Seapath Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC 4/29/19
Morehead City Yacht Basin, Morehead City, NC 4/30/19
Wrightsville Beach, NC & Morehead City, NC
I just added another day to the not good category……Tom tells folks when they ask about the Loop and spending so much time with his wife that most days are great and very few are not so good. Well this last week I added another day to the not so good category. When I blog, it typically sounds like sunshine and flowers and I know it sounds really trite cause how could you have a bad day when you’re on your boat, the sun is out and it’s 80 degrees, yada, yada, yada, but it happens. Here’s why…..
We decided to travel outside again instead of taking the ICW to Morehead City, the conditions were perfect to take the Atlantic the 80 miles up and avoid numerous bridges and possible delays at Camp Le Juene. We headed out at 6:20am, got 6 miles into the trip and all the sudden, our starboard engine made a pop and then whizzing sound. We pulled back and tried to identify what it could be. Could we proceed on? Do we need to turn around? Tom got down in the engine room and figured out it was our exhaust manifold and we’d need to turn around. We were pretty lucky that we were only six miles out. So we did a u-turn and headed back to the marina.
We got back by 8am and a technician arrived by 10am to help Tom with a new clamp on the manifold and tightened the alternator belt. We got sooooo lucky. All repairs were complete by noon so then we had to decide if we were still going to try to get to Morehead City via the outside that day or not. We decided to go for it. Unfortunately, it was a lot choppier by noon but we bore down and rode the chop for 3 plus hours to the Beaufort Inlet.
By the time we arrived and tied up we were both exhausted, hungry, ornery, a little homesick and had a little PMS (me, not Tom) and weren’t saying much to each other because anything we said to each was irritating! Just being honest. We’d been up since before 5 am and it had been a long day and its never good when you have boat issues, but Tom will tell you, “it’s a boat, one problem will get fixed and it will just be replaced by another.”
After a great meal out (much needed), and a call from my brother, Jimmy, my sister, Jane and a Facetime with my great nieces, Charlotte and Vivi, and Tom talked to his buddies Timmy D, and Piltz, all was back to thumbs up. Sometimes you just have one of those days…..
Below are just a few shots from Wrightsville Beach and Morehead City~
Once again, we must express our condolences to the Zmolek family. Ellen was a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed by all. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.
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