Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-26-2018, 08:58 PM   #1
Guru
 
menzies's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville
Country: USA
Vessel Name: SONAS
Vessel Model: Grand Alaskan 53
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 4,077
Morehead City to Norfolk.

We have the run north pretty much planned out - that is until we leave the anchorage around MM 90.

We are aiming for route 1. We would like to keep the daily runs to around 60 miles. There does not seem to be a decent anchorage or marina between MM 90 and Portsmouth/Norfolk.

Those that have run that part of the AICW, any thoughts?
__________________
Advertisement

menzies is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2018, 09:14 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
cool beans's Avatar
 
City: Norfolk, VA
Country: USA
Vessel Model: Bayliner 3870
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 279
Edenton, New Bern, and Oriental. I haven't run the ICW but I have been to marinas in those cities when I was looking at boats and they are nice and seem easy to get too with a lot of hole in the wall restaurants if that's your thing
__________________

cool beans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2018, 09:39 PM   #3
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 7,319
Camden bay at MM 61 is good. I anchored almost at the mouth of broad creek.
The Great Bridge free dock at MM 14 (across from Atlantic Yacht Basin) is good.
Pungo River anchorage at MM 127 is a great spot also.
If you need S wind protection Alligator River Cove MM 102 is very good.

There are several good fuel stops in the Norfolk area (generally cheapest on the East coast). Top Rack at MM 7 is my favorite and usually the cheapest. Check availability, if you buy fuel and spend $75 in their restaurant (very very very good!!), dockage including water and electric is free.

Ted
__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2018, 09:48 PM   #4
Guru
 
City: Hampton, va
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Didi Mau
Vessel Model: 2003 Ocean Alexander 456
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 888
You can stop in Coinjock at mm 50. Nothing between there and Great bridge. Once you are at great bridge, norfolk/Portsmouth are only another 45 minutes or so.

Gord
Gordon J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2018, 09:52 PM   #5
Veteran Member
 
Reveille's Avatar
 
City: United States
Country: United States
Vessel Name: First Forty
Vessel Model: Nordhavn 40
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 31
Stop at Coinjock
Reveille is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 01:51 AM   #6
Guru
 
Maerin's Avatar
 
City: East Coast
Country: USA
Vessel Name: M/V Maerin
Vessel Model: Solo 4303
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 755
Coinjock is a good stop, their prime rib is reknowned, some love it, some not as much, but we've found it to be very good with the exception of one years' stop. Call them a day or so ahead. The anchorage spots mentioned by others are good. AC has them all detailed. This time of year you'll have bugs, part of the experience. Cost of fuel at AYB vs. Top Rack was only a penny a gallon 2 weeks ago. If you've not stopped at Norfolk, it can be interesting. Waterside is not what it was, but there are a lot of interesting things to see there within walking distance that make it a stop worth considering. The Chrysler Museum is walking distance for the artsy crowd. Just traveling past all the Navy ships is an experience in itself.
__________________
Steve Sipe
Selene 4303 Maerin
http://maerin.net
Maerin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 05:53 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
bnoft's Avatar
 
City: Lottsburg, Va
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Amazing Grace
Vessel Model: Ocean Alexander 52 Sedan
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 239
Pay attention exiting the Alligator River into the Albemarle Sound. I went thru there last week and posted a Hazard warning on Active Captain. There is what appears to be an old marker pole near Green #3 at MM 80. It protruded just above the surface and would ruin your day. Can't help you with anchorages.
I agree with comments about the prime rib at Coinjock; it was excellent.
Also note that as you enter the waters around Norfolk, about at the junction of the Eastern and Southern branches of the Elizabeth River the speed limit is 6 kts and is (or was) patrolled by an officer on a jet ski.
bnoft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 06:21 AM   #8
Enigma
 
RT Firefly's Avatar
 
City: Slicker?
Country: Bumpkin?
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 12,459
Greetings,
Sorry can NOT agree on the Coinjock prime rib. Expensive and tough. Total of 5 servings (Admiral and I on 3 separate occasions). Marina and docks are good. Food store and mall within very short walk from AYB.
__________________
RTF
RT Firefly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 07:36 AM   #9
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 7,319
My guess is that the quality of the Prime rib at Coinjock varies quite a bit. Very disappointing when I went through 4 years ago. May be better now. Personally, I prefer the restaurants in Elizabeth city and the Dismal swamp canal.

Ted
__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 08:03 AM   #10
Enigma
 
RT Firefly's Avatar
 
City: Slicker?
Country: Bumpkin?
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 12,459
Greetings,
Mr. OC. I agree with the restaurants in EC AND in Camden IF you stay at Lamb's Marina, about 5 miles up the dismal Swamp Canal from EC. Pretty good restaurant on site (Dockside) and Track One, a 30 sec walk just across the hwy, has better prime rib than Coinjock AND a lot cheaper. I think Thursday used to be prime rib night and Friday featured a flounder special (HIGHLY recommended).



Lambs: Neat, clean facility but no pump out AFAIK and they sell diesel and non leaded gas. Small grocery store on site. Loaner car (I think).


Pelican Marina, just east of EC on the north? shore of the sound is pretty well the only pump out around shy of Coinjock. Small chandlery and used to be restaurant next door. THAT restaurant has had numerous owners and food was hit and miss. ABC store 5 minute walk from Pelican.



EC restaurants: Food pretty darn good.

Cyprus Creek Grill: Eclectic menu, mid to upper $$, 30 sec from town dock.
Montero's: mid to upper $$. 7 min Cab ride.
Quality Seafood Market: GOOD and low $$. 10 minute walk from town dock. Take away meals. Limited eat in. Seafood counter.
C&H Oyster Bar: Only open in season. Fresh oysters. Good seafood. mid $$. 15 min cab from town dock.
Groupers: USED to be good. Gone downhill. We don't eat there anymore. 30 sec from town dock.


Re: Free town dock: Can get quite bumpy in an east wind.
__________________
RTF
RT Firefly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 08:30 AM   #11
Guru
 
caltexflanc's Avatar
 
City: North Carolina for now
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Small Incentive
Vessel Model: Boston Whaler 130 Sport
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 5,050
Belhaven is great anchorage down by the old turning basin. Nice little dinghy dock. Nice little town.
We too used to anchor on North River off Broad Creek coming and going. Skip Coinjock. The free dock across from Atlantic Yacht basin is good and an easy walk into the village with a good supermarket.
__________________
George

"There's the Right Way, the Wrong Way, and what some guy says he's gotten away with"
caltexflanc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 08:40 AM   #12
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 7,319
I have stopped at Lamb's for fuel with my charter boat. Was in a rush, so didn't stop to eat.

Best free dock in Elizabeth city is the Jennette Brothers food service dock just North of the draw bridge on the west side of the river. The bridge and causeway block all the wave action coming up the river. 5 minute walk to the restaurants.

Ted
__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 10:25 AM   #13
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,652
Quote:
Originally Posted by bnoft View Post
Pay attention exiting the Alligator River into the Albemarle Sound. I went thru there last week and posted a Hazard warning on Active Captain. There is what appears to be an old marker pole near Green #3 at MM 80. It protruded just above the surface and would ruin your day.

Actually, the entire way up the river, there are MANY old markers that were, for reasons I cannot fathom AT ALL, cut off at the waterline. We've gone thru there a bunch of times and see one about every trip. While it sounds, and is, pretty scary to think what would happen if you were to hit one, as long as you stay in the marked channel, you will be fine (of course). Additionally, we keep one eye on news from the waterways in NC, to date I do not recall ever hearing about anyone hitting one of them. Not that it hasn't happened, but we haven't heard of it.
__________________
2000 Navigator 4200 Classic
(NOT a trawler)
Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 10:52 AM   #14
Newbie
 
City: Cambridge, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Gossamer
Vessel Model: Camper Nicolson 44 Ketch
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom.B View Post
Actually, the entire way up the river, there are MANY old markers that were, for reasons I cannot fathom AT ALL, cut off at the waterline. We've gone thru there a bunch of times and see one about every trip. While it sounds, and is, pretty scary to think what would happen if you were to hit one, as long as you stay in the marked channel, you will be fine (of course). Additionally, we keep one eye on news from the waterways in NC, to date I do not recall ever hearing about anyone hitting one of them. Not that it hasn't happened, but we haven't heard of it.
It did happen at least once. The boat was practically ripped in two, sank in seconds. The delivery crew managed to get off of the boat safely.

Chris
Witzgall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2018, 11:35 AM   #15
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 16,695
Quote:
Originally Posted by O C Diver View Post
My guess is that the quality of the Prime rib at Coinjock varies quite a bit. Very disappointing when I went through 4 years ago. May be better now. Personally, I prefer the restaurants in Elizabeth city and the Dismal swamp canal.

Ted
I did not believe there was such a thing as bad Prime Rib. Coinjock made me see I was very wrong. A good stop but the Prime Rib there is disgusting, in my opinion, and Prime Rib is by far my favorite food.
BandB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2018, 05:02 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
bnoft's Avatar
 
City: Lottsburg, Va
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Amazing Grace
Vessel Model: Ocean Alexander 52 Sedan
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 239
Well, they got the prime rib right at least once.
bnoft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2018, 10:37 AM   #17
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 16,695
Quote:
Originally Posted by bnoft View Post
Well, they got the prime rib right at least once.
Well, the one person I always heard promote it, goes for quantity over quality and he prefers hamburger to steak so I wasn't surprised when it wasn't as good as he claimed.
BandB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2018, 07:50 AM   #18
Guru
 
Besslb's Avatar
 
City: Cary NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 42'
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 764
SONAS sighting yesterday, Sunday, July 1, on Newport River - ICW leaving Morehead City NC!! Sorry I didn't have a camera handy to get a shot of you!! How far did you go yesterday?
Besslb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2018, 08:51 AM   #19
Guru
 
menzies's Avatar
 
City: Jacksonville
Country: USA
Vessel Name: SONAS
Vessel Model: Grand Alaskan 53
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 4,077
Quote:
Originally Posted by Besslb View Post
SONAS sighting yesterday, Sunday, July 1, on Newport River - ICW leaving Morehead City NC!! Sorry I didn't have a camera handy to get a shot of you!! How far did you go yesterday?
Was that where the three channels converge north of the city, because we got a bit turned around there in a couple of places?

We made it to the Neuse River and tucked ourselves into the south bank for a very nice overnight.

Right now crossing the Pamlico.

Were you on a boat or on the shore?
menzies is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2018, 09:08 AM   #20
Guru
 
Besslb's Avatar
 
City: Cary NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 42'
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 764
We passed you going south to Morehead City Yacht Basin! Right around marker 34. That intersection of the ICW and Gallants Channel can be confusing.



South River is a great anchorage! And you have PERFECT weather for a Pamlico Sound crossing! Enjoy! If you're thinking of stopping in Manteo, the channel going in there is about 5 feet....super skinny, I want to say at marker 5 but I could be wrong. Nice stop, but scary getting in. Can't go wrong with an Ocracoke stop either....but you're probably already passed there.


Happy Cruising!
__________________

Besslb is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012