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back on Seaquest-continuing the journey!
By Beverly Kness
Posted on 11/17/2018 6:59 PM


We decided to continue boat life by living on Seaquest this winter. 

November 5, 2018.

 
It was 38 degrees and raining as we left Worthington, MN enroute for Myrtle Beach, SC. The cold seemed
to be pushing us out of Minnesota in search of warmer weather!  We were wearing jackets and blue jeans
and we were anxious to get to shorts and t-shirts!  We were also curious to see how Seaquest had survived
Hurricane Florence.  It was 75 degrees, we drove past cotton fields and we knew we were getting
close to Myrtle Beach Yacht Club where Seaquest had spent the summer.  We'd soon be there! 

We walked down the dock and got on board.  We were happy to see that things looked good
especially considering the hurricane! There was a lot of mildew up in the fly bridge but that was a
result of the hot weather and the isinglass, in the upper helm (fly bridge) got very cloudy
through the summer, due to the heat and again not the hurricane. 

It looked like it could rain soon so we hurried to get our stuff unloaded from the car,
into the carts, that we could push down the dock to the boat. The tide was low so the
ramp from the parking lot to the boat was steep! 

The next day we drove by car 4.5 hours to Two Way Fish Camp near Brunswick, Georgia where 
Bev's sister Cheryl and her husband Cal had their, new to them, boat. 



It was fun to see them again and fun to see the boat they purchased! 
It is a Mainship 350 and quite a bit like Seaquest, a Mainship 390. 
The forecast for the afternoon was 40% chance of rain and the next day even
a higher percentage so we decided to make the trip that afternoon.  Our purpose for stopping
there was to help them get their boat from Two Way Fish Camp to Brunswick Landing Marina. 
The trip by water was 28 miles and it took us about three hours by boat. Although it was cloudy we
were thankful it did not rain. It was only a 20 minute drive by car from Two Way fish Camp
to Brunswick Landing so it didn't take long to get our vehicle and their rental car both to
Brunswick Landing.  Brunswick Landing is a very nice marina and a good place for
Cheryl and Cal to hold up until we get there with Seaquest.

The next day we continued by car to Ft. Myers to complete our plan to bring our car to the Edison
Ford Marina so we can have a vehicle in Ft. Myers once we get there with our boat.  We left our
car at the marina and took a rental car back to Myrtle Beach Yacht Club.  We had traveled a lot
of miles through rain and heavy traffic and we were thankful to once again get aboard Seaquest!

We got Seaquest cleaned up, provisioned and decided to start the engine!  Only it didn't
start!  After several attempts Bruce had to prime the line and then it started! 
Oh, when the engine started it was a wonderful sound!! 

It was 64 degrees when we took Seaquest out of the slip and began our journey. 
The Myrtle Beach lighthouse marks the corner to the marina. 

 




The sky was very overcast with 60% chance of rain.
The first area we had to go through was the notorious "Rock Pile".  We have heard stories of
a few boaters who had lost their propeller in this area because they hit a rock along the side. 
The waterway here is narrow, barely enough room to pass another boat.  Before we entered this
area we gave a securitee call to contact any oncoming traffic.  We did not hear any reply so we
entered the "Rock Pile".  The tide was high, which can be bad.  We had gone through the area
before when the tide was low and Bruce and I commented that when the tide was low we could
see the rocks along the side, whereas with the high tide all the rocks were hidden.

We kept Seaquest in the middle of the channel and we were thankful that
we didn't meet any oncoming traffic!







Our first day of travel was a short one to Osprey Marina, only about 30 miles down the Intra Coastal
Waterway.  It was a great day of travel other than it started to rain! Because of the rain we had to 
close up the windows (zip up the isinglass) to keep the rain from coming in and hitting the
navigation equipment. The down side of that was we couldn't see out!  So we opened the windows
just part way and proceeded to try to keep things dry by wiping the rain with a towel as it came in.
 




  

The short day seemed long and we were happy to arrive at Osprey Marina. 



Osprey Marina is known for having low diesel prices, $2.79/gal and dockage was only $1.00/ft
so it is a popular spot for boaters.  When we got to Osprey we figured out who to call
and made an appointment to have new Isinglass installed when we get to Ft. Myers!

