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Old problem areas behind us!!
06/12/2010, Carolina Beach NC

Even 1st mate Miss Bridget took a turn at the helm. Only problem was she wanted to head for the green stuff!!!!
If anyone has not noticed, we have added back the link to our realtime position reporting. It works through Spot & Google & tracks our position every 20 minutes.
Another great day on the waterway.Very hot and sunny. We saw three dolphin and Al saw a huge sea turtle. Many sports boats were out today, causing mild grief. Unlike heading south in the cold of December, some dredging has been done in some problem areas so we breezed through places like Cape Fear, Lockwoods Folly and Shalotte Inlet. We pulled into Joyner Marina, at the top of Snows Cut. Its on Carolina Beach which is a 10 minute walk away. We put in a long day today and Al's neck is sore and given the wild weekend warriors on the waterway we have decided to stay until Monday morning and maybe take Bridget to the beach tomorow. We missed Oriental on the way down so after consulting with the captain, I would like a little time there before we get to Belhaven. This should still get us to Dowry Creek by mid week, easily. Man time flies.

I.C.W
On the move north.
06/11/2010, Barefoot landing Myrtle Beach SC

We were up early this morning & escaped the Georgetown Triangle at 7:30 & arrived at Barefoot Landing at 1:47pm. It was a much different trip than the one we made southbound last December in Ruth. The trip was uneventfull & really pretty, only spoiled by few hot rodders who did not want to slow down.
Jennifer took over the helm a few times & said it felt daunting to be driving her house, but she did good & she needs her own stool (Bob & Jane style). We would like to thank a few people who made our stay enjoyable, Bill & Karen, Rick & Cinda for driving us around & entertaining us, & Stephen Aurther for our memorable trip to the shrimp festival & his kind hospitality (especially for the dinner at the Grill)

I.C.W
06/11/2010 | Martha Warner
Wow! You can make popcorn while you helm the boat from the comfort of the great indoors! I'm jealous now. Let us know when you reach the Pungo. We'll drive on over to meet you and give you a proper NC welcome, if I can figure out what that is...
06/11/2010 | Al & Jennifer
Unfortunately we only have a small 1000w inverter soon to be upgraded to a 3000w so we can only run the fridge freezer at the moment. We have to have priorities like keeping the beer cold & the frozen stuff frozen (ice cubes) :-)))) Hope to see you soon. Tomorrow a lo0ng day to Wrightville Beach..
06/12/2010 | Martha Warner
So basicly the microwave is just a big tease... it still LOOKS good!
Yes we are in the water
06/10/2010

In case anyone wonders here is Close Knit back in the water where she belongs..

I.C.W
Back in the water
06/10/2010, Hazard Marine Georgtown Sc

Back In The Water.

Al.

Wednesday.
At 10:30 Wednesday morning we were back in the water, new antifoul & all thru hulls are dry!!! We had to back out from the lift.... Although we made it out & to the dock, without hitting anything, I obviously need to practice backing up in this boat. Just when I got used to Ruth, I now have to relearn again. One good thing is that if you have to stop, the engine & big ass propeller will stop you quick. Bob I need some tuition!!!! All that is left to do today is hook up the heads, connect the deck wash hose to the thru hull & install the invertor for the fridge.

Thursday.
Every thing is hooked up, but we need to put a new 3/4" hose on the head intakes as the old one iareto soft & are colapsing. We were suppose to be leaving today, but if they let us stay we will fix the head problem & just have a quiet down day to study the cruising guide, although we have done this route before but from the other direction.

Jennifer.

Indeed it is great to be back in the water. We had Bill & Karen for one last supper of fresh shrimp. Bridget has made a new friend on the dock Gizmo, a 4 lb yorkie. I was able to attend Tuesdays Stitch n' Bitch at the local yarn store. I met some nice ladies and had help with my Etrelac project and was taught how to make some adorable sheep. Since we may stay here today I may sneak in one more wee trip to the yarn store. I'm such an addict :).

