We have now traveled 3000 miles on Adventure and arrived in Georgetown SC on the ICW

Ho ray we have now traveled 3000 miles on Adventure.  I mentioned 2981 miles yesterday so I thought I should make a  current status that we have now arrived at 3000 miles.

I asked Tam whether she would do it again knowing what we have been through to get here.  Her answer was a definite yes.  I would say the same thing.  We have grown closer over those 3000 miles and gotten to know each other better than through anything else we might have done.  We love being together every moment we share.  That alone has made the trip a huge success.  But to reach this level of sharing is awesome.   Would I recommend it to everyone would be a no.  There are a lot of reasons to consider before taking this step but we are so happy we made it.

Tam I love you.

Now for a general rundown of the last few days.

We took a picture of the last bridge we had to pass in North Carolina.  We are now in South Carolina.

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The fishing trawlers were out early as usual and most of them take real pride in maintaining there vessels.

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As we were traveling past this boat we felt required to take pictures of the skull and crossbones this morning.  This to our grandsons Will, Brandon, and Cooper.  In the spirit of their adventures.

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Tam and I felt the color scheme was a little bright for us.

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Every house seems required to have a rooftop deck (at least the expensive ones), We were trying to figure id there was an elevator up to the deck or just stairs.

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This one had a cascading waterfall in front. A little extra zing.

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Finally we have the one with the sprinklers running, in November. Eat your hearts out Minnesota.

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The ICW doesn’t have a lot of light houses because it is a canal, but we did see this one when we arrived in South Carolina.

Short today as the canal is sort of repetitious.  Lots of Golf courses with golfers still swinging away.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

 

 

 

 

Leaving Deltaville for the ICW

This will be a 2 part post.

The first part will be the actual trip the second part will be the shipyards at Norfolk, VA.

We got off very early this morning and watched the sunrise over the Chesapeake Bay.  I already posted those pictures.

The first Light House was called Wolf Trap Light and was a marker for the Chesapeake Bay Channel.

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Wolf Trap Light

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Not sure of the name for this Light House but it was pretty.

We actually left at 6:00 AM and traveled 50 NM today at the slowest of average speeds of only 4.8 knots.  I still struggle to understand Tides that is why it was so slow.  The good news is we arrived in Norfolk, VA and the ICW.  We have 1098 miles in the ICW then 100m miles to Marathon, FL.  Hope to arrive by December 1st.

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We saw this Tow Boat pulling this barge.  They were about 1/4 mile apart so it was a long cable.

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A Really nice Yacht

Then we managed to get all the way to Norfolk, VA.

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Here was our welcoming committee to the ICW

It was hard to take pictures of the Tunnel that runs under the Jamestown River from Norfolk VA to Hampton, VA.

We arrived at 4:30 tonight and have the anchor out.  Now for a comfortable evening.

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.
–  Robin Lee Graham

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

On Our Way Again

After some great time with family we are off again.

We left the Magothy River at about 8 AM Tuesday morning.

We were a little stuck on the low tide but managed to back out of our slip and get into the river and on our way.

After leaving the Magothy River we were back into the Chesapeake Bay.  We then headed south and saw the Kent Island Bridge from the water, after seeing it from the air with Dale & Brandy.

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It is quite a bridge from the water.  It is also very busy with boats from all over the world heading for ports up the Chesapeake Bay.  When we left on Tuesday it was very busy.

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We also saw quite a few light beacons guiding all those ships.

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A beautiful trip down the Chesapeake.  We anchored on the Patuxent River on Tuesday night.

A note on daylight time and on the road.  When we left Knife River, MN on July 30th, 2014 the sun rose at 5:46 AM and set at 8:44 PM giving us 14 hours and 59 minutes to travel in.  Today here the sun rose at 6:39 AM and set at 5:04 PM with a total of only 10 hours and 25 minutes of daylight.  That’s a loss of 4 hours and 24 min.  When you traveling only during daylight hours and only at 6 knots that really decreases the distance you can travel in a day!  That’s about a 33% reduction in travel time or at 6 knots changing from 90 nautical miles per day to 63 nautical miles.  OK now that I’ve had my say on to the travels of “Adventure”.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

 

Staying on the Magothy River

We have a slip at the Atlantic Resort Marina on the Magothy River.

