Junie, never afraid to actually reach out to other people for help and advice, suggested that we just call them and ask them what they thought. So I did. They were extremely courteous and said that, while they did not know the current conditions, they were weighing anchor in 15 minutes and would radio back with a condition report. How cool is that?
And, they did. Conditions: 3 - 4 ft swells, 10 knots of wind. Our weather window had arrived. We pulled up the anchor and took off. The first part of the trip was as perfect as could be. Rolling up and down over smooth swells.
|Beaufort Town Docks Courtesy car. Is this a ride or what?|
It was a total POS, complete with bald tires and door panels
falling off but it did get us to the grocery.
We left there mid-morning the next day for a trip back up the ICW to Oriental to anchor for the night. Then a long slog across the Pamlico to Ocracoke for another visit to the Silver Lake anchorage. We stayed here last night, will stay again tonight and head out early tomorrow to try to make it all the way back to home. We may have to bail out at Manteo if it gets late or anchor outside Colington if the wind doesn't leave enough water for us to clear the inlet. Either way, we should be home, or at least close. What a trip this has been.