Friday, September 16, 2016

First Half of September, 2016

Thursday, September 1

We left BSC about 11:30 am and sailed down the Neuse River most of the afternoon.  We had a great sail until it was time to  anchor in Gale Creek near the Hobucken Cut around 6:30pm.

While sailing I was down below getting dinner started. We were heeling pretty good. I had to snap a picture of the effects.

Our friends from the club, Tom and Ollie, and Charlie were not far behind us, having left after us.

We watched as a huge black cloud came toward us bringing light rain all night.

Friday, September 2

We had the anchor up at 7:35 and were anchored near Terry's place at 9:00am.

Terry's place is near the mouth of the Pamlico Sound on Goose Creek.  Each Labor Day weekend he hosts a get together for club members who want to sail down.

We picked up a little hitch hiker.

Little did we know at the time that he had about a dozen friends with him.

This weekend, everyone was watching the weather closely because of the threat of tropical storm Hermine.

Once we were anchored, the boys did their school work and we had lunch.

About 1:30, we gathered dinner supplies and loaded up in the dinghy to head over to the house.

Shortly after we arrived, Terry said we  were all  welcome to stay in the house for the weekend, not wanting us to have to go back and forth to the rocking boats if the storm turned worse.

That night we enjoyed a delicious spaghetti dinner with our friends and some of Terry's neighbors.

Saturday, September 3

Everyone worked together to put on a big breakfast.  We spent the day just hanging out and visiting.

Other friends drove down to visit and help with the big fish fry for dinner.

All together there were seven other club members plus us and the neighbors, who are now friends as well.
Tom and Ollie
Charlie and Marsha
Benny and Carol
We feasted on fried flounder, homemade hush puppies, cole slaw, shrimp, and various desserts.

We stayed overnight in the house again.

Sunday, September 4

 Sunday was much the same as Saturday. Working together on meals and visiting and doing jobs for Terry.

That evening was the grilled chicken dinner. Another feast where no one left hungry.

There was the grilled chicken, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, plus various items folks brought to add to the meal.

The men started grilling about 4:00pm.

While dinner was cooking, a family of one of the neighbors arrived, and they had kids close to the boys ages.

The son taught Caleb and Nathan to catch and throw with La Cross sticks.

Since we planned to leave early the next morning, we headed back to the boat around 7:30pm.

Monday, September 5

We got the anchor up around 7:20am and headed north.

We made it across the Pamlico Sound, further up the ICW and across the Alligator Sound to New River, statute mile 61 on the ICW.

It was a full day, 91 miles.

We carefully anchored among the crab pots and went to bed.

Tuesday, September 6

Anchor up at 6:40 am and followed the ICW to Norfolk/Portsmouth, VA. We anchored in the anchorage near the hospital at 4:00pm.

This was a 61 mile day.

Wednesday, September 7

We moved from the anchorage around the corner to the free tie up wall at the ferry dock.

Another little frog popped out to say hi.  The boys kept busy grabbing them and tossing them into the water or on the dock and watched them climb the wall.

Brian rode the bike to the store and got a new fuse for the alternator. The old one had blown. 

After the boys finished their school work, we all walked around town and spent some time at the library.

We also decided it was time to defrost the ice box. The buildup had gotten pretty bad.

After a few hours we were able to pry most of it off.

Thursday, September 8

We untied from the wall and stopped over to Tidewater Marina for fuel and to top off the water tanks.

Another fuse blew, so he bought and installed a new one.

We sailed out across the bay and made it to Cape Charles at 3:00 pm.

We had wanted to visit Cape Charles anyway, but midway into our journey, it became a necessity to stop there.

When the new shaft was installed in Oriental, it was not properly sealed and we were taking on water.  Too much of that and we would start to sink.

The other issue was trouble with the electrical system.

We tied up to the dock at Cape Charles Yacht Center.

  After checking everything over, it was determined we would need to be hauled out to do some of the repairs.  They scheduled us for Saturday morning.

The sunset that evening was georgous.

Friday, September 9

That morning I did laundry on the dock and the boys and Brian helped wring it out and hung on the life lines to dry.

Brian  rode to the hardware store and bought weather stripping for the icebox and refrigerator.  He came back and installed it.  Our freezer shouldn't get so built up with ice now.

The boys scrubbed the cockpit.

That evening we walked to town and stopped at the Brown Dog Ice Cream shop only to find it was closed.  It had been highly recommended and we were a bit disappointed.

We walked a few doors down and found a specialty store that sold it in pints, so we handed over $8, grabbed four spoons and headed for the beach.

We chose the flavor Muddy Hummock. It was dark chocolate ice cream with chocolate covered almonds.  It was very rich and tasty

Walking back from the beach, we found a pizza place called Dead Rise Pies, after the dead rise style boats used in crabbing and fishing,  and stopped in for a pie.

The boys and I had fun playing giant Jenga and giant Connect Four.

Saturday, September 10

The boat was hauled out at 11:45 and the area near the shaft was re-fiberglassed.  We were to spend the night in the slings while the fibergalss cured.

