Fitting in one more day on Great South Bay!

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.

Sea Glass

Nice pic!

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

something beautiful.

I want to age like sea glass.

New running light…

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!?

Successful maintenance work done this week after work.

New alternator.

New alternator belt.

New Air filter.

Tests 100%

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!

It ain’t all fun & games!

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.

This is the old 10 micron (primary) Racor fuel filter element that got replaced today. New ones are white, used ones are pink, dirty ones like this clearly need to be replaced!

Air Filter (above) needs to be replaced; part is ordered!

Strainer (right) for A/C pump (upper left) got cleaned today; the through hull fitting valve (lower left) got “exercised.”

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!

Secondary fuel filter (2 micron) got replaced today.

New OIL filter is on the list later this fall when the boat is hauled for winter, and the engine oil gets changed.

Pictures like this of V-Belts help ensure correct replacements are purchased for the next maintenance project day.

Sunday, awake at Cedar Beach Marina…

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.

Remember live music?!

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.

It’s Friday!

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.)

Splicing 8-Plait

Here’s a first for Ray… an eye splice of 8-Plait line. Making a “Snubber” to take the strain off the electric windlass.

Snubber deployed.

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.

Shelly inspects her New Anchor…

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.

New swim ladder!

4 telescoping steps, and ALL of them are in the water. This goes down much further than most boat ladders!

We will test drive this afternoon…

Test Results:

Notice also the new grab bar above the transom!

Easy up and easy down!

Great enhancement.

Final assessment:

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.

Labor Day – 2020 – time to push off ‘n’ head home

Sunrise – Leaving our slip beside Precious Cargo.

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.