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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)


07 November 2008 | Deaton Yacht Service, Whittaker Creek Oriental, NC (N35*01.933 x W076*41.149)
72, calm water in the Creek., sunny
Scene from the boatyard

Well while we're in Oriental (at Deatons) waiting for parts to come in, we've plenty to work on. After the electrician took a look at our system we found out that some previous owner had switched to gel cells but not switched the charging mechanisms to the special requirements of gel cells. They charge at a lower voltage and the higher voltage can dry them out. So we ordered a new battery charger since ours decided to retire - a Charles, that should be here from California Monday. The other one is over 20 years old so we shouldn't complain. We're also putting in a new voltage regulator hopefully the right kind for our gel-cells. Costs are definitely increasing with replacement anchors and davits last month and battery chargers/voltage regulators the beginning of this month with a stay in the boat yard thrown in. It looks like we may need to replace the chart plotter too The electronics guy here took a look and couldn't figure it out either other than maybe the antenna is on the fritz or the connection between the program and the antenna became corrupt.

Walked to the grocery store (hey gotta have beer and pop right) and West Marine right next door to the grocery store (very convenient). We went to Brantley's Village Restaurant again for dinner - good food at good prices. Wayne got the clam dinner (tender and plentiful) and I got a burger ($2.95!!!) and onion rings ($2.50) with lemon meringue pie that was very rich and custardy - different from what I'm used to but very good. Once again I really enjoyed the evening walk. One passerby commented that it was nice to see couples out walking, still holding hands. I agree I love seeing older couples out holding hands. There's something comforting about seeing older couples that have been together for decades that still cherish the others touch.
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson