Thursday, December 4, 2014

Recap of the 2014 Cruising Season

Well, since we are safely tied up in our slip at The Marina at Ortega Landing in Jacksonville, Florida—our last stop for the season—as an exercise in accurate record keeping, here is a recap of the details.
Our starting point for the season was Barefoot Marina at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We departed there on May 24, 2014.

UP                   773.88 sm
Carolina Beach (NC) Mooring Field (a favorite of ours)
Mile Hammock Anchorage (NC) (Yucky mud)
Caspers Marina, Swansboro, NC
Whitaker Pointe Marina, Oriental NC (Still our absolute favorite marina anywhere.)
Dowry Creek Marina, Bellhaven, NC
Coinjock Marina, Out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere, NC
Hampton City Marina, Hampton, VA (Jake is the best! So is Signature Canvas.)
Cape Charles Harbor Marina, Cape Charles, VA
Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
Mill Creek anchorage. Solomons, MD`
Annapolis Landing Marina, Annapolis, MD
Skipjack Cove anchorage, Sassafras River, Georgetown, MD
Delaware City Marina, Delaware City, DE
Penn Landing Marina, Philadephia, PA (Our selection as the best destination of the season. Go!)

DOWN           1176.21 SM   
Schaefers Marina, C&D Canal, Chesapeake City, MD (Our selection as the worst marina of the season.)
Skipjack Cove Yacht Center, Georgetown, MD
Baltimore Inner Harbor City Docks, Baltimore, MD
Annapolis Harbor Mooring Field, Annapolis, MD (Generator died.)
Annapolis Landing Marina, Annapolis, MD
Holiday Point Marina, Selby-on-the-Bay, MD (Replaced the generator.)
Calvert Marina, Solomons, MD (Sat out a bad gale that blew through.)
Regatta Pointe Marina, Deltaville, MD
Dismal Swamp free dock, Chesapeake, VA
Coinjock Marina, Coinjock, NC (The prime ribs aren’t as good as they used to be. The potato chips, though, are still amazing.)
Dowry Creek Marina, Bellhaven, NC
Whitaker Pointe Marina, Oriental NC (Let me check—Yep, still our favorite.)
Casper’s Marina, Swansboro, NC
Seapath Marina, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Bald Head Island Marina, Baldhead Island, NC
Barefoot Marina, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Barefoot to Osprey Marina and back (daytrip to buy cheap fuel at Osprey)
Georgetown Landing Marina, Georgetown, SC
Harborage At Ashley Marina, Charleston, SC
Port Royal Marina, Port Royal, SC
Isle of Hope Marina, Isle of Hope, GA
Buttermilk Sound anchorage (GA)
Fernandina Harbor Marina, Fernandina Beach, FL (Get the damn sticker.)
The Marina at Ortega Landing, Jacksonville, FL

Total miles       1950.09 sm
242 hours engine run time. Approx. 8.0 smph average, which actually we are very pleased with.

About this time, during December of 2011, we were in negotiations to buy Why Knot from the previous owners in Pompano Beach, Florida, and we returned to St. Louis a few days later with a closed sale in our hands. It was a wonderful time for us and we were looking forward to a great adventure of cruising the Great Loop. We departed Pompano Beach on January 9th, 2012. So, on this date, December 4, 2014, and since we are returning home in a few days for a four month shore leave, we can say that we have been active cruisers for three years now. During that time, we have travelled 9538.93 statute miles and navigated in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama. That’s 18 states and 1 Canadian province. And if you want to get technical, we’ve cruised through several states several times.

Not bad for a couple of rookies from Missouri.

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