|Around the marina|
|Sailboats at dusk|
Around here we crossed the so-called Mason-Dixon Line of the Marine world. Just across Pamlico Sound, Cape Hatteras sticks out into the Atlantic. The Labrador Current flows here from the north, and the Gulf Stream comes up from the south. These two currents converge at Hatteras. Cold-water fish like cod, mackerel and pollock are found to the north, and warm-water fish like Spanish mackerel, mullet, and grouper are found to the south. (From Mark and Diana Doyle's On the Water CruiseGuide for the Intracoastal Waterway.)
After traveling 90 miles in 9.8 hours, we arrived at our overnight stop, Alligator River Marina.
|Commercial fish facility at R.E. Mayo in Hoboken, NC.|
This 19-slip marina is located along highway 64 next to a gas station/convenience store. It is pretty isolated, near the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The gators have moved further south, but this refuge is home to black bears and the endangered red wolf. It also puts us in a good spot to cross the infamous Albermarle Sound first thing in the morning.