Our Kadey Krogen Trawler

Our Kadey Krogen Trawler

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Long days and longer nights

Long days and longer nights

Taking a close look at the weather window we decided to forego anchoring inside Sandy Hook NJ and opted for an overnight run down to Cape May. The weather on Monday looked great but since Tuesday was shaping up to be questionable, a long night seemed the smartest choice. 




As we turned south around Sandy Hook we joined four sailing vessels all traveling about the same speed heading to Cape May giving us plenty of company to share the dark hours. These vessels had already started communicating as a safety precaution and we added our name to the list.  While none of these sailors were previously acquainted, after our long night it did seem like we had become friends.  Several of the boats continued on up the Delaware Bay and several, like us, decided to rest in Cape May. 
With the full anchorage, we left our dink to hold our spot while we visited the marina for fuel!  Even so, we found two more boats had arrived while we were away!

Our brief stop there included fueling our diesel tanks – something we have not done since last May.  We managed close to 2000 miles on 500 gallons and were happy to find a reasonable price in Cape May to fill up.   We even topped up the dink and made a run to the Lobster House seafood store for human provisions. As we were filling the dink in Utsch’s marina, in came our Krogen friends, Ron and Michelle, on Spirit Journey.  We last saw them at Calvert Marina in May and look forward to hearing all the details of their Down East loop at the KK Rendezvous in October.  

With full tanks we headed out for a long 10 hour run up the bay – timed to catch favorable tides/currents and thankfully daylight reaching Chesapeake City in time to find a spot on the hook in the harbor for the night. (On the free wall was one of our overnite travel companions who pulled out in the morning to make room for us.) So, after all these strenuous days, we have earned a rest and moved over to the dock to enjoy a day off. Julia plans to wander this charming town and its shops.  Steve is glad to report all systems functioned well and he even found the missing connectors for the new water pump in the ship store in Cape May – so all our pesky drips have been resolved and we even have HOT water.  









Sharing the Hudson River with Friends


Finally passed the last lock for this season and reached the tidal Hudson on our run south. This is our first trip south and surprisingly things do look different heading down river.  The traffic has mostly been interesting and not congested – probably because the mornings have cooled off to “boot” temps for anchor washing. 













In Croton on Hudson we welcomed Robbie and Brian for a day on the water.  They got up at the crack of dawn to train up for the ride back down into NYC.  This entailed a brisk walk from the train, a bumpy dink ride out to the boat and 5 hours floating down with increasing clouds developing into a persistent drizzle – ok downpour – about the time we pulled into the 79th Street Boat Basin.  This handy location is close enough for our mutual friend Haven to join us as well – a special treat since we haven’t seen these young professionals for several years.  They are all contemporaries of our kids so it is especially invigorating and impressive to hear what they have been doing – making us feel rather lazy with their energy and creativity.  It is a privilege to spend time with such fine young adults, and we are grateful they made time for us. Thankfully even though the temps were “brisk” the rain stopped before they all had to leave us.











Sunday promised to be sunny if not warm and calm and brought another couple of longtime friends – Steve and Irene who also drove hours to spend a few minutes with us as we passed by their territory. Again, we are truly grateful to have friends who find time in their busy lives to meet us as we live this erratic and perpetual motion lifestyle. (Due to a promising but short weather window – we could not afford to linger in the Big Apple this trip….. so after lunch in the Boat Basin we headed out into the Atlantic!)



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Kubota Fun at Chez Elving

Kubota Fun at Chez Elving

Good friends drive hours to pick us up and provide a few days off the boat.  Arch and Susan among many other services qualify as exceptional friends who have driven long hours many times to meet us on our boat journeys. This, however, was our first chance to get off the boat and visit their new USA based home.  Readers of the blog may remember Arch and Susan were on board recently and saved us last year with the installation of a new refrigerator which required several long trips and major stevedoring and carpentry by them. This time around they caught our new hot water heater plus assorted mail and delivered it all to the boat as they fetched us for a few days on land.  Their property has been on our radar since almost the time we all met – back in the late 1970s when Susan’s parents bought the acreage as their retirement paradise.  It has now morphed into the 21st century version for the second generation.  We were honored to inspect the rebuilt and expanded homes on the property as well as the deluxe workshop which is nothing like my Daddy’s version! But, the Kubota tour of the property was probably the most fun and biggest contrast to our floating lifestyle.  (Steve might be thinking of how to get one on board next to his dinghy.) Good food, good fun, good friends!