03-01-10 Isle of Palms, SC

[Rick] Before leaving Beaufort, there are a couple of things to mention. Firstly, we have determined that the tide difference from high to low is about 9 feet. Now, the moon is full, so that makes some difference, but we measured it this morning at 9 feet. Here is Beamer on a flat ramp. Six hours from now, the angle will be 60 degrees DOWN.

Secondly, I need to remind you Beaufort is the epitome of the SC Low country. So, when you want to make a movie about the Low Country, Beaufort and the surrounding area is the place. Over 20 movies have been made here. You have heard of many of them…The Prince of Tides, The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and many portions of the favorite Forrest Gump. In fact, Forrest Gump bought his box of chocolates in Beaufort. Here is a picture of the house on the Intracoastal Waterway where The Big Chill was filmed.

The trip today was 78 miles in great weather. The route was full of turns and we had to stay on our toes to keep in the correct channel. Most of the day was best described as beautifully boring. Along the way, we entered Charleston Harbor. The houses along the waterway are spectacular. We passed the “MegaDock” at the City Dock, a dock that is about .25 miles long. We had decided to bypass going ashore in Charleston because we have been there many times so we went a little further to the Isle of Palms Marina. Our experience has shown that marinas in Charleston are not boater friendly. They are far away from the historic areas one wants to visit, and the walk from the boat to the shore is very, very, very long because of the extreme tides.

From Charleston to Isle of Palms, we were in the Intracoastal and it was dead low tide. The boats on the lifts are about 9 feet up in the air.

The Isle of Palms Marina is a very nice marina. It has all the amenities we look for and the showers are extra nice. The snack bar/convenience store is very well stocked.

It is supposed to rain all day tomorrow, so we will not move. Therefore, tomorrow will be a day of reading and catching up on things.

As usual, the sunsets are spectacular.

Cute Sign..

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