Wednesday, 29 September 2004
Great Loop Leg 3
Posted on 09/29/2004 2:07 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 28 September 2004
Day 27 Tuesday September 28 Last day onboard
The last day onboard is cleanup time and packing. We also have to write down what we left on the boat as it simplifies packing and shopping for our return in May 2005. We pumped out the holding tank, drained the water tank and were hauled out at 11:00AM. The bottom was in perfect condition as was the prop and shaft. The float we hit off Atlantic City did not do any damage. With nothing left to do we took the rental car back and were dropped off at the airport, 4 hours before flight time. Things are so slow at this airport that the staff went out of their way to help us check in, carry our bags and go through security.
Well that winds up the blog for Leg#3. Come back next May for the grand finale Brewerton NY to Kenlake Marina at Aurora KY.
Posted on 09/28/2004 1:39 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 27 September 2004
Day 26 Monday September 27 Brewerton
Enterprise Car Rental dropped off a car at 7:30AM. Much of the morning was spent with Jim Stewart, Service Manager for Winter Harbor. He showed examples of the work they do that were very impressive. He showed us how he removed the fuel tanks from a Grand Banks by cutting a large hole through the bottom rather than the side. After he looked at our boat and gave us estimates, we agreed to have the superstructure painted and a bow thruster installed during the winter. Since the shed is heated they can work on boats all winter.
In the afternoon we took the car and drove downtown. It is very confusing driving as the streets go in every direction. We never did find the Canal Museum but we did see the vast Carousel Mall. Dinner was at DG's. The food was great but we had been warned that their servings were huge so we shared everything. Another couple that is wintering here came over after dinner. He retired as an IRS Enforcement Officer and she retired as a parole officer. It was interesting to learn their perspective on life in those jobs. They have an almost new 36' Trawler Cat and now live in Charlevoix, Michigan.
Posted on 09/27/2004 1:36 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 26 September 2004
Day 25 Sunday September 26 Brewerton
Movie night, last night, was not to be as the generator kept stalling. Today I think I have it fixed. The fuel filters were dirty. Tonight we have shore power so the generator won't be an issue.
We crossed Oneida Lake today and arrived in Brewerton around 12:30PM. Oneida Lake was calm and today is another perfect day. This is the best weather they have had in New York all summer.
This marina, Winter Harbor, is fantastic. Everything is new and spotless. The heated storage buildings are enormous. They use gas for heat, have their own backup generator, and the buildings have sprinklers. Tom, the owner, lives in the house on the premises (see photo). It is a family operation that has grown over the past 5 years. Tom lives here but used to have to take his boat to Michigan to find heated storage. To solve the problem he built his own facility. His plan was to concentrate on storage only but a mechanic came along and said he could earn his keep so now they provide full services. There is a nearly new 60 ft boat in the shed that hit a shoal near Montreal so badly it moved both engines 18" off their mounts. There is no facility in Canada that can handle such a big boat so it was towed here by tug and barge. They cut a hole in the side to get the engines out as the owner needs new engines. They hope to have it all back together before the canal closes so the owner can take it south. We will be here for a couple of days before flying home on Tuesday. Lat 43.24 Long 76.16
Posted on 09/26/2004 5:59 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 25 September 2004
Day 24 Saturday September 25 Rome to Sylvan Beach
It was just 15 miles to cruise to Sylvan Beach. This is a summer place at the east end of Oneida Lake, the largest lake contained within New York state. Summer is over here, just about everything was closed except the small supermarket. We tied up at the public dock and ran the generator again. However, the price is right as there is no charge. At 3:35 NOAA announced we would be getting heavy rain at 4:05PM. They were almost right it started at 4:00PM. The large cruiser in front of us in the picture is a 48 foot wood 1958 Chris Craft. The owner bought it to fix it up and sell it. He has done a lot of work but hasn't found a buyer. He thinks that because it has gas engines and no air conditioning is the reason it won't sell. I think he is right.
He lit his BBQ on the dock just before the rain storm started. Then when the rain started he took it into his aft deck, poured more starter fluid on it, and lit it again. It's a wonder he didn't burn his boat up. We have to finish up all the food we bought on our first day so we had dinner aboard. Tonight will be movie night with the generator powering the DVD.
