Monday, August 28, 2006

August 27, 2006 Solomons Island, MD

The last few days have been just great. We decided to hang out on the creek beside Solomons Island for a few days and just enjoy the scenery. We will have anchored out for 4 nights before leaving tomorrow to go north.

We got the chance to really practice anchoring. The first time it took us about 3 tries to set the anchor, with everyone watching. Last night we found that we had moved too close to a neighboring sailboat so we picked up the anchor and moved (at 11:00 pm). This morning we woke up very close to the dock and moved again!! Practice makes perfect, I've heard.
Yesterday morning we took the dingy searching for a place to have breakfast. On the way, we stopped at one of the neighboring boats to ask if our anchoring techniques had scared them! They were very sweet and laughed and said that they had been there themselves at one time or another.

This was the first time that we've had so many other boats in an anchorage with us. A bit unnerving but we are getting more used to it.

Our neighbors are very self sufficient. I'm guessing those with sailboats won't think anything of the pictures below but just another reason why we think motoring is the way to go! He hoisted her up on a winch and she proceeded to drill two new holes in the mast. The first time she used a cordless drill and the bit broke so she had to come down and get the electric drill.