08 December 2007
Location: Dafuskie Island
Co-ords: 32 07' 52.8" N
080 52' 24.6" W
Tom's back was good enough for us to leave Beaufort today. We awoke to find fog blanketing the immediate area around us. As the sun got higher it did begin to burn off and so we left the dock. As we traveled down the river we ran into a thick fog bank with almost zero visability and we actually turned around and back tracked knowing that it would improve in a while, which it did. We then resumed our course and were contacted by another sailboat that fell in behind us to ask if he could follow us as his radar had packed up. So we crept onward in tandem and gradually things got a little better. There was lots of chatter on the radio as various boats decided whether they were going off shore or not. I think most decided to stay inside. At least one boat headed to the outlet into the ocean and then announced on the radio he was coming back in!
We would have loved to anchor tonight as it is so calm and still but we didn't want to risk pulling Tom's back again. Even though I could probably manage to launch the anchor myself I am not confident I could get it back up again in the morning. We had decided to pull in to this place - Melrose Landing which is the dock for the "Dafuskie Island Resort and Breathe Spa". We weren't sure what we would find. We know the island itself has no connection to the mainland and people get here on ferries. The island was named by the early settlers who saw it as "da fus key" (the first key!). When we arrived at the dock it was deserted. A guy from the ferry came over, showed us where to tie up and helped with our lines. He then told us that the dock attendant had left early to go to a party so there was no one to pay. It looks as though we have a free dock tonight as we will be leaving early in the morning.
We traveled across a wide sound today and saw several shrimp boats doing their thing.