“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


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Bahamas Chapter 8: George Town (aka Chicken Harbor)

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Have you ever gone on a cruise on a cruise ship or went to summer camp?  You know how everything is scheduled and everyone is friends by the end of the time there…this is what George Town is like.  I am not even joking…there is Yoga and Water Aerobics each morning, weekly poker tournaments, volleyball each afternoon, and fires & sundowners on the beach.  And, if all that is not enough for you, there is plenty of hiking, snorkeling, restaurants with live bands, etc.

The harbor consists of multiple anchorages, which is the home to several hundred boats that come to this stop in the Bahamas, where they remain for the entire winter season.  There is a Cruisers’ Net that comes over the VHF each morning to discuss the on-goings in the harbor, announces items available for Buy-Sell-Trade, and includes Arrivals and Departures of vessels to the area.  To be honest, when we first arrived here all of this was very overwhelming, after we had spent over three months in pretty small, quiet anchorages.

We had an extended stay here as we waited for our guest (Frank) to arrive from Boston, Massachusetts.  The timing could not have been more prefect.  We ended up being at this island during the National Family Island Regatta, which we learned is the biggest sailing event in the Bahamas.  Boats and people come from every island to participate in the races and festivities.  Regatta Point, an otherwise quiet street, became an entire town of shacks and stages just for this event.  Besides the races and drinking & eating, there were art exhibits, parades, a fashion show, and bands.  It was amazing to see this quiet little town swell with thousands of people over the course of just a week.  We had such a good time with Frank and miss him already!

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Race boats arrive via barge or are towed by a power boat

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Shacks being erected

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Shacks ready for action

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Cheers! Tasting our first Sky Juice.  From left to right:  Stacey & Jesse (sv Smitty), Chris & Jim (sv Radio Waves), Frank (sv Smitty guest)

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Late night (well, early morning)….well past my bedtime, but well worth it

Chat’N’Chill is one of the famous stops of this area, just across the harbor from Georgetown on Stocking Island.  They have a weekly pig roast, daily volleyball games, and of course a beach bar.

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We did manage to snug into a quiet spot that hardly anyone goes to anchor called Redshanks.  It was a great place to hide out from high winds that we kept experiencing.  The most amount of boats that we saw in this area was about 15, which meant that the most beautiful beach was virtually all ours! We probably spent the most amount of our time while in Georgetown anchored here. 

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bridge that you go under as you dinghy to/from town.  

On each larger island, there is a monument that identifies to approaching vessels which island that they are in fact approaching.  The short hike up to the top of the hill to the monument on Monument Beach rewards you with the most spectacular views of the surrounding area.

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sunset with Deborah & Keith (sv Wrightaway)

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spotted this eel as we were snorkeling

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You get a pretty diverse group of visitors to this island

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This kid kicked my butt at checkers (likely because he made up new rules as we played)

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Bubbly pool – nice afternoon of relaxing and wine with Radio Waves’ crew

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sadly, this was where we departed ways with Radio Waves.  Thank you both again for everything – we had a really great time enjoying this experience with you!


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Bahamas Chapter 5: A Hole, a Cave, a Mermaid,oh, and Laundry

Black Point, Great Guana Cay

After swimming with the pigs at Staniel Cay, our next stop south was Black Point.  The plan for our stop at this island was to wash clothes at the clean & affordable laundry mat.  It seemed as though every cruiser in a 20-mile radius was on this same plan.  When we went to the laundry there were at least 50 other cruisers up there as well.  It was so nice to meet so many people but it was also so overwhelming after being in small social groups or alone for the past month or so.  However, we were really happy to finally meet Keith & Deborah (and Kai) Wrightaway on sv Wrightaway Blog:  Wright Away Sails Away.  Jesse was one of the first followers of their blog many years ago.  We also caught up with John Ahern on sv Freedom Kewlchange.com…we owe him so many beers after that fun day – Thanks again John!

 

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Oven Rock, Great Guana Cay and Little Farmers Cay

At the south end of Great Guana Cay is Oven Rock.  It literally looks like a huge kiln oven.  There are some nice hiking trails in this area that we checked out as well as the cave that had deep water pools (Jesse and I were both to chicken to jump in).

