Cape May NJ

Leaving Cape May we came up the Delaware River.  Unfortunately when we got to our anchor location we did not have internet service so the blog is a little behind.

We wanted to show you a few of the light houses that are actually in the middle of the bay.  They mark shoals (shallow water or gravel that may run a few miles.

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The Lighthouse at the Miah Maull Shoal it is about 5 miles long and is as shallow as 3 feet. Kinda hard on the keel and in the middle of the Delaware Bay.

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Elbow Cross Ledge Marker

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Ship John Shoal Lighthouse

All three of these lighthouses are in the middle of the River/Bay and failure to heed will get you in trouble as they mark shoal as shallow as 3 feet.

We traveled through the Cape May canal which was smooth and comfortable.  However when we reached the other side we ran into 4 to 5 foot waves, as we headed upriver.  Fortunately we caught the tide correctly and then the wind and waves went down.  So we were doing as much as 8 knots coming upriver and averaged 6.4 knots.  Very good average speed.

I put the line out the line out and caught another Bluefish.  Bigger than the other ones from 2 days before.  So it was fish supper again.  It is one of the best fish I’ve tasted, very close to Walleye.

We anchored out just a little north of a nuclear power plant.

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It was interesting how the steam was reflected off the water.

Unfortunately we had trouble bring the anchor up yesterday and lost it.  We came to Delaware City to get the other anchor spliced on to the anchor line.  But it gave us a chance to get laundry done so we took advantage of it.

We are looking for somewhere to park Adventure while we go to Dale & Brandy’s the spend time with Beth.  It looks like everywhere is going to expensive to leave Adventure while we visit.  I’m not sure what we will do.  They want $70 to $105  to out her in a slip per day.  Wow we could stay in a nice hotel for that.  Anchoring out is free but if we could get a reasonable price for a mooring ball that would work as well.  We will continue to search for a location.

We try to leave this afternoon for the C&D canal and take it with the tide.

Bruce I saw this and thought of you.  We’ve been exploring but have found no beautiful stones, just beautiful memories.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

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.

Oyster Bay Lighthouse

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

Ward’s Island Bridge 4th

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