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

20 September 2020 | Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina
13 September 2020 | Horn Harbor Marina
24 May 2020 | Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina
22 October 2019 | Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina
21 October 2019 | Crazy Crab Restaurant
20 October 2019 | Crazy Crab Restaurant
17 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA
16 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA
16 October 2019 | Capital Yacht Club
14 October 2019 | Capital Yacht Club
13 October 2019 | Alexandria City Marina
11 October 2019 | National Harbor
10 October 2019 | Smallwood State Park, Sweden, MD.
08 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA
06 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina
06 October 2019 | Canoe Neck Creek
05 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina Colonial Beach
03 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA
03 October 2019 | Coles Point Marina, VA
02 October 2019 | FAIRPORT MARINA

T minus 3 days

20 September 2020 | Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina
BROOKE SMITH | Small Craft Warnings
Saturday September 19. 2020
0 Miles T-3 days and counting.

Start of our 6 week cruise? Nope weather delay until Wednesday it appears.
See below.


 NE winds 20 to 25 kt. Waves 3 to 5 ft.

 NE winds 15 to 20 kt, increasing to 20 to 25 kt in the
 afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 ft.

 NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts to 30 kt,
 diminishing to 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Waves 4 to 5 ft.

 NE winds 20 to 25 kt, diminishing to 15 to 20 kt in the
 late morning and afternoon. Waves 4 to 5 ft.

 NE winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming N 10 to 15 kt after
 midnight. Waves 4 to 5 ft.

 NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

 W winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

 NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 to 3 ft.””

But we have had a wonderful evening after a most stressful buying and loading of stores for our tip, voting, emergency tooth repair, vacation override on medications, having our house plants baby sat and other things I can’t think of right now.

But tonight at the marina was just downright weird, deja vu things.

I met a guy that learned to fly at New Kent Airport about the same time I did 40 years ago. We knew the same mechanic, remembered specific planes we rented, flight instructors. How weird to meet someone at a 20 year wedding anniversary party at our marina.

And then they band was excellent. They hadn’t played since last October. What great sound engineer. At a break Susan strikes a conversation with the sound engineer and I join in to find the guy’s father used to run sound for Flashback, a band I worked lighting and some sound with for several years. And, the guys father is at the gig too. I talk with him about all the musicians we know. Again, how weird for us to be at a small gathering in Port Haywood, Va and bump into so many people I almost knew.

Today’s picture is Holt’s Creek off the Pamunkey River in New Kent, VA

Sunday, September 13, 2020

13 September 2020 | Horn Harbor Marina
Sunday, September 13, 2020
2020 Fall Cruise Planning
We came to the boat yesterday to finalize plans for our upcoming about 6 weeks cruise. Lots of last minute Amazon purchases.

I believe I really should change the alternator. I do have a new one if this one quits. It’s been working so-so.
The hour meter I bought in January and recently installed DOES NOT WORK. I thought it odd that it had 1.3 hours on it right out of the package. I don’t feel like fighting the return process so I’m just going on with the 41 year old hour meter that seems to run fast.

We are SO thankful we have a boat. The virus has paralyzed many in their homes with no where to go. Pull my hair out. Well you could?. It hasn’t been cut since January.
Anyhow we are heading out for a cruise to nowhere in particular. Just getting out of the house and into nature. That sounds safe enough. September 20 is our set sail date.

BUT, we love to eat our way up and down the waterways. Besides the nature aspect and the fun of actually navigating out boat from port to anchorages to little towns and marinas, well eating is our secondary objective. Our mode of operation is often pulling into a marina and after getting our boat squared away at our temporary slip a visit to the dock master often revolves around “Where should we eat tonight?”
Of course the virus question may be “What restaurant has take out that is really good?”
Irks - Of course the boat is NEVER 100%. But it is safe and comfy. But navigation software that worked last fall has been discontinued with no replacement. So, the way I used to plan tomorrow’s path by creating a route and loading it to my autopilot the night before is not going to work. Hey we might have some excitement from running aground! Well if we do run aground we are on no schedule. We can just wait out the tide until we cannot off. As Dan Fogelberg’s lyrics say “It’s never easy and it’s never clear, Who’s to navigate and who’s to steer.” I miss Dan.

