Meet the Captain & First Mate of The Bayonet

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What brought you to Onslow County?

Marines.  After 18 moves, including Hawaii, California and 3 here in Jacksonville, this was my wife’s favorite place.  She loved the people and the waterways and we decided to stay once we retired.

What made you decide to charter cruises on the Bayonet?

With 3 tours here at Camp Lejeune, I got tired of hearing Marines lament “…there is nothing to do in Jacksonville.”  So my wife (also 1st Mate) Marilyn and I decided to provide something cool, unusual and fun to do right here in Jacksonville, NC and showcase the beautiful New River.

What is your favorite part of being in the industry?

All the great people we get to meet. We have had an unbroken series of amazing guests. It is fun to see how much they enjoy being out on the water.

What else would you like to share?

Our Backstory…Bayonet Enterprises Cruises is a family owned and operated business now in its fifth season offering private yacht charters. These charters are for luxury relaxation and pampering not fishing. We are told we have great food too and the best view in town. We operate mid March to mid November and use the offseason to visit our far flung family spread between Mozambique, Puerto Rico and New England. The entire family helps out in providing marketing ideas, making hand made soaps, and assisting as 1st Mates when visiting. Our youngest daughter Kathryn is our “dolphin whisperer” as almost every time she is aboard we get to see dolphins out on the river. Our older grandchildren are also quite helpful every time they visit in keeping the yacht cleaned and read for action. It is great to have the entire family involved in helping provide something fun to do right here in Jacksonville!

Onslow County Tourism

Onslow County Tourism

As one of North Carolina’s oldest counties, Onslow County reflects a rich and varied history.  It’s also the proud home of the Marines of Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Camp Johnson and Camp Geiger.

The county has been graced with an extraordinary natural beauty: over 30 miles of wide, unspoiled beaches, waters teeming with an abundance of marine life, forests filled with wildlife, and rich farmland to harvest.

Today, you can explore everything from military and historic monuments to beautiful waterways and beaches to friendly spots to eat and play.