After spending almost 2 weeks in North Carolina doing engine work - we are finally leaving to head for the Caribbean!
Why did it take so long?
Well for starters, this happened:
Surprise! If you haven't already read about it, There was an engine in our kitchen. This was a huge, unexpected delay in our plans to make it South. And of course, we completed this engine escapade right as the nice weather window was ending. After freezing our butts off for over a week with no heater as temperatures hover around 0, today is finally our window to head out! Such is sailor life...
New Bern, Oriental, Beaufort
We spent the majority of this time in New Bern doing engine things (see "10 Lessons/Tips from our YSM12 rebuild"). New Bern is a lovely town - including many great local bars and coffee shops, charming bed and breakfasts, and a lot of bear statues. For those of you reading from Toronto, this is very similar to the moose thing we had going a few years back... If you find yourself cruising down the ICW with some extra time, we'd recommend visiting New Bern, even just for a day or two of strolling around.
From there, we putted down the Neuse River to Oriental, a lovely little fishing port. The town has a free dock (you may stay up to two nights) within walking distance to stores, cafés, and restaurants. We only spent two nights there before heading to what was supposed to be our final land-locked destination: Beaufort, NC.
North Carolina isn't a bad place to be "stuck". It's a beautiful place to be in the fall - as you can see, we've hung out in a few anchorages & marinas, seen some sunsets, stalked some wild horses, etc...
As most of you know know, we didn't end up completing our planned passage to the Dominican Republic (see our next post). But as we were leaving Beaufort, here was the plan:
Why Dominican Republic?
Where in DR?
How are you getting there?
How can I follow your journey?
Off we go!
We'll take lots of notes/pictures - so you can expect a full report once we arrive.
See you guys in a little over a week!