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  • RosalieAnn at the dock and exposed shell banks
    RosalieAnn at the dock and exposed shell...
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    floating docks and boats
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  • RosalieAnn at the floating dock
    RosalieAnn at the floating dock
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Masonboro Restaurants

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    Trail's End: Walking Distance

    by grandmaR Written Jul 26, 2004

    We walked up to Trail's End for dinner. This is a very fancy restaurant with black waiters in uniform with cloth tablecloths and napkins. Fortunately it wasn't snooty or too expensive.

    Favorite Dish: They had an hors d'oeuvre table in addition to the salad bar (both included with each meal) and it included crackers and toast with cheese spread and shrimp spread to put on them, shrimp and pasta salad, fried clams, meatballs, asparagus vinaigrette, things on toothpicks, and little fancy round things with fluted cream dip on top. Also chopped eggs and various kinds of olives for the tossed salad.

    I had chicken and Bob had steak for the main part of the dinner. They both came with a nice quarter slice of pineapple, green beans in a separate little skillet, and we both picked twice baked potato as our starch. I had a slide of caramel apple pie for dessert.

    Bob at the buffet Wooden Indian in entrance Marina from the restaurant Snowball bush on the walk over Display in the entrance
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    • Food and Dining
    • Family Travel
    • Sailing and Boating

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Masonboro Sports & Outdoors

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    MM 186.5 Masonboro Boat Yard & Marina,...

    by grandmaR Updated May 22, 2007

    We had heard that Masonboro was a good and inexpensive marina. So I called and she said she wouldl have someone out on the dock (which are floating docks with only cleats - no pilings), but she doesn't because we got there more quickly than she thought we would.

    We find where we are supposed to tie up and I stand on the deck and say HELP. The guy washing his big power boat (which is way up on one of those lifts - photo 3) comes to get our lines. The wind slams the boat sideways into the dock, and we are here at 1020. The trip was 21.4 sm and took a little less than 3 hours.

    The marina has a lot of houseboats, and they were also doing extensive dredging when we were there.

    Equipment: * Slips for sale or rent
    * Transients welcome - long & short term
    * Concrete floating slips to 55'
    * Water & electric
    * Cable
    * Phones
    * Dock Boxes
    * Clean heated private showers
    * Laundromat
    * Live aboards welcome
    * Mail service
    * Ice
    * Restaurant next door

    We had about 7 feet as it was approaching low tide in the slip (not at dead low). They have a courtesy van and also email capability in the boater's lounge which is on the 2nd floor. The bathrooms are really nice, but we are really too tired still to do much and for me that includes a shower.

    Marina from boater's lounge drystack at the marina RosalieAnn next to power boat on lift Undredged area on the other side of the marina RosalieAnn at the floating dock
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    • Beaches
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Sailing and Boating

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