Curlew's Log

02 August 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME
27 July 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME
23 July 2017 | Boston, MA
16 July 2017 | Hyannis, MA
09 July 2017 | Block Island, RI
04 July 2017 | Baltimore, MD
09 June 2017 | Baltimore, MD
05 June 2017 | Baltimore, MD
27 May 2017 | Baltimore, MD
06 May 2017 | Annapolis, MD
28 April 2017 | Annapolis, MD
21 April 2017 | Fishing Bay near Deltaville, VA
16 April 2017 | Oriental,NC
08 April 2017 | Little River, SC
28 February 2017 | Little River, SC
25 January 2017 | Little River, SC
21 November 2016 | Little River, SC
10 November 2016 | Little River, SC
06 November 2016
02 November 2016 | Norfolk, VA

Boothbay Harbor

02 August 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME

Curlew in Boothbay Harbor

I decided to stay in Boothbay Harbor for a week. Relax, enjoy beers and dinner at the Whales's Tale. Do boat projects. Laundry too. I hoisted the Aquair wind generator. I only do this when I stay in one place for more than a few days. It does not generate a lot of amps, but every little bit helps to delay the moment that I either have to run the Honda generator or the engine to charge the batteries. I finally put LED bulbs in the dome lights in the two cockpit lockers and in the aft lazarette. I had ordered a new Samsung tablet. The old one was 5 years old and did not keep a charge anymore. And it had become incredibly slow. I had ordered a new one from Amazon and had it delivered at the marina. I installed only the apps I need for navigation, including the apps that communicate through WiFi with the Vesper AIS, the B&G Vulcan5 and the Garmin chartplotter.

On Sunday I took a boat tour on the Pink Lady II, a tourist boat run by Cap's Fish's. It takes you up the Kennebec River to Bath, and back inside through two Hell Gates, and a little swing bridge. Not something I could do on Curlew. A scenic trip indeed.

On Tuesday I decided to change the Yanmar engine oil. I have a permanently mounted Reverso oil pump in the engine compartment. When I had everything in place to change oil I turned on the Reverso. A strange noise, but no oil flow. I tried to prime it by pouring some oil into the discharge hose, and reverse the pump flow. Nothing happened. It appeared that the impeller had failed. I ordered a new one. It was delivered the next day. I removed the remnants of the old impeller. All the blades had sheared off. I could not locate two of the missing blades. They must have been expelled through the discharge hose some time ago. After I installed the new impeller the pump ran fine and I finally could change oil

To Boothbay Harbor

27 July 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME
Tuesday 7/25: In the morning I turned on the heat. I had tried to get a mooring for another night, but they had none available. So I left at 1010. It was cold, with occasional rain showers. I motor-sailed to Gloucester with only the main up and one reef. The wind was from the NNE at 10/13 knots, but there was quite a swell left over from yesterday. I anchored off Tenpound Island, in Gloucester Harbor, in sunny weather.

Wednesday 7/26 and Thursday 7/27: The trip from Gloucester to Boothbay Harbor was about 95 miles. I decided to leave at noon. That would give me plenty of time to get to Boothbay Harbor early the next day. In the morning I drained one of the Racor filters and changed the filter cartridge. The bouncy trips from P-Town to Boston and Boston to Gloucester had stirred up some dirt from the fuel tank. I left Gloucester at 1230 in light wind from the south. Motor-sailed until 1520 when I set the drifter in wind from the SSE at 8/10 knots. It was a good opportunity to set this sail again after it came down in such a mess off the Jersey coast.

