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ON THE WATERFRONT

Regional festivals from Wilmington to Emerald Isle keep us busy as spring arrives.

8 DOWN THE HATCH

Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend returns with a full slate of palate tempting events.

10 MAKING WAVES

A federal turtle habitat designation raises concerns for North Carolina beach towns.

14 ON THE HORIZON

Two boat shows are planned this spring in Eastern Carolina.

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Commercial Print Andrea Vangelist Amy Krysa NCCOAST Waterfront Magazine is distributed in three issues a year to select marinas, marine-related shops, visitor centers, advertiser locations and other high-traffic sites throughout North Carolina, and is also available by request at nccoast.com. See below for subscription information. Entire contents, ad and graphic design and nccoast. com copyright 2014 by NCCOAST. Reproduction of any portion of this publication or its website without the publisher’s written consent is strictly prohibited. Information is as accurate as possible at press time.

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Get decked out in your finest green, gold and all things Irish for Emerald Isle’s 23rd St. Patrick’s Festival. This quaint family beach town turns into a bustling destination for the March holiday. For this holiday that lies on the outskirts of the summer season, Emerald Isle manages to pull in around 30,000 visitors for the one-day fair full of live music, vendors and amusement rides. This year, the festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 15 at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center. The family friendly event features a unique take on vendors – everything sold is either handmade or hand authenticated. With more than 75 vendors in attendance, there’s plenty of one-of-a-kind pieces to check out and purchase from local artisans. The popular Little Mr. and Miss Leprechaun Contest begins the festivities at 9am this year. Both boys and girls age 2-3 and 4-5 are judged on the originality and creativity of their costume and overall stage presentation. Registration is required by Thursday, March 13. Winners walk away with a $50 savings bond. Throughout the rest of the day, live music takes place on two stages. Music starts at 11am with the last band starting at 4:30pm on the main stage. Be on the lookout for the Port City Pipes & Drums parading around the festival throughout the day, bringing the sounds of the true Emerald Isle to this beach town. For more information on vendors, music and contests, visit www.emeraldislestpatricksfestival.com.

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Azalea Festival Returns

The NC Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. It is estimated that more than 200,000 people attend the annual two-day street fair and more than 100,000 gather for the festival parade. All in all, this event encompasses a week of events from big name entertainment and festival galas to art shows and family fun. This year the festival runs from April 9-13. Get a feel of traditional Southern hospitality with events like the annual garden party or catch the headlining concert by Widespread Panic on Friday and Saturday night. The five-day event includes a 5K/10K, the Azalea Queen coronation, a circus, the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour, a juried art show, the two-day street fair, a coin show, the historic home tour and the North Carolina Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament. The iconic festival street fair takes over downtown Wilmington, starting on Friday night with entertainment at the Riverfront Park Stage. Expect more than 200 arts and craft vendors, 40 food vendors and four stages. The street fair includes face painting, jewelry, t-shirts, photography, wine, hot sauces, candles, honey and much more. Food includes traditional fair staples like funnel cakes, lemonade, gyros and kettle corn, with a few interesting treats like fried Oreos and an eight-pound gummy bear. Don’t forget to stop by the Street Fair Multicultural Stage for performances by some of the best ethnic performers dressed in authentic traditional costumes.

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Bluegrass in Stella

Two days. Twenty shows. If bluegrass is your cup of tea, Stella is the place to be for the 7th annual White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday April 25-26. Enjoy bands along the spectrum of bluegrass music while enjoying the White Oak River at the White Oak Shores Camping and RV Resort. Each performer has an early show and an evening show. The early shows start at noon and the evening shows start at 6:15 each day. Al Batten hosts both days of the festival. He has toured with the North Carolina Symphony and is a member of Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion. Friday’s headliner is the band The Malpass Brothers. They have spent many seasons touring with Merle Hoggard and specialize in classic country music. Other bands included in the festival are Boys from Carolina, Carolina Grass, Sapony Creek, Damascus Ridge, Hwy 58, Ted Jones and Sourwood Mountain Band. Tickets for the event are $15 per person, per day or $25 per person for both days. Camping packages are also available, $150 for two nights of camping for two people. Additional nights are $50 extra and additional people are $25 for the two days. Food and beverages are available during the event. Feel free to bring a string instrument and play in the after show. For more information, visit whiteoakshores.com.

