A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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OverEasy
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Re: A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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Hi All!

We missed out on getting out Saturday and Sunday (lazy days :) :) ).
But Monday was perfect and we didn’t miss the opportunity to get out on the water!
Spent a wonderful full four hours cruising up the Beaufort River and Coosaw up to Sam’s Point Landing.

Several sets of Dolphins and maybe even a turtle.
There were two nesting pairs of Osprey and several stalking Blue Herons.

A very nice afternoon!
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We also saw several combat type jets overfly in addition to the normal F/A-18s and F-35s that I don’t recognize…anyone recognize them?
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Hope you all are well and happy!

Best Regards,
Over Easy 8) 8)
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Re: A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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Hi All!

Whew! It was hot these past couple of days! In the 80s and it’s only May!

Wouldn’t you know it that these are the two days that I decide to finally clean up the top deck of Over Easy!
Timing is everything.

First off I wasted a good chunk of change and hours of time fussy with “the blue gel” brand hull and fiberglass cleaner crud.
WHAT AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF TIME, EFFORT, MATERIALS, AND MONEY!!! :x :x :x
Never gonna do that again. Fribble!

Rinsed the surface.
Let it dry.
Shook the bottle throughly.
Applied it with a natural bristle brush throughly to the fore deck.
Let sit for 15 minutes and rinsed… NO EFFECT
Hmmm… maybe let it sit longer ??

So rinsed off and let dry.
Reapply…to fore deck
Wait….30 minutes …. Rinse off…. NO EFFECT
Hmmm… maybe scrub it in …. and let it sit longer …. And scrub it some more???

So rinsed off and let dry.
Reapply to fore deck
Wait …. 15 minutes & scrub…wait 30 minutes & scrub….wait 30 minutes & scrub…wait 30 minutes & scrub while rinsing…NO EFFECT
FRIBBLE…FRIBBLE…FRIBBLE

USELESS STUFF!!! Never…Never…Never… again. Three plus hours absolutely wasted time.

So I reverted back to the old standby of a 10-to-20% bleach solution and a nylon bristle brush and some up close elbow grease on hands and knees. Dramatically better than the “blue gel” crud!

Here is a photo through polarized glasses to take out the glare.
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The dark is where we started and the light is after the bleach and scrub and rinse.
Here’s a photo without the polarizer of where we started as a surface condition.
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What a dramatic difference with a simple diluted bleach mixture! :) :) :) VERY HAPPY!!!

With this now out of the way we when out for a cruise from Port Royal out to the Atlantic past Bay Point breach.
Beautiful day to be out!
Lots of dolphins singly and in pods!Some even came alongside to make eye contact!
Wonderful feeling to experience that never grows old!

On the way back we turned up Battle Creek to dock a the Fish Camp Restaurant for a glass of wine and a tall G&T to celebrate completion of the deck cleaning. Appetizer of Hush Puppies. Nice supper of fish tacos and a fisherman’s catch variety plater. All were excellent!
Finished the day with a sunset cruise back to our slip. Wonderful day.

Now I get to apply sealant to the now clean deck and cockpit… that’s gonna take a couple more days :wink: :wink:
One day at a time…..

Best Regards
Over Easy 8) 8)
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Re: A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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Hi All!

It was a beautiful day out yesterday!
Lots of Dolphins!
Left the marina after refueling …17.34 gallons…(glad we have our new Suzuki DF60AV high efficiency 4-stroke engine! It would have been at least twice that with the old Tohatsu 50 hp 2-stroke) and turned to port toward Beaufort.
Passing under the swing bridge we observed a returning nesting pair of Osprey on the bridge pilings. Last year they had a pair of offspring and hoping for a successful repeat this year. We turned to port and slowly cruised abound the cut enjoying the calm waters and pleasant atmosphere along with the pretty shoreline homes.
Popping out into the Beaufort River we motored up to Brickyard landing then turned to Port to go up the McCalleys Creek until it shallowed out. Turning back we to the Beaufort River and then onto the Coosaw River. Again turning to Port we followed the Coosaw up to Whale Branch and the Hwy21 bridge. As it was now after 5 pm and it was time to head home. The Admiral took over the helm and did a great job of navigating us back to our marina arriving just after peak low tide. A beautiful day out!

Hope you all have had a great day and a Happy Mothers Day on Sunday!

Best Regards,
Over Easy 😎😎🐩🐈
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Re: A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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Hi All!

We finally got out again today! :D :D
Between schedules, inclement weather, other obligations and ‘just not up to it’ days we finally got out!

We cruised down the Beaufort River past Parris Island then turning up the Broad River.
On the way down we got to see large US Coast Guard Tug pushing an equipment barge and crane.
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Motoring past Skull Creek we proceeded to go in at McKay Creek. This took us along the Pinckney Wildlife Refuge. Pristine and beautiful!
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We came back via Skull Creek… unfortunately there were two large and one smaller sailboat that had suffered damage since last time we came this way last season.

The first had been blown in to the marshland and appeared to have blown out their main sail and Furler.
It was visibly listed to the port side… have no idea how one would go about recovering such a vessel.
Wasn’t able to get a decent photo.

