Onward to Boston!


Well folks,

I’m knocking on my door as I write this, but looks like we just might make it back before school starts. Our biggest obstacle because of the side effects of Cristobal was offshore at Cape May; traveling the Jersey Shore, and we did that today.

We landed at the Annapolis Public Piers the night before last (really hated leaving Annapolis) and last night at South Jersey Marina.

I woke up this morning not really knowing what would be, but it all worked out.  As we approached the exit to the inlet we were snatched up by the current as dolphins frolicked about. I could see swells on the horizon rolling into the beach, but no white water.  The swells at times were fairly large at 5-7′ giving a smooth rocking motion and plenty of sea spray on the deck, but very little slamming.

Capt. Al solved the sliding fridge problem with a couple of screws. When I do the galley refit, I’m going to have to be sure that all of the new appliances are well fastened.

I also discovered 2 leaking windows today with all the spray.  They are both fairly bad leaks that are wetting the mattress as water runs on the inside of the frame, behind the teak paneling and along the hull onto the bed. I will have to have them both re-sealed soon as I get home.

I’m very relieved that  we have arrive in New York without any delay, but still cautiously optimistic as we are not home yet.  Today, things are looking good.




Onward to Boston! — 10 Comments

  1. Glad things are going well. Boats seem to leak in the wrong places. Why can not it be in the sink or the shower? My leak occurred right above the stove top. I did not know the water seeped into the switches. No fire because we do not use the stove top. When I was checking it out, I found the reason it did not work. Oh well. The joys of owning a boat. There are a number of beautiful and interesting ports around the Boston area. Next summer vacation should be a joy for the kids.

    • I really can’t wait until next summer. All of the big projects will be complete and we can enjoy the boat without having to be in hurry to get here and there.
      It’s amazing how water will always find the tiniest way in.
      I can’t imagine not using the stovetop. How did you cook?

      • We have an outdoor propane grill. We also have 12 volt appliances. Nothing to feed a large gathering. The electric stove is only used at dockside. The inverter is not powerful enough to power the stove. In Florida, it is nice to keep the heat out of the galley. With a 36′ sailboat, the accommodations are limited. Boats like houses need constant attention.

        • Ok, that makes perfect sense. I love grilling and try to grill as much as possible. I have even been seen grilling in snow. The galley does heat up horribly when we cook inside so I can understand that.
          An inverter is on my “wish list”. Do you like it? Does it save on generator running time? I won’t anchor or moor this boat again until I get one. I do not like listening to the generator run all night.

          • We grill year round. Raining, heat index of 110, or freezing, it does not matter. Stand alone gas generator is used if batteries are dead. We have an 1,000 watt inverter. It will run either a small microwave, toaster, or a coffee pot. The inverter will not run a hot plate. The larger the inverter the larger the battery bank. Many boaters install solar cells to keep the batteries charged. I agree with you about the noise of the generator. Have you placed a sound shield around the generator? I do not like the noise from the diesel engine. I just placed 1/8 inch cork on the walls of the engine space. I have not run the diesel–another thing to check. Notice how the list grows longer?

  2. You guys are doing great! Hope you give us nerds some #’s for your trip. I’m always looking at boats and it’s hard to figure out how long, how much fuel, etc, etc. There are a lot of boats for sale in TX and the Gulf. We are in NC so it’s a huge undertaking let alone figuring out if it’s worth the extra cost for a boat that far away. Did you guys run hard burning a lot of fuel or did you keep it slower and try to get better fuel economy. I’d imagine your boat could hit or almost hit 1 gal/mile <1000 RPM, but can hit your wallet at 3 to 5 gals/mile at cruise. Also you all did a great job with the pictures along the way. You should give us a grand tour of your new home. Also any good and bad things about the hatteras layout you've found so far?

    • Todd, thanks so much! We ran the boat at 1200-1300 RPM’s, except of course for parts of the ICW with no wake. I haven’t had a chance yet to total my fuel usage, but I burned less than I expected. I will report the figures soon.
      I love the layout. I looked at quite a few boats and as soon as I stepped on this model I knew immediately that I wanted it. The cabins are very sound proof. They are far apart. I love the spit engine room and long hall down the center . This place feels just like a house. The spAce is amazing and even with 5 kids, my mom and the captain aboard we really don’t feel cramped at all.
      The wide body is awesome. Our salon is huge, bigger than my living room at the house that I sold and I can still walk on the side of the boat by holding onto the rail. The kitchen dinette is perfect for my kids to eat and keep the mess in the galley.
      This boat compared to others of the same size feels so much bigger and I still sometimes try and figure why that is. When I first looked at one I had to keep asking the broker if he was sure about the size. Hatteras did an excellent job with space use. I get so many compliments on the boat. People seem to really be impressed with Hatteras. The only thing that I can think of that I don’t like is the ladder to the bridge. I would have preferred stairs, but I have gotten used to it and it doesn’t bother me anymore. Having the large eat-in-galley is well worth sacrificing the stairs. Can’t have everything.
      I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the point 🙂

  3. Wow. You’re really making good time. Nothing like a little cruise to let you know what needs fixing and what doesn’t. You could probably take a hose and look for those window leaks and look for weeks and never find them. The ocean spray did it for you. Have fun and be safe. Larry

    • Got that right Larry. I was out there today with a hose trying to figure out exactly where one of the window leaks is, but nada. I thought, “Great! The boat fixes itself” LOL!!!