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Passenger Ferry Q and A -- Fine local reporting from the Ocracoke Current about a recent public meeting regarding ferry issues. Ferry Q and A.

Rum Distillery in Manteo? -- We'll see how this pans out. Rum-swilling Neuse River sailors may have a chance to support the local economy. Website here.

First Photos from Georgetown 2014 -- are posted in the Photographs section.

Not Everyone Runs the Ditch -- Great article at Ocracoke Currents about a couple of snowbirds taking the offshore route and their visit to Ocracoke. See here.

Beast Feast 2014 -- Matthews Point Marina's annual celebration of the bounty of the gun and rod will be held Saturday, November 8th. This is a private affair for members of Matthews Point and their guests, so cadge an invitation and come on out to one of the best parties of the year. Kate McNally will provide the entertainment after dinner.

Oriental Catboat -- Latest Shipping News at The Town Dock features Felix the catboat, a stunning piece of craftsmanship by local resident Art Halpern. I saw this boat at Sailcraft Services in the water a few weeks ago, and it is a real eye-opener.

Wanchese Boatbuilder Gunboat -- was awarded best new sailboat 30 feet and over at the 2014 Newport International Boat Show. Gunboat builds big oceangoing catamarans. Story here.

R2AK -- Sounds like total lunacy, but a group is organizing an "Ironman" style sail, row, paddle event from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK - 750 miles - for June 2015. Website here.

The Money that Tobacco Made -- 115 foot Camper & Nicholson ketch Aries, constructed for North Carolina tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, is for sale. The price is 675,000 euros. Listing here.

Tour the State Port Facility -- The NC Maritime Museum will sponsor tours of the Morehead City Port Facility November 19th and December 12th, 2014. Reservations are $5.00 and you need to make one a week in advance so they can get you cleared. More information here.

Pamlico Sound Rescue -- Local boaters and the Coast Guard teamed up to rescue the crew of a sinking catamaran in the sound. Coast Guard Press Release here.

Check out this short video -- of a sailboat struck by lightning at the Ensign Harbor Marina site.

Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree -- Ocracoke, October 31st through November 2nd, 2014.Information here.

25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show -- is scheduled for October 18th and 19th 2014. Registration forms available online if you want to exhibit your boat, admission for the general public is free. Come on down and enjoy the premier wooden boat show in the southeast, held on the waterfront of beautiful, historic Georgetown, SC. Website here.

Sharks in the Sound? -- WNCT9 has a short article about research into what, exactly, is swimming around down there. Like the 16 foot Great White that came in through Ocracoke Inlet back in 2013? Fortunately, the researchers are mainly finding dogfish - but then, there was the 8 foot bull shark that a Duke researcher tagged in the Neuse River a while back. Next somebody needs to do a study on the alligators that are populating upper Mitchell Creek. More on sharks here.

Plans Underway to Replace Surf City Swing Bridge -- Plans are for a new high rise, but this is all in a very preliminary stage. More information at

Retrospective on Claiborne Young's Life -- A short article at News & Observer from July 20th, 2014.

Proposed Swansboro Public Dock Hits Snags -- Swansboro's decaying downtown could really use a boost from increased transient spending, but local squabbling has the whole project in limbo.Tideland News published an editorial on August 12th, 2014, pleading with all parties to get together on this before the snowbirds start coming through this fall. If you read the comments section, you may wish to just bypass Swansboro altogether.

Ferry Toll Issue Dead for This Year -- New Bern Sun Journal reported July 21st, 2014 that the General Assembly has again declined to grasp the third rail of downeast politics and will leave a resolution to the ferry toll issue for next year's session.

United States Sailboat Show -- Annapolis will host the 45th Annual U.S. Sailboat Show October 9th through 13th, 2014, and the Powerboat Show the following week, the 16th through 19th. Details at the website.

Local Sailors Have Lost a Friend and Advocate -- Salty Southeast reports that Claiborne Young, author, speaker and sailor from Burlington, NC, passed away June 14th, 2014 after a motorcycle accident. Claiborne was known for his cruisers' guides to all the southeastern states, for his many public speaking appearances, for his advocacy on behalf of sailors, and especially for his enthusiasm for the sport of sailing. We offfer our condolences to his family, co-workers, and friends all across the waters. To read more about Claiborne Young, please see this article at the Salty Southeast website by his friend and colleague Larry Dorminy.

Gallants Channel Draw on New Schedule -- A very restrictive morning and evening rush hour schedule goes into effect June 30, 2014. So plan your transit accordingly. See the NC DOT Press Release for details.

New Transient Dockage in Beaufort -- The NC Maritime Museum has a new facility on Gallant's Creek offering overnight dockage. It's a bit of a hike to the Beaufort waterfront, but the rates are reasonable at $1.00 per foot. Article here.

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