Meantime, back in Maine!

Robbie Oliver and Don Lockhart stand on Shellerina’s Rock in Harrison Maine. Both are friends and [retired] co-workers of Ray’s! This rock and location is a VERY special place for Shelly and I. We have tied up here hundreds of times over decades.

Robbie, husband Wayne, and Don’s partner Beth at Shellerina’s Rock this week.

Don, Robbie, Wayne, and Beth on Long Lake in Maine. The Songo River Queen is in the background.

Shellerina’s Rock Latitude and Longitude.

Our boat at Shellerina’s Rock a few years ago!

Eagle’s Nest near Shellerina’s Rock

Deb and Shelly anchored at Shellerina’s Rock a few years ago!

Full dose of weekend boating!

We have been on an emotional roller coaster ride. Looking at boats, negotiating, getting under contract for TWO, and starting the full hull, systems, and engine survey process for one, only to be disappointed… we are exhausted, and wanted to simply go back to enjoying our boat again! Well, this weekend we succeeded.

Valters and Linda G from Latvia, who are working at our favorite restaurant, The Seagull at Bergen Point in West Babylon NY for the summer, helped us celebrate a gr8 day on the water!

ShelleRelish and Yachtdogs were part of the fare served aboard Shellerina today.

Linda G. at the helm!


After dropping off Linda G and Valters at Bergen Point, we headed east to the Connetquot River, home of the Oakdale Marina Resort, Snapper Inn, and The View, all noteworthy establishments.

Marc of Precious Cargo succeeded in securing us two slips at Oakdale, right beside the live 8-piece band and dance floor! This well managed resort marina and “very happening place” proved to be a fantastic place to hang out with good friends and dock mates Colleen and Marc.

All this helped us overcome the mourning, anxiety, and disappointment of our roller coaster week!

Earlier in the week: This is the boat we came very close to owning:

But it did not pass the marine survey tests that we paid to have done before the sale. (It’s very much like buying a house.)

I don’t know who was the sadder, us or the sellers.

There isn’t a word that exists that can express the total reversal of our collective hope and excitement of the sale and purchase of a very nice boat!

Therefore, the For Sale signs were ordered “Removed!” from our beloved Shellerina by the admiral after the decision to forgo the purchase of the cruising boat we had our heart set on, a Mainship 350/390.

We realized there simply was not enough summer left to waste chasing our next boat.

“We now need to focus on enjoying the boat we already own!!!”

Thank you! to new friends, Linda G and Valters, and old friends, Colleen and Marc for helping us out!!!

I think we have recovered!

Visit to Lord Nelson Victory Tug 37VT40, Aramis

We drove to Portland CT to do our inspection of a boat we love the looks and design of. We are under contract to buy her, contingent upon several things including today’s inspection.

Regretfully, we are going to pass on this boat. It simply won’t work for us. Reasons include:

  • No seat for Shelly in the pilot house. No room to add one.
  • No seat for me! No room to add one.
  • Swim Ladder was totally inadequate for us.
  • Too many stairs between stateroom and pilot house and salon.
  • Fewer options for getting Shelly on and off the boat.
  • No wipers on any of the windows of pilot house to clear rain and spray.
  • The 12″ less beam compared to the Mainship 390’s 14’2″ was noticeable.
  • No second guest stateroom.
  • No A/C.
  • No railings around the perimeter of the bulwark/gunnels.

The character and features of this boat were/are hard to walk away from. The mast/boom/davit and dinghy system w/ outboard were significant value-adds. The engine/propulsion system appears to be strong, as does the genset.

Tough day for us. But we move on.

Sunrise preceded by an International Space Station (ISS) pass – 5:01 this morning.

I got up to see the sunrise and to see the ISS fly over.

It was clearly visible for the middle three minutes of this six minute pass.

Here is Precious Cargo tied up behind us on the S-Dock as the sun comes up.

Last evening, former dock mates Steve and Tina Romano, and Marc joined us for the annual Marine Max BBQ then we hung out on the dock just like old times.

Jupiter was living large next to a near full moon.

Jordon’s Lobster Farm

After climbing around the Mainship 390 we decided to see if we could navigate to Jordan’s Lobster Farm on the water near Long Beach. It was easier to find by boat compared to by car! But it was fresh and good seafood. Our first lobster of this season. Ray needs another hat. (Hats with an embroidered lobster on them are a particular weakness.)

Jordan’s website

Mainship 390

Our first time aboard a boat that I have been studying since December was Friday July 5.

The most amazing thing we discovered as we arrived at the rendevous point was that we knew the seller! Tommy from the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, whom we befriended on our vacation in June 2018, and who is pictured in our blog (twice) was the seller who met us at the gate, to let us in to view this boat he had for sale!

