Homage to "the Boat Pile"
03 April 2012 | Myrtle Beach, SC
The boat pile now consumes one-third of my office here in Myrtle Beach and includes a new cruising chute with sock, Satphone, breeze boosters, LEDs, sheets, blocks, a roll of insect screening, a tube of 5200 and some whipping twine. I have to climb over it to get to my desk.
I'm not complaining.
We leave in four days for Marsh Harbour, where Remittance has been moored since we sailed her down in November. She tied up at the Conch Inn Marina (the Moorings Base). We'll do a week of sailing and diving as a family, then on Friday April 13th - yes, I am superstitious - the family departs and my delivery crew, aka "my buds" arrive to bring the boat back Myrtle Beach. On board will be Ben Edkins, Scott Jackson and James "JD" Dodd. We'll cruise the northern Abacos - from Manjack to Walker's Cay - trying hard not to run aground (as opposed to running hard aground!).
We'll clear out at Walker's Cay and then make for the Gulf Stream, using it to carry us north at 2-3 kts. The fishing lines will be out of course, hoping for a Mahi Mahi like the one we caught on the way south.
We'll clear in at Charleston, SC, before doing an about-face and heading back out to sea to complete the delivery to Little River Inlet, SC. Charleston would be an annoying sidetrack, except for the fact that it's, well, Charleston with all that entails.
Of course, this is merely the rhumb line. If our course actually followed the rhumb line, that would be the first time.
As for the boat pile, well, it stands here as a pleasant reminder of all that is in front of me; and when it completely fills the office, that's when I'll know it's time to go.