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Sailing Trips...

Fall Sailing Vacation

Sunset at Shell Narrows

My annual fall vacation this year (2021) was also the first one since moving our Stone Horse 23 Flying Beagle from Oriental to Potter’s Marine on the Pamlico River. I decided to explore some of the local bays and anchorages rather than head back south to Oriental, Beaufort, etc. Despite the (mostly) light winds, I managed to visit several new places and a few old ones, too...more.

Story by David Swanson.
Posted 02/02/22.

Elizabeth City, October 2021

On Edenton Town Dock

With plans to sail to Elizabeth City on Monday, 10/25/21, I decided to stage off the town dock Sunday evening and save a half hour. Off Edenton Marina dock 17:10, on town dock 17:40...more.

Story by Paul Clayton.
Posted 11/12/21.

Hobie Recovery - Part II

rescue boat

"Had to abandon the boat. Going to get it tomorrow mid morning. Hope you got pictures. Was it you that sent the Sherrills Ford fire and rescue to help? They were great!"...more.

Story by Paul Clayton.
Posted 11/01/21.

Hobie Recovery - Part I

Hobie 16 leaving dock

It all started with an email from my Hobie-sailing friend Mark. "Looks like I have a boat almost ready. Just tying up some battens this evening and planning to leave by 8:00..."more.

Story by Paul Clayton.
Posted 10/18/21.

Columbia, September 2021

Columbia Waterfront

Late September. What better time could there be for sailing? The brutal hot days of summer are over, the freezing rains of winter are yet to come. Of course, there are the equinoctal storms. While meteorologists and statisticians deny their existence, any old sailor will tell you to watch out around the equinox...more.

Story by Paul Clayton.

To Belhaven

Alligator River Bridge

When Taylor went to the masthead> of his Hunter 31 Never Enough by way of bucket lift, he found more work than he could do on the spot. In fact, on consideration, he decided that it would be best to yard the boat and have the mast out. Last winter he had the boat at Mackey's, but he decided this time to give the new yard in Belhaven, TJ's, a try...more.

Story by Paul Clayton.

By Way of Manteo

OpenCPN Track

With a new Beta 20 replacement for the Atomic 4, it was time to go back to Edenton on the Albemarle. Taylor Ward, who crewed for me on the trip to Oriental, had stayed in touch and assured me of his interest in making the return trip. David Swanson, sometime writer for Neuse River Sailor, also expressed an interest. It was to my great benefit that I was able to make arrangements so both of them could come ...more.

Story by Paul Clayton.

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Reviews...

Mackeys Marina

Facilities are few and far between on the upper Albemarle, but boats that draw five feet or less should consider a visit to Mackeys Marina on the south shore of the sound...more.

Review by Paul Clayton.

Matthews Point Marina

With all the good marinas lining both banks of the Neuse River, sailors can afford to be discriminating about where they keep their boats. Personally, I'd rather be in a sailboat marina for the quiet and low-wake character. I like a place with good sailing territory right out of the slip, and I like a high level of security so I can leave the boat for weeks at a time and know it is safe. In the ten years I have been on the Neuse, I have kept my boat at Matthews Point Marina because it provides all these things...more.

Review by Paul Clayton.

The Whortonsville Yacht and Tractor Club

On Brown Creek, a tributary of Lower Broad, you will find friendly little Ensign Marina. The owner, Nick Santoro, has written a book, which, while ostensibly a novel, reads like a lightly-fictionalized memoir of his time in Oriental. It tells the story of a man who leaves a big northern city for a simpler lifestyle, makes it through the culture shock of settling in Oriental, and goes on to integrate into the somewhat raffish Pamlico County society. Along the way he starts a successful business and marries a local girl...more.

Review by Paul Clayton.

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Articles...

