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Maybe it has changed, but it wasn't an interesting enough place to have bothered to go to back then for any reason I could see, so I doubt it will entice me back to change my mind, now.
capta I'm not trying to convince you otherwise, I certainly get how a place can be etched in one's mind. And really, you are right, by most standards New Bern *is* pretty boring.

and for the record, I have huge respect for you and all that you bring to this forum. I've learned a lot from your posts.

But New Bern has changed since you have been there. It's a quiet, lovely town with a lot of history. It was the original capital of NC. before it was moved to Raleigh (now, Raleigh is a place with plenty of Malls and Cinemas for ya!). It's among the oldest towns in NC. It has a quaint downtown with restaurants and shops. it has a lovely waterfront park. There are some marine based businesses now. And many folks choose to move their boat to New Bern as they are staging for a long trip, or to set off for good. There is a lot to like in New Bern ... especially if you are like me and don't mind boring one bit.

But regardless of how we feel about New Bern, I think it's important for us all to understand that there is a lot of suffering in New Bern right now. Both in, and outside of, the boating community.
 

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But regardless of how we feel about New Bern, I think it's important for us all to understand that there is a lot of suffering in New Bern right now. Both in, and outside of, the boating community.
No matter how much I might not like a place, I in no way wish anyone there ill will or harm.
That was certainly not the intention or point of this post.
 

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Well hopefully they don't let 3,000 Americans Die like they did in Puerto Rico.
Please. This is nothing more than politics. I’m not going to try to reconcile the body count differences, but if anyone is to blame in PR, it’s the PR government and institutions. Pathetically corrupt.
 
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Please. This is nothing more than politics. I’m not going to try to reconcile the body count differences, but if anyone is to blame in PR, it’s the PR government and institutions. Pathetically corrupt.
And I suppose this is also what you'd call "nothing more than politics"?
As a major hurricane heads toward the Carolinas, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley berated the Trump administration for diverting nearly $10 million from emergency FEMA funding to immigration enforcement.
Trading aid for Americans in need from natural disasters for concentration camps we should be ashamed of as a nation!
Yeah, that's politics all right!
 

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I have my Pearson 28-2 at Hancock Marina on base (MCAS Cherry Point) about ten miles down the Neuse from New Bern. Great protected little marina. I could not have sailed it away to shelter had I wanted (though crossed my mind). My professional duties obliged me to be at the squadron and otherwise prep the house, and then get my family on their way out of town. At one point I was going to have to crew one of the aircraft for relocation (we evac all the aircraft for obvious reasons), but I deferred to the junior pilots to take it since I have flown plenty of herevacs over the years, and this time I could be better employed staying back here to keep an eye on the house while the better half and kids went to safety. However, I did spend over $250 on a few extra heavy lines and bumpers from the West Marine. My tie up job was sound, with enough line to resonably accomodate the worst case 12' surge. I'd have to go measure the high water debris line, but it was at least 8-10 feet in there. Maybe more.

I also did everything I could think. Pulled all canvas. Completely cleared out the boat of everything (I mean everything... cushions, gear, excess crap, every storage panel, batteries). I quietly expected the boat to get sunk or smashed and I figured the less loose gear I had aboard the less debris I'd have to deal with during recovery. Plus I didn't need wet stinky berth and settee foam to deal with, or soaked wood panels.

Anyway... I took a lot of pictures of everything inside and out in case I did have to do an insurance claim. I was pretty confident in my prep.

And it worked!

What didn't work was another gents prep. His boat was in a slip on the other side of the dock and broke free in the surge (and may have been assisted by another boat next to his that is totally sunk and half in his slip) and wedged his boat against my boat, doing significant rub rail damage and hull marring. His boat was resting on some of my lines. Although his boat snapped a few of my lines (his bottom paint is well rubbed into the broken ends...), my tie up job, with the aid of the pilings beating the crap of out things, kept both boats in there. His sails were still on (and shredded, and probbaly contributed to the disaster). His lines were not new. Far from it. And he had some cleats break free from his deck. It is a Catalina 30.

So bummer. You do everything you can within time/reason/ability, and someone else's boat crunches yours. A few in there made it ok. There are also boats on shore, sunk, or sitting on the dock.

I almost made it unscathed... Almost.

Pity too. I just got the boat in May for a steal, well under market value. Well cared for. Now it's going to be a very long time before I can get it fixed and attended to. I hope his insurance covers it since I didn't break free and crunch into him. Meanwhile it is frustrating given the time and care some of us took to prep.

