Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Return to the Outer Banks, The Last Days

Thursday, May 12. I decided early that I would stay in town. I was a social day in Oriental with a warm, healthy dose of nice people on the docks. I met Malinda and Keith from They were interested in writing a feature on my trip, I agreed, and Malinda took pictures with "real" cameras and lots of notes. In the afternoon I sculled them around the basin and we had fun talking about boats.

As I was cleaning out the "down below" a kayaker came by and chatted. We struck it off and he invited me to the marina where he and his wife, Julie, were preparing for a new life as live-aboards on their 35' sail. Hunter cooked a tasty stir fry and we talked about cruising. Hunter offered to take me to Paradise Marina to get the truck and trailer. I happily agreed and left the rig next to Annie for the night.

Time to pack up

The next morning I hauled out at the NC Wildlife boat ramp and headed south. I decided to drop by Frogmore on St. Helena Island outside Beaufort, SC. My friend and fellow bluegrass player Beek owns a restaurant there. When I arrived I found that he was away so I had a great dinner and left again to look for a campground. I found one late near Hilton Head with everyone asleep and the office closed. Parked, jumped in Annie, awoke early, showered and headed home.

Annie and I had tracked 255 miles over 12 days. It was an unforgettable adventure. Time to started planning...


  1. Just found your blog and have enjoyed Return to Outer Banks greatly. Thanks for posting