January 1,2000 4 miles
Ann and I came down to Oriental for New Years. We ran with the Dragon last night.
While the boat should have been out of the water for a peel job, it was still there. With
the temperature in the upper 60s we went sailing for a while out in the Neuse in
February 21-22, 2000
I came down on the 21st and stayed at Oriental Marina. Saturday I went
and purchased a used dingy.
April 14, 2000
John and I were to sail to Ocracoke today but the boat is still out of the
water. With Ann in Colorado, I decided to come down and do some work on the boat. After
eating supper at Scoots, I came back to the boat at which time it started
raining. I went to sleep early that evening with the sound of the rain on the cabin.
April 15, 2000
I woke up about 9 AM to the sound of it still raining. I rolled back over and
slept until noon. It stopped raining about 2 PM. At that time I started working on the new
April 16, 2000
I scrubbed, polished and waxed the hull today.
April 17, 2000
It was too pleasant to leave last night, so I took the day off and worked on the
doors some more.
April 29, 2000 2 miles
Ann and I have come down for a few days at Cape Lookout. I moved the boat from
Sail Craft, but it over heated about the time I got to the end of Whittakers Creek
channel. First I discovered that the sea cock to the engine was closed something we
never close thus I never checked! It was a slow sail to Sea Harbour in a very light
wind. After making it into Sea Harbour at almost an idle to keep the engine from
overheating. The new impeller that Sailcraft installed was larger than the old unit, so I
changed back to a smaller unit. After running the engine at the dock for a while, all
April 30, 2000 22.6 miles
I changed the engine oil this morning and then Ann and I headed down the ICW to
Cape Lookout. As we exited Sea Harbours channel, the engine again overheated. Not
knowing what we were going to do, we sailed on toward Adams Creek (entrance to the
ICW) anyway. I found that there was no water in the internal cooling system. Adding water
brought the engine down to the normal operating temperature. So we headed on down the ICW.
An hour or so into the ICW we dropped anchor and ate a very peaceful lunch. Halfway to
Beaufort the engine overheated again. We dropped anchor and waited for the engine to cool,
added more internal coolant, and continued on our way. It was about 5 PM as we approached
the Morehead City bridge. In that we were tired and hungry and it would take 2 more hours
to get to Cape Lookout, we decided to pull into Beaufort City Docks for the night. We ate
a Lawson's (right at the dock) it was good. Later that evening we discovered
that running the engine so much had melted most of our ice and all the stores were
closed. Lawsons gave us enough ice to make it through the night.
May 1, 2000 10.6 miles
Ann and I sailed to Cape Lookout today a smooth trip with Ann at the helm.
I inflated the dingy and we motored over to the hook. Ann and I took a long peaceful walk
on the shore. The wind really blew that night.
May 2, 2000 11.5 miles
Ann and I decided that we should have someone look at the engine due to the
overheating problem, so we sailed back to the Morehead City channel. Ann was at the helm
as we made our way back in 8-10 foot seas. I was napping in the cockpit when a wave rudely
awakened me by dumping all over me. I then put on my foul weather gear jacket (for the
first time since receiving it for Christmas) and was kept quite dry from then on. The
waves were rolling straight down the channel, making the boat hard to steer. Ann asked me
to take the helm. Once inside the Beaufort area I called Town Creek Marina and they stated
they would look at our problem. Once there, they suggested a couple of things for me to
try to narrow the problem down. One of the first things was to check the heat exchanger.
As I went to take the drain plug off the heat exchanger, the plug sheared off. I took the
heat exchanger up and they ordered a new one, but it was too late for next day delivery.
We ate at the Crab House in Beaufort that night. It was good but way too expensive!
May 3, 2000
Ann worked on bills and her suntan today. I cleaned the inside of the deep
cockpit locker, the engine compartment and the bilge. Then I scrubbed the deck to remove
dirt and oxidation, and wiped down the inside of the cabin to remove any dirt and mildew.
We had lunch there at Town Creek quite pleasant.
May 4, 2000 4 miles (estimated)
The new heat exchanger arrived. I got it installed replacing 3 of the 4
hoses going to it. The fourth hose had been replaced already. After another lunch at Town
Creek, we motored down the ICW past Atlantic Beach before turning back. The engine ran
with no problems. We decided that there was no hurry at this point, and stayed another
night at Town Creek.
May 5, 2000 21 miles
We motored back to Oriental with no problems, and then drove back home.
