The weather has been mostly good, so we’ve been moving right along. Virginia, Maryland, Delaware & down to Cape May, NJ. Once there, we’ll wait for a good offshore weather window to travel the 115 miles offshore to NYC – sometimes it’s the next day, sometimes we’ve had to wait a week.
Our most notable stop was in Solomons, Maryland to visit cruising friends Mike & Ann who conveniently live in a condo – on the water – with a dinghy dock! It was great to catch up, complete with a fantastic dinner, “taxi” & laundry services made it our best stop this trip north!
Modern navigation can almost appear to be a video game. While we have an older built-in chartplotter system, we mostly navigate with an iPad mounted near the helm with Navionics Charting app. Believe it or not, it will “auto-route” your day’s trip, much like Google Maps in your car. While, of course, we never depend on it exclusively, we have found it extremely accurate! Last year I also hooked up an AIS receiver which transmits other vessel positions who have AIS transmitters (almost 1/2 of boats & all ships) so they show right on your screen (especially helpful at night or in the fog). Large ships have a larger icon. An icon turns red when you are on a possible collision course with them (as deemed by your settings) . The line in front of each vessel lets you know their direction & speed – they will be at the end of their little line in 6 minutes. The most difficult part is to constantly remember that only about 1/2 of the vessels are shown! All features can be programed to your requirements & comfort levels. Pretty cool!
Within a week or so we expect to arrive in Connecticut. We hear on the news that COVID is now over & no more masks?? Did anyone check with Dr. Fauci 🙂 ??
In any case, we’re looking forward to a great spring with family & friends in Connecticut, then head up to Maine so we can eat too much lobster!