At 2030 I furled the drifter (this time properly!), took it down and unfurled the yankee. The wind had increased to 15/20 knots. I put a reef in the main. Jibed at 0240. At 0730 the wind had decreased to 10/15 knots and in daylight I set the full main. At 0930 we passed The Cuckolds lighthouse at the entrance to Booth Bay. At 1030 I tied up at the fuel dock of the Carousel Marina, filled the fuel and water tanks and moved to a mooring. I will stay here for a week. I like Boothbay Harbor and the people. Sadly, my old friend Mike Stevens had suddenly died recently. Mike, who lived in St Augustine, FL, used to take his boat to Boothbay Harbor in the summer for many years, which is where I met him for the first time in 2010. Then I saw him again a few times in St Augustine on my two trips south on Puffin II and we also had lunch every time he stopped with his boat in Dundalk, MD, on his trips north and south. The Carousel Marine will not be the same without him.

Mike, in a serious mood...

From Hyannis to Boston

23 July 2017 | Boston, MA
Tuesday 7/18: We motored for a little while, mainly to charge the batteries, but sailed most of the way from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard, where I anchored in my usual spot off the yacht club. Provisioned for the week at the local Stop & Shop.
Wednesday 7/19: We left Vineyard Haven at 0945. I put a reef I the main and unfurled the yankee. That was more than enough sail for a beat down Vineyard Sound in 20 knots of wind from the WSW (i.e. the direction we wanted to go). In the middle of the Sound the fog was quite dense. It cleared up near the Elizabeth Islands and had almost completely lifted when we went through Quick's Hole and to Cuttyhunk. We picked up one of the moorings in the inner harbor. Then took the dinghy ashore for a walk and a view from the hill.

Thursday 7/20: We sailed to Onset and anchored in this spacious anchorage. We took the dinghy ashore for pizza at Marc Anthony's.
Friday 7/21. I bought 18.5 gallon diesel in the morning. The current in the Cape Cod Canal would not be favorable for us until the afternoon. We left Onset at 1400 and had only a short period of adverse current, but not very strong. Total lack of wind in Cape Cod Bay, so we motored all the way to Provincetown.
Saturday 7/22: I showed Peter the colorful sights of P-Town. To my surprise there was a propane filling station in town, within walking distance and I had the empty tank refilled. It was a lazy day, no wind, hot and humid.
Sunday 7/23: Not so the next day: It was cool and breeze from the NE at 15 to 25 knots. We left shortly after a 180 degree wind shift at 0500 in the morning put us on a lee shore and very close to a sandbank. Put two reefs in the main inside the harbor and unfurled the staysail. Under this small sail area we beat out of the harbor, around the tip of the cape and then eased the sheets. I unfurled the yankee, but left the second reef in the main until 1015.

We had a great sail into Boston and picked up a mooring at the Boston Waterboat Marina. Dinner at an Italian restaurant "Pasta Beach".
Monday 7/24: Cold, heavy rain and very windy all day. I dropped Peter off at the subway station in the pouring rain. It was good to have him aboard. I can't remember the last time we sailed together. It must have been in the 1980s. I went back on board and turn on the heat.

From Block Island to Hyannis

16 July 2017 | Hyannis, MA
Monday 7/10: I dropped Kirk off at the ferry back to the mainland. The poor guy needs to get back to work. Bought 18.5 gallon diesel in 3 jugs and emptied them in the tank.
Tuesday 7/11: Rain and breezy in the morning. Started rewiring the AIS antenna. When I installed the Vesper in the fall, I put the antenna on the stern pulpit. To increase its range I am going tot move it to the gimballed radar bracket on the back stay, as I originally had planned.
Wednesday 7/12: I raised anchor at 0745. It was moderately foggy inside the salt pond anchorage, but once outside it thickened and the visibility dropped to 1/8 of a mile. I turned on the foghorn, and kept a sharp look out. Radar on and AIS vessels showing on the new Vulcan5 display! What a luxury! The wind was only light and I motored until 1455 when it picked up and quickly strengthened to 23 knots from the SSE. Main and yankee up. When making tea I ran out of propane and had to switch bottles. At 1830 I anchored inside of Hadley Harbor. I was the only boat in the anchorage. Just before I entered Hadley Harbor this burnt out catamaran was moved from Falmouth to New Bedford. A total loss, for sure.

