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  • Powerline Construction, Coinjock, NC, 9/22-10/22, 2014, AICW Statute Mile 49

    The North Carolina Cut connects Currituck Sound and the North Landing River to the North River which flows into the Albemarle Sound. Coinjock is about at the midway point on this cut.

    NC – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – POWERLINE CONSTRUCTION – COINJOCK
    Irby Construction Company will be conducting power line construction from 22 September through 22 October, 2014 from 7 a.m until 5 p.m. seven days a week on all the waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways in the vicinity of Coinjock North Carolina. The work boat onscene will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Boaters are requested to maintain a no wake speed when transiting through the work zone. Any comments or questions can be directed to Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Waterways Management at (910) 772-2214 or ncmarineevents@uscg.mil. Chart 12206
    LNM: 38/14

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  • Good Depths through AICW Statute Mile 52, North River, south of Coinjock, NC

    Marker #129 - Click for Chartview

    Captain Kipnis brings good news in response to a Navigation Alert for shoaling in the North River (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=104373) that we posted last December, 2012.

    Didn’t see less than 11.8′ mid channel between Red 128 and the new floating G129.
    Barry Kipnis

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

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

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

    Responses follow:

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

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

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  • Coinjock Marina (Statute Mile 50)

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

    Statute Mile 50 – who has spent a night with the good people at Coinjock Marina? Please share your impressions of this facility. Did you dine ashore at the on-site restaurant? How was the food?

    Responses follow:

    Very helpful marina staff and a nice marine store. The restaurant here is just outstanding. It was packed with people, so the locals eat here as well as the boaters. Excellent food, desserts, drinks, and service. Also, because it is just a long face dock and there is no current, it is very easy to tie up as well as to head out early the next day.
    Larry Freedman

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

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  • Coinjock Marina, Coinjock, NC, AICW Statute Mile 49

    Coinjock Marina, your #1 stop for good fuel prices and great dining on the AICW/North Carolina - Virginia Cut

    Coinjock Marina - Click for Chartview

    Coinjock Marina, on the eastern bank of the Waterway, has been making and keeping friends in the boating community for years and is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    The North Carolina Cut connects Currituck Sound and the North Landing River to the North River which flows into the Albemarle Sound. Coinjock Marina is about at the midway point on this cut on the eastern side. This marina is a favorite stopover for boats going north or south, and has an excellent restaurant next to the dock. The marina consists of one long fixed face dock. There is strong current flow in both directions at various times through the cut, and the dockhands will direct you to tie up in the proper direction to keep your bow into the current while docking. Fuel is available all along the dock, and the dock store is reasonably well stocked with commonly needed items.
    Ray Kurlak

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

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  • Tide Boards Replaced at Coinjock Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 50

    Capt. Kremski gives us an update on the replacement of tide boards at Coinjock Bridge [Joseph Palmer Bridge], with a fixed vertical clearance of 65ft, spans the canal-like section of the Waterway at Statute Mile 50, between Coinjock Bay and North River. Note that SSECN reported the replacement of the tide boards at the Washington Baum Bridge in September of 2012.

    We are happy to report that as of October, 2012 the tidal gauges have been re-installed at the Washington Baum Bridge (Hwy 64) just south of Manteo NC and also at the Joseph Palmer Bridge (Hwy 158) just south of Coinjock Marina. These are no longer hazard areas. Thanks.
    John & Sharon
    S/V Sunbow

    Capt. Kremski’s original report:

    The tide boards are missing – makes it very exciting to those of us with tall masts! Click Click Click as we went under – call the Marina to water level information prior to attempting this one!
    John Kremski

    Capt. Kremski contacted the NCDOT regarding the missing tide boards:
    Date/Time: 8/26/2012 11:21:13 AM
    To the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation
    The tide boards are missing from both the Washington Baum Bridge (highway 64) at Manteo and also the Joseph Palmer Bridge Highway (highway 158) at Coinjock. I have a tall mast and this route is the only way I can travel in NC; but it is not safe due to having no way judge if water levels are abnormally high or not.
    Can you let me know if this will be fixed soon? I would like to return to NC again, but am not willing to risk my boat (or at least my mast!)
    John Kremski

