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A Month and 900 Miles To Home - Second Part

South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Home to Maryland


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Dock Holidays - 7 April 2002
Dock Holidays Marina is north of the Pine Island Cut aka the Rockpile. The Pine Island Cut is narrow canal between the Waccamaw River and Little River. It is bordered on each side by rock ledges that stick out (under the water at high tide) for unwary boaters.
Rockpile ledges at low tide

Rockpile ledges at low tide


Hence the name "Rockpile". It is one of the nastiest anywhere, not only because of the original construction with rock ledges sticking out under the surface but because building along the canal allows debris (such as big trees) and mudslide to go down into the canal.
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construction in Pine Island Cut


Construction barge with a lot of dayshapes

Construction barge with a lot of dayshapes


Towboat and Prop repair signs

Towboat and Prop repair signs


There are advertisements on the bridge abutments for towing and propellor repair - those people have a good business fixing the boats that are damaged by the canal.

So on April 7th, we left Wacca Wache in company with a boat named ARCTURUS with two standard poodles, we went through the Rockpile and past Barefoot Landing to Dock Holiday's Marina. We passed the Socastee Bridge
Bridge tender's cabin

Bridge tender's cabin

Bridge regulations

Bridge regulations

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Socastee Bridge and Arcturus behind us


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Fixed bridges


At the northern end, is Barefoot landing which is a free dock at a big shopping mall. . It is called the most expensive free dock in the USA. After our experience at Barefoot Landing in November 2001, Bob decided never to go back. (Besides - neither of us like to shop)
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Restaurants along the canal

Paddle wheel steamer at Barefoot Landing

Paddle wheel steamer at Barefoot Landing


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Barefoot Landing with rafted boats


Barefoot swing bridge

Barefoot swing bridge

The next day April 8, 2002, we went to Southport. We never actually stopped at Southport proper until the spring of 2002. We both got underway early, and were through the Little River Swing Bridge before 7.
Little River bridge

Little River bridge

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Dawn at Lighthouse Keeper's Marina

Gambling Boat

Gambling Boat

Arcturus

Arcturus


We were concerned about the pontoon bridge- it only opens on the hour and sometimes doesn't open at low tide. High tide had been early in the am. It looked like we might make the 8 am opening. About 2 miles away, I called the bridge tender and he said he'd hold the opening 10 minutes for us.
Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

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Pontoon bridge


So we did make it, and so did some power boats that came up behind us as it was opening.
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behind us


It was a different guy on duty than when we went through this fall. We passed the Little River Inlet
Little River Inlet

Little River Inlet

Tug

Tug


We stopped at Southport after 39 sm, but ARCTURUS was going on to Masonboro. There is a whole historic area in Southport for a walking tour with nice little Victorian cottages.. There are also some museums and galleries. But for us, Southport is primarily a water front town
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Southport


At Southport Marina we paid $1.15/ft, and $4 electric and free cable. They put us on the face dock south of the gas dock. Their restaurant is closed on Mon. They will let you do email in the office. I noticed that you cannot go down the concrete pier, you have to walk on the floating docks. This is because the rebar in the concrete under the pier has rusted, and parts of the concrete have fallen off, so it isn't safe. We wanted to have lunch, but I took so much time doing email that Bob walked over to The Shrimp House by himself. He thought it was way expensive for what he got. Lunch was over $9.00 for a sandwich for one person.
Oak Island Lighthouse

Oak Island Lighthouse


Several boats came in after us including a power boat named ESCAPADE going north, and a sailboat which was put behind us that is going south. We can watch the ferry boats going to Bald Head as they pass on their way to the Cape Fear River. There is some wake from the ICW here.
the Provision Company restaurant

the Provision Company restaurant


We ate dinner at the Provision Co. which is cheap, good, and quirky. Order from the counter - the menu is on a board. Then go get your drinks from a cooler and sit down. There are tables under a roof outside right on the water. The waitress will bring you your food. You pay on the way out - drinks are on the honor system. There are free docks outside if your boat is shallow enough draft to tie up.
Southport at dusk

Southport at dusk


After we walked back in the dusk, I took pictures of the boat and the gulls.
Gulls

