2016-03 Charleston and Brunswick

March 13, 2016

We were ready to get back on the water and just had to finish up a few remaining projects. We installed the re-finished flybridge table, put up brand new flags for the cruising season, and put everything back in its place, safe and secure for an offshore passage.

Bradley determined that we had a short weather window to allow us to get to Charleston, a trip of about 30 hours. We bid farewell to all our good friends in the Morehead City area and departed for what turned out to be a beautiful and uneventful passage. We arrived at the Ashley Marina, where we were joined by our good friends Ron and Wendy who will be cruising with us for a while. We were able to catch up with many good friends. Bobby and Patti, who recently moved from Virginia to Charleston, took us to a wonderful dinner at The Grocery. Rich and Kate joined us onboard for dinner, Fletcher and Jetti invited us to their boat for a wonderful meal, David and Debbie introduced us to a wonderful Italian restaurant and Brad and Lorraine stopped by on their way north to hang out for a couple days.

Bobby and Patti visit the boat

Bobby and Patti visit the boat

We were delighted to find that the annual Wine and Food Festival was in town and we were able to get tickets to two events – the “Roasted Goat”, featuring goat and many other meat and vegetable dishes and the closing night BBQ. Both were wonderful events with guest chefs preparing interesting and delicious dishes and interesting wine, beer, and even bourbon to taste.

We were also thrilled to learn that the local Dock Street Theater was putting on a production of the play Shear Madness! Sadly, we planned to depart before it opened. But wait – I was able to make contact with the director who invited us to attend the very first dress rehearsal and we enjoyed an excellent show! We’re happy the folks in Charleston will get to experience our favorite play!

Presenting a Shear Madness T-shirt to Jesse, director of the Charleston Shear Madness

Presenting a Shear Madness T-shirt to Jesse, director of the Charleston Shear Madness

All too soon it was time to move on to our next stop – Brunswick, GA where diesel fuel prices are the lowest on the east coast. Since we need over 3000 gallons of fuel, its worth a special trip. After another wonderful passage with flat calm seas, we arrived at Brunswick Landing Marina. Here we were able to visit more good friends – Jim and Esther who live on nearby St. Simons Island. Esther treated us to a wonderful lunch at the Cloister Hotel. We were also delighted to find that we arrived just in time for the Elvis Festival! This event features dozens of Elvis tribute artists from all over the world, with a variety of free events in addition to events that require tickets. On opening night, I even got to meet the Mayor of Brunswick. We also took a trip to the St. Simons lighthouse where we walked up to the top, strolled around the shops, then stopped in to watch the evening bagpipes at The Lodge.

Elvis Festival in Brunswick, GA

Elvis Festival in Brunswick, GA

We spent half a day pumping 3000+ gallons of fuel into our tanks – at 14 gallons per minute, it does take a while! But now we’re set to depart for our next destination – The Bahamas, followed by other parts of the Caribbean.


  1. #1 by Andy on March 14, 2016 - 9:22 am


    14gpm? Have you been able to fuel at a faster rate? Or do you prefer a slower rate? I do realize that it is dependent on pump you are using & that some boats need to be fueled slower than some others. I have been able to fuel my boat at rates up to 30gpm.

    Love your blog, have fun & stay safe.



  2. #2 by Gustavo Rodrigues on March 14, 2016 - 6:20 am

    Hi Kathy and Bradley.
    Here is Gustavo From Brazil again. I look your posts and photos for a long time, and it is so Cool and beautifull. Now you are near by us from Brazil. After the Caribe you can visit us. Come to Ilhabela the Harbor of my boat and we can navigate together in the north shore of São Paulo State. We have so beautiful places at Ilhabela, Parati and Angra dos Reis. You can search some photos of those places and I am sure that you will want to come after theCaribe. God bless you in your passage and have good times..


  3. #3 by Spindle, Dottie on March 13, 2016 - 9:06 pm

    Wonderful! You make us all jealous but happy for you! So many Elvises, which one to choose!!! Kathy, thank for sharing!

    Sent from Dottie’s iPhone!!


  4. #4 by Anonymous on March 13, 2016 - 6:10 pm

    Do you flush your engines? I have been monitoring my engine temperature and find that one is running a bit warm, over 70c at modest revs. To overcome the problem I am installing bill blowers and plan to flush with “Barnicle Buster” or phosphoric acid. What are your thoughts?
    Rainbow Dreaming


  5. #5 by Anonymous on March 13, 2016 - 6:02 pm

    Dear Bradley and Kathy
    Great to hear of your cruise we are planning to do the sandy straight, Hervey Bay and the Southern GBR. We are off in April. Hopefully our current injuries will not hold us up. There is an Elvis festival in Parks NSW in Australia perhaps we can start a collection.
    Fair winds and following seas on your Bahamanian cruise and good luck with the Gulf Stream.
    Michael Cook


  6. #6 by Jerry Fowler on March 13, 2016 - 4:03 pm

    Loved the Blue Green fuzzy socks liked up on the boat while cruising. I had a pair like that before and the felt so luxurious on my feet, what a special treat they were. Glad to hear your off shore once again. I will be watching for more on the website as I do love to keep updated on you two love birds having such a good time. The Bahamas, Next ay! Very cool. Be safe and be sure to capture as many photos as you can. -Jerry & Jai Fowler (Spring Texas)


  7. #7 by Renate on March 13, 2016 - 3:52 pm

    Another memorable adventure! How many Elvis’s are there? Just think, a play the name of your vessel. Glad you are having the time of your life. Love Renate and Allan xoxoxoox


  8. #8 by Anonymous on March 13, 2016 - 1:39 pm

    Kathy – Those Elvis pics were quite funny!!! Sounds like you guys are having fun!!! Happy for you both!! Fair Winds….


  9. #9 by Cyndy Morreale on March 13, 2016 - 12:37 pm

    This part of the trip sounded like SO much fun! I’m so miss the South this time of year.nnAnd now off the the Pajamas as we called them 🙂 and Carribean. I’ll miss you on St Patrick’s Day …
    🍀 We’re having a party here at m complex with corned beef sliders and plenty of Irish cocktails …
    Bathroom project is winding down, Thank God! Since Jan 5th … Almost back t normal when e new carpet is installed … Bon Voyage!
    Bert says hi !
    Bon Voyage ! Are you going from Palm Beach or Georgia?


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