    And the response from NCDOT:
    Date/Time: 8/27/2012 3:16:59 PM
    Mr. Kremski,
    Thank you for bringing this to our attention, hopefully we can get some new signs fabricated and have them installed within the next month or so.
    Thanks again.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net NC Bridge Directory Listing For Coinjock Bridge

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  • Report from Midway Marina and Motel, AICW Statute Mile 50

    Midway Marina and Motel is on the western banks of the Coinjock canal portion of the Waterway, south-southwest of flashing daybeacon #123.

    Believe Midway Marina is falling into disrepair. We stayed here thinking the number 2 marina would try harder. Pool was a nice feature for a hot September day. No fuel and we understand from locals this is not rare these days. Dockmaster confirmed this. Restrooms clean and air conditioned. Certainly a less crowded marina and I would stop again but a little disappointed as I recall what it use to be 20 years ago.
    Doyle and LaVisa (Halifax)

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Midway Marina and Motel

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  • To Canal or Not Canal: AICW Dismal Swamp Canal Route VS North Carolina – Virginia Cut (a. k. a. “Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal”)

    The interesting discussion below was copied from the AGLCA Forum, and provides good insight into the relative merits and demerits of the two choices that AICW cruisers may pick from to cruise from Virginia to North Carolina waters, or the other way around.
    The AICW Alternate Dismal Swamp Canal Route southbound departs the primary AICW south of Norfolk at Statute Mile 7.2 and begins officially at Deep Creek Lock at Mile 10.6. The Dismal Swamp Canal Visitors Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, will come abeam at approximately Mile 28. Elizabeth City lies south of South Mills Lock at Statute Mile 50.7 and is also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    I find the Dismal Swamp Route more enjoyable. Elizabeth City is one of the gems of hospitality with its free town dock, “wine” and “cheese” parties, and waterfront events. The upper Pasquotank River is simply beautiful (kind of like the Waccamaw), and the canal is gorgeous. If you have time, tie up for the night at the welcome center, or dinghy up to Lake Drummond. Whichever way you go, have fun…they’re both nice routes.
    Mike

    Depending on your preference, either route is worth the trip. The Dismal Swamp is beautiful and much more peaceful and remote. The stop at Elizabeth City is wonderful. Traveling through the DS Canal means slow going and you have two locks to time for your transit. The Welcome Center is always everyone’s favorite stops. It will take a bit longer than the traditional ICW route if you are in a hurry, which I hope you’re not. There have been occasional issues with debris in the Dismal Swamp Canal so go slow and pay attention, and of course your draft will matter. On the other
    hand, we often like to stop in Great Bridge and take advantage of the free tie up and the short walk to restaurants and shopping if taking the ICW route. Have a great trip.
    Chuck

    We’ve done both and if your draft will let you, take the dismal swamp route at least once. It’s awesome. Especially the part of the river leading up to it from Elizabeth City. Take care to time your arrival at the south lock as
    they won’t let you in to wait. Stop at the visitors center. Take your time. Spend the night. Check with the lockmaster at the north lock to determine what time he’ll open the bridge if you want to tie up on the long dock.
    Take a look at the distance if you plan to do it in one day. That will mean skipping the visitors center and traveling around 6 to 7 mph (5 -6 knots).
    But, if you’re a full displacement boat, at 6 – 7 mph you’ll start to lift stuff off the bottom (old logs) that could hit your props or rudder (depending on how they are protected) and definitely throw up obstacles for the boats following. You’ll also suck a lot of water away from the banks at this speed which will exacerbate erosion.
    If you go the Coinjock route, make sure you get your order in for the Prime Rib early. The 32 oz is ridiculously large.
    Bob & Kemba DeGroot