Thursday 7/13: A day of rest. It was warm early, but cool and rainy later.
Friday 7/13: I motored through Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard and anchored in Vineyard Haven.
Saturday 7/15: Bought some VHF cable at the local West Marine store so that I could finish moving the AIS antenna.
Sunday 7/16: Motored in light wind to Hyannis, where I will pick up my next crew: Peter, an old friend from the Netherlands, who will join me for a week. I had never been here. It is a big anchorage and quite a long dingy ride from the town.
Monday 7/17:Active Captain was not very clear about the location of a dingy landing. It listed a phone number for the harbor master who should be able to give you directions. A pity that the harbor master doesn't seem to subscribe to Active Captain, but after a lot of background discussion they told me to go to a little marina in the NW corner of the harbor, near the maritime museum. Some friendly people there told me it was OK to leave my dinghy. I had lunch at Spanky's Clam Shack, and then walked over to the bus terminal to wait for Peter. After he arrived (the bus was late, of course), we had a snack and a beer at Spanky's before we took the dinghy for a long and wet ride back to Curlew. Most of the day was foggy.

To Block Island

09 July 2017 | Block Island, RI

A rainy start

Wednesday 7/5: I left Rock Creek at 1000. Near Pooles Island there was enough wind to turn off the engine and I continued under sail. I anchored in the Bohemia River at 1735. During the trip I could not get the Android tablet to charge while connected to the 12V outlet that I had installed at the NavPod. When I tried another charger, it not only failed immediately, but the Vulcan5 display (which is powered by the same circuit as the Android tablet) shut off too. When I checked the voltage with a multi-meter it appeared that the voltage at the outlet was reversed. Somehow I had the plus and minus wires switched! Easily fixed, but in the process I destroyed two 12V cellphone chargers. I had one more on board. With trepidation I plugged it in, connected the tablet, and luckily everything worked again. The 5 year old Samsung tablet is getting very slow. And the battery doesn't keep a charge very long.
Thursday 7/6: Motored to Chesapeake City, to meet my friend Kirk, who was joining me for the trip to Block Island. I picked him up in the pouring rain and we left CC after finishing lunch with him and his wife Lisa at the Barnard House. Anchored for the night behind Reedy Island on the Delaware River.
Sunday 7/9: We left the Reedy Island anchorage at 0815. It was dry, but overcast and the wind was light. After a squall with heavy rain around 1115 the wind picked up and we turned the engine off at 1145. We continued under sail with one reef in the main and the yankee and staysail. At 1530 I shook out the reef but 30 minutes later it was time to turn the engine on again. At 1715 we approached the area where the Delaware meets the ocean at Cape May. I had decided that this time we would try the inside route that runs very close to shore around the lighthouse. I usually take the Cape May Channel which is further out (or go through the deep water channel, even further away, if the weather is rough, or at night), but this time we had a rising tide, the weather was calm and I had experienced crew. I also had copied a route from a recent internet posting. We briefly saw a spot of 11 feet on the SW tip of the cape, but this reading could well have been caused by turbulence in the water: There were quite heavy tide rips in that area. The rest of the trip around the cape was in plenty of water, never less than 20 feet and most of the time in the 30 feet range. It was about 3 hours after low tide, which gave us an extra 3ft of water above chart datum.
We entered the ocean at 1800. At 2115 we turned off the engine and continued under full sail in a W to SSW breeze of 10 to 15 knots. During my watch until midnight I took down the main and the yankee when a squall line was approaching. The wind shifted 180 degrees, but no heavy gusts. After it passed the wind died almost completely. Engine back on.
Saturday 7/8: At daybreak I hoisted the main, rigged the preventer, unfurled the yankee and boomed it out on the whisker pole. Sheeted the staysail to midships to reduce the rolling. The wind was from the W to WSW at 10/15 knots. Engine off. Jibed at 0800. Hoisted the drifter/Code zero at 1330. Left it up too long and finally took it down at 1500 when the true wind had increased to 20/25 knots. I really should take this sail down when the wind reaches 15 knots true. It did not furl well and came down in a total mess. Continued under main and staysail.
Sunday 7/9: We motored for a few hours when the wind turned light again during the night, then sailed again under full sail in light airs. To reach Block Island at a reasonable time (i.e. before cocktail hour!) we motored from 0615 until 1435 when we anchored in Block Island's Great Salt Pond. There was sufficient space outside the mooring field to anchor in a reasonable depth. A well deserved beer and dinner at The Oar.

