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    • Welcome Skull Creek Marina

      WIFI - Free to all dock customers!!! New antenna - let us know how you like it! Mile Marker 555 on the ICW While docked at Skull Creek Marina, experience wonderful cuisine and championship golf at the Country Club of Hilton Head, adjacent to the marina. Complimentary Visiting Yachtsman memberships at the Club are provided by the marina. Purchasers of a slip through our 99 year lease purchase program receive full club membership privileges as a benefit of ownership. While docked at Skull Creek Marina, experience wonderful cuisine and championship golf at the Country Club of Hilton Head, adjacent to the marina. Complimentary Visiting Yachtsman memberships at the Club are provided by the marina. Purchasers of a slip through our 99 year lease purchase program receive full club membership privileges as a benefit of ownership.

      All yard, repair, and service work requires a signed work order or estimate; a pre-authorized credit card or deposit is required. Work orders are payable at time of launch.

      30 Ton Travel Lift (15′ beam max.)

      • Haul-Out. Transport to/from Yard & Launch
      • Haul-Out. Survey and Launch (Fixed Pier)
      • Loading/Unloading from Truck/Trailer (1 way)
      • Use of Travel Lift Crane ($250 min)

      (Travel Lift charges include lift operation labor only; it does not include other services such as moving boat to/from lift well, rig/unrig, etc.)

      • Bottom Painting ‘“ All-inclusive packages (depending on length, condition and number of coats).
      • General Labor Rate (min. 1 hr, billed in ¼ hr)
      • Materials. At suggested retail prices.

      Call for Custom Quote: (843) 681-8436. Or visit our web site!

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    • Coast Guard Responds to Ferry Collision in Ocracoke, NC, Pamlico Sound

      OCRACOKE, N.C. ‘” The Coast Guard responded to a boat collision in the ferry channel in Ocracoke, Saturday night. Scroll down to article and picture below.

      Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a radio call from a crewmember aboard the ferry Carteret, which travels from Cedar Island to Ocracoke, at 8:30 p.m. stating that there had been a collision between the ferry and a 35-foot motor yacht.
      The ferry had eight passengers, one car and the crew aboard. The yacht, Tony C, had two crewmembers and two dogs aboard.
      A 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Ocracoke responded and transferred two crewmembers and the dogs to Station Ocracoke to awaiting Coast Guard emergency medical technicians. The two individuals were cleared with no severe injuries.
      No one aboard the Carteret was injured. Coast Guard personnel inspected the ferry and found no major damage. The Carteret was brought back to Ocracoke.
      The yacht was damaged and has a hole from slightly above the waterline to the deck.
      A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatters Inlet was deployed to tow the yacht to shallow water.
      The cause of the collision is under Coast Guard investigation.

      Click Here To View Capt. Ben’s Report and Photo

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    • Trawler Meets Ferry in Ocracoke, NC, off the AICW in Pamilco Sound

      Be careful out there folks, especially on holiday weekends and especially around larger vessels in close quarters!

      One more concern, evidently a 36-foot Albin trawler was struck by another boat Saturday night Sept 4th somewhere near Ocracoke. We saw the wrecked boat docked over by the channel entrance. Can’t say and don’t know what hit it, but was strong enough to dislodge the bridge structure halfway off the pilothouse and crack the hull. Heard the crew got off safely. Still afloat as of morning Sept 5th.
      Good luck to the crew and with all the challenges that will inevitably follow!
      I obscured the name and hailing port to protect the owner’s privacy, but this is what happens when Trawler meets Ferry. Saw this in Ocracoke Sunday. Was told by a few locals, the ferries have an awfully hard time in the channels maneuvering or slowing down, and that the ferry captain was in full reverse trying to avoid the trawler. Good luck to the unfortunate owner.
      Capt. Ben Matthews

      Click Here To View an Earlier Posting on Ocracoke, NC

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    • “Moody” Cruiser Praises Cruisers Net

      Thank you. I have sent the link to my wife and my dad. With the nest now empty my wife and I will be leaving our home port of Bay City Mi in June 2011 heading north, then south, then east, arriving in Norfolk in early October. Then we hope to make some new friends and find dome traveling companions to show us the ropes of heading south from there. The work you do is wonderful and just puts me un the mood. And I showed my 85 year old mom you’d site ax an example of all the great resources for cruisers. She still worries about us but I think she us over the part about us getting lost. And we hope to be able to maybe contribute something useful or noteworthy someday.
      Eric and Gail Vahlbusch
      s/v Blessings
      Bay City, MI

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    • Good Reasons to Visit Manteo, North Carolina (Roanoke Sound, north of Pamlico Sound)

      We love to visit Manteo. It can accurately be described as a “charming” port of call. And, the city marina here is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
      Downtown Manteo, within an easy step of the city docks, has a host of good restaurants (don’t miss Tranquil House Inn), a convenience store, and quite a collection of interesting shops (Manteo Booksellers, for one).
      A word of caution, one of the two approaches for vessels northbound on Pamlico Sound, and the far shorter of the two, is by way of the Old House Channel from the Pamlico, to southern Roanoke Sound, and then north on the Roanoke Sound channel. There is NOTHING easy about this passage, and I do not recommend it for vessels drawing 5 feet or more.
      The other, far deeper and navigationally easier route is by way of Croatoan Sound, and then a southerly cruise through northern Roanoke Sound. The caveat for this route is that you must pass under a fixed bridge with 45 feet of vertical clearance, plenty for almost all powercraft, but not enough for many sailboats.
      The safest and easiest route to Manteo is by way of the AICW to Alemarle Sound. Then, a turn to the east will lead to northern Roanoke Sound, and then a quick trip to Shallowbag Bay and Manteo.
      However, you get there, Manteo is worth the effort!

