140638. Skipper Ross confirms this issue with his advice.

    Black Mud Channel, mile 270. There are two floating green markers close to a dock on the north side. The red markers are on the dock!! Take it slow. We had 7.5 feet at low tide here.
    Richard Ross

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Topsail Inlet

  • Carolina Beach State Park Marina Re-Opened, AICW Statute Mile 297

    Like the National Park Service in the Outer Banks, Carolina Beach State Park Marina closed in anticipation of Hurricane Arthur, but they have now re-opened for boaters. The entrance channel to the marina cuts off southward from the AICW, at the western end of Snows Cut, between markers #163 and #165.

     

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Carolina Beach State Park Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Carolina Beach State Park Marina

  • Good Words for Wrightsville Beach Bridge Tender, AICW Statute Mile 283.1

    The US 74 Bridge has a closed vertical clearance of 20ft and crosses the Waterway in the heart of Wrightsville Beach. For a Local Notice regarding a reduction in clearance in June, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140201

    The Wrightsville Beach Bridge is operating on it’s published schedule. I arrived there at 1300 today in time for its regular opening. The bridge tender was helpful and courteous. He tried four times to contact a sailboat captain who was having radio trouble and even delayed the opening so the sailboat could make it. One o’clock is .9 foot from high tide and the bridge markers showed 16 foot clearance. I confirmed that with the bridge tender. Since the bascule bridge was shaped like an arch I asked the tender if there was any more room to work with. He stated that was all he could say because of “liability”. I believe there was about two feet more in the center. In fact the NOAA chart shows a 20 foot vertical clearance.
    John Rollison

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For SR 74 Bridge

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  • Shortcut Tested, Snows Cut/CapeFear River Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 299

    This shortcut that runs northwest from the western end of Snows Cut to the Wilmington bound Cape Fear River has been a temptation and a hazard for several years, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=105372. Skipper Matthews did not leave all his good sense behind, because he went slowly, kept an eye on the depthfinder, was able to do a 180 and escape the shoal. It’s a tough rule to remember, but all charted channels are not necessarily navigable.

    I left good sense behind and tried this channel Memorial Day weekend 2014. It dropped to 3 foot fast! Was lucky enough to turn around and make it back to deep water after a good barnacle scraping. I draw 3-1/2 feet.
    Ben Matthews

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

  • Severe AICW Shoaling at Black Mud Channel (New Topsail Inlet)/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 270, May 22, 2014

    Late breaking information as of late May, 2014, shows that, very much in keeping with the reports below, shoaling has built up rather alarmingly from the seaward side of the AICW channel, near marker #99A.  It appears that, at the current time, the best plan is to traverse this section mid-way between #99A, and a new dock which will be spied abutting the northwestern banks. HOWEVER, it is also possible to get too close to the mainland shoreline.
    We strongly suggest that all cruising craft traverse this troubled intersection at idle speed, and preferably as near to high tide as possible!
    Good luck, you may need it!
    And, before we close, MORE INFORMATION IS NEEDED FROM FELLOW CRUISERS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY TRAVERSED THIS INTERSECTION. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO USE THE “COMMENT” FUNCTION BELOW, OR CLICK THE “Click Here to Submit Cruising News” BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THE RIGHT SIDEBAR ON ALL (EXCEPT CHART VIEW) SSECN PAGES!

