Yard Rats Again – or is it Canal Rats!!

30 May

A few more days of catch up…

May 28
We must be the early birds, first to haul anchor again and off by 0650. We continued up North River and then into the North Carolina Cut. As we continued in to the Currituck Channel the boat behind us asked us to report any shallow depths as this was noted for shallows. We kept to the magenta or just slightly east and no problem, lowest was 9.8 ft – we reported back to Aqua Merus and also Helius and they thanked the scout boat. Much of the day we flew the jib and motor sailed. It was a very pretty day, beautiful spring greens, brilliant blue skies and water, trees and artistic stumps, tall reeds, butterflies, dragonflies, swallows, mosquitos (still) and a hawk nesting on almost every ICW mark, many with squawking chicks. In contrast were the fighter jets overhead, small coves full of wrecks, and monster barges which left little room for a little ‘ ole sailboat. The barges and tugs are quite a sight to watch. They seem to fill all available space yet they competently navigate the narrow cuts, windy rivers, bridges, locks, stumps sticking out of the water and of course the cruising community. We pulled in to Atlantic Yacht Basin, right on the ICW by a bridge and lock. All we need is here – showers, wifi, laundry, fuel, propane, pump out, marine store, provisioning – a great stop and even greater price. They also have a full yard staff so we are getting a bit of work done. The bracket that holds the heat exchange in place cracked again so we are getting that dealt with and a few other minor things. We continue to redo/fix work done in the original installation of our new engine. The day was HOT and I wilted, drooped, was a mere puddle… and hid from the sun. We explored the area and the yard. This yard is amazing with incredible in-water boat sheds that stretch endlessly. The people are really friendly and helpful here. A good stop.

May 29

I got up early to do some touch up varnish – I am hoping to save the work I have done so that I won’t have to start all over again once home.  The heat exchanger was done so David re-installed it. I started to try and make a bug screen for the large foredeck hatch – a huge challenge as I have always found thread just naturally tangles. To escape the heat we went to Pancera for lunch and computer time and also bought lead curtain weights and seam glue to help me out on the bug screen. We did another thorough tour of the boat sheds. There are some grand beauties in there hiding from the harsh sun – what a tour.  We ogled one forgotten beauty of byegone days, Principia. The ICW was a full day of entertainment in itself – a parade of boats, a small cruise ship, barges, locals fishing at the waters edge and having more fun than anyone, Canadian Geese with their young paddling and squawking their way along the waterway and a beautiful Trumpy – Freedom, from Newport RI. Quite a day but wilted again. I’m not sure who droops first – me or Basil! Cold showers before bedtime were refreshing!

May 30

Another steamy day – beautiful clear skies but soooo hot! (OK, as a Novie I know I can’t complain!) I decided to make an early run (dawdle) to the grocery store before the heat. David was changing oil and things. The girl at Starbucks asked if I was on a boat – she said that customers with packs are usually from the marina! At the grocery check out I let a lady go ahead as she just had 3 items and turns out she was off to a boat and gave me a drive back to the marina. The people here are so incredibly friendly – the other boaters, the yard staff and everyone in the community. The boat watching here is excellent – and we noticed there are many from NYYC. There have also been a lot of Grand Banks trawlers as they have a rendezvous next week in the Chesapeake. The heat was HOT again. We had a eureka moment when I remembered our sunshades for the boat so we hauled those out – excellent! Now we are hiding out at Pancera enjoying their wifi and AC. Avril arrives tomorrow and then we are off again.IMGP3283 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA IMGP3328 IMGP3326 IMGP3318 IMGP3314 IMGP3308 IMGP3306 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA IMGP3285

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