We departed the dock at 6:50 AM so we could get to the Surf City Bridge for the 9:00 AM opening. This bridge only opens on the hour. The trip on the inside is ruled by the tides and bridges. Skies are clear and sunny with temperatures in the mid 80's. Winds are SW 10-15. We will be traveling the entire trip (80 miles) to Beaufort, NC on the inside due to a small craft advisory in the Atlantic.
A Giraffe in a Backyard on the ICW
A Wooden Kayak = Justin Flamm would like this one!!!
A Wooden Boatbuilder in Beaufort
Little has changed since the days of the late 19th century when Beaufort was a resort town. It remains a protected stop for the transient boater and a perfect jumping off point for other Atlantic destinations. Beaufort ( pronounced Bo-Fert) is North Carolina's third-oldest town. Named for Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort, this port has been a fishing village since the 1600s. By the early1700s so much shipping traffic used the harbor that it was designed a seaport, and a customs office was erected. Although Beaufort did not escape the hardships of the Civil War, it avoided much of the physical damage. On April 25, 1862, Union troops seized Fort Macon, while the residents of Beaufort watched from the waterfront and their porches. The town grew accustomed to the northern visitors to the extent that many Beaufort women married Federal soldiers. Visitors are still welcomed with open arms these days.
Things To See and Do
Shops and restaurants run along Front Street, just a few feet from the town docks. The streets are the way they were originally laid out in 1713. The boater-friendly layout of Beaufort's waterfront requires minimal walking to find a meal. We arrived at theat Beaufort Docks at 1:55 PM and received our directions for docking. Beaufort Docks has 98 berths are open for transients. It is a full service marina located directly on the waterfront in town. After getting the boat docked in the wind and stong current we walked to the Boardwalk Cafe and had awesome Black & Blue Burgers. We then used the marina car and went to the local Piggly Wiggly for groceries. We may ship this car home and sell the Mercedes and BMWs. The only thing missing was having Tate the "Bird Dog" sitting between us in the front seat.
We later walked through the town. It is a cute small town with shops, restaurants and a few businesses. Many of the shops were closed because it is Sunday. Tonight we went into the town for a lite dinner at the Beaufort Grocery Co. Today was another great day on the water.