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Sunday, 5 November 2023
CT to FL Day 4
Layover Chesapeake City, MD
Layover day here is Chesapeake City... Susan's birthday and Cathy and Jim Fisher coming to visit and celebrate.

Tomorrow I will start the search for a new fresh water pump for the port engine.
Posted at 8:31 AM
Saturday, 4 November 2023
CT to FL Day 3
Cape May, NJ to Chesapeake City, MD
Got to sleep in this morning, alarm set for 0700 with a planned departure time of 0900. Never heard the alarm go off since I was awake and up at 0500... internal alarm... wish I could shut that off...

Late departure to have a favorable current Up Delaware Bay and across the C & D Canal to Chesapeake City. Leaving Cape My 2 hours after low tide lets you ride the flood tide out the Cape May Canal and up the Delaware Bay where you hit the C & D Canal and run with an Ebb tide to Chesapeake City.

I do an engine room check every 2 hours while we are cruising to be sure all is well... first engine check I discovered a coolant leak on the port engine... the fresh water pump seal had started leaking and was spraying a fine mist of coolant off the belt pulley on the pump...  I shut the engine down and we had to continue the remainder of the day on one engine... good thing we had a great push form the current... even with one engine down we made the trip averaging over 7 knots for the day... few times we were running over 8 knots on one engine.

Made some phone calls to Yanmar dealers around Chesapeake City... of those that were open, none had the pump in stock... so we will have to wait until Monday to find a new pump.... hopefully, the dealers that were closed today will have a pump in stock.

We arrived at our destination at approximately 1730... there were two boats on the town dock with what looked like 60 feet between them... it was time to thread the needle... SAILS at 45 feet... that left plenty of room with 7 to 8 feet fore and aft... Did have to start the port engine to dock... was not going to try squeezing between the two boats one engine...

We were secure docked with shore power connected at 1815. Our location for night N39°31.627', W075°48.667'. We traveled today for 8.75 hours covering 62 nautical miles averaging 7.1 knots.
Posted at 6:30 PM
Friday, 3 November 2023
CT to FL Day 2
Manasquan, NJ to Cape May, NJ
We left well before sunrise this morning at 0530... this allowed us to arrive to our destination Cape May, NJ before it got dark. The sunrise was awesome.

The seas were a bit calmer than yesterday with the same ground swell from the NE... a smooth ride all the way Cape May.

A lot more boat traffic today heading south... other than a couple of sailboats all appeared to be boats being delivered.

We arrived at our destination Utsch's Marina in Cape may at approximately 1800 and were securely docked at 1815. Our location for night N38°57.088', W074°54.370'. We traveled today for 12.75 hours covering 86.1 nautical miles averaging 6.75 knots.
Posted at 6:54 PM
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