Cruising Aboard Tobias with Suzie and Kirby

After cruising from Maryland to Nova Scotia to Florida and then on to the Bahamas we returned to Maryland. Our wonderful TOBIAS is for sale and we are living on land in Charleston, SC. WHAT A WONDERFUL ADVENTURE WE HAD!!!

04 August 2007
22 July 2007
28 June 2007 | Deale, MD
28 June 2007
20 June 2007 | Deale, MD
12 June 2007 | Solomon's Island, MD
10 June 2007
04 June 2007
04 June 2007
01 June 2007
01 June 2007
23 May 2007 | Charleston, SC
16 May 2007 | Beaufort, SC
14 May 2007 | Jekyll Island, Georgia
14 May 2007
14 May 2007

We've Made It to Norfolk, VA!

10 June 2007
We arrived in Norfolk, VA today and were surprised to find a couple of old friends. There at the City Docks sat our friend from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, the Bluenose II. We last saw this beautiful schooner in September in Gloucester, Mass where we watched the Gloucester Schooner Festival and Races. What a thrill to see it again as it has been almost a year since first seeing it in Lunenburg.

Our second surprise of the day is to arrive at our anchorage and see Janet and Geoff Warren on Pegusus - whom we also met in Lunenburg! Last we saw of them was in April in the Bahamas. It is certainly a small ocean!

This is our 10th day of travel since we left the Charleston area on June 1st. We have been on the go each day with different challenges and different rewards each day. We have waited and waited bridges, been "waked" by more speeding boats than I can count, seen 3 alligators in one day (one of them swimming right across our path!), seen many, many beautiful Osprey guarding their nests, and anchored in just the most beautiful little places with everything so green and fresh.

We spent one night at a marina - Alligator River Marina. We were able to get long hot showers, do the laundry, wash the boat and fuel up. The folks there were very friendly and helpful with very reasonable rates. We even had the paper delivered to us in the morning. I would certainly recommend them.

We arrived at Elizabeth City, NC with the intension of scurrying on past in order to make the scheduled lock opening in the Dismal Swamp. As you will recall, Elizabeth City was one of our favorite stops on the way south. Not this time! We arrived only to find out that the ICW was closed and we could not proceed - because there was a jet boat race going on blocking the channel. We really couldn't believe it! After an hour and a half of waiting around (there were 3 of us waiting), they finally stopped long enough for us to get through. Then we had to run our engine much faster than we ever had before just to make the lock opening. The lock tender held the opening for us and we just made it by 3:45! It was really nice of him to hold it for us.

So we made it to the N.C. Welcome Center for the evening. The Welcome Center has a 150' dock that is free to boating visitors. We tied up with our new best friends - Barry and Joyce on "Serena", enjoyed cocktails on the beautiful grounds and then were up and off the dock at 5:30 this morning.

And now we are in Norfolk and - weather permitting - we will be in the Chesapeake tomorrow!
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Vessel Make/Model: Freedom 35 - TOBIAS is named for a creek in the Sierras where we camped many times, Suzie proposed to Kirby and then spent our honeymoon. We love both the boat TOBIAS and the creek TOBIAS!
Hailing Port: Charleston, SC but we are really from Southern California
Crew: Suzie and Kirby Townsend
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We are actually from Southern California and sold our last sailboat in Mexico. We decided to go east to purchase our next boat so we traveled to Maryland where we found Tobias. We spent the winter of 2006 living aboard and preparing Tobias to go cruising. In May we departed and headed north. We [...]
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Suzie and Kirby

Who: Suzie and Kirby Townsend
Port: Charleston, SC but we are really from Southern California
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