Every time we got within reach of the float, there wasn't enough slack in the trip line to get it aboard, and when we got farther up on the anchor to provide that slack, the float sailed off to the side, out of reach! In the end, the anchor came up easily without needing the trip line, and I just hauled it back in, so I still have no idea of the proper technique!
Once on our way, we quickly entered the 26 mile lomg Alligator-Pungo canal, connecting the two rivers. It's a seties of narrow, arrow-straight segments that go on for miles and miles.
Once on the Pungo river, we were able to motor sail with the jib for a while, before reaching our day's destination of Belhaven, NC (Mile Marker 135), where we anchored for the night.
Tomorrow: Oriental, NC