So, friends - the boat is adequately ready to head out. And, if I need a mechanic - I’ll spread the wealth around. Or, should I say the credit?

Today’s picture is sunset as seen out our starboard bow looking over the bow of our neighbor.

Memorial Day Weekend 2020, Or is it?

24 May 2020 | Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina
BROOKE SMITH | Partly cloudy and 63º
Sunday, May 24th, 2020
Passage - Horn Harbor Creek - Local

After arriving at the boat on Friday evening I spent much of the day putting up 2 new blinds in the salon of Liquid Therapy. The old Levelors had been up 10 years and were kind on bent and stained from the ravages old boat life. Nothing simple that is done in a home is simple on a boat. In the fall we had ordered 5 blinds custom cut to width and length and that was going to be a winter-spring project. Well here it is Memorial Day Weekend, and I had only gotten 2 of the 5 blinds up.
I could bore all of you about how it is difficult to install these blinds behind a wooden valence, that the light from the windows blinds the darkness under the valence, that the brackets have to be lowered somewhat with washers, the difficulty in getting 3 brackets all lined up so that the blinds would snap in place, that reading glasses are much better to use than progressive lenses, that I can’t hold my arms up all that long without loosing strength, dexterity is leaving my body, that my fingers kept locking up after repeated attempts to hold screws and blinds at the same time, and that blindly snapping the blinds into 3 brackets with two hands is not easy and takes lots of strength, and that all of this has to be done while kneeling on the settee. And, I still have one more to install over the bathtub in the back bathroom. Thank goodness you will not have to hear all about that project.

Yesterday about 4PM we took a boat ride down the creek to check the engine for overheating as I had drained and replaced the coolant and It’s hard to get all the air out of the cooling system just idling at the dock. I wanted to put the engine through a stress test. Well glad to say I couldn’t make the engine overheat even at full throttle. But there is the next thing to work on. The engine would not turn full RPMs at full throttle. I believe it may be a fuel flow issue and will change all 3 fuel filters soon. The propeller, rudder shaft and the bottom could be loading the engine too much because they are fowled too. I’ll be hiring a diver to scrape all of that soon too. But, looking at the good side,, the engine didn’t overheat.

2020 Memorial Day Weekend. Of course with everyday being the same with the self quarantine we didn’t realize Memorial Day Weekend was coming up on the calendar. And then we did realize that. So, we decided to go to the boat. We started planning all the food etc to take to the boat so that we wouldn’t have to go inside a store. We love eating at the restaurants in Mathews, but, not at the risk of catching the virus. Not sure how you eat at a restaurant with a mask on. Yes, we could do take out. We might try that when we get brave enough. So, our meal planning was just the same thing we eat at home will be transported to the boat. Then when Susan was talking to her sister on the phone Susan’s sister said it was not Memorial Day Weekend. And we were convinced Susan’s sister was right. We can’t keep days straight, so how could we the right about weekends. Started unpacking everything - not really but what difference does it make what weekend it is. It’s not like we are going to miss a Memorial Day Parade. But after looking at several calendars we discovered Susan’ s sister was not right. It is Memorial Day Weekend. We packed the Subaru to go to the boat and off we went Friday afternoon.

We got an email that some people wanted to get together, have a Memorial Day party in the captains lounge at the marina with no more than 8 inside for the buffet. No thanks. Not going inside there because I’d like to see next Memorial Day Weekend too. Whatever weekend Memorial Day Weekend is in 2021.

Today’s picture is Captain Waynie Hudgins’ crab pots waiting out the marina dock, ready to go cabbing.

