Saturday – May 03 – Savannah is a real party town .. the Palmer Johnson Marina must be fairly new .. it’s a ‘Boat Yard’ hat is being expanded into a Marina also .. its right on the ICW with tie along dockage .. during the night it rained .. and it was overcast in the morning .. the Maria staff delivers ‘Krispy Kream Donuts’ to your boat at 06:30 am daily .. they were still warm .. just GREAT !! .. we left the Marina at 07:15 am .. the sun was in our eyes much of the morning .. there are many ‘forks’ in the channel .. and we had from 6 feet to 70 feet of water .. and we even found a ‘skinnier’ spot .. we have no Barnacles on Dee Lights props .. at one of the Inlets we got into some rough waters .. after having Dee Light so clean last night we gave Dee Light a real ‘salt’ bath today .. after calling ahead to Charleston for dockage we decided to not stop at Beaufort SC .. about 10:15 am we went past the Beaufort area real slow .. in the Beaufort area there were many Sailboats anchored off right in the Channel .. we had to weave our way thru them .. just after Betty put together lunch and we got in a long narrow Ditch we met 26 Sea Rays .. ya can tell that it’s a weekend .. very slow going .. we called ahead to The City Marina at Charleston, SC – ( Mile 470 ) .. they directed us to dock on the inside of the Face Dock .. we were tied off by 04:00 pm .. right after we had Dee Light docked Marv finished off the last of the Krispy Kream Donuts .. six in one day .. they were a great treat ... on the other side of the Dock from Dee Light is a huge American Eagle Cruising Ship .. they cruise up and down the East Coast .. when we walked to the Marina Office to check in we met up with a couple (Jim and Kathy ) that we met in Fort Myers and Key West .. they are just finishing up doing the Loop .. this is a huge Marina .. many large boats from 60 to 120 feet .. the Marina is under a re-building program .. all new Docks .. electrical .. etc. .. and its all but done .. but the water is at premium right now .. a number of the boats were taking on water .. thus rinsing down Dee Light was not an option tonight .. we decided to wait until morning and walked to Marina Variety Store and Restaurant for a seafood dinner .. its about two blocks from the Marina ..
Travel – Thunderbolt, GA to Charleston, SC - 0 Locks - 112 Miles – Cumulative Miles 587
Sunday – May 04 – we spent a second night right at The City Marina in Charleston, SC – Mile 470 .. (www.charlestoncitymarina.com ) .. it’s a great Marina .. at 06:00 am the American Eagle Cruising Ship pulled out .. now we have a view of the River .. when it got light we started on cleaning Dee Light .. we used SALT-AWAY .. and it really did the job .. a 65 foot Pacific Mariner SE ( Sharon’s Rose ) .. had spent a number of days at the Marina .. after fueling up right next to us they headed out .. after spending the night here Summer Love headed out also .. we took our bikes and headed across the town to the Charleston Maritime Center and we took a Harbour Tour on a Paddle Boat .. we then drove to The Old Market on Market Street where we had lunch at AW Shuck’s Seafood Warehouse Restaurant and Oyster Bar .. and we had more seafood .. on our way back to Dee Light we went along the Harbour Coast .. it is lined with Southern Mansions .. and we could smell the Blossom or Magnolias .. we were going to have dinner with Jim and Kathy but when we walked to the Marina Variety Store and Restaurant we found that it was closed on Sunday so Jim and Kathy decided to eat on board and we went into town to the World Famous Hank’s Seafood Restaurant .. they had a full house .. so we sat a their Community Table and met up with a couple from Atlanta Georgia .. we were told that it’s the best Seafood Restaurant in South Carolina .. and they were right .. it was the best meal that we have had ..