B&G project, phase 3

04 July 2017 | Baltimore, MD

The new B&G Triton2 and Vulcan5 NavPod

The old B&G h1000

Monday 6/26: Back on board.
Tuesday 6/27: I started the final phase of the B&G installation. The old h1000 system used a linear autopilot rudder feedback unit that was bolted on to the hydraulic ram. After consultation with the B&G support team it was confirmed that this unit was not compatible with the new Triton2 system. The RF25N rudder feedback unit that came with the new package had to be fitted somewhere in the aft cockpit locker, in a protected place. After some study I determined that it could be mounted at a 90 degree angle and upside down. I then fitted a small aluminum support bar to hold the main unit, and drilled a hole in the quadrant (which is actually a circular disc) to mount the connecting rod. It all seemed to fit well, and be sturdy enough as well as out of the way of stuff in this locker that could shift when underway in rough seas.

The rudder feedback unit installation

Finally I connected the unit to the NMEA2000 backbone cable and finished the wiring to the AP computer. Ran the dockside autopilot test, and everything tested OK. So far so good, again.
Wednesday 6/28: Finished the installation of the NavPod on the pedestal. Connected the Garmin 741 and the Vesper AIS to the NMEA2000 backbone cable. Disconnected the NMEA0183 feed from the Vesper (out) to the Garmin (in), but left the NMEA0183 feed from the Garmin (out) to the VHF and the Raymarine radar in place.
Saturday7/1: I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday doing general cleaning, had the hull waxed, did food shopping for the trip to Maine and updated all the electronic charts on my cellphone, tablets and laptop.
Sunday 7/2: Left the Anchorage Marina to do calibration runs for the compass and the autopilot. The boatspeed seemed low: after I anchored in Rock Creek I checked the bottom and it appeared that there were quite a few patches of hard growth on the bottom and several through hulls were almost completely clogged with barnacles. In mid-May I had a diver check the prop and the zincs and he was also supposed to clean the through hulls and remove any hard growth from the bottom. I don't think he did a very good job. We may have had a bad barnacle season too in June, but I find it hard to believe that there was so much growth in such a short time. Anyway, I returned to the marina, got a large putty knife from my dock box, taped it to a long wooden handle, and went back to Rock Creek the next day to finish the job. I cleaned as much of the bottom as I could get to,but was unable to check the keel or the propeller. I cleaned the through-hulls that are close to the water line, but could not get to those deeper down.
Tuesday 7/4: Installed the wireless remote for the autopilot. This works through a Bluetooth connection. Now I can control the autopilot from anywhere on the boat.
I took the drains for the double sink apart and cleaned 13 years of accumulated gunk and grease. No wonder the sink smelled!
We are ready to start the 8th trip to Maine on Curlew.

