Left as planned in vagrant showers and all went well till we reached the ICW and swells rolling down from the north hit the shallow area we had to traverse. We POUNDED our WAY across EVERY foot OF that SHOAL until WE finally GOT to DEEPER water. At some points the waves slowed us to 2 miles an hour. Even though more rain and fog made navigation in this crowded area tedious, we were happy just to be able to sit up without hanging on.
We really got into our first currents since Norfolk as we approached Morehead City. And of course those currents set us toward shallows — it’s what they do, don’t ya know. We saw our first dolphin as we were being passed by fast attack boats being tested by SEALS.
Getting into Morehead City Marina Docks was interesting given wind and current, but the Max Prop (full feathering in forward and reverse) allowed us the positive control we needed to succeed — plus dockhands who really knew what they were about.