Welcome to Scuttlebutt

Beaufort's Independent Bookstore

Since 1993, Scuttlebutt has been a legendary fixture on the Beaufort waterfront, headquarters for all things nautical.  

Southern Living described Scuttlebutt as “the place to find something unique to Beaufort."

We ship, offer gift certificates and gleefully accommodate special orders.

2021 Atlantic ICW Waterway Guide & Coast Pilot 4

     Updated annually, the Waterway Guide Atlantic ICW 2021 edition is the indispensable cruising companion for boaters exploring the Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk, VA to the Florida border.
     The guide features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography with marked routes, marina listings and locator charts, anchorage information and expanded articles on ports along the way. Helpful cruising data like GPS waypoints, detailed planning maps, distance tables and bridge tables help get boaters there safely. Flexible spiral binding and heavy laminated covers with bookmarker flaps ensure durability and easy use in the cockpit and at the helm. 

     Coast Pilot 4 covers the Atlantic coast from Cape Henry, VA to Key West, FL. (Current Edition). An amalgamated version of Navigation Rules is now included in the back of each Coast Pilot book.  Topics in the Coast Pilot include channel descriptions, anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, currents, tide and water levels, prominent features, pilotage, towage, weather, ice conditions, wharf descriptions, dangers, routes, traffic separation schemes, small-craft facilities, and Federal regulations applicable to navigation.

Gerber Knives

Founded in 1939, Gerber designs and manufactures a variety of knives for a range of activities, from fishing, boating, camping, hunting, and everyday use. 

RIPSTOP I - Plain Edge
With a super-lightweight frame lock design, this knife delivers surprising strength and functionality. The streamlined handle adds no bulk to the slim profile, making it the perfect mate for your pocket.

Inspired by the Torch I, this version employs G-10 inserts in the handle for additional grip in tricky situations. A matte black tanto blade is stealth and effective, easily opened with one hand.


2021 Coastal Calendar

Featuring Original Oil Paintings by Donna Nyzio
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Prints & Notecards by Manda Holden

Originally from Southwest England, Manda moved to Beaufort in 2018. 
Her small watercolor and ink prints are available at Scuttlebutt.
Prints measure 5x7 and 8x10 - Notecards 5.5x4.5

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Becky Hemby's Unique Candles

Sealed in Wax
North Carolina native Becky Hemby majored in Art Education at East Carolina University. When she became interested in candle-making, Becky apprenticed with a master candlemaker for 2 years. Since then, she has been incorporating the beauty of the NC seashore into her very unique candles.

Becky's process is quite involved. She uses two separate molds for her candles, one for the inner core and one for the outer layer. The inner core has a melting temperature of about 130 degrees. This core contains the scent and the zinc core wick. The outer layer is made of a much harder, denser wax with a melting temperature of 150 degrees and contains the shells, flowers, buttons and other design elements that she uses.

The unique design of Becky's candles allows them to be refillable. The inner core burns, leaving the outer layer intact. 

The candle can then be refilled, or a votive candle can be placed in the hollow candle so that you can continue to enjoy the candle's beauty.

Candles above are electrified, with night lights inside.

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Fran Ambrose Prints

Beaufort's General Store
Having grown up in Long Island, New York, in1975 Fran Ambrose relocated her family to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. 

Eventually Fran settled across Bogue Sound, on Evan Street in Morehead City, where her acrylic paintings were immediately inspired by the history of Carteret County. 

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Beaufort Grocery
Spouter Inn in Beaufort
Front Street Beaufort
El's Drive In
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Black Ship Grooming Products for Men

Black Ship Shaving Soaps  
Each batch is made by hand. The soaps offer superior slickness that will keep that smooth feel as your razor glides on a protective cushion, to help protect from nicks and razor burn. Each 6oz plastic container includes 4 ounces of soap, providing easy mess-free storage. Since you need to use only a small amount, each container can last 4 to 6 months. Ingredients: Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Water, Potassium Hydroxide, and Glycerin. 

Scuttlebutt offers the following shaving soap scents:
 *Davy Jones - coconut oil, shea butter, potassium hydroxide, glycerin
*Queen Anne's Revenge - pineapple, bergamot, patchouli, jasmine, vanilla
*Captain's Reserve - pineapple, jasmine, blackcurrant, birch, bergamot, apple, musk, patchouli, oakmoss, vanilla 

Black Ship After Shave Spashes are formulated to help protect and heal your skin after shaving. These "spashes" include soothing Witch Hazel, Aloe and Vitamin E to brace your skin as it helps to heal it. Handsome 4oz frosted glass bottle.