Three Ways South

It was early October 2019 and the old, frail, decrepit Alligator River Bridge had marine traffic all tied up. The opening mechanism was broken, parts had to be fabricated, and nobody had a good handle on how long it would take. That meant the bridge was locked down in the "closed" position. To a sailor, that means open for highway traffic, closed for him. Alligator River Marina, just on the north side of the bridge, was doing a booming business, every slip taken and boats lining the fuel docks. The snowbirds were edging south from New England and the Chesapeake Bay, ready to sprint for Florida as soon as hurricane season ended, and they were all piling up at the marina...more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

I Visited Ocracoke as Soon as They Would Let Me In

It looked like a short window of opportunity - Ocracoke Island would reopen to visitors on December 2nd, 2019, and Highway 12 would reopen between Ocracoke Village and South Dock Ferry Landing (so named because it is on the south side of Hatteras Inlet) at the north end of the island later in the week. In the meantime, the temporary ferry route between Hatteras and Silver Lake would continue to run. As soon as the highway reopened, it would be discontinued. If I wanted to add this route to my collection, I had just a few days to do it. And just as important, I wanted to visit Ocracoke and see for myself just how the island was faring...more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

ICW Cruisers - Here's Your Place to Resupply

Every spring, hundreds of overloaded, down on their lines cruising boats leave Florida and head north up the ICW. As the miles pass, they rise up. Boot stripes become visible. Crews resort to eating things that they wonder why they ever bought, like canned beets, or spam and yams...more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

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How To...

Tire Fender

Clifford Ashley noted in his book "The Ashley Book of Knots" - "An old truck tire fender, unfortunately, is about the most practical fender there is. Fishermen use them naked and they are far from handsome. But if they are ringbolt hitched with rope or large strands from a rope, they become as handsome as any"...more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

Emergency Plugs

In a bad situation, all sorts of things can be stuffed into a hole in the boat to slow down the water - rags, a wad of tape, a monkey's fist, or even a potato or the shirt off your back. Anything that will start to fit and can be pounded in with a mallet (or a shoe, a frying pan, you get the idea). But the time-tested solution is a tapered plug made out of some kind of soft wood...more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

Hobie Tramp

An avid Hobie sailor friend came home from a recent trip with the trampoline starting to pull out of the port extrusion. We had a look at it and determined that the stitching was giving way and the material was pulling away from the bolt rope. Since the starboard hull was leaking badly where the prior owner had patched it, this boat is out of commission for a while. In other words, a good time to pull the tramp off and restitch it....more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

Installing a New Corner Ring on a Jib

Shallow Albemarle Sound has a reputation for developing a rough chop in bad weather, and bad weather is none too infrequent in northeastern North Carolina. On a hot day, air over the land warms and rises, sucking in cool, moist ocean air below it. This leads to atmospheric instability...more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

Installing a Composting Head

What's wrong with a conventional holding tank retention head aboard a sailboat?

It requires at least one, generally two, through hulls below the waterline, with their attendant seacocks and hoses. Through hulls are holes in the bottom of your boat. Seacocks should be maintained, or at least examined, annually, though few people do it. The seacocks and hoses leading from them are all that is holding the water back from flooding in and sinking your boat....more.

Article by Paul Clayton.

More How To...

Know Your Boats...

Stone Horse

Massachusetts naval architect and builder Sam Crocker studied under John Alden and then set up his own shop, where he developed a reputation as one of America's finest designers. The Stone Horse was laid out to handle the rough waters of Buzzards Bay and provide shelter for occasional overnighting...more.

Entry by Paul Clayton.

Nimble 30

These distinctive canoe stern boats were made in sloop or yawl configurations, with or without centerboards. The designer, Ted Brewer, was one of the greats, and purportedly owned one of these boats for a while...more.

Entry by Paul Clayton.

Mainship 34 Diesel Cruiser Mk 1

In 1978 the Luhrs family boat-building conglomerate that included Hunter, Luhrs and Silverton set up a new company, Mainship, to produce a John Cherubini designed 34 foot trawler. Eventually the family sold out, but the Mainship Corporation builds boat to this day...more.

Entry by Paul Clayton.

Bay Hen 21

A boat that you can sail around the Oriental inner harbor. Designer Reuben Trane drew a whole line of small, shallow-draft boats that were built by a series of companies that drifted into existence, lived for a while and then passed into bankruptcy. The last known owner of the molds was Nimble Boat Works, maker of the celebrated Nimble Nomad trailerable cruiser...more.

