Nov 12 2008
Crossing Mobile Bay today was interesting! Got up to a forecast of 14-16mph winds in Mobile with 4-6mph winds on the Eastern Shore. 2-4 foot Chop on the bay (Chop not to be confused with a swell). We figured we were heading to more favorable conditions on the Eastern side of the Bay so we decided to get our feet wet (so to speak) and try out our sea legs! First obstacle, getting off the dock at Turner Marine when the wind wanted us to stay put. With a little help from our friends, we were finally on our way.
Headed East to the main shipping channel, then south to catch the ICW. South was a problem. The 2-4 foot chop was hitting our beam just enough to tip over lamps and anything else that wasn’t nailed down. Sofa slid across the salon and tried to go down
the stairs to the aft-cabin. Luckily, it wouldn’t fit. Well, Guess we’re not in Kansas anymore and this sure ain’t the Tennessee River! Added non-skid furniture coasters to the Walmart shopping list and figured out that full power helped the roll until we could angle east and take the chop on the forward port quarter. Then things settled down and dolphins escorted us across the bay. All in all, a pretty nice day.
Always keep in mind that your ship can handle a good bit more than your crew can. And much of our trip will be in the “more sheltered” Intracoastal Waterway and behind barrier islands.
Thought for the Day: The World is not much interested in the storms you encountered at sea. The Question is—Did you bring the ship into port???????
The answer is YES. Safe and Sound enjoying Homeport Marina at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores!!
Having a great time at Lulu’s Homeport Marina. Birthday Party for Kevin at Lulu’s first night and cocktail party on the boat last night with Kevin, Debra, Tony and Linda Crawford, Scott and Pam Forbes, Philip Webb and Michael McDuffie. Yesterday 3 dolphins chased some fish into the marina and put on quite a show right beside our boat.
The largest of the three actually leaped out of the water with a big mullet in it’s mouth while we stood watching from the aft deck! It was cool!