Posted on 09/25/2004 6:54 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 24 September 2004
Day 23 Friday September 24 Little Falls to Rome
It was foggy at dawn for the first time, but soon it was another beautiful day; how long can it last? We cruised 35 miles to Rome NY. Now there is only 36 miles to Brewerton, our final stop on this leg. We have reached the highest point on the eastern part of the Erie Canal. It is downhill from here to Oneida Lake and Brewerton. There is a long dock at Rome that was built in 1999 but now it is falling apart. All the space with power is in rough shape. We tied up at the floating dock and for the first time since Oxford we have used the generator. The bright spot in Rome is the Savoy Restaurant. It has been in the same Italian family since 1908. Mavis had fish and I had steak tenderloin with Italian sauce. It was all very good and not very expensive. The owner drove us back to the boat.
Posted on 09/24/2004 8:11 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 23 September 2004
Day 22 Thursday September 23 Little Falls
The weather today was beautiful again. We started the day with breakfast at a downtown restaurant. It was the first time we have seen biscuits on the menu in the North. They turned out to be terrible soggy masses of dough covered with melted butter. Someone from down South needs to offer instruction. We cruised 21 miles and went through 4 locks to reach Little Falls. The most interesting lock (see photo) is at Little Falls. It rises 40 feet and claims to have one of the highest lifts in the world. What is more interesting is that the lower end gate is not hinged but rather a guillotine that drops down behind a concrete wall and stops the water. You have to pass under it to get into the lock chamber and it then rains dirty water on your boat. We are docked at the Rotary Club Park which has very good new floating docks with fountains power and water. The volunteer in charge drove us into town and gave us a quick driving tour. Left on our own we visited the Historical Museum and learned more about Little Falls than we wanted to know from the docent there. Little Falls like every other town along the Erie is struggling with the closing of all its factories. The focus now is on tourism so some have been converted to retail (antique stores) along the river. We walked through the antique mall and then back to the boat about 3/4 mile away.
Posted on 09/23/2004 8:10 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 22 September 2004
Day 21 Tuesday September 22 Canajoharie
Today was a beautiful sunny day with hardly a cloud in the sky. Amsterdam looked pretty grim although a very fancy docking area with a pedestrian bridge across the many railway tracks had been built in the last few years. We went on to Canajoharie arriving around 4:00PM after 6 locks. We are now a day ahead. We appear to be about the only west bound boat. The lockmaster at lock 12 had put 29 eastbound boats through yesterday and only 4 westbound. Today was much slower at lock 12 as all the boats that were backed up due to Ivan had cleared out. Canajoharie is a company town the home of Beach-nut. Bartlett Arkell, first president of the company, collected art and gave the town a library and art gallery in 1924. The art gallery has Winslow Homers, a giant Rembrandt (Arkell paid to have a copy painted - see photo), and even a Grandma Moses painting. So far we have been on the Mohawk River but tomorrow it looks like we will be in a ditch for much of the way.
Posted on 09/22/2004 8:17 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 21 September 2004
Day 20 Tuesday September 21 Schenectady Yacht Club
I got my $1.55 breakfast downtown but with bacon it was $3.16. Then it was up to talk to the lockmaster to get advice on whether to stay or press on as far as we can go. His advice was to stay as Waterford is the best place. At noon I checked the Erie Canal info line and they reported that the canal would be opened all the way to Buffalo at 1:00PM. We decided we might as well go on to the Schenectady Yacht Club just past Lock 7 which was our original plan. So now we are right back on schedule. You have to buy a pass to use the locks. At $37.50 for a ten day pass the lockmaster at Lock 7 cleaned us out of all our cash. As you can see in the photo the water from Ivan was really roaring over the dam at Lock 7. Mavis wanted Chinese food delivered to the boat for dinner. I was able to convince the restaurant to take a check so we were able to get a great dinner with no cash. Tomorrow we will go 22 miles to Amsterdam. If we like what we see we will stay there, otherwise we will press on and maybe get ahead of schedule.