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Everyone here is getting their boats ready for winter.

I don’t understand why they are pulling there boats out and shrink wrapping them.  They could continue using them just a little cold.  Here the water doesn’t even get hard, so they could use them year round.

Shortly after we arrived we had a knock on the boat and there was Brandy my brother Dale’s wife, there to pick us up.

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Brandy Swanson, what a wonderful sight to welcome us to Washington.

They have provided a place for us to stop until we are ready to continue the journey to Florida.

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Brandy and Dale

 

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Tammy & Brandy

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Dale

They started out grilling steaks for us on the first night.  Cooked to perfection and the best company we could ask for.  They also gave us some of their homemade Kahlua and we now have a passion for it.  Brandy is going to show us how to make it tonight.

They are letting us use their car while they are at work.

We went to the boat and picked up the Genoa.  We have started putting a UV edging on it to extend it’s life now that it is out in the sun all the time.

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We have to do it in a large area in order to move it around while we are sewing it up.  Tammy has to help with the sewing it is so large it takes up 1/2 of Dale & Brandy’s back yard.   The blue edging is what we are putting on.

We will spend the next couple of days here and while they are at work we will have projects to work on for Adventure.

Traveling manifesto. Take the plunge.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

 

 

 

Barnegat Bay NJ to Cape May NJ.

We were very concerned about our travels down the New Jersey shore.  It was the first open ocean cruising we have really done.  The New Jersey shore is about 100 miles long from Sandy Hook NJ to Cape May New Jersey.   Everyone had warned us to be careful when we made that transit.

The ICW (Inter coastal Waterway) is to shallow along New Jersey so it all must be done offshore.  We also learned that most of the ports that we could use were very shallow and poorly marked.  So we had to be cautious even to go into any bays along the coast.  We went aground in Barnegat Bay but thanks to some help we got off and anchored out.

We got up early Friday morning in an attempt to get all the rest of the way to Cape May in one day.  It was a long way about 65 NM and we were concerned about daylight running out.  One of the difficult things about this late in the season is we have gone from 15 hours of daylight down to about 12.  At 6 knots 3 hours of daylight translates into a lot less miles per day.

Those were our notes and thoughts about this transit.

The good news.  The weather was perfect both days of our ocean exposure.  The second day we traveled down the coast from Barnegat Bay to Cape May in perfect conditions.  We motored averaging 6.1 knots with calm seas and light winds of 5 knots.

About half way to Cape May we passed Atlantic City.

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Taj Mahol Donald Trumps Casino

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Trump Tower

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The rest were the Atlantic City towers.

I realized that we were passing the Monopoly Yellow Group.  Along the shore in New Jersey is “Atlantic City”, Ventnor , and Marvin Gardens.  Well an interesting fact anyway.

This also presented a couple of new experiences for us as well.

I caught my first fish from Adventure at least that was not just bait.  They are Bluefish and are about 12 inches long.  They have to be quick as I was trolling behind Adventure at 6 knots.

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We had to catch 2 for supper last night.  We only caught what we felt we could eat.

When it came time to filleting them we realized that we only had a small cutting board.  Tam was thinking quick though.  She went below and took the bottom out of her Aldi’s bag and it worked perfectly.  So Emmett your real has now caught fish.

Our galley is a little small so Tam has to do everything.  But what a feast.

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We only have a 2 burner stove so it was a bit challenging.

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So we had Bluefish, Asparagus, and Rice Pilaf.  Wow fit for a King and Queen.  You can be assured that the rod and reel will be coming out again.

While we were traveling I saw our first Dolphins surface about 150 feet from the boat.  What a thrill.  Tam didn’t catch site of them as they only surfaced once and very quickly went back down.  That’s okay as there will be many more opportunities.

