New River- tell me

Pirate Lady

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Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
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Sundancer 250 ‘91
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7.4 Bravo 1
After our first 33 years in Cleveland we moved to the Chesapeake. Now kids gone, son in California, daughter down in Jacksonville NC. Got nothing holding us here.
Wife looking at houses along the New River and they are fkn gorgeous.
I can sell mine in MD, pay cash for these really sweet homes, and still have 50k left over.
I don’t really have the energy to sell boat and house and make many 7 hour drives to scope out area and buy house.
So anyone got insight to boating and living around the New River?
Ps. Be nice- we are liberal Dems. Had a Southern friend tell us don’t do it. Very military conservative Bible Belt area and when neighbors find out our leanings we will be let’s just say, alienated.
 
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Where is New River?
 
I didn't live there. Traveled through the area plenty. It's southern. I saw a revolving door of northerners try to move south and bail within a year or two. Keeping politics out of it, if you are high strung, short on patience, gotta hurry type of family, you're not going to be very happy. Do polite people bug you? There's no such thing as "fast food". The pace is slow. Do you melt in summer 70°+ dew points? You'll hate it. Now, if you must talk politics constantly? You will find yourself in the minority with the locals.
Now, the south does have plenty of transplants and the newer subs are full of them and neighbors will have all kinds of backgrounds.
Spend a week down there in the late spring, summer and see if you can tolerate the weather. The low country gets sweaty. You do get a bit of seasons up there that you don't in Florida where I spent 25+ years.
Me? I really miss the south and if I were able to get out of Michigan again, I'd look at the Lake Murray area of SC.
Anyway, no direct info on your question just an overall southern view. Y'all have a good one. ;)
 
After our first 33 years in Cleveland we moved to the Chesapeake. Now kids gone, son in California, daughter down in Jacksonville NC. Got nothing holding us here.
Wife looking at houses along the New River and they are fkn gorgeous.
I can sell mine in MD, pay cash for these really sweet homes, and still have 50k left over.
I don’t really have the energy to sell boat and house and make many 7 hour drives to scope out area and buy house.
So anyone got insight to boating and living around the New River?
Ps. Be nice- we are liberal Dems. Had a Southern friend tell us don’t do it. Very military conservative Bible Belt area and when neighbors find out our leanings we will be let’s just say, alienated.
I live in NC. First, Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejune Marines. They are hard core people and not on the Liberal side at all. The New River Inlet is typically very dangerous as the sands constantly move and is best for Center Consoles. I don't know what size boat you have, but based on your thoughts about politics you would need to live in Wilmington and be about an hour away if you want to live at the coast. You also need to think about a marina where you have the ability to haul your boat out for a hurricane. Most marinas will not let you stay, so you need to be on a haulout list. That is really hard to find right now. Yards are only taking boat size they work on yearly. We are in Hampstead which is just south of Jacksonville and have a great group, we try to stay neutral but politics do come up and most are Republicans as they are self made people and don't want govt in their lives. Hope that helps. Oh, did I say New River is a horrible Inlet with lots of grounds both on the outside and in the ICW where it crosses the Inlet.
 
The New River I know, which starts in NC and ends up in WV, is not for cruising... maybe small fishing boats and jet boats. Up near me, it's like 2 to 3 feet deep.
 
The New River I know, which starts in NC and ends up in WV, is not for cruising... maybe small fishing boats and jet boats. Up near me, it's like 2 to 3 feet deep.

Awesome whitewater rafting there.
 
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After our first 33 years in Cleveland we moved to the Chesapeake. Now kids gone, son in California, daughter down in Jacksonville NC. Got nothing holding us here.
Wife looking at houses along the New River and they are fkn gorgeous.
I can sell mine in MD, pay cash for these really sweet homes, and still have 50k left over.
I don’t really have the energy to sell boat and house and make many 7 hour drives to scope out area and buy house.
So anyone got insight to boating and living around the New River?
Ps. Be nice- we are liberal Dems. Had a Southern friend tell us don’t do it. Very military conservative Bible Belt area and when neighbors find out our leanings we will be let’s just say, alienated.

Do you mean the Neuse River?
 
Thanks for replies. Discussed with wife. Can handle the humidity, it’s the same here. Decided to not give up the Chesapeake cruising life style.
Cannot go from a Sundancer to a CC. Oh hell no.
 
I live in NC. First, Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejune Marines. They are hard core people and not on the Liberal side at all. The New River Inlet is typically very dangerous as the sands constantly move and is best for Center Consoles. I don't know what size boat you have, but based on your thoughts about politics you would need to live in Wilmington and be about an hour away if you want to live at the coast. You also need to think about a marina where you have the ability to haul your boat out for a hurricane. Most marinas will not let you stay, so you need to be on a haulout list. That is really hard to find right now. Yards are only taking boat size they work on yearly. We are in Hampstead which is just south of Jacksonville and have a great group, we try to stay neutral but politics do come up and most are Republicans as they are self made people and don't want govt in their lives. Hope that helps. Oh, did I say New River is a horrible Inlet with lots of grounds both on the outside and in the ICW where it crosses the Inlet.
Thank you, your reply about boating convinced us to stay on the Chesapeake.
We have a nice 250 Sundancer.
 
Thank you, your reply about boating convinced us to stay on the Chesapeake.
We have a nice 250 Sundancer.
So a 250 would work on the ICW, I think if you set south of Jacksonville your would be fine. Check out Hampstead or Topsail Island. If in the area let me know and we can give you a waterway tour. Cheers.
 
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How was key west?
Great trip. I highly recommend for New Years. We enjoyed walking and bicycling the island. Our favorite dinner was at Lattitudes. Also got the chance to talk with TJ from the show Wicked Tuna. The downside was our flight was cancelled for two days and we needed to get back so I rented a car and drove 15 hours home to NC. Thanks for asking Mark.
 

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