Happy Birthday Sis
05 November 2008 | Broad Creek, NC
Gale Warnings, pelting rain, no connections
Happy Birthday Sis - I love you and hope it's a good one! I have a sunset to share with you - hope you like it :)
The last couple of days the weather has been building.
My connection keeps coming and going and with our battery charger on the fritz I'm never sure if I can charge my computer (once again).
We're anchored on Broad Creek - 2 anchors out to keep from dragging. At 7am N/NE winds 20-35 and gale warnings are up for later today at Pamlico with gusts over 40 mph and coastal flooding near high tide here. Expected levels should be 2-3 ft above high tide around 4-5pm with 6-8 foot breakers along the coastline up to Cape Lookout today. The 1500 are out there now and a tropical depression looks like it's building to welcome them to the Caribbean - I hope they fair well.
Needless to say we're staying put until things settle down. Coming into Broad Creek from the Newse River was bumpy and uncomfortable so we'll wait for the winds to change direction and calm.
Our position is at 35*05.424 x 076*37.594 and we're anchored in about 8 ft of water in a very pretty location. I still can't get over how they call these bodies of water "creeks". They're rivers with strong currents and tides...
We fiddled with the davits, then Wayne changed the oil and did engine maintenance, while I cleaned up from the rains (buckets) hanging out things to dry (hand towels, rugs, etc...) and then we started looking for places in our books and charts (cruising guides) that could work on our battery charger that also had shopping nearby. Sam's Club would be great but the closest on to Oriental is over an hour away by car. We did find Whittaker Creek on the chart and it looks like there's a service facility there (Deatons) that works on Yanmars and has electrical maintenance. We'll have to contact Carol & Ashley to see what they recommend in the area and see if we can put in at their marina while we get the battery charger fixed.
The left over pie from last night tasted much better to me tonight - the flavors must have melded together more overnight, then "Boinnngggg" - a very unknown, unwanted sound from up top, starboard... the starboard intermediate shroud line (one of the rigging lines that holds the mast up on the right side) came loose, or a fitting broke while we were sitting after dinner. We went topside to investigate it with our flashlights, but couldn't see how or where it came loose. It will have to wait until morning. Wayne hooked the spare (spinnaker) halyard to the toe rail closest to the loose shroud line for the night.