Explore an Infamous Village Along the ICWThere’s not much to say about such a small place, but everyone sure does talk about Coinjock when making plans to head north to Norfolk and Chesapeake Bay or south to the warm blue waters of Florida. This infamous village on the edge of the ICW at Statute Mile 50 stands at the ready to greet and service the transients who pour past each spring and fall.
During the high seasons of mid-April to June and mid-September to November, call ahead to reserve a spot; the two marinas fill up quickly, and vessels often have to raft to each other. Those boaters who are turned away need to find an anchorage elsewhere, as it’s nearly 50 statute miles north to Norfolk or 85 statute miles south to Belhaven.
This boating hub of activity is where you’ll get your answers to the conditions on the ICW, the status of bridges, the latest on the weather, updates on the economy, and just about any gossip you’d want to know. When they have time, the ultra-courteous marina staffs are more than willing to chat.
If you aren’t planning to cast off in the morning, as most of your slipmates will, spend the day preparing to do so. Fill your tanks, and check your charts for the next leg of your journey. Coinjock will do little to distract you from your preparations. Most visitors are content to hang around, readying the boat for the next destination.
Things to See and Do
Those who’ve arrived from a long trip will appreciate the chance to get off the boat, take a shower, shoot some pool, watch TV, and have a few drinks. Some folks may head north into Currituck Sound for a little fishing or waterfowl hunting— after all, Currituck County is a sportsman’s paradise.
Restaurants and ProvisionsYou won’t have too much trouble finding what you need. The experience and competition among the marinas are benefits few visitors would find in any other maritime locale. Midway Marina and Coinjock Marina spill over with marine supplies, groceries, and just about anything you’ll need. Mechanics and divers are always on call at the marinas.
At Coinjock Marina, the Dockside Restaurant (252- 453-3271), serves up its famous prime rib. Across the canal at Midway Marina, Crabbie’s Restaurant (252-453-6225) offers an excellent selection of seafood, steaks, chicken and more. In Barco, about a mile away, you’ll find a few more choices, including pizza at Nancy’s (252-453-2481) or a full slab of ribs at Currituck Barbecue Company (252-453- 6618) a local favorite opened in 2006 by the father and son team of Larry and Paul Robinson
ChartsUse ChartKit Region 6, page 5 and Maptech electronic and NOAA paper chart 12206 (1:40,000) and 12204 (1:80,000).
Navigation and AnchoragesCoinjock is located about 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, and 87 miles north of Belhaven. From the north, you’ll leave Currituck Sound around SM 45, pass through the southern end of Coinjock Bay, and then enter the ditch known as North Carolina Cut. Currituck Sound is shallow, and shoaling is possible in the channel. Keep the depth-finder going, and watch the wind to make sure you’re not being pushed out of the channel. Inside the cut is a no-wake zone.
Like many waterways on North Carolina’s inside route, this area is nontidal, but the wind affects currents and water levels, which may also affect bridge heights. The U.S. Route 158 fixed bridge in Coinjock is 65 feet high.
The first facility that southbound boaters see is Midway Marina (252-453-3625) on the western shore. Once secure to your slip, you may need to walk no farther than within the bounds of the facility, as its all here—a full-service marina, a clean and dry motel, excellent ship’s store, swimming pool and restaurant. Across the waterway and a little south is Coinjock Marina (252-453-3271), with its red buildings and Citgo sign. This well-known stop on the ICW trek will fill you with everything you could possibly need for the next leg of your voyage. Shoreside and Emergency Services
Airport: Norfolk 757-858-9600
Bus: Greyhound 252-335-5183
Coast Guard: Elizabeth City 252-335-6225 or VHF 16
:—Sea Tow 800-4SEATOW or VHF 16
—TowBoatU.S. 800-391-4869 or VHF 16 F