Bridgepoint is not back and there appears to be no progress to fix it that we have seen. I don't see it being back for at least another year.
New Bern Grand is a nice place for sure, but I'd suggest that if you are going to just store it, to try either Northwest Creek or Bridgeton.
John may have paid a lot for a cab from Oriental, but that like 30+ miles from the airport. I'm quite sure someone would have given him a ride for beer money
had he asked :-)
Anyway, I am not sure, but I THINK Northwest Creek is full. Call Dawn and ask. I know they have a couple of cats there now, but I can't answer if their cat slips are all spoken for.
Bridgeton is sort of new. It has only started to fill up since Bridge Point closed. Again, no specifics on cat slips, but I think they do have them. I like the construction of the place. Big strong docks, but it wide open to the river with blows and wakes from every direction. But why would you care You'll be hundreds of miles away :-)
The big thing on security
is to have a good population of live aboards. Northwest Creek thrives on them and has very little crime. New Bern Grand has had some, but they are addressing it (we are there now and have seen no sign of any in the past year). we have a bunch of live aboards and everyone knows everyone else. Still, it IS attached to downtown New Bern. Not exactly crime central, but there can be some associated with high-traffic areas.
Whittaker Point is new-ish too. In fact we walked around in there for the first time last week. Nice place. Seems very secure as it's attached to a nice neighborhood, but it's remote
. Or at least, it's a long drive to everything. There are quite a few empty slips. It's not the best location and open to SW blows. They have had a hard time filling up their slips, so you might could get a good deal if you pay up front.
I'm not a fan of Oriental Harbor. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I just don't trust that place. All the friends I have in Oriental tell me it's in a financial mess and could go under any day (been saying it for a while... take that with a grain of salt).
Hope this helps... PM me if you have any questions!