We’ve been following a boat since March. Its a sailboat named LUV…
Finding it hard to hit the windlass button here. We could easily live in this town!!!
We go ‘most’ everywhere by boat (dingy).. The downtown is setup to accommodate boats first, cars second…
being a long weekend and graduation of the Marine Officers.. the place is Packed!
Last bit of running around yesterday…
Refilled both propane cylinders, which is always tricky when cruising.. most places are “exchange” these days.. try that with marine aluminum 10 lb tanks..
A rental car has been my solution to this more than once.. They don’t tend to place large propane refill stations along the waterway!
This of course allowed a run to the Mall to keep the girls smiling.. then a quick stop at the doctor for a rash on Allie’s foot and hand (Notice the new watch)..
She convinced the doctor to say the band may be contaminated and a new watch would be a good idea!
Blue Angles were here all week.. we watched a practice one day and the full show the next.
Cruising back from the airshow we found a boat from Sarnia! Our hometown…
Many other boats were sailing so they quickly said… drop the line, drop the line… (Nothing worse than your buddies at the YC seeing you come in by a stink-boat)
Big thunderstorm last night.. been along time since we heard that!.. But today is beautiful and sunny…
So…. up come the Anchor’s this morning.. we are heading up stream to the C & D Canal.. that will dump us into Delaware bay (Is there a Nascar Race at Dover soon?)…
There is no better geography lesson than visiting the places.. It’s funny, we have heard of all these places for years but try and put a pin on a map where they are…
Thanks for use of your place Bruce and Barb !!! Your the BEST!!!!
Have a GREAT DAY !!!
With a north wind and a north destination, the Yanmar Turbo’s were zingggggin to get us to Annapolis before the last opening of the bridge (and sunset!)
It was 85 miles.. we showed up half an hour early! Good job Island Dancer and it’s driver AutoVanHelm,,, Ummmm great breakfast onboard thanks to Robin!!!
Arriving to the bridge I called on the VHF to let them know we needed an opening (and directions to the bridge.. busy place!)
He said.. no problem, opening in 3 minutes.. have a nice day..
Perfect.. I lined up behind a large barge.. The bridge opened.. a tug came through.. the canal opened and the barge started to go through..
I lined up Island dancer to the narrow opening and started entering.. Allie (the ever so sharp eye) started yelling from the bow.. THE BRIDGE IS CLOSING!!!
She repeat this many times, As Timbo found FULL REVERSE on both engines.. tachometer needles bent, again the Turbos were coming in VERY HANDY…
WHAT THE HELL?? Stopping more than 50,000 lbs of Island Dancer is not usually a quick process.
Robin called on the radio.. Spa Creek Bridge Spa Creek Bridge.. This is Island Dancer… we are entering the bridge..
Bridge Dude: “Sorry I didn’t see you”
Bridge stopped closing and reopened..
I need to pull the masts to get down the Erie Canel to Lake Ontario… but I was planning on different technique to remove them!!!!
We have the BEST campsite for the long weekend.. dropped the hooks of Island Dancer down Spa creek in Annapolis..
Views in every direction are Amazing! and this campsite is as always FREE!!!
Our friends Bruce and Barb opened the doors to their beautiful home in Annapolis…
We can’t thank them enough.. Geeze that Tilly hat sure was an awesome find to put us in contact with these great friends!
Downtown is just walking distance.. or as we did last night.. you can just take the dingy and park front and center to everything!!!… very interesting town!
The naval academy is graduating this week, so the town is full of Sailors dressed in perfectly pressed White uniforms, with their families in tow..
Blue angles are based here, and will be performing a couple times this week..
You likely have heard of ‘kissing the cod’ in Newfoundland.. well here in Annapolis you MUST have an Oyster Shooter..
Have a look at Robin’s attempt!!! Timbo had 4 or 5 of them!! no kidding!!
And this you will NOT BELIEVE… we went to a Sushi restaurant for dinner last night.. and again TIMBO tried everything and didn’t DIE!!!!
Today we are renting a car and heading to Washington DC.. not sure Obama is there.. but if he is I’ll say Hi for you
Thanks again soooooooooo much Bruce and Barb!!!
Don’t worry, we won’t have any big partys in your house.. Timbo never has big partys 🙂
Have a Great Day!
Well she’s back in Sarnia waiting for us to show up! ha!!!
Weather has turned typical MAY 24 for us here… The weather report was showing high winds beyond 35 knots starting Friday..
So heading up the bay Thursday we were surprised to feel a brisk 39 knots!!!
