Matt Doing MeasurementsKeith, hot and humid
06/04/2008, Oriental, NC
You see things on the boat when you really start working on it that you never even noticed before, good and bad. Generally, its in great shape. But there are most definitely projects to be done. One way or another, it is likely to go in the water before the middle of the month. More about that later.
Initial Hydrovane Drawing and DataKeith, hot and humid
06/04/2008, Oriental, NC
We don't have a scanner on the motorhome, but I do have a camera that takes good close-ups. This is one that we sent off via e-mail to the guys at Hydrovane. Supposedly, if we give them the measurements they need, they will design a schematic for our particular installation. There are a few complicating factors on my boat, most notably, the dingy and davits. But the Hydrovane is supposed to be able to work fine even if installed to the side, so it should't be an insurmountable problem. We've already been up on the boat once today taking measurements, then a trip to West Marine to see what parts they have that we might need, then a session back at the Bounder on the internet looking for parts, lunch, and now we are gearing up to head back to the boat for another session of planning and measuring. The main projects are the solar system, the wind generator, and the Hydrovane mechanical self steering. My cell phone reception here is spotty at best, but I do seem to be able to receive and make calls some of the time. Matt and I are both connected the internet so skype phone and video work, moreso on his computer then on the verizon network, which works at about dial-up speed, maybe a bit more. Our Bulgarian, American, Israeli friend called just a moment ago. Dragon's away.
The View From My Bedroom In Our New Home In OrientalKeith
Our New Home In Oriental, NCKeith, nice
Unfortunately, our perfect spot at the marina was not to be for long. Mrs. Deaton came out and informed us we just couldn't stay for two weeks living in a motorhome behind the marina office. She gave us the number of a RV place. It is right in the middle of town in a nook I didn't even know about or I would have arranged to stay here sooner. It is a gated, self-storage place (good for the dogs) right off the main road of town (which isn't a very busy road at any time of day). We are a 1 minute scooter ride from the market, restaurants, and various other services. The marina is a 3 minute scooter ride away. We will be commuting there daily to work on the boat. It turns out the scooter was an essential element of the adventure after all (yea!). The town dock is within walking distance. Here we have electric, water (we do a lot of dishes), sewer (which we didn't have, and needed), and a measure of security (not that it is needed in this town). The neighborhood isn't as grand to walk the dogs in, but there are a lot of open spaces around here. I think its also important that we are paying to stay so nobody has any hard feelings. $180 per week. $360 for the two weeks we plan to be here. That's like $27 per day. A bit steep, but that's what it is. Our new home in Oriental. If I've ever wanted to live in a small town for a while, now is my chance. The only other RVer living in this place is Keith, the older gentleman down the way there. He has an Islander 36 and just returned from 5 months of cruising to the keys. We'll have lots to talk about I'm sure.
Morning Walk With Jake And AnneKeith, cool, drizzley, and humid
06/02/2008, Oriental, NC
I've started taking nice long walks with the dogs in the mornings and evenings when I'm up to it. The neighborhood around the marina is incredibly idyllic. Beautiful houses, green lawns, views of the water, calm. It is the best part of the day and the dogs love it, especially Anne. This morning we came across three old ladies who came prepared with dog treats.
Matt Working and Anne SocializingKeith, cool in the morning and the evening
06/01/2008, Oriental, NC
Some of the 2700 boats in OrientalKeith, hot and humit, I mean really hot
Oriental calls itself the Sailing Capital of North Carolina. They have over three boats for every person in the village. We have been checking the sailboats around the marina for solar panel installation designs. Evidently my existing supporting bars do not meet the grade and this is causing concern. If the solar panels fly off in the wind, it will be problem. We will try and solve that now. Proper brackets may have to be ordered. Perhaps we can retrofit something onto the structure that's already there. If any readers have thoughts, we'd be open to suggestions. Panama land deal perspectus is almost done. That was the major project for today. We kept sending it back and forth, adding and editing, until there was nothing more either of us could think to do. Then we went to the boat and started to put up the bimini, but I couldn't find it and it was so hot sweat was dripping down my face, so we came back to the air conditioned Bounder for a break. From the look of things around Oriental, we are going to be the most productive ones in town for the next two weeks. It is so low intensity here. This place is off the beaten path to say the least. My cell phone doesn't even work unless I drive the scooter down the street to find a hot spot. Nice.
We started exploring the boats in the marina to figure out how they installed the hardware we are going to install on Tropical Dreamer. Matt is presently on the internet looking for mounting hardware for the solar panels. There is an 80's marathon on the radio. I know all the songs. We also started working on the perspectus for the land project. Between those things and dinner of pasta, meatballs, sauce, vegies, and dessert, its been a full afternoon. Thank goodness again for the air conditioner. We've had it on since we hooked-up early this afternoon. Otherwise it would be warm and sticky at best. The air conditioning takes most of the moisture out of the air. I read on the internet that the humidity is almost 80%.
Parked At Deaton Yachts In Oriental, NCKeith, hot humid
Whoopie, we're finally here. Lunch at the village restaurant, picked up my tube for the dingy from the West Marine outlet, and drove to the marina. We walked around the outside of the boat, found a great place to park nearby with an electrical hook-up, and began settling in. First thing was to get the scooter down and take a tour of the town. We stopped first, put a ladder up to the boat, and climbed onto and into it. It's in great condition considering more than 7 months of storage. The inside actually seemed dryer and less musty than when I was sailing her last October. John Deaton came by and welcomed us not long ago. Matt just woke up from a nap. The dogs are sleeping, and we are about to work some more on the Panama land deal before getting started with the boat projects. Lots to do from here, but we're here at last!
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