Join Date: Jun 2009
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Got to Sandy Point Park and was in the water at 7 PM. Motored out along the bridge, past the breakwater and hoisted mainsail in the last little bit of twilight. Motor was shooting steam and very hot cooling water instead of the usual lukewarm water. Current and wind both out of the south. Moving at a good pace through the water, but using crab pots as a reference, I wasn't making much headway. Didn't have any planned out spots to the North of I'd have ran for one of them. Lost my white all-around light. No masthead light. (Never really a problem on local lakes, but in a shipping channel it's a different story)
Also realized that my backlit GPS/depthfinder is barely readable at night, and the buttons don't light up at all.
And a batten was starting to work it's way out of the mainsail. (I had lost one on the Potomac earlier this year)
Decided to use whatever remaining motor I had left to get back to the sheltered cove at the park. Wasn't sure if I could drop anchor right there in the park, and while I was contemplating a marine police boat with his light show going came right through where I was thinking about anchoring. Decided to just put it on the trailer and call it a night. Thought about sleeping in the boat on the trailer (instead of driving 90 minutes home) but I didn't see anything blocking the water intake of my motor so it wouldn't be an easy fix, and I'd still have the same problem in the morning.
Tore down, went home and slept in my own bed. Woke up with a heck of a headache -- so probably best I didn't chance it. Will try again, but now that I realize how unprepared I was, I'll do a few things differently. (like launch from the marina in the same river as the anchorage, and leave bay exploration for daylight)
REALLY liked being out there at night though.
Keep the expenses low and the good times high.
PA Freshwater / Chesapeake