Everything was fine with the boat and the marina, until we tried to start the engine and it wouldn't turn over. After trying to jump from the house batteries with old cables that also didn't work, I decided to spring for a new starter battery first thing on Monday. The fishing guys in the nearby boats had a connection at a battery shop that would deliver. The delivered battery wasn't right, so I got to ride back to the shop and get the right one in a car with a broken seat back. Nassau is a big small town with no highways to speak of, so it was no problem. Everyone in Nassau was great in general.
The battery worked perfectly, and all was well. In fact, even though it seemed like it was the good battery compared to the house batteries, it had been the bad one during the earlier trip, because now it was possible to run the 12-volt cooler with the engine running and the batteries stayed charged. Electrical systems are often mysterious.
So, we had been watching the weather forecasts for the crossing to Beaufort, NC, using either www.passageweather.com, or the phone apps with the same info. It seemed like we could maybe keep moving and squeeze the trip in before the next north front came through, so we left that afternoon for the Abacos. That was a bit of a rough night, and we went through the cut at North Bar Channel the next afternoon, anchored for the night, then went on to Marsh Harbor the next morning. We had an engine oil problem and needed to buy oil, got some food while we were at it, and left just before sunset on Wednesday, April 25.
|Dolphins in mid-ocean|
Travis was taking videos during the trip, and afterward, he and Sophi put together this nice edited version, even if its still a little long.
In Beaufort, we cleared in by phone, but a CBP guy had to stop by the next morning, and he confiscated our apples, but not all the other leftovers we had, which was weird. Greg decided he really like Beaufort, and he wanted to stay and visit the area, and since Travis and I could do fine without him, we wished each other well, and said goodbye. For now, here is a quick summary of the rest of the trip so far.
Travis and I left in the afternoon of Monday, April 30 for a short sail/ motor on the Intracoastal Waterway to a creek just short of the Neuse River. This made the next day's trip to Belhaven not too long, and we got in there early enough to do some shopping and visit the funky town history museum.
Tuesday was a fairly long run to an anchorage on the Little Alligator River just before Albemarle Sound. The next day was only 30 miles to Coinjock, where we stayed at a marina and visited with friends I met through Echo, Lisa and Drew Wright, and their parents, and one of their sons, Ian.
|Portsmouth, VA public harbor|
The next day, Saturday, May 5, we left for Mobjack Bay, staying at a great little place Compass Marina, owned by Albert's friend from college Martin Coffee and her husband Keith Jones. The next day had a good breeze from the north, so we stayed and went kayaking on the East River, eating some outrageously good fresh oysters we picked on the way.
|Menhaden fishing vessel, Reedville, VA|