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The Show Goes On

The MCAS Cherry Point Air Show is officially back on. The show was canceled in early December when budget uncertainty and sequestration made the air show unfeasible. The decision was made in January to reinstate the show, and it is scheduled for May 16-18 at MCAS Cherry Point in Havelock. Visitors to the air show can expect demonstrations, static displays and a kid fun zone. In the air entertainment includes the Black Diamond Jet Team, the Smoke-n-Thunder JetCar, Aeroshell, Bill Leff and his restored T-6 Texan, Dan Buchanan with his glider, OTTO the helicopter, New Bern resident Hubie Tolson and many others. When not watching performances or aerobatics, visit some of the on the ground exhibits and explore some aircraft. Some exhibits include a Douglas SBD-5, Nakajima B5N “Kate” and ZERO N7757. The Douglas SBD-5 is the only US combat aircraft to fight in the entirety of World War II. Considered the most destructive air weapon of the US Navy, the SBD sank over 300,000 tons of enemy ships, a greater tonnage of Japanese shipping than any other Allied aircraft during the war. This ZERO N7757 was a Japanese airplane featured in “Tora! Tora! Tora!” The Nakajima B5N was the standard torpedo bomber of the Imperial Japanese Navy for much of WWII, and this plane was also featured in “Tora! Tora! Tora!” More entertainment is sure to be added to the list as the air show approaches. For this free event, bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the shows. For more information, visit www.cherrypointairshow.com. WF

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nel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery in Cary; Vivian Howard of Chef and the Farmer in Kinston; and Ashley Christensen of Raleigh. One of the highlights of the annual festival is the varied opportunities to meet the chefs and winemakers, from small intimate settings to large street fair events. During Winemaker’s Dinners, chefs and winemakers introduce each course and explain their pairing choices. And during tasting seminars, sommeliers and winemakers introduce new tastes and give pointers for recognizing the flavors in various wines. The week culminates on Saturday at the always-popular Vin de Mer Grand Tasting Village which gives guests the opportunity to taste hundreds of wines, sample items from local restaurants and learn from guest chefs and winemakers in the education tent. As it turns 10, there are exciting changes underway for Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. With its marked growth through the year, the planning committee has hired a director to handle the planning and logistics for the first time, Denise Geer. In past years, BHA handled the daunting amount of administrative work for the annual event, and in the process created a major wine and culinary event, winning numerous accolades along the way. “This event would not exist without the dedication of Patricia Suggs and the BHA staff. They have been incredible stewards of this event and are to be commended for their hard work and dedication,” said Liz Kopf, vice chair of the festival committee. “We find it so exciting that we have reached this point in the event’s evolution. Ultimately, it is our aim to make BW&F as successful and profitable as possible so that we may generate substantial contributions for our two recipient non-profits. These two organizations are so critical in driving tourism in Beaufort and Carteret County and add so much to the fabric of our community. We want to support them as much as possible moving forward.” To purchase tickets go to www.beaufortwineandfood.com or call 252-5150708. WF

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Local and state entities have expressed concern over the proposed rule, with the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Carteret County Commissioners, the Town of Emerald Isle and NCDENR all issuing statements against it. John Skvarla, secretary of NCDENR, wrote in a statement to the Dept. of the Interior and NOAA, “While we strongly support the protection and recovery of loggerhead sea turtles, we have significant concerns related to the process used for these designations, the lack of clarity regarding regulatory impacts, the potentially significant economic implications and the precedent that could be set with respect to future critical habitat designations under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).” The state opinion was echoed throughout the local communities, with the Town of Emerald Isle issuing a statement in opposition to the proposed designation, citing that it is unnecessary, will result in significant additional regulations that will hamper the town’s beach nourishment efforts and limit other activities on the beach strand that are important to residents and visitors. Critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle is currently separated into two different designations, on the land, administered by the USFWS, and in the water, administered by the NMFS. The ESA gives the services the authority to make critical habitat designations. The secretary of the Dept. of the Interior is tasked with making designations based on the “best scientific data available and after taking into consideration the economic impact, the impact on national security and any other relevant impact.” Exclusions can be made if the ben-

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efits of exclusion outweigh the benefits of inclusion. The ESA defines critical habitat as specific areas occupied by a listed species that contain features essential to the conservation of the species, which may require special management considerations or protections. This federal law became a local concern after three conservation groups, The Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana and the Turtle Island Restoration Network, filed a suit against the services for not issuing a critical habitat designation. Although the loggerhead sea turtle is listed as threatened, as opposed to endangered, for the Northwest Atlantic Ocean distinct population segment, the services presented rules to designate 739 miles of oceanfront beaches, 96 of which are located in North Carolina, and vast areas of state and federal waters as critical habitat. The Center for Biological Diversity, one of the conservation groups that initially filed a lawsuit petitioning for critical habitat designation, stated in a press release that the fight for loggerhead sea turtle protections have been going on for five years. “Loggerhead sea turtles face serious threats from pollution, drowning and injury in fishing gear and loss of nesting beaches due to coastal development and sea-level rise, all of which are preventing the recovery of this vulnerable species,” the statement continued. This proposed rule is causing a concern for community leaders and lawmakers because of its vague language, the manner that the rule was brought up and the inclusion of Bogue Banks in its entirety. The 24.2 mile-long island is included as a critical habitat because of Bear Island, according to Greg ‘Rudi’ Rudolph, Carteret County’s shore protection manager. “North Carolina as a whole is less than 1 percent of the nests in the whole area that they oto studied,” said Rudolph. “The whole reason Bogue Banks is in the critical habitat is not ph ty gh a because it’s a high density area. A 4-mile long island that triggered the critical r Ge vin habitat designation land grabbed the island next to it.” Ke The USFWS identified high density beaches in each state, and the top 25 percent in terms of density were chosen as critical habitat beaches. They also chose one beach to the north and one to the south to be included in the critical habitat. Bogue Banks was not one of the top 25 percent of North Carolina’s high density beaches, but it was pulled in because Bear Island, a 4-mile stretch of land located just off of Swansboro, is a high density beach. The towns that make up Bogue Banks, which are (Continued on page 12)

