Famous Tour, Part 2, contributed by Marci & Jerry Ade

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Contributed by Marci and Jerry Ade

We arrived in Portsmouth, VA on September 22, Day 11 of our journey from Portland, ME to Charleston,  SC.  On our way into Norfolk harbor, we were surprised to see a fellow Mainer, the Zumwalt, nestled in a berth at the Navy Shipyard. We both left Maine within days of each other, both stopped by Newport, RI, then met each other again in Norfolk. Two beautiful, Maine-built boats catching everyone’s attention and admiring looks wherever we go.

We fueled up when we arrived in Portsmouth, Mile Marker 0 on the Intracoastal Waterway, then took the next day off to tour Norfolk. However, when we started our engines the next day, we received the warning, “water in fuel, port side engine.” It happened over the weekend,  so our resources were limited. After many calls to Scott MacLean and Captain Eli Bliss, we were able to recruit a local dock hand to help us change the filters and pull out what we thought was all of the water. We re-started the engines Sunday, September 25, and were given assurances that we could make our way down the ICW, so our next stop was Coinjock, NC. We ran the boat at 8 – 10 kts, hoping our water-in-fuel issue had been resolved. Enjoyed a great dinner at the Coinjock Marina with another Sabre owner. Sabre owners are birds of a feather, I think.

Day 15 – We left Coinjock and traveled to Beaufort,  NC, where we could get the water-in-fuel issue fixed once and for all. Jarrett Bay Boat Works is a fabulous, working boat yard, where they build and repair fine luxury yachts, 100′ sport fishing boats, and commercial fishing boats. Scott MacLean and the Sabre folks recommended that we make our way here to get the help we needed. Steve Blackwell of Jarrett Bay Boatworks knocked on our window at 8:00 am the very next morning and he had his crew on our boat working within the hour. We were very impressed with their promptness and professionalism! While the men were working, we rented a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 truck and toured Beaufort. Long story short, we received bad fuel in Portsmouth, VA – we had the port tank completely emptied and cleaned. I took pictures of the nasty residue that they pulled out of our tank – disgusting!

Day 17 – Beaufort, NC to Hampstead, NC
We were really tired after a long day in transit so we found a sweet marina along the ICW, Harbor Village Marina. What a beautiful, relaxing marina! Wine and cheese on the flybridge watching a beautiful sunset. Later, we rested up for our next day’s journey.

Day 18 – Hampstead, NC to North Myrtle Beach, SC
Arrived at the Barefoot Landing Marina around 5:30 pm, just in time for a quick shower and dinner at Greg Norman’s Australian Grill with Jerry’s good friend and his fiance. Oh, there’s a resident alligator who lives on the docks at this marina, Lucky. We ran into Lucky on our way to dinner, then again on our way back to the boat on the dock with our friends. Lucky was the reason I persuaded Jerry to leave North Myrtle Beach the next morning – I don’t like alligators!

Day 19 – North Myrtle Beach to Charleston, SC
At first light we started this last leg of our journey. The ride from North Myrtle Beach to Charleston took us past beautiful homes and expansive wilderness areas, including the Santee Swamp.  We were practically alone on the ICW almost the entire way, but for an occasional small boat zipping past. A more ominous sight was the many shipwrecked boats along the banks of the ICW. People just abandoned them, possibly as a reminder to fellow travelers that these waters can be treacherously shallow in spots and unforgiving to the careless mariner?

On Friday, September 30 at 5:25 pm we arrived in Charleston  – we made it!!! We arrived at the Charleston Harbor Marina, refueled, and started celebrating our fabulous journey and destination end. 

Three weeks traveling on this luxury Sabre was a pleasure! We loved every minute.  We would like give our thanks to “Dr” Scott MacLean, our therapist, Eli, Jason, Aaron, Hilary and everyone on the DiMillo’s Team.  We should also like to send thanks to Tucker Thompson from Sabre in addition to all of the folks at Sabre.  Along the way we have been supported by numerous yards and Sabre Dealers including Mariah at Coastal Carolina and Steve Blackwell of Jarrett Bay Boat Works.   Thank you all!!

Famous Tour, Part 2

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