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Old 04-16-2011, 11:16 PM   #41
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Well put Don. You are truly a fine fellow, and always one I enjoy hearing from.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:10 AM   #42
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Thanks for the tip,* This is my first trawler cruise, I never imagined myself going so slow in a boat*but now that my departure is a couple of weeks away I can hardly wait.* I have alot to learn about crusing, this site is excellent and I am thankfull for your knowledge and suggestion to cut across at St Lucie.* We will certainly look for you along the way, not sure exactly where we will pass each other, whats your estimate!* We are in a 36 Monk!*

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Old 04-17-2011, 08:20 AM   #43
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Thanks for the tip,* This is my first trawler cruise, I never imagined myself going so slow in a boat*but now that my departure is a couple of weeks away I can hardly wait.* I have alot to learn about crusing, this site is excellent and I am thankfull for your knowledge and suggestion to cut across at St Lucie.* We will certainly look for you along the way, not sure exactly where we will pass each other, whats your estimate!* We are in a 36 Monk!*

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*I fugure that you will average50-80 miles per day.* Charleston is about mile 495 ICW and St. Augustine about mile 775.* Beaufort, SC and Fernandina Beach, FL are both great stops for a couple of days.* You will probably be there in about a week or so.

We will run offshore if weather is good.* We plan 2 days on the OWW to Stuart.* Then depending on weather out the St. Lucie Inlet to St. Augustine in one day.* A couple of days in St. Augustine, then depending on weather out to sea to the Savannah River entrance and Hilton Head, SC in a day.* At sea we will make about 25 knots.* If weather is not good, I figure we will meet you somewhere around Jekyll Island, GA to Fernandina Beach, FL.

The two prettiest sections of the Waterway to me are the Georgia marshes and the Waccamaw River in SC.* The Georgia marshes, however, are an acquired taste.* Nothing for 100 miles but winding channels and marsh grass.

Let us know more about your boat and your cruising.* The Monk is a great boat that will give you much enjoyment.*

We have 1500 miles to cover this trip.* We want to spend as much time as possible on the Chesapeake.* Thus, we are not going to spend as much time on the Waterway itself this trip.

The Abacos are my favorite cruising ground.* Hope Town is just over the top!* One of the nicest harbors to stay awhile.* I am getting a little envious.* Keep us up on your journey and destination.*

Now, for the St. Lucie Inlet.* You can check current conditions by clicking on http://stlucieinlet.com/*.* When conditions aren't good (tide going out with winds out of the East) it is not for the faint of heart.* I figure that you are going to wait for settled weather to cross.* Get the Explorer Chart book for the near Bahamas.* http://www.explorercharts.com/* They are the best charts.* There are many preplotted courses.* It is especially helpful from Great Sale to about Treasure Cay.

The Manatee Pocket is a great staging area for waiting on good conditions.* It is protected, and most all services are available.* Pick your day for the crossing, and you will have a great trip.* BTW, we usually hit the Little Bahama Bank just south of the preplotted course.* You will see an area with about 30' (5 fathoms) on the chart.* From there there should be no less than 12' (2 fathoms) to Great Sale.* The chart is marked in fathoms.

If you haven't done it before, look around at the water colors as you come up on the Bank.* With the sun out it is one of the most beautiful sights I've seen.* The cobalt blue of the Gulf Stream mixing with the aqua blue/green colors of the Bank makes vivid colors that are beautiful and hard to describe.* When you get to about 60' of water, start looking for it all the to up on the Bank.

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Old 04-17-2011, 04:40 PM   #44
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If the boat is in Maine continuously for more than 30 days, then technically Maine can nail you for a use tax. If you are cruising and moving around the whole time the chances are slim to none that you would get nailed. It's the boats that sit in one conspicuous place for a month or more that sometimes do.
*David, sorry, but the use tax on Moonstruck is not something to take a technical chance on.* Much of our moving the boat around is tax avoidance.* Use taxes and personal property taxes are something to watch out for.* We usually don't stay in one place too long.* It is really too bad, because we have talked about leaving the boat in Virginia for the winter to get a good start to cruise up to Maine.* Just don't want to take that chance.

We have talked about driving up and renting a place for a couple of months.* Will they tax my car?

