If we wanted a sail that would fully test our newly-modified shroud and our jerry can lash boards, yesterday’s sail from the Magothy River to Solomons Island was a good start. For once the weatherman got it right. They were calling for sustained winds of 15-20 with gusts to 25 (downgraded from their previous forecasts of gusts to 30 and 35) and we got it. We had a beautiful and fast reach down the bay, which in our short Chesapeake Bay experience, is next to unheard of.
This was perhaps, our best sail since arriving in the Chesapeake. When the waves are coming up over the bimini and you’re still laughing, that is a good sail!
We cast off from our friends’ dock at exactly 6 am yesterday morning and dropped our hook in Mill Creek at 2:25 pm. Things were going so well that we briefly contemplated continuing on down the bay but some menacing-looking clouds made us do the prudent thing and stick with our original plan. Believe it or not, this is the third time we have anchored at Solomons Island, having done so before on our trips both up and down the Potomac. I am pretty sure this will be the last time though as we’ll be heading south again tomorrow morning.
Our high-speed sail had us dodging fast moving cruise ships…
and stationary fish traps. Why would anyone allow something like this to be constructed at the inlet to a river? It’s akin to allowing someone to set up a gopher trap in the middle of a highway!
So how did the shroud and new antenna fair? Well, to begin, the mast is still upright, as it should be. As for the antenna, I checked in to the Waterway Net while underway this morning and I think that our reception was much improved. Of course, that could just be some propagation-related voodoo, but I’ll pretend that it has only to do with the money we just spent to fix up our antenna.
As for the lash boards, we arrived at our anchorage with all six jerry cans still lashed on deck where they started. I may have already mentioned this but I can’t believe that we have spent so much time and money on some boards and jerry cans. At the risk of embarrassing myself, I’ll post a detailed accounting of what we spent on this project (figures rounded to the nearest dollar).
- Gas Jugs: 4 x $38.00 = $152.00
- Water Jugs: 2 x $16.00 = $32.00
- Cedar Lumber: 14′ x 3.90/foot = $55.00
- Thompson’s Water Seal: $9.00
- Rope: 120′ = $20.00
- Stainless Steel U-Bolts: $47.00
- Stainless Steel Nuts: $8.00
- Total: $323.00
OMG! I didn’t even realize myself it was so much until I just added it up. That is crazy! That dollar total doesn’t even include the time, labor and gas we spent (Our friends’ gas! Sorry guys.) to acquire materials and put this project together. Now you know why we are forced to drink Busch beer! 🙁
Securing the boards on the stanchions, trying not to drop (any more) items into the water.
6 Jerry Cans waiting to be filled.
All were accounted for at the beginning of the sail…
and also at the end! Money well spent?