The First Mate's Journal

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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)

The Gale is over :)

20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Well the winds died down last night and we were able to get some sleep. As the sun came up the winds started again but they didn't feel as strong. I think they're about 20 knots now and the bridge will again be able to open for boat traffic. It's nice to see all the boats moving through the bridge. We could have left today to cross the Sound but Wayne wants to wait until tomorrow when the waves are a bit more calmed. I definitely won't argue about that. I don't much like confused waves and I don't really care at this point, if we leave a day later, since there's no way I'll be home for graduation. I can polish off my Micheal Crichton book after I make breakfast (ham, scrambled eggs and potatoes).

It's kind of funny to think about, but I was thinking of graduation and how nobody ever got back to me from school about it. After being a teacher there 14 years it felt like home/family to me but I realize that I don't belong there anymore. Even though I told a couple of the kids that I'd be there for them at graduation, I hadn't heard from either of them for several months - which doesn't bode well since these had been cherubs I'd been trying to help It just always felt like quite a few of the kids were mine.

Amy, Matt, and Chris - if any of you are still reading this, I hope you graduate. Three days laying about gives one time to think... I guess it's time to quit worrying about everyone else's kids.

Since the skies cleared I went up top to plot a route into the chart plotter to get us to Virginia (where we'll let Kolibrie rest for the summer). It takes me a while to put in the waypoints but I really enjoy working with the chart plotter. Wayne worked below changing the fuel filters and air filter. When he pulled them out - they were quite dirty. Hopefully this will do the trick and we'll no longer feel the engine bogging down!

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