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Fall Festival Roundup Club Corner: Lighthouse Preservationists Cruising Through: Racking up Smiles in the Carolinas The Sailor’s Life: Gunkhole Raft-Up Time Current Destination: Southport Ecoboating: Ideas for Cleaner Waters Yak Talk: Four Men in a Floating Toy Chest Regatta Roundup Currently Aweigh: Spirit’s Summer Adventures Hard Aground: A Moment Frozen in Time Casting About: No More Floundering About Portal to the Past: CSS Neuse Reborn From the Helm: Prepare for Boarding!

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e’d like to extend a big thanks to all of our old and new advertisers who are aboard during these turbulent economic times, and we hope you’ll share your appreciation for making this magazine possible. This issue is packed full of the usual waterfront and boating news and features, including plenty of cruising adventures that swept my mind back to our time living aboard. One of the things I missed most while we were exploring distant shores was gardening. We didn’t have space aboard for a container garden. Instead I’d daydream about what I’d grow when we eventually regained landlubber status. We visited Caribbean botanical gardens in St. Croix, Tortola, St. Lucia, Tobago and elsewhere. They usually looked very similar to the rest of the lush islands, except that the plants were labeled. After returning to the Carolinas, we launched the magazine you now hold in your hands. We put out our first three issues while still living aboard Sea Spell in Oriental, but running a publishing empire from a 38-foot sloop gets cramped. So when we found an affordable home with a big back yard, I immediately began laying out garden plots. While we aren’t in the right zone for mangoes, pineapples or other tropical delicacies from my wish list, last year I managed to get a veggie plot planted late in the spring growing season yielding okra, field peas and grape tomatoes. This year I expanded my plots and got an early jump on planting. But marauding

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herds of rabbits, flocks of grasshoppers and battalions of slugs have ensured that few seedlings reached maturity. Yes, I’ve been trying to “go green” and garden without pesticides. Still, a few plants have survived the onslaught: cucumbers, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, greens, a few onions, radishes, banana peppers and some stunted ears of corn. Oh, and zucchini! Loads of huge zucchinis. We’ve eaten it a dozen different ways and still can’t keep up. I weighed 15 pounds of surplus zucchini at one point, so we gave it to friends and neighbors. Still we had too much, so I pondered potential nautical uses, to wit: • Anglers: Attach a treble hook and stick a couple of eyes on these things and you’re on your way to some screamin’ pelagic action! • Watersports fans: Slap one of these bad boys under your feet for some zany zucchini slalom fun! • Paddlers: Add some stability to your craft with a zucchini outrigger or two. • Cruisers: Attach a zucchini to your heaving line and you’ll easily get it to the dock when it’s time to explore the next exotic port. • Salty tall ship types: Give those whale bones a break and pull out a zucchini when it’s time for a bit of scrimshaw practice. Then last week, an army of caterpillars discovered our bounty and remedied the problem before things got too far out of control. Nature maintains her balance that way. Maybe we can repurpose the culprits as fish bait?

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26 Rescued from Burning Boat CALABASH, N.C. - Twenty-six people were rescued by two fishing boats 17 miles east of Little River, S.C., on July 30. The Miss Calabash II, a 45-foot charter fishing boat, departed Calabash for a 12-hour offshore trip but caught fire while underway. After attempting to extinguish the fire and issuing a distress call, Capt. Dan Manos ordered all 23 passengers and three crewmembers to don lifejackets and abandon ship. They remained in open water clinging to small rubber liferafts for almost half an hour before the fishing boats Fishers of Men and Jester arrived and began pulling them aboard. The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

Lake Norman Explosion Investigated DENVER, N.C. - Championship II, an 80-foot charter boat on Lake Norman, exploded while refueling and sank June 10, killing one crewmember. The body of N.C. State University student Nate Coppick, 19, was found in the stern section of the boat, which was decimated in the blast. “I’ve never seen a fueling explosion this big,” said Scott Loflin, master officer of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “It just rolled it up. It looks like a combat scene in Iraq.” He said the three-deck aluminum Sumerset houseboat was totaled and the fuel dock at Westport Marina where it was based was severely damaged. A crane lifted the wreckage ashore for investigaton. Fuel vapors were the primary suspect, although an ignition source had not been determined. Owner Cliff Champion, who acquired Championship II in 2000, and a charter trip passenger made it safely ashore from the front of the boat while two female crewmembers jumped from the second deck. The vessel accommodated up to 125 for parties, weddings and other occasions. USCG

Discharge Exemption Restored WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Bush signed The Clean Boating Act of 2008 in July, permanently restoring a longstanding recreational boat exemption from permitting and discharge requirements under the Clean Water Act. The signing capped a two-year campaign to eliminate a permit program that would have dictated maintenance and operation procedures.

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of a Cape Fear 38 sloop with a college sailing team onboard, Wilmington-based manufacturer Cape Fear Yacht Works has pledged cooperation with all local, state and federal authorities. The incident, which resulted in the death of a 53-year-old safety officer onboard, occurred when the keel fell off the boat in rough seas during a regatta from Galveston, Texas, to Mexico. Five crew spent 26 hours adrift before being rescued. “First and foremost, our heartfelt condolences go out to Roger Stone’s family, friends, colleagues and students, as well as the sailors saved by the heroic actions of Mr. Stone,” said Rona Garm, manager and spokesperson for Cape Fear Yacht Works. The vessel had undergone extensive repairs after multiple groundings, according to Texas A&M University at Galveston, owner of the three-year-old boat and a sister vessel. Cape Fear Yacht Works was not involved in any of the post-delivery commissioning or repairs. “It is inappropriate for us to speculate further as to potential causes of this tragedy,” said Garms. Bruce Marek, the naval architect responsible for the CF38 design, said the vessel’s structure is not flawed.

Dismal Swamp Openings Reduced ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Due to low water depths in Lake Drummond, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced lock openings on the Great Dismal Swamp Canal from four per day to two (9 a.m. and 3 p.m.) at Deep Creek, beginning July 23. The move is an attempt to conserve the water supply until the area receives enough rainfall to recharge the swamp. N.C. Stormwater Rules Revamped RALEIGH, N.C. - If signed by Gov. Easley as expected, new stormwater rules will take effect Oct. 1 affecting development in 20 coastal counties. The compromise deal reached between developers, landowners, county governments and environmentalists determines when new homes and businesses in the region will be required to implement rainwater runoff controls. The runoff, if left unrestricted, can flush bacteria and pollution into waterways and shellfish waters.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Douglas Fears, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, and his son Joshua greet U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre following a Wilmington, N.C. “Coast Guard City” recertification ceremony on July 26. The designation recognizes a community’s effort in meeting the needs of local Coast Guard units.


NC Trailer Rules Up in Air RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Mike Easley was threatening to veto a bill with the unwieldy title “An Act to Increase the Width of Boats that may be Transported on Highway Routes During the Day and Night Without a Permit and to Provide for an Annual Permit as Opposed to a Single Trip Permit for Oversize Boats.” After compromise amendments, it passed 43-0 in the Senate and 108-5 in the House.

Carolina Coast Guard Makes Numerous Rescues U.S. Coast Guard personnel responded to the sinking of 47-foot dive boat Aquatic Safari I near the mouth of the Cape Fear River on June 11. The crew of a nearby 74foot fishing vessel, the Andiamo, headed to the scene, removed the 13 passengers and transported them to the Bridge Tender Marina in Wrightsville Beach. The Coast Guard remained on the scene and assisted the three-person crew as they dewatered the vessel. Crews from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, N.C., assisted seven people aboard a 28-foot pleasure craft taking on water 10 miles south of the mouth of the Cape Fear River on June 15. A 25-foot response boat and a 41-foot utility boat removed four children and three adults from the boat, patched a hole in the bow, assisted de-watering the vessel and towed it back to the station. All seven wore lifejackets. The Coast Guard rescued three people near Turtle Island, S.C., on June 19 at 10:45 p.m. Yonpae Park, Chito Lapera and Jay Song of Tybee Island, Ga., contacted the Coast Guard on a cell phone after their 18-foot boat overturned. The three used a flashlight to guide rescuers to their location. All three were wearing lifejackets. Coast Guard Stations Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlet, N.C., and Air Station Eliza-

beth City searched the Pamlico Sound on June 22 for a red skiff reported as disoriented and out of gas in the Pamlico Sound. Dawn Ware and Jennifer Broderick, both tourists visiting the Outer Banks, spent a stormy night onboard before being located the next morning by a passing vessel. The skiff, a rental with no marine radio or GPS onboard, was towed to Englehard. Also late on June 22, the Coast Guard rescued Peter Hyers, 54, and Christopher Hyers, 22, of Hilton Head Island, S.C, near the south jetties in Charleston Harbor after their sailing vessel ran aground. A passerby reported the grounding. The water was too shallow for a Coast Guard vessel to approach, so a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston hoisted both men from the grounded vessel. The Coast Guard rescued five people from a capsized vessel near Murrells Inlet, S.C., in the pre-dawn hours of July 2. Daniel Isaac, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and four men were on a 21-foot Sea Hunt when it capsized. The fishermen radioed the Coast Guard and a helicopter from Air Facility Charleston, a small boat from Station Georgetown, S.C., the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and the Garden City Fire Department launched rescue craft. The men were transferred to awaiting EMS on

shore. Three of the men were then taken to the hospital for medical care. The operator of a 19-foot skiff helped the Coast Guard medevac a 3-year-old suffering from seizures from a 16-foot skiff near the Atlantic Beach Bridge on July 3. George Griffin brought two Coast Guard EMTs from a 25-foot response boat to the 16-foot skiff and transported them to the Morehead City Wildlife Ramp where EMS was waiting. Coast Guard rescued Fred Reed Johnson, 62, and Gary Stout, 62, both of Calabash, S.C., when their 21-foot fishing boat capsized eight miles east of Little River Inlet, S.C., on July 18 at approximately 2:20 a.m. An Air Station Elizabeth City helicopter rescued four people from a capsized 22foot skiff 10 miles southeast of the mouth of the Cape Fear River on July 21. The four men spent 19 hours sitting on the overturned hull of the vessel, suffering from sunburn and mild hypothermia. The Coast Guard towed the 63-foot fishing vessel Southern Lady into port on July 24 after the captain reported that it was taking on water east of Wysocking Bay in the Pamlico Sound. There were four people on board.

