06/10/2010/9:00 am, Fernandina Beach, FL
I kept promising to fill in details on the last few postings when I had time. I guess you've figured out by now that I never did take the time to sit myself down and write the words. Thank goodness there is a new season and a new cruise and a new opportunity!
I do, however, have some statistics to report - thanks to Jim, who loves those neatly entered notations in his log, and who loves to add them up and see how they look - and who gave them to me way back in June!
We travelled 2449.6 nautical miles last season. That is roughly the same as 2818.9 statute miles, or 4510.24 kilometers. Those figures are from Solomon's Island, Maryland, where we started our cruise "for real" - not from Nova Scotia, where we aborted our initial sail and put Madcap on a truck instead. We still managed to travel a pretty fair distance! From our departure point in the Chesapeake Bay in November, we travelled down the US coast as far as Fort Lauderdale, and rambled in and out through the Bahamas as far south as Ragged Island before heading north again and ending up at the northern edge of Florida in May.
Madcap was at anchor 80 nights, on a dock for 56 nights, on mooring balls for 42 nights and at sea for 3 nights, for a total of 181 nights. The dock time includes a whole month at Fernandina Beach, Florida. We were home in Nova Scotia for Christmas for 2 weeks of this time, and grateful to be plugged in and able to use the electric heater for the rest of it. The figure for mooring reflects the number of fronts we endured in the Bahamas - when we chose to seek out mooring balls rather than see if our anchor would hold.
The longest distance we travelled at one time was 240 nautical miles, from Charleston, SC to Fernandina Beach, FL. The shortest distance was 1.7 nautical miles, from Staniel Cay, Bahamas, around the corner to Big Major's Spot.
We used 264 US gallons of diesel and 431 gallons of water. This water figure reflects not only our conservative approach to water consumption, but also the number of nights at dock when showers were available.
Now that I have finally wrapped up the cruise of 2009/10, I'm looking forward to getting the 2010/11 blog started. Keep reading and come on along!
28/05/2010/7:01 am, Tiger Point Marine, Fernandina Beach FL
The cruise of 2009/2010 is officially over.
We had Madcap hauled out at Tiger Point Marine yesterday afternoon. It all went well with very professional work by the yard folks. Bill (the owner) adjusted the sling so we wouldn't have to take down the radar pole and wind generator. My heart was in my mouth just in case the balance was thrown off but that man knew what he was doing and she came up level. Mike powerwashed off all the crud from the last 7 months in the water and she is now safely settled in a good sturdy cradle.
We spent the last several days unloading excess - clothing, parts, books, food, "stuff" that we had carried around "just in case", and disinfecting every surface and locker so there should be no growing things over the summer. The exterior wood has more coats of cetol, the stainless is shiny and we left pots of damp-rid and jars of mothballs all over the place.
We didn't have time to find the netting cover that some boats use, and our northern cover is much too heavy for this climate so we'll take our chances with the sun and see what happens.
We hit the road at 4:30 and will make our way in fits and starts northward to NS. We are currently driving a rental car (Maryland plates) that we're taking from Jacksonville to Boston for the princely sum of $12 per day. From there we have another rental from Boston to Halifax that will cost $18 if we can do it in one day. We hope all goes well getting across the border, because if we hit a snag in our plans we'll be like refugees waiting on the US side of the border for someone to cross over and pick us up (along with our whole mountain of assorted bags and boxes)!
I'll put up another post with statistics from the voyage. Once again, it has been a wonderful year!
20/05/2010/5:22 pm, Fernandina Beach, FL
Once again - I am soooo far behind in the writing.
We are on the dock in Fernandina Beach - washing, cleaning, applying cetol, sorting, and doing all the other things that must be done before we haul out next Thursday at Tiger Point Marina.
We had a pile of fun in St. Augustine, gadding about with Zingara Bruce and a good run up here on Sunday. The weather is hot with a touch of a breeze at night - vastly different from when we were here in Jan!
We're off to Charlotte SC by car for a weekend visit with Sue and Terry, then back here and into the last mad rush.
More interesting stuff soon - relatively speaking!