Navigation and Weather Sites
Marinas and Boatyards
Sailing Services and Supplies
- Three highly-regarded anchors are Rocna, Manson and Fortress. Anchor choice is like religion or politics, a subject that seemingly cannot be discussed with civility, but here is one well-moderated thead - The SPADE Anchor at Morgan's Cloud.
- If you have an Atomic 4 engine, Moyer Marine is a vital site. If you don't, it is still a great site to visit with interesting and informative sailing forums.
- Well-regarded custom sailmaker for new sails or repairs, Omar Sails of Beaufort.
- Looking for old or hard to find hardware? Marine Consignment of Oriental is worth a shot. Stop in and browse. It's like a museum, or maybe a graveyard, of old boat parts.
- Learn to sail at East Carolina Sailing School. They are ASA and US Sailing certified, and offer courses out of New Bern and Morehead City.
- Looking for an oil lamp or kerosene lantern for those nights when you can't hook up to the shore power? Here is the source for quality lamps and lanterns.
- Wood Stoves for your boat.
- Sails are expensive. Used Sails less so. Another possible source.
- Another option is to have your old sails cleaned, restitched and reconditioned. Sail Care.
- Traditional Boat Supplies Source for things like wooden blocks, reconditioned searchlights and binnacles, brass portholes.
- Many sailors are moving away from retention heads to composting ones. The two main suppliers are Air Head and Nature's Head.
- The Nicholson 32 Association website has lots of information about these classic seaworthy English sloops - tiller-steered, full keel - what less would you expect?
- Here's a discussion board devoted to the Hallberg Rassy Monsun, a seaworthy, full-keel, tiller-steered 31 foot beauty built to the highest standards. And a link to a Blue Water Boats review.
- The Contessa 32 has a reputation as one of the most seaworthy small craft ever designed. It's also beautiful, and tiller-steered.
- Classic plastic from the 1960s and early 1970s. Luders 33 Association.
- Seaward Yachts builds boats with classic lines and lifting fin keels at a facility in Stuart, Florida.
- The Morgan 38 Owners Board focuses on all three of the Morgan 38-footers; the Morgan 38, the 382 and the 383.
- Here is a site dedicated to thePearson 424. .
- Here is a link to an informative site about the well-regarded CSY yachts.
- A group of Columbia enthusiasts have put together this nice site with information on the long and varied history of the make.
- The French Jeanneaus have a following. Here is the link for an owners group.
- How about a link to a link page? The Swedish maker Hallberg Rassy present this page of links to dozens of individual owners' websites.
- Here is a site devoted to the Whitby and Brewer cruising boats designed by noted naval architect Ted Brewer.
- German Frers designed the well-regarded Canadian built Niagara 31. A review can be found here.
- The Robert Harris designed Vancouver line has a stellar reputation for being solid blue-water boats. Here is a review of the Vancouver 36.
- A friend who owns a perfectly good Cabo Rico recently expressed a desire to buy a Morris. This is a maker I had completely forgotten about, but they built a series of pocket blue-water boats back in the 1980s, the Annie, the Leigh and the Frances. These were C.W. Paine designs and were much desired at the time and still in demand on the used market. Turns out Morris is still building state of the art blue-water boats, but now in the 40 to 52 foot range, at prices approaching and exceeding $1 million. Here is the website for Morris Yachts for the well-heeled, or just curious, reader. Designer Chuck Paine is still working. Check out his blog, The View from the Helm.
- Caliber Yachts builds fine bluewater boats.
- The little 20 foot Flicka has excercised influence on yacht design far out of proportion to its size.
- John Cherubini is probably best known for some nice designs that first put Hunter on the map. His family company still produces beautiful yachts to his designs.
- Arguably the greatest American designer was John Alden. He drew over 1,000 designs, from small catboats to big ocean-going schooners. A contender for the title would be Nathaniel Herreshoff, designer and builder of a great line of America's Cup defenders.
- Carl Alberg designed many of the classic boats of the 1960s and 1970s. This link is a good place to start if you want to learn about the man and his work.
- Naval Architect Jack Horner's quick reviews on many fine boat designs.
- Want to build your own boat? A good place to start would be noted naval architect Teb Brewer' website.
- Have a Morgan? Interested in Morgans? Here's the place to start.
- Matthews Point Marina had the privilege of hosting Tally Ho!, a classic William Atkin design built in 1931. The boat had been in Minnesott for a new Beta engine, which died not long after Tally Ho left the yard. The wind had shifted around to the south and blown the water out of the Neuse, and Tally Ho couldn't get back in Minnesott. The owners brought her in Matthews Point and swapped out the engine on the long dock.
- Beautiful schooner designs from Thomas Colvin.
- Build a tender for your boat. Chesapeake Light Craft has kits and plans for kayaks, canoes, skiffs and small boats of all types.
- I'm very fond of my Cape Dory.
- Here is a good history of the Tartan line.
- Practically every marina is full of Pearsons - for good reason - they're good old boats.
- Southern Cross rode the Westsail craze for a while, with heavily built, seaworthy kit boats.
- Another heavy displacement, seaworthy line - Cape George Cutters.
- Sailors demand fine design and construction and expect the same when they go to power. DeFever trawlers meet the bill. Atlantic Yacht Works, broker and DeFever dealer.
- I've always thought it would be fun to run the ICW down to Florida in a Parker. Some models are small and easily driven enough for this to be economical, and they would be ideal for exploring the side creeks and bays along the way. Parker Boats are built at a plant on Highway 101 between the ICW crossing and Beaufort.
