August 6 – We’re Home (Jacksonville)

Conditions were great when we pulled away from Port Royal Marina near Beaufort SC early Sunday morning. The winds were fairly calm making the ride very pleasurable. We stopped at Thunderbolt Marina for fuel and then pulled into Isle of Hope Marina, south of Savannah, before noon. After a swim in the pool, we spent some time exploring the area on our bikes.

Enjoyed seeing the beautiful homes along the waterfront at Isle of Hope as we biked around town. We were last at this marina in 2009.

Enjoyed seeing the beautiful homes along the waterfront at Isle of Hope as we biked around town. We were last at this marina in 2009.

Many of the homes along the waterfront are nestled inside big oak trees with hanging moss.

Many of the homes along the waterfront are nestled around big oak trees with hanging moss.

In the yard of one of the waterfront homes, we spotted a couple deer. The home owner told us that recently five smaller deer had been swimming back and forth across the water in front of their home.

In the yard of one of the waterfront homes, we spotted a couple deer. The home owner told us that recently five smaller deer had been swimming back and forth across the water in front of their home.

Had a great dinner at Saltwater Grille with Jerry and Pat on m/v Another Cupcake. We met them back in Port Royal…they’re from Walthourville GA.

Had a great dinner at Saltwater Grille with Jerry and Pat on m/v Another Cupcake. We met them back in Port Royal…they’re from Walthourville GA.

Monday was an even better day for cruising than Sunday. There was very little boat traffic and the water was glassy.

About the only boats we saw were working boats, shrimp boats and crabbers.

About the only boats we saw were working boats, shrimp boats and crabbers.

We left Isle of Hope (Savannah) early on Monday, travelled over 100 miles, stopping at Jekyll Marina for fuel, and still got into Fernandina before noon. Low tide was about 1:30. So we stopped at Fernandina Marina to position ourselves to go on home on Tuesday at high tide. Did some cleaning on MemoryMaker too…and started packing up stuff to end our trip.

Sunset at Fernandina

Sunset at Fernandina

It was much windier on Tuesday. We were glad Fernandina is only about an hour from our home dock. Got home about 10:00 right at high tide.

Lots of dirty clothes AND four cases of cherry beer unloaded and ready to be carted to the house.

This is everything that came off MemoryMaker too… when we got home. Clothes, food, supplies AND four cases of cherry beer unloaded and ready to be carted to the house.

This summer trip turned out to be 74 days. We left Jacksonville on May 24th and got home on Tuesday, August 6th. We travelled 2,034 miles using 101 engine hours and 1,210 gallons of fuel. We spent about a month boating around the Chesapeake Bay area, going as far north as Baltimore. We met lots of new people and were able to reconnect with many friends that we’ve met on previous excursions. It was a great summer!

MemoryMaker too… served us well. She ran like a charm on this trip.

MemoryMaker too… served us well. She ran like a charm on this trip. But, she was probably glad to get back up on her lift after having to have her bottom scrapped twice along the way.

So we’re now home in Jacksonville… back to work we must go!

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8 Responses to August 6 – We’re Home (Jacksonville)

  1. robert Stopper says:

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions of places visited during your journey. Welcome home to both of you! Bob Stopper, Lyons, NY on the Erie Canal.

  2. Ronnie Bolling says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventure guys! It was great to take the “trip” with you! ↑↑ …………….Ronnie

  3. Susie says:

    Welcome home. I enjoyed coming along on your trip. We’ll let you know when we’re in your area.

  4. Would really like to talk too you about doing the loop. I have the exact same rinker as you and have a lot of concerns about having enough gas between stops. My boat is in elk rapids harbor in Michigan and would love to make the trip. Who knows maybe even stop in Jacksonville to say hello!

    • David says:

      Hi Robert
      The only place that was a strech on fuel was the Mississippi and Ohio River portion. We were able to top off in Cape Giuradeu (sp) just before the junction to the Ohio. I have been told that option is not currently available. However Boat US and Sea Tow both say their coverage inludes bringing you gas if you run out………….so………..
      Look into joining American Great Loop Cruising Assn at http://www.aglca.org
      They have a daily listserve where you can ask questions to get up to date info on such things.
      You can use my name for reference.
      David Doyle

  5. Jim Capehart says:

    Where did you get the rail on the swim platform that you use to tie your bikes down?

    • David says:

      Hi Jim
      I designed the bar myself and had a local shop make it. It is 1.5 in alum tubing. I put a plate on the bottom and another one under the swim platform and through bolted it in place. I used the area made for dinghy davits. To help with vibration and scratching I put a piece of pipe insulation over the bar. The bikes really add to the cruising experience, allowing us to explore the areas we visit and also very useful in getting supplies back to the boat.
      David

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