64 miles to Annapolis

Last night at anchor was peaceful and a good spot to spend the night.  I departed the Honga River around 08:00, weather was warm with a light south wind.  It’s about a 6 mile trek back to the Chesapeake ICW, leaving the Honga River there are thousands of crab pots.  You have to avoid these like they are Naval Mines, some crabbers have big flags on their buoys and this makes seeing them so easy (thank you).  The beginning of the Chesapeake was very clear and clean, after about 100 miles the water gets darker and doesn’t seem as clean.  I’m sure this has to do with the high density cities that use this body of water for their runoff.  My friend Maggie arrived in Annapolis today to ride with me for a week, I look forward to covering a lot of ground.  Hopefully we will be meeting back up with the Bayflower tomorrow on the C&D canal in Delaware which connects the Chesapeake to the Delaware Bay.  Arriving in Annapolis was beautiful, lots of sailboats, big yachts and a great mooring field.  The town is full of great history and tons of great places to walk to, It was busy for a Thursday night.  Feels good to be making some progress and to be making it to another state tomorrow.

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Annapolis City Marina layout

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Pictures of Historic Annapolis 

98 miles to Fishing Creek MD, Honga River MM87

Departed Little Creek at 07:00, it was warm sunny and a light 5mph SW wind.  Leaving Little Creek was beautiful.  As I entered Chesapeake Bay there were some small 2′ swells rolling in from the Atlantic, the wave period was long so the ride was good.  Once I got about 20 miles north on the Chesapeake with Cape Charles off my Stbd the swells from the east laid down and the wind picked up to about 11mph out of the South.  This was a good because I was in a following sea at this point and you really couldn’t feel the waves much because we were going the same direction.  The autopilot I’m sure was making corrections all day with the following sea, but she stayed true to her course and the trek up the Chesapeake was really relaxing.  The Chesapeake is a huge beautiful body of water, I mainly saw around 30-40 ft depths but did see an area about 60 miles north that was 150-175 ft deep.  The water gets a little more murky the further up the Chesapeake you go.  I got anchored on the Honga River around 17:00 found a beautiful spot protected from the South East winds.  You still can get free things these days, Mother Nature decided to give me a spot free fresh water rinse today after my 98 miles.  I love a good rain shower any day.  Its cooled down some this evening after the rain so I’m going to cook some steak.  Hope all is well with everyone and thank you for following my journey.

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below is a ship the Navy uses for target practice, it’s on a sand bar on the east side of the bay, it is a site to see.  these pictures are from over a 1/4 mile away they are round because I used my binoculars to get a close picture.

Lighthouse in middle of bay

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if your going to anchor be sure to use chafe gear

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engine room was 127 degrees today lol two Cats can build some heat

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USNS TRENTON

My good friend Tucker Lipscomb invited me aboard the ship he is working on, small world I wasn’t expecting him to be on little creek literally a golf ball drive from my boat.  The USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5) is a Spearhead-class high-speed transport vessel.  She is the 5th vessel made of her kind.  These Spearhead-class ships are used to support overseas operations, conduct humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and support special operation forces.  This type of vessel also has an aviation flight deck and can operate in shallow waters.  This ship was made close to home in Mobile Alabama.  Our nations military is amazing and these men and woman who run these ships will always have my utmost respect and support.  Powered by (4) v20 8,000hp MTU diesels powering 4 jet pumps, similar to what you would have on a jet ski except one of these jet pumps can fill an olympic sized swimming pool in less than 30 seconds.  The ship has a large garage so you can transport vehicles and it is equipped with its own crane on the stern.

Length: 103.0 m (337 ft 11 in)
Beam: 28.5 m (93 ft 6 in)
Draft: 3.83 m (12 ft 7 in)
Propulsion:
  • 4 × MTU 20V8000 M71L diesel engines
  • 4 × ZF 60000NR2H reduction gears
Speed: 43 knots (80 km/h; 49 mph)
Troops: 312
Crew: 41
Aircraft carried: Medium helicopter

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Tucker took me into the deepest crevasses of USNS Trenton, we spent over 4 hours checking everything out climbing ladder after ladder and seeing tons of beautiful machinery, sea systems and aluminum construction.

This is inside one hull, you can see the driveshafts running to the reduction gear and then going into the JetPumps.  The engine room is beautiful only 500 hours on the mains thus far.

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Helo pad with ultra high-speed refueling nozzle

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The anchor rode is cable to save weight, apparently steel cable weighs less than chain, you can see the galley and big 350 seat + seating area for the passengers.

Proud to be American

In God We Trust 

36 miles to Norfolk Va

We left Atlantic Yacht Basin around 6:50am so we could make the first opening of the Great Bridge Lock, this is the very first lock of my whole trip.  We eased onto the channel this am, the weather was pretty and today was going to take us up the Southern Branch River through Chesapeake VA.  Then you meet the Elisabeth River, from here you go through the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and enter the Chesapeake Bay.  What a beautiful ride, our nations navy is indescribable the feeling of pride it gives you as you pass by these massive ships that were built to defend our freedom.

 I really enjoyed meeting some new friends at atlantic yacht basin, on their 1967 48ft Hatteras LRC called “Black Powder” from Maine headed to Tx.  They used to own a company that designed and built mini cannons for the coast guard and people who wanted one of these awesome noise makers.

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Nuclear Submarine headed down Elisabeth River

Pura Vida and Bayflower at Little Creek Marina condo docks reminiscing about the last few weeks of great cruising and tasty diesel fuel

Little Creek Marina is a great spot to stay a while, their weekly and monthly rates are great and it is very protected.  Sharing the same cove with the Navy

My friends aboard the MHIWAD had me for lunch today, a very beautiful french couple with an impressive 68′ Bruce Roberts design ultra long-range cruiser with two John Deere main engines. MHIWAD stands for My Home Is Where Anchor Drops