This morning, promptly at 8:30 am, our scheduled departure time, we dropped lines to begin the Great Loop. Our live aboard dock mates, three couples, saw us off after having thrown us a bon voyage party the night before on the porch of the guest cottage at our marina, Hartge Yacht Harbor. We managed to back out of our slip smartly with an audience. We traveled about five hours and 45 miles on our first leg and anchored at Worton Creek on the eastern Shore of Maryland.
Our first attempt at setting the anchor did not go very well. The captain, John, did not let out enough chain for the anchor to power set the anchor. That mistake will not be made again. With Gloria at the throttles, we retrieved the anchor and did it the correct way the second time. After shutting down the engines the dead quiet of this anchorage was remarkable.
Not long after setting out, a bug in the engine speed synchronizer appeared again. Intermittently, the port engine would occasionally drop 200 RPM and return to speed after about 15 seconds. John’s brother, Jerry, an ace mechanic along for the the first part of the trip – dropping him off in Poughkeepsie, NY – diagnosed and fixed the problem while underway. A locking nut on one the control cables had become loose. Tightening it up fixed the problem. My goodness, I was thinking the worst, maybe a failing fuel injection pump. What a relief.
Tomorrow will see us travelling another 45 miles or so to the Bohemia River where we will stage for the next day’s transit through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to Delaware City. Then it’s down the Delaware Bay to Cape May, NJ.