    Both the Virginia Cut (through Coinjock) and the Dismal Swamp Canal have pros and cons. Neither is great cruising. Neither is bad cruising. Sanctuary and crew have done both routes several times, and it is now our preference to use the Dismal Swamp Canal whenever possible.
    The Virginia Cut generally carries the bulk of through traffic. This route has several bridges. All are restricted. The restrictions will affect slower boats more than faster boats, and the faster boats become impatient. Large, go-fast boats prefer this route, so expect to be waked; it’s just a fact-of-life on this route. Time the restrictions carefully. While waiting on bridges, station keeping in current and wind, the occasional impatient boater and poor boating manners, can make this route unpleasant and challenging. There is a single lock in this route, at Great Bridge (Chesapeake, VA). The lock operates with a 4-lane highway bascule bridge there. That bridge is restricted, which effectively restricts the lock. The lock has a free wall where boats can tie up and overnight. There is a
    Farm Fresh super market two city blocks away, within walking distance. Beer and wine is available at grocery stores from Virginia south.
    Currituck sound is wide and shallow, and go-fast boats will not slow when passing. The southern part of the route – below Coinjock – is scenic.
    There are marinas on this route, with all normal marina services. There are a couple of reasonable anchorages south of Coinjock. Although the route carries better depths (the control depth is 8′ – 9′) you must pay attention to the marked channels, particularly in the open water stretches. Markers are often well away from the deepest water of the actual channel.
    The Dismal swamp canal is narrow and has stretches that carry depths of 6 to 6-1/2 ft. Yes, there are (few) submerged logs in the canal bed. There are two locks, one at Deep Creek and one at South Mills. The locks are 22
    miles apart, and operate (unless drought restrictions are in force) at 08h30, 11h00, 13h30 and 15h30. If you lock through either end (either direction) at the 08h30 locking, you have 5 hours, until 13h30, to get to the other end. That works out to 22 miles/5 hours equals 4.4 StM/hr. Adjusted for locking time, actual travel speed (to avoid prolonged station-keeping at the destination end) will be at around 5 StM/hr. The speed limit on the canal is 6 StM/hr. Most trawlers and sailboats are at reduced speed at 5 Stm/hr, so these locks are *not* a problem for passage
    in one day. Travel at 5 StM/hr speed will *not* generally lift submerged logs off the bottom, but I suggest you travel 1/2 mile behind any vessel you might be following. Especially, stay away from two-engine trawlers, where prop wash might lift stuff up. With distance, anything that does lift off the bottom will settle back before you get to it. Within the canal, there are several docks that are all free. There are no services in the canal. The North Carolina Welcome Center is always a fun place to stay. Rafting is the rule, and is expected there, and at other docks in the canal. If you stay at docks within the canal over night, it’s easy to make the 11h30 locking at either end, from either end. Both locks have bridges that open only concurrently with the lockings. If you arrive
    early, you have no practical options to tie up, and usually must station keep. The greatest bonus of this route is the free wharf/slips at Elizabeth City, NC. EC is the most welcoming city on the East Coast for boaters! There is a nice Maritime Museum there, many restaurants (not 5-star, but good) and Sammy’s Barber Shop. Sammy has a sort of cultural museum in his shop. If you’re interested in State Police history, or politically-incorrect curiosities and mementos from the 50s, a visit to his shop is a definitely worthwhile. Plus, he’s a good barber. And of course,
    the previously mentioned Rose Buddies’ Wine and Cheese gatherings!
    Because through traffic on the Dismal Swamp canal is constrained to daylight hours by the lock operation, you can legally anchor in the channel by the locks. That works fine above Deep Creek, southbound. Spend the night on the hook there, and lock through southbound at the 08h30 locking in the morning. The bottom above Deep Creek is sand and mud, and is not foul. Some people anchor south of South Mills in the feeder ditch there. If you do, I recommend using a trip line, although I have no specific knowledge of any foul.
    If severe weather – n’oreaster w/gale-to-storm force winds – is forecast, the Dismal Swamp Canal offers somewhat better protection and cover. That said, it’s narrow enough that if a tree(s) does come down, it will block the canal and you’ll have to wait a day or so for the CoE to clear it. Would be worth it to me.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Jim’s assessment is thorough, spot on and I agree completely. I just make two additions. Between the Deep Creek Lock and swing bridge on the west side near the lock there is a free dock some call Elizabeth’s Dock or Robert’s (the best lock master of all) Dock. This has deep water (7′+) even into the lily pads. This is very, very protected and a great spot to wait out a weather delayed fall clog of boats to dissipate before heading to Elizabeth City or if heading North to stage and await to move thru the dreaded Gilmerton Bridge. There is a small park with trash cans and par course. The lock house is on that side a short walk and Robert is great with Dismal lore. A short walk across the swing bridge you come to strip mall with a Food Lion supermarket, advance auto parts, pizza place, Mexican
    Restaurant just before crossing the bridge there is a CVS. In short you have many resources that have easy access within a 1/4 mile walk of this nice dock. We have rafted many boats there in storms and had great gatherings
    or have had the spot to ourselves. There are power stations but they are turned off. There is one hose bib on the dock so city water is available. Also the dock at the junction of the Dismal Canal and Virginia Cut route next to the boat yard on the dismal route is free and there is a great hurricane hole anchorage in the basin just to the south between the lock and the junction. Enjoy.
    Joseph C. Pica

