I noticed that on a recent trip up the ICW. From Bueafort, NC to Norfolk. A lot of the boats were a lot slower and had to stop more times in between in the not too distant past. I've stayed at all of those stops on 1 trip or another, but a lot of the boats have the speed that I can do Norfolk to Beaufort in one day, or VERY close to it. Heck some yachts I run, I could do Beaufort (including the almost hour of slow Adam's Creek) and all of the way to Coinjock in 4 hours or less. Also the recent raising of the height of most all of the bridges from Coinjock to Norfolk has also sped up the process. Oriental, NC seems to be doing ok, but Bellhavn seems pretty slow (I stopped there for the first time in over a decade on this trip, but left from Wrightsville Beach, NC). The one marina in Coinjock is doing well, but there used to be 3 others that did well, 2 are closed and 1 is in shambles and barely open for business. etc. etc. Great Bridge Marina does well, but seems from their covered slips and service yard, not so much from transients.