- We took the kids (hardly kids, anymore - sorry guys) and kids-in-law out for a sail. I think they are questioning our sanity. So are we.
- Started taking things apart, replacing things, maintenance schedules, lists.
Watermaker Spares behind batteries! Who knew!
- Found yet another storage locker that we had never seen (small compartment, under the settee, behind the house batteries). Full of watermaker spares. Sweet!
- Set sail on a 3 hour tour - and, yes, it turned out like it sounds.
The wind is from the north, we need to go south - seems easy. We should just blow off. We have the full rig out. Yeah, right. We tried several common tricks but stayed stuck. By now, it is starting to get late. Beautiful sunset but the wind is shifting to the northeast - not good for us. That is the wind that sucks all of the water out of our side of the sound. I finally overcome my embarassment and we breakdown and call our BoatUS buddies. Their recommendation is to avoid trying to tow us at night. If you are OK, just sit tight and we will see you in the morning.
So, we did. We called our neighbors to let them know we decided to anchor out (then we fessed up). It was really not bad. We had spare clothes, some food, fuel. So, we sat. Our only issue was Roux. He has not, will not, do his business on any boat. Never has. Despite our encouragement, he holds out. For 18 hours.
Morning comes, BoatUS comes. Overnight, most of the Albemarle Sound has gone to Edenton so it takes them almost an hour to drag us to clear water. So much for the new bottom paint. Captain Harry then follows us all the way to Colington and, indeed, has to pull us one more time over the bar into the Harbour.
That brings us up to today. The dock work barge is finally gone. We are planning to sail to Manteo for First Friday. Pioneers, they never say die.