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Old 10-21-2021, 10:05 AM   #21
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If the boat show wrapped up this past weekend ,then it no doubt must have been a factor in all of the traffic. Of course AIS is a relatively recent phenomenon and each year more and more boats are adding them but I don't recall ever seeing so many boats heading South on the bay all at once. Maybe it's like that after every show & I haven't noticed but I kind of feel there's a few more folks attempting the trip this year, judging from the recent surge in boat sales.
I did hear the Captain of one of the 165' fishing ships remarking about the large amount of boats headed south they encountered when coming north up the bay from fishing in the ocean.
Nothing to do with the number of boats but the same captain was telling me about the anchored sailboat they encountered @ 1AM Wednesday morning. The captain said he thought it an odd place to anchor, in the bay a couple of miles offshore, but altered his course to go inshore & around him. When they were still on a collision course with the sailboat after a major course change, he realized the guy on the sailboat was running with an anchor light only! When they lit him up with the 1 million candlepower Perko Solar-Ray searchlight ,the captain said the sailboat made a bat turn and was headed for the nearest shore! I'll bet he had his 20hp yanmar screaming for all it was worth.
I wonder how far he'll make it if all of his decisions are as dumb as running in the middle of the night with only an anchor light?
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Old 10-21-2021, 11:00 AM   #22
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You do have to wonder about some of them. Came through the Elizabeth City, NC bridge at 6 AM. Went around the corner and there was a sailboat on the edge of the channel (that's being generous). While technically he did have an anchor light, a candle on a birthday cake would have been brighter. Thankfully the radar lit him up as I was coming out of the corner. Boaters really need to take into account whether their anchor light will be seen against other background lights.

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Wifey B: Just out of curiosity and listening to a lot of budgeting and forecasting data and my head needing an escape, I decided to look back at the two times we came home during snowbird season.

First was September 2015. We had been to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket (my favorite named city), and Boston that summer. Then we went to a celebration of a wedding in Newport, RI. The couple had been wed in a small wedding at our home, gone on their honeymoon and then allowed his parents to go wild with all they wanted which meant something like a thousand people at the nicest facility and oh wow to it all. I'd never seen anything like it. The couple enjoyed it, especially Maria knowing her mother in law and father in law were doing it for her and her husband. Our wedding was in Vegas and three guests. So then we left for home.

9/14-Newport to Port Washington-167 nm
9/16-Port Washington to NYC 22 nm
9/19-NYC to Cape May-160 nm
9/21-Cape May to Chesapeake City-66 nm
9/22-Chesapeake City to Annapolis-52 nm
9/24-Annapolis to St. Michaels-28 nm
9/25-St. Michaels to Portsmouth-134 nm
9/26-Portsmouth to Bellhaven-115 nm
9/27-Bellhaven to New Bern-85 nm
9/28-New Bern to Morehead City-40 nm
9/30-Morehead City to Bald Head Island-157 nm
10/1-Bald Head Island to Myrtle Beach-46 nm
10/6-Myrtle Beach to Georgetown-42 nm
10/7 and 10/8-Georgetown to Fort Lauderdale 470 nm.

Now this brings back memories. Why the long run home this time? Well, We'd driven to Charlotte to the orphanage as a side trip and couldn't make it back to Myrtle Beach for days. This was the year of record rainfall for SC. 21.5 inches recorded near Charleston, 23.5 in Georgetown, 27 in Mt. Pleasant. Roads closed and all this was without a hurricane and before Joaquin ever even came close. So, we were talking to Captain Bill who frequents here and he made the long trip home from Charleston a day ahead and told us conditions. Joaquin curved out to sea but an extratropical system picked up and dropped it's moisture.

So much for being north of hurricane territory.

Then in 2018, we'd cruised from Fort Lauderdale to Boston in April and May and to Nova Scotia and around to Montreal and then back to NYC in June to August. September 2, we flew back to the boat in NYC. Our plans were to come down the coast quickly and go to Bermuda. Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence made that seem unwise. So, here was our trip home.

9/5-NY to Ocean City-180 nm.
9/6 and 9/7-Ocean City to Hilton Head-604 nm
9/8-Hilton Head to St. Augustine-160 nm.
9/10-St. Augustine to Fort Lauderdale-270 nm.

Hilton Head made us promise we were just staying one day. By the time we hit St. Augustine, we became anxious to get home as Florence was now predicted to hit SC and NC. As soon as possible after Florence we drove to the area it had hit and did all we could to help. We had a lot of employees in the areas it hit.

Our SC family actually was with us and stayed with us in Fort Lauderdale until Florence cleared.

Everyone warns us of hurricanes living in Fort Lauderdale but the devastation the last few years has been on the Gulf and Northern FL to the Carolinas.

It's ironic that our two trips south that time of year have been impacted by storms but not in the way most people expect. Rather than leaving home, in both cases, the storms have driven us home.
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"I really hate getting done late in the day and not confidant Ill find a decent spot to anchor."


The std "Bahama " 2 anchor setup only takes an extra min. or two to set and about triples the size of most anchoring areas.
except when your neighbor doesn't anchor the same way...
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There were a ton of boats in Deltaville, VA on Wednesday am, that were pulling out at sunrise.
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9/5-NY to Ocean City-180 nm.
Yes, I remember this. You came to my city, and didn't look me up.

