10/13/2009, Still in Annapolis
The last of the company left on Sunday Morning. Jamie (the captian I sailed to St Martin with last year) stayed over Sat. night along with Paul and Joanne (from Ottawa - more offshore crew). Don and Deb stopped by with their Annapolis friends (they brought brunch). So all in all it was "busy" here. But, now I've been alone since Sunday. Working on the boat again. I am trying to get things ready for the offshore trip.
Yesterday I got the generator running. It's not hooked up to anything yet, but it starts and it has cooling water to it.
The Sailboat show broke up yesterday. If you've never seen that, it's worth the trip to stay on Monday to see it. Within an hour, everyone was gone. Cannons and a "Gentleman - start your engines" signals the start of the exodus.
Of course I have a ring side seat here, so everyone had to past within 50 feet of me on the way out.
Two hours later all the powerboats started in. Their show does not appear to be as big as the sailboat show.
Martin (another of the offshore crew) comes tomorrow to check out the boat. We've never met, but we both come with strong recommendations.
I have two weeks before I have to be in Norfolk to meet Beckie, so there is no hurry to leave here. I am doing that part by myself. It's about a 120 nm from here. I am looking forward to it.
Of course not having a car is a challenge.
I miss my Beckie ...and Oh BTW... I missed MNF, that's two weeks in a row.
I've only been in salt water a few days and the boat is encrusted with salt. Everywhere I look, everything I touch, has a film of crusted salt on it. I feel like a power boater walking around with a rag in my hand. UNABATED will never look the same. I am actually looking forward to a heavy downpour so I can get out there and scrub the boat.
Would you like salt with that?
Arrived in Annapolis mid afternoon after dodging crap pots all day. It's like a mine field out there. I was quite concerned about finding a place to stay. It's packed with sailboats here. All over the place. No moorings, no slips (too expensive anyhow). Spa Creek full, Back Creek full, so we took a chance that the harbormaster would not move us and dropped the hook right at the entrance to Spa Creek, right near bouy "1SC" So far so good. As a matter of fact, I found out later that we show up on the web cam for the Annapolis YC . Thanks to Bob Hogeman for finding us there.
Web Cam Link
A little rolly here and a little exposed to the South, right off the Naval Academy. We'll see how it goes. We can see the show from here. A lot of boat traffic. Sort of a ring side seat if you will.
We had the water taxi pick us up so we could have dinner ashore. Anyplace that we could eat without having to hold our plates while we ate. We met friends of Don for Dinner. Edward is off, back to Denver.
I will spend the next few days licking my wounds from the previous 3 days and meet some other 424 owners.