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Dear Editor, We just returned from our third winter in the Bahamas within the last five years. The Bahamas were great as always! We like to take the ICW because we enjoy the scenery and the gunk holing. We are never in a hurry and there is so much to see and do. The ICW trip is getting harder each year because of restrictions and cost. You can almost forget Florida unless you want to take a mooring that has been placed in all the best anchoring spots. That’s if anchoring is allowed at all. For example, Stewart, Fernandina Beach, and soon to follow St Augustine. As for the rafting at Vero Beach, forget it. At Isle of Hope, Ga., the Marina charged $25 to land a dinghy! They have only two toilets, one wash machine, and an un-friendly staff. They told me the high $ was to keep out the riff-raff. Bear in mind that in the past five years we stayed in this marina a total of five nights but now, being on the hook, we are undesirables! Barefoot Landing in S.C. now charges $1.50 ft. and you get nothing more than when it was free, not even a toilet or shower! In the past we used to spend one to two hundred dollars in the stores here. Not any more! Even though this is becoming the norm, there are a few bright spots out there. Rivera Beach Marina near Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., is super - good value, best bar and restaurant. I did hear they may sell out to their neighbor, Viking Yachts. There goes another one! Dudleys Marina in N.C. is the best value and they are really glad to see you. By far the best facility on the ICW, we have come across, is Osprey Marina on the

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Ahoy Bill and Judy, It sounds like cruising continues to evolve as a lifestyle. During our years of exploration, we also found most services geared toward the high-end mega yacht market - until we hit the Carolinas. Here we found friendly faces, regular free dinghy docks and often free courtesy docks for our big boat. The contrast was impressive enough to convince us to return to the Carolinas when our cruising adventures were completed. Watch our next issue for another cruising couple who’ve made this same discovery and decided to cruise locally this summer. Their adventures were just as big but a lot less expensive than exploring further afield. ~Editor

Family Finds Treasure at Cape Lookout Dear Editor, The attached photo is of my twin granddaughters: Hayley and Hannah Coleman, age 8. They found this weathered board on the beach with the treasure inscription! We were all pretty excited and curious! We think we found the highest hummock, however, no treasure yet! The discovery was made at Cape Lookout on June

17, where we spent eight days on our sailboat. Joe Gormley, New Bern, NC

Ahoy Joe, It sounds like you had a big adventure. Be sure to remember your favorite boating magazine when you find that treasure. In many ways, it sounds like you’ve already found the true treasure: a week of sailing on the Outer Banks. ~Editor

Reader Plans McCellanville Visit

Really enjoy when you have the highlighted transient cities like the one you just did on McClellanville. We are making plans to do a two-day visit by boat next month just from reading the article. You gave us a destination that we would never have thought of. Lynn Derrick

Ahoy Lynn, Thanks for your comments. Be sure to check out the advertisers on p. 34 during your visit. ~Editor

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Just thought you might want to see our 8-year-old son Graham sailing his 6-year-old sister Sloane on White Lake over the July 4th weekend on his first solo sail aboard their new-to-us Optimist. The crew became a little upset over the rough waters and stronger than expected winds, but the skipper kept everything together under the stress. Don’t know if Dad and Mom (Laura) - seen on the Sunfish way behind - could say the same, but everything turned out wonderfully in the end. Keep up the good work with the magazine. Markham B. Gunter, Raleigh, N.C.

P.S. After seeing the article on Bow to Stern’s Junior Sailing classes, I looked into it but couldn’t make it fit our schedule this year. This week, Graham is taking the Carolina Sailing Foundation’s starter Opti class out at Lake Crabtree here in Wake County instead. Should be another good experience. Ahoy Mark! Great to see you’re getting the next generation out on the water early and often. We can think of few better ways to spend Independence Day. Thanks for sharing. We always love to hear from our readers and a photo of the fun out on the big Carolina waters is always a pleasant bonus. Keep ‘em coming! ~Editor

Why? I asked. “Well the playoffs start right here in Belfast, and I have to win the playoff in order to make it to the World Series! I didn’t enter last year and these two fellers from Georgetown built the skiff in less than two hours. Now that is fast, but I thought that with some practice I could beat their time and go south for the finals to show those people what real Maine boat builders could do. “I started practicing just before the New Year,” he added. “And I think I’m getting it down pretty well. Of course the first couple of skiffs took some time and didn’t look too good - you know that they have to float. But I’m getting right along with this one.” What I saw on Ellsworth’s bench was something that more resembled an outhouse than a skiff, and I ventured a guess that he had just started on this practice boat. Version C | SAIL ONLY

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Dear Editor, Thought I’d warn those skiff builders in Georgetown, S.C., and the rest of the Carolina coast that they are getting some stiff competition from Maine for the World Series of Boatbuilding. Hettie, my wife, was a bit peeved with me and told me to “Get out of the house!” So I went up to Belfast, Maine, to see Ellsworth. As I got near his shop all I could see was a big pile of kindling wood. Inside was Ellsworth with a bunch of pieces of plywood tacked together. I inquired as to what he was doing. “Doin’?” he says, “I’m practicing for the World Series of Boatbuilding.”

“I ain’t been at this model but four days,” he said with pride, “but I think I have it now. ‘Course I have been using a bit more wood than the committee gives us. In fact, this practice’n is expensive, but worth it when I win here and then sweep the World Series!” I left him sawing away with his handsaw. Ellsworth is a traditionalist and will not use power equipment. He certainly isn’t very fast, but I thought you might pass the word to those Georgetown boys that Maine boat builders are out for blood.

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September 13 Roanoke Canal Festival, Roanoke

Rapids, N.C. A celebration of the history and influence the Roanoke Navigation Canal had on the local region. The main stage will spotlight local musicians and entertainment groups such as Roanoke Rapids dance school cloggers. Demonstrators will show off their skills in bateau boat building, woodworking, masonry, quilting, papermaking, and more. 15-21 Blackbeard’s Pirate Festival, Nags Head, N.C. Community events all week across the Outer Banks. Saturday, enjoy pirate history, storytelling, reenactments, shows, etc. 18-21 15th Annual Shrimp Festival, Yemassee, S.C. Includes a lighted boat parade, pageants, live entertainment, arts and craft booths, talent and fashion show, and battle of the shrimp.

27-28 NC Spot Festival, Hampstead, N.C. The festival honors the abundant little fish that tastes so good and plays a part in the livelihood of many people in what is known as the Seafood Capital of the Carolinas. Enjoy music, art and crafts, fireworks and plenty of freshly cooked spot. October 3-4 14th Annual

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3-5 22nd Annual NC Seafood Festival, Morehead City, N.C. Sample and purchase seafood, tour U.S. Coast Guard ships, and enjoy entertainment on four stages, the Southern Outer Banks Boat Show, the blessing of the fleet, more than 150 art and craft vendors, rides, sporting events, fireworks and more. Free parking and shuttles.

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3-5 Riverfest, Wilmington, N.C. The family fun festival winds its way through

the downtown streets along the Cape Fear River. Celebrates the area’s heritage with music, arts and crafts, exhibits, contests, children’s activities, food, river events, competitions, fireworks, pirate invasion, tour of visiting ships and a small boat flotilla, Also, the Carolina Wake Series 2008 Uprising Tour. Wakeboarders will ride the river in front of the battleship all weekend. 11-12 MumFest, New Bern, N.C. Live entertainment, local bands, amusement rides, kids’ activities, roving street performers, arts, crafts, festival foods and the Mumfest Boat Show featuring boats up to 60 feet, boat rides, nautical displays and MUMFest parasailing. Includes 5th annual Hatteras family boatbuilding event. 11-12 15th Annual Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival, Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area, Kure Beach, N.C. Two days of non-stop jazz and blues on two stages. Enjoy scrumptious seafood. Crafts and local booths, a fine arts plaza, wine tasting, kid zone with inflatable amusements, face painters and more. 11-12 53rd Annual Mullet Festival, Swansboro, N.C. Enjoy free entertainment, a parade, a street dance and narrow lanes

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lined with arts, crafts, rides and plenty of mullet and other seafood. 18 19th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show (See Sidebar, p. 11.) 18-19 28th Annual NC Oyster Festival, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. The premier oyster roast in the state includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, the N.C. Oyster Shuckin’ Championship, oyster stew cook-off, kids’ area and road race. 20-26 4th Annual Arts & Seafood Festival, Bluffton, S.C. 5K run/ walk, children’s fishing tournament, boat tours and parade, blessing of the fleet, seafood tastings and more. Free shuttles available. 25 7th Annual Plymouth Wooden Boat Show and Cowboys on the Water, Plymouth, N.C. Bring your favorite boat (no fee to display or visit) and spend all day with other wooden boat lovers along the banks of the Roanoke River. Free river rides. Downtown next to the Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.

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August 2008 29-30 Beach, Boogie, BBQ Fest Myrtle Beach, SC, 30-31 Fall Art Show, Beaufort Historic Site, NC, 252-729-9311 September 2008 1 Children’s Crab Derby Southport, NC, 910-457-7945 1 Chapin Labor Day Festival, 3, Oct 18,25 2008 Red Wolf Howling Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, NC. 3,18, Oct 17 Kayaking Beaufort, NC* 4 Back Door Kitchen Tour Wilmington, NC, Historic District, 4 Pirate Reception for Knights of the Black Flag exhibit* 5, Oct 3 First Friday Gallery Walk Southport, NC 5-7pm 5, Oct 3 First Friday Manteo, NC, 6 Volunteer Orientation SC Aquarium Charleston, 6-7, Oct, 18-19 Boatbuilding Carpentry* 11-12 Art in the Park Myrtle Beach, SC, 843-448-7690 12 Cinema by the Sea at Gallants Channel* 12 Art Walk New Bern, NC, 12, Oct 10 Waterfront Movie Southport, NC. Garrison Lawn Bay St, free 910-4577927 12-13 Seafood Jazz and Brew Hilton Head, SC, 12-13 Autumn Craft Show Washington, NC, at the Blind Center 12-14 Virginia In-Water Boat Expo & Sailfest Norfolk. 12-28 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, 13 Annual Roanoke Canal Festival+++

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Wealth at Charlestowne Landing† 13 2nd Annual Fall Celebration of Fine Art and Loose on the Neuse Oriental, NC 13-14 Knotting and Splicing* 13,27 Street Music on Paris Avenue Port Royal, SC. 5:30pm, 14 Shrimpin & Shaggin Charleston, SC. Shrimp recipe, dance contests, non profit fundraiser, 843-849-1020 15-21 Blackbeards Pirate Festival Nags Head, NC+++ 16 Queen Anne’s Revenge NC Maritime Museum Southport. Mark Wilde Ramsing. Free, reservations required, 910-457-0003 18, Oct 16 Free Concert Beaufort NC waterfront, 252-504-3396

Edenton celebrates the Cupola House’s 250th Anniversary from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4

18-21 Greek Festival Columbia, SC, 18-21 Yemassee Shrimp Festival, SC+++ 19 Talk Like a Pirate Day, Arrr! Visit for events 19, Oct 24 Music in the Streets Washington, NC, 19-20 Fun Fest Lexington, SC 19-21 3rd Annual Super Boat Grand Prix, Morehead City NC 19-21 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival Savannah, Ga. Ocean and coastal themed films, 912 598 2345

If you plan on attending an event, contact the organizer ahead of time since details can change. See p. 33 for Regattas. Fishing events are on p. 39.

20 SC Beach/River Sweep See p. 29 20-Oct 4 NC Big Sweep See p. 29 20 Day at the Docks Celebration of

Hatteras Island Watermen Outer Banks, NC. Exhibits, activities, boats on display and blessing of the fleet, 252-986-2515 20 A Day on the River featuring the Classic Moth Boat, Elizabeth City, NC. Museum of the Albemarle, 252-335-1453 20 Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering Mt Pleasant. Athletics, dancing, music, 20-21 Fort Macon Civil War Reenactment 252-726-3775 20-28 Boatbuilding (one week)* 23 Waterside After School Celebrate take a child outside week. Free, reservations required* 23-27 Chowan County Regional Fair Edenton, NC 25 Build a Boat in a Day Manteo, NC, 25-Oct 26 Charleston Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens Thurs-Sat, 843-722-4630 26 Music in the Park New Bern, NC. At Union Point Park, 252-639-2902 26-28 2nd Annual C-Dory Gathering Oriental, NC, 252-745-5615 26-28 33rd Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival Huntingdon Beach St.Pk.† 27 2008 Cape Fear Outdoor and Fishing Expo Wilmington, NC, 27 Battleship Alive Wilmington, NC. Living history interpretation, 910-251-5797 27-28 NC Spot Festival Hampstead+++ 27-Oct 4 Cupola House 250th Anniversary Edenton, NC. Week of activities includes tall ship Elizabeth II visit, tours, demos,

Ongoing Activities, Programs and Tours Huntington Beach State Park Coastal kayaking, birding through October† Charleston County Parks and Rec Various paddle tours, beginner sailing classes, surf kayak events; click on events at NC Maritime Museum Beaufort Various programs, lectures, walks and workshops* Eco-tours by New River Foundation, NC Canoe, kayak and pontoon boat tours, 14 Carolina Currents September/October 2008

