As Summer Turns to Fall it must be time for Transition

Well, we had a great time this summer here in the Chesapeake Bay and have spent many nights aboard the Grampstr's Pride.  As the the fall approached we were thrilled to attend the 2016 Bay Bridge Trawlerfest.

Originally we had planned to head South on our transition cruise this week but Hurricane Matthew and some terrible weather had a different idea.  We decided to that it was better safe then sorry and delayed our trip south until early November.  So there is still time to charter with us on our trip south. Nonetheless, we thought we would take a couple of minutes to just outline our planned trip.

Typically we travel four legs starting from the Chesapeake Bay Down to Tampa Bay.  But this trip we decided that we would wait until later in the spring to over to Tampa and will be spending some time near Daytona.  So we will travel the fourth leg latter this winter.

The best part about the transition over the change of seasons is the beautiful scenery.  We are really looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful foliage all the way down he coast.

Spring Transition 2016: Beaufort, NC

Beaufort, North Carolina. There are so many interesting and strategic locations along the North Carolina coast that the Grampstr's is visiting Beaufort, NC for the first time.....and so glad we decided to stay here for the night. A welcoming, comfortable and fun community! 

A spur of the minute recommendation lead us to the Beaufort Grocery Co for our evening meal. It was our good fortune that fresh squash blossoms were in season.

Chef Charles Park is a master chef!! Every tidbit of food was scrumptious. We will return to this port if not just for the wonderful community, most definitely for this gem of an eating establishmemt🍽

Spring Transition 2016: Georgetown, SC

Giant oaks spreading their limbs across the avenue. Resurrection fern gracing the branches budding happily as moisture graces the land. Moss covering the gnarly roots of the oaks working in unison with nature.....this is what you experience as you stroll the streets and avenues of this history rich community of Georgetown. Mansions built with the gains of plantation owners; Subtle yet sophisticated. A community with a sense of pride and a commitment to preserving its past. Southern feel. Hospitality and welcome to day trippers and comfortable dockage by day, week, month or stay in the community for long term live-aboards. You won't find any chain stores or franchise restaurants or shops here. This is a community of proud local businesses. They treat you as a welcome guest weather you are a local or a visitor.
Georgetown, South Carolina is worth a visit!

Spring Transition 2016: Bald Head Island


A rare gem! Bald Head Island, North Carolina is just two miles from the mainland yet far from the maddening crowd. This little island has golf carts and bicycles for transportation and no cars allowed. Miles of beaches and sand dunes with privacy prevailing. There are no franchises, no honkeytonk, and 'nothing to do' but enjoy the beauty and nature that is in full supply. An old lighthouse, miles and miles of trails and unobstructed views. This is not for everyone, it is for me!! It was a gift and a privilege to spend three days on Bald Head Island!


Spring Transition 2016: The Personality of the ICW

Jekyll Harbor

Jekyll Harbor

The personality of Florida's ICW in the northeast quadrant is totally different than the southeast or west coast. I am sure the Atlantic waters have a lot to do with this. The people are also different. Many people in this area stay in Florida the full twelve months. They like the change of seasons and they experience a wider temperature variable. Many people from other parts of Florida and from all over the world flock in this direction of the Atlantic Coast in the summertime. My experience of other geographical areas of Florida is that they skip way out of state shortly after Easter or by June at the latest. The history in the northeast Atlantic coast is intriguing. America's oldest communities are here. Much effort and investment has been made to preserve the heritage. The state and federal park systems have wonderful venues available to the public for reasonable fees. Many areas are free. Parking in many areas is free. Many areas are free of crowds! The majority of the coastline is accessible to all, not just the wealthy elite. Condos and houses don't own the waterfront.
Some of the most delightful views in the whole state are experienced in this region.

The Moorings in Vero Beach is a class act. Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbour has a totally dedicated, enthusiastic and welcoming membership. Going through the Mosquito Lagoon section is a nature lovers dream. From the minute you arrive at Halifax River Yacht Club in Daytona Beach you feel welcome as family by dock master Pete. The Marina at Hammock Beach is our east coast home port and a wonderful place it is! St Augustine is a favorite for history buffs. Fernandina Beach couldn't be much more charming. The cruise along the ICW in the northeast quadrant is far from a ride in a ditch!!
If you want to join us on one of these passages, just ask!