So the bread that Hannah had been making along the way just came out
of the oven and we are having warm bread with butter!!! OMG it's good! What
a wonderful end to the day. Home made bread! Sam's working on this weeks
video for upload tomorrow and I'm going out to smoke my pipe and watch the
sunset. Good night friends!
Date:Thu, 30 Nov 2023 23:37:00 GMT
St. Augustine to Daytona
Make sure you're filled up!
We woke up at 06:15am and got ready to go south. We decided to use the
time to get on the way to Ft. Pierce rather than wait till Monday or Tuesday
for good wind for off shore. Our friends wanted us to come with them and so
we did. We left St. Augustine with 90Gal of water and 75Gal of fuel which
is very unusual for us. We typically top off before we head on a journey.
But once again we have violated our rules. Still this time it worked out ok
and we got fuel and water in Daytona at 3 in the afternnoon.
We got the 7:30 bridge opening and were about an hour behind our
friends. The tide and current were in our favor and so we zoomed along at 8
knots most of the day. It was a beautiful day with light winds and there
were lots of birds and dolphins along the way. There was a line of boats
heading south from St. Augustine and at one point the lead boat headed a
little too close to shore and almost ran aground. The entire chain turned
around and fell in behind us. I only saw 8 feet minimum of water but I was
closer to the center of the channel. However that put us in the lead and an
hour or so later we caught up with our friends.
We encountered a dredging operation and passed on their port as they
were heading north and it made the channel very narrow for that passage. We
also encountered a Coast guard tug/cutter called (Iron fist?) heading north
pushing a large barge.
As we approached Daytona there are a couple of really beautiful
bridges. We went under them and then turned inland to Halifax Harbor marina
for fuel and water. They were very nice. We topped off on everything
and all was well and we are fully stocked. It's a very sheltered and well
run marina with very reasonable prices. There are three different anchorages
in the area with 10 foot depths and good holding. We chose the one to the
south which is the largest of the three and easiest to get into. It is
however next to the channel so there are wakes from passing boats.
As a note about St. Augustine in particular that also applies to most
of Florida: They want their waters clean and will bring a pump out boat to
your boat for free on a mooring ball or just $5 if you're at anchor. When
it's so convenient I don't know why anyone would not use the service. They
pumped us out before we left, in St. Augustine you just need to call them
before 9am and they'll add you to the list.
Date:Sun, 26 Nov 2023 17:12:00 GMT
St. Marys to St. Augustine
Don't do inlets at night
We woke up at 7am and got ready to go to the farmers market in St.
Marys. We got the market at 8am and left at 9:30. So armed with fresh
produce and 8 dozen farm fresh eggs, we started getting the boat ready for
off shore. The reason for going off shore instead of the ICW was rain and
storms forcast for St. Augustine by 10-11 am Sunday (today) so we had to
leave in time to arrive before the storms. We could have done that by
leaving in the later afternoon and sailing the night to arrive in the morning.
But that would have meant only having a couple hours leeway. That's too
tight so we elected to do the inlet to St. Augustine at night.
In retrospect this was not a good idea. We have several standing
1. Reef often and early. Reef at night.
2. Arrive early in the day. No Inlets at night
3. Arrive when others are leaving to have room in the anchorage.
4. Go off shore when at all possible.
5. Always have someone on the wheel.
6. Keep water and fuel full.
7. Keep a clear deck and never ever tow a dinghy.
8. Put everything away below. Nothing laying about.
9. Plan for the worst. Hope for the best. Always be ready to sail.
10. Always, Always wear life jackets and use the jack lines religously.
So how did it go? Well the Sail out at noon from St. Marys was
terrible. A couple boats turned around with 6-8 foot rollers in the inlet.
