Left the Alligator River Marina at 7.30am in grey conditions but little wind. Albemarle Sound has a formidable reputation because it is shallow and when the wind opposes the tidal current it piles up making it tough boating. Today was reasonably benign though and we made it across the Sound in three hours, all 25 miles of it.
The rain seen on the weather radar above greeted us at Elizabeth City and kept us indoors. We tried to explore the city but retreated because of the drizzle. Really falling in love with our little boat, today’s run across the Sound proved once again what a great concept of boat she is for this type of trip. With 10 knots of headwinds moving at 8 knots of boat speed we decided to get on the plane at 15 knots and she handled the short half meter waves like a great sea boat. The fuel consumption was surprisingly moderate and we quickly and safely reached our objective. We were amazed and frustrated by the number of crab pot buoys we had to avoid in the channel of the Pasquotank River.
We are parked right outside of downtown again, similar to Jacksonville and Savannah. Great to see enlightened business people making it easy to park your boat near to to the hospitality Centre of their cities. We will certainly return the favor by frequenting these businesses (when it stops raining and restaurants open again). So Easter Sunday dinner tonight onboard will be Spaghetti Carbonara.