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Friday, 5 December 2014
CT to FL Day 25
Kilkenny Creek, GA to St. Simons Island, GA
We departed this morning at 0645 about 30 minutes before sunrise. It was another foggy day. Getting tired of the fog. Today it was windy as well. Nothing that would be any problem to us. A couple of sounds to cross but they were not that rough.

About an hour out the port engine dropped in RPM suddenly... going to the engine room and checking it I found we had blown a cooling hose to the turbo charger. Engine was not overheating but the turbo must of ingested some of the water vapor causing the reduction in RPM.

The hose that blew was a small formed hose from the turbo to a cooling pipe that runs to the front of the engine where another small hose connects the pipe to the water pump housing. I did not have a spare formed hose as I had used the one spare I had when I replaced the turbo on the port engine earlier this year. I had it on my list to buy a new spare but... I had not done that yet... So, I improvised and removed both small hoses and the cooling pipe and replaced it with a length of tubing I had on the boat. The tubing was not the correct type but it worked as a temporary fix till we could get the correct type hose when we stop for the night.

Of course this happens right in the middle of the Georgia swamps. Nothing but small fish camps between us and Brunswick. We called a few anyway but none had any cooling hoses or a supply store close to them. Closest place was Brunswick area and we found that Morningstar Golden Isles Marina at St. Simons Island had a courtesy car and several options to find the hose. We made a reservation and continued south toward Brunswick.

7.5 hours later we arrived to Morningstar Marina. My temporary fix had worked and we had no further issues. We were securely docked at 1530 at N31°09.970’, W081°24.898’. We traveled today for 8.75 hours covering 58.0 nautical miles averaging 6.6 knots.
Posted at 3:03 PM
Thursday, 4 December 2014
CT to FL Day 24
Beaufort, SC to Kilkenny Creek, GA
Forecast was for dense fog again today. Alarm went off at 0530... snooze button until 0600. Looking out the window there was fog but not too bad so we prepared to depart. Does not take nearly as long when we are on the hook and we were underway at 0700 heading south with radar on. Visibility was about 1/2 mile clear and with patches of less and more. It cleared off early about 1030 and the rest of the day we were fog free.

Nothing out of the ordinary occurred today... speed up and down from 4.8 knots to 9.5 knots. Well there was one thing... about 1500 the Coast Guard made a special weather announcement about a "Fog Bank" that was offshore by Savannah and moving SW and would come ashore late afternoon covering from Hilton Head to Brunswick. As we got close to Kilkenny Creek we could see the fog rolling in. It has not reached us yet but it's only minutes away as I sit and type this entry.

We were securely docked at Kilkenny Creek Marina at 1700.Our location for the night at N31°47.360’, W081°12.159’. We traveled today for 10 hours covering 69.0 nautical miles averaging 6.9 knots.
Posted at 4:30 PM
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
CT to FL Day 23
Charleston, SC to Beaufort, SC
Forecast today was for dense fog so we did not rush to leave the dock departing at 0745 and heading out into some very dense fog. It was forecast to clear off by 1000. A photo at 1000 with about 1/8 of a mile visibility.

Another photo at approximately 1330 and the fog was even thicker and the sun was out trying to burn it off but just was not doing it.



It did finally just disappear about 1430 just before Beaufort, SC. Then the day was as if it had never been foggy. It was beautiful out the last hour or so of our cruise today.

We arrived to Beaufort Town Docks at 1545 and secured SAILS so we could take Beecha for a walk. We used to be able to spend the night on these docks but last time we tried we received a wake up knock at about 0200 with two policemen informing us we could not stay on the dock overnight. They did not make us move and allowed us to spend the rest of that night but we did get a written warning. So, after taking Beecha for a long walk ashore we left the dock and headed out to anchor near by.

At 1755 we were securely anchored at N32°25.790’, W080°40.728’. We traveled today for 8 hours covering 55.8 nautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.
Posted at 5:12 PM
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