Homeward Bound, Part 2 – Jersey Shore

We are in “delivery mode”. The days are long and tiring, but things are going fine, when one considers that this boat is totally new to us. We spend a lot of our time trying to figure things out — “Where is the ______?  What does this do?   Have you found the  ______ yet?  Whoa, look at this?? Really?” She is in good shape, but has definitely been ignored. Today, we waxed the flybridge “dashboard” while we were underway.  Looks much better! I laid my face on the fiberglass and softly whispered , “Don’t worry anymore. Your years of neglect and being ignored are over now. We are here to take care of you and everything will be all right.”

We left Cape May at 6:00 am on Wednesday morning so that we could arrive in Atlantic City at slack tide for an easy entry into the channel.

The sun was rising as we left Cape May.

The sun was rising as we left Cape May.

Dolphins escorted us out of the channel and into the ocean.

Dolphins escorted us out of the channel and into the ocean.

This boat does not have davits so we are towing our dinghy behind us. Have to remember to look backwards and keep an eye on it!

This boat does not have davits so we are towing our dinghy behind us. Have to remember to look backwards and keep an eye on it!

After 6 hours of traveling, we reached Atlantic City.

After 6 hours of traveling, we reached Atlantic City.

A cute water tower was visible over the buildings in Atlantic City.

A cute water tower was visible over the buildings in Atlantic City.

This time we anchored just before the bridge, outside of the channel. When we return to the boat in the dinghy, I have to look around the harbor to find "my" boat. I am still looking for the Morgan sailboat. I think it is like getting a new car and trying to find it in the parking lot.

This time we anchored just before the bridge, outside of the channel. When we return to the boat in the dinghy, I have to look around the harbor to find “my” boat. I am still looking for the Morgan sailboat. I think it is like getting a new car and trying to find it in the parking lot.

 

The very best part of stopping in Atlantic City was a visit with our friends, Mary Marie and Frank, from Eleanor Q. We have not seen them since Hopetown in the Bahamas back in February.

~ Frank and Mary Marie ("Ems") ~The guys are deep in boat talk.

~ Frank and Mary Marie (“Ems”)
~The guys are deep in boat talk.

We had a nice dinner in a funky little spot on the docks.

We had a nice dinner in a funky little spot on the docks. Frank’s daughter, Nicole, is a chef in Brigantine, New Jersey. She is competing on The Next Food Network Star show this season. We cheer for her every week. Can’t wait to get home and catch up on the most recent shows. Good Luck, Colie!

Our first picture with our new boat. Thank you, Mary Marie! Oh my, we just have to change that name as soon as possible!!

Our first picture with our new boat. Thank you, Mary Marie! Oh my, we just have to change that name as soon as possible!!

And there was Miss Maggie, our friends from Lubbers Quarters & North Carolina on their way south. WE actually crossed paths again. Three times in 3 weeks.

And there was Miss Maggie, our friends from Lubbers Quarters & North Carolina on their way south. They have been traveling south and arrived in Atlantic City on the same day that we did, traveling north.

Thursday began early – the trip from Atlantic City to Sandy Hook, New Jersey is 80 nautical miles and would take us all day. We left Atlantic City at 5:30 am.

Watching the sun rise in the east as we traveled. You just can't see this often enough.

Watching the sun rise in the east as we traveled. You just can’t see this often enough.

It was a good day for an ocean ride. Light breeze, calm seas, sunshine. Long, but nice for most of the way.

A two-masted schooner passed us, moving southward.

A two-masted schooner passed us, moving southward.

Here is a TRAWLER in the true sense of the word - a fishing trawler that is trawling for fish.

Here is a TRAWLER in the true sense of the word – a fishing trawler that is trawling for fish.

There were things in the air as well.

There were things in the air as well.

As we approached the Sandy Hook peninsula, ready to make the turn, my ears heard a different sound from this ordinary looking green marker buoy. Instead of a simple clanging bell, it sounded like church bells. There were three distinctly different chiming sounds.

As we approached the Sandy Hook peninsula, ready to make the turn, my ears heard a different sound from this ordinary looking green marker buoy. Instead of a simple clanging bell, it sounded like church bells. There were three distinctly different chiming sounds.

The view along Sandy Hook on our way to anchor behind the breakwater.

The view along the Sandy Hook peninsula on our way to anchor behind the breakwater.

Not much more to say about today. The trip is going well, all things considered. We are learning about this particular boat and how a trawler is different from a sailboat. We are also making a long list of what we need to do to make her ours. A long list.

It amy be after 9:00 pm, but Al has decided to see how things are put together and start taking things apart and seeing them apart. ???? It can't wait until we get home???

It may be after 9:00 pm, but Al has decided to see how things are put together and start taking things apart.???? It can’t wait until we get home???

Tomorrow is New York Harbor and Hell’s Gate – Long Island Sound, here we come!

The sun set over the sailboats at Sandy Hook

The sun set over the sailboats at Sandy Hook

Homeward Bound, Part 1- Chesapeake Bay to Cape May, NJ

The waiting and anticipation finally came to an end. We picked up a rented cargo van and loaded it with everything we thought we might need, and could fit into it. We attempted a minimalist approach, which applied to clothing, food,and galley needs, but not safety equipment or tools.

We needed to bring our dinghy and outboard engine with us. Hmmmm, is this really going to fit?? This is not our old 11ft Novarania dinghy that we loved. Sold that in Florida. This is our “new” 9.5 Caribe, bought on Craig’s List. Guess it is a good thing we downsized!

We needed to bring our dinghy and outboard engine with us. Hmmmm, is this really going to fit?? This is not our old 11ft Novarania dinghy that we loved. Sold that in Florida. This is our “new” 9.5 Caribe, bought on Craig’s List. Guess it is a good thing we downsized!

Everything fits!! Al is the supreme packer and loader.

Everything fits!! Al is the supreme packer and loader.

This side view proves that even the dinghy is in the cargo van. We are ready to roll.

This side view proves that even the dinghy is in the cargo van. We are ready to roll.

We began our third drive to Maryland, one to view the boat, second for the survey and sea trial, and this third one to bring it home to Connecticut. Back over the George Washington Bridge in New York and down the Jersey Turnpike.

ThIs bridge goes over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Next time we are here, we will be under it!

ThIs bridge goes over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. Next time we are here, we will be under it!

We drive through Middletown. Not in Connecticut, but in Maryland.

We drive through Middletown. Not in Connecticut, but in Maryland.

By 1:30 pm on Saturday, we had arrived at Piney Narrows Marina on Kent Island where Unfunded Requirement sat waiting for us. I did not take photos of either Saturday or Sunday because all we did was unload, clean, and unpack for hours and hours. With the emphasis on clean. We also filled a dumpster with things abandoned on the boat by the previous owners. It became more and more obvious that this boat had not seen real attention in several years. Somebody lost interest. Poor thing. Looks like another rescue job for us.

Sunday evening - first dinner onboard the boat. A Toast to us and the new, soon-to-be Kindred Spirit.

Sunday evening – first dinner onboard the boat. A toast to us and the new, soon-to-be Kindred Spirit.

The only "decorating" we did for this trip was to select three bears from our little collection of sailing  bears and bring them along for good luck.

The only “decorating” we did for this trip was to select three bears from our little collection of sailing bears and bring them along for good luck.

It was now time to start the journey home and step into “trawlerhood.” Monday morning we pulled out of the slip and stopped at the fuel dock.  Our first moments on the “dark side” brought that inevitable, and expected, sticker shock at the pump. 120 gallons of fuel added to the 300 gallon capacity tanks. Our little tank on the Morgan only held 50 gallons.

That first day was a long rough ride – strong winds (20 -25 knots) and seas of 4 feet. We both discussed reefing before setting out into the Chesapeake Bay. OOPS! Wait a minute, we don’t have sails to reef anymore! Old habits die hard. We took a lot of spray over the bow and even up to the flybridge. What a baptism into “trawlerhood.”

Al begins the day at the lower helm. He already looks pretty comfortable, doesn't he?

Al begins the day at the lower helm. He already looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t he?

When we move up to the flybridge, I get to drive the boat. Windy day!

When we move up to the flybridge, I get to drive the boat. Windy day!

We arrived at Chesapeake City at the western end of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal at 4:30 pm. Hooray –There is a spot at the end of the free town dock and Al maneuvers the boat into it.  Two fine docking jobs in one day!

At the Chesapeake City dock. Reminds us of our trip south last September when the Morgan sailboat was at the dock.

