More from Norfolk
Position 36:51.14N 76:17.89W
Date 2359 - 27 May 2011 (UTC -4)
Regrettably the bowthruster motor was not a refurbishment job.
The commutator, for whatever reason, had delaminated and chewed up the brushes
which meant a replacement. Auto Electrical Services, however, were
great. They organised a new motor and shipment from
On Tuesday we visited Nautica, the maritime museum, and the battleship
The museum was excellent and the
Walking back to the boats we saw black clouds coming from the
west. Black indeed! Within twenty minutes we had winds gusting to
60 knots blowing straight into the slip, lashing rain and water that appeared
to boil as it surged us backwards and forwards. With help from Andrew we
got extra lines on Caduceus which prevented any damage to the boat; we did
however destroy a dock box on the pontoon with our anchors. Fortunately
they are easy to replace. There have been numerous devastating storms
this spring on the eastern seaboard and this was one of the worst causing large
scale damage and death. In one small town in
On a happier note we spent time “street walking”. The
old part of
It was our intention to take Gary and Greta out for a meal to thank
them for their incredible hospitality. At Greta’s suggestion and
On another early morning walk we met a retired doctor, Al Roper, and his dog Nicholas.
We think that Nicholas is dead ringer for boat mascot Rodney.
The dognapping was, fortunately, not successful.
The replacement bowthruster arrived mid morning on Friday and after a very sweaty session in the sail locker, where the now thruster is located, and not a little blue language it was fitted and tested. As a treat after my technical exertions, and a shower Angus, the owner of the motor boat moored between Alice and ourselves, invited Andrew and I to join him in the Norfolk Boat Club for Friday Happy Hour. The Boat Club is an all male club formed over a hundred years ago as a rowing club. Its statutes say that it should have exactly 100 members. Rowing has been replaced mainly by power boats. The club house is next to the Pilot House dock. The photograph was taken as we were leaving the dock. Angus’ boat is on the left, our berth next to it, the Pilot House Condominium is just left of centre and the Norfolk Boat Club is on the right.