Entry by Paul Clayton.

More Know Your Boats...

Photographs...

Many photographs of boats and places from Maryland to Florida, but mostly from the Neuse. If you sail the waters of coastal North Carolina, you are sure to see places you've been, and maybe a picture of your boat...more.

Links...

Links to sailing websites, marinas and boatyards, museums, local restaurants, owners associations, and other sites of interest to sailors...more.

Terry Ann Refit...

Posts about refitting my Alberg 35...more.

Contact...

You can contact this site by emailing paul@neuseriversailors.com.

Copyright...

Copyright © 2017-2022 Paul M. Clayton

News and Announcements

Bottled Up -- As of May 21st I am on the MACU dock in Elizabeth City, with southerly to southwesterly winds predicted for the next several days.

Ramifications -- The recent storm system that pounded the Outer Banks last week completely shoaled Oregon Inlet to the extent that the Coast Guard will remove the channel markers. See report at Island Free Press.

Ferry Cancellations -- due to mechanical issues and Covid among crew members. Updates on the status of all routes can be found at the NC Ferry System Website.

Plan Accordingly -- Cruisersnet reports that Norfolk Southern has requested a deviation allowing them to perform maintenance on the railroad bridge just to the south of the Gilmerton Lift Bridge, Mile 5.8 on the ICW. Quoting from the USCG RFC, The proposed maintenance requires a work barge to occupy most of the navigational channel and the bridge to be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for several hours each morning and each afternoon for 5 weeks of Monday-Friday closures. The work will occur between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the following proposed dates in June - July:

Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 10th.
Monday, June 13th through Friday, June 17th.
Monday, June 20th through Friday, June 24th.
Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st.
Monday, July 4th through Friday, July 8th.

During each weekdays’ closure period, there will be a 1.5 hour scheduled opening, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., where the work barge will be removed from the navigational channel to allow for marine traffic to proceed without any reduction in horizontal clearance and the bridge will be maintained in the open-to-navigation position.


Cruisersnet reports that these deviation requests by the railroad are almost always granted, so traffic to and from the Chesapeake should plan accordingly.

Roads and Ferries Closed -- On 5/10/22 Island Free Press reports NC 12 closed between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet with sand and standing water on the road. Overwash is also reported at Buxton and Avon. Two houses collapsed into the sea in Rodanthe. The NC Ferry Twitter feed reports Cedar Island, Swan Quarter,Hatteras, Knotts Island and Cherry Branch ferries all suspended. Hodges Street in Oriental is flooded, the Bean is closed.

Sea History -- The National Maritime Historical Society's magazine Sea History is available to read or download free of charge here.

BBQ Fest on the Neuse -- will be held May 5th-6th in Kinston.

Ocrafolk 2022 -- There is usually a contingent of Matthews Point people at Ocrafolk, how about this year? June 3rd-5th, 2022.

46th Annual -- Wooden Boat Show at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort is scheduled for May 7th, 2022.

Well, That Was A Mess -- I plead guilty, I really hadn't given the Links section of this website much attention lately. So it wasn't a surprise when I started poking around and determined that approximately 50% of the links were dead. I sentenced myself to putting things to rights, and spent the morning updating, deleting and adding <a href=address> statements. No guarantees that there aren't a few dead links still there, but it should be much better.

Let's Get This Straight -- The ferry reported aground April 18th actually ran aground on Saturday the 16th, in Sloop Channel at the north end of Ocracoke Island, close to a grounded dredge. Aboard the ferry, a passenger began suffering severe abdominal pains. The Coast Guard offloaded her from the ferry and transferred her to EMS at the Hatteras Coast Guard Station. Later in the day, the ferry got free and proceeded to the Hatteras Ferry Landing. That's the best I understand it, see the article at Island Free Press to see if you read it that way. I'm sure everyone at the USCG, the NC Ferry Division, and the island of Ocracoke are looking forward to balmy, gentle days of April to finally kick in and give them some relief from the constant drama.