Listings and Brokers
Sailing Websites, Ebooks and Blogs
- Cruise of the White Seal is the website of my friend Charlie Langworthy. As of fall 2018 he is on his way to the Abacos.
- Sail Vessel Teasa is a big center-cockpit O'Day, Daniel and Angela are her owners. I met them in Belhaven and Elizabeth City in June 2016 as they cruised north toward the Chesapeake Bay. Their website is in Portuguese, but even if you don't understand the words, the pictures are clear to anyone.
- Accidental Sailor Girl's youtube site with all her videos.
- Compass Marine's excellent collection of how-to articles on boat maintenance.
- Hi Flite is the Pearson 424 of Matthews Point liveaboards Dale and Cori.
- A Yarmouth 23 tours the Caribbean. Fantastic photographs of exotic locales.
- Joel's Navigator Site. Joel sails his Welsford Navigator in the Pacific Northwest.
- Southwinds Magazine is available in digital format from 2003 to current.
- Spartina is a tiny, open-decked, wooden yawl. The logs of her cruises in the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina sounds have kept me enthralled for hours.
- Yacht Broker Richard Jordan has an interesting section on his website with reviews of boats new and old, based in many cases on his delivery experiences.
- Mick and Bee cruise the world on a ferro-cement Archer design gaff-rigger. Their web site is called Not all who wander...are lost. I saw their beautiful boat, Hannah , in Beaufort, SC a couple of years ago.
- A good reference site for the cruiser is Morgan's Cloud. This site has a ton of different pages detailing "best practices" as worked out by the highly experienced authors and contributors.
- Lots of long distance cruisers swear by the Skipper Bob guide books.
- A great favorite of Matthews Point people is Gigi and Vic's sailing blog, Gigi's Island Days.
- Drake's Youtube Videos. They're not slick and professional, but they are absolutely honest and realistic.
- Claiborne Young's Salty Southeast Cruiser's Net is the place to go for up-to-date information on sailing the Pamlico (and the whole southeast, for that matter.
- A fine article on the last grain races under sail.
Restaurants, Bakeries and Pubs
- Sugarloaf Island Bakery is near the Morehead City Town History Museum, on Arendell Street.
- The Silos Restaurant in Oriental is a good place for pizza and Wednesday night open mike.
- I haven't eaten there myself, but have heard good reports from people around the marina for Gary's Downeast Seafood Restaurant in Arapahoe. Call to confirm they are open during the winter months, and don't miss the last ferry back across the river.
- My favorite pizza place in Havelock - Big Apple - and my favorite in Morehead City - Crispino's. Note that the directions for Crispino's on their website are seriously confusing. It's actually off Bridges Street behind the BB&T.
- The best bakery in the Neuse River basin - Alex and Bretts.
- Clawson's Restaurant is a Beaufort institution.
- The Bean coffee shop overlooks the town dock in Oriental.
- Toucan Grill is part of the Oriental Marina and Inn complex.
- M&M's is the place to go for good food in Oriental.
Sailing and Related Museums
- Mesothelioma, what we used to call asbestosis, is a disease that commercial sailors and shipbuilders may contract. Granted, recreational sailors are not at any special risk, but I'm happy to post this link if there is the slightest chance it could help a sailor, anywhere, any time. Here's another link, Mesothelioma.net
- Duluth Shipping News. Interesting site about Great Lakes shipping.
- An infographic on 53 kinds of boats and ships.
- The North Carolina Estuarium is located in Washington, NC.
- North Carolina has three fine aquariums, in Ocracoke, Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher.
- The acknowledged master of marine photography, Beken of Cowes offers stunning contemporary and classic sailing images.
- Local artist Jane Whitten creates original artwork to decorate your home or boat.
- Ferry Schedules for eastern North Carolina.
- My father graduated from high school in the middle of World War II and immediately enlisted in the Merchant Marine. Here is a page about his first ship, the Wood Lake.
- A couple of great magazines for the sailor, Good Old Boat and WoodenBoat. Both these magazines are available in either paper or digital format.
- Harbor Cam at TownDock.net. Maybe the coolest feature of a very cool website.
- If you'd like to cross oceans but are worried you don't have the boat for it, how about this alternative. A freighter cruise!
- Amazing photos of transportation disasters, Countryman & McDaniel's Gallery of Cargo Loss. Ship happens!
- How to lay up a rope grommet.
- The Town of Bayboro is at the headwaters of the next river north of the Neuse.
- There is plenty to do in New Bern, and it's a sail-in destination. Belhaven is a nice place to visit, too.
- A good site about the ports and ships of Wales.
- Just one section of an extensive website devoted to the locale of Rhiw in Wales, a huge collection of ship photographs.
- Another good ship photograph site.
- With two summer camps along the river, Camp Seagull and Camp Don Lee, there are usually schools of sunfish and sailfish to watch.
- A new suspense novel set in Lukens and Oriental - Leaving Lukens by Laura S. Wharton. "Filled with sailing lore, secrecy, Nazis, and romance, Leaving Lukens is an exciting new adventure from the author of The Pirates Bastard."
- Connecting the Neuse and Newport Rivers is the 20 mile Neusiok Trail.
- This site lists some more hiking opportunities in the region. Here is a brochure for one of my favorites, the Hoop Pole Creek Trail.
- Links here and here to good sites about paddling the sidewaters of the Neuse.
- Salt Water Fly Fishing is the specialty of Gary Dubiel, who guides out of Oriental.
- Montfort Point Marine Museum, on the Camp Johnson base in Jacksonville, is a little-known museum dedicated to the story of the first black marines and their World War II service.
- My other website.
Check back regularly - I add links frequently.