So quite a list of accomplishments for open Ocean water.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

 

The weather cleared and we traveled 50 miles to Barnegat Bay NJ

 

 

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We took this picture in Sandy Hook the night before the Eclipse.  Unfortunately it was overcast the next morning so we didn’t get to see it.

We were up before the sun was today.  We left Sandy hook at 6:20 AM.  We sure miss those long days we had when we started in Duluth.  We had a lot more day to travel in.  We prefer to leave after sunrise and get before sunset.  On arrivals we get a chance to see our surroundings and get familiar with it.

 

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When we departed Sandy hook we saw these people out surf casting on the point of Sandy hook.

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We took a picture of this boat because we want to install solar panels later and we saw they are supported by only 2 polls.  They also had an external LP tank that would make it possible to install LP stove and grill.  Which we are looking at the possibility of doing.

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Sorry folks, I misidentified the oldest light house in the US.  This is the one that was built in 1764 and shined it’s beam continuously except for a brief spell during the Revolutionary War as the oldest light tower in the United States.

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This boat is the “Dragon Do”, it is Canadian and left Sandy hook at the same time we did on Thursday morning.  They also stopped her in Barnegat Bay and are parked next to us in the Bay.

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These 2 pictures of New Jersey shore in the good old US of A.

 

 

 

 

 

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This one is a bit more difficult to see, but!!  This is the Atlantic Ocean and ffffaaaarrrrr of in the distance (if you had very good eyesight you would be able to see Portugal due East of us.  Sorry but it was hard to resist how far we have come and how much we have seen.

Steve was driving the boat and I was looking towards shore.  We were about a 1 1/4 miles off shore.  Then I saw it!! A whale’s tail!! I only saw it for a second and it did not resurface so I do not know what kind of whale it was.  I was surprised to see a whale that close to shore.

 

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This is a couple of pictures of the Barnegat Bay light house.

We had trouble with running aground again in the Barnegat Bay.  Poorly marked anchorages created a problem.  Fortunately another boat saw us go aground.  He brought his dinghy over and actually tipped us enough to get us off the reef.  Thank you Ed.

We hope to make Cape May tomorrow and get to the Delaware River.  It was a beautiful sail today with pleasant seas and good cruising.

“Living The Dream”

   Steve & Tammy

 

Oyster Bay through NY City on the East River then to Sandy Hook NJ

 

 

As we were leaving Oyster Bay we saw this house being framed and I thought of our son Rob when he would frame big houses.  This looks like quite a job.

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Then we saw these Cormorants sitting on the buoy as we were going by.  Reminded us of people sitting on the shore watching us leave a port.

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Then a picture of the Oyster Bay Lighthouse.

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Oyster Bay Lighthouse

We have been having issues with the tide being against us from Gardiner Island to Oyster Bay.  So we spent time working with the tide tables the night before we left Oyster Bay to determine the best timing to leave Oyster Bay with the tide right then go to through the East River still having the tide with us.  We determined that we need to leave Oyster Bay between 6:30 and 7 AM and arrive at the East River at between 10 and 10:30 AM.  So it was really trying to understand the tide charts.  We got it right and had a great run.  I’ll give you the photo’s and details.

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The outside seams on Genoa are streaming from the Genoa rolled and furled. Damaged when the furler came out. We had to roll it back in by hand in heavy rollers and 30 Knot winds. Not fun but we got it done.

 

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They look like streamers off the Genoa. I hope to repair it when we get to Dale and Brandy’s if they don’t mind. I have all the materiel just need an open area to work on it.

We have it rolled up and tied down now until we get it fixed.

 

But anyway after leaving Oyster Bay we got to the East River.  we got pictures of all the bridges we had to go under.