The cat threw up twice. Hannah was miserable and everything was rolling
around the cabin because we didn't have enough time to put things away
properly. After we got out of the inlet and turned south the weather was
exactly as expected. 2-3 foot waves 15 knot winds from the NE and it was a
fine sail. But as it got on towards evening of our 10 our sail the clouds
started forming over St. Augustine. Sam and I first reefed then took down
the main sail and we were still making 6 knots with just the Genoa. We had
a tiny bit of light rain for about an hour and as we arrived at 2200 local
under a nearly full moon and broken clouds the tide was wrong. A catamaran
that had passed us earlier warned us there were unmarked unlit bouys in the
inlet but that it was not rough. 2 hours later when we arrived the tide was
going out at 4 knots and the wind had picked up to 20 against the tide. So
unable to see under the dark skies and with unlit bouys potentially on our
route Hannah and Sam went out on the rolling deck with 8+ foot rollers
stacked up every 4 seconds coming from our starboard quarter and at full
throttle we were only making 3 knots against the current. It was miserable
and dangerous. We had tracks on our chart plotter for previous runs in and
out of the channel but we needed eyes on the unlit bouys. Standing on the
deck was nearly impossible but Hannah and Sam wedged themselves in against
the mast and the side supports. Eventually Hannah sat on the wet deck as
waves were crashing over the gunnels. It took us nearly an hour to get into
the harbor only to find that it was completely full. So we wandered through
the tightly anchored boats in the dark for nearly another hour trying to
find a place to anchor. We tried three times in two different locations but
with the winds and a 4 knot current ,in the dark, I couldn't find a place I
liked. So tired and frustrated we went back out to the mouth of the inlet
and anchored in the flats after running aground
twice. Tired wet and frustrated we had hot chocolate and Campbell's soup
and went to bed at 2am after driving around the anchorage for 3 hours.
1/3rd the length of the entire journey just trying to anchor.
And the Moral of the story is? Stick with the Rules! And this morning we rose
at 8 am to work on the leaking engine before trying to re-anchor. And sure
enough if we had arrived at 8am we would have found space where people had
left on their way south. So we anchored near one of the places we had tried
to anchor the night before and all is well. It didn't start raining
till exactly as forcast and if we had left at sunset we would have had
better tides, gentler winds, a place to anchor in the daylight and then rain
at 11am three hours later.
Of course hind sight is 20/20 but we have developed these rules over
the years and they work for us. They came from having experiences like this
and us saying "never again". Well, this is exactly why we do what we do.
Look, I'm not trying to toot our own horn. That is not the point. But
what we did was dangerous and if we were unsteady, overconfident, or
inexperienced with our boat this could have ended in tragedy.
Is it possible to survive when doing dangerous things? yes. But the odds
are not always in your favor and eventually the odds will get you.
Be smart, be safe, have your own rules based on what you are capable of.
There are plenty of times when things do not go as planned and you have to
do something inherently dangerous. There isn't any need to do it on
Date:Wed, 22 Nov 2023 03:01:00 GMT
Friends old and New
The festivities in St. Marys have begun!
Tonight was a meet and greet at Southern River Walk for all the
cruisers that are here for Thanksgiving. Many of the people we met last
year are here again and of course we got to reaquaint ourselves with locals
who put this event on every year. The yacht club here is amazing and their
efforts make a home away from home for thanksgiving. If you haven't been
here for Thanksgiving before you need to do it next year! Everyone is so
helpful and friendly that it really makes you feel like someone cares!
All the cruisers, guests and locals brought snacks and side dishes and
we all sat around and traded stories and ate each other's foods. Hannah and
I brought toritilla wrap bites with chicken and capers and cream cheese.
We met new friends too! A & A!, T, A & M, DJ & J, C & T, B from CH and (gosh
I hope I didn't forget someone!). We had drinks listened to music told
stories and made plans to meet in the islands!
Southern River Walk were wonderful hosts and the drinks and DJ were
excellent! We all had a wonderful time. Now it's time to put everything
away from shopping and washing before our daughters come to visit tomorrow!
good night everyone!
Date:Tue, 21 Nov 2023 14:13:00 GMT
Friends and Family
We should have at least a day between guests!
The last few days have been filled with new friends, visiting,
cheese, wine, and walking in the park. But we are also getting ready
for family to arrive on Wednesday.
The last few days have been filled with new friends, visiting,
cheese, wine, and walking in the park. But we are also getting ready
for family to arrive on Wednesday. We absolutely love meeting new people
and sharing stories! It is one of the highlights of cruising for us. It's
still a little odd for Hannah and I because we have always tended to be a
little bit like hermits. I'm not sure what clicked in us but now we simply
can't get enough of hearing new stories and meeting new people. It's a very
small community of cruisers and I'm always amazed when we find people who
know each other. I mention a story about someone we've met and low and
behold they've talked to the same boaters perhaps even years ago!
The symptoms were that it couldn't get fuel. It tried to start but
would sputter and die, sputter and die. I thought that perhaps we had
water in the fuel or bad fuel so I checked the fuel filter. No water was
draining out the bottom plug. So we tried to change the fuel filter with a
spare. It was way way too tight. But we finally got it off with the help of
a rubber jar opener. I need one of those oil filter straps. After
replacing the filter the generator runs fine. Whew! I'm always skittish
about the generator failing because repairing it will be very difficult and
will require completely disassembling the nav station and drawers.
