Annapolis Boat Show
We picked a great day to attend the show. We bought tickets for VIP day. This is the first day of the show and the tickets are a bit more pricey than the rest of the days so the attendance for this is day usually lower. This gives those attending a better chance to talk with the vendors and do their research and pricing.
|Annapolis Boat Show - sail boats of all shapes, sizes and prices!|
|We meet Mat from Sailrite and receive Sailrite caps. This is where we purchased our sewing mating and all of our supplies for recovering the cushions, making the sail pack and dodger. Mats step by step how to videos have been extremely helpful!|
|Crab cakes at famous Davis's Pub. We present the head bartender with a Bayside beer jug from our local Bayside brewery in Erieau|
|Bayside jug proudly displayed at the bar in Davis's Pub|
|We kept well off to the side of the channel to give plenty of room!|
|Lots of Naval traffic this morning.|
|Aircraft carrier - it's hard to capture the sheer size of it.|
|How is this for contrast? - Hospital Ship moored beside a destroyer!|
The Dismal Swamp
|A view of the narrow channel.|
|Superintendents house? Oh the perks of the job!|
|This bridge is used by a local farmer to move his cattle from one side of the canal to the other.|
|Welcome to North Carolina!|
|The water through southern Virginia and northern North Carolina is dark brown like strong tea or black coffee. The substance colouring the water is called tannin and is the same substance that makes tea and coffee brown. The tannins come from the roots and decaying leaves of the bald cypress and juniper trees. Tannins do not make the water dirty in fact sailing ships would search out water containing tannin because it does not spoil quickly because it increases the acidity slowing the growth of algae. NASA even considered using this water on the space shuttle before they perfected RO (reverse osmosis) systems.|
|Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Centre was busy this night as 12 boats (including 2 large trawlers and one catamaran) rafted to each other 4 abreast, on a dock meant for 3-4 boats.|
|Completed it 1805 - it is the oldest operating made made waterway in the US.|
|Istar - We met the captain of this vessel in the last of the 2 locks. We learned that it took him 39 years to build her and this is her maiden voyage. She is lovely!|
If you don't travel through the Dismal Swamp Canal, you don't see Elizabeth City nicknamed the Harbour of Hospitality. Free docks, free wine and cheese reception for the boaters, free roses for the ladies, free courtesy bikes, free entrance to the museum, art gallery.
|Boaters doing laundry - yes it's not all fun|
|Hot dog restaurant - yep just hot dogs for $1.25, drinks & popcorn.|
|We met this young lady-Kirsten Carlberg. She won the use of this boat for a year (prior to her starting Medical School) and plans to travel to the to the Bahamas and beyond. She is a very bright capable and entertaining young lady. If you'd like to learn more about how she attained the boat, how she has prepared it and herself for the trip, here is her blog: http://thefortunatewanderer.tumblr.com|
|Free dockage at Elizabeth City|
|View from our boat at dock in Elizabeth City|
|Sunset in the Alligator River|
|Another beautiful Sunset in Alligator River|
|Early morning fog made it difficult to see the boats in front of us.|
|Time for a bit of R&R in the sun at anchor in Goose River|
|Sunset in Goose River|
|RE Mayo Co. Shrimp boats - unfortunately we arrived on a Sunday so no shrimp for us! I'm sure we will have many more opportunities to by fresh shrimp along the way.|
We have joined the club!
We have heard that there are only 2 types of boaters on the ICW - those that have gone aground and those who have not gone aground YET! Lesson learned. Do not attempt to put up your sails until after you have cleared the channel markers and pay attention to your charts! We made the assumption that the red and green had switched because we were entering another river. Not so - the green was a really just mile marker and we should have kept the red on our starboard. We had just nicely unfurled the head sail that increased our speed to 7.2 knots when WHAM! we hit 0.5 depth - yep thats right 6 inches of water!!! We heard from those following us that our back end lifted up almost to the prop. We were very lucky the grounding was on mucky sand and with full thrust in reverse we were finally able to back off and back into the channel. A thorough check of all hatches for leaks was immediatley conducted and revealed no damage to the hull. We had hit with such force that all 8 drawers in the bulkhead of the galley had completely flown out and onto the floor. The only damage was 2 broken plates. She's a tough old girl and is taking good care of us!
|Resting on the front porch before dinner.|
|Pool and cabanas|
|Tiny church is part of the development|
|These are small rental cottages. They are beautifully furnished.|
We have had wonderful weather (88F today) but we hear there is colder weather on its way so we hope to do some longer runs over the next few weeks.