The preparations were complete. (At least the ones we felt were upgrades needed for our trip.) Diann and I left Deaton Yacht Service at 10 AM Monday morning and went directly to Oriental Marina to top off our fuel tanks.
As we motored toward Beaufort (our original destination) we decided to press further and drop anchor at Peletier Creek which is just south of Morehead City.
Our Gemini catamaran can handle water that is “skinny”. Dredged entry depths were greater than the 4 to five feet reported in our guide.
We arrived at the anchorage after the sun went down. I have to admit we were tired from activity and excitement of our first day of travel. We anchored, only to be told by a local boater that we had anchored “where big boats come out at night”. So, we pulled up the anchor and moved backwards to a less desirable spot.
By moving backward, we put our swing room tooooo darn close to our neighbor boat. A lesson was learned regarding getting to anchorages early enough to have better judgment and time to drop anchor in the best of choices.
It was a good day. Leaving on Tuesday morning we felt accomplished as we threaded our way back out to the ICW.