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Monday, 8 May 2023
Trip Statistics
2023 Trip North
We departed from Fishermen’s Village Marina, Punta Gorda, FL on April 1, 2023 and arrived to Stamford, CT on May 4, 2023.

Overall: 34 days
Moving: 27 days
Stopped: 7 days
1 day in Pelican Bay, FL to clean boat bottom/running gear.
1 day in Daytona, FL Easter with friends.
2 days in Hampton, VA for weather/visit friends.
3 days in Chesapeake City, MD for weather/visit friends.

Distance traveled: 1690 statute miles
Moving: 223.25 hours
62.6 statute miles per day
7.6 miles per hour
8.3 hours per day

Marinas, Docks, Anchorages:
11 nights PAID Marina/Dock
11 nights FREE dock
12 nights anchored
Posted at 8:28 AM by:Jay
Thursday, 4 May 2023
FL to CT Day 34
New York, NY to Stamford, CT
We left Liberty State Park anchorage at 0630... the weather was horrible with storm all around us. Only good thing about today was the current pushed us all the way to Stamford... reaching over 12 knots in the East River and Hell Gate... Long Island Sound gave a welcome home ride with a short and steep 2-3 ft chop... welcome back... LOL!

We arrived to Stamford at approximately 1115... we were securely docked at Seaview House Marina at 1130... This was the last leg of our trip north we will be here for several months... our position N41°02.394', W073°31.318’. We traveled today for 5.0 hours covering 36.2 nautical miles averaging 7.2 knots.
Posted at 6:44 PM by:Jay
Wednesday, 3 May 2023
FL to CT Day 33
Pebble Beach, NJ to New York, NY
We pulled anchor at 0615 and were back underway bound for New York City. Destination Liberty State Park Anchorage behind the Statue Of Liberty.

We will leave in the morning on the last leg of of our trip north... about 5 hours to get back to Stamford, CT... we should have a favorable current for Hell Gate and the East River in the morning.

We had a pleasant ride up the Jersey shoreline... 2 foot SSE swell and virtually no seas from the westerly winds... very nice indeed.

We arrived to Liberty State Park anchorage we had selected for the night at approximately 1545... we were securely anchored at 1600... our position for the night N40°41.745', W074°03.818’. We traveled today for 9.75 hours covering 62.0 nautical miles averaging 6.4 knots.
Posted at 5:04 PM by:Jay
Tuesday, 2 May 2023
FL to CT Day 32
Cape May, NJ to Pebble Beach, NJ
We left Utsch's Marina this morning at 0630... plan for the day was to not go out into the Atlantic but rather take the inside route via the NJICW... would be slower but the forecast was for some big seas in the Atlantic... we got beat up yesterday and that was not happening again today.

The NJICW is very shallow in spots and especially for our 5 ft draft... There are also a lot of bridges... last year we were going to take this route only to find out that one of the bridges was not operating... I did my due diligence this time and called every bridge that we would require an opening... 6 bridges... all were operational except the very last bridge... the Absecon Bridge... we could get under but only at low tide... assuming we did not have any big delays leaving at 0630 we should arrive just before low tide.

We only had one stumbling stone... we ran aground just north of Great Egg Harbor Inlet between daymarks G239 and R238... just was not enough water for us... well there was enough but far to right side well outside the charted channel when I checked the sonar charts in Navionics...
Luckily I managed to wiggle SAILS around and dig a channel out to the deeper water...

There were a lot of other skinny areas where the depth sounder stopped reporting a depth... that happens when we have 6 inches of water under the keel... 5.5 ft... a few spots where we touched and bounced over a bar... it was indeed a very stressful day.

We opted to not stop in Atlantic City and continue on for a few hours to Barnegat Bay where we would anchor for the night and continue on n the morning to Manasquan where we then venture out into the Atlantic for the last 40 - 45 miles to New York City.

We arrived to the Barnegat Bay anchorage we had selected for the night at approximately 1815... we were securely anchored at 1830... our position for the night N39°46.023', W074°11.325’. We traveled today for 12.0 hours covering 74.4 nautical miles averaging 6.5 knots.
Posted at 7:16 PM by:Jay
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