On Friday, October 16th, we left Southport and headed back into the ICW. In 2013, we traveled outside for this next stretch, exiting through Cape Fear Inlet and back in again at Little River, then out again and back in again in Wynyah Inlet. This time, in the interests of doing it differently, we are traveling inside, in the ICW.
It was a 5-hour day, traveling 33 nautical miles.
There was plenty to look at through this stretch of the ICW.
Most of this section of the ICW was lined with large waterfront homes, each with their own docks and gazebos.
I was watching the chart books carefully and looking for a sign, or something, that would let us know when we crossed from North Carolina to South Carolina.
We had made reservations at Myrtle Beach Yacht Club in Coquina Harbor for the next 3 days.
Coquina Harbor is a large man-made basin in North Myrtle Beach, near Little River. three marinas fit inside- Lightkeepers Marina, Coquina Yacht Club (a condo community), and Myrtle Beach Yacht Club at the far end of the basin.
Myrtle Beach Yacht Club had a good reputation, very reasonably priced and very friendly. The staff and the other boaters were cheerful and helpful. We were given a dock right near the office, the marine store, the laundry, the restaurant, and the pool. Very convenient. There is boardwalk around the edge of the entire basin, but each dock has a locked gate so you felt very safe.
Staying at a yacht club for three days may sound like a vacation, and in some ways it was. Access to unlimited water and electricity is a luxury when you live on a boat. But this was also a good place to get some boat chores done, like the piles of laundry. The boat also needed a good cleaning inside and out. Other chores are necessary, but not so much fun………
Hanging out at a marina did leave Al with a little bit of time on his hands. When he has time on his hands, he starts fussing with things. He has been frustrated with our solar panels at times. Although more powerful than on the Morgan, they seem to get shaded too often. If he had his way, he would probably invent some thing-a-ma-jig so that he could tilt and twirl both panels all over the place to follow the sun.
Each morning we took a walk on the boardwalk with our coffee, checking out the other boats. Every boater loves looking at other boats.
While doing our chores, we were eagerly awaiting the return of Magnolia’s crew, Anthony and Annette, from their road trip home to Washington, DC. We haven’t seen them in over a year. Their Magnolia is also a Morgan, a 44 Center Cockpit, and is very similar to our dear Morgan. Magnolia and her crew have had feature roles in my past blogs as our paths cross and criss cross. We will always share the bond of being members of the “freshman cruising class of 2013.”
Next day? Magnolia and Kindred Spirit will travel together into the Waccamaw River.