Summer Blues

Turbo in a bucket

Out with the old – In with the new anchor chain

While our projects may be blue, we’re not!  We’ve been too busy enjoying life while awaiting our engine diagnosis.  And the good news – our engine just passed all of its tests, except for the turbo charger which will need a rebuild.  So “only” thousands, not tens of thousands (which is what it may have cost if major issues had necessitated removal & re-building of the entire engine).  Whew!!  Time to celebrate!

Dad & Benj after a long 8 months apart!

A Father’s Day lobster feast with homemade lobster rolls!

Lori’s a little excited to be helping to cook in a REAL kitchen at Cathy’s condo!

Even MORE excited getting away to a beautiful Bed & Breakfast with NO cooking!

So while our summer will involve less boating, we’ve already had a steady stream of visits with friends & family, with many more to come. Even a couple of trips to Vermont to spend more time with Benj & Lily.  Very, very nice after two years of COVID.

 

In Deep River, Connecticut for the Summer

The Great Kills Yacht Club founded in 1906 & still going strong

Pheww! – we are so glad we pushed to get up the NJ coast before the big storm!  High winds of 25 – 40 knots blanketed the entire east coast from Connecticut down to the Carolinas & didn’t lie down for a long 5 days.  While we were comfortable at the Great Kills Yacht Club on Staten Island, we were eager to keep going.  On day 5 we departed, even though the winds had only calmed down to 20 knots.

Approaching the Verrazano Bridge, the scene resembled a painting
Can’t go past without saying “Hi” to Lady Liberty
Seems crazy to me, but seaplanes land in the middle of the East River in-between all of the boats, ferries & ships

Passing thru NYC was a bit “sporty”, but the winds finally lowered that night as we anchored in Port Washington, NY.  The following day, we made it to CT, then our final morning up to Deep River – in dense fog!

A beautiful sunset over Port Washington, Long Island

Most cruisers behind us in the Carolinas & Virginia were also severely hampered with the many days of high winds.  Everyone pretty much had to hold in-place, awaiting the weather system to finally move away.  Especially impacted were cruisers attempting to navigate the ICW thru North Carolina, as the Alligator River Swing Bridge won’t open for boats in high winds & so was closed for several days.  Those in Virginia south of Norfolk had their own problems – the days of strong north winds literally blew the water out of that portion of the ICW, lowering the depth 2′ – 3′ south of the Great Bridge Lock, while flooding north of the lock prevented opening!  Every year … it’s something!

The Old Saybrook breakwater at the mouth of the Connecticut River – one of the most photographed & painted lighthouses in the northeast (except for Maine of course!)

Between the high price of diesel & COVID(??), we’ve decided to “take it easy” this summer & stay local, with no big plans for Maine, the Vineyard or any other long voyages.