All was quiet in the anchorage last night. We weighed anchor at 06:50. One trawler pulled away just as we did and the rest were still on the hook. The sailboat in the bottom photo pulled in when we were eating supper. His boat was loaded down, especially his cockpit and it looked like he’s been on the ICW for awhile.
This next photo is for you, Richard. You should invest in one of these, if you haven’t already. We emptied the fuel jug into the boat tank as we were going to fill up with fuel in Charleston. We had emptied our two jugs and needed fuel badly a couple of days ago. We always keep two full ones. This process is easy does a great job with no spillage.
We did not take the long scenic route around the harbour today. We had seen that on our way down. But we did see the Naval aircraft carrier from a distance, still beside the bridge as it was in November.
We had hoped to make the 11:00 Ben Sawyer Swing Bridge opening but missed it by 9 minutes!. we bobbed around there till the next opening at 12:00. We saw this equipment here and thought it was for dredging. Finally we go through the bridge.
Other things we saw along “the ditch” today:
We changed the oil before supper and heard another boat coming in to the anchorage. He hailed us after supper saying they had seen the tornado watch and storm warnings on the TV. We had seen the warnings also. It thundered and lightning for 20 minutes straight and the rain came pouring down. The thunder and lightning were so close together, it was scary. We kept doing circles on our anchor. Highest winds we saw though were 30kn. Glad it wasn’t any worse. It blew over within the hour and all was calm the rest of the evening. We uploaded a blog and watched a bit of TV.
Today we travelled 46.8 nm.