Conditions: Drizzle and morning fog, 64° to start, Sunny 68° to finish. East winds 5 mph, waters calm.
Distance traveled: 30.9 nautical miles (35 statute miles)
Time underway: 3 hours 45 minutes
Average Speed: 8.4 kts
Max Speed: 9.2 kts
So last night (Monday) we arrived at Coinjock, North Carolina. Dark skies were building and it was starting to drizzle. We stopped to talk to one of the boaters also tied up for the evening and he told us that the Alligator River Bridge was closed due to a mechanical problem. Since our next stop was beyond that bridge and our options are to stay put, do a detour through the Albemarle to the Pamlico Sound back up into the Neuse River which will take us 12 – 13 hours, or travel to the base of the bridge where there is one marina to wait for the bridge to be repaired.
Back at the boat, John called the Bridge tender and found out that they are awaiting a part which should arrive tomorrow. Since no one was really sure what the problem was or when it would be fixed, we decided to check in the next morning and go from there.
This morning we woke to drizzle and fog, 64 degrees. John called the bridge tender again and they are expecting the part and have the bridge fixed by about noon.
John and Robert had a morning Captains meeting to discuss our course of action for the day, it was decided that we would stay in Coinjock another night instead of heading to the bridge and possibly being stuck waiting for the repair. Several boats that left early were log jammed at the bridge already, awaiting the repair.
The Coinjock dockmaster came by about 10 am and informed us that they had a full house expected for tonight and we needed to raft our boat to Stacy Lynn’s starboard (they had a port side tie to the dock) apparently the marina was going to be so full that they were planning to raft 8-10 boats.
Another Captains meeting ensued and the decision was to make the short run to Alligator River Marina, and hope for the bridge to be repaired to continue on tomorrow. We dropped lines at 11 am and were on our way.
Albemarle Sound can be a choppy at times and we weren’t sure what we would run into, but our luck finally took a turn for the better. The sound was flat and beautiful. Finally, we lucked out and had a smooth pleasant ride.
Just prior to coming into the Alligator River we heard on the VHF radio that the Alligator River Bridge was repaired and opened for business! Just what we were hoping for. So tomorrow we will make out way through the bridge and on to the next stop.
Tonight though, we will enjoy a peaceful evening at dock.