Cape Lookout Ferry Terminal
gateway to the cape lookout Lighthouse
Calico Jack's Ferry currently runs four Coast Guard certified passenger ferry boats - a 49 passenger catamaran and three 14 passenger skiffs. The skiffs were completely refurbished and repowered in 2011. The large boat was added to the fleet in the spring of 2012. The ferry boats are annually inspected by the Coast Guard.
With four boats, Calico Jack's Ferry has the capability to run 133 passengers per hour to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse with scheduled departures. However, during peak demand periods on holiday weekends, the ferries are run almost continually and can move substantially more passengers.
The Large Boat
The 45' catamaran was designed for shallow water environments like the shoals surrounding Cape Lookout, and can access the lighthouse on all but the most extreme low tides. The ride is smooth, high and dry. The trip to the lighthouse on the large boat takes approximately 5 minutes longer than the skiffs. Note: The large boat is primary reserved for peak passenger periods or large groups.
The Small Boats
The three small boats have been the workhorses at Calico Jack's Ferry for many years. Until 2012 the Coast Guard allowed 17 passengers on the skiffs. Due to changing demographics, the limit was lowered to 14 passengers in January 2012. The skiffs are fast, maneuverable and are not affected by extremely low tides.
For passengers interested in viewing the wild horses on Shackleford banks, the small boats can access much more of the Shackleford shoreline. The small boats are also used for all outlying drop-off points as well as Shackleford banks
Ferry Captains and Mates
All Calico Jack's ferry captains have Coast Guard Masters Licenses. The Captains and Mates are enrolled in the Maritime Drug Consortium, and are subject to random drug testing.