Fri 23 Sep 2022
Left Taylor's creek at 11:30 and motored back to Mathews point arriving
17:30. Winds were strong out of the north 15g28, clear skies and temp
running in the 70's. We made an average of 4 knots. We went by the Town
creek this time. It's pretty twisty and narrow but well marked.
the tachometer is acting intermittently.
Wed 21 Sep 2022
Left Cape lookout and motored back to Beaufort. Departed at 1500 and
arrived at 19:30. Seas were 1-2 feet and wind was 10g15 out of the East.
Skies were clear Barometer was 30.15, Temp 85.
Mon 19 Sep 2022
Motored out Beaufort inlet and sailed to Cape lookout. Left about 13:00 and
anchored at about 1800. Winds were out of the south south west at 10g14.
We averaged 5 knots with a peak of 7.2. Temp was 81. Barometer was 30.10.
We had partly cloudy skys with scattered thundershowers. Seas were 2-3
feet. The anchorage is quiet with 3 other sailboats anchored with us. In
the anchorage waves are completely calm. The coastguard is on station in
the middle of the anchorage. The bottom holds well and we used the Bruce
with 75 feet of chain in 25 feet of water.
Tues 13 Sep 2022
Motored from Mathews Point to Beaufort NC. Left at 1200 and arrived at
1700ish. Temp was 85 deg winds South East at 10-15. Barometer 2982
No water or fuel in the bilge. All is well.
Anchored near marker 7 in Taylor Creek with the Bruce anchor.
Wednesday 31 August 2022
Test sail from Oriental to Mathews Point marina plus sailing back and fourth
in between. Depart at 13:30 arrive 19:15. Temprature 88 deg Winds South
West at 10 Gust 17, Skies partly cloudy. Waves 1-2 feet. The last portion
we motored into the creek and the hose from the raw water pump to the heat
exchanger blew. We put about 50 galons of water in the bilge and I could
only run the engine at 1800 rpm to avoid overheating. At Mathews Point the
depth was about 4 1/2 -5 feet and we were pushing mud. We ran the engine
for 35 minutes and the generator for 1 hour. Arrived safe to all our
friends on the dock.
Thursday 29 April December 2022
Wow did we forget how to sail? It's been a long winter but this afternnoon
we took the boat from Mathew's Point to Zimmerman's yacht service near
oriental. We left around noon and arrived a little after 4pm after playing
around in the Neuse river for a bit. The day was cool in the mid 70's with
a 12-17 knot wind out of the north west. Skies were clar and the water was
calm with only an occational white cap. There was a bit of a quartering
swell from the stern making the boat rock a bit. Liliah was hiding as we
motored to the Ship yard. Upon arriving I had to make two passes to get
into the slip between two other boats. All is well. Thank heavens for a
bow thruster. Once again we used a lot of battery getting here.
Sunday 12 December 2021
This afternoon we went out at 12:10 and returned at 18:00 just after dark.
Winds were 10-15 out of the north and there was a light chop on the water.
Barometer was 30.26 and skies were clear. We stayed in the Neuse river within
a few miles of home. Mostly we wanted to test the head sail and see if the
roller furling was working correctly.
We also wanted to test the new anti-siphon for the motor and the exhaust
drain which worked perfectly. The Engine got to 3k rpm under load and seems
to be running great. I'm still noticing a tap tap on #3 but it's not bad.
The transmission is still not holding in forward like I would want. I need
to adjust the throw on the shifter. I think it's a problem in the pedestal.
On our return to the slip the wind was blowing us sidewise in the dock and
it two us two tries to get into the slip. During that time the bow
thrusters ran out of power. That was kinda scary. I'm not sure why they
are not charging when the engine is running. I'll have to work on that
before we go out again.
Thursday 11 November 2021
This afternoon we went for a nice 4 1/2 hour day sail on the Neuse river.
Temprature was 68. Winds were 4 knots out of the North and water was calm.
The barameter was 30.1. We left the slip without incident slowly and had no
problems running aground. Lowest depth was 5.3 feet but didn't seem to run
aground anywhere. Once we were passed the second green bouy depths remained
10 feet or more. We returned around sunset.
