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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Beaufort Buddies

Left Santee for a short jaunt to Beaufort, SC to meet friends Janet and Wayne Estabrooks.
Looking for their boat, we passed this guy protecting the bow sprit of a motor yacht. No only was he weathered, the parrot on his shoulder hadn't been eating any crackers recently.
Finding Wind Drift next door, she looked good in the rain.
Wayne's transmitter skills were laid out on the bimini so they could check-in to the Waterway Radio Cruising Club.
Beth resurrected her line skills and helped Wayne whip the ends of an anchor line for the dinghy.
After a few projects and a trip to West Marine we all went out and found a sandwich shop with huge portions.
On a Sunday night there was no charge for parking so we stayed at the marina in the van. I'm still uneasy about a knock in the night from law enforcement without specific permission to park, but all was quiet and no one bothered us in the rain. Marinas, especially those with shower facilities, could offer overnight camping at a low fee to boost revenues. This might be really good for them during the off-season.
Up at dawn, I make it to the dock just in time to hand lines to Wayne and Janet. They timed leaving for slack tide so they could easily back out of the slip in Beaufort.
Wind Drift turned and headed south on their way to Florida and the Bahamas. Wayne helped us bring our boat back to NC from Florida many years ago and we wish them well as they fulfill their dream of cruising to the Islands.
Walking back to the van I had to stop an check out this nicely restored sloop. They even had an Elco electric outboard.

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