    I recently did the Dismal again – my 8th time now. I saw one log at Marker 18 – reported it to the Welcome Center and within 6 hours it was towed outta there. All this talk of what could happen reminds me that it’s far more dangerous crossing the street – that could happen too. So here I am in Great Bridge lock buying supplies. At least three logs passed me by today – not to mention several huge and far more dangerous barges plus fearsome looking mega yachts and sportsfishers creating tsunami waves equivalent to that last year in Japan. :-)
    So go figure – if it’s lower risk you’re after – the Swamp everytime!
    Cap’n Parky now back cruising Chesapeake alert for the mermaids said to be in Hampton, VA. Now that’s risky – they could give you a nasty bite if you don’t take them to WalMart.
    Fun and adventure – that’s the joy of cruising my fellow sailors.
    Cap’n Parky, MV Pisces

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  • Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route vs AICW – North Carolina, Virginia Cut Route

    Friends Doing the Dismal

    Fellow nautical writer, Wally Moran, does a very nice job below of summarizing the attributes and demerits of these two alternate AICW passages that lead from Norfolk, VA to North Carolina waters, or the other way around. And, by the way, the text below is copied from Captain Wally’s new “LiveBloggin’ the ICW” site at:
    http://bloggingtheicw.blogspot.com/

    Will asked me about the two options heading south – the Virginia Cut and the Dismal Swamp. Great question.
    Friends doin’ the Dismal
    I prefer the Dismal Swamp – it’s wonderfully scenic, as you can see. Good protection from wind, and the stop at Deep Creek Lock to visit Rob, the lockmaster, is always a treat. Leaving the Dismal, you stop by Elizabeth City for a free night’s dockage and the cruisers’ welcome party each evening for a drink, and a rose for the ladies, a tradition started by two locals and now kept up by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
    The only drawback is that the Dismal takes longer to run, and isn’t really feasible for boats drawing over six feet.
    The Virginia Cut brings you to Virginia City and the Great Bridge Lock, a marvel to see in and of itself, plus lots of fascinating tugboat and commercial traffic.
    I usually do one route on the trip down, and the other on the return, just to enjoy the best of both worlds. The one other proviso is if the exit from the route will permit me to sail on the Albermarle. There is enough distance between them to make a difference in how you trim your sails.
    Wally Moran

    Hi Claiborne – my blog showed dozens of unexpected hits today – so I looked at my stats and, sure enough, they were coming from here [SSECN]. Maybe you can encourage your readers to add to the list of the World’s Greatest Boating Songs – there will be prizes, such as copies of my video, Sailing South – First Timer’s Guide to the ICW, or Forbidding, Forbidden Cuba. Maybe I can get you to toss in a copy of one of your books? I refuse to give up my copy of your Florida guide, it’s a fun read.
    If anyone is curious, they can get a peek at the trailers for both videos at http://www.thesailingchannel.tv/icw or /cuba.
    Thanks again Claiborne. Tomorrow, off to start the ICW for the 18th time.

