Friday, September 30, 2011
This is the dock past our boat – looking toward the Hilton Hotel in New Bern. It really doesn’t look that bad to me – but – they condemned it and made us move – we now in Bridgeton Marina (a mile or so up the river).
All for now…
Thought you might like to see some pictures of what happened to the floating docks. This is a finger pier (it goes from the main dock at a 90o angle to allow you to walk next to your boat) that broke loose.
We checked our wind instrument and the highest reading during the storm was 59 knots (67 mph) though the hurricane was classified as a category 1 (lowest) which indicate winds between 74 and 95 miles per hour.
Again, the good news here is that we did not get the higher winds of the eye of the storm.
and, because the dinghy was blowing in the breeze (so to speak) our brand new davit line also chaffed, so we had to purchase a new line for one side. The other side was fine. One would think that you could just cut the end off and redo the splice but it is almost impossible to do so on ‘old’ line. Here, the good news is that the lines held and the dinghy was not lost.
A fitting on the solar panel structure came parted and the other half is in ‘Davey Jones Locker’ (under water for our landlubber friends).
We could tell that the boat rubbed on the piling (or visa versa) by the mound of wood scraps next to the toe rail (not to mention some missing paint on the side). Not sure if the bottom was messed up or not as the water was still pretty dark from the storm.
We leave Ohio to drive back to New Bern, NC on 8/29 after Hurricane Irene has passed. We get there pretty late (after dark) and pick our way down the dock. Our boat looks to be in good shape but is in the middle of the slip. Mark and I maneuver it close to the finger pier and I hope aboard to start the generator. We are fortunate that our solar panels and batteries have kept up with the needs of the fridge and freezer. All of the dock lines have parted.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Mark puts on his sales hat and hails the neighbors as they walk by…he sells Aunt Yvonne’s Olds 88, 1987 year for $1700.00 – pretty good salesmanship. Aunt Yvonne no longer has a drivers license so we needed to get temptation out of the way. We stay for two weeks and try to help around the house sorting clothes and other things out, donating all to Catholic Charities.
For the next few months we visit family and friends – THIS time we go to Ohio first and Texas second – last year we had it backward. With 60+ days of over 100o temperatures in Texas we were really glad to be in Ohio first. Naturally we start off with a gang campout – the kids are always entertained to ride around in the front loader on a tractor.
Friday, September 23, 2011
also river side services – and we are in New Bern, NC. We took a slip at BridgePoint Marina and soon left for Ohio secure from hurricanes…since we took no pictures, I thought I would include the hyperlink so you could see it before Irene...
And, finally we caught our first BIG fish, a 24 pound Dolphin fish (known also Mahi-Mahi) – to help sedate him/her I sacrificed ½ bottle of gin… Mark did the hard work of filleting it – and was it yummy! (We took the leftovers to Ohio and cooked the rest of it for my family.)
We were glad to pull into Cape Fear and South Port for a few days to rest. We met some wonderful folks there Toni & ?? and Bob and Lori, Toni offered to take me to the grocery store the next day and we toured the town as well. That evening we were invited over for dinner and games.
The boat was solid, no creaks and no leaks. We had everything tied down and ready so sustained no damage…except the wind generator. When the gust front first hit, we both heard the speed of the generator increase past it’s allowable speed. I was on my way below to turn it ‘off’ when we heard the explosion – all fan blades broke away and the motor housing lifted from the pole – I was about 15 seconds too late. The good news? It didn’t work that well anyway!