When I wrote my last entry I had mentioned that I took a mooring for a few days in anticipation of some bad weather. Well, it started Wednesday and rained until this morning. Not just a light rain but heavy downpours, windswept rain, cold windy rain. Last night I finally relented and turned on the propane heater I had buried deep in the bowels of UNABATED thinking I'd never have to see it again. It felt nice to finally warm up a little.
I was starting to get cabin fever.
So while I had this downtime, I had my SSB checked out. Something that is difficult to do in Rochester. Seems I needed to new tuner. Over nighted one from FLA and it works like a charm now. The harbor master will sign for your packages and call you when they arrive. A real harbor master....
Today I made a bus excursion to the mall to replace the coffee pot I destroyed this morning. I also stopped at the super market to buy some fresh lettuce. If you want to know what a city is really like. Take a bus somewhere. Find the bus stops. Figure out the schedules. Wait in the cold rain. Figure out where to get off. Figure out where to get back on. Wait in the pouring rain some more. Walk to the water taxi stand. Wait in the rain some more for the water taxi. When I got back to the boat. I couldn't wait to climb back into my sleeping bag.
Things are much better now, the wind is still and I can see out of the dodger.
I have the boat packed up and ready for tomorrow. I will be leaving Annapolis for Solomans tomorrow. It's about 40 miles down the bay from here. I need to be in Norfolk by Thursday and it's 120 miles away. The forcast for the rest of the week is supposed to be nice. We'll see.
For those of you listening at home. I'll turn the SPOT back on in the morning. Stay tuned
If I have to wear socks, I am too far north.
Yesterday Martin stopped by to check out the boat (and me) as we've never met. By way of initiation I had him help me pick up the anchor and we went over to the fuel dock to top off the tank (53 gallons) and get some water.
We got along just fine and I believe he will be great crew for our offshore passage to Bermuda.
Instead of going back out and anchor, I got a mooring for a days thinking that the weather was supposed to suck for the weekend. I am moored right off the boat show. For those of you watching at home on live feed - I am in the middle on the left hand side of your screen.
Well, let me tell you, it started getting cold last night, the wind came up and it started raining and has not let up all day. I have WOOL socks and my arctic clothes on....Glad I took the mooring.
Too bad for the PB show. Not a lot of movement over there.
Bob and Sue H. - All the big ocean trawlers are here.... NICE!
I guess if I want to get these socks off, I'll have to keep moving south.
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.