Broad Creek, Hilton Head SC
Position: 32 10.775N, 080 46.697W
Posted by Bill
We enjoyed Charleston as always and hit most of our usual places to eat and drink. There is a grocery ¼ mile from the marina, so we stopped and stocked up on a few things. Here is a picture of all of us at our slips with the Ravenel Bridge in the background:
We left Charleston on the 7th and anchored in Mosquito Creek at position 32 33.422N, 080 27.050W. Mosquito Creek should be renamed No-see-um Creek. As soon as we got there we were attacked by swarms of the cussed things, all of us madly waving our arms as we dropped anchor. We went below and never came back up…it was nasty. On the way there, we went through a common shoal area called Watts Cut. We transited the cut a near low tide. The depth sounder showed 7 feet of water but we slowed to 3 MPH through the whole thing (for about 30 or 45 minutes). We were plowing through 2 feet of muck!
The next day we stopped in Beaufort SC and took a mooring ball at position 32 25.694N, 080 40.894W. We love stopping at Beaufort, and we had dinner at our favorite, the Old Bull Tavern, and breakfast the next day at Blackstones…also a favorite. We stayed 2 nights and went to leave early on the 10th. Everyone pulled away from the moorings except Larry. He was having trouble starting his boat. We circled for awhile and finally went and tied back up to the moorings, dropped the dinghies and went over to help Larry. We even called a couple of our buddies to tap their expertise. After failing to resolve the issue, Larry hired a mechanic who found the problem. We had planned to go to Turner Creek in Georgia, but it was now about noon, so we decided to stop at a new to us anchorage in the Hilton Head area. The wind was ripping in the mid to upper 20 knot range, so we picked Broad Creek for its protection. It was a great choice. Matt and Shirley tied to us and we enjoyed a nice anchorage.
I think we waited too long to leave Southport as the weather has been horrible…cold, rain and wind. Matt and I don’t have side curtains in our cockpits and we are exposed to the weather and have been freezing our asses off!