Since we named our boat from a Buffett tune (Gypsies in the Palace) I am always looking for other Parrotheads on the water. We found one and they actually had to point out that it was from “I’m Growing Older, but Not Up” and therefore, it landed as the title of this article because it surely has been WINDY this past week. Their boat name was “Winds of Change”.
Of all the weather conditions we experience, wind is the one that drives us boaters the craziest. It causes all kinds of problems like we had this week. From New Bern, NC we traveled north to Oriental. We usually get tied up on an outside face dock, but the winds were so bad that the dockhand decided to put us in a slip with another sailing catamaran. I wish you could have seen that docking! It was Captain Steve at his best and a very knowledgeable dockhand. Even though it was blowing like crazy Steve managed to come in ever so slowly. We ended up with about 2 feet between the 2 boats! The 3 other Looping boats came over to admire the seamanship. I couldn’t quite believe that we made it into that space.
The wind continued the next day, but we wanted to leave so we headed to Belhaven. Mostly, we go to places that I have never heard of. The winds were blowing at approximately 15 mph with gusts over 20. By the time we reached Belhaven they were higher. We thought that being inside a breakwater would help, but the marina docks were exposed to the wind. Another time where the marina operator knew just what we needed to do. We had to dock on the leeward side and the marina guy asked if Steve was “experienced” because he would need it to dock! This time Steve had to put the boat with 2 pilings on our stern into a space behind a sailboat with the wind pushing us away from the dock. Another miracle docking and the guys were ready on the dock to quickly tie us off because we were being pulled away. There was not much happening at this marina, but I will say that they get a gold star for their laundry facility. I can do small loads on board, but it is much quicker to use the marina laundry facilities. This one was free and had big new machines. We also were given a golf cart to drive into town so that was fun. Read more