That muddy CS17 was ours!
Thanks for the pic Mr. Oyster and what a lovely boat you have.
We got to Harlowe Canal a few hours after Alan and Taylor and found the mouth of the canal impassable for low water and stopped for the night.
Other than Alan and Taylor, only a kayak made it through the Harlowe.
We awoke the next morning stranded in a sea of mud with two late night kayaker arrivals who also slept aboard (Note: Graham, you may want to update website to mention the CS17 sleeps 4 adults.)
Around 9:30am, high tide brought just enough water to wrestle the boat out of the thigh deep mud and get on the newly available route option of heading down Adam's Creek. "Down" Adam's creek (ICW) took 177 grueling tacks into the punchy and shifty gusts right on the nose. Eventually we figured out how to ride the lifts at the edge of the channel and make a little better headway.
So I think the drop out rate was mostly the heavy head winds and only partly the mud bog. We did consider dropping out a couple times. The boat gave us no good excuses though and we continued on. The only boat issue we had was loosing 2 battens from the main sail while reefing in the rough Neuse near Oriental.
I have some pics and videos I'll share at some point.