Gulls

RosalieAnn in southport

RosalieAnn in southport


Tuesday April 9th

The wind was pretty fierce yesterday, but died off during the night. The power boat with bow thrusters left at 6, and ESCAPADE left as Bob was coming back from the bathroom. We left about 6:45 while the sun was coming up. We pushed off from the pier pretty easily in spite of Bob’s dire predictions. He made me take the wheel. We went up the Cape Fear River, passing the ferry dock
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Fisher Island Ferry terminal


thinking that it would be too early for the ferry, but one did come out and cut across ahead of us.
Fisher Island Ferry

Fisher Island Ferry


We have to weight the current in the Cape Fear River as well as the current in Snow's Cut so that it is never full against us, but the two bodies of water are not in synch, so where it is with us in one place, it will be a little against us in another. As the charting program predicted, the current was with us. We went through Snow’s Cut. I tried to take a picture of the current trails on the bridge in Snow's Cut. If the current was against us in this channel we could hardly make any progress. I did take some photos of the bridge from the channel, including some of the traffic.
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Snows Cut Bridge

traffic

traffic


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Salt dome house


Bob and I had an argument as to whether he should try to make the 10:00 opening of Wrightsville Beach, and he didn’t, and we probably could have. He complained about that for the next hour and a half.
Wrightsville Bridge

Wrightsville Bridge

Wrightsville Bridge

Wrightsville Bridge

Wrightsville Beach bridge

Wrightsville Beach bridge

Next was Hampstead. Because this is a convenient distance between Southport to the south and Swansboro to the north, we usually stay in this area at the Harbor Village Marina. It is a flat $1.20/ft. They have laundry (closed and locked after 7 pm) and shower facilities, and email in a boaters lounge (also locked at 7 pm) but it is a long walk (about a quarter mile) around. They don't want you to do any discharge into the marina, but it's impossible to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

It is difficult to get into the transient slips (on the left side of the entrance channel) in a south wind (which we often have), and the marina manager keeps his boat on the gas dock where it is in the way if your boat is blown around. Diesel was $1.27/gal here. We had a horrible time getting in to the dock at here because the wind was from the south. Bob said we'd get fuel, thinking that he could get turned around in the fuel dock area. NOT. We finally had to come into the dock starboard side to when the fuel fill is under the seats on the port side. Otherwise we'd have mashed the marina manager's boat to fiberglass splinters. But more important - we were still backwards for going into the slip. We finally did get into a slip but it was difficult.
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This is a very isolated marina and there is nothing around to walk to. They used to let you have the marina truck after hours to go to get food. Otherwise you have to eat on the boat or get take-out and have it delivered.

April 10 to Swansboro, We left after 7, and had to wait a bit for the Surf City bridge, but it opened early and quickly.
Figure 8 Bridge

Figure 8 Bridge


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Giraffe House

Giraffe House

Swan House

Swan House


Onslow Beach was a different story. He said he would open at noon. Got there about 10 before noon, with about 2 knots current toward the bridge. Power boat (DRY MARTINI from NY) passed us and was ahead of us. Bridge did not open at noon. Finally DRY MARTINI called. Bridge tender said he would open at noon. It was 1202 by 3 GPSs, and my watch, and Bob's watch said 1201. Finally at 1203, the gates went down. By this time DRY MARTINI was being pushed quite close to the bridge and we were getting closer to him than we liked because he was having to back, and he can back better than we can.
Onslow Beach Bridge

Onslow Beach Bridge


At about 1205, the bridge started to swing, but it swung towards us, and DRY MARTINI had to back up to avoid being hit, so we also had to do some fancy footwork to keep him from hitting us or going out of the channel. We spent the night in Swansboro at Dudley's Marina. The owner has a scarlet macaw.

pilings at Dudley's Marina

pilings at Dudley's Marina

April 11, 2002- to Oriental

In the morning, we found a luna moth in the cockpit
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Luna Moth

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Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Luna Moth


Bob at the wheel

Bob at the wheel


We went through Morehead City,
Freighter in Morehead City

Freighter in Morehead City

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Freighter in Morehead City


and a Swedish boat came in behind us.
Mileage sign in Adams Creek

Mileage sign in Adams Creek


We stopped in Oriental. M &M's was open this time, and we had a good dinner. I got a kick out of the Oriental Sailing School boats. One named BEGINNER'S LUCK, and the other STUDENT DRIVER.
Oriental