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Throg”s Neck bridge was first

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White Stone Bridge 2nd

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Hells Gate Bridge 3rd

Ward's Island Bridge 4th

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Queensburrough Bridge 5th

Queens Burroughs Bridge 5th

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Wiiliamsburg Bridge 6th

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The Manhattan Bridge 7th

Finnaly The Brooklyn Bridge 8th

Finally The Brooklyn Bridge 8th

That was quite a run.  We timed it perfectly and we hit speeds at up to 11 knots.  That’s fast for us.  We would have been going backward if we had been going against the tide.

Hells gate is an interesting name.  That is were the Harlem River and East River come together and we had our 11 knot speed.  The problem is white knuckle steering with all the turbulence caused were they come together and it gets extra dicey when a barge passes you at the same time and starts the wakes going.  But it was exciting and a highlight of our travels.

The Throg's Neck Lighthouse stands at the entrance to the East River

The Throg’s Neck Lighthouse stands at the entrance to the East River

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We passed this old wooden square masted boat going past us the other way.  They have a pretty good engine to run against the tide.  I’m guessing that was not an original part of this boat.

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We saw this tram crossing the river at  Ward’s Island Bridge.

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Looks like the ride center for the tram.

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A fancy Animal medical Center just below the bridge as well.

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A few NY City skyline pictures we took.

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This was a dock with several old wooden boats at the landing.

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The helipad on the river.  They were giving air tours of the Statue of Liberty.  They were busy looked like about 3 different companies.  They were so busy they never shut there engines off but just waited for the next group to come out and get on.  There was a sign on the dock that said “no mooring private property”.  As a pilot I couldn’t believe with 15 mph winds they were taking off downwind and lifting off right over each other.

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Dredging out the Staten Island Ferry Landing. Remember last week one of the Staten Island Ferries went aground. Apparently they decided to dredge it out now. A little late!

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Had to get a couple of closeups of the Staten Island Ferries

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Then we got close up and personal to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

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After leaving NY City we headed south for Sandy Hook, NJ.

 

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They have 2 lighthouses outside Sandy Hook NJ They are 250′ tall and Brownstone.  One was built in 1764 and shined it’s beam continuously except for a brief spell during the Revolutionary War as the oldest light tower in the United States.  We will get a few better pictures when we leave Sandy Hook.

So ended a great day with many miles covered.

Today we are staying in as they have small craft warnings out on the ocean.  This will be our first trip actually traveling on the New Jersey coast on the Atlantic Ocean.  We don’t plan to take any chances and will spend the day relaxing and getting a few items caught up.

 

Peace, love & sandy feet. #thefloridalife #beachquotes

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Point Judith RI to Gardiner Island on Long Island NY then Port Jefferson Long Island NY

We left Point Judith RI on Friday.  We were sorry to leave our new friends behind.

They made it possible for us to continue our Adventure.  I can’t say enough great things about them.  If anyone is ever in the area stop and visit them and say hi from us.

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Mark

Works in the office but as everyone else at Point Judith he seems to do everything.  Tim works in the parts department.  If you need anything they have the best prices that I have seen anywhere.

We left Point Judith and were planning to go to North Cove on the Connecticut River but had issues with how deep a draft the boat could have.  A 6 foot draft can be a limiting factor in a lot of places.  The win d was predicted to change on Saturday from the Northeast to Southeast on Saturday so we decided to cross the Sound and go to Long Island instead.  They call the end of Long Island the fishtail.  But it was a short jump across to Gardener Island on Long Island.

We saw these sticking up out of the water as we approached Gardiner Island they were called the ruins on the GPS.

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The Ruins we couldn’t tell if something had been built there previously or they just happen to be square shaped stones sticking out of the water. What’s your guess?

I managed to catch some fish about the size of a sunfish using my Sebiki rig.  That’s really cool that you can catch your bait with just a small artificial shrimp lure.  Now they were getting up to about 5 to 6 ounce fish.  I’m not sure what I would do with something big enough to eat that.  I’ll have to start taking pictures of my bait.  I usually throw it back in.  Afraid what I would do if I caught something BIG with it.

We saw this fishing trawler working Gardiner Bay.

