Tam’s daredevil act

It was one of those times were you are so scared you don’t know what to do but when it’s over you go “My God you did that”, and wished you had the video cam going so it could go viral.

I will try to give it Justice with only words.

I will start off after we finished the strut repair.  We asked for additional time at the slip so we could clean Adventure and ourselves up.  They said it was OK but they had a large group on there way in and would need the slip shortly.

After cleaning ourselves and Adventure up then putting everything away, we got ready to leave.  Before we left the Mark & Diane Doyle came in on their beautiful Power Catamaran, and parked next to us.

They authored five books that we have.  On The Water Chart Guides, (Cruising Guide, Anchor Guides, Electronic Charting, Managing the Waterway).  They are guides to sailing the ICW.  Very in depth information about anchoring, marina’s, facilities, and warnings on the ICW.  It is the ICW bible of what, were, and how on the ICW and we have used it every step of the way through the ICW.  It has been our guide.  We were so excited to actually meet them.


Tammy is going over Diane & Mark Doyle’s books as I am writing this. She is planning the next legs of our journey down the ICW.


So we were preparing to leave and I started the engine.  Tammy got out to let the lines off and we planned to let the boat swing out with the current but didn’t realize how strong the current was.  1.5 knot current pushing an 11,000 pound boat is truly powerful.  So I got out to hold lines and told Tammy to get in.


She hesitated just a bit and the boat started to get away from me.  I yelled to “GET ON”.  Unfortunately she did not have a good grip or position to get a hold of.  The boat moved away from the dock and I was trying with all my might to hold onto the dock line.  Tam only had hold of the safety line at the top.  She lost her footing with her right foot and it went into the water, but she managed to keep her left leg hooked over the ledge of the boat.


I heard Mark exclaim “She’s going into the water”.

Then with super strength and agility she pulled herself up to get her right foot onto the bottom ledge and pulled herself out and up to the boat.  She then swung herself over the safety lines and into the boat.  After what I had witnessed from her I thought she would just leap them!  She ran to the cockpit and got the boat under control.  WOW was I impressed.

Kyle the dock hand came over and grabbed the dock lines and helped get the boat back under control.

Meanwhile Mark was on their boat giving us guidance on what to do.  Thank you Mark we do appreciate it and only the embarassmant could be more humiliating.

Tammy motored it back in so I could jump on.

We got everything clear and headed out.

They say you never foul it up when you are alone but when people are watching that’s when you really foul it up.

The absolute worst departure from a dock we have ever made.  A wife with unknown super abilities that saved the day and we do it in front of Mark & Diane Doyle, whom we think so much of and didn’t want to look like totally incompetant boaters.

Mark & Diane I want to copyright this story so every time you tell it or if ever you print it you must pay us a royalty.  What else would you do with the “worst launch ever”.

“Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” –

      Brooks Atkinson

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve





Patching Adventure

Late for the blog, sorry.

It has been a very crazy few days.  When someone says do you get a “sinking feeling” that would apply to the last several days.  We felt some serious vibrations and the bilge started pumping every minute for about 5 seconds.  That equates to taking on water at about 50 gallons per hour.  Doesn’t sound like much but enough to fill most tubs about 1/2 full.  But more importantly was the vibrations caused when we increased RPM to 2000.  For a boat they are real issues.  We thought we would have to pull the boat out of the water then repair the strut then put it back in.


When we started contacting marinas we found out how much trouble we were in.  First the minimum they wanted to take it out was $300 then they would not let us DIY the boat, then we would have to go to a hotel while they fixed it because we couldn’t live on the boat.  So the cheapest repair was going to be at least $1000 with everything.  We don’t have $1000 or a way of getting it.  So what next?

I thought about it overnight and thought if I could swim under the boat and poke new bolts in and Tam was down below and put the nuts on we could get it fixed well enough to get to were we are going then work on it later.

We stopped at the next marina Beauford, SC and got a slip so we could work on it.  As were walking past from registering we saw a fellow getting on a wetsuit.  I asked him who he was and what he was doing. He said his name was Peter and he cleaned the bottom of boats in the marina.  Most marinas require it every month.  I told him of the issue we had and asked how much he would charge.  He said, “He would ask his boss”.  His boss was Robert and they said they could do it for $125.  That was reasonable but outside of our bank account.  He told us while he was in the water doing some bottoms that he would look at it and tell us what the condition was.

We went to the store to pick up the bolts and nuts for the job in stainless steel.  When we got back he told us that the bolts were doable and wished us luck and said if we needed help to give him a call.


The drive shaft strut is the part that had broken the bolts. In Mackinaw MI it broke the bolts, bent the shaft, and pushed the strut up through the bottom of the boat.


We replaced all four bolts for the strut with the boat in the water.


I proceeded to get into a swimsuit and dive under the boat.  When I went in the current was so strong it nearly swept me away.  So I got a rope and tried hanging onto it while I pushed the bolts threw.  No go I couldn’t hold my breath long enough to get the bolts in place.  So we called Robert and asked him if he would take a post dated check?  He said he would and that he would dive the next day.