Posted on 09/21/2004 8:35 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 20 September 2004
Day 19 Monday September 20 Headed for Waterford
We left early to take advantage of the tide which has an impact as far north as Troy (just above Albany). It was cold so I tried to start the generator to get some heat, but its 5 year old battery was dead and will not hold a charge. When we got to Troy the dock master drove me to NAPA and I was able to get a new battery. We bought 60 gallons of diesel (enough to finish this leg) at $2.19 per gallon and headed through the Troy lock for Waterford. We arrived at Waterford at 2:00PM. Waterford is the entrance to the Erie Canal which is now a major tourist attraction in New York state. What a great place. (see photo of the visitors center.) Floating docks, electricity, great company with two other Grand Banks, and a party on the dock at 5:30PM. Best of all, the price is free for two days and then $10 per day thereafter. The town dates back to the American Revolution. Downtown is just a couple of blocks away and has a great breakfast restaurant ($1.55 for 2 eggs with toast). It seems that Ivan and Francis caused so much rain that the Erie is now closed at Lock 8 because of high water and trash. We may be here for a couple of days. We will check in the morning.
Posted on 09/20/2004 8:11 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 19 September 2004
Day 18 Sunday September 19 Catskill Creek Marina
We had a good sleep in the B&B and a great breakfast. The crew of two boats slept there. The marina didn't charge us for Sat and Sun night so that covered the cost of the B&B. Sunday was cleanup day. The water had risen above the docks so there was lots of mud. The boats that floated out to the Hudson came back under their own power. The docks were towed back and placed in position.The large sailboat was freed up from the trash and its two anchors and towed down to a marina. I talked to its captain and he was pretty mad at the dock people that dropped his lines in the water, however, the only real damage was to his bowsprit which got bent. He tied floats to his anchors and hoped to recover them on Monday. The sheriff ordered him and his wife off his boat yesterday and said he couldn't take her cat. She took it anyway. Dinner was aboard with our friends from the Albin and we watched the photos I took of the flood.
Posted on 09/19/2004 8:09 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 18 September 2004
Day 17 Saturday September 18 Catskill Creek Marina
It rained all night and the lines creaked because of the high current. NOAA put Catskill Creek under a flood watch. The current is running 7-8 kts so there is only one way to go which is out toward the Hudson. A large sailboat just passed out of control. It wrapped a rope around the prop and the captain is trying to drop his anchor. It spun around in the current and drifted over to the south shore and hit a sailboat that was anchored there. His anchor finally held. Next trash started piling up dragging the front of the boat down and the captain was on the radio with the Coast Guard who were of little help. After a little while a powerboat broke loose with a great crack sound and drifted down attached to its dock and was trapped against the 2 sailboats.
The sheriff took the crew of the large sailboat but was otherwise helpless to free the boats. The tide was coming in and added to the flood. Another dock broke loose from the far shore and carried 4 boats out to the Hudson River attached to their docks. On our side a couple of docks simply flipped over trapping boats in various positions. The rain stopped around 2:00 PM and the water upstream began to drop. Everyone said that our dock was probably the safest and tonight when water started to drop and the current was reduced we were still afloat with no damage. We used our anchor rode to tie our boat, the Albin and the finger dock to a huge tree. By 8:00PM it was dark and cold and Mavis decided that a hotel would be best for the night. There was a B&B just around the corner from the marina so we are camped in a large suite.
Posted on 09/18/2004 7:59 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 17 September 2004
Day 16 Friday September 17 Kingston to Troy
We drove the rental car to Deising's Bakery for breakfast. The bakery offers more than 300 different items and is an incredible place to eat and watch what goes on.
At 10:30AM we left the harbor for Troy NY. As we turned North into the Hudson we passed a 25ft Albin, a Swedish built trawler that we were keen on getting in the early 70's. A couple from Mactaquac New Brunswick were aboard. They said they were going as far as Catskill. Around noon the rain from Hurricane Ivan began so we decided to go into Catskill as well. The water was so calm and quiet in Catskill Creek that we were able to back into our slip.
The home of Frederick Church, Olana is near here and we all took a taxi across the Hudson and up a mountain to the home. It has an incredible view but in the rain we could not see clearly. Frederick Church was a famous 19th century painter of landscapes. His house built in 1879 was a strange mixture of Arabian and American but with beautiful detailing everywhere.