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Old 04-17-2011, 05:35 PM   #45
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We are sitting in North Myrtle Beach tonight (Harborgate Marina --- Nice place BTW... A little noisy, but still nice) headed south to Georgetown tomorrow. Gotta go thru the rock pile for the first time and I'm pretty scared about it, but looking forward to the Whack-A-Mole River. Be in GT for a day, maybe two, then head back home and stop at Osprey and Grand Dunes before heading back home to Carolina Beach on Friday-ish.

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Old 04-18-2011, 01:48 PM   #46
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It seemed to be a non-issue. I was stressed out for almost nothing. Anyway, sitting in Georgetown, SC now. Trying to decide to stay one night or two. Headed to The Big Tuna for supper in a bit. Certainly much quieter of a place than last night. Man, the Whack-A-Mole River was AMAZING!!!! Osprey and Bald Eagles everywhere. Hardly a boat in sight.
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It seemed to be a non-issue. I was stressed out for almost nothing. Anyway, sitting in Georgetown, SC now. Trying to decide to stay one night or two. Headed to The Big Tuna for supper in a bit. Certainly much quieter of a place than last night. Man, the Whack-A-Mole River was AMAZING!!!! Osprey and Bald Eagles everywhere. Hardly a boat in sight.
*Tom, just stay in the middle.* If you go through the rockpile at low tide you will see why.

Pulling into a cove or creek to anchor for the night on the Waccamaw is an other worldly experience.* Truly nothing but nature around.* Snugged down among the cypress trees with nothing but the sound of fish jumping and the sounds of the land animals.* It is great.* It's allot better than Myrtle Beach.

Sounds like a good cruise.

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The Waccamaw truly is amazing....especially after being in Myrtle Beach and even Carolina Beach.* Wow.* Simply gorgeous.* If we didn't have Tivo with us, we would totally anchor out.* He hasn't learned how to pee on the boat yet, and I'm pretty sure that there are snakes out*there big enough to eat Tom.*

Back up river tomorrow....Great cruise....saw some big big trawlers going north today.

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Tom and Bess, I love seeing the cruising life unflolding for you.* To me there is nothing like pulling into a*new to you*harbor for the first time on your own boat.* Things look so different from the water.* You see other boats, and wonder where they are from and headed.* Cruisers have a special comaradery.* Everyone will help out because they know that they may be next needing help, but then the best part is when you are anchored in an isolated, beautiful place.* It's all good.

We are getting excited about our up coming trip north.* We are still on our somewhat loose schedule of getting down to the boat about the 28th to finish up a couple of chores, then heading out on May 1 or 2.* We will be stopping at new places along the way.* I love that.

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This sounds like such a fun time! How many boaters do you guys see in a day? Is it hard to find places to anchor or dock at night?
*It depends on the season.* We are a little late for the "snowbird" migration.* That will mean less boats going north.* In the fall many leave after the fall boat shows in Annapolis and Trawlerfest.* That puts allot of boats headed south on the ICW.* Because of our speed, I have passed 30-40 boats a day.* That is pretty gruelling.* Everyone knows where the anchorages are.* We do both----anchorages and marinas.* In the fall you usually have to reserve a marina slip ahead as soon as you know where you may wind up.* I have waited as late as December to head south from the Chesapeake.* Saw very few boats on that trip.

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This sounds like such a fun time! How many boaters do you guys see in a day? Is it hard to find places to anchor or dock at night?
*Here is little anecdote about cruising.* In the early 1970s we had a boat in a slip at Morehead City, NC Yacht Basin.* It is a stop that I saw that Tom and Bess like.* It is right off the ICW, so many cruisers would stop on the way north and south.

The slip next to us came open: so James, the dockmaster, put a transient boat next to us.* We were in our early30's and the couple on the transient boat were retired.* Their names were Chet and Evvy, and we shared Christmas cards for many years.* She was a great baker.* They shared baked goods with us, and we shared fish we had caught.

They came in August.* One day I asked how long they would*be staying.* They said they were meeting friends who were headed south.* They said their friends would be there in Sept., Oct., or maybe even November.* I asked if they would just wait until they came.* The answered, "sure, me may as well be here as anywhere else". That opened up a new world to me.* There I was with a young family, running a busines with almost every minute scheduled.* Here they were enjoying life to the fullest.* Duh! It opened the world of cruising to me.* I just*couldn't imagine such a thing.

