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Reviews from Capt Steve (4)


  • Nav Alert comment on C & D Canal, Chesapeake City docks, shoaling

    Comment by: Capt Steve on Aug 4, 2017
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Last summer in the way south we could only get to the north end of the engineer basin by hugging the north side of the entrance and hugging the wall until the basin opened up. Room to anchor 4 boats. And that was a year ago.
    The city dock is very nice and the Chesapeake City staff are great but it you draw more than 2 feet it's not accessible.
    When the Corps of Engineer boats can't get to their dock they'll dredge the basin and entrance.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Dismal Swamp Canal UPDATE - Restricted opening

    Comment by: Capt Steve on Jul 14, 2017
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 5.0'

    A heartfelt thank you to all for your hard work and heroic efforts to re-open the Dismal Swamp Canal. The DSC is one of the prettiest sections of the AICW and the lockmasters & Welcome Center folks the friendliest.
    Thanks again.

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  • Marina Review for Turtle Cove Marina

    Reviewed by: Capt Steve on Apr 14, 2017
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 4.5'

    Rating: 5

    We've docked at Turtle Cove several times. The staff is great. The dock hands and office folks are always helpful and knowledgeable.The marina is very protected. The Anclote River is twisty but very well marked. At red 50 the entrance to Turtle Cove begins with a right turn just past 50. Follow the narrow channel favoring the left side. About 100 yards further you make a sharp left at the marina sign and follow the narrower channel. Stay between the private floating reds and greens. After about 100 yards it opens up into the marina area. It sounds trickier than it is. 6+feet of depth all the way except for one tiny spot on the west side of the dry-stack island. Boats up to 5' will clear this spot at any depth above mid-tide.
    Turtle Cove has floating docks with 30-50 amp power, water and pump out at every slip.
    Also, the Clubhouse (a really nice bar) , has laundry and showers in the building. Attached is a very private tropical setting pool area with hot tub. The tiki bar is at the docks and has a nearby fenced playground. Turtle Cove is a couple of blocks from the Sponge Docks (the local shopping, restaurant, bar area of town). Bus transport is convenient. Big box store shopping is less than 2 miles away. A cab ride is about $7 each way. Turtle Cove is transient super-friendly. $2 a foot but ask about their weekly discount...and their monthly discount (Best bargain in boating). We love the place and stop here spring and fall for at least a month.

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  • Nav Alert comment on Dismal Swamp Canal UPDATE - Restricted opening

    Comment by: Capt Steve on Oct 23, 2016
    Boat Type: Sail
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 0.0'

    We're hanging out in Yorktown waiting to head south. This will be our last trip south after many years of 'snowbirding' and we really want to do the Dismal Swamp canal as always. It appears we'll have to take the Virginia Cut since the DSC is still closed. Not seeing Robert Peake (the best lockmaster anywhere) and the ladies at the Welcome Center and, of course, the great folks at Elizabeth City (the center of hospitality on the ICW) is a heart-breaker.
    Judy and I wish the best for all of our Dismal Swamp Canal friends who have made our trips up and and down the ditch so enjoyable. Take care you guys.
    Steve&Judy s/v Norne Gaest

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