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April 09, 2020

Southport Waterfront Sailing by Donald Howarth

Boating & Sailing –
Options and water abound!  

Small motor boats, kayaks and canoes are the way to go on The Big Lake and other freshwater lakes in Boiling Spring Lakes. 

The warm waters of the Gulf Stream are approximately 50 miles off our coast; the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean converge at Southport and The Lockwood Folly River empties into the Atlantic Ocean at the West End of Oak Island. There is plenty of water to explore by sailboat, powerboat, SUP, kayak or canoe on your own or with an experienced guide.  

Southport Marina
So bring your own, rent a boat or equipment or take a charter. Need a place to launch, store or house your boat?  A list of marinas and boat ramps can be found on this website.  Just make sure you check the marine forecast and have your safety equipment onboard.  If you are not an experienced seaman or familar with the local waters, please respect the ocean and hire a professional charter boat captain or take a safe boating class before going out.  There are several boating clubs in the area who offer these classes: the Cape Fear Yacht ClubSouthport Sail and Power SquadronUS Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Southport Sailing & Boat Club.