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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Moving Day (again)

Today was another nice day on the upper Chesapeake, but it was not a day to enjoy Carina on a day's outing. It was time to move her from her summer home to her winter home @ Tidewater Marina in Havre de Grace, MD (just a short motor trip away).

We went in, got a pump out (not a nice job, but a necessary one). They then directed me to a slip where I had to back in from the starboard side. A port side back is easier as it allows the prop-walk to assist as it will push the aft of the boat to port. Oh well, it didn't go too bad and I got in without hitting anything (actually pretty smooth). I did have one slight mishap when I put her in forward instead of reverse, but I was able to recover quickly without any issue.

The last thing I will need to do before they (Tidewater) pull her out of the water is to winterize the raw water side of the cooling system. Then once she is out, put her winter cover on.

I also have decided to slip Carina @ Tidewater for the 2010 season.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I Got Bats In The Bimini (not the belfry)

What a gorgeous day on the Chesapeake. The sun was shining and the temperature kissed the 70 degree mark. Would have been a perfect day to be out on the water. Unfortunately my plans were quite the opposite; it's time to start the winterizing process and get Carina ready to come out of the water for the winter.

I managed to empty the fresh water systems and run non-toxic antifreeze through the tanks/lines, flushed the AC system with the same and even got her washed (sun was warm and winds were light). In addition, I also removed both sails (main & genoa).

I started to take the canvas down until I noticed something in the top underside of the bimini; it was a bat that I guess took refuge from the sun. Needless to say I decided to leave the canvas alone for the present. I guess I will have to go over after dusk one evening to remove after the bat has flown away for it's nighttime meals. Hopefully it finds a new home.