CT to NC
New Bern, NC to Beaufort, NC
We ended up spending longer than expected in New Bern due to a Winter Storm that kept temps below freezing for about a week... temps ranging from 7° at night to low 20's during the day... I would guess about 6" of snow.
Departed from New Bern Grand Marina on 1-10-2018 at 0945... I was solo on the boat with susan staying behind to drive our car from New Bern to Bock Marine in Beaufort, NC.
Was flat calm on the Neuse River despite forecast of 2 foot seas... Even saw a few boats moving around... was a nice day.
I arrived to Bock Marine at approximately 1450 and was securely docked at 1500 34°49.440'N, 76°41.424'W
. Traveled today for 5 hours and 25 minutes covering 31.5 nautical miles averaging 6.0 knots.
SAILS will be hauled out of the water tomorrow morning 1/11/2018. We will be the hard for the next couple of months for SAILS to get a little TLC.
Posted at 4:03 PM
CT to NC Day 16
Columbia, NC to Belhaven, NC
We left Alligator River Marina this morning at 0745 and headed out toward the ICW and the Alligator River Swing Bridge. I hailed the bridge and was informed that there were construction workers on the bridge and it would take a few minutes clear the workers. We waited maybe 10 minutes and the bridge opened... no big delay at all.
Today's forecast was for WSW winds 15-20 knots and seas 1-2 feet... winds were accurate but the seas were not... we barely had 1 foot waves if that... it was a very nice day of cruising... could of used a little more sun but it was sunny every now and then... peaking out from behind the clouds every so often.
Actually passed a sailboat heading south today... I think this was the first real cruising boat headed south we have passed... besides the sailboat we helped get ungrounded. We did have a few sportfish boats pass us... delivery captains aboard them.
Transited the Alligator River and the A & P Canal... very long and rather boring stretches in my opinion... sometimes you do get to see an eagle or two but none today.
We arrived to our destination for the night in Behaven, NC.... Dowry Creek Marina at approximately 1400 and were securely docked at 1415 35°31.966N 76°32.133'W
. We traveled today for 6 hours and 30 minutes 42.9 nautical miles averaging 6.6 knots.
Posted at 5:04 PM