We have a boat! I repeat, we have a boat! The 1996 Hunter 376 named Retriever, not sure if we will keep her name or not, is ours. Yesterday we received a call from John telling us the boat was unlocked and we are free to do as we like. We stopped by West Marine to pick up some cleaning supplies and a padlock for the companionway. Next we went to Lowe’s and picked up a few other supplies. Then we grabbed Louise from the camper and headed off to the boat. Louise was pretty apprehensive and skeptical of everything at the marina from the oysters on the dock pillars to the boat itself. Once lifted onto the boat she walked around and explored a little. We did find out that she will need loads of training in becoming a proper boat dog. The areas that need the most work are getting on and off the boat and going up and down the companionway stairs. We’re hoping with time she will learn to love the sailing life as much as we do.
Saturday morning we went to check out the south beach on Tybee Island. There is a big pier there and it was a little cold but there were still 20-30 people fishing. One person caught a 40" red drum while we were there. We also saw many jelly fish in the water when looking down from the pier. Back on the beach we lounged on a hanging bench for a little bit. Aaron decided to walk back to the campground along the beach. Anna read a book for a while and then when she started the car to drive back to the campground the check engine light went off. Anna picked up Aaron who had made it halfway back and went to a mechanic who diagnosed it as a misfire on cylinder 4. We had noticed a slightly rough idle so that explained it. The mechanic figured we could wait and see if it would trigger the light again.
On Monday we visited the Charles Town Landing Site, where the first settlement in the area was established for 10 years. After that they decided to move across the river where current Charleston is in order to have better access to large ships for trading. There was a 3-mile walking path going through the grounds, surrounded again by live oaks and Spanish moss. There were many interpretive signs and reconstructed buildings, all pretty interesting. Also there was a large replica of a ship that was used by the first settlers, about 60 feet in length, which was staffed with a very good re-enactor. It turns out that this ship was actually sailed from the factory on the north east coast to its current location. Louise was able to join us for all of this too, and learned a little more about how squirrels can get away from her up trees. It was kind of rainy all day, and humid. Back at home we threw some stuff in the InstantPot for chicken Alfredo, had a Caesar salad, and watched SuperTroopers.
It has been a few days since an update so things will be a bit more terse, both to keep the length reasonable and because the memories do fade after a while.
Took Louise to doggy day care, did laundry at a laundromat. We ate lunch at Dick’s Wings. Back at the campground Aaron had a fleeting gambling addiction with a quarter waterfall machine in the recreation hall.
Took Louise to doggy day care again (only $10 for the whole day), walked around St. Marys, ate lunch at Bessie’s and went to the submarine museum. Then had a campfire and some brats back at the camper. We decided that we want to start getting serious about the Hunter 376 in Charleston, SC. We also decided that we want John who showed us a couple boats in Little River, SC to be our "buyer's broker" and represent/guide us in the transaction. The seller's broker didn’t like that and said that we can't have a buyer's broker because of how he and the seller are set up (probably doesn't want to split the commission). There is maybe some gray area since we contacted their broker to arrange the first showing instead of our broker, but we don't like the idea of not having our own representation and John thinks he can get it figured out.