Just got back from a three day trip to Annapolis and back, 120 miles round trip. Tuesday night was very hot at the anchoragei in Fairlee Creekl, humid, and even with a fan blowing directly on me, it was difficult to sleep. Shortly after I dozed off, about 10 p.m., there was a flash of light, then a incredulous thunderclap right over my head - Holy ****! It didn't nail me, but I thought it did until I checked and everything appeared to be OK. Then the rains hit, along with 50 plus MPH winds, sheets of lightning, hail, all of which required closing all the ports and turning the cabin into a steam bath. Fortunately, I was able to leave the doors to the main hatch open because they are sheltered by my Bimini.
After two sold hours of storm, the wind died, the clouds vanished, I opened the hatches and ports, fired up the fans, and drifted off to sleep for all of 20 minutes, until the next storm hit, which lasted until 2 a.m.. Back to living in a steam bath, which is not good for an old man with bad lungs, so I fired up my portable oxygen generator, which just arrived a few days ago. The literature says it will run 3 hours on the internal battery - they lied. After just one hour, the machine turned off and the battery was flat dead. I ended up running it on the house batteries, which really depleted them quite a bit - the machine draws 7.5 amps, and that, along with the boat's refrigerator, anchor light, etc..., put a hit on the house batteries.
I got to Naptown the following afternoon about 2:00 p.m., anchored out in front of Port Annapolis Marina, called MarioG, one of our forum members, then fixed lunch, had a couple ice cold beers and watched the racers as they sailed up the creek - neat, little boats. Mario finally fished the job he was working on, dinghy'd over to my boat, we hoisted a couple Margarettas, then at about 8 p.m. I fired up the tin lizzie, and motor-sailed up the bay, hoping to go back into Fairlee Creek for the night. When I arrived at the #2 buoy, which is no longer a lighted day marker, but has been replaced with an unlighted nun buoy, the tide was dead low and it was impossible to traverse the channel in front of the island. The channel has really silted in heavily over the years, and at dead low tide, there were places that were under 4 feet deep, which is my draft. Consequently, I continued to motor-sail north to Still Pond, which is an easy anchorage, especially with an easterly wind, which was the case last night.
Thank goodness I have radar on the boat, because in the back end of the cove, which is where most folks anchor, there were two boats anchored up with no lights of any kind displayed. I saw them on radar, but it was not until I got within about 50 feet of them that I could make them out in the light of the moon. I dropped the hook at 2 a.m., mixed a Margaretta, turned on TV and watched an old movie. While the temperature was comfortably cool last night, the humidity was very high, and with the hatches and ports open, everything in the boat was damp when I woke up at 7 a.m..
This, and several other trips, has inspired me to investigate the cost of installing a special, folding platform on the boat's stern where I will install a 2.500-watt genset to run the AC/heat pump. I just watched a You Tube video where a guy made his Honda 2,000i extremely quiet by enclosing it in a homemade box that is insulated with sound proofing material and vented so the genset doesn't overheat. It was pretty amazing and sounds like it will work for me.
More to come,