Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Slowly heading North


July 30, 2008 - Savannah GA, United States

Quiet anchorage

We slowly headed North. Visiting a few towns such as Savannah Georgia, but mainly staying to the smaller quieter spots. We travelled a couple of days a week and spent the rest either lazing about of fixing and cleaning the boat. The first big priority was the fridge, after much swearing and spending of money we eventually installed a new one and beer was once again cold.

happy skipper

We also managed to get the oven to work and we enjoyed the fresh bread that Di baked.

Di first baking on Sea Gal

Thursday, 10 July 2008

On the move


July 10, 2008 - Fernandina Beach FL, United States

We found out that if we removed the boat from Florida within 10 days then we could avoid paying tax. So the race was on. We serviced the engine, spent lots of money on essential equipment, everything from bedding to outboards, lifejackets to teapots, and we were ready. Luckily for us there is a system of waterways and canals up the east coast of the USA, so we could ease ourselves gently into the strengths and quirks of Sea Gal.

Sailing up the ICW






So we were off and heading north. Some bridges we went under.

3 foot to spare








Others had to open for us.

Bascule Bridge






We watch the world go by accompanied by Pelicans and Dolphins.
At night we anchored away from the crowds.

Peacefully at anchor






Mostly enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, apart from at 3 o'clock when it rains in Florida.

Rain in Florida at 3pm








A common sight in the southern states are shrimp boats.

Shrimp boat in South Carolina






But mostly lots of open space and wetlands.

Wet lands of Georgia






Once we left Florida we could slow down and take it even easier.

Swimming in the pool

Friday, 4 July 2008

Found it


July 4, 2008 - Fort Pierce FL, United States

Sea Gal 017u
A boat that needed love

After much search we found the boat for us,

and Sea Gal was her name.




First launch

After a quick survey and checking that the engine started she was launched ( we handed over lots of cash too) and we were yacht owners.




Still floating

We spent a few days fixing up the essentials and filling her full of food, beer, water, diesel and all the 'stuff' we had bought for our new home. Then we were off.