Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A very wet day

As we were having a very nice dinner with sirloin steaks and sauteed potatoes, together with
our regular Cabernet, we noticed a funny mechanical hissing noise that kept coming on at
irregular intervals. At first, I though it was the freezer. Then we suspected the water
heater. We looked in all the wrong places, without much success. After dinner and a concert
of sea shanties, we went to bed, but my mind could not rest. Around 3:00 a.m. I kind of
suspected that the noise was coming from the bilges. I got up to look at it, and indeed, it
was the float switch that had turned and got stuck over an electric cable in the on
position. Having my mind at peace, I was able to sleep until 6:00 a.m.We heaved the anchor aweigh at 7:20 a.m. and got into the Pungo/Alligator river canal for
what was going to be a very cold and wet day. It rained all day long and we were quite happy
to make it to the entrance into the Bay river at mile marker 160 with only 44 miles left
tomorrow for Morehead city. We have lost hope to be able to go outside tomorrow night and
make it to Wrightsville Beach.The other news of the day is that we now have a computer monitor in the cockpit that stays
on all the time and we don't have to go and touch the ball every five minutes. There goes
that job away.Being a Mac user, I am not used to right clicking. It's all there was to it. Right click the
desktop, go on properties, go on screen saver and choose a stupid number like 3000 minutes.Soooo.... at this point in time, there is nothing on the boat that does not work.And tomorrow might be sunny, and we might be able to have a look at the main sail in the
Neuse river. Life is looking up . . . .

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