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Bill is always good to listen to.

Included in the Fairfield Harbor complex is Black Beards Yacht Club. They are the second best yacht club that I have been around. I would be a member except we keep our boat closer to our home at Duck Creek Marina.

Florence was by far the most damaging hurricane that I have experienced in the 20 some years that we have lived in the New Bern -Jacksonville area. Most damage to boats that I observed was, in order of seriousness: boats on the hard floating off their stands, boats floating onto and or destroying docks, floating docks floating off their pilings. I stayed aboard at our slip and tended lines while water depth varied from 4.6 feet to 16 feet. Wife stayed at home. Although we had riverfront property for a couple of hours we had less than $2500 worth of damage. We now have a generator so the sump pump will run.

Best of luck in your decision.

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Thanks Charlie.

How far inland do you have to go before flooding is no longer an issue?
 

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Flooding is usually a function of amount or rainfall and/or storm surge. I would be cautious of saying xxx miles inland no longer is an issue. I think a better indicator would be elevation and/or the availability or requirement for flood insurance. One could have a home near the water, that will not flood during a storm surge if the land is hilly enough. Likewise, one could have a home many miles from the bay that floods due to river/creek flooding. I have seem pictures, for example, of flooding in Greenville, NC., from Florence

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How far inland do you have to go before flooding is no longer an issue?
For the flood risk of a particular property, you can look at the flood maps at FRIS . The maps show areas inside and outside the 0.2%/year risk. Elevation and location matter more than distance. Many houses in flood areas are built high enough to avoid damage. This is where a local real estate agent (and perhaps a local insurance agent) can be most helpful.

The flood map for Fairfield Harbour is here https://fris.nc.gov/fris_hardfiles/nc/hardfiles/DFIRM/049/DFIRM_NC_3720640800K.pdf

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In Kinston the Neuse if about 50 meters wide. Kinston has been flooded by the Neuse several times in the past 8 years. However about a mile upstream from the RR bridge in New Bern or .5 miles from the Hatteras plant the Neuse widens to .25 - .75 miles. We live 3 or so blocks from the south end of the RR bridge or the Neuse and have not been flooded. The house is over 100 years old on the 300 block of Avenue A.

The GIS and etc maps are interesting and very much worth looking at...flooding is not to much of a problem, wind and rain may be.

Again good luck in your search.

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Re: Fairfield harbor and the ya the club, anyone know controlling depth?
 

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Flooding is usually a function of amount or rainfall and/or storm surge. I would be cautious of saying xxx miles inland no longer is an issue. I think a better indicator would be elevation and/or the availability or requirement for flood insurance. One could have a home near the water, that will not flood during a storm surge if the land is hilly enough. Likewise, one could have a home many miles from the bay that floods due to river/creek flooding. I have seem pictures, for example, of flooding in Greenville, NC., from Florence

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Yes got it. I have been looking at the flood maps as well as insurance maps. Much of the flooding recently has been caused by the clouds slung into the mountains dropping copious rain and rivers overflowing banks. The River Bend region with nice houses floode because of the bend. Yes height of the land and surrounding land is a factor. We aren’t interested in waterfront property because of the different factors of surge and rain there.

good comments about agents as well as those require mats for flood insurance maps and maps of flood history
 

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Brunswick GA south to St Augustine - ( St Simons, St Mary's , Fernandina, Jacksonville, St Aug)
 

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We are headed down in another weekend to look around
Relocated from Baltimore to New Bern a year ago and the timing was right. Small town living and the quality of life can‘t be beat. Traffic around town is a dozen cars lined up at a traffic light or Thursday night at Harris Teeter for their pre-COVID19 Prime Rib dinner special.

Can’t speak to sailing the Neuse, currently boatless except for a few kayaks, currently traveling in our land yacht.

As far as homes above the flood plain, we purchased a home in Trent Woods, a small town outside the New Bern city limits but six miles from historic and a mile and half from New Bern shopping and medical offices, along the banks of the Trent River. We aren’t on the river, but close. Our neighborhood wasn’t affected by any of the named storms, surrounding neighborhoods were not due to storm surge but rather due to run off from the storm. A knowledgeable realtor can point you in the right direction.

As for accents and dialects, a great majority of Eastern NC residents have relocated from the DelMarVa and Northeast or are active duty military, very few people speak poorly.
New Bern has great medical care, a regional hospital and a great many specialists.

