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Old 12-25-2013, 04:28 PM   #61
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Walking around a marina that's closed for Christmas really lets you poke around. Here's a shot of an N55 for the Nordie folks. Believe it or not it is only an N55. Dave
Yep Nordhavn's are known for their high bows.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:40 PM   #62
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It's been a nice few days. Southport is a beautiful town and this is a great marina. Be warned that there is no food shopping of any sort unless you travel 2+ miles to a Super Walmart or Food Lion.

We have been reading reviews, and instead of heading for Charleston City Marina for 4 days so I can work, we have decided to bypass it and move on towards Savanah. I'll have to take a few days off but it gets us way closer to warm weather.

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Old 12-27-2013, 05:58 PM   #63
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This is why we like cruising... Our lonely Anchorage in South Carolina at mm 375.

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Old 12-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #64
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We have a Bruce and a CQR. We usually use the CQR as it holds nicely in muddy bottoms. Each has 200 feet of chain.

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That is a common combination here, but the Bruce/Claw is used most often used of the two here.



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Old 12-27-2013, 06:29 PM   #65
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This is why we like cruising... Our lonely Anchorage in South Carolina at mm 375.

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Great picture, Dave. Looks like you have made it to the Waccamaw.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #66
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Great picture, Dave. Looks like you have made it to the Waccamaw.
Yes, and boy did we get the tide right going to Georgetown.

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I hope you're planning to take the open ocean between Georgetown and Charleston. I did this run in the open and it was a breeze. However, during the x-mas holidays we took the boat for the ride and wanted to see Isle of Palms by water.

This is where I got stock on a shoal in 2' of water (this is just north of the Ben Sawyer Memorial Bridge):

Latitude: 3247.239'N
Longitude: 07948.480'W

I just updated the Active Captain also to help my fellow boaters. I was there during mid tide (traveling northbound toward Isle of Palms). After being warned by other posts in AC I was going slow, but the shoal just popped up very unexpectedly. The depth dropped from 5' to 2' way too fast. I was just shocked sitting on the shoal in the dead center of the channel. I spun the boat around using the bow thruster and port engine (as it was further away from the shoal vs the stbd side) to get me off. I tried heading northbound a little more hugging the red side, but only 100' further my depth alarm went off again showing 2.5'. Since the tide was outgoing there was no way I could continue heading north to the Isle of Palms, so I just turned around and went back.

P.S. my boat draws 4' and I will not go there unless it's a dead high tide.
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We have been reading reviews, and instead of heading for Charleston City Marina for 4 days so I can work, we have decided to bypass it and move on towards Savanah. I'll have to take a few days off but it gets us way closer to warm weather.

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Dave, I know several considerations enter into this, but thought I would give a little bit of my view. My boat's hailing port is SC in fact Charleston. We spend a lot of time in SC, and I have lived in Savannah. Savannah can be interesting, but with four days I would definitely prefer to stay at Charleston Municipal Marina. Great facility, free shuttle to town, great food, better security. Thurderbolt and Isle of Hope are both OK, but will take a rental car to do much in town. Isle of Hope sometimes has a loaner for short trips. Downtown Savannah can be a bit rolly, and security can be a problem. Just my thoughts.
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Thanks for the heads up info. We are inside about halfway to Charleston so we will need to pass Isle of Palms. Maybe we'll hang on the hook until the southbound Defever next to us leaves - I think he draws 6 feet .

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This is becoming my new favorite sport... working our way around parts of the ICW that are essentially closed at low tide. Today's sport was at Alex's spot by Isle of Palms. A known bad spot that we managed to approach directly at low tide. It's an interesting trade-off - do you want to fight a tide all day so that the inlet supplying the tide and associated shoaling is high when you get there, or do you want to coast the outgoing tide all day and end up at the inlet at low tide and shoaling. I hate fighting tides but have gotten pretty good at negotiating shoaling.

Today did cost us close to an hour where we steered with the thrusters and moved forward at about 1.5 knots. At that speed I simply can't steer but the thrusters can point us and I can goose the throttle. We draw 5 '6" and only had to back off once but were down to exactly five-six a half dozen times.

Tonight we're anchored in the beautiful Church Creek in SC. The bay under Charleston was simply ugly, the marina was rolling, and we have been there by land, so we decided to press on. We are starting to smell suntan oil and needing to see a warm beach!

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Old 12-30-2013, 05:21 PM   #71
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WOW! I thought they dredge the ICW. I guess going after dark is out of the question....Maybe we don't want a ICW on the west side..
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They dredge but the current brings the sand back after a while. It's not as bad as some folks make it out to be, commercial tugs and barges use it all the time. I set my depth alarm for 5 feet and it sounds from time to time. I draw 40".

You can just wait for the tide if you have to.
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While we have been having a great cruise with some wonderful stops, nothing beats St Simon's, GA. Not because it is a great marina (it is) but because today we were able to PUT ON FLIP FLOPS. (apologies to those experiencing the arctic blast).

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Old 01-05-2014, 04:04 PM   #74
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Were at our one of our keys homes and saw a Selene 53 , at first sight I thought it was you, I was like dang he travels fast! Look at the top left of the pic.
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Not me but a couple of Selene 55's let us know they are right behind us and should catch up. One bound for Ft Lauderdale and one to the Bahamas.

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Old 01-05-2014, 04:44 PM   #76
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Oliver, nice photo you posted. I noticed the Sea Ray Sedan Bridge in the far left side of it.

I've been lurking as you've made this trip. I just wanted to jump in here and let everyone know I've enjoyed the postings.
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While we have been having a great cruise with some wonderful stops, nothing beats St Simon's, GA. Not because it is a great marina (it is) but because today we were able to PUT ON FLIP FLOPS. (apologies to those experiencing the arctic blast).

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yeah thanks...will be sitting in Brunswick landing marina for the 20 degree plummet....flip flops and blue toes...

The good news is the plummet kept my friend in town cause he said it was too cold to go work (paint) at his farm in Tennessee. Small miracles despite the frigid temps....
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End of the day in GA. Going to a record low of 22 tomorrow night here. We're staying a few days while I catch up on work.

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Heading for a hard freeze and probably a new record here so we back-drained the outside spigots and filled the water tank in case the dock freezes and breaks.In the 70's by the weekend.

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This thread is great!
I think I'm starting to live for threads like this (lol).

Have fun and try to stay warm...(38 deg. here! )

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