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    • Albemarle Loop Snowbird Layover Special, Albemarle Sound, NC

      Albemarle Loop

      Whether you are traveling north or south, the rivers and communities that frame the Albemarle Sound are inviting you to explore their shores and experience their warm southern hospitality. A community of marine businesses and historical locations, several of whom are CRUISERS NET SPONSORS, located on and around the Albemarle Sound of North Carolina, have organized to serve boaters through the Albemarle Loop. For more, see FOCUS ON Albemarle Loop

      Snowbird Alert!
      By Claude Milot

      By some estimates, as many as 7,000 boaters sail the ICW between points north and Florida every year. When the weather turns cold in the fall, some can’t wait to leave New York or New England and head south.

      The problem is, because of the hurricane season, insurance companies won’t cover boaters past Hatteras until November 1st. Rather than linger in cold waters, many boaters who have already begun their trek south will seek temporary anchorage in the Carolinas. And this has created an opportunity for Albemarle Sound marinas to provide a practical solution for these boaters, as the Albemarle Sound happens ideally to be the half-way point between, say, New York and Miami, a perfect place to linger in October while awaiting November 1st.

      Three marinas on the Sound are participating in Snowbird Layover, a program specially designed to benefit ICW boaters: Columbia Municipal Marina, Edenton Harbor, and Albemarle Plantation Marina.

      ICW boaters will be able to tie up in Columbia—slippage free—for two weeks prior to November 1st. Main Street has shops and restaurants, and Pocosin Arts, a gallery and teaching studio that has been offering programs and workshops since 1995. Nearby are the headquarters and wildlife exhibits of Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge, as well as the start of the ¾ mile Scuppernong River Interpretive Trail.

      Edenton Harbor offers one week of free slippage to ICW boaters who can use that time to experience this living monument to the colonial era. North Carolina’s first capital is noted for its authentic architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can take walking tours or guided trolley tours of the historic district or take a leisurely walk along tree-lined streets to soak up the beauty and charm of “the prettiest town in the south.”

      From October 15th to December 1st Albemarle Plantation Marina will offer two weeks of free slippage to ICW boaters pausing on their migration south. Albemarle Plantation is a resort with a wide variety of amenities available to visiting boaters. It has two restaurants, the Clubhouse Restaurant for fine dining, and the more casual Dockside, famous for its wood-fired pizza oven. It also has the challenging championship Dan Maples golf course, with discounted greens fees for boaters. Also available to guests are walking trails, tennis courts, a fully equipped exercise room, and the best bocce courts in North Carolina.

      The welcome sign is out at Columbia, Edenton, and Albemarle Plantation for ICW migrants needing a great place to hang out before November 1st. Come on down!


      Additional Information at:

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Albemarle Plantation Marina

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Columbia City Docks

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Columbia City Docks


      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Alan V. Cecil -  September 6, 2019 - 7:07 pm

        Dateline: Randallstown, MD
        The Albermarle Loop has been on our agenda since last year.
        After a year delay getting a new HVAC system we moved SIGMACHI to Olverson's Marina on the Yeocomico River (off of the southern Potomac River…Virginia side) where we headquartered for the Summer.
        Concurrent with the prospect of Hurricane Dorian and the need for some fo some repairs including for bottom painting and the team of Krentz Marine Railway finding and fixing a starboard enginr oil leak thatour prior yard's crew maintained didn't exist!

        SO…come sometime in October we hope to start to amble South towards Florida and savor the Albermarle Loop, visit friends along the Neuse River, and New Bern and…yeah…an adventure of a lifetime with my Co-Captain Jeanne!
        Alan V. Cecil
        M/V SIGMACHI
        40ft. Pacemaker Flush Deck Fly Bridge

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