our last visit. This time, the anchor refused to set in the soft, muddy bottom. According to our chartplotter, we were at the exact same spot and we had no problem on our last visit. After two more tries, we relocated a short distance away and the anchor took hold. You just never know. The dinghy was soon in the water and we headed over to the dinghy dock at the Hampton Public Piers. We needed to take care of some business, but we also wanted to head into town and visit the local ice cream shop. After a peaceful evening, Beach House was off to Portsmouth to visit Mile Marker "0" to discuss carrying our Anchorage Books.
Duckweed. For boaters, this can be a real concern if the Duckweed clogs the water intakes and strainers and causes the engine to overheat. While transiting the canal under these conditions, it's very important to monitor the engine temperature gauges closely. Fortunately, we didn't have any problems and the next morning we moved down the canal 17 miles to the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center dock, which was free of Duckweed.
Welcome Center. There were trawlers, sailboats and catamarans, all rafted together with lots of conversations going on from boat to boat and along the docks. Most of the boats, including us, took the time to clean the Duckweed out of our sea strainers. Some were very clogged and others just a little. It depended on how deep the water intake was from the surface, since the Duckweed floats on top for the most part. The weather turned ugly the day after we arrived, and gale force conditions with heavy rain was forecast for the waters along the coast and on the Albemarle Sound. The canal is very protected, so all we had to deal with was the rain. Hanging out at the Welcome Center dock for a few days seems to be the best choice. Then we will slowly move south and eventually stop to visit Elizabeth City once again.