April 24, 2012.
Generally, overnight in the Bahamas we'll use between 60 and 80 DC amps from dusk til dawn. The bulk of that is sucked up by the refrigerator and the freezer. Last night with the temps in the mid forties we used 18 amps....all night. It's so damn cold the fridge barely comes on.
We woke to 15 knots outta the southwest. We're at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay so the prospect for a glorious day of sailing was pretty high. We pulled the hook, raised the main and headed out. After 2 miles we pulled out the genoa, killed the engine and began what would be a perfect day of sailing.
The wind was a bit gusty with wind speeds jumping from 11 to 25 knots. We ended up averaging 6.9 knots for our 55 nautical mile day. We're now tied up behind our friends Pete & Lynn's home on one of the 186 Mill Creeks on the Chesapeake. We woke in a Mill Creek, traveled 55 miles only to spend the night in another Mill Creek.
Pete & Lynn usually cruise on their 44 foot Hylas, First Edition. They took this season off to complete the building of their new home. The new house is magnificent with 2 features that I was very glad to see. First was a deep water dock with room for their boat and anyone who happens to drop in. Like us. My other big fav was of course the veranda with a wonderful view of the river.