The Voyage of Krogen 48 North Sea Tusen Takk II: Becoming Cruisers, Step By Step — By Chuck & Barb Shipley
Onward to the Chesapeake
Cruising up the ICW was fun. We enjoyed seeing the changes in the landscape and geography. Just north of Charleston, SC, the terrain changed almost immediately from the meandering tidal creeks that we had learned to love so much in Georgia, to be replaced by straighter man-made channels. That feature persisted all the way up to Southport, NC. What did change during this stretch, however, were the flora and the population density.
North of Georgetown, SC, the ICW begins to angle off inland, and so the water gets less and less salty and more and more tannin-stained. Cypress trees and knees line the shores.Eventually the ICW angles back toward the sea. Approaching Myrtle Beach the ICW morphs again, still tannin-stained, but now the narrower straight channels have been cut down to bedrock. Kinda scary, because the narrow passage with hard shoulders makes passing or meeting large vessels very problematical. You can read about our ports of call and anchorages from Georgia up to Virginia at www.tusentakk2.com. After 45 days of cruising, Chuck put the following in our log. Question: How do you spend your time when you are not actually traveling with the boat? Answer:Futzing, mostly. A little varnishing here. A little stainless steel polishing there. A little bottom cleaning. A little hull washing and waxing.Installing small improvements, like new hooks for hanging towels or new trumpet horns on the flybridge or adjusting the chart-reading light in the pilothouse. Reading one of the many systems manuals on board. Changing oil and filters. Cleaning through-hull filters.Changing zincs. But not always futzing. Sometimes, more actively recreating: tours, walks, runs, kayak explorations, and happy hours on board. I’ve read much less than I thought I would. Not enough time! But that will surely settle down as I spend less time “improving” and far less time re-arranging all that we brought aboard–stuff that needed a home but hadn’t yet been assigned a place. The guest stateroom is now nearly clear enough to receive a guest!