We reported earlier about the Duckweed we had encountered after we passed through the Deep Creek Lock at the northern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Now, nearing the southern end and the Pasquotank River, we encountered much more of the weed and many floating islands of plant growth. The blanketing of the water made seeing floating logs and debris very difficult, if not impossible. The smaller branches were not too much of a concern, but we had seen much larger logs floating in some of the more open, clearer water. These larger pieces of debris can do serious damage to propellers or even the bottom of the boat. There is also the issue of the engine's sea strainer getting clogged and causing the engine to overheat. If left unchecked, this can cause serious engine damage. Our only choice was to keep a very close eye on the temperature gauge and listen closely for the water flow alarm that we installed on the fresh water intake. These are the times when the alarm install proved to be a good addition.
Norfolk to Key West and The Bahamas books to drop off to the boat.
hauled in North East, MD for bottom paint a month ago. Staying in a marina for a couple of days until the winds blew out would give us a chance to wash the boat, do some laundry and get a few maintenance chores done. The marina choice was the logical option to choose. There are only a few marinas in the Elizabeth City area and some of those were well protected for the predicted weather conditions.