boating

High Water In The Marshes

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I love having a home on an inlet of a big tidal river.  Living with the rhythms of the tides means that things are never exactly the same along the water.
When we get a really low tide,  the marsh becomes beach front property for fiddler crabs.  If we get a really high tide, just about anything can be wandering in the water covered marsh grass including my favorite fish, the red drum.

How high the tide goes depends on lots of things including the wind direction, the moon, and what storm happens to be riding up the coast.

Things get even more exciting out on the river.  During a very high tide, oyster bars can be submerged and the river can look like a lake that is easy to navigate.
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Getting ready for the season

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There is something very pleasurable about getting your boat ready for the season.  Maybe the end result, a shiny new looking boat, is all the reward that you need.  It is nice to work on something as uncomplicated as cleaning a boat.

When it is as warm as it has been, getting wet does not matter. Cleaning a boat is just different.  I know cleaning a house is very frustrating because it just gets dirty again. 

Well a boat is even worse because it can get much dirtier, and if you wait to clean it, strange things can start growing.  Still the fun you have in a boat seems to more than compensate for all the scrubbing.

Even with the knowledge of how easily that clean boat gets messed up, I do not mind the effort.  Seeing the grime and stains disappear, just builds anticipation for that first trip out the Inlet.  You stand a little taller at the console if your boat is clean and shiny.

I still have a little polishing left to do, and I have to give my push pole and oar a coat of varnish.  Even with getting the oil changed, we should be ready for some early season boating in another week.  read more »


Why I Love Cannonsgate on Bogue Sound

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Cannonsgate on Bogue Sound, a beautiful gated community which is located right on the Intracoastal Waterway is a unique place to live. It has a 75 slip marina, gorgeous Charleston style clubhouse, walking trails, pool, tennis courts, putting green, natural areas, lakes, and a community postal center. For the boating enthusiast, it is a most desirable place to live. One can go out of the marina and travel by boat up and down the Eastern coastline! The grounds are immaculately groomed, and the views of Bogue Sound are exquisite, especially at sunrise and sunset.  read more »


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Great morning on the White Oak

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Finally the winds dropped, the temperature went up, and we got to get on the water this morning.  I am not much for boating on Memorial Day weekend since the boat traffic is high, and the number of crazy boaters is even higher.  However, I figured that I could sneak in a trip this morning before the jet ski folks got out of bed.
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Almost Water Time

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Friday March 6 was one of the nicest days that we have seen in a while.  The day started warm and stayed warm except for the breeze (wind) that kicked up early in the day.  Without the wind it would have been a wonderful day.

The water and the sky were blue as you can see from the picture taken looking east up the Intracoastal from South Water Street in Swansboro.  read more »


Flotilla 20-02 of the Morehead City Coast Guard Auxiliary Rules of the Road Course

02/28/2009 - 08:30
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Flotilla 20-02 of the Morehead City Coast Guard Auxiliary Rules of the Road Course will be held Feb. 28 beginning at 8:30am at the Student Union Building at Carteret Community College, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Topics include the following: the history of the area, studies of charts used for piloting and navigation, regulations for recreational boats, safety equipment, distress signals and much more. Cost is $35 and pre-registration is required. Call 252-808-3091 or email pe@mhccgaux.com.


Flotilla 20-02 of the Morehead City Coast Guard Auxiliary about Boating Safety Course

02/21/2009 - 08:30
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Flotilla 20-02 of the Morehead City Coast Guard Auxiliary about Boating Safety Course will be held Feb. 21 starting at 8:30am at the Student Union building at Carteret Community College, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. This class provides boaters with the knowledge necessary for safety certification. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $35. Call 252-808-3091 or email pe@mhccgaux.com