New Bern claims that NC begins here, since this was the colonial and state capital before Raleigh took over that role in the late 1700’s. Although our trip through NC didn’t begin here, it was a first for us to visit this historic city by water. It took us 3 days to get there from Coinjock, crossing the Albemarle to anchor in the Alligator River, followed by another amazingly calm run to another anchorage in Bear Creek at the north end of the Neuse River. The 3rd day’s run was windier, but it allowed us to motorsail down the Neuse past the ICW turnoff and into the upper Neuse to New Bern, docking on the Trent River at Bridge Pointe Marina.
On a whim, we stopped in at the Centenary United Methodist Church, which had unusual Romanesque architecture. We asked someone we saw leaving the church if it was possible to see inside. He not only said yes, but unlocked the sanctuary and took us on a tour. The stained glass windows were beautiful in the late afternoon sun.
The timing of our arrival in New Bern turned out to be only a day ahead of Skip and Cherylle, who recently purchased a home here. On our 2nd day in town, we joined them at their lovely new home along with their friends Walter and Mary Jean, for dinner. For a home that they had just moved into, it looked amazingly settled and comfortable.
All good things must come to an end, so we eventually had to move on further south. We left New Bern on Saturday, November 8th, headed for Cape Lookout bight, where we would stage for a run south on the outside – destination uncertain and weather-dependent. The winds were up as we sailed down the Neuse toward the ICW. This was going to be a rough trip around Shackleford Banks to Cape Lookout bight. We had 5 foot beam seas, getting knocked about with each wave for the hour it took us to get into the protection of the bight. Unlike our last visit here, we were not alone in the bight. There were at least half a dozen cruising boats, along with dozens of little fishing boats who did not see any reason that an anchored boat would come between them and their catch.
After making a longer outside run from Cape Lookout bight to Charleston, we took some time there to re-group and explore a little of the city. We took in the Citadel homecoming parade. The cadets assemble on the parade grounds at 5pm, marching in to the accompaniment of the Citadel marching band. Once assembled, the flag is lowered at sunset, with the standard cannon being fired, and then each corps passes before the reviewing stand as they leave the grounds. Very impressive.
Dave took advantage of the time in New Bern and the recommendation of some local boaters to hire a mechanic, Chuck Courtney ( 252-670-3159 252-670-3159 ), to replace the injector line #2, which turned out to be the source of the small fuel leak that had plagued us since leaving Deltaville. The only hitch in the repair was discovering that the recently purchased injector lines were not the correct ones for our engine. There had been an engineering change on our model engine, so we had to order the ones for our serial number range.
Since we had to make a rush order of the injector lines, we included in that order a replacement fuel return check valve, which we hoped would solve the problem that requires us to bleed the engine routinely. Unfortunately, just after we placed the order, we received a bulletin from Yanmar informing us that they recommended the valve be removed from the system. Dave and Chuck replaced the valve anyway, since we now had the part. However, as we have travelled further since then, it is obvious that it hasn’t solved the problem. It appears we will need to follow the Yanmar bulletin and take the valve out.
Other Boat Stuff
Dave found time in Charleston to install 2 new outlets in the cabin. One is a new DC outlet and the other is an AC outlet wired to our little inverter, so we can run a regular blender using battery power through the inverter. To make the wiring easier and allow for more expansion later, Dave installed a new buss bar to feed the power to and from the outlets and the inverter.
Cathy used the time in New Bern to re-seal some of the windows that were continuing to leak despite her efforts back in Deltaville. This fix seems to be working.
We’re still working our way south and hope to be in Florida soon. Rather than jumping outside from Charleston, we’ll make our way to Beaufort, SC and then go outside from there to Fernandina Beach, FL. We need to get back into shorts and T-shirts!