CT to FL Day 18
Swansboro, NC to Carolina Beach, NC
We left Swansboro ar 0745... was a beautiful day... sunny and mild winds.. did have several hours of current against us... but averaged over 6 knots for the day.
Had a very nice bridge tender today in Wrightsville Beach... he actually hailed us and said he was going to delay the bridge opening so that we would be able to make his scheduled opening... this rarely happens. They normally stick tight to their opening schedule. If he had not done this we would of had to sit for an hour waiting for his next opening.
We had planned to get a mooring ball in Carolina Beach but we they were all taken... so we dropped the hook just north of the mooring field... we were secure on the hook at 1645. Our location for night N34°03.150',W077°53.280'
. We traveled today for 9.0 hours covering 57.5 nautical miles averaging 6.4 knots.
Posted at 5:41 PM
CT to FL Day 17
Oriental, NC to Swansboro, NC
Delayed departure this morning so Susan could go to the Saturday Farmers Market... it opened at 0800... Susan returned empty handed and upset... she had hoped to pick up some fresh produce but only found arts & crafts at the Farmers Market... she did however pickup some breakfast sandwiches at the coffee shop...
We got away at 0900 and found that we were fighting current... ran at 5.5 knots all the way to Morehead City where we crossed the inlet from teh Atlantic and had a nice boost for the last 2 hours to our destination for the day... Swansboro, NC.
We lucked out and scored a spot on the town dock... we were secure on the dock with shore power at 1500. Our location for night N34°41.159', W077°07.162'. We traveled today for 6.5 hours covering 37.8 nautical miles averaging 6.3 knots.
Posted at 3:36 PM
CT to FL Day 16
Belhaven, NC to Oriental, NC
We needed a pump out and arrived too late to get one yesterday when we arrived so we delayed out departure... marina opened at 0800... we got our pump out and left Dowry Creek Marina at 0900.
Was an uneventful day with minimal boat traffic... partly cloudy with light winds producing a small chop on the Pamlico Sound and Neuse River... had some rain on the Neuse River but it had cleared up before we reached our destination for the day... Oriental, NC.
We had hoped to get one of the free docks and monitored the web cams all days... the last spot was taken 30 minutes before we arrived.... so we called Oriental Marina and Inn and reserved a slip... luckily they had one available.
We were secure on the dock with shore power at 1530. Our location for night N35°01.468', W076°41.733'
. We traveled today for 6.5 hours covering 48.4 nautical miles averaging 7.5 knots.
You can view the Oriental Harbor live web cam and see us docked... they have a live video feed now also... we're not leaving until about 0900 tomorrow.... https://towndock.net/harborcam
Posted at 7:05 PM