Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Isle of Hope to Daufuskie Island

On Saturday, July 27 after repairing the water leak, and making a last minute run to Home Depot, we left Isle of Hope.  Our nephew, Matthew, joined us for this trip.  Matthew is 11 years old.  He and Piper were born the same year 2001.  Matthew is two months older than Piper--he made sure I knew who was older.  Piper is covered in gray hair and moves much more slowly than Matthew, but hey--if he wants us to know he is older,  that's fine with me.  

We arrived at our anchorage outside of Daufuskie in the late afternoon.  Steve got some help from Matthew setting the anchor and securing the snubber line. (I am not sure about how to use this word snubber but I do know that  its job is to help divert some of the pressure on the anchor chain) 

After anchoring, we took the dinghy into the municipal dock and wandered around.  We were looking for a golf cart to rent.  We arrived to a party boat that had been rented by a group having a family reunion.  They had all landed there and eaten at Marshside Mama's. 

Family Reunion Boat

Marshside Mama's

Steve going inside to find out about golf cart rental

Marshide Mama's was very helpful, but did not have golf cart rental.  They referred us to Freeport Marina for a rental.  We arrived at Freeport about 4:30.  They wanted to charge us $60 for renting the golf cart for less than two hours because they were closing.  We tried to bargain with them to cut the price, but they were not going to budge.  We walked around the marina for a little while then headed back to the boat for dinner.  

Thunderbolt and the High High Tide

After leaving Savannah last weekend, we stopped by at Hinckley Yacht Services in Thunderbolt.  We tied up to the dock  to meet with the staff for an estimate on some boat maintenance.  Of course, we met some new friends aboard Seahoy.  We also discovered a no frills restaurant named Desposito's that was just a dinghy ride away behind the Savannah Bend Marina.  

We took the dinghy out and tried to explore, but the clouds indicated some rain so we headed to the boat to wait for it to pass. 
After dinner we watched the rain come in and the high high tide.  You can see from the pictures that the water came all the way up to the shop and partially covered the tires of some of the vehicles in the parking lot. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mr. Adventure aka Mr. Handy Man

Kenneth Grahame wrote "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats"

Mr. Adventure would have to agree--he even loves the repair  & maintenance  jobs. He has had a few such jobs in the past couple of weeks.  He continues to replace every halogen light with LED lights.  The LED lights use 1/8th the amount of electricity than the halogen lights.  We have to be very conscious of power since we are often away from a source of electricity and depend on our batteries to supply what energy we use.  

Mr. Adventure most recently replaced the lights in the galley.  They look good and are far more efficient.  

The before picture.
New LED 
Another task Mr. Adventure completed was to paint the switches in the 12volt electrical panel.  He painted all the switches that we must turn on when the engines are running a bright neon yellow.  This helps me enormously because I am seriously mechanically, electrically challenged, but I know my colors.  

Every time we leave the boat, we fill up the water tank.  The last two times we have returned, we have noticed that the water level had dropped drastically while we were not aboard.  We were fortunate to have turned off the water heater--a burned out water heater would have been a difficult and expensive repair.  After checking the engine room and all the water lines, Mr. Adventure found the leak in our bathroom.  He found that a 90 degree connector in the quest water pipe had gone bad.  A fine mist of water was slowly depleting our water tank.  After a quick trip to Home Depot, we had all the supplies to repair this troublesome leak.  

Cabinet with all the shelves removed--to find hidden pipes

The leak is in here--it is a close fit
Tools laid out on the bed among all the items we had to remove from the shelves

Beneath the bench in the shower is more of the water pipe
It is amazing how much stuff was in there.

Bad joint

How do they come up with the names of these things?

All done!
 It pays to be handy if you are going to get into boating!  Way to go Steve!!!


Leaving Isle of Hope

It is very hard to leave this beautiful place.  We have come to love Isle of Hope but we are leaving today heading for Sullivan's Island in South Carolina.  Before leaving I took some shots of the boat and the marina. 