Day 21- Monday, October 21, 2019

22 October 2019 | Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina
Brooke Smith
Passage - Crazy Crab to Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina, Port Haywood, VA
9:18 AM Underway
2:32 PM Docked in our slip

The gale of Nestor had just about blown itself out. But we were still going to have a north wind 10-15 knots gusts higher. Since we are basically headed south this can work to our advantage. The tidal current will also be to our advantage for about 3 hours. Bad part of this is we have to leave the protection of Reedville and head east until we are in deep enough weather to turn south. I tell Susan to move everything into safe location and be prepared for a bad ride for about 30 minutes. The weather predictions were changing for the better. I like to check some of the weather buoys are around the Chesapeake Bay to see what is happening now and see the recent history of those buoy to see if the wind is picking up or dropping. Everything I looked at was dropping as better conditions 11-13 knots of wind. Look at this link https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=44058 for an example. It is Stingray Point and as I write the current wind is 7.8 knots. I can look back to yesterday and see the highest wind was 17.5 knot gust at 9:18AM. How odd is that was the same time we got underway. So, the wind was improving but the Chesapeake Bay is really big at Reedville. The bay was still echoing rolling swells from Nestor. I had loaded my intended route into the Garmin and the autopilot would obey that. But I don’t always follow my intended route. I shave off corners of shallow areas if we are having high tides and that’s what I did because our easterly movement we were being hit broadside with swells. I punch in a point to the west side of Windmill point 1 1/2 hours away. We can pass the wrong side of Windmill Point Light. The swells are hitting our port quarter. Not perfect but better than broadside. It’s as good as I can get and we are surfing along the swells and then struggling in the troughs of the next swell. The autopilot is going nuts trying to hold course. I reduce the response level setting on the autopilot and that lets the boat move more with the way the waves want it to. It’s a sloppy ride that feels better, less rigid and Liquid Therapy gets into a rhythm that is comfortable with us and not overworking the autopilot. I search up and down the intended path for any really shallow areas and find a few that I will be watching closely. Running shallow areas also means watching constantly for crab pots and pound nets. But just like in the Potomac, the Chesapeake has lots of debris from the higher tides of late. I see dock boards going by and other not normal stuff floating in the water.

I decide to fish and put out two lines. We are going much too fast for the lures and rockfish usually hit slower speed baits. But, I try anyway. Might as well. I can’t tend to the fishing lines and keep good watch of what’s in front of the boat. So, unless I hear the drag scream on one of the reels I’m just looking forward where we are headed.

We wallow our way to Windmill Point and I set another point off Gwen Island and then it’s a straight shot to Horn Harbor Creek entrance, our home marina. I wind the lines in and the lures have no evidence of a fish strike.

We dock in our slip and the 2019 fall cruise is over. We are going home tomorrow. Susan points out that we should be taking stuff home as cruising for 2019 is pretty much over too. I hadn’t thought of that. That’s a bummer that takes a few seconds to sink in. So, we will be off loading canned goods etc. Nothing worse than finding a frozen broken jar of sauce etc next spring. It’s going to get cold soon…….

Today’s picture is the Miss Violet fleet of workboats at our marina, Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina..

Day 20- Sunday, October 20, 2019

21 October 2019 | Crazy Crab Restaurant
Brooke Smith | Gale - Storm, Nestor
Docked Port Side Tie Dock in front of the Crazy Crab Restaurant, Reedville, VA

The wind blew hard and it rained lots today. I had tied our boat the day before in preparations for the gale that blew most of the day. Some of the gusts really felt very high. 35 knots was as high as I saw recorded near us. But that’s a lot of wind. It was the remains of the storm, Nestor.

