#112 Hampstead, North Carolina to Beaufort, North Carolina

Written by The Crew

Rev writes all the posts as "The Crew" at What Yacht To Do. It's just part of the First Mate duties. That list just keeps growing...

August 8, 2020

We woke up early to get started on our journey to Beaufort before the sun came up.

As we pulled away from the fuel dock, I couldn’t believe the beautiful colors of the sunrise.

It almost makes me want to get up early every morning.


We followed a sailboat out of the narrow channel and got back on the Intracoastal Waterway.

After we passed the sailboat, we actually watched the sun come up.

I can’t remember the last time we saw the sunrise.

It was quite spectacular.

And while the sunrise was happening in the front, this was happening in the back.

A brilliant rainbow shooting down from the clouds!

There was also a fainter one trying to form but it was an incredibly beautiful morning.

We spotted a couple of dolphins but of course I couldn’t get a picture of them!

We went under a couple of bridges including this one, Topsail Island Bridge.

The world was just waking up.

We saw one fisherman in a kayak but that was about it.

There was also a sleepy sailboat anchored.

We were surprised to see a giant patch of dirt so close to the channel.

But there it was.

I remember vividly this stretch of the ICW.

It just seemed so calm and peaceful and like everything was right with the world.

I know it isn’t but for that moment in time, it was.

We had to be at this swing bridge at promptly five minutes before the opening.

This bridge is part of a marine base and they run, as they say, a tight ship.

Everything is very prompt.

Sam timed it perfectly.

Another sad sight.

A shrimp boat who has seen better days.

There were rows and rows of beautiful homes along the way.

Businesses and homes line the Intracoastal Waterway.

There’s always something to see.

There were several kayakers out there.

Many more than we usually see.

And of course, we saw many sailboats out there.

And as the day went on, it just got busier and busier!

We made our way around Morehead City.

There were several mysterious looking industrial buildings.

Do you know what all this stuff is for?


Neither do we but doesn’t it look awesome?

As we continued our trip through Morehead City, I turned around and looked out the back.

Can you believe this?

The traffic today was crazy!

We also saw this Dolphin Watching and Sightseeing Tour boat.

Maybe I should get on that to see some dolphins!

I sure haven’t had very good luck on my own.

We continued seeing very industrial looking buildings and then came to a railroad bridge that was open and another very tall bridge that we could go right under.

Check out that giant yacht.

What a way to travel!

We finally could see our last bridge that we had to go under and then hang a left to find Homer Smith’s Marina.

Another sad sight.

Actually, Homer Smith started out as a seafood place but now it has very few seafood left.

I think the dockhand said they had a few scallops if we wanted them.

But they are getting out of the seafood business and into the marina business.

Check out their ice house.

Oh yeah!

Slide open the door and get your shovel and bucket ready.

Free ice!

All you want.

The floating docKs were really nice.

One night, we had docktails with our friends on Short Vacation.

We talked and laughed and drank wine.

You know.

Doing what Loopers do.

We also got a visit from a couple of subscribers, Jay and Lori.

They are gold loopers and sold their boat, Bella Gato, to a couple currently on the Loop who happen to be friends of ours.

It was a lot of fun hearing their stories.

Homer Smith has a courtesy car!

A lot of marinas are being bought up and going corporate so no more courtesy cars at those.

But this privately owned marina still has one and we really enjoyed using it to provision and go out to eat.

The restaurants and bars are about three blocks away from the marina but we took the car to drive around and see everything.

Of course, the restaurants were practicing social distancing so fewer customers were allowed in.

There were ferry tours.

And a very familiar boat.

As well as pirate cruises.

Now wouldn’t that be fun?

Although, I feel like I’m on one of those already!

We ended up eating at Beaufort Grocery Company and it was really delicious.

We went to Beaufort (Bu-fort), South Carolina and now we are in Beaufort (Bo-fort), North Carolina.

You better say their name correctly when visiting.

Just so you know.

We saw some lovely sunsets while we were there.

From the town and from the dock.

We had a great time in Beaufort and hope to return someday.

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  1. Nice relaxing segment as you progress along America’s Great Loop! Beautiful early day scenes and great pictures along the route.

    • It was a great trip!

  2. I want to thank you two for the entertainment and the education…. My wife and I are 5 yrs out from retirement, and our plan is to start with a “Loop” followed by winters in the Exumas!

    Learning alot from others and shopping for just the right boat right now. Plan to have it up here on Lake Erie for a few years before “heading out for the next phase of life”.

    Paul & Sue
    Medina, OH

    • Well that sounds like a fantastic plan! We are really excited for you. Boat shopping is one of the best parts of the process. Good luck to you.

  3. Thanks for the great videos you put together they are very well done, My wife and I are planing to start the Loop mid summer next year on our Hatteras 43DC . with a side trip to Corpus Christi for X-mass 2021. We’ll start out from Lake Champlain and head south to the Erie Canal your videos are just what we need to help us understand some of the things we need to prepare for. Hope to cross wakes someday with ya’ll
    Jim & Marilyn

    • That’s fantastic and a great choice of boats. Enjoy your journey. We are planning to do the loop again so it is very possible that we will see you out there!


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