At the Chesapeake City dock. Reminds us of our trip south last September when the Morgan sailboat was at the dock.

Our reward for the long rough ride was a visit from Alicia, Aaron, and Ella!!! What a nice way to spend the evening. We introduced the grandchildren to the new boat.

~Aaron in the helm seat on the flybridge. Ready to captain! ~ Ella investigates the transom door. Trying to escape??

~Aaron in the helm seat on the flybridge. Ready to captain!
~ Ella investigates the transom door. Trying to escape??

Hanging out on the bow

Hanging out on the bow

The boys go for a dinghy ride.

The boys go for a dinghy ride. This is the first time we have tested this dinghy.

Sunset at Chesapeake City. A good first day.

Sunset at Chesapeake City. A good first day.

Day 2 of the trip home begins with the trip through the C&D Canal and down the Delaware Bay. It was a much calmer day, both the waves and the winds had died down. The air was cool and dry, and the skies were a little overcast.

Here we go under the bridge we had driven over just two days earlier.

Here we go under the bridge we had driven over just two days earlier.

The Delaware Bay is looong and not very scenic. It just isn’t.

~ A lighthouse marking shoals ~ The nuclear power plant spewing smoke.

~ A lighthouse marking shoals
~ The nuclear power plant spewing smoke.

This yellow nun (not the usual red one) shows the current against us. Once the current changed and was with us, our speed increased from 6 knots to 9 knots, while always running at 1850 rpms.

This yellow nun (not the usual red one) shows the current against us. Once the current changed and was with us, our speed increased from 6 knots to 9 knots, while always running at 1650 rpms.

While I was at the bridge helm, Al investigated the anchor lines and windlass in preparation or anchoring in Cape May Harbor for the night.  Hmmmm…..

Measuring the anchor lines

16 feet of chain! You have got to be kidding us! This will have to change. We loved our rocna and 200 feet of chain. We want to be able to sleep at night on the anchor.

This time we can go through the Cape May Canal instead of around the tip of southern New Jersey. With the sailboat we didn’t dare try that. The bridge clearance is 58 feet and our mast was 59 feet.  The Cape May Canal is man-made, 12 feet deep by about 100 feet wide, and was built by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.  This was done so  that maritime traffic wasn’t exposed to German U-Boats that may have been patrolling near the coast. Today, for pleasure craft and smaller fishing boats, it makes a shorter and more protected run from the ocean to the Delaware Bay, avoiding   “the rips” off of Cape May Point.

The Cape May Ferry makes the run across the lower Delaware Bay from Lewes, Delaware, at Cape Henlopen.

The Cape May Ferry makes the run across the lower Delaware Bay from Lewes, Delaware, at Cape Henlopen.

We approach the entrance to the Cape May Canal. It  was an easy 3 mile ride and cut about an hour off the trip to Cape May.

We approach the entrance to the Cape May Canal. It was an easy 3 mile ride and cut about an hour off the trip to Cape May.

We saw quite a few people fishing along the shore of the canal. From the look of the water, I am not sure I would eat anything from it.

We saw quite a few people fishing along the shore of the canal. From the look of the water, I am not sure I would eat anything from it.

Our second day ended with our first anchoring experience in a trawler. It was successful, and we slept peacefully in the Cape May Harbor for the night.

Waitin’ and Anticipatin’

Days came and went, and by July 23rd we still did’t have a closing date for the new Kindred Spirit. We were waiting for the repairs on the Mariner to be done and closing papers to be finalized, while anticipating all the things we will need for the trip home on a boat we were don’t really know yet.

While we were waiting, anticipating, and packing ,we have found plenty to do.

Al is alway busy making things and fixing things. He has done crown molding and a tile backsplash in neighbors’ homes. He makes things for our children’s homes and the grandchildren. In no time at all, he made this Lego carry box for our grandson Aaron.

~The Lego carry box for Aaron ~ I'm still trying my hand at weaving

~The Lego carry box for Aaron
~ I’m still trying my hand at weaving (going slower that I had hoped!)

Together we made this glass lamp. Bought it at a discount and then took the rope off and pried off the top so that I could fill it with sea glass, shells, and coral.

Our glass lamp project

Our glass lamp project

In need of a land activity, we are enjoying bike rides. There is an especially nice path along the old Farmington Canal.