Downtown Wilmington, NC Sundown Concert: Fridays. Gallery Walk: Fourth Fridays 910.763.3737 or 910.620.2047 French Quarter Art Walk Charleston, SC First Friday of the month, 843-577-7101 Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras National Parks Wide range of history, natural resource and recreational programs through Sept. and

River Roving Educational River Tours Washington, NC. Learn about the history and habitats of the Tar-Pamlico River. WedSat, advance reservations required. NC Estuarium, 252-948-0000 Canoe Tours on Pea Island and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges, Hatteras and Manteo, NC, NC Coastal Land Trust Tours Kayak and naturalist

October 2008 17, 24, 31 Shoreline Entertainment 2 The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate Roanoke Island Festival Park. Musical at Talk by author Kevin Duffus* 8pm 3-5 Art Walk 20th Anniversary 17-18 Folk Festival Oriental, NC, Pamlico Charleston, SC, Musical Society, 3 Music in the Park New Bern, NC. Union 17-18 Chili Festival Havelock, NC Point Park, 252-639-2902 3-4 Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival+++ 18 Pamlico Paddle Spring Creek, NC. 4 Build a Boat in a Day* Choice of 4 mile beginner, 5.5 mile 4 33rd Annual Peanut Festival Edenton, intermediate and 7.5 mile advanced course. NC 252-312-4448 Registration fee $35 includes map, T-shirt 4 2nd Annual Paddlefest Old Santee Canal and box lunch, Park, SC, 843- 899-5200 18 October Festival Port Royal, SC. Art, 3-5 22nd Annual North Carolina Seafood music, food, Festival Morehead City and Southern 18 Georgetown Wooden Boat Show+++ Outer Banks Boat Show +++ +++ Look for these events in 3-5 Riverfest Wilmington, NC+++ 4-5 Elizabethan Tymes - A Country Faire our Fall Festival Roundup, p. 11 Manteo, NC. Entertainment, period demos and more, 18 Fall in the Water Meet Traditional 5 Open Ship Community Day Charleston, Small Craft Association Gathering* SC, 18 Military Appreciation Day Oak Island, 7 Learn to Kayak* NC. Volunteers take military fishing, 8-19 SC State Fair Columbia, 9 The Secrets of Blackbeard Talk by 18-19 Charleston Garden Festival archaeologist David Moore* Middleton Pl., 9-10 Diesel Maintenance* 18-19 28th Annual NC Oyster Festival 9-13 US Sailboat Show Annapolis, MD, Ocean Isle Beach, NC+++ 18-19 12th Annual October Festival of 10 Friday Free Flicks Emerald Isle, NC the Arts Tybee Island, GA, Call 252-354-6350 for movie title. 18-19 Fall Home/Garden Show New 10-11 4th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Bern, NC Conv. Center, Fest, 19 Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival 10-12 Taste of Charleston Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston. 19-21 Maximizing Value From Benefit, Sustainable Ocean Resources Symposium 10-12 Garden Lover’s Weekend Tryon Wrightsville Beach, NC, 252-222-6334 Palace, New Bern, NC. Free admission and 20-26 Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood garden tours, Festival+++ 11 Spirit Ball Charleston, SC. Annual black tie fundraiser, 11 Edisto and Beyond 11 Taste of Chapin and Arts Festival, 11 Dragon Boat Upstate Festival Greenville, SC. Fundraiser for cancer research, 11 Archaeology Charlestowne Landing† 11-12 Little River Shrimp and Jazz Fest 11-12 MumFest New Bern, NC+++ 11-12 Mullet Festival Swansboro, NC, 910-326-7370 11-12 15th Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Fort Fisher, Kure Beach NC+++ 11-12 Oar Making* 11 Kayaking/Rowing Clinics Columbia, SC, /outdoor.htm 16-19 US Powerboat Show Annapolis, MD,

21 Grits, Sand and Southern Landscapes

NC Maritime Museum Southport. Free, reservations required, 910-457-0003 22 Women Pirates Talk by Connie Mason* 23 Build a Boat in a Day Manteo, NC. Roanoke Island Maritime Center, 24 Halloween Carnival Emerald Isle, NC. Admission fee is one bag of candy per child, 252-354-6350 24-25 Ghost Ship Battleship North Carolina Wilmington, NC. Hear true Battleship tales, ghostly details. $10 at the door, 24-25 Ghost Walk in Haunted New Bern, NC, 24-25 Elizabeth City Historic Ghost Walk 888-936-7387 24-26 Fall Festival of Houses Beaufort, SC, 25 Charleston Music and Heritage Fest 25 Plymouth Wooden Boat Show +++ 25 Art Walk Beaufort SC, 25 Oktoberfest Jacksonville, NC, 910-4555733 25 Indigo Dyeing Charlestowne Landing† 25-Nov 1 Savannah Film Festival 27-29 Annual Southbound Cruiser’s Rendezvous New Bern NC. Gathering for cruisers and wannabe cruisers, 28 Fright Night at the Museum* 30 Trick Or Treat Under the Sea NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island, 31 Safe Trick or Treat Edenton, NC,

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Sailor Racks Up the Smiles in the Carolinas any cruisers make annual treks from Maine or the Chesapeake up north to Florida or the Bahamas down south, considering everything in between as simply a distance to be crossed. But for those who slow down to explore the Carolinas, it becomes a destination all its own. John C. Pollitt singlehands his Ontario 32 sloop Aria, homeported in Copper Center, Alaska. Last April he left Clear Lake, Texas, and made his way as far north as Annapolis. But he spent most of his time in North Carolina and is doing so again this summer. He recounts what he calls “love at first sail”: “It had been a long day reaching the Beaufort Inlet from Wrightsville Beach with a Naval exercise to go around, wind on the nose and, once inside, my unfamilarity led me past the turn into the Beaufort Harbor and on under the bridge. With the sun setting, I tried to get to Town Creek, only to keep running aground. I gave up, found a spot off the Intracoastal Waterway channel and dropped the hook. With the dawn, I headed into Core Creek on the way north to the Neuse. “As the geometric neatness of the canal opened into the tree-lined shores of Adams Creek, I felt for the first time that I was in North Carolina. Gone were the sprawl of Wrightsville Beach and the industrial mien

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of Morehead City. Meandering through the markers I felt not a sense of arriving, but of returning, as if I’d crossed these teacolored waters before. “With a turn to port, I had my first glimpse of the country’s widest river and understood why Oriental calls itself the Sailing Capital of North Carolina. Here one has sailing options whichever way the wind blows - east or west, bank to bank, it’s a sailboat playground. “Eager for a real shower and a good night’s rest, I crossed to Oriental. The next morning found me refreshed and wandering the streets of the village, experiencing for the first time what I would discover throughout my time in North Carolina. People I met seemed like old friends I hadn’t had the chance to visit for too long a time. I had a feeling of coming home that, while surprising, seemed perfectly natural. It seemed part and parcel of the land, water and people I had landed in the midst of.

Cruising Through

“And so began my love affair with North Carolina. From New Bern to Elizabeth City, Edenton to Manteo, my appreciation for all that North Carolina has to offer only grew fuller with each passing day. Whether it was experiencing people and places I had read about or the many new friends and sights throughout the state, I knew I was hooked on North Carolina. “So if some morning you hear the faint whistling of ‘Carolina in the Morning’ come across the water, it’s probably this goofy love-struck sailor.” The Ontario 32 that Pollitt sails was designed in 1977 as a performance cruising boat incorporating the industry’s latest design features of that time. Dirk Kneulman, one of Canada’s foremost builders, visited European Boat Shows for inspiration. His innovations included the first deck anchor locker on a North American production boat, lavish use of teak in refined interior cabinetry, a T-shaped cockpit and wide-for-its-length beam. Pollitt says he’s made few modifications, but has rebuilt quite a few things aboard, including new electrical panels, a new propane system, new AC wiring, a new windlass and a wind generator. “My main cruising tip would be to start early and end early,” he says. “Don’t be concerned with how many miles you travel per day, but with how many smiles per day.”

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Fountain Brings Baja Line to NC CHOCOWINITY, N.C. - Fountain Powerboats announced in July that their recently acquired Baja line of boats will come to North Carolina. The move means 250 more jobs and an investment of approximately $12 million over the next five years to expand its facilities in Beaufort County. The decision was helped with a state Job Development Investment Grant. In March, the company agreed to acquire the rival Baja Marine sports boat line based in Ohio from Brunswick Corp.

Ripley Light YC Hoping to Expand CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ripley Light Yacht Club marina, completed in May of 2006, has applied for permits to expand from Ripley Cove basin into the adjoining Ashley River. The marina currently has 83 slips and plans to add more than 200 if permitted. The $14 million proposed expansion would include a recreation center with clubhouse facilities, a swimming pool, gym, showers and ship store. The marina, owned by New Yorkbased Ashley River Properties II, provides transient, short and long-term dockage and is home to numerous sport fishing charter and harbor cruise vessels. Swans Bring Downeast to Southeast CHARLESTON, S.C. - When Charleston Race Week rolled around in April, two stalwart supporters of the event were absent. Brian and Lynn Swan helped organize the original Charleston Race Week and remained active supporters ever since. Brian even served as race director in

2006. But instead of sailing this year, the Swans were selling their first Seaway Boat at the Charleston In-Water Boat Show. With the slogan “Where Downeast Meets the Southeast,” the Swans launched Swan Marine in January to introduce the line of Maine boats to the Charleston market. Based on the traditional lobster boat design with modern amenities, the vessels are ideal for coastal cruisers or weekend picnickers.

True World Marine Opening Boatyard BEAUFORT, N.C. - Boat builder True World Marine, which moved its fiberglass fishing boat production to the Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park two years ago, is expanding into the service side of the boating business. The new True World Marine Boatyard will be located on an 11-acre site directly on the Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to the Core Creek Marine boatyard. The site includes 10 slips on the ICW for staging boats prior to haulout as well as showing models from the factory to be used for sales demonstrations. A sales and service office was to be built by August. The yard is expected to open this fall after delivery of a 75-ton Travelift in September. Charleston Boatyards May Merge CHARLESTON, S.C. - The City Marina Company continued negotiations in early August to acquire Charleston Boatworks. The subsidiary of the mega developer The Beach Company already owns and operates The City Marina, The Bristol Marina, the fuel dock at Ashley Marina and Charleston City Boatyard on Wando Creek. Charleston Boatworks is owned by Teddy Turner, who also owns Charleston Yacht Sales based at The City



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Harkers Island Marina Gets First Boats HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. - A rundown boat basin, once the home of small fishing boats, has been renovated with new docks, boatlifts and landscaping. It has reopened as the 65-slip Harkers Island Boating Club and is being sold off dockominium style. The first boats moved into the revamped facility in July. Charleston WindPath Franchise Open CHARLESTON, S.C. - Fractional boating company WindPath has expanded into the Carolinas with a franchise in Charleston run by Blake Middleton. The new location was to receive its first boat, a Catalina 350, in September. Under the company’s scheme, the boat will have one owner and up to seven members who share use of the boat, to be kept at Charleston Harbor Marina. An online scheduler allows members to plan their time on the boat. Middleton has teamed up with the American Sailing Association-certified Charleston Sailing School to provide instruction to members. He said he hopes to add a Back Cove Yachts powerboat to the location next year. Beaufort Pointe Sales Office Open CHOCOWINITY, N.C. - Beaufort Pointe on the Pamlico recently opened an on-site sales office at the 113-lot development at the confluence of the Pamlico and Tar rivers. The property was formerly the site of Whichard’s Beach Marina. Initial plans by North Carolina Land Partners LLC to erect a high-rise condo on the site were nixed last year. The new plans call for single-family home sites - many along existing canals - and a small marina basin. New River Landing Changes Course SNEADS FERRY, N.C. - Developers of New River Landing marina village at the foot of the New River bridge have scrapped the village part of the project and expanded the marina portion. The developers built a boat basin with plans for a dozen townhomes overlooking it. Instead, they will be putting in a drystack storage facility with plans to market to military personnel. The project is adjacent to Old Ferry

Marina, which is building a new office and restroom facility to open in September on the side of the marina’s drystack building.

