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Marina Life and Times

“Sailing is one of the greatest sports out there. If you grow up sailing, you’ll be a good person.” It’s a decisive, yet dreamy observation, the kind one might expect from Captain Herb Magney.

Living the good, seafaring, yacht captain life since the late 90’s, Captain Herb continues to hone his life philosophy across the world’s ocean and occasionally, in port, over the course of a long ‘layover’ in Wilmington’s Port City Marina. Continue reading

On Board the 2016 Wilmington Boat Show

From mixing and mingling with yacht enthusiasts to the latest and greatest in water, a Boat Show is a thing of beauty. “Press photos mean pictures of us on yachts, having a good time…at the end of the day, it’s pretty hard to complain,” shares Jacqui Bomar of JBM and Associates, producers of the upcoming 2016 Wilmington Boat Show. “What I love about this line of work? It’s hard to be depressed at a Boat Show!”

Based out of Greenville, South Carolina, JBM and Associates are seasoned veterans of the Boat Show business;  Bomar herself has been producing events since the 90’s. “Boat Shows can be a pretty big labor of love,” says Bomar, who also launched the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, in 1990. “I definitely have this passion for start-ups,” she says, with a laugh.

Wilmington Boat Show 2016

2016 Wilmington Boat Show, September 9-11

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From Boating to Boatyards: Marine Services in Wilmington

As a destination for boat repair, Wilmington has much to offer. The 10-mile stretch from Historic Downtown to Wrightsville Beach offers onshore diversity and ease of access, with Wilmington International Airport (ILM) just three miles from Port City Marina proper.

“Boaters using our services might spend a couple nights at the downtown Hilton, then a couple nights at Wrightsville Beach. They love the variety of the area,” says Tricia Bennett, of Bennett Brothers Yachts.

In the waters surrounding Port City Marina, both up and down the Cape Fear River, and along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Wilmington area’s boatyards are convenient, comprehensive, and competitive in the field.

Here’s an alphabetical round-up of our area’s main venues, making your sail up the Cape Fear strategic, as well as scenic. Continue reading

The Lollygagger’s Guide to the Wilmington Riverwalk

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Family Time on the Horizon

Winding along the Cape Fear River and dipping into Historic Downtown Wilmington, and now, stretching nearly two miles—from bridge to bridge—Wilmington’s extended Riverwalk offers an intimate look at life in the Port City. From sunrise to sunset, from merchant ships to tugboats to runners, bikers, and local fisherman, what happens in Wilmington truly happens along the banks of the Riverwalk.

Let’s start downriver and work our way uptown, to the extended pathways and the expanding riverfront. Continue reading

Macchiato by the Marina

“Today’s Special–Peruvian Mocha Au Lait” says the sidewalk sign on North 4th Street, right outside Folks Café. Just a few short blocks from Wilmington’s Port City Marina, Folks on Fourth houses the hungry, the friendly, those seeking quality caffeine and good conversation. Being so close to the Cape Fear River, the boats, yachts, and slips along the River Walk, Folks Cafe provides a warm, aromatic welcome to dry land.

Folks Cafe on North 4th Wilmington, NC

Foks Cafe on North 4th

“I still love the smell of roasting coffee,” says Tammy Pacini, nodding toward a little side room known as the Coffee Lab, where Juan Pacini roasts organic, fair-trade coffee.

Wafting through the walls, across the bike rack, then swirling around that sidewalk sign, the scent of fresh-ground Sumatra lures in passersby—cars pull over, bikers halt, pedestrians meander inside for a macchiato, an empanada, or a house specialty, straight from South America—el alfadore, a sublime mix of coconut, cookie, and dulce de leche. Continue reading