Back at the "Ancestral Home" -- Dale and Cori are home at Matthews Point for a little while. Check out their blog, hiflite.blogspot.com.

Long Detour -- High winds and shoaling have caused the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route to be suspended. Monday, April 18th started with a ferry aground for several hours close by a grounded barge near the Silver Lake channel. By mid-day, the whole schedule was suspended, and morning April 19th the boats are still not running. Island Free Press is reporting on this. A photograph shows critical supply trucks waiting at the Hatteras landing, including Sysco, U.S. Foods and Lays rigs plus a garbage truck. The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries are still running, but this involves a long detour and even longer ferry trip.

Dismal Swamp Canal Closure -- Deep Creek Lock will be closed April 19th through April 22nd, 2022 for diving operations. Thanks CruisersNet for linking this.

Horrifying Pontoon Boat Incident -- The Miami Herald reports that a pontoon boat tied up under the counterweight of the Cato Bridge in Jupiter FL and was crushed when the operator opened the bridge. The occupants leapt to safety, nobody was hurt. There is a link to video.

New Coast Guard Fire Extinguisher Regulations -- New regs go into effect April 20th, 2022. See the article at BoatU.S. for a concise description of what you need to do to stay in compliance.

Edenton Town Dock Closed -- As of April 9th, 2022, the Edenton Town Dock is closed. I spoke to the park attendant who said he expected it would reopen in about a month. Perhaps some much-needed improvements are in store.

Easy Money -- Long ago someone gave me a small, used jib thinking it might fit my Cape Dory. It was too small, but I kept it in a back room for many years, thinking someday it might be useful. Recently I decided the time had come to dispose of it. I measured it, hoping it would fit a friend's Hobie 16, but it was too big. I thought about cutting it up to make bags, but it was in too good condition. Finally, I went online and found Second Wind Sails in Fort Lauderdale. The website stated that they bought and sold used sails, and to email them if you had something to sell. So I did, and quickly got a reply. If I wanted to sell the sail, I should ship it by UPS or Fedex ground, and they would inspect it, either pay me for it on the spot or consign it for me. I packed it up, took it to the UPS store and shipped it at the punishingly high current rate of $29.63. A few days later I got an email from Second Hand Sails offering me $60 on the spot, or they would consign it and in time I might get as much as $90 for it. I jumped at the $60 offer and promised to squander my $30 profit like a drunken sailor. Maybe a handle of rum, or a night out with a cheap date. Whatever I do with the money, I'm happy the sail will be drawing wind somewhere and not end up in a landfill. And now I know what to do with extra sails - send them to Second Wind. They are super-easy and pleasant to work with, and very quick to make an offer.

You Know It Floods, Right? -- Regular contributor David Swanson sent this picture of a banner at the old hospital site in Belhaven advertising "charming single family cottages" to be erected at the location. I'm sure the developers know what they are doing - I hope the purchasers do. Beware the rain and south wind.

Corporatized -- Giant marina conglomerate Safe Harbor has purchased Jarrett Bay. Safe Harbor also owns South Harbour Marina in Southport and Safe Harbor Outer Banks, formerly OBX Marina, in Wanchese.

Buying and Selling -- I found this listing for Matthews Point Marina. A source tells me that the sale closed recently and the slip owners have been notified. No word yet on the new owner's plans. River Forest Manor and Marina was purchased by local interests in 2014 and refurbished, now is back on the market. Cotton Patch Landing at Chocowinity is for sale at an improbable $3.5 million. Potter's Marine near Bath is also on the market. Zimmerman Marine, which owns boatyards on the Chesapeake, is expanding into the Carolinas. They recently bought Deaton Yachts in Oriental. They already owned locations in Holden Beach, Southport and Charleston.