Bridgecreek Pointe Debuts BELHAVEN, N.C. - Bridgecreek Pointe, Beaufort County’s newest waterfront community, is now selling lots and boat slips at the juncture of Pungo Creek, Smith Creek and Bridge Creek. The project is being developed by Belhaven South LLC and marketed by Waterfront Professionals Inc. in Chocowinity, N.C. The triangular property is divided into 47 lots, almost half of which are on the waterfront. The rest are waterview lots which come with a designated boat slip at the marina. The marina has been permitted for 51 boatslips, 32 of which have been built in the first phase. The new docks are easily seen from N.C. Hwy. 99 South where it crosses Pungo Creek opposite Cee Bee Marina. Hunters Return to American Marine ZEBULON, N.C. - After more than 25 years as the Hunter sailboat dealer in North Carolina, Dave Condon of American Marine and Sail Supply had a disagree-

ment with the popular boat manufacturer. But a year and a half later, the companies have reconciled. Condon is stocking several models including The Edge, Hunter’s new trailerable 27-foot motor sailor. Condon says he plans to keep a couple of new Hunters on the coast to show at Cape Lookout Yachts in Oriental. American Marine still carries the Catalina and Precision lines, as well as used boat brokerage listings.

Dealerships Expand on Lake Murray LEXINGTON, S.C. - Sutton Marine of Aiken, S.C., opened a second location in the Lake Murray area in June at 159 Hwy. 378 in Lexington. The dealership carries several powerboat lines, accessories and provides maintenance and repair services. Also, Carolina Inboard, a Supra and Moomba dealer, relocated from downtown Columbia to the Lake Murray Marina and Yacht Club late last year. The company also launched Carolina

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all brings plenteous boat time with glorious weather. You could spend those weekends on never-ending boat maintenance or hang out in the marina and risk being labeled a “dock hugger.” But why not try something new? Slip from the confines of the marina and have a gunkhole raft-up! Technically speaking, two boats would be a raft-up, but this is a case of the more boats the merrier. Any boat, any size is welcome: sailboats, powerboats, jon boats, kayaks, even rubber rafts! For the best turnout, a little planning is involved. First, get the word out to make sure that everyone can make it. Next, pick your gunkhole. It could be at a nice spot on a river, the lee side of an island, a quiet cove on a lake, or even off a sandbar. Make sure the weather forecast will cooperate, and then fill up the coolers. That’s it. You’re good to go! Client: Nettle BoatatPool The whole affair Net is simplicity its best. It’s about good friends and good fun onCarolina good boats.Currents Mix liberally with food, drinks, music Publication: and merriment. poles and take your dink for good Size: 1/4 pg Add (3.6fishing x 4.85) measure. Then let the rest take care of itself. A typical raft-up goes something like this: You sleep in, the boat gently swaying, coaxing you to stay a little longer in your cozy bunk. Others enjoy getting up with the sunrise to watch the morning mist relinquish its hold on the water. You might glimpse an otter, follow a great blue heron along the shore or see dolphins. Did you remember the camera? Great photo

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ops are guaranteed. Early morning is also the best time to grab that fishing pole and cast your luck. There just might be fish on the afternoon menu! Slowly, tussled heads emerge from other companionways, looking around like so many misplaced gophers. Someone suggests it might be breakfast time. It’s a group event with every boat making some part of the meal. The aroma of coffee, donuts, biscuits and bacon frying wafts through the air, while dozens of eggs are scrambled into a scrumptious meal. While breakfast settles, sit and chat with friends. Before you know it, the sun is high in the sky, and it’s getting hot. Splash!

There goes the first of the many bodies that will take the plunge seeking heat relief. Out comes an assortment of colorful swim floats. Tether the float to your boat and spend the afternoon adrift. When you’re thirsty, reel up to any boat and ask for refreshment. One will magically appear, and back you go to your floating reverie. Meanwhile, the music and contagious laughter continues. Indulge in an afternoon siesta or catch up on your reading. Or a dinghy ride might be your speed. As the day plays out, the grills fire up. Supper is a carefree potluck banquet. No one goes hungry. After a full day on the water

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you’re feeling pleasantly tired. Then the talk gets serious. You hear someone reflect, “It just doesn’t get any better than this!” and the inevitable “I wish this weekend would never end!” The night sky fills with twinkling luminaries. You lean back picking out constellations. But the stars aren’t the only things coming out. Bzzz. Was that a mosquito? Slap! Out come repellants, coils and lanterns to stave off the bloodthirsty fiends. Then a gentle breeze blows, holding the little stingers at bay. The evening has been saved! In the distance, the hooty-hoot of an owl makes everyone smile. The human night owls stay up long into the night. When it’s time to turn in, you hear a chorus of “good nights” and “sleep tights.” Sunday morning brings a quiet reverence in the midst of nature’s cathedral, and the abundant fellowship of friends remind us that some of the very best things in life are, thankfully, still free. We move a little slower, trying to make this “specialness” last. There is more leisurely fishing and reading - until more friends arrive with a boatload of youngsters. With that, the group springs to life. You hear the sound of human cannonballs hitting the water. The music of joyful laughter fills the air. Shrieks of delight, octaves and decibels of which only children are capable of making, make you smile. Adults feel the need for one last dip before swapping swimsuits for tomorrow’s work clothes. Once more, the grills are alight anticipating the needs of the wet and hungry group. After the meal, with strength regained, we hear the call: “All hands on deck; prepare to stow the gear.” Before too long, all is made ready for travel. There are now only two

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things left to do - say our good-byes and weigh anchor. The weekend has been perfect. You didn’t go far, it didn’t cost a fortune yet everyone had a great time. Although this weekend’s fun has come to an end, there are many more to come. Cast off those dock lines and rediscover the fun of boating!

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Have plenty of fenders available and four dock lines. Don’t expect other boats to provide them for you. Ask first or be invited before coming alongside another boat. It’s a good idea to have at least one anchor onboard for use in an emergency. If you are anchoring, be sure to let out plenty of rode. Generally a large boat will arrive first, anchor and other boats will tie-up alongside. If there is a large number of boats more than one will need to anchor. When approaching nearby boats, go slow, take wind and weather into account and have someone on board handle lines/fenders and fend off. Secure lines to cleats or other strong points on your boat. They should be tight enough so that the boats are held snugly together with fenders between them to protect both hulls. Be respectful of others, particularly with noise. Zero trash goes overboard - including cigarette butts. Be courteous when crossing other people’s boats. Don’t get so drunk that you fall down comatose on someone else’s deck.

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Southport Shaped by the Water By Geoff Bowlin


f a strategic effort by civic leaders in 1887 had succeeded, the historic boating community of Southport near the mouth of the Cape Fear River might be a major industrial shipping center today. Before that date, the town had been named Smithville for Gen. Benjamin Smith, a Brunswick County resident who became the state’s 16th governor. Town leaders changed the name after the Civil War in an attempt to persuade the N.C. State Ports Authority to locate the state’s main port facility in the town. Instead, it ended up being built 22 miles up the river in Wilmington. “I think we had the better location, being at the mouth, but politically they probably had more clout,” says Randy Jones, Southport director of tourism. “It’s not a bad thing that we didn’t become more of a port town. We’ve been able to save and keep what makes us charming and still be able to grow. Via the roads or the waterway, we’re a destination town. It’s our historic aspect, amenities and quality of life that draw people here.” The Port Authority did purchase a site in the town on which it built North Carolina’s only state-owned marina in 1965. Preston Development Company, the latest holder of the lease on the property, recently completed a two-year total renovation, dredging the basin and rebuilding all of the 200 wet slip docks, boat ramps and shoreside facilities. The new floating Brazilian hardwood docks and dockhouse replaced crumbling concrete docks, which were cleaned up and dumped offshore as a fish habitat. The formerly run-down marina now has a park-like feel with a public boardwalk and grassy areas around the live oaks overlooking the shoreline. Work continues on the boatyard area and two drystack facilities that will store up to 400 boats. While it didn’t get the nod 120 years ago, the Port Authority is

now taking a second look at Southport for a larger facility. The big dreams of those town fathers of yesteryear may yet come to fruition on a 600-acre site upriver on the northern outskirts of town. Plans are progressing for the N.C. International Port, a $2.28 billion automated container terminal expected to be operational by 2017. The costs would include rail improvements, road upgrades to handle more than 4,000 trucks per day, channel deepening and a 4,600-foot-long concrete wharf serving ships carrying up to 12,000 20-foot containers. By 2030, the terminal operations are forecast to support 477,000 jobs statewide and bring in $1.2 billion in annual state and local tax revenues. The proposed start of construction is still six years off, but the community of roughly 3,000 residents has already seen steady growth in recent years. Obviously, big changes are afoot in this small town. As it has since Southport’s beginnings, water will continue to shape the town’s future.

History of Pirates, Forts and Fishing Native Americans lived in the Cape Fear region for centuries, calling it Chicora. Little evidence remains from that time apart from Indian Trail Tree, an 800-year-old live oak adjacent to the Visitor Center, which was reputedly bent as a sapling, forming a primitive signpost pointing toward a trail. Europeans first attempted to settle in the area in the late 1600s, but pirates were the only regular residents for several decades. In 1725, the region finally opened up to settlement with the founding of Brunswick Town on the Cape Fear River. Southport’s strategic location near the mouth of the Cape Fear River was recognized in 1754 with construction of North Carolina’s first fort, Fort Johnson, where the town lies today. The area was

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cut this corner often end up aground on a shoal. Chart 11534 covers this area of the ICW. All area marinas monitor VHF Channel 16. After hailing, follow their directions to switch to a working channel. The only marina within walking distance of downtown is Southport Marina, (910)457-9900. A new 600-foot transient dock and upgraded laundry and shower facilities are available. Services include wireless Internet, a dockhouse store, diesel and gas, a boatyard for boats to 75 tons, and a family restaurant just across the street. Indigo Plantation Marina, (910)457-7380, is located west of town and is the departure point for ferries to Bald Head Island. With no facilities on site, it is geared primarily toward monthly leases, although a transient may dock there in a pinch. Next up is South Harbor Village Marina, (910)454-7486, located on the ICW just east of the bridge to Oak Island. Transients are welcome and amenities include fuel dock, power, water, cable TV, Internet, restrooms and laundry. The highly rated Josephs Italian Bistro and the Village Market & Deli offer convenient dining. The village complex is also the home of Cape Fear Sailing Academy and SailTime Southport. Cape Fear Yacht Club has its modern clubhouse at the entrance. In the shadow of the Oak Island bridge, you’ll find American Fish Company, (910)457-9658, a full-service boatyard with an

occupied by the British Army during the Revolutionary War. A community sprang up around the fort for the fishermen, river pilots and tradesmen who serviced it, and the town was incorporated in 1792. The area was blockaded during the Civil War, but local pilots helped guide blockade runners upriver to the Army of North Virginia.

