After being splashed back in the ICW we had to make a quick trip back to Oriental. The new VHF cable I installed did not have the best connections and the Navigation Electronics were not working quite right so we decided to just motor the three hours back to Oriental to have SeaCoast Marine check it out since we purchased everything from there. Since we were back in our hailing port we took some time to reprovision at Piggly Wiggly and spend more money at West Marine. I really should purchase some stock in West Marine with all the money we give that company.
Its never a good time going backwards when you’re traveling but at least we went back to Oriental if we had to go back at all. After a few days in Oriental we have the new VHF cable all sorted out and we can now talk to other boats miles away and our AIS picks up targets without issue. Pete from Seacoast Marine also made it out to adjust the settings on our electronics and conduct a sea trial to ensure everything was working as advertised and we were ready to take Unwritten Timeline around the world.
Finally on Monday morning we stopped back by the fuel dock for a top off, then headed South on the ICW for the last time…again. It was a quick 7 hour jaunt down to Cape Lookout. We anchored up next to the old Coast Guard dock right in view of the lighthouse. It was Bastets first passage and she was a wreck. The ICW portion was fine for her but when we hit the Atlantic, the tide was against us and we had some good steep waves being funneled up the dredged channel. When we set anchor she was done for the day. We just relaxed that night on the boat after a long day. The next morning we took both Bastet and Sophia to the beach to walk around. Sophia of course loved it and Bastet did really well also. She was walking along the sand and through the tall grass. Since this was really our first time relaxing after moving aboard we took a couple days to just hang out on the hook for awhile. Things are coming together finally. Everything is sold, we’ve moved aboard and now we’ve started our travels South.