    New Topsail is a problem a hundred yards before 99A till you clear 99 by the same distance. On 4-22-14 our sailing vessel with a 4′ 3″ draft was temporarily grounded on the green side of the channel. This happened very near low tide. Passage is no problem at this time if vessels run the red side of the channel close to the many docks on that side. At the time of our grounding another sailboat with a draft of 6′ 7″ ran the “red side” without a problem.
    We were able to hoist our sails to free the vessel and also passed through staying close to the various docks on the red side (extreme left side of marked channel).
    Jim Murtha

    Hello Claiborne,
    Transiting Topsail Sound today at 11:26 AM. Sailboat was hard aground inside the channel at green marker 99A, Topsail inlet area. He called us and advised taking green with wide berth. The skipper was awaiting tide and expected to be able to get off by @ 2:00 PM. We passed by and saw 6 feet abeam of him.
    Regards,
    Michele Boulay
    SV Simple Life

    Transited this area 5/22/14 about 8AM. G 99A was waaay over on the north/mainland side, only about 150′ from the shore where a dock is under construction. We honored the buoy, squeezed in between the buoy and the construction, and saw 8′ depth (reduced to MLW). The current LNM lists 99A as “damaged” but not “off station.”
    Larry Shick

    Just in case it hasn’t been reported, as of 5/15/14, there is extreme shoaling just north of Wrightsville Beach, NC at marker number 99A, where Black Mud Channel enters the ICW. Vessels drawing more than 3 feet, maybe less, must stay to the extreme west side of the channel. This is the red side, but no red marker is located at this position.
    Rudy and Jill
    Deltaville, VA

    Black Mud Channel – 5 foot draft sailboat transited one hour before high tide on 5/17 and saw only 7 feet on extreme left side of the channel off the docks.
    Jane Fulton

    We passed here headed north on 5/27/2014. We were directly in between the green marker, and the new dock, and had 6′ under our boat at low tide. The channel is quite narrow. The green buoy will look out of place as it is so far toward the red side, but it is not.
    Berwick Duval

    AICW Black Mud Channel MM 270
    We can confirm that 99A has been moved. On June 1/14 We passed half way between 99A and the docks, and saw 8ft MLW. This passage is very narrow.
    Richard Ross M/V Chez Nous

    I later passed by markers 99 and 99a at exact high tide (1425). I have a four foot draft and passed through the area without incident. I honored the green markers at about 20 feet. During the passage I never showed less than 9 feet of depth. There is a boat docked at marker 99a with its bow protruding into the new channel.
    One boat can easily pass while two could be a problem.
    Thanks again for your great service.
    Jack Rollison
    Amanda J
    Nordic Tug 37

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at AICW/New Topsail Inlet

  • Good Words for Topsail Channel/Island Anchorage, near AICW Statute Mile 265

    Topsail Island Channel - Click for Chartview

    Topsail Island Channel – Click for Chartview

    Topsail Channel Anchorage lies northwest of the charted marsh island southwest of the Topsail Channel’s unlighted daybeacon #14.

    Just off the ICW with an easy entrance and exit. We found 10 foot of water at one hour before high tide. As you enter stay pretty close to the markers until you get up to the docks, at that point favor the dock side. We anchored just south of the charted shoal between the marker and the line of crab pots to the west. There is some high speed traffic past this point, but that stops when the sun goes down. You can hear the ocean surf. 4 bars on Verizon Air Card. If you are northbound, this is a good place to stay and than catch the Surf City Bridge opening, 3 miles north, the next morning.
    Dave Boxmeyer

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Topsail Island

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Topsail Island

  • Good Advice for Navigating Motts Channel, Wrightsville Beach, NC, AICW Statute Mile 283.3

    Motts Channel - Click for Chartview

    The Motts Channel cuts into the southeastern/eastern flank of the AICW, a short hop south and southwest of the Wrightsville Beach Bascule Bridge, just past the host of marina facilities which congregate south of this span. This channel is often used by cruisers heading for Seapath Yacht Club, and on their way to and from the very popular anchorages on the Banks Channel, which comprises the eastern extreme of the Motts cut.
    Over the years, the west end of the Motts Channel, near markers #25 and #23, has shoaled and periodic dredging has been required. Captain Booke’s advice is in response to an earlier Navigation Alert for this channel, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=105878

    There is plenty of water coming off the ICW into Motts Channel if you put your boat against the southern shore. Mid Channel is usually shallow.
    Henry Booke

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  • Severe Grounding at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280

    AICW/Mason Inlet - Click for Chartview

    The SSECN has imposed a “Navigation Alert” for the intersection of the AICW and Mason Inlet since August 5, 2013, and a warning has appeared concerning these waters in a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120325). We have had also several additional reports of shoaling on these troubled waters since our Nav. Alert was issued (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127818). Below, Captain Sonia and crew confirm the need for extreme caution in any passage through the Waterway/Mason Inlet intersection.