That changed my attitude, and I have been cruising when I can ever since.* It is a great world out there.*

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Tivo is most definately the "first dog". He is currently snoring up a storm on the sofa.* The walk from Doc Holidays to the West Marine almost did him in.* Keep in mind, first dog is 8 or 9 years old.** I was going to work on the pee-mats this winter before we decided to go to the beach for a while.* If we weren't going to be anchoring much, it seemed like wasted time then.

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Oh...and by the way...the Rock Pile now has photo evidence.* I got pictures of rock ledges starting from the south at Marker 18 all the way up to Barefoot landing.* I have it peniciled on my chart...(you* know...the paper kind)....and when I write up my cruise blog, the acutal markers will be noted.

Quick notes...LOVE the Osprey....love it....Love Harborgate in North Myrtle....Georgetown was cute as hell and loved Haroborwalk.* The Waccamaw's beauty was breathtaking.* Cruising with my two favorite guys....priceless.
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*Don, similar story for me.* We bought the boat to be a mobile beach house..not really knowing what was*about to happen to us.* One day at Northwest Creek Marina, I asked a guy on the fuel dock, "where ya going today?"* He answered "the Keys".*

WHAT???* That little*answer has changed our lives.* We cruise when we can and enjoy every minute of it.* It's all close to home and short time periods, but we're out there using our boat for what she was meant to do.* All is also preparation for someday going longer distances.

We passed a good deal of snow birds while going South Sunday and Monday..and got caught in the mix going North on Tues-Thurs.*

Photos of the Rockpile now available on Skinny Dippin's blog!

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Tivo is most definately the "first dog". He is currently snoring up a storm on the sofa.* The walk from Doc Holidays to the West Marine almost did him in.* Keep in mind, first dog is 8 or 9 years old.** I was going to work on the pee-mats this winter before we decided to go to the beach for a while.* If we weren't going to be anchoring much, it seemed like wasted time then.

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*Bess, here is a picture of the boat that we kept at Morehead City Yacht Basin.* The picture was made coming in from a day of fishing the Gulf Stream.**"Sundancer" wasn't a large craft, but she ran sweet and rode great.* My sons spent allot of time*growing up*down there.

I should have trade marked that name.* I had it before SeaRay.

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Bess, we are now on the East coast headed north.* Should be in the area of Carolina Beach, if we make the weekend, will probably be iffy.
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We'll be at the boat this weekend. Let us know how close you get.
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Where are you?* Inside?* Outside?* How are the conditions?*** Are you taking pictures?

Enjoy your cruise!* We hope to see you, but totally understand if we don't.**

What is your final destination this trip?*

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Where are you?* Inside?* Outside?* How are the conditions?*** Are you taking pictures?

Enjoy your cruise!* We hope to see you, but totally understand if we don't.**

What is your final destination this trip?*

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*Bess, with a stiff easterly breeze and up to 4' seas on the beam, we are inside to St. Augustine.* We will reassess there about offshore to the Savannah River (about 175 miles.).* That is one of the things slowing us down.

Yes, we have some pictures.* The trip has gone as planned.* Lost the fix on my chart plotter in the OWW.* Spent a little time Sunday night at Clewiston finding the bad HSB2 connection.* Working fine now.* We are also checking the new dinghy stowage system we just installed.* 8 knots is one thing when carrying a dinghy----27 knots is quite another.* It looks like we have that sorted out.

I don't lke starting a trip with new sytems of any kind, but keeping the boat 11 hours from home and everyone wanting to do their work at the last minute, doesn't always allow for getting things totally sorted out.

As we settle into the trip we will try to start our blog page.* Keep in mind that this is more of a delivery trip than a cruise.* We are covering a lot of ground in a day.* Hope we make it by the weekend.* If not, maybe more time returning in the fall

The final destination is Hartges Yacht Harbor in Galesville, MD.* That is about 12 miles South of Annapolis.* We stayed there in '07.* It is near some of the best cruising destinations on the Chesapeake Bay.
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Sounds like a great trip!* Stay in touch and let us know how it's going!

*Remember too if you get here when we're at the coast, feel free to use our car to get supplies or whatever.


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