Why Knot Now?

It all began as a dream.....became a plan.....then, a reality. Our dream was destroyed! .....We're starting over! .....Now follow us aboard S/V SeaQuell

09 October 2017 | Bath,NC
07 October 2017 | Belhaven,NC
06 October 2017 | Columbia,NC
05 October 2017 | Edenton,NC
05 October 2017 | Edenton,NC
05 October 2017 | Elizabeth City,NC
04 October 2017 | Mariner's Wharf, Elizabeth City,NC
04 October 2017 | Elizabeth City, NC
04 October 2017 | Chesapeake Bay
04 October 2017 | Urbanna,CA
31 May 2017
30 May 2017
30 May 2017
29 May 2017
16 April 2017 | Bath, NC
15 April 2017 | Swansboro, NC
14 April 2017 | Carolina Beach, NC
12 April 2017 | Osprey Marina , Socastee, SC
11 April 2017 | Charleston, SC
09 April 2017 | Jacksonville, FL

Bath Bound!!

09 October 2017 | Bath,NC
Becky
Day 10: Sunday, October 8, 2017

We leave our peaceful anchorage at 8:30. I let the birthday boy sleep in this morning!!!!

We raise the jib as soon as we leave. The winds are light-- about 6 knots out of the south.

We motorsail all morning. There's very little boat traffic today-- seems nice!

I do some housekeeping, Robert mans the helm, princess Maggie sleeps.

Lunch is leftovers for Robert, soup for me, a turkey dog for Maggie.

We arrive in Bath,NC at 2:00 pm. We're welcomed "home" by my sister,Connie;her hubby, Rick; and David, a friend who so graciously allows us to stay at his dock.

Once SeaQuell's all snug in her slip, we do a little "porch sitting" with cocktails in hand .

David makes some gin martinis with the gin Robert bought when we were in London-- SipSmith. Damn those drinks went down smoothly!!

Dinner tonight is prime rib, potatoes, broccoli salad, and bread. Connie and Rick prepared this wonderful dinner to celebrate Robert's birthday!! We're joined for dinner by David and our dear friend Jane. The food was delicious, the wine abundant, and a great time was had by all. A delicious birthday cake with homemade peach ice cream finished the meal. Yum!! Yum!!

We do a little more porch sitting, enjoying a nightcap.

We head back to SeaQuell around 10:30. It's past my bedtime!!
What a fantastic day!!!!!

A Long Day

07 October 2017 | Belhaven,NC
Becky
Day 9: Saturday October 7, 2017

We left Columbia at 8:00
am.

We motor up the Scuppernong River, and to the Albemarle Sound. There's only 6 knots of wind, but we raise the jib and motorsail.

Late morning, the wind picks up to about 10, but it's almost on the nose. The Albemarle becomes quite lumpy; not horrible, but not pleasant.

Lunch is leftover Mexican casserole and salad.

As we enter the Alligator River, the wind picks up more. Now around 15 knots. Things remain lumpy, and maintaining 5 knots is challenging. The wind is still almost on the nose.

We finally get in the Alligator-Pungo canal around 4:30. We decide to press on as we're now making 6+ knots.

Dinner is roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, and green beans.

As I'm washing dishes, I feel very hot water splash on my left foot. I initially thought I splashed it, but as I was rinsing the sink, the water pressure died. I immediately turn the pressure pump off.

I open the door to the cabinet under the sink, and am blasted by hot steam. SHIT!! The cap has come off of one of the hoses--water everywhere.

I let the steam escape the cabinet, and remove everything. Nothing like soaked Ziplocks, Brilli pads, and assorted cleaning supplies. I spread all the stuff out to dry, and towel up all the water.Robert will have to repair later.

The sun sets around 6:45, but it doesn't get really dark until about 7:30.

We were hoping for a big, bright moon, but it takes what seems forever for the moonrise.

We arrive at our anchorage around 9:00 pm, and drop the hook.

Robert repairs the plumbing , I mix cocktails, and we both breathe a big sigh of relief.

It's been a long, tiring day. We're thankful for a safe journey, this beautiful, peaceful anchorage and FINALLY-- that huge bright moon we needed earlier.

I see an early bedtime tonight!!

On to Columbia

06 October 2017 | Columbia,NC
Becky
Day 8: Friday, October 6,2017

Hooray!! It's finally Friday!!

Robert takes Maggie to walk before his first morning meeting while I make the coffee.

After coffee, I head into town to buy some items from the drugstore that we need to restock our first aid kit. The drugstore is an old-fashion one. It sells everything you can think of. I grab our supplies, plus a few goodies--- chips, cheese its, fig newtons, and bobby pins.

When I return to SeaQuell, I put away all my purchases, then head to the bath house for a hot shower.

Robert works the morning away-- meeting after meeting. I ready the boat for our departure.

We leave Edenton at 11:30. There's no wind today. We just motor along. The Albemarle Sound is flat calm.

Lunch is salad for Robert. Cheese and crackers for me.

After lunch, I take the helm for a few hours while Robert works. It's a fairly straight run till we get to the Scuppernong River. My main duty is avoiding crab pots.

We arrive in Columbia around 4:00 pm. We tie up to the free dock. Maggie jumps off the boat and heads for the grass!!

Robert works for another couple of hours. I do a little housekeeping; eat the Cheese-its that I bought this morning, and settle in the cockpit with my book.

After work, Robert joins me in the cockpit.

We enjoy a visit with Lisa and Johnny-- they live in Columbia. It's great to spend time with them!!

It's been another wonderful day!! Thankful for an uneventful trip, and time with some very special folks!! I love our life!!


Such a Fun Day

05 October 2017 | Edenton,NC
Becky
Day 7: Thursday October 5, 2017

Maggie wakes us up early today by fallling down the steps on her way to our cabin. She has been sleeping in the salon for months now, as she can no longer handle the steps.

After a potty break, she carefully navigates the steps, and once again sleeps on the rug by our bed.

We all nap for a little longer, until Robert's work schedule demands we rise.

It seems Robert's efforts at seagull eviction are working. The gulls have moved out to the breakwall.

Robert spends the morning working, and I go exploring and shopping.

I had so much fun!! I bought only a few things, but enjoyed so much chatting with store owners, and other customers. Almost everyone on the street smiles and says good morning as our paths cross. It's very refreshing!!

Robert meets me for lunch at Downtown Cafe and Soda Shoppe. He finally has the burger he's been craving, and I have a basket with a sampling of homemade chicken salad, tuna salad, and pominto cheese with crackers. A delightful lunch!

Robert heads back to work, and I continue my shopping. After several hours of shopping, I head
to the library to peruse the reading material. I thumb through numerous magazines, read several newspapers, and check out their book sale. Didn't purchase a thing, but sure enjoyed my time there. I'm somewhat of a library addict.

When Robert finishes his workday, we stop and chat with some new folks on the dock. They just arrived, and plan to stay the night.Robert encourages them to keep the gulls away while we go for a wonderful walk around town. Maggie accompanies us. She could barely make it back-- I think her "long walk" days are over.

Dinner tonight is a casserole I made with rice, black beans, ground beef, and tomatoes. Topped with cheese and salsa. Yummy !!

After dinner, we watch a little TV. Maggie curls up on the rug in front of the air conditioning vent. She's pooped!!

It's been a great day!!

Lots of Laughs

05 October 2017 | Edenton,NC
Becky
Day 6: Wednesday October 4, 2017

We depart from Mariner's Wharf at 5:45 am. Today's destination- Edenton,NC.

It's cool and calm on the Pasquotank River . We motor along under a nice big moon, casting beautiful glistening strips of silver on the dark waters. So peaceful!

We raise the sails as soon as we leave the dock. Winds are light-- about 6 knots .

By the time we're in the crab pot minefield, the sun is up. Robert works away (using his "mobile office" setup at the helm). We both keep a sharp eye out; seeing the pots is a challenge today. Just enough wave action to hide some of them.

The Albemarle Sound is actually playing nice for a change. The wind is out of the east, and the waves are behind us. Looks like we're in for a nice ride!!

I spend the morning updating the blog. I've been neglecting it.

Lunch is more leftovers for Robert (I found a container of pot roast that had made it's way to the bottom of the pile in the fridge). I have a sandwich.

After lunch, I take the helm so Robert can actually sit at his workstation down below. He needs to download some files to review. It always amazes me that he is able to work while we're underway. Technology can be a wonderful thing!!

We arrive in Edenton earlier than anticipated. We managed to dodge the crab pots!! Hooray! We're tied up to the dock by 2:30 pm.

Robert immediately returns to work. Maggie and I take a quick walk.

Late afternoon, Robert takes a quick break from work. We get checked in at the marina office, and enjoy a short walk around the marina. There's a small park here. Lots of activity today-- children on the playground; parents keeping watch; joggers; older couples walking slowly while holding hands(I love this). It's a very picturesque scene.

EXCEPT::
The seagulls are trying to take over the dock! Robert's on a one man mission to evict them! He spends about an hour (with cocktail in one hand/water hose in the other), dousing them with a stream of water every time they land. It's quite comical to watch!!
Maggie was the "dock dog" in her younger years-- chasing birds away from the dock. Now, she seems very content to just sit and watch Robert do it!

We plan to have dinner out tonight. We stroll down Broad St. to see what our choices are. We decide on a new place-- Governor's Pub. It's packed -- surprising for a weeknight. We take the last 2 stools at the bar!

The conversation is lively. We prefer sitting at the bar-- it's usually a great way to meet folks. We both order one of their signature cocktails, and we share a basket of hot wings. Everyone is friendly; lots of happy faces!! Bring on another round!!

We head back to SeaQuell , once again with full tummies (mine is anyway), and happy hearts!!

Robert gives the resting seagulls one more quick "shower" before we call it a night. That man-- he makes me laugh!!

Good Nite!!




Fun ,Food, Friends

05 October 2017 | Elizabeth City,NC
Becky
Day 5: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Slept in again today!! Love these lazy mornings!!

Robert takes Maggie for a quick walk, then gets to work. I do some housekeeping.

Lunch is salad for Robert, Sandwich for me.

Robert works the afternoon away while I go for a nice long walk around town. I visit the new bakery, Flour Girl's. I bought a mini cheesecake for Robert and I to share.

After showers, we head out to dinner at Hoppin John's. We had an appetizer of fried green tomatoes, topped with country ham and pominto cheese. OMG!!!! Robert had the pork tenderloin over risotto. I had catfish. It was all delicious!

We rolled back to SeaQuell with very full tummies, stopping for a lengthy chat with two local couples.

Another wonderful day in the Nordstrom book!! Ahhhh!
Vessel Name: SeaQuell
Vessel Make/Model: Manta 40
Hailing Port: Bath, NC
Crew: Captain Robert, Admiral Becky & Maggie the Wonder Dog!
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Who: Captain Robert, Admiral Becky & Maggie the Wonder Dog!
Port: Bath, NC