The First Mate's Journal

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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)


14 October 2008 | Annapolis
83, Sunny
Clang, clang, clang, clang. The gates to stop traffic from crossing the bridge are coming down. 7 am and the sky is still twilight. The exodus of the sailboats in our anchorage and mooring field on Spa Creek begins. The show is over and the migration of southbound boats begins except for a few stragglers - our selves included. Our migration will continue soon enough, once we have our davits on, shopping done, and boat back in order.

After coffee and orange rolls, we decided to see how Sapphire had their davits set up and to invite them for breakfast tomorrow. They had had a busy schedule of visitors so we waited. But oops to late they were gone. Drats! Sapphire is the other Bayfield from Michigan .We were going to start out the same time as them last year, but it was not to be, and danged if they didn't beat us again. Hopefully we'll meet up again! So we cruised around looking at everyone else's dingy davits that were left in the marina, then came back and tried to put it all together. Once we had it figured out in our mind, (this was a process too) we started drilling the holes and discovered that it wasn't going to work correctly. Part of the stern railing was cockeyed so while our careful measurements to center it on the transom went superbly, but the davits didn't work out as planned. Sooo, back to the drawing board, it was a most difficult time but we think we got it figured out. With a few modifications we managed to get them up, minus 2 set screws overboard,oops, a rubber mallet overboard, oops, and a locking nut in the lazaret somewhere- oops. So we've now lost overboard, the above mentioned, some glasses, the end of a boat hook, a whole boat hook minus the rubber handle, a ballpean hammer, a screw driver, and we're still counting. So for those wanting to track us, follow the tools. Wayne has a new theory that there's a magnetic attraction between tools, boat parts and water.

We managed to get the davits up minus the crossbar before dark. The crossbar needs to be cut to whatever dimensions we have it set up for so that will be tomorrow. We hope to eventually mount our solar panels on that crossbar - it's an inch and a quarter stainless tube -Much bigger than our other stainless tubing on the boat.

Chicken legs for dinner tonight mmmmmmm.....
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson