Sunday, May 3, 2015

RE Mayo Docks - at a dock

It's a busy thoroughfare through here - lots of barges
It was only 25 miles to RE Mayo Docks so we took our time getting started. Lucky, since I had to pull the anchor by hand. My new motor is at RE Mayo awaiting my arrival and installation. The first 20 ft was fine but then the 3/8 chain turned to mud and I had to stop and rinse the mud off before pulling again. Getting the 66 lb anchor unstuck from the bottom was beyond my pull capabilities so I had Ann run Fleetwing over the anchor while I tied it off to free it, it worked. We used to do all anchoring manually on our previous boat, the 38 foot Ericson but only with a 35 lb anchor.

RE Mayo is not fancy - cruiser's restrooms
Getting underway, the first thing we noticed was the abundance of fuzzy bills! They are a type of midge fly that look like mosquitoes but they don't bite. They do however pester you to death, buzzing about. We had hundreds on the boat but this time they didn't seem to stain the boat green like last time. After several hours, they eventually gave out and we were free of them. At the moment here at RE Mayo, we are bug free but they may not last, we'll see.

The main reason for stopping here is to pick up my new motor for the windlass. I had it shipped ahead to RE Mayo last week. Hopefully, (Ha) it will be a simple pull and replace of the old motor. The second reason was for the outstanding local seafood that's frozen in blister packs, perfect for cruisers. We always stock up when passing by. The scallops are truly extraordinary. Today they were closed, it being a Sunday and all. There are two boats docked at their fuel dock awaiting a Monday opening to get fuel. They couldn't go any further on the fuel they had so they are waiting for replenishment.

We'll probably be here for another day in order to install the new windlass motor. While waiting today I redid the teak, destained the aft deck from tannin, added weather stripping to the freezer and changed the Volvo engine oil and filter - just a usual day on the water.