Fine Lion sailing by
11/07/2008, Charleston, SC
November 1 & 2, Cape Lookout Bight, NC to Charleston, SC
"Sapphire" and "Fine Lion" pulled out of the anchorage promptly at 5am on instruments. The Ocean was still calm. We set a way-point for the outside edge of the Frying Pan Shoals 84 miles away and motored along at about 6.7 knots.
As we got away from shore we picked up swells from the north which made for a rolley ride. I can anticipate how the boat is going to react to following seas and can steer the boat with them. Unfortunately, the autopilot doesn't have the ability to anticipate and we roll a little more in the swells.
The day was uneventful. The swells diminished some and Kathy was able to go below to pick up and do dishes.
Just about sunset, which is always spectacular from the water, we passed Frying Pan Shoals about 40 miles offshore and set a new way-point for Charleston.
During the afternoon we could hear folk traveling the ICW on our radio.
Cape Lookout Bight
11/07/2008, Cape Lookout, NC
October 31st...Friday Oriental NC to Point Lookout Bight NC
11/07/2008, Oriental, NC
The seafood guy here in Oriental is only open on Fridays and Saturdays so we waited around until 10am while Kim and Steve were making final preparations on "Fine Lion." He showed up at about 10:15 but wasn't ready to sell anything at that point. There is a commercial seafood company located across the street and he runs their retail operation on weekends. It was going to take him an hour or so to get over there and collect today's merchandise. We had a nice chat but decided not to wait... there will be more shrimp along the way.
We cast off at around 10:30 ... but not without dinging the outer pier of our slip a couple of times with our anchor, and headed across the Neusse River to Cedar Creek and the ICW. It was only 18 miles to Beaufort but we planned on stopping somewhere for fuel along the way. As it turned our all the fuel docks were tied up so we pulled into Town Creek (Beaufort) and filled up at the marina there.
By the time we were finished "Fine Lion" was there waiting for the 2:30 bridge opening. We had planned on spending the night in Town Creek but had decided enroute to go out into the Ocean and about an hour east to Point Lookout Bight which is an amazingly protected spot. The Ocean was flat calm. Point Lookout Bight is located in Cape Lookout National Seashore and is beautiful in a desolate sort of way. We anchored in about 25 feet of water surrounded by nothing but dunes.
We rowed the dinghy over to "Fine Lion" for some trick or treating and decided to weigh anchors at about 5 am.
October 29th... Wednesday Oriental, NC
My job for the day...was to install the vacuum gauge on our fuel system. The first step was to remove both or our primary racor filters and for cleaning. (this was a 3 hour job for those of you who care) When everything was sparkling, I put things back together and added a short line to a vacuum gauge which will tell us when our filters are getting over taxed.
I took a shower .... diesel seems to stick with me... and went out for lunch with Steve and Kim who had been working onboard Fine Lion during the morning.
We are planning on heading to Beaufort on Friday and then going outside to Charleston. If all goes well, we will then shoot down to Florida to take the pressure off our furnace which has been working overtime lately.
October 30th...Thursday Oriental, NC
I have been trying to forget that our hot water heater has a pinhole leak. Unless we are using it, our water system remains unpressurized. Anyway, this morning I took the sink out to get at the water heater and attempted once again to right the situation. This time, instead of epoxy, I made a soft rubber washer and used a sheet metal screw to fill the hole. It seems to be fine at this point.
I also tightened a compression fitting that was dripping and rerouted the water line to our Seagul filter.
Kathy did a couple more loads of wash in the afternoon before going over to Kim and Steve's to have dinner with them and some friends of theirs from Annapolis. Gerry and Skip have been cruising for years but have decided to call it quits this year. We spoke with Bill and Christy from "Veranda" who were moored in the next creek to the north before we left and they ended having supper with us as well.
We've had a great time here in Oriental, and have taken care of some boat projects that needed attention, but are ready to find some warmer weather.