B&G project, phase 2

09 June 2017 | Baltimore, MD
Tuesday 6/6: I pulled all the old h1000 Fastnet wires that ran from the mast foot to the depth sounder, from there to the compass, then to the speed sender and finally to the autopilot computer in the locker at the chart table. I wired the new NMEA2000 backbone cable from the foot of the mast where the wind sensor cable exits, to the hanging locker, where it connects to the cable coming from the new combined speed/depth sounder and to the new digital compass and from there under and behind the starboard settee to the locker behind the chart table where the new autopilot computer will be installed and where it will be connected to the Garmin chartplotter, the Vesper AIS, the wireless remote AP controller and to the power feed from the 12V system. I then installed T-connectors where needed. I removed the old and installed the new autopilot computer and the Triton2 display at the chart table. I pulled the old depth sounder and replaced it with the new combined depth/speed unit. Unfortunately the new unit does not have the “flap” that limits the inflow of water when you need to pull it for cleaning. At the next haul out I have to replace the through hull with the one that was provided with the new unit and that does have the “flap”.
Wednesday 6/7: I fitted the two Triton2 displays, a Vulcan5 display and a Triton2 autopilot controller in the new NavPod , extended the NMEA2000 backbone cable from the chart table to the autopilot ram in the aft lazarette and from there up the steering pedestal where it will be terminated inside the NavPod. Finally I temporarily mounted the NavPod with all its new instruments on the pedestal.
Thursday 6/8: I finished the wiring to the pedestal, including a dedicated power wire for the Vulcan5. I did not have a 12V power wire at the old pod, but instead of pulling new wires I used an existing 4-wire Fastnet cable from the old system. I combined the 4 wires in 2 pairs, which should give me enough diameter for the light load that the Vulcan5 needs . As this wire will be connected to a 15A circuit breaker at the main electrical panel, I installed a 3A in-line fuse at the point where the positive side of the Fastnet wire is connected to the main terminal block. I added a 12V outlet at the NavPod to power the Samsung Android tablet that I use as my main chartplotter. Double checked everything before I turned the power on. Lo and behold: what I had installed so far worked. Next phase is the installation of the autopilot. That has to wait until I return from a trip to the wineries in Napa, CA.

B&G project, phase 1

05 June 2017 | Baltimore, MD
Monday 5/29: I left the Anchorage Marina and motored to Annapolis. Anchored in Weems Creek.
Tuesday 5/30: Moved to a mooring in Back Creek, near Bert Jabin's and Port Annapolis marinas.
Wednesday 5/31: Closed on the sale of Puffin II, my Nordic Tug 32. Met the new owners and explained the systems. Also spent some time with them on Thursday.
Friday 6/2: Moved to a slip at Bert Jabin's at 0800. Two guys from Electronic Marine came on board and one of them went up the mast to install the new wind instrument. I had him replace the VHF antenna too while he was up there. The old whip antenna was bent and it broke off before he could take it down. When he showed the remainder of the antenna unit to me it was badly corroded. He also had to pull the old VHF cable up the mast, as the wire from the old wind instrument was wrapped around the VHF cable and would not come up or down without the it. They were finished at 1130 and I returned to my mooring.
Monday 6/5: I sailed around the Bay for a few days and returned to the Anchorage Marina on 6/5.

Baltimore projects

27 May 2017 | Baltimore, MD

Sunday 5/7: Disaster avoided: Curlew is plugged in to shore power. The battery charger has been on since yesterday. While sitting on the settee it seems that my seat is getting warm. I have no heated seats on Curlew. The house battery bank is under the settee. When I feel each of the four batteries, one is getting noticeably warmer than the other three. And its sides seem to be bulging. Not a good sign! I remove the bad battery from the bank. Obviously the time that the batteries were completely discharged while at the Coquina Yacht Club had destroyed at least one of them. As the bank is 4 years old I now have to replace all 4 of them.
Monday 5/8: Mailed the malfunctioning chartplotter back to Garmin. Changed the oil on the Tohatsu outboard again.
Tuesday 5/9: Ordered four new AGM Group 31 batteries and 275 feet of 5/16" HT anchor chain from my local West Marine store.
Monday 5/22: Returned on board after a 2-week trip back home to Philly. Picked up my four new batteries from West Marine, installed them under the settee and returned the old ones. Also, Garmin had sent me a "new" 741 chartplotter which I installed and kept turned on for a while. It did not shut down, and seems to work fine.
Wednesday 5/24: Two guys from the Anchorage Marina helped me move the 275 ft of chain from the West Marine store to my slip at the marina. I could have never done that by myself. I ran the rusty old chain out of the chain locker and took it to the marina workshop for their use. Then I measured the new chain and marked it in 30 ft (5 fathom) sections, before I pulled it into Curlew's chain locker.