    We grounded there with a 5,5ft draft. While our rudder was free, our keel was stuck and our depth sounder showed 5 ft. We could however not move. We were towed by Seatow and fell onto our side and was towed for about 60 feet on our side before stabilizing. Our rudder was bent and our boat twisted, which resulted in serious damage. As we understood from both Seatow and Boatus, the barges create pockets with walls over an extended area. Be very careful and pass within 20 feet of the docks [red side].
    Sonia

    Not having been there I can’t speak for this particular grounding, but in many similar situations I have seen and been involved in on the ICW the best course of action when aground is to put an anchor out towards deep water and wait for tidal help before trying to get off. Near Mason Inlet there is usually at least 3 or 4 feet of tide. Many times I have pulled my own boat off of groundings with no damage by doing this. Often you can pull the bow around towards deeper water as the tide helps and then winch yourself in the right direction. Generally, within the ICW you are sheltered from wave action and there is no great danger in simply waiting. On the other hand, trying to tow a boat off that is hard aground often leads to damage. Of course if the boat hit near high tide and/or you are in an exposed location that would alter your choices.
    John Kettlewell

    We came through this area, southbound about one hour after low water on 1/23/2014. We were aware that this was a problem area and were moving very slowly. As we proceeded the depth started to decrease very rapidly. We kept moving towards the red side and finally found enough water, we draw about 3 1/2 feet, to get thru. We did kiss the bottom once. This is not the place to be at low water.
    David Boxmeyer

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mason Inlet

  • USACE Maintenance of NC Inlets to Resume

    Carolina Beach Inlet/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

    This agreement between USACE and the NC DNR is certainly good news for cruisers since the inlet intersections with the Waterway have always been notorious areas for shoaling. The article below is from the Port City Daily of Wilmington, NC and was sent to us by Captain Tom Beaty. For the complete story, go to: http://portcitydaily.com/2013/12/10/state-federal-agreement-lands-to-keep-shallow-draft-inlets-open/

    Aerial of Carolina Beach Inlet. Credit: Google Maps.

    North Carolina and the federal government have finalized a deal to continue dredging in shallow navigation sites like Carolina Beach Inlet and the Shallotte River, touted as crucial components of the coast’s economy.
    Announced Tuesday between the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), it provides an outline for resumed maintenance of federally authorized shallow-draft inlets and channels through September 2017.

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

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  • Reports of Severe Shoaling at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280.5

    AICW/Mason Inlet - Click for Chartview

    Mason Inlet separates Figure Eight Island and Wrightsville Beach and intersects the Waterway at mile 280.5. SSECN has had a Navigation Alert posted for reports of shoaling at this intersection since August of 2013. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120325.

    On Nov 13, 2013 at approximately 1:00 pm (mid tide) our keel bumped & then slid over shoaling on the “ocean side” of ICW channel very near G121 (Mason Inlet) . Our IP350 sailboat has a draft of 4′ 3″. We were very surprised as we had checked this cruiser site for any problem areas and found no mention of problems in this area.
    Jim Murtha

    In light of Captain Murtha’s last comment, SSECN would like to remind everyone to always check our Navigation Alerts, which can be reached both via our top of the page menus, and by way of the red, vertically stacked menus on the right side of all (except Chart View) SSECN pages. You can also set a bookmark for http://cruisersnet.net/alert-region/010-all-nav-alerts/?sort=date (though, do note that this “ALL Navigation Alerts” page is sorted chronologically by publication date, while the regional Nav. Alert pages (e. g. “EF Nav. Alerts at http://cruisersnet.net/alert-region/035-ef-nav-alerts/?sort=geo) are sorted geographically!

