Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Down in SPARTINA today counting batteries, removing unneeded gear, adding cruising gear and replacing bungee cords that keep things tucked in place. Received a text from Bobby with this nice photograph of SPARTINA leaving St. Michaels to wait out the coming weather in a creek on the other side of the Miles River. Thanks, Bobby!
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Sunday, January 22, 2023
A little winter maintenance to SPARTINA going on these days. There were a lot of dings in the deck and on the upper white planks. Sanded and filled with marine grade fairing compound. Will sand smooth again and repaint with Rustoleum topside paint. After that I'll be touching up the bottom paint.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
"As for barge, boat traffic, there is not much on the ICW south of Charleston. I think in my 1 and 1/2 trips down there I have only seen one tug with a barge. There is a narrow stretch on the Stono River where the piers reach out from shore almost to the marked channel and I have been concerned about crossing paths with a tug there. But it has not happened. Almost no snow bird traffic heading north in Feb. or March. The few boats I see slow down to wave. I have encountered lots more boats on the ICW on NC trips on the Alligator/Pungo River Canal and the Adams Creek Canal. I would say 95% slow down as a courtesy (and sometimes out of curiosity). A few boats blow by but very few and it is no big deal. Some waterman coming up from the stern will slow down briefly and pull directly in front of me so that I am between the port and starboard wakes and then they resume speed (this was explained to me by one captain as it did it). So they don’t lose much time with a brief slowdown and can get to where they need to be. Sailing through downtown Jacksonville on a sunny, pleasant weekend day was interesting as everyone had their boats out and in Florida (by law, I assume) they can only go one speed (full speed). So lots of wakes and then reflected wakes after they bounce off the concrete wall that lines the St. John’s in Jacksonville. Not a problem, just a little uncomfortable."
The photo above was on the first night of my first attempt to sail south from Charleston. I was anchored on Rantowles Creek when I heard the deep throbbing diesel sounds of a tug pushing a barge up the Stono River. The blue/red/purple glow is the tug, the white horizontal line going to the left is the barge. (I am still impressed by this photo taken in the middle of the night by an iPhone.) Just to the south on the Stono is where the piers reach out nearly to the marked shipping channel.
The chart is from Navionics and shows the piers reaching out from the west side of the river. I recall many more piers on the eastern side of the river than shown here. I do recall my GPS showing a narrower path than what is on the chart. In any case this is the one area where I would not want to pass a tug and barge. It would not be a problem, just a little tight.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
SPARTINA is home now and with warmer weather this weekend I hope to do some epoxy work and painting. I am very much looking forward to this trip.
Friday, January 13, 2023
Back just now from Home Depot and Harbor Freight with about $75 worth of paint brushes, sand paper, rollers, etc. Will begin the winter maintenance on SPARTINA next week.