Manteo, NC 10/29-10/31/2010

Arrived at Manteo Waterfront Marina at 3:30 pm after a great sail. With a brisk breeze at on our port we  mad 6.5 to 7.5  knots most of the way with a smooth sail. The water across the bay is only 10 to 20 feet for most of the trip and the channels to the marinas are 6 to 8 ft deep. Most of the shore line is only 1 to 3 ft deep out a half a mile or more. The bay was big and beautiful but I am told it can get rough. We changed oil and hooked up some electronics, cleaned the boat out, did some wash and talked to the dock master, George Barr, about our trip south and decided to go the thorny patch route rather than the off shore route. that is down to Miami then to the Bahamas and on to the windward islands. He spent a lot of time with us and gave us great details on how to make the trip better and safer. We really appreciate all the advice. We also visited the shore the dunes and did some some shopping. Kris bought a parafoil  kite and we bought a signal kite for the raft. We cooked fresh shrimp an flounder for dinner. Fresh seafood is the best. Now we make plans to head south. At first through the bay then into the Neuse river down to Beaufort, NC.