Winds of Change

Since we named our boat from a Buffett tune (Gypsies in the Palace) I am always looking for other Parrotheads on the water. We found one and they actually had to point out that it was from “I’m Growing Older, but Not Up” and therefore, it landed as the title of this article because it surely has been WINDY this past week.   Their boat name was “Winds of Change”.

Of all the weather conditions we experience, wind is the one that drives us boaters the craziest. It causes all kinds of problems like we had this week. From New Bern, NC we traveled north to Oriental. We usually get tied up on an outside face dock, but the winds were so bad that the dockhand decided to put us in a slip with another sailing catamaran. I wish you could have seen that docking!   It was Captain Steve at his best and a very knowledgeable dockhand. Even though it was blowing like crazy Steve managed to come in ever so slowly. We ended up with about 2 feet between the 2 boats! The 3 other Looping boats came over to admire the seamanship. I couldn’t quite believe that we made it into that space.Gypsies Palace close dockingOriental docking

The wind continued the next day, but we wanted to leave so we headed to Belhaven. Mostly, we go to places that I have never heard of.   The winds were blowing at approximately 15 mph with gusts over 20. By the time we reached Belhaven they were higher. We thought that being inside a breakwater would help, but the marina docks were exposed to the wind. Another time where the marina operator knew just what we needed to do.   We had to dock on the leeward side and the marina guy asked if Steve was “experienced” because he would need it to dock!   This time Steve had to put the boat with 2 pilings on our stern into a space behind a sailboat with the wind pushing us away from the dock. Another miracle docking and the guys were ready on the dock to quickly tie us off because we were being pulled away. There was not much happening at this marina, but I will say that they get a gold star for their laundry facility.   I can do small loads on board, but it is much quicker to use the marina laundry facilities. This one was free and had big new machines. We also were given a golf cart to drive into town so that was fun. Read more

North & South Carolina – Fresh Shrimp, Great Weather, Docktails & a Funeral

Great Weather sceneryAll week we continued to have great weather for our travels through the Carolinas. This area is one of my favorites to experience. We stopped at old favorite places and found some new ones that drew us in. The boat is performing perfectly with no issues. We have continued to travel along at our 10 mph and around 50 miles per day.

I have always heard good things about Beaufort, SC and we happy that we decided to spend 2 nights there. The marina is right in their downtown district. It is dog friendly place even to serving a Pet Menu in one of the restaurants that we stopped in with the dogs. They let me know that it was “Yummy”. We were there for Easter Sunday and attended a sunrise service right by the marina. Afterwards Capt. Steve whipped up an Easter Brunch and my friend, Martha made her special Bloody Marys. It was a beautiful morning.  Easter Bloody Marys

Charleston is always worth 2 days and that is definitely to enjoy their fabulous restaurants. We had our fill of oysters and seafood in the short time that we were there. This is a mandatory stop. Our favorite place is Pearlz Oyster Bar, but found 2 others that ranked high, also.

Fresh ShrimpShrimp BoatsWe went off the beaten path and tied up in Georgetown for a night. We were excited to see the shrimp boats and bought 3 lbs of their “off the boat” shrimp.   This was another cute small town and walking around was very pleasant. Time spent there was short, but I liked it.

We had been waiting for Myrtle Beach to pull out our golf clubs again. The dock master let us use his car to get to the golf course. We all played well and I loved having the Red Tees set so far forward. This made me feel that I was really hitting my clubs far!   While we were there we had some waxing and cleaning done on the boat while we golfed. It was a productive stay! Read more