Visitors are welcome at Blackbeard but if you are not a reciprocal club member using our dock, you need to be accompanied by a member at all times. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and wear a life preserver when on the docks.
Here are some local resources:
Groceries and Liquor:
There is a small conveninence store at Northwest Creek Marina. The Fairfield Fuel Mart, approximately 4 miles up Broad Creek sells beer, wine, soft drinks, ice cream. and some packaged foods. Need more? From BSC, take a right on Broad Creek Road and travel approximately 7 miles. Turn LEFT onto NC-55 W. You'll see a full service Food Lion supermarket on the left. An ABC Store (liquor store) is in the Harris Teeter Plaza in New Bern. Continue past the Food Lion Plaza and Merge onto US-17 S onto the high-rise bridge. Take the US-17 ramp toward Jacksonville, NC. Turn LEFT onto US-17 S (MLK Jr. Blvd). Turn RIGHT onto S Glenburnie Blvd and make an immediate right into the Harris Teeter Plaza. The ABC Store is on the far left of the plaza.
Marine diesel and gasoline are available at Northwest Creek Marina less than 2nm by water from Blackbeard Sailing Club. Fairfield Fuel Mart 4 miles on the right up Broad Creek road provides fuel and motor oil for automobiles and outboards.
Mitchell's Hardware stocks all manner of modern hardware behind an old-time storefront about 20 minutes from BSC on Craven Street in New Bern. Start out going Northwest on BROAD CREEK RD. Turn LEFT onto NC-55 W. Take the US-70-BR/US-55 W exit toward NEW BERN. Turn RIGHT onto NC-55/US-70 BR/US-17. Continue to follow NC-55/US-70 BR. Turn LEFT onto S FRONT ST. Turn LEFT onto CRAVEN ST. Mitchell's Hardware is on the left.
BSC has a desktop computer in the clubhouse with a broadband connection. If you have a laptop computer aboard, you will find BSC is a wireless hotspot. There is no WEP - just scan for available connections and you'll find us. Free-access public internet terminals are also available at the New Bern-Craven County Library about 25 minutes from BSC on on Johnson Street in New Bern. From BSC, start out going Northwest on BROAD CREEK RD. Turn LEFT onto NC-55 W. Take the US-70-BR/US-55 W exit toward NEW BERN. Turn RIGHT onto NC-55/US-70 BR/US-17. Continue to follow NC-55/US-70 BR. Turn LEFT onto NC-55/US-70 BR/US-17. Turn RIGHT onto MIDDLE ST. Turn LEFT onto JOHNSON ST.
From BSC, take a right on Broad Creek Road and travel approximately 7 miles. Turn LEFT onto NC-55 W. and merge onto Highway 17S. Take the Highway 70 exit toward Morehead City. Almost immediately after the merge, you'll see a Food Lion shopping plaza on the right, just before the turn toward the airport. In that plaza is a Cowell's Cleaners. They have a bank of public washer/dryers and a soap dispenser.
If you're selling/buying a boat or need an impartial witness to the signatures on any document you'll find services available at the Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Assoc. office located at 902 Coral Reef Drive on the right as you approach the Harbour's eastern gate. Its within easy bicycle or walking distance. Ph. 252-633-5500
From BSC, take a right on Broad Creek Road and continue for approximately 7 miles. Turn LEFT onto NC-55 W. Merge onto US-17 N. The Bridgeton Post Office is a brick structure on the left next to Bridgeton Hardware.
West Marine in New Bern and Roy's Marine Supply in Bayboro. There are NAPA, Carquest and Autozone stores in New Bern.
B&B Hurricane at Northwest Creek Marina. Pizza opposite the Fairfield Fuel Mart. Subway and Chinese take out beside Food Lion. Use this link to find restaurants in New Bern.
JOINT BSC/FHYC PICNIC ON JUNE 1
Plan on spending time at your club on Saturday, June 1st We are having a joint event to get to know our fellow boaters at FH.
Opti's will be available, starting at 12 noon, for kids to do a familarization class. At 1.30 pm, there will be a Poker Run for the adults. You provide whatever boat you want to go out in the creek to the anchored boats with the poker cards. Following this will be a Hot Dog lunch for $5.00. BSC members are requested to bring a snack and FH attendees will bring desserts. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we are planning a deck party starting at 6.00. Scott and Donna Wade will be providing the music, and there may be some Karaoke involved. Bring your adult beverages and plan on having a good time.
Dave Whitney - 05/14/2013
Improve Your Ground Tackle Before the Next Storm Arrives
This very timely and informative message from Pete Thorn can help us all
After a competitive search, I found a great price on steel anchor cable that will improve the performance of fluke anchors, like the Fortress or Danforth, in the muddy bottom of Upper Broad Creek. The cable is used as an anchor leader, between your fluke anchor and your existing rode. It allows the fluke anchor to quickly set deeper than an anchor with a chain rode. The chain can pack with mud and create a thick chain/mud braid that prevents the anchor from setting well.
The cables are 3/8” galvanized steel, 7x19 wire rope, 3/8” thimble with an eye at each end, swaged and 10’ long. Breaking strength is about 14,400 pounds with a working load about 2,880. IMHO, the galvanized cable is better than stainless for a few reasons: 1) it is stronger; 2) if it corrodes you can plainly see it. It will not fail due to invisible crevice corrosion like stainless can, and; 3) it is less expensive. Between storms, clean the cable in fresh water, let it dry and spray it with WD40 to keep water out of the cable.
These cables can be purchased at www.webriggingsupply.com The price quote was a bit less than $28, plus shipping. Happy anchoring!
Nick Karasek - 09/21/2011
Boat US Hurricane Preparation Guide
Hurricane Irene has taught us a lesson: We can never be too prepated for a major storm! Thirteen boats in the trees. Dock boxes and dinghy racks thrown around like matchsticks. We could have been better prepared!
Boat US publlishes Preparing Baots and Marinas for Hurricanes which can be found under "Tips | Hurricane Prep".
Every member should review this document!
Bill Green - 09/05/2011
Security at BSC
The gate should never be left open after dark! If you are not sure whether you’re the last person on site, then please assume you are and close the gate!
If you don’t know how to do this, please ask a Board member who will be happy to assist. The security of the Club’s assets (and every member’s assets) is the responsibility of each and every one of us.
Bill Green - 08/03/2010
Important Notice: Alcohol Must Be Under Your Direct Control
The Club's permit issued by the NC Alcoholic Beverage Commission is at risk if members do not comply with the ABC Commission rules. Every member who brings beer, wine or liquor on the premises must have the items under their control at all times.
If you bring alcoholic beverages to the club house, please bring them in a small cooler or bag with your name on it. DO NOT place alcoholic beverages in the refrigerators. We have been given one warning in the past. Do not be the member that causes our permit to be revoked.
Bill Green - 08/02/2010