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deemed official turtle sanctuaries already, have active volunteer sea turtle protection programs and enforce local ordinances to protect the turtles during nesting season. Along with Carteret County, the towns provide funding for significant sea turtle initiatives at the state level. Not only does this proposed rule arbitrarily include Bogue Banks as critical habitat, but such a designation could interfere with current programs that protect the loggerhead sea turtles. Rudolph said people are scratching their heads over its inclusion because they haven’t seen a drop off in turtle numbers and local agencies haven’t been given direction as to why this new designation is coming about now. Eddie Barber, mayor of Emerald Isle, said of the proposed rule, “I think it could really have a profound impact upon everyone. We have a great track record in working with the turtles and we’re a turtle friendly community. I think this is just another federal regulation that does more harm than good.” The ambiguity of the language in the proposed rule has officials and locals guessing as to the ramifications of such a designation. The ESA states that the designation “may require special management considerations or protection.” The identified threats that may require management considerations include recreational beach use, beach driving, beach sand placement, in-water and shoreline alterations, coastal development, artificial lighting, fishing gear, dredging, oil spills and response, alternative offshore energy development, noise pollution from construction, shipping and military activity, oil and gas activities, channel blasting, marina and pier development and aquaculture. The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce released a statement about the proposed rule, outlining its concerns about the desi g n a t i o n ’s economic impact on tourism, the military presence, the Port of Morehead City, boatbuilding, marina services, commercial and recreational fishing, along with the many water and beach activities most tourists and locals enjoy. “The list is virtually endless when one considers dining, lodging, shopping, retail, second home owners and service industries. We often say: tourism is everybody’s business here,” they continued. The Southern Environmental Law Center has said that the designation will have little to no impact on local communities, since

the law requires federal agencies, not local ones, to monitor projects for destruction of critical habitat. “It’s a false premise that this isn’t going to do anything,” Rudolph said. “At a minimum and in a broader concept, the federal government can’t designate critical habitat and do nothing. They’re going to have to do more overview and more regulations. If they don’t, the same organizations will sue again,” he continued. The secretary has the authority to exclude areas from critical habitat designation if the benefits of exclusion outweigh the benefits of inclusion. Exclusions can be made based on economic impact. H o w e v e r, the current rule states, “Because all units identified for loggerheads have a high Eddie Barber Mayor of Emerald Isle conservation value and a low economic impact, no areas were considered for exclusion based on economic impact.” The NMFS states that the analysis found the impact of critical habitat designation will most likely be limited to incremental administrative efforts to consider potential adverse modifications as part of future Section 7 consultations. Rudolph said that the federal impact analysis is not a fair economic analysis because it only looked at what it cost the federal agencies to implement critical habitat and not the local communities. Both services stated in the separate rules

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that this designation is not likely to induce any extra regulations. But many local residents and lawmakers are left wondering if this is the case, why institute a critical habitat designation at all? The services left room for clarification in both rules. Skvarla, in his letter to the US Dept. of the Interior and NOAA, requested that the services re-evaluate critical habitat designations because of the significant regulatory and economic implications and the stated lack of need for additional management measures. If the rule proceeds he asked the services to clarify the potential range of additional management efforts, expand the economic analysis of the potential impacts to coastal communities and provide additional information on the data used for the proposed designations. He also wrote that North Carolina is prepared to pursue mediation or other legal actions if necessary. Carteret County sent a notice of intent to sue to the US Dept. of the Interior stating that if the services include Bogue Banks in the critical habitat designation, the county intends to file a suit challenging the designation. While the community as a whole seems to stand by the loggerhead sea turtle, whether through the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores’ rehabilitation program or volunteering with a municipality’s sea turtle programs, the services have failed to acknowledge what’s already being done to protect the valued creatures. As the communities and businesses start getting reading for the busiest time of the year, and local residents begin signing up for the volunteer turtle protection programs, everyone anxiously awaits July, when the final rule is set to be released. WF

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show continues to grow each year. April 11-13, visitors can ex- Capt. Steve Miller, chairman of the Boat Show Committee. pect a flea market atmosphere with plenty of chances to take that The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats dream boat for a spin. as well as showcasing a variety of marine products and services, There were more than 80 registered exhibitors last year, com- outdoor gear, fishing tackle, outfitters, brokers, fishing clubs and ing from as far away as Florida. Whatever boat you may have in resource conservation groups. The boat show is free to attend mind – sail or power, fishing or cruising, kayak or yacht – expect from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Vento find a good selection. In dors with food and beverages addition, vendors are on will also be available. hand with a variety of nauPlans are also underway for a tical goods and services bigger and better ARTrageous Oriental In-Water Boat Show to help complete the packart event throughout the weekOriental ¤ April 11-13 age. Seminars are planned end on the waterfront in conthroughout the weekend on junction with the Arts Council a variety of topics, including of Carteret County. In addition Crystal Coast Boat Show weather, new marine electo displays from the region’s tronics, boat restoration, usmany talented artists, guests Morehead City ¤ May 17-18 ing a fire extinguisher and will find activities to keep the first aid at sea. More than youngsters busy. 80 boats were on display in On Saturday, the local chap2013, with 39 of them in the water and ready for sea trials. ter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold its anTo learn more about the Oriental In-Water Boat Show, visit ori- nual care show featuring vintage vehicles that are no less than entalboatshow.com. 25 years old. On Sunday, that space will be taken over by the For those who miss the chance in Oriental, 2014 Crystal Coast Morehead City After Hours Rotary Club, which is hosting a reBoat Show comes to the Morehead City waterfront May 17-18, gional Cornhole Tournament starting at noon. Burgers, hot dogs with organizers promising more boats, vendors, artists, vintage and cold beer will be available for sale. Prizes will be awarded to automobiles and entertainment than ever before. The event is ar- the winning teams, including a special prize to the 1 place winranged annually by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization ner: a Key to the City presented by the Mayor of Morehead City. Associaiton. To register, email afterhoursrotary@gmail.com “Last year, we had so many boats we had a problem finding To learn more about the Crystal Coast Boat Show, visit www. space for them. This year looks like it will be even bigger,” said crystalcoastboatshow.com or call 252-808-0440. WF

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The Trailer

Anyone who has seen a broken down trailer on the side of the road knows that the only safe alternative is regular checks of the tool you so heavily rely upon. • Look for cracks in the frame. • Examine the rollers for wear and tear. • Check the lights, making sure you remember the brake lights and turn signals. • Check the winch strap for signs of fraying. • Take a look at the tie down straps for damage. • Look over the coupler and latch assembly as well as the hitch on your towing vehicle.

The Boat

Once that tarp or cover is removed, give the boat a good overall cleaning and visual check for any issues with the hull. Also look for missing or loose rivets. • Check the bilge area for debris and install your drain plug. Test the pump. • This is a great time to reload the boat with all the things that were removed for winter storage – seats, first aid kids, fire extinguishers, flares, life vests ‌ examining everything for issues as you put them away. Life vests can be washed and treated with a mildew deterrent for longer life. • Look over hatch hinges and oil as necessary. • Check battery fluid levels and top off as necessary. Check terminals for any type of corrosion. Reattach cables if removed during winterization. • Reconnect any electronics – lights, GPS, radio, fish finders, etc‌

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cility, Onslow County and North Carolina welcomed us with open arms,” said Armstrong. “We decided to locate in the heart of the fleet concentration area and are excited to be able to better service US markets, as well as export to foreign markets from our new plant near Swansboro.” For more than two decades, the Armstrong brothers, Josh and Cory, have been perfecting the use of aluminum as the material of choice for the marine environment. The company started in their home territory of British Colombia, Canada. The startup company built a reputation for quality and performance that fueled steady growth and carried the operation to its current home in Port Angeles. Earlier this year, Armstrong Marine was awarded a five-year, $38 million contract from the Dept. of Defense to build maintenance barges for the US Navy. Armstrong said the DoD has a need on the East Coast and a need on the West Coast. The expansion means more jobs in Port Angeles as well. The company plans to add 50 more jobs over the next five years at its headquarters, where design and new production will be expanded. The aluminum boat market is rapidly expanding. Mariners across the globe recognize the superiority of welded aluminum due to its high strength to weight, low maintenance, and extreme durability. With more than two decades of experience, Armstrong Marine, Inc. develops products to meet the demands of the marine industry around the world. “This new facility will provide an important economic boost to Onslow County and the surrounding area,” said Rep. George Cleveland. “We welcome Armstrong Marine, Inc. to North Carolina and wish them continued success.” Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $31,420 plus benefits. The Onslow County average annual wage is $26,908. Partners that helped with the project include the NC Department of Commerce, Coastal Carolina Community College, Onslow County and Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development. For more information about Armstrong Marine Inc., including job opportunities, go to armstrongmarine.com. WF