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We left Gardiner Island early on Saturday morning with a forecast of 5 to 10 knot winds out of the SE.  As we were leaving we had to go through some narrows against the tide.  Adventure was down to about 2.5 knots with the rip tide against her.  It reminded me of when we went through the Grey Straights to the West of Macinaw MI last year.

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This lighthouse is the Plum Gut lighthouse and is located on the East side of the straight, on Plum Gut Island. Notice how turbulent the waters are.

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This is the Orient Pint Lighthouse (Called the coffee pot) Marks the other side of Plum Gut Straight. Notice the ferry loading up in the background. It seems like ferry’s are running everywhere on Long Island.

We didn’t take any more pictures. the weather forecaster lied.  The wind was not 5 to 10 knots.  We got about 1/2 way to Port Jefferson and it changed dramatically.  The winds were steady 20 to 25 knots with gusts to 35 knots.  Then it started raining.  With those winds it was almost sideways with heavy seas.  Fortunately they were going with us and that made it a little easier.  There were no other places to pull in so we had to continue to Port Jefferson.  We got here at 5 PM and filled up the diesel tank.  We used 9 gallons in 18 hours so we use about 1/2 gallon per our.  Even with rough seas we had no issue with the engine.  We feel confident the issue was solved with the new fuel tank.  Thanks Don the new fuel tank did the job.

I’m posting this on Sunday AM so we are getting ready to leave on the next leg.  It looks like we will go back to Oyster Bay for tonight  .That will be only 20 miles so we are taking it easy.  Then we will be heading for the East River then the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty again.

 

Amen.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

 

 

 

We’re in Boston!!!

We left Pt Judith, RI for Buzzards Bay, MA planning to get through the Cape Cod Canal on Friday morning.

We took a picture of the sunrise.  It was beautiful.

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Yes we do get up early some day’s.  We were going to try to catch the tide through the Cape Cod Channel.  The tide through the channel can be up to 2.5 knots.  As we only move at 6 knots that means when you are with the tide you gain almost 2.5  knots or travel at 8.5 knots but against the tide it would slow us down by 2.5 knots or our speed would be 3.5 knots.  As the chanal is about 15 miles long with the tide it is less than 2 hours but against the tide it would take 4 1/2 hours.

As we left we saw this ship, the Thomas Jefferson just outside Pt Judith.  It is a NOAA (National Aeronautic and Atmospheric Administration) ship.  They are the ones responsible for putting all the charts together that we use in sailing.  IMG_4508 IMG_4510 IMG_4515

A couple of light houses

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Pt Judith light house

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Interesting how they have a light house dome built into the house

 

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Light house at Mattapoisett Neck in Buzzards Bay

The goal was to get through the Cape Cod Canal and anchor out on Cape Cod Bay.  It didn’t work because when we got to the canal at 3:30 PM the tide was the wrong way for us and we would have had to wait until 7PM to enter.  Then we would have been getting through after dark.    We avoid anchoring after dark as it can get difficult to set the anchor properly.  We didn’t know what to do but we met Ed Van Keuren at Riverlink in the Erie Canal and he told us that he had yacht services at Buzzards Bay and if we needed a place to stay he would help us.  We gave Ed a call and he directed us to an anchoring location for the night.  He actually came over with his boat and showed us were to anchor at Mattapoisett Neck in Buzzards Bay.  We talked for a few minutes and he offered some guidance on getting my mast ready and the sails back on.  Thank you Ed we are so glad we met you in the canal!  Ed has circumnavigated the globe and we appreciate everything you did for us.  We have been fortunate to  meet so many great people.

We got up and on our way early the next morning so we would get through the Cape Cod Canal with the tide.  IMG_4543 IMG_4545

We saw the Kennedy ship in Buzzards Bay on Cape Cod.

Then we had a lift bridge that was down and the Canal people stopped us and we had to wait for it to lift again.

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Passing under the lift bridge

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The lift bridge down. It’s a railroad bridge and is only down occasionally when train traffic is coming. Poor timing on our part.

