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Gene in NC posted 04-14-2004 12:50 AM ET (US)   Profile for Gene in NC   Send Email to Gene in NC  
The OMC 15 h kicker will go from the Montauk to a traditional tin skiff (v hull w round chine) this week end for a cruise down the Blackwater River in E N.Carolina. About a 50 mile run with skinny water at the top and no access for the last 30 miles. No place to break down or run out of fuel.

What cruising speed and GPH can we expect with about a 450 lb load (two men, fuel and gear).

New book/guide, "Paddling Eastern North Carolina" by Paul Ferguson, one of the top open canoeists in NC and maybe in the US, and an old whitewater paddling buddy back when I had time for that kind of excitement, will be our bible.

A guide is necessary for these conditions to keep you out of trouble and to highlight observations along the river like the oldest trees E of the Sierras, a grove of Cypress near the put in at Ivanhoe, NC.

Unmarked and relatively wild rivers ain't like the ICW. Lotta trouble potential for the unwary.

HAPPYJIM posted 04-14-2004 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAPPYJIM  Send Email to HAPPYJIM     
Just be careful because the cotton mouths are starting to move around now in the Pasquotank area. They are a little agressive when looking for a mate. Small caliber rat shot is a good defense if they want to board your boat.
Gene in NC posted 04-14-2004 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gene in NC  Send Email to Gene in NC     
Will an oar help with would be cotton mouth boarders?

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