Crossing the Pacific Ocean, What Could Go Wrong?? See Our Friends’ Adventures, 1st Ever Guest Blog….#51

You think some of our adventures are on the edge?? Our friends headed out on their sailboat, crossing the Pacific Ocean for 26 days to the Marquesas Islands which is part of French Polynesia. I’d estimate no more than 100 boats arrive each year from North & Central America. Sounds like an amazing trip. Read our “Guest Blog” edition for a crazy tour of John and Janet Harrington’s adventures on Tango.

Remember from our last blog;  Angelique is in Norfolk VA with Dan doing boat projects and looking forward to a reunion with his Flying Fish Crewmen, while I am in Portland Oregon (home) helping my daughter with her tiny outside wedding! 

Dan and I met John and Janet in La Paz, Mexico. We were both part of the Baja Ha Ha cruise rally from San Diego to Cabo, Mexico. We just happened to be sitting at the same table during an event for the end of the rally celebration. (just for those boats that continued on from Cabo to La Paz) We quickly became friends as John and Dan seemed to be brothers from another Mother and Janet and I had remarkable similar personalities. We also realized that we had “kind of” met each other once in Cabo when I was driving our dinghy back to the boat from going ashore and John and Janet were dropping anchor a bit too close to Angelique, as I told them “they might want to move a bit further away.” We giggled about this encounter later once we had really met them. Them saying “I sent them away”…. seriously, they were happy to learn we had a big swing circle and moved down the coast a bit.

 

rBQmSFSwI’m going to tell their story, some of it will be in their words, so I will use quotes and italics when doing so.

A bit of history about them and their boat:

  • John and Janet met before Janet had a driver’s license!  “Dinosaurs were roaming the earth”   
  • John was in the US Coast Guard 26 years on Active Duty, serving in and commanding various units, retiring in 2000.
  • Janet was a stay at home Mom, “the hardest job ever!!”
  • Kids are grown and gone
  • Tango is a 38-year-old Tayana aft cockpit, cutter rigged sloop sailboat, purchased October of 2013 at Clear Water Lake, Texas
  • Moved on to their boat full time Thanksgiving of 2016
  • Started Cruising October of 2018, participated in the Baja Ha Ha Rally
  • List of their blogs at Tango Blogs 

tangoThey moved on to their boat full time in November 2016 and lived and actively prepared the boat for an extended offshore cruise.

On October 13, 2018 they headed under the Golden Gate Bridge and took a left down the coast south. If you haven’t been in a boat going under THAT bridge, it is truly an amazing event!

When I asked John and Janet if they would do a guest blog, one question I asked was; what some of your most memorable events was. Janet quickly said the swimming with the Whale Sharks in La Paz, and I would have to agree!!!

“Swimming with the whale sharks off La Paz was amazing (and suggested by Angela and Dan). We had friends visiting from California that week and the weather was still pretty warm even in November in Mexico. We went with a great whale watch company within walking distance of the Marina de La Paz. Our small boat with 8 passengers arrived on station with the other tour boats and as each guide got into the water, 4 passengers at a time could come and swim with the whale sharks. These beautiful animals were totally oblivious to the people in the water and would feed around us with gaping mouths. At one point, John and I were in the water as two whale sharks came toward each other with us in the middle, pretty exciting. We even got “pooped” on, bound to happen, right? Our guide said it was a first for her too.”

john-janet-victorsMid-January John and Janet joined us in Puerto Vallarta. We were in the middle of our own boat yard work which took 3 months and they were trying to schedule some work of their own. We did sneak in a dinner one night at one of our favorite Resturante’s, “Victor’s” where the tequila runs for free and YES it can kill ya!! (seriously free) As John and Janet prepared for their Pacific Crossing, we were planning our run up the Sea of Cortez.

