We had the boat at the Atlantic Yatch Basin in the Great Bridge area Chesapeake VA for a month. It was great to have the boat nearby my office for a couple of weeks, rather than hundreds of miles away. I was able to bring things to the boat during the week, and show the boat off to a few friends from work (thanks for the boat warming gift Kevin!). At the AYB we met a few other Loopers who are headed up to the AGLCA Spring Rendezvous in Norfolk the first week of May.
We paid an extra $1 per foot to stay under cover in the three sided shed. We thought it would keep the boat a little cleaner with all of the tree pollen around. From the thick yellow haze we cleaned off several times, that didn’t appear to work. In Chesapeake we dropped the dinghy in the water for our first time. It was a production that included inflating the dinghy, backing up the big boat, learning to use the davit to lift and lower the dinghy, hoping all of the right plugs are in the dinghy and praying it would start. The internet taught me that dinghies, like our Waverunner, require the lanyard to be connected to the kill switch to start.
Once started, it ran great, and goes about 30 mph carrying all four of us. The kids and I took it across the channel to a park and explored the woods a little bit.
We spent the last night in Chesapeake aboard the boat, and Melissa made our first home cooked meal in the tiny kitchen. Red beans and rice, with chicken. It tasted great.