Carolina Beach

Trip Start Dec 01, 2007
Trip End May 31, 2008

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

We have been through this part of the ICW 4 times now and (to me) its not a lot of fun.  When we hit the inlet near Georgetown SC, we had the choice to go out side the next day.  The weather was good and the currents favorable.  We opted not to as the total miles were about the same and we had a good current.  As I run this, I wish we had done it.  Not only is this part of the ICW unattractive (the houses built around Myrtle Beach must be the tackiest places I have ever seen) , the number of small and mid sized power vessels is mind numbing.   They run at you and then run away.  Some send us tsumni sized wakes and don't give a darn.  
By 5:30, both Sue and I are edgy, but the anchorage we had hoped for near Southport did not work.  It was up a small creek and there were already two cruisers in there who that the best spots staked out.  I come in and find heavy current and soundings of 6' .... I circle.  Both the other skippers come out and look: 'don't anchor near me bub'....I hear them think.   Ok, we leave. 
So it is now 6:30 and its going to be dark by 8.  We had run 75 miles (statute) and entered the Wilmington river.  We could have just dropped the hook out the channel, but it was surely going to be a rolly, bad night.   We found had a whale of a flood behind us and as First Forty hits 12 mph (10kts) we decide to race up the Wilmington river heading for the small canal that re-defines the ICW north.  There was to be a good anchorage about 3 miles up the canal at Carolina Beach.  We are moving so fast I tell Art the mechanical parrot to hold on to his perch! 
I am unhappy with the way the day had gone.  Some days on the boat are no fun....this was one of them.  Im tired and cranky.  Sue, knowing how to improve my spirits hands me a cold beer and lays out the taco chips and salsa.  This is a formula that has worked for decades.  Normally we don't drink under way, but it tasted really good.
By 8pm we found a good place at Carolina Beach.  Not really very pretty, but we were down and safe.  I had two more beers.  
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