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The fun times aboard Liquid Therapy. With - Susan and Brooke Smith

30 April 2018 | Home
29 April 2018 | Horn Harbor Marina
28 April 2018 | Ocean Marine Yachting Center
26 April 2018 | Coinjock Marina
26 April 2018 | Alligator Marina
26 April 2018 | Belhaven Marina
24 April 2018 | Belhaven Marina
23 April 2018 | Oriental marina
22 April 2018 | Casper's Marina
21 April 2018 | Harbour Village Marina
20 April 2018 | South Harbour Village Marina
20 April 2018 | Barefoot Marina
19 April 2018 | Osprey Marina
15 April 2018 | Santee River South
13 April 2018 | Santee South River Anchorage
10 April 2018 | Harbour Town Yacht Basin
10 April 2018 | Isle Of Hope Marina
09 April 2018 | Sunbury Crab Company Marina
07 April 2018 | Cedar Creek Anchorage
05 April 2018 | Jekyll Harbor Marina

Monday, April 30, 2018

30 April 2018 | Home
Brooke Smith

Some statistics of our cruise.

We left Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, VA on Friday, October 27, 2017. We docked back at our Horn Harbor Marina on April 28, 2018. That is 183 days or 6 months and 1 day.

We traveled 2852 statute miles in 77 passages.

We ran our engine 488.1 hours

We purchased 885 gallons of diesel at average price of $2.68 / gallon = $2375 . We have more fuel in our tanks than when we started. We used about 732 gallons at our burn rate of 1.5 gallons per hour.

Restaurants - Never mind, I’m not adding that up.

Today’s picture is a selfie of us, at home, with our old favorite azalea bush.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

29 April 2018 | Horn Harbor Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage - Ocean Marina Yacht Center - Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, VA
42 SM 6.8 Engine Hours
8:47 AM Underway
2:39 PM Docked port side to stern in

We’re Home! We had an excellent last day of our cruise today. The winds were pretty calm. We had lots of interesting ships moving about and two Navy Ships were returning from sea in Norfolk. Then after crossing the Hampton Roads tunnel we entered the Chesapeake Bay and things got a lot less hectic. It was nice being back in familiar waters passing the York River, Mobjack Bay, New Point Light and then into Horn Harbor Creek.

We docked in our old slip at Horn Harbor and got our lines adjusted for permanent set up. I’m sure the knots will tighten with a few tide swings and I might have to adjust the length of some of the lines. But once they are adjusted to keep the boat from touching the sides of the slip usually we can take the boat out leaving the lines tied at the slip. When we return we put the loops of the lines over the designated cleats and we are back in the exact position.

Jerry & Lisa had brought our CRV down for us to drive back home. It has new tires. YEA. Can’t believe the old tires actually dry rotted because we just don’t drive enough. Wanda and Windy had us over to their cottage for dinner. It was really nice seeing them and having some chat time and eat at a house not a restaurant. We drove back to the boat and we slept for the last night of the trip on board. Tomorrow night we will be in our bed at home. That will feel good.

Today’s picture is USCGC LEGARE that we passed int the Elizabeth River.

Friday, April 27, 2018

28 April 2018 | Ocean Marine Yachting Center
Brooke Smith
Passage - Coinjock Marina - Ocean Marina Yacht Center
48 SM 9.2 Engine Hours
7:25 AM Underway
2:12 PM Docked Top Rack Marina Port side to fuel dock ( for fuel )
2:41 PM Underway
3:46 PM Docked slip A11 port side stern in.

I hate locks. Susan hates locks. OK we haven't been through many locks. So, we still have not built up confidence from experience. But locks jack Susan and me up whenever we go through one. Maybe it's the swirls of water. Maybe it's whatever you can't see that's going on under water that causes the water to drop or rise. Maybe it's the terrible angles we have to tend to lines as the boat pulls away from the wall of the lock as the water drops. Maybe it's our fenders moving around and not protecting the sides of Liquid Therapy. Maybe it's the current or wind combination swirling around down inside pushing us in abnormal directions. Maybe it's the lock tenders changing their mind on what we should do.
Well today things didn't go too great. We thought we would dock to the south side of the Great Bridge Lock that is covered in rubber. We don't need fenders on that side either. Hey you can't screw that up too much. So, we rig our lines for that side. But there are LOTS of boat's locking through at the same time. And some are going to have to go to the North side of the lock which is concrete and steel. Susan cut her hand right badly on that one other time. So, we are really trying to go to the south side of the lock. That will be our port side. Susan rigs fenders on the starboard side just in case we have to go to the other side.
In we go and yea there is space on the south wall for us. We pull in unassisted by the busy lock tender guys. I tell Susan to loop on to a targeted cleat on the shore. She struggles and finally gets it. However, the following current pushes Liquid Therapy away from the wall too fast for me to adjust with motor and rudder. The lock guy says, he just go over to the north wall. We cast off and I head that way. I get the bow near the wall and the lock guy gets the line. But again the inrushing water pushes the stern around - uh into middle of the lock and I can see a collision with the yacht in from of me if I don't control the stern of Liquid Therapy. I swing the rudder hard to port and the stern of Liquid Therapy moves away from the multimillion dollar yacht. BAM goes the port side of Liquid Therapy into the concrete steel north wall of the. Did I mention we had no fenders on the port side of Liquid Therapy because that was going to be against the rubber south wall. Embarrassed that we are the only northbound boat in the lock facing south as we get tied up for the down elevator. Nope not embarrassed. Just trying to figure out what I could have done different. The delivery captain ahead of me on the multimillion dollar yacht and I chat. He says he says that happens all the time. I think he's trying to make me feel better about the emergency maneuver I did that prevented me hitting the yacht he is delivering. Although, I now have a big dent in my rub railing. Well that's why it's called a rub railing.
The lock doors come open and everyone exits on the south wall and ahead of me on the north wall. I feel like everyone is feeling sorry for me or chuckling at me facing the opposite direction I am supposed to be headed. I consider backing out of the lock. I COULD DO THAT. The lock tender guy says it's 72' wide. So, I jockey L.T. forward and aft to turn around in the lock and head out. Then, I wonder is there a youtube video of crazy things that happen in locks? I wonder if we will be added to that channel.

