November 19, 2015 – Thursday – Dog River Marina – No Travel

It is still windy and very rough out on Mobile Bay as can be seen from the West Marine store on the Dog River Marina premises. It is not a good day to travel and since Namaste will get her masts put up tomorrow and Saturdays wind projections are favorable we decided to wait until then to leave.

It was another leisure day. I worked on record keeping and paperwork. Probably the highlight of the day was meeting a couple that arrived aboard Maranatha in the early afternoon. The boat was a 12 meter aluminum home built beauty. It and the couple aboard were from Switzerland. Earnest and Patricia (Anise and Patreecia) had built the boat and designed much of it. This boat was outfitted for independence from shore with a stabilizer arms, a huge battery bank from an electric forklift, all electric kitchen with large inverters and many other nice features. The interior was light and looked much like a modern European apartment.

They had already traveled European rivers, the Mediterranean and then brought the boat down through the Canary Islands and across to the Caribbean. From there they had traveled up the Virgin Island chain to Florida and then had done the Great Loop starting there. They had matched our path from Delaware Bay up the New Jersey coast, the Hudson River, Champlain Waterway, St. Lawrence River, Ottawa River, Rideau Canal, Lake Ontario, Trent Severn Canal, Georgian Bay and the North Channel in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Chicago River, Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Cumberland River, Tennessee River, Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Blackwater-Tombigbee Waterway to Mobile Bay and the Dog River Marina.

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