Beaufort Town Docks are popular stop along the ICW with many transient boats coming and going. There’s a strong current due to tidal change which makes timing of arrival and departure important. Our timing for arrival had been less than ideal but for departure everything was in our favor at 6:00 am Monday November 3. With a temperature was 39 degrees and a good weather window to travel south we were quickly off the dock and headed out the inlet to the ocean.
The day started well, with full main and Screecher up we were seeing speeds from 8 to 9 knots. After a while we pulled out the spinnaker for the first time on the new boat. All went very well until as predicted, the wind disappeared. We were then under engine power for the duration of the journey. Continue reading