Our trip so far…

Since I started north on June 11th a few things have happened.

On the second day out, near Hampsted,NC I finally gave in to all the pressure and had the boat pulled out to see what was causing a 3-5 degree list. We couldn’t find ay water, leak or component busted free to cause such a list. Having had the boat pulled at a special rate that included a one month storage charge, We went home to wait it out.

Couldn’t do it, on the 26th we had the boat returned to the briny and took off, still listing. Spent the first night in Mile Hammock, still a beautiful spot. Next two nights in Oriental, had a problem with my Raymarine C120 MFD. Seacoast Marine sorted it out and the price was more than fair. He’s the only shop around that still does repairs in house.

Then it was on past Belhaven into the Alligator River with a 3 ft following sea and 25knt winds from the south, pure terror. The tender at the Alligator River Swing Bridge refused to answer my call, but opened the bridge. I had to call the Coast Guard to find out if the bridge was even open.

Spent the night at anchor tucked in nice and tight in East Lake at the north end of the Alligator River. Next day was beautiful and the wind was down for our crossing of the Albamarle Sound to Coinjock.

Now we are in Salt Ponds Marina, Hampton VA. Our first long stop on the trip. Here to visit my sister, Angela. A one week stay in a fairly good marina. No restaurant, no bar, but it has a pool.

Yesterday I finally found out what was causing the list, and fixed it. There was an aux fresh water tank installed for when the previous owner went to the Bahamas. 200 gal of water is about 1400 lbs. Drained the tank and the boat was list free.

On Monday we start up the Chesapeake to Annapolis and my other sister, Tina.

All Doctors are done. We move aboard Sunday!

Sunday (June 11,2017) Ro and I are moving aboard Nomad for our trip north! This has been a long time coming and it couldn’t happen fast enough. I like Myrtle Beach, but I need to get on the water.

This week I called out a mechanic to do a complete mechanical check up on Nomad. He changed the oil in all three motors, all the filters, checked the raw water screens and fixed a couple of other things. I now am solid with the fact that the boat is in very good shape. I couldn’t do this stuff because of my “new” knee. Climbing over the engines and kneeling on the diamond plate floor would not only be painful, but I could damage my knee.

We are spending the time today and tomorrow stocking up on provisions, clothes, and other junk you need to live aboard for the next 6 months.

I will try to keep this up to date. Oh, yes, be sure to check out Ro’s blog (Click here), she has her own views on this trip.

I am out of action for a while.

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t moved the boat in such a long time, it’s because of medical reasons. First, Ro had a hip replaced in the beginning of March. Then I had a knee replaced on April 18th. Not to worry, I am healing very well, I am getting around without a care or walker and the pain is low. You can’t tell Ro was operated on at all (except for the scar.)

I was on the boat for the first time since I went in the hospital yesterday. I went to put the repaired tender cover on-board. I can’t install it on the boat till my leg heals a bit more since I have to crawl to get up on the roof.

Everything does look good for a mid-June departure for Cape Cod.

Sad Day

My Brother

It’s the week before Christmas and everything should be good, but it isn’t. Last week my brother, Ron, had what they thought was a heart attack. It put him in ICU and in an induced coma for three days. He came out of it weak but better. After two days he signed himself out of the hospital and went home. Thursday I was able to call him and we talked for a while. That night he died. Nothing else to say.

5 Years ago and Today

Posted on November 16, 2011 at
Herrington Harbor North (38°46’N – 76°33’W)

I have been to the boat! And it looks as good in person as it did in the pictures.
In the boat
The house closed and I expect the cash to be in the account tomorrow. I am taking tomorrow to complete all the banking stuff I need to do to get the money here. I will be back on the boat on Friday. The survey is still set for Tuesday and everything should be set for me to takeoff right after Thanksgiving, probably Tuesday or Wednesday.

Now it is Thanksgiving day, November 24th, 2016 and I am getting ready to move aboard my new home. Ro and I will be leaving Saturday morning for Hilton Head where the boat is docked. The survey has been completed, the engineer has corrected everything on the hit list. I have a corporation (The Roaming Nomad LLC) in the works. The final payment to the owners has been made and I have a bill of sale. The boat will be documented in Delaware under the corporation name. I have insurance (including TowBoatUS) and I am all set to go.

10 Days later and I’m still here!

The seller is clearing up the last of the hit list Items and I’m going down for an inspection tomorrow. Things are moving, but they are slow. We are going to bring the boat up here to Osprey for the winter. In April I plan to start heading north with planned stops in Hampton, Annapolis, Barnegat Bay, Falmouth, and possibly Albany. Get to see the part of the family I haven’t seen in a while. Might make a stop in Patchogue, too.

