S/V NELLEKE

The ship's blog for SV Nelleke out of Shelburne, NS

21 November 2019 | Ashley Marina Charleston SC
20 November 2019 | Charleston SC
20 November 2019 | Charleston SC
19 November 2019 | At anchor
18 November 2019 | Osprey Marina
17 November 2019 | Saint James Plantation Marina
16 November 2019
15 November 2019 | Saint James Plantation Marina
14 November 2019 | Wrightsville Beach
13 November 2019 | Morehead City, NC
13 November 2019 | Moorehead City, NC
12 November 2019 | Moorehead City NC
11 November 2019 | Oriental
10 November 2019
08 November 2019 | Oriental
07 November 2019 | Oriental
06 November 2019 | Whittaker Creek Oriental NC
05 November 2019 | Whittaker Creek Otiental NC
04 November 2019 | Dowery Creek

A warm day in Charleston

21 November 2019 | Ashley Marina Charleston SC
Michael and Barbara Turney | Sunny
Thursday 21 November 2019
We actually slept in today, not waking until seven thirty! Shockingly lax of us I know but what the hey! We were comfortable, safe and warm at last, warm at last! That the good lord almighty, we’re warm at last! Let’s hope it lasts.

Last night I did a chart recce and it turns out that it is closer by 20nm to take the ICW from here to Beauford SC. We definitely want to stop there to buy out any local supplier of Dr Pete’s Praline Glaze something we have come to highly value in our kitchen and Beauford seems to be the only place that we can find it.

The long term weather forecast has a gale offshore in Carolinas and Georgia over the weekend so we might be in Beauford for a couple of days. Then we’ll see. We will be departing here sometime around nine o’clock to take advantage of the slack current to get out of the slip.

I spoke to the Dockmaster about this marina and he tells me that the marina is technically a dockominium and that they are a sort of maritime property manager for the owners. There are 230 slips, all owned. Some, the owners occupy, some they lease out to someone else. If their spot is empty then the marina will rent it out to folks like us on behalf of the owner for a commission. We also discovered that there are actually three marina type organizations along the Ashley River: the Ashley where we are, the City Marina, and the Charleston City Marina which has over 500 slips.

Barb and I walked back into downtown Charleston again this morning which reminded me of what I had envisioned our cruising lifestyle to be. Traveling by boat is wonderful; staying out at anchor to save money is picturesque and financially smart; but nothing can replace for us the opportunity of exploring a new community and putting personal memories into a piece of history that we learned in school. I have posted a number of photos of some of Charleston’s rather grand old houses in the gallery. Most of them, in order to survive, have been developed into B&Bs or Inns but that doesn’t detract from what they add to the ambiance of the city. We have also noticed a very pleasant fact. There are a lot of renovations taking place in the core area of town ranging from complete replacement of those grand porches with the pillars that had been in a state of rot until the work began. Nice to see.

There were a lot of visitors roving about town that I couldn’t place where they came from until we noticed one of those large Carnival Line cruise ships tied up at their maritime centre. It’s great that this place is struggling out from under the recession of the late 2000s with some dignity.

We stopped at a place called Normandy Farm Artisan Bakery for coffee and croissants. We can recommend this place for both its pastries and its coffee. We also went to a bike store to buy a tire pump to blow up the fenders and another trip to Harris Teeters for a few things that we forgot yesterday.

And finally we found a post office to buy stamps. In keeping with the overall ambiance of down town Charleston, this place is an antique in its own right. I included a couple of photos in the gallery.

Our macerator and three more USB cables for the iPads and iPhones arrived today. I half filled the holding tank with water from the standpipe and tomorrow, after a day of sloshing around we will run the macerator to pump out the tank and see where we have gotten. It may have been a simple matter of a problem with the pump that was creating the problem.

Anyway, after we got that done I bumped into a fellow on the dock walking two little white dogs. As I usually do I asked if I could pat the dogs and he launched into this long story asking me if we would like to join a convoy to Puerto Rico in January to stage a coup d’ etat against the government there. He was taking about how when he was successful then his team would move on to the US Virgin Island to thanks them over and add them to the new country he wanted to form. I didn’t imagine this. He was really taking about doing it. When I told him that I wasn’t the right person to talk to about it since I wasn’t a US citizen, I was Canadian he said, and I quote, “Even better. I am looking for a retired Canadian prostitute who would like to crew with him as first mate. She would have to serve God, serve the boat, and serve me!” I had to put this in the blog in case he actually tries to pull this off. You heard about it first here. Watch the news around January.

