We’ve put it on Shelly’s car until next Spring!!!
Lunch aboard, day after Thanksgiving 2020.
We officially passed 100 engine hours for the season since we pushed off from East Warwick RI in July.
The air temp was 60F in light airs. Very comfortable under canvas. We might come out tomorrow too, or do some work aboard tomorrow.
And, we are not alone! Others have the same idea.
64F air and no wind!
Water’s temp is a hair under 50F. Should have brought my woolen jock strap and bathing suit.
72 times getting underway this season (either boat)
44 times in the Mainship. After 90 sea days in the Mainship I can upgrade my USCG Captain’s License to a 50 ton rating.
We stayed overnight 95 times this season with one boat or the other.
Engine hours on MS390 at end of day: 1479.72
NMiles logged (since 8/29/20): 282.3
July when leaving port in East Greenwich RI.
Today after securing at S-Dock.
This video might help you get inside our heads! (30+ minutes… but it’s worth it!)
We love these guys’ episodes on Youtube!
Pumpkin Muffin in her winter berth:
Furniture moved around to give access to the engine and systems for winterization.
Total lifetime hours on the engine at the end of our season:
Lots of boats out tonight.
Another “Summer Day” in November here on Great South Bay.
Hundreds of boats out here again today.
For some reason, we did not feel the earthquake this morning while hanging out on the boat. <wink>
Warm, but not warm enough to jump into 58F degree water!
It doesn’t get any better than this! November boating in 70+ degrees light wind. Lots of other boaters agree as you can see in the (at anchor) vid below:
Here is some txt to go with it found on FB this week.
I want to age like sea glass.
Smoothed by tides,
but not broken.
I want my hard edges to soften.
I want to ride the waves
and go with the flow.
I want to catch a wave
and let it carry me
to where I belong.
I want to be picked up
and held gently by
those who delight in my
well earned patina and
appreciate the changes I went
through to achieve that beauty.
I want to enjoy the journey
and always remember that if
you give the ocean something
breakable it will turn it into
I want to age like sea glass.
I feared the starboard dock cleat was going to rip out when I checked on the boat this morning. The gusts were giving this on line a violent workout. So I bought a second cleat, added a second line, and added the shock absorbers.
The boat was riding much better!
Anchored at our usual spot…
Very toasty inside the fly bridge this afternoon!
Dock mates Lennon Rose and Layla Rose and friends earlier this afternoon trick’r’treating in Manhattan where they live.
A great day.
We are very impressed.
I’d have done a few things differently. But this guy did a nice job on his boat… same make and model as ours.
Replaced the 360 degree white light up top today after work. New LED light looks like it will work just fine. USCG regulation say it needs to be seen at 2 nm away. It will also fold down for the winter shrink wrap coming in a few weeks!
I think Santa is gonna bring us a new Raymarine Quantum2 Doppler Radar, whadda ya think!?
It is a cool 50 degrees (F) outside and a 10 mph wind out of the NE today. But there is just enough sunlight to create a greenhouse effect of under the biminis on the fly bridge.
What’s up with all the Canada Geese today?
Secured at S-Dock for the night.
New alternator belt.
New Air filter.
Sounds simple, but doing an alternator and belt change was a major project! On this CAT 3126 there are steel covers over the alternator, belt, and flywheel. So in very tight quarters, removing the covers to simply get access to the components to be changed was a challenge. Next door neighbor and Dock-mate “Bobby” of 5K was a great help! Thanks Bobby!
Here is the old:
Possibly the original alternator from 20 years ago?!?!
The plastic/rubber “boot” over the “+” terminal was very brittle… certainly seemed like it was 20 years old.
When you buy a 20 year old boat, you’ve gotta be ready for stuff like this!
The Jones Beach water tower and outdoor stadium/amphitheater can be seen on the horizon of these sunset pics that Shelly took tonight on our way home. (Another good day rafting with Precious Cargo). The prop got a little polishing, but I think we faired well.
Boats are maintenance intensive.
Engine Room pics:
Getting full access to the engine room is a major project on this boat. Furniture all has to be moved.
Air conditioners on land pump the heat (hot AIR) outside. On boats, cool sea water is sucked in and the heat is pumped outside as warmed WATER! It’s more efficient on boats than on land!
Last night we put a second anchor off the stern as we anticipated a wind shift from SW to N overnight. That wind shift would have us hitting bottom by morning. So we deployed a stern anchor seen here keeping us out in the middle of the cove where we belong!
