New Hampshire     to Florida   -  November 2008
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11-06-08 - 8:40 AM - Dep Georgetown - sunny 60
               12:15 PM - Ilse of Palms, SC
                 1:15 PM - Arr: Charleston Maritime Ctr,
                               
Charleston, SC - fair, 75
                  Today: 52.7 n mi.  -  Eng: 4.7 hrs

11-07-08 - 9:45 AM - Dep Charleston, after replacing
                                yet another faulty water pump.
                1:15 PM - Arr: Downtown Marina,
                               
Beaufort, SC - fair, 78
                                shorts weather, finally!
                  Today: 54.7 n mi.  -  Eng: 5.2 hrs

11-08-08 - 10:15 AM - Dep Beaufort - after shopping
                11:30 AM - passing Hilton Head, SC
                  2:00 PM - Arr: Thunderbolt Marina,
                                
Thunderbolt, GA - easy day!
                  4:00 PM - Nancy baking cranberry bread
                                  from an Internet recipe.
                                  Life is good!
                 Today: 36.2 n mi.  -  Eng: 3.8 hrs

11-09-08 - 8:30 AM - Dep Thunderbolt (after donuts!)
                9:00 AM - Ilse of Hope, wind WSW 15 kts
                2:30 PM - St Simons I, wind WSW 20 kts
                3:15 PM - Arr: Brunswick Landing Marina,
                              
Brunswick, GA
                Fuel : 50 gal (pt'l. fill, price too high here)
                Today: 77.0 n mi.  -  Eng: 6.8 hrs
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Sunset, along with clear, calm and warmer weather, comes to Georgetown, SC.  Sno' Dog is docked at the Boat Shed Marina
  The Official Log of Sno' Dog continues...   This is Page 3: Georgetown, SC to Jensen Beach, FL
Finally, it's short-sleeve weather! Nancy smiling as we leave Charleston.
Dramatic clouds as a front passes near Hilton Head, SC
The impresive Golden Ilse Bridge enroute to Brunswick, GA
11-10-08 - 9:10 AM - Dep Brunswick, wind NW 10
                9:35 AM - Re-join ICW southbound
                9:50 AM - passing Jekyll Island, GA
               11:50 AM - Fernandina Beach, Florida!
                 1:40 PM - cross St. John river
                 4:15 PM - Arr: Municipal Marina,
                               
St. Augustine, FL
                Today: 81.2 n mi.  -  Eng: 7.4 hrs


11-11-08
- Stayed at St. Augustine, FL
                biked around the old town, pretty place!

11-12-08 - 9:30 AM - Dep St Augustine, wind E 10
                1:15 PM - passing Daytona Beach
                3:15 PM - Arr: City Marina,
                              
New Smyrna Beach, FL - 79
               Today: 55.0 n mi.  -  Eng: 5.6 hrs
One of Nancy's projects on this trip has been to learn how to knit socks.  Amazingly, she produced these beauties which fit me perfectly!  Go Nancy!
They're still working on the Bridge of Lions in St Augustine, FL
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The Ponce De Leon Inlet Light north of New Smyrna Beach
Amazingly bright rainbow at New Smyrna Beach
11-13-08 - 9:15 AM - Dep New Smyrna, wind SSE 15
               11:00 AM - Haulover Canal & Bridge
               11:45 AM - Titusville, wind SSE 20 - windy!
               2:30 PM - Arr: Melbourne Harbor Marina,
                             
Melbourne, FL - great little town!
               
Filled Fuel Tanks: 104 gallons
               Today: 60.0 n mi.  -  Eng: 5.4 hrs

11-14 -08 - 9:30 AM - Dep Melbourne, wind SSE 10, 76
                11:45 AM - passing Vero Beach, 82
                12:45 PM - Ft Pierce, wind SSE 15, hot!
                  2:00 PM - Arr: Nettles Island Marina,
                                
Jensen Beach, FL
                                
Sno' Dog's winter home!
                  Today 49.0 n mi.  -  Eng: 4.8 hrs
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Yeah!  We made it! Here are the numbers for this trip:
               Since leaving New Hampshire: 
24 days ago
              
We traveled: 1410 nautical miles
              
Average Daily run: 64 n mi (74 stat mi)
               Total Engine time:
131 hours
               Total Fuel consumed: 564.7 gallons
               Average Speed:
10.8 knots (12.4 mph)
              
Average Fuel burn: 4.3 gal/hr
               Average mileage:
2.5 n mi/gal (2.9 stat mi/gal)

Total Miles under Sno' Dog's keels:  9,807 naut. miles
Total Engine Time:
1,062 hours

Once again,
Sno' Dog proved she is the right boat for this trip.  Not a single problem (except for a fresh water pump failure, which was an easy 15-min change-out.) We listened on the VHF as others anguished over tides, currents, shallow spots and bridge clearances as we sailed on through - often passing on the wrong side of a marker in order to pass a clutch of nervous nellies.  Some people seem to find the trip quite nerve wraking, they travel in groups constantly warning each other of upcoming hazards.  But we found trip very enjoyable and strees-free.  We never needed anything more than our trusty Raymarine chart plotter, we never pulled out a paper chart on the whole trip. Of course, having a boat with 2'-4" draft and dual depth sounders helps a lot.  We look forward to doing it again next spring.
Sunset at New Smyrna Beach City Marina
Arriving at Nettles Island Marina
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