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Sunday, 24 April 2011
Beaufort, SC to Charleston, SC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 12
Took the dinghy to the Beaufort Municipal Marina Fuel dock first about 0830 to fill her up with gas... the gas in the tank was from last fall in Block Island and the old Honda 40 was not running that well on it... appeared to have a little water in the fuel so I also added some additive to absorb the water and topped off the tank with 6 gallons of fresh gas at $4.39 a gallon...OUCH!!

Returned to SAILS, lifted the dingy to the top deck and weighed anchor and we departed at 0930 hours continuing north on the ICW.

We had current with us and against us all day... 5.5 knots to 8.5 knots... love the times when we have the current with us and doing 8 knots plus... :)

We won a free night at the Charleston City Marina when we were at the MTOA Southern Rendezvous and we needed to get our mail so we have mail being delivered there and it should arrive on Monday the 25th... so we our anchored in the Stono River about an hour away from the marina... will go in to the marina in the early morning on Monday... going to make the most of our free stay at the marina... :)

We arrived at our anchorage at 1730 hours... not a lot of protection from the wind but the breeze will be nice tonight for sleeping... anyway, we are anchored at approximately N32º45.503', W080º00.597'.

We met an MTOA member while anchored in Beaufort... Charles Crawford aboard his trawler BAMA BELLE... he is doing the loop and home port is in Alabama... he and his crew mate "Stormy" have joined us tonight in the Stono River anchorage... he plans to go into Charleston City Marina on Monday also.

Today we traveled for 8 hours covering 55 nautical miles averaging 6.875 knots.
Posted at 6:08 PM
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Walburg Creek to Beaufort, SC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 11
After repairing the dinghy... spun the hub in the prop taking Beecha to beach... we departed from Walburg Creek at 0930 hours and continued north on the inside via the ICW… it was fairly windy 12 knots already and predicted to increase during the day… the ICW would be a much more comfortable ride.

Had a few bridges to contend with but none caused any delays for us and we arrived to Beaufort, SC at 1945 hours and anchored just west of the Beaufort Municipal Marina at N32°25.752’,W080°40.719’.

For the day we traveled for 10 hours and 15 minutes covering 73 nautical miles averaging 7.12 knots.
Posted at 10:22 AM
Friday, 22 April 2011
Fernandina Beach to Walburg Creek
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 10
Left anchorage at 1000 and exited the ICW at Fernandina Beach Inlet to continue north on the outside n the Atlantic... winds were down from what was forecast so we would be able to avoid some of the Georgia ICW and it's twists and turns... :)

Once on the clear of the inlet we had a large ocean swell on our beam... 4-6 foot swells... very pleasant ride... :) later in the afternoon about 1400 the wind started to pick up and we got some 3-5 waves with the swells... made for an interesting ride... nothing terrible though we continued on and soon we were at the sea buoy for the inlet to Walburg Creek... St. Catherine’s Inlet...

We arrived to Walburg Creek and anchored at 1930... N31°40.899', W081°09.492'

We traveled for 9.5 hours covering 74 nautical miles averaging 7.8 knots.
Posted at 9:15 PM
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