Up early to do a final load of fresh water, get a pump out and do a load of fuel. Diesel is down from last years purchase price of $5.09, we got 170 gallons at $3.65.
While on the fuel dock also changed out the fuel filters. They were pretty dark, and I wanted to start with fresh everything for the trip.
Pushed off the dock at 9:30 AM into winds from the NE at 3 kts. It’s one of the time that the Bohemia has been this calm. We continued down the Elk and into the Upper Chesapeake. It was also flat calm with just a very slight swell. I had caught the outbound tide so we were doing about 10.2kts at 2000 RPM, a fuel burn of about 6 gallons per hour combined.
The cruise down the Bay, past the Sassafras, then west skirting Pooles and Hart Miller Island went well. Only issues were the 3.2 million crab pots off of the channel and the heavy haze from the Canadian wild fires. Visibilty was 1.5 to 1.75 miles, so not the best. (In our regular Go/No go, I would have not gone, we hate the fog.)
We had done this trip in 2021 so there were tracks for me to follow. So we stuck to them, ducked the crab pots and arrived at Anchorage Marina just before 2PM. 42 NM on 30 gallons of fuel in 4.5 hours. Not bad for the first big run in a long time.
We got set up, lines adjusted and took naps to get us back on track. Looper naps are always the best.
Jellyfish are around when the water is warm. This is a picture of our dock neighbor, it was about 10″ across.
Dinner was a 15 minute walk to Mama’s on the Half Shell, (O’Donnel Street). Susan had the fried oyster appetizer (6 huge oysters) and a salad. I went for the Steam Beer Mussels, which was a dozen mussels, sausage, 5 jumbo shrimp, peppers and onions. It was also the appetizer size and I wasn’t able to finish it.
We rolled around the block to check out the other stores. We picked up cupcakes from Cup Love and pie from Dangerously Delicious Pies. We can highly recommend the Key Lime Pie. The sour cherry crumb was OK, next time we will order it without the crumb.
On the way back we walked along the water front. At the end of a creek / storm drain that flows into the river is this solar and water powered trash collector. The sun moves the wheels that lift the trash up the belt and into a dumpster. The wheels on the side are also powered by the stream flow, so during storms it pulls the trash out of the water.
Back at the marina we walked the T-Head of our dock. There were catamarans there, but sadly they were not part of the Looper Cat Mafia. The mafia is off on different parts of summer trips, one is laying in Boston ready for fireworks.
Like Wednesday night we were in bed at 9PM. The long days really are hard when you haven’t done them in awhile. Tomorrow we will try to hit the water front.
Thursday 29 June 2023