On 5/21 we’d arrived late to Great Bridge VA, a few miles south of Norfolk. We stayed at a free dock just below a bridge that had restrictions (i.e., stays closed) during commuting hours (7-9am), with a single hourly opening at 6am that would enable us to transit the Great Bridge lock early; we’d get a good start and would start up the Bay during the usually calmer morning seas, before the afternoon sea breeze kicks up the wave action. Doug had his phone alarm set for 5:40am- didn’t go off. So, when I woke up at 5:54am, we rushed to get the engine checks done (2 minutes, everything OK!), engine started, lines off, and maneuver behind the single boat lined up to go through on the 6am bridge opening.
We headed out behind this boat which had positioned itself with its stern just ahead and to port (left) of where we’d spent the night, so we had to move into the channel to be able to make the bridge opening. When the bridge opened- a barge was on the other side! Heard a loud honk- but the barge wasn’t honking at us, it was honking at guys in rowing shells, right in the middle of the channel in front of the barge. The bow thruster that Doug installed last year paid for itself, as we spun around to avoid these various obstructions while not missing the bridge opening.
So, by 8:15am, we’d gone through a bridge, transited a lock, neatened up the lines (straightened and tied to the superstructure above the aft cabin) and fenders (hung neatly, tied to the same superstructure), had breakfast and cleaned up, picked up our bedding, and were calling friends in
We left the shelter of
During an episode of bouncing, the engine lost rpms from 1500 to 1400, the symptom we’d had this spring before the lift pump quit last week. There is a common cause (the lift pump being more exotic) of this problem: bouncing stirs up fuel and grunge clogs the fuel filters. Doug made a cool two-filter assembly a couple of years ago, and he turned the valve to direct fuel through the other filter, and the engine resumed usual operation, hooray! Because this assembly is installed just below the entry hatch to the engine room from the aft cabin, he changed the fuel filter that was clogged, in case it happened again.
We proceeded to
Today (5/23) our goal is to anchor out near Mayo MD on the Rhode River or Galesville on the West River, about 10 miles south of Annapolis on the western shore of the Chesapeake. It’s been a pleasure to travel in the Winnie W, and we’re pleased with her stowage and accommodations. We are looking forward to transiting more slowly when we are north of the
Best wishes to all, Kathie and Doug