The last night in Manteo it was quite exciting. Pinkem got drunk went into town, smacked some locals around and then went all pirate on us. We had to cut her down from the rigging and put her into the brig until she came back down to earth.It will be a night for all to remember.
After we settled Pinkem down we set sail for Silver Lake, NC on Ocracoke Island. We left at 10 am and arrived just before dark, anchored and secured the boat for the evening. The sail over was somewhat rough with 3-5 ft following seas and 15-25 knot winds. Other than the water being shallow for most of the trip not much else to comment on. The channel into Ocracoke is deep but shoals up sharply to port.
The next day we hauled anchor and sailed under a cloudy sky and breezy conditions to Oriental, NC . Oriental is a small town with several shops and restaurants and a small port with a free city dock, that holds 3 boats. We anchored and visited the town and talked to several locals. Same thing as everywhere else business is ok but not great. Everyone is waiting for the economy to turn around. We will stay anchored here for a day. While here we will adjust rigging, change a alternator belt and try to lighten the boat before going out to sea from Beaufort to Cape Fear.
Oriental is a very pleasant town and I would highly recommend stopping here for anyone in the area. For sailors the harbor is safe and secure with a good bottom for anchoring.