In order to travel with a rising tide we wanted to get off the dock by 0630. We had told the dockhand yesterday that is what we were planning to do and lo and behold at 0620 we heard noise outside of the boat to find that he had come down to help us get off of the dock. How is that for being nice? And he brought his dog too!
The tide was down but rising when we left and there was just enough depth to negotiate the entrance to the basin. The water was like glass and we were all alone for for the first hour of travel. Then a parade of boats continued to overtake us and we ended up among several sailboats traveling almost our speed. We safely negotiated the notorious twists and turns of the movable buoys at Lockwood’s Folly and Shallotte Inlet even though they were certainly not what was marked on the chart as the channel.
Today we crossed into North Carolina making this our 14th state in addition to two provinces in Canada we have traveled through or touched upon. We reached South Harbor Village Marina at Southport before noon just after the wind had picked up to the upper teens and gusting into the twenties. We were quite a ways from downtown Southport so decided to forgo the experience of visiting that and stayed on the boat to do chores such as take on ice and water. We were able to go on the inside of the face dock so the bouncing was not as bad as on the outside but we still were on a bouncing boat.
After chores we enjoyed the afternoon reading and relaxing until time for dinner. We went to the highly touted “Joseph’s Italian Restaurant” for dinner and as bad as the Wildfish Grill in Georgetown was this restaurant was good. It was an enjoyable and memorable meal with great company (us).