|A television series celebrating the coastal waters
of North Carolina
Cruising Carolina: The Lower Banks: Put on your boat shoes, slather on the
sunscreen, and sit back to enjoy Cruising Carolina: The Lower Banks. Host Claiborne
Young takes you to Oriental, the "sailing capital" of North Carolina where boats
outnumber people three to one; remote Ocracoke Island, reachable only by an
hours-long ride on a boat or ferry; and New Bern, the home of an 18th century
palace on the water.
In this episode we also explore the natural beauty of the Cape Lookout National
Seashore, and explore the touching history of one family's old beach cottage there,
which is the centerpiece of bittersweet memories spanning eight decades. The
haunting tale of the ghost village on Portsmouth Island is another stop along the way,
plus a look at the efforts to protect the wild horses of Shackleford Banks.
Cruising Carolina: The Lower Banks also explores the traditional craft of wooden
decoy carving on Harkers Island. There you'll also meet a family that's keeping alive
the heritage of wooden boat building. We travel to Beaufort and Morehead City,
where maritime traditions are perfectly blended with the natural beauty of casual
waterfront living. This episode also takes you to the Bogue Banks, the home of
incredible beaches, and a key part of our state's Civil War history.