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.
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.
One of the ‘challenges’ we have is finding better food dishes when we go out compared to what Shelly comes up with here on the boat or at home. Tonight, Chicken Tika Marsala. Love the extra cillantro! Too good to describe!
It was the quest for Indian spices that motivated sailors from Europe to sail West in the 1400’s and 1500’s. We have those same spices right here aboard Shellerina! How fortunate we are!
We had a great time with Jane today. She brought lunch and a bottle of wine, and Shelly trained and demonstrated all the deckhand duties. Jane was also patient as I had a couple chores to do… she and Shelly let me get them done. One was testing a new fuel gauge, which tested great. The other was removing the last of the old boat name off the port bow.
We are anchored out here at Cedar Beach Cove and another boat came out of its way to give us that complement this hour. Nice.
Very pleasant evening… not too hot, not too much wind. Good night to gain some more hours and experience… and just enjoy ourselves!
After hours we could clearly see Saturn and Jupiter! From our dock looking up towards our upper deck SSW. With all the ground light here in NY we miss out on a lot. So we celebrate anything we can get!
Pluto, well we’ll have to look for you from a different locale!
About an hour before the bad weather arrived, our newest dock mates next door came in under one engine. “Five K” captain Bobby did a commendable job at the helm making the slip landing with only one screw. I fended off the bow. So Matt assisted. Wife Amy nervously watched from the dock.
In any event, it was a good first intro for the next door neighbors.
My brother Russ was crew aboard Brian Saulter’s boat out of Boothbay Harbor Maine. They caught this 82″ Bluefin Tuna!
These recent drone pics are taken by friend Don Lockhart, and are in the vicinity of Shellerina’s Rock in Harrison Maine. We spent countless hours and nights tied up there for years before moving to Long Island in 2015. Don and Beth rent from Gateway Marina on Long Lake, and this day they had Robby and Wayne Oliver aboard for the outing!
Andre (Shelly’s brother) and his step daughter Katie in Rockland Maine this week.
Here is a pic sent to us from friends in Maine. It’s not something you see everyday!
First priority upgrade for us was Auto Pilot. A boat that we plan to cruise in … which only goes 10 mph requires Auto Pilot! Its almost like having a third crew member aboard, saves fuel and time, as a computer can steer way more accurately over long distances than a human.
Today was my very first experience using Auto Pilot. At first, I was not impressed. “It must need calibration or tweaking.” But, then after I read the manual, it started to work. I wasn’t doing anything different <wink>. But remarkably, the thing started working much better. <grin>
There are two of these control units, one at the lower helm (shown here), and another at the upper helm.
I’m looking forward to an orientation and sea trial with SeaCurity Systems of Lindenhurst NY who did the install for us in a timely manner this past week.
Donna and Shelly were patient with me this morning while I was “playing” with this navigational aid for the first time.
Sea Trial / owner instructions with the installers happens tomorrow night after work.
Addendum [Tuesday Aug 11] Frank Regan of SeaCurity Systems came aboard and did all the commissioning and calibrating of this new system, and it is 100% now!
Happy Customer now!
Thank you Frank & Co.!
It was gr8 to have Steve Romano aboard for the testing too!
The Elbaums and the Romanos scored two surprise birthday gifts today for the birthday girl, PLUS cousin Donna Lambert (from Salem MA) showed up for a two-day outing aboard MV Shellerina! Shelly likes being surprised, and today we all scored for her.
Then! Nick and Desiree came through with their surprise too!
Day after birthday: Shelly in her “nest” at our apartment on the phone with Linda back in Maine… flowers are in the background.