"Island Hopper" docked at Wrightsville Yacht Club
Island Hopper has been berthed in the Longboat Key Marina, Longboat Key, Florida since October 2009. The current travel plan is to take her to Montreal, Canada for the summer of 2012. She will be berthed in Brewerton, NY for the winter and put back in the water in late spring 2013.
"Island Hopper" docked at Wrightsville Yacht Club
We walked to the restaurant next door to the MBYC. Umberto's is a little restaurantat Coquina Harbor. Tomorrow will be an ealy morning. We will be leaving the yacht club at 7:00 AM due to bridge openings and low tides.
Harbor Inn in Georgetown
The Harbor Walk
Facts About Georgetown, SC Georgetown is South Carolina's third oldest city behind Charleston and Beaufort. Situated on a peninsula, Georgetown is surrounded on three sides by water. On the east by Pee Dee, Black and Waccamaw Rivers, on the west by Sampit River, and on the south by Winyah Bay formed by the convergence of these rivers. As a bustling pre-Revolutionary seaport, sailing ships docked here bringing manufactured goods from Europe and leaving with the trade products of the low country - indigo, rice, and cotton.In 1729 Elisha Screven laid the plan for Georgetown and developed the city in a four-by eight block grid. Referred to as the "Historic District" the original grid city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still bears the original street names, lot numbers, and many of the original homes. Front Street is lined with quaint shops and restaurants, many with decks overlooking the harbor.
Debbie Outside Magnolias
We arrived at the Downtown Marina of Beaufort at 12:30PM. The marina is located in the heart of the historical district and is a well-appointed facility.
More Local Art
Island Hopper at the Dock in Beaufort
We walked into town around 7:30 PM and had dinner on the porch of Plums.
Debbie washing the salt off "Island Hopper"
Harbour Town Yacht Basin Marina Harbour Town yacht Basin is South Carolina's premier yachting resort. The famous lighthouse
is visible from the Intracoastal Waterway. For almost four decades, Harbour Town has been a celebrated landmark for sailors cruising the Intracoastal. It is more than a marina, offering all the pampering services of a fine hotel. You can play golf at Harbour Town Golf Links or Tennis at the Racquet Club. There are five miles of sandy beaches. The slips are just steps away from scores of fine restaurants, shops and lounges. Harbour Town is like no other yachting destination in the world. Hilton Head Island Hilton Head is a bustling year-round resort, named after 17th century explorer William Hilton, and is the best known of South Carolina's sea islands. As the largest barrier island on the Atlantic Coast, it is amply endowed by nature and history and offers something something nearly year-round for everyone, including a choice of excellent marina resorts. English Navy Captain William Hilton "discovered" Hilton Head Island, first spotting this remarkable piece of real estate in 1663. While the island wouldn't take on a reputation as a first-rate resort destination until a development boom in the 1950s, it was used extensively before that, mostly for growing crops such as Sea Island cotton, sugar and indigo. Despite its relatively recent development, Hilton Head does boast a number of historic sites, including two Civil War forts and Baynard Ruins, which once3 was a prosperous plantation. Today, this boot-shaped island is an incorporated town of about 42 square miles, with 2 miles of ocean beach and approximately 30,000 residents. While it is a fully modern resort island, Hilton Head's strict zoning laws - limiting signage and building materials used - help preserve its distinctly charming feel. Even the island Wal-Mart is tastefully hidden behind lush foliage and a discreet sign. Thousands of acres of Hilton Head Island remain today as untouched forest and marshland, with abundant wildlife, making Hilton Head a natures lover's dream. Access to the wildlife sanctuaries is carefully controlled, but you can go exploring on winding nature paths and catwalks and then view one of the lookout stations. Our friends from Cincinnati, Pauletta and Joe Crowley came to the boat around 2:30 PM. We put together plans for the evening. We ate dinner with Pauletta and Joe, their son Joey and his wife Karyn, and their two children Joe Joe and Joslyn, along with their daughetr Colleen and her husband Colin. We had dinner at a great owner chef restaurant called Stripes.
Leaving the marina and looking over to historic St. Augustine.
U.S. Warship 80 Heading To Jacksonville, FL.
"Island Hopper's" initial approach into Fernandina Beach, FL.
We arrived at Fernandina Harbor Marina at 12:20 PM. We made great time on the outside today.
Boats docked at Fernandina Harbor Marina
Fernandina Beach, FL
Fernandina Beach is a captivating small town. The cheery downtown has almost a Disney flavor to it...but it's real. Tree lined streets and ornate facades suggest a trio into our past, while the fleet of shrimp boat along the St. Marys reminds visitors that this town is alive and thriving. While under Spanish ownership, most of what Fernandina attracted was riff-raff. Smugglers and pirates carried out their shady trades in the St. Marys River and Cumberland Sound. Runaway slaves hid out in this area, and rogues, rapscallions, and scalawags also made it their haunt. The Spaniards seemed to have little interest in such a place, but somebody wanted it - President James Madison. In fact, he wanted all of Florida. A group of Madison's revolutionaries captured Fernandina in 1812. The vagabond Gregor McGregor, with assistance from some revolutionaries in the mid-Atlantic region, advanced on Fernandina as the Spanish surrendered with nary a word. Florida was independent, but not for long. Mexican pirate Luis Aury recaptured Fernandina within a week, making it a pirate sanctuary. This lasted until December of 1817 when the United States took over the territory. No fewer than eight different flags have flown above Fernandina, making it the most diversely disputed parcel of land in the nation. The pirate influence is evident today as you see many statues of pirates throughout the town.
Centre Street's brick sidewalks more than beckon visitors to take a stroll. The town's historic district, a showcase of Victorian architecture , spans 50 blocks. Much of Fernandina's history of ever-changing political control and culture is captured within the Amelia Island Museum of History.
Tina & Dick Devoe aboard "Island Hopper"
Tina and Dick Devoe came aboard "Island Hopper" at 5:00 PM for cocktails. They later drove us through the town and then out to Amelia Island where they live in The Plantation. We went to their beautiful new home on a golf course. The Plantation is a gorgeous with lush foliage and many canopies of trees. It is unlike most of Florida, with a Hilton Head feel. They then took us to a local outdoor seafood restaurant where we had a wonderful meal with great company.