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 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.
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.
It was a good day for an ocean ride. Light breeze, calm seas, sunshine. Long, but nice for most of the way.
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.
Tomorrow is New York Harbor and Hell’s Gate – Long Island Sound, here we come!
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