Does anyone know to where (if) Tom (& Pam, deceased) Dove’s AICW Anchorage Guide has disappeared?
Excerpts, from a very old version, follow:
From North to South:
* Dismal Swamp Canal
May close or reduce opening schedule due to low water
; call nearest lock on VHF
13 during working hours a day ahead to find out.
Not really very scenic; nice trees at canal edge prevent seeing further, and road borders one side for much of the way.
Canal generally very narrow (60 feet) along the whole length. All hand-steering, must be very alert. Avoid occasional dead tree or stump or log in canal, avoid overhead branches leaning into canal. May be floating logs
. Old planks may be on the bottom.
* Elizabeth City NC
Plenty of fine anchorage SE of the town, near Pelican Marina.
ashore to big park at corner of river-bend.
Library on Main between Elliott and Martin Sts, MTWRF 8:30-6:30, S 10-4.
Bakery on Water
St near North Park.
Several convenience / small market stores near corner of Ehringhaus and Road Sts.
No supermarket nearby.
$4 taxi ride to Walmart.
Museum of Albemarle not open 10/2002, but looks about to open.
Some nice old houses and buildings in town.
* Belhaven NC
Shoal in middle of harbor.
Barge comes out of grain elevators and down the channel.
ashore to boat-ramp at SW end of town.
Library 1 block E of main intersection (Main and Pamlico) in town; MTWRF 9:30-5:30, S 9:30-1.
Two good hardware
stores, pharmacy, wine store.
Supermarket: 1 mile W down Main St from center of town to traffic light, then 1 mile N from there.
Bluegrass and hot-air balloons festival mid-October.
* Oriental NC
Absolutely tiny anchorage, and they're expanding a marina into it.
About a mile to supermarket, E on Broad St.
store, about 3/4 mile E on Broad St.
store a block from the docks.
Apparently no library.
* Beaufort NC
Harbor anchorage gets crowded, and is notorious for boats dragging during thunderstorms. When I was there 6/2002, a 50-knot thunderstorm made someone almost drag into me. I had two anchors down, and held fast. Also restaurant music
until after midnight sometimes.
Dinghy ashore to two dinghy docks at small parks.
Festival is April 26-28.
Wooden boat show
Blackbeard Fest May 17-18.
Maritime Museum (free courtesy car).
Library: take Front St W to right onto Turner St, go 2-3 blocks.
Supermarkets several miles NE out of town.
Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.
Lots of nice old houses.
(didn't have anything I was looking for, including engine
NAPA auto in Morehead City
Clawsons restaurant: not impressive. New Orleans
seafood dish is good.
Good DIY yard: Bock Marine on ICW
just north of Beaufort.
* Wilmington NC
No good anchorage, everywhere 30-40 feet deep, strong currents. I anchored between battleship and NW bridge, close to submerged pilings.
Dinghy ashore to floating dock
at north end of Hilton hotel
Visitor's Center at south end of waterfront, at Market and Water streets.
Library at 3rd and Chestnut streets. No floppy allowed.
Supermarkets: take bus down Market St, from 3rd and Market.
USS North Carolina
Battleship, $9, opens at 8 AM, only way to get there is by taxi or water-taxi (which runs short hours except in summer, $2 round-trip).
Railroad Museum, $3, opens at 10 AM, small but nice.
Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, $5, closed Mondays, opens at 10 AM, has been moved from downtown to a location several miles out that even the busses don't go near.
* Southport NC
No tenable anchorage anywhere; skip it.
* Georgetown SC
Dinghy ashore right at clock tower, or small park 100 yards west of clock tower.
Someone stole a nice dinghy from one of the dinghy docks when I was there 10/2002.
Visitor's Center 5 blocks W on Front St near Orange, get map.
Library 7 blocks W on Front St, R onto Cleland, 5 blocks to Church St. MTWR 9-8, FS 9-5. No floppy allowed.
Gas station and paint
store on Church St a block E of the library.
Small marine store at Boat Shed Marina, waterfront and St. James St at E end of town.
Great hardware store 1/2 mile E of Church and St James (1-1.5 miles from center of town).
Small marine store next to hardware store.
Two smaller partly-hardware stores on Church 2-3 blocks W of library: Thomas Supply and Georgetown
MaxWay in center of town; similar to a Dollar store.
NAPA Auto somewhere near Front and Church St ?
Supermarket and Dollar store about 5-6 blocks W of library, or 1 mile W of center of town.
* Charlestown SC
W or S of city marina in Ashley river. Strong tidal currents, some big wakes. S anchorage gets very shallow near old green marker post.
Gas station convenience store near city marina; no other facilities within a mile or more.
College of Charleston library: left out of marina, right onto Calhoun St, a mile or so E to a block or so past Smith St, on right. Allows floppy.
* Beaufort SC
Winn-Dixie supermarket S of bridge, about 2/3 mile from marina or 1+ mile from bridge, on W side of road, past "76" gas station; have to be right in front of it to see it.
Library: in town, E on Bay St, left onto Scott St. MTWR 9-8, FS 9-5. Allows floppy.
* Savannah SC
Nowhere to anchor
; can land at city dock
for free for 3 hours. Separate southern part of dock is reserved for ferry
No useful stores (supermarket, hardware, marine) within walking distance, but there is a free shuttle bus that covers much of the city.
Library: just S of city hall dome. MTWRF 12-3 ! Allows floppy.
Lots of nice old houses, cobblestone streets, nice squares with parks in them.
Telfair art museum very nice; mixture of classic paintings and modern art and 19th-century furniture/rooms, and the building itself is gorgeous. Barnard and State Sts.
Also maritime and history
museums; I didn't get to them.