Hannah got fresh eggs from a farmers market so we've had eggs for
breakfast for the last couple days. But now after having guests over and
plates of cheese and deviled eggs we need to go on a major shopping trip.
That is today, shopping and preparing for Thanksgiving!
Date:Fri, 17 Nov 2023 23:58:00 GMT
Crabtraps and Fish
It was a busy day but we have fish for dinner!
To start the day I decided to check and possibly move the anchor.
We have been watching this crab trap for several days and I was afraid it
was tangled on the Anchor and of course it was. So as we pulled up the
anchor the crab trap was wrapped around the chain. It was a very old trap
with barnacles all over it and nothing in it. In fact there were so many
barnacles that there was no way for anything to get in the trap. So we cut
it free and re-anchored. I feel much relived knowing it's not going to get
tangled in the prop or something.
Then Sam and I went to get 150 more gal of water from the town dock.
while we were there we met some folks who's fishing boat was against the
dock and the engine wouldn't start. So I helped them find what was wrong.
As it turns out it was just a broken wire. But they were very thankful and
so after they returned from fishing they gave us three speckled trout and a
whiting! So Hannah and I spent the evening cleaning the fish and now they
are cooking in the oven!
Lilah is funny she wanted to smell the fish but doesn't know what to do
with them. Even the fish heads she doesn't know what to do with. So I
think tomorrow we are going to make fish head soup/stew.
We talked with Hannah's father about how to cook them and flillet them. I've
never had speckled trout so this will be a treat.
Date:Wed, 15 Nov 2023 19:29:00 GMT
Chores on a blustery day
Today Sam and I went to get 50 more gal of water from the town dock.
This time we filtered it twice before putting it in the tanks. once from
the spigot and once as we pumped it into the tanks. There was a funny taste
yesterday as well as film on top of the water.
Hannah made grilled cheese on home made bread with leftover cheese from a couple nights
ago and also cookies! She made white chocolate cranberry orange oatmeal
cookies. Now we're cleaning up the boat a little bit and I did a little more
work on the web site.
We have been spending too much time listening to the
news and it makes us all a little ill.
Date:Tue, 14 Nov 2023 23:43:07 GMT
Too long on the Generator
This is why I don't program anymore
So, today I spent probably 8 hours programming and obsessed with making
things work right. I was working on a system to remotely add blog posts
even when I am off shore with a very tenuous slow link. So I wanted to send
minimal data in a very particular format, securely, and have it post to the
blog. The problem is that I spent all day on the generator doing it and
ignored the rest of everything that needed to be done on the boat. I
probably wrote somewhere around 3000 lines of code and I think it was well done, but I
get so focused that I ignore everything else. I found that long term this
did not make me happy so I had to figure out something else to do. The
answer was that I went back to flying, only coding when I wanted to and
when it was fun or in my free time. Otherwise years passed and I was
barely aware of the outside world.
We did get water today from the dock. We were down to 75 Gal and now
we're back over 100 but we will need to get water more often to re-fill the
tanks to 200 gallons. We also did wash and dried wash and Hannah made sword
fish leftovers from the two steaks we didn't eat yesterday. We always try to
deal with leftovers quickly so as not to take up too much room in the
Freezer. And oh my!, Lilah loves swordfish! so we had to share with her as
well after all she is part of the family. She's sleeping happily now on one
of our grey arm chairs that we keep outside on the deck.
The anchorage here is really strange on the river. We are near a bend
in the river and there is actually a little vortex here and so we dance
around alot. I think we're going to move to a different location because
the movement is just too unpredictable and we have moved at times too close
to other boats. Also the water here is 25 feet deep so we need 150 feet of
rhode as a minimum in this current and wind. If I move a little farther
away then we will be in 7-10 feet and it will be better. Also there is an
old crab trap here and I'm pretty sure the chain is wrapped around it.
We're going to have to cut it free when we move.
Date:Tue, 14 Nov 2023 23:11:07 GMT
This is a test of my new blogging system
Hi Folks this is just a test message. It should
get all the way through the rss feed and be formatted correctly.
It is supposed to be a simplified more consistent format
and easier to send messages. It's set up a lot like an old
telegram system. So I'm essentially sending a telegram
to my machine to post to the blog.
I have not yet been able to send pictures with this system
yet and I'm not sure I want to. But theoretically I could do it.
