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First Anniversary Issue Dedicated to John T. Beresford newspaper photographer to web programmer. I transitioned from newspaper reporter to editor, then tried public relations before setting off for a few years of cruising and freelance writing along the way. ohn T. Beresford, our website developer When Jo and I married in 2002, John and host, wasn’t a great boater. He briefly gave us the gift of a website so we could owned a Laser sailboat but sold it after share our cruising adventures with our a few lessons, deciding that a boat with friends and family back home (www. a small cabin would be better suited to SeaSpell.net). And John was among the spending weekends on the lake near his few friends who did more than express Oklahoma home. That was to be a stepenvy. He came out to share pingstone to larger boats in John in Anguilla our adventures in Texas, St. bigger waters. Martin and Trinidad. But John never will When we settled back live that dream. On Oct. ashore and launched this 6, 2007, he died. When we magazine, John didn’t hesihadn’t heard from him in a tate to jump aboard again. couple of weeks we became From his home in Oklahoconcerned. We knew he was ma, he built our web edition supposed to have been on from nothing and expected vacation in Texas, but a few nothing, happy to wait for phone calls revealed that his cut whenever the venture he’d never made it. Authoriturned profitable. He didn’t ties found him at his home wait long enough. and took him to the hospital, but he only While John never logged many miles lasted a few days. Since he worked alone under his keel, he was passionate about in his home, it was hard to know what sailing. He loved the dream of the rolling happened. sea more than the reality. Sailors of old John was the key force behind the once spoke of a mythic land called Fiddler’s existence of the Carolina Currents Online Green. If it does exist, I’m sure John is Edition. If you’ve enjoyed the in-depth, finally aboard his dream ship. up-to-date news on that site over the past 18 months, it is thanks to John’s efforts. It’s Now I don’t want a harp nor a halo, not me running on autopilot and we are researchJust give me a breeze and a good rolling sea ing how to keep it up for the long run. I’ll play me old squeezebox as we sail along With the wind in the riggin’ to sing me a song In a way, John is indirectly responsible for the entire Carolina Currents project. If We dedicate this, our First Anniversary I hadn’t known him, perhaps I’d have never issue, to John T. Beresford. Born Jan. 19, strayed down this nautical path in life. 1964, in Atlantic City, N.J. Died, Oct. 6, While working at a small town Texas 2007, in Edmond, Okla. newspaper together, I bought my first ~~~ boat with John way back in 1989. It was a As you might have noticed, this issue is beat up old 14-foot Sea Ray with a 40 hp 50 percent bigger than our first six issues. Johnson we scored for $300. Of course, it We’ve used those extra pages to pack in cost another $700 (we learned the “hole in more great stories, expanding our coverage the water” saying) plus many hours of toil to encompass more fishing, paddling, water to get it seaworthy. sports and waterfront events in addition to We called the boat “Ray” and it worked our usual boating features and waterway well enough to tow us around the Colorado news. River on a kneeboard. We’d fish, never reelWe hope you enjoy it and pass your ing in much more than hardhead catfish. thanks along to the many great businesses But it was fun and we were both hooked. that make it possible with their advertiseWe went on our separate career paths ments and by letting us distribute copies in but kept in touch. John switched from their shops and offices. Where the skies are all clear and there’s never a gale And the fish jump on board with one swish on their tail Where you lie at your leisure, there’s no work to do And the skipper’s below making tea for the crew
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Realmark Announces New Bern Plans NEW BERN, N.C. - A Florida company has announced plans for a pair of waterfront developments with marinas straddling the Neuse River. On the New Bern shore, Realmark Development owner Will Stout expects to build River Harbour Marina, a 400-residence project with a 200-slip marina, on a 25-acre derelict lumber yard. Plans call for the marina and landscaping along the waterfront to be complete by 2009 in time for the New Bern tricentennial. On the opposite Bridgeton shore, plans are still in the works for an 80-acre property called Rivershore including a boat basin that’s already permitted for 200 wet slips and 400 dry slips. Pacific Seacraft Moves to Little Washington WASHINGTON, N.C. - Pacific Seacraft has moved to the Atlantic coast, crossing the country in 20 trailers loaded with tools and molds for building numerous classic boat designs built by the company. The three-decadeold yacht company filed for bankruptcy in May. Stephen Brodie bought it in a court auction in mid-September and two weeks later he had the assets trucked from Steve Brodie, new owner of Pacific Fullerton, Calif., to a vacant Seacraft and W.I.B. Crealock minutes after Brodie purchased the company space he’s renting from a textile plant in his home of Washington, N.C. He said he hoped to lure a core group of employees to follow soon.
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New Owners Update Swan Point Marina SNEADS FERRY, N.C. - The 35-year-old Swan Point Marina and Boatyard Inc. at the New River Inlet on the Intracoastal Waterway is undergoing upgrades under new owners Paul Starzynski and Chris Powell who took over in June. The longneglected ships store has been totally re-vamped and stocked with gear, clothing, snacks and items boaters might require while working in the DIY boatyard. Other onsite amenities include 450 feet of transient docks, 40-ton Travelift, showers, restrooms, laundry, a courtesy vehicle, wireless computer service, fuel dock and ice. “We’re steadily making improvements to the grounds and docks, upgrading everything,” Starzynski says. Service has also been upgraded with such friendly touches as free fresh coffee all day. “Treat people right and they’re going to return,” Starzynski predicts. St. Barts Takes on Alerion Line CHARLESTON, S.C. - St. Barts Yachts is one of nine dealers nationwide chosen to sell and service the Alerion Express line of sailboats, previously marketed exclusively by Newport R&D, Inc. of Rhode Island, run by Donna and Garry Hoyt. The Alerion Express line of day sailors is known for its simplicity of operation and elegance of design. Watermark Marina Opens in Wilmington WILMINGTON, N.C. - Watermark Marina opened in July providing 450 drystack storage slips on the Cape Fear River midway between the Intracoastal Waterway and the downtown Wilmington waterfront. The operation includes a clubhouse with meeting space, deli and bar, swimming pool, picnic area, a fuel dock, a launching dock and boat rentals including center consoles for fishing trips and, for those who like to explore the nearby creek, a fleet of a dozen kayaks and a dozen small sailing craft. Owner Southpark Development Group, which also operates three marinas in Florida, has room to double its storage capacity with a second boat shed. A slips are being leased to the public.
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Barefoot Resort Still Growing MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Construction work at Premier Resorts’ Barefoot Resort Marina complex continues with the addition of a Marina Plaza with outdoor fireplaces and fountains. The 142-slip marina opened in April 2006 on the 100-acre property along the Intracoastal Waterway. A 4,000 sq. ft. event pavilion adjacent to the plaza is slated to open next year followed by a 17,000 sq. ft. conference center. Sailtime Southport Fleet Expands SOUTHPORT, N.C. - The Sailtime franchise in Southport, N.C., held a christening party in October for three new boats entered in the company’s fractional sailing program. The vessels, docked at South Harbour Marina, include a 2008 Hunter 36, a new Hunter 33 and the location’s first powerboat, a new 34-foot Mainship Trawler. Sailtime will manage each of them including maintenance, dockage, fueling and scheduling. “Sailtime Fractional Sailing provides a unique opportunity for sailors to share the use of time on a yacht without having the commitments and financial obligations normally associated with yacht ownership,” says franchise owner Kevin Hennessey. Palmer Moves Plant to North Carolina BLADENBORO, N.C. - A boat manufacturer announced plans to relocate its Florida plant to Bladen County, creating 120 jobs within three years. Palmer Marine Inc., based in Port Orchard, Wash., builds several lines of sportfishing boats including the Defiance, Tiderunner and Voyager brands. The company will move a manufacturing facility for its Shamrock line from Cape Coral, Fla., to Bladenboro, investing $3 million during the next three years. The move was prompted in part by a $200,000 One North Carolina Fund grant from the state. Radio Island Marina Selling Slips MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. - Radio Island Marina recently completed construction of its new 5,000 sq. ft. ships store and owners club. The facility provides a lounge area for owners to relax or host functions. The marina began selling drystack units this year and, as of October, had sold half of the 215 available. Boat Bunkers Comes to the Carolinas HILTON HEAD, S.C. - In-water mooring station manufacturer Boat Bunkers International has appointed Ross Lysinger’s newly formed company, Boat Bunkers Mid-Atlantic, as the first U.S. regional distributor for the company’s product line. Lysinger’s company will be the exclusive Boat Bunkers distributor in the Carolinas and Georgia. Morningstar Picks Up Sixth Marina CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-based self-storage operator Morningstar Properties and Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital purchased a marina on St. Simons Island, Ga., in August, expanding their marina portfolio to six. The Boat House at Golden Isles features 25 wet slips and dry stack storage for 200 more boats. 8 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
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Outboard Theft Alternative Theory Offered Regarding the letter from Dudley Price in which he alleges that his outboard motor was stolen in Ocracoke: I was there when Mr. Price arrived, and heard all about his missing outboard the next morning. There was another possible, and in my mind probable, explanation for the missing motor. Mr. Price’s boat was tied up to the Park Service pier, with the outboard motor clamped to the starboard side of his stern pulpit. This put the outboard right next to the pier, and in a vulnerable position, considering the rise and fall of the tide. When Mr. Price told me of the missing motor, I suggested that it might have been knocked off during the night, and could be lying on the bottom next to his boat. Mr. Price was not interested in this theory, and wanted no part in attempting to see if the motor was on the bottom. I tried to use my boat hook to probe the bottom next to his boat. The depth was about 12 feet and, while I could feel something with the pole, it was impossible to tell if it was indeed the motor. I talked to some of the folks on a research vessel. One offered to dive (for a small fee) to see if it was there. Again, Mr. Price was not interested. I talked to one of the park rangers who said he’d never heard of anything stolen from a boat. He pointed out that people often leave their dinghys, with motors attached, tied up at the dinghy pier for several days. It was the consensus of everyone there, with the exception of Mr. Price, that in all probability the motor fell off during the night. In hindsight, I wish I had paid the diver to bring up the motor. Since the owner had lost and abandoned it, salvage laws would prevail. My first trip to Ocracoke by sailboat was WINTER SEASON SPECIAL!
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Heidretter Captain’s Grandson I came across your great article in your magazine called The Last Sailing Ship to Wreck on the Outer Banks. The captain of the the Heidritter. Bennett Coleman is my great grandfather and, although I have many photos, letters and articles on him and his ship I have not seen the photo of him and his crew standing on Ocracoke Beach. Is any way I could get a copy of that photo or any photo relating to him or the Heidritter that you may have access to. This would be much appreciated. Thank you, Rick Coleman, Pittsfield, MA
Ahoy Rick, I’ve forwarded your letter to author Kevin Duffus who should be able to help you. Also of note, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, N.C. has a small display about the Heidritter. Check it out if you make it down this way. ~Editor Wind Generator Woes Please pass on to Rob Lucey of “Gone Cruising Finally,” our best wishes for a great cruising experience, but consider the following... See how far your boat appears to be in the photo with your recent article? You can hear that Air-X wind generator for three times that distance, or more than 1/4 mile! (I have measured with GPS) and the “new model” is the same. This particular brand of generator is anti-social. Please, shut it off when sharing an anchorage with others, or at least wait until after 11 p.m. or so when
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everybody has gone below for the evening. There are much better alternate energy choices out there. We used to have a small mostly silent Ampair, and now have all solar. It is quiet, more reliable and supplies all of our electrical needs... even with refrigeration. If you don’t have the room for that much “solar”, the “Kiss” brand of wind generator, as well as several other medium size units, produce more amps, without this objectionable noise (no further than 75’). “Air-X” brand wind generators, barking dogs, screaming fights, really loud music, and zipping round and round on jet skis is all inappropriate behavior when sharing a small anchorage with others. Please, let’s all be really considerate of one another. Happy cruising, Mark Johnson
Ahoy Mark, Thanks for sharing your concerns. Rest assured that the author (me) ensured that our wind generator was off if there were any chance of disturbing our fellow cruisers. For more thoughts on this delicate issue, we’ve deferred to our nautical etiquette queen, Emily Coast. See p. 30. ~Editor What Are They Thinking? I read the article about the new North Carolina “move-over” law (Sept.-Oct. 2007 issue). It is not hard to imagine conflicts with the Rules of the Road, which we are to follow when operating our vessels. Clearly in a potential collision situation the master of the “stand on” vessel is to maintain course and speed. Now the master has to decide whether to follow the Rules of the Road or this illconceived new state law. Perhaps you might provide an article on the legal ramifications of this potential conflict. Does international and federal law trump state law? The marine lawyers will love this. Perhaps state and federal legislators should only meet every 10 years or so. You may now be ticketed for following the Rules of the Road. What does the Coast Guard have to say about this? I’ll be looking for answers in an upcoming issue of Carolina Cruising. I am happy to see that Eddie Jones will be featured in your next issue with his “Hard Aground” column. I enjoyed his writing in a previous local coastal cruising magazine. He is most humorous and I hope that his picture features the politically incorrect beer in hand! Go Eddie! I love Carolina Cruising and will be sending in my check for a subscription. Jock Muir, USCG licensed Master 50 tons
Ahoy Jock, We assume you meant “Carolina Currents” rather than “Carolina Cruising,” our predecessor which ceased publication a decade ago. That said, you raise some interesting points. We ran the circumstances you described past one of the instructors at World Wide Marine Training in Nov/Dec 2007 Carolina Currents 9
Oriental, N.C. “Everyone involved in that situation is going to have to slow down to no-wake speed,” said Capt. Tim Rogers. Should that fail to resolve the situation, he deferred to Rule No. 2 in the Colregs, which states “due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.” Which we interpret to mean that you do whatever you can to avoid collision, whether that means slow down, speed up, stop completely or levitate. Let’s all hope that there are few instances in which these rules come into conflict. We invite the first unlucky soul who encounters such a conflict to write in and let us know how it turns out. ~Editor Sailing Capital of S.C. and Georgia? I’m hoping you’ll be able to tell me what the sailing capital of Georgia and South Carolina are. We’re interested in retiring in a sailing community Thank you,
Ahoy Linda, Many in Charleston, S.C., have referred to that historic city as the sailing capital of South Carolina. We could make a good case for that. Georgetown, Columbia with nearby Lake Murray or Lake Hartwell with their active boating groups are contenders. Perhaps Savannah is the sailing capital of Georgia. It was where the Olympic sailing events
were held when Atlanta hosted the games. Lake Lanier is another good candidate. Perhaps the best bet would be to throw the question out to our readers: Where are the sailing capitals of South Carolina and Georgia? Of course everyone knows that Oriental is the sailing capital of North Carolina. We did, however, see a local realtor refute that claim in an ad recently. Instead, it called Oriental the “Sailing Capital of the Galaxy.” ~Editor Cruising Adventure Article Inspired This is not a question, but I wasn’t sure where to write about one of your articles in the Sept/Oct. issue of Carolina Currents. I find the magazine very enjoyable and informative. In our 35 years of marriage we have only been without a boat of some kind for about five years, so we are always supportive of quality boating magazines. I especially enjoyed the story “A Cruising Adventure ends...for now.” I found it to be so refreshing to listen to a young couple truly enjoy the gifts of a less-cluttered life - one of more quality than quantity. Jeannette Pucella seems be to a very inspiring young writer. Keep them coming! D.W.P. Ahoy D.W., Thanks for sharing. We enjoyed Jeannette’s writing as well, so we talked her into submitting a couple more pieces. Read her take on putting food on the table on p. 38 of this issue and her report on an unfortuante bridge incident on p. 10. We’ve also wooed her into trying her hand
at selling an ad or two around the Wilmington area. Great to have her onboard. ~Editor A Compliment and a Question Just finished reading your terrific publication after picking up a free copy in New Bern. As a sailor who keeps his Catalina 30 in Fairfield Harbor, I found the article about the growth of boat slips in the Neuse River area enlightening indeed. It actually put to rest some of the scuttlebutt that’s been floating around since all of these developments and accompanying marinas started sprouting up. Your excellent article indicates that there are actually more planned slips than rumored Man that’s a lot of slips... and boats. I understand that the proposed project at the Bridgepointe Hotel marina across from the Sheraton has gone by the boards with financing problems. Any news on that? Keep up the good work. Frank Marra, New Bern NC
Ahoy Frank, We checked with our sources and learned that plans have been put on hold. Developers hoped to convert the marina/hotel complex into a “world class waterfront community” known as DeGraffen Riverfront Residences and Yacht Club. They attributed the delayed plans to the slow real estate market. Meanwhile, one of the “off the record” projects we mentioned in that story has now gone public. Read on p. 21 about the planned $500 million development in New Bern. ~Editor
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RIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. - Sterling Stevenson thought he was passing through the Carolinas on his way to Central America. “I was heading to Guatamala,” the 67-year-old cruiser says. “I have never been there before. I was going to head up the Rio Dulce and live there on my Social Security income.” Those plans were put on hold indefinitely at 1:55 p.m. on Sept. 11 when the Wrightsville Beach Causeway bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway closed prematurely, snapping the mast of his CSY 44. “I approached the bridge and maneuvered my boat to follow behind a power boat that had arrived at the bridge first,” Stevenson recalls. “As I was passing through the bridge I felt a jerk when the bridge caught my shrouds as the operator lowered it. There were no warning bells
Sterling Stevenson with his CSY 44 which was damaged by a bridge in September
before she lowered the bridge.” The bridge tender told reporters after the incident that she hadn’t seen his vessel as it waited to pass under the bascule bridge, although Stevenson says he’d radioed her 20 minutes before the opening and waited with other boats for several minutes before the bridge opened. In response to the accident, N.C. Department of Transportation officials reportedly are developing new procedures to check blind spots and ensure that warning signals sound. For Stevenson, a native of Maryland, it was the first accident he’d been involved with in 16 years of cruising. He has no insurance on the boat. Stevenson was towed to Sea Path Marina where he called Anchors Away Boatyard and spoke to owner Bill Lowe, himself a former cruiser who has circumnavigated. “The first words out of his mouth were, ‘I’m so glad you called, I wanted to help,’” Stevenson says. “Bill told me that if the state does not pay for the repairs, the yard will repair my boat at no charge for me. He also gave me a place to live while my boat is being repaired.” Initial repair estimates to the 27-year-old ves-
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sel mounted to $75,000. The mast and rigging were destroyed; a damaged stay fell in the water and wrapped around the prop, twisting the shaft and damaging the transmission. N.C. Wildlife Resources investigated the incident. After receiving that report in early October, the N.C. Attorney General’s Office offered a settlement for the damages, which Stevenson accepted. Stevenson bought the boat, named Marijke IV, in Punta Gorda, Fla. It has been around the world twice skippered by former owners. “Her previous owner was a German engineer who didn’t know when to stop adding electronics,” Stevenson says. “The boat has six VHF radios among other gadgets - all the bells and whistles.” John R. Van Ost founded Caribbean Sailing Yachts Corp. in the 1970s as a charter company. The CSY 44 was the largest of a line of boats designed to serve the charter trade. It shows the influence of designer Ted Irwin who worked with Van Ost. Most of the boats were sold direct from the Tampa factory. Stevenson has sailed from Hawaii to Alaska. He’s cruised Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, through the Panama Canal and up through the Caribbean. Now his Rio Dulce dreams are up in the air. “I have no plans right now,” Stevenson says. “I’d like to stay here. The people here are so nice and you can’t find that anywhere. My Social Security would have been enough in Guatamala, but it won’t be enough here. I would have to get a job.”
