Wintering in Rochester
22 August 2009 | Rochester, NY
We have gotten a couple of phone calls wanting to know where we are and what is going on so I better get this updated.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We finally got a good weather window with no thunderstorms predicted where we were, where we were going, or along the way so we were up and out of Kingston at 0530. It was just light but we could see all of the channel markers and we wanted to get going in order to get across Lake Ontario to Rochester in one day.
The weather was beautiful and it would have been a lovely day for a nice broad reach all of the way BUT we couldn't take advantage of it with the leak in the keel. We didn't want to put any side force on the keel and so wanted to travel on "an even keel" as the expression goes. We expected it to take us 14 hours thus the early start but we did it in 12 and arrived at Shumway Marine in Rochester at 1730. We did discover on the crossing that the water in-take didn't increase at all while we were moving which was a good sign.
Saturday, August 2, 2009
We are now settled in here for the rest of the season. We talked to the service manager yesterday and they will haul Eos on Sept. 7th. They want to get her out and see what the problem is and see what they can do before the late September push to get all of the boats out for the winter.
That gives us about 2 1/2 weeks to do a few things on the To Do list - such as install some strategically placed 12 volt fans and talk to the local canvas guy about getting some shade for the cockpit. These will certainly make next summer's trip much more comfortable than this year's. And, of course, we will be busy trying to eat up the things in the freezer so we don't have to feed them to the dumpster when we haul out. And the list of all of the things we need to take off that can't handle the winter freeze has to be put together. There is plenty for us to do as we stay close to the boat and run the bilge pump every 2 or 3 hours for about 45 seconds. We aren't letting it just run automatically because the in-take of water is slow enough that the pump would turn on and just have enough water coming in to keep running continually. There is really no need to make the pump work like that.
We will get a motel room for a few days when Eos is hauled so we can see that she looks like and be around to hear what they think and plan to do. Then we will take our own-way rental loaded with enything that can't freeze and our clothes, electronics and such and head to North Carolina. We won't be staying here for the winter. My brother Bruce's oldest daughter who has a trailer about 30 miles from Bruce (Ashville, NC) left Friday for California to be there for the birth of two grandchildren and will be there until the first of the year. Bruce has an extra car and has told us to come on down. He has several time shares on the coast so it will be a great opportunity for us all to get to the coast and then do some wandering to check places that we might stop at next year. And we hope to get to Annapolis for the Sail Boat Show in Oct and connect with some cruising friends who are going to be there.
My brother Scott has invited us down to New Mexico for part of the winter so we may just do that as well and then go back to Minnesota in the late spring to see everyone and take care of the yearly standard doctor's appointments. Gary and Judy Robinson have offered us their house again this year and Barb and Jack Sheldon have an extra car for us when we get to MN. And, we have had numerous offers from other friends in the Twin Cities as well as from our friend Steve Shick in Superior, WI.
So we are land folk again until next year when we can take a more leisurely trip out and get to see some places along the way for more than just an over night stay.
We will keep up the blog some so friends and family can find out what the verdict is on Eos' keel and where we are. Thanks to everyone for your concern, help and advice.