LAT: N 35° 01.7'
LON: W 76° 42.2'
SLOW TIMES not yet tired,
of persistent sunshine
sunrise beaufort,
sunset oriental
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Spending QT with Slowly

Arggg me maties, aye'm a bit scared of heights.

Grub Report

During our time in Oriental we dined at: M&Ms, Steamers, Toucan, Scoots, the Bean and the bakery (which are most of the places to eat in Oriental). The first three are for dinner, and though Steamers has an all you can eat shrimp deal on Tuesdays as well as some charmingly out of place living room chairs, M&Ms is our favorite place for the bar food and company. Scoots had a number of delicious sandwiches for lunch. And the Bean gives out two cream cheese packets with your toasted bagel, and is also now the only quick place for breakfast since the amazing bakery has closed.

Product Placement

Boaters always like knowing and talking about what products to use. Sometimes the quick fix can be all you need when other times going for the best is what is best for the boat (and generally lasts longer than a quick fix...go figure).

In the yard we used Pettit Trinidad SR slime resistant bottom paint in black which we thought would be good for Slowly while she sits in her slip next year. Bottom paint is always expensive so really it's all about not spilling any, not holding out for the cheapest deal. Unfortunately though, the environmentally friendly bottom paints are among the most expensive.

We used metal primer on the props before also painting them with bottom paint. A little cotton caulking freshened up a couple of tiny leaks. And Tim managed to fit the distorted swim platform back together with some Elmer's water-proof glue, screws, bits of marine plywood and some imagination. And last but not least, a liberal use of gooey caulking eveywhere should keep the water out.

Arggg... Aye love me Slowly apron.

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The light plays on Slowly's shiny bow.

Loving Her and Leaving Her

Slowly, You Know We'll Be Coming Back To You!

Elvis - Guest Editor

We have meant to write this last log for awhile now. Much happened after we left Beaufort the morning of the 7th. And all good happenings. It was a grey day as we left through the turning basin and past industrial parts of Morehead city. But we were excited to arrive at our destination: Oriental's Sailcraft yard, one of few places one can do one's own work. It was a short and rainy cruise and Tim managed to squeeze into the tiny creek and the boat lift with much skill.

It seems it will always be a bit terrifying lifting your pride and joy, and your home out of the water on two large seatbelts. But so was Slowly taken and driven to her spot in the densely packed yard. She had a bit of growth on her bottom and the Miro-inspired bottom paint was looking a little worse for wear. Towering above us, she looked expectant of this week spa we had taken her to.

The guys working beside us at the yard were all very nice and it was relatively fun being on an early and hard-working routine. Walking under boats bottoms, new and old, it felt good to be working on Slowly. We wanted to give her all the attention we could before we left for the holidays and then Montana.

Sanding took a bit longer than we thought it would, mostly because when you're not sitting under the boat you forget how hard it is to hold a sander up all day long. We also had decided we would sand and paint her entire hull, not just her bottom. We got through a few layers where you could see patches that hadn't been sanded enough before she was painted the previous time. Those are the easiest parts to sand because the paint just peels right off.

We were happy to meet some new friends in Oriental. Sean, who we met at the yard introduced us to a few people at the holiday festivities in town and soon we felt accepted as part of the community. Oriental is a small town, not very close to major roads or much else at all. It is, however, the sailing capital of North Carolina and is also host to some young folks that are buying and renovating some of the charming old houses in town. It tends to be a retirement community but we were lucky to be there during a weekend when everyone came out and shared stories and drinks. The Christmas parade was fun and filled with tractors and antler clad dogs (dogalopes?) and we enjoyed the candle-lit streets and the cider drinking locals.

After a week of sanding and repainting, mending the swim platform and touch ups on the cabin sides, Slowly was looking extra fine. She glistened and sparkled and we glowed with pride knowing that she appreciated the attention. We were happy to accept compliments from the guys around the yard and Slowly blushed even more. Everything went smoothly during the splash and we scooted back out to the Neuse River and around the corner to the Oriental harbor where we parked her in the very shallow Smith Creek.

We had found her a slip through a friend of a friend at Blackwell Point Marina and though she has about an inch under her keel she is in a quiet and beautiful spot. It's the first time she's been the biggest boat in a marina and we were feeling good that our trip had gone so well. The hard part was knowing we were going to have to leave her [I've got to travel and hit the gravel, but I'll be back! -Ed.] after having spent so much good quality time with her and when she was looking the best we had ever seen her.

Fun Fotos!

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Here are some before and after shots of our gal Slowly:

mustache clad

looking a little bare

returning to the water

her bottom right out of the water

what barnacles?

sanding in the sun

so proud with bumble bee flair!

Animal of the Day

This Eastern Bluebird, Sialia sialis, and a friend greeted us after Slowly arrived in her new slip. It is astounding to see the blue streak through the sky. Such an unnaturally natural color. They are blue above and reddish on their chest and have a white belly. Bluebirds tend to eat insects and berries. They also appreciate nest boxes that people put out for them. They reward these people with their songs and their call note true-lee!

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