The Tale of Tortuga

Vessel Name: Tortuga
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 440DS
Hailing Port: Hood River, OR
Crew: Jan & Scott
10 January 2019 | Charleston SC
05 January 2019 | Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
28 December 2018 | North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
27 December 2018 | North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
25 December 2018 | Harbor Village Marina, Hamstead, N.C.
19 December 2018 | Beaufort, N.C.
11 December 2018 | Alligator River, NC
07 December 2018 | Dismal Swamp
05 December 2018 | Hampton, VA
03 December 2018 | Mill Creek, VA
01 December 2018 | Solomons, MD
30 November 2018 | Galesville, MD
18 November 2018 | The Chesapeake, MD
14 November 2018 | Haven Harbor Marina, Rock Hall MD
10 November 2018 | Hood River, OR
07 November 2018 | Rock Hall, MD
Recent Blog Posts
10 January 2019 | Charleston SC

Hold onto your grits!

Tortuga has moved south to Charleston where we are currently spending a few days taking in the rich history of the city. After a couple of wonderful day sails in the mighty Atlantic, we clicked off a quick 120 miles. The ride into the entry channel at Charleston was quite exciting with 20knot winds, 10 ft. seas and a line of 900 ft. incoming freighters traveling at 3 times our speed. We have snuggled into the Maritime Center Marina, and are within walking distance to the city, museums, and historic houses. A $25 pass gets you into almost all the historical places for the month of January, so we are taking in 4 or 5 a day, waiting for our next weather window and voyage into Georgia. While we wait, we are entertained by 3 dolphin that live here at the marina and pop up for a visit a few times a day. What a site!

05 January 2019 | Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

Low Bridge / High Water

Two steps forward, one step back. That's what Tortuga has done this new Year. Seems we are still experiencing the effects of Hurricane Florence. After making down to the Socastee Bridge in Myrtyle beach on New Year's eve, we received info that the bridge height was 61.5 ft. (much too low for Tortuga) We spent a couple of days waiting for the flood waters to crest and recede only to realize they haven't gone down past this level since September. And because of the Gov. shutdown, no current information is being updated. We have since moved back up North to the Little River Outlet where tomorrow Tortuga shall test her sea legs in the big pond (Atlantic). I will say we are ready and stoked! The ICW has been interesting but stressful with each bridge that bends our antennas or scrapes our windex (wind indicator). Not sure if we are day sailing tomorrow or an overnight. But either way we should be free of a 50 ft. channel that's 15 ft. deep. Looking forward to Charleston by Monday.

28 December 2018 | North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

Looking back at Christmas, it was extremely difficult to be away from our girls and good friends during the holiday season. And though we didn’t have any packages under the tree, we were truly blessed during Christmas day with gifts that we will always remember.

27 December 2018 | North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club

Hitting the reset the button

Ok, we have finally said goodbye to North Carolina on our quest south. Staying tonight in North Myrtle Beach anticipating a couple days of nasty weather. Enjoyed shrimp, scallops, and grits for the first time, and I must say... I am a fan!

25 December 2018 | Harbor Village Marina, Hamstead, N.C.

Have a very happy Merry Christmas!!

It’s a Christmas tale of Tortuga and crew just south of Topsail, N.C. We are about halfway down the coast of North Carolina, creeping south, as turtles do!

19 December 2018 | Beaufort, N.C.

Sunrises / Sunsets

One thing that has been apparent about the cruising life has been the slow shift in our daily clock. As each sunrise and sunset treat us to our most cherished daily delights (well,... almost:) we find ourselves going to bed and arising earlier. We have been late in our posting the last few days as we were hunkered down outlasting storms then on anchor where we not only didn't have wifi nor any cell signal. A beautiful anchorage in a secluded spot is now one of our favorite parts of sailing. We are now in Beaufort, NC, waiting on a particularly nasty looking storm for the next couple days. We shall use the time to figure out a starter issue. Seems Tortuga has decided she doesn't want to start on a moments notice, but rather tease us a bit to when she feels like it. She hasn't been moody at all up to this point, so I think she's just smiling and testing us a bit. Here's hoping you weather your own particular storms well!!!!

Hold onto your grits!

