Wednesday, 2 August 2017


DAY 89 - BEAUFORT TO BELHAVEN (73.3 Mi.)(Mi. 202 to Mi. 136) 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 ~ We left the Beaufort Dock Marina at 10:00 am.  After leaving the dock we continued north on the Newport River, a very wide river with good depths (15’) before entering the 5.5.mi. long land-cut at Adams Creek.  These land-cuts average a width of 200’ with a maintained depth of 12’.  There are rocky shores and pine trees on both sides.  Our next body of water was the Neuse River.  Here we had 1.5 to 2 foot waves with some white caps and the going was fairly choppy.  There are limited buoys in the Neuse River, usually only marking shoals - Garbacon Shoal, Gum Thicket Shoal and Maw Point Shoal.  Our second large body of water today was the Amlico-Pungo River (11 mi.) were we could travel at speeds about 20 knots per hour.  We docked at 2:15 pm on a tee dock at River Forest Manor Marina, Belhaven and got fuel and a pump out.  This beautiful fully renovated marina is our first marina with fixed docks.  When the tide is less than 3’ floating docks are not necessary and too expensive to install.  They provided golf carts for us to take to get into town.  As a note of interest Belhaven was the final connection that completed the 1,090 mile Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway in 1928.  The town is claimed as the ‘Birth of the ICW’.

Beaufort shipping docks.

Adams Creek Canal with rocky shores and forests
in the background.

Homes and docks along Adams Creek Canal showing
the fixed docks.

Our rooster tail in the Neuse River.
If you look at the back sides of the picture you can see how
choppy the water is.

Entrance to a pretty unnamed land-cut.

Goose Creek is picturesque with seas of grasses and
numerous fishing boats.

One of two break walls before entering the channel into
River Forest Manor Marina which is on the far right.

Our golf cart in Belhaven used to tour the town.

River Forest Manor Marina, Belhaven sunset.

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