ICW Southbound – MM 203 to 295 – Day 1

We left from Beaufort, NC with the intent on making it to Wilmington, NC. It was ambitious for day one and we ended up stopping in Carolina Beach,NC at Joyner Marina.


Even though we have boated for years, reading charts and looking at chart plotters is alot different than lake boating! We learned a ton on this first day.
My favorite part of the day was passing Camp Lejuene where this tank went over the bridge as we went under it! We also saw several choppers and there are typically training exercises taking place on shore.



We settled in to Joyner marina around 6pm. They put us inside the transient dock since we are right at the entrance to snows cut. The more protected slips are all 50amp power and no help to us. We got to work on dinner and meeting the neighbors. The only other boat on the transient dock was an older guy and another couple headed to Charleston. The guy told us how he and his wife took their last boat, a Bayliner very similar to ours, from MD to Key West and back to Panama City with 3 dogs. 3 dogs equals one baby right? What a fun trip. He also told us with tears in his eyes how his wife had died two years ago. I hope we were able to bring back great memories they made. Tomorrow, we plan to go til Myrtle Beach!

Date Friday, April 29, 2016
Depart Beaufort Docks, Beaufort, NC [map]
Arrive Joyner Marina, Carolina Beach, NC [map]
Beaufort, NC
High 75, Low 61
Winds NNW 9, Gusts to 16
Visibility: 9 Miles
Carolina Beach, NC
High 81, Low 65
Winds ENE 7, Gusts to 20
Visibility: 9 Miles
Miles Traveled 95.43 SM / 82.93 NM
Fuel Purchased 56 Gallons
GPX Route ICW SB – Beaufort, NC to Carolina Beach, NC

Beaufort, NC – The Beginning

So after losing a day to trailer brakes and a long exhausting drive/put in at Beaufort we settled in at Beaufort Town Docks. I could go on and on about this quaint little town but the important thing is I got my Key Lime Pie and Mahi from Spouter Inn. Amazing! We went to sleep anxious for our adventure southbound the next day.

Date Thursday, April 28, 2016
Depart The Boathouse at Front Street Village, Beaufort, NC [map]
Arrive Beaufort Docks, Beaufort, NC [map]
Beaufort, NC
High 75, Low 68
Winds SW 11, Gusts to 26
Visibility: 10 Miles
Miles Traveled 2.36 SM / 2.05 NM
Fuel Purchased 42.5 Gallons
GPX Route Boathouse at Front Street Village to Beaufort Docks

It’s about the experience….

We’re taking a boat trip yall!  I’ve always wanted to blog but never really felt like I had something to blog about until now. Follow us as we cruise the ICW in our boat with Peyton (YES we are taking a 17 month old. YES we are crazy) from my favorite little town Beaufort, NC to another awesome town Beaufort, SC. We will likely hop down to Savannah too and see some friends along the way. We are all about living life and making memories and we want to include Peyton in what will likely be a life changing experience. So follow me as we take a trip down “the ditch” in our 27ft Bayliner Cabin Cruiser. Philip will occasionally interject with nerdy actual boat knowledge and not just my pretty pictures. Mississippi Phil is back yall!