15 May 2018
Took all small woodwork home for a thorough sanding and several coats of varnish.
Hoisted the Christmas lights up the mast. It is probably the last time that I will be able to watch Curlew's lights from my living room. The new construction on the east side of 2nd Street will likely block my view of the marina.
Stitched a new leather cover on the steering wheel.
Washed several sheets and halyards in the bath tub.
Kept the engine room heater on during a cold snap in January. In February I turned the de-humidifier on. It was 72 degrees outside but with the cold water temperature it was very humid below.
Replaced the head pump, several head hoses and the holding tank gauge. Moved the gauge and plugged and fiberglassed the old hole. Improved access to some of the plumbing inside one of the head cabinets.
Installed new accumulator tank in the fresh water system. Discovered that the water heater was leaking engine coolant. Time to replace it (should have done that a few years ago!) Drained the remaining engine coolant, replaced the water heater and put fresh coolant in the engine. Let the engine run and after it had cooled off added some more coolant.
Sanded the companion way steps and re-finished with several coats of first gloss and then satin varnish and non-skid sand.
Sanded the caprail and the driprail after prepping some spots that needed more than two coats. Put two coats of Cetol Gloss on the entire cap- and driprails.
To Philadelphia for the winter
30 November 2017
11/1 Back on board
11/2 Sunny and warm. Left the Anchorage Marina and motored, then sailed, then motored again to the Magothy River. Anchored inside Gibson Island.
11/3 Beautiful fall day. Motored to St Michael's and anchored behind the Maritime Museum. Plenty of space so late in the season. Dinner at Ava's, one of my favorite restaurants.
11/4 Stayed at anchor and did a few boat jobs (such as replacing light bulbs in low anchor light and running lights.) Dinner at Awful Arthur's.
11/5 End of daylight savings time. Rain all night. Motored to Bodkin Creek and anchored. An early sunset at 1700. (Not that you could see the sun!)
11/6 Left the anchorage at 0715. Two day trip to Philadelphia. Motored, unfurled the yankee for a while but kept the engine on. The current ran against me most of the way. Anchored at the mouth of the Bohemia River at 1445.
11/7 The flood current in the C&D Canal ran from around 0530 until 1045 and on the Delaware River from 0915 until 1615. HW Philadelphia was 1545. So I planned the trip to have the current with me all the way from the Bohemia River to Philadelphia, and arrive about one hour before high tide to get in the Pier 5 Marina with plenty of water. I left at 0635. It was cold (40 deg) but the sky was clear. It started to rain a little after noon. The trip was smooth, but I almost hit a yellow buoy marking one of the anchor areas for big ships! At 1500 I pulled into the Pier 5 Marina.
11/8-11/30 Prepared Curlew for the winter.