In March 22, 2019 John and Janet left the safety of Puerto Vallarta and started the 4000 mile first leg into the Pacific Ocean. Hoping they had provisioned anything they might need along the way. They spent 2 months in Puerto Vallarta including a lengthy boatyard visit, provisioning food & boat parts, fixing/strengthening things that commonly fail. UMuGu6-QThey also had a crew member join them, Paul who is a good friend. They estimated 20-day journey and of course prayed for good weather and moderate winds.

Dan likes to say I’m a sailor now that I have 8000+ miles under my belt. But learning and reading John and Janet’s blog and seeing what it takes to sail rather than cruise our huge comfy boat… I think I have a lot still to learn. 

For the first week at sea Tango and crew had light winds which made for a comfy ride at 3-4 knots of speed, but the wind was mostly from the wrong direction adding miles to the overall trip. Everything was good as they settled in with their journey, Janet worked on meals, meal planning and baking bread, and the boys worked on the travel, weather, sail adjustments and closing hatches as they would pass through multiple daily storms.

By April 2nd, the winds had picked up and they were making good progress sailing at about 5-9 knots speed heading towards the ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone).

This is the area where the northeast and southeast trade winds converge. It encircles the Earth near the thermal equator, though its specific position varies seasonally. When it lies near the geographic Equator, it is called the near-equatorial trough.

The intended target across the Pacific Ocean was the Marquesas, which is a group of islands previously claimed by the French. The Marquesas are one set of islands that are included in the Complete set of French Polynesian islands. They were headed for an island called Nuku Hiva.

As the days turn from one to another in the ocean, I can imagine that the doldrums kinda set in and one day blends into another. John Said “Tango and crew had anti-doldrums, being constant heavy squalls with 35-40kt winds.” BUT when something terrible happens, it marks a day in the week that you remember clearly. Two events during this time marked in their memory. 

Here is John’s details of the event on April 2. “During this mornings’ inspection of the rigging (a daily morning event) I found the nylonlock nut for the boom gooseneck on deck and the gooseneck within 1/2″ of becoming disconnected from the mast. The bolt has the mainsail tack hooks that are used to furl the sail; the tack grommet hooks to this part holding the forward corn or the sail in the furled position. The nut working off allowed the bolt to be pull up about 5-1/2″ of the total 6” length. The boom was barely connected and downward pressure of the boom vang kept it from separating. This part was rebuilt and reinstalled in La Cruz. A similar thing happened to the the boom vang gooseneck bolt where the locknut worked off and the bolt was moving upward. This happened a couple of days ago and I used threadlock as a quick fix for this other gooseneck.

This morning was a serious situation, nearly an emergency. Tango’s crew instantly her turned into the wind, furled both headsails, and dropped the main. I was then able to work the bolt back into position as Paul held the bow into the 8 ft seas. Once I got the nut reinstalled Janet turned the boat allowing me a more stable platform for final repairs. I was able to drill through the stainless hardware sets and install cotter pins on both the boom gooseneck bolt and boom vang bolt.”

On April 3, Tango passed the ITCZ and the halfway point. Only 1,443 NM to go

On April 7, “At 1230 local time today (1830Z) Tango crossed the Equator at 125-42.618W. With Paul, a Pollywog, aboard we conducted the appropriate rituals for Poseidon including sharing a glass of bubbly and some of Janet’s freshly baked brownies.”

April 11th, 700 nm NE of Marquesas the evening took a slightly different turn, Janet said it was the scariest day ever… “The day itself started out fairly normal. Rolly seas and a rain shower in the afternoon, enough rain to be able to take a quick soapy shower on deck. Dinner time was fairly calm, we ate in the cockpit as we did all of our meals. John and I were down below cleaning up dinner dishes when all the sudden Tango was heeling so far over to the starboard side that you could see only waves through the windows. John hollered for Paul to head into the wind and he flew up the stairs to the cockpit and took the helm.”