Dinner was at an Italian restaurant about 1/2 mile away. It was very good but we got very wet walking both there and back.
Posted on 09/17/2004 7:56 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 16 September 2004
Day 15 Thursday September 16 Kingston
Cingular's data service would not work but is working today. It is a cloudy wet day so we are staying in Kingston for another day. I went to Rotary this morning. It was the smallest group I have ever seen with only 16 members of which 4 plus 2 guests attended the meeting. We moved the boat from the Town Dock to Rondout Yacht Basin where there is a laundry. The photo is of one of 4 light houses in the Kingston area. A man on the dock came over and said he was looking for a boat like ours. He told a horror story about sailing with his wife from the Bahamas to Bermuda. He got in a big storm with 20 foot waves that lasted 6 days. After the 4th day without sleep he decided to launch his sea anchor. He got it in the water and yelled to his wife to shut down the engine so the boat would drift back. She didn't hear him and the boat ran over the anchor and fouled the prop stalling the engine. With 60 minutes of air in his scuba tank he went overboard and hanging on to the rudder cut the line taking 20 minutes but most of the air. Then his safety line slipped so he couldn't get back to the boat. His wife tried to assist and then she almost went overboard. Finally the got the line fixed and he was able to get back on the boat. They turned around and went back to the Bahamas. Now she doesn't want to boat anymore. I wonder why?
Posted on 09/16/2004 10:27 AM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 15 September 2004
Day 14 Wednesday September 15 Hudson River
Today is the half-way day of this leg but we have covered 2/3 of the distance. Now we can take it easy. It was a gorgeous day and the scenery spectacular as the Hudson winds through mountains most of the way. The river is very deep; over 100 feet in many places. My theory of tide travel worked well as we had a 1/5 MPH boost from the current the entire trip. We tied up at the town dock in Kingston in the Rondout Historic District on Rondout Creek. There are a number of restored waterfront buildings and many restaurants. We had dinner on the veranda of the Mariner's Restaurant.
Posted on 09/15/2004 10:24 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 14 September 2004
Day 13 Tuesday September 14 Hudson River
We woke up to violent rocking and decided we had had enough. We cruised up the Hudson River to Haverstraw Bay where we tied up at an enormous marina with over 300 slips. The season is really over here with almost no one around. The docks are floating made of aluminum. It is impossible to walk on them without making a lot of noise. It is not hard to understand why aluminum docks did not become popular. This afternoon we got caught up on our sleep and reading. Today we traveled 39 miles averaging 11 MPH. The gain from the current due to the rising tide was 2 MPH. In effect we went 7 miles for free. The trick is to travel around high tide. Since high tide time becomes later as you move upstream you can get quite a sustained boost from the tide if you are traveling upstream. We will test the theory tomorrow. The Hudson River is actually a fjord with high rocky hills on both sides so it is very scenic. The rain from hurricane Ivan is expected Friday or Saturday so we will probably stay put, either at Kingston tomorrow or Troy on Thursday.
Posted on 09/14/2004 8:30 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 13 September 2004
Day 12 Monday September 13 Newport
Newport is the rockiest marina we have been in yet. There is a ferry boat terminal nearby and the ferries kick up a huge wake every time they leave the dock. The water in the marina inlet then rocks like water in a bathtub. The ferries start up at 5:30AM and go to about 8:00PM so it is hard to get a good sleep. We went downtown on the PATH (Port AuTHority subway) which goes to the Penn Station with only a few stops. The Republican Convention was held here and they were tearing down an elaborate roadway that had been built. Lunch was in Bryant Park. People just set up office in the park using their laptops and cell phones. (see photos)
The pigeons are ignored. Getting back was complicated by our not remembering exactly where the station was and when we found it our return ticket wouldn't work in the turnstile. The advice from security people was not very good on how to find the PATH station. There are no attendants in the stations anymore. You have to phone for instructions and the operators can't remember their left from their right. In the end we went through the handicap gate. Fortunately we didn't get caught as there are big penalties. Cousin Hugh came to the dock and rocked with us for a couple of hours. He has a shop, Saigoniste, that sells Vietnamese lacquer items, but also is very successful working as an independent advertising consultant. Dinner was at a French steak restaurant on the street in Soho. The whole front of the restaurant opens up and a long table stretches across the opening. We sat on the inside watching the street and Hugh sat facing us on the sidewalk. Hugh knows a lot of people in the area as various friends passed by. One worked recently as a personal exercise trainer for Nicole Kidman while she was making a movie in New York.
