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Old 08-11-2018, 11:08   #16
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Thank you all for posting! Very helpful for us too! Can you let us know where the dike is that caused the problem? Thanks to all!
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:23   #17
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Thank you all for posting! Very helpful for us too! Can you let us know where the dike is that caused the problem? Thanks to all!
Yeah, I know where the big charted one is and the one going into Delaware City free dock. But ................
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The cash outflow was better than last month, but would have been less had it not been for repairs necessitated by an unfortunate incident in what will forever be known on our boat as "that damn underwater dike in Delaware Bay." We are certainly glad that we have a nice cushion for unexpected expenses like that one.
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Which underwater dike did you discover? I had charted a course to go right over the breakwater at the harbor of refuge. We were coming through the entrance to the bay in the middle of the night, just happened to see some strange spots pop up on the radar, and sure enough once I zoomed into my chart far enough there was a little grey line that said it was a break water... we were lucky to have dodged that one, it was pitch black outside, windy, and rough. After that i set the Detail on my chart higher so that it would better show things like that without being zoomed in very far. Good luck with the rest of your travels
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This is very helpful,Thanks
I thought that the moorings on port Washington were free for the first three days?
They are free for two days and then $25/night after that.
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Apologies for the thread drift Cthoops..
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cotton
Also check out Mahatma Ghandi and his weaving rebellion..
Lancs roots here as well.. Moms side Bolton.
LOL! No worries. It's always fascinating to see how threads go. And now I've learned about cotton!
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Which underwater dike did you discover? I had charted a course to go right over the breakwater at the harbor of refuge. We were coming through the entrance to the bay in the middle of the night, just happened to see some strange spots pop up on the radar, and sure enough once I zoomed into my chart far enough there was a little grey line that said it was a break water... we were lucky to have dodged that one, it was pitch black outside, windy, and rough. After that i set the Detail on my chart higher so that it would better show things like that without being zoomed in very far. Good luck with the rest of your travels

Oh god, the dike. Now I'm having flashbacks. It sounds like it's the same one as 3Days_at_a_time mentioned. It's a three mile long underwater dike that stretches south from Reedy Island parallel to the shipping channel. I believe it is partly visible at low tide, but we were at high tide so it was submerged. It was completely my fault, but I have to say the markers leave a bit to be desired. The only marker either of us saw was one that we thought marked the end of the island, not the damn dike.

I saw a weird line on the chart plotter, a little voice in my head said to turn around, I ignored it, and WHAM. Scared the crap out of us. I was sure water was about to start pouring into the boat. It's obvious on the paper chart, but not so much on the CMap at the zoom level I had.

The marina told us that six boats had sunk in that same area this past summer including a Hatteras 58 in June and a Nordhavn 47 two years previously. We obviously consider ourselves very lucky. Just a flesh wound in the keel that some fiberglass and epoxy took care of, and Bristols have encapsulated keels so we didn't have to drop it to check bolts or anything.

We could have fixed it ourselves but we didn't have the tools and Mr. cthoops doesn't have the energy any more to do the necessary grinding. Delaware City Marina did a great job.

Hope this helps someone avoid the same situation.
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Itís great to see the expenses and style from other cruisers.

Weíve sailed to SE Alaska from Puget Sound for the past three seasons.

Here are our expenses for the past two seasons:

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I only use 100% Egyptian cotton sheets on board my boats.. the usual others are inferior quality cotton.. closest thing to silk on the skin..


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I keep reading there that Cotton is not a good choice for cruising.
However for me itís still the most comfortable material for bed sheets, and clothing
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I keep reading there that Cotton is not a good choice for cruising.
However for me itís still the most comfortable material for bed sheets, and clothing
Agreed. Some may claim it's not the best choice but we're not likely to give up our high-quality cotton stuff anytime soon.
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Whatís suppose to be the best for boating?
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Thanks for the share. You listed life insurance but I didnít see health insurance? Or is that Health care?
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In the tropics we like cotton-bamboo sheets and towels
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Iíve heard many say go synthetic, the quick dry stuff, cotton never dries, then some say donít go with white sheets cause youíll get them nasty with sun screen etc.

I suspicion most of this comes from water rationing, cause Iíve had no problem yet, but we havenít had to be real careful with water consumption either.
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I've pretty much stopped using sheets. Maybe sometimes but for the most part I sleep in the cockpit under a Guatemalan blanket on a couple of cushions. It's not like up north where you might like the warm comfort of your mate at night. I prefer being outside anyway, and it's much easier to take a leak and look around.
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Thanks for the share. You listed life insurance but I didn’t see health insurance? Or is that Health care?
We are using Cobra until the end of the year and we paid in advance for that last month. We are signing up for the health exchange which will kick in for January. Life insurance is a term policy for Mr. cthoops and we pay for it every three months. My term policy is an annual payment in June.

Health care was for prescriptions and copays.
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