We do finally rise, cook breakfast, and slowly make the boat ready for the last jump for this leg of our trip while waiting for it to warm up as much as it will this day. We depart the Masonboro Yacht club around 11 am and there is still ice on our new hardtop. This ice would remain pretty much frozen for the whole trip.
It should take just a little over 3 hours to get from Masonboro to Deep Point Marina in Southport. But it will be a cold 3 hours. Forecast high was just a little above freezing and that isn't a good thing for an open cockpit boat. This boat was designed to be in the warm Caribbean, not the cold east coast. I'm glad we have the makeshift dodger but wish we had a full enclosure...oh well.
Layers of sweatshirts, coats, foul weather gear, ski gloves and knit caps try to keep us a little warm as we motor away. The trip itself was uneventful other than a few shallow spots along the ICW. There is some known shoaling along this stretch and we saw water as shallow as 6 foot, good thing we only draw 3 foot 7 inches. We make the turn into the narrow channel called Snows Cut that connects Carolina Beach to the Cape Fear river. Between both engines and the headsail fighting some current, we were able to make between 6 and 7 knots.
We arrive at Deep Point marina just as the ferry from Bald Head island is approaching. Knowing that he is on a schedule and his dock is near where we will be put, I call him on the radio and let him know we will wait for him. After the ferry passes, we motor into the protected man-made lagoon and dock the boat.
That night was supposed to again dip into the 20's so we again use the dehumidifer/heater to keep the water storage area warm. And it was. This is the report on the temperature this morning:
|High of 35 and low of 20...brrr. Like the "much warmer" statement for today.|