Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Southport - We get our outboard fixed!

Jim and Eileen are selling their boat PDQ powercat and are in the market for a new boat,
 I suggested this Hinckley - but it's rather expensive. If you are in the market for a PDQ powercat, give me a call.
When we arrived yesterday, a Zimmerman Marine came to our boat to remove the outboard for cleaning and he returned it to Fleetwing around noon, that's great service! I had never been to a Zimmerman service marina before, it was a great introduction to their customer service. They have service centers up and down the ICW, convenient.

We made use of their laundromat, two washers and two dryers. We made runs between the heavy rains accompanied by 20 plus kt winds. We were happy to be docked in the bad weather.

Nice setting at the Provision Company
Jim and Eileen invited us out for dinner. They took us in during hurricane Matthew when we were docked at St James Plantation Marina. Safe in their condo, we watched the fury of the hurricane's eye pass right over us. Ever since then, we've always stopped to renew our friendship. We had dinner tonight at an excellent waterfront restaurant, The Provision Company. For $16 each, we had a three crabcake dinner with two side dishes. The crabcakes were all meat, no filler.

You can dock your boat overnight after Labor Day if you have dinner at the restaurant
The restaurant has docks for customers and after Labor Day, they allow boats to spend the night at no charge other than having to buy dinner at their restaurant. They will be closing November 5 for the season and will reopen in the spring.

We are headed out Thursday morning for Osprey Marina, passing through Lockwoods Folly, Shallotte, and the Rock Pile along the way. The rain has cleared out and any winds are due off land from the northwest, a good direction for traveling along this section of the ICW.