The blue part of the chart means shallow water so you want to not sail into that area. Keep to the white part as that is deeper water. So turn port...you're heading into the shallows. Turn port...Go left. Turn left. Turn the wheel to the left. You're now in the shallows, turn to the left/port side now. Move aside. I take back command of the wheel because clearly I have no command over the mil! lol

We didn't get shoaled. The water depth was over 6 feet in the blue area which is why I didn't take over earlier. Not sure what happened there. I was speaking English since the wife yelled out, "mom, listen to him. Turn left". Didn't seem to register though. We asked her about it later that night and in her memory she thought she was turning left. Her arms however didn't convey that to me. I guess she was overwhelmed with the sensory input. Navigating a narrow channel, watching the buoy's, checking the depth, correlating the red and green markers to the chart plotter and establishing a fix isn't something that can be mastered in a 20 minute trial run. She did pretty well considering.

 

We had a late start to the day. 9am was when I lifted the anchor. We had 30 miles to go to get to Morgan Island SC. Otherwise known as monkey island because it has about 3500 monkeys on it. It's the only island of the USA with an established wild monkey population. The CDC wanted a site to raise monkey's for experiments and SC gave them this island. I'd call it the Island of Dr Morgan personally. Anyway, they abandoned the raising of the population and just left them run wild. You aren't allowed on the island but you can anchor nearby which is what we did. We arrived just before Sunset and got to listen to the calls of the monkeys in the tree's and watch fish jumping out of the water while being chased by dolphins. The wife got out the bait net and caught a shrimp. One lonely shrimp. Instead of making a gourmet shrimp soup for a dwarf, we decided to use it for bait. I pulled out one crab. One lonely crab. instead of cooking a lovely crab soup for two dwarfs on a date, we decided to save it for bait later. I made Mexican chicken fajitas instead. The chilli cooking in the oil pretty much cleared out the boat. All of us were coughing. Particularly with all the smoke from the wildfires that are around at the moment. It tasted good. I put on some yogurt we made on the boat the other day and beans, lettuce with grilled bell pepper (capsicum).

 

Nothing really unusual or spectacular happened today. The engine ran flawlessly as it has since I got rid of the stupid membrane filter. We went into high current so managed to only get a bit over 30 miles in 8 hours. We did consume about 8 gallons of fuel as the fuel rate is about a gallon per hour at the rpm we run it at. So mileage was down. Typically we get about 5.5 knots at that rate. Not much fun when fuel is being charged at $2.70-$3.70 per gallon. It keeps going p as we go South too. I'd sail more but the wind is light and we need to get established in Florida asap. Oh well.

 

I'm hoping tomorrow we can get some pictures of the monkeys here. Then the plan is to take the Atlantic and go South via the Ocean instead of the ICW. We can go all day and then ave to pull back in so we won't get that far. There is a cold spell coming and I'm not about to make the mil completely lose it by being on the coast during a gale. The wife and I seen worse but subjecting someone that's not really having a good time to a storm at sea is not the way to improve things for them. So we're basically going to go out to sea and back inland in the afternoon, probably somewhere around Savannah or a little further South if things go well. I'm hoping to get to Georgia where we took three days in a sheltered spot while a gale blow over. It was one of the good times of the last trip down this way. Who know's maybe it will be again. It's only 60 miles from here so we could be there by the end of the day. If you don't hear from us, we're probably there as the internet connection there is very poor.