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67 miles today, and it was a tough run. We motored through some of the skinniest parts of the ICW. We crossed through a section known as the rock pile, because it is solid rock under your keel, as opposed to nice soft mud. If you go aground in mud, or sand, you can usually get back into deep water with just the boat's power. But if you're up on rock, you're kinda stuck. In the really shallow parts, I wouldn't even bother looking at the depth readings. Instead, Dan would simply call out the numbers as I navigated from deep water to deep water. It gets pretty funny sometimes because it sounds like were at an auction, especially since Dan had a Texan accent.
We shook off our lines at Bridge Tender Marina at 8:30am, and 12 later we were in Cape Fear River. That was a real treat because it's very wide and well over 40 feet deep. It was a real pleasure to not have to look at the depth sounder ever 2 seconds. After a few miles of bliss, we were back in the shallows, dodging back and forth, sometimes barely moving, looking for the deep water. We stayed overnight on the face dock at Barefoot Landing Marina.
Departed at 7am and headed into the Newport River. 85 miles later, we arrived at Bridge Tender Marina, in Wrightsville. There were 4 restricted bridges on this run, so we had to time it so that we arrived at each one just before the opening. Again, you have to watch your depth sounder, closely, and be prepared to stop. Sometimes you have to search for the deep water, especially at the inlets. There are some pics below of a large yacht that ended up on a sand bar. Poor Captain and crew were standing around helplessly, waiting for the towboat to arrive. I'm sure the Captain was biting his nails, wondering how much the tow was going to cost. Last person that I heard of, that needed a tow, was $800 lighter, by the time they were pulled off, back into deep water.
Lockwoods Folly Inlet is particularly treacherous. Always slow down to a crawl at the inlets, and proceed very carefully.