However, a dinged up boat is nothing compared to the hardships some folks here are enduring, and will be for some time to come.

Not sure if this is of any added value to this thread. Power just came back on and figured I'd kill some time...
 

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I have my Pearson 28-2 at Hancock Marina on base (MCAS Cherry Point) about ten miles down the Neuse from New Bern. Great protected little marina. I could not have sailed it away to shelter had I wanted (though crossed my mind). My professional duties obliged me to be at the squadron and otherwise prep the house, and then get my family on their way out of town. At one point I was going to have to crew one of the aircraft for relocation (we evac all the aircraft for obvious reasons), but I deferred to the junior pilots to take it since I have flown plenty of herevacs over the years, and this time I could be better employed staying back here to keep an eye on the house while the better half and kids went to safety. However, I did spend over $250 on a few extra heavy lines and bumpers from the West Marine. My tie up job was sound, with enough line to resonably accomodate the worst case 12' surge. I'd have to go measure the high water debris line, but it was at least 8-10 feet in there. Maybe more.

I also did everything I could think. Pulled all canvas. Completely cleared out the boat of everything (I mean everything... cushions, gear, excess crap, every storage panel, batteries). I quietly expected the boat to get sunk or smashed and I figured the less loose gear I had aboard the less debris I'd have to deal with during recovery. Plus I didn't need wet stinky berth and settee foam to deal with, or soaked wood panels.

Anyway... I took a lot of pictures of everything inside and out in case I did have to do an insurance claim. I was pretty confident in my prep.

And it worked!

What didn't work was another gents prep. His boat was in a slip on the other side of the dock and broke free in the surge (and may have been assisted by another boat next to his that is totally sunk and half in his slip) and wedged his boat against my boat, doing significant rub rail damage and hull marring. His boat was resting on some of my lines. Although his boat snapped a few of my lines (his bottom paint is well rubbed into the broken ends...), my tie up job, with the aid of the pilings beating the crap of out things, kept both boats in there. His sails were still on (and shredded, and probbaly contributed to the disaster). His lines were not new. Far from it. And he had some cleats break free from his deck. It is a Catalina 30.

So bummer. You do everything you can within time/reason/ability, and someone else's boat crunches yours. A few in there made it ok. There are also boats on shore, sunk, or sitting on the dock.

I almost made it unscathed... Almost.

Pity too. I just got the boat in May for a steal, well under market value. Well cared for. Now it's going to be a very long time before I can get it fixed and attended to. I hope his insurance covers it since I didn't break free and crunch into him. Meanwhile it is frustrating given the time and care some of us took to prep.

However, a dinged up boat is nothing compared to the hardships some folks here are enduring, and will be for some time to come.

Not sure if this is of any added value to this thread. Power just came back on and figured I'd kill some time...
Good on you for doing the best you could with all your other responsibilities. You have my sympathy your neighbor did not do so as well.
I have spent a career avoiding 'the other guy(s)' in storms and it is truly exhausting. I have never lost a vessel to a storm and I've been through more than I can count, some well above 150 knots, but have lost one to another boat, even after I repeatedly warned him that he was anchored too close to my mooring.
Even if folks don't give a darn about their own boat, it's a real shame how blaze' they are about someone else's. A sign of the times, I guess.
 

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And I suppose this is also what you'd call "nothing more than politics"?
As a major hurricane heads toward the Carolinas, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley berated the Trump administration for diverting nearly $10 million from emergency FEMA funding to immigration enforcement.
Trading aid for Americans in need from natural disasters for concentration camps we should be ashamed of as a nation!
Yeah, that's politics all right!
It surely is nothing more than politics. It was proven shortly after this statement was made to be funding that came from an operational account (“unspent operational accounts for training, office supplies and headquarters cost”) and was not available for relief. It has absolutely nothing to do with response funding, which most have given the administration credit for mobilizing well in advance.

https://www.snopes.com/ap/2018/09/12/dhs-says-fema-money-transfer-wont-harm-hurricane-relief/

Listen, I voted for Hillary (as the lesser of two evils) and dislike our current President for a variety of reasons. I bet I knew of him long before most of you ever heard of him. I grew up in Metro NYC.

