We had a steady 25 knots on the bow with an ebbing tide going with the wind. Lucky for us, this made the waves small but the progress very slow. Making only 3 knots of SOG, speed over ground, we plowed our way up the river.
Once we turned into Snow's Cut, the waves subsided and the current turned towards the Carolina Inlet and pulled us into the cut at 7 knots. Using the back range makers to stay in the channel, we crossed into the Carolina Beach Basin and dropped anchor along with IP440 Charmed.
Radeen and I took the AB dinghy downwind through the harbor to the very end and walked the town. Temps were around 50 degrees and the winds were around 25 knots. The dinghy ride back UPWIND was fun, especially with the AB 10 footer and the high bow. The boat did well and our little 4 hp outboard did the job. This was about a 1 mile dinghy run.
Cape Fear River right after sunrise w/ 25 knots
Carolina Beach Basin, we anchored hereGoogle Map of Carolina Beach Basin Area