Friday, May 10, 2019

RE Mayo in Hobucken - at a facedock

well, it’s a working dock...
Well, it’s a working dock...

It was the calmest day we've ever experienced on the Neuse. It was like a lake with no wind. We will never expect to have a day on the Neuse like today again. We arrived at RE Mayo around 1:30 and refueled.

RE Mayo is a working shrimp dock. Don't expect any help coming in and the facedock is in various stages of damage from the huge shrimp boats have a less than wonderful docking experience. Ann lined the boat up, got us close, I stepped off and tied a line from the mid cleat to the dock, Ann put the boat in forward which caused the boat to snug up against the dock off the spring line (a common maneuver everyone should know)  - and I tied the rest of the lines after that.

The facedock here is rather rough, to say the least. There are missing planks, broken off pilings and no cleats. You just tie off to a piling and you'd better have good fenders against the raw docks. There are no facilities, no showers, no laundry - so why do we stop? Well, they have good frozen seafood caught locally. We load up on frozen shrimp and scallops when we're on the way south. Tonight, we just bought enough for one meal with friends we hadn't seen for a while who live in the area.

The fuel price is usually the lowest in the area and the dockage fee is only $0.30/foot. There is one electrical outlet included in the price. However, if more than one boat shows up and tries to plug in an adapter, then no one has electricity. Nevertheless, we always stop and sample their seafood, flash frozen for easy storage in our freezer.

We are headed for the Alligator River Marina on Saturday, a long day for us with it being a little over 50 Nm. We are trying to take advantage of the calm weather to head north while we can.