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Old 06-28-2018, 09:00 AM   #21
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Wired and functioning!!

Now I just need a vessel to come by on ais so I can see if that works too...
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Old 06-29-2018, 01:00 PM   #22
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Today I picked up a few fittings, spockets and doo-dads as spares. We're getting close to the final fueling/provisioning!

The big project today is to get all the old waypoints/ tracks off the collection of old units and onto the new one. ESPECIALLY my old fishing drops in RI for when we get there. I'd show you those, but then I'd have to kill you.
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:57 PM   #23
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Went out over the weekend to run the engines a little harder than usual. A "stress test" if you will. They ran great. I'm waiting for them to cool to check the fluids but the gauges and ir gun showed no problems.

We ran the heck out of the generator, more for the AC than anything else. The heat index was well into the 100s. It did well. It might be eating a little oil, it's hard to tell just yet.

Topped up the fuel tanks. She's sitting low now!

We were thrown a great farewell party by our dock mates. "Parting is such sweet sorrow". All those pictures have been censored. Haha

Lastly, we stocked up on $200 worth of dry goods. We'll make another run on Thursday for the rest of the fresh stuff. Departure may have been moved to Friday eve if Em can get back from work early enough to catch the tide. Otherwise, it will be 4am Saturday.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:34 PM   #24
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If the weather is good enough to go outside from Norfolk to New York Harbor (or even around Montauk and directly into Narragansett Bay) you should be able to make it easily in two weeks even using the ICW along the east coast. We've made the ICW trip from mid-Florida (Merritt Island) to Norfolk (and usually into Canada or Maine) over a dozen times. With just the two of us onboard, we figure two weeks to mid-Chesapeake on the ICW, allowing one day per week for a lay day due to weather (we did make it northbound one time to Buzzards Bay in two weeks in mid-summer underway from sunrise to sunset and anchoring all the time in order to save time). Chesapeake and Delaware Bays are the long way around the next leg - the direct shot along the coast is much shorter. Going outside from Georgia to Norfolk will also save 2-3 days, and there are numerous places you can duck inside if necessary. Weather will be the determining factor!!!
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Hmmm.... The weather man is throwing a wrench in the plans. Looks like it's going to blow up offshore over the weekend. We'll see as we get closer.

We've been packing furiously to"roll proof" the boat the past few days.

"Keep your deck clear or the sea will clear it for you." But it also applies to counter tops and tables.

I did rig up a couple fishing rods today. You know, just in case....
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Good luck and good tides. I'll be watching from the, ummmm, sidelines.
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It's a shame you didn't leave a week or so earlier. We have been enjoying flat seas off the mid-Atlantic for the last 6 days. Was 50 miles off Ocean City, MD on Monday. Less than 1' seas Saturday through Monday.

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It's a shame you didn't leave a week or so earlier. We have been enjoying flat seas off the mid-Atlantic for the last 6 days. Was 50 miles off Ocean City, MD on Monday. Less than 1' seas Saturday through Monday.

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I know, it's been killing us. The long run from Savannah to Beaufort(NC) we were going to try to make is looking like it will have to be shortened to Georgetown now due to the front that will be passing through the area Saturday evening.

Thanks for the well wishes Ben2go!

Today is final provisioning including fresh fruits and veggies. We could probably vacuum once more as well with all the clomping around, in and out of all the storage spaces and engine room. Dock box has been sold, car transportation plans are finalized, fuel tanks topped up, decks cleared (mostly). We're aiming for a 5 pm departure tomorrow afternoon.
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I know, it's been killing us. The long run from Savannah to Beaufort(NC) we were going to try to make is looking like it will have to be shortened to Georgetown now due to the front that will be passing through the area Saturday evening.

Thanks for the well wishes Ben2go!

Today is final provisioning including fresh fruits and veggies. We could probably vacuum once more as well with all the clomping around, in and out of all the storage spaces and engine room. Dock box has been sold, car transportation plans are finalized, fuel tanks topped up, decks cleared (mostly). We're aiming for a 5 pm departure tomorrow afternoon.



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With lots of hours watching the AP steer ,,you can contemplate how to stay warm in Real Winter after you get there.
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Made it! After a beautiful night, some good fishing, and a swift butt kicking including 3-6 footers, we landed at bald hill marina near Southport.

We're on the road again. We're a little worn and struggling with cell service , so maybe I'll type up a wordier story later
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Aiming for dudleys in swansboro tonight. Relatively straight forward so far minus a clogged fuel filter. I should have seen that coming with all the rough weather. Pretty breezy. I'm glad we're in protected waters today. Looks like hurricane Chris could cause some delays when we come out the far side, in Newport news. Just another thing to keep an eye on.
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A great day today. Buzzed through Moorhead city, had a lumpy ride across the neuse but nothing unmanageable, and are heading for an anchorage just past belhaven for the night.

I even had time for a little sanding. I know I know, I only had 150 grit on board. It will need another round at some point. At least I got the old peely varnish off.
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Stopped in coinjock last night after 70 miles. We were thinking we'd tack on a few more but a stubborn, clogged fuel filter made it prudent for us to grab some dinner, diesel, and beer ashore.

Flying through Newport news now, were going to opt for an overnight run up the Chesapeake instead of a borderline weather report for our run offshore to the mouth of Delaware.
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Sucks to hear about your trouble. Glad you have things under control to get back underway. Safe travels.
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Stopped in coinjock last night after 70 miles. We were thinking we'd tack on a few more but a stubborn, clogged fuel filter made it prudent for us to grab some dinner, diesel, and beer ashore.

Flying through Newport news now, were going to opt for an overnight run up the Chesapeake instead of a borderline weather report for our run offshore to the mouth of Delaware.
Make sure you stay in deep (40'+) water if traveling at night up the Chesapeake as it's crab pot season here.

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Make sure you stay in deep (40'+) water if traveling at night up the Chesapeake as it's crab pot season here.

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I've never dealt with crab pots or other similar hazards. From what I have seen and heard from others, I'd rather see the dentist.
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The channel itself will have fewer crab pots, but there will still be a few in the channel as they tend to move around a bit if they're anchored individually. Most pots now are on a length of line which lays on the bottom connecting a number of pots and they tend to run in a more or less straight line. Very few are anchored individually. They're nothing compared with the lobster pots in Maine (but you won't have to worry about them since you're stopping in RI).

May be too late to help you, but perhaps others can benefit. When you buy a boat that has a load of diesel onboard that hasn't been used in a year or so, carry a dozen filters so you can switch them out as the clog up. Hopefully, you'll have a Racor manifold (or something similar) with two filters so you can switch to a new one with a turn of the valve handle and change the clogged one at your next stop. Riding through rough seas (even if only slightly uncomfortable) will stir up all the sediment in the tank and quickly clog a filter.
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Thanks for the concern everyone. It wouldn't be an adventure without it's trials.



We flew up the Chesapeake, through the c and d, and then got rolled in the 4' $#!! that the Delaware is so famous for. We made cape May around 1am last night.

After a refueling, we took off for NYC this morning around 730. Currently passing manasquan, we're aiming for an anchorage inside Sandy Hook around midnight. Our crew, Jason, will be flying home to Savannah tomorrow. Luckily it's just a couple daylight hops to Rhode island from there.
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A couple photos from the past 36 hours or so.

We're anchored behind Sandy Hook. We'll see what we can do after dropping off our crew member this morning to send him back to Savannah. Some of us do this"work" thing I guess
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