The wind continued all day.. luckily it was mostly behind us, so Island Dancer could just surf the waves.. making the journey comfortable (If you didn’t look at the wind meter)..
See a pic of Allie during some of the highest winds… no not the one on deck.. the one on the couch down below sound asleep!
Of course it started blowing 43 after that.. ha! Into port 10 hours later.. we’re now in the state of Maryland! A town called Crisfield…
At 4am our computer indicated we were dragging.. it seemed to reset.. so we let out more chain.. and has been good ever since..
although we are Very close to the riverfront crab shacks.. when this storm is over Im sure we could step out of the back deck and onto their patio!!!
Island Dancer entered the ICW – Intercoastal waterway, in Florida at mile marker 1025… today we made it to Mile 0… a bit of a naval town NORFOLK Virgina
The scenery certainly has changed in the last few days.. 2 nights ago we anchored in the most remote area ever… pulled off the ICW with only a view of tall grass, trees and Frogs!..(and bugs)
Last night we are anchored under sky scrapers… both are nice… but..Allie and Robin really love the MALL !!!
We had to go through 4 swing bridges and a lock yesterday,,, all timed to open on the hour or half hour..
They have these spaced out for powerboats, thats for sure.. I JUST made it to each one, but had to run both engines hard with the boat running over 8 knots..
most sailboats cruise at 5,6 or maybe 7, which would put us late for each opening and wasting about an hour each time…
We only had one bridge to wait for.. a train came barrelling through town with 141 cars attached.. we bobbed around for almost 45 minutes by the time that was over…
Cool town with street car trains, tons of shops, and lots of people!… Strange!!!
Heading in the direction of Annapolis this weekend… We have a funny story for this…
2 years ago sailing in the BVI’s on our 30′ nonsuch sailboat… my buddy Rusty (Steele) saw a hat floating in the water
We had full sails up and cruising along… so my first reaction was.. “wow a hat… as I looked at the chart to see where we would be anchoring for the night:”
Rusty “Timbo I think thats a Tilley”
Timbo “Oh ya.. are you thirsty?”
Rusty “You know those are indestructible”
Timbo – Pausing a bit…”…..You want to turn around don’t you?”
Well we slacked off the sails and cranked her around… picking up the hat with a long pole…
Inside there was a ‘secret’ pocket with $5, a name and a phone number for Bruce
That night we found happy hour and commenced to put the $5.00 to good use.. and called Bruce
Timbo “Hey Bruce.. This is Timbo.. have you lost your hat?”
Bruce “OMG, well yes… where did you find it”
Timbo “St. Maartin”
Bruce “What?? St. Maartin? We just lost it 2 days ago up in the BVI’s thats more than 100 miles away!”
Had a lot of fun making out that we were on a super yacht (blue with a heli pad) etc.. and were spending his money as we spoke…
He was pretty happy we found his hat…. so a few days later we met up and he was all smiles wearing his beloved Tilley again.
Before we left that night, Bruce make the following comment
“Timbo.. If you are EVER near Annapolis you must stop in… I have a deep water dock and a house right in town… you can stay as Long as you Want!!!”
So… guess what! Called Bruce last night, and we’re all meeting up this weekend!
He’s convinced there was $7.00 in the hat and wants it back… we will see about that!!!
We spent some time exploring the maritime museum of North Carolina… Pretty neat place
This is Pirate Blackbeard’s ol stompin grounds…
He was eventually caught and killed.. they hung his head off the boom on display as they sailed back into town…
A great lesson for Allie!
Some more school work for Allie this week.. we introduced her to GOOGLE from our younger years.. walking to a library, I opened up the card catalog and started flipping the cards “surfing the paper net”
She was quickly asking.. “Whatcha doin??” …. “Im just on GOOGLE”… let the fun begin!!!
Allie found a book she wanted in the card catalog.. then tried to rip the card out of the drawer… no no no.. they lock em in.. you have to WRITE the dewey decimal code on a piece of paper… “Dewey? Your making this up Dad” 🙂
ok.. now what.. walking the isles we quickly found the book… WHAT A SYSTEM!!!!
Cruised over to Oriental NC.. a nice trip up the Intercoastal waterway.. Reminds us of the trent system back home.. very beautiful
We had a whistle stop along the way.. huge storm came barrelling through.. rain and wind.. we pulled off the road.. dropped the anchor and went below..
Just 10 minutes later it was gone and the sun was out in full force… up the anchor and back on the road…
Enjoying these little towns.. moving each day north towards Norfolk… should be there later in the week
That is if the Fog clears out this morning!! wow.. haven’t seen FOG in a year!