7.5 million people live on this island, we haven’t lived here 4 years yet. Yet, a boat that I have been researching for six months, that we travelled to Brooklyn to see today is being sold by someone we know! … that we met on our cruising adventures!

Pea Soup!

Waking up on the hook is my favorite. On the ocean at sunrise is daily the most beautiful place to be. It’s always different … even if in the same place.

This morning we can’t see anything – a thick fog surrounds us. Yet it is magic. Oh for sure, everything we left out in the cockpit is totally soaked by a heavy dew! But it’s still awesome to take it all in … even the sounds all around us. Birds are sounding their notes, fish jump, the occasional lost fly buzzes by.

What I love about this spot, just north of Fox Island in Great South Bay, is vehicular traffic is a distant barely audible din. We are not near any roadways! This reminds me of waking up at Shellerina’s Rock in Harrison Maine. It is not easy to find a place like this here on Long Island.

It’s finally starting to lift now. It will burn off.

The transition is always a remarkable thing to witness.

Summer Solstace!

Shelly and I grilled some more swordfish Kabobs at the Marine Max Cabana tonight, and we are staying on the boat (of course), it is Friday after all. Pushing off in the morning to rendevous with Precious Cargo. Both are going to the resort marina in East Patchogue called Aquamarine Sunset Harbor. They have a pool, tiki bar, restaurant, hot showers! What more could you ask for?!


Too windy to go out today. Otherwise, it was a perfect day, but the boiling waters of Great South Bay were only braved by those who can stomach a very bumpy [and wet] ride.

Our next door neighbors aboard Adalie May went out and are not back yet, … after dark. Their car is still here. So hopefully they are secured someplace safe. We spoke of doing BBQ tonight, earlier in the day.

We could have gone out during the morning hours, before the wind kicked up. But I had a battery charger replacement project that took all morning. New unit is “smarter” than the old one. So, we are learning about its characteristics.

It is said, “A man with two watches does NOT know what time it is!” While I may not know precisely what the boat’s effective voltage is with this new charger, I know it’s working!

Some Precip is forecast for tomorrow. But, we hope get out there in between the liquid sunshine events.

Memorial Day 2019

Back in Harrison Maine Nick and I used to put a flag up every year on this rock as an aid to navigation.

No-see-ums seem to be an issue this year, both at S-Dock and at Cedar Cove.
July update: The No-see-um hatch appears to have been a short-lived phenomenon! None experienced for the past month or so!!!

Memorial Day weekend!

Shelly and Marc while rafted up.

Shelly, Colleen, and Tina in the S-Gazabo.

Steve and Marc trying to make food disappear.

Tina, Marc, Shelly, Colleen, Steve

Shelly doing breakfast sandwiches Sunday a.m.

Electrical problem solved on Shellerina today.

New socks for Shellerina’s fenders! thanks Marc!

What’s a snubber?

Shelly, Colleen, Tina, Catherine, Trudy in our new party gazebo.

Bill and Mark.

Nick and Mary while anchored at CB Sunday afternoon.


… meaning “pleasing to the senses.”

So, our new sound system this year is very enjoyable.


Tonight we installed a Richie factory-refurbished compass for a fraction of the price of a new one. Over the winter we read that this was working out well for other boat owners. So we did it!

With GPS chartplotters and Navionics APPs, do we ever actually use the compass? Not really. But from experience years ago, I am actually quite skilled at this art of “dead reckoning” navigation with chart and compass! So, I expect several days of fun doing things the old fashioned way this season.

First task? Create a deviation card!

Sun just cut through!

We are anchored at Cedar Beach Cove; we have the place to ourselves. Opening night is next Friday.

Note the yellow paint on the anchor chain. I upgraded the rode this season to 75 ft of chain and 100 ft of 1/2″ nylon. I painted various parts of the chain so I can tell where 25 ft, 50 ft, and 75 ft are. I can also tell when weighing anchor when the anchor is almost all the way up, but still in the water. This enables me to put the engine in reverse to clean off the mud before bringing it up all the way.

Fire Island Lighthouse Easter Sunrise Tour

Nick and Ray got up early and drove out to Fire Island Light for a sunrise tour !

Above-Looking West.

Below-Looking North. Click on the pic below to see a video of the actual light mechanism going around. How this lighthouse appears on the navigational chart – 1 white flash every 7.5 seconds, the light is 167 feet above sea level, and has a range of 24 nautical miles.

Reportedly, on a clear day from the top, the Manhattan skyline can be seen 43 miles away.

Below, there are lots of deer out here on Fire Island!