Scuttlebutt offers the following splash scents:
* Davy Jones - deep bourbon and vanilla scent
* Queen Anne's Revenge - scent is blend of Pineapples, 
oak moss, bergamot, patchouli, jasmine, and vanilla.
* Captain's Reserve - scent is blend of blackcurrant, bergamot, 
apple, pineapple, jasmine, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, and vanilla.

Black Ship Beard Oils are made from light oils that absorb quickly into your skin and hair, soothing and softening hair & skin, make combing easier. The oils also help promote growth. Light, never greasy.

Scuttlebutt offers the following beard oil scents:
* Davy Jones - smooth bourbon and sandalwood
* Captain's Reserve - pineapple, jasmine, blackcurrant & vanilla 
*Citrusnilla - oranges, limes, grapefruit & vanilla
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inis - the energy of the sea

Cologne Spray
Body Lotion
Bath & Shower Gel
A sparkling, clean unisex fragrance that captures the coolness, clarity and purity of the ocean, Inis the Energy of the Sea is a favorite around the world. 

Inspired by the beauty and energy of the wild western coast of Ireland, Inis (the word means ‘island’ in Irish) instantly refreshes and brings a happy feeling.

Since 2001, Inis the Energy of the Sea and Fragrances of Ireland is honored to be a core funder of the Irish Whale & Dophin Group - helping towards the protection, conservation and better understanding of whales and dolphins in Irish waters and around the world. 

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Gourmet Bounty - Blue Crab Bay Company

      In 1984, a young woman named Pamela Barefoot had a dream — to move to Virginia’s isolated eastern shore and survive with her creativity.     
     The rural coastal peninsula, bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, offered a blank canvas for entrepreneurial opportunity, inspiring Pam to start her own business. 
     Driving around the back roads in 1985, she envisioned items such as spice blends for clam and crab, two seafood species prevalent in the Chesapeake. The dream that started on a back road became a reality--jobs were created as products developed. Today the Blue Crab Bay line features outstanding award-winning products.   
     Southern Living – "Bloody Mary mix and tins of snacks from Blue Crab Bay put all the others to shame.
25 Ounce
64 Ounce
with Ocean Clam Juice: A true combination of Chesapeake Bay region flavors, Sting Ray® is a thick, rich blend of clam and tomato juices spiced with Chesapeake Bay Seasoning and freshly grated horseradish.

      25 OUNCE: "Dressed" with weathered fishnet and a nautically tied cord, a bottle makes the perfect gift. Great alone, as a mixer, or cooking sauce. Recipe brochure included. All natural. 
     64 OUNCE (½ gallon): The same spicy Bloody Mary mixer is available in larger-sized plastic containers. Perfect for boaters, poolside parties and special events.
CLAM DIP KIT: A great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Gift box contains chopped sea clams (6.5 oz. tin) and Clam Dip Blend (¼ oz. packet). Makes one 2-cup serving of our popular clam dip (mayonnaise and cream cheese required).
SHRIMP DIP KIT: Kit contains a tin of Tiny Wild Cocktail Shrimp (6 oz.) and a packet of our Shrimp Dip Blend (1/4 oz.). Makes a 2-cup batch of Party Shrimp Dip (mayonnaise and cream cheese required). All-natural, product of USA.

CRAB DIP KIT: Our premium crabmeat (6.5 oz.) is packed in a gift box with our own Crab Dip Blend (1/2 oz.) and a recipe for "Company Crab Dip." Makes a 2-cup serving (cream cheese and sour cream required). Outstanding Appetizer Finalist, Fancy Food Show 1999
      NY food critic Peachy Deegan wrote – “Blue Crab Bay Co.'s Crab Dip Kit makes a perfect hors d'oeuvre for company - it is easy to keep in the pantry, a breeze to prepare and it tastes fantastic. The Premium Wild Crabmeat in this Crab Dip tastes as if it was freshly boiled. The Crab Dip Kit comes with easy to follow instructions that will make even the most tentative cook look accomplished. If you frequently participate in pot luck dinners or impromptu get togethers, think about loading up on these Crab Dip Kits; your friends will request it time and again. Blue Crab Bay Co's Crab Dip Kit will become your little secret -- so luxuriously good, yet so easy.”


