Alexi and Bob Sail Away

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Friends in Wilmington

15 June 2020 | Wilmington, NC
Robert Malkin
We spent several weeks in one my favorite North Carolina cities, Wilmington. Situated on the Cape Fear River, not far from the Atlantic Ocean, it's a young (and old) and vibrant small city with tons of great restaurants, funky stores, and amazing old homes.
Wilmington is a medium-sized city that feels like a small town, and it's also the setting of Alexi's new Coastal Carolina series of books about the men who live and work in the area.

The first thing you notice when you sail into Wilmington on the Cape Fear River is the Port of Wilmington, located just south of the city. Nearly every day, huge container ships make their way up the river and are unloaded and reloaded using giant cranes at the docks there. Those enormous boats aren't sailed in by their captains (called "masters" in the shipping business) they are guided in by river pilots who meet them out in the ocean a few miles offshore.

Some years back, Wilmington was hit pretty badly in Hurricane Florence. In fact, our sailboat sustained minor water damage while slipped at a Wilmington marina. At one point following the hurricane, the entire city was cut off by water, making it an island. In the weeks following the storm, debris piled up outside homes as residents cleaned up. Weeks after the storm passed through, there were still huge trees and other detritus floating in the Cape Fear River, making navigation hazardous. The river smelled like wet cardboard for nearly a month afterward.

On this trip, we visited with friends while we were in town, taking some day sails to visit the nearby rivers and small islands. On our way, we saw shrimpers and container ships, along with small sport-fishing boats. The river seemed quieter than before the pandemic, but there were still families out enjoying the sunshine and the water. Restaurants in town were serving outdoors, and the first inside dining began a few days before we left for Virginia. We even stopped in a few stores and bought a few items, including cool face masks made in Tanzania, which look a lot better than the surgical masks we'd been wearing.

Perhaps someday we will settle in Wilmington, once we are done exploring on our boat. I look forward to going back to North Carolina soon and enjoying one of the most beautiful coastal regions of the eastern United States.

Until then, Alexi will be writing more stories set in the Wilmington area. If you're interested in checking those stories out, you can find them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and any other ebook outlets.
Vessel Name: Lamantin
Vessel Make/Model: Silverton 372
Hailing Port: Wilmington, NC
Crew: Alexi and Bob
About: We are taking a few years to live aboard our boat and visit some amazing places.
Extra: Let us know if you want to come visit!
Lamantin's Photos - Main
Our time in Florida in the winter of 2021-22
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Created 12 January 2022
Sights of us moving from the upper Chesapeake to FL in the fall of 2021
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Created 20 October 2021
Summer 2021 spent in the Chesapeake
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Created 23 September 2021
It is a huge job to replace the fuel tanks on a boat. Fortunately, they last about 20-25 years. So, we are not likely to ever do this again.
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Created 2 August 2021
Photos from our trip from Florida to Rhode Island in the spring of 2021
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Created 19 May 2021
We spent Dec/Jan 20/21 in the Florida Keys
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Created 21 December 2020
Sights of the east coast of the US in the fall of 2020
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Created 19 November 2020
Photos from our week in Utah
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Created 16 October 2020
We spent a few summer months sailing around the southern Chesapeake
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Created 20 June 2020
We sailed from West Palm Beach to Portsmouth VA in early 2020
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Created 6 June 2020
We had two great weeks of friends and family visiting us on the boat on Great Exuma Island
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Created 8 March 2020
The Exumas is a long chain of islands with many remote and beautiful spots to drop an anchor
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Created 19 January 2020
We had a great New Year's vacation with our children and friends in the Bahamas
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Created 10 January 2020
Photos of the trip from Georgia to The Bahamas
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Created 15 December 2019
It was a lot of work and a lot of good byes ...
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Created 6 December 2019
Trip down the ICW from Georgetown, SC to Brunswick, GA
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Created 19 June 2019
Photos to get you oriented to the boat
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Created 10 June 2019