Well, we started out on Sunday, November 7, with a late start out of Ocean Marine in Portsmouth, VA where we’d had some work done on the boat, with our destination being the Coinjock Marina in Coinjock, NC that night.
On day two, we left Coinjock bound for the Oriental Marina in Oriental, NC and I had my first taste of the large sounds and bays as we crossed parts of the Albemarle, Croatan and Pamlico sounds.
Day three took us from Oriental to Wrightsville Beach, NC. We traveled the ICW from Oriental to Beaufort, then the balance of the day was spent a few miles offshore in the Atlantic, and it really gave me an appreciation for just how small ANY boat is out on that open water.
I’d been out into the Atlantic 40 or so miles out of Canaveral Inlet in our 28′ boat several times, usually by myself, and didn’t really think much of it, but that boat was new, I had serviced it myself, and knew pretty much what it was going to do. This boat was an older one, the previous owner is now planted in one of his own cemeteries so I couldn’t quiz him on his maintenance policies, and we were miles offshore in an area I wasn’t familiar with. Looking around, a 56 foot long slab of fiberglass looked mighty tiny.
We came in from the Atlantic at Masonboro Inlet, then up the ICW a few miles to our destination, the Bridge Tender Marina. So named, because it sits just a few yards south of a bridge. Clever, huh?
Day four was planned to take us from Wrightsville Beach to Wacca Wache Marina in Murrel’s Inlet, SC, but time sort of got away from us, and we ended up stopping at Osprey Marina a few miles north. At this point, we were 373 miles into our trip, and still had 458 miles to go to Daytona Beach.
On day five, we left from Osprey Marina planning to make it to Charleston, but a coolant leak forced us to stop around 10:00 in the morning at Georgetown Landing Marina to get parts and supplies to try to fix things. We spent the balance of the day getting the leak fixed as best we could, had a good dinner at the nearby Lands End Restaurant, then called it a night.
bound for Charleston, SC.
We soon took our place in the parade,
We pulled into the