May 29, 2015
We are finally out of maintenance mode and ready to begin our cruising season! Despite a couple delays – Tropical Storm Ana and a malfunctioning lift at Jarrett Bay – we finally got back into the water. As soon as the boat was back in the water, Keith from Western Branch Diesel came aboard to assist with the initial start-up of the engines. We breathed a huge sigh of relief when both engines started with no problem. So we decided to depart right away for some sea trials. There was quite a bit to test – most notably the new exhaust system on the engines and all the work to replace watermaker hoses. Fortunately the only problems we discovered were very minor and easily resolved. We docked at Portside Marina in Morehead City where we finished up a few minor details, then returned to Jarrett Bay to take on 3300 gallons of diesel fuel, then headed out to Cape Lookout to spend a night at anchor be sure everything was working.
It was with mixed feelings that we said farewell to North Carolina. Moore’s Marine and Jarrett Bay have become our primary maintenance base and we now have so many good friends here that’s it’s hard to say goodbye! We are especially indebted to Pam and Lenny, who we met on our first visit here in 2011 and who have become like family to us. This year when we were delayed by Tropical Storm Ana and had to move out or our rental house, Pam and Lenny offered their guest suite. Not only did it make our lives much easier, but it gave us time to spend with Pam and Lenny and really get to know them. We had several great dinners, including one of Bradley and Pam’s favorites, soft shell crabs which we got from a seafood market at Harker’s Island.
We will also miss all our friends at Offshore Marine Electronics (the Gilpin family), Crystal Coast Interiors, Moore’s Marine, Western Branch Diesel, Mayda Marine, and all the wonderful people in the community of Sea Gate. Until next time!
Our next update will return to detailing cruising adventures.
For those of you seriously interested in gory details of maintenance, here are two new videos. A few more photos are below the videos.
This one is 13 minutes long and details replacing the exhaust risers:
This one is 7 minutes long and shows work on the Interior, Electrical, and Deck.