Navigating into Southport While yet larger shipping traffic may soon be plying the river, the downtown docks and marinas along the Intracoastal Waterway remain the domain of visiting and resident pleasure craft, charter boats, ferries to nearby Bald Head Island and a small commercial fishing fleet. On the ICW at mile marker 309, Southport is located two and a half miles from the mouth of the Cape Fear River. If coming from offshore, use Chart 11537 to navigate the river entrance. The Cape Fear River channel is used by tankers and has swiftly moving tidal flow, so use extreme caution. On your right, you’ll see the entrance to Bald Head Island Marina with the Old Baldy lighthouse behind it. Continuing upstream, you’ll pass a side channel on the left heading toward the Oak Island Coast Guard Station before coming to the ICW intersection leading to Southport, also on your left. Keep north of Green marker “1” before turning west to join the ICW. Those who


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80-ton Travelift. Further west (mile 315) is St. James Plantation Marina, (910)253-0463, which has 155 wet slips and dry stack storage for 320 boats. Transients are welcome with full services and a fuel dock. The HarborSide Marketplace overlooking the marina includes a new branch of Roberts Market (a Wrightsville Beach staple since 1910) which opened this summer stocking groceries. The former ships store is now Waterman’s Outdoor Provisions, showcasing clothing and boating and fishing essentials. Also opened in July was Tommy Thompson’s Grille (named after a local blockade runner) serving lunch, dinner and live entertainment in the tiki bar. Blue Water Point Marina, (910)2781230, is located across the ICW at mile 320 on the west end of Oak Island. Fishing boat charters can be arranged. It has a fuel dock, motel, ship’s store and adjoining restaurant. Entrance depths may less than three feet at low tide, so call for details or enter near high tide. Anchoring is possible in the old yacht basin but space is very limited. Be sure to

keep clear of the channel and docks. The city pier is located to the west side of the basin and its southernmost dock may be available for small boat and dinghy use. Be aware of tidal changes if you do tie up. Dutchman Creek to the west of town is also an anchorage possibility, however it is subject to shoaling so obtain local knowledge before entering. By land, the town may be reached via NC Route 133 and Hwy 87 or by car ferry from Fort Fisher. There is a small airport for private aircraft. For those with trailerable boats, public boat ramps are available at Southport Marina, the Southport-Oak Island wildlife ramp on Fish Factory Road, and on nearby Oak Island. Small boats can

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The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, (800)457-6964, based out of Southport Marina, attracts hundreds of boats making it the largest in the region. The 30th annual event is Oct. 2-4, 2008. The second Saturday in December features the lighted flotilla as part of the Christmas by the Sea Festival. Southport Spring Festival includes art, crafts and a chili cook-off in March. Also in March, boaters unite for the annual blessing of the fleet on the waterfront organized by Cape Fear Yacht Club. The N.C. 4th of July Festival is Southport’s largest annual event with more than

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50,000 people attending. The Waterfront Market, (910)279-4616, brings farmers, bakers and artists to the Garrison House lawn from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Wednesday through Thanksgiving. During the summer, watch a free movie at Garrison House lawn on Bay Street on the second Friday of each month. For sailors, major local regattas include the Bald Head Island Regatta in the spring, the Southport Sailing and Boat Club’s Wooden Boat Race in July, CFYC’s Leukemia Cup in May, and the Yacht Basin Provision Company’s Stede Bonnet Regatta, to be held Oct. 25 this year.

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also explore nearby Boiling Spring Lakes by launching at the boat ramp and dock at Alton Lenon Drive. Big Lake, the largest of 50 natural and man-made lakes in the town, covers 150 acres.

Getting Oriented Ashore Broad streets with Spanish mossdraped live oaks and an assortment of picturesque Victorian architecture comprise Southport’s compact downtown area between the old yacht harbor and Kingsley Park on Bonnet’s Creek. If visiting by land, drop by the Southport-Oak Island

Welcome Center, 4841 Long Beach Rd., (800)457-6964. If you’re staying downtown, visit the Southport Visitor Center, 113 W. Moore St., and pick up one of several maps. To gain an historic perspective, follow the mile-long Southport Trail self-guided walking tour produced by the Southport Historical Society. If you need to jump online, next door to the Visitor Center is the public library. Franklin Square Park, dating to 1792, is a great place to picnic beneath oak trees in the historic center of town, or try the shaded swinging benches and the whittler’s bench in Waterfront Park. Along the walking tour route, you’ll find plenty of restaurants (from seafood and Southern cuisine to coffeehouses and Thai), shops (mostly antiques and gifts), the post office and banks. Howe Street, the town’s main avenue, starts at the Waterfront Park and heads out of town, becoming Southport-Supply Road (Hwy 211), and eventually merging with Hwy 17. Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St., is less than a mile from the waterfront. The NAPA Atlantic Auto and Marine, 721 N. Howe St., has basic boat parts. In 2007, a Boater’s World opened at 5091 Southport-Supply Rd., three miles from the waterfront. Convenience store groceries are available at the EZ Way Grocery, 921 N. Howe St. Otherwise, it’s a 1.2-mile trip to a Walmart Supercenter at 1675 N. Howe St., or 2.5 miles to a Food Lion and Lowes Foods store next to the Boater’s World. For places that are too far to walk, ask at the Visitor Center or your marina about loaner cars or bikes or taxis and rental cars. The Adventure Company, (910)454-0607, has bike rentals as well as kayak rentals if you want to paddle some of the creeks around town.

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Caution: This information is not intended to be used for navigation and, while we strive for accuracy, we cannot accept responsibility for errors. Consult the latest charts, local notices to mariners and other navigational aids and use sound seamanship if you intend to visit a destination by boat. Carolina Currents assumes no liability for damages arising from use of this information.

The city pier overlooks the ICW and Cape Fear River

Things to Do in and Around Southport Visit the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, 116 N. Howe St., (910)4570003, to learn about Cape Fear River area shipping. Open Tuesday-Saturday, free admission. Check for monthly events. Numerous fishing, sailing and other charter boats operate from local marinas. Kayaks and small boats are available for rental. Check Visitor Center for brochures. Visit the Old Smithville Burying Ground on the corner of East Moore and South Rhett. Read the quirky inscriptions and notice the obelisk marker honoring lost river pilots. Many of the markers commemorate seafaring families whose descendants still live here. Recall the region’s piratical history on the banks of Bonnet’s Creek, named for Stede Bonnet, the “gentleman pirate” who repaired his vessel here but was captured in 1718 in the Cape Fear River and was later hanged in Charleston. Stroll the .6-mile River Walk that runs parallel to Bay Street from waterfront parks, around the old yacht basin with its working fishing boats and charter craft, and ends at Southport Marina. Along the way, read historic markers and watch vessels come and go in the ship channel. Also vis-

ible are Bald Head Light, the state’s oldest lighthouse, and Oak Island Light, said to be the most powerful light operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Admire the River Pilot’s Tower, from which pilots were dispatched to aid incoming ships in navigating the Cape Fear River. The present structure replaced an earlier wooden version in the 1940s. Community art galleries include Franklin Square Art Gallery, 130 E. West St., (910)457-5450, in what was originally a school house and served as City Hall until 1978; Southport and Oak Island Senior Citizens Craft Shop and Center, 5918 Oak Island Dr., 910-278-5224; and numerous private galleries. A monthly First Friday Gallery Walk is held 5-7 p.m. Tour Progress Energy’s Visitor Center, highlighting the Brunswick nuclear power plant, located at N.C. 133 at N.C. 87, Southport. Free admission, (910)457-6041. Play a round at one of dozens of nearby golf courses. Visit the Fort Anderson and Brunswick Town State Historic Site, (910)3716613, along the banks of the Cape Fear River in nearby Winnabow. For stage entertainment, check what’s

showing at Brunswick Little Theatre, based at Brunswick Community College. For a day trip, take the ferry to Fort Fisher. The half hour crossing costs $5 for cars and $1 for pedestrians. Visit ncferry. org for schedule. Until the last few months of the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept the port of Wilmington open to blockade runners supplying goods to Robert E. Lee’s army inland. When Fort Fisher fell after a massive Federal assault in January, 1865, its defeat helped seal the fate of the Confederacy. The remains of the fort (the largest earthwork fortification in the south) and museum exhibits can be seen today; While at the fort, visit the neighboring N.C. Aquarium for a recently expanded glimpse of life beneath the waves. Another option for exploration is nearby Bald Head Island, accessible by private boat or ferry, (910)457-5003. Luxurious homes intermingle with maritime forest, marshes and beaches. Beachcombers can also explore Oak Island, which also its own assortment of dining and shopping options.

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D earest SPF, While hardly a fashion maven myself, I do have some definite opinions on appropriate nautical attire. There are a few constants on boats, many having to do with footwear. Always ensure that the soles of your shoes are non-marking. Leaving black smudges on your hosts’ deck is a definite faux pas. For safety’s sake, shy away from heels whilst onboard. When a boat heels over, you’ll want your center of gravity as close to the deck as possible. Likewise, bare feet can be at risk while shuffling around on deck, as there are often hazards waiting to stub one’s toes. Always err on the side of sensible shoes.

Beyond that, as with any social situation, one must consider the tone of the occasion before delving into the depths of one’s hanging locker or closet (or going shopping!). In days of yore, the yachting crowd adopted a sort of uniform for almost all boat outings, complete with brass-buttoned navy blue jackets and crisp white pants for gentlemen and breezy frocks for ladies. Such regalia is now largely relegated to occasional formal yacht club events. However, it might be respectful to adorn oneself with traditional garb for ceremonial nautical gatherings such as an onboard wedding, boat christening or fleet blessing. Even a cockpit cocktail party can provide an opportunity to don one’s shippy outfits. Remember the rule: It’s more difficult to be over dressed than under dressed. Your choice of attire would be quite different for a casual regatta than it would for a fishing trip or a sundowner cruise. If invited out for a run around the marks, for

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ecreational boating is a pastime enjoyed by millions, yet the waters that boaters so love are in jeopardy from pollution, resource mismanagement and misunderstanding. Shining a light on these problems, author Clyde W. Ford has written “Boat Green - 50 Steps Boaters Can Take to Save Our Waters,” a 224-page book providing practical solutions for boaters and everyone concerned about protecting the marine environment. Sections of the book focus on personal steps to take, more environmental ways to operate and maintain your vessel and enjoy the water, and ways to actively help the marine environment through your community. Each of the 50 chapters includes a list of steps to help boaters lessen their impact on the planet. An example is to use biodiesel made from recyled organic cooking oils. It mixes well with regular diesel and decreases greenhouse gases. With zero emission of sulphur compounds, it decreases acid rain.

Any spills biodegrade much quicker. It reduces our reliance on fossil fuels. And it also eliminates the normal diesel odor, replacing it with a cooking smell. The author is well-qualified to describe the benefits of biodiesel, regularly cruising the waters of the Inside Passage in Alaska aboard his single-engine biodiesel trawler. Think pumping your head overboard is no big deal? In 1995, dozens of people in Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland and North Carolina were sickened with a virus after eating raw oysters. According to Ford, the virus was traced back to one individual mariner aboard a commercial oyster boat that disposed of its untreated sewage

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What you can do:

• Keep your engine well-tuned and operating efficiently. • Install an onboard bilge filtration system to remove gas, oil or diesel from bilge water before the automatic pump discharges it. • Don’t rely on the automatic shut-office device when fueling, since marina fuel pumps fill at a faster rate than land-based pumps and often don’t shut off in time. • Use shoreside facilities when you’re at the dock for showers, toilets and laundry. • Install solar panels, wind generators and other renewable power sources. • Use solar power for heating water. • Remain off the grid even when you’re on the dock. • Keep batteries topped up with water and charged to extend their life. When it’s time for new ones, recycle the old ones. • Use non-toxic bottom paints. • Form an environmental committee within your boating club to identify ways to reduce pollution, raise environmental awareness, recycle and recognize members who are committed to helping the local waters. • Adopt a waterway and recruit friends to help keep it clean. • Ask your marina to participate in your state’s Clean Marina program.