Come see for yourself what a great retirement area New Bern is. Enjoy dinner in the streets Friday and Saturday evenings. Bakers Kitchen menu is top notch. For a taste of home, enjoy MJ’s or the Chelsea, both restaurateurs have relocated from Maryland.

Very happy with our decision to retire in New Bern, NC. The long spring, summer and fall with abbreviated winter makes for pleasant living. The beach is an hour away and with the new highway project, that travel time will be reduced.

Enjoy your visit this weekend!

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We've owned a weekend/vacation place in Fairfield Harbour since 2000, and have kept a boat at the dock in our backyard (first a 37' cutter, now a 34' power cruiser). Hurricane Florence didn't damage our house at all, but it totaled our sailboat, which was hauled-out at a marina in advance of the storm. (Boat might have fared better if we'd kept it at the backyard dock!)
Most of the houses, including ours, are quite modest, although in recent years some beautiful and quite impressive homes have been built there.
You are smart to study the flood/elevation maps. A few feet of elevation makes all the difference.
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You should consider SW Florida. We love Port Charlotte, great sailing location, lots of good destinations. You can day sail, weekend, cruise for weeks. Low cost of living. Been here 7 yrs, it’s paradise.
 

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I only like Florida to visit. Have a condo in Sanibel which has been hit hard by 4 hurricanes in the last 10 years. We don’t want to live somewhere devoid of seasons.
 

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Relocated from Baltimore to New Bern a year ago and the timing was right. Small town living and the quality of life can‘t be beat. Traffic around town is a dozen cars lined up at a traffic light or Thursday night at Harris Teeter for their pre-COVID19 Prime Rib dinner special.

Can’t speak to sailing the Neuse, currently boatless except for a few kayaks, currently traveling in our land yacht.

As far as homes above the flood plain, we purchased a home in Trent Woods, a small town outside the New Bern city limits but six miles from historic and a mile and half from New Bern shopping and medical offices, along the banks of the Trent River. We aren’t on the river, but close. Our neighborhood wasn’t affected by any of the named storms, surrounding neighborhoods were not due to storm surge but rather due to run off from the storm. A knowledgeable realtor can point you in the right direction.

As for accents and dialects, a great majority of Eastern NC residents have relocated from the DelMarVa and Northeast or are active duty military, very few people speak poorly.
New Bern has great medical care, a regional hospital and a great many specialists.

Come see for yourself what a great retirement area New Bern is. Enjoy dinner in the streets Friday and Saturday evenings. Bakers Kitchen menu is top notch. For a taste of home, enjoy MJ’s or the Chelsea, both restaurateurs have relocated from Maryland.

Very happy with our decision to retire in New Bern, NC. The long spring, summer and fall with abbreviated winter makes for pleasant living. The beach is an hour away and with the new highway project, that travel time will be reduced.

Enjoy your visit this weekend!

Mark-
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Looking at areas to retire to and have narrowed it down to Rock Hall/ Kent Island are in Maryland, Shrewsberry area in Pennsylvania, New Bern area in North Carolina. I’m familiar with the first too and it ticks n m any boxes and our sailing would continue to be CHesapeake and Long Island Sound area. I have traveled by boat numerous times on trips down the inter coastal but never stayed in the New Betn area any length of time. Was nice there I thought.

the biggest disadvantage for me is the named storms. The area was pummeled in the last two years with tremendous destruction. Is that the norm? I see flood insurance is mandatory everywhere close.

advantages:
  • new areas to sail in and explore
  • 2 day access to the ocean and points south
  • 1/2 the cost of living
  • lots of wildlife
  • mountains close as is Hatteras
  • Chessie 3 days away
  • good health care with Raleigh Durham close
  • more temperate winter but still has seasons
what is the sailing really like there.?
what is the heat like in summer?
Flooding? Lots of deltas and rivers

Hopefully I can get sone people who sail there to respond vs snowbirds who pass by on the way to the Carribean via the ICW

Haleakulas engine still being worked on so we may go down there for a weekend a July 25 to reconnoiter the area

We will be retiring by January 1
My parents have a home in Aurora, NC and use New Bern as their hub. They are right off the Pamlico River and have a dock. They happen to be selling their beautiful home which is nestled in the woods with total privacy yet in a community of great people, most of whom are also retired. If you do a recon tour, let me know if you are interested in checking out that area and I can put you in touch with them!
 

