Next day getting acquainted with the immediate area (The Rappahannock River), shopping and organizing- all’s good (except for Gerry’s cold). Adrian left Moxie ship shape. Bobby of Crown Marine an easy going, helpful host, and although he runs a boat yard, not a marina, we feel safe and snug. Woke up to fishing boats out harvesting oysters, and enjoy the friendly attitude of the people here.
Drove to Kilmarnock, Va. (to WALMART) then went back to Richmond as tourists this time, toured the Civil War Museum, drove the scenic way back beside Plantation Country (Hwy) and The Colonial Trail (Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown) We highly recommend visiting this area! There is a cycling trail along this route.
We took the dingy out for a tour of Broad Creek, Deltaville. Va. : The Boating Capital of the Chesapeake. Miles and miles of boats!
Because our car rental was returned ( to Gloucester, Va.) with help from the young staff working at the Crown Marine office, we had a reason to go for a long walk to West Marine, but were helped along -had the new propane tank delivered part way back- then, we were given fresh fish for supper and had a loaf of bread delivered- Thanks Will and Bobby.
Although Reedsville ,Va. was heading back north for us, the Cruising Guide promised a tranquil, scenic town with good anchorage so we set out, motor sailed, found the Crazy Crab Restaurant/Marina-closed for the day, but we were able to top up with lovely clear water ( well H2O a bit murky at Crown Marina). Took a walking tour and met the owner of a C&C 36 from Marblehead, who is doing this trip with his wife for the first time as well. He told us he saw lots of CAN boats, as he has been here waiting for a UPS delivery for a few days.
The next day the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum was opened ,we were in for a treat as the “Old “retired guys who restore wooden boats for the museum society were working and happily sharing their knowledge. Top notch exhibit and wonderful volunteers! We had a sampling of crab cakes and deep fried (soft-shelled) crabs then motored over to Buzzard’s Pond Marina, for fuel, pump-out and showers.
Sailed back to Deltaville on a blustery NW wind which intensified as we progressed down the bay.
WE put into Jackson's Creek, an anchorage on the other side of the Deltaville peninsula where there were at least 10 boats anchored, waiting out the blow. The next day we spent at anchor and dingied over to the Deltaville Marina Complex, where for $11 per person, you can use the internet, showers, a loaner car, bicycles, watch tv, etc. This is really a 1st class facility, very clean and well kept with a courteous friendly staff. It is also a great place to met folks who are also doing this trip.
Having trouble getting hooked up with a data plan to the internet. Not really a boat issue but an ongoing pain in the but as we have to rely on wi-fi hook up at the present.
We tried the Walmart wireless network, but just can't seem to get connected because of miss-understanding's with the support people, (who can't speak English very well) and their web pages not taking Canadian addresses and therefore the credit card being denied. When we get to a bigger center, ie Hampton, I'm returning the sim cards to Walmart and going to get a "Consumer Cellular"Plan. THis should happen early next week.
Got the alternator problem sorted out by temporarely bypassing the Sterling power booster.
The boat and its mechanical systems are working up to expectations.
Solar system gets the batteries recharged on a sunny day.
The diesel heater really puts out, had to use it a couple mornings and we are very greatfull it works so well.
The new Raymarine Evo auto-pilot really works well, steering the difficult downwind courses with aplomb.
Today we are in Jackson's Creek and will head to Yorktown tomorrow. We plan to be in the Hampton/Norfolk area Sunday and Monday and then head out towards the "Dismal Swamp" canal, which will be our entrance to the Intra-Coastal Waterway.