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Four Men in a Floating Toy Chest


an a 23-foot trailerable sailboat comfortably and safely handle four grown gear junkies for a weekend kayaking and surfing trip? Last year, three buddies and I took advantage of unseasonably warm weather to take our “spring” surfing and paddling trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore the week after Christmas. We were eager to try old hobbies with a new twist: we’d be aboard my San Juan 23, Willie Juan. The plan began with three guys, but a fourth friend decided to tag along at the last minute, so we divided the cabin space into quarters and started a strict policy of space management. Taking our toys along was a challenge. Space is always tight and securing gear so the boat remains safe and functional is almost an art form. We lashed two small Liquid Logic whitewater kayaks at the bow. We secured the 9-foot surfboard to the lifelines on the starboard side just forward of the beam, using foam on hard surfaces to protect it from abrasion. Kayak paddles were secured to the deck, and any available line or surface that could take a clip was used as a clothesline for drying gear and clothing. We also stowed a pile of camping gear and plenty of electronic gadgets. When the house batteries failed not far into the trip, we still had several handheld GPS units, VHF radios, a laptop for weather reports and movies, and an iPod for tunes. With the dinghy in tow, we departed Beaufort, N.C., by 4 p.m., motoring against a strong ebb tide along Taylor’s Creek. I couldn’t guess the boat’s displacement, but

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the 9.9 hp motor didn’t push the boat with its usual “umph.” We opted to head for the protected waters behind Shackleford Banks to anchor and make the trip to Cape Lookout the next morning. With a centerboard that retracts into a stub keel so you have the choice of a 2-foot or a 5-foot draft, the San Juan is perfect for most coastal waters, but we still found the bottom repeatedly. Just before sunset, the dinghy overtook the sailboat indicating that we had no forward momentum.

bright pinkish-red face, belly and chest in combo with his psychedelic boxers provided entertaining theatrics that proved to be the norm for the trip. The next day one of my compadres struggled with seasickness, so we diverted to Harkers Island in search of a store. We grounded just before the marina entrance. This time it was a two-person job to free the boat. We docked and quickly loaded up with snacks and medicine. We could finally head for Cape Lookout. With a brisk tail wind and a slack tide, we were at the south end of Core Banks by midday. The anchorage is large enough to accommodate numerous boats in the usually very clear water. The area has a rich history of shipwrecks, whaling, commercial fishing, old forts, German U-boats, marine wildlife, hurricanes and all things nautical. The lighthouse towers above the beautiful landscape, reminding us of how adventurous life can be on and around the ocean. The anchorages in the bight are deep and close to shore. We set the hook and went ashore to explore the beach. The tip of the Cape primarily points south giving you either an eastern or western swell. Theoretically, this is great for ocean kayaks or surfboards because there is a good chance you will always have a surf option. We decided to take it easy and delay the surfing action until day three. It was a rough night at anchor. I only had 165 feet of anchor line and wished I had 50 more. Knowing I was responsible for the safety of boat and crew, I didn’t drop off to sleep until 5 a.m. after things started to calm and I was confident that

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One of our valiant crew, Dave, stripped to his boxers and jumped into the 50degree water. I expected this to be a two- or three-man task, but Dave had no problem freeing the boat. We soon had forward motion with the ebb tide preventing me from stalling the boat for Dave. He had to catch the dinghy as we skirted the shoal’s edge at minimum speed. Dave’s

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Willie Juan was secure. I was surprised the next morning to learn that most of the crew had slept soundly all night. Hoping this was going to be a perfect day to spend on the waves, we pulled up anchor and headed for the lighthouse. I wish I could issue a great surf report, but the water temps were in the low 50s and the waves were choppy. We did get a brief time in the water, but the word from other boaters had us concerned about a front moving in that afternoon. You must be vigilant about weather watching on Cape Lookout, as the bight is far enough from the mainland that it sometimes has a completely unique weather environment. The front was supposed to be upon us by 4:30 p.m., so we needed to be on our way back to Beaufort by mid-afternoon. With favorable tides, we made record time to Taylor’s Creek. Just as we were getting the boat on the trailer, the storms finally arrived. Timing is everything. Using the San Juan 23 as a platform to keep us comfortable and truck our stuff to the Cape was deemed hugely successful. Even with limited use of our gear, we still felt as if we were living large. We would drink cold beverages and watch a nautical movie every night. Several meals required the entire crew working together with the cockpit barbecue grilling chicken, the camp stove on a cockpit settee heating sauces and side dishes, and the cabin stove cooking pasta. This was a luxury we could only dream about on previous wilderness outings. I would have to define the trip as a new category of comfortable adventure - not too posh and not too primitive. In the words of Goldilocks, this trip was just right.

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Charity Regattas Provide a Cause for Fun

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ooking for a good excuse to participate In May, Hospice and Palliative Care Lake in a bit of competitive mark rounding? Norman hosted the 8th Annual Lake NorTry racing for a cause during one of several man Hospice Regatta and Party, raising annual benefit regattas. Entrants also get more than $60,000 to support the mission to compete in raising funds for worthy of improving the quality of life for those charities. with life-limiting and terminal illnesses in a The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society nine-county region. is the beneficiary of the Leukemia Cup A new fundraising event was scheduled Regatta hosted by the Savannah Yacht to take place Aug. 22-23, hosted by the PasClub on Sept. 20 and held at Charleston quotank River Yacht Club in Elizabeth City. Harbor and Gaillard Expo Hall on Oct. 4. The The first Arch Farmer-Albemarle Hospice 12th annual Charleston event is dedicated Regatta benefits the Albemarle Hospice. to local sailor David Hewitt who lost his Participants were to race in cruising, spinbattle with multiple myeloma in January. naker and non-spin classes. As the newest Under national chair Gary Jobson, some of the 23 National Hospice Regatta Alliance 11,000 sailors raised more than $3.5 milraces, the winner will be invited to race in lion at 43 Leukemia Cup Regattas in 2007, the National Hospice Regatta Championbringing the overall campaign results to ship in Annapolis in the Spring. more than $23 million since the first LeukeAnother great charity event is the mia Cup in 1988. annual Pirates on the Pungo Regatta. This In its 2008 Leukemia Cup held in May, year’s event in July drew a record crowd of the Cape Fear Yacht Club in Southport 19 sailing dinghies and 21 larger sailboats bested its $16,000 goal, raising more than raising more than $16,000 for the Pungo $17,673. Top fundraisers were Kent Mitchell District Hospital in Belhaven. with $3,750, Patrick and Ann Patton with Shakedown’s crew jumps into $2,675 and Brian Hennessey with $2,398. action on the Pungo The Western Carolina Sailing Club rolls out its annual Hospice Regatta Oct. 17-19 to support Hospice of the Upstate. Last year the event raised more than $20,000.

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World Class Etchells Racers Come to NC CHICAGO, Ill. - Jud Smith, a 30-year veteran of Etchells racing, finished in the top 10 in three out of six races en route to a third place overall finish at the 2008 Etchells World Championship held on Lake Michigan in June. The Oriental Dinghy Club member was joined by regular crewmate Henry Frazer of Oriental, N.C., and James Porter of Rhode Island. Many top Etchells sailors will be heading for Coastal North Carolina Oct. 24-26 when the River Dunes community just outside of Oriental hosts the 2008 Etchells Class Atlantic Coast Championship. The event will be based out of Grace Harbor with races taking place on the Pamlico Sound near Gum Thicket Shoal.

Fall Racing Calendar South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc., AUGUST 2008 30,31 Labor Day Regatta LNYC

SEPT 2008 6-7 Cat Fest Catamarans LNYC 6-7 Old Goat Thistle Regatta LLSC 13-14 Battle of Atlanta Snipes LLSC 18-21 Melges 24 Nationals ChYC 20-21 Board Bash LNYC 20 Leukemia Cup PHRF SYC 21 Wassaw Cup PHRF SYC 20-21 Gone with the Wind Regatta LLSC 27-28 D-12 Champ Series Lasers CSC-SC 27-28 Around Paris Island Sunfish BYSC OCT 2008 4 Charleston Leukemia Cup Regatta 4-5 Old Salty Thistles LNYC 4-5 Alt. Cup Lightnings LLSC 11-12 Halloween Regatta ASC 11-12 No Coast Laser Champ. LLSC 11-12 Beers Memorial Reg. Y-flyer AYC 17-19 Hospice Regatta WCSC 18-19 Calibogue Cup PHRF YCHHI 18-19 D-12 Champ. Lasers CYC-SC Club Abbreviations

ASC Augusts Sailing Club AYC Atlanta Yacht Club BSC Blackbeard Sailing Club BYSC Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club CFYC Cape Fear Yacht Club ChYC Charleston Yacht Club CSC-NC Carolina Sailing Club

18-19 Pipers Highlanders LNYC 18-19 Sailboard Fall Classic LLSC 25-26 Turkey Shoot Regatta KSC 25-26 Carolina Ocean Challenge SCYC 25-26 Borderline Lightnings 25-26 Midlands Regatta Open CSC-SC 25-26 Halloween Regatta LLSC 25-26 Halloween Snipe AYC Neuse Yacht Racing Assoc.,

Aug 30-31 Oar Regatta FHYC Sep 6-7 Ensign Invitational Regatta ODC Sep 13-14 Blackbeard Regatta BSC Sep 13-14 Carolinas J24 Champ ODC Sep 20 Women’s Regatta NYRA Oct 4 Neuse Solo Race ODC Oct 18 Greens Creek Regatta ODC Oct 25 Halloween/Winter Race 1 NYRA

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Moth Boats to Sail in 20th EC Event ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The 20th annual Classic Moth Boat Regatta will be held Sept. 20, hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle. Jeff Linton of Tampa, Fla., won last year’s race, which is the national championship for the small, fast, singlehanded racing sailboats designed in 1929 by Joel Van Sant in Elizabeth City. While the Classic Moth Boat is the main event of the day’s races, other small boats are welcome to participate including Sunfish, Hamptons, Buccaneers and Flying Scott. Registration

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hen I was last active in regattas in the early ‘80s, my crew consisted of my wife and the wives of four other racing skippers. The “other” women aboard liked to race, but not with their Captain Bligh husbands. My 30-footer Anticipation didn’t win races, but we had more fun than should be allowed and took our share of third places. The Neuse River race schedule would be two regattas in a good month. When the flag dropped for a race, you could expect as many as 50 to 150 boats to cross the line. Today, any given club regatta is lucky to have 20 yachts participate, despite big growth in the numbers of marinas and boats in the intervening decades. What went wrong? I think the number of regattas held in the region is intimidating. Every weekend there are one, two, even three regattas taking place. Entrance fees can range from $35 to $150 or more, and you get little except the right to sail, a dinner (maybe) and a possible cocktail party. In the ‘80s, you got bang for your buck. My favorite was the Michelob Cup, which started at Oriental and ended at Northwest Creek or New Bern. Everyone joined in and you got real entertainment for your entrance fee: a pre-race cocktail party, a bag stuffed with goodies including a T-shirt or two, a long, fun race without the worry of an Olympic style course and, at day’s end, a meal fit for any crew (you even got to keep your commemorative dinner plate!) followed by a band and dancing. Today, we see regatta after regatta designed for the racing enthusiast with little attention to the true cruising class. Consider two very different races recently held on the Neuse.

Challenging Courses The First Citizens Cup got under way from Blackbeard Marina at 19:59 - the time of the summer solstice. Spinnaker class had a long route to sail from

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Marker 17 to the Neuse River mark and back, while the non-performance rigs made their turn home at the Garbacon Shoal mark. Throughout the long moonless night, winds varied from calm to a howling 10 to 12 knots. The race tested the crews’ ability to keep boats moving under very light conditions, chart plotting to take advantage of wind conditions and strategic use of the river current. Perhaps the most interesting factor was the navigational skill required in the pitch black. The entrance fee was a modest $35, with a small snack party after the race. Eighteen boats participated, and I believe every captain and crewmember learned something that night. Whether you’re a full-fledged racer or an honest to goodness cruiser, this is a race you want to consider next year.

