Wrightsville Beach

Today was a straight line between Morehead City and here. I was about 9 miles from the coast at maximum. I left Beaufort at dawn with a bunch of southbound boats. Most headed south around Cape Fear. By midday as forecast it was calm. Very relaxed trip at 8 knots. I got in to the inlet about 3:45 and anchored here. Nice quiet spot, lots of locals visiting the beaches.

Tomorrow I think I’m going to take a side trip up the Cape Fear River to visit Wilmington. Weather is forecast to be sunny and calm for the next few days, with daytime highs in the mid 20s. I sort of rushed through this area last time through, so am going to explore a bit.

Beaufort NC

I got underway this morning before dawn, and got into Beaufort with lots of daylight left.  I’m now anchored here.  Went ashore and had a nice meal out, crab cakes and veggies.  Yum.

Another nice day, sunny and not cold.  I think the overnight low is expected to be about 12C. 

I think tomorrow I’m going to hit the ocean again and go down to Wrightsville Beach.  The ICW isn’t very interesting between here and there, and the weather looks good for a dash outside. 

Only one picture today, of a FPB. These are well known offshore power boats developed by Steve and Linda Dashew. First one I’ve seen in person.

Pungo River

I’m anchored here for the night. Beautiful day today, calm and sunny and temps in the teens. First time in a while I haven’t had the heat on during the day. Feels good.

Today I was underway at 0700 and didn’t stop. Across Albemarle Sound, into the Alligator River, and through the 20 mile long Alligator-Pungo Canal. I got out of the canal just as it was getting dark.

Tomorrow takes me closer to the coast, through Morehead City.

North Carolina

I’ve put some miles down since my last post.

Saturday afternoon I got underway from Atlantic City. I had arrived there late Thursday night from NY and was waiting for weather to clear to continue.

My timing was perfect. I cruised down the coast in a dying west wind, and got to Cape May at slack tide and calm, and then had a nice run up the Delaware River. I hit the Chesapeake Delaware canal with a favourable current, and kept going… I stopped for lunch in Rock Hall, then continued down to near Annapolis where I anchored about 4:00 pm Sunday and crashed.

Monday was another long day, leaving Annapolis at 0700 and arriving in Norfolk about midnight. Nice run down the Chesapeake with a following breeze.

This morning I was underway early and into the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. I stopped at dusk to anchor here just off the dredged channel.

I feel fortunate to have had the weather window to do this easily. It’s a relief to be south of winter and off the ocean. Should be smooth sailing from here.

It’s about 1,000 miles from here to Miami, with sheltered water all the way. From here on in it’ll be daytime travel mostly. I like this segment.

New York

I’m now in Atlantic City, where I’m anchored here. But since all the pics are NYC I think the title is apt.

NYC on the skyline from LI Sound

That’s the only photo I took Wednesday. Nice day. I basically Beelined down the sound.

I went in to Port Washington around 3:30 looking for a fuel dock, but both were closed. Anchored in the harbor, and decided that a 1:00 pm Friday departure would get me through and out of NY with favourable current and daylight.

Thursday was another lovely day. I slept in, got underway about 1230, and cruised down to Atlantic City, where I got in about 0330 Friday. Calm and 12C.

The harbor and rivers were very quiet. Thanksgiving. My timing was perfect, I was loafing along with a tail current all the way out to Sandy Hook. My original plan had been to stop at Barnegut Inlet, but it was easy going, and I continued on to here.

It’s raining heavily now, and almost calm. But the wind is going to boom in from the west in a few hours and then blow hard for 24 hours. Friday is going to be a lay day. It looks like things should be settled enough to get around Cape May and into the Delaware Bay Saturday evening, so a mid day Saturday departure looks like the basic plan.

Some great pics, I hope. I realized as I looked at them that I probably missed a few bridges. Sorry Sarah! These are in chronological order.

Long Island Sound

Another nice day. Cool, about 5C with NW 15-20 knot breeze, but sunny and clear, and lovely in the pilothouse. I essentially followed the shoreline west. I’m now anchored here near the mouth of the Connecticut River. It’s going to go below freezing tonight.

I popped into the nearby port of Westbrook to look at boats before coming back out to anchor. Yankee is quite famous, built to sail all over the world and then tour rivers. I was inspired by their travels as a kid.

The next two days look like more of the same, so I expect to be NY harbor Thursday. Looking forward to the trip through the East River.

At anchor

Newport

I came over and anchored in Newport yesterday morning, and am leaving tomorrow morning. Nice stop. I walked about 15 km over two days, picked up some boat stuff and groceries and did somee maintenance, changing fuel filters etc. Had a couple of meals out.

I woke up this morning to find Impulse tied up not far away. Kyle sailed straight here from Lunenburg and arrived this morning. Glad he made it.

Nothing else of note. Wind has gone to the NW and the next three days look good for getting down LI sound and through NY. I’ll be off early tomorrow morning.

Rhode Island

Another beautiful day, sunny and calm. And I had favourable currents all the way. I anchored here off Third Beach at 4:15 just as the sun was setting.

Not much to report. The trip through the canal was interesting. I’ve seen a couple of fishing boats underway, but very little pleasure boat traffic.

Tomorrow I’m going to noodle over to Newport. Rain and wind forecast for Monday, then the rest of the week looks fine. I may stay there a couple of nights.

Plymouth

Moon over Plymouth Light

Today was another great travel day. Sunny and a following breeze. Cooler, but nice.

Rick had problems this morning that prevented him from joining me, so I left anchor in Boston about 10:00.

I’m now anchored here in Plymouth Bay. I went in to Plymouth this afternoon and had a delicious pizza ashore then came out here at dusk.

It’s about two hours from here to the Cape Cod Canal and the current is favourable for a mid morning passage south. Weather looks great for tomorrow. Should be a fun day.