Oriental

Liveaboard list friend

Liveaboard list friend


April 12, 2002 - to Belhaven

It was REALLY foggy in the morning.
Fog in Oriental

Fog in Oriental


We went out anyway. We could just see the first mark, and Bob turned to where he thought the 2nd mark was. I had just put the screen on the GPS that shows your previous track, when the depth sounder went off. We could see a red and a green off to the right, but Bob insisted that they weren't our marks. I could point to the GPS and say - see - yesterday afternoon you were over there, and they are too our marks. Coming up the waterway from Oriental, we went to Belhaven and stayed at Robb's again. ARCTURUS went to Dowry Creek. Robbs has raised their prices though, and I don't think we'll go there again. (This was prophetic, as Robb's has now gone out of business and it for sale.) We have been a total of 1435 nm since Jan 1, 2002.
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April 13, 2002 to the Alligator River Marina

From Belhaven, we go through the Alligator Pungo canal
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Alligator Pungo canal with dead tree roots

Alligator Pungo Canal

Alligator Pungo Canal


coming out of the Alligator Pungo Canal - mooring

coming out of the Alligator Pungo Canal - mooring


and down the Alligator River
Alligator River

Alligator River


We passed a boat named BLUE IRIS in the channel. Heard the Coast Guard talking to a boat names SHOWTIME which I think is in trouble off Hatteras. As we are approaching the Alligator River Swing Bridge, we hear a 70 foot boat (which passed us and swamped us) VICTORY AT SEA down at marker R8- he is aground because he doesn't know that the channel has been renumbered.
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Alligator River bridge

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Alligator River bridge swung open

Seagulls sitting on the bridge

Seagulls sitting on the bridge


Got to Alligator River Marina (which is right next to the bridge) after 54.3 sm (a total of 1482 nm).
Alligator River Marina

Alligator River Marina


Marina Lighthouse

Marina Lighthouse

RosalieAnn in Alligator River Marina

RosalieAnn in Alligator River Marina


The highway across the Alligator River is one of the major roads to get to the Outer Banks. It crosses the Alligator River on a Swing Bridge. At the western end of the bridge is a gas station/ souvenir /truck stop kind of place which is ALSO a marina. It's one of the cheapest docks on the ICW and also the fuel is a decent price. My son the ex-truck driver said if it was a real truck stop, it should have substantial food priced under $5-7, and this place does. Not fancy, but reasonably good. They also have real ice cream.
Sunset at the marina

Sunset at the marina

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Marina Sunset


TWO OLD BEARS, who was at Oriental next to us comes in too. They have a big orange cat and a husky who doesn't like boats. Also HIGHLANDER (a monohull)traveling with power boat named HOLLANDAISE, ARCTURUS, a boat with no name visible but which I think is called CRUISER, BLUE IRIS, and BEDOUIN are at this marina. We got fuel (97 cents/gal) and ate dinner at the truck stop.The grille serves breakfast and lunch, and the grille cook is on duty until about 6 (so you have to eat dinner early). Sometimes the cook is a little grumpy. You order, and go sit down and he brings your food out to you. Don't get the BBQ unless you like the NC vinegar based BBQ. I don't, and I keep forgetting that. Two dinners one of which was a rib eye dinner with 2 vegetables and corn sticks for $10.99 came to $23.28 including tip.

This morning April 14, the marina gave us a free Sunday paper. Next stop Coinjock
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ICW 2002, April 15, Virginia Cut to Norfolk
We had to get from mile 49.5 in Coinjock to the Jordan Bridge at about mile 3.0 a total of 46.5 miles and get there before the rush hours restrictions when into effect at 1530. From 1530 to 1730, the bridge will not open for recreational boats. A sailboat doing 5 mph can do this, except that we have to go through a lock and 6 opening bridges all with their own restrictive schedules. First is
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mile 20.3 North Landing Bridge - on the hour and half hour


Then 5.1 miles farther (so we have to go faster to make the opening)
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mile 15.2 Centerville Turnpke Bridge - on the hour and half hour

We got to the Great Bridge swing bridge at about noon, with a trawler named VENTURE ahead of us and a tug with a barge on the hip pretty far back under the fixed bridge. On the hip means that the tug was beside the barge rather than towing the barge or pushing the barge. I heard the bridge tender on the radio to him advising him that there was a semi-permanent barge on the dock next to the bridge, and that he might not have room in the channel with the barge on the hip like that.
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Great Bridge Bridge