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Really enjoying this thread. Edenton May be a bit remote for some but has a lot to offer if you like really small town living.
 

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Thanks for all your input....everyone. Please feel free to keep posting
Tomorrow we are headed out 0600.

staying in a Springhill Inn in New Bern

Hoping to visit Washington, Edenton, Oriental , Chocowinity, Goldsboro, Greenville, and areas around it.

Going to look at some marinas also Nortwestern Creek, Fairfield, Pecan Grove, Blackwell Point, Oriental, Sailcraft, Sea Harbor, Windward Point, Ensign Harbor, Up the Creek , Cee Bee , and Bel Haven.

if you stay in any of these or have visited let me know

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Thanks for all your input....everyone. Please feel free to keep posting
Tomorrow we are headed out 0600.

staying in a Springhill Inn in New Bern

Hoping to visit Washington, Edenton, Oriental , Chocowinity, Goldsboro, Greenville, and areas around it.

Going to look at some marinas also Nortwestern Creek, Fairfield, Pecan Grove, Blackwell Point, Oriental, Sailcraft, Sea Harbor, Windward Point, Ensign Harbor, Up the Creek , Cee Bee , and Bel Haven.

if you stay in any of these or have visited let me know

thanks
You would be much smarter if you stayed in a Holiday Inn Express... :)

Bel Haven is one of my favorite places. It is the type of underdog I'm naturally drawn to - a player at one time that fell on hard times and is struggling to reinvent itself against all odds. It will fail, of course, but my heart and soul is cheering it on. Then again, I'm from Flint Michigan, so this is a natural way of being for me.

We have stopped there many times. Every single one of them was a joy for some small reason or another. The hardware store has helped me piece together Frankenstein solutions out of common pieces. We have never been able to walk the couple of blocks to the grocery store from the anchorage because not a single citizen there would let us. Even against our protests that we had been on a boat for weeks and wanted/needed a walk. As soon as we start walking, someone would insist on us getting in their car, taking us there, waiting while we shopped, and driving us back. Once we were having lunch at a cafe and the waitress was asking about us. We told her we were going to walk to the grocery store after lunch (it is literally just 3 blocks up and 1 block over), and she told her boss, who told her to take off work and drive us (there and back). No amount of pleading to walk could change their minds.

Someday I hope to actually walk around Bel Haven.

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Bel Haven is one of my favorite places. It is the type of underdog I'm naturally drawn to - a player at one time that fell on hard times and is struggling to reinvent itself against all odds. It will fail, of course, but my heart and soul is cheering it on. Then again, I'm from Flint Michigan, so this is a natural way of being for me.

We have stopped there many times. Every single one of them was a joy for some small reason or another. The hardware store has helped me piece together Frankenstein solutions out of common pieces. We have never been able to walk the couple of blocks to the grocery store from the anchorage because not a single citizen there would let us. Even against our protests that we had been on a boat for weeks and wanted/needed a walk. As soon as we start walking, someone would insist on us getting in their car, taking us there, waiting while we shopped, and driving us back. Once we were having lunch at a cafe and the waitress was asking about us. We told her we were going to walk to the grocery store after lunch (it is literally just 3 blocks up and 1 block over), and she told her boss, who told her to take off work and drive us (there and back). No amount of pleading to walk could change their minds.

Someday I hope to actually walk around Bel Haven.

Mark
We have had a similar love affair with Belhaven. Hands down our favorite small town along the ICW. The people are consistently the friendliest of anywhere we’ve been, and the restaurants are wonderful.

We like small towns - if Belhaven had a hospital it would be in the top 3 for places we’d want to move to after we swallow the anchor.
 

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Belhaven had a hospital it would be in the top 3 for places we’d want to move to after we swallow the anchor.
There used to be a hospital right in town on the water - you could practically dinghy into its front door. Did they get rid of it? We haven't been there in 4-5yrs. If it's gone now, that is a shame.

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There used to be a hospital right in town on the water - you could practically dinghy into its front door. Did they get rid of it? We haven't been there in 4-5yrs. If it's gone now, that is a shame.

Mark
Yes, unfortunately it closed a few years ago. The closest one now is in Washington, although apparently Belhaven does have a small clinic.
 
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