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The Sailor’s Life On Making the Transition from Sailboat to Trawler
’m tired of line dancing,” I said reclining in our Bayfield’s cockpit, anchored one evening off Tuckahoe Point at the south end of the Alligator River. We’d flounced on white caps the width of Albemarle Sound that day. The weight of our 150 feet of 3/8” chain on the 35-pound CQR combined with 50 more feet on the 22-pound Bruce at the bow caused us to hobby-horse all the way across. We traveled more up and down on the surface of the water than south. While underway, I ran fore and aft feeding back the sheets (in the days before we succumbed to roller furling) and worked the winches while the captain steered. Dashing between stanchions, holding onto lifelines, handling dock lines, dodging tent tie downs, regulating the length of the dinghy painter, and washing mud off the anchor chain and rode were just a few of my tasks when we lived on our 32-foot cutter, Wings. That’s a lot of lines to dance with! In times past we’d crossed the same sound sailing wing on wing, powered across
by Karen Dodd
day a fellow sailor and his wife called to see in windless days, and come head to head if we wanted to “ride up to Oriental and with three waterspouts. But this particuhave lunch.” No boater can merely drive lar evening, I was pooped. (I wonder if to Oriental without walking the docks, that’s how the poop deck got its name.) marinas and boat yards, looking over the This kind of utterance could have gotten stock so to speak. We ate at M&M’s and me keel hauled if I had married any took a ride over to Deaton’s Yacht Sales, other hardened to the mast sailor. My Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor, and ended husband took a sip of his Diet Pepsi and up at Triton Yacht sales. There she sat, high let me rant away. You see, I am the Type A in the fam- and dry - the little boat we’d admired from Punta Gorda, or one that looked like her. ily. I jump up at every thought, polish the Henry Frazer is one of those sit back stainless and wash off the mildewed hose and wait salespeople who lets the boat while my husband relaxes and steers the do the selling. We walked in to see him boat. I conjure up culinary masterpieces and figure out how to cook on two propane after we climbed up into her. We’d already checked out the roomy engine room. In my eyes and a tiny oven. He’s happy with a mind, I’d already turned the hanging locker handful of peanuts or pretzels. into a shelved pantry and imagined a full “Are you saying you don’t want to live hard top replacing the worn canvas bimini. on a boat anymore?” he eventually asked. Husband was running the figures in his He knew how to wait me out until I was head, how much he wanted for the sailboat calmer and more rational. “Remember that little )*&#+,-$#.'*'/"+#$* and what he was willing to pay for the Albin. Albin trawler we saw in -012$#'*+#$*&,31$*&4$* It wasn’t until we Punta Gorda a few years were home that night, ago? Now I bet that would '35$*06*&4$*,$78$9 after doing the Ben be a good boat to live '4+:$7*-012$#'*60#;$7* Franklin double list of aboard,” I reminisced. <=*+*'+3-<0+&.'*4"--> pros, cons and what ifs, “Ummm,” he was that he admitted to me that he already had thinking, too, of the tidy little back porch named her Miss Karen. between the helm and the aft cabin, comWe made an offer, negotiated a fair pletely enclosed by isinglass curtains, comfy price, and enlisted the help of Alan Arnfast fully enclosed captain’s chair, electronic at Sailcraft to do electrical work and minor equipment clearly mounted on the dash, engine work. We brought her home to and slide aside ports with screens to allow Northwest Creek Marina in New Bern, cross breezes when the bugs came out. tying her in the dock space beside Wings We forgot about my babbling until one
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for the gear exchange. It was a little sad to see the waterline of the Bayfield ride higher as we offloaded and gave her a ceremonial goodbye. A trawler’s square lockers are twice the size of the wedge-shaped lockers formed by a sailboat’s hull. After stowing everything, we found all of the lockers in the cockpit and aft cabin empty on the new boat. My mind immediately went to work imagining all the “stuff ” I could fit. My husband is thinking, “cases of fuel filters, hose clamps, more tools” - it’s a guy thing. The joys of standing up in the head, taking long hot showers, lying crosswise while napping in the forward berth, sitting carefree while the no-seeums hammered their little bodies against the screens, and the deluxe refrigerator that spanned the width of the aft cabin were all incomparable. We traveled from Baltimore, Md., to both coasts of Florida in that Albin. We lived modestly with few accoutrements, so the space and comforts were exceptional on
our new craft. We shared anchorages like Upper Teakettle, enjoyed Thanksgiving with other boaters, endured the harsh Florida winters that follow El Niño summers, and slept in mango groves outside Everglade City and Flamingo, Fla. We crept into Marathon, Fla., on a moonless night with the help of radar and a patient dockmaster.
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We enjoyed waterways, slipping under bridges we once had to wait on, and still were passed by the bigger vessels. We didn’t mind. We stored up memories of restaurants, anchorages, marinas, boating friends, and weather conditions that will haunt and cheer us when we remember. We are boatless today. We sold her a couple of years ago, or rather Henry
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Mid-Atlantic, Florida Cruising Guides
Dozier’s Mid-Atlantic Waterway Guide 2008 covers the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida border. The text mentions recent data on the severe shoaling on the Intracoastal Waterway around South Carolina and Georgia, though from our limited sampling the annual update is not very up-to-date. One of many examples: a three-year-old, 52-slip marina in Oriental is listed as “under construction …in early 2007 - stay tuned.” waterwayguide.com For snowbirds continuing south to Florida, the Maptech Florida Guide second edition was published mid-2007. Maptech says it “provides definitive, up-todate coverage verified by on-site research on more than 1,200 marine facilities in Florida and Alabama,” though the text on mooring fields and anchorages seems less than definitive. maptech.com
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By Gadget Girl See page 28 for our roundup of Sea Music which could also provide stocking-filler inspiration!
Boating Encyclopedia A what for the holidays? Maybe. This book would actually be a pretty good general primer for the wannabe boater. As an example, it shows clearly how to make fast a line to a cleat, and it’s entertaining too. For the more knowledgeable, it has a wealth of information, on how to check your batteries; how to forecast weather from cloud formations; what to do if someone anchors too close for comfort; how to splice line; how to rig a makeshift rudder; and more. Published 2008 by McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-0-07-149888-3.
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The Next Port This book is a memoir and travelogue by Heyward Coleman of his experience navigating over 40,000 miles in his 42-foot sailboat, Skimmer. The book chronicles the realization of a lifelong dream of the author and his wife to explore the world on a boat. As the couple is plunged into the landscape and flavor of foreign lands and cultures, they learn the complexities of navigating the high seas - and themselves. While the book doesn’t cover the Carolinas region, the Colemans departed from and returned to live in Charleston, S.C. ISBN 978-1-4196-6576-9.
Waterproof Olympus Camera
Boat- ers and divers alike have been raving about the Olympus Stylus 770 SW camera. It is rated to a water depth of 33 feet, and has been allegedly safely used by divers at more than double this depth. Olympus made it tough all over. You can drop it from five feet and it won’t break, but may get scratched and dented. If you use it around the water or in rough weather, you’ll never have to worry about getting the camera wet. Resolution is 7.1 megapixel - plenty to shoot a magazine cover shot; there’s an internal 3X zoom lens and 2.5 inch “HyperCrystal” 230k LCD display. Retail price is around $380. It’s probably worth shelling out another $15 for a silicon skin to protect from scratches. www.olympusamerica.com 16 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
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Sailing Capital of North Carolina boaters will want to nab a limited edition Oriental print benefiting Habitat for Humanity for $40. The matted 12- by 18-inch black and white print features local landmarks sketched by Betty Brown and a map by Patty Rosencrantz. Find it in the Pamlico Co. Habitat Store or Croakertown in Oriental.
Sail Vicarious DVD Hop aboard s/v Vicarious and sail round the world with Kathleen and Spencer from New Bern, N.C. That’s the premise of this DVD, which covers the early stages of their cruising dream in which they buy a seaworthy craft and start renovations prior to a planned 2009 departure (sounds like a schedule, doesn’t it?). “We are amateur sailors with limited experience and will make planty of mistakes along the way,” they admit. If they can make it work, why shouldn’t you? Visit sailvicarious.com.
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RIENTAL, N.C. - For a few days in September, the Sailing Capital of North Carolina became the “Pocket Power Cruiser Capital” as 17 C-Dory boats and crews descended upon Whittaker Pointe and Marina for the first of what promises to be an annual gathering in this state. Hosts Gene and Carrie Wooster of Mobile East Marine, the C-Dory dealer for the area, treated the group to a poker run that tested their sub 2-foot drafts, a shrimp boil and some sea music. The owners - who call themselves C-Brats - compared notes on their boats, which ranged in size from 16 to 25 feet and in age from two decades to two hours. They came from throughout the Carolinas and as far away as the Chesapeake Bay. Built in Washington state, C-Dory boats are compact, trailerable powerboats packed with a surprising number of amenities. Some one-third of buyers are former sailboat owners, and Gene Wooster said he’s determined to convert more.
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Waterfront Events You Won’t Want to Miss
See our website for complete listings including regattas and other events around the Carolinas
OCTOBER 2007 30 Halloween Night at the Museum, Beaufort NC, with spooky activities for families, kids costume contest* 30 Fish or Treat at SC Aquarium, Charleston. Games, dance party and costume contest*** NOVEMBER 2007
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Carolina’s Historic Beaufort book signing* 2 Sustainable Seafood Lecture, Beaufort NC, for consumers to make informed seafood choices* 2 Tuck in with the Turtles, Charleston SC. Overnight adventure 7pm-8am. Families can set up sleeping bags next to their favorite Aquarium exhibit and rise to a dolphin watch on the Riverside Terrace. Fee includes fun kids’ educational programs and activities, snacks and a continental breakfast*** 2 Boat Show, Hilton Head, SC in the north-side parking lot at The Mall at Shelter Cove. Presented by Butler Marine and Beaufort Boat House. 843-686-3090. 2,9,16,23,30 Sunset Kayak Trip, 5pm** 3 Boat Shop Bash,Watercraft Center, Beaufort NC. Evening party. Non-members are encouraged to attend* 3 Sea Kayak Race, Wrightsville NC. Benefits NC Coastal Land Trust. saltmarshkayak.com 3 Paddlefest 2007, Port Royal, SC at The Sands, 10am. A 6-mile race followed by a cook-out. Pre-registration required. highergroundofthelowcountry.com 3, 10,17,24 Early Bird Canoe Trip, 7am**
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venues throughout Outer Banks, NC. Six-day event with activities for paddlers, birders and nature lovers. wingsoverwater.org 8 Marine Life Collecting Cruise, Beaufort NC Trawl and dredge aboard Duke University Marine Lab’s research vessel to sample marine life. Reservations $25* 9-Jan. 1 Holiday Festival of Lights, Charleston SC 10-11 Celebrate the Arts and Fall Wine Festival, Wilmington NC, 910-762-0485, celebratetheartsnc.org 13 NC Aquariums Free Day Visit the Aquariums for free. ncaquariums.com 17 Boat-in-a-Day Class, Beaufort NC* 18 Community Thanksgiving Feast, Beaufort NC. 11:30am-1:30pm. A traditional turkey dinner is provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants. Served at the Beaufort Historic Site, dinners are available for take-out or to enjoy under our tent. Admission fee. beauforthistoricsite.org 23-Dec. 22 Season of Christmas, Wilmington NC. Series of holiday events each weekend. www.dbawilmington.com. 23,24 Holiday Boat Parades (see p. 34): Swansboro NC, Topsail Island NC, Savannah Ga., Myrtle Beach SC, Wrightsville Beach NC. 24 Holiday Parade, Emerald Isle NC. 252354-2916 29-Dec 2 Rivertown Christmas on the Scuppernong, Columbia NC. Local crafts, entertainment, boat flotilla, oyster roast and more. visittyrrellcounty.com 30 Island of Lights Parade, Carolina Beach
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If you plan on attending an event, contact the organizer ahead of time since details can change. Regattas are featured in our roundup on p. 27. Fishing events are on p. 40. NC 7:30pm. Featuring floats, bands, queens, clowns, horses, Santa Claus and more. islandoflights.org DECEMBER 2007 1 Holiday Boat Parades (see p. 34): Charleston SC, Crystal Coast NC, New Bern NC, Carolina Beach NC, Columbia NC 1 Christmas Parade, Hertford, NC. Experience an old-fashioned Christmas Parade through the quaint town of Hertford, 2pm. visitperquimans.com 1 Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting, Beaufort NC. Open to the public* 1,2 Core Sound Decoy Festival, Harkers Island NC. decoyguild.com 1-23 Christmas by the Sea Festival, Southport NC. christmasbysea.com 1-22 Scuba Santa, Charleston SC. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Santa swim with the fish in the Great Ocean Tank at the 3pm dive show each day*** 1-Jan 5 Annual Holiday Lighting of Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. capefearcvb.com 2 27th Annual Christmas Parade, Charleston, SC 2-5pm. Bands, floats, marchers and performers parade through downtown. Begins at the intersection of Calhoun and Meeting Streets, proceeds down King Street to Broad Street to Lockwood Blvd. 843-720-1981 2 Christmas Parade, Murrells Inlet SC. Tree lighting ceremony, followed by the annual community parade, “Christmas Boasts and Floats for the Kids.” Family-friendly holiday event concludes with Santa at More Landing Park. murrellsinlet.com
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* N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. (252)728-7317 ncmaritime.org ** N.C. Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores (252)247-4003 ncaquariums.com
*** S.C. Aquarium, Charleston. (252)728-7317 scaquarium.org % Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, NC (252) 475-1500 roanokeisland.com
3 Holiday Extravaganza, Charleston SC. Plenty of fun activities for the whole family plus all your gift giving needs in one convenient place. Enjoy pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, live animal interactions and more*** 7 22nd Annual A Night on the Town, Beaufort SC, 5-10pm. 843-525-6644. 7,8 Winter Holiday Festival, Sneads Ferry NC. sneadsferrynorthcarolina.com 7-9 Spirit of Christmas, Oriental NC. Includes lighted boat parade, luminaries light streets, town parade, live entertainment and refreshments. townoforiental.com 8 Holiday Boat Parades (see p. 35): Beaufort SC, Southport, Washington NC. 8 Coastal Carolina Christmas Walk, Beaufort NC, 2-4:30pm. Open house tours of historic Beaufort Inns; Beaufort Historic Site buildings decorated in period fashion plus seasonal music; narrated holiday tour through the Historic District aboard vintage British double-decker bus. No admission charge for walk, fee for bus tour. beauforthistoricsite.org 8 Christmas Parade, Morehead City NC. Starts 11am. crystalcoastnc.org 8 Holly and Ivy Homes Tour, New Bern NC. visitnewbern.com 8,9 Boatbuilding Carpentry (Roundbottomed) Beaufort NC* 8,15 Tryon Palace Candlelight Tours, New Bern NC, 5-9pm. tryonpalace.org 9 Holiday Parade, Wilmington NC. dbawilmington.com 9 Holiday Parade, downtown Beaufort SC 3-4pm. 843-525-6644
9 Holiday Parade, Mt. Pleasant SC.
Fireworks and Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30pm, the parade will begin at 5:45pm at the intersection of Coleman and Pelzer Drive. townofmountpleasant.com 14 Annual Colonial Celebration, Hertford, NC at the Newbold-White House Historic Site. Music, food, lighting of the yule log by the Lord Mayor; free. 252-426-7567 29 Elizabethan Christmas Manteo, NC. Celebrates the sixth day of Christmas with food, drinks and merriment. % 31 Community Celebration, Charleston, SC, Marion Square and surrounding locations, 4-10:30pm. A non-alcoholic and family-oriented program to celebrate the New Year. Citywide, free program has something for everyone: comedy, African dancing, music, children’s activities and more. 843-724-7305 31 Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown Party/Fireworks, Carolina Beach, NC, 9pm. The countdown features the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball. A street dance featuring live music precedes a spectacular fireworks display to welcome in the New Year. Refreshments available. Free. islandoflights.org 31 Running of the Dragon, Oriental, NC. The “Running Of The Dragon” has become a New Year’s Eve tradition in the village. The Oriental Dragon comes out at 8pm and again at 11pm to run the waterfront. pamlicochamber.com JANUARY 2008 4-6 Crystal Coast Boat Show, Morehead City NC. 252-247-3883
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EORGETOWN, S.C. - After nearly two decades of planning and fund raising efforts, the Georgetown Harbor Historical Association’s goal of opening a museum to document the community’s nautical heritage was achieved this year. A small collection of professional ship models is now on display on the ground floor of the Chamber of Commerce office building at 531 Front St. In return for 600 square feet of display space, the association helped fund the moving and renovation of the historic Harper Building, which opened in the spring. The remainder of the ground floor is home to a visitor’s center manned by the chamber. Some 95 percent of the funds for the
association’s share of the project came from the non-profit association’s Georgetown Wooden Boat Show and Big Blow Auction. “We’ve had some fantastic boat shows,” said association member Clayton Bull. “A lot depends on the weather. With a good day, the place is packed.” At press time, it looked like the 18th annual event scheduled for Oct. 20 would give a boost toward the immediate goal of raising $200,000 for more exhibits. Just as the Wooden Boat Show started small and has gradually grown to one of the region’s premier events, so too will the museum. In the longer term, the association is looking for a larger building they
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Prologue: Three days before the start of winter the crew of the Blown Away sailed out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C., bound for the Bahamas. The name of the vessel has been changed in case the boat owner, Dan, takes offense at what I’m about to say and because, you know, lawyers in libel suits are really expensive. You might expect the blue water passage across the Gulf Stream on the cusp of winter with a gale brewing to be the point of this story. It is not. That part of the trip was easy compared to what came days later as Dan’s crew attempted to fly home and Dan endured… ah, enjoyed, what most of us only dream of... Christmas in the islands. Here’s that story.