DIP Individual-packets:  
      CLAM DIP BLEND: Considered "addictive" by nearly everyone who tastes it. We guarantee rave reviews when you serve it! Recipe included. Leftover seasoning is wonderful with vegetables or in sauces. Salt free. 1/2 oz. packet makes three 2-cup batches. All natural.
     SHRIMP DIP BLEND: Before making dip, steam your fresh shrimp with our Steaming Spices. Add some cream cheese, mayonnaise, and it's party time! Salt free. 1/2 oz. packet makes three 2-cup batches. All natural.

      CRAB DIP BLEND: A special blend of seasonings to make crab dip. Also can be used in crab cakes and other crab recipes. Salt free. 1/2 oz. packet will make three 2-cup batches. All natural.
     CHESAPEAKE BAY SEASONING: A spicy blend of salt,
herbs and spices, perfect for steaming crabs or shrimp, frying chicken, adding to soups, salads, popcorn, hamburgers, etc. 1.4 oz. packet. All natural.

All-natural SNACKS IN 12 OZ TINS 
"Snacks from Blue Crab Bay put all the others to shame" 
Southern Living

CRAB HOUSE NUTS: Extra large gourmet Virginia peanuts cooked in peanut oil and seasoned with spicy Chesapeake Bay Seasoning. 
SEA SALT NUTS: Extra large Virginia peanuts cooked in peanut oil and dusted with sea salt crystals. Enjoy the crunchiness with just enough salt to satisfy your cravings. 
SURF DOGGIES: Gourmet Virginia peanuts with spicy honey mustard seasoning. 
SKIPJACKS: Roasted large Virginia peanuts, blanketed in a crisp honey coating spiked with our Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.  
BARNACLES: A spicy, mouthwatering snack mix made with Crab House Nuts®, oat bran sticks, cheddar fish-shaped crackers, pretzel balls, bagel chips and other goodies, all seasoned with Chesapeake Bay Seasoning. CRAB HOUSE CRUNCH: Old fashioned peanut squares, sweet from the sugar, salty from the nuts, with the added fire of Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.
SHE-CRAB SOUP: She-Crab Soup is a creamy bisque-style soup flavored with the delicate meat and roe of the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab. If desired, sprinkle with extra nutmeg, add additional dry sherry or garnish with fresh or canned crabmeat. Just add milk or cream, heat and serve. A 15 oz. tin serves four.

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Captain Rodney’s All-Natural Glaze, Sauces & Salsa

Peach BBQ Sauce
Boucan Pepper Glaze
For over twenty years, I criss-crossed the Caribbean in search of a pirate’s treasure. What I found instead were some of the most amazing flavours imaginable, and now I share them with the world. On my return to the States, I set out to combine these tastes into a collection of unique recipes that capture the true flavour of the islands. Authentic tastes of the Caribbean, made using my exacting all-natural recipes, in small, open-pot batches, to ensure the best quality. Only the finest will do for the Captain’s table, so I use pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup, locally grown fresh produce and the best spices and peppers of the Caribbean. Our very best, for your table, you have my word on it. - Capt. Rodney-Pirate, Retired

Jezebel Sauce
Mango Salsa
 Captain Rodney’s All-Natural Glazes are revolutionizing quick and easy cooking. They can be brushed on as a glaze for any game, fish, fowl, beans or vegetables. Straight out of the bottle, they make the perfect dipping sauce for chicken or shrimp, quick and easy to use, always ready to add just the right amount of sweet spice to any dish. These glazes are added after cooking or at the table, just brush it on chicken, pork or fish or use as a dipping sauce and you get full, rich flavor without the time and trouble of a traditional marinade. No marinating, no long waits, just easy, all-natural flavor.

  • Boucan Pepper Glaze is the perfect way to add flavor to any dish. Part of Capt. Rodney's Cheese Bake recipe. 
  • Jezebel Sauce is sweet and tangy, made with tropical pineapples, sweet apples, cracked black pepper and a little horseradish. Great for glaze over meat or veggies or as an appetizer with cream cheese and crackers. 
  • Peach Barbeque Sauce stems from a centuries-long tradition used by Caribbean pirates to preserve wild boar for long sea voyages - resulting in a delicious meat called "Boucan" - thus boucan-eers. This sauce is a combination of wines, spices with a fresh peach twist for a barbeque sauce like no other. 
  • Mango Salsa will add a taste of the islands to any dish.

    Captain Rodney's Cheese Bake is awesome!!  RECIPE

Decorative Accessories

Pirate Wine Caddy
2'x3' Rug

Beaufort Inlet and Core Sound 20x24 Pillow
Kitchen Towel