After a month of R&R (repair & refit) in St. Augustine (actually Marineland) we’re back on the water. Feels good to be out there again, although we’ve had a pretty wild ride so far, with some really, really, windy conditions.
After a couple of very breezy days at Cumberland Is., we headed out, anticipating a rough passage at St. Andrew’s Sound. However, it wasn’t really that bad, just lumpy seas with 3-4 foot confused waves. We did manage to hit it at just about slack, so that helped a lot.
Jekyll Creek was its usual pucker factor self, as was the Little Mud River. Crossed Doboy Sound in 40+ mph winds (they were clocking 50+ at Thunderbolt). The boat was heeled over more than just a few degrees. Very intense. It reminded me of my sailboat days. Spent a pleasant night anchored in New Tea Kettle Creek after the wind died down. Had a nice rainfall to wash the boat down.
Yesterday was very windy again. We had an uneventful passage through Hell Gate and anchored in the Vernon River for another pleasant evening, with a short hop to Thunderbolt today.
Next hop is to Beaufort (not Bowfort) were we’ll tie up at Lady’s Island Marina and then on to St. John’s just south of Charleston.
We’re keeping an eye on Ana, which is supposed to make landfall at my home port of North Myrtle Beach. I’m not too hot on the idea of going through the skinny water section right after Isle of Palms during stormy weather. We’ll most likely anchor in either Awendaw Creek or Minum Creek and then on to Bucksport for a night.
Next Friday (5/15/15), makes it six months since I left Barefoot Marina. Seems like only yesterday (or forever). I have to admit, I’m looking forward to getting “home”. Florida was fun, the Bahamas were great (albeit windy), and the ICW “interestingly challenging” (again). But it’s time to “click my heels” and get home and rest from my “vacation”. KJ