John said, “Out of nowhere, instantly, we had 34Kts of wind on the port side with all sail set. Tango was over on her side fighting to come up. Paul’s reaction was to try and turn down wind, as I’ve been teaching him. However, this was the exception and we quickly got Tango upright by letting her turn into the wind as I took over the helm. With Paul and Janet below battening down the hatches I stuck the nose into the screaming wind maintaining steerage way with 4-5 knots of forward speed. Tango and I fought this thunderstorm like this figuring it would blow out in 45 minutes, like most convection storms. Nope. Not tonight. After about an hour and 15 min the winds started to let up and Janet and Paul furled up the Genoa, I waited for a right feeling time and turned Tango downwind. Off we zoomed under the staysail set about 80% and the main in its first reef. 9.5 kts in a fairly calm sea (going down wind). With time the winds decreased to high teens and low twenty’s and we were aimed right at the Marquesas. We ate the mileage up for the first time in days. Paul went to bed and Janet stayed up with me on the first 2-man watch of the night. Janet and I zoomed easily downwind. At 0200 Paul got up to relieve Janet… and the thunderstorms started in again. So far, only rain and no wind, as in calm again! Right now, Paul is trying to keep the whopping 7 kt wind on the beam. Tango and her crew did really well in a tough situation. This is why we have Tango. She is a blue water boat.”

I asked John how he felt during this event, as I would have been nervous and scared. But with his career in the USCG with so much boating experience he said “I felt like a ship captain, trained, experienced.”

April 15th, “Barring unexpected problems or seriously odd weather, not that that would happen to Tango, we will anchor in Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands Tuesday afternoon, 16 Apr 2019. That’s tomorrow! Our trip will have taken 26 days or 3 weeks and 5 days, or 630 hours, one bottle of vodka and several boxes of wine, about 4 showers for the crew (not counting the free washdowns in the rain), about 2 gallons of diesel fuel for the generator daily (fridge/freezer cooling, watermaking, USB device recharging (perish the thought that we let our cellphones die), 30 gallons of water/day starting out and decreasing to about 15 gal/day ending, no caught fish, and a short list of repairs.”

On April 16th, “Landfall! Radar picked up the peaks of Ua-Huka at 23 NM a few minutes ago. We have a total of 52NM until Tango’s anchor is on the bottom of Taiohae Bay, Nuku-Hiva.   –   Assorted photos below..

The crew will be boat bound until we clear customs and they only receive in-coming boats before 1130 on weekdays. We’ll be anchoring around 1330 so we will have to wait until Wednesday to get all the paperwork done. We have several things to keep us busy, like, not rocking and rolling, no engine noise, no sail tending, etc. We also have several important projects that we could start on. Some must be done before I’ll leave harbor. The important ones are:

j-j sailMend the mainsail and move those durn jackline cleats that catch the sail and tear it. Threadlock the sail car screws, again. This is a repeat, but we had the sail off in MX. Reattach the boom vang to the mast. This could be a multiple day job, but only if I don’t have the appropriate bolts aboard. Change fuel filters. The vacuum pressures have doubled since we last ran the engine for a long time. Crud in the MX fuel… Inspect the hull zincs and probably replace them. The MX piers were very electrically HOT, and this quickly wiped the zincs. Also need to scour the bottom of any growth. Adjust, lubricate, check this and that including the Hydrovane autopilot, the Hydrogenerator mount system, Tango’s basic steering gear (wire rope, chain in the binnacle, etc.” 

j-j NZTango, along with John and Janet, are now in New Zealand enjoying their stay during the Covid pandemic. They have tons of stories I didn’t have space to report on due to the length of this blog… Please visit their Blog if you would like to read more about their adventures @ “Two To Tango in the Wind” Blog

List of locations Tango traveled.

