Conditions: Fog early, then overcast, mild. Seas and winds calm.
Distance traveled: 37 statute miles
Time underway: 3 hours 42 minutes
Average Speed: 10.5 mph
Max Speed: 19.8 mph
Fuel used: 44 gallons
For the first hour of the trip we dipped in and out of 1/2 mile to 1-mile visibility and heard plenty of boaters calling out their position further south so bursts of speed to make up time were matched with slow-goin’ so as not to run right into the soup.
After leaving the big and thankfully calm waters of the Neuse River we made our way into the more narrow and populated Adams Creek with a bunch of no-wake zones and lots of little fishing boats that we have to slow down for, lest we spill their occupants into the drink. And then we started to see dolphins. A bunch of em’. The temps finally started to warm and we were able to move our party to the bridge deck and run from up top.
When you get to this part of North Carolina the color of the water and over-all feeling starts to change and you really start to feel the lowering latitude. Then we pulled into the Beaufort Docks and felt like we had arrived. The current was slack, the winds were calm, it was t-shirt weather and there was southern and boating charm everywhere you looked. We picked a good spot to hole-up for Thanksgiving and the next few days for sure.
If the weather cooperates our next run will be for a longer-than-usual leg offshore so as to avoid one of the notoriously problematic stretches of the ICW in North Carolina. Just not worth the stress. But first, some time off.