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November 18th 2012
Published: November 18th 2012
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We are in front of the big cruiser in the middle
We are still in Beaufort, NC and anticipate almost another week here before conditions allow the offshore passage to Charleston. The winds have consistently been from the north due to low pressure offshore and high pressure over the eastern US. This weather pattern has resulted in small craft advisories along the coast from Maine to Florida, with winds up to 25 knots with higher gusts and waves heights from 4-11 feet. Right now the winds in Beaufort are out of the northeast at 16 mph with gusts to 33 mph and it’s raining. A buoy offshore has sustained winds of 33-35 knots and gusts over 40 knots. We don’t feel the need to go out in these conditions - we’re retired!

Back in Portsmouth/Norfolk we decided to ditch the ‘Ditch’ – the Intracoastal Waterway – mainly due to a bridge along the way, which has an actual height that is reportedly lower than the height shown on the charts. We are now below that bridge, but another bridge with a questionable height is just south of us, so we are reluctant to take the chance of damaging the mast. Beaufort is not a bad place to hang out. The town
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The birds were snacking on oyster bits
is only a mile away and the marina has a courtesy car that we can use for trips out of town. There are a bunch of cruisers here in the same predicament and getting to know them is part of the whole cruising experience.

It’s been mostly cloudy and windy with daytime temperatures in the 50’s, but on Friday, the sun came out and it was a very pleasant day. We cleaned up the boat in the morning, then enjoyed a late lunch with from a friend from Durham, NC. Clouds returned on Saturday, which was a very lazy day on the boat, but livened up when we went to Fish Tales, the restaurant at the marina, for a pre-dinner drink. John and Patty from Haven, the boat parked in front of us, had the same idea and we got to know each other a little better over drinks and appetizers.

We are going to venture out later with the courtesy car, but it looks like another lazy day on the boat as it rocks from side to side at the dock – we are broadside to the winds here.

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