an’s boat boys departed the Bahamas the day before Christmas Eve. Eve was emaciated, figuratively speaking, due to a sagging economy which could only mean one thing: Dan’s three friends would find a good selection of foot moisturizing cream at Over My Dead Body, Bath and Beyond, a store preferred by shopping-impaired husbands due to its speedy exit from the mall. The boutique had an outside entrance to the parking deck. That was assuming the men got home. Currently they were stranded in a foreign country - Miami - with their holiday spirits sagging and dragging from puddle jump prop lag. With their connecting flight stuck in Houston due to a faulty light bulb over the lavatory sink, Dan’s boat boys adopted a carefree attitude towards their purgatory state of pre-Christmas shopping desperation. This was helped along by rum drinks at the Admiral’s Club. The pilot of USDespAIR Flight 666 took a more sensible approach to the delay. He went shopping for stocking stuffers in the Houston airport. Dan had no such trouble
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to deliver his first gift: a passage to Little with his Christmas purchases. He Harbor. The cruising guide warned that the remained in the Abacos, having completed entrance only held 3-1/2 feet of water at his shopping three days earlier when he mean low water, but Dan reckoned that a and his three buddies sailed south from full swig at high tide would be enough to North Carolina and through the pass at carry his 6-foot draft over the bar and into Whale Cay. He knew what he was giving the anchorage. Dan reckoned wrong. his wife for holidays. She knew it, too. It In retrospect, he would say later, the sat at the end of the fuel dock: a 43-foot word “Little” should have been his first sailboat equipped for island hopping. He clue. But it was early in the gift-giving would give his wife a two-week Christmas season, so in his best “been there, done cruise. Dan sipped a cold Kalik at the Jib that” maneuver, Dan raised the main and Room, checked his e-mail, and waited for caught the wind, heeled over and powered the taxi driver to deliver his wife from the off, leaving his wife to airport. deliver her own glad The boys in the Admiral’s @+%.'*6$$<-$* tidings of peace on Club tried to shop but couldn’t find any good gifts in the rod +&&$;:&'*&0*;+2$* earth and goodwill. “What were you and reel section of the online BoatsBeUS website, so they cyber -384&*06*&4$3#*'3&"+&30%* thinking trying to motor in there?” surfed over to a women’s high,$%&A*-32$*43'* she asked. “Are you end fashion website and browsed stupid?” the lingerie department where Pat '+3-<0+&A*%0,4$#$> Dan shrugged (not Pat’s real name) spilled a rum drink on the keyboard while trying to order and motored around Tom Curry Point, set the anchor and launched the dinghy. He his wife a see-through brazier. Another treated his wife to a drink at Pete’s Pub and round of drinks and 15 minutes later the welcomed her to the world of skinny water boys were checking college football scores. sailing. Back in the islands Dan attempted The boys at the bar wandered back to their gate, having abandoned their attempt to do their Christmas shopping on eBay. Building bunks from chairs bolted to the floor, the men came up with an alternative plan. Sleep. Meanwhile a mechanic in Houston replaced a light bulb in the restroom of a Boeing 737. Next on Dan’s list of holiday goodies was Man-O-War Cay. Unfortunately, Dan was about to learn that the entrance to Eastern Harbor lay just inside a cut that had the narrow width of a mountain road. Dan, still living and dying on a three-quarter tide and trying to accommodate his wife’s queasy stomach, motored between the rocks, paying careful attention to remain in the middle of the
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hat if you had to get federal permits for your galley sink to drain overboard or cooling water to pump through your engine? What if you needed a special permit to empty your bilge or wash your deck? This might be the case under new rules being considered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the wake of a federal court case that overturned a 34year-old exemption for “normal discharges” in the operation of vessels. Several environmental groups successfully argued in federal court that ballast water from ships should be regulated to protect against invasive species. According to some estimates, an average of more than 2 million gallons of ballast water every hour is emptied into U.S. waters, flooding bays, rivers, the Great Lakes and other waterways with aquatic plants and animals from around the world. Many adapt to their new environment and out-compete native species. Others may be invasive predators preying upon commercial fisheries, or merely nuisances clogging props and drainpipes like the dreaded zebra mussel. But the same exemption that permitted ballast water discharges also exempted the normal discharges of pleasure craft. Owners of sailboats, sport fishing boats and trawlers might soon be required to file for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. “Recreational boat bilge and gray water discharges pale in comparison with the large quantities of commercial ship ballast water and gray water discharged into U.S. waters,” the National Marine Manufacturers Association says in an alert sent to members. “Recreational boats are owned and operated for fun by individuals and families, not large companies with experts on retainer... Boaters cannot be expected to navigate a complex permit system and cannot afford to pay large permit fees.” The EPA might even require separate permits for each state a boat travels in. “Requiring boaters to get one permit is daunting - requiring them to get a permit for every state whose waters they may travel is absurd and amounts to a national boating ban,” the NMMA warns. The Recreational Boating Act of 2007, a bill that would exempt recreational boats The Boating and Waterfront Magazine
from the complex Clean Water Act permitting requirements, was referred to the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment in May and had yet to resurface in October. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. ~~~ Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 15 for an award to recognize South Carolinians who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award, now in its 16th year, to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources. Contact Braxton Davis at (843)953-0246 for guidelines and nomination forms. ~~~ The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, a national nonprofit organization funded by the 650,000 members of Boat Owners Association of The United States, awarded more than $25,000 in Clean Water Grants to 13 grassroots organizations across the country. Among them: • In Washington, N.C., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 54-20-06 won a grant to enlist the help of the public in reporting incidents of marine debris and pollution by printing and distributing a postcard with a phone number for priority incidents, and a mail-in system for other sightings. • The Lake Lanier Association from Gainesville, Ga., won funds to install 124 bilingual “Do Not Litter” signs in parks and marinas and develop a radio public service announcement. ~~~ Four more Clean Marinas have been certified in North Carolina, demonstrating that they are concerned about the marine environment by taking a number of voluntary steps to reduce their impact. They are: • Harbour Village Marina in Hampstead, • Masonboro Yacht Club in Wilmington, • NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries & Habitat Research in Beaufort, • Twin Lakes Camping Resort and Yacht Basin in Chocowinity. Two others, Wilmington Marine Center and Cypress Landing in Chocowinity, have been recertified by the program.
Hard Aground/ Contd. channel. Life was good, his love was real, a head of coral found the bottom of his keel. In his best “been there, done that” maneuver, Dan raised the main and caught the wind, heeled over and went nowhere. Other boats maneuvered around the new navigational hazard, Blown Away, a few coming close enough to require boat fenders. The water rose and the keel shifted but the rising tide was not enough to float Dan’s boat. It was at this point that Dan’s wife returned her Christmas present. “I can’t believe you flew me down here for this? What kind of idiot gets stuck in the middle of the channel?” “It’s not a big deal honey, really.” “It’s embarrassing, is what it is.” “This is how you gain local knowledge. Everyone runs aground sometime.” “Not like this they don’t.” Dan’s feeble attempts to make light of their situation went, like his sailboat, nowhere. It was at this point that Dan and his wife received a real Christmas present. One neither had purchased or planned. They got a batch of new boating buddies and their first Grounding Gift. A goody bag of beer, Barcardi Gold rum, and mixers delivered by the crew of a motorboat returning from a wedding in Marsh Harbour. Fellow cruisers would stop to offer condolences and offer a toast to the couple, confessing that they, too, had run aground in the same spot. As sun and rum thawed the chill in the cockpit, Dan tipped his glass towards Pam and said, “Here’s to my mermaid. Thanks for coming.” “To my pirate, thanks for inviting me.” They kissed. A few hours later the tide floated them off and they eased into Eastern Harbor where they enjoyed an evening of romance under tropical stars. Meanwhile, back in Terminal C of the Miami International Airport, Dan’s boat boys slumbered as the final boarding call for USDespAIR Flight 666 came and went. For them a winter chill of cold shoulders would make this Christmas a moment frozen in time.
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Current Three Shows Cruise Into Charleston CHARLESTON, S.C. - Boaters will have four chances to peruse the latest boat models in Charleston and Savannah in 2008 beginning with the 28th Annual Charleston, S.C. Boat Show hosted by JBM & Associates Jan. 25-27 at the Charleston Area Convention Center. Next up, the Sixth Annual Savannah, Ga. International Boat Show will be held February 29-March 2 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and in-water on the Savannah River. The South Carolina Marine Association announced that its Eighth Annual South Carolina In-Water Boat Show will be held April 10-13 at the newly renovated St. John’s Yacht Harbor on the Stono River, 10 minutes from downtown Charleston. That show precedes by one week a new Charleston In-Water Boat Show announced by The City Marina company, one of the largest members of SCMA. Their show is slated for April 17-20 in Brittlebank Park and The Bristol Marina located on the Ashley River just north of the Highway 17 bridge. Plan Ahead for Bridge Closures Boaters transiting the Intracoastal Waterway should be aware of dredging and planned bridge closures in the Carolinas. • Figure Eight Island Bridge [Mile 278.1] will be closed for sandblasting and painting Nov. 1-Jan. 31, daily 6:30 p.m.6:00 a.m., 9-11 a.m., and 1-4 p.m. At all other times, it will open normally on the hour and half hour. Vessels that can pass under the normal 20-foot MHW vertical clearance may do so. Commercial vessels may request nighttime openings with a three-hour notice via VHF Channel 13 or by calling (910)686-0635. • The Dredge Richmond will be operating in the ICW from Adams Creek (mile marker 185) to Core Sound through Nov. 6. Lockwoods Folly Shoaling Again LOCKWOODS FOLLY, N.C. - The Army Corps of Engineers’ Aug. 28 survey confirms the ICW at the Lockwoods Folly Inlet at Mile Marker 321 is shoaling again. The channel has filled in the same area from the ocean side between green can 47 22 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
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and green can 47A. It has been about a year since the area was last dredged. The survey shows 1.3 ft. MLW about halfway into the dredged channel between the two marks. Three waypoints are given on the survey to make passage through this area with a controlling depth reported at a little better than 6 ft., favoring the mainland side of the channel. See CarolinaCurrents.com for coordinates.
Dismal Swamp Canal Restricted For the first time in five years, there are boating restrictions on the locks of the Dismal Swamp Canal because there’s been too little rain. The locks at Deep Creek, Va. and South Mills, N.C. will operate only at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily until further notice. Adjacent drawbridges will be operated in coordination with the locks. Tour Boat Capt’s License Suspended CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Coast Guard completed its preliminary investigation of the July 22 collision between the tour boat Spirit of Charleston and a laser sailboat. Capt. O.C. Polk, the operator of the Spirit of Charleston, was charged with negligence and misconduct for his role in the Charleston Harbor collision and for failing to report the incident to the Coast Guard. His license was suspended for three months and he was ordered to complete a Coast Guard approved vessel piloting and navigation course. Speedboat Crash Victims Found LAKE MURRAY, S.C. - Searchers found the bodies of two boaters on Sept. 7 who had been missing after the speedboat they were in broke apart around dusk on Sept. 2 on Lake Murray. The boat, which could reach speeds in excess of 100 mph, had been crossing the lake at dusk when it wrecked. Investigators believe the boat broke apart after its nose hit the water at high speed. Coast Guard Busy Along Carolinas Coast Guard crews have assisted with several recent incidents, from sinkings to searches and offshore rescues: • Coast Guard Sector Charleston crews and other officials responded to Isle of
Palms Marina where a 71-foot recreational yacht sank with approximately 150 gallons of fuel aboard Sept. 26. • A Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet rescue crew onboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat responded to the Dredge Merritt on Sept. 25 where they stabilized a 38-yearold crewmember experiencing back pain and numbness in his legs and feet. They transferred him to EMS onshore. • Coast Guard investigators are trying to identify those responsible for multiple hoax distress calls throughout the Wilmington, New River, Onslow Bay and surrounding areas. The most recent occurred in mid-September. • Three mariners onboard a 53-foot sailboat were towed to safety after their vessel became disabled in 10-foot seas and 25-knot winds 34 miles south of Cape Fear, N.C., during the evening of Sept. 11. • Siebelt Gerdes, 56, of Isle of Palms, S.C., was rescued after he fell from his catamaran one mile offshore Sept. 7, and was reported missing by his crewmate. • On Sept. 2, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Humpal notched the first rescue of his Coast Guard career when he hoisted a 58 year-old boater suffering from chest pains from the 100-foot charter boat Continental Shelf approximately 37 miles South of Beaufort Inlet, N.C. • Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Elizabeth City and Sector Field Office Cape Hatteras, donned historic uniforms and manned cannons to help dedicate the Roanoke River Lighthouse replica in Plymouth, N.C., on Sept. 15.
Boat Talk Takes to Airwaves WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Cape Fear area has its own boating radio program, Boat Talk, which made its debut in April. The show, hosted by Capt. Doug Dickinson, covers boating news, listener call-ins and interviews with industry experts. Dickinson, a U.S.C.G. licensed captain and boat broker for Bluewater Yacht Brokers, has 25 years of professional boating experience. He is also an avid diver, sailor and fisherman. The show airs every Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. on The Big Talker, FM 93.7 and 106.3. www.CarolinaCurrents.com
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above, bounce off the surface of the water and flash silvery radiance that lights up the marsh grass. In the colonial era the area was known as Shipyard Plantation for its deep water and ample timber supply. Today commercial and pleasure boats of all sizes and shapes still line the docks on each side of the creek. This community has supplied much of the shrimp to the Charleston area for more than three decades.
Navigating Mount Pleasant The numerous markers in Charleston Harbor can easily confuse non-locals, particularly if you don’t have a current chart Shrimp boats line the docks
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n 1680 English settlers arrived at a beautiful stretch of land bounded by Charleston Harbor, Shem Creek and Cove Inlet. One of five large estates on the land was named Mount Pleasant, perhaps in recognition of the ancient dune (now under Highway 17) towering 20 feet above the surrounding Low Country, or perhaps for one of the area’s Native American middens - accumulated heaps of shells, pottery shards and other tribal castoffs. Eventually the small communities merged under that name. Until the first Cooper River bridge opened in 1929, Mt. Pleasant was accessible primarily by ferries. In 2005, the majestic Arthur Ravenel Bridge opened with the longest cable stay span on the continent, bringing a constant stream of cars, pedestrians and cyclists across the harbor. Today the city of Mt. Pleasant remains a treasure to behold, tucked amidst neighboring Charleston’s modern sprawl. Along Pitt Street massive live oaks spread moss-laden limbs over narrow streets. The historic charm hides the underlying battle between the descendants of the early settlers and modern day developers. Locals wish to remember and preserve the area while developers dream up ways to profit from the ambiance. Low Country residents have a history of fighting for their beliefs, keeping time-honored traditions intact. As visitors walk the streets of Old Town and the docks of Shem Creek, they connect with the essence of what drew settlers here. The marsh spreads out from Shem Creek - or simply “the creek” as locals affectionately call it - opening glistening green and gold arms out to Charleston Harbor. The deep creek beckons traveling boaters in to explore the Old Town’s natural beauty and architectural nooks and crannies. Pelicans and gulls perch on shrimp boats and pilings, inviting visitors to pause and enjoy the view. As the sun sets, rays of golden light reach through thunderheads
showing the new number system established in 2001. But everything is straight forward once you leave the main channel beyond flashing beacon No. 130 and enter the Mt. Pleasant Channel cutting to the northwest with its easily followed unlit markers leading into the creek. Don’t stray outside the marks or you’ll quickly find shoals. While the entrance cut can have soundings as low as 5 feet at mean low water, once you are inside the banks of Shem Creek depths are 8 feet and better. The
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lower stretch of the creek includes views of grand homes overlooking the north shore before coming into the quaint commercial portion. Visiting vessels can sometimes tie up to the docks along Shem Creek, their passengers encouraged to dine in the restaurants along the quay. Rafting may be necessary. The no-wake zone throughout the creek makes it easy to pause for a meal of freshly caught local seafood at restaurants. If you find a dock, look for a sign with contact information or walk into the adjoining business to make arrangements. If you can clear the 12-foot clearance under the Coleman Boulevard bridge, the creek quickly takes on a backwater feel with children throwing cast nets off of docks and bulrushes lining the muddy shores strewn with oysters. On the south shore you’ll find Shem Creek Marina (843) 576-2499 specializing in long-term dry stack storage for smaller powerboats. While no transient slips are available, there are a few drystack slips still available for purchase if you become enamored with the location. Beyond the marina the creek bends, splits and narrows, providing fun exploration for a dinghy ride, paddlers or small boat fishermen. For longer stays, cruise back out the mouth of the creek and head east along the Charleston Harbor Channel to Patriots Point marina along the eastern banks of the Cooper River. Officially known as the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, it is among the largest marinas in the Carolinas with 459 slips. Entrance approach depths of 15 feet and dockside depths of 10-plus feet make it suitable for almost any visiting boat. A floating breakwater protects the floating docks from the otherwise open fetch of the wide harbor. Call (843)856-9996.
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provide the ultimate in fresh seafood if you’re looking for something to cook on your boat. In business since 1945, Mt. Pleasant Seafood Co. (843)856-8154 operates a retail store at the creek and has a booth at the Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market. For dining out, patrons at the Water’s Edge Cabana Bar (843)884-4074 delight at the antics of the creek’s playful goodwill ambassadors. Arriving daily at 4 p.m., the male dolphin makes his appearance, followed by the rest of the pod. Look closely and you’ll see the baby swimming along with his mother. It’s as if they’ve come just to welcome guests to the area. Working in conjunction with brown pelicans and seagulls, they dive for fish remains from the charter boats. In recent years, the creek has also been home to manatees during the warmer months from April to October. Sunsets are an event here. Several restaurants offer outdoor and creekside seating to experience a brilliant Charleston sunset against the charm of a small fishing village. Enjoy the view from the outdoor bar and dining area at Vickery’s (843)884-4440. Feel the gentle breezes from Charleston Harbor waft through the palmettos. From the indoor bar, one can see the shrimp boats, wings spread out and up as if they were water angels ready to fly. Magwood Seafood (843)884-3352 still provides shrimp and fish to much of Charleston after 30 years in business. “Live long, love long, eat seafood” is their motto, painted on the walls in red and blue. At The Wreck (843)884View of Shem Creek 0052, Low Country culinary from Red’s Roost favorites are dished up informally on huge paper plates. The price is well worth it for the spectacular sunset view from the screened-in porch dining room. This is one place the no-see-ums can’t reach. Looking toward the
nautical themed guest rooms decorated in bright yellows and blues, comfy bedding and spectacular views of the harbor in the Charleston Harbor Resort hotel (888)8560028. The marina hosts Charleston Race Week here in the Spring and sport fishing tournaments throughout the season. Black and white photographs of previous tournament winners line the walls in the Reel Bar. A quick bike ride or trip aboard the East Cooper Shuttle (843)343-0484 will transport you over to Shem Creek. For guests preferring to cross the harbor to go into Charleston, a water taxi (843) 3302989 leaves from Dock A hourly, dropping passengers at the Charleston Maritime Center. One-way trips are $5, roundtrip $8 and an all-day pass is $12. Bikes and pets are welcome on the water taxi. Bring your camera for close ups of the hull of the U.S.S. Yorktown and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. For accommodations overlooking the creek, check into the Shem Creek Inn (864)881-1000. The experienced local fishermen here
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Current Destination M+.)*%P1(232)* bridge, RB’s (843)881-0466 and neighboring Red’s Ice House (843)388-0003 offer more choices for outdoor dining. RB’s is more upscale. RB’s owns the Shem Creek Towing Company, and keeps a tow truck parked in view on the parking lot, so be warned if you visit by auto. Red’s is the casual local hangout with something going on at happy hour daily. They are more concerned with customers having a great time with live music and nightly specials. Red’s is also the local “Yappy Hour” hotspot, so bring your canine crewmates to meet and greet the locals. Buckets of water and doggie biscuits are favorites with the four-legged furry crowd. Cushions line the upstairs bar, which can be reserved for private parties. On holidays, this is a prime spot to view fireworks launched from the U.S.S. Yorktown. Two more restaurants can be found east of the Coleman Bridge. Shem Creek Bar & Grill (843)884-8102 has a spectacular view of the marsh from the outdoor dock bar and the indoor back porch. Inside the main restaurant, the bow shaped bar is unique, reminding all who enter that boating is a
first love here. With a great selection of seafood and Low Country favorites, this family oriented restaurant has it all. Next door the new Creekside Grill (843)8564803 offers lower priced favorites and outdoor roof seating overlooking the creek. A few blocks to the east is the Old Town of Mount Pleasant. On Pitt Street, the Old Post House Restaurant and Tavern (843)388-8935 operates in the building that served as a grocery store originally built by German immigrants in 1888. The Post House serves light lunch and dinner. Nearby, visitors can tap into nostalgia with an old fashioned ice cream soda from the Pitt Street Pharmacy (843)844-4051. Listed on the National Register of Historic places, Old Town is home to quaint churches, colonial and antebellum homes and also the majestic Alhambra Hall, the original site of the Mount Pleasant Ferry Company. Built in 1847 by Charles Jugnot and Oliver Hilliard as a summer retreat and dance hall and rebuilt in 1937, Alhambra Hall sits nestled in a grove of massive live oaks. It is a popular spot for community events on a waterfront park lined with live oaks, and equipped with a community playground. Many Old Town streets end with a view of Charleston harbor, making it easy to see why the town founders named it Mt. Pleasant. Although there is no mountain per se, it is certainly a pleasant place to be.
