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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

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.

Rodanthe Pier Gets Clobbered -- Powerful swells broke off the end of the pier on January 6th, 2015, and the t-cap subsequently collapsed. The owner hopes to make repairs and reopen an attenuated structure by April. In its heyday, the Rodanthe Pier stretched 1,100 feet into the ocean. See the story at Island Free Press.

Where is Hi-Flite? -- Per their December 27th, 2015 spot, Cori and Dale aboard Hi-Flite are between Nunjack Cay and Crab Cay. Dale posted to his blog on December 24th, looks like they are having lots of fun. Check out the pictures of the ship models their friend Vertram of Green Turtle Cay builds.

"Missing Canoeist on the Albermarle" -- You might remember this headline from a year ago. The canoeist was never found, but a likely identification was made, Dick Conant, an itinerant paddler who had toured most of the waterways of America. The New Yorker Magazine has a fine long-form article in the December 14th, 2015 Issue about Conant's life and voyages.

400 Year Old Shipwreck -- disintegrates behind the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. The oldest known shipwreck ever found along the North Carolina coast lies on a concrete pad behind the musuem, gradually turning to dust. According to maritime archaeologist Dan Brown, "the dried pieces stand as a great example of how not to save a ship." Read about it at Pilot Online, "Shipwreck found along the Outer Banks could be 1600s British naval vessel."

Beautiful, Classic Boats -- for sale at the website of Wooden Ships International Yacht Brokerage.

Gator on the Menu -- at Beast Feast 2016? It's not out of the question, as the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is considering instituting legal hunting for the big reptiles. The Virginian-Pilot has an article here.

First Festival of the Year -- The 2016 Neuse River Music Fest will be held February 19th and 20th at Lenoir Community College in Kinston. There is an informative website here with a listing of the bands. RV parking will be available with water and electric hookups.

Cruisers and Passagemakers Should Check Out -- Beth and Evans's Home Page, if you haven't already. Beth and Evans have circled the globe multiple times and sailed to high latitudes. Their site has links to many articles they have written about best practices and sailing techniques. This is the best sailing website I have turned up in a while.

Happens to the Best of Us -- The Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry got on a sandbar Monday morning, November 9th, and had a hard time getting off. See story here.

Good story on the R2AK Race -- at Outside Online.

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