Sunday 17 October 2021
We departed the anchorage at 0715 and motored most of the way to the marina.
When we hit the Neuse river we sailed the rest of the way to the inlet where
Matthews point is and then at 15:30 when we were trying to put up the Genoa
it continued to get stuck. It took us nearly 30 minutes of frustration to
get the sail in. I'm not sailing again till I get it figured out.
Andy, Bob and Buck helped us get docked after dragging the bottom 3 times
getting to the slip. by 17:30 we turned off the motor and finished tieing
Saturday 16 October 2021
This morning we departed Lutz creek anchorage about 8am and motored all the way
through the aligator river to Deep point just beyond the aligator river
pungo river canal. We anchored about 18:02. By 1900 the storm came in and
the wind picked up to 25 knots. The anchorage is 10 feet and fairly open so
it's rocking pretty good right now. Two of the boats that were with us on
the journey also anchored just before the storm. This is mile marker 102 on
the inter coastal.
Friday 15 October 2021
We departed Cheasapeak and the great bridge at 7:15 only to find the next
bridge didn't open till 9:30 This one rotated. Then on the
second bridge the boat in front of us, Carousel hit at 63ft 3 inches. They
were doing some construction and there was a cable below top. We made it
through with a couple feet to spare according to one of the workers. At the
next bridge they decided to wait at the marina being a little gun shy. We
continued on to anchor at Lutz creek. Mile marker 59 on the ICW.
Thursday 14 October 2021
This morning we left Hospital point 8:15am an motored to the Great Bridge in
Cheasapeak Virgina. At 9:15 we were at the Gilmartin bridge and they opened
it at 9:50. We made it through the locks and under our first 65
foot bridge which was terrifying. We tied up around 12:30 so we can be up
early tomorrow morning.
Wednesday 13 Cotober 2021
There was thick fog this morning in Severn Creek so we got a late start for
Norfolk at about 9am. As we headed out of the Bay it started raining and misting and the
fog came back so off into the thick fog we went heading south east. The
seas were 1-2 feet and winds were less than 10 knots. We motored all the
way. We stopped for fuel, water, and pumpout at Salt Pond Marina just north
of the entrance to Norfolk. Then on to mile 0 of the ICW in Norfolk at
Hospital Point where we anchored about 1800.
Tuesday 12 October 2021
Departed Mill Creek at 9am enroute to Norfolk. We motored out into the Bay
and turned south west into a following sea and hoisted the sails. This was
the first time that we put up all the canvas even the Mizzen. We sailed for
about 5 hours before dropping the sails and motoring. One again there was a
small craft advisory. Winds were 15-20 out of the North East. At one point
we did try wing on wing but the winds were shifty and we couldn't maintain
the Genoa so after about 30 minutes at 5.5 knots we gave up and headed for
Mob Jack Bay. We anchored in Severn Creek at 1800. While trying to find the
best spot to anchor we ran aground. We backed up and tried again. After
setting the anchor I felt the boat not moving correctly and once again we
were aground. The bottom is very uneven. It says 10-13 feet both on the
charts and on the depth guage but then it changes rapidly. Finally we
managed to anchor in 13 feet and hold. waves were 2-3 feet, sky was low
overcast with light misty rain most of the day. Temprature was 71. Barometer
Monday 11 October 2021
This morning we left about 1100 enroute to Mill Creek just south of the
Potomac river. We arrived about 1800 Wind was 18-20 out of the North West,
temprature was 73 and waves were 3-5 feet with whitecaps. The sky was
mostly cloudy. We opted to motor as on our last sail as we had
trouble furling the genoa and with the seas as choppy as they were we were
concerned that we wouldn't be able to do it again. We saw several sailboats
with 1 reef in and 1 with 2 reefs in. There was a small craft advisory.
Grace performed well in the confused following seas and was relatively dry,
all considered. We noted the dinghy was too close for such seas. While
anchoring the brake was made too loose and the shoe slipped out. We let out
over 100 feet of chain so I'm pretty sure we're going to hold well in this
little river. It was a fun exciting day.