Have a Great Day!
Florida to the inner banks of Cape Hatteras a 460 nautical mile journey!
Thats a new record for us.. Back home that would be like sailing from Sarnia to Tobermory 3.5 times without stopping…
Yaya… all the salty sailors are pointing at the computer screen and laughing right now..
no it’s not an ocean crossing, but we didn’t see Land or a Walmart for 3 days and nights!!! 🙂
If we were to go the inter coastal waterway, this journey would have been 11 days at 8 hrs a day behind the wheel..
Your limited to only cruising during the day.. and we cut off more than 100 miles going in a straight line.
What did we see… well lets sea here….
1) Dolphins… LOTS of dolphins… every single day… Looking off in the distance you would see one jump… Then they would notice us and literally come flying over.. it was soooo cool..
They would play in the bow wake for 5 minutes or so then take off to who knows where.. We would practice talking to them in dolphin language… I almost have it down now!
2) Ships… Land of the cargo ships… we would go a full day without seeing anything, no land, no ships, nothing at all.. then BAM.. the AIS lights up with 10-20 ships.. and of course a few are always pointed right at you…
More times than not, they would see our heading and actually change their course.. love this technology!!!
3) Fish… Caught another fish.. this time a big nasty barracuda.. Big TEETH on him… so we didn’t invite him onboard!
4) Sunrises and Sunsets – All awesome.. beautiful out here!
5) Blue water… 60 miles offshore the whole way… we saw our share of water!!
Weather was almost perfect.. we could have used a little more wind some days, but better than thunderstorms eh!
The Gulf Stream is Strong… We easily picked up a couple knots of speed at times (>10 knots boat speed at times)… and in the right direction!!!
But let’s backtrack a little on how we got here!
It all started Wednesday… we woke up with full intentions to go to Cape Canaveral and visit the Kennedy Space Centre…
Checking out the bus map, it’s not on the route… a bit out of the way I guess when you blast off rockets now and again…
Then the final straw was my buddy Al… He’s not the easiest one to open his wallet and I think he’s rubbing off on me..
$55 a head… what? It was free when I was there (when I was 5 years old)!!
So… up the anchors Crew!! and before we knew it, Island Dancer was pointed north in the Intercoastal waterway…
Arriving 5 hours later at a town called New Smyrna, snowman our weatherman suggested we had many days of sunshine ahead of us…
Hummm… guess we should pick up some groceries and head out to sea!
Dropping anchor, we dingy’d over to the town dock where we met our new friend Ron..
Ron and his best buddy Coco were out for a walk when we approached the dock
It wasn’t long that we learned the only grocery store was more than a few miles walk and certainly out of reach for us.
With the sun getting lower in the sky, we didn’t have a lot of time to play around if we were to get out in the ocean today… what to do?
Well Ron looked at his watch and asked… “Just how long do you plan to be in the grocery store???”
Robin “20 minutes”
Timbo “5 minutes”
Ha.. well next thing you know we are all jumping into Ron’s truck with Coco as co-pilot..
It wasn’t a few minutes before we learned Ron was a Harley guy.. and at 71 years old had just sold his bike during ‘Bike Week’
Lots of stories were shared of biking trips between us… so nice to run into such a friendly person to help us out!
It was exactly 1 hour from dropping the anchor.. dropping the dingy from the davits.. boating to the town dock.. meeting Ron.. Over to the grocery store (10 minutes shopping)…
back to the dingy.. back to the boat.. dingy stored up in the slings.. boat stowed fort offshore passage, anchors up..heading out to sea… sails up and CRUISIN!!!
Without meeting our friend, we would be eating Kraft dinner for 3 days… Allie was happy to have a grocery cart of fruit not to mention real food like chicken, beef and sausage!
Thanks again Ron!!!
Here’s the AIS Screen Shot… ok I guess more than 10-20 boats.. more like 100 eh!
Neat little stop here in Cocoa Village.. hanging out with Family (Dan Pat Lindsay Jamie and John)
Girls did a day of shopping while the guys hit the marine stores, auto stores and of course Walmart!
Changed out the oil, oil filters, racor primary and secondary fuel filters on Island Dancer.
With 3 engines (including the genset) that’s 9 filters and many jugs of oil!
Nice place to restock those items… 1 gallon of 15w40 can be $40 in the islands.. Walmart same brand $12.88
Heading up the coast today staging for another ocean passage..
Have a Great Day!!!