To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Southbound Day 4

We declared today to be a Jammie Play Day.

This means we did more-or-less nothing all day. Indeed, I wore my pajamas all day.

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The anchor stayed down in Bryant Bay at 37° 19.5000′N 076° 26.6830′W.

For CA, this means reading and knitting. For the this means working on converting this blog away from the software I'm using to something that has better long-term support.

In the afternoon, I updated our details routes through Pamlico Sound. Most of it is in this computer. Some is in the iPad. Some is in the official B&G Chartplotter.

Then the weather hit.

The front blasted through at 17:00-ish with gigantic wind, rain, and noise.

For three hours, we checked our position carefully to be sure the anchor was holding. We were pretty sure the new chain and anchor we dug in, but it helps to be really sure.

New Skills

I did something that I've seen done, but never did on my own. It works like this.

First, you must know (more or less) where you are. That means you should also know where the various aids to navigation will be.

In our case, there's a green dashboard (number 5) bearing 265°M from our position. It should be approximately there as we swing at anchor.

While the wind was howling and the boat leaping around the anchor, I took out my binocular with the light-up internal compass. And our manual spot-light.

  1. I used the compass in the binocular to find 265°M.

  2. Then I turned on the high-powered spot light. This lit up the dayboard!

It was right where it should be. Evidence we were not dragging anchor!

By 21:00, the wind had died down to a respectable level.