Sunrise is almost always worth getting up for when on the hook.
Tonight’s game viewable on the boat, thanks to VZW and our 12″ iPad Pro!
Nice day hanging out with Bobby and his crew pictured here with Shelly, Sarah and Amy on the fly bridge.
Bobby’s boat Five K in the foreground… Looking west (above) and looking east (below).
Captain Marc of Precious Cargo even came by for a visit on his jet ski (no pic). We may all be back next weekend.
Secured back at S-Dock, Shelly did up some yacht dogs to hold us off till morning.
Tonight was our first time ashore at Cedar Beach and the Salt Shack.
There was a duet doing a great job! It has been a ling time since we’ve seen live music. Thank you!
Bands=No go. Duets = OK!
Evidently, Outdoors for live entertainment is OK!
It was great hanging out with Dock mates Bobby and Amy and their neighbors Laurie snd Joey of the Anchorage Y. C. near us.
Power and water pedestals line the marina at Cedar Beach.
Got back to the boat after work and found this babe waiting for me!
I guess Friday is also PIZZA NIGHT!
Shelly has come to love her 3-burner Princess stove and oven! Propane… so works on the hook without having to start the generator.
We don’t have as many stars here in the NYC Metro area as we had back in Maine, but we keep track of those things we CAN see!
Jupiter and Saturn have been close together in the southwest sky all summer too. (See post for August 20th below.)
A Netflix movie: My Octopus Teacher
We had a memorable time with Marc and Colleen the past two days. Good food! Good times!
Shell and I just walked around the facility here by River Street. The cold snap ended, so it is very pleasant at this hour (9:30pm).
The “Pumpkin Muffin”
The new dinghy’s name is finally revealed!
The sun is just about to cross the equator into the southern hemisphere for another six months.
Here’s a first for Ray… an eye splice of 8-Plait line. Making a “Snubber” to take the strain off the electric windlass.
Its purpose is twofold: take the strain off the windlass, and to act as a shock absorber as the anchored boat sways left and right. The rode is still all chain except for the top 8-10 feet of snubber.
It’s only 61F outside. But under our canvas its like 80F! Very nice extended season… 2-1/2 more days till the Fall Equinox on Tuesday morning.
Sweet crabmeat harvested right next to our boat! Tnx Capt Mike Winter for the crab trap!!!
Seizing wire secures the shackle and teflon tape make for a first class job.
Anchored at Cedar Beach cove for the night.
Vulcan 25 by Rocna (55lbs) will be deployed tomorrow morning.
Yellow paint marks 0, 50, 100, 150, and 200.
Red paint marks 25, 75, 125, and 175.
This way we know how much rode we have let out. Normally 5X one’s depth is a common rule of thumb. More if needed due to breezy conditions and bottom conditions.
We bought a new dinghy tonight from a fellow in Bayville NY. A very sweet area of Long Island! Enjoyed the drive to find him. He delivers it here tomorrow!
The weather turned out to be a whole lot better than predicted. Shelly even went in for another test of her swim ladder!
Lots of dirt from tunneling project.
Here’s what it looked like in May 2020:
What a great day aboard Shellerina, nice weather too. We are looking forward to having Nick, Dez, Nancy, and Kirk aboard tomorrow!!!
We will test drive this afternoon…
Easy up and easy down!
Best GD boat ladder we have ever tried!!! It is only 304 Stainless Steel (not 316) so we expect to clean up some rust stains periodically. Still worth it.
Up with the sun – Absolutely the best time of day on the ocean!
Leaving Great Peconic Bay at the north entrance to Shinecock Canal.
Once we were outside of Shinecock Inlet, we saw huge “fields” of Bunker fish, I tried to capture in this vid
We love the fuel efficiency of our single screw diesel! Hardly a dent after nearly 150 miles.
The Sirois, Elbaums, and Romanos hung out at TreasurevCove Marina today taking advantage of all the amenities including the pool.
Great evening dockside with the Elbaums of Precious Cargo.
We cruise between 1800 and 1900 RPM, which is about 10 mph. Slower than many boats; but ours is a very fuel efficient craft. After 9 hours underway, our fuel gauge still shows FULL!
On long legs like this one, the new Auto Pilot really becomes an appreciated member of the crew!
One of my favorite prayers!