Sunday 10 October 2021
At 11:00 we went for a sail out into the Chesapeak bay for a few hours.
seas were 1-2 feet with a few white caps. Winds are 15-18 out of the south
east and the temp is about 75. Barometer is 29.95, the skies are mostly cloudy with occational rain. We
hit 8.4 knots on a reach and ran a steady 7 knots at any point of wind.
We are back at anchor and the winds are strong in the anchorage. I hope the
anchor holds. We came back at about 15:30. We had to try 2 times to anchor.
Friday 8 October 2021
At 7am we weighed anchor and headed south to Solomons Island where we stayed
at anchor almost 20 years ago. Melodi was born here in Lenardtown. About
half way there I decided (strange urge) to look at the engine under the
floor and found the seal for the hot water tank blown. Water was spraying
everywhere. So I turned off the water pump and wiped the water off the
ceiling and the counters and floor. We had lost about 5 gallons. When we
arrived in Solomons Island we tried three times to anchor but it kept
dragging so we gave up and got a slip and of course they said I had to back
in so in I went very slow and controlled but I must say I love a bow
thruster. We shut the engine off about 16:30. It was a long beautiful day.
Wind was dead calm. Once in a while a puff out of the south west.
Barometer 30.01 temp 75.
Thursday 7 October 2021
Today we left on our trip south. We departed the dock at Pasadena at 12:30
and went to Magothy marina to top off fuel and water. Then we departed and
headed into the Chesapeak bay and headed south to Rhode river just south of
Thomas point where we anchored at 17:20. Skies were partly cloudy with winds out of
the south south west at 5-10. Seas were calm temprature 78 deg. Barometer
30.02. This is a pleasent anchorage at Rhode River Bite. There is a little
rocking due to the wakes but not bad. The depth is 10 feet.
Sunday 3 October 2021
We went out agian today at 14:15 and returned at 18:30 right before dark.
Sam cast us off and I backed her slowly out of the slip and we worked our
way south out of Blackhole Creek. We headed south under power toward the red
marker at the center of the Magothy and put of the sails just as we hit the
marker. We turned east into a SE wind and sailed into the deep water. We
didn't have to tack and kept the same point of sail all the way out. It was
a nice warm day in the high 70's and there were no waves to speak of. When
we got into the shipping channel we did a little experimenting and made a
few loops and then headed home. As the evening cooled the winds calmed down
and we were only making about 4-5 knots. We docked smoothly this time and
were pleased with our day.
Saturday 2 October 2021
Today we went for a test sail. Winds were out of the West about 12-14,
temprature was 76 and skies were clear. We left at about 1400 and came back
at about 18:30. First we sailed south for 2 hours then came back home and
worked on backing up and docking for about 30 min. Our top speed was about
7.4. She loves to go when you get the sails right and jumps right up
nimbly. Hannah did most of the steering and Sam and I worked the sails.
The seas were calm with about 1 foot waves. We had a wonderful time. Our
host came with us and helped us learn the boat a little more. They are
absolutely wonderful folks. We hope to maintain a long term friendship with
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Finished the work on the transmission at Gibson Island Yesterday and put her
in the water. After sleeping the night we planned on leaving about noon.
As we were moving from the dock I shifted into reverse and it made a
terrible knocking sound. So we gently pulled her back in the dock and
went to get a mechanic. We were terribly worried that a new transmission
was bad. What we found out was that the shifter was not aligned correctly
and it was not completely holding in reverse. The mechanic had to move the
shift cable to a shorter hole closer lower down the lever. Now it's working
great. It took about 2 hours and we left around 15:30 Eastern time. We
motored to the previous owner's dock in blackhole creek. It's a tight
anchorage and a very narrow approach but the depth is good at about 9-10
feet in the middle. We made two circles and brought her in to the dock. I
must say I love having a bow thruster. This was our first trip alone on the
boat. We are still learning but we made it to the dock at about 16:30. The
winds were 20 out of the East with a light chop on the water. After
entering the creek the winds died down to about 5. Skies were partly cloudy
with occational light drizzle. Temp was about 79.