Vanish - Making The Switch From Sail to Power

29 October 2016 | Georgia, USA
29 October 2016 | Georgia, USA
08 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
07 October 2016 | Hotel on West Side of Hwy I-95, Brunswick, GA, USA
07 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
06 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
05 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
04 October 2016 | Photo off Outer Banks near Cape Lookout, North Carolina.
27 September 2016 | Piankatank River, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA
22 September 2016 | Current Position - Sassafras River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA
16 September 2016 | Orient, Long Island, New York, USA
11 September 2016 | Ebenecook Harbor near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA
07 September 2016 | Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
05 September 2016 | Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
04 September 2016 | North Haven, Vinalhaven, Maine, USA
28 August 2016 | Castine, Maine, USA
27 August 2016 | Belfast, Maine, USA
12 August 2016 | Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA
06 August 2016 | Canada/USA Border Crossing
04 August 2016 | La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada

George Stakey

29 October 2016 | Georgia, USA
Vicki
Being a bit of a bird enthusiast, I've been observing a great blue heron that lives in the marshes opposite Vanish at the marina. He is often seen standing on a stake, hence Maynard named him Stakey. One morning he landed on the stake at 8 a.m. and did not move until sunset but where he went was a mystery. He stood in the hot sun without eating or drinking all day. He often hangs out with the Gang of Fluff in a dead tree; an osprey, a couple of pelicans, a white form of a blue heron and a bunch of red-winged blackbirds. This scenario happens almost every day with the same birds doing the same things. One day I asked our neighbours on Black Pearl if they'd noticed Stakey. "Oh yes, that's George. He just LOVES your boat!" What do you mean? "Well, we just love watching him when he stands on your pulpit when you return to Australia on holiday every year. What! Sure enough, I waited until dark, crept up to the bow and there was George Stakey happily sound asleep dreaming and pooping to his heart's content. Not good.

Shocking Donnie

29 October 2016 | Georgia, USA
Vicki – Air 26 deg c, Sunny, 10 kn NE
Not knowing whether Vanish would make it through the hurricane, we removed what we thought we would need in the weeks following the storm such as some clothing, food, electronics, chargers and valuables. The first week was spent returning things to normal on board and cleaning the marshland mud which covered much of the yacht. During the cleanup I actually found a 1" rock up on the aft top bridge deck which must have blown across the ditch in the 93 mph winds. Quite extraordinary. We figured that the supermarkets would have thrown away much of their food as electricity was turned off for a few days however, at least one store called Publix had invested in a generator and was well stocked the entire time. It was amazing to see how fast the authorities removed fallen trees and limbs and restored power and collected storm debris along the marshland roads. Within two days, restaurants and businesses were back open in our area.

With everything pretty much back to normal we organized for Ring Power, the Caterpillar dealer in Jacksonville, FL to come and replace the titanium aftercooler cores on both of our C-18 engines. It's a very big job taking two mechanics two days and needs to be done every six years. These cores, which cool exhaust gases are pretty exotic and are incredibly heavy. If these cores spring even a minute leak because they have saltwater running through them their entire lives, can and often do destroy engines.
Donnie holding the bent injector height tool he found.
After the job was done, the engines were test run and while Donnie was leaning against the port engine valve cover, he was repeatedly shocked. He and Nick shut down the engines immediately and removed the valve cover. They were shocked to find a valve injector height tool, which was used by a mechanic last year while adjusting the valves, had been inadvertently left under the valve cover and was shorting out one of the injectors. They both commented how lucky we were that this oversight had not caused enormous amounts of damage. The tool was removed, the valve cover put back on and the engine ran normally. Nick also thought he heard a squeal in the alternator and recommended we replace it. Even after 6 years we are still covered by warranty so we naturally had it replaced.

Maynard had observed recently that the port side engine starting batteries had not been holding a charge as well as they should have. This possibly could be a result of a poorly performing alternator but as the batteries are six years old, we decided to replace all four 8DL Lifeline engine starting batteries. Unfortunately these batteries are located in a cabinet under the crew bed below a pair of house batteries. Given that the combined weight of these six batteries are over 1,000 lb and access to get even one of the batteries is difficult and limited, we wondered how in the world we two old-aged sailors were going to get them out. (Yes, it would have been easy to hire a few beefcakes but we wanted to try the do-it-yourself method.)

I noticed that our starboard side crane might just work to lift the batteries out of this difficult space. There is a sliding panel in the bridge deck located directly above the steps leading down to the crew cabin bunk. The cable from the crane was lowered through the bridge deck and down into the crew cabin. We set to work and slowly but surely all engine batteries which needed replacing were brought up on deck one at a time very slowly and carefully. The following day, the new batteries were delivered and knowing the task ahead, we hired a young man for a couple of hours to help Maynard maneuver them all back into place while I manned the crane. We were highly satisfied with our efforts.

Each day we are ticking off our boat jobs, and working out what comes next.
(For more photos, see Gallery named Shocking Donnie)

We're Through

08 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
Brunswick – Air 26 deg C, Cloud 6/8, Wind WNW 20-30 kn
Last night looking out our hotel room window, we could see sheets of driving rain swirling through the carpark and between the cluster of hotels near Hwy I-95. We slept until the wind died sometime around midnight. Soon after, the roar started again from the west with driving horizontal rain and vibrating air vents in the room. To think of Vanish out there being crushed against the dock and all the lives, houses, and pets suffering in this weather was just sickening. The power went out as soon as the wind turned west. In the morning we packed the car and were on the road by 8.30 am but soon found that the police had barricaded every east exit off I-95 so we were told to return to our hotel. We called our friend who weathered the hurricane in the marina clubhouse to find out any news. He kindly walked to our berth and reported "Wow, it's a beautiful boat. It looks exactly the same as you left it!" He went on to say that hurricane force winds lasted over two hours in the marina. That's 78 mph with gusts much higher. The mitigating factors that saved us were that the hurricane was 60 miles offshore, we were in the safe quadrant, the vast surrounding wetland with absorbed all the water and the fact it arrived at low tide. If any of those factors had been different, the docks would have lifted off the posts and all boats would be piled together on the first high ground they hit. The fact that we still have Vanish is nothing short of a miracle.