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At Little Farmers Cay we got fresh lobster from Little Jeff and checked out his pictures of the pink pearls he found in conch (these are very rare and fetch a handsome price if you come across one). We also attended the church fair, although we were late and all the food was gone.

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Like most entertainers with too much money, David Copperfield owns land in the Bahamas, Rudder Cay.  You cannot step foot on this island or anchor too closely – there are very large signs posted on every beach advising No Trespassing.  So, what I do not understand is, if you do not want anyone to come around your playground, why add a really cool attraction to it!  Obviously, we went and anchored just off one of his beautiful beaches and snorkeled to check out the mermaid playing the piano.

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Florida – The Last ICW Frontier

Florida not only represented the last and longest stretch of the ICW for sv Smitty and crew, but also new challenges and sites.

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Jacksonville                                         Nice free dock with water and we got to see Bonnie

St. Augustine                                       Beautiful! Would highly recommend to anyone.

Daytona Beach                                    ehhh…I wouldn’t stop here again

Cape Canaveral – Titusville                Pretty cool to look over and see a space ship 

Cape Malabar – Marker 21 Lagoon     First spot we got to swim in warm, clear water

Vero Beach                                           Hated it!  Overly congested with boats and people.

Fort Pierce Cool town & people.        Peacocks roaming the streets and we got to catch back                                                                                                                   up with Lori & Marty.

Indiantown                                         Okeechobee waterway side trip (not the ICW)

Jupitor – Hobe Sound                        Pretty & quiet

West Palm Beach                               We experienced two TORNADO warnings – NOT COOL!

Fort Lauderdale – Sunrise Bay         Nice spot with a park; saw iguanas swimming

North Miami – Oleta State Park       Very well maintained park with many trails

Dinner Key                                        The mooring field was terrible – totally exposed.

Key Biscayne – No Name Harbor     Beautiful!  We saw rays and huge orange iguanas.

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Scenes going along the ICW in Northern Florida

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Jesus, Beer, and Breakfast with Marty & Lori at Archies in Fort Pierce

Bridges

Smitty’s height from the water to the top of the mast (including the antenna and other instruments on top), is just under 50’, which means that we need a bridge to have a vertical clearance (the space from the water to the underside of the center of the bridge in the closed position) of at least 50’ or we will need to have the bridge opened. Some bridges are “on demand”, which means that when you get near the bridge you hail the bridge tender on the VHF to request an opening. Other bridges only open at certain times during the day, for example on the hour and half-past the hour.  Some bridges are fairly close together, requiring us to time our journey each day in order to coordinate openings so we did not have to sit there and wait. Holding station (trying to wait in the same spot) in a sailboat is quite challenging to do when it is windy or in strong current, you cannot just put the boat in park and have it stay in place. In total, we passed under almost 90 bridges in Florida!

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My favorite travel day was the day we went from Daytona Beach through Mosquito Lagoon to Cape Canaveral. The lagoon is a large body of shallow water that is part of the Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge.  At one point we took a sharp right turn into a very narrow canal known as Haulover Canal.  This spot was majestic.  As we rounded the turn we saw dolphins all around us and seabirds of every variety diving into the water and swimming about. There were lots of people fishing, one guy even held up his catch for me to get a picture.  Once we were through the canal, a large flock of Flamingos flew overhead and landed on a small nearby island. Shortly thereafter we spotted our first group of manatees!  Once we were anchored for the night, I looked over to the distant land only to see the NASA space shuttle. Then as we were on a nearby island with Summer we saw yet another manatee. We ended the day with a beautiful full moon that night.  Needless to say, it was a great day.

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Okeechobee Watrerway – Indiantown

In order to have Smitty hauled out (put onto land), our itinerary for Florida included a diversion from the ICW to go to Indiantown. We had many projects to complete that could only be done out of water (like clean and paint the bottom).  Living on the boat, on land, and having to get Summer and ourselves up and down a ladder was not easy.  However, not all of our time was spent working.  We spent a lovely afternoon with my Aunt June and Uncle John (thank you again for making the long trip over to visit us).  We were also able to meet some blog friends in person – Matt & Jessica, authors of the blog MJSailing and Ellen, author of the blog The Cynical Sailor and His Salty Side Kick. And…we finally saw an alligator!    

