CT to FL Day 22
Carolina Beach, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC
Up early again today to leave by 0700... this was about an hour before low tide... at the dock I was not getting a depth reading... we were sitting on the bottom... not a good sign... we tossed the lines and pushed through what must of been soft mud for about 300 feet until we reached the small jetty at the entrance of the marina... the depth jumped to 8 feet... Cool. At the end of their channel heading out o the ICW we hit a bump... bow rose up a foot and immediately dropped down... I could head the bottom scrapping on the bottom as we crossed over what must of been bar right at the edge of the ICW channel and the channel into the marina.... over the bar and again we were back in 8 ft of water and we were in the ICW.
We were at peak ebb current so we were soon flying down the Cape Fear River at over 9 knots... ended as we turned in the ICW at Southport.... BRAKES APPLIED.... 6 knots... we did this back and forth slow and fast most of the day until we reached Little River and we had a favorable current the rest of the day... not 9 knots but that is rare to see that much push.
At Holden Beach we hit fog... thick fog... about 100 ft of visibility... had this fog till just before Little River Inlet where it just disappeared as quickly as it arrived... very weird! I am really surprised we did not have one of the small recreational boats hit us.. they were flying past us full speed... a couple I saw had radar domes but most popped out the fog did not have any radar and swerved quickly to avoid us... crazy for them to run at the speed they were in this thick fog.
Two bridges today... Little River Swing Bridge was no issue at all... no wait... was ready and open when we arrived... nice when this happens... second bridge was the Socastee Swing Bridge... we arrived to it at 1545 and when I hailed them for an opening was told it would be 15-20 minutes as they had a shift change at 1600 and would not be able to open until the new person came on duty... so we waited....
We arrived to our destination Osprey Marina and were secure at the dock at approximately 1640. Our position tonight is N33°40.875', W079°02.498'. We traveled today for 9.5 hours covering 66.6 nautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.