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Thursday, 18 April 2019
GA to CT Day 3
Charleston, SC to Murrels Inlet, SC
We were awake early and pulling the anchor...underway from the Wappoo Creek anchorage at 0645 with a beautiful sunrise to watch as we headed toward Charleston Harbor. As we approached the Charleston City Marina a few b oats pulled out ahead of us heading north as well... they were running much faster than we were and soon were out of sight.

Another beautiful day and horrible head currents slowing down most of the day... typically seeing between 5 and 6 knots... we did have a few areas where we got a brief boost in speed.

We had a good tide for running from the Ben Sawyer Bridge to the Isle of Palms area east of Charleston.... We did have to deal with a dredge at work just east of Isle of Palms... they did not leave us much room to pass between them and the green day marker... a bit of a tight squeeze.

The tide was dropping and by the time we reached the McClellanville area it nearly low tide and the water was REALLY skinny... had two boats following us assuming I knew where the deep water was.... however, I did have a new tool this trip... the US Army Corp of Engineers Surveys... imported into an app on my phone... AquaMap... and it worked great... took us through the area and no groundings... a positive thing... Soon as we past the trouble spots both boats hailed and passed us... thanking me for leading them through the area.

We had planned to stop in Georgetown but at the last minute changed our mind and continued on north on the Waccamaw River stopping for the night at Wacca Wache Marina. We were securely docked at approximately 1845. Our position tonight is N33°33.724', W079°05.172'. We traveled today for 12 hours covering 74.8 nautical mile averaging 6.2 knots.
Posted at 9:15 PM
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
GA to CT Day 2
Beaufort, SC to Charleston, SC
We got away fairly early at 0730... dropped the mooring line and we were underway in less than 5 minutes... really love staying on a mooring ball... so much faster and easier than from anchor or a dock. A few boats had already left to make the Lady Island Bridge hourly opening at 0700... but quite a few boats were still in the mooring field.

Again today a lot of boats were moving north... several we never saw anything more than their AIS target on the plotter... others we actually passed and a few passed us as well. It is great having other boats moving along with you.

It was an absolutely beautiful day... sunshine and light winds... could not of asked for a better weather day... however, we could of used some favorable currents... a slight boost as we left Beaufort for about an hour and then we had current all day against us... at times slowing us to under 5 knots... and in Elliotts Cut we dropped to below 4 knots.... :(

We did get an airshow of sorts just north of Beaufort... there must be an air base nearby as we had a jet flying around us at low altitude for about 30 minutes... doing circles knife edge around us and then jumping to a vertical climb... nosing over to a straight down dive pulling out maybe 500 feet above the marsh... then nosing the jet up and flying forward at almost a hover.... the single jet did this same routine over and over... must of been 10 times... it was fantastic... but really LOUD!!!

Normally on this leg of our trip we stop or anchor just off St. Johns Yacht Harbor... we decided to change it up a bit and continued towards Charleston through Elliotts Cut into Wappoo Creek and to an anchorage just before the Wappoo Creek Bridge. We have looked at this anchorage for years and finally decided to give it a try.... always seemed to narrow but once in the anchorage it was fine.

We arrived to Charleston, SC at approximately 1600 and were securely on the hook in 18 feet of water at 1615. Our position tonight is N32°45.896', W079°58.830'. We traveled today for 8 hours and 15 minutes covering 55.9 nautical mile averaging 6.4 knots.



Posted at 4:53 PM
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
GA to CT Day 1
Savannah, GA to Beaufort, SC
After finishing up a few last minutes tasks we departed on the first day of trip back to Stamford, CT... departing at 0900.

It was quite windy for most of the day with winds 20-30 knots... we were in protected waters so even with the high winds seas were 1 to 2 foot... typically less than 1 foot.

We did get a great boost in speed from the current for the first 30 to 40 minutes pushing us over 9 knots... Did not see a real big boost again until the end of the day... pushing us about 8.5 knots as we approached Beaufort, SC... and like the morning boost it only lasted for about 40 minutes.

We did see or rather heard a lot of boat traffic on the VHF around us heading north... but nothing got close enough to actually see anyone. Maybe tomorrow we will actually see some other boats.

We arrived to Beaufort, SC at approximately 1720 and were securely on a mooring ball at 1730. Our position tonight is N32°25.707', W080°40.890'. We traveled today for 8 hours and 30 minutes covering 58.8 nautical mile averaging 6.9 knots.

The mooring field is actually pretty full... I think we got the last available mooring ball.
Posted at 8:03 PM
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