The Survey

OK, I had the survey done. Not too much to get done, but some of it can be expensive. The controls from the fly bridge were “sticky”, in other words they locked up. The owners captain actually rammed the dock because he couldn’t get them into reverse. One engine was hard to start, or rather hard to keep going for a while (looked like fuel starvation) this “corrected itself” and the engine ran till we go to the marina for haul out. But the engine was again hard to start when we started back. The Fuel gauges either don’t work or there was no fuel in the tanks. Other small stuff, but the agent said he would fix everything.

There was one other thing that was serious, A pinhole leak in a metal pipe that connects two raw water hoses. If the pipe is not connected to the boat ground this could just be an isolated failure, if it is connected then there could be other damage to the heat exchanger. This could have been caused by not replacing the zinc in the heat exchanger.
Hole in pipe

This is what the leak looks like in action:
Hole in pipe

Well, now to see how well the agent carries through and gets the hit list fixed. He said two weeks, but I can see thanksgiving with me still in Myrtle Beach.

Offer accepted! Now the wait for the survey and closing on the old Nomad

The New Nomad
The New Nomad

Hurricane Matthew has really hit here. I took Old Nomad up to Little River to have her put on the hard for protection. Well, the jib was shredded. Insurance will help that. But now the boat is stuck at Grand Dunes Marina because the Socastee swing bridge is closed to marine traffic until further notice (could be 10-15 days). The out of water survey was complete and Friday the in water survey and sea trials will be done.

Mean while down in Hilton Head, My offer on the new Nomad (a 48′ Tradewinds Trawler) has been accepted. Since it is a buyers market I had to drop the price on the old Nomad, but I was able to offset that by getting a good price drop on the new Nomad (actually if it were a sellers market I might have come out worse). Now I need to get the Tradewinds surveyed. Because of the hurricane the travel lift at the marina is out of commission, but it should be back by the end of the week. Unfortunately, the surveyor is backed up with insurance claims and wasn’t able to schedule my boat till Nov. 2nd.

If everything goes as planned I will be out from under on the old Nomad by weeks end and sailing south by November 20th on the new Nomad.

The Nomad Has changed!!!

The Nomad, New and almost ready to travel!

October 14, 2016
I have sold the Nomad (sail version) and have placed a deposit on this beauty. A 48′ Tradewinds, TRIPLE stateroom, Trawler. The new adventures of this old nomad are about to begin. Don’t know if it will happen but I am planning on doing the “Great Loop”. Then, in addition to being The Nomad, I will be a “Looper”. This is a trip around the eastern US from Florida to New York, up the Hudson, through the Erie Canal, the Great Lakes, and down the inland waters of the Mississippi & Tom Bigby waterway to Mobile, Alabama, and out into the Gulf of Mexico. That is set to start in spring 2017. Keep an eye on this space for new pictures of the new and improved Nomad (Yep, keeping the name, without a cutesy “II” after it.) and tales of my travel and adventure to come.

Ok, first tale, “The First day”
We found this 48′ Tradewinds Trawler on line after months to searching. We must have looked at a thousand candidates. One was a 48′ Sea-Master that looked beautiful. Triple staterooms, nicely finished galley with ceramic tile back splash, really nice. But for some reason there was no picture of the engine room. I kept asking the broker and he kept stalling. Then hurricane Matthew hit. Got an email the next day “48′ Sea-Master damaged in storm (It’s on the West Coast of Florida) water in the engine room over the engines, boat removed from sale.” I bet the engines were under water well before the storm hit. But THAT’S OK! In the time I was waiting for the sale of the original Nomad to go through I kept looking and found the 48′ Tradewinds trawler I put a deposit on.

We went down to Hilton Head to inspect the boat at Windmill Harbor. The trip started with a very poor breakfast at the Litchfield Diner (that’s twice in a row, never again). But we got to the marina and met our agent and checked out the boat. It was as good as it looked in the pictures! It did show it’s age, being made in 1985. Two soft spots in the deck (none serious) and a few cosmetic problems. But she had all the requisite equipment, three staterooms, sleeping for 6-8 without pulling out a blow up mattress, Full galley with full refrigerator, three zone HVAC system, twin Volvo Penta diesel engines, a Westerbeak 3 cylinder diesel generator, etc., etc., etc. After spending about 2 hours crawling around I decided that this is the one and made an offer. I placed a deposit to show I was serious and hope the offer is accepted.

After completing the paperwork Ro and I started back. Since we were going to pass through Beaufort an the way back we decided to stop at my favorite South Carolina restaurant for pizza, Pinini’s, next to the Beaufort city marina. Had our usual, the Mediterranean, no onions, extra anchovies, and a great micro brew, a Belgian dark pilsner.

After dinner we started back for home, made it over the Charleston Bridges and then the car broke down (I hate cars). The clutch would not engage. Called AAA and had a tow back home. Now the dealer is coming to get the car and figure out what is wrong. I am due to have the old Nomad inspected today for the damage she received during the hurricane, but I don’t have a car to get there. Hope it’s warm enough to take the bike.

Another day, another adventure.

Oh yes, check out the pictures “The new, improved, Nomad”