That evening, the boys and I walked to the park for a free concert.

The guys had a blast at the playground with a bunch of other kids.  Caleb became the designated swing pusher and merry-go-round spinner for the younger crowd.

Sunday, September 11

We remembered this day 15 years ago.

Our boat was lowered back into the water and we tied back up to the dock.

Brian and I borrowed the Yacht Center's van and went into town and had chinese for lunch and picked up a few things at the Food Lion next door.

That evening was another beautiful sunset.

 Monday, September 12

A new voltage regulator was installed to replace the failed old one.

The boys did school. Brian and Caleb discovered a long piece of rope attached to something in the water.  They worked at pulling it up, but whatever it was attached to was firmly stuck at the bottom.  Brian took the kayak out and cut it so that other boats would not get tangled up in it.

After dinner we walked to the beach and watched the sun set. 

Tuesday, September 13

Exciting Day!  One of the main reasons we have been trying all summer to get back to the Chesapeake was to take our friends sailing.

When we were here last year, Paige had a broken leg and could not go.  She has been patiently waiting and today was the day.

Paige and three of her boys arrived a little after 11am.  We ate lunch then threw off the dock lines and went out into the Bay.

It was a nice calm sail and so good to catch up with the first friends we made after moving to Kinston.

After sailing awhile, we came back to the dock and headed to the beach to swim.

It was a great day.

Wednesday, September 14

With the repairs all done, it was time to move on.  We left the dock at 6:45 am and had a good sail across the bay to Deltaville, VA.  We anchored in Jackson Creek at 12:55pm.

After lunch, Brian and Caleb put the dinghy in the water and went to see what they could see.

Not much, it turned out.  They came back shortly, and we decided to move on north the next day.

Thursday, September 15

We pulled anchor and headed out at 7:45am.

A few minutes later there was a huge jolt. We had run aground in the middle of the channel.  Brian expertly got us off and we stuck a bit closer to the mark.  Storms can cause shoaling and I guess that is what had happened. 

Shortly after that, Brian discovered trouble again with the electrical system.  We decided it would be best to go back to Cape Charles and get it looked at before pushing further north.

It was a rough and rolly ride.  Thankfully it calmed down after a while, but that is not the kind of sailing I enjoy.

We arrived back at Cape Charles at 1:45pm.

Jake met us at the dock and helped us tie up, then he and Brian checked things over.

It was determined the alternator was shot.  He took it off and was going to take it to a shop to be rebuilt.

So here we are.  Thankfully Cape Charles is a friendly little town and you can't beat the sunsets. 

Not sure how long it takes to rebuild an alternator, but hopefully after is it done and reinstalled we can continue on.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

August 2016 Swansboro, Oriental, BSC

Monday, August 1

Brian and Caleb finish pressure washing the deck.  Then Brian and I took the truck to the post office and then on to Jacksonville to the Home Depot for project supplies.

We got deck stain and paint with all the paraphernalia and an assortment of flowers for planting two big pots.

That evening Brian helped bread fish for frying for dinner.

We also had some fresh garden tomatoes that Geri had given us.

Tuesday, August 2

Brian worked on installing new speakers in Erica's jeep and I worked on staining the deck stairs.

Wednesday, August 3

Brian installed the old radio back in the jeep, the new one was defective.

I worked on staining until it started to rain.

The boys and Steve went a couple blocks over to a boat ramp to pull out the neighbor's boat.  Coming out of the water, an axle broke on the trailer.  The rest of the day was spent chasing parts to repair it.

I went to the store and picked up dinner supplies and worked on cooking.

They finally got the parts and repair done and came in late for dinner.

Thursday, August 4

I worked on finishing the deck staining.

Brian got sick with a stomach bug, so late in the afternoon we all went back to the boat.

We could have stayed in Swansboro longer and done more work, but it was time to move on.

We are so thankful for the Parnell's friendship and hospitality.

Friday, August 5

We pulled the anchor up at 11am. We had to wait for high tide.  We motored back to Spooner's Creek near Morehead City.

That evening we walked to Wal-Mart and got reprovisioned.

Saturday, August 6

This was Brian and my 22nd wedding anniversary.

We celebrated by walking to the store for a few things. We stopped in at Hobby Lobby and he found some wooden fish to hang in the boat for more decorations.  We had lunch at the Chinese Buffet, then went to WM and I got some new sandals.

Sunday, August 7

Caleb had the anchor up by 7:30 and we went to Beaufort and anchored at 9:30 near the Town Creek Marina.

On the other side of where we were is the new bridge in process.

We spent most of the day doing water runs, filling the jerry jugs and then pouring them into the tanks.

That afternoon, we went into town and walked around and spent a couple hours at the Maritime Museum.

Monday, August 8

Brian and the boys cleaned the hull of the boat and the waterline.

We pulled anchor around 12:30 and went around the corner to Taylor's Creek. We reanchored at 12:55.

Brian got out his hooka system and cleaned the bottom of the boat.  There was already a lot of new growth from sitting 3 weeks.

