|Looking out the inlet to Barnegat Bay|
|Looking across the dock to the marina office ... Lab Partners is the tall one to the right|
|This is how Cally supervises|
|New quieter pump!|
After deciding to stay put for a couple more days, Rip decided to tackle the second project ... running 10-3 wire to a new 20 amp breaker replacing the 15 amp breaker for our new inverter charger. Running the convection oven, and some times just the microwave, would trip the breaker. To avoid that, we would turn off the outlet for the separate freezer we have on board while the oven was running. Now, if we forgot to turn that outlet back on, we ruin a lot of food and/or if we forgot to reset the tripped breaker, our batteries would never charge when we were on shore power which could kill the batteries (the inverter would continue to supply our 120 volt power requirements while using up the batteries).
|Tight squeeze, tight place to work|
|Rip down in the engine room hooking up the new wire|
|New correctly sized wire!!|
After coffee, breakfast and a long walk for Cally, we finally headed out. Our delightful dock neighbor, Jim, was back last night. This morning he helped us off the dock when winds were blowing and to the NJ ICW we went; a short run today with less than 24 mil covered. We anchored in the closest spot to the inlet we need to go out tomorrow ... an hour travel time away. This is a busy little river with lots of boat traffic, but it was the westerly winds blowing that have kept us rocking and rolling all afternoon. It is now 8 pm and the winds are finally calming down tonight and the boat traffic, too. It will be a zoo here tomorrow with holiday boaters. Ugh.
|Where is the cannon when you need it?|
There are no pics of Point Pleasant Canal. The current running through that small canal was CRAZY. It looked like you could surf in the canal. Rip was too busy keeping the boat moving forward for me to distract him by taking pics. At one point we were running at 3.8 knots ... we usually run around 7.5-8 knots. Rip had it throttled down some because it was a slow wake zone, but you had to have enough forward progress against the current to keep the boat moving and have some steering control. Just sitting beside him was nerve racking enough. Next comes running the Manasquan Inlet to the ocean. Rip timed it perfectly to be at slack tide. Still, too many holiday boaters running every which way, fishing boats freaking stopped in the channel with lines out ... where were we supposed to go? All in all this inlet wasn't a big deal because the currents were slack, but the boaters were nuts. AND, we were the last boat through the railroad bridge before it closed for a commuter train to pass.
|Boat fishing in the center of the channel|
|Canals of water front homes line the shores|
|They sure don't let you build like this in Annapolis or Anne Arundel County, MD|
|Shrimp trawlers by the inlet|
|The inlet and Atlantic Ocean|
|Neat statue by the inlet entrance|
|BEACH!!! The Jersey Shore!!|
A nice ride in the ocean off the coast of NJ, around Sandy Hook and over to Great Kills Yacht Club. We even saw a WHALE!! only saw him/her breach twice. I wasn't quick enough to take a picture.
Our home for the holiday weekend. There was a club opening day party/picnic ... Loopers were invited to join in!! Nice way to end a day.
|New York sky line comes into sight|
|when in the ocean or rough water, Cally has to have her big harness on|
|What a cutie!|
|NYC gets closer|
We rested the rest of Saturday.
On Sunday Morning, their was a Blessing of the Fleet. Lots of boats from this club, other marinas and moored out in the harbor all gathered and lined up to parade pass the end of one specific pier where the boats were blessed for the new boating season.
|Blessing of the Fleet|
|Cool, old style clubhouse|
|View from the boat up to the clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend|
|Looking out from the parking lot to the boats|
On Monday night, all the Loopers gathered to meet and talk about boats, cruising plans and past experiences. Usually this is done on the dock or a boat ... hence called DOCKTAILS verses Cocktails; or is it Docktales?? Anyway, it was nice to finally meet other Loopers and mingle. The weather was cold and dreary, so the Club let us use their Captains Lounge! Doubt many would have gathered on the dock. Some are headed to one marina up the Hudson, some are headed to anchor out behind the Statue of Liberty to take boat pictures with her. We are headed to Nyack, NY. We will meet up with some of tonight's folks again along the way, some we may never see again.
|8 Looper Boats met for Docktails|