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A Downtown Waterfront Hotel • Adjacent to The Harborage at Ashley Marina & The Charleston City Marina • Private boat dock available for hotel guests to reserve for a fee • Hotel shuttle to Waterfront Park in Historic District (fee) • Regatta Bar and Terrace open daily 4-11pm (closed Sundays) • Call 843-722-7229 to make boat dock reservations.
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An entire day could be devoted to exploring the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (866)831-1720.! Billed as “the world’s largest maritime museum,” the fleet includes the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Coast Guard cutter Ingham, the submarine USS Clamagore, the destroyer USS Laffey and the Medal of Honor Museum onboard Yorktown. Watch the top-ranked College of Charleston Sailing Team practice from their neighboring floating boathouse. Tour boats (800)789-3678 to historic Ft. Sumter leave from a dock adjacent to Yorktown daily. The resort also offers Patriot Point Links (843)881-0042, an 18-hole championship golf course, known for its challenging waterfront finishing holes. Shrimp season opens in late April with the Blessing of the Fleet festival, held at historic Alahambra Hall. Deep sea charter fishing vessels also dock along Shem Creek’s restaurant row. Capt. Rick Hiott’s (843)412-6776 expertise for finding red drum and the best inshore fishing hot spots is well known, both with locals and worldwide. He also has a genuine interest in teaching others about the inshore waters around Charleston. Aqua Adventures (843)884-6696 with Capt. Chuck Griffin is another good option. Wednesday evenings Red’s Icehouse hosts a sunset cruise on Aqua Safari’s Palmetto Breeze, a 50-foot sailing catamaran (800)524-3444, providing a great way to watch the Charleston Ocean Racing Association Wednesday Night Races during the summer season. The $30 tickets include adult beverages and a spread of hors d’oeuvres. Captain Ping is always cheerful and may even let you steer the boat, if you ask nicely. Above the bridge next door to Shem Creek Marina you’ll find Coastal Expeditions (843)884-7684 offers kayak tours of Shem Creek and passenger ferry tours to Bull Island year round. A kayak tour will shed light on conservation efforts on the creek. They are housed in the old Maritime
Museum building, which still has some dusty exhibits from the area’s early shipbuilding and fishing industry lurking about. Wander over to the Confederate Cemetery between Carr Street and Royal Avenue to gain a new perspective on that conflict which played such a key role here. If you’re in town on a Tuesday afternoon, stop by the Farmer’s Market, held at the Old Moultrie Middle School on West Coleman Boulevard. An abundance of fresh flowers, herbs, local produce and seafood is found in this tiny market. Local Bluegrass or acoustic musicians perform while you shop. The market runs through the end of October with a special Holiday Market and Craft Show scheduled on Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shopping in this area offers delightful wares both in Old Town and along the creek. In the village, Utonga Gallery (843)216-7686 offers a unique collection of Shona (Zimbabwe) sculpture. Next door, Out of Hand Gallery (843)856-3585 is a feast for the eyes of cards, gifts and treasures. At the Charleston Candle Cottage (843)3886644 on West Coleman Boulevard, a post office located in the back of the store lets you mail art cards to folks back home. Behind the store, watch local artist Steven Jordan (843)881-1644 as he paints watercolors and oils of favorite Low Country scenery in his gallery. A variety of shops are located in the Commons along Mill Street. For stationery and post cards, check out The Scratch Pad’s (843)884-3433 selection of quirky, fun locally oriented gifts, stationery and invitations for the right occasion. At the end of Mill Street, proprietress and local history expert Lou Edens offers a collection of select gifts, home furnishings and a generous helping of local history about the area at The Fifth Season (843)884-5000. Edens owned and operated the Maritime Museum next door for years, and also owns Rice Hope Plantation Bed and Breakfast on the Cooper River.
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or years, yacht and sailing clubs have seen a decline in participation in racing events. Leaders of the racing fleet at Western Carolina Sailing Club on Lake Hartwell have tried for years to improve participation by members who own keelboats. In the past we’ve followed suggestions from national magazines to initiate a Couples Class, a Novice Class and a Wednesday night series. But nothing worked until this year, when we successfully built our regular fleet from a scant half dozen boats to more than 30 - a 500 percent increase! Last winter we decided that the basic reason for lack of participation was our own fault: we’d always encouraged nonracing keelboat owners to go up against experienced racing sailors. We’d been fooling ourselves into believing that if we named a special sailing group “novices” or “couples” the tag would tone down the competition issue and do the trick. However, the basic reason most boat owners do not participate is that they do not feel comfortable sailing in close proximity with other boats. A new tack was needed. We believed the answer lay in finding a way so that non-racers were not compelled to participate in a starting line brawl or to sail too close to other boats. We also realized that anyone who has the resources to own a boat does not want to be tagged a “novice.” And, just because a skipper would rather not race, does not make him/her a second-class citizen. Our Cruising Fleet for keelboat owners
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is a PHRF racing fleet with two competitive classes: “A Class” for ratings of less than 190 includes Capris, Catalina 22s to J24s and J80s, Etchells, Melges 24s, a Colgate 26 and everything in between; “B Class” for PHRF’s 190 and above had dwindled down to one participant.
Enter C Class! The purpose of C Class is to draw non-participating skippers to the racing events so that they will eventually become addicted and learn to comfortably sail in close proximity. Here is how it works: We devised a term for C Class participation known as the “Planned Cruise.” A Planned Cruise begins with the Race Committee posting a cruise route, or course, around government buoys or marks in addition to and separate from the regular racecourse, which is usually windward/leeward. WCSC schedules 12 club race days each year covering the spring and fall seasons. Each race day hosts two separate races for A and B classes with a common start. C class skippers typically enjoy a single “planned cruise” with a separate start. The RC waits 10 minutes after the A and B classes start, then hoists the C Class flag for a standard starting sequence. The difference for C Class is that they start but do not race. The objective for them is simply to complete the course. We promote that it does not matter who finishes first or how fast one finishes. What matters is that they complete the course and finish. One Race Committee manages both
the racing and Planned Cruise starts. While the RC takes precise finish times for the PHRF boats, they only chalk up a finish “yes” or “no” for C Class. What does the Planned Cruise have to do with an aggressive racing program? All sailors know that anytime at least two sailboats are within sight of each other, there is a race going on, even if it isn’t called a race. And if we can get the C Class skippers out frequently enough, they eventually become comfortable sailing near others, have their competitive juices aroused and sooner or later transfer (as opposed to “move up”) to either A or B class and begin to race regularly. The concept is known as “fleet building.” We found it very important for the C Class skippers to understand they are no better or worse than A and B class skippers. C Class is promoted as being for those good skippers who would rather not race. A, B and C classes are one happy fleet and the A and B skippers, after understanding the purpose, have welcomed aboard the C Class idea. C class and the “Planned Cruise” sailing format has been in effect for almost a year. We have more participants than ever before, and C Class is now the most popular class at our club. Even casual racers from the past have taken a new look at the sport and drifted back to the starting line. Because of this heavy turnout, the fleet is now hosting pizza or hot dog cookout lunch parties before every participants’ (as opposed to “competitors’”) meeting. Offering a “Planned Cruise” and serving food has a way of forming positive social bonds that carry over to the water. Fleet dues are only $30 per year and the fleet is growing every week. Give it a try at your club and watch our sport grow. Edgar Sherman is captain of the Cruising Fleet at Western Carolina Sailing Club on Hartwell Lake, South Carolina. Editor’s Note: We’d like to hear what you think of this idea. Have you tried others that work? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fall Into Winter Racing Events
harleston sailors have topped the $1 million mark with the 11th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year, they raised more than $180,000, pushing the total since the first regatta to $1,055,000 and growing as additional donations straggled in. The crew of Wrinkles, an Olson 30, raised more than a third of this year’s funds. Lewis Hay, Ted King, Mac and Bill McKenzie, and John Parker dedicated their efforts to crewmate David Hewitt, who is battling multiple myeloma. Thirteen 420s from Charleston Community Sailing Inc. participated carrying crews from eight local high school teams. They raised a combined $13,218. The Witches Brew in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 27, hosted by the Charleston Offshore Racing Association (charlestonoceanracing.org) is one of several fun races rounding out the end of October. Lake Lanier Sailing Club’s Halloween Regatta in Georgia (llsc.com) includes pumpkin carving, costume contests and a scary dinner at the haunted clubhouse, Oct. 27-28. The Turkey Shoot Regatta for boats under 35 feet is hosted by the Keowee Sailing Club (keoweesailingclub.com/) in Seneca, S.C., Oct. 27-28. The Carolina Ocean Challenge is the biggest race of the year for the South Carolina Yacht Club (,*&%*-.*2389*(0:# in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The race held on Calibogue Sound Oct. 27-28 is open to all keelboats 20-feet and larger. Expected fleets include ;<=>,?#@%)8()#A=,#%B5#C@DE# ,$1BB%F")#%B5#B(B/,$1B#*2%,,",9 The Neuse Yacht Racing Association’s Halloween Race starts at the Northwest Creek Marina in New Bern on Oct. 27, followed by a costume party. It is also the first race in the NYRA Winter Series (nyra.org). Open to all North Carolina PHRF racers, the six-race series continues Nov. 10, Dec. 1, 15, Jan. 12 and 26. The Etchells Mid Atlantic Championships, also known as the Fall Blast, will be hosted by the Oriental Dinghy Club Nov. 2-4. The Columbia Sailing Club (colum28 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
biasailingclub.org) will host the Annual Midlands Regatta Nov. 3-4 on Lake Murray, S.C. The weekend promises fun on the water with courses for all ages and sailboats, and off the water with a party wagon and oyster roast. That same weekend, Lake Norman Yacht Club (lakenormanyachtclub.com) will host the 10th annual Fall 48 Flying Scots Regatta and the 26th annual Hank Wilmer Trophy Regatta for all keelboats on the lake. Due to low water levels at Lake Lanier, the LLSC (llsc.com) has cancelled their annual Miss Piggy Regatta, which had been scheduled for Nov. 3-4. Forced to cancel last year, the Jet 14 Class Association (jet14.com) is going to again attempt to host the Chapel Thrill Regatta Nov. 3-4 at the Carolina Sailing Club.
It shouldn’t get this frosty here, but unsurprisingly the number of regattas in the Carolinas does drop off in the winter
The Hot Toddy Winter Sunfish Series is set for its third year in New Bern, N.C., running the first and third Saturdays of each month from November through March. Contact Rob Eberle (252)6351912 or email@example.com. The top J/80 (j80.org) sailors in the country will converge on Lake Norman for the J/80 North American Championships Nov. 7-11, hosted by LNYC. CORA will host their annual DoubleHanded Race, popular with husband/wife and parent/child teams, Nov. 10. Charleston Yacht Club (charlestonyachtclub.com) hosts their fifth annual Big Boat Regatta Nov. 10. Last year’s featured 31 boats in five fleets. The 17th annual Carolina Keel Boat
and One Design Regatta and Ultimate 20 East Coast Championship, will be hosted by Ultimate 20 Fleet #2 (u20class.org) at LNYC Nov. 10-11. Last year’s race drew 27 Ultimate 20 entries as well as fleets of J/24s, J/80s and San Juan 21s. The San Juan 21s gather at the Blackbeard Sailing Club (blackbeardsailingclub. com) Nov. 17 for the annual Turkey Trot Regatta. Down in Charleston, CORA lures the fleet back out on Nov. 24 for the Turkey Regatta, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year 15 boats raced in four fleets. After a busy November, regatta action becomes nearly non-existent in December until the annual New Years Day races to kick off 2008. CORA rounds up the hard core crews for the annual Hangover Race in Charleston Harbor while the Blackbeard Sailing Club hosts the annual Fred Latham Regatta in which Fred is expected to enjoy his 36th New Year’s sail. It’s not too early to start planning for big events next year. The S.C. Maritime Foundation has set the date for Charleston Race Week (charlestonraceweek.com) for April 17-20, a few days later than last year. The dates caught organizers of the Bald Head Island Regatta (bhiregatta.com) off guard, as they already had planned their normally complementary event for the same weekend. No word at press time if it has been rescheduled.
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othing complements a day on the water better than a bit of boat music. And nothing conjures up that nautical mood when you’re stuck ashore better than a few hearty sea songs. Below are Carolina Currents’ staff picks for the 10 albums we would want with us if we ever happened to be stranded on a desert isle. If you’re looking for a surefire gift for the boater in your life, it’s hard to go wrong with any of these:
Eileen Quinn The quintessentially essential cruising crooner, Eileen Quinn’s songs ring true to every sailor who has cast off a line for more than a weekend at a time. Many of her more humorous ditties are considered cult classics, making it difficult to recommend just one of her five albums. Her latest is “Miss Inclined.” All five of her CDs can be found on her website at EileenQuinn.com. Jimmy Buffett The best known of singing sailors, most boaters probably already have a bit of Jimmy in their collection. If not, the best way to take the plunge is with his “Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads” box set. Some might consider this cheating, since it’s a four-CD set, but for the purposes of this list, we’re only counting the Boats disc. Classics like “Son of a Sailor” or “Changes in Latitudes” are the soundtrack to many a boater’s life. For his more recent releases, it’s hard to miss with his “License to Chill” album featuring a roster of collaborations with country musicians. But the real gem for Carolina boaters is his song “Carolina Coastline.” There’s even a Carolina Coastline Parrot Head Club based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Visit cofcphc.com. Molasses Creek This band has been a driving force in the coastal Carolina folk movement since 1993. Check them out if they perform at a festival near you, or visit their Ocracoke home venue the Deep Water Theater. From among the eight albums they’ve released, “Deepwater” is a good bet for a salty selection. Visit soundsiderecords.com for any of their albums and a salty selection of other Outer Banks music. The Boating and Waterfront Magazine
Carolina Currents Top 10 Salty CDs
Them Eastport Oyster Boys If you’ve sailed north to the Chesapeake, chances are you’ve heard of songsters Jefferson Holland and Kevin Brooks. Again, it’s difficult to pick just one of their many fine (and funny) albums, but we’d go with their latest, “Full Moon Cruisin’,” especially since part of the proceeds benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Visit OysterBoys.com.
Eileen, Quinntessential cruising crooner
Kenny Chesney Chesney grew up in Tennessee, but he spent summer vacations in Myrtle Beach, S.C. This Nashville star helped resuscitate Jimmy Buffett’s career earlier in this decade, introducing a new generation of country fans to laid back beach music that owes a heavy debt to the man from Margaritaville. For the best of Chesney’s beach tunes, check out his 2005 album “Be As You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair.” Seafaring Film Classics If you want to be swept away to every seafaring classic you’ve seen on the silver screen, then “Masters and Commnders” is for you. Close your eyes, listen to it and you’ll see the billowing clouds of sails and feel the salt spray on your face. 18 tracks performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra are included, with Pirates of the Caribbean, Master and Commander, Captains Courageous and more. Visit telarc. com.
Pint and Dale Hailing from the left coast, this musical couple blends traditional and original sea songs with dynamic arrangements to create a uniquely pleasing sound. Much of the uniqueness is provided by Felicia Dale’s hurdy gurdy – a hand-cranked instrument that sounds like a cross between a bagpipe and a string quartet. Add in William Pint’s energetic guitar and their blend of vocal duties and the result is difficult to resist. We like their “White Horses” album, but haven’t heard their more recent “Seven Seas” yet. Visit Pintndale.com. Brent Holmes If you have young kids in the house, there is no better way to introduce them to the ecology of the underwater world than with Brent Holmes’ “Sea Tunes” album. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along to tunes like “Out on the Coral Reef ” or “At the Aquarium.” Stop by funtunesforkids.com/seatunes.php. John Golden/The Barquentones Wilmington singer and maritime historian John Golden teams up with Outer Banks musicians including members of Molasses Creek for a convincing collection of traditional and original sea shanties and other folksie favorites on “Shipwrecks & Sea Songs” Volumes 1 and 2. Visit soundsiderecords.com. He stirs fond memories of the Barquentones, a contemporary sea shanty band we belonged to while crewing aboard the tall ship Elissa in Galveston. You might still snag a “Crew of the Elissa” album if you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Eric Stone/Kelly McGuire This one’s a tie. Eric set out a few years back with his dog, his surfboard and his guitar on a sailboat. In recent years he has become a mainstay on the boat show stage entertaining for hours at a Nov/Dec 2007 Carolina Currents 29
time. We’re partial to his “Boatsongs Collection Vol. 3,” although we haven’t heard all of his albums. Stop by BoatSongs.com. Eric reminds us a lot of Kelly McGuire, a singing-songwriting sailor from back in Houston. He went to Nashville to record a country album and came back with “Redfish Island,” a catchy album that’s more bluewater than bluegrass. Visit RedFishIsland.com. ~~~ That’s our collection. Sure, we cheated and picked a dozen discs instead of 10, but we publish the magazine. Now how about your list? What classic album did we forget? What undiscovered chantyman did we omit? Is there a shag selection that we should have on that desert island? Let us know by e-mailing your personal list to: CarolinaCurrents@ yahoo.com. We’ll run the top lists in a future issue. Our one criterion is that at least a few songs on the album be about boats, boating, the sea or the coastal lifestyle. Include your address and we’ll send a scarce, fashionable Carolina Currents ball cap to whoever submits our favorite list.
Boat Music Taken Literally
Rose practices aboard her boat Risky Business OCRACOKE, N.C. - While there are plenty of songwriters who record songs about boats, few record songs on boats. Mya Rose is one. Three-fourths of the liveaboard sailor’s “Breaking Free” album was recorded on her computer aboard her Oday 30 sloop at a dock in Ocracoke’s Silver Lake. It was released in May on her own label. Rose, who hosts open mic nights on the island at the Pelican on Mondays and Mango Loco on Wednesdays, said she talked visiting musicians from the performances into returning to her boat afterwards for some late-night recording sessions. “They probably thought I was picking them up,” admits the vivacious songstress. “The boat has wonderful acoustics and atmospherics. I had the studio going through my computer on the boat table. Everything was going good until I started getting electrocuted when I’d touch a key.” So she moved the setup ashore to finish the
project, which she sells at her performances. She is equal parts sailor and musician, although the sailing came first. “My dad had me tied to the mast of a Sunfish when I was two,” she recalls. Unlike most liveaboards, she says she actually takes her boat out of the slip to go sailing at least weekly. With both parents in the military, Rose grew up as a nomad. While she was born in Massachusetts, the family was stationed in North Carolina when she was six months old. She says she “always sang” and picked up the guitar when she was 11. While attending high school in Korea, her parents suggested that she should get a job. “So I played for change on the side of the road,” she recalls. She moored at the River Rat Yacht Club near Hertford before moving to Ocracoke three summers ago, where she found a niche in the island’s music scene playing her folk rock with a country tinge. While Rose recorded with a band named Slappin’ Patties in Fayetteville a few years ago, “Breaking Free” with 16 original songs is her first solo effort. The first track, “Each Wave,” was inspired by her sailing. Local references can be found in songs like “Springer’s Point,” which incorporates words from a local tombstone into the lyrics: “I don’t know much about this island except what they show me; I shall pass this way but once, any good therefore that I can do let me do it now.” Visit www.myaroseband.com for her performance schedules or ordering info.