  • Report from Mouth of the North River, Albemarle Sound, AICW Statute 65

    The Waterway channel narrows considerably at the intersection of the North River and Albemarle Sound. Shoaling from North River Point has been reported on both sides of the channel as it passes through a spoil area.

    Here is what I noted today, I didn’t look at the red side but I know from comments that it shoals up. I always favor the green there, passing about 100′ to 150′ from G169. Note that g171 is missing and that a floating R168 has been added.
    Favoring the green side gives about 12mlw. On both plotters this results in remaining just outside the dashed channel line on the green side.
    Capt. Pascal aboard Charmer 70′ MY 6+ draft

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  • A Good Experience with the “Carolina Loop”

    Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop programThe so-called “Carolina Loop” cruise consists of a journey north on the Dismal Swamp Canal, to the Norfolk, VA area. Most cruisers stay here for night or two, then cruise south via the AICW principal route, alternately known as the “North Carolina – Virginia Cut” and the “Albemarle – Chesapeake Canal.” This latter passage flows through a lock at Great Bridge, VA, then down the North Landing River, across a dredged passage bisecting northern Currituck Sound, through a canal bisecting the marina rich, but tiny village of Coinjock, NC, down the North River to a short hop west on the Albemarle Sound, and finally north on the Pasquotank River to Elizabeth City, NC. This latter community is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and has the deserved reputation of being one of the most cruiser friendly stops anywhere.
    Of course, you can start the loop at any convenient place, and there are variations, but the account above lays out the general route. It’s a great trip!

    I did the Carolina Loop last year from up in the Chesapeake to Norfolk then to Coinjock, Elizabeth City, Great Bridge, Norfolk and home. It was a total of 245+/- miles. It is a wonderful short trip with a lot of wilderness and undeveloped river country. It was not a difficult trip from a navigation or logistical point of view but a nice introduction to canal, river, sound and swamp cruising. I recommend it as a test cruise and short adventure for anyone in the Tidewater area. There are three locks (Great Bridge, South Mills and Deep Creek), a few bridges and some open sound to traverse. The only real issue is the limited opening times of the locks. That changes from time to time based on water levels so check before you leave as to what schedule they are operationing on now. In Coinjock there are two marinas for fuel, food and lodging. There are many in Norfolk and Portsmouth and Elizabeth City has free docking at the town docks but not power. Water depth was never an issue but be alert to snags in the Dismal Swamp part and the North Landing River sections. Have a good time.
    Jim Wagner
    (Daddy’s Dream

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  • Shoaling Reported at Northern Departure from Albemarle Sound, AICW Statute Mile 65

    This notice is referring to shoaling at the Waterway’s narrow channel leading from Albemarle Sound into the North River via the VA-NC Cut. A sharp watch should kept between markers 168 and 173.

    LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 25/11
    Shoaling to a depth of 5.3 ft MLW has been reported in the vicinity of Great Bridge to Albemarle Sound Light 170 (LLNR 37810). Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart : 12206.

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  • Good Stay at Midway Marina and Motel, AICW Statute Mile 50

    Midway Marina and Motel flanks the western banks of the Coinjock canal portion of the Waterway, south-southwest of flashing marker #123.

