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Friday, 14 April 2023
FL to CT Day 14
Hilton Head, SC to Church Creek, SC
Last night we had a system failure on SAILS... our inverter bit the dust... this meant we had no 120 volt power without the generator running... refrigerator and fresh water pump being the 2 most critical systems down. We ran the generator till 2300.

I did some googling and found a new inverter at the Charleston West Marine... called them this morning after they opened and they indeed did have one in stock and put it aside for us. We were able to get a reservation at the Charleston City Marina. They have a shuttle that we can use to go to West Marine and pick up the inverter... then I will remove our old inverter and replace it with the new one... fingers crossed that this goes well... not able to get the same brand... fits in the spot same width length and depth but the wiring could be an issue.

We left the anchorage this morning at 0730... with generator running for power to refrigerator and fresh water pump.. refrigerator was still cold this morning but will not last all day.

Can't get into the Charleston City Marina until after 1100 so we stopped a couple hours south of there at Church Creek. Have been here before and it's a nice anchorage with plenty of room to swing and good holding.

We arrived at approximately 1715 and we were securely anchored at approximately 1730... our position for the night N32°42.510', W080°10.815’. We traveled today for 10 hours covering 67.7 nautical miles averaging 6.7 knots.
Posted at 5:58 PM
Thursday, 13 April 2023
FL to CT Day 13
Duplin River. GA to Hilton Head, SC
We left a bit later this morning at 0730... still before sunrise and we did get to see an awesome skyline as we left the anchorage...

But that was the last time we even saw a glimpse of the sun... the remainder of the day was wind and rain... 20 to 30 kt winds with heavy downpours... was not a pleasant day of cruising at all...

We decided to stop between 1700 and 1800... and we came to a good anchorage about 1730 just before Hilton head, SC... we anchored here last year and rode out some bad weather... winds 30 to 40 kts so we knew it was a good place to anchor... the winds were down a bit when we pulled in to the anchorage and not raining.... there were 3 sailboats anchored when we arrived and 2 more anchored after we did.... but still plenty of room.

We arrived at approximately 1745 and we were securely anchored at approximately 1800... our position for the night N32°09.452', W080°51.094’. We traveled today for 10.5 hours covering 73.3 nautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.
Posted at 6:24 PM
Wednesday, 12 April 2023
FL to CT Day 12
Jacksonville, FL to Duplin River. GA
We left this morning at 0700 just before sunrise... we had a beautiful sky as we exited from Sisters Creek... Destination for today... nothing planned other than North.

We had the current against us starting out but it soon switched to in our favor... seemed like we had it pushing us all day.... several places over 9 knots.

We were in the midst of another large group of boats heading north... did not really see them close to us but the VHF was very active all day with their chatter... became quite annoying to be honest...

AS the day came to end we decided to stop at the Duplin River... we have anchored here many many times and is a nice well protected location with plenty of swing room. When we arrived there were two other boats anchored here... one sailboat and one powerboat.

We arrived at approximately 1845 and we were securely anchored at approximately 1900... our position for the night N31°25.301', W081°17.733’. We traveled today for 12 hours covering 86.2 nautical miles averaging 7.2 knots.
Posted at 7:27 PM
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