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The fun times aboard Liquid Therapy. With - Susan and Brooke Smith

28 January 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina
27 January 2018 | old Bahama Bay Marina
24 January 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, West End, Bahamas
23 January 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, Grand Bahama Island
22 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
20 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
19 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
19 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
14 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
11 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
11 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
08 January 2018 | Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
06 January 2018 | Bill Bird Marina
02 January 2018 | Bill Bird Marina
22 December 2017 | Bill Bird Marina, Miami, FL
21 December 2017 | Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club
21 December 2017 | Harborside Place
18 December 2017 | Ft. Pierce Pelican Yacht Club
16 December 2017 | Ft. Pierce Pelican Yacht Club, FL

Saturday, April 21, 2018

22 April 2018 | Casper's Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage - Harbour Village Marina - Casper’s Marina, Swansboro, NC
38 SM 6.6 Engine Hours
8:04 AM Underway
1:36 PM Docked starboard side to face dock

Pretty easy run today. I did have to time two bridges. But they worked out just fine. Didn’t have to run hard to meet either opening. The wind was nice, chilly but nice. The bridge at Camp LeJeune was also quiet. Sometimes while waiting at this bridge there are explosions from the marine guns. You can actually feel the concussion through the hull of the boat. But today it is Saturday and the off duty marines are fishing along the ICW.

We really like Casper’s Marina and the town of Swansboro. heading south this fall Casper’s was full and we couldn’t get a slip for the two days we wanted to spend here. But when we arrived we were the only boat in the entire marina. We have had to make reservations in advance heading north as the migration of boats is heading north. But Casper’s is empty. Just a fluke I suppose of boats going father before stopping each way. We could have made it to Beaufort, NC instead of stopping here as well. But we like Mr. Casper and visit the town each way.

There was lots of excitement going on in Swansboro. Pirates festival and also Prom Night. Lots of pirates roaming the streets in their pirate regalia mixed with Prom couples having their pictures taken on the street. Susan smartly made dinner reservations for us as we knew between pirates and prom couples the restaurants would be overrun. Speaking of prom, many of these couples had photographers following them around the town and having them pose. The girls mostly are much larger than the boys. That was funny to me. I guess the girls were more mature than us boys at that age too. But, all of the guys looked shrimpy compared to the girls.

We ate ashore and came back to the marina. I figured SOME other boat would have arrived. But, strangely we were the only boat in the marina. Mrs. Casper said we were the 64th transient of the year and their business was way off. There are less and less boaters doing what we do. The younger generations don’t even take the time to boat on the weekends like we did earlier in our careers. Monday’s at work water cooler talk was have many fish did you catch and boat stories. By Wednesday the talk was where were you going on your boat. Long weekends and vacations were always boat trips somewhere. Lots of boats are for sale with no one looking at them. I’m not sure where the boating industry is headed. I’ve heard three industries are in trouble with the older crowds dying off and new people not interested in those hobbies. The three are boating, flying and golf. I still boat. I used to fly. Never played golf, but I have lots of friends that golf. They are all older too.

Today’s picture is a very cool dog we met walking around Swansboro. He has a beard and is a German Drahthaar.

Friday, April 20, 2018

21 April 2018 | Harbour Village Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage - Southport - Harbour Village Marina, Hampstead, NC
44 SM 7.7 Engine Hours
7:41 AM Underway
2:12 PM Docked port side to stern in slip A12

Cold front came through and it’s 41º on the boat this morning. Jeans and long sleeves today. At least the wind has died somewhat. But the wind direction is now NE instead of SE.

We get away from the dock without any problems and down the couple miles to the Cape Fear River. Wow, the wind is blowing straight down this wide ocean going ship traffic River. The river is also very busy with morning ferry traffic - both car ferries and people ferries. I make sure I don’t cross their bows even though I’d really like to get to the proper side of the channel. As windy and choppy as the river is, I am able to drink coffee in the full enclosure zipped tight on the fly bridge. The cold is still there but at least the wind can’t hit me straight on. I pass a boat or two and I am passed by a few faster boats. Then we hit Snows cut, a man made cut between the Cape Fear River and the Beaufort River. The current’s that flow though Snow’s Cut are horrendous. I had difficulty keeping the bow headed into the strong current and boats coming the other way were flying barely under control. And, then we enter the New River and the current fades and changes directions as we head up to Wrightsville Beach Bridge.

