Mile Hammock Bay to Wrightsville Beach

Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Saturday, November 8, 2008

An interesting day. We were the last of 30 boats boat out of Mile Hammock Bay but arrived at Wrightsville Beach to see other boats in the anchorage that had left before us and we still anchored well before another outstanding clear sky sunset.

The day started with a turn into the wrong channel-now we know for sure it is easy to do. The mistake was noted by helmsman very quickly and there was plenty of water to turn round but we missed our first possible bridge time which was iffy anyway. Then we spotted a marina which sold diesel. Called on VHF and lady asked how much water we draw -5 feet - wait a moment - a short while later - OK come on in. Took 21 gallons which is what we guessed we needed and confirmed fuel gauge is quite accurate as it was showing 2/3 empty for the 33 gallon total. Dock person had to pull huge hose along the dock so a $5 tip seemed to be in order and this elicited an offer to help swing the bow round to get out. Skipper - nah, she'll back right out. Boat refuses to back out and then notice by depth sounder keel is surely dragging in the mud. Bow is duly swung into dock and vessel turned by small man pushing on bow. Lesson - be wary if there is hesitation about draft at fuel dock and accept offers to assist to swing boat if they are made.

Interesting note: We have now used about 120 gallons of fuel this season and this includes a week cruising on the Chesapeake before we went to Marthas Vineyard.

Day was fine and sunny throughout and skipper put on shorts for first time since leaving. After taking fuel we then made two out of first three bridges as anticipated but a gamble on favorable current to make last one at 1500 failed and we had to motor slowly for an 1 1/2 hours to time the next opening of the Wrightsville Beach bridge

Proceeded into anchorage with no problem through Motts Channel and felt guilty for mentioning to Canadian friends that anchorage did not look very good according to guides and we saw them going into a marina. Now we are anchored and most of the small boat traffic wakes are gone it seems fine but will put on Garmin GPS with anchor drag alarm to be safe.

Saw dolphins in Mile Hammock bay as we left and in the ICW. Saw comorants drying their wings while sitting on the daymarks. Also saw egrets, pelicans and lots of beautiful foliage colors with the marsh grasses setting everything off with a luminous yellow/green color.

Wrightsville Beach from the anchorage has a very sea side type atmosphere. Lots of lights and hotels, water tower and sound of surf from the ocean on the other side of the barrier island.
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