      Greetings from Manteo, NC,
      If you are still headed north and are not past Oriental yet one should consider heading from the Oriental/River Dunes Marina area out to Ocracoke and then up the Outer Banks to Manteo.
      Manteo, NC is also a nice stop, complete with a free city dock to tie up to. The town is very quaint with lots of little shops and eateries, omelettes at the Magnolia Grill should not be missed!
      Life’s2Short has really fallen in love with the state of NC and all the wonderful cruising it has to offer. Don’t be in a rush to get north, slow down and enjoy all the Outer Banks area has to offer. Gads, it sounds like I’m a poster boy for the NC travel & tourism council……
      Hope everyone is enjoying the water under their keel!
      Todd & Brenda Lanning

      Someone told me once, that cruising NC today is like cruising the Chesapeake 20 – 30 years ago. Definitely a place to linger during the Fall and Spring seasons.

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

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    • AICW Passage Through The Skidaway Narrows Bridge to be Unaffected by Construction (Statute Mile 592.5)

      Contrary to what Captain Judy has heard, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the AICW at Skidaway Narrows Bridge on Hwy. 204 will NOT be closed during the initial engineering phases – beginning this month – of an upcoming construction project to build a fixed 65′ bridge across the AICW on site. The completion date of the new bridge is 2 or 3 years away and may require brief closures at some point, but nothing in the near future.

      Subject: Skidaway narrows bridge and waterway closure
      Cruising News: We have heard that Skidaway bridge and ICW waterway there will be closed on June 2 while they survey for new bridge pilings. Would appreciate info on this.
      Judy Koetitz

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    • New Anchorage on Kilkenny Creek, off AICW Statute Mile 614

      Wow, this is news to yours truly. We have never explored Kilkenny Creek past the marina. You can be we’ll be adding this anchorage to the Net’s “Georgia Anchorage Directory” SOON!

      On this trip a day or 2 earlier, let me tell you of another anchorage that is probably the best place I had on the trip. About Mile 613.5, Kilkenny Creek. Favor the Stbd side at the entrance (15ft or so), then middle to Stbd the rest of the way in. Go about 2 miles. You will pass Lincoln Creek on the left (also good, saw one 40ft tug anchored just in that creek), go past the Kilkenny Creek marina, just after the turn to the right, anchor in about 11-15 ft of water, near N 31.47.520 W081.11.911. Plenty of swing room. I was boat number 3 that night and what a restful night it was. Was warned of Shrimp boat traffic, but I don’t recall anybody going by all night. Just make sure your anchor light is visible. There is a seafood restaurant just north of the marina with a dock. Hours until 2130 I believe.

      We haven’t been to the marina in years but there wa nothing to recommend it then. the anchorage described is excellent though.
      Louis Spagna

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Kilkenny Creek Where Captian Chris Recommends Anchoring

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    • GREAT Source for Portsmouth, Virginia Cruising News

      I have reviewed Captain Joe’s “blog” which is linked below. It’s really more of a web site, with a WEALTH of information for any cruiser calling at Portsmouth. Give it a look!

      Hi Claiborne ,
      Would you post this link to our blog Welcome to Mile Marker “0” AICW? I will writing often to inform boaters traveling the ICW about upcoming events, restaurants, stores, shopping, and where to buy everything from groceries to boat parts and how to get to them here in Portsmouth, Virginia.

      We will also be publishing a FREE Boaters Guide to Portsmouth, VA. (available fall 2010)
      Thank you,
      Joe Elder

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    • Unhappy News About AICW/Hell Gate Depths (near Statute Mile 602)

      The notorious Hell Gate section of the AICW, south of Savannah and Isle of Hope, was dredged during the summer of 2009, and for a time, all has been well on these waters. The posting below from Captain Bob is the first notice we have had that shoaling may once again be rearing its ugly head. Because Captain Bob does not provide an exact time and date when his soundings were taken (see below), it’s not possible to fully verify what an 8.8 foot reading “30 minutes after high tide,” would actually equate to at Mean Low Water. But, it certainly can’t be good news.
      We are returning Hell Gate to the ranks of a true “AICW Problem Stretch,” and ask the cruising community to PLEASE forward ANY information about depths in Hell Gate ASAP, by clicking the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, or sending e-mail to me at Many thanks in advance!!!

      Good evening, Claiborne.
      Looks like bad things are beginning to happen again at Hell Gate. Came through here mid channel this afternoon thirty minutes after high tide and observed a depth of 8.8 feet fifty yards Northeast of Green Marker 87. Didn’t believe what I saw so I went back and observed the same results.
      Weren’t the dredges here just a year ago?
      Captain Bob Poovey

      Hi Claiborne,
      We came through Hell Gate at 11.10 ‘“ 11.20 hours, May 21. Low tide was at 09.00 hrs. We favored the west side of mid channel a little going north. We never saw less than 13 ft.
      Frans Tieman
      S/V Sophia (The Netherlands)
      Draft 6.8 or 2 meters

      We also passed through Hell Gate on May 19. It was about 1-1/2 hrs after high tide and the lowest we saw was 12 ft. We tried to stay mid-channel.
      Mark MacMahon

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For The AICW/Hell Gate Passage

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