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The Building of a Dream, Journal of the Molly B
The Building of a Dream, Journal of the Molly B

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We are finally underway again. We left Ft. Pierce, FL on the 19th of June and are heading north again. The Molly B is running great and we have made pretty good time to date. We are currently tied up at the St. Johns Yacht Harbor in Charleston, SC. I'm having some trouble with my navigation software and need to get it up and running correctly before we get underway again.
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Nothing much new, I can't believe it's the middle of May and we're still here in Ft. Pierce, FL. The transom fell off my dingy and I've been waiting for three months to get it repaired under warranty. I guess the guy in Canaveral that's supposed to fix it isn't in any hurry; maybe because it's warranty work and not as profitable as other work that comes in. 
We have a couple new additions to our crew, two little fur balls called Chloe and Sadie, Shih Tzu's. These guys are a real trip but they seem to like the boat, even underway. They get their first hair cut on Monday, so they will look a lot different then.
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We have arrived back in the warm country, staying at Ft. Pierce, FL. We will remain here for another month or two and then head back north for the summer. We have had our share of problems but I think we have taken care of all of them and the Molly B is running great without any more problems for the past few months.
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The Molly B is performing great except that we have developed some electrical problems. We have stopped at Sailcraft Marine in Oriental, NC for an electrician to take a look to see what the problem is. He came aboard last Monday and found the regulator on the port alternator was out and he thinks that is the cause of all my problems. We are still waiting for the alternator to be repaired and we will be underway again as soon as it is reinstalled. We are enjoying the live aboard lifestyle so far so the almost 12 year wait building this boat has been worth it.
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Still in Yorktown, VA at least for another couple weeks. I put some new props on the Molly B because the ones I had on there had way too much pitch. Max RPM was 1900 which overheated the engines, and now I can get 2650 out of the engines without them overheating. I went from 19 - 20's to 20 - 14's and it really made a big difference in how the boat handles. As far as speed is concerned, it didn't make much difference. Only added about a few knots over the ground but the engines aren't working as hard so I think I might gain a little in the fuel economy. We had to haul the boat to get the props changed so I raised the waterline a couple inches at the same time. Too much "Stuff" in the boat and she was riding right at the bottom of the boot top. Now I have a couple inches of bottom paint above the waterline.
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It's a great place to spend the summer. A little marina on Wormley Creek just off the York River in Virginia. It's quiet, secluded and not a busy marina. We have a great slip with plenty of room and the view of the York is spectacular.

A hint of fall is in the air so we will probably be heading south again in a few weeks but in the meantime we are enjoying visiting out kids and grand kids.

This is a picture of the Colmen Bridge over the York River taken from out boat deck. I call it "Sunset on the York."
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We've arrived! Almost 1150 miles later we have arrived in the Chesapeake Bay near Yorktown on the York River. It was a very interesting trip to say the least. Lots of shake downs on our shake down cruise. Now I'm just working on polishing up the dings and finishing up with a few things that need attention. The boat has run very well throughout the trip but I have way too much pitch in my props so I'm going to replace them. The experts say they can get me up to 12 knots with these new props so we will see. I currently have 19x20's on the boat and the new ones are 20x14's. I'm hoping the new ones will help with the fuel economy as well since the engines won't be lugged down trying to turn those big props, although my current fuel economy isn't all that bad. I've been consistently running around 55 miles a day on 15 gallons of fuel. That's around 3 1/2 miles to the gallon. Not to shabby for a 43 Ft. boat with twin diesels. These little Perkins 4.236's are just sipping fuel. My wife Linda on the aft deck.
What a Life!!
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We've traveled around 630 miles so far on the Molly B. I have had to replace several things since we launched her but I guess that's why they call this the "shake-down" cruise. We are slowly getting all the kinks out of the various systems and things are beginning to run a bit more smoothly. Right now we are sitting in a marina at Johns Island, SC waiting for parts for my anchor windless. I managed to strip the threads on the slider gear so I had to order some new parts so I could fix it. We don't like sitting in marinas mainly because of the cost involved but you have to from time to time just to get supplies, mail, fuel, tanks pumped out, and once in awhile some parts to fix something. Hopefully we will be underway again tomorrow if my parts get here early enough otherwise it will be one more day before we can get going again. I hope we don't have to wait for parts again any time soon, we've done quite a bit of that so far and I hope we're done with fixing things for awhile. 
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We got underway without getting my generator going because we thought we could anchor out without it. We tried a couple nights and it just didn't seem to work. We ran the batteries down way to far so by the time we made it to Fernandina Beach, FL, I decided to have a tech look at my generator. He said he could fix it but it would cost more than it was worth and suggested I replace my generator. I agreed after a lot of conversation regarding the fix versus replacing. To get the generator replaced we had to move the boat down to a little town called Green Cove Springs around 30 miles south of Jacksonville on the St. Johns River. We have been here for about a week now and we have the new generator put in but not hooked up and running yet. They are supposed to come back on Monday to finish the installation. Then we can get underway again heading north for the Chesapeake Bay.
           Out With the Old!                                              In With the New
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We're still sitting in Vero Beach waiting for some parts to arrive for my generator. I sure would like to get underway real soon!
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