The Big Blow

We made it to Albemarle Plantation Marina in time to get settled before some weather was going to move in. We had hoped to do another town or two on the Albemarle, but we couldn’t be sure there would be enough good weather to get to the town, Edenton, and then back to Albemarle Plantation before it was time for Brenda to fly home for her mom’s surgery. So straight to Albemarle Plantation we went.

The weather apps were correct. We got a big wind.

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Oriental to Albemarle Plantation Marina

On March 13, we left our winter home at Northwest Creek Marina near New Bern, NC and moved the boat 23 miles down the Neuse River to Zimmermans Marine in Oriental, NC. Zimmermans was to put in a new generator for us. They told us it would take a couple of weeks, but since I’ve always heard that boat yards always take way longer, I mentally penciled in three week.

Amazingly, the generator was in and running just 6 work days after they started on it. That was wonderful, but we really didn’t want to get on our way quite so quickly. Our first scheduled event, the AGLCA Spring Rendezvous, is in Norfolk, Virginia on May 5.

Norfolk is five or six easy days travel from Oriental. How were we going to take a month plus to do a five or six day trip? Read on to find out.

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Winter 2023/24

Our winter hiatus has been both busy and restful.

To summarize, we arrived at Northwest Creek Marina, New Bern, NC on November 15. We met with several tradesmen and mechanics in the three weeks following, got services lined up and then headed out on our cross country road trip on December 6, 2023.

The road trip was epic. Home and back was around 9,000 miles. To get from NC to Washington, we took the southern route to Arizona before heading north. The trip back to the boat was the reverse.

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