The second was a vessel we saw moored out very near the channel edge last season, a bit of a hazard
It was looking a bit rough back then as the mainsail bindings to the boom were becoming undone.
Now it has sunk in about 15 feet of water with only mast and rigging protruding. Quite sad as it had been a pretty boat.
Unfortunately to add insult to injury a smaller 25 footish cabin sailboat must have broken free from its dockage and was apparently blown into the sunken boats rigging which appears to have snapped the forestay causing the mast to collapse aft onto its cabin and cockpit.
Quite the mess. The smaller boat is just wedged into the rigging… wonder what will happen if/when a storm from the opposite direction comes along. Very sad 😢 😢
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After moving on we completed transiting Skull Creek into the Broad River.
Picking up the pace we throttled up … at 5000 rpm we averaged 13 to 15 mph into an incoming tide and a 15 mph head wind.
After turning up the Beaufort River at 5000 rpm we averaged 15 to 16.5 mph going up River but with the incoming tide.
While this wasn’t WOT it was a pretty decent speed considering all the cruising stuff we have on board. :) :)

Great day out!
Lots of Dolphins, heron, egrets and Osprey!
We even talked about planning a week of overnight cruising exploring this region in detail, rather than just as day trips. :) :)
Glad we finally got out!

Best Regards
Over Easy 😎😎🐩🐈
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Re: A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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Nice trip report and photos. Sad about the sunk/wrecked boats. Gotta wonder what the story is and what bad luck for the second boat to get caught in the sunken boat.

How deep is the waters where you travel? Curious if the Mac can go places others are unable.
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Re: A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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Hi Russ!

Yeah, it was sad to see…. Not found anything about how they got to the conditions they are currently in….

I do know that last season the boat that sunk was moored on the edge of the channel …almost a hazard depending on wind/current direction….the main sail was starting to have its binding fail allowing the fabric to luff in the breeze. Seemed to be intact but uncared for…apparently it must have collected rain water and/or something failed internally…it was in plenty of water depth.

The smaller one entangled looks like it was blown in-between the sunken boat’s forestay and mast which appears to have snapped the smaller’s forestay allowing it to fall aft…judging by the damage at the deck-to-mast juncture it was not a “planned” event. It’s pretty well pushed in to the sunken boat’s rigging but it certainly isn’t tied off to the sunken boat so if the wind and current changes it could just as well work it’s way free becoming a mobile hazard to other vessels and/or structures. It’s companionway hatch was missing ho it could also be filling with rain with each passing storm….if that continues and it sinks that would be a gawdawfulmess to untangle…. Seems that sunken vessel recover is done in somewhat typical “we’ll eventually git aroundtoitsomeday” by the state. If it doesn’t directly relate to making money off of it then it’s bottom of the to-do-list… da hazard aspect be ‘your problem’…

There is a similar problem on Battle Creek… Informed DNR personally about what appeared to be an abandoned sailboat that was gradually going into distress sitting lower with each passing rain storm last season … well it did sink… in the channel! Now it’s been an active hazard for several months… someone, not DNR seems to have dug out an old grounded “No Wake” Buoy from the edge of the nearby marsh and tied it to the forestay (seems they did it at high tide as it has been seen to be dangling at low tide :D :D ).

Now as to the channel depth…. Plenty of bottom clearance at 8 to 30 feet. Off to the sides it can vary quite a bit as you might suspect. Prop down fully loaded we draw about 18 inches (ballast dry) to 24 inches (ballast full). We’ve been taken to regularly limiting our min depth to 4 feet on the sonar and running with our swing keel down about 1/4-to-1/3 of the keel rope travel length at low speeds (acts sorta like a retractable skegg) which is about the same as our prop. As the sonar is now on our removable stern mount the partially deployed keel acts as our ‘early warning bottom bumper indicator’ :D . When the keel lift rope goes slack it’s time to stop! Before attempting to back out we haul the keel all the way up to avoid it jamming into the muck.

Best Regards,
Over Easy 😎😎🐩🐈
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The X is vastly better suited for shallow draft sailing with its swing keel. I was curious how well suited your area is for the M and grounding dangers.

Right now, I boat in deep deep water and running aground is never a concern. Although I did snag a cable in the marina once that left a mark in the dagger. I grew up sailing in the East Coast and running aground was a constant concern.

SC seems like a beautiful area to boat. I'd love to sail there sometime.
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Re: A New Journey Begins for OverEasy - 2023/2024

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Hi Russ!

Yes, it is a wonder area!😎😎
Lots to see and do… after 3 seasons on the water of getting out several days a week we’ve only begun to see it all! 😎😎

The bottom is generally soft sand/muck stuff.
There are some hard spots and there are oyster banks to be aware of but nothing onerous.

There are shoals that change with the currents and storms but the marked channels are well kept and navigable.
The multiple estuaries go for miles and miles and miles.

With a good GPS chart plotter, up to date charts AND SONAR we’ve not had any real issues.
When we get into areas where it get shallower than a charted 6 feet (which applies at low tide) we slow down to idle if possible.
We’re there to see and enjoy, not race through as fast as we can.😎😎

We generally plan our first forays into new territories at the beginning of a rising tide… that way if/when we do go aground it’s pretty much a non-event to subsequently float free… we also get to gain an idea of where the deeper areas are for the next time… at least in general terms anyway.🙄🤔🫣
We also turn back or get to more hospitable waters before the tides start to recede when on these forays.

Yes we do enjoy our swing keel but that shouldn’t hold back a careful boat with a dagger board as neither type has to be an ‘all-or-nothing’ proposition.

One xtra thing we do have are crab pots and their ropes n’ floats to be aware of and navigate around.
We carry a tool kit with a pair of wire dykes and a sharp knife (or two) as a just in case.
But other regions have lobster pots and trot lines to contend with…so it’s a not unique aspect.

Ping s if you do find an opportunity to come down.
It would be nice to meet up!

Best Regards,
Over Easy 😎😎🐩🐈
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