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Swansboro is the new home of a boat manufacturing company. Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced in December that Armstrong Marine, Inc. is building a welded aluminum boat manufacturing operation in Onslow County. The company plans to create 200 jobs and invest more than $8.4 million at the new facility near Swansboro. “The manufacturing industry is a critical target sector for North Carolina, one that is becoming increasingly important to sustainable job and investment growth for the state,” said Governor McCrory. “Armstrong Marine, Inc. will be a great addition to Onslow County and its talented workforce.” The company will move to the building and land once occupied by Hatteras Yachts. Hatteras Yachts closed its Swansboro operation in 2008, moving those 200 jobs to New Bern. The existing structures require minimal renovations, and the new plant was scheduled to begin production in early 2014. Armstrong Marine is a leading manufacturer of purpose-built welded aluminum boats, fire boats, dive boats, pilot boats, research vessels, interceptors and riverine craft for both military and industrial markets. The company’s high quality aluminum vessels are designed for customers demanding both high performance and durability. The company is a GSA contract holder and has worked with several branches of the government including the Navy, Air Force, FBI, Army Corps of Engineers, US Park Service and NOAA. “The coastal region of Onslow County and surrounding counties has become a very desirable site for companies to locate marine manufacturing operations,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. “We’re fortunate to have a strong business climate and outstanding quality of life that can’t be beat.” Josh Armstrong, president and CEO of Armstrong Marine, Inc. realized that their existing manufacturing facility in Port Angeles, Washington, was not adequate to meet the expanding demands of the market and incurred substantial shipping cost to clients on the Eastern seaboard. “When we went in search of a strategic location for our second manufacturing fa-

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Forty sounds old, but when you are talking about wooden boats, building them, sailing them or just admiring them in general, it can go by pretty fast. Whether you’re a boating enthusiast or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 40th Annual Wooden Boat Show, the longest ongoing wooden boat show in the Southeast, has activities for all ages. The show sets sail at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort on Saturday, May 3. This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina boat building and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display and activities will be available for all ages from 10am to 4:30pm. “We pay a lot of attention to making sure the show is not just interesting for wooden boat enthusiasts,” explained Paul Fontenoy, curator of maritime research and technology at the museum. “So we have activities for children and opportunities for families to do things together, such as taking a boat ride.” 22 |

Youngsters can take part in maritime games and crafts in the Wooden Boat Kids area or take the time to build their own model sailboat, while families can team up to test their skills in sailing radio-controlled model boats. Enjoy traditional skills demonstrations and displays, educational activities, historic vessels, boat models, sailboat races at 3pm and sailboat rides from 1-3pm. It is the boats, however, that definitely take center stage during this annual undertaking. Along the tree-lined streets of the historic fishing hamlet, birch, mahogany, oak and teak will reign supreme – polished and shined in all its glory for visitors to enjoy. The majority of this year’s entries are less than 25 feet in length simply because space is limited along Beaufort’s waterfront. It all started in 1975 with Charles R. McNeill and friend Michael Alford conversing about their love for traditional wooden boats. The pair decided to hold an event for the community that would inspire others to foster similar feelings about something handcrafted, something worthwhile, something beautiful … wooden boats. Though McNeill, director of the Hampton Mariners Museum in Beaufort (predecessor of the NC Maritime Museum), had the ideal setting for such an event, the surrounding buildings and streets were not quite conducive to such a display. Downtown Beaufort was still undergoing its transformation

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An extended “warranty” really isn’t a warranty: An extended warranty (service contract) is not a warranty at all but rather an insurance policy that pays for repairs if the breakdown, failure or failed component is specified as covered by the policy. On the other hand, a new boat warranty covers much more, is included in the cost of the boat and offers legal protections to the boat buyer. (Continued on page 26)

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Not everything is covered: An engine extended service contract covers specific items only. One BoatUS member found this out the hard way when his third-party extended service contract left him $1,300 short after paying out of pocket for an engine control unit (ECU) replacement job on his 30-foot powerboat. The ECU was deemed consequential damage – and not covered – as a result of the original problem, an overcharging alternator.

The real cost of repairs could be higher: Extended service contracts typically come with deductibles, some don’t cover engine removal and they often limit haul out coverage or, in the case of manufacturer-backed programs, will only pay if you purchased higher levels of coverage. Check the contract’s details on how the company handles deductibles and consequential damage.