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!"#$%!"#$%&' Dear Emily, What are your thoughts on wind generators? I know some can be a bit noisy. Ours doesn’t seem to be as loud as some, but I’m still concerned about disturbing the peace. Signed, Fair Winds
Your concern for your fellow boaters’ tranquility is moving - and moving is what you should consider doing if any noises you emit are disturbing boaters who preceded your arrival in an anchorage, whether it be a wind generator, a gen set, a diesel engine, barking dog or loud music. Many who take up boating do so to enjoy the peacefulness of a remote anchorage. When a noisy neighbor moves in, that peace can be quickly destroyed. On the plus side for you, wind generators are at their noisiest during storms, which tend to drown out their otherwise annoying whine with the sounds of rain beating on decks and rigging rapping upon
masts. You should make an excursion in your dinghy to determine how far the sound of your generator or other device carries across the water under normal operating conditions. If forced by space restrictions to anchor within that distance of another boat, the polite thing to do is to ask if you are bothering them. If the answer is an affirmative, then turn off the offending item. Instead, try running it while your neighbors are ashore. Also, many boats are so well insulated that sounds which might disturb people while they enjoy the magic of sunset in their cockpit will go completely unnoticed when they slip below decks to evade post-sunset mosquito swarms. Still, it is good to ask. Similar constraints in the name of good manners are called for in a marina. While it is good practice to run your engine periodically if you aren’t using your boat, do so when it is least likely to disturb others. Putting the flip flop on the other
foot, if somebody else is disturbing your peace, a polite inquiry about how long the offending noise will continue should convey the message far more effectively than burning holes through their hulls with glaring stares. Unfortunately, if your neighbors were first in the anchorage and decline to exhibit appropriate behavior modifications, then you must be the one to move - or endure until it subsides. The most atrocious offense we’ve encountered in our travels was a boating couple in a small anchorage who fired up a particularly loud genset, then went ashore leaving it rattling, belching cooling water and emitting fumes that wafted right down our companionway for several hours. Needless to say we were fuming! ~#$%&'
Yak Talk We’re looking for stories to run in this new paddling column. Submit your ideas to CarolinaCurrents@yahoo.com
Here are some safety tips that should be part of your next paddling trip, compiled in part from U.S. Coast Guard advice. Be a swimmer - learn about defensive and aggressive swimming techniques. File a float plan as part of your routine planning. File it with someone you trust who will call if you are late. Wear a personal flotation device or lifejacket designed for the type of paddling you enjoy and wear it. Flotation needs to fit snugly and be well secured. Ensure watertight compartments on kayaks are sealed. Carry a spare paddle or, for relatively flat water, use a paddle leash that connects the paddle to the boat or your wrist. Always dress for an unexpected flip and dress in layers. Using polypro underwear, drysuit or paddle jacket and dry pants will better prepare you for unexpected soakings. Wear a hat or helmet - in whitewater, a helmet should be worn sized to accommodate a neoprene hood for paddling The Boating and Waterfront Magazine
in cold water. The hood keeps the head warm and prevents the shock of unexpected entry into cold water that can upset equilibrium. Paddlers in calm water should have a hat for protection from the sun. Navigation eqiupment such as chart and compass or map of the river will help you keep oriented. Learn low technology navigation and map reading before becoming dependent on a GPS receiver that can be dropped or run low on batteries. Also carry: A whistle or sound signaling device consider tying a whistle to your PFD. Throw bags and other rescue gear. A river knife within reach anytime there are lines being used near boats. A bilge pump and/or bailer (paddlers operating in open water need something to get the water out of their boats). Tow line - just in case.
Signaling and communications gear - well prepared paddlers should carry several means of communication, lights, mirrors and flares. Consider the purchase of a water resistant handheld marine VHF radio to improve trip safety. First aid and survival kits - there are ready-made marine first aid kits on the market or you can build your own. Consider assembling a personal survival kit. Duct tape - the paddler’s friend. Personal items - carry this gear for your protection from the elements and use drybags to keep all of your equipment dry: Sunscreen; Drinking Water; Proper Footwear; UV Eye Protection/Sunglasses with a strap. Check weather and tides ahead of your trip so you know what to expect. Plan your route so that the wind and/or tide will be in your favor for the return leg of your trip. Nov/Dec 2007 Carolina Currents 31
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Editor’s Note: Doug Sligh and Mary Ann Parham on board their Bristol 35 Calculation left Oriental, N.C., at the end of May for a summer cruise through Maine. We catch up with them in Rockland in late July. For the complete trip, check our online edition.
e’re tied to a floating dock in Rockland, Maine, our first marina since Cape May, N.J. We chartered the first time here back in 1991 on a Hunter 30. For us, it all started here. The rocks and fog do not seem as scary now. And we have GPS and radar this time. Both of us are disappointed by how little we’ve sailed. We had an hour here and there, but we just haven’t had wind. Last night we enjoyed a Maine Artisan Cheese Dinner. The seven courses, wine and atmosphere were incredible. In addition to discussion about the cheeses we ate, host Jeffrey Roberts told us about cheese makers and gave histories of various cheeses. We will long remember that meal. We motored to Warren Island. As we approached, the fog lifted and we were in a fogless blue hole with clear sky above, but you could see fog everywhere else - magic. The 70-acre island was given to the people of Maine by the town of Islesboro in 1958. It is now a park for boaters. There is no ferry, so you have to come by private boat. The state maintains moorings in the harbor and nine campsites on the island. There are trails around the shore and through the center. Across from the harbor is the ferry landing for Islesboro, which has an old lighthouse and museum. That evening, two of the windjammers based in Camden sailed in - more magic. The next day we sailed (yes sailed)
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Find Gems Up North
around Islesboro to Castine. We tied up to the town dock for two hours and then moved about a mile to a tranquil anchorage in Smith Cove. From there, we headed down Penobscot Bay. In 1992, we were sailing past Bucks Harbor on our way to Pulpit Harbor when thick fog engulfed us. Luckily we’d kept a dead reckoning plot and found our way back to Bucks where we picked up the first vacant mooring we came to. Things have changed a bit, but the outdoor showers are still there. We left Bucks to sail down Eggemoggin Reach. As we reached Jericho Bay we felt a breeze in the cockpit. Puzzled and not believing it, we raised sails. The wind died but returned 30 minutes later, this time to stay with us all the way to Blue Hill. In her BD (before Doug) life, Mary Ann spent several summer vacations on Mount Desert Island watching the boats. It only took 25 years, but she’s finally here on her own boat! We anchored in Somes Harbor for three nights. We’ve been visiting both the towns and Acadia National Park. A fleet of free shuttle buses operates between most spots and you can flag them down anywhere on the route to get on or off. We’ve also been enjoying very fresh local seafood. We bought lobsters from a fisherman as we passed and several nights we’ve dined on mussels that we harvested. One other unique thing to us is the seals. They pop their heads up, look you over and then dive below again. The fog hasn’t been bad and so far we haven’t snagged any lobster pots. Our
By Doug Sligh
friend Roger Howell has a saying called the Need Factor: Things work only when you don’t need them. We have added this corollary: You only need the stuff you don’t have. I packed a wet suit. When we arrived in Maine I purchased a warp hook to remove any lines from our prop and/or rudder. Based on the Need Factor, that was all the insurance required to ward off the need for those items. Yesterday we toured the Thuya Gardens at Aticou and one of the entrances is a dinghy dock. We filled out a survey on the bus and one of the possible answers to the question “How did you get here?” was “sailboat.” We love it! Our next stop will be the first on our way home, but we plan to meander back as we meandered up here.
Photos from left: Schooners in Newport Harbor; Kayaking on the Hudson; Seguin Island Lighthouse; Free dinner; Lobsters in the dink.
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to the Past
n 1895, Joshua Slocum set sail from Boston, Mass. in the Spray to circumnavigate the globe, as described in Sailing Alone Around the World, one of the classics of nautical literature and the inspiration for generations of cruisers. But before that journey, he visited the Carolina coast as described in his book Voyage of the Liberdade, which was published in 1890. Plying his merchant trade along the coast of Brazil, Slocum encounters cholera and forced quarantine, a mutinous crew, and finally a shipwreck. He waits for help in Brazil; it doesn’t come, so he and his family build the Liberdade, a 35-foot cross between a dory and sampan. They sail the “canoe,” as he calls it, back to America. After 53 days and over 5,500 miles at sea aboard Liberdade, Slocum and his crew (wife Hettie, sons Garfield and Victor) made landfall in South Carolina in the fall of 1888. The following extracts from that book detail his experiences in the Carolinas.
farmers of South Santee. Bidding them good-bye next morning at early dawn we sailed before a light land wind which, however, soon petered out.
Georgetown The S.S. Planter then coming along took us in tow for Georgetown, where she was bound. We had not the pleasure, however, of visiting the beloved old city; for having some half dozen cocoa-nuts on board, the remainder of small stores of the voyage, a vigilant officer stopped us at the quarantine ground. Fruit not being admitted into South Carolina until after the first of November, and although it was now late in the afternoon of the first, we had to ride quarantine that night, with a promise, however, of pratique next morning. But there was no steamer going up the river the next day. The Planter coming down though supplied us with some small provisions,
Landfall We worked up under the lee of the Roman shoals and made harbour in South Santee, a small river to the north of Cape Roman, within range of the light, there to rest until the wind should change, it being still ahead. The crew of the Liberdade We found the included Slocum’s wife and sons Andersons-this was the family name-isolated in every sense of the word, and as primitive as such as were not procurable at the Santee farm. Then putting to sea we beat along heart could wish. The charming simplicity slowly against wind and current. of these good people captivated my crew. We met others along the coast innocent of greed, but of all unselfish men, Anderson Cape Fear the elder was surely the prince. We began now to experience, as might Purchasing some truck from this good be expected, autumn gales of considerable man, we found that change could not be violence, the heaviest of which overtaking made for the dollar which I tendered in us at Frying-pan Shoal, drove us back to payment. Said the farmer, “And you came leeward of Cape Fear for shelter. South all the way from Brazil in that boat! Wife, Port and Wilmington being then so near she won’t go to Georgetown in the batto we determined to visit both places. Two that I built because it rares too much.” weeks at these ports refreshed the crew and Better folks we may never see than the made all hands willing for sea again. The Boating and Waterfront Magazine
Sailing thence through Corn-cake Inlet we cut off Cape Fear and the Frying-pan Shoals, being of mind to make for the inlets along the Carolina coast and to get into the inland waters as soon as practicable. It was our good fortune to fall in with an old and able pilot at Corn-cake Inlet, one Capt. Bloodgood, who led the way through the channel in his schooner, the Packet, a Carolina pitch and cotton droger of forty tons register, which was manned solely by the captain and his two sons, one twelve and the other ten years old. It was in the crew that I became most interested, and not the schooner. Bloodgood gave the order when the tide served for us to put to sea. “Come, children,” said he, “let’s try it.” Then we all tried it together, the Packet leading the way. The shaky west wind, that filled our sails as we skimmed along the beach with the breakers close aboard, carried us but a few leagues when it flew suddenly round to nor’east and began to pipe. The gale increasing rapidly inclined me to bear up for New River Inlet, then close under our lee, with a treacherous bar lying in front, which to cross safely would require great care. But the gale was threatening, and the harbour inside, we could see, was smooth; then, too, cried my people: “Any port in a storm.” I decided prompt; put the helm up and squared away. Flying thence, before it, the tempest-tossed canoe came sweeping in from sea over the rollers in a delightfully thrilling way. One breaker only coming over us, and even that did no harm more than to give us all the climax soaking of the voyage. This was the last sea that broke over the canoe on the memorable voyage.
New River The harbour inside the bar of New River was good. Adding much to our comfort too was fish and game in abundance. The Packet, which had parted from us, made her destined port some three leagues farther on. The last we saw of the children, they were at the main sheets hauling aft, and their father was at the helm, and Nov/Dec 2007 Carolina Currents 33
all were flying through the mist like fearless sailors. After meeting Carolina seamen, to say nothing of the few still in existence further north, I challenge the story of Greek supremacy.
South Port The little town of South Port was made up almost entirely of pilots possessing, I am sure, every quality of the sailor and the gentleman. Moored snug in the inlet, it was pleasant to listen to the roar of the breakers on the bar, but not so cheerful was the thought of facing the high waves seaward. Therefore the plan suggested itself of sufficiently deepening a ditch that led through the marshes from New River to Bogue Sound, to let us through; thence we could sail inland the rest of the voyage without obstruction or hindrance of any kind. To this end we set about contrivances to heave the canoe over the shoals, and borrowed a shovel from a friendly schooner captain to deepen the ditch which we thought would be necessary to do in order to ford her along that way. However, the prevailing nor’east gales had so raised the water in the west end of the sound as to fill all the creeks and ditches to overflowing. I hesitated then no longer, but heading for the ditch through the marshes on a high tide, before a brave west wind took the chances of getting through by hook or by crook or by shovel and spade if required. The “Coast Pilot,” in speaking of this place, says there is never more than a foot of water there, and even that much is rarely found. The Liberdade essayed the ditch, drawing two feet and four inches, thus showing the further good fortune or luck which followed perseverance, as it usually does, though sometimes, maybe, it is bad luck! Perhaps I am not lucid on this, which at best must remain a disputed point. I was getting lost in the maze of sloughs and creeks, which as soon as I entered seemed to lead in every direction but the right one. Hailing a hunter near by, however, I was soon put straight and reassured of success. The most 34 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
a pot-pie, at twilight, the like of which astonished man, though, in North Carolina, was this same hunter when asked if he on the whole voyage had not been tasted, from sea fowl laid about by our pilot while knew the ditch that led through where I sailing through the meadows and marshes. wished to go. And the pilot himself, returning while the “Why, stranger,” said he, “my gran’ther pot-pie was yet steaming hot, declared it digged that ditch.” I jumped, I leaped! at thought of what a “ahead of coon.” A pleasant sail was this through the pilot this man would be. ditch that gran’ther dug. At the camp fire “Well, stranger,” said he, in reply to my that night, where we hauled up by a fishing query, “stranger, if any man kin take y’ thro’ station, thirty stalwart men talked over that ditch, why, I kin”; adding doubtfully, the adventures of their lives. My pilot, the however, “I have not hearn tell befo’ of a best speaker, kept the camp in roars. As for vessel from Brazil sailing through these myself, always fond of mirth, I got up from parts; but then you mout get through, and the fire sore from laughing. Their curious again ye moutent. Well, it’s jist here; you adventures with coons and ‘gators recountmout and you moutent.” ed had been considerable. A bargain was quickly made, and my Many startling pilot came aboard, stories were told. armed with a long gun, )6&$#*;$$&3%8*!+#0-3%+* But frequently which as we sailed along '$+;$%B*C*14+--$%8$* reverting to the proved a terror to ducks. voyage of the The entrance to the &4$*'&0#=*06*D#$$2* Liberdade, they ditch, then close by, was '":#$;+1=> declared with one made with a flowing sheet, and I soon found that my pilot knew voice that “it was the greatest thing since the wah.” I took this as a kind of complihis business. Rush-swamps and corn-fields mentary hospitality. “When she struck on a we left to port and to starboard, and were sand reef,” said the pilot, “why, the captain at times out of sight among brakes that he jumped right overboard and the son he brushed crackling along the sides of the jumped right over, too, to tote her over, and canoe, as she swept briskly through the the captain’s wife she holp.” narrows, passing them all, with many a close hug, though, on all sides. At a point well on in the crooked channel my pilot Beaufort threw up his hat, and shouted, with all his By daylight next morning we sailed might: from this camp pleasant, and on the fol“Yer trouble is over! Swan to gosh if it lowing day, November 28, at noon, arrived ain’t! And ye come all the way from Brazil, at Beaufort. and come through gran’ther’s ditch! Well, Mayor Bell of that city and many of his I d’clar!” townfolk met us at the wharf, and gave me From this I concluded that we had as well as my sea-tossed crew a welcome cleared all the doubtful places, and so it to their shores, such as to make us feel that turned out. Before sundown my pilot was the country was partly ours. looking for the change of a five-dollar“Welcome, welcome home,” said the piece; and we of the Liberdade sat before good mayor; “we have read of your adventures, and watched your progress as reported from time to time, with deep The Liberdade interest and sympathy.” So we began to learn now that prayers on shore had gone up for the little canoe at sea. This was indeed America and home, for which we had longed while thousands of miles across the ocean. From Beaufort to Norfolk and thence to Washington was pleasant inland sailing, with prevailing fair winds and smooth sea. Christmas was spent on the Chesapeake.
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November 24 The Boat Parade of Lights on the Savannah River and alongside historic River Street in Savannah, Ga., runs 6-10 p.m. (912)234-0295. The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade takes place in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The curtain rises on the parade at the Little River Inlet at 5 p.m. and travels south, arriving at Dock Holidays Marina at 7 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a new toy and drop it off at a collection point at any marina in Little River or North Myrtle Beach. (843)249-8888. Christmasregatta.com. The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla in Wrightsville Beach features a lighted parade of boats along Banks Channel. The grand prize winner of the parade will receive a seven-night stay at the Atlantis Resort valued at $6,500. A festival in the park, tree lighting ceremony and pre-flotilla holiday party starts things off on Nov. 23 followed by the boat parade and fireworks on Nov. 24. ncholidayflotilla.org. December 1 The South Carolina Parade of Boats fills Charleston Harbor starting at 5:30
p.m. near Mount Pleasant. The midpoint of the parade features a spectacular fireworks display shot from the harbor at approximately 6:45 p.m. After proceeding down the Charleston side of the Cooper River, the parade ends in the Ashley River at approximately 7:30 p.m. Participate in the parade by calling the city at (843)724Island of Lights
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November 23 The Swansboro Christmas Flotilla travels the Intracoastal Waterway from the high-rise bridge at Emerald Isle and down White Oak River on the day after Thanksgiving. Swansboro’s Front Street provides a perfect viewing platform for seeing both the boat parade and Santa’s grand entrance at Port O’Swannsborough. Swansboro, N.C. (910)326-7370; email@example.com. The Holiday Boat Flotilla sponsored by the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism on Topsail Island, N.C., with assistance from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-09 of Hampstead travels down the Intracoastal Waterway off Topsail Beach at 6 p.m. Spectators can enjoy light refreshments while watching. (910)329 4446
here is nothing quite like the sight of thousands of lights sparkling against the night sky and reflecting on the water - shining like the very glow of the season in each observer’s eye. The entrants often spend weeks planning and preparing for the big day, including rounding up extra generators to accommodate all the lights, sound systems and animated displays they pile onto their decks and raise into their rigging. While U.S. Coast Guard regulations must be adhered to, there are usually few flotilla rules. The watercraft can be decorated any way the owner sees fit, ranging from a few strings of light to an entire topical theme boat crewed by costumed Island of Lights characters. With most holiday flotillas Festival everyone is a winner because there are so many categories - such as boats under 15 feet, boats over 15 feet, best theme, judges’ choice and people’s choice. The largest flotillas will likely be at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina and Charleston in South Carolina, but we’ve also listed smaller events in many areas. Please verify with the organizer if you plan to participate.
