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

 

 

 

Oyster Bay to New Haven CT Sept 8, 2014

We woke up at 6:30 trying to figure our next stop on the way.  I also changed from the new alternator to the old alternator. The old one only charges at 1/3 the speed of the new one and I do not have a tachometer with the old one.  It was a setback but at least we can now charge the battery while we are running the engine.

When I woke up I saw a man collecting oysters from his boat.  Someone that collects and sells oysters working hard to make a living.  As I watched him I decided to take a picture of him working.  After I had he looked up at me smiled and waved at me.  That was the warmest feeling I have had from anyone in NY.  In the bay we were surrounded by very luxurious houses and boats but here was just a hard working fellow trying to make a living.

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We had a rough trip from Oyster Bay to New Haven CT.  The seas were 5 to 8 foot swells and it was a bouncy ride across 30 miles of Ocean.  Were are now on Long Island Sound and salt water.  It was a slow day as we were learning how to use the tides and currents in our favor.   If you miscalculate is makes for a slower trip.  Yesterday the high swells slowed us down considerably so we only traveled about 35 miles.  But we found a nice place with free mooring balls and are taking a day to dry out and figure the route to Boston.

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The houses are lined up close together on the shore.  Different than along the Hudson were they were for apart and overlooking.

We were happy to see the New Haven light house when we got here.  It is very plain but signaled coming home.

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So I will finish with today because it turned into a clean-up, charge up, and plan day.  So no blog tomorrow after 3 blogs today.

We hope everyone is doing well at home and miss you all.

A special note to our grandson (Super Duper) Cooper.  Take care and get better from that black eye you got.  Relax and take it slow, I’m not sure that is in your vocabulary yet but mostly just get better.

Love Grandma and Grandpa

Also for our other Grandson (That now knows that he does not have wings so he can not fly.).

William, Happy 18th Birthday 18th birthday

“That’s what sailing is, a dance and your partner is the sea.  With the sea you never take liberties.  You ask her, you don’t tell her.  You have to remember always that she’s the leader, not you.  You and your boat are dancing to her tune.”

                                                by           Michael Morpurgo

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve