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Old 04-17-2019, 11:35 AM
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We went through there in the dark last Monday headed out and came back through in the fog that evening without any trouble. Either learn to interpret redneck markers or do it yourself. Or use Beaufort Inlet.

I agree with you Lunchmoney!!!
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Old 04-17-2019, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Lunchmoney View Post
We went through there in the dark last Monday headed out and came back through in the fog that evening without any trouble. Either learn to interpret redneck markers or do it yourself. Or use Beaufort Inlet.
Was trying to make a joke... I guess no one else thought that the highway barrel on top of the PVC was a perfect stand-in for a can buoy and the traffic cones made good nun buoys.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:12 PM
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To those kind citizens who put those markers around the S turn, I owe at least a case of beer. After the last shoaling, it was bitch to find the deep water, even though I have been making that turn for as many years as I can remember. My guess is that someday, my boat simply will not make it around that turn, and it's off to
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:13 PM
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Beaufort Inlet.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:16 PM
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Is the HI bridge stuck open or closed? As far as running Barden, polarized glasses and go for the dark spots. Been that way for years. Kinda like the shoals.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Is the HI bridge stuck open or closed? As far as running Barden, polarized glasses and go for the dark spots. Been that way for years. Kinda like the shoals.
The bridge is open to vehicular traffic. The public ramp right beside it is shoaled up bad on the approach.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:52 AM
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The redneck markers do work great. Maybe they can replace the 21 markers that the coast guard is going to pull as well.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:46 PM
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Sent this to the Coast Guard this morning:

I'm concerned with the notice that the coast guard has given about parts of Bardens Inlet being unsafe for boaters and the proposed removal of navigation markers 8 through 35. The water is getting shallow, we get that, but my big question is this. If the water is truly unsafe for boating, why is the Park Service still navigating the waters and taking unsuspecting passengers on a dangerous journey through them and why if they are to continue utilizing the channel is money not being utilized to keep safe passage for these passengers? I think a notice should be erected at the entrance of the ferry service docks giving these passengers proper notice that they are taking their own lives into their hands. No navigational markers and a government sponsored transportation vessel running the public through unsafe passages may lead to a lot of potential lawsuits in the future. I myself will do all I can to warn my family, friends and others about the dangers of traversing these waters to the Cape Lookout Seashore and the due negligence of the government for sponsoring a transport system that would do so. Maybe a better solution would be to use the money that was imposed on boaters registration fees where it was supposed to go and dredge so that it is safe. Thanks for keeping us all safe in the meantime.
To tell you the truth, the passenger ferries dont run the old channel anymore. At least from what i've seen them do. Apparently there is another channel starting to dig itself out to the east of the bad spot. Google maps show some deep water over there but also some bars cutting it off. Not sure how old these sat pics are but i have seen the ferries running over on that side last year and this year so they must have something over there. Im getting an itch to go drift it for flounder if i can ever remember its over there.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:01 PM
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The ferries never ran the channel going back to the Calico Jack's, et al days when it was a competitive business. That's why they use flat bottom skiffs and catamarans. They carry insurance and don't need no stinkin' marked channel to get their job done safely.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Lunchmoney View Post
We went through there in the dark last Monday headed out and came back through in the fog that evening without any trouble. Either learn to interpret redneck markers or do it yourself. Or use Beaufort Inlet.
exactly or I’ll take them down as fast as I put them up
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:09 AM
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Don't get me wrong. I ain't got no problem running to the inlet without any markers and have no fight with the coast guard. I know its their job to take down markers when the water is considered unsafe for passage. Or the ferry service, I know all the captains have vast experience running the shallows. I'm just sick of the funds for dredging not being used for its intended purposes instead of band aids being placed on everything and some politician getting rich diverting the money to some special interest. The redneck markers are great as I stated before. I know how to read water and run 'em but there are lots of folks who pay taxes, that don't. Also, there's a post about the channel leaving the wildlife ramp at the HI bridge. It's shoaled up as you leave the ramp pretty good. There are plans to expand the wildlife ramps parking when the new bridge is put in. Why waste the money if you're not going to keep the channel open? Makes a lot of sense, huh? Another waste of taxpayers money.

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Old 04-20-2019, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Sproly View Post


To tell you the truth, the passenger ferries dont run the old channel anymore. At least from what i've seen them do. Apparently there is another channel starting to dig itself out to the east of the bad spot. Google maps show some deep water over there but also some bars cutting it off. Not sure how old these sat pics are but i have seen the ferries running over on that side last year and this year so they must have something over there. Im getting an itch to go drift it for flounder if i can ever remember its over there.
Yep, they've been running that side for some time now. Every once in a while they will run through the s turn, but not very often.
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:56 AM
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When the locals run the ferry services they were told they had to run a marked channel and could not use the "short turn" for the safety of the passengers but in the rules it did not say what it had to be marked with.The service is now subbed out but is controlled by federal government and we all forget they have a separate set of rules.
Fatcat I'm with you on the funds money and it seems they don't care about the little people and that should be no surprise to us.
Westco I can't thank you enough,I run in the dark going out just about every trip and you did a fantastic job if there's anything I can ever do to help I will be more than glad to do so,materials, gas or money for your time whatever you need and Thanks again.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:09 AM
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On the brighter side of things...you'll soon be able to enjoy a food truck "to the cape". Seriously.
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Old 04-20-2019, 05:52 AM
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On the brighter side of things...you'll soon be able to enjoy a food truck "to the cape". Seriously.
Damn, I’d thought that would be a good idea but never took it any further than just an idea.
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
On the brighter side of things...you'll soon be able to enjoy a food truck "to the cape". Seriously.
This is brilliant. Details?
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
On the brighter side of things...you'll soon be able to enjoy a food truck "to the cape". Seriously.
If the parks service has anything to do with it I'll stick to monkey dicks and spotted dog
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:59 PM
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This is brilliant. Details?
No details, but it's coming...I think there will be a truck located at the Park Service parking lot and one at the Cape. Both owned by the ferry guy.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:25 PM
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I hope this doesn't mean we won't be able to cook our own hotdogs and hamburgers on the beach.....but wouldn't doubt that, that would be next.
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
No details, but it's coming...I think there will be a truck located at the Park Service parking lot and one at the Cape. Both owned by the ferry guy.
There’s 3 restaurants on HI, NPS shouldn’t have allowed a food truck.....just saying
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