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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Tropical Dreamer Blocked and Stored on the Hard
Keith - late October, 2007
10/20/2007, Oriental, NC

This is where I spent the last night. They set me up with shore power so I had lights, refrigeration, TV and Radio for comfort as I prepared her for storage. Getting up and down that ladder in the drizzling rain that night was a bit precarious, as was getting my luggage and other equipment down by myself. Don't know what I would have done if Jake and Anne would have been there. They couldn't have spent the night on the boat.

Going to the Hard
Keith, late October, 2007
10/20/2007, Oriental, NC

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Coming Out of the Water
Keith, late October, 2007
10/20/2007, Oriental, NC

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Tropical Dreamer in the Lift Ready to Be Pulled Out
Keith - late October, 2007
10/20/2007, Oriental, NC

They've done this a thousand times or more. Fascinating to watch the process. First I had to back it in to the slip, something I hadn't done before. There were helpful hands waiting. They had assisted countless others to learn the art. They shouted positively and with encouragement "Captain, give her some reverse thrust, now some forward, now a little reverse, you've got it, that's it Captain..." and the like. They made it easy.

Storm Approaching As I Depart
Keith - late October, 2007
10/20/2007, Oriental, NC

I had three weeks of nearly perfect weather on this voyage. Very unusual for October on the eastern seaboard. On my last day on the water, as I was bringing the boat in to Deaton Yacht Service for winter storage, this storm came through from the southeast. There were cruising vessels heading south that day that must have cruised right through it. It wasn't that bad. More bad weather was on its way according to the reports. 8-12 foot seas in the real Atlantic. I spent that night on the hard in Oriental with hatches closed most of the night. In the early morning, I took down the bimini and the dodger and otherwise secured the deck in the drizzling rain. It was quite memorable and not cold at all. If anything it was more warm and steamy.

Deaton Yacht Service
Keith - late October, 2007
10/20/2007, Oriental, NC

Thanks to the nice folks at Deaton for storing Tropical Dreamer for the winter and for helping me to winterize her and get her ready for continued cruising.

Sunset in Oriental
Keith - late October, 2007
10/20/2007

Because it is often moist inside a boat and the conditions where boats are located are often humid, it is common on sailboat lifelines to see towels, rags, clothing and other things that got wet during the day or night. It dews heavily at night in the places that I've cruised so far, so towels and such have to be brought in or they get even wetter. They must also be brought in when the winds kick up, especially underway. I lost a dishrag overboard leaving the anchorage before Oriental. I guess I shouldn't complain since that's all I lost this trip.

Tow Boat US
Keith, late October, 2007
10/20/2007, Oriental, NC

Everyone told me it was just a matter of time until I grounded on the ICW and that I should buy towing insurance, so I did for the peace of mind. When you have towing insurance, you don't have to have a panic attack every time you approach the side of the channel and your depth meter reads 2 feet under the keel. This is one of the ubiquitous tow boats driving out to get somebody. I didn't ground this trip, but as I was getting pulled out of the water to store the boat, another very large power boat was coming in (probably the boat this tow was going to save) that had grounded at night due to following electronic charts instead of the actual markers. That boat had around 5-10 thousand dollars in damage. One prop had a blade completely sheared off. The folks at Deatons Yacht service estimated that the prop alone would cost 2-3 thousand to replace. Kind of puts things into perspective in terms of the costs to maintain Tropical Dreamer.

Lateen Rigged Sailboat Cruising the Oriental Harbor
Keith, late - October, 2007
10/20/2007

I spent the last few nights of this first trip down the northern section of the ICW in the Oriental Harbor just off the docks of the Oriental Yacht Club. They sail these cool little sailboats with one sail and a little inboard engine. This guy was sailing with his girlfriend. In the light wind conditions and the shallow water, this guy took his girl on an evening cruise that was sure to win her over if she had an ounce of sailer in her.

The 8 foot Walker Bay Dingy at the Oriental Town Docks
Keith, late-October, 2007
10/20/2007

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this dingy. Putting aside the age old debate about inflatable vs. hard dingy, I like the Walker Bay because it is rugged and it rows well. So well its 3.5 hp outboard engine is often not needed. However, this dingy leaks water. I think I need to replace or silicone seal the drain plug assembly at the back. Didn't get around to it this trip. For now I use a hand pump to clear out the water before I get in. The dingy is also tippy, especially when you're not used to it. It came to me with a heavy duty inflatable ring that Ken admitted had a slow leak he couldn't (didn't) fix. I'm sure the addition of the inflatable part would make the Walker Bay a great Dingy after I fix the leaks. The last thing I did before heading out of Oriental was to drop the inflatable section at the local West Marine Outlet for repairs. Once it is repaired, I will clean it with Acetone to make it look pretty again, install it on the dingy, fix the leaking drain, and I'll be styling. With the inflatable attached and working, this dingy could serve as an inadequate life raft in an emergency, which is better than I have at present on Tropical Dreamer. All I have at present is a tippy dingy that leaks water and would surely sink if it took on too much water or tip over and sink in heavy seas.

 

 
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