Follow Joe and Leah aboard SENECA

Charleston to Georgetown with Mom

(I am bringing the blog up to date after slacking off for nearly four months)


I spent the afternoon enjoying Historic downtown Charleston and now I was not really sure what to do. Seneca needed to be hauled out and I needed some rest. I decided to leave Seneca in the slip at Ashley Marina for a week and my Mom, my sisters, Alison and Caroline, and my nieces, Savannah and Sienna all drove down from Myrtle Beach to pick me up and bring me back there. We had a great day in Charleston eating and shopping and then returned to Myrtle Beach where I would end up spending the rest of the summer. I went back a couple days later with my great friend Shawn and took advantage of having downtown real estate in Charleston. Shawn eventually helped me find a cheap haul out yard right in Myrtle Beach where I would eventually store SENECA. The trip was about three days up the ICW. I decided to bring her up to Georgetown, a two day trip, and leave her anchored there hoping to get a couple more sailing trips in before hauling out. I was also looking forward to taking my other sister Kelly and her three daughters, Kayla, Elise and Julia out sailing when they came to visit later that month.

So my Mother jumped at the chance to crew from Charleston to Georgetown as long as we did not go out in the ocean. Shawn drove us down and saw us off on Monday morning. Mom had been on the ICW with me for a day on the way down, but had never spent the night on a boat. We crossed Charleston Harbor and headed north on the ICW. The wind was just off our starboard quarter and allowed us to roll the jib out for almost the whole day. This part of the ICW is particularly beautiful going through the marshes leading to the huge Live Oak trees with Spanish Moss hanging off. We had one bridge to go through and had a very pleasant day. that evening I found us a really spectacular anchor spot right off the ICW where we were surrounded by marsh and there was not a house in sight. Dolphins swam right up to us and around us as I cooked a great dinner and opened a bottle of wine. Mom made some phone calls and was so excited to tell everyone about our day and where we were anchored. The sunset that night was one of the best I have seen.DSCF5552

DSCF5555That night I set Mom up in the main cabin with the new big bed and I settled in to the Vberth. Before I could get to sleep Mom asked me if I would sleep out in the cockpit in case pirates boarded us. Being the good son I slept outside with the machete close by andfortunately it did not rain and we did not get attacked. We woke up having not been slain by the dastardly ICW pirates and got a nice early start. Another great day on the ICW. The winds and tide were with us and we counted 13 or so alligators. Pulling into the nice little harbor of Georgetown I tied up at the free city dock and got Mom on dry land and then I went out to anchor. Happy with my anchorage I rowed Bubbles in and we had a really nice lunch and a beer while we waited for Alison and her husband Brad and the kids to pick us up.

It was so nice to be able to share a little bit of the cruising life with my Mom. having her on board for that trip was really wonderful.

Thanks Mom, maybe next time I will take you out in the ocean.


November 7, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. To my youngest son Joe…..Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime for me…I enjoyed it so much and I think next time I’ll brave the ocean with you Captain Joe. Love Mom

    Comment by Mom | November 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. hey joe, not sure you recognize the name. i was your 1st college roommate at seton hall. i ran into someone from oceanport and randomlly threw your name out and she knew you and told me about this website. sounds like you have done and seen some amazing things. i hope things are going well for you.

    Comment by marc rosenblatt | April 23, 2010 | Reply

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