OK, on up the Elizabeth River to Top Rack Marina to FILL UP. We may not need any fuel all summer after a total fill up. We are still a little rattled as we dock at the fuel dock unassisted. I called them on the VHF and got no response. So, Susan and I can do this docking unassisted. RIGHT? We are still a little rattled from our lock experience. A fellow boater comes over and helps us dockhand says the dock hands are moving boats in the Hi-Dry stack. We fill up. Well mostly. Because I am not Captain Joe Hazelwood and don't want to overfill L.T. even though this is the cheapest fuel in Virginia. Greasy Greed!

Off we go to our destination marina. Nice ride up with too many things to look at. Lot's of ships, tugs, military repairs going on this stretch of the Elizabeth River. Nice weather at least. Still rattled from the lock incident it takes me two attempts to back into the slip.

And then the day travel is over and we realize tomorrow is our last day of our winter journey. We are both sad about that. We walk to a nice Italian restaurant and have a celebratory meal.

Today's picture is of some of our Navy ships in the Norfolk Shipyard.
USS James E. Williams (DDG-95), USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) & USS Milius (DDG-69)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

26 April 2018 | Coinjock Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage - Alligator River Marina, Coinjock Marina, NC
36 SM 5.9 Engine Hours
8:57 AM Underway
1:57 PM Docked starboard side to face dock

Susan and I are getting a little melancholy about our trip ending. Yes, That is true. We are not all like “ Whew we are glad that is over” This lifestyle could very well be permanent. We have met many cruisers that have NO CAR, OR LAND HOME! LOTS OF EM! We are not that enthralled. But this really is still fun after 6 months.
And speaking of car. I got a call from Jerry, the guy bringing our car down to our home marina informing me that I had a flat tire and all of the other tires were dry rotted. I guess we have been using the boat more than our car for some time for the tires not to just wear out, but dry rot.

Today’s passage was basically from the south side of the Albemarle Sound to the north side + some swamp up to Coinjock. It was easy with the Albermarle Sound flat as a pancake. And, now docked at Coinjock, we are at our last stop in NC. Tomorrow we have a 48 mile run to Portsmouth, VA.

And, then Saturday we will be back at our home marina in Port Haywood.

Our trip will be over.

And, I will not have to write anymore blogs! HA!

Today’s picture is what a straight 7 mile stretch of waterway looks like.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

26 April 2018 | Alligator Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage - Belhaven - Alligator River Marina, Columbia, NC
55 SM 8.7 Engine Hours
7:06 AM Underway
≌ 3:00PM Docked starboard side to face dock. ( My software log filled up and stopped recording movement )

This was a very nice ride today. We didn’t go south this path as we visited Manteo and Ocracoke. But today’s path took us up the Pungo River to the Alligator River Pungo River canal that connected the two rivers. This gave me a 10 mile run on one course and 7 mile run on another. This canal is rather pretty. It is also mesmerizing to run long distances on such a straight course. Lot’s of tea /a coffee colored water from the swamp cypress tree stained water. This also makes the mustache grow on the bow as it gets stained by this water.

We got a free airshow from a bunch of F15 fighter jets practicing my guess at the Stumpy Point bombing range. The F15s were flying a rectangular looking path very close to the water and probably at about 600MPH as I have seen them do before. They stay under the speed of sound about 760MPH so they don’t cause sonic booms. I shot 929 pictures of the F15s! Got lots to throw away, but some very cool shots as well. This all went on for about 1 hour and seemed to be six to eight planes flying in front and behind us. I wondered if they were lining up on us for practice. When they would pull up the wing tips make white trails. They were so close I could see the port running light on one of them.

Today’s picture is one of the F15s pulling flying across Liquid Therapy’s fantail. The picture does not relay how LOUD this was.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

26 April 2018 | Belhaven Marina
Brooke Smith

Docked - Belhaven Marina
0 SM 0 Engine Hours
Docked starboard side to face dock

Uh, this is the worst slip we have stayed in our entire trip. We are on a seawall with another seawall straight across from us about 200’. Ever looked into a mirror with another mirror behind that. You see lots of reflections. Well that’s what’s going on here. Lots of reflections of single waves creating havoc. I really cannot believe how ROUGH it is at this dock. My guess is this dock should never be rented with a SE wind. We are supposed to have gale force conditions tonight out of the SE switching to the South. This face dock tie may become more dangerous than it has been all day long. I moved the boat forward and opened the gate. This allows the rolling boat not to smash our railing. The boat is rolling so far that the piling is inside where the closed railing would be. The dock master says he’s never seen this before. The marina is under new ownership and there may be many things they have not seen. Thought about leaving and anchoring. The waves in the Pungo river are breaking and large. So, leaving is not a good option either.
I wished I’d taken pictures or video. But I was too busy taking care of the boat.

Today’s picture is a tide line at one of the ocean inlets. When the tide runs in or out of an inlet there are definite convergent lines as though someone has put a wall between the two bodies of water. The color difference is quite noticeable.
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
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