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Sail to Charleston

Join Capt. Ron White aboard Good Fortune for a 200 nautical mile trip from historic Beaufort, NC to the beautiful city of Charleston, SC. The voyage will begin in Beaufort, NC on your schedule in April and/or November. The first day is a near-coastal trip out the Beaufort Inlet, along the coast, to Wrightsville Beach. Good Fortune then travels the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) down the Cape Fear River to Myrtle Beach, SC. The Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and the Wacamaw River are along the way. Alligators, birds and aquatic mammals, plus sumptuous scenery is all ours to enjoy for five carefree days. When Good Fortune arrives in Charleston, there are two lay days before beginning the return trip to Beaufort, NC. The return trip may include an overnight offshore sail from Charleston to Southport, NC. This schedule is weather-dependant - planned by man and laughed at by God.

Schedule
Day 1: Arrive in Beaufort and get settled aboard Good Fortune.
Day 2: Depart at 0700 for Wrightsville Beach. Arrive at 2100 hours.
Day 3: Depart at 0700 via the ICW and Cape Fear River to Calabash, NC.
Day 4: Depart at 0700 via the ICW and Wacamaw River to Georgetown, SC.
Day 5: Depart at 0700 via the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge to Charleston, SC.
Day 6: Passengers depart throughout the day.
Day 7: Lay Day.
Day 8: Return sail to Beaufort starting with an offshore overnight to Southport, NC or beyond, depending on the weather.

Meals
Breakfast and lunch will be provided for the duration of the trip. Dinner will be on shore at the expense of the passenger. There may be one or two onboard evening meals because of long day, late arrivals. These meals will be provided. Soft drinks, bottled water are provided. Alcoholic beverages are welcome, but not provided. Personal snacks are the responsibility of the passenger.

Transportation
Beaufort, NC is 39 miles east of New Bern, NC. Commercial air service to New Bern (EWN) is provided by US Air. Passengers can be picked up at the airport by the Good Fortune crew. If you drive your car, it can be stored safely at our marina. Return land transportation can be arranged by rental car or flight from Charleston.

Rates
The two guest cabins both have two single berths. The bunks in both cabins can be converted to double beds. The aft cabin is the larger of the two with a private head and shower. The forward cabin is a V-berth with a head that is shared with the crew.

The aft cabin is priced $3000, double occupancy. The forward cabin is $2500, double occupancy. If you come as a single person, the price is $1500 for six days. A family or group, not to exceed four, may rent the boat for $4500 for the six day trip. Round trip rates are discounted 10%. You may also catch the boat by cell phone in any of the ports and pay a per day price of $250.

Good Fortune provides a full time cook/crew, a marine biologist captain, all port fees (dockage), fuel and water. The vessel has two "hot" showers in separate heads.

The trip will be scheduled when Good Fortune has a minimum of $3'000 (two passengers), signed up for the trip. You can travel to or from Charleston. The price is the same either way.

Suggested Packing List
You will need a sleeping bag (required), personal flashlight, toilet articles, suitable foot gear, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, suntan lotion, insect repellent, field glasses, camera, suitable clothing for six warm days and seven cool nights packed in a soft, stowable bag. Bring your favorite music on tape, CD or mp3.

Contact Information
You may contact Capt. Ron White by phone (252-241-6866) or email to rwhite010@ec.rr.com.