Kill the overlap: If you decide to buy an extended service contract, find one that begins after the manufacturer’s warranty expires and never be pressured into buying one the same day you buy the boat. You’ve usually got up to at least nine months to make a decision. It should also be transferable, which adds to the boat’s value if you decide to sell it down the road.

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Approval needed: While it is an extra step, extended service contracts require preauthorization before work begins. Consumers can avoid those companies that will require work to be done only at a network of “approved” shops, or require you to use the selling dealer, which can be inconvenient for anyone who plans on putting some serious miles on their vessel.

The gamble: Most defects in new boats and engines appear within the standard warranty period, so you may not get a return on the money you paid for an extended service contract.

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Fishing is important business in Eastern North Carolina, both for the economic impact it has on the region and for the many residents who enjoy casting a line in their downtime. The NC Governor’s Cup Billfishing Conservation Series begins in May with three of the program’s eight contests, Hatteras Village Open, Swansboro Rotary’s Bluewater Tournament and the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament. The series, managed by the NC Division of Marine Fisheries, promotes conservation, protection and preservation of marine resources. Participating boats or teams are awarded series points for billfish caught and released and for billfish taken which met tournament minimum size requirements. This spring, anglers will also find the sixth Reelin’ for Research Offshore Fishing Tournament on the calendars. The event benefits

the NC Children’s Promise, a component of the NC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. Morehead City serves as the hub of the weekend’s activities, including the focal event: an eight-hour deep sea fishing excursion consisting of both private and chartered vessels. Reelin’ for Research was the brainchild of Richard Montana, a native of Greensboro, after his father Tony lost his personal battle with cancer in 2005. All proceeds raised will be contributed to support the NC Children’s Hospital through the Tony Montana Fellowship Fund. It’s not that we really need a good cause in order to call for a day of fishing – but this tournament will sure make fishermen feel good about the outing at the end of the day.

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*6-14: Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Total prize money tops $1 million. Weigh-ins on the Morehead City waterfront. Details: 252-247-3575 or www. thebigrock.com.

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3: Reelin’ For Research. Charity fishing tournament in Morehead City for UNC Children’s Hospital Research Division. The entry fee is $1,000. Details: reelinforresearch.org or info@ reelinforresearch.org. 7-10: Boy Scout Gulf Stream Open. This Wrightsville Beach billfish tournament sees lines in the water for two out of three fishing days to help raise funds for the Boy Scouts of America. Details: www.bsagulfstreamopen.org. *13-17: Hatteras Village Offshore Open. The annual kick off for the NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament brings prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 1-757-287-4932. *23-25: Swansboro Rotary Memorial Day Bluewater Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Weigh-ins at Big Rock Landing in Morehead City and Casper’s Marina in Swansboro. Details: 252-422-9100 or www.kingbluewater.com. *29-June 1: Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament set in Wrightsville Beach with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, 28 |

15-21: Invitational Blue Marlin Release Tournament. Tuna, dolphin and wahoo weighins daily during this five-day event at the Hatteras Marlin Club. Details: 252-986-2454 or www.hatterasmarlinclub.com.

JULY

*9-12: Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament. Raising awareness of the offshore billfish fishing in Hatters during the summer, this tournament continues to grow with each passing year. Details: 252-996-0618, www. hatterasgrandslam.com. *17-19: Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament set on the Beaufort waterfront with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Kid-friendly event offers low entry fees, trophies instead of prize money and junior angler prizes. Details: 252808-2286 or www.bartabillfish.com. *24-26: Ducks Unlimited Band the Billfish Tag and Release Tournament. NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Weigh-ins at Big Rock Landing on the Morehead City waterfront. Details: 252-8144896. 25-26: Oriental Rotary Club Inshore Slam/ Tarpon Tournament. More than 20 years old, this tournament helps raise funds for

regional college scholarships. Details: www. orientalrotary.org. 25-26: CCCF Spanish Mackerel/Dolphin Fishing Tournament. Carteret Community College Foundation tourney helps raise funds for college programs and scholarships. Weigh-in is slated at The Boathouse in Beaufort, a sponsor of the event. Details: Wes Daniels, 252-222-6222.

AUGUST

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16-18: Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament. Presented by Blue Water Promotions, this annual tournament is headquartered in the Atlantic Station Shopping Center. Details: www.bluewaterpromo.com. 20-27: Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament. Free registration. All flounder must be caught on foot (surf, pier, inlet or sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. Sponsored by the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Dept. and The Reel Outdoors. Details: 252-354-6350.