May 12, 2000 3 miles
I came down to do some work on the boat got there early enough to take an
May 13, 2000
Today I hung the new companionway doors (replacing the 3 piece hatch). I had to
sand down the frame of the companionway (outside). I then put two coats of varnish on the
door parts, companionway frame and power box I built. I also insulated the ice box with
R28 between the hull and ice box, R10 on side facing the bow, R20 on the side in the
engine compartment. Ate supper ate Scoots. Saw Paul Wells (who sold us the boat). He
suggested I take a look at Panacea as a possible fixer boat it was a nice boat, but
at $59000 out of our range.
May 14, 2000 6.4 miles (via
Mounted the power box and cleaned up all my mess. I did manage to go sailing for
a couple of hours before heading home. I ate at Kings. The kids came down later in
the evening to attend Oriental Sailing School for the week.
June 3, 2000 44.5 miles (via
Justin and I headed to Ocracoke at 8:30 AM. The weather forecast was for West
winds changing to NE winds later. West winds never developed. As we motored in flat
waters, the weather radio was calling for a small craft advisory! As we approached the
green buoy for Royal Shoals, the wind started blowing out of the NE. Even though we would
have to tack, we decided to sail some. So up with the sails, and off with the engine.
After about half an hour, the wind had built to the point we had reefed twice and were
getting no where. The wind was blowing 20-30 knots and seas were 4 feet at 3 second
intervals. So we decided to dump the sails and motor on to Ocracoke. Only the engine would
not turn over enough to start. After another 45 minutes the engine was tried again
this time it started. We made 2-3 knots the rest of the trip to Ocracoke. Justin donned
his foul weather gear and took the helm sometime later. It took ~2-3 hours to finish the
trip, with our little sailing trip adding about 7 miles to the overall distance we had
covered. We docked at Anchorage Marina, had a hot shower and a meal at the Back Porch.
After supper, I cleaned all the battery terminals and contacts. I also separated the main
power feeds from numerous other wires that had been added to the batteries of the years.
This seemed to correct the slow engine turn over we had suffered. Justin was in
lights off by 9 PM I was not far behind. It rained a little that night.
June 4, 2000 37.8 miles (via
Justin and I got up about 8 AM, ate breakfast and left Anchorage Marina about
8:45 AM. The weather was pleasant, with an East wind. Once in the channel, we raised the
sails and killed the engine. We met a ferry coming in, and tried to start the engine to
make sure we could give him lots of room only to find the engine would turn over,
but not start. Once out of the channel, I discovered that the engine kill handle had not
been put back down. We sailed back to the Neuse River entrance before the wind died down
and we had to motor the rest of the way. We had a light rain as we entered the Neuse
River. I got to wear my full foul weather gear for the first time. We arrived back at Sea
Harbour about 4 PM a 7 hour trip. We were on the road by 4:30 PM stopped at
Kings for supper.
June 16, 2000 91.2 miles (via
Ann, Laurin, Justin and I leave Oriental on a planned 9 day trip. After fueling,
watering, packing, and emptying the holding tank, we left Sea Harbour at 7:15 PM. The wind
was out of the SW at 15 20 knots. Seas were about 2 foot. Justin had the first
watch for two hours. During that time we saw a beautiful sunset, followed by the
rising of a full moon. Laurin took the helm around 9:15 PM. She found that trying to stay
on course was not the same as "just sail over that way" as they did in sailing
school! But after a period time she got the hang of following a course and did well at it.
At about 11:15 PM Ann took over the helm. We were on a broad reach that took toil on the
area between her shoulder blades. After about 90 minutes she gave me the helm. Ann then
went below and I sailed for 2-3 hours, after which Justin sailed for about 3 hours
followed by Laurin and then Ann. Ann was not able to sleep below due to the motion of the
boat. Sometime after her first watch we changed courses so we were running with the wind.
This gave a very "wallowly" ride. We had been using the ICOM M-1V handheld VHF
radio in the same holder as the GPS to help stand the GPS up. During Laurins
late watch we were hit hard by a rouge wave from the side. This wave threw the boat side
ways with a hard heel. The ICOM was bounced out of the holder and went overboard. While
Laurin felt bad I felt like an idiot for having not secured it any better. I spent
the night in the cockpit sleeping.