Posted on 09/13/2004 8:28 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 12 September 2004
Day 11 Sunday September 12 Newport Marina
We planned to be in New York by Tuesday and here we are on Sunday at Newport Marina, part of a huge new development in Jersey City across from Manhattan. There is a mall nearby, high rise apartments, office buildings, etc. However, the cable TV is broken and the boat is constantly rocking from passing boats on the Hudson River. The day was perfect for the outside run from Manasquan with only a few light clouds in the sky. There was almost no wind but large swells coming in from the east. It was rocky and once we entered the Hudson River the boats kept it rocking. As promised the river was closed for a boat race. The Coast Guard got pretty tired of people calling on their VHF radios to see why the river was closed. The answer to "how are we going to get to Chelsea Pier" was "wait till 4:00PM". As it turned out the race was over by 3:00PM and the river was opened then for traffic again. Tomorrow my cousin Hugh is coming to see us on the boat. We will then go together to see his shop in Soho and have dinner there. Lat 40.73 Long 74.03
Posted on 09/12/2004 5:57 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 11 September 2004
Day 10 Saturday September 11 Atlantic City to Manasquan
Today was mostly cloudy and for the first time, cool. We cruised 44.1 miles in the ICW to Manasquan. Mile Zero at Manasquan Inlet is the end (or beginning) of the ICW. In spite of all the dire warnings about how shallow the ICW is in New Jersey we did not have any problem and never touched bottom anywhere. Although the sounder read 0.3 ft under the keel at one point. We docked at Hoffman Marina, a deep sea fishing harbor and refueling stop. I was surprised that the tides in Barnegat Bay just south of here are only a few inches, but here they are 4 feet. The current is very swift. A lot of water is going somewhere. Tomorrow we will have a late departure. It seems that the Hudson River will be closed from noon to 4:00PM for a boat race that it is held this weekend every year. Two of the big marinas would only let us stay for tomorrow night as there is a boat show next weekend and they have to clear the harbor. We will be at the Newport Marina which is on the NJ side just below the Holland Tunnel. There is supposed to be a subway stop at the marina so that will be handy for going into Manhattan. Shark fishing is big in this area and one of the boats here caught a big shark this afternoon and proceeded to butcher it on the dock (see photo).
Posted on 09/11/2004 7:51 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 10 September 2004
Day 9 Friday September 10 Cape May to Atlantic City
The sunrise today was beautiful. The cold front had come through and the wind was from the west at 5-10 mph. A perfect day to go outside, although NOAA said the waves were 4-6 feet. Through the Cape May inlet we were out in the ocean. The 4-6 ft waves were swells that just past harmlessly under the boat. We didn't rock a bit. We were about 1 mile out from the coast.
We passed the theme parks at Wildwood and then 30 miles away we could begin to see the casinos at Atlantic City which was our destination. However, when we got to Atlantic City it seems there was a boat show for the weekend and all the marinas were full even at $4.00 per foot. We called the Beach Haven Yacht Club Marina (another 10 miles) and they said they had space. We should continue outside and then call TowBoatUS for instructions. Well better than just giving us instructions, Mike of Tow BoatUS agreed to come out and escort us in through the breakers at the uncharted Little Egg Harbor Inlet. "It will be a little choppy" he said. We met at buoy "LE" and followed his boat in to the ICW (Intra Coastal Waterway) without incident. What a great service, Tow BoatUS provides!
