4035 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557
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Stuffed heads on the walls
A catch of several beautiful fish!
Captain Dave, Bill, Mate
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Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
If you are a deep sea fisherman or have thrilled at those pictures of magnificent fish literally battling for their lives against a human antagonist on the other end of yards and yards of seemingly invisible line and a rod bent almost double by the strain, you should probably try to schedule some time in Morehead City in June, usually the first or second week, for one of the oldest and most competitive fishing tournaments in North America. Prize money invariably exceeds $1 million in this contest which is now in its sixth decade. Unfortunately, unless you are an accomplished fisherman with your own boat and/or significant discretionary cash, you probably will not get to see those majestic battles but you can hang around the docks and dockside restaurants and see the spoils of battle as they are weighed, measured, and photographed. And regardless of which group includes you, the after fishing celebrations are usually open to all comers.
MM 203.6 Morehead City Yacht Basin
The marina is apparently selling slips of 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65 feet in length. They can also take larger boats. The Morehead City Yacht Basin was established in 1947 on Calico Creek. It has a sheltered deepwater basin with little or no current. The 14 foot deep channel to the Yacht Basin and 8 - 10 foot minimum depths at dockside gives larger boats lots of room. The website says:
"The new Morehead City Yacht Basin, owned by MCYB, LLC, and managed by the developer of Matthews Point Marina is offering for sale boat slips ranging from 45 feet to over 65 feet in length and some are over 24 feet in width. Morehead City Yacht Basin will be able to accommodate yachts in excess of 200 feet. All of the slips will be served by floating docks of a design and quality surpassing any built in North Carolina to date. The floating docks are engineered to exacting specifications and are surfaced with Brazilian Cumaru wood and washed river gravel aggregate panels. The amenities being offered also include new clubhouse and lounge facilities, new restrooms, laundry and ship's store." I have not stayed at this marina, but slips for transients costs were $1.30/ft with a 25% Boat US discount
MM 204.8 Dockside Marina
I have not used this marina. Cost in 2002 was $1.20/ft/night.
Claiborne Young says: "Berths are provided at ultramodern floating concrete docks with power, water, and newly installed dockside telephone connections. Showers and a laundromat are available shoreside. Depths alongside range from 11 feet at the outer docks to 6 feet on the innermost slips. Take care when approaching the docks, as swift tidal currents regularly scour the Morehead waterfront channel! Gasoline and diesel fuel are available, and an extensive ship's and variety store is housed on the first floor of the large condo project overlooking the marina. Mechanical repairs can be arranged through several local repair firms. A number of restaurants are within a two-block walk (see below). Over and above these attractions, I found the personnel at Dockside to be friendly and knowledgeable, ready to go the extra mile to help the visiting cruiser with all his needs. "
North Carolina's second port
Being a small city on the coast, one would expect fresh seafood but what most people might not believe at first blush is that Morehead City is one of North Carolina's only two port cities. In addition to strictly commercial activities, there is also an extensive charter fishing fleet which operates out of this port, as well as several dive shops in the area. In addition to several fine seafood restaurants, there is an array of eateries offering everything from tacos to steak and vegetarian meals.
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Address: 4035 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557