Day 6 started on the chilly side, but gorgeous!! We pulled up anchor at 8am and were on our way south headed to Norfolk. We had hoped for one last big day of sailing before the ICW, but unfortunately the winds were light (5 knots) and dead on our nose, so we motored. The bright side to this was that the bay was like glass. A much needed reprieve after the pounding we took yesterday. We were motoring along at 8 knots and making great time.
The weather warmed up nicely and we were able to ditch those CVS caps and our jackets. Still wearing our Wicked Good “Boat Shoes” though. Lunch was delicious today – what happens when you throw all the leftovers from the last three dinners into a pan to reheat – delicious pot luck!!
We got to the Norfolk International Port and Naval base around 2pm and decided that it was a little too late to try to get into the ICW and navigate the numerous bridge openings and locks that mark the beginning. So we headed 3.2 M up the Lafayette River and anchored south of the channel near R 14 in approx. 6-8’ of water, just before the bridge and opposite Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. This is a great anchorage and I would recommend it as a nice stop before heading into the ICW. BTW…we have found most of our anchorages in the book – Anchorages – Along the Intracoastal Waterway by Skipper Bob Publications. I would highly recommend picking up a copy before heading out for this journey.
It seemed like we were finally having a “no drama” day (as Captain Marcus would say). That is until we tried to drop anchor and found our windlass wasn’t working again.
Craig ran below and quickly diagnosed the problem – circuit breaker had cracked in half…probably stepped on while we were having some work done on the boat last week. So we temporarily bypassed the breaker so that we could drop anchor and secure the boat. It was approx. 3:45 and we thought we might be able to make it into a West Marine to find a replacement part so we blew up the dinghy and motored ashore. By the time we made it ashore and into the yacht club, we didn’t have enough time to grab a cab…so we ditched our trash and headed back to the boat. We were able to get a few nice photo’s of the boat here anchored.
We found that there was another 100 amp breaker on the panel below but couldn’t figure out what it was for, so we made another call to Captain Gary Thomas who also has a Beneteau and he suggested it was for the electric winch, which it was. Since we won’t be sailing too much over the next few days on the ICW and we can always crank the winch if we do, Craig decided to switch the broken windlass breaker with the electric winch breaker. He got finished with the repair, but windlass still wasn’t working. We didn’t have a volt meter on board to check the power, so MacCraiger improvised and used the DC Fan that our good friend Bob Laughlin had given us as a boat warming gift. After finding that there was power and then proceeding to wiggle every wire we could find on the boat, we realized that we (I mean Craig) reinstalled the breaker on the winch rather than the windlass…woops. We made the correction and everything was working properly again.
After the repairs we had a nice evening sitting in the sun on the back of the boat. It had warmed up to 70 degrees and we caught another beautiful sunset. Dinner was grilled chicken, zucchini, asparagus over a bed of romaine/arugula & avocado. Craig’s famous salad dressing recipe is below. Tomorrow we head into the ICW and North Carolina.
Lesson’s Learned and Daily Rundown
- Lesson #9 – Take photo’s of the configuration of your electronics, switches, etc and mark them well. This will make repairs a little easier at later dates.
- Indian Creek, VA to Norfolk VA – 56.9 NM
- Anchor up at 8am and down at 3:30pm
- 2nd day in a row where we spent $0 (that is if you don’t count the new $100 circuit breaker that we will need to order)
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- ½ shallot or 1 TBSP onion minced
- 1 tsp Dijon
- 1 tsp Agave or Honey
- 1/3 c Balsamic Vinegar
- ½ c EVOO
- Whisk together. Spoon over salad and store the rest in the fridge.