  • Puerto Vallarta to Nuku Hiva of the Marquesas Islands, 25 days to cross
  • French Polynesia for 90 days
    • Nuku Hiva to Rangiroa,Tuamotus
    • Rangiroa to Tahiti
    • Tahiti to Moore
    • Moorea to Taaha
    • Taaha to Raiatea (back and forth between Taaha and Riatea several times (both islands within the same reef)
  • Checked out from Raiatea French Polynesia to Suwarrow Cooks Islands
  • Suwarrow to American Samoa (lost auto pilot en route)
  • American Samoa to Tonga (83 days in the Vava U group of Tonga)
  • Tonga to Minerva Reef to New Zealand

I really enjoyed telling a story from another couple’s experience. Hope you enjoyed reading it too!

Stay tuned for the adventure!

Stay Safe, Happy & Adventurous…… Cheers!

ICW Transit North with Sunken Boats, Swing Bridges, Deer Crossing & History Galore…#50

We arrived in Thunderbolt Marina a small town just outside of Savannah. We found this Marina by asking the awesome Facebook group “ICW Cruising Guide by Bob423”. These types of Facebook groups have helped while we have been cruising different and unfamiliar areas. We were glad to get at this nice marina rather than the public docks right in Savannah downtown. When we saw the docks, we were really happy with the decision we made and the recommendations from the group! Special call out to those that helped us! If you are traveling to areas unknown, join some of these Facebook groups and ask questions or read what others ask/answer. This is good for all types of travel, air, sea, foreign or domestic, it is such a wealth of knowledge from folks that live or have been to that location and know the area well.

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

With all the history we have been absorbing in these towns, I thought this quote was perfect for our lives and the history of our country….. The good and the bad, it’s history!

We again booked the same open air trolley tour company we did when we were in St Augustine Old Town Trolley Tours which is an On-off trolley ride through town. It is a perfect way to see the town and hear the history at the same time. img_7884As I mentioned in my last blog Cruising from Satellite Beach Florida to Savannah Georgia. Savannah was made more popular by the Author John Berendt book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. He wrote about the city and a group of folks which he met along the way. He called out all the uniqueness’s of these people & how they were living and stories they told him. This is a Non-Fiction book, I might add.  The tour guide said those citizens that were mentioned in the book were not too keen when it was published. I think the town now values the tourism that it brings to their fine city. We strolled past the house made famous in the book, the “Mercer-Williams House,” where the murder and shenanigans happened. It was a blast to see the city, with its planned out city streets and park blocks every so often on a regular squared map.savannah city map

This was done at first for safety having military posted at each park square, which allowed them to see across the whole town and protect the city. Today they are each a quaint parks with stone/brick pathways through them, seating and or monuments. You can see a few pictures of the parks in the slideshow below.

As one of the most hot and humid cities we visited, we saw first hand how the buildup of moisture and afternoon rains hit the city, which we happen to get stuck in while traveling around. But we found some cover and waited it out. 

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Because of the heat in Savannah, we were glad to be moving north again. We went straight from Savannah to Charleston SC, landing at Charleston City marina. We took another tour bus around the town; this method gives you such a good base for the city. img_7858We learned about the 4 corners of law, which consist of the Federal Courthouse, Charleston City Hall, Charleston County Courthouse & St. Michael’s Episcopal Church which are all in the same intersection together. Near this intersection is where we found Ruth and other artisans making their Sweet-grass baskets. They make them right in front of you on the street corner. I, of course, couldn’t leave without one and a picture of her with her beautiful work.

If you love old architecture like me…. you will love all the many southern houses in Charleston. They have beautiful grand porches facing a courtyard on the sides of the house. They all point windward as planned, to get the evening wind to cool the house down. (Can you imagine, no AC) They all have window and porches that they could keep open to reduce the daytime heat. The houses have an odd door leading to the side of the porch. This was for blocking the street dust and horse poop smell from their living areas. It also was for hospitality and greeting neighbors and friends with sweet tea and a visit on the porch. Today they are more for security purpose, but it is the entrance into the courtyard/porch and front door area.

