Yorktown Battlefield Hike June 2022

We walked from the boat, along the waterfront. There is a trail up to the visitor center that is quite rustic and nice. Much more interesting than the paved route.

Here are some photos, more later.

Yorktown Cruise June 2022

Our first destination cruise with Gaysie took place June 6, 2022. We wanted an interesting destination a couple of hours away. The criteria included good walking and historical significance. Also, we needed to test the Sea Keeper 6 system that was recalibrated by Shane. It worked perfectly.

We passed two lighthouses. Then tied up alongside the Yorktown Riverwalk Landing Marina. It was as advertised.

Rappahannock Sea Trial May 4, 2022

After a few docking and maneuvering exercises at or slip at the Regatta Point Marina, we put on fuel at the Norview Fuel Dock. We headed out into the sunshine over the Rappahannock River to get Gaysie up to wide open throttle. Shane wanted to take the helm for the first few minutes of the exercise. Here are a couple of videos of the trial:

At Cruise Speed, about 23 kts

Annapolis to Deltaville May 4, 2022

Katy and I received our initial training on Gaysie at the Hinckley dock in Annapolis. After delivery, Gaysie was commissioned at nearby in Whitehall, then brought to the Hinckley Sales Office dock by Shane Dowsland. He is our trainer, and an excellent trainer to be sure. We covered an amazing amount of material in three days. Jon Bullock, Sales Director in Annapolis made every aspect of our stay there great. Because weather was getting worse over the week, Shane volunteered to use day three of our training to cruise down to Deltaville with us. Here is Shane as we are departing for Deltaville. Photo by Jon Bullock.

As it turned out, the visibility kept declining. As a result, we got an hour or so of 1/10-1/2 mile visibility. This gave us good radar experience. I have a pretty good radar background, but Shane from Maine lives in the fog much of the year. We learned some really great low visibility practical lessons from him on this cruise. We broke out of the fog with about 30 minutes to go. So, not many photos, but this is what I shot:

Crystal Cove May 2022

Crystal Cove could not have been more beautiful. The order of photos in this gallery were scrambled on the iPhone storage media, I will unscramble later as well as add text…

Birdwood May 29, 2022

The new path to the UVA Golf Performance Center is open. I followed it to access the Birdwood grounds. My iPhone photos from the walk are in the gallery below. I love the Birdwood Tower and the old house. Sadly they are deteriorating as the UVA Foundation doesn’t seem to be taking care of them. The grounds are still beautiful to me. Photos taken from the front porch look across to our house, obscured by trees this time of year. More text later …

Gaysie Arrives at Whitehall Marina, Annapolis, MD

She floats quite nicely. These photos were sent by Jon Bullock this afternoon, Thursday, April 28, 2022. The drivers must have driven overnight. But then, given having to pass major East Coast cities, why not.

Gaysie Final Build Photos and Loaded Aboard Truck

Gaysie is underway by truck to Annapolis. Her overall length is about 46′ with beam 14′ 6″. Height at rest (air draft) is normally not a significant factor but on the trailer it required setting the bow low in the slings.

Gaysie’s width and length necessitates using an escort car. Keeping fingers crossed for a safe arrival at Whitehall Marina in Annapolis. There she will undergo commissioning and an additional sea trial. Next stop will be at the Hinckley dock in downtown Annapolis. From there we start training.

Then on May 5, we will cruise down to our new slip at Regatta Point in Deltaville. Hope for fair weather!!

New Build Photos April 12, 2022

Completion in the shipyard is scheduled for April 21, 2022, with our final payment that day. The truck will depart for Annapolis at some point with delivery date of April 27 at White Hall Marina. Commissioning will begin there in supported by the Hinckley Service Yard in Easton, MD. Our three days of training will commence May 2 at the Hinckley downtown dock. We will keep you posted.