Catch up posts Jan 26-Feb 7
12 February 2018 | Beaufort, SC - Dataw Island
Nice except for spotty rain!
Finally!!! I'm almost caught up with back posts regarding our cruise south, and trips north, this post covers January 26th to February 7th.
In our prior post we arrived back in Beaufort on the 23rd, our first priority- immediately set about cleaning out our storage locker, this took us two full days. We were so relieved to get that horrendous job completed.
We then set about trying to get settled back into a normal "cruising mode". Our neighbor here(Frank, M/V Kelcyann a one of a kind custom built trawler) at Dataw had a problem with his refrigeration unit on his trawler, it had quit working about 8 months prior, so I went over to see if we could repair it. After checking out compressor & all electrical connections we were able to get the unit operating again! Wow, I still have the touch!
The next project on our list was to get our newly rebuilt transmission installed. After touching base with the mechanics at ACE Basin Boat works we were on the schedule! Our transmission was finally installed on January 30th! Blaine & Paul did a fantastic job on the install and had the unit installed and aligned in no time! Next was to get a splash date. As I still had a few projects to complete on Avalon(rebuild alternator & remove the ICW Mustache, clean bilge & paint the engine compartment plus a few other projects) we advised everyone that we were fine with splashing next week or the week after depending on tides.
In between working on boat projects we have been out sightseeing and exploring the Beaufort area, We stopped by at Marine Air Corps Station Beaufort to check out some of the planes that were flown over the years by Marines at this station- very educational experience!
We also have had a chance to experience some of the local cuisine, having sampled some of the local seafood and BBQ at several different restaurants, a great culinary experience, we highly recommend to all who pass this way.
The weather here has been fantastic! while temperatures home in NY have been in the teens, 20's & 30's we have been enjoying temps in the upper 60's & 70's. It was so nice we decided to get in a round of golf-Wow really enjoyed the day even though my score was so high it was off the charts!
On Wednesday the 7th a beautiful sunny day, we decided to explore St. Helena Island where we visited the ruins of the Chapel Of Ease which was built around 1740 and was burned by a forest fire in 1886-cool.
Another interesting place, Fort Fremont a coastal defense battery was built in 1898 and operated until 1912 to defend the Port Royal Naval Station & dry dock on Parris Island. During this time Port Royal Station was the only dry dock in the southeast large enough to repair Navy battleships. We spent the rest of the day viewing the fort and learning it's history,
Pretty cool places, another great day!