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Old 12-12-2013, 05:41 AM   #81
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Will,
Love your voyage report, keep it coming.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:06 AM   #82
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Good morning every one! Pointed down track, with an early departure......this pic sums it all up......now I just have to pay all the overtime to my crew for the early call out and penalty meal! LOL!
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:42 AM   #83
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Looks like a great day on the water!

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What's the air temp when you depart in the morning? It was in mid 40s when I was doing my trip. The first thing I did every morning was crank up the heater on the bridge to get the heat wave going while I'm getting ready to depart. I guess it's much colder now in the mornings. The good thing is that you keep moving South.

What's the water temp now? What's your next port of call?

Safe travels. Keep the updates coming.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:41 AM   #85
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This morning the dock was frosty, the lines were stiff and the sea temp was 59 deg......in all notto bad, but South is the direction to head!

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Old 12-12-2013, 10:00 AM   #86
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Here in Stuart, we're getting a break from the usual mid 80's to the high 70's today. I figure you ought to be back in sandals by the time you get to Jacksonville.
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This morning the dock was frosty, the lines were stiff and the sea temp was 59 deg......in all notto bad, but South is the direction to head!

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Hobucken!!
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Town dock Oriental showing space at 11:00am. The Bean has great coffee!

Or Beaufort if you're going that far...

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Old 12-12-2013, 04:18 PM   #89
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12/12/13

And this chapter closes, but the story is just beginning.......

Made fast STBD side too Jarrett Bay, receiving power, potable water, trash removal and phone service from shore......I swear I am choked up as I write this, because this adventure has been more than I could have dreamed of.


The estimators have been down and by tomorrow I should have estimates for new bottom paint, Simrad package, storage and what not........so yes now every one can say "He went to Jarrett's" I am ready for the ribbing!

Over the past few weeks we have all been on this adventure and even though single handing, I have felt that you all were here with me, and waiting to hear of the next day and the challenges and events that befell LOTTIE and I.

I have made the acquaintance of numerous people and seen wonderful kindness from strangers, and made new friends. Out here on the waterway I have seen the America that i think has been missing for so long......and for that I am sad to have to come ashore for even a few weeks and return to work.

Enough waxing nostalgic, down to business, and a little follow up on some of the people and boats that I have seen:

Getting an estimate for replacing the Big Bay computer with a Simrad plotter, removing the old Furuno also for a Simrad, and removing the B&G down sounder for a Simrad unit, network it all together. One of the nice to haves is to have a smaller slave unit run back to the Master Suite so I can monitor the anchor position and watch the plotter and radar if needed while on the hook. Also acquiring more Cat parts for my trusty 3208's, and getting one of my Norther Lights generators looked at as it has an exhaust manifold leak......along with bottom paint, that should get the old girl some new shoes for the next leg, in about 5 weeks.

Update on the Berty that waked me and then got stuck. The owner is a very nice fellow, and we had a great time at Coinjock, and we have been keeping in touch.....so from his own mouth I have found out that he is on the hard having his props replaced and struts fixed......apparently he went aground several more times and finally found that rock he must have been looking for.

My zero visibility convoy partners have safely made it to their destinations and are having a great time, and enjoying the clear skies!

In the mean time, I have to recover my vehicle in Baltimore, make it to Florida to pay sales tax, and get my butt back to work, I have to pay for this some how!

Thank you again to all who have read this and added suggestions and advice, also for the encouragement. I think that this was some of the best of what the internet can be. Thanks for taking this section of my trip with me!

Until, chapter two.......I hope to see y'all out there!

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Thanks for having us along, glad to hear you are stationed in a rebuttal boat yard, looking forward to part II.
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Will, it has been a great ride with you, & looking forward to part II....Good luck, and we
will see you then....

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Will,


As the other's have said, THANK YOU for allowing me aboard vicariously through your internet journal.

It was good chatting with you as well, and if you ever need anything in my neck of the woods, or make it this far south, just give a shout or an email and I'll do what I can. If you make it down here, hit me up and drinks are on me.

Safe Passage,

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Over. Did you say it's over!?

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Old 12-12-2013, 10:25 PM   #94
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I really enjoy the East Coast cruising threads and Will, you are a great story teller. I'm loving the adventure.

The Pacific is; leave port, bash the seas until you make another port. The ride downhill is usually smooth, uphill has sunk quite a few boats. It's a head banger
Up hill can be a bear!!!
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #95
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Will, Great post and thank you for sharing
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Thanks, Will. Love your attitude. Your baby should be in good hands at Jarret Bay.

Your posts have pointed out what a wonderful asset we have in the ICW. From Morehead City on you will have the choice of inside or outside travel. What a luxury that is. The towns along the ICW are wonderful stops. Anchor, marinas, inside, outside, rush or tarry----that's life cruising the SE coast. After over 40 years I still love it.

I'll be looking for your continuation of the trip.
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Do we have any soon to be launched updates??
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