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Good bye Oriental...Sunny, 55 degrees Winds 5-10mph
11/17/2008, From Deatons, Oriental – Whittaker Creek, N.C. to Adams Creek Anchorage
Man it was cold last night. It went down to 34 so needless to say we went to bed in sweatshirts, jeans, and socks and had 3 coverings over us. The weather man is predicting a low tonight of 28... I can't believe that we stayed in Oriental 11 days - wow... After we got up and had our morning coffee, we topped up the water, got a pump out, said a sad (on my part) farewell to Linda and Cat's Cradle and took off for Adams Creek. It was tight getting out because Sail Craft had boats double rafted into the creek so we couldn't turn the boat around. One of the guys at the boatyard backed it out and then into the lift area (where we got a pump out). Today was a short hop day - perfect day to cross the Neuse River and get our feet wet again (so to speak)? We went a total of 6-7 miles because with our later start figured we couldn't do a 50-mile day so tomorrow will be around 44 miles depending on if we can stop somewhere else or not. Wayne wants to put in at Spooner Creek but the entrance has been shoaling so we may not be able to. So we're planning on going further to Swansboro in case we cant get into Spooners. It looks like anchorages are not so abundant anymore (unless you have shallow draft boats) until we get to S. Carolina so we'll probably be doing short, long, short, long days (alternating).
Still working on the boat11/16/2008
Okay - this is what Gary looks like and for those interested - I've added new pictures to the website - Trying a new format - let me know what you think...
Working on the boat11/12/2008, Deatons Boat Yard, Oriental NC
Gary finished up installing the battery charger & regulator between Tow Boat US rescues (did I mention that he's the one that ungrounded us in Broad Creek then again between Whittaker Creek & Whittaker Point Marinas?). While you can't tell what he looks like, that's him in the picture tucked into our engine compartment, he's very conscientious and thorough and we've decided that he's our favorite (dare I say best too) boat mechanic on the Eastern Seaboard. While he was tucked into our engine we heard a "hello Kolibrie" from up top. Ben and Kristin from Windborne stopped by to say hi and brought over their extra washers from their manual bilge pump. They're from the west coast, and like us, found their boat out here - also a Bayfield 36 - located across the way in the Sailcraft Boat yard. They're getting her ready to take south sometime next week. It was nice to meet them & we hope to run into them along the way - we like their taste in boats LOL.