I think, however that off shore it would be too much bandwidth
to send pictures. So for now I will not do that.
Have a wonderful Morning!
Date:Tue, 14 Nov 2023 00:46:30 GMT
Good Friends and Good Food
Having company over to the boat
Well, today we spent the entire day getting ready for friends to come over.
Hannah and I went shopping, Sam worked on the outside of the boat and the stainless. Wanda
did the floors, I put things away and helped Hannah in the Galley and in about 4 hours we had the
boat looking presentable once again. It is so easy for a boat to fall apart when
you are living on it day to day. It's a small space and it can get messy really quick.
One of our biggest challenges was laundry. It is been rainy and misty for a couple days
and nothing was drying. Our second big challenge was gettin the dinner prepared. We
went shopping at 10:30 and didn't get home till about 13:00 so we only had 2 hours to
prepare the meal and put everything away that we bought. Because of course we couldn't just
shop for one day we had to shop for the next week or so as it is difficiult to get to the
store when you have to get rides. And naturally, we couldn't pick something easy like
chilli mac, it had to be something nice and it required quiet a bit of prep. However,
amazingly it came off without a hitch and the fish went in the oven about 15 minutes after
they arrived so we had dinner on the table by 16:30! Hannah is a master in the galley and
can do amazing things in limited space. She is so organized and everything in that
galley has a very particular home with the most used items in the easiest locations and thing
things less used in deeper hidden spaces. There are galley tools that came out of every
where that I didn't even know we had!
One of my Highschool buddies from 45 years ago or so came to visit us and Hannah made
a dinner of Sword fish, rice, fresh green beens and key lime pie. We
had a few drinks and ate a wonderful dinner together and talked about
boats and politics and memories and everything. It was a wonderful time and it
reminded us how much we like entertaining on the boat. He and his wonderful wife
were a welcome diversion from working on the boat. I wish we could have spent more
time with them but perhaps in the future. They are considering buying a boat
and I think that would be amazing!
The recipe that Hannah used for the key lime pie came from our friends in the
Keys, Moral Compass. The Fish was a lemon garlic wine sauce and the Basmati rice was made
in the pressure cooker with Amba spice. We found a woman in St. Mary's who gives
people rides and so we went to WinDixie to get food for this evening.
Now we are cleaning up and getting ready for bed with warm full bellys and
the memory of good friends. We'll catch ya'll tomorrow or the next day.
Date:Sat, 11 Nov 2023 19:55:00 GMT
Finding old friends and meeting new
Yesterday we spent a quiet day on the boat and I worked on the web site.
I wanted to get the rss feed working correctly and updated. This meant
reformating all the old posts. I wrote 1/2 dozen scripts to do it with
sed. I continued that this morning till about 9am.
We got in the Dinghy to go ashore to the Saturday market to get produced
and whatever else we could find and got caught by our new neighbors, Judy
and Chris and their dog Keleb. We love meeting new people. Then we went
ashore to the waterfront pavilion and there was nobody there.
Dissapointed, we decided to just go for a walk
and Mom and Sam went to the
park to hang out. Well, about 4 blocks down the road later we found the
Saturday market in a different location. So we got eggs, fruit, sweet
potatoes, squash and cookies. We saw a several folks that we knew from
last year, and that was fun. Then we found a new stand that had freeze
dried candy! I've never seen that before but it was really fun! The candy
puffs up like breakfast cereal but tastes like the original candy.
We sat on the waterfront swings for an hour or so and then came back to
the boat for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on home made bread (grilled!) and now I'm
finishing an update to the web site.
Sam and I are also working on a few videos for the youtube channel.
Date:Thu, 9 Nov 2023 01:50:00 GMT
Arrived St. Mary's GA
And now we sit for a while!
This morning at about 10am we left Cumberland island for Fernadina Beach
and we refuled, pumped out and took on water. We also let our cricket go!
We found a stowaway while we were off shore and we put him in a little jar
with an apple peel. I guess he wanted to get out of the cold. So today
Hannah put him in a big planter near shore. George, the cricket, hung out for a couple
minutes and then left before Hannah could get a picture of him in his new
home. We also saw three baby sea turtles eating barnacles at the Marina.
After that we motored up the river to St. Mary's and set anchor. The
Marina here has just gotten going and they're trying really hard to be
ready for people. So if you need a place to dock please consider St.
