View Full Version : Weekend Trip to B&B Mess-About and New Bern, NC.

10-30-2013, 01:02 PM
This past weekend took a whirl-wind trip to vist B&B Yaghts Annual Mess-About.

I had been planning a trip to the Inner Banks of North Carolina for a couple of months. The plan was to trailer down my Northeaster Dory and do a little bit of row and sail on Friday and then swing over to Graham Byrnes' Shop in Maribel, NC and then spend the Night in New Bern. Unfortunately, a wrench was thrown into the works last week when I tripped and stumbelled over a man-hole cover in the sidewalk going out for lunch hour. I caught my fall with my left knee and both palms of my hands. The net result was a banged up knee and two sprained wrists. My left wrist took most of the impact but a few days of ice and painkillers have helped.......... but rowing and sailing were out for this trip.

Instead we loaded up the truck and left Richmond Virginia Saturdaymorning for the 3 & 1/2 hour drive to Graham's Shop.


That is Graham in the hat showing off "Marrisa". What a fantactic little fishing boat. It is perfect for the waters we have in Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas.

What I really came to see though were his Core Sound series. I saw the CS 17 up in St. Michaels a few weeks ago at MASCF but I hadn't seen the CS 20. Core Sound is on the short list for my next build. http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/t535/BlueHeronRVA/DSCN0359_zpsfa485b69.jpg


Those are a couple of CS 17's abova and CS-20's below.



--more to come-- lunch break over --

10-30-2013, 01:25 PM



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10-30-2013, 01:37 PM
I'm not sure who his guy belonged too! I think he is a Spanish Waterdog??? Cool Pooch and quite the athlete.http://i1312.photobucket.com/albums/t535/BlueHeronRVA/DSCN0366_zps337c5720.jpg



Rich Jones
10-30-2013, 03:19 PM
Great looking bunch of boats. Might be time to change the flag on 'Woods Hole", though...
My dear 'ol Mom lives in new Bern. The Neuse river is quite wide at that point and would make for some good boating.

10-30-2013, 03:30 PM
Yeah, I gave him more than just a little bit of crap about "Old Glory" looking less than glorious! He said the boat has been in his famliy since the 40's. That's when I asked him if the flag was from Pearl Harbour.

10-30-2013, 03:45 PM
From Graham's place we headed over to New Bern. What a beautiful town... it was a little bigger than I expected and was clean as a pin!



Loved the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees. The town was dressed for Halloween and was getting ready for the Ghost Walk that evening.

I think the town was founded by this guy..... LORD FUSSYPANTS.....


I'll tell you one thing he had some pretty nice diggs...



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10-30-2013, 03:53 PM
Yup, an iberian waterdog.

fantastic animal. Worthhile to read the history of the bread. They were frequently throw overboard at sea to swim discreet messages between ships.

beach fishermen used them to herd fish into thier nets. Very special

Rich Jones
10-30-2013, 10:09 PM
The second picture down is the churchyard of Christ Church (Episcopal). You can see the church off to the left. Center back round, behind the woman, is a low brick wall which encompasses the foundation of the original church from the 1700's. It is used as an outdoor chapel and the floor is covered with brick tiles about 12" square. Ashes of the deceased are interred under the tiles. My father's ashes were buried there back in 2003. My dear old Mom (89 and going strong) will join him there when the time comes. The third picture is of the church graveyard. The church sells pumpkins every year as a fundraiser. My Mom (the ultimate churchlady) volunteers to sell them every year.

10-31-2013, 06:34 AM

It really is a beautiful town and I'd love to take the boat down for a sail. Tentative plans for another trip next October... hopefully I'll stay off the injured reserve list.




There were a couple of old coots hanging around....


10-31-2013, 06:47 AM
A word of caution if you do take my advice and visit New Bern.......they seem to have a problem with bears over running the city!






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Rich Jones
10-31-2013, 07:28 AM
Here's an interesting tidbit about New Bern. Around 100 years ago, there was a drugstore with a soda fountain just across the street from Christ Church. The druggist who ran the place was the inventor of Pepsi-Cola ( the store has now been refurbished to it's original state and is a museum to Pepsi). This guy was fishing around for a name for his new soda-fountain drink and, according to local lore, glanced a across the street and saw the church's sign, Christ Church-Episcopal. He took the letters in the word Episcopal, rearranged them, and came up with the phrase Pepsi-Cola.

As for all those bears, I think the word bern is swiss for bear. I might be wrong, but I think some of the early settlers there were swiss. All those bears showed up a number of years ago when they started a major renovation of the downtown area.

Brian Palmer
10-31-2013, 08:37 AM
Bears are native to that part of North Carolina and are still found in the forested wetlands bordering the sounds.

10-31-2013, 08:53 AM
The BEARS are fun there were all kinds all over the city. There are little plaques that tell you which business or group of citizens decorated them.

Here in Richmond there was a similar Art Project the focus being the hughly popular Rockfish (Morone saxatilis) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Striped_bass. The James River runs through town and the big fish spawn there every year.

10-31-2013, 10:53 AM
Back in the 70s I helped commission a fleet of C&C 42 charter boats in New Bern with a yard owner named Chad Nelms. What a hoot of a guy. Ex-A6 Prowler driver. I wonder if he is still there.

10-31-2013, 02:49 PM
Sadly about 2 months ago I lost my First Mate Maggie. She was only 3 1/2 years old but got a virus the doctor could cure and she died suddenly of organ failure.

Now, she may not have been an Iberian Waterdog but she was know stranger on a boat. She would go fishing with me and at 11 pounds she was often much smaller than the big catfish or rockfish we caught. As for carrying message between boats... well she never did that but she did swim back and forth between kayaks as we paddled down the James. She was very fond of riding on the very tip of the bow of the kayak.

She was also instramental in the construction of my dory Blue Heron. Mostly she just chewed on scrap wood. I think I only dripped epoxy on her a couple of times... OOOPPPSS!

I miss her very much! MAGGIE, RIP 2010-2013,



Not wanting to go short-handed with out a first mate and being inspired by the colonial setting in New Bern. I set out with a pressgang looking for a new crew. That's when I Shanghaied this little lady off a cotton farm in Newton Grove, NC.


That is Dolly! Say hello Dolly!

After spiriting her away back to Virginia. It was time to make her "shipshape and Bristol fashion" so with a little elbow grease (really it was Johnson & Johnson's "no tears" baby shampoo)....


She is now safe and sound in her new ship's company.
Here she is sleeping on the Captain's shoulder.


You don't think she thinks she is a parrot do you?