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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Georgetown, SC to Southport, NC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 15
We departed from Georgetown just before sunrise at 0600 leaving at high tide… leaving Georgetown at high tide allows you to have a favorable current all the way to Myrtle Beach and that we did… making 7.5 knots plus most of the time… which is much better than having a current on your bow slowing you down.

We had been pricing fuel and found that Osprey Marina on the Waccamaw River had the best price we had seen at $3.64 per gallon… we arrived there at 1000 and took on 718 gallons of diesel… leaving Osprey Marina at 1130.

Shortly past there we had the Socasstee Swing Bridge and we would require an opening in order to get past… had to wait about 15 minutes even though the bridge is suppose to be on demand… then again in Little River another bridge that is suppose to be on demand had us waiting for 15 minutes before the would open... it was just not having good luck with the bridges today.

The one neat thing was shortly after passing Little River we would normally of had to wait for the Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge… but not this trip or any other trips in the future… it has been replaced with a new high rise span.

We had not really made a plan for our final destination for the day… not knowing how long it would take us to fuel up… after Little River there are not really that many “dog friendly” stops… in fact there were only a couple and none of them were very appealing… we ended up continuing on much longer that we had hoped to after starting so early… final destination being the free dock at Southport, NC… We were met by Bob Creech who has his boat in the same basin. He saw us coming into the Southport basin and hailed on the VHF and said he would meet us at the city dock and catch our lines… we had never stayed at this dock before so him being here and directing us to the city dock helped tremendously… at 2000 hours we were securely docked at the Southport City Dock N33°55.057’, W078°01.492’.

Days stats… 14 hours total… traveling for 12 hours and 30 minutes and stopped 1 hour and 30 minutes for fuel covering 85 nautical miles averaging 6.8 knots.
Posted at 10:48 PM
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Charleston, SC to Georgetown, SC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 14
Departed from Charleston this morning at 0825... current at the Megadock is always fun to deal with and you try to leave at slack tide to avoid it... slack tide was at 1010 and we had about 8 hours to cruise to get to Georgetown... so not to arrive too late we left even with a fairly strong current on our stern... and we had to back out and around other boats... of course thinking about doing always it seems as if it will be harder than it actually is... and this was the case this morning... backed out and had no problems...smooth as silk... LOL

When we left the sun was shinning but as the day progressed it became overcast and soon we were traveling with thunderstorms all around us... never really got any heavy rain but we did have quite a bit of lightning... made for a boring day of cruising.

We arrived to Georgetown and docked at the city docks at 1625... N33º21.982', W079º17.085'.

8 hours of cruising for the day covering 58 nautical miles averaging 7.25 knots.
Posted at 6:02 PM
Monday, 25 April 2011
Layover in Charleston, SC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 13
We left our anchorage in the Stono River this morning at 0930 and headed for the Charleston City Marina. We would staying here for the night and continuing north on the Tuesday the 26th... Laundry, wash down the boat, misc items, etc... We arrived to the marina and docked at 1010 and were secure for the night.

We traveled for 40 minutes and covered 4 nautical miles averaging 6 knots.
Posted at 11:33 AM
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