We still had a few set backs and intense discussions – Marcus can cover that part in a later post….
However on a more positive side we have started our yearly tradition of our special advent calendar which means Marcus surprises me on the even days and I surprise Marcus on the odd days during December.
My first surprise was last Wednesday December 2nd, Marcus convinced our kind owner from Coltons Point Marina to loan us his car and Marcus took me back to Solomon Islands to meet up with our friends Rebecca and Joseph and we had a beautiful dinner together and then we went to see the Christmas light show, the upside of a pandemic is that we were the only ones there besides 1 other family!
Did we just talk about the upside when something bad happened…. On Saturday Dec. 5th we got up early and wanted to leave… but the weather gods were not with us so we went on a massive bike ride 27 miles round trip to the nearest town called Leonard Town there we met again our friends Rebecca and Joseph and we rounded the weekend up with a St. Nicolaus celebration & game night on Sunday on our boat.
On the way back we were so late that we were riding in the dark and got to see the most magical Christmas decoration ever
Today the weather looked amazing and so nothing could hold Marcus back to continue our journey and off we went despite it being during the week.
Mark the coolest Marina owner we ever met – Thank you again for your patience with us
Bye, bye Colton Point Marina
What a nice feeling to be on the route again
I had a little scare while being on the helm with my first fish net…. I saw the buoy with the flags and then I saw other buoys with flags and I’m this is a bit strange and what is all this little thingy in the middle…. anyway frozen I yelled Marcus stop the boat and my hero husband did….. top priority practicing emergency stops for me! When the sun was settling we had a few more close calls with crab pots which were incredible not visible…. We did arrive though safely in Virginia and are at anchor Kilmarnock and have the best internet connection since 2 weeks…..and just experienced another breath taking sunset
If you think living on a boat is all glamorous, think again.
Don’t get me wrong we still enjoying our journey but there are setbacks on the way.
Last Sunday – before leaving the Solomon Islands – I realized that my wallet was gone. Sometimes I loose it at the restroom (falling out of the pocket), so I checked the marine restroom and nothing was there. I checked EVERYWHERE that day, even in the dumpster. The next day our neighbor told me that a yard worker is looking for someone who lost the wallet. Steve from the yard actually found it in front of his car (no idea were the car was) and I was extremely grateful. Unfortunately I could not give him finders reward as all the cash was gone. So I think someone found it in the restroom took the money out and threw it away in front of Steves car in the rain. Hey nevertheless I had my ID and CC back and my wet wallet Jolanda gave me for Christmas.
Beginning of this week we made our way to our wonderful Coltons Point Marina to get some work done on our boat. The list was not too long and discussed with the marine management: 1. engine maintenance – so I can observe and learn how to do it myself next time 2. The heater was leaking fluid, so the connections needed to be refitted 3. Windows in the bedroom needed to be fixed. One was broken and needed to be replaced and the other was leaking water during rain 4. Upper Saloon corner was leaking during rain – must be the bottom sealing from the rear 5. Replace Autopilot it broke on the way here 6. Inverter / Charger – I installed the inverter some month ago and it started overcharging my batteries and eventually fried the batteries. I send the inverter back, the service center confirmed that it is working 100% correctly and sent it back to me. Now I wanted an Electrical Engineer to install it with new batteries, done by the book 7. list of small things which is a lot but never got to
How it went
So the first day morning we were told that we can’t stay on the boat as some workers did’t feel comfortable with the COVID situation. We totally understand and moved our office to the canvas shop in the shag next door.
Unfortunately that meant that I could not look over the shoulder to learn how to service the engine (item 1).
The fittings of the heater (item 2) were sealed after two days, no problems with that.
Windows in the bedroom (item 3) where removed and cleaned up and installed. Some previous owner was trying to fix it and used glue which could not be removed, so we had to cut out some fiberglass out to get the windows out.
The leak on the rear corner (item 4) was a design flaw and someone was trying to fix it before with limited success. We had to take the floorboard out and re-cork the junction.
I wanted to get a replacement for the autopilot (item 5), but it turned out that I had to replace the entire systems which was far beyond our budget.
Our friend ABYC guru Phil and incredible engineer installed the returned charger / inverter (item 6) BY THE BOOK with all bells and whistles. Of course everything was inspected by our curious cat Luna:
So after spending a small fortune (other people by a medium size car for that money) this was the results:
(1) engine maintenance done, unfortunately only limited opportunity to learn how to do it next time myself (2) heater all fixed and dry until now (3) The morning after the installation showed that there was still a big puddle of water inside (it really rained that night). So back trying to find where the water is coming from. Jolanda and I have a long conversation with condensation water. I’m trying to fix the water leak for the last 2 years and no end is in sight.
(4) So after the rain we had a little swimming pool in our saloon, the corking solution did not work.
I actually found a spare part for the old autopilot (item 5) and replaced it myself, so I can wait until the next item breaks. If you think until now it was bad wait for item 6!!!!!