Old-Fashioned Fun Hancock Yacht Club Regatta, one of the oldest on the river, provided participants with a shade of the ‘80s. The fun began Friday night before the race with a hamburger cookout and a keg of beer to cool the throat. Your hard earned $55 entry fee also got you two T-shirts, dinner Saturday night, ice, sandwiches for Sunday’s race, and a nice trophy to display on your mantle if you won. True, HYC sails the triangle course, which lends itself more to the dedicated racer, but this year they had more boats in the cruising class than the spinnaker and performance classes. Consider Consolidation Perhaps the adage, “more is not necessarily better,” might be considered for future regattas. Events such as the longdistance night race might capture the imagination of skippers and crews interested in more than flying a spinnaker. What if clubs teamed up to sponsor really special events, not unlike those in past years that many blow boaters remember? These regattas could be more like the HYC Regatta, only larger. With the price of fuel and the fact that most of us now have to tighten the money belt, the 2009 sailing season might be a good time to consolidate our regattas into really special events that every sailor can enjoy. Editor’s Note: Dave is a member of Hancock Yacht Club

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Spirit’s Summer Adventures EDITOR’S NOTE: Spirit of South Carolina spent its first summer as the state’s ambassador on a trip north, breaking in the crew, providing adventures for dozens of guests and giving tours to thousands. The 140-foot wooden tall ship was fully tested, sailing under all conditions, participating in tall ship parades, being struck by lightning and serving as a link to the historic age of sail. The following story was compiled from ship reports posted along the way.


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fter departing Charleston in early June, Spirit with its regular crew of nine participated in the Norfolk Harborfest including the dramatic parade of sail among more than 100 Naval vessels, workboats, pleasure craft and other tall ships. Next they spent a few days in Washington, D.C. “Though this summer’s journey has just begun it has been inspiring to see that people outside of South Carolina are just as excited about the ship as everyone in South Carolina,” wrote Beth Spencer, head shipboard educator. They continued up the coast, transiting the C&D Canal to return to the Atlantic, visiting New York City and then Maine to join Boothbay Harbor’s Windjammer Days festival, with more than a dozen schooners anchored in the historic harbor. On June 29, the ship took 13 students aboard for its inaugural Spirit Ocean Adventure program. The group spotted seals and a whale on their first day at sea while the crew put them through a rigorous training program. During their time aboard, students learned about anchoring,

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From there, it was on to Newport, R.I., to docking, knots, geography, marlinespike seamanship, marine mammals, navigational pick up a dozen new passengers, mostly from South Carolina. aids, celestial navigation and ship types. On July 27, Spirit was off the east coast “During our watch, we reached the of Block Island sailing in heavy weather boat’s fastest speed ever of 11.8 knots!” mode with everything battened down and reported student Caroline Ravenel. the passengers below deck when crisis On Independence Day, the Spirit crew struck. “We had lightning all around us and fired a cannon salute and enjoyed ice cream all of a sudden there was a big, bright blast while watching nearby fireworks. and I knew it had hit the ship,” Capt. Tony The crew navigated through fogbanks, collected mussels for dinner and swam in Arrow reported. “We lost radios, GPS and what student Elliott engines, but thankfully Mooney described were well prepared for … there was a big, as “the coldest water situation with a bright blast and I knew the ever!” handheld GPS, hand“This morning, we held VHF radio and it had hit the ship. sailed off the hook mobile phones.” and then it dawned on us, we’re not going Following the blow, the crew found home ever!” wrote student Johnson Bayne. that the ship’s wooden hull appeared to be “It is too awesome (sorry parents!). We saw uncompromised. They immediately called a four whales, a turtle and a harbor porpoise.” pan-pan message to the U.S. Coast Guard, When the two-week program wrapped which sent a vessel to standby overnight. up, Spencer reported “The attitude aboard The next day the passengers were was a combination of sadness and excitetransferred off Spirit, as it was the planned ment. Everyone was excited to get their end of their voyage. Coincidentally, the cell phones and iPods back, exchanging ship was already due to return to Newport numbers and emails with rapid succession. Shipyard for a scheduled maintenance At the same time, it was obvious that no period. Arrow added a thorough assessone really wanted to leave the ship.” ment of repercussions of the lightning Spirit sailed on to Massachusetts to strike to his punch list. participate in the first Merrimack River Spirit will return to Charleston on Maritime Festival July 18-21 along with or about Oct. 4 for its Sea Spray Scouts two other tall ships. More than 5,000 day sail program. Other events include an people toured the vessel during the event. Open Ship Community Day on Oct. 5, the Captain’s Cup Golf Tournament on Oct. 7, and The Spirit Ball on Oct. 11. The Spirit of South Carolina is a project of the S.C. Maritime Foundation, offering a unique educational platform for the youth of the Palmetto State.

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don’t know how you came to own a boat but I drifted into sailing without a plan or purpose. Any wind is the right wind for the man who does not know where he’s headed, and when I swerved into my first boat show I was buffeted by conflicting facts and fads. Like some nautical neophyte tripping over dock lines and trailer hitches I was easy prey for the barracudas in blue blazers. They exploited my enthusiasm and ignorance and were helped, I suppose, by my mistaken belief that I could steer a sailboat towards some fixed point across a body of water by means of a wooden tiller and soiled sails. I had no previous experience, mind you, but I was encouraged to hear from my salesman that most people profit from their mistakes. I now know that there is no profit in used mistakes and new ones are heavily discounted. I bought a boat, anyway. It was a small thing. It was old and leaked and rested on the fractured frame of a rickety trailer outfitted with two flat tires. I could’ve bought a newer, nicer, dryer small sailboat but I figured I was just going to break the darn thing anyway so why not save money and get one that was already trashed? I chose New Bern, N.C. as my homeport, partly because of its historic importance, but mostly because it had a

boat ramp. A few months after I’d launched the boat and parked it at Duck Creek Marina, my oldest son and I headed over for a winter sail. It was February but the temperature was in the 70s and I couldn’t wait to get on the water. On the dock I had a whole stack of stuff that I was loading onto the boat to make our passage down to Broad Creek memorable. Cold cuts, chips, Cheerios and bottled water. My son was four at the time.

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clearing the chasm. Before my final flight, I turned back to my son and told him to sit tight, that I’d be right back for him. He picked his nose, nodding. I grabbed the motor by its handle and jumped aboard. Well, almost. It never occurred to me that a 50-pound outboard would reduce my hang time. I was in the frigid water before I could catch my breath. I hit bottom and sank into mud, still holding the handle of the motor. I recall thinking, “this is an expensive outboard and I don’t want to lose it.” I finally let go and erupted like a whale. I locked my arms around the dock piling, cutting my hands and forearms on the barnacles. When the cuts and cold finally gained an advantage over fatigue, I crawled up and flopped down on the dock. “Daddy, are you ok?” my son asked. I looked over and nodded. “You didn’t see a snake, did you?” After an hour of sitting naked in the car with the heater on full, I’d finally warmed enough to put on my wet clothes and go fish for my motor. I took two boat hooks and some anchor chain and managed to snag it. I don’t know what brand of outboard you prefer, but I can only say kind words about Nissan. That waterlogged motor fired on the second pull. I put my son aboard and we went sailing. That afternoon sailing on the Neuse remains one of my fondest boating memories. We had the river to ourselves, just enough wind to drive us and a warm winter sun on our shoulders. The cold cuts were fresh, my clothes eventually dried and I remember the smile on my son’s face as I gave him the tiller and told him to drive. I recount that story because some weeks ago I met my son in Nicaragua’s San Juan Del Sur to go surfing. Friends and family warned me to be careful, that it’s risky to travel to Central America without a clear plan, place to stay, bodyguard or firm grasp of the language... As if a lack of preparation has ever stopped me from finding adventure! But I wasn’t worried. I’d trained my son well. I knew if I got into trouble he’d be right beside me watching for snakes - and any other foolish trouble I might find.

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Hurricane Hugo struck the South Carolina coast on the night of Sept. 21-22 in 1989. It was the worst hurricane to batter the state since 1872 and the strongest to strike the U.S. coast in 20 years. Island in the Storm focuses on the impact of the Category 4 storm on Sullivan’s Island, which was crossed by Hugo’s eye wall. None of the 923 buildings on the island escaped damage and more than 60 were totally destroyed. The cover photo of this book shows the Ben Sawyer Bridge (ICW mile marker 462) after Hurricane Hugo. The chief of police was the last to cross it in his car, seconds before one end of it plunged into the water. With such anecdotes including chapters about the island, the storm, the damage,

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Lessons Learned from Hugo include: • Evacuate, and get out early • Get advice on preparation from S.C. Emergency Management Division’s Hurricane Guide, (For N.C. visit, and for boats in general go to • Keep informed of hurricane threats form the National Hurricane Center, • Check insurance policies have sufficient coverage for fire, wind and buy flood insurance if you live in a flood plain • Store safe copies of important financial information, documentation and family photographs, for example on a flash drive • Document your property with photographs, keeping a copy in a safe place away from your home

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Casting About No More Floundering About For Flatfish


lounder have spent all summer surprise attacking bait fish in the inland waters. Soon, all plumped up, the popular table fish will migrate to deeper water. But there’s still time to put one of these tasty flatfish on your plate. A great way to get started if you want to know how the pros go after them, is to nab a copy of Keith Kaufman’s 256-page book “Flounder Fishing Tactics and Techniques” published by Geared Up Publications. Tackle, tactics, and techniques of the doormat masters are just a few of the secrets exposed via dozens of diagrams, pictures and illustrations making it easy to understand how and where to specifically target flatfish.

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With their eyes migrated to one side of their head, flounder (known as “fluke” to northerners) normally lie partially buried on the bottom around structure, waiting for prey to swim past. They then burst forth to nab their meal - or your bait or lure. After what can be a fun fight, landing a big flounder yields a meal of flaky white fish. But flounder aren’t just a popular meal for people. “In years past, when chopper bluefish blitzed the surf along North Carolina’s Outer Banks each fall, they would chase flounder, speckled trout and other species right up onto the beach,” Kaufman writes. “It was possible to walk down the beach and pick up flounder and trout that swam ashore in attempts to avoid gator blues and their menacing jaws of death.” While found from Canada to Florida, Kaufman says the Carolinas are prime flounder hunting grounds with “hotspots that will produce flounder galore.” With 56

Kaufman’s Top Flounder Tips • There is an incredibly long list of bait on the flounder menu: minnows, silversides, menhaden, eels, shrimp, worms, blue crabs, sand dollars, sand fleas, spot, small bluefish, small sea trout and more. Fluttering strip baits that are six to 10 inches long will be attacked by hungry flounder. “Big baits for big fish” is especially true when it comes to catching doormat flounder. • A two-hook high/low or top/bottom rig presents one bait just above the bottom and another about two feet above it. To a flounder it appears as if a small school of bait is passing overhead or one baitfish is chasing another. • Use enough weight to get your bait to the bottom. If you’re drifting, you should 38 Carolina Currents September/October 2008

feel the sinker occasionally striking the bottom. • With a conventional reel, leave the reel disengaged and control the spool with your thumb. If you set the hook the moment you feel the bite, you’ll probably come up empty. Instead, whether it’s a jolting strike or you simply detect extra weight on the end of the line, you should immediately lift your thumb. The flounder will clamp down to injure its prey for a few seconds, then move it farther back in its mouth. That’s when you set the hook. • Flounder are usually bunched up tight, so it’s important to mark the spot where a big fish is hooked with a GPS or homemade marker buoy so you can return for more action after you finish your fight.

pages of descriptions and chartlets starting in New York to the north, he pinpoints many such spots. South Carolina anglers will be disappointed that his coverage ends with North Carolina to the south, but the tips and techniques in the book should work just as well there. “Lots of fluke are caught each season by anglers in small, 14- and 16-foot aluminum and wooden boats that don’t break the family budget to own,” writes Kaufman, who was the managing editor of The Fisherman magazine for over a decade, and is currently a field editor for both Chesapeake Angler and The Fisherman magazines. “And even if boat ownership is out of the question, small skiffs like these are quite often available for rent in marinas near flounder hot spots, and are inexpensive to rent. They’re perfect for drifting back bays, tidal creeks and canals, which are often very productive locations.” Flounder season starts in spring and lasts through the fall months when the species begins to migrate to deeper offshore water, spawning along the way in water that’s 60 to 160 feet deep and between 53 and 66 degrees. Once you’ve used the book’s tips to set up your rig, locate the fish and reel them in, it goes on to describe how to fillet them and concludes with a few scrumptious recipes from chef David Haines. We’ve included a Flounder recipe on p. 41

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Snapper/Grouper Protections Proposed The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed on July 16 establishing five areas off the Carolina/Georgia coasts where it would be illegal to fish for or keep snapper or grouper. Three other Marine Protected Areas would be established off the Florida coast. The prohibition on possession in the eight MPAs would not apply to a person aboard a vessel that is in transit through the federal waters with fishing gear appropriately stowed. The use of shark bottom longline gear would also be prohibited within the MPAs, but other types of legal fishing would be allowed.