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Great Bridge Bridge


I always get a kick out of the name Great Bridge Bridge. But the name of the town is Great Bridge, and there is a lock there with a bridge just south of it, so there is a Great Bridge Bridge and a Great Bridge Lock. I was afraid the barge would catch up, but he did not. If he had, we would have had to wait while he went through because there would not have been room for us in the lock. The bridge and the lock usually coordinate. We went through the Great Bridge Bridge and into the Great Bridge Lock for the noon locking in Great Bridge Lock. VENTURE was the only other boat in the lock with us. so we were able to be on the side of the lock with the permanent fenders. We put our own out anyway.
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Lockhouse

Great Bridge Lock

Great Bridge Lock


Now there were 3 bridges to get through before 3:30 pm. We went through Steel Bridge (bascule) by 12:44 after about 40 miles.
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after Steel Bridge

after Steel Bridge


Turnoff to Dismal Swamp

Turnoff to Dismal Swamp

Bridge opening schedule

Bridge opening schedule

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Got to the Gilmerton Bridge, which is a combination bridge - two bridges next to each other, one a RR bridge, one a highway bridge. VENTURE was waiting for us there, but just as Gilmerton highway bridge was ready to go up, the RR bridge came down. After the train, the bridge didn't go right up again, and it took some time for the traffic to clear off the highway bridge, as it was being held up by toll booths on the east side. After we both went through, the RR bridge went back down - maybe they were working on it as I didn't see any more trains.

The Jordan Bridge is a lift bridge (the only highway lift bridge on the ICW, and we went through it about 1:45 pm, well in advance of the restrictions.
Lift Bridges

Lift Bridges

Bridge tenders house

Bridge tenders house

Jorden Lift Bridge

Jorden Lift Bridge


We passed the old training ship for stewards tied up and apparently abandoned by the Navy and then we tied up at Waterside by 2:10 after 48.9 sm. Our total nm trip since 1 January was 1555 nm. Also in the marina with us was BEDOUIN (which we saw at the Alligator River) WIND WALKER and ARCTURUS.

16 April -Windmill Point
We left the slip in Norfolk 6:45 (sunrise) because Bob wanted to get to Windmill Point tonight. I was afraid it was too far
Norfolk

Norfolk


Nauticus

Nauticus


In 2002 as we were crossing Hampton Roads, there were several Navy ships coming back from deployment. I thought we might be on the TV news, because there were helicopters hovering around.
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Destroyer

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Destroyer

Aircraft Carrier

Aircraft Carrier

Hampton

Hampton


Fort Wool

Fort Wool


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Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort Lighthouse


We did make it all the way to the Windmill Point Marina this time - last year we were pinned in the York River by the weather and never got here. It was a fairly uneventful trip of 50.5 nm. I had to call the marina on the phone because they weren't answering the radio, and sometimes they don't answer the phone either. The tide was at +0.9 ft (nearly high) when we went in, and the depth alarm made a lot of noise showing a channel of 5.3 ft. Chart of Windmill Point

Chart of Windmill Point

We had only about 5.0 ft at low tide in the slip so we were on the bottom. This was another problem that I had seen with going to this place. The channel is too shallow for us except at high tide. (They said that they hadn't yet dredged the channel this year). The other problem with the entrance - it was a sand bottom, not a nice soft mud that we could push through. The transient docks were very uneven, and rickety. Some boards were higher than others and you had to watch carefully to avoid tripping.

The marina has washers and showers and cable at some docks. The convention center, has golf, tennis, and in the summer a restaurant and pool. but the restaurant wasn't yet open for the summer season. In the afternoon, Bob spotted an otter, who went up onto the beach by the entrance channel and gave himself a sand bath
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17 April - Home
Unfortunately high tide was going to be at about 0230 am, and we were afraid that we were not going to be able to get out of the channel in the morning. We got up and got underway at 5:30 am - barely light. The tide was at 0.8 ft. We did get out the channel (followed by 2 crab pot boats).
Chart showing track of April 17, 2002 and spider

Chart showing track of April 17, 2002 and spider

Windmill Point spider and fishing boats in 2004

Windmill Point spider and fishing boats in 2004


I did not write any more in my logs but I know we got back to our home dock today

May and June 2002

We visited my sister and her husband in Annapolis
photo my sister took of me and Bob

photo my sister took of me and Bob


We took two of our grandchildren sailing
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We went to our granddaughter's christening
Christening

Christening


and took a 4 generation photo
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We put the boat up in the yard to replace the solar panel
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Our next trip was in July Narrowboat Holiday In England

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