Remember I installed the Inverter/Charger myself and it killed my batteries. The service center came back and told me that everything with the unit is 100% fine and it is my setup which is faulty. So I got Phil to install it with new wires/batteries switches and everything else (one could buy a small car for that money) and the outcome was ……
STILL THE SAME AS BEFORE, the Inverter/Charger is overcharging the batteries!!!! NO DIFFERENCE AS BEFORE which means the assessment of the manufacturer of the inverter must be wrong… And it is still not working.
At this point we forgot Item 7 already, never mind. BUT the workers actually found another leak in the ceiling and fixed it. (I hope they were not going around with a screwdriver to find some leaks 🙂 – just joking, they were really amazing and went out of their way to get everything done in time.
The final straw this week was that Jolanda made me go to the ATM last weekend and I withdraw some couple of 100 dollars to have enough cash for expenses for our journey. The wallet was in her bag, but when she wanted to buy a lottery ticket today, all the cash was gone. We anyway bought a ticket with new money and maybe we getting lucky again. She put 40 $ back in her wallet with a note: If you steal this money, please use it to buy something nice….
FINALLY our lovely boatcat LUNA went for an unintentional swim when she was trying to jump onto the boat:
End of the day all three of us are healthy and there is still money in the bank account. Next post will be from Jolanda and more up lifting. Promise
Did we tell you we LOVEEEEEE Annapolis? The view, the races right in front of our boat, the location….
Sunday Nov. 22 we continued to explore Annapolis and met with our friends for dinner. We met Rebecca and Joseph at a YouTube gathering at UK Sailmakers in Port Chester, NY in early 2020. They ended up buying our neighbor and friend’s Hans sailboat. We connected with them like love at first sight and have stayed in touch ever since!
Monday we ran to Trader Joe’s and Home Depot…. Annapolis has everything!
In the evening we did a sunset Dingy cruise so picturesque!
As we work we wanted to move to our next destination on Wednesday or Thursday (Thanksgiving) but the winds were not in our favor so we got up really early on Tuesday before work and made our way to the Solomon Islands where we wanted to visit Rebecca and Joseph at their home marina.
Another uneventful journey (the best) we arrived in the pretty Solomon Islands safely. Docked…. The wrong way we found out…..how we will get the Dingy off the boat….
We also had the honor to join more of the company of our friends Rebecca & Joseph including celebrating Thanksgiving breakfast with Rebecca’s family and the best despite the rainy forecast we had the most beautiful warm Thanksgiving ever! Also this two are spoiling us…. ..brought us steps so we don’t have to do high athletic workout to get off and on our boat….loaned us their car…cooked the most delicious curry….and are just most beautiful two human beings!
So grateful for each other and each of you in our lives!
We love the little town Chesapeake City which is half way into the C&D canal, going from Delaware to Maryland. We were able to stay an entire week at the free City Dock…what a luxury.
We tried to give back to the town by eating outside and shopping. All people were so friendly and welcoming.
We also enjoyed our first bike ride on the other side of the canal which brought us over the Delaware / Maryland state boarder. It was though scary to cross on the “highway” bridge over to get to the bike trail.
We got a lot of work done as well with perfect internet access.
On Friday after business calls, we left for an overnight stay at Worton Creek. The anchorage was very pretty with no other boats.
It was a clear sky and we put some warm clothes on to watch the stars, lying on top of our boat.
In the morning we woke up with the birds chirping, apparently you can see eagles and osprey when you are lucky, unfortunately we were not that lucky.
After enjoying the sunrise with a coffee we made our way to Annapolis.
The water was so flat and we were skimming over the water. After a short time we could see already the Chesapeake Bay bridge.
Our way (yellow line) from Worton to Annapolis
We have been in Annapolis before but staying just in front of the city in the mooring area is definitely our favorite spot.
Second picture below on the right – my finger pointing to our boat.
There is a free dinghy dock so we can go quickly into town.
Before picking up a mooring ball we took on some Diesel, can you believe that we paid less than $2 per gallon? Especially with our Diesel consumption of 18 GAL an hour, this was a big saving. We using a lot the generator to charge the batteries and the heater, both running with Diesel as well.
We hoped to meet up with our courages couple from Cape May, but Hunter was sailing two days almost non stop so they wanted to rest, but we were able to wave to them when he picked up Tiawni from the dock.
We also met a nice Dutch couple in Chesapeake City who are moored right next to us. They are the coolest – love Trader Joe’s as much as me and brought even a few things back from their excursion there. We met them for dinner and enjoyed inspiring talks. We shall meet again.
We started our day with a great run along the C&D Canal, by a Cemetery and back to Chesapeake City.
Then we got ready to meet our newest god child Lucas and his family. We were so excited to meet Lucas for the first time and had an amazing day together.
After our lovely family left we called the Dockmaster …. the wind forecast were gusting up to 50…. and we wanted to ask if it would be possible to stay another night or so at their free dock (max stay is normally 24 hours). The Dockmaster was so nice and told us we could. We felt so relieved and grateful.
Now listening to the storm from our comfortable dock
We wish everybody a great week and will report back when we move again.
It was hard to leave the City of Lewes… after a great day we had an amazing dinner at Striper Bites sitting outside in 12 C temperature but it was worth every cold minute….
