2016 Month-long Sailing Trip - Part 7
Wednesday, July 6
|This is one of many work boats we saw as we traveled through this area. |
This one was from Smith Island. The name of the boat is
probably the first names of his three daughters.
|During the 18-mile straight shot between waypoints we took shifts at the helm. This was |
one of Maggie's shifts at the helm. This morning was the first time we lifted the
outboard motor onto the stern mount (behind and to Maggie's left).
|As I write this blogpost using my iPad on our boat's foredeck, Lizzie is sleeping |
between me and the whisker pole. She likes to be around people and
was in the boat's cockpit many times throughout today's trip.
Thursday, July 7
|I've tried these three different brands of shaving cream in a tube, Neutrogena, |
Bath & Body Work's "Ocean", and Dr. Harris & Company's "Eucalyptus".
The advantage of using shaving cream in a tube is that it
requires much less onboard storage space.
|This small fan (SeaFrost calls it a "widget fan") that circulates the air |
inside the fridge died sometime during this trip.
Friday, July 8
Another travel day with an early start, we were underway by 6:15 AM--our earliest start yet. Solomon's to Galesville is about 40 miles--it should take about 7.25 hours (at 5.5 knots cruising speed). This time estimate turned out to be right on the money.
|We left the Solomons at 6:15 AM as the sun was rising and motored |
to the mouth of the Patuxent River and out into the bay.
|We motor sailed for a couple hours with the jib up and |
the motor running. We were on autopilot.
|Motoring a sailboat for 7 hours in a straight line on autopilot is like having |
your teeth cleaned for seven hours but at the end you don't
really have clean teeth, just a vibration sensation
throughout your head.
Throughout today we saw many pods of cownose rays. They travel alone or in pods up to four six in a pod. When we see them they are on the surface of the water, sometimes within ten feet of the boat. As often as I have tried, I couldn't get a photograph of them.
We are presently at Hartge's Yacht Harbor in Galesville, Maryland. We will be here for a few days to work on a couple boat projects that came up during our trip so far. Our current plan from here is to spend some time in Whitehall Bay (just north of Annapolis) and Annapolis Harbor but, who knows, things can change in a heartbeat.
|We are back in Galesville for a few days.|