We were able to see the open-air market area that goes on for blocks and blocks, with no vendors due to Covid, but it must be a hustling area when open. Close by we found a local place for lunch. We enjoyed our walk around the city. We also saw a “replicaof the H.L. Hunley submarine. The CSS Hunley was the first combat submarine to sink a warship (USS Housatonic) in 1864. After her successful attack she along with her crew were lost at sea. She was 39.5 ft in length and 3.83 feet in beam. Her propulsion was a hand-cranked duct propeller which could make 4.6 miles per hour. There were 2 officers and 6 enlisted men who performed the propulsion. In 1995 she was finally located in the depths of the sea and raised in 2000 and is on display at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center.

The next day we took a tour to Fort Sumter which is a National Historic Park. The construction of the fort started in 1829 but was not completed until 1861 when the civil war began. The fort was built with a high stone and heavy masonry walls circling the boundaries. The fort was turned over when South Carolina seceded from the Union. In 1863 there was a failed attempt by the Union to retake the fort and it was reduced to rubble. It remained in Confederate hands until 1865. The U.S. Army worked to restore it as a useful military installation. In 1898 during the American Spanish war, a new massive concrete blockhouse-style installation was built inside the original walls. It was never used during the war, but the mashup of the two different decades is very evident.

Up until Savannah we were traveling in and out of the ocean and into the ICW to anchor or visit marinas. But when we left Charleston the weather was rough in the ocean and we decided to stay in ICW, even if it is a bit more difficult to travel this way. I am sure glad we did because the sights and views that we were able to see have just been amazing. The ICW was a bit more open and navigable in North & South Carolina and Virginia than in Florida and Georgia.

We saw so many sights along the way; Sunken boats, swing bridges, party islands, beautiful homes/docks, lighthouses, birds nesting, swamp lands, fisherman, swimming deer, dredge boats, hunting towers… You name it was saw it.

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img_8099One of the funniest things we saw along the way, was this Flagpole with a US flag, a fake palm tree and a parking meter on a very small strip of sand. Legend has it, that it arrived in early 2000 and no one knows exactly who is responsible, but that it was meant to be a humorous stab at the climbing parking rates for visitors to the coastal town. Townspeople claim it is maintained by a “secret society of locals” who surreptitiously show up when the treetop needs replacing. Boaters often anchor there on either side of the low tide to temporarily inhabit the island, which slowly disappears as the water begins rising toward high tide.

As we headed to New Bern, we had few more stops. We did one-night anchor out at South Santee River & another at Enterprise Oxbow. Only one notable event, in South Santee River happened. During our anchoring that night, we quickly noticed that it was really soft mud and our anchor didn’t hold. Dan had the great idea to drop our second anchor to hold us. It worked great until we decided to pull the anchor up the next morning. They were all twisted around each other, which we didn’t know until we pulled one of them up. The first anchor rode got caught on the second anchor fluke. It was a nightmare situation. Dan and I worked for 30-40 mins with boat hooks and such to get it untangled. We finally got a separate line through the anchor chain that was hanging off the fluke of the other anchor and tied it off. Then dropped the anchor a bit in the water which changed the direction and it came loose. We won’t do that again!!!

img_8054We did a quick stop at Southport Harbor Village Marina where Dan got to meet up with his Navy buddy, Pete from the Flying Fish Submarine time. They hung out and told tons of stories and got caught up from over 40+ years of not seeing each other.

We did one more night at anchor at Swanboro NC before making our way to New Bern to meet up with Debi on Mad Hatteras. We met Debi on the Hatteras Owners  Facebook page. We stayed in the Bridgeton Harbor Marina which was just across the Neuse River from New Bern. We had the BEST welcome we have ever had, as we arrived in Bridgeton. img_8143Debi had gone all out for us with a Hawaiian welcome, (as she lived on Oahu for a while) and still has a business she operates there. We were welcomed with many helping hands to catch our lines for easy docking, champagne, snacks and Hawaiian Leis. Everyone was so nice and helpful. We spent 5 nights and enjoyed dinner on each other’s boat and an awesome dinner out in town. Got to meet people in the marina and had a great time. If you head this way, it is a really nice marina at which to stay.

