I’m not sure what happened here but I had written a post covering the section from Beaufort to Charleston. Since I was going to be in the Charleston area for 2 weeks, I delayed posting it in case there was more I wanted to add during the stay. Instead, it appears that I lost the post and since Charleston was followed immediately by travel days, I’ll rewrite and combine it with the next two stops..
From Beaufort SC the route headed north towards Charleston where my crew had a plane ticket to Detroit to see her rheumatologist at U of Michigan. The days journey was pretty easy but very tiring due to the mid 90’s heat and high humidity. The total distance was 56 nm and we averaged 10.4 knots. If you been following and enlarging the maps, you already know that the Intracoastal is a combination of many rivers literally winding their way across the lowlands, occasionally connected by mostly narrow dredged cuts (shortcuts) and interspersed with numerous small ocean inlets and larger sounds.
We stopped at St Johns Yacht Harbor on the south side of Charleston – about a 10 min car ride to Charleston’s downtown harbor. Slips were a bit cheaper and the marina much more protected than in the Charleston harbor itself. Very nice marina and pool facility. They have a loaner car available in 2 hr increments. In addition I used Instacart for reprovisioning from Publix so that was handy. Didn’t really do any Charleston sightseeing as there have been a number of motor home stops there in the past.
On to Georgetown
The next stop was Georgetown, SC – about midway between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Another pretty easy trip though again tiring due to heat and humidity.
Total trip was 66 nm. The 8 mile stretch south of McClellanville is known for its skinny (shallow) water but again we timed it for high tide and had no problem. The marina was nice though a pool would have been nice. The marina is located right off downtown Georgetown but was too exhausted to do much walking around. It’s also a town I’ve been through with the RV probably a dozen or more times.
I refueled taking on 301 gal of diesel. The last fuel fill was Savannah some 191 statute miles distant for an average of .63 miles per gallon with no generator usage (that averages about a gal/hr)
I also discovered when moving a plastic bin of stored yarn that there is a leak in the auto pilot pump. I’ve been in contact with the seller/installer in Ft Pierce. The fittings all seem to be tight s o it is probably leaking between the actual pump and the attached electronic computer module. It is very slow and so far the level in the reservoir hasn’t needed to be replenished. The reservoir is under pressure so I’ve reduced the pressure by half. The pump/ecm will have to be replaced under warranty at some future port. Meanwhile it’s still very functional.