Sunday, 14 September 2008

Belvedere Yacht Club. 56 Years on the Chesapeake

One of the best things about summers in Maryland is getting together with friends for a crab feast and there's no better place to spread the brown paper and steaming hot crabs than atop a table right beside the water.


Invited by friends who are members of the Belvedere Yacht Club, we made the short trip down the Magothy River from our slip at Ferry Point Marina for an overnight and the club's Annual Crab Feast. The club, founded in 1952, is small and members keep things well organized. As well as a great feast, we thoroughly enjoyed the company and the wonderful hospitality.


Monday, 8 September 2008

Hanna has gone and Ike is heading to the Gulf


The plot above shows Hanna from the Thomas Point Light. The tidal surge was not great and the storm passed us bye with-out incident. Lots of rain.
Deciding to keep Bristol Rose at Ferry Point proved to be a good move. Very little wind was experianced at the marina and the staff are very helpful.
Bristol Rose will return to the water this week.

Friday, 5 September 2008

This can't be good

"URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED TROPICAL STORM HANNA LOCAL STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC607 AM EDT FRI SEP 5 2008...HANNA MOVING TOWARD THE MID ATLANTIC STATES...AT 500 AM EDT...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HANNA WASLOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 78.0 WEST OR ABOUT125 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF GREAT ABACO ISLAND AND ABOUT 430MILES SOUTH OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA.HANNA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH. A GRADUAL TURNTO THE NORTH WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED LATERTODAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF HANNA WILL BE NEARTHE SOUTHEAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES LATER TODAY...AND MAY REACH THE GREATER BALTIMORE WASHINGTON REGION INCLUDING SOUTHERN MARYLAND SATURDAY MORNING.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 65 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ONLYSLIGHT STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST PRIOR TO LANDFALL...ALTHOUGH ITIS STILL POSSIBLE FOR HANNA TO BECOME A HURRICANE"



Fortunately Bristol Rose is still on the hard. Trish and I prepared her for the storm last night. We are also keeping a close eye on Ike.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Late Summer Haul-Out

This year we took advantage of the summer special the folks at Ferry Point Marina offered for haul-out and bottom paint. We use Interlux Micron CSC for bottom paint. The shot above shows how well it is working after 12 months in the water.

Bristol Rose presented a challenge for the yard crew and established the limit to what size boats they can haul. To get her out of the water the rigger removed the mizzen topping lift and port side mizzen shroud.




















Before and after shot of Max Prop following replacing the Zincs and preparation for application of Propspeed. Propspeed is a relatively new product that protects the propeller from marine growth. A power boat, with propspeed applied, was hauled while I was working on Bristol Rose. After 18 months in the water the propellers were clean.

All the Sea cocks have been cleaned and greased. We found this marine ecosystem in one of the sea cocks.



Trish calls this the "whale end" of Britol Rose. Lookin good after 2 days of wax and polish. We gave the Island Girl products a try. The products are expensive and the instructions are poor, although the finshed result is impressive.

Almost ready to return to her slip.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Homeward Bound, South-Bound!

Dock E at White Rocks just won't be the same without Randy and Pat aboard Homeward Bound.  Patient planning has paid off and they are on their way, sailing south and living the dream of so many sailors.   Bon Voyage! We hope to catch up with you sometime soon. 
A little provisioning help from some friends.