    As promised we stopped off at Midway Marina again on our way back North. We are just as impressed as we were last fall. The dinner was wonderful. A labor of love and you can taste it in every bite. Unfortunately the cable TV was not working. It was a Sunday night and we had been looking forward to Desperate Housewives. The owner immediately offered us a key to one of the Motel rooms so we could watch it. He goes out of his way to make sure his customers are happy. Thanks Terry!!!! We will be back.
    Claudia Young

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  • Positive Reviews of Midway Marina (Statute Mile 50)

    It is my own, purely personal, opinion that BOTH Midway Marina AND Coinjock Marina are first class operations, and that both their restaurants are well worth your time. Some feel one way, and some the other. I know of one very nautical couple who live in nearby Elizabeth City, who would not be anywhere else on Friday nights but at Coinjock Marina’s restaurant, And, as you will see below, Captain Claudia was equally impressed with Crabbies, the on-site dining spot at Midway Marina.

    Just returned from a dinner at Crabbies. It was delicious and the service was wonderful. Everybody talks about Coinjock Marina and how wonderful it is. I believe it is all hype. We were very disappointed the last couple of times we stayed there. This time we decided to give Midway Marina a try. I would urge everyone to do the same. The people here are very friendly and helpful and Crabbies Restaurant makes Coinjock look like a greasy spoon. We will definitely return and we hope you will too.
    Claudia Young

    We have stayed at both Midway and Coinjack and had dinners at both. Our experience has been great at Midway in that last spring we got there one day that Crabbies was not open. A few boats had arrived and the dockmaster came around asking if we would go if it was open. Well a number of couples said yes and they opened the restaurant and served us a wonderful meal. That is the great service all of you are talking about. Remember that Jeff????
    Dick and Elle Lassman

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  • Broad Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 61)

    Broad Creek, one of many North Carolina bodies of water with this name, lies to the west off North River just before entering Albemarle Sound southbound.

    Our next stop was Broad Creek just north of Albemarle Sound. A lot of crab pots in the creek, but good holding and a quiet night.
    Captain Donnie Young aboard Cloud IX

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  • Good Words for Broad Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 61

    South of Coinjock, in the NC-Virginia Cut route, Broad Creek lies just off the AICW to the west of quick flashing red marker #164 and green marker # 163.

    Anchored near the “9″, just above the anchor symbol on the chartlet, on a friend’s 49 DeFever, 4.8 ft. draft, in late July, 2010. Spectacular location, beautiful, very protected, no problems holding at all with a 66# Bruce. Don’t miss this beautiful place.
    Capt. Norman Mason aboard Peggy Sue, Monk 36

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  • Potato Chips Make the Day at Coinjock Marina (AICW Virginia Cut Statute Mile 50)

    Coinjock Marina, your #1 stop for good fuel prices and great dining on the AICW/North Carolina - Virginia CutCoinjock Marina has been making and keeping friends in the boating community for years, but this may be the first mention of homemade potato chips as the deal maker! Blessed are the many charms one finds in various locales along the Ditch!

    Coinjoc [Marina]k is awesome, the food is great and the people are friendly. I must say the homemade potato chips were the best thing we ate on the whole trip from NY to FL!! We will always make a stop in Coinjock when traveling on the ICW.
    Captain David Johnson

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  • Praise for the Crew at Midway Marina (Statute Mile 50)

    Isn’t it grand when we hear stories like this about the folks we all deal with as we travel up and down the Ditch? My own experience reflects exactly these sentiments: first rate people at Midway Marina. I know for a fact that Midway’s staff rafted a host of “fall-migration” boats three-deep during hurricane Noel to help them through the storm!

    I would like to thank everyone at Midway Marina for all of their help and encourage everyone to stop in. We lost a transmission on our 36Trojan and had to turn back to a marina. It was our good fortune to choose Midway Marina. The owner and staff at Midway not only helped us find a great mechanic but also put us up in a slip until the repairs were finished! Several times they grilled and invited us to join them. They ran us to town for supplies, loaned us their computer and overall treated us like old friends. On top of all this we found the best fuel prices around as well as great food at the restaurant next door! Many thanks to everyone at Midway Marina for turning this into a wonderful experience.
    Captain Rick

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

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