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The Canal Patrol stopped us from going any further.

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The Cape Cod Canal is run by the Army Corp of Engineers unlike our previous experience with the US Coast Guard

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There were several fly fishermen along the canal that morning.

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After leaving the canal we were on  the way to Boston.  The seas were rough with 5-7 foot rollers, making for a rough ride.  to complicate matters we spent a lot of time dodging these floats.  There have to be thousands in the bay you have to avoid with the possibility of getting them caught in the prop.  I found out they are lobster pots fishermen have set.

Then after 10 hours we arrived in Boston, MA.

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Tammy at the Winthrop Yacht Club

Well actually were went to Winthrop, MA to meet with our nephew Jared and his wife Julie.  We have been following Juli’s blog about their house remodel since she started it and we were anxious to see it.

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It was so wonderful to see them.  It is Sunday morning and we are now getting ready to go see them.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

 So throw off the bow lines. 

Sail away from the safe harbor. 

Catch the trade winds.”

           Mark Twain

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

A Beautifyl Day on Long Island Sound

When we woke in the morning the wind was whistling through the mast and it reminded us of one of those cold Minnesota Winter Blizzards.  I think we were both afraid to get up and look outside.  After the heavy seas we had experienced crossing Long Island Sound we thought we were going to be sitting another day.

To our surprise the wind was blowing but not as strongly as we had thought.  The waves in the bay we were in were only about 1/2 a foot high.  So we listened to the weather forecast and they were predicting 4 to 6 foot swells again. We decided to wait another day to go on our next leg.

Someone had told us, in Oyster Bay that our Red and Green Bow lights where not on.  I went to the bow and looked at the lights.  I was surprised to see one bulb was broken and the other was full of water.  They had really taken a rough ride when we went through NY City.  I checked to make sure no damage was done in the wiring.  (Thank you Jose for teaching me how to use a voltage tester.)  It checked out fine.  Now we are looking for new bulbs for the bow lights.  Tammy spent several hours calling marinas and located nothing.

By this time it was noon and we decided to start out.  It seemed so nice in the bay we wanted to at least try the waters.  It turned out to be one of the best days in a long time.  Waves less than a foot.

A new twist for us is understanding tides and currents.  When you go against a current or tide it is like walking into a stiff headwind.   When it is going your way it is like getting a big boost.

Well we picked the perfect time to leave because the tide was traveling with us.  We usually travel at 6 knots.  To our surprise we started at 6 knots then it kept getting faster as the time passed.  Adventure was all the way up to 8.2 knots.  Our overall average was 7.1 knots and we traveled 42 miles in 6 hours.  We had left New Haven at noon and got to Fisher Island, NY in just 6 hours.

I have to put a note in here.  We were traveling east the whole time so we did not travel back to New York.  It is just that the duke of York gave Fisher Island to New York back in the 1700’s even though it was south of Connecticut.

We did locate the bulbs in Pt Judith RI, which is still east of us.  We will stop there tomorrow to get the bulbs, diesel, and hopefully do the laundry.  Then we will continue to Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal.

A few lighthouses that we saw yesterday.  They are interesting because here on the Sound they build these huge 1/2 mile to 1 mile breakwaters (Breakwaters stop the heavy waves from coming ashore or into bays) out into the Sound.  You have to be careful because they build them straight out.

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This one was on the west end

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This on the East end

These two were on a long breakwater in Nianic Bay.

When we arrived at Fisher Island this one was on an Island off the Island.  I think it is the most elaborate lighthouse we have seen.  It is very large, has a wind generator, solar panels, and a green house on the island with it.

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I don’t think I have seen one as spread out and large as this one.

When we were anchoring the boat in this bay just after setting the anchor we saw something floating in the water.  To our surprise it was a jellyfish (we don’t know what kind) and Tammy managed to get a couple of good shots of it.

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It was pretty but something you don’t touch or swim with.

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It was alive and moving along.

“Don’t just sit there. Sail Something!”

                                Chery Fee

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve