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Old 08-30-2013, 06:15 AM   #21
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Ready for the Bridge run?? Onslow and Wrightsville Beach open on the half hours and Surf City only on the hour. The run from Surf City to WB is about an hour, but WB is about 22 ft. We made it under that one with the antenna down.

Also be on the look out for Onslow area military live firing warning signs.

I hate that Debbie is missing this trip! It's really cool!
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:50 AM   #22
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:54 AM   #23
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Ready for the Bridge run?? Onslow and Wrightsville Beach open on the half hours and Surf City only on the hour. The run from Surf City to WB is about an hour, but WB is about 22 ft. We made it under that one with the antenna down.

Also be on the look out for Onslow area military live firing warning signs.

I hate that Debbie is missing this trip! It's really cool!
Mostly what I'm worried about is the submerged Army tank around marker Green-63 that people have torn up props and bent shafts on. It's referenced on Active Captain and Cruisersnet.net.

Worrisome!
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Mostly what I'm worried about is the submerged Army tank around marker Green-63 that people have torn up props and bent shafts on. It's referenced on Active Captain and Cruisersnet.net.

Worrisome!
Stay on the red side of most f those little cuts if you can anyway...shoaling is usually as much of a problem...hard to believe something that big, valuable, obstructing and necessary for a safety investigation hasn't been removed....wonder what it really is...
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Stay on the red side of most f those little cuts if you can anyway...shoaling is usually as much of a problem...hard to believe something that big, valuable, obstructing and necessary for a safety investigation hasn't been removed....wonder what it really is...
Yep, Red side seems to be echoed by others as well. Really don't imagine my glass boat and the Army's iron tank to be much of a love connection. Coming up on Swansboro now, wish I could stop, but best diesel price in Sneads Ferry, farther on down. Diesel around $3.50 there versus $4.00-$4.30 near Wilmington. Swansboro about ten cents higher than Sneads Ferry.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #26
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Sneeds Ferry/New River marina is where I stop and fuel....best price I found along ICW...
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Sneeds Ferry/New River marina is where I stop and fuel....best price I found along ICW...
Thanks! I called them before I reached Swansboro because Swansboro is also known for good fuel prices, they're open and I'm headed there now.

There have been reports of a submerged tank used for target practice around Green 63. When I arrived to this area I found the tug Island Tide holding station. I hailed them on 16 and 09, but heard no response. Apparently they are either marking the spot or preparing for salvage. Lots of old army APCs on shore in that area. I stayed to the red side as per warnings and had no incident in 6 feet of water going through.



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Looks plausible that some amphib vehicle may have sunk there...there's a road and ramp just off the southern creek nearby and that would be the route to the beaches/ocean one would take.

Had to have just happened if it were a newer vehicle...otherwise I would think it would be recovered quickly...even if a target....the Marines would be on the hook to clear it by the ACOE pronto...interesting would love to hear the whole story.
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Topsail and Wrightsville bridges open on the top of the hour. Figure 8 opens on on the top and the half.
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Onslow Bridge. Tick tock tick tock tick tock.




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Onslow Bridge was super slow, the mechanism must be getting very old. I asked the bridge tender who said it had slowed even more over the past couple years...


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Topsail and Wrightsville bridges open on the top of the hour. Figure 8 opens on on the top and the half.
Thanks Tom, did not know Topsail was the full hour. Unusual. Will have to start plotting before I refuel.
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Looks plausible that some amphib vehicle may have sunk there...there's a road and ramp just off the southern creek nearby and that would be the route to the beaches/ocean one would take.

Had to have just happened if it were a newer vehicle...otherwise I would think it would be recovered quickly...even if a target....the Marines would be on the hook to clear it by the ACOE pronto...interesting would love to hear the whole story.
The first report I read about it was dated 01August. Active Captain and Cruisersnet have it documented. Hopefully, they're picking it up.
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Thanks Tom, did not know Topsail was the full hour. Unusual. Will have to start plotting before I refuel.

Should have read my note above! Surf City only on the hour. Surf City - Topsail = same thing.

Just giving you a hard time!
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Should have read my note above! Surf City only on the hour. Surf City - Topsail = same thing.

Just giving you a hard time!
Haha I checked the bridges - Topsail is the 65 foot one! Hope it will open!!!
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Fueled up at Sneads Ferry for $3.44 plus 7% tax. Got to see our troops in training. Figured the govt. might pick up my fuel bill since I've been so kind to them over the years! .
No dice.

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Haha I checked the bridges - Topsail is the 65 foot one! Hope it will open!!!

Right!! It's the Surf City Swing bridge you'll need to wait for.

Although I did totally forget about Figure 8. That is the one about an hour from WB.
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What to do when it gets hot and boring...

1. Take pictures through the binoculars. This works!
2. Take pictures of the mile marker.
3. Download pictures of puppies and elicit cheap but sweet reactions from your daughters...
4. And of course, other boats...



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About 10 miles from Wrightsville now, sun out in full, Friday well underway. Looks like the Admirals paddle board delivery service is close to another successful run. Allman Brothers on the speakers, all good. All good.



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