I can’t understand why so many boaters don’t use forward and aft spring lines. For those of you non-boaters. Spring Lines are usually longer lines tied to the middle of the boat that run pretty much parallel to the boat and tied at some distance to a dock piling or dock cleat. You pull these lines tight with little slack in them. This way the boat cannot move forward or aft. The tide can go up and down and they will stretch like a SPRING. That’s why they are called spring lines. It has nothing to do with the season called Spring. HA! Ha! Anyhow, with those two lines tied you can tie your fenders ( bumpers ) at strategic points between the boat and dock pilings and your fenders will stay in place. If you don’t use two spring lines your boat will move forward and aft and your fenders will move with the boat and bump goes the boat rub rail against the dock. But I see this over and over. Yesterday we had unusually high tides and the large sail boat behind me actually got its hull / rub railing hung on a piling. It took 3 people to push it off. No spring lines. He had his bow and stern lines tight. That’s a big no-no. The fenders were not in line with the dock piling. He had tied his bow and stern lines tight. I leave slack in the bow and stern lines as I do not want my boat tight against a dock. Often the bow and stern lines are shorter than the spring lines. They are also usually more perpendicular to the dock. So, when the tide goes out they pul the boat closer to the dock. If you have tied them tight and the tide drops your hull will be pulled so tight against the dock that you may not be able to untie them. Anyhow, Liquid Therapy bobbed and the stern and bow swung back and forth in the gale. But we never moved forward or aft and our fenders stayed right where they should, between our hull and the dock pilings.
And that’s today’s lesson on how to tie your boat to a dock.

What else did I do today. Loaded our route for tomorrow into the autopilot. I also adjusted the forward head door latch. We’ve owned the boat for 10 years and the door has never stayed shut, especially when it’s rough. Probably was never quite lined up when it was built 40 years ago. Well, it closes and latches properly now.

If the wind calms down enough, I will be rock fishing the entire way back to Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina. The weather still looks iffy for Monday.

Today’s picture is sort of artsy - I titled this picture - Rain And Gloom, Our Starboard Railing Gate, I’ll sell it on Amazon

Day 19- Saturday, October 19, 2019

20 October 2019 | Crazy Crab Restaurant
Brooke Smith | Raining - Remains of Nestor storm
Passage - Boathouse Marina - Crazy Crab, Reedville, VA
8:34 AM Underway
4:27 PM Docked Port Side Tie Dock in front of the Crazy Crab Restaurant, Reedville, VA
60 miles

A great run today down the Potomac and around Smith Point up into the Chesapeake and now officially in Virginia waters. I might troll for rockfish the whole way back to Mathews.

OK you are wondering where Day 18 blog was. Well it’s too boring to write about. Gale conditions - We got up, ate breakfast- did laundry - road the golf cart to dinner.

But, today was beautiful. Winds 5 knots, Outgoing tide for us to ride like we are sliding down a hill on a sled. Very few turns on our route. It was easy and fun.

We got tied up at the fixed pair of the restaurant and two other boats are here. Actually as I write this another boat has come in at dark. It’s going to be bad tomorrow with the remainder of Tropical Storm Nestor causing gusts to NE 30 Knots. So, we ain’t going anywhere tomorrow. And, Monday doesn’t look great. But I believe we will be able to get home to Hudgin’s Horn Harbor Marina on Monday. I hope I catch a rockfish while we are headed that way.

Hey when I think about it, there’s not much to say about today’s passage. And, in a very good way that is nice. We didn’t have anything break, leak or blow a fuse. Liquid Therapy is being very reliable. That is way unusual with a boat. Things are always breaking. There is always something needing to be updated. Updated? Oh, yea, not about boating per se, I updated my iPhone and now the Liquid Therapy Cradlepoint router cannot connect to the iPhone Hot Spot. I’ll figure it out. But This is sort of important, as some of my navigation applications would like updates from the internet for wind, weather, AIS of boats further away than my VHF antenna. And, of course Facebook. HA.

We had a nice dinner at the Crazy Crab. They had speckled trout for a special and that was good for me. Susan got the fried shrimp and they were very good as well. We even got dessert, brownie with ice cream. We will be eating light tomorrow for sure.

Today’s picture is four swans swimming by as we left Colonial Beach. We’ve never seen swans anywhere before.
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
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