This series of blog entries details the April 2010 cruise down the ICW made by WaterViewHome Network Publisher David Lott. The purpose of the trip is twofold: to accompany Captain Steve Weisbrod who is delivering a Lagoon PowerCat 43 from Lewis, DE, to Key West, FL, where it will become part of a charter fleet, and to visit golf and waterview communities and report on them. You can read all other posts by clicking on the headlines on the list of entries at the end of this installment.
DAY ONE, ICW CRUISE ABOARD LAGOON POWER CATAMARAN 43
Havre de Grace to Liberty Marina, MD
The day has finally arrived for the start of my trip down the Intracoastal Waterway. I had been saying Intercoastal Waterway for years, but was quickly corrected by Captain Steve as we loaded on previsions.
The trip has several purposes and a special meaning. I came up with the idea of the cruise last November as a carrot to pursue prior to undergoing treatment for Lyme disease. I had been battling this persistent and increasingly debilitating infection for two years.
Several regimens of oral antibiotics had failed to work and a specialist in Boston recommended a month-long treatment of antibiotics (Rocephin) delivered via IV. I was to have a port in my arm for 28 days and hook up every day for 20 minutes. I promised myself once the treatment was done and I was feeling better, I would a take cruise down the ICW. Happily, the treatment worked, I immediately started to feel better and four months later, a dream come true.
The second reason is to visit golf and waterfront communities along the ICW and report my travels to you. Previous trips have been to the western North Carolina mountain communities and by sailboat to The Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA. The trip to The Bay Club, which was a blast and just two days, was the clincher to try another trip, this time to more communities and over a longer distance.
Now it is Thursday morning April 15 and we have fueled up and are ready to go. However, a nagging problem with the portside outer fuel tank is not allowing the engine to switch from tank to tank and we will have to either get the fuel polished or replaced before going much farther.
Once we are underway, we get a text message from the dockmaster at Liberty Marina in Edgewater on the South River just below Annapolis that we can meet Bob Allen and the boys from Petro-Scrub there. This beginning was strangely similar to the start of my cruise to Martha's Vineyard on my recently purchased Cape Dory 270 Avanti in 2008 which also began with fuel polishing and a lost day. Bob is to scrub the fuel or simply take it out of the tank and we'll refuel.
Capt'n Steve eases the Lagoon43 into the Chesapeake.
Elise drove down from Baltimore to deliver our official WaterviewHome burgee, sent from California by BurgeeMaker.com.
By now it's late in the day and we decide to stay put. We'll see how the engine performs tomorrow morning. Miles traveled: 65 miles. See next blog entry here!
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