Smoke on the Water

There are so many things to be grateful for.  For instance, having that ‘nature call’ at 3:30 in the morning.

Evening in Edenton

It was 3:30 in the morning as I lazily got out of bed. I thought I smelled something a bit unusual. I began rubbing my tired eyes trying to figure out if they weren’t seeing clearly because I had been sleeping.  Looking from our stateroom into the salon it appeared hazy. I went into the salon and turned on the light.

“Jim get up there’s smoke!” I yelled!

In the wee hours of the morning on March 22, we had a scare that will be hard to forget. Jim shot out of bed and started searching for the source of the smoke.

Dialing for help

I quickly dialed 911.  “What is your address?”  “I don’t know! We are at the town dock. We are on a boat.”  My heart was pounding so hard. I grabbed my coat and put on my sneakers. In my pajamas, I headed to the parking lot with Blue and our lockbox of important paperwork. I waited for police and firefighters to arrive.

Jim insisted he stay aboard to find the problem. Within minutes we had 8 men on the boat. It was clear that whatever caused the smoke was electrical. It was no longer burning so the level of anxiety began to decrease.

It was hard for me to leave the boat with Jim on it. Jim knows the boat well.  He kept pulling open hatches and looking where anything electrical could be located. Finally, he located the source of the smoke. It was a starting capacitor on the main heat/AC unit in the salon. It had begun to melt which shut down the unit. A fireman confirmed this was the source of the smoke.

The conversation in the crowded salon then turned to fishing and boating and there were comments like, “nice boat!”

Bit by bit the emergency service workers departed from our Floating Home. Needless to say, we did not fall back to sleep that night after that experience. It even felt weird getting into bed the next night.

bright lights
Emergency vehicles come to the marina to assist

Very Thankful

As we’ve talked about this frightening episode of our big adventure, we both have similar thoughts. Thank goodness our boat is diesel, which greatly reduces the chance of an explosion. We are thankful that we were tied up at a dock, rather than being out at anchor that night. We are so thankful for the good people of Edenton, North Carolina.

Most importantly, we thank God for always watching over us and keeping us safe. The adventure continues!

main stree with shops
The historic small town of Edenton, NC
Store fronts and cars parked on main stree
Storefronts on Water street in Edenton, NC

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