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03-19-2010 01:32 PM
topsailbeach Belhaven is indeed nice with good facilities nearby and decent stores and restaurants good choice if you like peace
02-25-2010 06:49 AM
lsbrodsky No tides and currents to worry about on the Sound except wind driven, the ocean region is a different story. There are plenty of boats with 6 ft. draft around here but I admit that I felt more comfortable with my 4 ft draft. There are plenty of times I would have been aground with 6. It is really an issue mostly when going into the creeks for anchorage. However, because the water depth is dependent on wind direction, with strong SW or W winds even some of the marinas have pretty shallow water in the entrances and at some of the docks. Just part of the local knowledge. Keep in touch.
02-25-2010 06:39 AM
stevemac00 Larry, thanks for the articulate response. It gives us some important things to consider.
We're used to underwater bluffs and rocky shoals but don't have to consider tides and currents. By the time our boat is stocked and into the stripe we're about 5 and 1/4 foot depth. I remember you had a shoal keel. I know ours will be problematic but I also know there must be an occasional 6' keel around as well.
Our slip is paid up thru fall but I'm expecting to get a haul down there sometime in fall or winter. I'll keep in touch.
02-24-2010 02:10 PM
lsbrodsky Looks like you are getting some good responses. I haved lived here a dozen years and I still consider it the best place I have owned and sailed a boat for year-round sailing. There are some caveats. First, get used to the idea of shallow water all of the time. It really is not a problem but requires a different mindset and skill set than Great Lakes sailing. Pamlico Sound almost always has wind, sometimes too much, and when the wind really comes up the short seas are darned uncomfortable. I find Washington and New Bern just too far from real sailing. By the time you get out of your slip and get down the respective rivers, you have wasted too much time. It is always better to drive the distance to get better sailing and on the Neuse you need to be at least as far down river as Northwest Creek marina.
You really need to answer the question as to where you want to live when you are not sailing. For example, Oriental is a great LITTLE town. But, it has nothing in the way of creature comforts including medical. If you like and are able to live in an isolated, rural environment you have lots of choices here. But, if you need real groceries, shopping, medical facilities and so on then you need New Bern or Washington. Perhaps Morehead City. Which takes me to the ocean. If you want easy access to the ocean you need to be in one of the marinas near Morehead City. You won't have as many sailing days on the ocean, but the water is deep, blue, and full of fish. Morehead City and Beaufort are great places; some of us on the Sound motor down there a couple of times a year and it is a few hours down the ICW.
If you are going to live with your relatives and don't mind driving to your boat then you should get down near Oriental. Pecan Grove, IMHO, is the nicest, most protected and accessible marina down there. Send me an e-mail at for more.
02-24-2010 01:30 PM
albe1066 We have a slip on broad creek just past River Dunes. River Dunes has the best pump out we have encountered as well as a nice marina - floating docks, fuel, restaurant.. . There is another marina just past point marina Ensign Harbor:.

There is a list of marinas for NC and other areas on Claiborne Young's site Cruiser's Net Marinas NC-All with details. We have used Claiborne's cruising guides and found them quite good. Also ActiveCaptain - The Interactive Cruising Guidebook - Marina Reviews, Fuel Prices, Anchorages may have a list of marinas for the area.
02-24-2010 03:58 AM
Marina on Broad Creek

The Marina on Broad Creek is Point Marina. It is just passed River Dunes at the junction of Browns Creek and Broad Creek and a mile or so from the sound. Well protected a new club house. Great views. 10/15 minutes to Oriental
02-24-2010 12:32 AM
wind_magic There's a dock on Ocracoke island, but I don't know who owns it. It is down at the south end of the island where the main town is.

Edit - here is a bird's eye view ...

02-23-2010 11:01 PM
PBzeer The Bellhaven Waterway Marina, while one of my favorites is transit only.
02-23-2010 08:55 PM
SecondWindNC Yes, the city docks at Washington have both paid slips with water/electricity and free parallel docks with no services. After 48 hours the parallel docks go to $.75/ft.
02-23-2010 06:11 PM
Originally Posted by SecondWindNC View Post
teejay, very helpful list and fair assessments. Have you been to River Dunes? Haven't been myself but I've had some charterers stop through there who said it was very nice. Less accessible, though.

I'll also add Belhaven Waterway Marina.

By the way, the new U.S. Hwy 17 bypass around Washington will reroute most of the heavy traffic off our bridge when it opens sometime this summer.
Nope, I stuck with those that I've been to or checked out, River Dunes
must be new, I don't remember seeing it.

Never been to Belhaven, but 1st hand reports say its pretty exposed to
E-SE winds, with 5 miles of fetch. Dowry Crk has about a 1 mile of fetch.
When finished, the fastest way to New Bern might be through Washington.

I second the recommendation of Washington as a great destination,
do they still have the free city docks?

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