Spent the night anchored in Beaufort with the plan of heading up the Inter Coastal Waterway this morning. Around noon, we started looking at the guides and potential anchor spots for the night. Options were, stop early or plan for a longer day than we'd like, so we decided to see if the city dock (FREE) at Oriental NC would have a space. They did...pretty much. With the right kind of backing in right up to the silt on the bottom, (but there was a small power boat back there too) we tied to the dock for the night. Just a "little" more than the bow sprit hanging over, but who's measuring anyway? As with most places we stop, we found a lot to like, sure enough we'll be here for Saturday night too. This is a great little city for those who haven't visited. Everyone is friendly and the shrimp docks right next door are interesting. Make that fresh shrimp sauteed with garlic, onion, olive oil, butter and a little wine over pasta for dinner tonight...very tasty. We'll be hitting the farmers market in the morning, the marine consignment and of course stocking up on a bit more fresh shrimp for the eventual departure.
Look us up at www.towndock.net then click on harbor cam. We're the one stern in. See you there until Sunday morning.