Ocracoke Ferry Stuck in Sand -- The ferry to Cedar Island spent all day February 28th, 2014, stuck in the ditch from Silver Lake to the slue. Read all about it at the Island Free Press.
Work Commencing on NPS Docks in Silver Lake -- Renovations have begun as of February 27th, 2014 and are expected to be complete by May. In the meantime, the docks may be closed, so sailors should contact the National Park Service at 252-475-9034 before making plans to visit Ocracoke. See the press release for more details.
Learn to Fire a Muzzle-Loading Musket -- Fort Macon State Park has all kinds of fun demonstrations and tours on tap for Spring 2014. See their events page here.
February 11th, 2014 -- As of mid-day, Hatteras to Ocracoke, Ocracoke to Cedar Island and Ocracoke to Swan Quarter ferries are suspended due to weather - "Visibility down to a quarter mile at Hatteras with accumulating snow."
Matthews Point Marina Denizens -- As of January 10th, 2014, Larry and Cathy and their dog Abbey aboard "Carolina Breeze" are in the Vero Beach area, headed for Lake Worth with plans to jump over to the Abacos during the next weather window.
40th Annual Beaufort Wooden Boat Show -- will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Maritime Museum on the Beaufort NC waterfront. More information here.
Oriental In-Water Boat Show -- will be hosted at Pecan Grove Marina April 11th-13th, 2014. The new boats might be fun to see, but the best part will be the nautical flea market. I will be looking for a cracked A4 piston to use for an ash tray. Information available here.
How Did I Miss This Website for so Long -- The Log of Spartina contains all sorts of good stories about sailing on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound, as well as the Chesapeake Bay. Thanks, Donnie on Y-Knot for passing along the url.
Town of Plymouth Has a Great New Public Dock -- Neuse River Sailors looking for a destination might consider Plymouth, on the Roanoke River, just above its junction with the Albermarle Sound. The town has built a beautiful new marina that transients can stay at free of charge for up to 14 days. 30-amp power and water are included, and pumpouts are available for $5. There are restrooms and showers available through the local Maritime Museum. The town boasts two museums and a replica of an Albermarle Sound Screwpile Lighthouse. There are two restaurants within walking distance of the docks, as well as a hiking trail. The Roanoke River is easily navigable and carries good depths all the way to Plymouth, and the bridge clearance is 51 feet. On top of all that, the people of Plymouth are as friendly and welcoming as any you are likely to find. The marina is on the upstream edge of town, directly under the lighthouse. Check in with the dockmaster at the Maritime Museum across the street or at 252-217-2204 to get the combination to the shower house.
Anchor Hazard in Silver Lake -- Dan snagged a heavy cable with his anchor in Silver Lake at Ocrafolk and had a dickens of a time getting free. Eventually, with Mike's help, he managed to bring the anchor to the surface along with a length of cable seemingly attached below water at each end. After freeing Marian Claire, he radioed the Coast Guard for instructions, and they told him to drop the cable back into the water. So it is still there, waiting to snag the next unsuspecting boat. Conscientious sailors might wish to plot these coordinates on their charts of Silver Lake - 35 06.736 N, 075 59.017 W. This is where Marian Claire lay snagged on the cable. Thanks Dan and Mike for getting the information out about this hazard.
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