Getting up at 06:00 for the radio session isn't worth it, the reception here in the marina amidst the other masts is very bad so I couldn't hear a thing (again). But I did manage to do some work looking for my water leak and managed to hurt my back while doing so. Now I'm resting up and I should head out and do my laundry prior to departing but it is now raining outside so I will wait for a bit before leaving.
I did get out the label maker and make some labels, if that counts as work...
The day started with a long drive to the VW dealership to pick up the manifold pressure sensor at 10:00, from there I went to downtown Norfolk to the Customs & Border Protection office to clear out of the USA. I was quite surprised to find the office unchanged from 9 years ago and that the officer had no questions with issuing the outbound clearance for the Caribbean. We chatted for a bit after he asked about my ROAM status and I commented that "I thought that was for U.S. citizens only" and he responded by asking, in a very surprised tone of voice, if I wasn't a citizen. I suppose the traces of Virginia accent got stronger from my time here. I was finished quickly and returned to the boat to install the new part and check the engine.
Then came the laundry and final provisioning at a grocery incongruously named Harris Teeter. I managed to get a shower ashore before they closed at 19:00 and joined Michael and Ellen for dinner at a great burger joint in Norfolk called 80-20 Burger Bar. From there we joined another of his crew members at a yet another cool place called for some more local beverage before returning to the boat for a restful night of sleep.


CBP Office in Norfolk I cleared out of the USA in this office today. Although the US does not generally issue outbound clearances, they will do so if asked since most countries of the world don't let you in unless you have an outbound clearance.
(2020-01-24 17:56:22 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/25s] ISO 1250)
CBP Office in Norfolk
American Rover in Norfolk American Rover in Norfolk
(2020-01-24 17:59:42 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/320s] ISO 64)
American Rover in Norfolk
Norfolk Shipyards The whole Norfolk / Hampton / Newport News / Portsmouth area is one of the major ports and shipyards for the Navy
(2020-01-24 18:01:04 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 64)
Norfolk Shipyards
CBP Building in Norfolk This is a historic building in downtown Norfolk right by the docks where I cleared out of the USA
(2020-01-24 18:03:33 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 64)
CBP Building in Norfolk
Norfolk Mermaid These mermaids are a symbol of Norfolk and can be found all over
(2020-01-24 18:04:33 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/60s] ISO 64)
Norfolk Mermaid
Turbocharger with variable vanes The middle portion is a pressure-driven variable vane angle technology which was quite sticky and might have been causing some of my engine issues. I gently got it moving and in the end it was moving freely. I'll see if that helps once I get out to sea.
(2020-01-24 20:23:04 NIKON D850 with a "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/50s] ISO 800)
Turbocharger with variable vanes
My rental van at the laundromat Two items often seen with cruisers - a rental car and visiting the laundromat
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My rental van at the laundromat
Norfolk Laundromat I've been to many laundromat in many countries, and this was the biggest and also one of the nicest. The machines were pretty inexpensive and worked well. Now I've got clean sheets and laundry for the passage to St. Martin.
[36°54.9481031'0"N 76°17.6996167'0"W ]
Norfolk Laundromat
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