Thursday 5/25: My new B&G electronics were delivered at the marina.

Annapolis Spring Boatshow

06 May 2017 | Annapolis, MD
Saturday 4/29: I went to the Annapolis Spring Boatshow. I spoke to Phil at Electronics Marine and ordered a new set of B&G electronics. During Curlew's build in 2003 B&G had released a new electronics package, the h1000 system as a replacement of the Network series. I never really liked the display quality of the h1000, but the system worked and the autopilot software was impressive. I always liked B&G: I had their 1960s system on my last boat in The Netherlands. However, over the years the displays had started to fade and the analog wind display recently failed altogether. I ordered new Triton2 displays at the helm and at the chart table and a Vulcan5 GPS/Chartplotter at the helm, which I mainly intend to use as the autopilot display. It will all be connected by a NMEA2000 backbone cable. So, lots of wiring to do. My intention is to do all the work myself, except the installation of the wind sensor on top of the mast and dropping its wire down the mast. I intend to keep the existing autopilot RAM (which was rebuilt two years ago).
I met Cary Lukens, the broker on the sale of Puffin II, my Nordic Tug. He needed crew to move an Irwin 52 from the show to a marina. I gladly volunteered.
Back on board I inspected the windlass control box and determined that the problem is corrosion of the contacts. I cleaned all contacts and reinstalled the box in its spot inside the chain locker. (Not the best spot for such a device, but I cannot come up with a better solution.) It works again. I wonder for how long.
Back to the show to help Cary to move the Irwin at the close of the show at 1700.
Monday 5/1: Met Phil in his office at Bert Jabin's to finalize the purchase of the B&G system. Checked the status on the work that Port Annapolis was supposed to do on Puffin II. Rode my folding bike to the hardware store to get the propane bottle refilled. No problem here.
Tuesday 5/2: Shopped at Giant's. Added water to Puffin II's batteries, where needed.
Wednesday 5/3: Installed a fuse box for the solar panels and the wind/water generator, to replace the in-line fuse holders which tended to overheat under full solar output. I dropped the mooring at 1430 and anchored in Weems Creek at 1530.
Thursday 5/4: Stayed at anchor in Weems Creek. I updated the DC and AC schematics by adding the solar and wind/water sections and the back up battery charger that I had installed some time ago.
Friday 5/5: Heavy rain in the morning. Around 0930 the wind got much stronger and gusty. I was not comfortable with the holding ground in the creek and turned on the engine to counter the gusts. Still the anchor dragged. And again the windlass control box failed. In between gusts I pulled up the anchor as best as I could by hand. I was slowly drifting to an unoccupied private mooring, which I managed to pick up without fouling it with my anchor chain. Later the Annapolis Harbormaster came by. When I told him why I had picked up this private mooring, he told me to not trust any of the moorings in Weems Creek, including the ones that belong to the Naval Academy. Most of them have not been inspected or maintained in years.
I replaced the fuse holder of the control box. That solved the problem, this time. I have to re-think this installation. It will probably fail again.
Saturday 5/6: I motored to the Anchorage Marina and put Curlew in her slip.