We did a couple more nights at anchor along the way to Norfolk, our final destination for the summer. This puts us out of the hurricane risk area. We anchored at Sanders Point in Bay river for 1 night. Then we headed into an interesting little marina for 2 nights in Belhaven NC at River Forest Marina. We enjoyed our stay in Belhaven. It is a very quaint little town with a beautiful manor they do events in. Of course, with Covid, it isn’t active at the moment. I wish I could have gone inside!

We did one more night at anchor on the North River off Abermarle Sound (AKA Crab pot city). Then off to Norfolk. But not before we had two amazing events. We had these birds follow us for hours behind our boat. I think they thought we were fishing and would toss out our fish remains as we cleaned the fish, so they were tailing us pretty close. It was amazing watching them.

And the big finale was a deer crossing right in front of our boat. Dan saw him first and yelled back to me that he saw a deer in the river. I came quickly, but Dan was going so fast that he would have hit him. The deer was swimming faster than he had thought. So, he backed down which gave me a good view of the deer and ability to film her.

We are in Norfolk until November when we plan to go south again. Dan has a reunion with his Flying Fish Submarine buddies in August and we have a wedding of our daughter Kylie. So, we will stay really busy getting everything ready.

I do have a couple special blogs planned for this time away from our adventures… so stay tuned to see what is coming next!

 

Cruising from Satellite Beach Florida to Savannah Georgia & We Missed the Rocket Launch…#49

We had arrived in Satellite Beach, Florida in mid-April after our week or so in the Keys and our trip north in the ICW.  We were planning on staying at Satellite Beach area for a while and just settle in a bit before we thought about going north again. We were able to just enjoy our time and not do too much. Our friends, Chris and Gina loaned us a vehicle to be able to go to store & Patrick Air force base to hit the Exchange and Commissary. We were also able to take a couple drives around the area but really kept ourselves isolated as much as we could. We did a few dinners with our friends at their home and Dan was excited to help Chris work on his Corvette project, where he is putting an Electronic Twin Turbo LS motor into a Stingray from the frame up. We also worked on tuning his LS powered boat.  We really enjoyed our time with Chris and Gina and were so glad to spend the extra time in this city. 

I started a daily walk along the neighborhood close by and enjoyed it tremendously. I got so many cool pictures along the way. I loved these “snake Cactus” and got a close up of this beautiful Heron along our dock. indian-banana waterwaysI also took my Kayak out a couple time on Indian River, I was hoping I would see dolphins which frequent the area every day. I did see them, but I couldn’t get close enough for good pictures.

“This area has two rivers that collide into the ICW (Intracoastal Waterways). The Indian river starts up in the Ponce de Leon area and flows down towards Satellite Beach where the Banana river runs into the Indian river and continues down the ICW. The Banana River isn’t considered part of the ICW only part of the lagoon system and has an outlet to the Atlantic Ocean by Port Canaveral”

The Marina we were at was a bit south of this map image.

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We stayed busy with projects of course, we did many puzzles, books, netflix’s & went fishing and caught nothing worth keeping, but it was fun. Dan got to power wash the dinghy of all the sea barnacles and such, being that we left the dinghy in the water so we could use it. I had to do the same thing on my Kayak that I left in the water. This is the joy of sea water vs fresh. We had planned to stay for 1 month but extended our stay when we heard that the Spacex rocket launch was planned for 5/27. Dan had reviewed the bays near Cape Canaveral, and we knew how close we could get to the launch.

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On Tuesday 5/26 we left the marina and headed out to our rocket watching anchorage spot. It was extremely close, and we were excited. But on Wednesday the weather was not looking good and a thunderstorm was heading in. As you know the launch was scrubbed due to weather issues. We then had to make a decision as to stay at anchor until Saturday or Sunday and hope it doesn’t get scrubbed again. I was concerned because the weather did not look any better for the weekend, I really didn’t want to wait 3-4 more days and it gets postponed again. So, the decision was made to move on to St. Augustine. We had waited and postponed our travels north by 2+ weeks and I was ready to leave. 

