|our early departure!|
Our plans are to leave at 6 am for various reasons. One reason is so we can easily get our boats away from dock at Hoffman’s Marina, where we’ve been for 3 days, and through the RR Bascule Bridge. There will be little or no current at this time due to ‘tides & currents’ and the winds are going to be nil. Secondly by leaving this early, we’ll be able to make it into New York City and both be ready for the incoming current….Happy Hours II up the Hudson River and Whisper through Hell’s Gate up the East River. We were so eager to be leaving the Manasquan River that we were both off the dock by 5:45 am!
|Whisper on ocean|
The Atlantic Ocean was perfect today…even nicer than our last two ocean stretches…and they were near perfect! The sun is shining, the water is flat, and the winds….well they are blowing out of the NW but light and variable. Having winds out of the west to south would have really made our day! I know all four of us were so glad that we broke the New Jersey coast into 3 days instead of the 20 hour over-nighter that both boats did in the fall. Even our trip into the NY Harbor was uneventful. We only had two freighters to contend with. One passed us on its way out into the ocean and the other came barreling up behind us coming into NYC…we had sight of him every inch of the way until he passed us These freighters are huge and boy do they move fast! Once we were in front of the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline, the water was busy, busy, busy, with all kinds of ferries…even the Staten Island Ferry. Even the Hudson River was crazy busy. These ferries zip every which way and must not have speed limits to follow! Needless to say, we had a very lumpy, bumpy ride until we were well away from the city.
|HHII & Whisper running the NJ shoreline!|
|in bound-just passed us!|
|Staten Island Ferry|
|Ferry in front of NYC|
|Whisper getting ready to go up the East River|
I thought grabbing the mooring with the boat hook was going to be very difficult in the rough water and wicked winds. It turned out to be a piece of cake! The ball had a float with a tall wooden antenna sticking as high as the deck of our boat. All I had to do was grab the antenna, pull it up out of the water, and grab the bridle which was attached. In all our travels, we’ve never encountered such an easy and neat system.