We left Beaufort under the 8.30am bridge on Sunday morning, it was cold but the perfect conditions- north wind about force 3 or 4. We set the sails for a downwind sail poling out the genoa for the first time since we arrived in the US. The trip was about 200 miles so should be overnight arriving Monday afternoon.
We were sailing along nicely and the spotted a US warship about 5 miles away - no AIS of course but we could clearly make out the profile, then it came a bit closer and we saw aircraft take off from the deck. There was three in total buzzing around us, they were Ospreys which look like huge drones as they take off vertically. A pretty cool experience to see these state of the art aircraft in action.
|Osprey buzzing overhead|
|Unknown US Warship|
|Charleston Harbour Marina|
Then we were heading towards the marina when we noticed a horrendous burning smell coming from the engine room. Temperature looked fine, I quickly emptied out our wet hanging locker and checked fluid levels and looked for smoke or fire. Nothing but this awful smell and thick air in the engine room, then Andrew noticed the house batteries were not charging meaning our secondary alternator wasn't working. We called the marina and demanded an immediate berth allocation and he somehow calmly docked Askari and quickly shut everything down. Once we had cooled everything down Andrew found a loose connection and a bit of play in the belt but otherwise all fine - we started the engine and got charge - yay that was a win! (or so we thought).
The Charleston Harbour Marina is one of the most expensive marinas we have visited, it is however very nice and the staff are great. You get to pay for and use all the resort facilities including the shuttle to town. Our first night we ran into our friends Scott & Kitty from Stamford, who kindly invited us for a drink - perfect as Askari was still a mess. We went off for dinner and then called into the marina bar for a drink and spotted Kim, Simon & Sienna - Vloggers who have an Oyster 56 called Britican. We have mutual friends so said Hi and shared a drink - what a great family!
|We had dinner at Poogan's Porch - like being in someone house - excellent|
|Charleston After Dark|
|Lovely streets in Charleston|
|We had sundowners in a roof top bar - stunning|
We had another reason to be in Charleston - Selden USA is headquartered here. Remember back in January we had our furler repaired in St Lucia Blog post st-lucia-continued. As the job wasn't carried out exactly to our liking Oyster arranged for the work to be inspected. Jonas arrived and allowed us to provide feedback and then he had a good look over our rig and furling system, Thankfully he gave it his approval but was disappointed to hear Selden hadn't met our expectations so dropped off a spare tack assembly should we ever have a similar issue - what great service!
|Our gift from Selden which I hope we never need|
|Christmas Tree in Charleston|
|Customs House Charleston|
|Lovely streets in Charleston - the trees are so cool!|
|Simon and Andrew just learn they went to the same school while Sienna enjoys Wifi...|
|With Scott & Kitty - double circumnavigators from Tamure|
|Michael, Kim and me|
It wasn't a problem for this trip as we have a parallel link switch to allow the engine alternator to run the house batteries. We could also run our generator - both part of the redundancy Andrew specified when Askari was built.
|Manuals out on passage|