Holding Out in Cape May, NJ

We’ve continued our cold & lonely trek north finally reaching Cape May, NJ.  We might be here a while as stormy weather approaches with gale warnings & ocean seas of 9′ – 11′ forecasted.  Our next leg is 114 miles offshore up the coast of New Jersey to NYC, so we’d like it a little calmer.

While there have been some calm days …

This has been much more common

My phone running out of space to display the warnings

We’re seldom as far north in early spring – it’s cold & stormy!  After a while you almost get used to thunderstorm warnings, gale warnings, tornado watch, blah, blah, blah – o.k. – not really!  For the worst weather, we’ve mostly managed to be hiding in marinas, but have been anchored out many cold nights with temps down to 44 & inside cabin temps as low as 49 by morning – hmmm … who gets out of bed first to start the generator so we can start up the heater??

We have been able to enjoy a bit of great take-out in places such as Beaufort NC (including Easter dinner delivered from Beaufort Grocery which is actually a restaurant) & especially at our favorite restaurant (Spoon River) in Belhaven, NC where we picked up a huge order of fantastic shrimp & grits which was enough for several dinners & even a lunch.  On the other hand, we had to lower our standards in Great Bridge, VA as there was only a Chili’s next to the grocery store in walking distance.  The only saving grace was they had their margaritas to-go as well! Their curbside pickup was a little sloppy as they were repeatedly going car-to-car close-up to opened windows asking which order was whose – not a great system.  We kept stepping further & further away from curbside until we were on the other side of the parking lot by the time our order was ready.

We hit the mother-load, finding almost-forgotten spare toilet paper & Bounty paper towels under a seat hiding-out with the air conditioning unit.

In times like this, it’s the little things.





We had passed this somewhat run-down looking shrimp dock in Hobucken, NC called RE Mayo Seafood many times without stopping.  Since we were running out of shrimp (our usual shrimp stop in Beaufort didn’t have any since they primarily sell wholesale to restaurants so their shrimpers weren’t even going out) we thought we’d take a look.  WOW!  Super clean & super nice with a huge selection of shrimp, fish & even lobster.  Nearly everything they offer gets unloaded right at their dock.  Lori walked out 20 minutes later with a big smile & her big bag of loot.  Even the cost was unbelievably reasonable.  With their own dock right along the waterway, we’ll definitely be making this a regular stop.

Right after RE Mayo Seafood there is a small U.S. Coast Guard station where they were (hopefully) just learning, as we caught a bit of yelling “Watch out! – Watch out!”


Ospreys distancing themselves in style

5 thoughts on “Holding Out in Cape May, NJ

  1. Nice update. I always enjoy reading your adventures. Cape May is not a terrible place to be hold up at least. I was finally able to get to BFT this weekend and do all/most of my spring commissioning projects on my little Parker and help my brother get his Com-Pac back to it’s slip at Beaufort Yacht Basin(Next to Smith’s). It was a nice weekend and everybody seemed to have Covid-19 fatigue and were out and about in town and on the water. It almost looked like 4th of July Saturday afternoon out at the Cape, lol. Good luck with the rest of your trip north.


    • Yippee for getting boats in the water! Glad it all worked out for you guys. We arrived to our slip yesterday and celebrated our 30th anniversary in classic COvid-19 style- curbside takeout and away from all in our favorite Cove. Stay safe ! – Lori

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  2. Nice update and good to know that you’re safely making your way back home. Everything pretty much the same here in G-town with boat numbers down to ~ 75. The ‘stay-on-your-boat-at-all-times’ rule is pretty tough but everyone is managing via service deliveries to the boats by the locals (groceries, water, fuel, garbage pick-up, & propane). Much warmer than where you’ve been but not ‘summer hot’ so far. 🙂


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