Now comes timing the Wrightsville Beach Bridge opening some 10 miles away. I work on that a while with the current working against me and then at some point it will be with me. I have to run the engine harder for part of the way to Wrightsville to compensate for current. And, then there are no wake zones and worse pier guys working off small platforms that have no warning unless you see them in time to slow down and not throw a wake that will throw them into the water. I see one constructions crew waving a red flag on the end of a long pipe. I slow down, but the guy behind me doesn’t. The dock workers hold on while that wake shakes everything they are working on and the platform they are working from. Still I get near the Wrightsville bridge about 10 minutes to spare and slow down behind a long line of other boats bumping in and out of gear to try to maintain control in the current near the bridge. This bridge only opens once an hour. It’s noon and bunches of us go through. There are four more bridges until I get to my destination marina. The next bridge has 21 feet clearance and I only need about 14 feet so I cruse by some of the boats that were ahead of me from Wrightsville and go under the Figure Eight Island Bridge while they have to wait for that bridge next scheduled opening.

Then a funny thing happens at the destination marina. Three boats ahead of me in the ICW turn into that marina. I know the dock master is going to be busy. He doesn’t answer the VHF and I know he has his hands full. As I get into the marina basin I see him helping tie up a boat. I yell Liquid Therapy to him and he says SLIP A12. I have to backtrack a bit in reverse to get to A12. I pivot and back in. Susan and I have no problem getting the lines on the dock. We are secure when the dock master arrives. We get reminded we were supposed to call him on the phone after leaving Wrightsville Bridge. I told him I just flat forgot. He had wanted to space out the arrivals. He told each boat to call him NONE OF US DID. It’s kind unusual protocol to call on the phone instead of the VHF radio anyway. But I got the dock masters point of wanting to sequence arrivals like air traffic control does for planes.

At Harbour Village marina the arriving boats and Liquid Therapy decided to have a dock party at 5PM. It was much fun speaking with everyone. All of the boats were in some part of doing the great loop ( http://www.greatloop.org ) it seemed except us. I have no desire to do that 5200 mile 1 year cruise.

A 1984 Albin 36’ ended up docked next to us.They were very enthusiastic about our antique boats. We swapped information with them and our boat cards as well. They may actually stay at our home marina in Port Haywood for a while. The couple had started the LOOP on their sailboat. It had gotten destroyed by Hurricane Irma. So, they switched to a trawler to finish the loop.

We all had a nice time and then went our own ways for dinner. It was going to be an early morning for some as they were headed 60+ miles to Beaufort, NC. We were not going that far. Only to Swansboro 44 miles.

Today’s picture is a pirate ship that passed us. At least they didn’t fire cannons!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

20 April 2018 | South Harbour Village Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage Passage - Barefoot Marina - South Harbour Village Marina, Southport, NC
43 SM 7.2 Engine Hours
7:42 AM Underway
1:41 PM Docked port side to stern in slip B28

We are now in North Carolina! North Carolina is the longest part of the ICW about 300 miles long. Today’s passage was much more scenic. We did have to traverse the dangerous “rock pile” area of the ICW north of Myrtle Beach. The few miles of the ICW here have slate looking banks instead of sand. This cut is man made and has strong currents and you cannot get out of the channel. Mariners routinely announce they are entering the rock pile section on the radio. I look on my AIS screen to see if any commercial traffic is coming my way or running over me from behind. If the coast is clear I go. We had no encounters head on or overtaking today. !!!

We stop at South Harbour Village Marina as it is very near where the lady that worked in Susan’s classroom for 20+ years retired to. It was nice catching up with Judy and Chuck. They were also long time boaters. At 85 they are still getting around, but no longer have a boat. They drove over to the marina to see us and have dinner at the Dead End Saloon. We always have fun catching up with them.

The wind got so bad that we were forced to hunker down one more day at South Port. We tried to get reservations at other marinas, but they were full and with the windstorm no one was moving. In the morning it was so bad that we would have canceled it we had been successful in getting reservations. Friday is looking good. So, we will get as far as practical on Friday.

