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Down the Wild Cape FearA River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina$
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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608129_Gerard

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Down the Wild Cape Fear

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the author and David Webster launch the johnboat at the Wildlife ramp at Old Route 87, just to make sure they will have a continuous trip and cover all of the river. They have arranged to borrow the sixteen-foot johnboat Sea Whip from the UNC Wilmington Center for Marine Science Research. They were to have a center-console bateau with a steering wheel, much more comfortable for the long haul; but at the last minute it blew an engine, and so they are assigned an olive-drab aluminum skiff with a thirty-horse four-stroke engine that can make it fly, steered by its tiller arm. It's a functional boat, wide and with a large bow platform for working.

Keywords:   David Webster, johnboat, Wildlife ramp, Old Route 87, Sea Whip, UNC Wilmington Center, Marine Science Research

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