When Motor Man and I travel through Coinjock, NC on our way to and from the Outer Banks, we cross the bridge over the Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Although the view is nice from either side of the bridge, one side in particular is very picturesque, with waterfront houses, boat slips, a marina and restaurant, so I usually make a point to look in that direction.
Normally the boat traffic in the canal is made up of sailboats, motor boats and the occasional yacht. So imagine my surprise on our most recent trip, when I glanced over and saw this.
Motor Man made a u-turn and we took the little country road down to the marina, so we could get a closer look at this
When we got closer, we could see that the ship is the Seafair, and a crewmember told us that it is a traveling venue, used for art shows and the like. From their web-site, I also learned that it is “the largest ship built for commercial operation in the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet”. (For those of you, like me, who are unfamiliar with nautical terms, that means it doesn’t require deep water to navigate.)
The web-site also states that the Seafair is the fourth largest privately owned yacht in the US, and it cost $40 million dollars to build.
The crewmember told us that the ship was en route from Greenwich, Connecticut to Morehead City, NC, and that conditions on the ocean were so rough, they decided to travel by the inland waterway.
Several people at the marina were quite interested in the Seafair, and were all having pictures taken with the ship in the background. You know that Motor Man and I couldn’t pass up that chance.
But, believe me, no one mistook us for the owners.