Beaufort SC to Charleston April 15, 2019gtdearthlink Besides what I was able to see with the moonlight earlier, this was the first time I could actually see where I was going – at 5:18 AM. Last night didn’t turn out to be the relaxing anchoring experience I had hoped for. About 3:30 this morning, a huge prolonged gust of wind came through the anchorage. I was confident in my anchoring system, but a few minutes later was awakened by a loud call of “AHOY”! I jumped up through the front hatch and saw that my anchor was dragging through a group of sailboats. I jumped back in, started the engine, and was able to hold my position with forward gear. I ran forward again, and tried to pull up the anchor so I could move to different spot, but as I was pulling it in, it caught so well that I could not pull it any more against the over 15 mph wind and 2 knots of current – so, I let out a bunch more line, and was then sort of secure. The problem was that I was now uncomfortably close to the group of sailboats, and since my boat moves differently than they do (no keel), I was swinging too close to them at times. Realizing I was not going to be able to sleep any more, I waited for a lull in the wind (less than 15 mph), pulled up the anchor quickly, and went ahead and started my trip for the day at 4:15 in the morning. The next few photos are the sunrise progressing as I was able to see better and better and realize how rough it was! Brighter – I can now make out the number boards as I pass them. The sunrise doesn’t seem as impressive, but I can see the water really well now. Just as the sun was coming up… Pretty rolly – the boat was wallowing, but moving along nicely. About 7:30 in the morning, I passed the stop I was intending to make for the day, but because it was so early, I decided to go ahead and go all the way to Charleston (turned out to be an 11 hour journey). More whitecaps, but the sun is out – oh also, it was 59 degrees at this point (brrrrrr). Some pretty big waves, but the wind was mostly behind me. When the waves were not directly behind me, the boat would roll back and forth. This is ‘Side B’, the PDQ 34 Power Catamaran (very much like my PDQ 32) passing me – going 3 times my speed… Near the end of a very long passage through open water – about to turn the corner. Turning the corner was great, except I was now 45 degrees to the waves for a short time – big time rolling. Around here, it was blowing 17+ mph – you can see the whitecaps behind me. I almost couldn’t see this little cut that is the last piece of the passage for my journey. Through the first part of this little cut, I was only able to go 3.5 mph – there was so much current through there. My first view of Charleston – just on the other side of the bridge. And there it is as I am passing under the bridge. Adagio at the Charleston City Marina. The advantage to the long trip I made today is that I now get to spend 3 days in Charleston. This is the most expensive marina I have been to so far – they are charging a premium and charging me for a 30 foot boat (their minimum) when mine is only 25 feet. Some of my boating friends back home will appreciate this boat – very nice with 3 V8 automotive based outboards. As I head out of the marina, Charleston welcomes me 🙂 I decided to wait until tomorrow to get my bike out since the marina offers a free shuttle service into town. While I was waiting for it, I hit the local watering hole. The view from their back deck looking at the marina. I had the shuttle take me to the Historic Downtown City Market. The French Quarter is right next to the Market. Looking down one of the streets of the French Quarter at a large church. The City Market is several buildings long. This is inside one of them. Leaving the City Market. The City Market was established in 1807. The Custom House near the waterfront on the other side of Charleston from the Marina. Lots of horse drawn carriages going up and down the streets. The first Irish Pub I came to – nice place. Some old cobblestone streets still left. The Blind Tiger was recommended to me by the shuttle bus driver. Its been around for a while… Charleston Waterfront Park. This is the first thing you see as you enter the Waterfront park – don’t know what it means, I wonder if it was the original name for the city? From the Waterfront park, you can see the old fort that guarded Charleston Harbor… And the old aircraft carrier. The pier goes out pretty far into the harbor. The last pub before I headed back to the boat. I decided to walk back to the boat instead of calling the shuttle. The beautiful old home has a grand piano in the front vestibule and really nice balconies and gardens behind the house. Really nice park with a man-made lake and path and amazing homes all around it. Sunset as I’m getting back to the marina. The blue dot is where my boat is located at the marina. Even walking to the interesting parts of town only take half an hour – by bike, it is less than 10 minutes. I’m going to see a lot more of the town tomorrow and the next day. This was my route today. I am using a new app my Great Loop friends told me about called Nebo – it does a great job of documenting the trip route.