To Annapolis

28 April 2017 | Annapolis, MD
Saturday 4/22: Rainy, very windy and cold, all day. Wind NNE and gusty. Replaced the impeller on the Yanmar. It was in surprisingly good condition, after 435 hours. I kept it as a spare. Then I changed oil and oil filter. Changed one Racor filter and the engine fuel filter. Finally I replaced the belt, which also was in good condition after almost 600 hours.
Sunday 4/23: I turned on the heat! It was cold, rainy and windy. I launched the dinghy and got some fuel at the marina. Walked around the boat yard and took pictures of an interesting aluminum vessel, with three rudders (two on each quarter and a smaller one in front of the single prop). I cleaned the brown stains caused by the tannin in the waterway from Curlew's hull..
Monday 4/24: Another windy and rainy day. At 1000 I put out more chain (now 130 ft) because of the expected increase in wind force to 30 knots. Gale warnings issued for tomorrow.
Tuesday 4/25: Heat on until noon. Heavy rain, strong ENE winds in the AM. Clearing, then rain again later. Did I write before that I was glad to be on the Bay again?
Wednesday 4/26: Finally the weather improved enough to leave. Underway at 0710 and soon we were under sail. The wind was from the NW at 10/15 knots. Overcast, but dry. I took pictures of Corret who passed me. A perfect breeze for her, but Curlew needs 15 ft on deck to move at near hull speed. The wind died at 1245 and I motored the rest of the way to Solomons.
Thursday 4/27: Went shopping at West Marine and the liquor store. Put 26 gal in the water tank. Dinner at the Dry Dock restaurant. Sunny and warm all day.
Friday 4/28: Thunderstorms at night. When I started to raise anchor at 0745 there was no power to the windlass. I ended raising the anchor by hand. Underway at 0830. Sunny, but no wind. On the Bay it is often all or nothing. I picked up a mooring near Bert Jabin's on Annapolis' Back Creek.

Back on the Chesapeake Bay

21 April 2017 | Fishing Bay near Deltaville, VA
Corret waiting for the bridge in Great Bridge, VA

Monday 4/17: I left Oriental at 0740. Sailed down the Neuse River and motor/sailed the rest of the way to Belhaven, NC. Anchored close to the dinghy dock. The Cabo Rico PH47 "Truant" was anchored inside the breakwater. I had a really excellent dinner at the Spoon River restaurant. Service was great too.
Tuesday 4/18: Overcast, cool (60s). I left late at 1200 for the short trip to the Pungo River anchorage.
Wednesday 4/19: Leaving early this time, at 0620, for the trip down the Alligator River-Pungo River canal, through the desolate Alligator River and across the Albermarle Sound. I anchored in almost the same spot as on the way south, behind Buck Island.
Thursday 4/20: Left the Buck Island anchorage at 0630 and motored to the free dock at Great Bridge. Near Great Bridge I was hailed by "Corret", a 36ft Islander, hailing from Maine. They had recognized my boat as a Chuck Paine design (most people think it's a Crealock design, like most other Cabo Ricos). I met her owners, Bill and Susan Henderson. We had drinks on Curlew. They keep Corret on a mooring in Rockland, ME, and live in an old house on the St George River. He used to work at the Lyman-Morse boatyard.
Friday 4/21: I left the dock at 0745, went trough the Great Bridge Lock and through Norfolk, VA. At 1000 I passed mile 0 at Hospital Point. I was glad to be on the Chesapeake Bay again. No more bridges, and space to sail. Unfortunately there was little wind. I played with different sail combinations for a while but at 1330 I turned on the engine and motored the rest of the way to the anchorage at Fishing Bay. Heavy thunderstorms struck between 2100 and 2200, with heavy wind gusts and sudden wind shifts. I had put out plenty of scope and were anchored way up the Bay near the marina. The anchor held fine.
Vessel Name: Curlew
Vessel Make/Model: Cabo Rico 42 cutter
Hailing Port: Baltimore, MD
Crew: Thierry Danz
About: Hometown: Philadelphia, PA - Members SSCA, Cruising Association (London, UK)
CURLEW is a Cabo Rico 42, built in 2003. LOA 46' 10" 14.25 m LOD 42' 6" 12.95 m Beam 12' 8" 3.85 m Draft 5' 10" 1.80 m Displ 32,000 lbs. 14,500 k Mast height 58' 17.7 m Sail area (100%) 931 ft2 86.5 m2 Sail area (total) [...]
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