Getting ready to sail

Beth and I have both been very busy since our return to Moorahme.  The extra “goods” that we brought with us has proven to be a bit of a challenge, but not an insurmountable task with regards to storage.  Moorahme is looking right shipshape down below and on deck…..so it is time to think about heading north.  Beth is busy plotting courses, anchorages and the like, with planned stops at least in Charleston and Hilton Head I think.  We would like to be in Oriental, NC by the 14th, weather permitting.  Charleston of course appeals to both of us very much, for Beth it’s a restaurant called California Kitchen, and for me it’s knowing that I will have access to some Turley wines.  Oh boy!  John and Marcia from our buddy boat Remora will be on their way here as of tomorrow, and should arrive sometime Sunday.  They are about 170 miles away.  As things presently stand, we are looking at departing Brunswick early Monday.

Brunswick Sunset

Brunswick Sunset

The headsail has been returned, and I paid out $500 to the local sail loft for the repairs which were required.  Not happy about the price, but it’s done and I’ll move on.  I will be a little more careful when I get the main sail checked over.  All the fluids have been changed out in the engine, generator and engine transmission, I completed that yesterday.  The bottom will be scrubbed today, and I am happy with the $2.50 per foot price on that.  In these warm waters, there is a rapid accumulation of growth on the hull, even with the great bottom paint that Moorahme is bestowed with.  One has to be careful of bottom growth and such, I remember being in Boot Key Harbour and we helplessly watched a sailboat being pushed mercilessly by the winds due to bottom growth, and much more importantly growth on the propeller….it was so heavy that the propeller was rendered useless, and in the tight Boot Key Harbour mooring field, there was no time for the folks to hoist sails.  Once they bounced into another boat, they were able to get tied down and await an emergency bottom and prop cleaning.  Yes, there is always something to be on top of when on board a boat.  Keeps the mind sharp…really, it does….or so I like to think.

The fellow that was to purchase our genuine Spade 55 lb. anchor showed up, finally, yesterday.  I have been holding this anchor for him for quite some time.  He and his wife decided that this anchor was too big for their boat.  Gee, nothing like doing a little research on items to be purchased eh?  So, now I will carry this heavy, awesome digging anchor along with us until we sell it.  It will sell, but for now it is just a pain in the butt to carry with us…and it’s awkward and heavy.  A great working anchor, but not what we wanted as our secondary anchor which you saw pictures of in one of our earlier blog updates.

Jamie and Miriam, friends of ours with a Gozzard 31, you might remember they helped us sail Moorahme up to Brunswick, have converted their waste system to a composting head.  This not only rids them of head and waste tank issues, but also provides them with additional storage room with the removal of the waste tank.  Beth and I are anxiously awaiting an assessment of this composting head from them, as we may convert one of our present heads to a composting style.  This will leave us with spare parts for our other existing head, and free up additional storage space which would work very nicely for additional house batteries.  For our non sailing friends, the house batteries provide the power source for the boat when at anchor.  The more house batteries you have, the greater your ability to run the electrical functions of the boat without worrying about having to run the generator or the solar farm to recharge them.  For instance, in an overnight sail, a larger house bank would provide us with a greater power source to run our lights and navigation equipment etc.  More on that to follow I’m sure.

Calm at the Marina

Calm at the Marina

Here at Brunswick Landing Marina, they have a social night on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  Free wine!  Yes, free.  It is a very nice couple of hours, with most boaters bringing a nice little side dish to munch on, and this event provides an opportunity to mingle with and get to know the other boaters and their plans.  Unfortunately for me, this event becomes just a wee bit trying.  The clubhouse is a very nicely designed building, but the acoustics are horrible.  The hardwood floors and hard ceiling make for horrible noise, and thank goodness I have an ability to read lips somewhat.  The noise in that room is unbelievable…and of course the levels increase as more wine is consumed.  It is great to meet and greet with people from all over the world, and those that have taken a boat all round the world are amazing to talk with.

Calm at the Marina

Calm at the Marina

It is hot here.  Plain and simple, hot.  I am not complaining, just making the statement.  High 80’s all week, with an afternoon thunderstorm that rivals those of the Windsor area.  Tomorrow, low 90’s are forecast…..our air conditioning will be working double time.

Egret at Brunswick Landing

Egret at Brunswick Landing

The downtown merchants have what they call First Friday, and tonight is one of them.  Apparently there is free wine and appetizers in front of the local stores, free entertainment and a generally festive atmosphere.  Heck, I’m even going to shower and shave for this one<grin>  It starts at 5 p.m., and sounds like fun.  More on that to follow later.

Time to get a few more jobs completed, and ensure we are all shipshape for Monday!

Keep your stick on the ice.

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2 thoughts on “Getting ready to sail

  1. keep us posted on the composting head- I’m seriously thinking of changing out “Baby”s head- she comes home next monday the 22nd- couldn’t get permits to move her on the weekend. Aaron isn’t too far from Charleston and I know he’d love to see you becuase he just texted me to tell me he thought you’d be in Charleston this weekend- he doesn’t pay attention to the timeline very well 🙂 Give each other hugs from me- hopefully we’ll meet up sometime this year, perhaps on your way back south. Maybe Baby will be splashed.

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  2. HEY GUYS GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. GLAD YOUR ENJOYING THIS RETIREMENT LIFE. LOL. WE HAD ALL 4 OF MY SISTERS OUT HERE FOR 11 DAYS. YAHOOO. EVERY MANS DREAM ME & 5 WOMEN. IT WAS JUST THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED, 3 OF THEM CAME OUT ON THE TRAIN ( 3 ) DAYS & WE FLEW THE YOUNGEST ONE OUT WITHOUT LETTING ON. THE REUNION PUT THE LADIES AT THE AIRPORT WHO WERE RENTING CARS IN TEARS.
    WE LAUGH FROM 6AM TO BED TIME EVERY DAY & HAD TO WALK AWAY FROM EACH OTHER WITH BELLY AKES . ONE EVEN PISSED HER PANTS LAUGHING.
    EVEN GOT TO SEE A SPIRIT BEAR IN KAMLOOPS. CHECK OUT THIS LINK.
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/kermode-bear/barcott-text

    ENJOY WE ARE GOING OUT TO DINNER.
    LOVE MITCH & DENISE

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