Well we eventually set off south from Deltaville. The first leg down to mobjack bay was the stuff of glossy magazines selling the dream. We anchored not too far off the disused lighthouse and settled to a glorious sunset. All was well with the world and this cruising stuff was a real doddle.
Day two took us down to Norfolk through Hampton onto the Hospital point anchorage. What a bloody nightmare. Half the American navy
were pratting around in the area and turning round to see a huge warship crawling all over your arse is a very nerve jangling experience. Especially after the call over the vhf
about staying 500 yards away or deadly force could be used. The missus was steerring at the time"FFS !!! how am I supposed to keep 500 yards away if he's following me?". We eventually got out of his way and began the dance of the bridges and lock.
goes great going forward, it just loses interest when we need it to sit at idle waiting for a bridge. It sputtered and died every time. After long and deep conversations with the bridges and lock the name "Mystic" was resonating down the ICW
over the vhf
. At every stop, someone would stroll up to ask how we were managing with the engine
We got down to Coinjock and pulled into the Midway marina. Friends we'd travelled down with took a good kicking on the Albemarle so we had chosen to kick back for a couple of days 'til the heavy northerlies blew out. We headed south to an anchorage to prepare for the crossing. At one spot coming towards us was a large barge. He slowed and agreed our paths. Still, his bow wave swept us to one side just as a huge blast of wind hit. "THUD!!" Our first official grounding. We are liars no more.
A friend we'd met at the marina who was just ahead, tried pulling us off but he couldn't get close enough without risking his own boat so we waved him off on his way. The Missus called the marina we just left and for a bloody good price
one of the staff came down and very professionally dragged us into deep water
We had to turn around and go back to the marina to pay up obviously as we weren't carrying any cash.
Sadly, it was enough to drain our food
and fuel budget
to the point we have to terminate the trip for a couple of weeks and leave the bot here while we go to Jans parents for a break. the marina have found us a slip at a good rate and have tried so damn hard to work with us so I can't thank them enough. They also have a damn good bar and great food
at "Crabbies". If you stop here tell them hello from Mystic.
We haven't given up, but we have learned a lot of lessons.