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Wherein we move into our new house, just in time for Hurricane Isabel to arrive.

On Wednesday September 18th, 2003 we moved into what will soon be our new home in Salisbury. We're scheduled to close next week, Thursday the 25th. By this morning, we were deep in the throes of Isabel. Most of the pics are pretty bad. It's so dark outside, my poor little second generation digital couldn't cope.


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If you've been paying attention, you know that on June 23, we closed on our house in Lexington Park and moved aboard the boat. After a wonderful summer with some light cruising and lots of walks and bike rides with the kids, we made an offer on a house in Salisbury. No doubt about it, I bought the house for its garage. Terry fell in love with the dutch door to the kitchen and the rest just sort of fit us. Old, well built, quirky and definitely not your cookie cutout development home. In the two days we've been here, we can delineate the evidence of at least 4 additions to the house and four additions to the garage. As you will see from the pics, the garage has very nearly as big a footprint as the house... And well it should.


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There's plenty of projects on the list, already. Not the least of which is finishing the rental apartment above the garage.


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Isabel is history. 9/19/2003 18:45

We were pretty lucky. We had three power surges and one outage for an hour. The sum total of our household damage was some water in the basement and a circuit popped on the hot water heater.


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My inlaws who now live 3 blocks away, just got power back a few minutes ago after a 13 hr outage. Baltimore was hit hard enough that the electric company in Maine is sending nine trucks down to help out. The workers have been told to expect a 2 week stay. There are pics on the web of Canoes on Main Street in Annapolis and my buddy Bruce who stayed aboard his boat last night called from there, stranded until the water goes down. For, even if he waded through the waist deep water on the docks, he'd not be able to drive his van when he got to it.


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Our boat rode out the storm very well. Despite the water coming three feet over the docks, I had one dockline chafe through. It was a recycled jib sheet and should have been replaced years ago, anyway. But, we kept it in place, just to pull the boat closer to the dock to make getting aboard easier. When I left yesterday, I forgot to ease it so it would match the length of the others I had doubled up on. Total cost, $10.


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Bruce Tells me, the city didn't pull power to the docks. (I had turned off my main breaker and disconnected shore power. I should have also pulled the shore power cord into the boat, so it wouldn't get affected, but forgot. My understanding is that when the water rose and hit all those shore power boxes, the main breaker panel, the individual shore power boxes and probably a whole lot of fish in the marina were just smokin'. Since the city had planned to re-do our docks next summer anyway, we won't have shore power until the docks are re-done. Good thing we aren't living aboard anymore. That would be downright inconvenient. As it is, we'll be able to turn off the refrigerator and the battery bank is big enough, it will last for months without a charge.


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We were very lucky and our thoughts are for those still without power or those who sustained real damage.


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Here's a link to some pics of Annapolis this afternoon, 9/19/2003
http://www.annapolis.gov/news/isabel/city_dock.asp
http://www.annapolis.gov/news/isabel/east.asp

Here's a web site detailing some of the damage done to what is apparently Herrington Harbor North, the marina adjoining Shipwright Harbor where I used to keep my boat on the western shore.  I say apparently because the pics are obviously not Shipwright and HHN is the only other large marina in Tracy's Landing.
http://members.cox.net/gbennett11/

I've been watching Solomon Technologies for two years, now. If I ever get an opportunity to build a sailboat, it will have a fuel cell power plant, driving an STI electric propulsion unit. Here's their pics of the Isabel damage.
STI Benedict MD






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