Sunday, October 15, 2017

Alligator River Marina - at a dock

We took on fuel and stayed for the night. We saw 6 ft coming in. 
Today was a great travel day with light winds and little wave action. On Monday yet another front is coming through with a small craft advisory for the afternoon through Tuesday. Will this weather never let up! The route from Coinjock was without incident. All the hazard markers could be passed without a problem just by staying in the charted middle of the channel. At times it seems you are far away from the greens which you have to ignore, just stay in the channel as shown on your chartplotter.

We plan on anchoring at the Pungo River anchorage just to the right as you exit the canal. We've been there many times and it's secure and protected from north winds, the direction of the small craft advisory winds for Monday and Tuesday. A small, sandy beach nearby provides for Hoolie relief.

I am now minus one whisker pole and Chris has a plus one
Meanwhile I happened to meet Chris Coleman who also has a Beneteau 423 and he was looking to add a whisker pole to his boat. Well, I had such a pole that I hadn't used for the last 10 years so I offered it to him for 1/2 price. It was a win-win for all concerned. Chris even found a way to fit the pole into his car although some of it protruded aft of the trunk. It's good to see a piece of equipment get some use, it was top quality from Forespar.

We will get an early start to beat the predicted high winds of the small craft advisory later in the afternoon. We just have to get down the Alligator River and then we're in the canal which is protected from such winds. After that we have to cross the Neuse River which can be a bear in a bad wind.