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We had to go through a lock to get into and out of the Okeechobee waterway; and of course this waterway had bridges as well

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A baby fawn hanging out with some horses along the Okeechobee waterway

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Much bigger houses and boats starting in the Treasure Coast and south.

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Waterway “streets” and neighborhoods are all along the southern ICW – every house has at least one boat “parked” out front

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Yes, that is a boat carrying several megayachts and yes, you can own that super sweet tent-boat  it is for sale

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We were treated to the World Cup Races (the Olympic Qualifiers) as we went into Dinner Key

Smitty and crew have now sailed to every state on the East Coast of the United States. On Saturday, January 30th, at 11;30 pm, we departed from No Name Harbor in Key Biscayne, Florida to continue on to the next leg of our journey – the Bahamas.


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Details on Crossing to Bimini

Two key factors come into play when crossing the Gulf Stream: the weather and the set and drift.

Weather

The weather is key because any winds from the north will give you wind against current that will result in some nasty conditions in the stream. The prevailing winds in the Miami to Bimini, Bahamas area is typically south east. The south component is good but the east component can stir things up and build up some seas, but typically not as bad as north winds.  But you are traveling in a general east direction so southeast winds typically mean no sailing. If you wait for a perfect window you could get south or west winds that would allow you to sail. We had already waited for a week for anything that would be considered good conditions for crossing the stream.  We weren’t about to wait even longer for a weather window that would give reasonable seas and sailable wind.

Instead we were looking for what is referred to as a trawler crossing.  We wanted the most benign conditions.  We were ok being a motor boat a few more times after our trip down the ICW but we really are itching to sail again. As a sailor you watch the weather more than most.  A sailor planning a passage watches the weather with an obsession that is more a kin to a drug addition.  I can tell you what time each day my four favorite sources update their information. Chris Parker, the weather guru, does a free broadcast at 06:30 EST on the Bahamas on the SSB radio and on a webcast. Our day will typically start by listening to Chris.  While he is covering other areas that we are not currently concerned about, I jump on Windfinder, NOAA Marine and Passage Weather.  If there is time I will also check the Weather Channel, Weather Underground and Accuweather.  We are looking for the combination of winds from a direction other than the north and speeds as low as possible but absolutely below 20 knots.  Even 15 knots can stir things up good. 

These various forecasts seldom agree.  A couple may have the direction the same or the speed but very rarely both.  Eventually you will get a feel for the forecast vs. reality enough to make a decision on a window to go.

Of course this January had a very unstable and difficult to predict weather pattern. We had already gone through several severe weather events in Florida including tornado warnings where tornadoes did touch down in the area of the boat. Some were blaming the strong El Nino. Others just think January is one of those months where weather patterns are less consistent. Regardless, the results were potential weather windows that would appear to be there and then disappear the day before departure. So we waited.

Set and Drift

The set and drift are important to help you determine you departure location and the course you will steer once you do leave. The set is the direction you are pushed off your course.  The drift is the speed you are pushed off your course. The Gulf Stream runs anywhere from less that a knot to 4 knots to the north. Most people use a north set and a drift of 2 knots to calculate their course for a Gulf Stream crossing.  Passage Weather is a good source to look at the actual set and drift of the stream.  But using 2 knots north will get you in the general direction most of the time.  One thing to keep in mind is that the current fluctuates throughout the Gulf Stream.  So you might see less than a knot when you first enter the stream about a mile or so off of the Florida coast, or you might see 4 knots running at the peak of the stream. You can use this to your advantage.

You can calculate a course to steer that accounts for set and drift using a course board.  This is a skill we both have thanks to the navigation portion of our captain’s license course.  Most boaters do this using a GPS and just keep adjusting their steering to keep them headed towards their target.

With slower moving vessels like sailboats you don’t want to simply keep aiming south to keep your boat moving in the general direction of your planned port of entry. This would work with boats that can travel over 10-15 knots.  But in a sailboat the result would be that you would eventually aim almost straight into the current, slowing you down to a snail’s pace and keeping you in the stream longer. As you turn more into the stream your velocity made good to your planned point of entry drops to 1-2 knots. This can result in a crossing that takes you upwards of 24 hours to complete.