Bike helmets make such a fashion statement.

Bike helmets make such a fashion statement.

The Farmington Canal Linear Park bike path

The Farmington Canal Linear Park bike path

Charlie, our "grand-dog" spent 10 days with us while his "parents" were on vacation.

Charlie, our “grand-dog” spent 10 days with us while his “parents” were on vacation.

Al participated in the Shennecossett Yacht Club “Dock Races” again on the team for D Dock.

Bill gives the race instructions to the teams.

Bill gives the race instructions to the teams.

At this point in time, Al was still considered to be the “sail” part of the two-man team, which had to be one sailor with one power-boater.  Hmmm… what happens next year? Can you rally take the “sail” out of the man?
syc race 1 syc race 2

Al still gets a chance to do some sailing during the SYC Dock Races.

SYC race 3

swimming retirevers

Two Golden Retrievers swimming along side the race course. What stamina they have!

Another summer treat was meeting with friends from our Bahama trip. Miss Maggie, a Grand Banks 36, brought Bruce and Tracey and their Golden Retriever, Maggie May, all the way to Connecticut from North Carolina. We had a delightful visit and dinner with them.

~ Miss Maggie on the mooring ~ A toast from Bruce

~ Miss Maggie on the mooring
~ A toast from Bruce

On the same weekend, our friends on Magnolia, (Morgan sistership, remember?) arrived at Shennecossett Yacht Club as they passed through southern New England on their way north.

Miss Maggie and Magnolia stop by Shennecossett on their trips north.

Miss Maggie and Magnolia stop by Shennecossett on their trips north. It’s nice to see a Morgan out there on the mooring again.

We had a Bahama reunion/potluck barbecue at the yacht club. Magnolia’s freezer needed defrosting before their land trip to Ohio and we all benefited. 🙂 Yum! Although our boats had all met at one point or another on our respective Bahama voyages, all four boats were never in the same place at the same time. Until now. Well, except that our boat isn’t there.

The Bahama gang reunited - Anthony, Annette, Dave, Sue, Al, Michele, Dan, and Marcia

The Bahama gang reunited – from left to right Magnolia -Anthony & Annette, san cles -Dave & Sue, Kindred Spirit – Al & Michele, and Cutting Class -Dan & Marcia

Rockin' Captains

Captains Al, Anthony, and Dan, sitting on the  porch sharing sailing stories and mechanical tales.

What a feast we had!!

What a feast we had!!

Ending with Rum Cake, officially known as "Great Guana Cay Rum Cake."

Ending with Rum Cake, officially known as “Great Guana Cay Rum Cake.” That’s all that was left. Rumor has it that some folks ate it for breakfast the next day????

A day trip to to southeast Connecticut by car kept our minds off our delayed ownership of the new boat.

A stop at Abbotts in Noak for lunch. Clam chowder and shrimp & corn bisque, followed by crab cakes. This was actually a taste test. Although the crab cakes were good, they did not compare at all to the ones in the Chesapeake Bay!!

A stop at Abbotts in Noak for lunch. Clam chowder and shrimp & corn bisque, followed by crab cakes. This was actually a taste test. Although the crab cakes were good, they did not compare at all to the ones in the Chesapeake Bay!!

We enjoyed the view form our picnic table, overlooking the Mystic River.

We enjoyed the view from our picnic table, overlooking the Mystic River.

A stop in Mystic and a stroll over the bridge and down the street.

A stop in Mystic and a stroll over the bridge and down the street.

A stop at Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream is a MUST. Their Lemon Chocolate Kiss is to die for!

A visit to the Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream shop is a MUST. Their unique flavor, Lemon Chocolate Kiss, is to die for!

And then there are the grandchildren!

July 4th weekend visit with  ~ Alicia and Ella ~ Papa and Aaron play with the toy sailboat int he sink.

July 4th weekend visit with
~ Alicia and Ella
~ Papa and Aaron play with the toy sailboat int he sink.

9 week old Caleb is already anticipating our next boat, and seems to know we are heading to the Chesapeake to get it.

9-week old Caleb is already anticipating our next boat, and seems to know we are heading to the Chesapeake to get it (see his shirts??)

GOOD NEWS!!  We are loading a cargo van and heading to Maryland tomorrow (July 26th) to bring this Mariner Orient 38 home to Connecticut.