Off the dock at 9am and carefully made it out of the harbour seeing 5.2’ on the way out … both boats draw 4.5’. There was a hint of sun which quickly ended giving way to light rain as we neared our destination.
Just out of the five mile channel I heard a slight change in engine noise and realized that water was no longer being pumped through the engine. Radioed Ramble On and they stood by as I dropped the anchor in about 12’ of water. Sure enough the strainer was clogged. I had noticed a nearby lobster trap as I dropped anchor. What I hadn’t noticed was how slack the line to the trap was, almost parallel to the surface! Hauled up the anchor and reversed rather going forward to avoid the line. Whew.
Wound our way through the well marked, narrow, 6 mile channel arriving about 2pm. The place we are staying is in a beautiful setting across the road from the Irving (yes the oil Irvings) Eco Centre. The wonderful looking clubhouse here apparently is an old Irving warehouse and the markings from the barrels can still be seen on the floor inside.
On the way in we saw Dragon III. Tom and Sue sailed her here 2 years ago from KYC when they moved to Moncton. This was serendipity as we did not know this was their club. We contacted them and they appeared about an hour later with 2 jugs of local beer.
Chris thought there might be something on his prop shaft so he rigged up an underwater camera to a boat hook to see look underneath the boat. It went well: the camera stayed attached and there was nothing untoward seen under the boat.