We had a good night sleep and left in the morning with the beautiful scenery of City Lewes
It was a perfect day…. gorgeous sunny weather, cold but no adventures to report…..except that the Swiss football team “almost” won in soccer against Spain….by the way our super duper goal keeper held 2 penalties…. these are the best days….
We arrived at Chesapeake City around 4:30…. Chesapeake City has a free floating dock…. amazing….. when we approached…. no boat was at the free dock…. however out of nowhere two boats docked right in front of us… they were nice enough to move forward so we could squeeze in.
We noticed this great looking Tikki bar across and we went for dinner – the bar didn’t disappoint… still in heaven – Best vodka ever – Deep EDDy with really grapefruit juice….with some really yummy seafood!
We anchored for 5 days in Cape May and Marcus really wanted to experience something new…So at 5:30 a.m. our alarm went off and we made ourselves ready to travel to the City of Lewes which was about 2 1/2 hours away from Cape May
It was an interesting feeling to see only ocean around us.
We made great progress until suddenly our instruments stopped working. Marcus sounded concerned, but remember our neighbors in Cape May travelled from Rhode Island to Cape May without instruments – they only used their phones…. So if Tiawni and Hunter can, we can too – NO?
But then Marcus explained that something could be wrong with the left engine as only the instruments on the left engine either showed scary high measurements or was not working and the autopilot went dead….Marcus managed manually to measure the temperature of the engines with a heat gun and to our relieve they didn’t seem to be over heating.
Marcus then switched some breakers and suddenly the engine instruments worked again….
The autopilot is still not working as of this moment.
We docked though successfully at the Marina City of Lewes which is in the middle of the cutest City called the same City of Lewes.
And discovered that our TV died on the way over… we knew we were risking it – leaving the TV like that and are both glad we had an excuse to get this big old thing out of our way – our place feels so much more bigger now
After a productive day working finally enjoying the sunset
Tomorrow if weather permits we plan to travel in the morning to Chesapeake City where we hope to meet our god child Lucas, his parents and sister (our Upper West Side family we lived with before we moved to Jersey City.
Below our 4th god child ❤️ with his lovely wonderful sister
This summer the skydiving community at Skydive the Ranch lost an amazing skydiver, coach, organizer and friend. He has inspired many including me to fly better and having fun. Jolanda and I attended some of the skydiving events he organized. Friends of Dave organized a memorial weekend. Unfortunately I was not able to join that weekend, but I found that video with the highlights of the event. If anyone is wondering why people would be crazy enough to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, this video will give you an idea.
Dave will be missed by many, I was fortunate enough to do a few jumps with him.
We absolutely love the anchor place in Cape May in front of the Coast Guard. It’s so super quiet – especially at night we sleep like babies…
We asked on Facebook via the liverboard group about advise where to park our Dingy and got to explore the beautiful Spicer Greek – it goes all the way to the city of Cape May but it has a very low Railway bridge towards the end. I didn’t feel 100% (I had some neck pain – not sure I pulled something) so I didn’t push the adventure to the top to leave our Dingy there and walk on the Rail way to the city…. maybe next time :-).
We found though the recommended Boat Ramp (at Spicer Greek) and left the Dingy there while we had some coffee on land.
The weather has been amazing, but we have been watching the forecast…. and after going back and forth and getting some consulting sessions with our boating friends Pam, Nancy and especially James our sailboat neighbor who patiently talked to us for some time we felt ready to stay on anchor for the little storm. The worst was forecasted for Wednesday afternoon….
However last night before Marcus went to bed he checked the forecast one more time and it changed…..to the worse…. from gusting 29 to gusting 45… I really panicked for a moment, but then decided nothing I can can do it’s too late to move the boat to a marina and the night should be ok…
This morning when we checked the forecast again… it changed again… to a more comfortable forecast – actually the best we had so far 🙂
On a side note we have met the most adventures couple ever! They bought a sail boat a few weeks ago. Tiawni follows with her car and Hunter drives the boat from Rhode Island to Georgia with not much prior experience. They were anchoring besides us in Cape May and have two dead batteries. They don’t have a radio but got our attention yesterday. I drove them to land so they could charge their battery – unfortunately it was not enough – then we charged one battery over night, but it still wasn’t enough so now Marcus is driving them to land so they can get it charged at a professional shop. We admire their courage and persistence and wish them many successful happy hours on their boat – if you like to see how they got started check out their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sailingwithcrimson/
Today we woke up and another dream weather day was welcoming us.
This time we took our time to get Luna comfortable before we turned the engine on and it worked. She didn’t love it, but was not as traumatized as yesterday…
Another day of calm seas – we were cruising along and I was seeing little fountains of spray coming out of the water…could it be…oh yes our first whale spotting
Not long after…. oh my god dolphins…. when angels travel…. What a day
We arrived around 1pm in Cape May / NJ and found another gorgeous anchoring side in front of the Coast Guard Station. Internet seems to be working great… we have 3 different hotspots…. after Marcus has been studying for weeks what internet provider would give the best coverage in the East…. We are ready for a week of work from Cape May…..