A Day Off
27 October 2010 | Still in Waterford
We stayed at Waterford another day. Two boats left that were at the side of the floating dock that still had power and we managed to squeeze three sailboats in the space. The picture is of the line of floating hobos headed south. Lost Navigator is by himself on the end of the dock without power. Now we have power, but we're out of range of the WIFI. I'd rather have power as we have an air card for our computer and are paying for Internet access anyway.
We stayed for two reasons. First, our package again did not come. Second, we had been warned about a front that came through back home with 65 mph winds. The forecast here said chance of thunderstorms with the possibility of 45 mph winds with the storms. We inquired about the package and found it had been sent via UPS to the General Delivery address at the local Post Office. The Post Office refused it. Our very accommodating technical support guy at Racor redirected it to Hop-O-Nose Marina, about 5 hours south of here where we're going to have the mast stepped. I don't know if there were thunderstorms in the area, but although we heard some distant thunder it was a beautiful day here, partly sunny and warm. So we really could have gone on to Hop-O-Nose but it was nice to have a day off.
In the morning I did the laundry. I was thinking of doing that at the marina, but our guidebook (another Skipper Bob book) said the nearest laundry to Hop-O-Nose was 5 miles. This one was two blocks and the folks at the Welcome Center said I should just use one of the shopping carts, so I didn't even have to carry the clothes. Bud put some epoxy on the wood under the trim where the mast had been leaking, as the plywood there had started to delaminate. He glued and clamped it.
In the afternoon we again played tourist. I persuaded Bud to walk the other end of the Old Champlain Canal Trail. We followed it down to the Mohawk River, which had a dam and some impressive rapids. It was a nice walk with the autumn colors.
We've been talking to our fellow boaters, and two of them are having alternator problems. One boat out of Toronto has been here a couple of days. He will be here at least a couple more, he thinks, as his alternator is shot. Today he pulled it out of the boat. He is having a new one sent. The sailboat that left this morning is back. (We shuffled all of the boats closer and squeezed him back on the end of the dock with power. There are now 5 sailboats lined up. We're tied so close that one boat needs to have its bow in and the other it's stern out so our masts don't hit.) He has an alternator that also acts as his engine starter motor. It's working as a starter motor but won't charge his battery. He made it down to the federal lock in Troy (about 3 ½ miles). He was on the Internet searching for parts for his unusual motor/alternator. Our air bubbles that don't appear to affect anything seem less worrisome when you see the troubles others are having.
Tomorrow it's on to Hop-O-Nose, hopefully. We expect to overnight there, maybe even two nights. Then we'll set out and try to make some serious time south.