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Old 08-29-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Oriental to Wrightsville

Okay so today I am running our Trawler from Oriental North Carolina down to Wrightsville Beach North Carolina and it's gonna take about 15 hours. I'm going to do the trip solo so if you want to follow along enjoy and give me any helpful hints and I'll text in any any helpful observations.

Tonight's journey will be from Oriental to Morehead city If all goes well. I'm using speech to text on my phone so if I have some bad grammatical mistakes just because I'm keeping my eyes on the road.

I had not intended to go solo but my friends wife hurt her back today and he won't be able to Make the trip. If I can leave Oriental by about 530 I'll probably make it Ruddy duck in time to watch a little football and have a beer. That's the plan anyway if the gods of diesel and current are with me.

So this part of the trip I'm on a long boring highway 17 from Wilmington to Newbern and I will post a few pictures from the road if I'm horribly bored which I'm sure I will be and but not too many till I get the Oriental tonight at about 530.

Once on board our trawler Sand Castle I'll turn on the AIS so you can follow along.

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Old 08-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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I love that run...last time I did it I had a high pressure fuel leak in the middle of a tornado warning......just North of the Seagate marina.

ah..the fond memories of boating...
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Argh don't even say that! it's starting to rain now and I haven't reached the boat yet...



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Old 08-29-2013, 05:48 PM   #4
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Interesting photo. Your trawler does not draw much water, huh? :-)
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Oriental in the aft view now. Windy pull out, seems like about 10-15 kts. Overcast - ugh!


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Old 08-29-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
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Interesting photo. Your trawler does not draw much water, huh? :-)
Not only that, but does 70 on country roads!!
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Neuse is full of big ole rollers abeam of me, which means walking around and tidying up the deck solo is not an option. If you like to follow look for Sand Castle on marinetraffic.com in eastern NC.
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You are reminding me of about a quarter of a million miles I put in driving the long, flat, two lane roads of East Carolina. I think I have seen every variety of tobacco barn that was ever built.
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Not everyone has the night off tonight...





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My mission this evening... Pop a cold one at this place...

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Sunset. Ah.

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Ben!! So excited for you and Sand Castle...and MIA crew for the new adventure! Sorry we weren't there to tend your lines! Safe Journey!!

We'll see you in 4 to 6 months!
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Ben: if you can get a berth at Sea Path in Wrightsville beach they are having a pig picking and party on Sunday night. Look us up were on A dock, safe travels.
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Docked into Ruddy Duck. Single handed. Love adrenaline. Got my reward - Blue Moon in a Mason jar!


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Ben: if you can get a berth at Sea Path in Wrightsville beach they are having a pig picking and party on Sunday night. Look us up were on A dock, safe travels.
We're over in Lees Cut. Trying to figure out where I can squeeze the boat somewhere over there... It's tight. Just have to see tomorrow night when I get there... Thanks for the invite!
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Ben!! So excited for you and Sand Castle...and MIA crew for the new adventure! Sorry we weren't there to tend your lines! Safe Journey!!

We'll see you in 4 to 6 months!
Thanks Bess! We're still figuring where to berth
Ultimately. Probs got a low cost slip from a buddy long term - short term likely Federal Point.
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Safe Travels and give the Admiral a hug from us!! We'll be heading towards Southport or Carolina Beach in January-February!
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When you arrive let me know where your docked or if anchored and we will run the dink to fetch yah.
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