The photo below shows how high the water was at one time, along the waterway. 


 

We stayed at Osprey only one night and continued on to Georgetown the next day. 
There are only a few marinas in Georgetown so we called to see if one of them would have room
for us.  The 3rd call we made insured us a place for the evening at the Dry Stack Marina. 

Winds were light, it was 68 degrees and cloudy when we left Osprey and continued south
in the Intra Coastal Waterway.  The radar showed just a light drizzle and it looked
like we should run out of it, and we did. 

There were many beautiful homes along the waterway as we made our way to Georgetown, SC.

 

The Dry Stack Marina was more rustic than where we had stayed before but it
was still walking distance to the historical area of Georgetown and we saved
$10/night to stay there instead of where we stayed before.

Georgetown, South Carolina's third oldest city, was founded in 1729. The beauty of the
town is largely due to W.D. Morgan, a New Yorker whose family moved to Georgetown
before the Civil War.  Among his many accomplishments as mayor was the planting
of the live oaks along the city streets a century ago.   






I woke up several times during the night to hear the rain on the bow of the boat.  It was pouring! 
Even for a boat, on the water, it seemed like we had enough rain!  We really didn't want to run
through rain again if we didn't have to and since the forecast for Charleston, our next destination
included rain, we decided to stay in Georgetown another day.  
We got our bikes out and rode along the tree-lined streets enjoying the pre-Revolutionary
and antebellum homes on our way to the grocery store to buy a few boat provisions.

 


We were happy that we stayed in Georgetown another day because Looper friends,
Shawn and Cindy arrived in Georgetown that day! It was fun to see the Michigan couple on
"Not Just Dreamin" again.  We had first met them on Machinaw Island. 

It was 7:00 AM, 42 degrees, sunny, clear with light winds as we disconnected our
electricity and pulled in our dock lines. Our fleet of two left Georgetown. We followed
mostly straight dredged cuts through vast marshlands to Charleston.  We hit a short
distance of "skinny low water" about 1.5 hours before low tide.  We were thankful we
had left as early as we did so we didn't hit that troubled area at low tide.      


 
It was nearly 2:00 pm when we pulled into Toler's Cove Marina. 
The guy at the Marina offered to give us a ride, across the long bridge, to Sullivan's Island. 
We had never been there before, and what a cute town it was!

Crossing Charleston Bay was great!  The water was smooth! 
In the photo below,
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge can be seen in the background as we crossed Charleston Bay. 
Charleston is known as the oldest and largest city in South Carolina.





The days are warming up! It was 56 degrees when we left Toler's Cove and continued our journey
to Beaufort, S.C. We expect to wind our way across wide river mouths, through sounds and past
coastal inlets along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) from Charleston, SC to the Florida state line.  The low,
marshy grassland appears almost pristine in this area.  The landscape's predominant feature is marshland,
backed by woods and trees and occasional glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. We were in the "Low Country". 

Look closely at the photo below and see how long the dock is!


 

At low tide, the vast salt marshes teem with bird life. The majestic great blue herons seem to patrol the
water's edge, as they hunt for fish.  We again are seeing dolphins playing alongside our boat or playing
in our boat wake.  Adult dolpins reach between six to 12 feet in length and can weigh 400-800 pounds.

The historic waterfront city of Beaufort has many cute shops, restaurants, water garden, 
a lovely park and beautiful homes.  Beaufort is the 2nd oldest city in South Carolina and is
situated conveniently between Charleston and Savannah along the Intracoastal Waterway. The
picture below shows Seaquest (on the far left) tied up along side the dock, in the downtown marina.


  

It seems to be tradition, that wherever you go, you're sure to find a friendly "hello".
In fact, the morning when I walked out to take the photo of Seaquest in the slip,
I saw a homeless looking guy sitting on a park bench, across the street and as I walked
pretending that I didn't see him, he called out to me, " Good morning ma'am".
I replied" oh, oh, good morning sir"   

Plentiful Southern hospitality and the laid-back atmosphere allowed us to experience a
bit of the "low country" more as a native than a visitor.  We found a neat place
to eat Pizza and after we ate we sat by the outdoor fireplace and visited with
the local people. We enjoyed a fun evening along with Shawn and Cindy. 




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