Is There No End to This? -- South Ferry Channel at Hatteras was dredged for the umpteenth time last November and has already shoaled to the point of being almost impassible. During the recent search efforts following the crash of a private airplane off New Drum Inlet, the Coast Guard "...was forced to attempt to go through Ocracoke Inlet in the 47-foot rescue boat...". That inlet is only marginally better, and returning from the fruitless effort to find survivors of the crash "ripped the lower unit off the 29". Catherine Kozak, veteran reporter at Island Free Press, tells the story. Historically, inlets opened and closed along the Banks, but with the stabilization needed to maintain Highway 12 unbroken, new ones are not allowed to open. With Oregon, Hatteras and Ocracoke Inlets all needing frequent dredging to stay navigable, will we see no passage between the Atlantic and inland waterways for the whole 249 miles between Norfolk and Morehead City?

On the Beach -- Several vessels have grounded on Outer Banks shoals and beaches this winter. Two sport fishermen are on the beach north of Oregon Inlet as of February 2nd, and a 55 foot Novatec recreational trawler has been grounded at the south end of Ocracoke Island for a week. A 37 foot sailboat went aground in Avon during December. And a commercial trawler grounded at Frisco in November.

All Tied Up -- Work on the I-64 bridge in Norfolk and closure of the Great Bridge Lock will have the ICW tied up for a few days in mid-February. See cruisersnet.net for details.

Cruise Ship Can't Pay for Bunkers -- so it's been diverted from Miami to Bimini to avoid seizure by the U.S. Marshall. Passengers are left to reschedule their flights home. Some twenty years ago a friend booked round-trip passage across the Atlantic aboard container ship Cast Husky, planning to spend the few days port time in Antwerp touring around the low countries. Halfway across, the Cast Line filed for bankruptcy and the ship was diverted to Ijmuiden where it was hidden on a wharf in a steel mill to avoid seizure by European authorities. My friend was told not to leave the ship for more than an hour as it could depart on short notice. So he got to spend his European vacation on board a container ship docked in a steel mill. After about a week the ship crossed back to New York where it was surrendered to the authorities. Back to the original topic, the cruise ship story can be found at bloomberg.com.

Not Enough Crew -- With Covid ripping through the state, the NC Ferry Division has put Hatteras-Ocracoke on short schedule for January 9-10, 2021. Too many crew and support staff are out with Covid to operate all the trips. It is always wise to check the NC Ferry twitter feed before planning a trip, as the schedules can get spotty this time of year. Sickness and bad weather cause many cancelations.

Nimble Wanderer Trawler -- for sale in, of all places, Winston-Salem. This would be a great little boat for exploring the rivers, creeks, coves and bays of the North Carolina coast. Here is the Craigslist listing. **Update** - Questions have been raised concerning this Craigslist listing. Anyone interested in the boat might wish to contact Curtis Stokes & Associates, the broker with the listing. It appears the boat is in Reedville VA.

Back in Operation -- As of the morning of 1/4/22, all NC Ferry routes are back in operation. NC 12 is closed between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe due to overwash. NC Ferry twitter feed. *Update* - As of 1/5/22 Highway 12 is open.

Only One Route Running -- As of 10:30am the morning of 1/3/22, all NC Ferry routes are suspended (or, in the case of Aurora-Bayview, down due to mechanical failure) due to weather, except Cherry Branch - Minnesott. NC Ferry twitter feed. *Update* - As of 1:30pm Cherry Branch is suspended as well.

North Atlantic Gale -- The front passing through North Carolina on 1/3/22 and bringing us rain, snow and wind will develop into a full-blown low with gale-force winds off the southwest coast of Iceland by the 5th, according to windy.com.

Valuable Resource -- James H. Newsome has posted an accurate, concise listing of free docks along the ICW at his aptly-named website ICW Free Docks.

Sailing to Alaska? -- PK Connor has compiled a nice little cruising guide to the Kodiak Islands and put it up as a free pdf. If you want paper, it is available for $4.98 at Amazon.

Morehead City Railroad Bridge -- Due to scheduled maintenance, the bridge will remain closed to navigation from 7:00AM 2022-01-04 through 7:00PM 2022-01-06 with the possibility of the time being extended through the 9th. Transients should use the Gallants Channel route. Local Notice to Mariners District 5 Week 51/21.

Who's in Fla? -- Looks like I will be in the Sunshine State for a few days around December 18th. Any friends who would like to get together for lunch, email me and we'll make plans.