There were some guys fishing under the ramp just before we left this afternoon.  They had caught Drum and bait fish.  We saw a dead possum floating by and I overheard some of the dock hands commenting that it would surely bring in the gators.  Kind of makes it a little easier to leave.

I spotted  "Duchess" in one of the slips and had to go take a peek at her.  She was built in 1939 and is  quite lovely.   The woodwork is amazing and in great shape.  

Look at the leaded glass windows

While waiting for Steve and Matthew to return from their quick trip to Home Depot, I got to see the dock hands lower a boat into the river with a boat lift.  

 Below are some pictures of how our boat  at this marina. 

I like this picture of Meandering Joy!!!

It looks like we have plenty of room to leave the marina from this angle. 

Here is a better glimpse of how narrow the fairway is that we navigate There is not much wiggle room.

Meandering Joy is the second boat on the left--that's another Fleming on the right named Evergreen.  

Herb, the owner of the boat on the right, decided that he would make it easier for us to leave by moving his boat out before we left.  A big Thank You to Herb.  We would have made it out fine--we have already done this twice--but it sure make it nicer not to have to hold our breath while getting through the slim fit.  

We are now headed to Daufuskie Island where we plan to rent a golf cart and explore this interesting island that can only be reached by ferry.  


Monday, July 29, 2013


The last time we were in Savannah was when we were looking at colleges for Lainey back in the fall of 2011.  We toured SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design)  which is in downtown Savannah.  After the tour, we had to leave to go to another college visit so we missed out on the richness of Savannah. 

We decided to take the boat from Isle of Hope to Savannah and dock at the Hyatt.  We had planned to stay at the city docks, but these have been closed.  The Hyatt docks are fine, but expensive, with very few amenities for the price.  However,  it is a great location from which to tour this beautiful historic city. 

Storms followed us to Savannah--of course it rains when we have to go under the bridge and I have to lower the antennae!     

One of many massive cargo ships passing us

Bulbous Bow on a Freighter

It doesn't look like it's going to make it under the bridge, but it does. 

Cracked Earth-A World Apart---WWII Monument on River Street

A monument to “Liberty” the first American Naval vessel. She sailed from the Savannah port in 1775.

View of another freighter passing through the river--we are looking down from the street.

Piper by Johnny Mercer who wrote Moon River...

Piper meets Marilyn

Haitian American Memorial

Velvet Elvis Lounge--love the name
Piper at Paula Deen's store!

I know Washington enjoyed his visit to Savannah!

John Wesley Memorial
John Wesley the founder of Methodism spent most of his life in England but undertook a mission to Savannah (1735–1738), during which time he founded the first Sunday School in America. The statue was installed in 1969 on the spot where Wesley's home is believed to have stood. The statue is intended to show Wesley preaching out-of-doors as he did when leading services for Native Americans, a practice which angered church elders who believed that the Gospel  should only be preached inside the church building.

Isaiah Davenport House built in 1820

Savannah's most intriquing restaurant welcoming visitors since 1753.
The first experimental garden in America

Following Steve and Piper down these curvy steps

Piper and the Waving Girl Statue

Florence Martus,  whose father was an ordnance sergeant at Fort Pulaski  is known as the Waving Girl  who took it upon herself to be the unofficial greeter of all ships that entered and left the port of Savannah between 1887 and 1931. A few years after she began waving at passing sailors, she moved in with her brother, a lighthouse  keeper, at his small white cottage about 5 miles up the river from Fort Pulaski. Martus would wave a handkerchief by day and a lantern by night. According to legend, not a ship was missed in her forty-four years on watch. There are many legends about Florence--to answer the question as to why she was waving at passing ships.  One is that she had fallen in love with a sailor and wanted to make sure he found her upon his return.  Another is so that sailors would bring her gifts.

We loved our walking tour of Savannah.  It is filled with small parks and monuments telling the history of the city.