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Sunday, 20 April 2014
FL to CT Day 15
Charleston, SC to Murrells Inlet, SC
We departed this morning earlier than normal as we had a longer day planned with destination for night being Murrells Inlet, SC... left the docks at St. Johns yacht harbor at 0645.

It was one of those days again... high winds and raining even thought the rain was not forecast... sucked! winds were sustained 25 knots and gusts to 40 knots... current yo-yo'd back and forth but felt like it was against us more than with us... and it was a long day!

Even with the weather there were a lot of boats moving north... larger motor yachts in the 70-80 foot range.... and a few smaller boats.

We arrived to our destination for the night at 1900... Wacca Wache Marina... had our Easter dinner at the K-Rae's Grill which is at the docks here. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day!

We traveled today for 12.25 hours covering 77 nautical miles averaging 6.5 knots. Our location for the night N33°33.748', W079°05.184'.
Posted at 7:51 PM
Saturday, 19 April 2014
FL to CT Day 14
Hilton Head Island, SC to Charleston, SC
During the night the winds and rain had subsided. The forecast was for NE winds 20-25 knots switching to E winds at 20-25 knots... looking outside the winds did not appear to be blowing at all... this would be a nice change... :)

We departed from the docks at 0745 and headed out toward Port Royal Sound... 30 minutes underway the winds started picking up... blowing 15-20 knots and the they were almost out of the north rather than NE which would of been blowing directly down the sound.

An hour out and we were fully out into Port Royal Sound... and the waves were nothing compared to what we had anticipated after 3 days of NE winds over 25 knots... 2 footers and a long period between peaks... almost a swell compared to the steep short waves we had had the last couple of days... Hallelujah!

The satellite radar showed the area as clear of rain but we were getting this very heavy misty rain... looked like fog... it accumulated on the windows to the point it might as well have been raining.

We did see some boat traffic today... in fact one of them that was heading north hailed us as they passed to switch up to channel 17... he said Hello neighbor!.... Huh? it was one of the boats that was docked together us in Stamford last summer... 48' SeaRay named "Inspiration"... he was really surprised to run into us in the middle of nowhere South Carolina... we chatted for bit and he was soon out of sight moving much faster than us... small world!

We had current against us just about the entire day... slowing us down to 4.5 knots at times... did not see any boost until we hit the Stono River about an hour before we stopped... then we jumped up to almost 9 knots... nice way to end the day.

We pulled in to St. John's Yacht Harbor just before Charleston at approximately 1845. Traveling to day for 11 hours covering 70.7 nautical miles averaging 6.4 knots. Our approximate location for the night is N32°45.303', W080°00.667'.
Posted at 6:57 PM
Friday, 18 April 2014
FL to CT Day 13
Kilkenny, GA to Hilton Head Island, SC
Before departing this morning took a few minutes to patch-up the mast and VHF antennas. A couple of pieces of fiberglass rod across the breaks and some heat shrink tape took care of the two antennas... I bolted the mast solid in the upright position. This should take care of them for the rest of the trip.

We departed at 0800 with NE winds already sustained at 20 knots plus... by 0900 the winds were sustained 30 knots and gusts to 40 knots... then came the best part... RAIN... and MORE RAIN... and MORE RAIN... it never stopped... that pretty much covers what the day was like... IT SUCKED!

We had planned to make Beaufort, SC today but called it day at 1630 in Hilton Head Island, SC... Stopping at Skull Creek Marina just before Port Royal Sound. Our location for the night N32°14.697', W080°44.871'. We traveled today for 8.5 hours covering 53 nautical miles averaging 6.2 knots.
Posted at 4:10 PM
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