CT to GA Day 17
Carolina Beach, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC
We left Carolina Beach State park this morning at 0700... just before sunrise. Had a long day planned with destination being Myrtle Beach, SC.
Current was in our favor for only about an hour today as we headed south down the Cape Fear River... pushing us to over 10 knot at times... once we turned into the ICW at Southport the brakes came on and we were down to 6 knots. We did have a couple of times as we passed inlets that we had a short boost of speed but for the most part we ran between 5.5 knots and 6.5 knots.
Tons of boats heading south today... several passed us and we passed several sailboats... nice to see more boat traffic.
We arrived to Osprey Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC and were securely docked at approximately 1645. Our position tonight is N33°40.873', W079°02.508'
. We traveled today for 9 hours and 45 minutes covering 66.5 nautical mile averaging 6.8 knots.
After arriving we fueled SAILS... SAILS had not been fed since April of this year and she was hungry... not as hungry as I thought... only taking 740 gals... 355.5 hours which gave us a fuel consumption of 2.08 gallons per hour... Awesome!
Posted at 6:39 PM
CT to GA Day 16
Swansboro, NC to Carolina Beach, NC
We left Swansboro at 0720 in thick fog and rain.... it did clear up at times but 90% of the day we had rain and fog...it was horrible.
Timing for bridges was off and we had to slow to a crawl a couple of times rather than sit and wait at the bridges... have had better days for sure.
Susan, Lily and Herman took a nap after lunch...
We arrived to Carolina Beach, NC and docked at the Carolina Beach State Park Docks. We were securely docked at approximately 1705. Our position tonight is N34°03.014', W077°55.153'
. We traveled today for 9 hours and 45 minutes covering 58.8 nautical mile averaging 6.0 knots.
Posted at 6:04 PM
CT to GA Day 15
Oriental, NC to Swansboro, NC
Planned to leave at 0600 but my phone battery died during the night and with it my alarm clock. It was forecast to rain and be bit windy mid-day, so we wanted to be away from the dock as early as possible to avoid the rain and the winds if possible.
We departed at 0645 and headed back out to the Neuse River... it was not flat clam as it was yesterday but nothing that really bothered us or affected our ride and we only had 30 minutes to cross and we were in the lee of the winds in Adams Creek.
We stopped at Bock Marine for a quick package pickup for some friends we had met there last winter. They are just south of us and this saved them a trip back to get their package. They are going to meet us in Swansboro, NC.
We did have current assisting us today for about 75% of the day... pushing us over 9 knots a few times... but we also had a few places where we had current on our bow slowing us down to under 6 knots... overall we did manage a positive effect from the current.
We saw very few boats moving today... maybe the weather forecast kept them at the dock. There were a couple of sportfish boats that passed us... obviously being delivered to some southern location for their owners.
We arrived to Swansboro, NC and docked at the Church St. City Docks. We were securely docked at approximately 1245. Our position tonight is N34°41.161', W077°07.148'
. We traveled today for 6 hours covering 43.0 nautical mile averaging 7.2 knots.
We did totally avoid the winds and the rain... just after we docked the rain started.
We will meet our friends from Bock here this afternoon and later we have plans to have dinner with other friends that live here in locally.
Posted at 1:45 PM