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Valor is for Sale -- My Cape Dory 25 Valor is for sale to make room for a bigger boat that I could take long-distance cruising. She's been a fine day-sailor and I've taken a number of longer trips on her as well, but she's not the ticket for weeks or months-long trips, which I hope to take once I retire. So, anybody looking for a good sailable CD25? Asking price $3,500. ***09/24/15 - asking price reduced, now $3,000*** Details here. Email me at

Oriental's Creative Solution to the HB2 Problem -- Town Dock has a World Exclusive article detailing efforts to reopen the public restroom near the new town dock that has been closed since late March due to HB2. I applaud everyone involved in this effort to help the town avoid the onerous new $10,000 daily "Gender Non-Compliance fine." Town Dock has done a wonderful job bringing this vital breaking news to the public.

Matthews Point Denizens Mark Your Calendars -- May 7th 2016 Jett and Tom are planning a cookout and party. More information will be included in the quarterly newsletter which Tom will send out near the end of March.

Dozier's Marina in Urbanna Burns -- Disastrous fire caused the loss of at least two lives and damage to 50 or more boats. News report here. Cape Dory owner Matt Ashendon posted additional pictures here. The cause is suspected to be a corroded shore power connection.

List of Free Dockage -- along the ICW is available at James H. Newsome's Facebook Page.

2016 Oriental In-Water Boat Show -- is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 8-10. Boats, goods and services, plus a nautical flea market. Details at

Fast Work -- As of Monday afternoon, 2/8/16, NCDOT reports that Highway 12 is open for "cautious travel", with the sand cleared and the water levels down. My guess is that it may see short-term closures around high tide for a few days. The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry is back on schedule. Good work, NCDOT! NCDOT.

Highway 12 Broken North of Ocracoke -- Winter storm of February 6-7, 2016 washed out 600 feet of dune, allowing sea to break directly across highway. Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry is suspended. Water and sand on road in Buxton and Kitty Hawk. NCDOT.

Is the Ferry Running? -- The best answer to that question is the Ferry Division's Twitter feed.

Festival Season is Upon Us -- ...and the town of Southport will be holding its Spring Festival March 25-26, 2016. Details at the NC Brunswick website.

42nd Annual Wooden Boat Show -- The NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort will hold the show on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. For details, click here.

Two years later -- Two years after posting my story, "Three Days on the Lower Neuse," I received a letter from a reader identifying the boat that passed me in mid-river. The boat is a Moore 24, "Nevermoore", which has raced on the Neuse for many years. Many may recognize "Nevermoore" as the winner of the 1983 Michelob Cup Regatta, with 168 entries remembered as the biggest yacht race ever run in North Carolina. The race started at Oriental #1, rounded NR #19, and finished in front of BBSC. It had a staggered start with slowest boats going first according to their respective PHRF handicaps. "Nevermoore" started eighth from last and passed all boats to win both line, class, and fleet first place honors. So I feel no shame in being passed by this splendid vessel.

Bloomberg Must Read Neuse River Sailors -- A week after I posted about the Wal-Mart pulling out of Oriental, the January 25th edition of Bloomberg Business has a story about Oriental, Wal-Mart and Town & Country. See it here.

Just Long Enough to Put the Town & Country Out of Business -- That's how long Wal-Mart decided to keep their vaunted Express store open in Oriental. As of January 28th, 2016, the Wal-Mart Express will close. No word on whether the Town & Country will reopen - but don't hold your breath. A full list of Wal-Mart Express stores to close can be found here.

No Stopping This Man From Sailing -- The Town Dock has the story of Cliff Kyle, who spent a few days in Oriental on the way south aboard his Pearson 26. Cliff lost a leg some years ago, but it doesn't seem to have slowed him down. Read the story here.

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