We made it to Wrightsville Beach, NC. Made three bridges in one day after starting at 6am. We stopped at Swan Point Marina on Saturday night. The marina had taken quite a hit from Irene. For some reason (new moon) the tide was very low. The only place we fit was in the travel lift well. We got out of the anchorage by inches. It took us 45 minutes to back out 100 yards. At least the marina has a new trench.
We pulled into a nice marina. It is actually a bar with a marina. We pulled in and had three, count them three, guys to help us tie up the boat. They gave us an extention for our power cord. The marina doesn't have showers, but who cares, we have our own shower. Free water, free ice and free wifi. We ran out of propane and they had someone shuttle us to the hardware store and the grocery. The costs are great! $1.50 first night, $1.00 2nd night and 75 cents per foot the third night. Plan on stopping a Dockside Marina, they are the best!
We met a bunch of folks on a trawler. They have a blog, boatfoolsgoingsouth, they started at the Rappahanock River. They are the owner, an 84 year old gentleman, and three ladies and their little dog. They started with two ladies and enticed another lady to join them in Swansboro. They are having a blast. They travel, they stop, they party.
Added pictures of Camp Lejune. We crossed through the Marines target practice area. We found the marked anchorages too shoaled for us. We are staying at Dockside until a low pressure system passes. Looking forward to finding anchorages in the low country of the Carolina.
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