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

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
02 January 2019 | HORN HARBOR MARINA
30 April 2018 | Home
29 April 2018 | Horn Harbor Marina

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.

Day 16 & 27 - Wednesday & Thursday, October 16 & 17, 2019

17 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA
Brooke Smith
Docked Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA

Wednesday, we woke up to gray and rain and light winds. You know, just pull up the covers and sleep a while longer weather.

Gale warnings would be up soon and the rain would stop about 5:00PM. So, the wind is blowing the rain in directions that Liquid Therapy doesn’t expect. If a boat is at anchor, it turns into the wind and faces the rain right on. If underway it’s unusual for the rain not to be hitting the windshield. But tied to a dock Liquid Therapy could not orient itself into the wind and so the leaks begin. Water that gravity should be draining is being blown uphill. Water starts creeping in windows that cannot drain fast enough. Hatches mysteriously drip and then stop dripping. We sop up water off and on all day on until 5:00PM when the sun comes out and the wind picks up. My other big chore is to change the heat pump air filters. Liquid Therapy has three and they are just difficult to get to.

Gusts to 40 MPH are shown on the weather buoy not far from us. I go out and add another stern line to the starboard side and it has a better angle than the port stern line and I get the stern closer to the dock. I consider changing the aft spring line to a different dock cleat. I realize that I may not have the strength to pull the boat backwards into the wind. I consider starting the engine and putting it in reverse to help. I’ve done that before. But I just leave well enough alone on the aft spring line. I tie a rolling hitch for the bow line around the dock cleat that I can slip to any length I want faster than trying to retie to the dock cleat. As the boat swings in the breeze I slip the rolling hitch when I get slack and then that satisfies me with the bow position. The fenders are appropriate to keep us from slamming into the dock. All is good - at least for now.

Susan cooks dinner in the propane oven. The heat feels good too. But, it’s time to start the heat pumps as it’s going down to 46º tonight. I actually get the iPad to work on NBC and we watch the Chicago, Fire/PD/Hospital show. First time I’ve ever had that work.

Then to bed. The boat is secure and the wind has shifted causing the fender on the opposite side of the hull to where my head is to screech. I try to ignore it. I try some more. But it’s gonna keep me awake if I don’t go out there and adjust the fender. Unzip from our bed system, put on clothes and out the door into the cold I go. The wind is really pushing the hull against the fender and the dock and I have a very hard time getting it out. I’m successful and the hull falls closer to the dock until the further aft fend takes the punch. I move the freed fender closer to that fender and also change it to hang sideways so it can roll with the hull bobbing up and down instead of rubbing as it was.

Then I get back in the bed and get close to Susan for some warmth and poof I’m asleep.

THURSDAY - It’s still blowing hard and we aren’t going anywhere today. I decide to clean the engine cooling strainer as we ran through lots of debris and grass coming down from DC. While I’m in there I get the heat pump strainer cleaned too. Susan actually cleans the strainers. I hand them up to her from the bilge and she examines and cleans them better than I would. The engine strainer is actually pretty clean. But the heat pump strainer has the remains of jelly fish and lots of other gook and grass.

Susan did a small load of laundry. Small, because we have enough clean clothes to finish our cruise without washing more. Our little washing machine is really pretty cool. We have an old fashioned fold up drying rack. But that gets the job done.

We are taking the marina golf cart to a Denson’s Grocery for dinner tonight. It was really good when we ate there the last time we were in Colonial Beach. I just hope the wind doesn’t blow us out of the golf cart.

Today’s picture is George Washington’s Mount Vernon as seen from the Potomac.

Day 15- Tuesday, October 15, 2019

16 October 2019 | Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA
Brooke Smith
Passage - Capital Yacht Club to Boathouse Marina, Colonial Beach, VA
8:38 AM Underway
5:48 PM Docked Port Side Tie Dock A T
71 miles

Wow we set out to go about half that distance and anchor for the night. But, we had the tidal current working with us all but about the last 12 miles. It was a wonderful day and we just kept going and going. We had gotten to our planned anchorage by 12:15PM.

But this wasn't easy with all the debris in the river. The high tides over the weekend had lifted trees, boards, firewood and floating dock parts into the river. I was constantly dodging this and that the entire distance to Colonial Beach. But the weather was perfect and we just kept going.

A boat that had recently passed us had just finished docking as we pulled up to the dock and put our stern towards his stern. Funny thing they had left BOSTON about the same time we got underway in DC, had flown to DC, gotten on the boat at an adjacent marina in DC and beat us to Colonial Beach. They are headed to Ft. Lauderdale and are planning on moving to Norfolk tomorrow ( Wednesday ). It's supposed to be raining and gale conditions up this part of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. They are delivery guys. You know the saying "The worst thing you can have on a boat is a SCHEDULE" Good luck to them. We will be tied to the dock cleaning and it's time change the air filters on the heat pumps. It's going to be 45º tomorrow night.

We ate our left overs we'd been accumulating and still have some for tomorrows lunch! And, wow we were tired and went to bed early..

Tonight's Picture is Colonial Beach sunset. In this case "red sky at night, sailors delight" is not going to be true as tomorrow's forecast is rain and gale winds..

Day 14 - Monday, October 14, 2019

16 October 2019 | Capital Yacht Club
Brooke Smith
Docked - Capital Yacht Club, Washington, DC
Port Side Tie Slip A-3

We invited DC friends over to visit Liquid Therapy and have lunch. Chris and his twins were at the Natural History Museum for the morning and visited us about lunch time. The almost 7 year old twin boys had great time exploring Liquid Therapy. Susan was in her teacher mode and we all enjoyed the visit. We had lunch ashore at Kirwan’s, an Irish pub. Great food and we all took home doggie bags.

After goodbyes we did chores on Liquid Therapy. I examined the damaged toe railing and hull. I might have some temporary repairs done to remove the splintered wood and maybe seal the hull from water intrusion. So, we set out sites on heading down the Potomac to anchor out. Those plans were iffy because it would be raining Wednesday. We’d rather make it all the way to Colonial Beach if possible.

The tidal current would be in our favor most of Tuesday. But tidal currents can be a bit hard to predict. The actual tide highs and lows are predictable. The inertia of moving water keeps water moving even though the actual tide height has started to change. With the extremely high tides we have been having lately my guess would be the tidal current outflow would be strong and longer than normal. That could work in our favor.

Monday night we ate at the Capital Yacht Club. And, the Club was all about the Washington National’s game. It was fun sitting in the sea of fans with their teams colors in full display. We had cuban & steak sandwiches with wonderful green salads and enjoyed the game on 3 TVs.
The Nationals won. One more playoff game to win to go to the World Series. It’s been a long time 1933 was the last World Series for the Washington team.
Today’s picture is Jack, Luke, Susan and me.
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
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