In the immortal words of Sally Brown (Charlie Brown's sister in the cartoon strip "Peanuts" by Charles Schulz). "I know when I've been insulted. I know when I've been insulted."

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Yes, I remember this. You came to my city, and didn't look me up.

In the immortal words of Sally Brown (Charlie Brown's sister in the cartoon strip "Peanuts" by Charles Schulz). "I know when I've been insulted. I know when I've been insulted."

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Wifey B: Bad, bad us. Now were you even there or taking divers out or what, can't remember all that. Don't intend to insult but we've been lots of places and not seen lots of people.
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There are lots in FT Pierce every winter for a few days....just a short hop from S. Florida.
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There are lots in FT Pierce every winter for a few days....just a short hop from S. Florida.
Wifey B: Well, since I'm the one single handedly responsible for no women on this site, you wouldn't want me running all the women away there.
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Wifey B: Bad, bad us. Now were you even there or taking divers out or what, can't remember all that. Don't intend to insult but we've been lots of places and not seen lots of people.
First of all, it was tongue in cheek.

September 5th was Wednesday. I had a trip scheduled that didn't fill, so it was canceled Monday. No, my memory isn't this good, I keep business records for atleast 7 years, or what the accountant tells me to do.

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First of all, it was tongue in cheek.

September 5th was Wednesday. I had a trip scheduled that didn't fill, so it was canceled Monday. No, my memory isn't this good, I keep business records for atleast 7 years, or what the accountant tells me to do.

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Wifey B: I was laughing but didn't remember the details. We love Ocean City, although not when it is all shut down in the off season. Nothing worse than seeing the amusement parks not operating when it's beautiful out.

My accountant in whose arms I currently am cuddling, says your accountant is right.

Other great communication with you was when you looped and only other looper we know who was Superior in their decision.
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"I really hate getting done late in the day and not confidant Ill find a decent spot to anchor."


The std "Bahama " 2 anchor setup only takes an extra min. or two to set and about triples the size of most anchoring areas.
Went up the Mississippi from the confluence with the Ohio once. Eight-knot boat and a four-MPH head current. Finding the one pre-planned anchorage on one of our 45-50 mile long legs jammed with floating debris was scary because there was zero safety in running in the dark to get to the next pre-planned hole. No possible way to anchor unless you could get out of the flow. Got lucky a few miles on and found an outcropping to hide behind.

It was a bit surprising to me that running south from Norfolk to FL 18 months ago for the first time to find that in some areas anchorages were pretty thin.

Here in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, you can throw a hook just about any old place until west of "Nawlins" where it is best to have a bit more of a plan.
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Other great communication with you was when you looped and only other looper we know who was Superior in their decision.
Agreed!
Most likely heading back there next summer after up and back on the Rideau, Trent Severn, Georgian Bay, and the North Channel .

There are 5 Great Lakes; only one of them is Superior.

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Agreed!
Most likely heading back there next summer after up and back on the Rideau, Trent Severn, Georgian Bay, and the North Channel .

There are 5 Great Lakes; only one of them is Superior.

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Wifey B: We love Georgian Bay and liked the North Channel. We couldn't do the Rideau and Trent Severn route. We're looking at repeating in perhaps 2023.
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Did you ever wonder how well you were going to sleep while anchored off the AICW?

All morning as I was approaching Morehead City, NC there were Navy amphibious assault ships maintaining station offshore (telling us to maintain 3 mile distance). One of them came into the Morehead City commercial basin complete with helicopters.

After clearing the Onslow Beach bridge, there's the distinct smell of JP5 (jet fuel). Some of these guys are idling on the beach.

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Inside Mile Hammock 2 landing craft are tied to the bulkhead.

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8 RIBS are waiting on the boat ramp.

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Looks like the show will be starting soon.

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The only thing missing are the Osprey tilt engine aircraft. Probably only a matter of time.

More pictures to follow.

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We just talked to a captain friend doing a delivery from NY south. He said Coinjock had no space available and that it was the most traffic he'd ever encountered on a trip south. I think the closing of the Annapolis show was a huge part of it.
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Yes, seeing more boats. I think I've seen 6 Canadian flagged vessels.

As an interesting side note, my application for a time waiver from Chubb was denied today. I was basically looking to get a 7 day waiver to head below Savannah before the 1st of November. I'm guessing that I'm not the only one who will be waiting above Savannah. Have friends waiting above Hatteras in the same situation. My broker said the insurance companies they deal with aren't in an accommodating mood this fall. In previous years, this hasn't been an issue if there is no hurricane activity forecast to impact the SE USA before the end of the month.

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Agree with Iron Zebra ... Annapolis Boat show wrap up and 'timing' to get to the GA/FL line right after your insurance company says it's ok.
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We’re in Carolina Beach tonight, hoping we might be a bit ahead of the biggest part of the surge, but don’t really know. We left Annapolis Monday after the powerboat show ended. So far we haven’t had too much difficulty finding an anchorage or mooring. We even managed to score one of the free town docks in Oriental.
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Flow - not

For another view of flow....not, check out 3341'07.1"N 11813'07.1"W.
A rather full anchorage...nothing under 600' LOA.
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