Mary's. It's a wonderful town and a quiet friendly place to spend a few
days. We are going to stay here through Thanksgiving as they have a
Cruisers Thanksgiving. The town does the turkey and the boaters do the
fixings! It's a wonderful time and after enjoying it last year we had to
come back and do it again. So please come visit! We love making new
friends and meeting new people. If you're in the area we will be at
anchor here till the end of November.
So after we anchored we decided to put the dinghy down and go into town.
But, well it had been since St. Augustine that we last put the dinghy in
the water and we lost our block and tackle to let it down off the deck.
So we spent 2 hours taking the lazerettes apart looking for it. Finally
frustrated and thinking we must have lost the line we ate dinner. But
after dinner in the dark I decided to take even more apart and low and
behold there at the complete bottom of the starboard lazerette under the
spare sails and canvas there it was the bag-o-spareline and the block and
tackle was in that bag. It was a big relief! But it goes to show you
need to write everything down! So we added it to the inventory and now we
feel better. Tomorrow we will go into town.
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2023 14:30:00 GMT
Arrived Cumberland Island GA
60 hours off shore
We just completed our first 60 hour trip on the open ocean. We left
Friday Nov 3rd from Beaufort NC and arrived at St. Mary's Monday Nov 6th
in the morning. Friday was our best time ever leaving Beaufort.
Traditionally that has been a spicy inlet but this time it was calm on a
slack tide. Saturday was a little rough but Sunday was one of those
sailing days you dream of. Good winds and calm seas on a broad reach to
our destination. We made good time the entire trip and both the forcast
and the schedule (you never have a schedule) worked out exactly as
planned. It was difficult moving around the boat on Saturday and we saw
the biggest waves and swells we had seen in the last 2 years. The water
was the most amazing blue 50 miles out and we were far enough out that
there was not even the glow of land on the horizon at times. Grace simply
danced across the waves and performed wonderfully with her 11 foot draft
centerboard down she wasn't even rocking much. The red sails and the blue
water were amazing. This time we left the cushions on the deck instead of
putting them inside and it was much easier to eat at the table when the
boat was rocking than standing up. The mast didn't leak and the new
lines and soft shackles performed wonderfully. Our new boom vang and
spinnaker storage position worked great. Sam and Steve were much better
with the rig and sails than before and they could even reef and drop the
sails in the dark on a pitching deck. We could not have hoped for a
We left the anchorage at Adams creek the morning of the 3rd, Friday, at 07:18 and
started motoring down to Beaufort. The engine started flawlessly this
time and we were off. At 7:45 we filed a float plan with the waterway net
on 7.268 mhz. We had oatmeal for breakfast. We continued to re-organize
the inside of the boat while we were heading for Beaufort.
And Sam and I reorganized the Lazzerettes
for off shore. But that meant that everything was pulled out for a good
hour while we were motoring down the creek. Hannah had started baking
bread for the journey and it was rising while we were underway. As we
arrived in Beaufort, we anchored on Taylor creek and baked the bread. We
anchored in Taylor creek around 10.
We met Jason and Bianca from Marathon and had a nice chat on our boat.
I also talked with Pete who we anchored next to. He knows Mike on Rusamee
and we said we would look for him in St. Augustine and say hi for him.
We had leftover soup from our pressure cooker debut and filled up the
We did the last cleanup of the boat and headed off shore at 13:56lcl.
We headed for the outside of Frying Pan shoals on a heading of 230. Wind
was 050@15 with light seas of 2-3 feet. It was clear and chilly. Around
6pm on the third the wind picked up to NE at 20. On a broad reach we
were doing 6 1/2 knots and the seas started picking up.
On the 3rd at 10 pm wind was still picking up to 22 knots and waves
increasing to 4-5 foot. By 1 am we were 33d48m X 77d31m and winds were
033@20g25 and it was overcast with seas 6-9 feet. So we reefed the Genoa
and put the 1st reef in the main and were still making 7 knots. It
continued to cloud over and it was a wet chill in the air. The waves were
flattening out with little wind scallops all over the top of the water and
the salt spray was everywhere. Winds picked up to 027@28 by 6 am of the
4th and seas were up to 12 feet and more on an 8-10 second period. So we double reefed
the main and left only a patch of the Genoa. We lowered the mizzen
completely and were still making 7+ knots. We were just rounding the
Frying Pan shoals.
By 8 am of Saturday, the 4th, we were at 33d21m X
78d03m and the seas were confused. Winds had abated a little to 25 but
the seas were less than 7 seconds. Lylah got sea sick and was drooling
everywhere. Poor baby was miserable. Mom was not doing very well either
and we didn't have much to eat but a few snacks and cold oatmeal.
