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Old 06-30-2020, 12:41 PM
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My wife is wanting to go up to Wilmington this week by boat from OKI. Anything I need to know about the city docks? Are they nice floating docks or rough pilings? Any spot better than the others to tie up for walking around and a good lunch? I didn't see any no wake zones on the map. I really don't remember ever going to Wilmington other than the battleship a few times. Don't know much about the riverfront area. Thanks.
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Itís a pretty easy run. Where you slip at the town docks are at the mercy of the dock master. Give him a call and reserve a spot. We have overnighted there many times over the years. The further up you are the better you will sleep if your spending the night on the boat.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
Itís a pretty easy run. Where you slip at the town docks are at the mercy of the dock master. Give him a call and reserve a spot. We have overnighted there many times over the years. The further up you are the better you will sleep if your spending the night on the boat.
We are just going for a few hours. 24' center console. If we stay overnight, we have bigger problems.
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Used then last summer for a trip up from Murrells Inlet. Had reservations, but never could find the dock master to pay. Stayed there from Sunday to Wednesday with no issues. Docks are nice. Power and water on the docks in front of the best western did not work. We stayed there and docked on that dock (b dock I believe) and went back and forth to the core of downtown via boat for restaurants and whatnot.
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Been up there several times from Southport. I try to time my run up keeping the current in mind. Run up with the flood back down to Southport on out going tide. There has been a ton of rain, be extra careful reference to obstacles floating on and under the surface. I usually try to dock in front of where I plan to eat. That being said I'd save the trip for after the 4th, going to be a zoo on the water.
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Re: riverfront area. Fork and cork for food. Carriage ride if they are running.

as far as business on the water, would expect snows cut north to Wilmington on the cape fear to be pretty laid back on the forth weekend compared to other places. If you want to see the battleship there is no dockage on that side of the river. You can take the ferry across from the downtown docks though.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Re: riverfront area. Fork and cork for food. Carriage ride if they are running.

as far as business on the water, would expect snows cut north to Wilmington on the cape fear to be pretty laid back on the forth weekend compared to other places. If you want to see the battleship there is no dockage on that side of the river. You can take the ferry across from the downtown docks though.
Fork and Cork is not open. Due to the limited indoor and outdoor seating they decided not to open.
They are closing parts of Front Street and Princess at 5:00 on Thursday-Sunday to traffic. The restaurants can use the sidewalks and part of street for seating.
Do not eat at Beer Barrio. The worst food in town. There is a new Italian Restaurant on the corner of Market and Water that has good reviews. Basics has good food and prices if you want something besides bar food. Someone will eventually recommend Copper Penny which is bar food but they are takeout only. Elijahís has plenty of outdoor seating and great chowder and food.

If you want ice cream avoid Kilwins and go to the stand in front of Anne Bonnyís. You will get better ice cream and save about $15.00 for 2 people.

Important info. Watch for logs in the river. Weíve had lots of rain and I have noticed a few in the river.
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DItto on the logs. I ran the river from WB to BHI and back yesterday and there were lots of logs. On the plus side the wind has been calm and the river was glass, as opposed to the hell it can be when wind and current collide.

On the upriver side of downtown just past the convention center you'll see a new, nice marina. There's a restaurant in there called Marina Grill. Decent food and beer but more important nice dockage. Even if you don't eat there you can grab a beer, leave your boat and walk downtown.
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Coming up from OKI be aware that there is now a no wake zone in Southport from Southport Marina to just past the restaurants. Brunswick County Sheriffs were patrolling the other day
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Originally Posted by Graddy-fied View Post
DItto on the logs. I ran the river from WB to BHI and back yesterday and there were lots of logs. On the plus side the wind has been calm and the river was glass, as opposed to the hell it can be when wind and current collide.

On the upriver side of downtown just past the convention center you'll see a new, nice marina. There's a restaurant in there called Marina Grill. Decent food and beer but more important nice dockage. Even if you don't eat there you can grab a beer, leave your boat and walk downtown.
very doable....but damn thatís a hike.
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Here’s the number for the Cape Fear Dockmaster if you don’t already have it. Ph 1-910-520-6875.
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Originally Posted by Fishorwife View Post
Fork and Cork is not open. Due to the limited indoor and outdoor seating they decided not to open.
They are closing parts of Front Street and Princess at 5:00 on Thursday-Sunday to traffic. The restaurants can use the sidewalks and part of street for seating.
Do not eat at Beer Barrio. The worst food in town. There is a new Italian Restaurant on the corner of Market and Water that has good reviews. Basics has good food and prices if you want something besides bar food. Someone will eventually recommend Copper Penny which is bar food but they are takeout only. Elijahís has plenty of outdoor seating and great chowder and food.

If you want ice cream avoid Kilwins and go to the stand in front of Anne Bonnyís. You will get better ice cream and save about $15.00 for 2 people.

Important info. Watch for logs in the river. Weíve had lots of rain and I have noticed a few in the river.

Damn... The al pastuer tacos at Beer Barrio are the bomb IMO.
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Damn... The al pastuer tacos at Beer Barrio are the bomb IMO.
I was surprised by that as well....I "liked" it due to the logs in the river comment....almost smoked my new to me boat a few weeks ago on a trip to OI.

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OP...not sure what rig you are making the trip in, but I would at least check the wind and tide before sticking my nose in the Cape Fear....unless you are on a 21' or above.
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OP...not sure what rig you are making the trip in, but I would at least check the wind and tide before sticking my nose in the Cape Fear....unless you are on a 21' or above.
For sure. Wind + falling tide = bathtub big time. We went through there late July last year headed north in those exact conditions in my 20'er and it was no fun. Not impossible, but have to stay on your toes. Also be aware of the exclusion zone around the Sunnypoint terminal just north of Southport. If it's uncomfortable as you pass the community pier in Southport, expect to be really uncomfortable for the next few miles.
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Coming up from OKI be aware that there is now a no wake zone in Southport from Southport Marina to just past the restaurants. Brunswick County Sheriffs were patrolling the other day
I wasnít aware of that, but It needed to be. Thereís a lot going on right there most days.
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OP...not sure what rig you are making the trip in, but I would at least check the wind and tide before sticking my nose in the Cape Fear....unless you are on a 21' or above.
We are in a 24 Sea Ox. Iím familiar with the mouth if the cape fear, just never run up to Wilmington. Youíre right, it can be sketchy. I think we are going to pass on the trip due to the log comments and try when itís been dry a few weeks
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Originally Posted by oki628 View Post
We are in a 24 Sea Ox. Iím familiar with the mouth if the cape fear, just never run up to Wilmington. Youíre right, it can be sketchy. I think we are going to pass on the trip due to the log comments and try when itís been dry a few weeks
You should be good. My first experience with it was in a 18' regal bowrider. That was dumb. We rode up to visit my uncle who commanded the port at the time. He lived in what is now the visitors center during his time of command.
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We are in a 24 Sea Ox. Iím familiar with the mouth if the cape fear, just never run up to Wilmington. Youíre right, it can be sketchy. I think we are going to pass on the trip due to the log comments and try when itís been dry a few weeks
I'm running to Southport this weekend, I'll try to get a good handle on the debris.

Hope it's flat so I can run, and see stuff, but I may have to slog it out.
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Originally Posted by oki628 View Post
We are in a 24 Sea Ox. Iím familiar with the mouth if the cape fear, just never run up to Wilmington. Youíre right, it can be sketchy. I think we are going to pass on the trip due to the log comments and try when itís been dry a few weeks

Light SW winds all weekend. I couldn't imagine a better time to do it..... its not like the entire river is full of logs.

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