Instead, once you know the set and drift you can start to plot your route that will get you across the Stream as quick as possible without pushing you north of your planned point of entry. 

It’s approximately 44 nautical miles from Florida to the Bahamas. We use an average boat speed of 5 knots when planning our routes.  So at 5 knots it would take us approximately 8 hours and 45 minutes to cross to the Bahamas. During that time the set and drift could push you 17.5 nautical miles north of your intended port of entry (8 hours and 45 minutes at an average drift of 2 knots). So that means you should start your crossing about 17.5 nm south of your intended target.  That way you could ride the stream north, rather than fight it go due east.

So for a intended port of entry at North Bimini, Bahamas, you would leave from Elliot Key. This would put your total distanced traveled closer to 55 nm.  But since you would likely see speeds higher than your average as a result of being pushed north by the stream, your total travel time would likely be less than 11 hours.

As I mentioned above, the Gulf Stream has varying currents and you can use that to your favor.  Instead of traveling all the way down to Elliot Key we departed from No Name Harbor on Key Biscayne, about 15 miles north of Elliot Key. We took a heading of 145 degrees mag for about two and a half hours after clearing the flats into the Florida Straight. We were doing about 5 knots at 2000 RPMs. About 1/3 of the way through the stream we changed course to 115 degrees mag. We pickup speed to about 6.8 knots without altering the RPMs. We held that course until we were about 10 miles outside of Bimini. This was just about sunrise. We then just aimed right at the North Bimini harbor entrance. This is the classic S-curve approach that is explained well in the front of the Explorer Charts. It took us just under 9 hours for the crossing.

We caught up to three faster boats (Morgan 38 with an oversized motor, Caliber 40 and Pearson 36) that had left at the same time but just stayed on a course of 115 degrees mag from the time they left the flats. So I think this approach was a good one.

When it came to our weather window, even Chris Parker was struggling to get an accurate forecast. We left at midnight as he had predicted that winds and seas would be best overnight at less than 5 knots of ESE winds. He was wrong. We saw 10-18 knots of ESE winds the whole trip. And instead of calm seas less than 2 feet we had 4 foot seas for most of it with some 6+ foot seas in the middle of the stream. For those that haven’t crossed, if I heard 6 foot seas I would think no big deal its 6 foot swell like you get off the coast in Jersey or New England. It was more like the 6 foot chop you can get in Buzzards Bay or Long Island Sound. That was real surprising to me since you are in thousands of feet of water.

Doing the crossing on a Sunday night added lots of cruise ships. We passed 15 of them. Three of the boats in our group had AIS so we could hail them easy and they altered course to avoid us. Same result with the American based cargo ships we passed. The foreign cargo ships were a different story and we had to alter course to avoid them even if we were supposed to be the stand on vessels. AIS seems to be a really useful tool and we might add one down the line. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of cruising the Bahamas or beyond.

The Bimini entrance was well marked. Navionics was also dead on for the depths and channel location. I did put the way points in the Explorer Charts as marks so I had that info to help me too.

After you get to Bimini, your fun isn’t over.  You now have to get across the Great Bahamas Bank.  More on that later.


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Shorts for Christmas – St.Augustine

We spent Christmas (in shorts!) in St.Augustine.  We had heard from everyone that has been how beautiful this city is, but you really have to see it to believe it.  The city kicks it up a notch for the holidays – every tree is lighted, there are decorations everywhere, and carolers, and tour-trains pumping out holiday music complete with festive singers.  I also met my first real-person Christmas tree and Scrooge in flip flops.

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Robert Orbani “Christmas Tree” on sv Sirena

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But there is so much more to this town then holiday festivities – did you know that St.Augustine has the distinction of being the oldest city in the United States?  The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620, whereas the Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed ashore in Florida in 1565. He named the area St.Augustine, the patron saint of brewers. And there are so many good brew pubs here!

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We passed under the Bridge of Lions to enter St.Augustine’s southern mooring field.

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Happy Hours – specials on drinks and free cigars – everyday!

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We had a White Christmas morning Fog – Florida’s version of White Christmas


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Cumberland Island, Georgia

Cumberland Island is a must-see spot if you ever get the chance (note:  you can only get here via boat but there is a ferry service from the mainland).

