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Old 11-11-2015, 08:15   #1
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Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

My friends, a young Canadian couple just killed their Atomic 4 on their cruise down south. They need a place where they can dock their boat and repower ASAP before the winter sets in.
They were towed in into a marina from hell which wants to charge them by the foot ($1) and they have no showers and will probably have to stay for several weeks.
Somebody recommended a boat yard in Washington, NC
Anybody knows of a friendly boatyards in the are that could accommodate them to do a DIY repower ?
These are tight budget cruisers on a 1974 Tartan 34C
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:25   #2
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

Tough break, I wish I could help....good luck to them.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:34   #3
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

I know what you mean... I blew up an A4 in Coinjock and ended up installing an outboard bracket and outboard to get home... there isn't much in the way of service up there until you get to Oriental. Let me know, as I've still got the outboard and bracket... sold the boat though.

Do they have a dinghy and outboard they can hip tow, or a towing contract?

You may have them call one of these guys, they all are distributors for Beta Marine... Which is what I would be suggesting they replace the A4 with.

Wayfarers Cove Marina
1107 Bennett Road
Arapahoe, NC 28510
(252) 249 0200

Gatlin Marine Services
1107 Bennett Road
Arapahoe, NC 28510
(252) 671-5914

Sailcraft Services
1218 Lupton Drive
Oriental, NC 28571
(252) 249 0522

These guys are great for liveaboards and DIY work, but a longer tow.

Bock Marine
233 Core Creek Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-6855
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:59   #4
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

https://goo.gl/maps/7MwxH9u4JL92
The best place and town we ever stayed in. Very inexpensive, pleasant people, free golf cart to go to town.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:03   #5
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

A second suggestion for Bock Marine if they can get there.

Rates were reasonable, people welcoming, even a free loaner car you could sign out.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:36   #6
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

There's a boat yard up the Pamlico river before you get to Washington, NC...used to be McCotter' s Marina..had a big fire a few years ago....don't know whether they have recovered from it, but sounds like just the place.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:42   #7
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

Where are they located now?
I just went through this very same problem after buying a Hunter 34 in Elizabeth City, NC. I know of a marina in EC and a good mechanic there. Further south you have to get to Washington, NC where there are 2 good boatyards. I second the recommendation for River Forest Marina in Belhaven, NC. I stayed there for a month and Henry the dockmaster will work out a deal for you putting you on the long term dock. However, do NOT use the boatyard in Belhaven. Very bad rep. I also know of a good mech in Washington that will travel to Belhaven if you end up there. There are good boatyards further down the ICW as well. However, I have researched and talked to everyone of them and the best (and cheapest) DIY yard in NC IMO is Captain Sam's in Washington, NC. Call 252-975-2046.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:47   #8
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

Contact McCotters Marina in Washington, NC. Speak to Mark Henley.
179 McCotters Marina Rd.
Washington, NC 27889
(252) 975 2174
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

In Washington, NC

Give Captain Sam's a call:
(252) 975-2046
Captain Sam's Boat Yard

or McCotter's
(252) 975-2174
Marina Washington, NC │ Ship Yard │ McCotters Marina and Boat Yard

I'm in Washington, if you'd like my phone, perhaps I can be some help.

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Contact McCotters Marina in Washington, NC. Speak to Mark Henley.
179 McCotters Marina Rd.
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I second McCotters as well. They are right next to Captain Sam's and have a good rep. I have never personally dealt with them however.
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:54   #11
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

Try Hurricane Boatyard. A few miles up the Bay River in Bayboro, NC from where the ICW comes into the Bay River.

601 Chinchilla Dr, Bayboro, NC 28515

(252) 745-3369www.hurricaneboatyard.com

Allows DIY or combination of their help and DIY. Reasonable prices. Allows liveaboards on the hard.
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

This is a good time to make the boat engine free.
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

I think the bigger issue is they want really cheap accommodations and want to do a re-power by themselves while at said yard, not too many are up for that whole thing, there is DIY and then full up refit. I agree with the outboard bracket, probably fits the type of budget they are on anyway.
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

+1 on the outboard bracket. Buy an old Sailmaster 9hp outboard - or any 8-9hp outboard and put a $40 prop on it meant for a heavy displacement boat. Fine for the ICW.

Re-power in Georgia or northern Florida.

In 30 days it's going to be cold. I would guess the boat has no heat and no cockpit enclosure.
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Re: Broken Down in North Carolina, need to find a place

I vote for the outboard bracket and use the dingy engine, a $100 investment and they can keep moving down the waterway readily. It's a good place to store the outboard at sea once they get the inboard fixed anyway. Now they can choose wherever they want to get the engine fixed!
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