At night, it gets ridiculously quiet. Oriental is quiet to begin with and the pair of boatyards (Sailcraft shares the canal with Deaton's) is removed from 'town' by several blocks so it is really quiet.
We arrived here at Sailcraft in Oriental, NC on Monday, October 6 at almost exactly 3:00 pm. Remarkably, we had called them almost a month ago and set this up, to be hauled at 3:00 pm on Monday, October 6 even though we had no clear idea when we would be able to leave Colington. Somehow, the weather and our easy travel days resulted in us turning into the canal right on schedule and pulling directly into the lift well. Not bad.
Then, something interesting happened to me. Throughout our travels last year on our trip south, we had Roux, our big old Chocolate Lab with us. Whenever we were docking, he would start barking. I found that I could not allow myself to be distracted by him and learned to focus on the job at hand and ignore the noise. Of course, we lost Roux in February. But, as we weaseled our way into the lift well, I could clearly here Roux barking and demanding that I focus on the job at hand. We spun SeaClearly on a dime (Yay! Bow thrusters!) and settled into the well and handed the dockhands the lines. They were duly impressed and I was grateful to Roux for the assist. I was so glad to hear him again.
Since that arrival, we have been banging out work. The list goes like this.
|Barnacles. Boo! We think these may|
have been slowing us down. Oh, and
the shaft anode was gone again.
- Immediately, Mark from Inner Banks Sails was there to take off our mainsail to take it to the sail-loft. One of the batten pockets was chafed through, one of the battens needed repair, several areas need restitching. Cha-Ching$.
- Hauled, power washed, blocked. Scrapped, prep'ed for bottom paint. Cha-Ching$.
- Hull compounded, bottom paint, prop treatment, repack stuffing box, anodes. Cha-Ching$.
- Tomorrow we finish up the paint, splash on Friday, have a couple of rigging items looked at and get our mainsail back. By Monday or Tuesday, we will be on our way.
|Shine by Collinite wax and elbow grease|
The tape came off shortly after this pic.
A little bit of touch up under the
jackstands and we are done!
We always say that the best part of our travels is the people we meet and meet again. This stop has been no exception. On our trip down the Neuse River towards Whitaker Creek, a familiar boat name popped up on the AIS - 'Cloverleaf'. We contacted them and verified that is was, indeed, Bev and Dave whom we had met during our trip up the Chesapeake this summer. These are two of the most interesting people we have ever met (see our earlier post 'It's the People...') so we were fortunate to arrange to meet them for lunch before they left the area on their way south. We met several other great folks that I am sure we have met before and others that I am sure we will run into along the water somewhere again.
We are conveniently located within easy walking distance of town, the grocery store and 'Silos' restaurant. Every time we try to walk somewhere, somebody stops to offer us a ride. Oh, and for Jack, who accuses me of only writing happy thoughts, it was a little too warm today:)