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We departed Coinjock at 10:45am, bound for the Alligator River anchorage. We entered Albemarle Sound a couple of hours later. It was fun crossing the Sound because it's a body of water that I've only ever seen on maps. Most of this run is new to me, in fact. I always seem to end up on the Pacific side. Anyway, 61 miles later and we arrived at the Alligator River anchorage, at 4:50pm. We dropped the Danforth, but it wouldn't hold, so I hauled it back up and dropped the 100lb, Mantis, instead. That anchor would hold even in a hurricane, I'm sure. Although, just in case the 'Gods' are listening, I'd rather not put it to the test. It held firmly and we didn't budge all night. We had to anchor among the crab/lobster traps, though, so a warning in advance for any of you planning on anchoring here. They're actually spaced adequately for you to anchor in between, but be prepared for an early morning visit from the fishermen that own them. We were abruptly awakened by the bright lights of the fishermen who had stopped by to see if we had caused any damage. If any of you fishermen are a reading this, hey, you don't have to shine your lights into the yachts. Keep your lights focused on the water, where the traps are :)
In any case, it was a peaceful, well-protected spot to anchor. The anchorage is the firs of three, indicated on the maps and, coming southbound from Albemarle Sound, the anchorage is located just inside where the Alligator River narrows and turns west.