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 by:Jay