As a staunch independent, I’ve gotten incredibly frustrated by all this misinformation, solely to discredit. It’s destructive to our democracy. In fact, I’ll go one further. I believe there are enough people who are sick and tired of these unfounded jabs that they just might vote for him again, having lost faith in the integrity of the dems. If that happens, I will point directly to posts like this as the cause.

He does enough actual stupid stuff to point out.
 

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New Bern resident, and love the area, the people, the restaurants, bars, shops, quaint historic downtown. It is not "boring" here and everything is within a 10 minute drive.

All members of our club have a hurricane plan, anchor out or pull out, strip the boat. Follow your plan and you'll likely be fine, even with a 10' surge.
 

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Most competent sailors have planned well ahead of time where to find a hurricane hole away from other boats. It seems that, with all the warnings WELL ahead of time, people should have figured out that docks might slip their pilings and create piles of wrecked boats. Getting away from the pack is the key to surviving something like this. There are many places to ride out a storm on the hook in the areas around Oriental and the Neuse River/ Adams Cr. Lack of appreciation of what might happen is understandable after many years of placid conditions.
 

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It surely is nothing more than politics. It was proven shortly after this statement was made to be funding that came from an operational account (“unspent operational accounts for training, office supplies and headquarters cost”) and was not available for relief. It has absolutely nothing to do with response funding, which most have given the administration credit for mobilizing well in advance.
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https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/sep/13/jeff-merkley/yes-10-million-were-transferred-fema-ice/
 

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New Bern resident, and love the area, the people, the restaurants, bars, shops, quaint historic downtown. It is not "boring" here and everything is within a 10 minute drive.
It's good to hear. When I lived in the south and had a trailerable boat I always looked at New Bern as a place to launch from to explore the area only because I liked where it looked on a map. I wish you luck on recovery.

I can also feel Capta's pain, although I don't feel it's the appropriate time to discuss his feelings about New Bern. It's like telling his family how you really felt about the deceased at his funeral. I have been stuck in places I did not like for work. A lot has to do with who you are working for, a good boss would provide a vehicle if you are stuck in a remote location for a long time. I would have gladly traded New Bern for Fresno, Stockton, Mexicali, Imperial CA, Burns OR. or any of the other Hell Holes I have been stuck for work.
 

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Guess it all depends on one's lifestyle and what one wants out of a location. I too have lived in some undesireable places, and some good ones. At this stage of our lives we like nice courteous folks surrounding us, no traffic, 4 seasons, good medical, dirt cheap taxes and utilities, affordable real estate, and great sailing locations within reach, i.e. Beaufort, Oriental, Pamlico Sound, and the Neuse itself, 5 min. to the club (with great social activities), and the boat. 45 min drive to the beach (not my thing), and cross state to the mountains (Ashville, etc.) if so inclined.

We're thrilled to be here with no desire to be anywhere else till my expiration date. Different strokes for different folks.

I could beat up some other locations we've lived in and visited, but not my style and unnecessarily hurtful to those who reside there.

Cheers from New Bern!!
 

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With a car it’s wonderful

Without? Not so much. As a transient I found I needed to rent a car. Enterprise at the airport, reasonable and they pick you up.
 

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All this says is that the money actually came from FEMA and went to ICE. It does nothing to substantiate the claim that it somehow reduced the response to Florence. It's pure exaggeration to stoke the base and it's getting tiring. I swear this stuff could re-elect the guy, as it infuriates his base, more than it seems to mobilize those that already hate him. That's exactly what got him elected in the first place.
 

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Early in the video, there is a shot of a 32-Catalina with her mast facing forward at a 20-degree angle above the deck. The boat's name is Adagio and belongs to a good friend who just moved to New Bern from Perryville, MD about a year ago. He and some friends just brought his boat there two months ago. He is not a happy camper.

Gary :cool:
 

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Early in the video, there is a shot of a 32-Catalina with her mast facing forward at a 20-degree angle above the deck. The boat's name is Adagio and belongs to a good friend who just moved to New Bern from Perryville, MD about a year ago. He and some friends just brought his boat there two months ago. He is not a happy camper.

Gary :cool:
Not my neighbor Piotr, I hope!
 

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Having just moved to a hurricane zone I have a question about anchoring for a storm. I would think that you should anchor from both ends of the boat up a river, but I don't know what I don't know.
I did do a search for storm anchoring, but couldn't find an answer. Any of you experienced people care to educate me on this? Or point me to another thread?
Thanks
 
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