Click here for a worthwhile tutorial on DSC/ VHF radio - if you have the red distress button you'll need an MMSI number to make it work. DSC opens up other possibilities such as direct one to one call of another boat, group calls, position tracking and more, but it all depends on the MMSI number and knowing thecapabilites of your radio.
We're still having a blast, every place we stop keeps getting better, especially Oriental, NC is my favorite. People were so friendly, one shop had loaner bikes. LaLa's favorite so far is Elizabeth City, NC because it holds the best science center and book store.
Tonight we're at Carolina Beach State Park, not gonna lie it was hairy traveling here. We had to go thru thick fog, and the current and wind was against us, but it was still the most fun ever.
Marina and LaLa saw their 1st pod of dolphins, and their excitement could not be contained. Planning on trying to cross the Cape Fear River tomorrow if there's a weather window.
Hope to catch up with Juniata Lily soon.... Starting next Monday the winds should be in our favor. We miss everyone. Here are some pictures. Thanks, it is so good to hear from you. Happy New Year!
Heres a good story passed along by Robert WIlliams
Williamsburg-Greenpoint Patch: The Last Voyage of the Vollmer Twins
A pair of 85-year-old twins from Brooklyn want to sail around the world until they die. And they want you to come along.
Note from Dane Anderson -
Christmas day @ HPYC. 68 degrees with fog and drizzle, no dock. Couldn't resist.
Merry, Happy and Fair Winds,
T’was the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook
With snowflakes a’landing, asleep with my book
When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff
“I’ve been boarded!” I thought, and I tried to be tough
Then down the companion hatch came a dude
He was dressed like a nut and I thought, “I’m so screwed.”
But he laughed and he hummed as he surveyed my junk
So I figured he must be the resident drunk
His eyes were lit up like a junkie on speed
But he gave me a whole bunch of stuff that I need
Like rum and cigars and new charts and a dinghy
And some kind of fancy electrical thingy
I knew it was stolen but I wasn’t telling
I poured him a grog which he downed with a wink
Then I poured one for me (Lord I needed a drink!)
Then he staggered above to the dark snowy night
As I peeked , I beheld an incredible sight
Eight tiny dolphins and a beautiful sleigh
The dude hopped aboard and prepared to make way
The dolphins were ready to power the sled
But the guy raised a genny and mains’l instead
With a burp and a chuckle he gathered the breeze
And called to dolphins, now swimming with ease
“Hey Stalker and FEMA and Cancer and Nixon
Stinky and Pepper Spray, Mason and Dixon!”
Or whatever your names are, you cute little fishes
Here’s to every last sailor, “My best Christmas wishes!”
As he sailed away leaving a wobbly wake
I hoped he had not many stops left to make
He got close to shore and he soon was aground
But the dolphins proceeded to pull him around
And I heard him exclaim as he sailed out sight
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!”
gewing at bellsouth.net
MAP OF JUNIATA LILY voyage and location
https://share.delorme.com/JuniataLily password: whereuat
FYI, I have shared this with few and feel it's something that everyone can use.
Rust Removal / Parts Cleaning
How many of us have items on their off season "to do" list that includes removing rust and cleaning up small parts? It's a messy, dirty, and time consuming job that's necessary to preserve those hard to find and sometimes expensive to replace parts we sometimes throw out. Well no longer! There is a technique that is easy, economical and with somewhat amazing results. It will clean anything and everything, completely. No small corners or places you can't get into anymore. Here it is from the files of You Tube for you to see and use.
Follow this procedure, "set it and forget it" for 24 hours, and your parts are clean and rust free. Here's a Tip: use a Copper sacrificial cathode
(instead of iron) and clean Copper, Brass, Bronze using the same process and same solution.
I take no ownership or stake in this process and wish I knew about this years ago. I have used it, it's simple, and it works. So, Let's see those bright shinning parts this Spring, how about it?
3 PM on December 13th, we're in shirtsleeves envying the skipper of an ODay 25 gliding across the river.
NOTE FROM REESE JONES -
"This is our ugly sweater entry. Our sweaters are hidden so we hope our hats will suffice. We're headed up the York River, to check out the history and museums there. All the best, from the Joneses"
Thanks to Greg Hladky, Robert Williams, Rick Fellows, Bob Daniell and Jim Daniels - the shoreline in front of the club is now cleared and ready for the next step in the process of upgrading our docks. Stay tuned to the HPYC Live Cam and keep an eye out for the dredging crew scheduled to begin work before the end of the month.