Through out the 4th from 10am to about 4pm The waves and winds continued to ease as we
approached 35 miles off shore from Georgetown and we turned inland a
little and changed course direct to St. Mary's at 232deg. Winds were NE at 16g20 and seas were back to 4-5
feet on a 9 sec period. We shared an MRE for lunch/dinner with some broth
and noodles. By 19:30, winds were still 15g20 and seas were 4-5 feet. It
was cloudy and damp with a chill in the air. We were making 6 knots
Sun Morning the 5th at 5 am found us 50 miles off shore south east of
Beaufort South Carolina with winds out of the North at 19 but much abated.
By 9am we put up full sails on a broad to beam reach making 7+ knots at
15-16 knots of wind. Seas continued to calm but winds held steady at 15
out of the NW. The Coast guard called us because we missed a call to our
friend Joe. We assured them we were fine and they asked us to make
contact with him when possible. So we checked in on the waterway net and
got email from SailMail. I also used the opportunity to get weather for
the rest of the journey.
By noon of the 5th the seas were 1-2 feet and we were moving right along
at 7 knots with 15 knots of wind. There were dolphins everywhere jumping
and playing. We could see them just under the water. Hannah made soup
and we shared another MRE for lunch dinner. Then around 15:00 we poled out
the Genoa to run downwind as the winds shifted a little. We also used the
time to test putting the spinnaker pole from the mast to the forward stay
on the deck to support it. That works great! We also did more
experimentation on our jibe preventer / boom vang. Which also works great.
We even had a couple potential crash jibes that it prevented! In the early
evening around 7 pm we were getting pretty tired. Sam and I had been doing
4 hour shifts the entire time. It was working well but we were tiring!
By 8 pm we were abeam Brunswick Ga and winds were dying. We had tried to
hold the 14 knots as long as possible, but finally the winds were down to 8
knots. But going slow was ok because we didn't really want to arrive at
night anyway. So we took the 4 knots and took in the main to go Jib and
Jigger. The main was giving us more drag than lift and was blocking the
genoa. Around midnight we couldn't keep the sails filled and were only
about 25 miles from St. Marys so we took in the sails and started the
An hour before sunrise we were in the channel heading toward St. Mary's inlet and
Hannah was on the foredeck looking for the reds and greens. We hit the
fort just after sunrise and motored over to Cumberland island to anchor.
We arrived at slack high tide and the inlet was gentle with 10 knot winds
out of the west but before we hit the jetty's we were running against a 2
knot current. It took us forever to get into the anchorage and we put
down anchor at 8am. We got on the HF to call the waterway net just after
8 to let them know were were safe at anchor. Now Sam is sleeping, Mom is
sleeping and I am writing this blog. Hannah is doing wash and we are
happy with a full belly of a hot breakfast of eggs and home made toast
instead of travel food. We finished off the last of the fresh chocolate
chip cookies and I polished off the last of the beef jerky. Now it's time
for my nap. It's going to be showers for us today under clear skies and
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2023 22:06:00 GMT
On our way!
Oh wait, can't start the engine!
We left Blackbeards at about 13:00 and are at anchor in Adams creek by
17:30. We got out late because our engine wouldn't start again. So Sam
and I dove into it again trying to figure it out. And again, of course,
the problem went away before we could isolate it. So we motored along
during a beautiful day.
It did give us time however to put things away. So all the supplies we
got from the storage unit and from our final Walmart run we put under Sam
and Wanda's bunks. We were very supprised that it all fit.
Tonight Hannah is cooking soup in our new pressure cooker for the first
time. We are hoping that this allows us to run the Generator for less
time for cooking.
We tried it for 25 min for bean soup and it's almost done so I think it's
going to work. It only needed another 5-10 and it would have been fine.
We are very glad to be underway again and away from the dock. Tomorrow we
will get up early and hope to hit the open ocean by 1300. We should have
good winds all the way to St. Marys Ga. It should take us 3 nights to get
there so we could be there Monday. That would be our hope.
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2023 22:30:00 GMT
Putting the cars to bed
Today was a busy day of last minute shopping, a trip to the IRS,
disconnecting batteries on cars, putting on car covers and putting things
away on the boat, Filling up fuel and water because tomorrow AM we are heading south!!
This is just a note as nothing big is going on just lots of work.
We also updated our epirb, updated and renewed ham licenses and did a
final load of washing.
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