Today’s picture is a group of people paddling for exercise. They passed us by and turned around. I thought they might pass us. We were in a no wake zone and started to yell at them to slow down and watch their wake!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

20 April 2018 | Barefoot Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage Passage - Osprey Marina - Barefoot Marina, North Myrtle Beach, SC
20 SM 3.6 Engine Hours
9:58 AM Underway
12:53 PM Docked port side to face dock

This stretch of the ICW is rather boring. We are running in the “ditch” basically. There are lots of houses and golf courses along this 20 miles. However, I would not want to live with the view of your neighbor across the waterway. We like the homes that have large expanse views of marsh or the Atlantic views. We had lots of no wake zones making this trip pretty slow.

Friends - We met some people I had worked with at Verizon Communications. Marcia, Seabird, Dana and Dave were all RV-ing in Myrtle Beach. We had them over for a visit to Liquid Therapy for happy hour and conversation. All 6 of us couldn’t all talk fast enough about the various things we have done in retirement. We all had worked for C&P Telephone Company that changed to Bell Atlantic and then Verizon Communications. It was a quick 30 + year career for all of us. They drove us to a barbecue restaurant for dinner and we all had lots of fun catching up. We have met more old friends on this trip than any other we have taken.

We are starting to see home in sight. It’s about another 7-8 travel days left until we are back at Horn Harbor Marina, our home marina.

Today’s picture is the Barefoot Bridge at sunrise.

Monday, April 16, 2018

19 April 2018 | Osprey Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage Passage - Georgetown- Osprey Marina, South Myrtle Beach, SC
32 SM 4.9 Engine Hours
9:40 AM Underway
12:19 PM Docked port side to inside face dock

Went went to Osprey Marina mainly to get fuel. Fuel is the lowest price in South Carolina. We took on 120 gallons. Osprey marina is located at mile 373 of the ICW. That is 373 miles from Portsmouth, VA which is Mile 0. We should burn no more that 110 gallons to get to mile 0. We will fill up at Top Rack Marina, mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA. And, full tanks will run us all summer running around the Chesapeake Bay. The price of oil has been going up and all of the fuel prices are going up with it. Still, if you get it as the cheapest price you do as good as you can. Also, these cheaper priced places pump LOTS of fuel, so you get fresh clean fuel. I’m still getting water and junk out of my starboard tank after filling anywhere. And, I did have to drain the fuel filter after taking on fuel at Osprey.

The trip between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach is some of the prettiest parts of the ICW. It is swampy and dark black water in places. Cyprus trees and it really looks spooky in places. And, then there are the old rice fields with the canals running from the ICW up into fields. The only alligator I have ever seen on the ICW is along this stretch a few trips back.

Today’s picture is a cool steel sail boat we saw going down and is still anchored near Myrtle Beach. ( And yes I’m a few passages behind in my posts )

Saturday, April 14, 2018

15 April 2018 | Santee River South
Brooke Smith
Passage Passage - Santee South River to Harbor Walk Marina, Georgetown, SC
18 SM 3.2 Engine Hours
9:40 AM Underway
12:19 PM Docked port side to inside face dock

I chuckle every morning doing my engine room check before getting underway. Captain Ron on engine maintenance jumps to mind.

Excerpts from the movie “Captain Ron”

“”- It drips a lot of oil, doesn't it?

Cptn Ron- All diesels do that.

All diesels do that, honey.

Cptn Ron - Diesels love oil like a sailor loves rum.

- Yes! Why is that, Captain Ron?

Cptn Ron- Nobody knows.

We have to fill her up every morning.

It's a greasy job, but must be done.”””

Our 1979 original Lehman is still moving Liquid Therapy around. It leaks a bit of oil around the rocker cover and seeps other places. Not much and no where the amounts of oil of the boat in Captain Ron. But still I chuckle every time I check the oil in the morning.

We did have a nice anchorage in the Santee South River. But bad weather is forecasted for Sunday. So, we will be staying Saturday and Sunday night in Georgetown.

Soon after docking, our Canadian friends, Ron and Donna stopped by for lunch. It was good catching up with Ron and Donna. They are in the process of heading back to Ottawa. But not too fast as it might snow again up there. The name of their boat is NO-SNOW!
We will be leaving Monday for south Myrtle Beach and then Tuesday North Myrtle Beach. We have friends visiting there. And, Southport, NC and maybe Wrightsville Beach. We love company.

Today’s picture is our sunset at Santee South River Anchorage.
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
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Georgetown Marina, Osprey Marina and Barefoot Marina
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Nippers Bar, Beach,
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