First of all, we installed all but one of the new ports. You may remember I replaced a couple that were leaking and bought enough to replace the rest, as apparently a port should not only be watertight (which is my only criteria for a sound port) but also match the rest (which is the Admiral's criteria, and therefore overrules the Captain). We managed to install four in one day, the day after Carol had decided it was cleaning day.
Then we were treated with guests. Our daughter Heather and her boyfriend Michael came for a three day visit during Labor Day.
Then we went to the beach. Turnagain Bay is right across the river and as we had never been, and the Neuse was flat calm, we motored the few miles across.
As a seafood dinner once again eluded us, we returned to the dock and to Oriental, there to feast at M&M's, where someone else had better luck coaxing dinner from the sea.
The next day, we drove to Atlantic Beach, near Morehead City. Savvy readers will remember that we anchored near there during our trip to Cape Lookout. This time, we drove over the bridge I took pictures of while at anchor. Pretty cool. Once we were at the beach, the fishing began again in earnest.
But no joy.
Back to the boat to grill chicken, purchased for just such an anomaly. The next day, our guests left. We very much enjoyed their visit. A good time was had by all.
The day after, I revisited my old friend, the Mercury. I really am pulling for this engine to be our permanent dinghy choice. After cleaning out the carburetor and replacing the spark plug, I left the dock on plane, to windward, (just in case) but with high hopes.