Charleston Harbor

May 12th I went to Charleston and did a circumnavigation of the harbor.  A great day of kayaking!  

From Remly Boat Launch

 

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the first stop is the USS Yorktown

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Then the USS Laffy a WWII destroyer.  

 

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Then the submarine 

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On South to Shem Creek

 

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Then the bird sanctuary. You can see other kayakers out watching the birds.  Image

Fort Moultrie where some of the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

 

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The Atlantic is beyond the nose of the boat…

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Here we are crossing the mouth of the Harbor.

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To where we were going to eat lunch beyond the tourist boat on Morris Island.

 

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Then across to Fort Sumter

 

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For a short tour.  We had the fort all to ourselves.  

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Little ole me…

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Inside the fort.  Charleston in the background. Tour boat coming.  Soon the fort will be filled with people.  

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This is where one of our kayak group succumb to the sirens song of Fleet street landing bar and grill.  

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Past the Bounty…

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To Drum Island for a beer.

 

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Final crossing back to Remly’s point!  17.37 miles of kayaking.  Whew!  Under the bridge and to the right of the cranes.

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Let the sanding begin

After removing all of the deck rigging, I started sanding off the top layer of varnish. I an just sanding enough to remove scratches and imperfections in the finish that occurred while I was rushing to finish it last spring.

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A little adult beverage helps pass the time.

I am also going to redo the seat. I found that after hours of paddling sitting in the cockpit was painful. You can see here I have ripped out the seat. I have been looking at different seat designs and I haven’t decided what I am going to do yet. I have also sanded the combing down to the bare wood. I am going to restain it.

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Refinishing

Well, now that the kayaking season is over it is time to refinish the Wraith. It was a great Summer and Fall of kayaking. I did not baby the Wraith one bit and she held up well. She carries many minor scars from the adventures of the year. It is time to (re)finish her right.

I will be sanding off the top layers of varnish, smoothing and recoating the hull and repainting the sides. I have several other modifications in store.

First thing: hatches

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Falls Lake

This is  beautiful small lake near Badin NC.  It is formed by a dam called Falls Dam.  Above Falls like is Badin Dam forming Badin lake.  These dams were built by Alcoa to generate electricity when they had a aluminum smelter near by.  Now, Alcoa sells the electricity back to Duke energy.  The weather was better than awesome.  75 degrees and completely cloudless.

 

The lake in front

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Below Badin Dam

Falls Dam