"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

June 1, 2012

May 31 - Baltimore, MD

Busy Day
Henderson's Wharf Marina

The sun comes up early here...VERY early. We've had wonderful weather the last few days and we've been able to sleep with the windows open, which means nothing to block the early arrival of daylight. We were both wide awake by 5:30...it starts to get light here before 5:00, that's pretty early for me. First thing on our list to do this morning was to return the rental car; we're back to our two wheel mode of transportation.

Stan spent the rest of the day in the engine room finishing his project of replacing the engine mounts. We've always had a lot of vibration when the engine is in idle; Stan hopes this will help fix that issue. It was a two day project and he has a lot of cuts and bruises to show what tight quarters he has been working in. The project wouldn't have taken so long if there was actually room for a full grown man to move in our engine room. The lack of space makes every job a challenge.

I made new seat covers for our canvas deck chairs while we were home, so this morning I put a coat of stain on the chairs and put the new covers on. They look great. The rest of the day I was Stan’s gopher…getting what ever he needed, so he didn't have to crawl in and out of the hole in our saloon floor. After a long shower to remove all the grease, a short nap, a cold beer and dinner we took the boat out for a sea trail...no more shacking while in idle. Everything seemed to run great. We cruised past Fort McHenry and then into the Inner Harbor just in time for sunset. It was a great evening on the water, the weather was perfect and the view was wonderful. We also got word today that our friends have fixed the issues with their engine and are about ready to head our way...we just might make it to New York after all. We're all anxious to get this cruising season started.

Replacing the engine mounts
Old (red) and new (green) engine mounts
Before the face lift
After the face lift
Sunset over Fort McHenry
Moon over Baltimore
Sunset in the Inner Harbor
Views of the Inner Harbor


  1. Loved the pictures of The Inner Harbor. I miss it alot. I worked in Baltimore for 3 years in the early 90's. What's your general float plan for NJ?

    1. Our plan is to move to Delaware City tomorrow (Tuesday) and wait for the weather to improve. It looks like we'll move to Cape May on Wednesday and if the weather cooperates we will be on our way to New York on Thursday and Friday....but it all depends on the weather.