Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Basin Disaster


Bobby said...

DW, do you still have that race board for 500.00. If you do, do you think it would float me at 230lbs. CB Bobby

NC Paddle Surfer said...

I do have both the $500 and $900 boards for sale and they both will float you. I suggest you join us for a downwinder and try both boards. I'm busy right now finishing up Jacky's race board, but maybe by Sunday I'll be free to play again.

Anonymous said...

not a disaster. a positive thing.

Jack said...

the disaster happened when they divided the caped fear river and the basin. a new marina is a positive thing.

NC Paddle Surfer said...

Well I guess that depends on how long you've been using the Basin. In its heyday, the water was 8 ft deep and 30 clammers made their living clamming there every day.

Now its 3 ft deep and pretty much a mud hole thanks to hurricane Fran.

To spend my tax dollars on a fancy boat ramp to nowhere that gets %5 of the usage it got 20 years ago is ridiculous.

They could have repaired the wood bulkhead and called it a day.

There is no way in hell you can get a boat out that ramp unless they dredge 1/4 mile out.

I windsurfing and kitesurf there all the time. I know how pathetic the water depth is. Somedays your lucky to find 2 feet of water in the middle!

Jack said...

the basin filled in when they divided the cape fear river.

NC Paddle Surfer said...

The Basin is my second home. Spent 25 years playing in there several times a week.

You seem to forget the good old days of Corncake Inlet, dolphins in the basin, cleaner water, deep water.

We're not stupid, we know the wall was built to close up New Inlet, but the Basin was still a wonderful place prior to Hurricane Fran and Bertha taking 4 miles of 15 foot high sand dunes and washing them all into the Basin and turning it into a 3 foot deep mud hole with no Corncake to flush clean water in there anymore. Such a waste.

You live in a dream world if you think that place is anywhere near the recreation area it was when the little wood wall and boat ramp were more than enough to meet its usage.

It's current usage does not justify the elaborate expense.

Jack Straw said...

I can't tell if you are agreeing with me or disagreeing about the wall dividing the basin and the Cape Fear. Once they built the wall, all it took was some storms (Fran and Bertha) to fill it up because the basin couldn't flow properly. Not sure why you said I'm living in a dream world if I think it was anywhere what the recreation was...the wall took away the dolphin, deep water, and good times. Anyway, I think you were agreeing with me about that topic and I think you disagree with me about your tax dollars being spent in your backyard vs. a rest area on I40...but anyway, I'm personally glad they are cleaning up the marina.

NC Paddle Surfer said...

The wall was finished in 1881. The rate the basin has lost depth since then, has been so slow it was a non issue. The dolphin were playing in the basin up until Fran hit and closed the inlet. The Basin was wonderful until 1996 when Fran changed our lives.

The Basin instantly lost 3 feet of depth during Fran. We (the windsurfers) went from having one of the best windsurfing spots in NC, to a shallow dangerous, dirty mud hole. It's never been the same.