Sheltering -- in the bight behind Nunjack Cay. Thats where Hiflite is anchored the night of 11/29/21.

Last Step -- Any time I put on a whipping or seizing, I finish it off by daubing on a coat of spar varnish. It helps protect the twine from UV.

Atomic Sailors -- I came across some old issues of The Atomic Sailor, Universal Motor's newsletter for Atomic 4 users, and here they are for the A4 fans out there (the first issue appears to be missing pages 1 and 2): Volume 1, Number 1; Volume 1, Number 2; Volume 2, Number 1; and Volume 2, Number 3

Winterization -- I ran two gallons of pink antifreeze into the raw water side of the new Beta to protect against winter freezing. We have already had two nights of low 20s.

Low Water -- It has been a cold fall, with one Canadian high after another bringing frigid air and northerly winds. In Edenton to winterize the boat, I attempted to turn Terry Ann in her slip to get a better angle of the sun for the solar panel, but found the bottom within a few feet. North winds blow the water out of the Albemarle, just the opposite of the Pamlico.

Dismal Swamp Canal Locking Schedule -- December 6-10, 2021, the locks will operate only at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, due to maintenance. Reported by Cruisersnet.

Final Update 11/09/21 -- All ferries running on regular schedules except Cherry Branch, which is on a one-boat schedule due to a mechanical issue. NCDOT is confident they can get NC 12 reopened by this afternoon. As always, Island Free Press is a great source of information, as are the NCDOT twitter feeds, ferry and road.

Ferries and Roads, 11/08/21 -- Cherry Branch-Minnesott resumed normal operations at 9:30 Monday morning. Hatteras ferries running a reduced schedule. Currituck-Knotts Island all runs cancelled. No word yet on the sound ferries. Bayview-Aurora running on regular schedule. Highway 12 is closed from Pea Island to Rodanthe. UPDATE: Sound ferries back on regular schedule starting 4:30 Monday afternoon.

Storm Update -- As of the evening of Sunday, 11/07/21, Highway 12 is closed between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet, there is overwash in Hatteras Village, all ferries to Ocracoke are cancelled. The worst may be yet to come, with the high tide at 9:30 tonight. Winds and waves may moderate tomorrow. See reporting at Island Free Press. As of Sunday evening, the NC Ferry Twitter feed reports the Currituck-Knotts Island and Cherry Branch-Minnesott ferries to be suspended as well.

Cherry Branch - Minnesott -- ferry suspended as of 2:00 pm 11/6/21. The cross-sound ferries have been suspended as well. As of Saturday afternoon, Hatteras-Ocracoke ferries still running.

Conditions Expected to Deteriorate -- along the Outer Banks and in the Pamlico Sound the afternoon of Saturday, 11/6/21, as a major storm tracks along the coast. Winds to 60 mph, major coastal flooding and overwash are expected through Monday and possible Tuesday. Expect Highway 12 to close and ferry routes to be cancelled. More information at Island Free Press.

Don't Forget -- to renew your boat's documentation. You may have received a letter that looks suspiciously like a government document that is actually an offer to handle the renewal process for a fee. I'm sure it is a good, legitimate service, but doing it yourself is so easy there is really no reason to use it. Just go to the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Portal, choose "Order Products Online", then "Renewal", and follow the prompts. All you need are your boat's official number and a credit card. Takes about 2 minutes.

On the Elizabeth City Dock -- It's 10/27/21 and I am posting from the public library, which has good free wifi. The snowbirds are coming down the Dismal Swamp Canal, plus some local sailors who spent the summer on the Chesapeake. Mike sails an Alberg 30 and keeps the boat near Belhaven when he is not out cruising. Jeff, a Neuse River Sailors reader, is heading home to New Bern aboard his Ericson 32 Ardea. For a shot of Terry Ann on the dock, click here.

"Always Use Sta-bil" -- That's the advice my friend Pilot Dan, a certified FAA inspector and master at maintaining gasoline engines, gave me, and I religiously mixed it in with every tank of no-ethanol gasoline when I had the Atomic 4. Now that I have the Beta, I need some advice - should I run a diesel additive, and if so, what? Readers, what's your experience? Do you run an additive? Let me know at paul@neuseriversailors.com.