10 January 2019 | Charleston SC
Scott / 70's yesterday, 40's today???
Tortuga has moved south to Charleston where we are currently spending a few days taking in the rich history of the city. After a couple of wonderful day sails in the mighty Atlantic, we clicked off a quick 120 miles. The ride into the entry channel at Charleston was quite exciting with 20knot winds, 10 ft. seas and a line of 900 ft. incoming freighters traveling at 3 times our speed. We have snuggled into the Maritime Center Marina, and are within walking distance to the city, museums, and historic houses. A $25 pass gets you into almost all the historical places for the month of January, so we are taking in 4 or 5 a day, waiting for our next weather window and voyage into Georgia. While we wait, we are entertained by 3 dolphin that live here at the marina and pop up for a visit a few times a day. What a site!

Low Bridge / High Water

05 January 2019 | Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
Scott / Sunny...Funny...with my Honey!!!
Two steps forward, one step back. That's what Tortuga has done this new Year. Seems we are still experiencing the effects of Hurricane Florence. After making down to the Socastee Bridge in Myrtyle beach on New Year's eve, we received info that the bridge height was 61.5 ft. (much too low for Tortuga) We spent a couple of days waiting for the flood waters to crest and recede only to realize they haven't gone down past this level since September. And because of the Gov. shutdown, no current information is being updated. We have since moved back up North to the Little River Outlet where tomorrow Tortuga shall test her sea legs in the big pond (Atlantic). I will say we are ready and stoked! The ICW has been interesting but stressful with each bridge that bends our antennas or scrapes our windex (wind indicator). Not sure if we are day sailing tomorrow or an overnight. But either way we should be free of a 50 ft. channel that's 15 ft. deep. Looking forward to Charleston by Monday.

28 December 2018 | North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
Scott / Liquid sunshine
Looking back at Christmas, it was extremely difficult to be away from our girls and good friends during the holiday season. And though we didn’t have any packages under the tree, we were truly blessed during Christmas day with gifts that we will always remember.

-Mike who, took our phone call, left his family gathering to come down to welcome us to a Marina (that was closed for the week) and help us tie up.

-A beautiful wind-less, glass-flat night, with Christmas lights casting a perfect reflection.

-Our first dolphins seen on the Intercoastal Waterway swam up to the boat to say hello. Then, they were gone as quickly as they came.

-Our first ocean view and walk on the beach at Wrightsville.

-A steak dinner grilled on the boat.

-A perfect sunset.

Here’s hoping you got all you asked for Christmas! We were certainly happy with our haul!!

Hitting the reset the button

27 December 2018 | North Myrtle Beach Yacht Club
Scott / Warm & drizzly
Ok, we have finally said goodbye to North Carolina on our quest south. Staying tonight in North Myrtle Beach anticipating a couple days of nasty weather. Enjoyed shrimp, scallops, and grits for the first time, and I must say... I am a fan!

Part of completely changing our lifestyle involves reprioritizing what's important on a day-to-day basis. Though we have made a conscious choice to do so, it's not a quick (or necessarily easy) thing to do. Seems appropriate to be discussing this before the New Year, and we have recently adopted this sign Jan found as our official New's Year's resolutions. (See how long it takes us to break them)

Have a very happy Merry Christmas!!

25 December 2018 | Harbor Village Marina, Hamstead, N.C.
Scott / Clear and Frosty
It’s a Christmas tale of Tortuga and crew just south of Topsail, N.C. We are about halfway down the coast of North Carolina, creeping south, as turtles do!

Obviously, we are doing Christmas a bit differently this year. It is with no less enthusiasm! It is with the same love and admiration for our friends and family. Yes, we have downscaled our decorations, and we are not buying or wrapping any presents, as in past years. But we feel truly blessed, to be living out our dreams. And for us this year, Christmas has been more about the wonderful memories we have with family and friends during past Christmases. Enjoy the day, and please get a hug from all who we are missing today!

Sunrises / Sunsets

19 December 2018 | Beaufort, N.C.
Scott / Calm before the storm
One thing that has been apparent about the cruising life has been the slow shift in our daily clock. As each sunrise and sunset treat us to our most cherished daily delights (well,... almost:) we find ourselves going to bed and arising earlier. We have been late in our posting the last few days as we were hunkered down outlasting storms then on anchor where we not only didn't have wifi nor any cell signal. A beautiful anchorage in a secluded spot is now one of our favorite parts of sailing. We are now in Beaufort, NC, waiting on a particularly nasty looking storm for the next couple days. We shall use the time to figure out a starter issue. Seems Tortuga has decided she doesn't want to start on a moments notice, but rather tease us a bit to when she feels like it. She hasn't been moody at all up to this point, so I think she's just smiling and testing us a bit. Here's hoping you weather your own particular storms well!!!!
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