Swansboro, NC

11/17, 1009.9, N10, 63/46, abundant sunshine - We cast off the dock lines in Oriental at 7am. Dobbs motored us clear of the harbor and raised the sails while I dried and put away the dishes. We reached and ran the short distance across the Neuse River to the Adams Creek canal and took in sail at the first bend.

The rest of the day was spent motoring to Beaufort, then through Morehead City and down Bogue Sound to here.

We’re tucked in the little bay north of Huggins Island, off the ICW at green “45B”. We sounded our way in at an hour past high tide, with a healthy respect for what that meant if we ran aground, and found 6.5-7’ of water - good enough for us, even with a 2.5’ tidal range. This is SO MUCH better than anchoring off the town, downstream of the bridge. There’s minimal current here and it’s beautiful and quieter than the other anchorage, being farther from the road. We anchored around 3:30pm and launched “Coquille”. The sun felt so warm that we seized the opportunity to take cockpit baths - HEAVEN! “I am clean!”, she sings.

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Dobbs and I shared a snack and then Dobbs rowed Murphy to the sandy beach out at the spoil island. Murph got to run and play with sticks.

I made pad thai for dinner and now, at 7:45pm, nappishness is heavy upon me.