October 2010 - Page 2
This has been our "point of view" for the past week. Sure is nice to be warm and dry in here when it's cold, windy and wet out there.
|. Log of Sno' Dog - Portsmouth, NH to Jensen Beach, FL - Oct 2010 - Page 2
Entering Norfolk you always pass an impressive row of Navy
ships - here's a strange one. It looks like a multi-hull but its
function is not clear. It could provide dry-docking service for
smaller boats? Or maybe, it just gobbles up enemy ships!
I love these colorful cranes in Norfolk Harbor.
These huge powercat ferries are a long way from home!
11/02/10 - 7:30 AM - Sunrise - temp 48°, wind NNE 10
10:00 AM - Dep Norfolk - 54°, P. Cldy.
11:30 AM - Enter Great Bridge Lock
12 noon - tied up beyond bridge to go shopping
1:15 PM - back underway w 2 bags of groceries
2:00 PM - N. Landing Br. - wind NNE 15, breezy
3:45 PM - Arr Coinjock, NC - Coinjock Marina
1200-ft dock - totally full, southbound boats!
Favorite boat names: One With the Wind, Fun@Sea.calm !
Today: 41.9 n mi. - 4.6 eng hrs
11/03/10 - 9:25 AM - Dep Coinjock - cldy 54°, wind ENE 10
10:25 AM - enter Albemarle Sound, ENE 15-20
11:30 AM - Filled Fuel tanks at Alligator R. Marina
96.1 gal (@$2.84/gal), Lt Rain, 56°
1 :15 PM - enter Alligator R.- Pungo R. Canal
3:15 PM - Arr: Belhaven, NC - Waterway Marina
Today: 75.0 n mi. - 5.6 eng hrs - 13.4 kts
A gray, but pleasant day. Easy Albemarle x-ing w wind aft.
Impressive outdoor HD screen on the Nauticus Theatre &
Museum right next to the Waterside Marina in Norfolk.
Click to view larger.
10/31/10 - 7:00 AM - R U kidding? It's still dark here at 7 AM!
. 10:15 AM - Dep Solomons, MD - 52°, wind NW 10
. 11:15 AM - Point No Point (missed the point)
11:45 AM - Pt. Lookout, Potomac R. WNW 15
. 12:30 PM - Smith Pt - spotted 2 pelicans!
. 2:00 PM - Arr: Deltaville, VA - Dozier's Marina
Today: 48.7 n mi. - 3.8 eng hrs.
Another pleasant day - but nicer at the inside helm!
11/01/10 - 11:15 AM - Dep Deltaville (leisurely start) 46°, N 15
12:05 PM - Wolf Trap, NNE 20, surfing on 3' seas
1:45 PM - Hampton Roads, S. end of Chesp. Bay
2:30 PM - Arr: Norfolk, VA - Waterside Marina
Today: 45.1 n mi. - 3.5 eng hrs - Ave 12.9 kts
Now, it's the ICW from here on, no more rough seas
- we hope!
In the Great Bridge Lock. PFD's are req'd for shore leave, if
you click on the photo, you'll see Madison is in compliance!
Also, you can tell by Nancy's apparel that it's chilly here today.
SeaTow arriving at the scene of a grounded Manta powercat.
It takes more than shallow draft to stay out of trouble while
transiting the ICW! This occurred at the notorious Middle
Ground shoal on the south side of the Albermarle Sound.
Seagulls flying ahead of us in the (rainy) Pungo River.
The Alligator R.-Pungo R. Canal - which appears to go on forever.
11/04/10 - 10 AM - Dep Belhaven - 58°, mist & fog, SSE 10
10:40 AM - enter Pamlico R. - Fog, wind S 10
12 noon - Maw Pt, Neuse R. - remarkably calm
2:45 PM - Arr: Beaufort, NC - Beaufort Docks
Rain, 62°, wind S-15
Today: 55.1 n mi. - 5.0 eng hrs
Another pleasant day - from the inside helm...
Nancy making Christmas ornaments as we traverse the Neuse R.
PDQ KamaKat running effortlessly at 7 knots. (I think
they added some extra length to their hulls.)
This impressive motorsailer named "Quasart" came into
Beaufort, NC this morning. He did not come down the ICW.
Click to view larger.
11/05/10 - 11:00 AM - Dep Beaufort - 52°, WNW 15, Brisk
1:45 PM - under (closed) Onslow Bch Br., 12-ft
3:15 PM - Arr: Surf City, NC - Beach Hse Marina
Today: 49.5 n mi. - 4.5 eng hrs
Instead of waiting for the next scheduled opening of the Onslow
Beach Swing Bridge, we decided to sneek under. (Mouse over.)
At the Beach House Marina in Surf City, we had a visitor;
perhaps he was looking for sister ship "Heron"?
We walked the pedestrian bridge to the scenic Surf City
Waterway Park. A pretty place at sunset. (See photo on right.)
Mouse over photo to see us passing under...
11/06/10 - 9:00 AM - Thru Surf Cty Br - 46° (42° in NH today)
10:30 AM - Wrightsville Bch - wind N-15, brisk!
12:10 PM - Southport, NC - Cape Fear R. quite calm
2:45 PM - Arr Sunset Beach Pontoon Br - closed due
to low tide, anchored to await opening
4:20 PM - Finally thru Br - 4:35 PM - enter SC
5:15 PM - Arr: New River, SC - Myrtle Beach Y C
Today: 69.3 n mi. - 7.0 eng hrs
These are all the boats waiting to get through the Sunset Beach
Bridge. It missed its 3 PM and 4 PM openings due to low tide.
(That odd-looking powercat is an Endeavour 40 pilothouse.)
Sno' Dog looks small docked (at the Myrtle Beach Yacht Club)
next to these sport-fish boats. There are over 500 boats in here!
The unique Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge. Due to recent
shoaling, this bridge is often unable to open at low tide. As
you can see, a new high fixed bridge will soon take its place.
This giant powercat is a floating casino, the Aquasino. It
runs out the New River Inlet (at the NC-SC border) and
opens its gambling tables once outside the 3-mile limit.
Today's favorite boat name: Wetted Bliss !
|. We've now been underway two weeks...
. Since leaving NH: 924 nautical miles
. 80.4 engine hours - Ave speed: 11.5 knots
. Only 500 miles to go!
11/07/10 - 8:00 AM (EST) - Cold this AM, 38°, wind N-15
9:00 AM - Dep MBYC, Coquina Hrbr, v. brisk!
9:30 AM - enter "Rockpile" section of ICW
11:50 AM - Wacca Wache Marina, Waccamaw River
1:15 PM - Arr: Georgetown, SC - Boat Shed Marina
Filled fuel tanks - 101.2 gal
Since last fill-up: 24.3 hrs, 268 n mi, 4.1 gph, 3 mpg
Today: 48.2 n mi. - 4.4 eng hrs
Easy day... Pretty town, but most stores closed Sunday.
Snow birds heading south just after the opening of the
Socastee Bridge on the ICW south of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Sunset came early this afternoon in Georgetown, SC. ( 5 PM EST)
11/08/10 - 7:00 AM - Cold again: 34° - NH is 43°!
9:00 AM - walked into town, bought fresh fish
10:15 AM - Dep Georgetown - fair 45°
1:45 PM - Isle of Palms, SC - 56°, WNW 10
2:30 PM - Arr: Charleston, SC - Maritime Ctr.
Today: 52.9 n mi. - 4.6 eng hrs
Walked to Saffron Bakery for tea, then to Harris
Tweeter (24-hr supermarket) for groceries.
We like this location near downtown Charleston.