Dutchman and Swimming

Dutchman and Swimming


We spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon installing and adjusting our Dutchman Sail Flaking System.  It was a tedious task and at times frustrating because everything had to be adjusted just right or the system won't work as well as intended.  Eventually, we got it adjusted to where it seemed to be working well.  We'll find out for sure when we next take the boat out and drop the main sail.  The Dutchman together with the Strong Tides Track System makes dropping and flaking the sail very easy.  To celebrate and cool off after completing this major job, we went swimming in the cold water of the marina's pool.  It was refreshing and we dried while relaxing on the poolside lounge furniture.  We started out reading but were soon napping protected from the sun by trees bordering the pool.  Work hard - Play hard.

Here is a link to a short YouTube video describing the Dutchman Sail Flaking System.




Haven Harbour to Herrington Harbour - Via Car

Haven Harbour to Herrington Harbour - Via Car


We got a courtesy ride from the Haven Harbour Marina to Chestertown where we rented a car from Geno's U-Save Car Rental so we could drive to Herrington Harbour to get our car which was left there while we moved Foreign Affair to Rock Hall.  The round trip was 140 miles which we made in about 5 hours.  We also made a quick trip to West Marine in Deale to pick up parts for our galley Whale pump which was leaking when in use.  We dropped the rental car off on our way back to Rock Hall.  Its good to have the car and boat in one place again.  We still have quite a list of things to do on the boat to get her in top condition for sale.  Haven Harbour is a great marina to get work done.  The challenge is that the current workload is keeping everyone very busy and we just have to wait until the right person for the job we need done is available.  In the meantime, we do as much as we can and seek advice from the experts.  Patience is a virtue.  We work by Boating Standard Time.



Herrington Harbour to Haven Harbour

Herrington Harbour to Haven Harbour


We departed Herrington Harbour around 9 a.m. northbound for Rock Hall and Haven Harbour Marina.  It was warm and sunny with a slight 5 knot breeze from the south which allowed us to sail almost all the way up the bay at a slow but steady 4 knots.  It was great being under sail again.  You never know what interesting sights you will encounter on the Bay.  A Japanese Coast Guard cutter passed under the Bay Bridge as we approached the bridge.  We suspect she was heading south for the "Tall Ships Weekend" at Norfolk, Virginia.  Frank and Carol on Hakuna Matata will be sailing as escorts for one of the tall ships arriving for the festival.  If we weren't selling the boat, we'd be sailing south ourselves bound for Norfolk.  We really enjoy the maritime festivals and will miss not being able to participate or be part of the fun while on the water in our own vessel.



Car in For Repair

Car in For Repair


After 3 days of constant rain, we were very happy to get into the car and head back to Columbia where we will get to spend a day or two with family while the car goes into the shop to get the left  front wheel bearing replaced.  It is always something that needs repair - usually it is the boat rather than the car.  In any case, we drove slowly and stayed off the interstate during the 50 mile trip from Herrington Harbour to Columbia.  The good news was the car could be repaired in a day.  Then, it is back to Herrington with the prospect of having to return to Haven Harbour to have a new air conditioning system installed which will make the boat more attractive to potential buyers.  The system could be replaced at Herrington; however, the backlog of work there would result in more delay and we can get the work done sooner at Haven Harbour.  Perhaps, we will pass under the Bay Bridge once again.  At least, this time we are hoping to have favorable wind from the south as we head north rather than beating all the way to Rock Hall.  Lately, the wind has been mostly southerly.




Bending on Sail

Bending on Sail


Cecil and Elena of S/V Sophia came by to help us bend on our sails.  We first met them in Nassau, The Bahamas where their boat was docked in the slip next to us.  We became good friends while hole up in the marina waiting out bad weather.  Elena taught Carla how to make cracked conch.  Later, we ran into them at St. Augustine.  We were both heading north and sailed up the Florida coast together.  They ducked in at the St. John's River while we continued on to Georgetown, South Carolina.  It was a fun reunion despite the fact that work was involved.  It is just part of the cruising life-style.  We hope to be able to spend more time together just relaxing rather than working on boats.



Ride to Columbia

Ride to Columbia


Allan and Linda of S/V Sea Shadow dropped by this morning for a quick visit before heading off to the marina restaurant for breakfast.  Allan took us under his wing when we first arrived in Herrington Harbour back in April, 2015.  He was the proud owner of a Catalina 320 at the time and now owns a Catalina 387 which is very similar to our Catalina 380.  Dwayne last saw them when he took a mooring in Annapolis back in June, 2017.  Once again, it was a happy reunion.  They helped us out by giving us a ride to Columbia where we will rent a car to cross over to Rock Hall and recover our car from the Haven Harbour Marina and drive back to Herrington Harbour.  It will be nice to have wheels again.  It really helps to have friends in many places.



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