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Friday, 25 April 2014
FL to CT Day 20
Oriental, NC to Alligator River, NC
We spent a layover day Thursday the 24th in Oriental, NC and had a real nice visit with Fran Reich… she’s family but not sure what she would be… she is Susan’s Sister Lisa’s Husband Alan’s Sister… anyway, we really enjoyed her visit… she drove three hours one way to see us… ?

We woke up at the normal time 0600 but had sort of lazy start not rushing around too much at all and did not get away from the dock until 0715… heading out of Oriental Harbor to the Neuse River… winds were forecast for 5-10 in the early morning and increasing to 20-25 in the afternoon… they did pick up a little sooner but we were almost off the Neuse before the winds had a chance to whip up any large waves… 2-3 foot was max we saw. We also had to cross the Pamlico Sound and it had 3-4 waves but the ride was not bad at all.

There was a cold front approaching and it was supposed to really pickup so we opted to cut the day short and anchor at the south end of the Alligator River rather than go all the way to Alligator River Marina.

I had seen an anchorage on ActiveCaptain just to the west after exiting the A&P Canal at the south end of the Alligator River. We decided to give it a try as there was also a boat ramp near it that we could take Beecha to shore. The wind was already whipping up as the front approached and I was seeing gusts to 35 knots as we turned out of the ICW at marker 52 and followed the charted deep water west into Alligator River… not quite as deep as charted especially just as you exit the ICW… charts had 9 feet we saw less than 6 feet but after than the charted depth was pretty close. We continued west winding back until we reached a curve in the river than put use behind a point of land and in the lee of the wind and dropped the hook between Bonnet Point and Piney Point in about 11 feet of water… winds blowing 25-30 knots… I put out 100 feet of chain… roughly 10 to 1 scope… I want to sleep soundly tonight.

Our location for the night… N35°41.565’, W076°07.548’. We traveled today for 9.75 hours covering 68.9 nautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.
Posted at 6:18 PM
Thursday, 24 April 2014
FL to CT Day 19
Layover in Oriental, NC
Susan has an old friend/family visiting so we are staying over a day in Oriental while they catch up... :)

I have a ton of work that has piled up over the last week so I am spending the time catching up on that... :(

You can see us docked an the Oriental town dock...


We'll depart on Friday morning early.
Posted at 10:20 AM
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
FL to CT Day 18
Swansboro, NC to Oriental, NC
Alarm went off at the normal time of 0600, but as we get further east it’s no longer dark when it goes off… the eastern sky is already illuminated with the sun about to pop above it… sunrise at 0623 this morning… this photo off the back deck about 0640.

Short day planned today… going only to Oriental, NC as Susan has one of her best friends who lives in NC driving over to visit her… will spend half Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday in Oriental not departing until Friday morning.

We arrived to Oriental at 1345 and docked at the “NEW” free dock… no cleats so you have to wrap your lines around the pilings but it’s a very nice dock.

Our location for the next day and half… N35°01.463’, W076°41.731’. We traveled today for 6.25 hours covering 42.8 nautical miles averaging 6.9 knots.
Posted at 1:26 PM
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