Now that we are in the ICW we will have to stay there until Manasquan as the only other inlet is too dangerous according to the guidebook. It is very winding and shallow and on the weekend busy with other boats. Lat 38.57 Long 74.25
Posted on 09/10/2004 5:54 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 9 September 2004
Day 8 Thursday September 9 Cape May
Today's story is about Mike and Jack from Erie PA. In the small world category it seems that Mike went to school with the son of the man that sold us the Katy Leigh. They came in last night on a brand new Fountain 37' Cruiser from New York. It cruises at 55 MPH and rides beautifully. Unfortunately at that speed and in rough water the interior falls apart. On the way here from New York the entire door and door frame to the V berth cabin fell out on the floor. Various cabinet and drawer latches would not hold in the rough weather so their stuff was flying about. Mike is taking the boat back to the factory to get all these things fixed. I drove him to the hardware to buy a new door latch set so he could put the door back together. A standard house type latch was what was used by Fountain.
It was very windy today as the front came through, but at 5:00PM the wind changed to the west so tomorrow we can continue cruising to Atlantic City. The forecast is good weather now for the next 6 or 7 days. This afternoon we drove into town and toured the 1879 Emlen Physick Victorian Mansion. It has been restored to the period and contains many of the things that Physick had when he lived in the house. They served a very nice lunch.
Posted on 09/09/2004 8:12 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 8 September 2004
Day 7 Wednesday September 8 Cape May
There was a rainstorm during the night but today it only sprinkled every now and then. We rented a car and did our shopping. I bought a new VHF radio with a built-in loud hailer and fog horn. I was able to replace two old units dating back to 1981 with one new box. It is now easier to see out the windshield. Another trip downtown and then we went out to the Cape May lighthouse. It has a working Coast Guard light but is now owned by an historical society. We climbed the 159 ft to the top. The view was magnificent. Dinner was aboard with crab cakes bought at the Lobster House Market. The weather forecast for tomorrow is not so good with thunderstorms, winds SE 15 kts gusting 20 to 25 kts and 4 to 7 foot waves. I think we will stay here for another day.
Posted on 09/08/2004 9:02 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 7 September 2004
Day 6 Tuesday September 7 Delaware Bay to Cape May
The weather god was good to us today. We had one of our longest days cruising 74 miles mostly in the wide open water of Delaware Bay with its exposure to the Atlantic. Potentially, this was the most dangerous water since the Gulf crossing last fall. We set out early in heavy overcast at 6:30AM and reached the Delaware River at about 8:00AM in fog. About 10 miles later the fog lifted and when we reached Delaware Bay the clouds went away and it was a beautiful day. Even better the tide was running out of the bay and boosted our speed from 9 mph to 11.5 mph at times. The winds were very light and the waves one foot or less. As a result we were a full hour earlier getting to Cape May. At one point we thought we saw a battleship coming toward us. However, it turned out to be the Ship John Shoal lighthouse.
We docked at Utsch's Marina. We walked 1.75 miles to the Victorian B&B area of town and the beach. Cape May is the oldest beach vacation spot in America. It also has the only beach we have ever seen where you have to buy a $4.00 "Beach Tag" to walk on the public beach. You can be fined $500 or get 90 days in jail (or both) for not having a beach tag. We took a taxi back to the Lobster House restaurant which is beside the marina. It is on a par with Captain Anderson's in Panama City, i.e. very good. Tomorrow we will wait out the rain here from Francis. Lat 38.95 Long 74.91
Posted on 09/07/2004 5:56 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 6 September 2004
Day 5 Monday September 6 Labor Day
We managed to get out of the crowded harbor at Annapolis without hitting any other boats or piles. The wind was light and the current slow. It was cloudy and dull almost all day. Arriving at Chesapeake City at 1:30PM we docked on the south side of the Chesapeake & Delaware canal at the Chesapeake Inn & Marina. The canal connects the north end of Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic. The canal was first built in the early 1800's. The original locks have been removed and now ocean going freighters can pass through. A car freighter was leaving the canal as we arrived.
The town is very interesting with many old homes dating back to the 18th century. Some are B&B's now and other tourist shops.
An antique shop specialized in toy boats including the all metal British windup launch I had as a kid in Toronto. Every day cruising brings something interesting and today it was a square rigged schooner under full sail. It was rough (2-3ft waves) and the windshield was covered in spray but in spite of that the photo turned out pretty well.