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7305 to register, decorating your boat from stem to stern with lights, and joining the fun on the water. Thousands of spectators view the parade along the route each year. There is ample time to attend the City of Charleston’s tree lighting ceremony in Marion Square and still get to the waterfront to enjoy the parade. Captains and crews will be invited to the Captain’s Party (details to be announced). Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place boats in both the power and sail categories, with the best-in-show award going to the highest scoring boat overall. The Peninsula Yacht Club 11th Annual Lighted Boat Parade is open to all boaters on Lake Norman, N.C. Boats assemble in the PYC harbor at 7:15 p.m. for the parade around the lake followed by an awards ceremony at 9:30 p.m. (740)892-9858. The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla brings an evening parade of yachts and working boats decorated for Christmas cruising from Morehead City to the Beaufort, N.C., waterfront. Waterfront merchants in both towns host open houses in the afternoon. Enjoy cider, a parade and dinner on the waterfront on this magical winter evening by the sea. Up to 8,000 Nov/Dec 2007 Carolina Currents 35
December 7 The Sailing Capital of North Carolina hosts an annual Christmas Flotilla as part of the Oriental Spirit of Christmas weekend. The parade launches from Whittaker Pointe Marina at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and proceeds west along the waterfront on South Avenue before circling through the town harbor. The lighting of the Christmas star on the town dock follows. The weekend includes open house events throughout town, luminaries lining a parade route on Saturday afternoon and concerts each night. townoforiental.com A one-boat flotilla that doesn’t actually move will still manage to outshine a good many of the other light parades. As part of historic downtown Wilmington’s annual holiday light celebration, the Battleship North Carolina will be dressed in lights strung from the bow up to the masts and down to the stern. Enjoy the sight nightly 36 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
from dusk to 11 p.m. with easy viewing from downtown Wilmington. Continues through Jan. 6. (910)251-5797
December 8 The “Light Up the Night” Boat Parade hosted by Main Street Beaufort, S.C., launches at 6:30 p.m. Decorated boats cruise by the newly renovated Waterfront Park. Part of the annual A Low Country Christmas weeklong festival. downtownbeaufort.com. The Southport Sea Holiday Boat Flotilla sets out at approximately 7 p.m. along the Southport Waterfront. Part of Christmas By The Sea Festival which begins Dec. 1 with a hometown parade and a tour of homes on Oak Island and continues a week later in Southport with a historic home tours, a choral concert, extended holiday shopping hours by downtown merchants and the flotilla. Boats depart from the Old Yacht Basin and travel almost all the way down to the ferry landing before turning around and coming back. While waiting for the flotilla to begin, spectators in the Southport Waterfront Park are treated to live music, carol sing-alongs and skits performed by a local theatrical group. Local elementary school students among the crowd of 1,500-plus spectators judge the entries. “They know what they like, and no one can get mad at kids,” says Karen Sphar, executive vice president of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. “This event is definitely a local favorite - a
highlight of the holiday season.” christmasbythesea.com The Annual Holiday Flotilla on the Pamlico presented by Downtown Washington on the Waterfront in Washington, N.C., ushers in a parade of boats in full holiday regalia at 6 p.m. Gather along Stewart Parkway for the best view. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots. washingtononthewater.com In Wilmington, N.C., you can board the Henrietta III tour boat at the city docks on Water and Dock streets for a Cruise to the North Pole to Pick up Santa. The trip lasts from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Children can enjoy a clown on one deck while waiting to see Santa on the main deck. The event benefits the Salvation Army. Admission is six cans of food. Call (800)676-0162 or (910)343-1611. cfrboats.com The Edenton-Chowan Christmas Parade is a land-based part of a busy schedule of holiday events in this historic North Carolina town, but it promises to include “floats, boats, horses, Shrine Units and more.” The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on North and Broad Streets. visitedenton. com.
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people have turned out to see this impressive parade - a tradition dating back to 1995. After the parade, the boats dock at the Beaufort waterfront and everyone enjoys a post-parade party at the North Carolina Maritime Museum and Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. crystalcoastnc.org The Coastal Christmas Flotilla organized by the New Bern N.C. Parks and Recreation Department brings a magical evening of bright lights, beautiful boats and music. The Marine Corps Band will begin at 5:30 p.m. Santa will hitch a ride aboard the sponsor’s boat, “The Hatterascal,” to greet children in Union Point Park. (252)639-2902. The Island of Lights Festival Holiday Flotilla is a highlight of the five-week-long “Island of Lights” celebration in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, N.C. Other events include a holiday parade, a tour of homes and a New Year’s Eve party. Decorated fishing boats and pleasure craft parade down the Intracoastal Waterway from Snows Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. Cash prizes are awarded. View from a boat or anywhere along the waterway. (910)431-0190. Christmas on the Scuppernong in Columbia, N.C., draws local crafts, entertainment, an oyster roast and more to Rivertown. The holiday flotilla passes along the Columbia Waterfront starting at 5 p.m. visittyrrellcounty.com
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Getting Your Boat Ready for
ike it or not, winter is coming. As much as I hate the thought of no more boating for several months, the reality is we must soon get ready for the cold weather. Even those of us lucky enough to live in an area with minimal snow and little if any harbor ice, must still take precautions for the coming winter months. In some ways we need to be more careful than our neighbors in the North because we are not always as well prepared for those sudden cold snaps. The following recommendations should help you in getting ready: • Check all your hoses and underwater fittings. Close all seacocks that are not needed and check the operation of those that need to remain open. Don’t forget to check cockpit drains and stuffing boxes. • Check your bilge pumps: inspect the hoses, connections, and wiring. If anything looks marginal, fix it now. Test each float switch not only to make sure it comes on but also that it goes off when the water is pumped out. Fill the bilge with water until the pump comes on, then watch that it pumps out like it should and does not take too long. • Check the high water alarm if you have one. If you don’t this might be a good time to install one. Most boats that sink at the dock do so as the result of failed underwater fittings. • Whether you store your boat on land or in the water, keeping her warm inside is not a bad idea. It helps prevent mildew and condensation. If you do use an electric heater I recommend the small dehumidifier type such as the GoldenRods. These do not have fans to fail and are in general safer. Whatever type you use, remember to keep it high enough to remain out of any bilge water and away from any fabrics or flammable materials. The galley countertop or stovetop is a good location. • Do not count on a shore power heat source to prevent freezing. If a sudden
Proper bilge pump installation. Note oil sorbs forward of pump 38 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
By Wayne Canning, Accredited Marine Surveyor
winter storm hits, it is likely to bring power outages as well as freezing temperatures. It’s simply not worth the risk. Better to play it safe and add antifreeze to your water system and engine. Drain any water tanks and heaters and don’t forget the head. Use antifreeze in your engine even if it is raw water cooled as this will cut down on corrosion. And please let’s use biodegradable antifreeze. • Check your electrical system. Make sure your batteries have proper fluid levels (you should check this at least once a month). Check the battery connections for corrosion. Verify your battery charger is functioning properly. Inspect the ends of your shore cord. Most onboard fires start at the shore power inlet due to heating caused by loose or corroded plug ends. If you see An example of a poorly installed pump and a thru hull in poor condition.
any discoloration or worn boots, replace the end or better yet the cord. Check both ends. A solar panel makes a good reliable charger for maintaining your batteries even if you lose shore power. Remember your bilge pump is useless if the batteries are dead or a connection fails. • Do not leave covers and canvas on unless they are designed as a storage cover. Most bimini tops and dodgers are not designed for the heavy winds of a Nor’easter. It is better to take them down and not risk damage in strong winter winds. This would also be a good time to remove sails and canvas for service. Even if you do not need to service your sails and canvas, leaving them on the boat all winter just exposes them to weather damage and wear. If you do install winter covers, leave some ventilation. If your boat is on land, never secure covers to the stands used to support your boat. • If you have an outboard motor either as your main engine or for the dinghy, now
A proper winter cover. Note vents in the cover for air circulation.
is a good time to have it serviced, or store it inside and out of the elements. You may find that the local service shop will give you a good deal if you let them service it in the dead of winter rather than waiting until spring, and you’ll be ahead of the pack to the water come the first warm weather. • If you store your boat on land, remember to remove drain plugs and check deck and cockpit drains at least once a month for leaves and other debris as they can quickly clog drains resulting in flooding. If you leave your boat on its trailer, make sure it’s level and avoid parking it under any trees. You may want to block the trailer to take some of the load off the wheels. Even if your boat has a drain plug, make sure the bilge pump is operational since drain plugs can get clogged. • And last of all, if you do leave your boat in the water, check your lines and fenders every couple of weeks. If you do not live near your boat, it would be a good idea to pay someone to do this for you, or at the very least tip the dockmaster well to be sure he pays special attention to your boat. Take the time to get ready now and avoid problems in the spring.
Quick Winterizing Checklist 1. Check all underwater hoses and fittings including drains and stuffing boxes. Shut off unneeded seacocks. 2. Check your bilge pumps and batteries. 3. Drain water systems and tanks, fill fuel tanks. Use biodegradable antifreeze. 4. Remove covers not designed for long term storage. Make sure any winter covers are properly secured and allow for ventilation. 5. Remove and store outboard motors. Winterize inboard motors with anti freeze. 6. If on land, check all drains, check stands and supports. If on trailer, make sure it’s level and not under any trees. If in the water, check all the lines and fenders. 7. Check your boat often during the winter. www.CarolinaCurrents.com
ou propel yourself through the crystal clear turquoise water, silently peering down at the colorful coral reef below. You skim along the surface, breathing through your snorkel with ease while searching for your next meal. About 10 feet down you spot a beautiful vermillion snapper lazily finning its way in and out of the reef. You take a deep breath, jackknife your body and kick your legs. When you reach the bottom, the snapper is right in front of you. With one hand on the shaft of your spear and the other on your sling, you are ready to let the spear fly. The fish turns its side to you and, wham! It struggles with your spear through its head, so you swim forward to retrieve it. Quickly, you take the fish to the surface and slide it off the spear into the dinghy. The menu for tonight is grilled snapper with fresh veggies and rice. Spearfishing is always a fun way to put dinner on the table and is a great alternative to hook and line fishing. It provides exercise, allows you to get up close and personal with nature, and offers a wide variety of fish to hunt. Perhaps what makes diving for dinner even more enticing is the fact that you can select your target visually. Spearfishing can also be very challenging. Some of the skills necessary to be a bluewater hunter include: being a strong swimmer, having proficient hand to eye coordination, knowing how to properly identify fish species, and free diving or scuba skills. Specialized gear is required, but just how specialized is up to you. While you can spearfish with dive tanks and other underwater breathing apparatus, we prefer free diving for its simplicity. Basic gear for free diving includes dive fins, dive mask and snorkel. You may wish to wear a wetsuit to keep warm and to protect your skin in case of an accidental brush against the coral or a jellyfish. A glove might come in handy for grasping a ledge or rock to steady yourself. A weight belt is also optional if you’re particularly buoyant. The type of weapon you use depends on local fishing laws and personal preference. You can use a pole spear, Hawaiian sling or a band-powered speargun. Educate yourself The Boating and Waterfront Magazine
By Jeannette Pucella
on local fishing regulations to see what you are legally allowed to hunt with. Once you have your gear together and you are ready to dive, the next step is to locate a good spot. Most cruisers we’ve met choose to spearfish in relatively shallow depths, 6 to 10 feet, over coral heads that are teeming with a healthy marine population. You can snorkel along the top of the water until you spot the fish you want. If you are searching for lobster, look for their antennae in holes and under ledges. Then, either take the shot from above
or dive down and line up your shot at the level of the fish. Ideally, you want a headshot because the fish will often die instantly without a struggle and you won’t mangle any of the good meat. However, as long as you get some part of its body on the spear you’re normally home free. While the occasional fish has been known to wriggle off the tip of the spear, there is a barb in place that should prevent that from happening. In fact, in order to get the fish off the spear, you have to slide it down and off the opposite end. Always deposit a fresh kill into the waiting dinghy so that the blood doesn’t attract sharks. Sharks, moray eels and even barracuda are lured by blood and struggling prey. Always keep a sharp eye out and never dive without a buddy. You are
there to keep an eye on one another and help each other stay aware of your environment. Potential dangers are best prevented through vigilance. If you do see a shark in the area, it is best that you do not spearfish there. If one enters the area while you have a struggling fish on your spear, you need to exit the water calmly. Remember, although you are not their natural prey, the struggling fish is. It is essential to be knowledgeable about the local marine life. When harvesting any of the ocean’s resources we must be conscious of the impact we have on it. Pay attention to what times of the year and in which areas certain species spawn and educate yourself so that you don’t interrupt breeding cycles, which can have serious consequences on future populations. Some good resources for spearfishing are local government fish and game publications, dive shops, Scott Bannerot’s book The Cruiser’s Handbook of Fishing, and Vic Dunaway’s Sport Fish of the Atlantic. In the Carolinas, spadefish, sheepshead and flounder are popular inshore spearfishing species. Offshore, divers look around wrecks and other structures for grouper, amberjack, snapper, hogfish, cobia, pompano and both slipper and spiny lobster. For more information on spearfishing in the Carolinas, visit the S.C. Spearfishing Club at charlestondiving.com, and Wilmington Spearfishing at wilmingtonspearfishing.com. Editor’s Note: Jeannette and Brian recently returned to North Carolina after six years of living aboard and cruising on their Bayfield 32, Puff.
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By Wes Hair
If you are looking for sport fish that are large and put up a long hard fight, then you have missed the boat. Spot is the little brother of the croaker, and can be identified by the forked tail, brassy wavy stripes on top and the prominent dark spot behind the gills for which it is named. The N.C. state record for spot is 1 lb 13 oz. set in 1979, but the average weight is around a half pound. You can catch two at a time if you’re lucky. But this meaty morsel can hold its own in tugging with the best of the big fish, and they taste great too.
“Y’all Come” The Swansboro area is considered by some to be the spot fishing capital of the world. Some of the most popular places are the piers such as the Emerald Isle Fishing Pier. People come from all over to fish on the piers, day and night, while the run is on. Most everyone fills his or her coolers with nice sized spot. Pier fishing is relatively inexpensive and does not require a N.C.
saltwater fishing license to be purchased. The pier buys a license to cover those who fish only from the pier. Get ready to see lots of folks and hear at least one or two lies or fishing tales of the past. A saltwater fishing license is now required to fish N.C. coastal waters with an
WANSBORO, N.C. - It is the time of the year when fisherman and families make their annual pilgrimage to the North Carolina coast to catch spot from the beach, piers, rivers and Intracoastal Waterway, a tradition that is enjoyed by young and old. October and November are the prime months to visit the Crystal Coast for their fall run. The spot run inspired the stories and memories that my grandfather talked so much about - the special fishing times we shared catching spot, or the first time that a father taught his son or daughter to fish at the coast. It is the time of year that fishermen fill their coolers with fish tot supply the fish fry awaiting back home. Spot fishing is for anyone who loves to feel a tug on the line. It is one of the easiest saltwater fish to catch. You do not need expensive equipment. It provides that fishing experience that gives us a break from our hectic schedules and leaves special memories.
Fishing for spot on the ICW
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Fried Panfish Fillets Several spot or other panfish fillets Salt and pepper 1 cup flour Shortening or cooking oil 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup milk 1 cup bread crumbs Combine milk and eggs. Dip fillets in mixture of salt, pepper and flour then into milk and egg mixture. Roll fillets in bread crumbs until completely covered. Heat cooking oil to 375 degrees. Place fillets in cooking oil and brown fillets well on both sides.
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onsumers seeking North Carolina seafood can turn to new wallet-size reminders of their seasonal choices. Local Catch: North Carolina Seafood Availability cards, were developed by N.C. Sea Grant and the N.C. Aquariums. The autumn, winter, spring and summer cards draw information from Sea Grant’s popular North Carolina Seafood Availability poster, which has been updated this fall. The poster is a partnership between Sea Grant, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Joanne Harcke of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher approached Sea Grant earlier this year to suggest the card project. “Visitors to the three aquariums had questions about local seafood and best choices. We wanted to create a positive message for
what North Carolina has to offer,” she explains. Barry Nash, Sea Grant seafood technology and marketing specialist, notes the cards and posters help consumers who are increasingly interested in the origin of their seafood. “People want to know what species are available along the North Carolina coast and what season they are available,” he says. “It is much like consumers who prefer to go to a local farmer’s market to get fresh, seasonal produce.” The cards highlight commercial fisheries by season, including shellfish aquaculture included in DMF marine fisheries landings. The cards also provide information on how and where North Carolina seafood is harvested. Local Catch cards and the seafood poster can be downloaded from ncseagrant.org/localcatch. www.CarolinaCurrents.com
annual fee of $15. Most fish here have size and quantity limits, but not spot. Many fishermen who don’t pack the piers will fish from the surf to catch spot and enjoy a peaceful and serene day. Don’t forget your license or you’ll be bait! The prime fishing experience for boaters is between the bridges of Emerald Isle and the bridge crossing the White Oak River in Swansboro. People from all over bring their boats to line the channel banks of the ICW. During the height of the spot run you can almost walk from boat to boat between these bridges. You’ll see every kind and make of boat imaginable, from sport fishing boats with large motors to the smallest dinghies and every type in between. If you have not seen or participated in this ritual, you have missed a classic outdoor adventure. Catching large quantities of fish is only a small part of the pleasure. You will see entire families enjoying an afternoon of boating and fishing pleasure. Boats are loaded with folks that are not your normal experienced fishermen: grandma, grandpa, small children, mom, dad and Fido. I’ll bet that when the young ‘uns get older they will share this same wonderful experience with their children and make this an annual family event.
Targeting Spot Most any rod and reel will work. A standard bottom rig with a 1- or 2-ounce
Survey Program Targets Fishing License Holders
weight (depending on current) and small hooks will do just fine. When fishing on the pier, fish on the side that has the most OREHEAD CITY, N.C. – A proposed fishermen. Or, on the beach, fish from the new recreational fishing survey surf where you see lots of shells and deeper could soon expand into North Carolina and water. If fishing from a boat, find deeper may serve as a prototype for fishing data water on either side of the ICW channel. collection nationwide. Go where the boats are and observe what If approved, the project will be conducted they are doing. in partnership between NOAA Fisheries and Several baits will work well. Fresh the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. It will shrimp or bloodworms have been the bait use contact information from the state’s of choice. There is new bait on the market new Coastal Recreational Fishing License that is an alternative to fresh bait. It is to develop improved recreational data called Fish Bites and is a synthetic, scented collection methods. bait that is easy to use. Just cut small bits NOAA is seeking public comments on the off the strip and place on the hook. Fish proposed pilot project through Nov. 13, and DMF plans to begin its first phone surveys Bites does not spoil or have to be refrigerunder the program ated. These baits in late December can be purand early January. chased at most “This is a great any bait and program that tackle shop in satisfies the the area. primary objective When fishof the division ing, wait for in pursuing the bite, set the the Coastal A busy weekend hook and start Recreational at Bogue Inlet Pier, reeling. You Fishing License, Emerald Isle will not believe which was better the results. Get information on the recreational ready for some fishery in North Carolina,” says DMF Director fantastic spot fishing, great weather, and Louis Daniel. lots of rest and relaxation and build those Currently, government agencies collect memories that will last a lifetime.
