Monday, June 20, 2011

Winter to Spring to Hot Summer at MHCYB

Shame on me...hard to believe that I have not updated the blog since we had snow on the boat!We did survive the winter, but would have preferred to have been in warmer waters.Sprng was shortlived and summer is here with HOT weather..I know, I know.. We pray for warm then fuss when it gets here.OK, let's catch up.. we are both still working our jobs here in Morehead City.Dwayne does an excellent job here on the docks. He's really in his element and has proven to be a great dockmaster and also a very good Yacht broker. He never meets a stranger and people immediately feel comfortable around him and trust him. We've gotten to know most of the Sportfish guys who dock here and the younger ones are like our kids. They are quick to share their catch with us and I try to compensate with cookies and such. We found out too that Stonecrabs come through here for a short period of time. We caught a few and traded some bluecrabs for a few more and had an awesome meal with our friends on Incentive, a Hatteras MY, docked here at the marina.
Life here on the docks is never boring.. crusiers come and go and from all walks of life.. Big yachts, little yachts, sailboats, sportfish, trawlers, you name it and they come here, if only for a nite, enjoying their travels and adventures. We definitely continue to meet interesting people.And, it's still fun to see the cruisers come thru that we met on our first trip. It's so easy to catch up with what's going on and how they have been, it's like we just left them yesterday.Cruisers are like that, you bond quickly. A couple that we met and traveled with some last year, Max and Jenn, stopped by on their way back home to Virginia. We had an excellent dinner together, dining at Floyd's Restaurant, our favorite , and catching up on their travels to the Caribbean on their S/V Anastasia.
We also had a visit from Pam and Bob (S/V Paragon) while staying at Emerald Isle.So much fun! We have also met some new friends on S/V catamaran Rocking B, which is also docked here at the marina. Ken and Margaret and their two boat puppies! I've attached a pic of Ken working on his mast, about 65foot up in the air!
When Memorial Day weekend rolled around, our friends from Wilmington, Barry and Soula traveled to join us on the SeaVeyor for a weekend at the Cape. We made anchor around 6pm on Friday, enjoyed a great evening and dinner. The next morning we did have showers ( much needed) but they soon departed and the boys went bait hunting and Soula and I walked the Cape beach. Barry brought his Bladerunner boat that we used as our tender for the weekend...We spent the next day flounder fishing and caught a few..and headed out after dark to flounder gig....not much luck, but a fun time was had by all! On the next morning at sunrise,, or just before, we got up, took the Bladerunner over to the creeks and watched the sunrise and I was able to take lots of pics of the Shackleford horses in the early morning light.. (thank you, Barry) All good things come to a close, so we headed back to the docks, we all pitched in and gave SeaVeyor a good wash..Barry and Soula headed back to Wilmington and Dwayne had to go to work on the docks at 1pm.......
The docks have been crazy busy here..The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is held in Morehead City every June. Boats from all over come to fish in this tournament.MHCYB has several past winners that dock here and maintain this as their home port. These guys leave out before dawn and return usually around 5-6pm each nite of the tournament..then spend hours cleaning, refueling and preparing for the next day's round of fishing. The purse is usually well over one million dollars. The tournament ended this past Saturday, June 18th, with the boys of Double B winning the big prize. They also have lots of other categories and even some for the younger kids that fish and have prize money and medals for them.......It's Monday morning now, and the docks are quiet again (relatively speaking) now we will just have the transcisents coming and going. We have our little cottage DownEast leased out once again. A wonderful young couple from Raleigh are making it their summer/fall getaway..they love nature and fishing and all things DownEast, including my little band of kittys.. thank you Ross and Stephanie for embracing our little cottage and all it's critters!
Summer has definitley made her statement.. HOT.....had a big storm blow thru last nite.... up to 70mph winds... lots of much needed rain... thank you LORD... The 4th of July is around the corner... hope to get back out at the Cape soon... Will do a better job with updating the blog site.... More news at 11..................