Distance traveled: 44 statute miles
Time underway: 5 hours 29 minutes
Average Speed: 7 kts
Max Speed: 19.3 kts
Fuel used: 26 gallons (1.7 mpg!)
With an approaching front promising gale force winds, rain and freezing temperatures, we shoved off the docks in Southport just shy of 7am knowing that we had around five and a half hours on the water ahead of us. The weather was supposed to arrive by 2pm and we wanted to be safely tied.
It was quite mild on our departure with the temps rising into the lower 70’s throughout the day, belying the fact that they would drop to the upper 20’s overnight. So we enjoyed our long and slow cruise from the bridge deck, probably the last time we’ll be able to run up there for a while with the coming weather trend.
The ICW between Southport and Myrtle Beach is almost entirely lined with homes and docks which means keeping our speeds at around six and a half knots for much of the time. More than that and we’d be rockin’ everything in our path which is bad form and potentially damaging. So you just have to settle into the slow groove and enjoy the ride, which of course, we did as we rolled into South Carolina.
There are a couple of iconic “problem” areas in this stretch that kept us on our toes including the area by Lockwoods Folly Inlet, but we had done our homework and knew what to expect so we had perfectly comfortable passages through each.
The approaching winds were right on schedule and started picking up a bit just as we were within about a mile of our destination. We were safely tied on the face dock at Barefoot Marina in North Myrtle Beach at 12:22 and the winds continued to build throughout the afternoon. Barefoot Marina in North Myrtle Beach couldn’t be any more convenient. It’s right on the ICW at mile 354 and passing boats are good at honoring the no-wake zone here, partially because it’s such a narrow area and also because of the Barefoot Landing Bridge just north of the marina. Tim, the dockmaster, has been a pleasure to deal with and the docks are floating concrete in excellent condition. While we had targeted another marina a bit further south, they didn’t have space for us so we’re glad it worked out for us to stay here. Fortunately, the rain held off until Jasper could have a long walk around the property but when the sky opened up it did so powerfully.
That next day the skies had cleared but it was deceptive. It was time to pull out the puffer jackets and caps! The wind was cutting and while Jasper got a bit of quality walking time, it was nice getting back to a toasty warm boat, but not before heading to the on-site restaurant for lunch.
It’s November so the weather is wonky. We’ll sit out another very windy day before making our way to Georgetown, SC next. See you out there…
Please be sure to subscribe to our blog on the top right of this page to get notified when new content is posted. And please leave any comments or questions below – we love to hear from you & know that you’re along for the ride! For real-time updates and the very latest on what we’re up to, be sure to like us & follow us on the M/Y OLOH Facebook Page. You can also follow us on Twitter at @MYOLOH and for plenty more pictures and video find us on Instagram and YouTube.
And that concludes your OLOH instructions. M/Y OLOH back to 1-6