Cumberland Island consists of large areas of salt marshes, a dense maritime forest with gnarled live oak trees covered with Spanish moss and palmetto trees, as well as white-sandy beach which stretches over 17 miles. The island is known for their feral horses that roam freely, but we also came across an armadillo, turkeys, a raccoon, and some dolphins (when we got back to the boat). However, we still haven’ seen any alligators.

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The history of the island is pretty interesting, in summary:

  • First inhabitants were indigenous peoples who settled there as early as 4,000 years ago.
  • The Spanish arrived in 1566 and set up shop.
  • Starting in1683, pirates attacked the island and settlements – the Spanish got the heck out of town. Survivors retreated to St. Augustine (Florida) to the south.
  • In 1733, English General James Oglethorpe established a hunting lodge called Dungeness.
  • In 1786, Catharine Littlefield Greene built a huge, four-story tabby* mansion on top of a Native American shell mound. She named it Dungeness, after Oglethorpe’s hunting lodge.  *Tabby is a type of building material made from lime, water, sand, oyster shells, and ash.
  • In 1790, live oak wood from the island was used to build the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides”
  • In 1866, Dungeness burned down
  • In 1884, the Carnegie family bought land on the island and began building a castle-like mansion on the site of Dungeness, as well as pools, a golf course, extensive gardens, and smaller buildings to house the hundreds of servants.
  • 1929 marked the last event held at Dungeness: the wedding of a Carnegie daughter.
  • In 1959 fire, Dungeness burned down (again)
  • On October 23, 1972, the US Congress established Cumberland Island as a national seashore; the bill was signed by President Richard Nixon. The Carnegie family sold the island to the federal government. With donations from the Mellon Foundation, Cumberland Island became a national park.
  • Today, there is a small private Inn located at the northern part of the island, small houses are  still used for restrooms and ranger stations, and the Dungeness ruins remain.

 

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Lady’s Island

Part of our plan to head south included meeting back up with Tom & Nancy who are currently living on their sailboat, Sunshine II, at Lady’s Island Marina in Beaufort, South Carolina. We first met Tom & Nancy about three years ago when they were at the Hingham Shipyard Marina (our home port) working on the boat that they traveled across the country to purchase and move onto.  They are two incredible people, with a very interesting history, and had become one of our inspirations to get out here and do this cruising thing. We were really looking forward to seeing them again.  You can follow Nancy & Tom’s adventures and environmental insights at their blog  Tidal Life

The plan was for us to get to Lady’s Island, work on some projects at the DIY shop and then for both Sunshine II and Smtty to head to Jacksonville to be hauled out for bottom painting and hull waxing.  As can be expected when you are staying at a marina for free, with good people and friends, and a great workshop, inevitably, we stayed longer then originally planned but we did get several projects accomplished:

  • rebuilt the head pump
  • rebuilt the water pump
  • doors with screen and window inserts
  • table with storage
  • fixed stern anchor holder
  • organized tools
  • added ensign glass to our connector (thanks to Carol & Dave Brown for their old connector from sv Celebration)
  • helped other cruisers get ready to go (various dinghy and outboard engine repairs)

I cannot say enough good things about Lady’s Island Marina.  There is a large cruisers lounge, nice bathrooms, laundry with new machines, a huge workshop where you can work on your projects, and so much shared knowledge amongst the cruisers, courtesy car, courtesy bikes, canvas shop, grill, fire pit, and well maintained docks.  The people here are the most friendly and helpful that we have met anywhere, especially the Dock Master Steve.  They go out of their way to make sure everyone is taken care of here – including hosting a Thanksgiving complete with hams, turkeys, and oysters.

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Smitty in her *FREE* slip – thanks to Tom & Nancy’s coordination with a friend


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Lady’s Island Marina Workshop – complete with tools and large working area


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Cruisers’ Lounge and Dock Master’s Office


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Dock Master Steve grilling oysters for everyone to enjoy

But our visit was not all work and no play! 

First, we went searching for alligators at a park where Nancy had seen some before…we found none but did see plenty of turtles.