June 17, 2000
The Eastern horizon begin to glow about 5 AM. By the time the time the sun
started to rise about 6 AM, we were all in the cockpit. It was the first time we had seen
the sun rise out of the water and it was spectacular! As the morning wore on, we
entered the Croatoan Sound. I took the helm, Laurin got the chart and with the binoculars
and helped me to navigate the Croatoan Sound around Roanoke Islands north end into
Manteo. The area before the bridge onto Roanoke Island from the mainland became confusing
due to construction of a new bridge from the mainland to the South of the end of the
island. The channel seems to have been moved, because it certainly did not match the
charts or the GPS. While we had a few shallow moments, we eventually pasted under the
bridge and back into waters that matched the chart. Coming into Manteo, we finally dropped
the sails and fired up the engine. This was on the same battery that ran the lights and
radio through the night. I guess the cleaning of the battery terminals paid off. Laurin
started hailing Manteo Waterfront Marina without any success until we were almost
on the dock. I later discovered that I had disconnected the radio antenna when I grounded
the mast. I was able to drill a new hole in the cabin roof and reconnect the VHF antenna.
We finally docked into slip #15 and killed the engine. In 16 hours and 22 minutes we
covered 91.2 miles for dock to dock for an average speed of 5.5. knots. After we got
settled we all took hot showers and ate lunch at a sandwich shop. Afterwards Ann and the
kids went shopping I worked on the VHF antenna. Justin cooked hotdogs for supper.
June 18, 2000
Fathers Day It was a very laid back day. I sanded the handle and
wood plate it mounts to on the companionway cover. We had a good meal at Clara's
the Manteo waterfront.
June 19, 2000
The day started off pleasant. I got two coats of varnish on the wood I had sanded. We
rented a Blazer for 24 hours. We first went to the NC Aquarium Laurin got the wit
scared out of her by a caiman (small alligator) that tried to attack her through the
glass. You could almost see the caiman laugh as he turned away. We then went to Big
Als for lunch this restaurant has more old Coke A Cola memorabilia than I
have ever seen. From there we drove to Nags Head (Kitty Hawk) and visited the Wright
Brothers Memorial for the first powered flight. It was amazing to stand their and
imagine that it was less than 100 years ago that man first conquered the skies. We of
course, stopped and did some shopping on the way back. Developing thunder storms kept the
kids from going swimming in the ocean. One stop we did make was to Marine Electronics were
I had originally purchased my lost ICOM M1V radio. Ann "made" me purchase
another one. Back at the boat, I cooked chicken and portabella mushrooms for supper. We
had tickets to see the outdoor drama "The Lost Colony", but were rained out.
They have re-scheduled us for tomorrow night.
June 20, 2000
Ann and I took the Blazer back this morning. She and the kids spent most of the
day shopping I do not know how they find so many places to shop in such a small
town! As had become customary since our arrival in Manteo, we had ice cream in the
afternoon. That evening we got a taxi ride to "The Lost Colony". We made
arrangements for the same gentleman to pick us up afterwards. The drama was quite
touching. It would be hard to imagine how life could have been as the first permanent
settlement in the New World. You can not help but wonder what happened to those brave
souls. The taxi driver presented us with fruit when he picked us up. We were touched by
June 21, 2000 47.1 miles (via
Ann and I woke up at 5:30 AM, got dressed and cast off from Manteo on our way to
the village of Hatteras. There was no wind, so we motored down the Roanoke Sound back into
the Pamlico Sound. Once in the sound, the wind blew from the southeast at 20 knots
right in our faces. A shift in the wind allowed us to sail close hauled for about ½ hour.
We used the autopilot some today. It did not seem to work well in the rough water. Justin
took over the helm about 9:15 AM. I went below and slept for about 2 hours. Laurin took
the helm sometime after that sailing and motoring. I took the helm back with about
10 miles to the channel at Hatteras with the autopilot I bought us in the channel,
with Laurin again reading the charts. Once inside, Laurin called Hatteras Harbor Marina on
channel 16 with no luck. We ended up finding the marina and mooring to a pier while
I went up to find the dock master. As it turned out, they only monitored channel 1, and
had lost the reservation I had called in. In any case, they did have a slip available. The
marinas at Hatteras are not set up with cruising sailboats in mind. They are there for the
deep-sea charter fishing boats. The showers were nice but only available until 7 PM. There
was only one restaurant within walking distance. We had schedule to stay there for two
nights, but quickly decided that one was enough. A call to Anchorage Marina at
confirmed that they could take us a day early so tomorrow we move on. Today we
covered 47.1 miles in 10 hours for an average speed of 4.7 knots not bad
considering the headwind and waves we had.
