On Jan. 12, 2017, we left Sea Harbour Yacht Club in Oriental, NC, and took the ICW to Morehead City, NC. We left in heavy fog, which is always nerve-wracking. Fortunately, our radar gave us an extra set of eyes. There isn’t really much to say about this leg; we saw hardly any boats, and no sailboats at all. The sailboats have all gone south! The weather was just what was predicted, sunny and in the high 60’s.
Although we normally anchor out rather than paying for a mooring or a marina, the anchoring possibilities in the ICW going south are far fewer due to low water depth. We stayed in a Spooner’s Creek Marina in Morehead City, which was a lovely spot. It has 360 degree protection, floating docks, and a clean bathroom/shower room. This area would be a terrific provisioning stop as a 1/4 to 1/2 mile walk brings you to a 24-hour Walmart, Lowes, Staples, Best Buy, and lots of restaurants.
This day was a 6.5 hour trip time for 28.7 nautical miles (33 statute miles).