Getting the boat from Charleston SC to Bridgeport CT

The boat was hauled at Pierside Boatworks in Charleston, SC.  They were a great help.  We had Blue Water Surveys do our inspection with lasted a full 10 hours and was extremely in depth.  Kris had driven down for the inspection and then spent the five days cleaning  and cleaning and cleaning. and prep for moving the boat north.

Now that we purchased the boat we needed to work on it closer to home, that 14 hour drive from CT to SC is not one that allows for simple projects.  With Dean not able to get two weeks off and Derek in school the task fell onto Kris to move the boat up.  We found a couple of cheap deck hands, Kris’s dad, Norm, and Dean’s older brother, Lee.  Both flew out from the west coast the day before and other than Norm’s luggage being lost the start of the journey was uneventful.

We had mapped out several anchorages on the Inland Coastal Way and headed out.  Of course no trip is complete without running aground, which  we promptly did the first day,  while Lee was at the helm.  Not blaming Lee, these things are always the captains fault.  We were able to kedge off quite quickly, and resumed the trip.  As we had limited time, we mostly motored our way north, but did  get some nice sails in.

We had some memorable moments, nearly hit a buoy in the alligator river, army flares shot over the bow, and numerous ground nudges while searching the soft mud for good anchoring.

During the trip we found and fixed many boat problems, but one persistent one, was running out of battery power to run things.  That meant that every other night we had  to stay at a marina to get power recharged.  This was great for Norm, as he preferred buying dinner out versus cooking any time.

We spent about 5 hours at one spot trying to fix the autopilot for the offshore leg of the journey.  As is usual on a boat, it took 4 hours to get to the problem, and one hour to fix it.  The boat had a poor design issue for accessing some of the electronics, but that is now fixed.

One of the more unpleasant experiences was finding that the macerator that chops up the stuff coming from the holding tank before it gets pumped over was leaking a thin stream of brown fluid into the bilge.  Needless to say, the odor alerted us to the problem.  Of course this is the captains job to fix, and Kris particularly enjoyed holding her hand over the brown fountain coming from the holding tank while trying to reroute the lines to bypass the macerator.

One marina we particularly enjoyed was one we were not planning on stopping at, but did.  Alligator River Marina is small, but the people there were great, and made it a memorable experience.

Derek took a day off of school toward the end of the trip and was able to join us to go through New York harbor and cruise by the Statue of Liberty. 

Total time was two weeks and we were on a mooring in Captains Cove in Bridgeport, CT.  Great trip with lots of lessons learned, and faith in the boat and crew.