No sunrise picture this morning. Even though I saw it at the end of the dock, I was already thinking of leaving today to head partway to Georgetown. I had seen a lot of the city and enjoyed it, and I didn’t want to have to do the 12 hours to Georgetown all in one day, in potentially rough weather. I had intended to do some work on the boat, and then leave in the afternoon, but my new friend Don on the all wood huge motor yacht behind me at the dock convinced me that I should go immediately and not wait. Before I left, I borrowed his Sawsall to cut a couple of small pieces of wood off of the base of my fuel transfer setup for an anchor bridle I have in mind. This picture is looking out the back of the boat at the Charleston City Marina as I am leaving it.
This is the main reason my friend Don said I should go immediately – look how calm it is, and this is at 8:30 in the morning.
My last view of the beautiful huge bridge to Charleston.
And the old fort that guarded the city at the end of the bay just inside the inlet from the ocean.
This is the marina I stayed at near Charleston when I brought Catitude Home – Tolers Cove.
One of the inlets I passed on the way to McClellanville. Every time I passed an inlet, the current changed – sometimes in my favor, but usually not.
Not only was it low tide, but the Intracoastal in this area is very shallow and narrow – a few moments inattention and a boat can go aground. On the way here, I passed a dredge which was deepening the channel, but at the time was directly in the middle of the very narrow channel. I had to go around it, but in doing so, I went into water that was less than 3 feet deep. Luckily, I only draw 1.5 feet, so I made it ok. But everybody coming up behind me either had to wait for the dredge to move, and high tide, both of which were hours away. Today, nobody on the water way passed me 🙂 This boat coming up is at its dock and high and dry.
I think the boat was made to rest on the bottom – at least I hope so.
Hopefully no bow thruster, or it is full of mud.
Here is an example of how close the shore is at low tide, and how much land is showing. Less than 5 feet depth for many miles here. I talked to a couple at Leland Oil who told me that they anchored for an hour just to wait for the tide to increase the depth before they could go through this stretch – part of the reason no one passed me today
Here is how narrow the Intracoastal is here – a hundred feet on either side of me I would run aground.
This shows on my GPS charplotters and my depth finder how narrow and shallow it is.
Made it to Leland Oil – nice dock, very laid back and inexpensive place.
My boat on the floating dock – the tide is just starting to come in. The tides here are only about 6 feet – back near Beaufort they were 9 feet!
And here is Adagio – happily at the dock – shrimp boat behind me, lots of that here.
I got my bike out and rode through the town – really laid back with beautiful homes, all with acreage. The people are very friendly – as I rode the bike through town almost everyone either walking or in their vehicle waved at me. Turns out most of the restaurants are not open til Thursday, and the ones that are did not open until after 5, so I went to a convenience store that had a Subway, got a great Black Forest Ham foot long with a huge amount of greens on it and a Terrapin Luau POG IPA. Went across the street and had dinner under a tree.
Apparently, early on in McClelanville history, they only had one school for all grades and this was it. Now it is the Middle School – they have a new High School that I did not see.
And there is a lot of history here – Part 1.
McClellanville History Part 2.
Here is a local artist with an easel painting a picture of the bush with all of the flowers in front of her.
The town sign on the way to the City Hall and the Park/Boat Ramp.
The Seaman’s Memorial at the end of the part – on the Chester River.
Nice City Hall.
A museum and the shaft that drove several reciprocating saws powered by the wind to cut the wood they floated downstream to make lumber.
My route today – I really like this Nebo App.
As an aside, I realized today that power-wise I have been totally self sufficient in that I have not hooked up to power at any marina or dock I have stayed at yet. My boat is getting over 15 mpg, and with the solar panels and engine charging of the batteries I have no need for dock power, and have only had one fuel stop in almost 500 miles. I would like to have been able to do this trip all solar, but this is pretty close to that goal. Also, my 10 gallon water tank is lasting me over a week for each fill up – very little usage of resources…