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1, 8, 15, 22: Behind the Scenes – Aquarium Close Encounters. 2-3:30pm. Age 8 and up, $15. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com. Sat. 1: Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. 8am. To reserve your spot in the 2013 running of Morehead City’s Crystal Coast Half Marathon or 5K race, register online. Details: www. ncraces.com. Hoop Pole Creek Cleanup. 10am-Noon. The NC Coastal Federation invites volunteers to help clean up Hoop Pole Creek in Atlantic Beach. Volunteers will meet and park at the easternmost section of the Atlantic Station Shopping Center. Details: www.nccoast.org. Oyster Shellebration. 11am-5pm. Swansboro Parks and Recreation is partnering with the NC Coastal Federation to bring an oyster shellebration to downtown Swansboro. Details: www.nccoast.org. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Succulent Seafood. 2-4pm on select Mondays. Sessions of this NC Aquarium program include a test taste. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncacquariums.com. Fri. 7: Turtle Talk. 10am-4pm. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon to learn about one of the local treasures, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Details: 252-726-3775. Sat. 8: Get Hooked Fishing School. Experts in a variety of fishing techniques present workshops and demonstrations throughout the day at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Details: 252-247-4003, www.ncaquariums.com. A Thirst for the Sea – Beaufort Wine & Food. 4-7pm. Enjoy dinner with local seafood prepared by Chef Tony Garnett of the Coral Bay Club. Details: www.beaufortwineandfood.com. Mon. 10: Bird Hike. 10am. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Details: 252-726-3775.

11, 18: Brown Bag Gam. Noon. Pack a lunch and join the NC Maritime Museum for an educational lunch program. Details: 252728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Tue. 11: Taste of Coastal Carolina. The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation which brings some of the area’s best chefs to the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Details: 252-514-0051 or www. neuseriver.org. Fri. 14: Boatbuilding Past and Present. 9:30-11:30am. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the NC Maritime Museum’s Watercraft Center and visit a local boat manufacturer. Details: 252-728-7317, www.ncmaritimemuseum.org. 15-16: Traditional Boatbuilding Carpentry. 9am-4:30pm. Learn skills essential for building a traditional rack of eye flat-bottomed skiff through this NC Maritime Museum program. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sat. 15: 23rd Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival. 9am-6pm. Held at the Emerald Plantation shopping center, festival features more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, a climbing wall, face painters and more. Details: 252-354-6350. Swansboro Oyster Roast & Pig Out. 5-8pm. Hosted by the Swansboro Rotary Club. Details: 910-326-6175. Sun. 16: Birding on the White Oak River. 10am-Noon. Join local birding expert Joanne Powell and the NC Coastal Federation for a birding cruise on the White Oak River in Swansboro. Details: 252-393-8185 or www.nccoast.org. Tue. 18: Surf Fishing 101. 6pm. Dr. Bogus will be a guest lecturer at Swansboro Parks and Recreation to discuss the basics of surf fishing, how to target specific species, knots, natural and artificial baits and how to read the beach. Details: 910-326-2600.

Fri. 28: Ports & Pilots. 1:30-3:30pm. See the big ships up close with this guided behind-the-scenes tour of the NC State Port, Morehead City, with the NC Maritime Museum. Details: 252-7287317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sat. 29: Maritime Model Society. 2pm. The Carolina branch of this national society meets at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Details: 252-728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com. Beaufort BoatBuilding Challenge Demonstration. 9amnoon. Watch as the actual construction of a challenge boat is demonstrated at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Details: www. ncmaritimemuseums.com. NSA Shrimperoo. 2-4pm. The Neuse Sailing Association is holding its annual Shrimperoo for all current members, those joining the group and those interested in becoming members. Details: www.neusesailingassociation.org.

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2, 10: Brown Bag Gam. Noon. Pack a lunch and join the NC Maritime Museum for an educational lunch program. Details: 252728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Thur. 3: The Raid on the Lighthouse. 7-8pm. On the night of April 3, 1864 Confederate saboteurs tried to blow up the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. 4-5: Newport Pig Cookin’. Good old North Carolina barbecue takes center stage at Newport Town Park as the country’s largest whole hog pig cooking pulls out all the stops. Details: 252-2413488. 9-13: 67th annual NC Azalea Festival. A celebration of Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture and its favorite flower stretches through five days of entertainment that includes a parade, street fair, circus, concerts and pageant. Details: www.ncazaleafestival.org.