The authorities allowed us back into Brunswick around noon. As we drove closer to the marina, the damage to houses and buildings increased. We saw uprooted trees and branches everywhere. Many homes and cars had trees laying across them. Spanish moss coated wire fences, billboards, street signs and traffic lights were strewn in the street. In the marina there were a number of trees blown over and a shed across the way from the clubhouse was pretty much blown apart with sheet metal flapping in the wind.

This is the NW side of a building in the marina which took the brunt of the hurricane force winds.
A few yachts had damage to their covers and jibs but no yachts were lost. We walked with trepidation down to Vanish on the T-head. We did a complete inspection and could not find a single bit of damage. A photo frame had fallen over but that was it. Yet, the yacht next to us on the downwind side had books strewn across the salon from the wave action on the westerly change. We can certainly vouch for our eight fenders. They took an extraordinary amount of pressure being squeezed between Vanish and the dock in the two hours of 70 + knots. They are light and easy to inflate or deflate and saved a lot of damage. (http://www.prostockmarine.com/index.php?id_product=28&controller=product)

When the westerly wind arrived, it blew all the surge water out to sea. The posts were around 14 ft high and the next worry was whether there was going to be enough water in the marina under the keels. The below photo shows that the marshlands and water levels are now back to normal.

When the hurricane force hurricane winds arrived, they blew all the water out to sea.  The docks posts were exposed 14 ft.  It is now back to normal in the marshlands.


No doubt there will be an extraordinary amount of loss to others less fortunate as this storm followed the coastline from Florida to Virginia. It is still powering north of Cape Hatteras. We are through it all and on the other side safe and sound but feeling completely spent and shell shocked. My thoughts are with everyone who have lost so much.

We're In It

07 October 2016 | Hotel on West Side of Hwy I-95, Brunswick, GA, USA
Vicki - Air 23 deg C, Wind 50+ knots, Heavy Rain, Barometer 994mb
Tonight's the night. This hurricane started as an X called Disturbance 36L on the National Hurricane Centre's website on 23rd September, 2016 off Gambia, Africa. We have been watching it since that date and here we sit tonight in a hotel watching wave after wave of squalls, sheets of pelting, stinging rain, noise and mayhem. Poor Vanish. She's alone out there in the marina without us. This will all be over soon and we will see where we go from there.

We've Done All We Can Do

07 October 2016 | Brunswick, Georgia, USA
Vicki – 24 deg C, Wind 50 kn N, Horizontal Rain, 1000 mb Falling
We spent last night in the marina and this morning stayed as long as we dared. This is quite a dangerous situation as Cat 3 Hurricane Matthew is still moving NNW at 12 mph with winds at 115 mph. The storm surge is expected to be 6 - 9 ft. The worst of the storm will be between 4 pm EST and midnight. As I mentioned yesterday, there are a few people staying on board their yachts although I cannot imagine why. We took one last look through the driving rain at Vanish and headed to our hotel this morning which is a 10 minute drive from the marina. Even though we are in Zone A in Brunswick where a mandatory evacuation order is in effect, we are able to drive back to the marina if we want to. The hotel staff have opened their breakfast bar and are providing food and beverages as people wait it out. They have also allowed people to bring their pets and every now and then we hear a quiet bark from either side of our room. Fantastic.

The rain bands from the hurricane come through in fierce waves. Watching the weather from the hotel room was too frustrating for Maynard. He wanted to go back to the marina just to check the water height and to see how our fenders and lines were doing. As we have vowed to stay together, I had to go along for the ride as he could not be swayed. We arrived around 2 pm at high tide. There was only 5 ft of post showing above the dock level which means even though the worst of the storm is hours away, we are already experiencing storm surge of 3 ft. The wind was blowing water off the top of the surface so it was blowing around 50 knots in the squalls. The worst problem was that the concrete post nearest Vanish was swaying an inch or two in the water. We didn't wait to check the other posts as it did not feel safe on the dock with so much movement. We went into the clubhouse where 4 or 5 people were watching the Weather Channel. In the hour we spent in the clubhouse with high tide supposedly passed, the tide rose another foot inundating the carpark. With so much rain and the hurricane still approaching, we are fearful that the docks could float over the top of the posts and be blown to who knows where.


The narrow inlet is no longer a narrow inlet. The reeds are completely covered and there is an expanse of water west of the marina which extends hundreds of meters.

Before:

Narrow inlet before the hurricane.


After:

We are now in an inland sea.  The reeds have completely disappeared.


The squalls were becoming a white out situation so we got back into the car and drove back to the hotel. Debris and branches were now on the road and a small creek we'd crossed earlier was flooded and completely altered. We cannot go back out now. Maynard just called one of the guys at the marina who said the posts are still intact but it's still raining extremely hard and the worst wind is on its way. I'm not sure what will happen. I'm not sure if I will be able to write again if we lose power and internet. We are safe and that's all that matters.

(I would like to say a special thank you for the heart felt comments on my last post. I must be getting old as they brought more tears to my eyes. It is often a lonely position to be in and to know you are with us in spirit makes the world of difference.)
Vessel Name: Vanish
Vessel Make/Model: Marlow Voyager 76LR
Hailing Port: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Maynard and Vicki
Home Page: sailblogs.com/member/vanish
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