Monthly Archives: November 2013

Day 10 – Vampires, Mummies & The Holy Ghost – Beaufort, NC to Swansboro, NC – (10/31/13)

After a great evening last night with Dan & Kelly, we decided to extend our stay a few more hours and meet them for coffee and then explore Beaufort and do some much needed shopping in the morning.  This is a great town and we can see why it’s been voted Best Small Town in America!!  We loved dinner last night at Plaza Mexico on Front Street (the Fajitas and Shrimp Diablo were both great choices).  We had coffee at The Bean on the boardwalk.  The Bean doubles as The Dockside during the evening.  Good spot for morning coffee with an outdoor deck overlooking the water.   After coffee, we did some shopping in town.  We picked up some Christmas present (yikes…only 8 more Saturday’s until Christmas) and some new sunglasses (Craig lost his earlier in the trip and mine had a scratch the width of the ICW).  If you are looking for clothes, shoes or sunglasses, I would recommend Island Outfitters.  George Rose is the owner and a very nice guy.  Very helpful and knowledgeable about all of the products he carries.

After we made a healthy contribution to the local Beaufort economy we decided to head back to the boat and try to get underway before a system that was developing socked us in for the day.

330 (640x480)Day 10 Leaving Beaufort

We pulled out of the slip and started to cross the Beaufort Inlet to get back to the ICW just in time to meet our first 40 knot gusts.  We took a a very, very choppy, wind, wet run down to Swansboro, NC.

Day 10 Captain Craigerpot Day 10 Getting Rough

We had planned to anchor along the north shore, between Casper’s Marina and the state Route 24 Highway Bridge, but the winds were really howling and we thought it might be safer to pull into the marina for the night.  We hailed Casper’s on the radio and they were very quick to accommodate us and helped us tie up in consistent 35-40 knot gusts (livin the dream…J).

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Casper’s is $1.25 per foot, has a small store with a pretty decent selection of marine supplies and is a short walk to town.  The town is cute, a few shops and restaurants.  We had dinner at the Saltwater Grille.  It was so so.

Day 10 Falic Clouds Day 10 Safe and sound and the weather breaks

Is it just me or does anyone else think that cloud is a bit falic…:-)…sorry…got to get my mind out of the gutter…

All in all, we made it approx. 25 NM today.  We pulled out of Beaufort at 12:30 and into Swansboro at 5:30.  We enjoyed the walk to dinner amongst all the Trick or Treaters and were definitely missing our bunch!  Below is a picture of our grandson Landon (Pirate Landon that is), and our daughter Taryn holding her new pumpkin baby Maura.

Day 10 Pirate Landon Day 10 Taryn and Maura

Lesson’s Learned and Daily Rundown

  • Distance traveled – 25 NM – Beaufort, NC M204 to Swansboro, NC M229
  • Cast off 12:30 pm and tied up at 5:30 pm
  • Sometimes you might be better off to enjoy an entire day and wait out a weather front
  • The flipside to that is the more time “on the dock” the more money you spend shopping and eating out (at least we do).


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Day 9 – Fins – Pungo River NC to Beaufort, NC (10/30/13)

We started out the day to yet another beautiful sunrise on the Pungo River.  We pulled our anchor up at 7:15.  A pretty good start for us.  We still need to work on getting up earlier, especially since next week DST kicks in (ooy vay!).

Day 9 Sunrise in the Pungo River Day 9 Breaking Dawn

The boats started filing out around 6:45 or so and we started out in a pack again.

Day 9 We're off

We headed up the Pungo River to the Amlico River where we saw our first dolphins of the trip.  A small family playing in the wake of our boat that followed us for a few miles.  I took about 50 failed pictures…every time they jumped up, I snapped a shot and got water, but never those elusive beautiful creatures.   We continued to see dolphin families here and there for the rest of the day.

The trip today took us through 5 rivers, 3 creeks, 1 canal and across an inlet.  We traveled down the Pungo River to the Amlico River to Goose Creek, to Upper Spring Creek to Bay River to Neuse River to Adams Creek to Adams Creek Canal to Newport River and then across the Beaufort Sound…Phew.  We had a busy day.   The trip went smoothly.  We had heard that there were some areas of shoaling, but we did not encounter any.  We were careful to stay in the center of the channel.

Day 9 Reviewing Charts

For the most part we had good cell service all day and I was able to be online most of the day through our mifi.

An old friend of ours lives in Beaufort and he was able to arrange for us to stay on the dock next to his beautiful 80 ft Sanlorenzo that he is in the midst of restoring.  After a quick grocery run, we had a great evening catching up with Dan and getting to know his girlfriend Kelly over dinner.  Dan has completed a circumnavigation and we are always interested in his stories and various tips/tricks that we pick up from him.  We’re hoping to do some sailing over the winter with these guys…maybe a run to the Bahamas (hint hint Dan and Kelly…:-) )

Daily Rundown and Lessons Learned

  • Anchor up 7:15, tied up at 5:15
  • 77 NM traveled
  • Pungo River – M 127 to Beaufort, NC M 204
  • Great friends visited – 2
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