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Fernandina Beach MM 716
11/16/2011, Fernandina Beach, Fla

I only saved about 70 miles by gong outside. But it was a whole faster and easier. It would have taken close to five days of 60 mile days (no fun) and finding anchorages every night. With every day minding the sticks and traffic and bridges. So 27 hours at sea is not too bad.
I left Charleston SC at 7 am on Tuesday and put the anchor down in Fernandina Beach at around 9:30. It was a 179 nm trip with head winds and fog almost the entire way.
Tomorrow, I think St. Augustine, another 60 mile day.

Offshore finally
11/15/2011, 94 miles from Fla

I left Charleston this morning at 7 am with the incoming tide. It was a slow ride out through the channel and out to sea. The ICW was fun in it's own way but there were too many long slow days chugging along. Keeping your eyes peeled for long stretches. So I am glad to be out here. Currently motor sailing with the main up, doing a a little over 7 knots. I have another 96 miles to go. I should be in Fernadina Beach by 9 on Wednesday morning. This is the longest single handed passage so far. The last one was St Maartin to Virgin Gorda but it was only 90 miles. This one should be about 170 nm by the time I get to the anchorage. Of course there is a South wind but very light.

Charleston MM 469
11/13/2011, Charleston, SC

There was no post on Friday when I got to Charleston. It took me a couple of days to compose this (and myself). While waiting for the Ben Sawyer bridge to open for the 4 o'clock southbound traffic, I snagged a crab put that was near the side of the channel. There was a wind behind us and some current and we were all trying to stay put and not hit each other. While trying to maneuver between another boat and a crab pot and stay in the channel, I ran over the line and it got wrapped around the shaft.
Needless to say it did not make my day at all. I needed to call TowBoatUS to come get me. They (Capt. Woody) were there in 20 minutes and towed me in the last 5 miles to the Charleston Maritime Center. By the time we got there it was dark, but without too much trouble got tied up and was able to take stock of the situation.
Saturday morning I started calling around for a diver and got one lined up to come by at 3 PM. A couple I met the day before in Georgetown came over to see me. They had heard about my mishap on the VHF Friday afternoon. No Secrets out here. Chuck volunteered to use his SCUBA tank to go under UNABATED to cut me free. He was able to unwrap and cut away what he said was yards and yards of line, complete with trap. We were not able to retrieve the crab pot. I do however have the orange ball that is was attached to. So.... I am now a poster child for UNLIMITED GOLD towing from BoatUS. NO CHARGE.... it could have cost in the hundreds if dollars if I did not have the insurance. And of course kudos to Chuck and Stuart from "Long Gone" for helping out a fellow sailor.
My pride is slowly healing.

11/13/2011 | Paul
Well, I guess I will have the Unlimited Gold before I leave...and a small scuba tank too.
11/15/2011 | Don
Hopefully that's the worst mishap on your trip. I would keep the crab pot marker well hidden; the fishermen tend to not have much of a sense of humor about those sorts of things...

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