COURAGE’S JOURNEY FROM PROVIDENCE, RI TO KEY WEST, FL
Monday September 29, 2014
Weather: 70s Rain
Departure: 09:30 from Charleston, SC Destination: Beaufort, SC
Marina: Beaufort City Marina 5 out of 10 Arrival: 13:30
Distance traveled: 70 Nautical Miles
MORE SOUTHERN CHARM IN BEAUTIFUL BEAUFORT!
The rain continued all night and into the morning for our departure from Charleston to Beaufort, SC. Rain withstanding it was a very nice ride to Beaufort. We traveled the ICW from Charleston to Beaufort. Navigating the Ashley , Edisto, Ashepoo, Coosaw and Beaufort rivers. We saw our first dolphins today.
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Chartered in 1711, it is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Sea Islands and South Carolina Low Country. The city is renowned for its scenic location and for maintaining a historic
character by preservation of its antebellum architecture. Remnants of the original English colonial settlement of Beaufort can be found in the downtown or historic district area.
Beaufort is a city full of Southern charm. The Beaufort City Marina is steps away from the Historic District and has a beautiful park for Archie and numerous restaurants and shops. The Marina even has a courtesy car. George was able to borrow it to go to a great AA meeting tonight. We dined at Panini’s. George had a local dish – Frogmore Pasta, shrimp, sausage, roasted corn in a curry cream sauce.
Savannah awaits tomorrow.
Tuesday September 30, 2014
Weather: 70s Partly to Mostly Sunny!!! Departure: 09:30 from Beaufort, SC Destination: Thunderbolt, GA (Savannah) Marina: Thunderbolt Marina
Arrival: 16:30 under tow
Distance to Thunderbolt: 70 Nautical Miles
ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER TOW!
We awoke to sunshine! Hallelujah! It was a glorious day until ……………….. Courage broke down.
We took off this morning on the Beaufort River to the Port Royal inlet. Along the route we made a wee wrong turn and ended up in the ocean! But Captain George quickly caught his error and returned to the ICW. Phew! We cruised through the west side of Hilton Head viewing spectacular houses and beautiful waterway scenery.
When we were passing through Calibogue Sound we heard a thump and within minutes an engine alarm sounded. Upon inspection there was steam billowing out of the engine. We were adrift in the Sound (boy doesn’t that sound dramatic!).
We called US Boat Tow (again that $149 well spent that first day). As I write this we are being towed to Thunderbolt Marina for inspection and repairs. I imagine it’s a lot like sailing. Just puttering along with no engine noise.
Arrived safely at the Hinckley boatyard in Thunderbolt, GA under tow. A quick inspection shows that the bearings in southern city for an extended stay!