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!
We are planning to head from the Chesapeake through the C&D canal, around Cape May and up to Atlantic Highlands, NJ which is our home port during the Memorial Day weekend. Hope you are having a pleasant trip North.
It’s been chilly but better than hot and humid.
We are always happy to be done with the NJ offshore no matter how good the conditions. Long day.
Have a safe and fun trip yourselves.
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Great post Russ sounds like the transit is going well. Here’s a link to your ship, no wonder they warned you off!
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Martin you nailed it! Sure looks and reads like the one we saw. Good thing we heeded that warning 😳.
Our window is holding up and soon we will arrive in CT and await the visit of favorite son ! 😁
Yup. Here’s a picture of the more secret side: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/21261/americas-elusive-special-operations-mothership-is-packing-stealth-speedboats
This looks like the most recent picture on line. Just saying.
And now we have the most recent photo 😁
Pol Maris, RORO cargo ship?
No that’s not the one. Looks like it’s the super stealth Ocean Trader that Martin identified. Very cool.
Glad to know you are still following 😊