I.C.W
06/10/2010 | Snoodle Time
Good for you too. Looks like CK is coming together nicely. When you get up this way again, it would be nice to see you both again. We are planning on doing a 10 day trip up to Annapolis this month. Leavingon the 16th and back the weekend after. Dickerson does their annual randezvous over fathers day weekend and then we will go on to Annapolis and then make our way back home. I'm looking forward to being on the water and have never been that far north on the bay.
06/11/2010 | Al & Jennifer
Steve Looking forward to hooking up with you again. I'm getting the itch to go sailing on a nice big boat again
Blowing this way & that way like the wind!
Al - Very Hot & humid
06/06/2010, Hazard Marine Georgetown

Just like the wind, we have decided to change the summer direction of Close knit, once again. After a discusion re the pros & cons, we are going to head north hopefully on Wednesday/Thursday & head to Dowery Creek, but instead of spending the whole summer there, we will stop for a few weeks & then head up to the Chesapeake Bay, & explore the east coast of the bay. It was somewhere we wanted to tour last year but did not have enough time. So we have to get busy finishing all the little things that need to be done for our trip. Hopefully we will meet up with Pete & Pokey in West river, & Steve & Anna in hampton. Got to go to WORK!!!!

Jennifer.

Even on the hard we are having fun here. We have been able to re-connect with Blue Blazes, Janice & Harley, fellow canadians from Midland, Ont. We went to kareoke (sp) night at Buzz's Roost which was a hoot. Had we known tho, the same nigfht at The Big Tuna they were having a draw for two fire arms (only in America). So we are still gunless. We have found most Americans travel with some sort of weapon. Few Canadians do, the Americans will give a good argument as to why its necessary. Today I'm being asked to sand. I've been lazy in this heat and happy to be in the cool and knitting. But I better pull my weight. I think I'm relieved that the decision has turned north again. I think our trip from Eliz City to Charleston was wraught (sp) with problems of one thing or another but that doesn't mean we will experience the same issues going back up. Maybe this time we can explore Swansboro in a different way, looking for adventure, not a mechanic and dropping big bucks. I am inticed by the thought of hooking up again with Snoodletime and Prim. Thats the hardest part of this nomadic life. You meet the best people, then you move on, but around the next bend are the next fun people. When we bust from here we will really miss Bill & Karen from Island Moon, they are residents of Georgetown and have been kind in making sure we are being taken care of. They are planning to travel on Island Moon so hopefully buddying with them will be in our future. Miss Bridget doesn't seem to mind being on the hard. We hoist her up and down the ladder for outside breaks. The other night we walked her to the tennis courts where we could confine her and she chased a tennis ball for over an hour. She had a blast and was pooped. She is proving to be a perfect boat dog,her personality is calm, she rarely barks and she is great company. Ok my boss is reminding me I should sand while its cool. Work now, play later I guess.

I.C.W
06/06/2010 | Susan Payette
We finally launched our trawler on Tuesday after what seemed a very long winter with lots of work still to do. So yes, work now, play later... but playing is very important and part of the plan!
06/06/2010 | Pete & Pokey
That is a hoot. And you will love cruising in the Bay. We're headed north next week to pick up the new Prim and thought we'd join you at Mary's in August. 'Guess we'll see you on the Eastern Shore and THEN head for Dowry Creek. Tennis courts! What a great idea for these little escape artists. Blackie, Red, grab your rackets!
On the hard - No comments Cathy!!
Al - Very Hot & humid
06/04/2010, Hazard Marine Georgetown

Well we are in the boat yard, plugged into electric & have the ac running full time. The thru hulls & sea cocks we originally ordered were to big so we went back to bronze everthing. The yard have installed the forward V head & the overboard discharge & generator thru hulls & sea cocks but we have to reorder the rear ones, will be installed Tuesday. In the mean time we will finish the teak & anti foul the hull & do a bunch of other stuff!! We have been bouncing around like a tennis ball as to whether we go north or south. We have decided we are going south & find a nice secure marina where we can have the boat hauled if need be for a hurricane, & while we return to Canada for a visit. St John's River (Green Cove Springs) has been recomended, if anyone else has any suggestions we would welcome them. We will also look into the possiblity of doing a short term lease on a car & do some Florida sightseeing. We are looking forward to getting going. Will post pictures of the boat in the next few days.

I.C.W

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