Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday the 13th April 2018

Without intention plans were made for moving Orion on Friday the 13th. Attention was on planning, preparing, and weather instead of the date. Orion was hauled out and set on jack stands in the boatyard where I sanded and painted Orion's underside over a period of about 5 days.

Haul Out at Westland Marina
Ready to Start Work

Orion in the Boatyard at Westland Marina
Ready to Anti-foul the Prop
Bottom with New Anti-fouling
Westland Marina before departure
Plans were made to leave on the 7th of April, but things didn't work out. Next plans kept changing due to outside circumstances or weather changes.

Finally things came together for leaving on a Friday. Thursday we made things as ready as we could think of. Friday morning we left the dock about 8:00 AM.
Mooring Field at Titusville Marina

In the channel from Westland Marina and Titusville City
 Marina at about 8:00 AM

Haulover Canal Approach from South
We had favorable winds almost the whole way (ESE) and arrived in New Smyrna Beach just before low tide. This gave us an extra burst of speed the closer we got to the inlet. Only a 15 minute wait at the drawbridge.
Sailing on ICW North of the Haulover Canal 
Passing under N. Causeway
at New Smyrna Beach
Originally, we had planned for a slower trip with an overnight stop in New Smyrna Beach, but upon arriving so close to the change in tide we elected to continue. Overall, it ended up to be a nine hour, 48 nautical mile  trip. We averaged 5.3 knots, and sailed straight into the new slip a day ahead of time.
Orion at Halifax Harbor