Sorry about the delayed report, no internet again at Osprey Marina yesterday. Osprey is at mile marker 373 and so we made another 80 mile day. It was a relatively easy run with only a couple of bridges and a lot of spectacular homes along the water. I’ll add the photo’s later on when we get better internet. We pulled in a little after 4 pm, after I made a slight navigation error by confusing an open railroad bridge with the Socastee bridge… it was pretty obvious right after I called the marina on the radio to let them know we wouldn’t need them to stay open late. Things just didn’t looke like they should have on the chart but there are very few markers in this area so a quick check at our latitude fix proved my error up fairly fast. So I made the embarrassing call back to the marina that I’d be a little later than my previous call. The radio operator was very gracious and didn’t ask what had happened. Entering Osprey is a little like turning the boat into a narrow creek with large trees on both sides. It shows on the chart as an oxbow but I couldn’t find another entrance. The marina holds a lot of boats in a very small super well-protected cove which also means it’s very tight. We stopped at the fuel dock and our friend Larry of Larry and Margie from Tarpon Bay were there to greet and help with lines. After taking on 155 gal and getting into a slip Larry indicated there was a great Italian restaurant close by that would provide transportation. So we all had a great meal together with some very nice Chianti. We also got a tour of their boat, wow! That Hampton is more like a luxury yeacht than a trawler. Two ice machines!!!
Osprey has very helpful staff and superb prices, $.30 cheaper diesel than anybody around. The facilities are clean and functional but fancy and the restroom/shower only had room for one at a time which was kind of surprising for a place that had at lest 50 boats.
Seaweed continues to operate very well although the bow thruster is not working. The battery seems to have discharged and is not charging. Larry suspects the battery is bad. But so far we’re able to dock as needed without the thruster just using the reverse port pull. Only other thing we’ve noticed is this morning departing Osprey the port navigation light was out. We’ll try to fix this to night or at Thunderbolt if we can’t find a bulb. Our fine stretch of great weather will end tomorrow as a strong front passes through bringing thunderstorms and low 50 degree weather. Luckily for me, the cold weather wimp, the genset and heaters work great on this boat.
I’ll add the photo’s later.
Boat Readings (before loading fuel)
Port tank: 13.5″
Stbd tank: 17″
After loading 155 gal we were 24.5′+ on each tank