Tricky Entrance... -- to Clubfoot Creek is a little trickier now that Marker 5 is missing its dayboard.

Dismal Swamp Canal Reopened -- After a short closure in late September due to an electrical issue at South Mills Lock, the canal reopened September 30th, 2021.

Must Be Getting Cold in New England -- Lately I am bombarded with email ads from West Marine urging me to buy winterizing products.

Tiller Versus Wheel -- "The strongest justification for a wheel is that it creates a prominent and authoritative-looking position for the fat bastard who pays the bills". I'm not going to reference this quote because it has been said so many times.

NOAA Weather Radio Coverage -- "You are listening to WNG537, broadcasting from Wakefield, VA, transmitting from a tower in Windsor, NC on frequency 162.525". For reference, here is a list of NWR stations, in order from Norfolk to Key West. Since more than one station can usually be picked up, this will help you zoom in on the one ahead, not the one behind. Anyone who has listened to the interminable tide listings and buoy reports only to find that the frequency provides local coverage for an area you passed through yesterday will understand.

Mast Comes Out of Never Enough -- Taylor sent me these pictures of the yard pulling the mast from his Hunter. Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3

Anybody Using Steel Rings -- for standing or running rigging? I'm thinking of seizing or shackling these to the stanchion bases of Terry Ann as fairleads for the jib furling line.

What's the Difference? -- Samson Trophy Braid is sold by Defender, West Marine, and other boating supply houses. From Samson's web site, "Trophy Braid is excellent for cruising sailors who want a rope with a soft hand. This line has a soft, fuzzy cover that is easy on the hands. This double braid construction has a spun polyester cover and a polyester core." In 3/8ths inch, the average strength is 3,000 pounds. Samson Stable Braid is sold by Gap Arborist Supply, Rigging Warehouse, Sheldon Hill and other supply houses catering to arborists, foresters and engineers. From Samson's web site, "Stable Braid has a braided core and cover, both contributing to its strength and firm hand, while remaining fully spliceable. It works very well on winch drums and has the non-rotational flexibility to be flaked on deck. Stable Braid is a proven, tough rope with excellent controlled working elongation." The minimum strength is 4,800 pounds. So the main advantage of Trophy Braid is the soft, fuzzy cover and the main advantage of the Stable Braid is the substantially greater strength. The other difference is that Trophy Braid is sold by boating supply houses to wealthy yachtsmen like you and me, while Stable Braid is sold to people doing hard manual labor to make a buck. Trophy Braid 3/8 inch line from Defender is $.89/foot, or $133.50 for 150 feet - plus Defender's hefty shipping fees. Stable Braid 3/8 inch from Gap Arborist is $85.49 for 150 feet, no shipping because it's over $49. Guess which one I bought? A hint - I have tough hands.

This is No Drill -- To our friends in Connecticut - we're thinking of you and sending energy. We know you are putting out your best bower anchor on plenty of rode, getting all the canvas off the masts, and doing everything you can to prepare. Hang on tight!

2021 Oriental Boat Show -- Cancelled last year due to Covid, the show is back, September 24-26, 2021. The organizers expect aroung 100 exhibitors at what they bill as the biggest in-water show between Annapolis and Savannah. For more information, click here.

New Boatyard in Belhaven -- My sailing partner Taylor turned up this new well-equipped yard recently and I drove down a few days ago for a look. The friendly owner explained that while they are not officially open yet, they are hauling boats for DIY and contract work. He added that they intend to add a marina adjacent to the yard.

A Self-Aware Fisherman -- owns this boat.

Hobie Cat on Lake Norman -- My friend Mark sent a shot of his Hobie 16 on a perfect day for sailing.

View From Mast Height -- Taylor took this picture looking out over Edenton Marina from the bucket lift while doing masthead work on his Hunter Never Enough..

A Lazy Afternoon... -- sailing a Sunfish in Pembroke Creek, Edenton.

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