Fishing Spot/ Contd.
Selected Area Fishing Events NOVEMBER 2007 3 Bohicket Marina Fall Fishing Tournament, John’s Island, SC. Fishing for trout, flounder, and sheepshead; $40 registration includes cookout at awards ceremony. Prizes and awards will be given for each species, youth angler, lady angler, Shane Albers Memorial Award. Proceeds to benefit the Romanian Mission Team. Jimmy Duke, 843-708-4166 7-10 Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, Buxton, NC. Held every November since 1958, 100 teams of six members each are invited to participate in the tournament. They fish in zones in a morning session and an afternoon session on both Thursday and Friday. Saturday features the Bob Bernard The Boating and Waterfront Magazine
Open Individual Tournament and, as the title suggests, is open to any persons who wishes to fish, not necessarily those from the Invitational Tournament. 252-995-4253. capehatterasanglersclub.org DECEMBER 2007 1 10th Annual Rockfish Rodeo Manteo, NC. With the continued support of sponsors and dedicated anglers, the Manteo Rotary Club was able to present more than $15,000 in 2006 scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students, raising total scholarships awarded to more than $100,000. The Rockfish Rodeo offers anglers an exciting fishing experience with the chance of winning over $30,000 in cash prizes. rockfishrodeo.com
recreational fishing data through the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey, which uses random phone surveys of coastal households to estimate saltwater recreational catches. Usually only a small percentage of those called actually fished during the survey period, making it an inefficient data collection method. That program will be phased out during the next several years. Recent changes in federal law require the federal government to conduct future surveys by targeting anglers through licensing or registration programs. The pilot project is part of a new Marine Recreational Information Program being designed by NOAA to meet this requirement. A similar project is already being tested in states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The inclusion of North Carolina in the program will help NOAA fine-tune its survey methods. Comments on the pilot project may be sent to dHynek@doc.gov through Nov. 13. For more information about the pilot program, e-mail Rob.Andrews@noaa.gov or visit www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/mrii/index.html.
Nov/Dec 2007 Carolina Currents 41
Hampton Roads, Va. to New Topsail Inlet, N.C.
This data is provided as a guide, but without any warranty. Do not rely solely on these predictions if life or property are at stake. Carolina Currents assumes no liability for damages arising from use of these predictions.
Hampton Roads, Va.
November 2007 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
High 2:40 AM 3:48 AM 4:56 AM 4:56 AM 5:48 AM
/ 2.38 ft / 2.35 ft / 2.41 ft / 2.52 ft / 2.65 ft
8:42 AM / 0.40 ft
9:52 AM / 0.51 ft
11:02 AM / 0.55 ft 11:06 AM / 0.53 ft 12:01 PM / 0.48 ft 12:12 AM / 0.35 ft 12:51 AM / 0.31 ft 1:28 AM / 0.28 ft 2:03 AM / 0.27 ft 2:38 AM / 0.28 ft 3:13 AM / 0.32 ft 3:48 AM / 0.37 ft 4:24 AM / 0.42 ft 5:03 AM / 0.49 ft 5:47 AM / 0.54 ft 12:43 AM / 2.19 ft 6:39 AM / 0.59 ft 1:39 AM / 2.24 ft 7:40 AM / 0.60 ft 2:40 AM / 2.35 ft 8:48 AM / 0.56 ft 3:41 AM / 2.53 ft 9:57 AM / 0.46 ft 4:41 AM / 2.76 ft 11:04 AM / 0.29 ft 5:39 AM / 3.00 ft 12:05 PM / 0.11 ft 12:07 AM / -0.13 ft 12:59 AM / -0.27 ft 1:50 AM / -0.36 ft 2:42 AM / -0.40 ft 3:34 AM / -0.37 ft 4:28 AM / -0.28 ft 5:23 AM / -0.14 ft 12:19 AM / 2.33 ft 6:20 AM / 0.03 ft 1:18 AM / 2.28 ft 7:21 AM / 0.19 ft
3:13 PM / 2.81 ft 4:18 PM / 2.66 ft 5:20 PM / 2.57 ft 5:16 PM / 2.51 ft 6:04 PM / 2.49 ft 6:34 AM / 2.78 ft 7:14 AM / 2.88 ft 7:52 AM / 2.96 ft 8:28 AM / 2.99 ft 9:02 AM / 3.00 ft 9:37 AM / 2.97 ft 10:12 AM / 2.93 ft 10:49 AM / 2.88 ft 11:28 AM / 2.82 ft 12:12 PM / 2.75 ft 1:02 PM / 2.68 ft 1:58 PM / 2.61 ft 2:58 PM / 2.56 ft 4:00 PM / 2.54 ft 5:01 PM / 2.55 ft 6:00 PM / 2.57 ft 6:34 AM / 3.22 ft 7:28 AM / 3.37 ft 8:20 AM / 3.45 ft 9:13 AM / 3.44 ft 10:05 AM / 3.35 ft 10:58 AM / 3.19 ft 11:51 AM / 2.98 ft 12:46 PM / 2.76 ft 1:42 PM / 2.54 ft
9:48 PM / 0.44 ft 10:48 PM / 0.45 ft 11:42 PM / 0.43 ft 11:30 PM / 0.39 ft 12:50 PM / 0.42 ft 1:34 PM / 0.37 ft 2:15 PM / 0.35 ft 2:53 PM / 0.35 ft 3:31 PM / 0.37 ft 4:09 PM / 0.42 ft 4:47 PM / 0.48 ft 5:26 PM / 0.53 ft 6:08 PM / 0.57 ft 6:53 PM / 0.57 ft 7:42 PM / 0.54 ft 8:34 PM / 0.47 ft 9:27 PM / 0.35 ft 10:21 PM / 0.20 ft 11:14 PM / 0.04 ft
6:48 PM / 2.48 ft 7:27 PM / 2.48 ft 8:05 PM / 2.47 ft 8:41 PM / 2.46 ft 9:18 PM / 2.42 ft 9:54 PM / 2.37 ft 10:31 PM / 2.31 ft 11:10 PM / 2.25 ft 11:54 PM / 2.20 ft
1:04 PM 1:59 PM 2:52 PM 3:45 PM 4:38 PM 5:30 PM 6:24 PM 7:17 PM 8:11 PM
6:56 PM / 2.59 ft 7:49 PM / 2.61 ft 8:42 PM / 2.60 ft 9:35 PM / 2.56 ft 10:28 PM / 2.49 ft 11:23 PM / 2.41 ft
/ -0.06 ft / -0.19 ft / -0.26 ft / -0.26 ft / -0.21 ft / -0.12 ft / -0.02 ft / 0.08 ft / 0.16 ft
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
High 3:20 AM / 3.88 ft 4:22 AM / 3.87 ft 5:21 AM / 3.96 ft
12:01 AM / 3.74 ft 12:50 AM / 3.76 ft 1:49 AM / 3.82 ft 2:55 AM / 3.95 ft 4:03 AM / 4.16 ft 5:07 AM / 4.43 ft
12:00 AM / 3.94 ft 12:58 AM / 3.85 ft 1:57 AM / 3.81 ft
Low 9:46 AM / 0.38 ft 10:45 AM / 0.43 ft 11:46 AM / 0.41 ft 12:33 AM / 0.38 ft 12:23 AM / 0.25 ft 1:09 AM / 0.14 ft 1:53 AM / 0.07 ft 2:35 AM / 0.06 ft 3:15 AM / 0.10 ft 3:54 AM / 0.18 ft 4:31 AM / 0.28 ft 5:07 AM / 0.37 ft 5:44 AM / 0.43 ft 6:22 AM / 0.46 ft 7:04 AM / 0.47 ft 7:54 AM / 0.45 ft 8:52 AM / 0.43 ft 9:58 AM / 0.39 ft 11:05 AM / 0.31 ft 12:11 PM / 0.19 ft 12:32 AM / -0.15 ft 1:27 AM / -0.31 ft 2:20 AM / -0.41 ft 3:12 AM / -0.45 ft 4:04 AM / -0.41 ft 4:55 AM / -0.31 ft 5:45 AM / -0.18 ft 6:37 AM / -0.03 ft 7:28 AM / 0.12 ft 8:22 AM / 0.23 ft
High 2:19 AM / 2.26 ft 3:19 AM / 2.29 ft 4:17 AM / 2.35 ft 5:09 AM / 2.43 ft 5:57 AM / 2.52 ft
12:23 AM / 2.19 ft 1:15 AM / 2.26 ft 2:11 AM / 2.36 ft 3:11 AM / 2.49 ft 4:13 AM / 2.64 ft 5:15 AM / 2.80 ft 6:15 AM / 2.95 ft
12:47 AM / 2.22 ft 1:39 AM / 2.19 ft 2:32 AM / 2.16 ft
Low High Low High 8:26 AM / 0.33 ft 2:39 PM / 2.35 ft 9:03 PM / 0.22 ft 9:30 AM / 0.40 ft 3:35 PM / 2.21 ft 9:53 PM / 0.25 ft 10:32 AM / 0.42 ft 4:30 PM / 2.12 ft 10:41 PM / 0.25 ft 11:29 AM / 0.40 ft 5:20 PM / 2.08 ft 11:26 PM / 0.23 ft 12:20 PM / 0.36 ft 6:08 PM / 2.08 ft 12:09 AM / 0.20 ft 6:41 AM / 2.61 ft 1:06 PM / 0.30 ft 6:52 PM / 2.10 ft 12:50 AM / 0.16 ft 7:21 AM / 2.68 ft 1:49 PM / 0.26 ft 7:34 PM / 2.12 ft 1:30 AM / 0.13 ft 8:01 AM / 2.73 ft 2:30 PM / 0.22 ft 8:15 PM / 2.14 ft 2:10 AM / 0.11 ft 8:38 AM / 2.76 ft 3:10 PM / 0.20 ft 8:54 PM / 2.15 ft 2:48 AM / 0.11 ft 9:15 AM / 2.78 ft 3:49 PM / 0.19 ft 9:33 PM / 2.14 ft 3:27 AM / 0.12 ft 9:52 AM / 2.77 ft 4:27 PM / 0.18 ft 10:13 PM / 2.13 ft 4:06 AM / 0.14 ft 10:30 AM / 2.75 ft 5:05 PM / 0.18 ft 10:53 PM / 2.13 ft 4:48 AM / 0.17 ft 11:09 AM / 2.70 ft 5:44 PM / 0.17 ft 11:36 PM / 2.14 ft 5:33 AM / 0.21 ft 11:52 AM / 2.63 ft 6:24 PM / 0.14 ft 6:24 AM / 0.24 ft 12:38 PM / 2.53 ft 7:08 PM / 0.11 ft 7:22 AM / 0.26 ft 1:30 PM / 2.41 ft 7:56 PM / 0.06 ft 8:26 AM / 0.25 ft 2:27 PM / 2.30 ft 8:48 PM / -0.01 ft 9:34 AM / 0.20 ft 3:29 PM / 2.21 ft 9:43 PM / -0.09 ft 10:43 AM / 0.10 ft 4:33 PM / 2.16 ft 10:41 PM / 11:48 AM / -0.03 ft5:35 PM / 2.15 ft 11:39 PM / 12:49 PM / -0.16 ft6:36 PM / 2.18 ft 12:37 AM / -0.41 ft7:13 AM / 3.06 ft 1:46 PM / -0.28 ft 7:34 PM / 2.23 ft 1:34 AM / -0.50 ft 8:08 AM / 3.11 ft 2:41 PM / -0.36 ft 8:29 PM / 2.28 ft 2:29 AM / -0.54 ft 9:01 AM / 3.11 ft 3:32 PM / -0.39 ft 9:22 PM / 2.30 ft 3:22 AM / -0.53 ft 9:52 AM / 3.04 ft 4:22 PM / -0.39 ft 10:14 PM / 2.31 ft 4:15 AM / -0.46 ft 10:42 AM / 2.90 ft 5:09 PM / -0.34 ft 11:05 PM / 2.29 ft 5:08 AM / -0.33 ft 11:30 AM / 2.72 ft 5:56 PM / -0.26 ft 11:56 PM / 2.26 ft 6:00 AM / -0.17 ft 12:17 PM / 2.51 ft 6:41 PM / -0.17 ft 6:55 AM / -0.00 ft 1:05 PM / 2.29 ft 7:26 PM / -0.07 ft 7:51 AM / 0.15 ft 1:53 PM / 2.09 ft 8:11 PM / 0.03 ft 8:49 AM / 0.28 ft 2:43 PM / 1.93 ft 8:55 PM / 0.07 ft
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
High 2:55 AM / 3.82 ft 3:51 AM / 3.88 ft 4:45 AM / 3.99 ft 5:37 AM / 4.11 ft
Low 9:17 AM / 0.30 ft 10:14 AM / 0.32 ft 11:11 AM / 0.29 ft 12:07 PM / 0.23 ft 12:28 AM / 0.01 ft 1:14 AM / -0.05 ft 2:00 AM / -0.08 ft 2:43 AM / -0.06 ft 3:25 AM / -0.01 ft 4:06 AM / 0.06 ft 4:46 AM / 0.12 ft 5:26 AM / 0.15 ft 6:07 AM / 0.17 ft 6:51 AM / 0.17 ft 12:30 AM / 3.89 ft 7:40 AM / 0.16 ft 1:25 AM / 3.99 ft 8:36 AM / 0.17 ft 2:26 AM / 4.11 ft 9:38 AM / 0.18 ft 3:32 AM / 4.25 ft 10:44 AM / 0.17 ft 4:38 AM / 4.41 ft 11:51 AM / 0.13 ft 12:01 AM / -0.34 ft 1:00 AM / -0.44 ft 1:57 AM / -0.51 ft 2:53 AM / -0.53 ft 3:46 AM / -0.50 ft 4:37 AM / -0.43 ft 5:28 AM / -0.31 ft 6:16 AM / -0.17 ft 12:34 AM / 3.86 ft 7:05 AM / -0.03 ft 1:27 AM / 3.83 ft 7:54 AM / 0.10 ft 2:20 AM / 3.82 ft 8:45 AM / 0.20 ft 3:14 AM / 3.82 ft 9:38 AM / 0.26 ft
Oregon Inlet Rodanthe, Pamlico Sound Cape Hatteras Hatteras Inlet
HIGH -1:13 +1:45 -1:54 -1:39
LOW -1:07 +2:24 -2:05 -1:39
42 Carolina Currents Nov/Dec 2007
HIGH -1:38 Ocracoke Inlet -2:04 Cape Lookout Beaufort Inlet Channel Range -1:40 -0:21 Core Creek Bridge Location
11:44 AM / 0.34 ft 5:37 PM / 4.21 ft 12:39 PM / 0.25 ft 6:26 PM / 4.22 ft 1:31 PM / 0.18 ft 7:13 PM / 4.24 ft 2:20 PM / 0.15 ft 7:58 PM / 4.23 ft 3:07 PM / 0.17 ft 8:41 PM / 4.19 ft 3:51 PM / 0.25 ft 9:21 PM / 4.11 ft 4:34 PM / 0.37 ft 9:58 PM / 4.00 ft 5:16 PM / 0.50 ft 10:29 PM / 3.88 ft 5:57 PM / 0.61 ft 10:55 PM / 3.79 ft 6:39 PM / 0.69 ft 11:23 PM / 3.74 ft 7:21 PM / 0.71 ft 8:06 PM / 0.67 ft 8:55 PM / 0.57 ft 9:46 PM / 0.43 ft 10:41 PM / 0.25 ft 11:37 PM / 0.05 ft 1:14 PM / 0.07 ft 2:14 PM / -0.04 ft 3:11 PM / -0.09 ft 4:06 PM / -0.09 ft 4:59 PM / -0.03 ft 5:51 PM / 0.07 ft 6:42 PM / 0.18 ft 7:32 PM / 0.28 ft 8:22 PM / 0.33 ft 9:12 PM / 0.33 ft
6:34 PM / 4.40 ft 7:29 PM / 4.40 ft 8:22 PM / 4.37 ft 9:16 PM / 4.29 ft 10:09 PM / 4.19 ft 11:04 PM / 4.06 ft
LOW -1:41 -2:13 -1:41 -0:06
Atlantic Beach Bogue Inlet New River Inlet New Topsail Inlet
HIGH -2:02 -1:34 -1:31 -1:27
High 3:15 PM / 4.05 ft 4:09 PM / 3.94 ft 5:01 PM / 3.89 ft 5:51 PM / 3.87 ft 6:27 AM / 4.24 ft 7:16 AM / 4.35 ft 8:02 AM / 4.43 ft 8:46 AM / 4.47 ft 9:27 AM / 4.48 ft 10:03 AM / 4.46 ft 10:31 AM / 4.44 ft 10:56 AM / 4.44 ft 11:27 AM / 4.45 ft 12:09 PM / 4.43 ft 12:58 PM / 4.38 ft 1:55 PM / 4.28 ft 2:58 PM / 4.18 ft 4:04 PM / 4.09 ft 5:08 PM / 4.03 ft 5:42 AM / 4.58 ft 6:42 AM / 4.74 ft 7:41 AM / 4.84 ft 8:37 AM / 4.88 ft 9:31 AM / 4.85 ft 10:24 AM / 4.75 ft 11:15 AM / 4.59 ft 12:05 PM / 4.41 ft 12:54 PM / 4.20 ft 1:44 PM / 4.01 ft 2:36 PM / 3.85 ft 3:29 PM / 3.71 ft
Low 10:02 PM / 0.29 ft 10:51 PM / 0.21 ft 11:40 PM / 0.11 ft
1:01 PM / 0.16 ft 1:52 PM / 0.12 ft 2:41 PM / 0.11 ft 3:27 PM / 0.14 ft 4:12 PM / 0.21 ft 4:54 PM / 0.28 ft 5:36 PM / 0.35 ft 6:16 PM / 0.37 ft 6:57 PM / 0.35 ft 7:39 PM / 0.28 ft 8:24 PM / 0.17 ft 9:13 PM / 0.04 ft 10:06 PM / -0.10 ft 11:02 PM / -0.22 ft
6:40 PM / 3.87 ft 7:28 PM / 3.85 ft 8:13 PM / 3.82 ft 8:56 PM / 3.77 ft 9:35 PM / 3.71 ft 10:08 PM / 3.66 ft 10:35 PM / 3.65 ft 11:05 PM / 3.70 ft 11:42 PM / 3.79 ft
12:56 PM / 0.04 ft 6:09 PM / 3.99 ft 1:57 PM / -0.05 ft 7:08 PM / 3.98 ft 2:55 PM / -0.12 ft 8:05 PM / 3.97 ft 3:50 PM / -0.15 ft 9:01 PM / 3.96 ft 4:41 PM / -0.12 ft 9:55 PM / 3.95 ft 5:31 PM / -0.06 ft 10:48 PM / 3.93 ft 6:18 PM / 0.02 ft 11:41 PM / 3.90 ft 7:04 PM / 0.10 ft 7:48 PM / 0.16 ft 8:32 PM / 0.18 ft 9:17 PM / 0.17 ft 10:02 PM / 0.03 ft
Which Tide Data to Use
Hampton Roads Time Differences (Oregon Inlet-New Topsail Inlet, N.C.) Location
Low 10:46 PM / 0.56 ft 11:41 PM / 0.49 ft
December 2007 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
High 3:48 PM / 4.45 ft 4:49 PM / 4.31 ft 5:45 PM / 4.23 ft 5:16 AM / 4.11 ft 6:08 AM / 4.28 ft 6:57 AM / 4.46 ft 7:44 AM / 4.60 ft 8:29 AM / 4.68 ft 9:11 AM / 4.71 ft 9:50 AM / 4.68 ft 10:23 AM / 4.62 ft 10:50 AM / 4.56 ft 11:12 AM / 4.52 ft 11:44 AM / 4.50 ft 12:26 PM / 4.46 ft 1:19 PM / 4.41 ft 2:21 PM / 4.35 ft 3:29 PM / 4.32 ft 4:35 PM / 4.33 ft 5:36 PM / 4.37 ft 6:06 AM / 4.71 ft 7:03 AM / 4.97 ft 7:57 AM / 5.15 ft 8:51 AM / 5.23 ft 9:43 AM / 5.20 ft 10:36 AM / 5.08 ft 11:30 AM / 4.89 ft 12:26 PM / 4.65 ft 1:23 PM / 4.42 ft 2:19 PM / 4.21 ft
LOW -2:03 -1:37 -1:35 -0:52
Use Hampton Roads data and apply difference for local area
Use Savannah data +/- Use Charleston local diff. data +/- local
Use Wilmington data
Masonboro Inlet, N.C. to St. Marys Inlet, Ga.
