CT to FL Day 14
Pungo River to Oriental, NC
After a very windy on the hook... 25-35 knots... we pulled the anchor and were underway at 0630. Again a very dark dark morning but sunrise came very quickly.
Nothing out of the ordinary today... few of the boats that had passed us yesterday... passed us again. Weather forecast was nothing spectacular and caused no issues on the Pamlico Sound or the Neuse River.
We arrived to Oriental and found one space left on the free town docks next to a large red scallop boat. We were secure to the dock at 1345. Our location for the night N35°01.457', W076°41.472'
. We traveled today for 7 hours and 15 minutes covering 47.2 nautical miles averaging 6.5 knots.
Posted at 1:31 PM
CT to FL Day 13
Coinjock, NC to Pungo River
We had a longer day planned today with our destination to be the Belhaven area. We would have to cross the Albemarle Sound and the forecast was for east winds 10-15 knots with 2 foot seas in the morning. Afternoon winds changing to southeast 10-15 knots with gusts to 25 knots. So, the plan was to leave early and get across the Albemarle before things escalated.
We were up at 0500 to be ready to leave at 0600. That went as planned and we got away at 0600 on the nose... still very very dark and we also had rain... very nice. We got to the Albemarle and winds were already blowing at 20 knots plus out of the east. This gave a following sea and the waves were at the beginning of the sound about 2 feet... two hours later when we reached the far side at the mouth of the Alligator river seas had built to 3 - 4 feet with some random larger waves. It was not a bad ride but it was definitely not what we had hoped for.
Soon as we turned into the Alligator River things calmed down immediately and we had 1 foot seas for the length of the Alligator River. The A & P Canal being so narrow we had only a ripple from the winds disturbing the otherwise flat clam water.
Current today was either no help or against us... saw our speeds drop below 6 knot in the A & P Canal but otherwise it was around 6.5 knots.
We did have quite a bit of boat traffic... most of which seemed like all men crews that were most likely on a delivery... but it was nice to see other boats moving... not just us.
We arrived to end of the A & P Canal at 1630 and decided to call it day and pulled out of the ICW to the north to a spot we have anchored many times in the past. We were securely anchored at 1645. Our location for the night N35°33.544’, W076°28.103’
. We traveled today for 10 hours and 45 minutes covering 68.7 nautical miles averaging 6.4 knots.
Posted at 1:06 PM
CT to FL Day 12
Great Bridge, VA to Coinjock, NC
Not a real early day leaving at 0800. We had the Great Bridge Bridge directly in front of us that opens on the hour... 0800... and the next bridge is the Centerville Turnpike Bridge and it will not open between 0600 and 0830... we needed to arrive to it for the 0830 opening. Which we did without any issues.
The next bridge is always a killer... opens every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour but we just cannot make it from the Centerville Bridge to the North Landing Bridge in 30 minutes... so, we have to go very slow and arrive for the 0930 opening. So , we moved along at a snail's pace for an hour and arrived at the North Landing Bridge at 0930.
We did have one boat pass us at the North Landing Bridge... and we actually saw a couple of other boats today... but it was like a light switch being turned on for the VHF traffic we heard from other boats moving south... never saw any of them but we sure heard a lot of them.
Today we would either go a long day running a couple of hours after sunset to make Alligator River or stop early and make the longer trip tomorrow to the Belhaven area. We opted for the shorter day today and stopped at Coinjock Marina, in Coinjock, NC.
We arrived to Coinjock and were securely docked at 1330. Our location for the night N36°20.971’, W075°56.898’
. We traveled today for 5 hours and 30 minutes covering 66.8 nautical miles averaging 5.8 knots.
Posted at 1:10 PM