What a TERRIBLE Saturday. After trash talking with Alabama football fans all the way down the rivers to Mobile for the last month, the Huskies lay an egg against USC. I’ll probably get by only having to eat crow with the Daphne, Alabama Enterprise car rental guy from Saturday morning, but even so, so much for that fun diversion. It was great while it lasted.
Our original plan had been to get to Mobile by the middle of this week, fly home on Friday for Thanksgiving and then fly back to the boat to continue our trip. Since we arrived a bit earlier than expected, we’d thought we’d try and get to Pensacola, Florida but then boat gremlins appeared in the form of steering issues.
The steering works fine (how else would we get here?), but the hydraulics are leaking a bit and the upper helm station squeaks and feels “lumpy”. Turns out the bearings in the upper helm station are gone. No problem! N went into the toolbox (ie, wallet) and broke out our most effective tool (ie, Visa card) and here we’ll sit until the part arrives and gets installed. We could have pressed on, but would have risked losing steering in the Gulf which seems like an awfully vast body of water to be risking steering problems.
Speaking of vast bodies of waters, northwesterner’s don’t often get into waters with nothing on the horizon, but that’s how it is in Mobile Bay. It pretty weird to go across a huge open body of water looking for pilings with “channel marker” numbers on them to know where you are. I think we’ll be doing a lot of channel marker spotting for a while so we’re once again delighted to have….our image stabilizing binoculars!
OK, so we had a day off the water in Fairhope, AL. N played golf while B headed into the wild outdoors.
We also went to the #1 Alabama tourist attraction; the battleship USS Alabama.
The ship was pretty cool and very much more accessible than the USS Missouri used to be when on display in Bremerton, but I can’t decide if having a battleship as your number one tourist attraction is good or bad. Either way it’s a must visit when in Mobile.
Next day was again spent on the dock. Amazing how you can fill time doing absolutely nothing and feel so busy!
As it turns out, N kept up the “not so” subtle pressure (if you know N) on the repair yard here to get parts ordered and work scheduled. N can be obnoxiously relentless in a pleasant way when encouraging a seemingly unenthusiastic crew to get something done (right kids?!). Seems all is marching ahead, but we’ll reserve judgment until the final wrench is turned.