Selected Area Fishing Events

October 2008 2-4 30th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Southport, NC. Over $100,000 in prizes. Entertainment, food, fishing tournament. Southport-Oak Island

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S.C. Dolphin Record Broken CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Saltwater Game Fish State Record for dolphin was dismantled on July 24 by angler Ryan Riggs, 22, of Wando, with a 77.5-pound, 65-inch catch while fishing in the Bohicket Marina Invitational Billfish Tournament. The new record breaks the previous 14-year-old dolphin record by 3.2 pounds. Riggs caught the dolphin while fishing in the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series on the boat Daymaker owned by Mark Daniels and captained by Jay Weaver. Saltwater Game Fish State Record program coordinator and S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series tournament coordinator Amy Dukes verified the new state record as the fish was weighed-in at the Bohicket Marina Series tournament. After releasing seven sailfish for 1400 points, Daymaker took top honors at the tournament. The Boating and Waterfront Magazine

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New N.C. Striped Bass Rules Enforced RALEIGH, N.C. - Two new regulations affecting striped bass anglers fishing in eastern North Carolina rivers went into effect July 1. The rules, developed jointly by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, are designed to conserve spawning stock by reducing harvest and catch-and-release mortality. The first regulation prohibits the harvest of striped bass in the inland and joint fishing waters of the Cape Fear River and its tributaries year-round. The second regulation reduces the daily creel limit to two fish, prohibits harvest of fish between 22 and 27 inches in length and establishes an Oct. 1-April 30 harvest period for the inland and joint fishing waters of the TarPamlico, Neuse and Pungo rivers and other rivers and waters in the Coastal Plain, except the Roanoke River/Albermarle Sound striped bass management area and the Cape Fear River. Electrofishing surveys conducted in the Neuse, Tar and Cape Fear rivers indicate that fishing mortality in these waters has greatly exceeded the rate necessary for population growth and sustainability, and striped bass populations are well below their potential.

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CSS Neuse Provides Glimpse Into Murky Waters


INSTON, N.C. - In 1862, construction began on CSS Neuse, one of 22 ironclad gunboats commissioned by the Confederate Navy. The 158-foot, twin screwed steamer had a width of 34 feet and a flat bottom for a barge-like appearance. In 1863, it was floated 20-miles from the secret yard in Whitehall (present-day Seven Springs) to Kinston for fitting out. Iron train tracks from Kinston to New The starboard propeller with Arnie Wiggins, one of the ship’s workers

Bern (then held by Union forces) were pulled up and rolled into plate for armor. The props and shafts were fabricated in Charlotte. The boiler is believed to have come from a steam locomotive and the engine came from a New Bern saw mill. Although the Neuse never received all of its intended plating, it steamed down river in late April 1864 to join an attack on New Bern. But the gunboat ran hard aground on a sandbar less than a mile outside of Kinston. A heavy rain in May re-floated the ship, and it returned to its mooring at the foot of King Street. Lack of troop support and low water idled the vessel until March 1865 when the gunboat shelled the Union troops advancing on Kinston - the only action the ship ever saw. Capt. Joseph H. Price then ordered his men to set fire to the vessel to prevent capture. After an explosion at its bow, the Neuse settled into the muddy river for which it was named until the state

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recovered its remains in 1963. It now rests at Kinston’s Caswell-Neuse N.C. Historic Site, but plans are in the works for a new museum to house the remains along with 8,000 artifacts. Meanwhile, a group of maritime history enthusiasts, spurred by local businessman Ted Sampley, have spent the past six years building a full-scale replica of the vessel. Expected to be completed this summer, CSS Neuse II will serve as a platform for re-enactments and tours. While volunteers built it under the direction of master boat builder Alton Stapleford, there are no plans to launch the vessel. When the new museum is built, visitors will be able to view the original CSS Neuse, then walk a block (or about 143 years back in time) to explore CSS Neuse II. For more information on CSS Neuse, visit For more about CSS Neuse II, visit

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Prepare for Boarding!


you a written warning, outlining your vessel’s deficiencies. In most cases, the scope of the vessel inspection focuses on determining the vessel’s regulatory status. That is, whether you are operating a commercial, recreational, passenger, cargo or fishing vessel. They will check your compliance with U.S. civil law applicable to vessels of that status. The boarding team may also enforce U.S. criminal laws. If you are boarded, it is a lot easier for



ave you ever read Section 89 of Title 14 of the United States Code? Of course you haven’t! But you might be interested to know that Section 89 authorizes the Coast Guard to board your vessel. A USCG boarding team, headed by a boarding officer, may board your boat to make inquiries, examinations, inspections, searches, seizures and arrests (not that any of you would do anything to be arrested). For the most part, unless the boarding team has reason to suspect that you are engaged in something unlawful, they are there to promote safe boating and boating education. Their inspections generally end up with the vessel owner having a clearer idea of the safety equipment requirements and safe operating procedures. In the event that your vessel is the subject of a boarding, a uniformed boarding team will notify you that they are coming aboard to conduct a USCG boarding. Those folks are law enforcement officers and will be armed. Their first act, once aboard, will be to conduct an initial safety inspection. They will ascertain whether you have the required safety equipment: life jackets, signal device, etc. The boarding officer will also examine your vessel’s registration or documentation papers. In the event that your vessel is deficient in its documentation or safety equipment, the boarding officer will issue

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both you and the boarding team if you are polite and cooperative. If your behavior is otherwise, aside from the process becoming unpleasant, it may get more complicated and lengthy. Remember, active duty Coast Guard personnel are just people trying to do a job. In advance of a Coast Guard inspection, you can prepare yourself by keeping a checklist of the requirements for your

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Recipes Courtesy of NC Dept. Agriculture

Baked Flounder

1 whole flounder (medium to large) Salt and pepper to taste 3 to 4 slices bacon 1 large onion 2 tablespoons flour 2 to 3 large potatoes

Score, salt, and pepper flounder and place in 9×13-inch baking pan. Fry bacon in a skillet. Extra oil may be needed. Add flour to drippings and brown. Add water to make a medium gravy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pare and slice onions and potatoes. Place over fish. Pour gravy over fish, onions and potatoes. Bake at 400 to 425 degrees for one hour. Baste occasionally.

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vessel. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer organization, publishes literature that outlines those requirements. Their printed information includes much more than just requirements for safety equipment. It is readily available in all areas where there is boating activity. The Coast Guard has an extensive presence on the Internet. Their home page ( has links to just about everything that you could need to know about boating, including: • How to learn about boating safety classes • Use of radios and EPIRBs (emergency position indicating radio beacon) • Where to get a copy of the Navigation Rules • Information on installation of alcohol and propane stoves • How to request a Courtesy Marine Inspection on a recreational vessel • How to request a voluntary commercial fishing vessel safety examination. If you are prepared and informed, a U.S. Coast Guard boarding will be a routine and positive thing. Consider it a reminder about how to keep your family safe on the water. Captain Larry Walker is the president of World Wide Marine Training, Inc., a U.S. Coast Guard Approved facility authorized to give examinations for captain’s licenses.

Flounder, Mullet, Spot and Spanish Mackerel come into high season in the fall, while Blue Crab is still plentiful.

Broiled Spanish Mackerel

1 whole Spanish mackerel (about 3 pounds) 1 cup ketchup Juice of 1 lemon 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 5 tablespoons butter

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in roasting pan on top of stove while rubbing salt on and in cavity of fish. Place fish in roasting pan and cook at medium heat until slightly browned on bottom. While fish is browning, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire, 2 tablespoons butter, and lemon juice. Pour over top of fish and place in 350 degree oven; cook until fish is tender. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley sprigs. September/October 2008 Carolina Currents 41


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Time Differences: Masonboro Inlet, N.C.-St. Marys, Ga. Location

Masonboro Inlet Bald Head Southport Lockwoods Folly Inlet Shallotte Inlet (Bowen Point) Little River (town), ICW North Myrtle Beach, ICW Myrtle Beach, Comb Brdg, ICW


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Bought new by the current owner, this pocket cruiser is in pristine This is a beautifully constructed boat that has a condition and has been extremely well maintained. The bilge has and-alone reputation. A one owner boat, she has deficiencies and is in “as-new� condition. Access to never had any water in it, and this is reflected in the cleanliness uipment, plumbing and fittings is exceptional, and of the engine room. Everything works, and the owner has never had any failure of any system. He has kept meticulous records of estament to the attention to detail that is paid by everything. The owner has done some custom woodwork that far manufacturer. TRANSFERABLE HULL WARRANTY!!!! exceeds the average interior of a production boat.

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2001 Hunter 420. Professionally maintained with every conceivable option including SSB with computer modem. Custom SS rails replacing lifelines. Two to chose from. Deaton Yacht Sales in Oriental, NC. Toll Free 877-267-6216.

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31’ Pacific Seacraft 31 Cutter Proven cruiser. One owner, located in Oriental, NC. To see this boat or request more information please call Simon Whitehead, broker, at Morehead Yacht Sales. Office: (252) 726-6862 or Cell (252) 675-7363. c D S a t d o S E-Mail: T n e

PEACEFUL WATERFRONT LOT WITH MANY POSSIBLITIES 2 acre waterfront lot just off the Pamlico on a large creek. Small Pier and septic in place. Can Subdivide into at least two lots. Multiple slip pier possible.


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1978-2008 30 years of building Custom Cruising and Racing


in Beaufort, NC Complete Marine Canvas & Upholstery 4315 Deer Creek Lane Wilmington, NC 28405


CHRIS PATTERSON Phone 910-791-5353 Fax 910-791-1549

American Fish Company Full Service Boatyard 80-Ton Marine Travelift • • • •

Boat hauling 8- day service In and out in a day Painting and cleaning

910-457-9658 Oak Island Bridge On ICW next to South Harbor Marina

PO Box 11046, Southport, NC 28461 30th


CALL FOR A QUOTE 800 533 3082

Beta Marine US Ltd PO Box 5 Arapahoe, NC 28510 877-227-2473 252-249-2473

Model shown BD1005 - 28HP Dealer Inquiries Welcome

SUPERB PROPULSION ENGINES including our famous Atomic 4 replacements. 10 to 90hp all KUBOTA powered.

October 2-4

Southport Marina, Southport, NC

Over $100,000 CA$H • Guaranteed Prize Structure • Entertainment & Food

• Checkouts - Little River, SC Wrightsville, Lockwoods Folly, Cape Fear River


New and quality used marine equipment sold on consignment

We can turn your marine items into CASH!


708 Broad St. ~ P.O. Box 814 Oriental, NC 28571

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★ “Rugged and Practical, Simple and Sensible”

To Get Started, Contact: North Carolina:

Mobile East Marine 13398 Hwy 55 E. Alliance, NC 28509 252-745-5615 phone

South Carolina: BoatLine

2431 Savannah Hwy. Charleston, SC 29414 843-852-9111 phone

Sep/Oct 2008 - Carolina Currents  

The Boating and Waterfront Magazine