June 22, 2000 26.7 miles (via
A MISERABLE DAY! We left Hatteras this morning for the short trip to
(26.7 miles). The wind was blowing 10-15 knots from the southwest. We had to head straight
into the wind to go to Ocracoke. With the waves (3-4 feet), boat speed dropped to 1 knot
at times. Justin and I decided that sailing on a tack we would make better time. I reefed
the main and let out a small portion of the jib. Boat speed picked up and sustained 4
knots. Shortly thereafter, the main ripped just above the reef points. I tied down the out
haul to relieve some tension. We wailed on for a couple of hours before deciding that
because we were having to head more than 60 degrees from the wind, we were not going to
gain any time over motoring. So we dropped the sails and headed into the wind under motor.
The wind increased to a steady 20 knots and gusting above that. Boat speed was from 1 knot
to 2.3 knots typically. Justin pulled the dingy up onto the fore deck and the max speed
rose to 3 knots. Seas were 4 feet with a period of 2 seconds. Laurin had gone below to
stay dry (since the cockpit was being drenched by the waves and wind), but started feeling
sick. We got her up into the cockpit and gave her some Finnegan. This got rid of the
nausea, but made her very sleepy. We finally reached the entrance to the
and turned in. With the wind and wave starting to be blocked, boat speed picked up to 5
knots. When we entered Silver Lake, Justin dropped the dingy back into the water. Radio
communications with Anchorage Marina indicated that we were to dock in a slip that was as
far in as you could go. The wind was blowing from behind us so hard I was having to use
reverse to stop us from picking up speed. In the end the wind blew the stern of the boat
the wrong direction, so we snuggled into another open slip. All of this was in front of a
large contingent of Neuse River Sailing Association members who were already here. They
stated we looked like a bunch of drowned rats which is what we felt like! The
continual beating into the wind and waves, combined with the drenching spray (more like 5
gallon buckets that spray) made for a very tiring day. But we made it. Distance traveled
was 26.7 miles in 8.5 hours making for an average speed of 3.1 knots. Oh did the showers
every feel good tonight.
June 23, 2000
A rest day. We had a late breakfast of pancakes. We rented bicycles and rode to
the beach. It was hot with no wind the flies were terrible. We took a couple of
pictures and headed back. The kids took off and came back to the pool. Ann and I stopped
for ice cream. Ann then did some more shopping while I headed back to the boat. All the
quilts, towels and sheets were dry from yesterdays ride, by then (hanging or flying
on any surface available), so I took them down. Ann came back and went to the pool. Later
the 3 of them went shopping again. I stayed on the boat and varnished the outside table.
We went to the Back Porch for supper. It was the first (and last) time I have had soft
shell crabs eating the body was a mental challenge for me.
June 24, 2000 37.5 miles (via
The alarm went off at 5:55 AM. We all went to the bathhouse to freshen up for the day. I
took care of our dock bill and prepped the boat trip back to Oriental. Marco was there to
help us out of the slip. Once on Silver Lake we hoisted the dingy onto the fore deck. We
raised the jib during the trip out Big Foot Slough. The wind was light and coming from the
southwest. Out in the Pamlico Sound we rolled the jib back up and motored back to
Oriental. We were the second boat out of the channel and maintained that position
primarily because the NSA grouped sailed (closed closed hauled) for a good portion of the
trip. I modified the route leaving Silver Lake and at the Neuse River entrance (went
inside the NRE marker). Never got below 11 feet on the inside of the NRE mark. We covered
37.5 miles in 6.5 hours for an average speed of 5.8 knots. Once docked in slip 30 (our new
home) I emptied the holding tank, while Ann packed and the kids hauled stuff to the van.
Once the boat was clean, we took the main sail into Oriental Sails for repair. From there
we went to Provisions for Ann to pick up a sweat band and on to M&Ms for
lunch/supper. After eating, we went by Triton Yacht Sales to give Ann a tour of Panacea
a 37 foot Endeavor that was available. She was impressed by the boat but our
visit got cut short when Justin got stung by several wasps. He stuck his finger into a
winch handle hole on a mast mounted winch and it turned out to have a wasp nest inside. He
started to have swelling of his finger, followed by a tingly feeling up his arm. We
stopped at a drug store and purchased Benadryl and we put some ice in a baggy. Justin
slept for a while and felt better upon waking. Laurin drove us home. Over all we traveled
202.5 miles while on the sailboat and everyone had a good time.