Blew by Charleston

17 May

We weighed anchor at 0715 on a beautiful morning. The days are really lovely- mostly sunny with usually some breeze – shorts and barefeet weather. The tachometer performed beautifully all day. It is interesting to note the serious charting discrepancies between the electronic charts, the marks and actual soundings. In one place the charted 24 feet was just 9’6″. Coast Guard made Securite announcements throughout the day about the upcoming drag races in Savannah River. As recommended, just prior to going through Elliott’s Cut I made a Securite call asking if there was any westbound barge traffic – there is NO room for a barge and boat to pass in the Cut.  We passed a Cheoy Lee today – a Pedric 40. We had a lovely sail across Charleston Harbour and just kept on going. Our last section of the day along Isle of Palm was very shallow. We stopped for the night at Isle of Palm Marina to get fuel and pump out. It’s turned out to be a rather noisy party beach spot but good facilities and a great ship store, like an old fashioned general store. Met more cruisers, including a new boater with a Great Harbour 47 – now that is quite a starter boat!! We went for a bike ride again along the barrier island and to the beach. We are really having fun with the bikes now, in the fall we left in the dark and stopped when it got dark, but now with the longer days, there is time to play and explore.

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