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47 McKenna Sedan in Folly Beach, SC

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47 McKenna Sedan in Folly Beach, SC
The dark blue hull is the beautiful McKenna. She's docked next to the sistership of SANDY HOOK, our training boat back in Florida.
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Itís a BIG step from a 26 foot boat to a 47 foot cruiser. Not only the difference from gas to diesel but also air conditioners, black and grey water systems, inverters, generators, fly bridge and the new importance of staying in deepwater. Whew! If you ran aground in the 27 footer it was easy to get out and push her of the mud flat. Not so with 30,000 pounds of fiberglass and diesel engines.

This fun couple asked us†to†help them adjust to all of these changes and more.†So, we coordinated our calendars and adjusted our†training schedule†to accomodate their goals.

Folly Beach is a wonderful end-of-the-road destination near Charleston and the Stono River. An important note to be aware: the tidal currents here are as swift or more so than at many Charleston Marinas. That means you should plan to leave the marina and return at slack tide. If you arrive too early just drop the anchor and wait, take a nap or do a little reading before providing† free entertainment for the locals while you dock the boat.

The McKenna 47 Sedan has great visibility from either helm station and maneuvers very well. NO bow thruster is needed because the 370 HP engines coupled with 5 blade props give you plenty of low RPM thrust. Peek through the below photo journal to see the beautiful South Carolina cruising grounds.

Donít forget to eat some Frogmore Stew or She Crab Soup.

Carolina tides are wicked so we must be aware of when the tide is slack...but here's a smart sailor who took advantage of the extreme changes to do some bottom work without paying for a haulout.
A bowline could save your life one day, not to mention that it's a very useful knot when tying up to pilings.
Scott learns how to splice lines to make an anchor snubber.
Everybody in the engine room!
Building Cruising Confidence As A Couple! Navigating is a team sport and helps make the trip more fun.
Quality binoculars - one for the captain and another pair for the mate - help make finding landmarkers a breeze. If you each have your own pair then there is no need to readjust the lenses every time you scan the horizon for that next marker.
LOOK OVER THERE!...How about instead you try: Look over at 11 o'clock for the tall white building and then come down to the water's edge for the next red day marker.... Be very descriptive and use the positions of the clock to give clear directions.
This red lighted marker is on the ICW, identified by the reflective yellow sticker in the shape of the marker it represents. Doesn't make sense? Come spend some time with us and we'll show you why.
We are right on the range. The red and white markers are actually two different posts, many feet apart.
whoops! we got off the mark and need to move...hmmmm? which way?
Patty is at the helm and lovin' it!
Lunch time. Nothing beats a great sandwich swinging on the hook.
Time to pick up the anchor. Hand signals work well to keep communication clear.
Getting lines ready for docking practice. Lots of work but she keeps smiling!
This couple is eager to get cruising this summer.
We're ready...how about you?

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