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Next up, Tom & Nancy borrowed a friend’s car (a very nice Lexus!) and we took a day trip to St.Helena.  This area was so different then anything we had seen so far.  It was foggy when we arrived, creating a certain spookiness and beauty to the Palmetto trees that were being assaulted by the surrounding water. St. Helena Island is considered an inland Sea Island and does not have actual frontage on the Atlantic Ocean. The island is surrounded by expansive marshes and is the largest Sea Island in the Beaufort area and is the largest island between Edisto Island and Hilton Head Island along the South Carolina coast.  Located in this area is Fort Fremont, a former military battery which helped guard the entrance to the Beaufort River.  Also located here is the Penn Center, an education, historic preservation and social justice center for tens of thousands of descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans living in the Sea Islands, known as the Gullah Geechee people.

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We topped off the day with a Grilled Donut – what is this you say – Deliciousness!!

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Grilled Donut with whipped cream and rasberries

We toured Beaufort and went to the Shrimp Fest, where we sampled all sorts of shrimp concoctions made by the local restaurants, including: shrimp sliders, coconut shrimp, shrimp & grits, and a Beaufort shrimp wrap.  All were quite yummy. There were also local vendors here advertising their services; I particularly liked these guys:

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Pictures from around downtown Beaufort, SC:

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Nancy & Tom also took us on a road trip to Savannah, GA – Link to our blog post

Our trip to the Fillin’ Station, which is conveniently located next to the marina, was our most interesting trip while in Beaufort.  No one in their right mind would go to this place to eat based on what it looks like from the outside; and it doesn’t get much better when you go inside – but you cannot beat the delicious food – especially for the price – on Fridays, for $12 you get a huge piece of steak, potato, and corn!  This is such a popular establishment with locals that one group got together and built their own deck off the back, complete with two very large flat screen TVs!

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Fillin’ Station – Thursday night $5 pork chop dinner

We made quite a few new friends, including Dave & Lori on Ubuntu, who we hope to catch up with again in the Bahamas, as they are starting a charter there on their incredibly beautiful catamaran, which we had dinner aboard before they left the marina. 

is a very talented artist and he painted the mast and canvas on sailing vessel Ubuntu.

However, I began to get rather antsy (translate to cranky) and wanted to get moving south.  The weather was getting colder and I really wanted to be in shorts for Christmas (in Florida), which was now only about two weeks away. So, after spending about three weeks in Beaufort, we started to head south once again, but this time we took Sunshine with us…sv Sunshine II that is.:)  Nancy & Tom headed south with us for a few days before they would return north to spend Christmas with their family.

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Smitty and Sunshine II (pictured) leaving Beaufort and heading South


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Good Luck

Good luck with getting sponsorship. But if that doesn’t work out, look for used equipment.  About 90% of our cruising gear is used. Look on Craigslist and eBay. If you look around you can find marine salvage yards. But the best buying option for us has been marine consignment shops. You can get brand new equipment at a fraction of the cost. 

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Daufuskie?

We have found that we discover the most odd places when you travel with a dog and have to bring her to shore to go to the bathroom. Often, we are not sure what there is onshore (restaurants, etc), we only know that there is dry land for Summer. Our anchorage for the first night after leaving Beaufort, SC, was chosen for the nice dinghy dock that allowed us to bring Summer to shore, in the otherwise complete marshland. This was on an island just off of Hilton Head on the New River, Daufuskie Island.

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Ferry to/from Daufuskie Island

The next morning, we were completely fogged in and decided to stay another day at this anchorage. As we walked around the island we found “RUM >” signs.  Of course,  we followed the signs in order to see where the trail leads…

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To our pleasant surprise, we did indeed find – Rum!

At  Daufuskie Island Rum Company  each bottle of Daufuskie Island Rum is distilled, bottled, labeled and packed by hand on Daufuskie Island. You can tour the distillery and sample as many rums as they have available (three when we went on December 17, 2015, but vanilla was about ready for distribution). Their rum is quite tasty, so, of course, we bought a bottle from one of their early barrels. This was a really fun way to kill some time on a foggy day and have some tasty rum.  Given the opportunity, we will definitely stop here again. Cheers!

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The rest of the island is also pretty interesting.

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