A Day of issues Charleston SC Wildlife and issues

Start with the issues.  We ran into a low tide and couldn’t get through.  We had to wait 2 1/2 hours for the tide to rise so we could continues.  We had hoped to get a long way today but between waiting for the tide and waiting for a swing bridge to open for us we only got 40 miles.  Not good distance however we saw some awesome wildlife.

First while we were waiting for the tide Tam saw this bald eagle.  Very majestic.

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Then came the dolphins.  We actually saw several of them but finally got some pictures.

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Then when we anchored the boat we saw another bald eagle sitting on top of the mast of a boat next to us.  This was a young adult and he was up there preening himself.

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So an interesting wildlife day.

Then comes the bad news.  Yesterday while going through Charleston the boat started vibrating badly.  It happened while we were in gear.  The sump pump started running frequently.  We checked the drive train area and saw water coming from the place were the strut hand been repaired last year.

The issue was manageable with the sump operating so we motored down the ICW 2 miles,until we located an anchorage and threw the hook.  After we anchored I went below and checked the strut repair.  When I grabbed the 2 forward bolts they came out.  I believe they sheared from when we had issues with the line going through the prop the other day.  So now we had water shooting up 3 inches, like a fountain, out of those holes then running to the bilge.  The first good news was the sump pump was keeping up with the flow of water.  Well the other day when we went into Georgetown to get the new alternator belt we also picked up a couple of 3/8″ hex cap bolts.  I thought I would replace the alternator bolts as well.  However they did not fit so I set them aside.   Well yesterday they were over sized for the hole but they cross threaded and created a very tight fitting bolt.  I used both of them and the leak stopped.  The water stopped running and the sump pump did not go off all night long.  Some one was looking after us because what were the chances of buying just the right bolts the day before I needed them.   Thank you Lord.

We will test out the bolts and see if that they continue working and hopefully we will be able to find stainless steel ones and replace them with stainless.   For now we will continue our journey.  I wish we were close to Point Judith because Don could get us what we need.  Hi Don, Ann, and Tim.

Well we had better get going next blog will Saturday.

“Living The Dream”

   “Sometimes the Nightmare”

      Tammy & Steve



The weather cleared and we traveled 50 miles to Barnegat Bay NJ




We took this picture in Sandy Hook the night before the Eclipse.  Unfortunately it was overcast the next morning so we didn’t get to see it.

We were up before the sun was today.  We left Sandy hook at 6:20 AM.  We sure miss those long days we had when we started in Duluth.  We had a lot more day to travel in.  We prefer to leave after sunrise and get before sunset.  On arrivals we get a chance to see our surroundings and get familiar with it.


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When we departed Sandy hook we saw these people out surf casting on the point of Sandy hook.


We took a picture of this boat because we want to install solar panels later and we saw they are supported by only 2 polls.  They also had an external LP tank that would make it possible to install LP stove and grill.  Which we are looking at the possibility of doing.


Sorry folks, I misidentified the oldest light house in the US.  This is the one that was built in 1764 and shined it’s beam continuously except for a brief spell during the Revolutionary War as the oldest light tower in the United States.



This boat is the “Dragon Do”, it is Canadian and left Sandy hook at the same time we did on Thursday morning.  They also stopped her in Barnegat Bay and are parked next to us in the Bay.

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These 2 pictures of New Jersey shore in the good old US of A.







This one is a bit more difficult to see, but!!  This is the Atlantic Ocean and ffffaaaarrrrr of in the distance (if you had very good eyesight you would be able to see Portugal due East of us.  Sorry but it was hard to resist how far we have come and how much we have seen.

Steve was driving the boat and I was looking towards shore.  We were about a 1 1/4 miles off shore.  Then I saw it!! A whale’s tail!! I only saw it for a second and it did not resurface so I do not know what kind of whale it was.  I was surprised to see a whale that close to shore.




This is a couple of pictures of the Barnegat Bay light house.

We had trouble with running aground again in the Barnegat Bay.  Poorly marked anchorages created a problem.  Fortunately another boat saw us go aground.  He brought his dinghy over and actually tipped us enough to get us off the reef.  Thank you Ed.

We hope to make Cape May tomorrow and get to the Delaware River.  It was a beautiful sail today with pleasant seas and good cruising.

“Living The Dream”

   Steve & Tammy