    Came through Mason Inlet [intersection with ICW] yesterday 2 hrs after low tide. Two boats already grounded near floating green can. Bumped as started through further toward red but grounded and backed off only to bump again. TowboatUS near by came to pull off and led through. Ignore floating green, less than 4 ft of water with rising mid tide. You need to be as close to red side docks as possible then angle back to channel past G23. TowboatUS captain said this location had started shoaling badly 2 days ago.
    John Lark

    11/19/13 – We traveled the area AICW at Mason Inlet at MLW. We had 2.9 feet of water under our boat, we draw 5’7″.
    John Sims

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mason Inlet

  • Another Good Report from Carolina Beach Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 295

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    The Carolina Beach Mooring Field lies south of the AICW channel, and also south of Snow Cut’s easterly entrance, in the harbor channel leading to Carolina Beach commercial district. SSECN continues to receive good reports on the mooring field and the services provided. Another recent cruiser said that Randy even offered to take their trash ashore.

    A very nice anchorage/mooring field. Depths are 18-25 ft (with a lot of current), so I’m glad there are mooring balls.
    Randy came out at 5pm to collect the $20 and gives us the lay of the land. Although the mooring field was not full you might want to call him in advance …(929) 667-0004.
    Overall, a very pleasant stop.
    John Loving

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

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  • Depths Survey As of 9/03/13 of the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch (Statute Mile 293.5)

    Looks like the major dredging project which took place some two years ago at the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet intersection, south and west of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and north and east of the Snows Cut canal, is still holding. Hooray, at last some good news!
    Our good friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Captains Mark and Diana Doyle, founders and owners of “On The Water ChartGuides” (http://www.onthewaterchartguides.com/), give us an updated, graphic report below, relaying what they discovered as they navigated through the AICW/Carolina Beach Inlet intersection on 9/03/13.
    Note that the Doyle’s soundings were taken near high tide, so you must subtract 4 feet from the depths portrayed on the Doyle’s graphic, to discover MLW soundings.
    Incidentally, Diana and Mark have just published a new edition of their immensely popular “ICW CruiseGuide.” Click on the book graphic to the above right for more details, and to place an order!

    Hi Claiborne,
    Diana and I are continuing our survey reports with depth-annotated tracks for ICW Trouble Spots.
    This one is for the ICW and Carolina Beach Inlet intersection.
    Pretty smooth sailing this season with depths ABOVE 8 FEET MLLW.
    Hopefully, SSECN readers transiting the area will find these reports useful.
    Best,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
    m/v Semi-Local
    http://www.OnTheWaterChartGuides.com

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

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

    Carolina Beach Mooring Field - Click for Chartview

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

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

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

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  • Report from Carolina Beach Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 295

    Carolina Beach Mooring Field - Click for Chartview

    Carolina Beach Mooring Field is off the Waterway in the harbor channel leading to Carolina Beach commercial district. The mouth of the harbor is south of Snows Cut’s eastern entrance.

    Raft off’s not allowed at Carolina Beach mooring as of 5-18-2013 even if all pays the $20. While there two local boats one hooked to ball other rafted off hooked to ball for less than an hour and were charged $20 each one was no more than 50 yards from his marina also the tender told me that the $20 is per calendar day if you are there on 18th is $20 still there on 19th another $20 not for a 24 hour time period as I left to help my friend get his boat back to marina and received a call stating that I would be sent a bill from Carolina Beach for $20 when told I was not staying that is when he told be it was not a 24 hour period. Just FYI for anyone else stopping by Carolina Beach mooing. Did enjoy my stay there as it was my first over nite trip and raft off with newly purchased sailboat.
    Billy

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

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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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Carolina Beach State Park

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