Posted on 09/06/2004 8:45 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 5 September 2004
Day 4 Sunday September 5 Annapolis
Andrew and Peg arrived by motorcycle yesterday afternoon. We all walked downtown and toured the harbor. Annapolis is home to a number of 100' megayachts. The public harbor was bedlam with tourists and boats. The city dock is not the place to tie up on a holiday weekend unless you like having a big crowd around. The old town area is beautiful with many restored homes and buildings.
The US Naval Academy occupies a large portion of the city and it was football day. All the sailors dressed in whites and marched to the stadium accompanied by bands. We were allowed on the campus by showing some identification.
Today after Andrew and Peg left for Nashville we took the water taxi back to downtown. It was windy and rough. One gets a different perspective on the wave height when you are down close to the water. I toured the Naval Museum and walked around the state capital. Mavis went shopping in the many stores on Main Street. Tomorrow we will head for Chesapeake City on the CD Canal. The weather seems to be holding with Francis stalled over Florida.
Posted on 09/05/2004 6:07 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 4 September 2004
Day 3 Saturday September 4 Oxford to Annapolis
We left at 7:30AM for Annapolis a distance of 35 miles. Nearing Annapolis the view was a sea of sailboats stretching across the horizon. The last time we saw a sight like that was the sailing Olympics on Lake Ontario in 1976. It seems that on holiday weekends all the boats are out so we got a slip without difficulty at Mear's Marina. This is only the second marina we have encountered with wireless Internet service. It makes it really easy to update the blog.
Posted on 09/04/2004 1:03 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 3 September 2004
Day 2 Friday September 3 Spending the day in Oxford
An nice day in Oxford at the Oxford Yacht Agency (see photo) to wait around and while the windlass was being fixed. There was a 1990 36' Grand Banks beside us that had just been purchased by a single 50ish woman, Sally. She hired a captain to teach her how to run the boat and take it to Southport, NC. She is going to sell her house in Wilmington, live on the boat and build a cottage in Southport. She left about noon for Solomon's. The mechanics from Dickerson arrived at 3:30 and reinstalled the windlass for the 3rd time with its electric motor rebuilt. It worked!! John's main concern was to determine why the motor burned out. There is an electronic circuit breaker hidden in the rope locker that is supposed to prevent such incidents. We walked around the town and at the general store learned that the police incident yesterday was a fight at Schooner's Bar. A cellphone message from our son Andrew said he would meet us in Annapolis tomorrow. Nothing major. We had dinner aboard watched at DVD and were in our bunks early.
Posted on 09/03/2004 1:03 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 2 September 2004
Day 1 Thursday September 2 Trappe to Oxford
We left Nashville in Thunderstorms delaying our departure for 30 minutes and arrived in Baltimore just 10 minutes late. Our good friend Jack was waiting at the airport for us. I wanted to take video (with our new DVD camera) crossing the Bay Bridge but Jack warned me that a few weeks ago a foreigner was arrested for photographing the bridge. There are signs asking people to report suspicious activity on or near the bridge. I decided to get some pictures from the boat instead. When we arrived at Dickerson Yacht Harbor at 2:00PM the Katy Leigh was out of the water with the mechanics working feverishly to finish repairing the windless. I was launched within an hour but in testing the windless the motor died. They will try to have it rewound on Friday. We finally left Trappe about 4:00PM and cruised to Oxford. The Trappe Creek and Choptank River are the setting for Michener's book Chesapeake so it was fun to see what he was writing about. Devon Island only existed in his imagination but we went right by where it was supposed to be (see photo) before it was washed away. In Oxford several people were out in the streets to watch about 6 police cars with sirens speeding down the main road to the Morris Hotel and ferry boat jetty. Tomorrow we will try to find out what happened. Oxford is a small peaceful town so this was an unusual incident. Hopefully the windless will be fixed and installed tomorrow. We will spend tomorrow in Oxford and curise to Annapolis on Saturday. The weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday is not good and may be the tail end of hurricane Francis so Annapolis could be a good place to hole up for the bad weather. This leg is only 650 miles and we have 26 days so there are a lot of weather days available.
Posted on 09/02/2004 9:00 PM by Bob Duthie