We traveled South on the ICW about 5 miles to Anchors Aweigh, the boat yard where Pursuit will sit “on the hard” or out of the water until we come back early February. The weather is suppose to be in the 50’s and 60’s, in February. We hope so, the unexpected cold here with the wind was not so nice [understatement].
Of course today was a beautiful day — we were pulling the boat! Along the way, we did see some oyster fisherman out behind our marina in Surf City and along the ICW. It looks so odd because they are way out from land but standing in the water next to their boats. The oysters live in the brackish water and are easiest to harvest during low tide. They must be pried loose with a tool. You take the singles and leave the rest of the cluster to keep growing and provide habitat for the other oysters. This is called “culling in place”. You must have a license and there are limits on how much you can take and when you can harvest. It would have been nice to get up closer but we were heading out — and it was low tide!!
Getting the boat hauled was uneventful, the guys got the boat in the travel lift and moved to a bit higher ground where they thought it might be a bit warmer and calmer to cover the boat.
The people at the yard could not have been nicer. they arranged for a fabricator to come out and help design a crane and storage system for the outboard motor, looked at are old refrigerator/freezer to determine how to get it out and decided a Lamp with a light in the engine compartment would be enough heat for any cold weather so no winterization is necessary.
Amazingly, the custom cover we had made for our 30′ SeaRay fit pretty darn good on our 32 Eagle Trawler. We spent some time making it fit around the radar tower and did a bit of “imagineering” and got her covered. Dee at the marina was right; we are the only covered boat at the yard!
So, unbelievably, the above stuff took us two days. We had a lot of lists…. oh, and the weather has been glorious now that we’re leaving! It is now Thursday morning. We made one last stop at the beach and saw the operations are already underway to repair the beach damage.
The other thing of note is the the most beautiful decorations around the town for the holidays. The light poles had huge, lit designs including Santa, Rudolph and snow flakes but also there were pirates, shells, seahorses, lighthouses, sailboats, starfish, boats, a crab, sand dollars–we loved them. The boardwalk was covered in greenery and lights. Big budget. There is a lighting ceremony this weekend that we are very sorry to miss.
Our goal was to get the boat further South. We are happy that we are far enough to be able to come back in February but of course, this is weather dependent. We had hoped to make Charleston but mother nature did not cooperate. However, we were not on a schedule.
We traveled 470 miles from Rock Hall, Maryland, to Surf City, North Carolina. If you look at the coastline and its ins and outs, we did pretty well. We had hoped to clear all three major capes but will settle for two: Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout. We are saving Cape Fear for our next trip.
Here’s to life, liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. Thanks for joining us.
We made it home today at about 6:00 p.m. We took a wonderful route through the mountains and even visited Mt. Airy, the home of Andy Griffith and model for Mayberry. Great town. Kitschy stuff!
We came across this view unexpectedly. It’s called Pilot Mountain and it rises more than 2,000 feet. It was named by Native Americans as it was a pilot or guide. At the placard that described the view, people had written their names on the decorative rock. We added ours …. of course!
Unfortunately, it rained most of the trip through the mountains so our hopes of seeing the Big Walker Mountain Tower and vistas were in the clouds–literally! Still, a gorgeous drive through North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
One last favorite photo. Working Boatyards are interesting places. There are new boats, old boats, big and small boats. Many are left for years while waiting for repairs. All have a story and most all were someone’s dream at some point.