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Saturday, 21 November 2020
CT to NC Day 4
Atlantic City, NJ to Greenwich, NJ
We departed Atlantic City this morning at 0730... weather forecast WNW winds less than 5 knots with seas 2 ft or less in a SE swell 9 second period.

Once out of the inlet and into the Atlantic the conditions were nto exactly as forecast but improved as we headed toward Cape May, NJ. Best part was that we were seeing a 1 knot boost in speed from current... running at 7.5 knots.

We had planned to stop in Cape May but with the boost in speed we arraived too early in the day to stop... we decided to continue on toward Chesapeake City and stop for the night in the Cohansey River.

We had the boost in speed was almost the entire day... lost it when we turned into the Cohansey River and had a strong outbound current against us that slowed us to 6 knots for the next 3 miles to our destination for the night.

We arrived to Hancock's Harbor Marina at approximately 1800 and were securely docked at 1815. Our position tonight is N39°22.755', W075°21.307'. We traveled today for 10 hours and 45 minutes covering 74 nautical mile averaging 6.9 knots.
Posted at 7:30 PM
Friday, 20 November 2020
CT to NC Day 3
Manasquan, NJ to Atlantic City, NJ
We took a look at the forecast for the Atlantic... 6 foot seas... we decided to take the inside passage to Atlantic City and avoid the 6 ft seas and instead the skinny water of the NJ Intracoastal Waterway. We departed the dock at 0715 and headed inshore.

We spent the day creeping along at 4 to 5 knots in 5 to 6 foot water... there are a few places where the water is deeper but for the most part is simply SHALLOW... so shallow that the depth sounder stops working and flashes LAST DEPTH... a few places we actually could hear the hull hitting the bottom... (YIKES) but we made it through just a bit slower than normal.

We did get a boost in speed for the last couple of hours that helped our overall average for the day...

We docked at Gardner Basin Marina at approximately 1700... Our location for night N39°22.577', W074°25.274’. We traveled today for 9 hours and 45 minutes covering 67.8 nautical miles averaging 6.95 knots.
Posted at 8:06 PM
Thursday, 19 November 2020
CT to NC Day 2
Oyster Bay, NY To Manasquan, NJ
We departed Oyster Bay Marine Center at 0900... not an early start but let us arrive to Hell Gate on the East River at slack before an ebb tide. This would give us a favorable current as travel through New York City and out of New York Harbor.

Throgs Neck Bridge entering the East River...

We arrived to Hell Gate as planned at 1300 and the tide was just beginning to go out... gave us a slight boost in speed... not like we have experienced in the past but a boost.

The wind was really blowing from the SW.... over 20 knots... the forecast for the Atlantic between New York and Manasquan was for a 2 foot swell from the SE with a 15 second period... everything looked good for a nice transit to Manasquan. We exited New York Harbor and things seemed good... as we reached Sandy Hook the 2 ft SE swell was more like 4 ft and maybe a 5 to 6 second period... anyway, it was not a very comfotable ride to Manasquan... 4 plus hours...

We arrived to Manasquan and docked at the Shrimp Box... expecting to have a nice seafood dinner... only to find they were closed till March 2021... dinner on the boat.

Our location at 40°06.109'N, 074°02.255'W. We traveled today for 10 hours and 30 minutes covering 71.2 nautical miles averaging 6.8 knots.
Posted at 7:59 PM
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