|Beaufort Municipal Marina Office with courtesy car parked in front. We were allowed to use the courtesy car for 1 hour.|
|Antebellum home in downtown Beaufort, SC|
|This home is for sale for $3,500,000 and is located on the water. Better have plenty of bucks ready to renovate!|
The city grew as a result of plantation cotton growers supported by slave labor. Rice and indigo were cash crops as well.
|National Cemetery at Beaufort.|
|St Helena Episcopal Church|
|Cemetery dates from early 1700's.|
We have thoroughly enjoyed our visit in Beaufort with bike rides, visits to West Marine (surprise!), grocery store and enjoyable restaurants. Our friends from Ontario on High Spirits are here as well. We plan to travel to Charleston with them over the next few days. Ruth and Wayne are a delight and we met them originally at the Rendezvous at Joe Wheeler State Park in Alabama.
Magnificent homes line the Bay and the inner streets as well. Many are in impeccable condition, but others need a buyer with a fist full of money. The homes are typically large and two or three stories high. Since many were built in the 1700's and 1800's, the neighborhoods are rich with history.
|View of the Beaufort Marina from the Boardwalk.|
|Boardwalk adjacent to Marina at Beaufort, SC.|
|Ruth struggles down the ramp due to the 9 foot tide.|
Many restaurants line the boardwalk and we enjoyed our dinner at Panini, located adjacent to the marina.
We traveled with four Looper boats from Isle of Hope (Savannah) and those boats left early this morning for Charleston. They are concerned about their timing for the Rendezvous in Norfolk in the middle of May. We are not attending the Rendezvous, so we are traveling at our leisure. Tomorrow we will be traveling with Ruth and Wayne, from High Spirits. We thoroughly enjoy their company and are looking at anchoring tomorrow night in the Steamboat River and then on to the Maritime Center in Charleston.
The tides in Beaufort are extreme. With the recent full moon, we are seeing 9 foot tides here. The ramp to land is at some times flat and at other times extremely steep. When taking Buddy and Boo for a walk this afternoon, I had to stand behind Buddy and assist his movement up the ramp. Pretty steep! As we travel up the coast, we expect the tides will settle in a range of about 2 feet. The current is incredible and you must be mindful at all times when operating the boat in current here at the Marina.
|As seen from the Beaufort River on the ICW.|