When he came by Saturday morning we had everything ready for him.  We discovered that not only the forward 2 bolts were broken off but the back 2 were bent and ready to fall out as well.  With Roberts help we replaced all four of the bolts and covered them with 3M 5200 seal caulk.


The view from inside the boat of the top plate. I pushed a couple of temporary bolts in to slow the water down.


This is the plate after we replaced the bolts and I generously applied 3M 5200.

When I got out of the hold it took me two hours to get everything cleaned of that caulk and a 40 min shower getting myself sorta clean.

So total cost came out at $155.00 to include Robert’s dive the stainless steel bolts and the 3M 5200 caulk.  At least we can continue.  We ran “Adventure” 2 1/2 hours yesterday after the job was done and the vibrations are gone and the leaking has stopped.  We are hoping that will do the job until we can get to our destination marina.

But getting out of the marina is another story.

“Sailing, the most expensive way to travel 3rd class.”

“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.


Wolf Trap Light


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.


A Really nice Yacht

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


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

A great visit with our daughter Beth in Radford, VA

On Monday Dale and Brandy let us barrow their car and we drove to Radford, VA. to see our daughter Beth, who is attending college in Radford.

We were so excited to see her and have the opportunity to spend a few days with her.

We arrived Monday at about 3:30 PM and had a great time visiting with her that night.


Beth and her cat Nikita


Tuesday she took us out for a drive in the morning.  Radford is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and it was just beautiful there.

The trees in the mountains are changing to the fall colors.  It is truly a wonder to see them colors painted on those mountains.   We went to Gent Park for lunch and some nice views.


Some children were at the park on a class outing.

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At the park they a brook that went past it

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They also had a pond that they have weddings around.


A nice reflection in the water.

A couple of family pictures.


Beth & Tam


Tam & me

Then on Wed morning, before we left we went up the Blur Ridge Parkway.  It was raining and the clouds were hanging on the mountains.  Truly natures heaven.

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These hills are where Dirty Dancing was filmed.  We went to the “Lodge” that the movie was filmed at and you could sense the Movies heartbeat.


The Lodge


The Lodge from the mountain


The Pavilion that a lot of the dancing took place in

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As we were going back down the mountain we stopped and grabbed a few more family photo’s.


Beth & Tam



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Tam & me in a couple of shots with the mountains in the background.

We also went by this covered bridge.

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When I see some of the rock formations I think of our friend Bruce back in Mankato.  He collects stones and would show us the beauty in them.  These are bigger and not as pretty but it is awesome when you see what God has created even in the beauty of the stones in the earth.

It’s difficult to see in the picture but the lines running through the stone is a kaleidoscope of color

Unfortunately the time was to short and we had to head back Wed afternoon.

We are now back in Laurel, MD with Brandy and Dale and getting ready to continue the Adventure on Saturday or Sunday based on the “tides: again.  We will go to the boat shortly and work on “Adventure” to get ready to go.

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“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


We took some time and repaired our damaged Genoa

We left Delaware City and headed down the C&D (Chesapeake & Delaware) canal. It is the shortcut from Delaware River to Maryland.
We are trying to travel shorter jumps so we only traveled from Delaware City to Chesapeake City on the C&D canal. It was nice so we decided to stay an extra day and get a few things done on Adventure. The second day we took the Genoa (big sail on the front of the boat) down and hauled it into the cabin and repaired it. After we arrived at Point Judith the sail was not useable and had pieces streaming from it.

Pulling and pushing it around to get the repairs in line with the sewing machine became a bit of a problem however we persisted and got it sewed back up. Glad we have the sewing machine. That would have been an expensive repair.


As you can see in the photo’s we had the sail pretty much crammed into the cabin with Tam and I twisting it around as needed to complete the repairs. But we did get them done and now have a working sail.

Now we have the finished product up and sailing


Which we used to get here to Magothy River.
We were happy to get back to a little wind power.  We had traveled from Chesapeake City to Sassafras River then on Friday we traveled to the Magothy River just south of Baltimore, MD.  While we were traveling we were trying to locate a marina to park Adventure while we spend time with Dale and Brandy in Washington DC and then go visit Beth at Radford in Virginia.

We think we located a reasonable one and we are going to try moving over there in a bit.  The problem is we have to go in at high tide or the water may be right on the borderline for our 6′ draft.

We can stay for 2 weeks for less than the diesel we use in 2 weeks.

We are anxious to see Dale and Brandy then see Beth for a while.  It should be a great two weeks.

We will have an address of

Atlantic Marina Resort

487 New York Ave

Pasadena, MD 21122

When we get back in 2 weeks we will be able to head down the ICW (Inter-coastal Waterway to Florida.

We will try to post the blog when we have time over the next couple of weeks.  We will be off Living The Dream.

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“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

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.


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.


Elbow Cross Ledge Marker


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Throg”s Neck bridge was first


White Stone Bridge 2nd


Hells Gate Bridge 3rd

Ward's Island Bridge 4th

Ward’s Island Bridge 4th

Queensburrough Bridge 5th

Queens Burroughs Bridge 5th


Wiiliamsburg Bridge 6th


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



“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.


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.


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.


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