We all swam close to the boat to cool off.  There is a strong current in the creek. Caleb and I had fun swimming against it to the bow of the boat, then letting it carry us back to the stern.

That evening we were treated to the sight of about 30 wild horses munching dinner on Carrot Island.

Tuesday, August 9

We encountered bad noseeum's in the pre-dawn hours, even with all the screens in.  So we had the anchor up and were on our way by 7:50am.

Going down Adam's Creek on our way to Oriental, we pulled off to the side and Brian and Caleb moved the dinghy from being towed  to up onto the deck.

We reached SailCraft at 1:30pm.

 We came to do a bottom job, get the engine trouble fixed once and for all, have some thru hulls filled in, replace the propeller and had a new shaft made. He had a new plate made so the anchor would not hit the hull when it is being lowered and raised.

When we arrived and got tied up, we did a few little housekeeping jobs, then went swimming.  We also were able to plug into shore power and have the AC on to cool down the boat.

Wednesday, August 10

Jim, the mechanic started work on the engine trouble.

I did laundry and made a new batch of kombucha.

Thursday, August 11

Brian bought some stain and touched up a back board behind the table.  Then he and the boys worked on cleaning the keel bolts and painting them to prevent rust.

Later, we swam again.

Friday, August 12

It was time for the boat to get hauled out of the water.

They used the lines to pull it into place and the slings slid under. Then Alan raised it up and pulled forward onto the land.  They power washed the bottom, then moved it into our spot.  After blocking it and attaching the ladder, they backed it out of the slings and we were set for the next two weeks.

We certainly got our exercise going up and down the 12 foot ladder several times each day.  We had running water on the boat but could not let any go down the drains, so we had tubs to catch it for teeth brushing. I loaded up dirty dishes and washed them in the bathroom each day.

The next job was to scrape off barnacle residue so the new paint will go on smooth.

While we were working on that, work was started on filling in the unneccessary thru hulls.  Thru hulls are the drains where grey water comes out.

Since we converted to a composting toilet, we did not need the thru hull in the aft head (bathroom)  or a couple other ones.

Less holes in the boat is a good thing!

Brian had met another livaboard couple at the yard to get work done.

Larry and Candy from S/V Saphira.  They were needing to go back to TN for a week to take care of some family business.

They generously gave us the food from their refrigerator so it would not spoil and offered to let us sleep on their boat at night while it was still in the water and hooked up to AC.  We took them up on their generous offer for two nights before their boat got hauled out.

Saturday, August 13

Geri brought the boys down for a visit!

The guys all swam and had fun in the pool.

Geri and I went to the boat to fix lunch and bring to the shelter.

She also brought us a gift of cookies and toiletries. We were able to share with some others in the yard and be stocked for ourselves.

Geri is always so generous and giving. We are truly blessed to have their family as friends.

Sunday, August 14

We started painting the first of two coats on the hull of the boat.

A day or two after we arrived, one of the livaboards at the marina, Larry, lost his pet dog to a stroke or heart attack.

Sunday evening, he and some friends had a musical tribute to her. Larry is the sax player.

Monday. August 15

We finish painting the bottom of the boat with the second coat.

They pull the propeller off and remove the shaft.  There is some drama over finding a replacement propeller. A brand new one would have to be made and take 8-12 weeks and be very expensive. Alan, the yard owner, finds that he has one that is the right size and gives Brian a good deal on it. God is Good!

Tuesday, August 16

Brian moves the jack stands to paint where they were.

Wednesday, August 17

The boys and I go ahead and start the new school year.  It is a little earlier than I had planned, but it gives us something to do.

The rest of the week is spent doing school in the morning and early afternoon, then having lunch and swimming.

At some point in the week Brian ordered a new inexpensive cruising bike off the internet.  It is scheduled for delivery on Monday.  His old bike was getting worn out and needs a new spoke and wheel realignment.

Monday, August 22

We do school in the morning and watch for the UPS truck.  Once it comes, the boys help Brian assemble the new bike.

The rest of the week is spent doing school and finishing work on the boat.

Here are some pictures of the prop before and after painting and a bit of trouble with a sheered bolt on the engine, which Jim worked hard to correct and make right.

Thursday, August 25

 In the afternoon, we are put back in the slings so Brian can paint the bottom of the keel. We spend the night in the slings.

Friday, August 26

It is Brian's Dad's 71 Birthday! Happy Birthday, Dad!

We are put back in the water and Jim and Brian do last minute checks to make sure the engine is how it should be.

By the time we settle up for our stay it is early evening.  Alan says we are welcome to stay over and leave in the morning.  So we enjoy the cool of the pool and do a last load of laundry.

Saturday, August 27

We leave a little before 7am to head up the river to BSC.

Geri and the boys come for another visit. It is a short and sweet visit. They had to get back for another commitment and get Luke to work on time.

I can't say enough what it means to me for Geri to take the time for these visits.

We are planning to go to New Bern tomorrow and get reprovisioned and hang out a few days. Then we will head for the Pamlico Sound and spend the weekend with BSC friends.

After that, we hope to be heading up to the Chesapeake for a few weeks.