Posted by: rminchin | May 16, 2014

Underway Again

The past two months has seen us involved with lots of non-boating activity. Back in March, with winter still lingering, as we arrived for a visit with our friends Bill and Olwen in New Bern, we made a decision to leave Stormy Petrel safely secured to their neighbor Joann’s dock and continue on to New Jersey by rental car to embark on the monumental task of remodeling our daughter and son in-law’s house. The remodeling project included the dining room, kitchen, utility room and the hall. The end result of 7 weeks of labor is an amazing transformation.

We arrived back to find Stormy Petrel in excellent shape thanks to Bill keeping a good eye on it for us. With Stormy Petrel looking very clean and ready to go cruising again we did just that with two great days of sailing through the Neuse River, Pamlico Sound, the Alligator River and Albemarle Sound. With the wind astern crossing Albemarle Sound at one point the knot meter registered 8.9 kts surfing off a cresting wave! An exhilarating and challenging day! Covering 130NM in two days has us sitting at a dock in Elizabeth City on a rainy day watching the water rising as the south wind is blowing all the water up the Pasquotank River.

We’re looking forward to one of the highlights of cruising the ICW, the meandering root beer colored waters of the upper Pasquotank River and the Dismal Swamp canal.

 

Dinning Room Before

Dinning Room Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Installing the Dining Room ceiling

Installing the Dining Room ceiling

Starting the Kitchen

Starting the Kitchen

Dining Room Finished

Dining Room Finished

Kitchen almost done waiting for the counter top

Kitchen almost done waiting for the counter top

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  1. We are in Spooners Creek after a lovely motor down the Neuse, Adams Creek and Bogue Sound. It is warm and sunny now but was very windy and heavy rain through last night.

    Joann has pneumonia…the infectious kind…saw the doc today and got an antibiotic shot plus meds. She sounded awful!

    We always enjoy your visit..come back in the Fall…will work on a project we can share!

    Olwen


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