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Wed. 9: The Oyster. 1:30-2:30pm. Unlock the mysteries of this amazing bivalve with the NC Maritime Museum. Free. Details: 252728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. 11-13: Oriental In-Water Boat Show. Sponsored by the Oriental Rotary Club, this annual show features more than 70 vendors representing new and used boats, varied maritime products and services and more. Details: 252-249-0228 or orientalboatshow.com. 12-13: Contemporary Boatbuilding Carpentry. 9am-5pm. Learn skills essential for building round-bottomed boats through this NC Maritime Museum program. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. Sat. 12: Nautical Tool & Tag Sale. 7-10am. Old tools, motors, boats and pieces can be found at this annual fundraising event for the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Details: 252-728-7317, www. ncmaritimemuseum.org. Publick Day. 9am-4pm. An old-fashion flea market takes over the Beaufort Historic Site, just as they did in days gone by. Details: 252-728-5225. Mon. 14: Bird Hike. 10am. Meet in the Visitor Center at Fort Macon and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Details: 252-726-3775. Fri. 18: Ouch! 10am. Join a ranger at the Fort Macon Visitor Center for a close-up look at the plants, animals and insects that might bite you while visiting the park. Details: 252-726-3775. Sat. 19: Earth Day Celebration. 10am-3pm. Carteret County government agencies, nonprofit groups, museums and businesses join forces at Fort Macon State Park for a hands-on Earth Day program. Details: 252-728-2250. Mon. 21: Kayaking for Kids. 1-4pm. NC Maritime Museum. Details: 252-728-7317, www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

23-27: 10th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. Wonderful wine and tempting meals are the focal point of this weekend full of wine and food pairings, workshops, dinners and more. Details: www.beaufortwineandfood.com. Wed. 23: Shackleford Banks – Horses, Hiking and History. 9:30am-1:30pm. Come find out what makes Shackleford Banks such a unique barrier island through this outdoor adventure with the NC Maritime Museum. Details: 252-728-7317 or www. ncmaritimemuseums.com.

teams attempt to construct a skiff in four hours … and then take it for a spin! Details: 252-648-0944, beaufortchallenge.com. 9-10: Beaufort Music Festival. The streets of historic Beaufort come to life with live music during this annual festival, with three stages, including a children’s area. Sat. 10: Loon Day. 10am. The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild will host this event at the H. Curt Salter Building, 1574 Harkers Island Road. Details: 252-838-8818 or www.decoyguild.com.

25-26: 8th Annual Bluegrass Festival. The White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort in Stella host this annual event featuring more than 20 live performances. Tickets are $30 per person at the gate, $25 in advance, $50 for both days.

16-18: MCAS Cherry Point Air Show. The public is invited to visit Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point for its bi-annual air show. Demonstrations, static displays, entertainment and fireworks can be expected. Details: www.cherrypointairshow.com.

Sat. 26: Maritime Model Society. 2pm. The Carolina branch of this national society meets at the NC Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Details: 252-728-7317 or ncmaritimemuseums.com. Lookout Spring Road Race. 8am. Sponsored by the Lookout Rotary Club, this annual family-friendly event begins and ends at the Sports Center, Morehead City. Details: 252-726-7826. Wed. 30: Kayak through History. 9am-Noon. Before bridges and railway, travel by water was the best way to get around along the coast. Details: 252-728-7317 of www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

17-18: Traditional Boat Building Carpentry. 9am-5:30pm. Learn traditional boat building techniques in this hands-on workshop offered by the NC Maritime Museum. Details: 252-728-7317 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.com. 7th Annual Crystal Coast Boat Show. Held on the Morehead City Waterfront, the Crystal Coast Boat show features both new and used boats, as well as showcases a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, outfitters, brokers, fishing clubs and resource conservation groups. Details: www. crystalcoastboatshow.com.

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Coastal Marine & Sports................. 13

Realty World First-Coast.................. 16

Ann Paige Designs.......................... 30

Collins, Inc. . ................................... 20

Sanitary Restaurant & Fish Market.... 9

Artistic Tile....................................... 29

Cottage Home Consignment........... 19

Shoco Marine.................................. 29

Big Kahuna Pools............................ 25

Crab’s Claw....................................... 5

Southeastern Elevator....................... 3

Budget Blinds.................................. 19

Crystal Coast Boat Show................... 5

Swann Island Creative..................... 27

Cannon & Gruber Real Estate......... 32

Duocraft Cabinets........................... 25

Tide Tamer....................................... 14

Cape Pointe Marina......................... 34

EJW Outdoors................................. 39

Top Deck......................................... 23

Capt. Stacy Fishing Center............. 25

Front Street Village.......................... 21

Ultimate Yacht Service.................... 15

Carolina Kite Surfing........................ 31

Great Windows................................ 30

Water World..................................... 37

Carolina Princess.............................. 5

H & H Landscaping......................... 36

West Marine..................................... 29

Carolina Shores............................... 37

Liftavator.......................................... 13

Whaler Inn......................................... 9

Carteret Cab.................................... 31

NC Dept. of Agriculture..... back cover

Window, Wall & Interior Décor......... 26

Carters Machine Hydraulics............ 13

Open Water, Inc............................... 15

Yardworks........................................ 39

Century 21-Coastland..................... 29

Oriental Boat Show.......................... 17

Chatlee Marine.................................. 2

Pacific Beachwear........................... 35

Coastal Awnings.............................. 23

Putnam Real Estate......................... 32

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