This data is provided as a guide, but without any warranty. Do not rely solely on these predictions if life or property are at stake. Carolina Currents assumes no liability for damages arising from use of these predictions.
Savannah River Entrance, Ga.
November 2007 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
High 1:33 AM / 5.00 ft 2:38 AM / 4.97 ft 3:40 AM / 5.07 ft 3:38 AM / 5.27 ft 4:36 AM / 5.50 ft 5:23 AM / 5.73 ft 6:04 AM / 5.92 ft
12:13 AM / 4.74 ft 1:18 AM / 4.94 ft 2:23 AM / 5.27 ft 3:27 AM / 5.70 ft 4:27 AM / 6.16 ft 5:24 AM / 6.58 ft 6:20 AM / 6.89 ft
12:17 AM / 4.90 ft
Low 7:34 AM / 0.79 ft 8:38 AM / 0.99 ft 9:42 AM / 1.07 ft 9:42 AM / 1.04 ft 10:36 AM / 0.95 ft 11:24 AM / 0.83 ft 12:08 PM / 0.73 ft 12:17 AM / 0.54 ft 12:55 AM / 0.50 ft 1:31 AM / 0.52 ft 2:07 AM / 0.57 ft 2:42 AM / 0.65 ft 3:18 AM / 0.74 ft 3:56 AM / 0.83 ft 4:38 AM / 0.91 ft 5:28 AM / 1.00 ft 6:27 AM / 1.06 ft 7:33 AM / 1.05 ft 8:42 AM / 0.93 ft 9:49 AM / 0.71 ft 10:51 AM / 0.43 ft 11:49 AM / 0.17 ft 12:44 PM / -0.02 ft 12:50 AM / -0.62 ft 1:41 AM / -0.66 ft 2:32 AM / -0.57 ft 3:24 AM / -0.36 ft 4:17 AM / -0.07 ft 5:12 AM / 0.27 ft 6:09 AM / 0.59 ft
High 2:10 PM / 5.98 ft 3:10 PM / 5.76 ft 4:08 PM / 5.61 ft 4:00 PM / 5.52 ft 4:48 PM / 5.46 ft 5:32 PM / 5.41 ft 6:13 PM / 5.35 ft 6:44 AM / 6.05 ft 7:21 AM / 6.11 ft 7:57 AM / 6.10 ft 8:32 AM / 6.04 ft 9:07 AM / 5.94 ft 9:43 AM / 5.84 ft 10:22 AM / 5.73 ft 11:06 AM / 5.63 ft 11:56 AM / 5.54 ft 12:52 PM / 5.47 ft 1:51 PM / 5.44 ft 2:52 PM / 5.45 ft 3:52 PM / 5.49 ft 4:50 PM / 5.54 ft 5:47 PM / 5.59 ft 6:42 PM / 5.60 ft 7:15 AM / 7.06 ft 8:09 AM / 7.07 ft 9:02 AM / 6.93 ft 9:56 AM / 6.68 ft 10:50 AM / 6.34 ft 11:44 AM / 5.98 ft 12:39 PM / 5.62 ft
Low 8:29 PM / 1.17 ft 9:29 PM / 1.17 ft 10:24 PM / 1.08 ft 10:14 PM / 0.93 ft 10:58 PM / 0.77 ft 11:39 PM / 0.63 ft
12:50 PM / 0.66 ft 1:30 PM / 0.65 ft 2:10 PM / 0.69 ft 2:48 PM / 0.79 ft 3:27 PM / 0.92 ft 4:08 PM / 1.06 ft 4:50 PM / 1.16 ft 5:36 PM / 1.20 ft 6:27 PM / 1.16 ft 7:23 PM / 1.02 ft 8:20 PM / 0.79 ft 9:17 PM / 0.47 ft 10:12 PM / 0.13 ft 11:06 PM / -0.20 ft 11:58 PM / -0.46 ft
6:51 PM / 5.28 ft 7:27 PM / 5.18 ft 8:01 PM / 5.06 ft 8:35 PM / 4.93 ft 9:08 PM / 4.80 ft 9:43 PM / 4.71 ft 10:24 PM / 4.65 ft 11:14 PM / 4.66 ft
1:37 PM / -0.11 ft 2:29 PM / -0.08 ft 3:21 PM / 0.05 ft 4:13 PM / 0.25 ft 5:06 PM / 0.46 ft 6:00 PM / 0.65 ft 6:54 PM / 0.78 ft
7:37 PM / 5.56 ft 8:31 PM / 5.47 ft 9:26 PM / 5.33 ft 10:22 PM / 5.16 ft 11:19 PM / 5.01 ft
Low 7:48 PM / 0.84 ft 8:40 PM / 0.82 ft 9:30 PM / 0.75 ft 10:17 PM / 0.65 ft 11:01 PM / 0.54 ft 11:44 PM / 0.43 ft
1:07 PM / 0.53 ft 1:48 PM / 0.50 ft 2:28 PM / 0.51 ft 3:08 PM / 0.54 ft 3:48 PM / 0.57 ft 4:28 PM / 0.57 ft 5:11 PM / 0.54 ft 5:57 PM / 0.47 ft 6:48 PM / 0.37 ft 7:43 PM / 0.23 ft 8:42 PM / 0.05 ft 9:41 PM / -0.17 ft 10:40 PM / -0.40 ft 11:37 PM / -0.61 ft
7:00 PM / 4.68 ft 7:38 PM / 4.65 ft 8:14 PM / 4.61 ft 8:50 PM / 4.59 ft 9:28 PM / 4.59 ft 10:11 PM / 4.64 ft 10:59 PM / 4.73 ft 11:54 PM / 4.88 ft
1:23 PM / -0.18 ft 2:14 PM / -0.22 ft 3:04 PM / -0.19 ft 3:52 PM / -0.08 ft 4:39 PM / 0.07 ft 5:25 PM / 0.23 ft 6:11 PM / 0.39 ft 6:59 PM / 0.53 ft 7:47 PM / 0.52 ft
7:24 PM / 5.10 ft 8:18 PM / 5.13 ft 9:11 PM / 5.10 ft 10:03 PM / 5.03 ft 10:54 PM / 4.93 ft 11:45 PM / 4.84 ft
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
High 1:45 AM / 6.68 ft 2:47 AM / 6.60 ft 3:46 AM / 6.64 ft 3:43 AM / 6.78 ft 4:35 AM / 7.00 ft 5:23 AM / 7.25 ft 6:07 AM / 7.49 ft
12:32 AM / 6.27 ft 1:30 AM / 6.55 ft 2:28 AM / 6.96 ft 3:27 AM / 7.47 ft 4:26 AM / 8.01 ft 5:23 AM / 8.53 ft
12:22 AM / 6.54 ft
December 2007 Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
High 1:16 AM / 4.87 ft 2:13 AM / 4.92 ft 3:08 AM / 5.04 ft 3:59 AM / 5.21 ft 4:47 AM / 5.39 ft 5:32 AM / 5.56 ft 6:14 AM / 5.70 ft
12:54 AM / 5.08 ft 1:57 AM / 5.34 ft 3:01 AM / 5.64 ft 4:05 AM / 5.96 ft 5:06 AM / 6.26 ft 6:05 AM / 6.50 ft
12:37 AM / 4.76 ft 1:29 AM / 4.73 ft
Low 7:08 AM / 0.85 ft 8:08 AM / 1.01 ft 9:07 AM / 1.05 ft 10:02 AM / 0.99 ft 10:53 AM / 0.87 ft 11:40 AM / 0.74 ft 12:25 PM / 0.62 ft 12:25 AM / 0.35 ft 1:05 AM / 0.29 ft 1:43 AM / 0.27 ft 2:21 AM / 0.26 ft 2:59 AM / 0.29 ft 3:39 AM / 0.33 ft 4:22 AM / 0.40 ft 5:10 AM / 0.50 ft 6:06 AM / 0.61 ft 7:09 AM / 0.68 ft 8:17 AM / 0.68 ft 9:26 AM / 0.57 ft 10:31 AM / 0.38 ft 11:32 AM / 0.15 ft 12:29 PM / -0.05 ft 12:32 AM / -0.77 ft 1:26 AM / -0.83 ft 2:17 AM / -0.78 ft 3:08 AM / -0.61 ft 3:57 AM / -0.34 ft 4:47 AM / -0.01 ft 5:38 AM / 0.33 ft 6:31 AM / 0.64 ft 7:27 AM / 0.86 ft
High 1:32 PM / 5.31 ft 2:25 PM / 5.06 ft 3:16 PM / 4.89 ft 4:06 PM / 4.79 ft 4:53 PM / 4.74 ft 5:37 PM / 4.72 ft 6:20 PM / 4.71 ft 6:55 AM / 5.79 ft 7:34 AM / 5.84 ft 8:12 AM / 5.84 ft 8:49 AM / 5.81 ft 9:26 AM / 5.75 ft 10:03 AM / 5.66 ft 10:44 AM / 5.55 ft 11:29 AM / 5.42 ft 12:21 PM / 5.26 ft 1:18 PM / 5.09 ft 2:19 PM / 4.97 ft 3:22 PM / 4.90 ft 4:26 PM / 4.90 ft 5:28 PM / 4.96 ft 6:27 PM / 5.04 ft 7:02 AM / 6.63 ft 7:56 AM / 6.64 ft 8:48 AM / 6.52 ft 9:38 AM / 6.29 ft 10:26 AM / 5.96 ft 11:13 AM / 5.59 ft 12:00 PM / 5.20 ft 12:47 PM / 4.84 ft 1:35 PM / 4.54 ft
Masonboro Inlet Bald Head Southport Lockwoods Folly Inlet
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Low 8:37 PM / 1.26 ft 9:41 PM / 1.28 ft 10:39 PM / 1.17 ft 10:28 PM / 1.01 ft 11:12 PM / 0.85 ft 11:52 PM / 0.74 ft
1:07 PM / 0.74 ft 1:47 PM / 0.73 ft 2:25 PM / 0.78 ft 3:03 PM / 0.88 ft 3:40 PM / 1.00 ft 4:18 PM / 1.13 ft 4:58 PM / 1.24 ft 5:42 PM / 1.29 ft 6:32 PM / 1.27 ft 7:28 PM / 1.14 ft 8:28 PM / 0.87 ft 9:26 PM / 0.50 ft 10:22 PM / 0.07 ft 11:17 PM / -0.33 ft
6:53 PM / 7.01 ft 7:31 PM / 6.96 ft 8:08 PM / 6.85 ft 8:43 PM / 6.68 ft 9:19 PM / 6.48 ft 9:58 PM / 6.30 ft 10:43 PM / 6.17 ft 11:35 PM / 6.15 ft
12:54 PM / -0.24 ft 1:49 PM / -0.38 ft 2:42 PM / -0.38 ft 3:33 PM / -0.25 ft 4:24 PM / -0.01 ft 5:14 PM / 0.30 ft 6:06 PM / 0.60 ft 7:01 PM / 0.84 ft
6:45 PM / 7.57 ft 7:38 PM / 7.57 ft 8:30 PM / 7.45 ft 9:24 PM / 7.23 ft 10:22 PM / 6.96 ft 11:22 PM / 6.71 ft
Low 7:58 PM / 0.97 ft 8:53 PM / 0.98 ft 9:44 PM / 0.91 ft 10:30 PM / 0.81 ft 11:12 PM / 0.69 ft 11:54 PM / 0.58 ft
1:22 PM / 0.64 ft 2:03 PM / 0.58 ft 2:42 PM / 0.54 ft 3:20 PM / 0.53 ft 3:59 PM / 0.52 ft 4:38 PM / 0.51 ft 5:19 PM / 0.48 ft 6:05 PM / 0.43 ft 6:56 PM / 0.35 ft 7:52 PM / 0.22 ft 8:52 PM / 0.02 ft 9:53 PM / -0.25 ft 10:52 PM / -0.54 ft 11:49 PM / -0.80 ft
7:06 PM / 6.40 ft 7:45 PM / 6.40 ft 8:22 PM / 6.35 ft 8:59 PM / 6.29 ft 9:39 PM / 6.23 ft 10:22 PM / 6.22 ft 11:12 PM / 6.29 ft
1:35 PM / -0.43 ft 2:27 PM / -0.53 ft 3:17 PM / -0.51 ft 4:04 PM / -0.38 ft 4:49 PM / -0.16 ft 5:33 PM / 0.11 ft 6:18 PM / 0.39 ft 7:05 PM / 0.63 ft 7:53 PM / 0.68 ft
7:24 PM / 6.98 ft 8:17 PM / 7.00 ft 9:09 PM / 6.93 ft 10:02 PM / 6.77 ft 10:56 PM / 6.58 ft 11:50 PM / 6.41 ft
Charleston Time Differences (Masonboro Inlet-Myrtle Beach) Location
Low 7:45 AM / 0.83 ft 8:52 AM / 1.12 ft 9:59 AM / 1.21 ft 10:00 AM / 1.15 ft 10:53 AM / 1.02 ft 11:41 AM / 0.89 ft 12:25 PM / 0.79 ft 12:30 AM / 0.67 ft 1:07 AM / 0.64 ft 1:43 AM / 0.65 ft 2:19 AM / 0.70 ft 2:55 AM / 0.77 ft 3:31 AM / 0.86 ft 4:09 AM / 0.96 ft 4:51 AM / 1.06 ft 5:38 AM / 1.17 ft 6:34 AM / 1.25 ft 7:39 AM / 1.25 ft 8:50 AM / 1.08 ft 9:57 AM / 0.75 ft 10:59 AM / 0.37 ft 11:58 AM / 0.02 ft 12:10 AM / -0.66 ft 1:03 AM / -0.87 ft 1:56 AM / -0.95 ft 2:48 AM / -0.88 ft 3:40 AM / -0.65 ft 4:31 AM / -0.28 ft 5:24 AM / 0.17 ft 6:20 AM / 0.62 ft
Shallotte Inlet (Bowen Point) Little River (town), ICW North Myrtle Beach, ICW Myrtle Beach, Comb Brdg, ICW
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High 1:20 AM / 6.45 ft 2:14 AM / 6.45 ft 3:06 AM / 6.52 ft 3:57 AM / 6.66 ft 4:46 AM / 6.84 ft 5:33 AM / 7.04 ft 6:17 AM / 7.23 ft
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12:42 AM / 6.27 ft 1:32 AM / 6.18 ft
Low 7:21 AM / 0.99 ft 8:25 AM / 1.18 ft 9:26 AM / 1.21 ft 10:21 AM / 1.12 ft 11:11 AM / 0.99 ft 11:56 AM / 0.85 ft 12:40 PM / 0.73 ft 12:35 AM / 0.49 ft 1:15 AM / 0.42 ft 1:54 AM / 0.38 ft 2:34 AM / 0.36 ft 3:12 AM / 0.36 ft 3:52 AM / 0.39 ft 4:35 AM / 0.46 ft 5:21 AM / 0.56 ft 6:14 AM / 0.68 ft 7:16 AM / 0.77 ft 8:25 AM / 0.75 ft 9:35 AM / 0.58 ft 10:40 AM / 0.31 ft 11:41 AM / 0.02 ft 12:40 PM / -0.24 ft 12:46 AM / -1.00 ft 1:40 AM / -1.11 ft 2:33 AM / -1.08 ft 3:24 AM / -0.91 ft 4:13 AM / -0.59 ft 5:01 AM / -0.17 ft 5:50 AM / 0.29 ft 6:42 AM / 0.72 ft 7:40 AM / 1.04 ft
High 1:33 PM / 6.87 ft 2:23 PM / 6.59 ft 3:13 PM / 6.39 ft 4:03 PM / 6.28 ft 4:53 PM / 6.25 ft 5:40 PM / 6.29 ft 6:24 PM / 6.35 ft 6:57 AM / 7.38 ft 7:35 AM / 7.47 ft 8:12 AM / 7.48 ft 8:48 AM / 7.44 ft 9:25 AM / 7.36 ft 10:04 AM / 7.26 ft 10:48 AM / 7.13 ft 11:38 AM / 6.99 ft 12:31 PM / 6.86 ft 1:27 PM / 6.74 ft 2:25 PM / 6.64 ft 3:26 PM / 6.58 ft 4:28 PM / 6.61 ft 5:30 PM / 6.72 ft 6:29 PM / 6.87 ft 6:58 AM / 8.57 ft 7:51 AM / 8.60 ft 8:42 AM / 8.45 ft 9:33 AM / 8.14 ft 10:23 AM / 7.73 ft 11:13 AM / 7.26 ft 12:03 PM / 6.80 ft 12:51 PM / 6.39 ft 1:39 PM / 6.05 ft
Savannah River Entrance Time Differences (Edisto-St. Marys) Location
Edisto Marina, Big Bay Cr. Ent. -0:11 -0:14 Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff, ICW +0:15 +0:23 Beaufort River, Beaufort, SC +1:04 +0:49
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1997 Hunter 40.5 $127,900 A beautiful example of these boats, she is very well equipped and in wonderful condition. It has two staterooms and is very comfortable and spacious. Everything works, and the boat is sailed regularly, keeping all equipment running and in good order.
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