CT to FL Day 5
North Beach, MD to Crisfield, MD
This morning we needed to fuel up SALIS before departing so we could sleep in as the marina fuel dock did not open until 0900... HURRAY... no alarm clocks today.... so of course we wake up early anyway... 0530 and wide awake... at least I woke up that early... Susan did sleep till abut 0700.
About 0730 I called the marina just to leave a voice message to let them know we were at the fuel dock waiting... wanted to be sure they knew we were there... winter months they are probably not that busy at the fuel dock.
Around 0850 someone arrived an opened up and started us fueling with 2 pumps at once...one in the hose in the starboard tank and one hose in the port tank. Still took about an hour to top off both tanks... 1001 gallons total. Last year we fueled at the same location and only put in 905 gallons... so almost 100 gallons more. We had some dock power issues at the marina over the summer and had to run the genreator while they repaired the problem over several days... did not think it was 100 hours though...WOW! The generator does burn about 1 gal an hour, so it is possible I guess.
We dropped the lines and were underway at 1000 heading back out into the Chesapeake Bay. Destination for the day planned as Crisfield, MD. Weather forecast looked pretty good with South winds at 10-15 knots seas 2 feet.
We did not get lucky with the current today and had current against us most of the day... slowest speed I saw was 5.0 knots... but typically around 6 knots... we should be doing about 6.8 to 7.0 knots with no effects from wind or current.
Towards late afternoon the winds changed from the forecast and we soon had 20-30 knot winds out of the south that very quickly kicked the seas up to steady 3-4 footers with some very nasty 6 foot rogue waves every so often. The worst part was they were directly on the bow and stacked up on top of each other. This produced a very uncomfortable ride. What we have come to call a "bell ringer ride". We call it this because the wave motion rings our bell that is mounted outside the pilothouse with each wave we hit...
We only had to endure these seas for about 2 hours... we eventually turned to the east and cut through Hooper Straight and left the Chesapeake Bay and entered Tangier Sound. In Tangier Sound we had some protection from the southerly winds and the seas dropped to 1-2 footers which are very nice to compared to what we had been in. We also got a break from the opposing current and soon were experiencing a slight boost in speed that lasted all the way to Crisfield.
We arrived to our destination for the night Somers Cove Marina Crisfield, MD and were securely docked at 2130. Our location for the night N37°58.643’, W075°51.403’. We traveled today for 11 hours and 30 minutes covering 67.5 nautical miles averaging 5.9 knots.