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Gale off Cape Lookout - We Lost Our Engine

This time on Distant Shores we make a 2 day passage around Cape Hatteras - deal with fuel problems that disable our engine - and face a gale as we sail past Cape Lookout to beat into rough seas towards Beaufort North Carolina.

When the tide is ebbing out of an inlet like this it causes onshore waves to rear up and break - and it's worse in the shallow waters around our narrow channel - now is the time to stay right in the channel as we motor out. If the motor did quit right now I would have to quickly pull out the Jib and use it to turn us and sail back in to the inlet. But we're lucky and it's 2 minutes more when we pass the outer channel marker that the engine does quit!! Yikes!

Check out the video below

Preparing to Sail South

This time on Distant Shores we're preparing our Southerly 480 sailboat for our journey south and on into the Pacific. We show you how to do a chain-splice, learn the technique for eating Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs, attend the United States Sailboat Show and have a close encounter with a bridge going up the Severn River.

Part of the summer's plan for hauling out was to have a chance to touch up areas on the keel where the Coppercoat was incorrectly applied. This was warranty work covered by the manufacturer and required blasting to properly prepare the iron surface. In this case tiny crushed glass chips are blown in a concentrated stream using a powerful air compressor. Then coppercoat paint is applied. The copper is suspended in epoxy and is meant to last for a number of years - we'll report back.


Splicing Rope onto Chain

We need to replace our chain and as part of the process we want to put a rope on the end of the chain. This was we would be able to drop our anchor in an emergency by easily cutting the rope.

We use an app called Animated Knots by Grog, which is excellent for Splices as well as knots.

Check out the video for the full splice!


Storm off Cape Hatteras

This time on Distant Shores we look at using radar to avoid the worst winds in a serious storm rounding Cape Hatteras, do a gear review on our electric in-mast furling after 1 year of hard use and sail north to Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay.

We left Beaufort and headed out the inlet to the ocean, then east to the excellent anchorage at Cape Lookout.

This spacious anchorage is a great stop for a day or two wait for weather, and you can even get ashore to climb the lighthouse mid-May through Mid-September.

We got a good start but after the first night the forecast changed for bad weather to build sooner and come stronger on our second day at sea.

With our mast height of 71 feet, there is no place we can pull in along this coast until we reach Rudee Inlet at Virginia Beach so we reefed down and carried on.

Radar is an excellent tool for plotting storms. On the left we're looking at the coast of Cape Hatteras and then the storm cell passing right in front of us. We've set the radar at the 6 mile range so the heavy rains are about 2 miles ahead.

The radar has helped us dodge the worst of the storm then it's just a few more miles to our planned stop for the night.

Check out the whole video below as we take you along on this journey.