2018-11-28 Beaufort, SC

After departing Southport, NC we put an extra scoop of coal in the boiler. Temperatures had been dropping and it was time to really get moving! Its is about 250 miles from Southport, NC to Beaufort, SC. We did not set any records but only took one lay day to celebrate Thanksgiving but more on that in a minute.

We attended Hank Pomeranz Nightly ICW navigation and offshore weather briefs at Southport Marina…well actually we did twice, we are slow learners. When it come to good anchoring reviews we still fall back to an old favorite, Mark and Diana Doyles Book. I think this is out of print but if you find one, keep it and use it!

This is my favorite dock cabana…meant to simulate a Sport Fisher stern!

We had favorable current all day and made it down into the the Wacamaw River. We believe this area to be one of the most beautiful waterways anywhere we have been. Always a pleasure and if it was not so darn cool we would have spent more than one night in the region.

The is the ICW just above Osprey Marina in the Wacamaw, note where the water level was during the recent hurricane flooding. That is ATLEAST 6 feet above the current level. I suspect I am understating that. Amazing! Osprey is known for their hospitality and very competitive fuel prices. We topped up and that should carry us through the winter and probably back to South Carolina! Our girl only drinks about 2 gallons an hour!

We departed early from Osprey Marina because it was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the heaviest travel day of the year….well except on the ICW. I think the only other boat we saw was the Coast Guard Boat near Georgetown, SC who wanted to conduct a safety inspection. They were great though I am still battling the coast in regards to attempting to walk on my varnished sole with combat boots….its a work in progress (Byran Peters!!)

Our plan of anchoring and celebrating Thanksgiving in the Low Country of South Carolina came right together. We Anchored in the South Sanatee River and were rewarded with truly exceptional beauty.

This landscape is just to peaceful and beautiful. These lands protect the mainland from extreme hurricane flooding and you can just sense that quiet strength. Just beautiful. 

In addition to an 8 pound turkey, the Admiral actually measured oven and bird before purchase, we had all the sides and a homemade pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving sunset…life is good.

This is the week of the  “King Tides” and as you can see it gave the channel marks a challenge to keep their heads above water. 

The extra water sure helped us make it through some often challenging shoal locations.  Being in the protected Low Lands can lead you to become a little??? when it comes to current weather conditions.

As soon as we entered Charleston Harbor we were reminded why we need to pay attention more. Magnolia is an extremely heavy vessel so not really an issue…but when its blowing 20-25 knts in an open harbor you are quickly reminded!

In spite of the weather Charleston never fails to disappoint in regards to its beauty  and history.

I suspect this waterfront has changed little in the last 100 years!

Just beautiful and the view from the water sure adds a little to the bigger picture.

Evidently this boat had a bad day. As bad as it is that this boat sank…history tells us it will remain right there until it rocks, falls apart or enough anchors get hung up that it gets destroyed slowly….just terrible

We quickly passed through Charleston and few miles further south to Johns Island. We were rewarded with a fine oxbow anchorage protected and well off the main ICW.

Our departure timing (poor) resulted an a wet and cold Captain. In-spite of the weather, I sure prefer to dealing with this than rush-hour traffic!!!!

We are taking a break at Beaufort, SC to visit with friends Jerry & Winnie from the Pentagon Sailing Club. The currents are quite swift in the area so we anchored just north of town so that we could have an easy apprach to Lady’s Island Marina. 

We had a great visit with Jerry & Winnie (i know, no pictures)! Ladys Island is an easy place to be, so easy its more like the hotel California. I was talking to a lady in the laundry room about getting their boat ready….that has been going on for 3 years!!! OMG. Me I am just going to enjoy a bottle of wine that appears to have been made just for ME!!!!

While I am budy drinking wine, the Admiral is off being productive…she finished sewing the weather curtains and for extra credit made a storage bag for the pilothouse sunscreens.

Tomorrow morning we set off for St Augustine, FL. We will depart in the morning and head out of Port Royal Sound and overnight along the GA coast arriving in St Augustine mid-day Friday. Weather conditions look exceptional so should be a good passage.

2018-11-21 Southport, NC

As usual I am running behind on this blog but…”the blog will go on!” We have had such a wonderful trip south and we are currently only to north South Carolina but more on that next entry! After our visit to Hampton VA we headed south on the Elizabeth River. Passing Naval Station Norfolk it seemed liked yesterday and a lifetime ago since I served on one of these great gray ladies!

The massive aircraft carrier

and yes trade with China seems to be continuing.

USS Hue City spending a a little time at the “ship spa.”

Magnolia sharing space in the a number of boats and one full size barge and tug

We progressed along the Inter-coastal Waterway (ICW) into NC dropping anchor just above Abermarle Sound.

Enjoying sunsets like these are one reason we do this.

A Morgan 44 sailboat just like we used to have.

A real classic beauty. 

I did not get any pictures because we were to busy gabbing but we had a wonderful visit to Campbell Creek. Sadly Mike & Kathy had to be away but we did have a great time catching up with Beth & Rip.

These last few hurricanes have really opened the inlets along the ICW. This will become more and more of a problem with the accompanying shoaling.. 

This vessel did not have a good Florence experience. 

We always enjoy visits to Southport, NC. We have wonderful friends Joe & Christine and Hank and Lisa. It is always a please to meet up and spend time with both. Hank Pomeranz does a daily Navigation and Weather Brief during migration season. He does these briefs nightly at Southport Marina, 18:00. A not to miss, highly recommended.

I can finally report we have the first layer of varnish off the entire boat. I still have many places to touch up and so removal will continue for sometime before Snappy Teak application and sealing.

The top event of the season was the marriage of Caitlin Tennar to Andrew Sko (shortened intentionally). We were able to leave Magnolia in Southport NC and make the drive to NJ. Along the way we were able to visit Annette’s brother John.

All of the Hobans and Tennars have always taken us in as family.  We always have a wonderful time with them and celebrating this wonder day was just over the top.

Jack Tennar with daughter Christina and niece Trista
These two ladies waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Magnolia is taking a short pause in journey south to take a moment to give thanks and celebrate this wonderful holiday. We are safely anchored in the picturesque Santee River north of Charleston.  More on that next entry but until, have a blessed holiday.

Lowlands Anchorage

2018-11-03 Hampton, VA

We made a full day of our trip from Solomons to Jackson Creek/Deltaville, VA. Our departure was at first light and gave us a spectacular start to the passage.

The Hampton and Fort Monroe waterfront really is very beautiful.

Though my Grand-Niece is a bit camera shy, we sure enjoyed her 2nd visit to Magnolia. She has nearly earned her Crew Shirt! It also was sgreat to see Lori and Adam as well!

Hampton was not without a few chores. One made the Admiral exceptionally happy. Some additional spice racks with mounts were constructed. 

We even managed to find a Michigan Beer right here in Virginia.

We will be heading out for the the ICW south making tracks to get south before I have to give up my shorts!!!