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Oct 20, 2015 - Second and third days of travel

We’ve had beautiful blue skies the last two days. Today was warmer and less windy than yesterday. On the second day of the trip we left the Coinjock Marina around 0700 and motored all day. The wind was blowing from the stern as we crossed the Albemarle Sound. It wasn’t strong enough to make sailing worth the effort; it just gave us a rocking/rolling ride. As we approached the far side of the sound to enter the Alligator River, there was a call on the VHF radio that the Alligator River Bridge was closed for an undetermined time due to an...

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Nov 11, 2014 - Traveling south for the third winter in a row.

We started south on November 7. Because Fred had prostate surgery, we began our trip a little later in the year than we had wanted. Fred's surgery was a success and he is recovering beautifully. We are just pleased that he is well enough for us to make the trip south. From the Salt Ponds we moved Southerly to Hospital Point in Portsmouth, VA to anchor for the night. The stretch of the ICW from Norfolk to the Albemarle Sound has many low bridges which open only at set times so we plan our trip around making those openings. Our plan was to...

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Oct 21, 2013 - Pungo River to Beaufort, NC

We knew that we were facing a long day, so we were up early. The water was like glass and there was some fog. We motored all day--it's a good thing to have a sailboat with a dependable motor. There are some open stretches of water on this part of the ICW and we had hoped to sail some. However, the wind was too light. Purists would have sailed, but we needed to make some speed to get somewhere safe before dark. We were tied up at Beaufort Docks Marina by 1730. Our original plan was to leave the next morning and go in the ocean either to...

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May 28, 2013 - Barefoot Landing to Beaufort

Georgetown to Beaufort (pronounced Bow fort) Lars had a friend, Eva who was supposed to join the boat in Charleston but got held up by bad weather. She finally joined a few days later at Barefoot Landing near Myrtle Beach. We had a good day on the ICW apart from the total chaos of too many pleasure craft and jet skis because it was Memorial Day weekend. Apparently no one needs a speedboat license in North and South Carolina so there was a lack of understanding of boat rules such as passing port to port. I saw groups of jet skis rushing...

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Dec 5, 2012 - Inside or Out?

In the early morning before getting off the dock at Hobucken we were preceded by Larry on Restless. I should point out that we found two beautiful sweet potatoes on deck from Larry this morning. He got a hundred yards down the cut and promptly ran aground. Not wanting to crowd him or give further embarrassment, we stayed tied up for a while as he slowly worked off the bar and headed off into the foggy morning. But it wasn't long before we were calling him to pass ahead. His hand held radio was not working so we shouted greetings from the...

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Dec 3, 2012 - Crossing Carolina

With Great Bridge behind us we had only two of the cranky Norfolk swing bridges to go. This area is always unpredictable as rush hour, trains and antiquated bridges conspire to slow our progress. But the swings at Centerville and North Landing were cooperative this morning and we soon reached the remote northern North Carolina cuts. The first thing you notice is the coffee color of the water. North Carolina seems unique with this tannic mixture that always leaves your boat with a brown mustache. We usually pull up the swim platform to avoid...

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Nov 9, 2012 - Who was Edward Teach?

In Beaufort there is a wonderful small museum--the North Carolina Maritime Museum. It has terrific displays of the kinds of boats used in NC, as well as information about the history of this eastern part of the state. And it prominently features the story of Edward Teach, who most of us have known as Blackbeard the Pirate. Edward started as a British Privateer, but when Britain cancelled his privateering permit, he took to pirating. Originally, he looted and plundered in the islands, but when the British government began hunting him in...

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ZEST for travel

Jun 14, 2011 - Chirpy Resting

Dear family and friends, Well, we have come to the end of the first part of our Chirpyventures. From Belize to Key West Florida in one 4 and a half day passage, another 2 day passage in the Gulf Stream to Palm Beach, and then gradually working our way up 1000 miles of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), Chirpy is now having a much deserved rest on dry land in Beaufort, North Carolina. The ICW was a fascinating glimpse of an America we had never really experienced: party-central Key West, 450 year old colonial towns, Spanish forts...

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Chirpy Ventures

Jun 23, 2010 - Beaufort, NC - pronounced "Bo furt"

Beaufort, as in Beaufort Scale of wind speed. Two nights in historic Beaufort was another delight. We docked, as usual, at the city marina which is in the heart of things. Restaurants, shops, fun things to do. We are enjoying the simple pleasures here. Visit the old, old cemetery and linger in the shade of the trees. Ride our bicycles serpentining the streets to make the ride last longer - it's such a small district the ride could take just a few minutes instead of the hour we made it last. Walk to the small neighborhood market and carry...

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Apr 25, 2009 - N. Myrtle Beach To Beaufort, Nc

Left our home port in very windy conditions and did 6 hrs to Southport, NC. One of our favorite places. Docking at the marina was very challenging for us since we are so new to handling a single screw boat. After more than a couple of tries, we got her in the slip. They wind was really tough on us. Our buddy boat, Still Busy, also had a tough time, but Jack handles her twin screws well. We ate at The Provision Company. John always insists on eating there. The food is great. The cook sold John and jack on the grilled tuna special that was...

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Just Relax

Jan 14, 2001 - 1987 May 3 (P.M.) - Beaufort

This afternoon we drove to Beaufort. After checking in at the Riverside Campground, we explored the nearby historic section and the boardwalk. Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina, was surveyed in 1713 and incorporated in 1722 as the county seat of Carteret County. It was named for the Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort

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Oct 28, 1994 - Leaving Coastal River Campground Near Beaufort, NC

*We've used a few shortcuts in our notes... to help you out with reading them, the CH is courthouse, the POI is Point of Interest, the S is seal and the P (rarely used) is for the taking the photo of the CH. Hope this helps! Jump to full entry

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