Arrival at Charleston

20 November 2019 | Charleston SC
Michael and Barbara Turney | Sunny at last but still chilly
Wednesday 20 November 2019
We awoke at anchor this morning, or rather I should say that I awoke for the fourth time this morning having gotten out of bed previously to check the anchor. I knew we had a good set when we arrived but I was both concerned and curious as to whether the current that we anchored in would reverse when the tide changed and whether the anchor would reset itself when it did. I needn't have worried. It appears that the bottom is good heavy mud and when we initially anchored we gave it about 1/2 hour to settle and then we backed down on it hard at about half reverse. We didn't budge then and we didn't budge during the night other than to swing around and face the other way. In fact, when we chose to leave, we had to power the anchor out it was set so strongly!

We also decided to bleed a little more money yesterday evening and called the marina to arrange for two vice one night alongside. That'll give us enough time with power to get our packages and install the new macerator pump. I also want to get 12' of garden hose that I can force down the evacuation hose into the holding tank to loosen up the bottom sludge. Obviously we will have to either trash the hose when I am done with it or store it in a sealable bag should I need it sometime in the future. If the hardware store has a cheap little plastic spray nozzle, as long as it's thin in diameter I will get one of those to add to the tool as well. En route, Barb did some Dr Google research and discovered several ways and means of clearing a blocked holding tank and what to do to prevent it happening again.

We motored down the ICW at dead low tide which was a bit of a test. As it was we made it through without a problem although there were one or two tense moments when the depth sounded narrowed down to a foot under the keel.

No problems and we arrived at the marina just before noon, topped off the fuel (a bit expensive even with the Boat US discount) and tucked into a dock for two nights. This is a very pleasant place if you want to spend money. One of our orders has already arrived and the rest will show up tonight or during the day tomorrow. There are over one hundred and fifty boats here which pales in comparison to the City Marina right next door which has over four hundred slips! Wow! Few of them, say 10% are transients, the rest are local boats and another 10% would be liveaboards.

Barb and I eschewed Uber and the local cab company and walked to the City Market. That place is HUGE! Four barn sized buildings with all sorts of artisan and food craft products in it. But what we went for were the sweet grass weavers and their products. Gullah and Geechee sweet grass weavers ply their craft so you can watch and then you can buy one of their completed products. Or, you can if you have a lot of moolah. They ain't cheap! Bowls start at $75 and we saw some for over $4000. Bless em if they can get that for their skilled work. I bought Barb something small and inexpensive as one of her Christmas gifts.

Then we went off to a really great grocery store Harris Teeters and stocked up.

Round trip walk? Six miles. Good exercise but now although my dogs aren't barking they are whimpering a little bit.

Hurrah!

The only thing wrong with the marina is that their courtesy shuffle is in the garage for an engine replacement. So, if we want to go into town we either walk a fair distance or take an Uber.

As we were motoring along as you can imagine when it's cold and Barb can't work on her projects, we were chatting and we came to a momentous conclusion. So far on this trip I, and sometimes we, have been under a fair amount of self induced stress to put miles down range. This has all been hampered by bad weather and ensuing damage repairs. We had been aiming to get to the Bahamas and perhaps further south by Christmas. Well, Barb looks at me and says, "I'd be happy to spend Christmas in Florida." Well, can you imagine what a relief that was to me? This means that we can take our time. We can stop if we have to wait for tidal conditions to allow us to. We can visit places rather than rush past. We have agreed if we get to Miami with more than a week before Christmas we might try to get to the Bahamas otherwise we will hang out and enjoy the place. Who knows? We know people in Florida, some Americans and even a couple of friends from home. Maybe we could all get together for Christmas. Wouldn't that be neat?

Arrival at Charleston

20 November 2019 | Charleston SC
Michael and Barbara Turney | Sunny at last but still chilly
Wednesday 20 November 2019
We awoke at anchor this morning, or rather I should say that I awoke for the fourth time this morning having gotten out of bed previously to check the anchor. I new we had a good set when we arrived but I was both concerned and curious as to whether the current that we anchored in would reverse when the tide changed and whether the anchor would reset itself when it did. I needn’t have worried. It appears that the bottom is good heavy mud and when we initially anchored we gave it about 1/2 hour to settle and then we backed down on it hard at about half reverse. We didn’t budge then and we didn’t budge during the night other than to swing around and face the other way. In fact, when we chose to leave, we had to power the anchor out it was set so strongly!

