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Friday, September 30th

Moving days


Well, today is the big day. The lease at the RV Resort runs out at midnight. It is time to move. Earlier in the week we bought pizza for the staff at the resort. It is not easy leaving them all behind. Being one of the few that live here year-round they have gotten to be friends. The plan is to get the RV ready for the road and park it for a couple of days at the marina to unload everything we will need on the boat. That will save a lot of trips back and forth. Once we have that accomplished we need to sort trough everything else and try to pare down the extras. What we choose to keep will go into the trailer for storage. The RV is going on the market, but with gas prices the way they are it may be a hard sell. I have made arrangements to store it temporarily at the resort, at least until they start their expansion which will eliminate the storage area. Itís time to get packing. We will update on how the move goes.



Dale on 09.30.05 @ 12:28 PM EDT [link]


Tuesday, September 20th

Back to normal


Saturday we went out and checked HI Flite for any damage and bring her back. There were some weeds caught in the anchor rodes but no problems on deck. Down below everything was still in place. She rode out the storm without a problem. We were one of many lucky ones, all we had was two soaked cushions. Two boats ended up on shore and a third was resting on a dock it ran into when it's anchor dragged, I added pictures to the hurricane page. We pulled the anchors and brought her back to her slip to be cleaned up. We brought a lot of mud up with the anchors and needed to scrub everything down.

Now it's back to getting everything ready for the move aboard. We lost a week because of the storm so I am going to have to get caught up.


Dale on 09.20.05 @ 11:11 AM EDT [link]


Thursday, September 15th

Hurricane Ophelia


Well, hurricane Ophelia is almost a memory. She is moving very slow across the outer banks and off to sea. This slow movement is causing more problems because the winds will not let up. This is causing a lot of chafing problems on the boat lines and anchor rodes.

We didnít have too much problem with the storm. We got out of town. The advantage of living in an RV is that inside of an hour we are ready to leave with everything we own. We decided to head to Clayton N.C., just outside of Raleigh. The simplest system we know is find a Wal-Mart and stay there. If you are traveling in a RV or camper you can stay overnight in a Wal-Mart parking lot without a problem. We headed out and stopped for the first night in New Bern. I was having some problems with the flashers and signals on the RV so I didnít want to travel at night. We stopped at the Ford dealer in the morning but miraculously everything was working. We then headed off to Clayton.

The extent of the storm in Clayton was a few scattered showers and moderate winds. We were defiantly on the outer edge of the storm. We used the time to get some shopping done. We found a mount for the TV/monitor for when we move onto the boat and picked out and ordered the wall paper we will use for the headliner project. We looked for a book store but didnít find one nearby.

Back at the marina the winds were blowing and the water was rising. When the wind blows long and hard from the northeast the water backs up into the creeks along the southern part of Pamlico Sound. Clubfoot Creek, where we are, is one of those. At high water it was about eight feet above the docks.

Thursday morning we headed back home, stopping at the marina to check on the boat. The water was still above the docks and the wind was still blowing but conditions were better then earlier. We could see the sand being stirred up by the waves at the mouth of the creek. We will probably have shoaling problems in the channel when this is all done. There was a lot of debris around the marina, as there was everywhere, but the clean up had already been started. We made a side trip to get a closer look at Hi Flite to double check she was riding ok. One of the people living on the creek told us he was worried she might let loose and kept a spotlight on her for a while until he was sure she would hold. He said she was moving around a lot and heeling over in the gusts.

We made the run down to the resort to set up the RV again seeing a lot of debris, branches and some downed trees along the way. A quick tour of the park showed some downed trees, many canopies torn and some skirting torn from under the campers. The water came up to the campers closest to the water but not into them.

Dale on 09.15.05 @ 10:08 PM EDT [link]


Sunday, September 11th

Projects and Hurricane Preperation


Friday and Saturday were project days. We need to get the varnishing done before we move aboard. Most of the V-berth is done. We tried doing the salon earlier but the weather would not cooperate. It was too hot and humid for varnishing. It would dry as fast as we put it on giving an uneven finish. It has now cooled off - in the 80's - and the humidity has dropped. Friday I prepped the salon and galley and we got a good coat on by evening. Saturday we sanded and put on the second coat.

Sunday was dedicated to preparing for Hurricane Ophelia. The weather service has issued a hurricane warning for the area. See the story about preparing in the "stories" section. This will be our first hurricane if she does hit our area. Up to this time it was all hypothetical planning. What will we do with the boat? Where will we go if we have to evacuate? Well now the reality is here. We spent the morning and early afternoon getting things ready. I don't know how many times I walked through the boat asking "what am I forgetting". Finally we decided we were ready and headed out to anchor. Hopefully we didnít forget anything and all will be ok. It is kind of scary to trust everything we have to a 5/8th inch rope and some chain. We will see in a couple of days where the storm hits.

The other part of the plan is where to go with the RV. We are kind of vulnerable here next to the water. Also we donít have any kind of tie down system in case of high winds. Our defense is to get out of the way if a storm comes. This involves loading up everything into the trailer and the RV and heading inland. We will update here as the situation plays out. Wish us well.


Dale on 09.11.05 @ 11:01 PM EDT [link]


Wednesday, September 7th

Here it is:


Well folks, here it is. After a lot of work and many changes here is the web site dedicated to Hi Flite and our new life. We will be adding to the log as time goes on so keep checking back. I will be working to get more photos on the site as I take more and scan in some older ones.

We are scheduled to make the move aboard the end of September. There should be some stories in that. We still have too much stuff to get everything we "think" we need aboard.

Dale on 09.07.05 @ 10:17 AM EDT [link]