Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Goodbye Isle of Hope, Hello Heat Exhaustion

We arrived at Isle of Hope for a couple of days stay on February 13th, which turned into two weeks when Chevy cut his paw on a sharp oyster shell while swimming.  Two weeks turned into a month, and then five months.  We have many fond memories here and are sad to be leaving friends behind, but such is the life of a cruiser.

Yesterday, Chateau Margaux was moved from in front of us.  I first moved the Whaler to the outside transient face dock, and then Drift Away.  We tied up on the port side so we could put the Whaler back on the roof.  It was a struggle.  First, I needed to move the 80 pound Force 10 stove I need to ship to a friend, and then hoist the Whaler.  The first time we hoisted it up there, the motor wouldn't clear the hoist.  We had to lower it back into the water, spin it so the motor faced Drift Away's bow, raise it again, and spin it around as we brought it aboard.   This is a difficult task because Drift Away heels to starboard with the weight of the Whaler hanging over the side, meaning that we have to pull the Whaler uphill, but it was made more difficult due to the 94 degree heat of the time and the high humidity.  It took several tries and a lot of grunting but we finally got it in it's chocks. 

As I descended the steps from the flybridge, I lost my balance, but caught myself. Weird. I was sweating profusely, slightly nauseous, light headed.   I collapsed on the saloon floor and just laid in front of our fans.

This has never happened to me before. Probably a combination of getting older and being someplace really hot and humid. I did some google doctoring and figured it wasn't heat stroke (very bad!), but probably heat exhaustion.

So a word of caution to everyone out there- with this heat wave all around the US be careful. All that hoo haa about drinking lots of fluids (not beer or coffee) is valid, I found out.

It is now 6:45 and we'll be getting underway in a couple of hours.  With the lack of dog anchorages, our run may be a very short one to a marina about 20 miles away.  I need to get on ActiveCaptain.com and check things out.  See you tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Coastal Explorer Electronic Charting puts Active Captain right on the charts. Others do too, but CE is the best interface I've ever seen on an electronic charting software. (I tried them all every year for years, before CE came out, looking for one I liked.)