We headed out along the Intracoastal waterways to Ponce de Leon Inlet and anchored out for 1 night. (map of our locations at end of blog) This was just a stop and rest point so we didn’t have to cruise all night long. img_7227We got hit with a pretty good storm that evening and just watched with amazement as the winds, rain and dark clouds hit us. We took off again the next morning for St Augustine City Marina. We traveled via the Intracoastal Waterways and it is an interesting navigation endeavor. Some areas are really shallow 6-8 feet or less and narrow. Some are wide open with a few extra feet but required to stay inside the navigable channel to be safe. The depth is very shallow outside the narrow channel which requires us to stay alert the whole time. It is also can be very windy and lots of marsh lands, bridges & little alcoves along the way.  You do stay safe from the sea conditions while traveling the ICW and that is one bonus, plus the view is much better too! 

img_7253We arrived in St. Augustine docks and were pleased that the city was within steps of the marina. We arrived late afternoon and planned to stay two nights. We walked around the town that night and found a nice place for a snack & drink, Prohibition Kitchen. It was a two-level cute pub grub type place. Service and food were excellent. We had Brussel sprouts grilled with some awesome sauce and a beautiful shrimp cocktail with huge shrimp. It was incredibly good. Found the local visitor center and bought tickets for the next day on a historic “On-Off Trolley”. If you haven’t done one if these it is AWESOME. We used the “Old Town Trolley Tours” company and were very happy with the knowledge, locations they stopped and the quickness between rides (approx. 15 mins). We did one in Washington DC years ago and enjoyed it then and this was very similar. I just love old history and we both enjoyed our time listening to the drivers explain the city.

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We rested a bit before dinner. We had so many recommendations from friends for good places to eat but ended up at a local restaurant 2 block from the marina at Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill. It had good ratings on-line and it was close by and it did not disappoint. It was fabulous! 

Up early the next day to head off to Jacksonville Fl. We had made friends with some locals through a Facebook group for those that have Hatteras Yachts. We went in a bit further, 25 nm, than we would have on our own and stayed at Lamb’s Yacht Center & Marina. We had tons of fun with Bill and Patty. We each showed off our boats. 

Dan helped Bill a bit with some projects, we did a couple dinners out, went to the Navy Base nearby and we got to visit their boxers… what a joy! That is one thing Dan and I miss a lot is animals in our lives! We had a 5 day stay and have new friends too! 

We got up extra early when we left Lambs Marina in Jacksonville, we had aways to go, 75 nautical miles to Brunswick GA. We picked this location for a couple reasons. We needed a halfway point between Jacksonville and Savannah and Dan found a place to buy his 5-gallon buckets of Chevron Delo 100 40w oil, to keep the big Detroit Diesel happy, and they were going to bring it to the boat. So, that saved us a problem with how to get it picked up and hauled. So we went in to Brunswick Landing Marina. We stayed 1 night, oil was waiting for us when we arrived, and we walked to a local restaurant for dinner. On our way “in and out” towards Brunswick at St. Simons Island Sound we got to see the 656 foot “Golden Ray” cargo ship that flipped over in September of 2019. It was holding 4,200 cars and the effort to get her out of the water has been an undertaken ever sense. The ship was eventually declared a total loss and is now being cut up in place and scrapped. Here is more detail on the whole event and salvage work. Golden Ray Wiki

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Below is a map of our trip along the coastline and ICW. 

Our trip continues North as we head towards Norfolk/DC area. We will be stopping in Savannah Georgia next. I’m excited because my friend Ashley gave me a book that I read a year or so ago called “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt” If you haven’t read it, you should. It will make you want to go to Savannah and see all the interesting places. 

Looking forward to our adventures in Savannah and South & North Carolina… 

Take Care!