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Old 28-04-2010, 08:52   #1
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Smile Hello to All from North Carolina

Well, after many years of wanting, I've finally gotten into position to buy my first sailboat. I've already learned a great deal from reading many posts on this great forum. In fact, I'm finding it hard to get work done!

I will be purchasing a used boat within the next 60 days and will keep it in Oriental, NC on the Pamlico Sound. I'm looking forward to taking refresher sailing lessons in Oriental in May. My admiral and I love Oriental although it isn't the easiest place to get to. The people are very nice and its location on the inner banks is ideal IMO.

I do have some specific questions but will post them in the appropriate forum.

I look forward to chatting with many of you.
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Old 28-04-2010, 09:35   #2
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Welcome! My husband and I are both members of this forum, and we keep our boat, Sunspot Baby, at Northwest Creek Marina just outside of New Bern. If you are looking at dockage alternatives, New Bern would be about 30 minutes closer for you. However, we agree that Oriental is lovely. We kept our boat there for over two years, and loved it.

If we can help with any info or advice in any way, let us know.

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Old 28-04-2010, 09:57   #3
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Thanks Entlie

One thing I've learned is that Oriental is very proud of their slips I'm also looking at Minnesott Beach as it is just around the corner from Oriental. I spoke with one of the locals at the Toucan Bar one evening and he suggested that prices were probably negotiable, especially if I paid up front for a year's rental.

Look forward to chatting with you and your husband and seeing you on the Pamlico.

Nice cat you have.
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Nice choice Oriental... and if you've wheels its a piece of cake... when your a foreigner and have to use your thumb to get around it is a bitch to get to...lol.
Sure you'll have a great time.. get loads of 12v lights tho.. you'll need em for the Christmas sail past of the Fleet... I met some of my favourite Americans in Oriental...

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Old 28-04-2010, 19:06   #5
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Phil,

I'm not certain Oriental is that easy to get to in a car! One road leading in and out of town plus the ICW. I told my wife that if Oriental was easy to get to, it would no longer be the small, quaint village that it is.

Thanks for the reply.

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Old 28-04-2010, 19:07   #6
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Welcome aboard, While my boat is not in Oriental it is nearby in beautiful downtown Whortonsville, NC. Oriental is a very nice place. Prices are a bit lower in Whortonsville if that is a particular problem for you. There are a number of small marinas in the area with very reasonable prices but not with as many ammenities. It's also an 8 mile ride to town.
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Phil,

I'm not certain Oriental is that easy to get to in a car! One road leading in and out of town plus the ICW. I told my wife that if Oriental was easy to get to, it would no longer be the small, quaint village that it is.

Thanks for the reply.

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Just like Salcombe, Lulworth, Bridport and dozens of small towns and villages on the UK coast.. easy to reach by boat or car... lol
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Old 29-04-2010, 05:43   #8
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Welcome aboard, While my boat is not in Oriental it is nearby in beautiful downtown Whortonsville, NC. Oriental is a very nice place. Prices are a bit lower in Whortonsville if that is a particular problem for you. There are a number of small marinas in the area with very reasonable prices but not with as many ammenities. It's also an 8 mile ride to town.
Captain Bill,

Thanks for the tip. I must admit I had to Google Whortonsville to locate. I've only lived in the beautiful state of NC for 18 months. I heard about Oriental ten years ago from some people I met while sailing on the Chesapeake. I just finished looking at the Windward Point Marina website. I'll be in Oriental for the week of May 10th and will definitely drive over and see Whortonville. Thanks again for the tip.
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Looking for a slip... try this if you have not already... lotsa private and commercial slips available
www.towndock.net
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I'll be looking for your posts about your new boat.
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