Owned by Velcro
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: On a Boat
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Re: Heading south
Still stuck in the creek just off the Ben sawyer bridge and waiting for the temps to get above freezing. I have some rather large icicles on the spreaders, radar, and other gear waiting to drop down. The fold up mast steps are covered in ice, so I can't get up there to knock them off and don't feel to good in the cockpit once they start to come down. So we decided to wait another day here in the creek until they come down by themselves. The bridge is frozen shut anyway and we have nowhere to go right now.
Other then that, things are fine. The anchor is holding, even though the current in the creek is strong enough to have the odd crab trap passing by and once in a while there is a thump at night from a larger then normal wave. When we get a slap like that at night, all the cats tend to move into bed with us till they feel safe again. I managed to get the companion way in Tiki open today and switch the heater on in her, to stop the water lines from freezing. We run the engine on Tessie now and then to keep it from getting to cold as well. That little Honda generator is amazing. I left it hanging on the rail a couple of nights ago and it was caked in ice. I had to chip it off where the controlls are and it started on the second pull. That little thing has been running 14 hours every day for near 2 month now without a hiccup, with just and oil change here and there and I cleaned the spark plug and gapped it once in that time. Its the first thing I crank up in the morning and the last thing I turn off at night. The main cover and jib are coated in ice and so are the lines, so any knot that needs to be undone will have to have a bit oof a knocking with a hammer first and the deck is a bit slippery.
By the way, The shoals north of the Ben Sawyer bridge are still bad and we saw a tug and barge stuck yesterday till the tide came back in.
This morning I was watching dolphins swimming in the creek while having my coffee.
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