We also decided to bleed a little more money yesterday evening and called the marina to arrange for two vice one night alongside. That’ll give us enough time with power to get our packages and install the new macerator pump. I also want to get 12’ of garden hose that I can force down the evacuation hose into the holding tank to loosen up the bottom sludge. Obviously we will have to either trash the hose when I am done with it or store it in a sealable bag should I need it sometime in the future. If the hardware store has a cheap little plastic spray nozzle, as long as it’s thin in diameter I will get one of those to add to the tool as well. En route, Barb did some Dr Google research and discovered several ways and means of clearing a blocked holding tank and what to do to prevent it happening again.

We motored down the ICW at dead low tide which was a bit of a test. As it was we made it through without a problem although there were one or two tense moments when the depth sounded narrowed down to a foot under the keel.

No problems and we arrived at the marina just before noon, topped off the fuel (a bit expensive even with the Boat US discount) and tucked into a dock for two nights. This is a very pleasant place if you want to spend money. One of our orders has already arrived and the rest will show up tonight or during the day tomorrow. There are over one hundred and fifty boats here which pales in comparison to the City Marina right next door which has over four hundred slips! Wow! Few of them, say 10% are transients, the rest are local boats and another 10% would be liveaboards.

Barb and I eschewed Uber and the local cab company and walked to the City Market. That place is HUGE! Four barn sized buildings with all sorts of artisan and food craft products in it. But what we went for were the sweet grass weavers and their products. Gullah and Geechee sweet grass weavers plié their craft so you can watch and then you can buy one of their completed products. Or, you can if you have a lot of moolah. They ain’t cheap! Bowls start at $75 and we saw some for over $4000. Bless em if they can get that for their skilled work. I bought Barb something small and inexpensive as one of her Christmas gifts.

Then we went off to a really great grocery story Harris Teeters and stocked up.

Round trip walk? Six miles. Good exercise but now although my dogs aren’t barking they are whimpering a little bit.

Hurrah!

The only thing wrong with the marina is that their courtesy shuffle is in the garage for an engine replacement. So, if we want to go into town we either walk a fair distance or take an Uber.

As we were motoring along as you can imagine when it’s cold and Barb can’t work on her craft projects, we were chatting and we came to a momentous conclusion. So far on this trip I, and sometimes we, have been under a fair amount of self induced stress to put miles down range. This has all be hampered by bad weather and ensuing damage repairs. We had been aiming to get to the Bahamas and perhaps further south by Christmas. Well, Barb looks at me and says, “I’d be happy to spend Christmas in Florida.” Well, can you imagine what a relief that was to me? This means that we can take our time. We can stop if we have to wait for tidal conditions to allow us to. We can visit places rather than rush past. We have agreed if we get to Miami with more than a week before Christmas we might try to get to the Bahamas otherwise we will hang out and enjoy the place. Who knows? We know people in Florida, some Americans and even a couple of friends from home. Maybe we could all get together for Christmas. Wouldn’t that be neat?
Vessel Name: Nelleke
Vessel Make/Model: Moody 42 PH Ketch
Hailing Port: SHYC, Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Crew: Mike and Barb
About:
Mike is a retired Candian Forces Army officer who has been dreaming of the cruising lifestyle and visiting new and distant places for years. Barb is a retired IT consultant who has been training and looking forward to a series of extended cruises. Nelleke is a 1980 Moody 42' PH Ketch. [...]
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A spot to drop photos taken on this leg of the trip
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Created 19 November 2019
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Created 12 November 2019
A spot for photos from cruising during the fall and winter of 2019-2020
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Created 28 August 2019
Top Album for the trip to bring Nelleke home during spring and early summer of 2017
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Created 30 April 2017
Main Album for our winter cruise
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Created 11 September 2014
An album of photos to keep our spirits up during our enforced tenure on dry and hard bits
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Created 9 August 2011
A photographic account of our reclamation of Nelleke and trip north to Halifax
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Created 15 March 2011
Photos from our cruise over the 2009 - 2010 period
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Created 16 October 2009
Gallery of Photos of our summer stay in Halifax
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A Holding Album for Arts and Crafts folders
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A General Cover Album for Our Trip South in 2008/09
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Created 8 September 2008
Photos from Dave Ireland, Marc Cayouette, Amy Mulnix and Mike and Barb Turney
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Created 25 July 2008
Photos of NELLEKE;s crew training at sea for the race.
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Liferaft and Abondon Ship Training for Offshore Survival
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A few of the photos taken during NELLEKE's participation in MHOR 2007
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An introduction to the crew of SV NELLEKE
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Photos form the successfull RHSP race
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Some pictures from our sharedown cruise to the South Shore of Nova Scotia
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