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Old 02-18-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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MI>NC Learning the Coast

Making the leap to live aboard lifestyle. We are gathering as much info as we can about the ups and downs of living aboard a boat. Our search is for a GB Classic 42 and we are narrowing the field at this time. We have a ton of questions about insurance, residency, etc. and look forward to browsing the forums for anything we can learn.

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Old 02-18-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Definitely lots of folks here happy to talk trawlers anytime.
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Old 02-18-2016, 02:17 PM   #3
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Bess and I are in Cary and would love to get together with you. While we aren't live aboards, we have know a few and know the NC waters pretty well. Like to talk about boating a bit too. Send us a PM, we can get together at Fortnight Brewery sometime and chat it up.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:16 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard, good luck and best wishes for your great project !
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:50 PM   #6
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It is done. We are now the proud owners of a wet house. Our dream is coming alive! The comments and insight of this group have been priceless to us in making our decisions and learning about this lifestyle. Thanks to so many who have offered up great advice.

We should be moving aboard within the next 10 days or so. Full bottom strip and repaint plus new electronics all going on/in now. Then we start our trip from VA to NC.
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Welcome to the forum, and Congratulations! If that's her in your avatar pic, she's beautiful.
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Old 04-19-2016, 02:00 PM   #8
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That's her. We're very excited to get aboard and begin our new life journey.
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:29 PM   #9
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Congratulations!! Will you take your time cruising from VA to NC or go directly to Southport? What route will you take? We need more pictures!
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:16 PM   #10
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We will travel mostly on weekends. Taking the Dismal ditch if there's enough water.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:50 PM   #11
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We will travel mostly on weekends. Taking the Dismal ditch if there's enough water.
If you take the Virginia Cut, just keep in mind that the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed-to-navigation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, April 25, 2016 to May 26, 2016; and 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 6, 2016 to June 9, 2016.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:51 PM   #12
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Congrats to you, I just recently bought a Mainship 34 from the Norfolk area and brought her back to my home New Bern, NC. Hopefully the winds will be calmer for you!
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:46 PM   #14
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Congrats to you, I just recently bought a Mainship 34 from the Norfolk area and brought her back to my home New Bern, NC. Hopefully the winds will be calmer for you!

Yea? Bridgepoint? Grand? Galley Store? NWCM?
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:50 PM   #15
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Duck Creek at the moment, then probably Bridgepoint
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:08 AM   #16
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How did you find the Dismal Canal?
Ok, poor choice of words - follow the signs. . .

Was there good depth, clean passage?
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:32 AM   #17
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Did not go the dismal canal route. I might be wrong, but thought it was not maintained so much these days. Others would know better. Coinjock and Belhaven still good places to stop.
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Belhaven

I just had a great stop at the River Forest Marina in Belhaven, under new management since Oct 2014. New free washer dryers, golf carts for going into town, and a friendly attitude. They also jab very nice guest suites, where I put up a mechanic who came down to fix my engine. There is a gym for $5 a day, accessible by golf cart.
Best of all is a restaurant called Spoon River, great food ,and great service. Last night it poured while we were at dinner, and the owner sent her staff out to wipe our golf cart with tablecloths. That is Southern hospitality!
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:25 AM   #19
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We are on our way!! Spent first night in Coinjock (yes, the prime rib is delicious) and now a week in Manteo. I now have a degree in crabpotdodgology. Next stop is Ocracoke. Finding this vessel to be very responsive, easier to maneuver than some smaller ones I've captained.

A very special thanks to the folks at Atlantic Yacht Basin in VA. We had a lot of prep work done, some trouble shooting on systems startups and all new nav equipment installed. These guys rock. Great team. The got us on quality tradesmen who did excellent work on time and on budget. And a thanks to Ayers Electronics for their work!
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:27 AM   #20
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We were told in VA that the southern lock on the dismal is down, waiting for parts. We went the eastern ICW route.
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