Travel – None we stayed at Charleston, SC - 0 Locks - 0 Miles – Cumulative Miles 587
Monday – May 05 – this area is called ‘The Low Country’ .. and its easy to understand as the elevation changes only about 5 feet .. but the Tide in this area is between 6 to 8 feet .. we were on the Mega Yacht Dock .. the fuel hoses deliver 60 gallons per minute on this Dock .. we decided to wait for the boat directly behind us to leave before we pulled out .. one less thing to hit on the way out .. the boat behind us decided to let us go first .. sooo we pulled off the Dock at The City Marina in Charleston, SC – Mile 470 at 07:35 am .. we had to back our way thru the Mega Yachts behind us .. after getting past the last Mega Yacht we started to do our 180 to drive out the rest of the way .. we made it about half way around and a hard wind gust plus the Tide Current kicked in and got us good .. we quickly put Plan B into action and re-docked ( lightly slammed ) Dee Light on our Starboard Side into the Dock right between at the back of the last Mega Yacht and a ‘Jon Boat’ .. we had less than 10 feet to work with .. just as we were getting our shorts cleaned out MISTRAL .. ( a large Sun Seeker ) the boat that we had waited for started to back out just as we had done .. just after they cleared us they started their turn and also lost it .. they smashed into the Jon Boat right in front of us .. the Beam on the Jon Boat was reduced by about 18 inches .. and they smashed the Dock at the same time .. the First Mate was on the Bow at the time she caught herself on the Bow Rail just before she was about to go overboard .. we pulled off the Dock ( the second time ) and made our way past MISTRAL at 07:45 am .. Marv needed Krispy Kream Donuts but later settled for the last of Betty’s mothers bread for a late breakfast .. it was not long and Dee Light made it back into the Ditch again for most of the day .. we passed many Sailboats and we also passed Jim and Kathy aboard SHEARER ADVENTURE .. they will complete the Loop in one more day .. later Betty fixed us a deelightfull lunch including Toasted Garlic / Cheese Bread .. by 12:45 pm we were docked at the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown, SC – Mile 403 .. Dee Light got another good bath .. Harborwalk is a laid back Marina .. quite a contrast from Charleston .. the Office Building is 8 foot by 8 foot .. after a quick but needed shower we headed into town .. Betty has shopping to do .. we met up with the LAZY J’s .. we first met them when we both wintered in the Centennial Harbour Marina in Fort Myers .. the shopping in Georgetown near the Marina was mostly set up for tourist .. small many gift shops .. after we had cocktails on the LAZY J’s with Judy and Jim .. they are traveling with another boat GOTA A WHISEL .. thy also joined us in cocktails and much conversation centered around boating experiences .. we later took a walk back into town for dinner at the Dogwood Café .. Marv had his She Crab Soup in a Bread Bowl and Betty enjoyed a variety plate of ‘local’ specialties .. including ‘dirty rice’ and ‘potato patties with spicy shrimp sauce’ ..
Travel – Charleston, SC to Georgetown, SC - 0 Locks - 67 Miles – Cumulative Miles 720
Tuesday – May 06 – the weather in the center part of the country has been very violent and heading in our direction .. many Tornados .. high winds .. etc. .. we made one last look at the weather before we decided to head out .. we pulled out of the Harborwalk Marina in Georgetown, SC – Mile 403 at 07:15 am .. our waters went from a wide Shipping Channel .. to a wide River .. to a narrow River .. to da Ditch again .. we saw a number of ‘Wooden Alligators’ .. and ‘Duck Blinds’ as the waters appeared to be at a high water / flood stage .. very much like the Mississippi River and Chippewa Rivers in the Spring .. the ‘junk’ in the water and the high waters is due to all the rains that have been passing thru this area .. we will be leaving Dee Light at North Myrtle Beach so we can make a trip up North for just over two weeks .. today we made a few calls to set up our trip .. Terry Wick will be picking us up in Minneapolis Minnesota on Thursday the 8th .. Terry will drive us to Wabasha Minnesota so we can visit a number of boating friends .. then we will be going to Marv’s Grandson’s Baptism in Barron Wisconsin on Sunday the 11th .. and then we will be heading to Indianapolis to visit Betty’s family .. returning to Dee Light on the 19th ……. we had a lot of slower going but we got Dee Light tied off to the Dock at 12:45 pm .. we used 6 Fenders and 8 Lines .. before we even got Dee Light checked in at the Marina Office Jonnie ( Betty’s sisters friend ) came with our mail .. Betty’s sister .. Ruth Ann .. and Betty’s mother live in North Myrtle Beach .. we headed up to the Marina Office and met Katie that we have been in contact with for the last few weeks .. we have planned to leave Dee Light here so we have relied Katie to help us out .. we got checked in at the Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach, SC – Mile 347 and then Jonnie took us to Ruth Ann’s place .. Betty’s mother had fresh bread and rolls waiting for us that she had baked on Monday .. Ruth Ann had a great lunch of soup and etc. waiting for us .. Betty and Ruth Ann did some shopping for supplies and Marv worked on Dee Light … a huge storm caught up with us about 07:30 pm .. a Tornado did touch down and ripped up the area just inland from our location .. it was great to be tied off to a good Dock ..
Travel – Georgetown, SC to North Myrtle Beach, SC - 0 Locks - 56 Miles – Cumulative Miles 776
Wednesday – May 07 – we started on our ‘to do’ list of things to get done before we head out on Thursday morning .. Betty’s sister picked her up at the Marina at 09:00 am .. the Marina ( Harbourgate Marina - North Myrtle Beach, SC – Mile 347 ) has all new Docks .. and is right on the ICW ..
Thursday – May 08 – we got out things packed for our trip North .. Katie from the Marina brought Marv and Autumn to the Kennel .. Cedarwood Pet Center .. we will be flying to Minneapolis later today .. we will be spending a couple of days in Wabasha Minnesota .. on Saturday and Sunday we will be attending Marv’s Grandsons ( Marcus ) Baptism in Barron Wisconsin .. then we will spend some time in Eau Claire Wisconsin and Indianapolis Indiana .. before returning to North Myrtle Beach South Carolina on May 19th ( Betty’s Birthday ) .. sooo this concludes LEG A of our Great Loop Adventure ..
Engine Hours – Port Engine .. 1836.7 …. Starboard Engine .. 1844.6