In Charleston, we could not get to the Municipal marina and we went to Patriots Point to a place called "Charleston Harbour Marina", with as usual a fair amount of current in the marina, and a cold and rainy day.
The next day, we were lucky enough that the rain never materialized and we were able to go downtown, have lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (I could not resist the Shrimps and Grits), take a motorized tour, have some hot chocolate and pecan pie and take the shuttle back to the marina.
The problem when you are in Charleston is that unless you are willing to go outside, you have to wait for the Whapoo bridge to open at 09:00 (it starts being restricted at 06:00 which is too early). So we did, with torrential rain and very cold northerly wind. Having such a late start ruled out Beaufort, SC and the only marina I could find was Dataw Island, almost 5 miles off the ICW. We got there at 4:00 p.m. and although we had promises that we were going to be helped with the lines, everybody had gone home and after two failed attemps to tie up at the face dock with wind and current taking us away from the dock, we had to settled for a slip where we were stuck until 11:00 a.m. the next morning. I did try to leave early and found myself resting against two piles across one of the empty slips (no damage fortunately) waiting for the tide to turn around. That marina has a very interesting restaurant with an unusual menu.
Patrick had graciously lent us his car which enabled us to go to Albert's home in time for a very pleasant reunion of brothers, with Albert and Alise, Mike and Karen, Tony and Jill, Joe and Maureen, Rigel and Ariel. Unfortunately Patrick and Wren could not join as they had to take care of Erin who had bronchitis.
Next day, we did shopping, lunch and walk on the river front and had dinner with Patrick before preparing to leave next morning.
Our next stop was Kilkenny Marina, only 2 miles off the ICW. It is an old fishing camp, but had all the amenities that we wanted short of Internet. Good fuel price and quiet night as there is no passing boat to cause any wake.
Next was Hidden Harbor, also off the ICW and better equipped with modern docks. But of course what mattered is that Stew and Diana were there to welcome us and we had a very pleasant evening aboard Papy Jovial with meat balls prepared by Karen, Excellent meal in excellent company. Diana is having excruciating back pain (I am very familiar with that) and I hope she will be able to take care of that soon.
Then Marineland Marina, nice stop in a quasi desert, and New Smyrna Beach with an excellent lunch place called the Dolphin View, on the waterway and a show in the main street, Canal Street, where we took a casual walk before returning to the boat.
We finally arrived at Harbortown Marina, close to Cocoa Beach and we will spend again some quality time with Gary.