Cruise 2017 Adventure

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December 3rd, 2018
We love Georgetown for its full of character which is captured in this picture. Tomorrow we set sail for St Augustine which is 240NM away so we are looking forward to a proper passage which includes a night at sea. The forecast is for a beam reach with up to 25kts of wind so it we cant wait to get out there.
December 3rd, 2018
Once we squeezed under the bridge it was full throttle for Georgetown with a night at anchor up a river off the ICW. I woke up the following morning to this stunning start to the day.
December 3rd, 2018
Tim and Cindy came for an evening on board and we were honoured to be joined by their eldest Granddaughter Hadley. What a bundle of fun - always nice having kids on board for which Tracey has a bag of toys tucked away.
December 3rd, 2018
This is the sort of fun thing you get to do with time on your hands and not enough height. The dinghy is actually full of water and we later hung another dinghy motor and two people off the masthead. Pearl proved to a stubborn lady which is actually very heartening.
December 3rd, 2018
This was the problem
December 3rd, 2018
As it turned out we spent a week waiting for the water levels to drop. This meant that not only did I get to the bottom of the job list I also managed to get on with a ton of things that I have wanted to do but never found the time. Making strops for the halyards and in the case of this picture taking my first drone flight. What an amazing piece of kit - there is some lovely images to come once I master it.
December 3rd, 2018
You might think that it was frustrating to bet trapped but the odd thing about the experience was that having been robbed of control all expectations were parked up and we relaxed. The weather was cold but clear and crisp and so we enjoyed the days which offered the opportunity to get on top of the job list and I cant tell you how good it felt tick my way from top to bottom. On that note I want to introduce you to my favourite pump which runs off a drill. Some ideas are genius in their simplicity and attendant flexibility. When we were in Norfolk I put water in the fuel tank - Duh. Pearl being the kind of boat she is I simply isolated that tank and ran the engine off another. That headache could wait until we were in a better location to sort it out. I actually did it in Coinjock so this picture is of an engine service where I am pumping out the old oil from the sump.
December 3rd, 2018
As we approached the Socastee Bridge we noticed the water levels were rising despite a falling tide. Floodwater which is unpredictable hereabouts was making its presence felt. When Hurricane Florence passed through it was ten days later that the floods arrived. Locals told us that the flooding we got caught up in was unpresedented and they had no idea when it would subside. We found ourselves trapped between two bridges with nowhere to go. Backtracking we met our guardian angels in the form of Tim and Cindy who loaned us their floating dock. We settled in for the wait.
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