Charleston, SC

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Island Spirit and the Ravenal Bridge over the Cooper River
Charleston, SC Maritime Center Docks

We arrived Charleston, SC Tuesday and secured a dock on the favored side of town at the Maritime Center where BoatUS members get a discount at $1.50/foot. We booked in for two days but due to weather and the temptations of a fabulous city, we stayed an extra day. Not bad….a “room” right in the city for $52.50 per night (35’*1.50) – we had a difficult time moving out. We usually do not take docks because of the cost and also we have a 44 lb Bruce anchor and 250 feet of chain anchor rode, so we always prefer to use that and save the fee. Charleston does have an anchorage field on the Ashley River, but that is on the opposite side of town from where the action is location. Lucky for us, one of our Island Packet members alerted us to the Maritime Center and we docked there. Thank you, Lamar and Sherri, IP-420 Winterset.

While at Charleston, we enjoyed Harris Teeter Shopping, one of the finest grocery stores on the planet. We also enjoyed Caviar and Bananas, a New York style deli that is better than any NY deli. Of course this was created by a family who moved here from….you guessed it…NYC. We also enjoyed a do-it-yourself historical walking tour that we bought at the visitors center. We walked the city, taking in the beautiful Georgian Architecture and historic cobblestone lined streets. East Bay Street is wonderful to explore. After the walk, we enjoyed a class of wine at one of the many pubs along East Bay.

Charleston, SC is a city I could live in…it was a joy to visit. We departed there and motored 45 miles south to a beautiful anchorage on Bass Creek, just off Parrot Creek near the Coosaw River. Our next stop will be Beaufort, SC.

4 Island Packets: Island Spirit, Habibi, Winterset, Cutter Loose
Third of eight the USCG will be building, just launched in Oct 2011
Loaded weapons and guns, this ship is ready to protect.
Typical Charleston Home, narrow on the street, portico to the SW
homes were taxed on their street frontage, so this beat the system
Homes along the southern tip at the Battery
The Three Sisters, the finest example of Charleston Single homes
The Battery, when viewed from sea
After departing Charleston, we anchor in a most remote area
Bass Creek off Parrot Creek

Nothing but marsh grasses….beautiful
Sunset over the stern of Island Spirit, Bass Creek

Next stop….Beaufort, SC….that is pronounced….BEWwwww-fert!

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