Eating aboard…

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!

Jane Jantz joins us for the afternoon.

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.

“That is one beautiful boat!”

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!

Nice, clear, not blusteringly hot day today. But this eve a heavy T-Storm came through.

We are secure inside the boat!

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.

Maine Connections…

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!

AutoPilot

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!

A birthday weekend of surprises for Shelly…

Donna with a surprised Shelly!

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.

Sunset cruise with Nick and Desiree…

We had a great evening and sunset cruise with Nick and girlfriend, Desiree.

We even dropped the hook in Cedar Beach Cove and went for a swim!

The champagne for this event was provided by Rick and Jane Hergt, the previous owners. We really regret that we did not get any pictures of them when they were visiting us Saturday July 18 as we prepared for our first voyage aboard their former boat! We wish them many days of happy cruising aboard their beautiful ‘new’ Grand Banks trawler!

Weighing anchor for the first time aboard the new Shellerina…

This boat affords Shelly the ability to walk the whole perimeter of the boat. Here she has gone forward to clean the anchor rode as it comes up out of the mud and sand.

The electronics are very cool!

On my iPhone, I can even view/monitor what is showing up on the chart plotter at any given time while I am away from it at the lower helm or wherever. Amazing!

This shows my iPhone displaying what is currently on screen upstairs on the upper bridge. “Two helms, one chart plotter, no problem!”

First sunset on the bridge…

Shelly and I took a “get organized” day today. Starting to get things set up the way we want.

After dinner, we went upstairs to have a cocktail on the flybridge while the sun set.

Very cool perspective on the world! Back to work in the morning! 8:00 ET call with the UK. I’m going back to the apartment during the business day.

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Preparing to take the Mainship 390 home!

Just arrived at the dock!

Mike was finishing up his fiberglass work when we arrived. Lower helm seen above.

Upper helm seen below.

View of the bow from the upper helm / fly bridge.

Master stateroom below.

Huge thanks to dock mate Steve Ramano for these pics and for accompanying us on this maiden voyage of 150 miles home to the South Shore of Long Island, a two day trip. Tomorrow we make Greenport NY on the North Fork of eastern Long Island.

Supper time!

Shelly and Steve at dinner … take out from nearby McKinley’s Irish Pub.

We plan to push off at 6:00am.

Happy 4th of July 2020

We are anchored in position to watch to the North all along the south shore of Long Island for private and municipal fireworks displays. Plenty of social distance out here on the anchor!

It isn’t dark yet.

It isn’t 9:00pm yet.

Yet hundreds or thousands of people are launching their loads of fireworks this evening. Lots of pent up need to celebrate things, I think. Happy Birthday America!

I wish I could capture what we are seeing from this vantage point. 7.5 M people on Long Island needing to vent on the 4th of July!

160 degrees of panoramic fireworks! Going for over an hour.

Can’t wait any longer for supper! We brought the stove up in the cockpit so Shelly would not miss any of the fireworks!

It is impossible to capture the wide panoramic display of fireworks that we’ve been seeing for the past couple hours. This vid does not even come close!

Of course, it got better after dark, but the camera becomes less capable to capture what we are seeing tonight.

10:30pm. Fireworks are still going strong on Great South Bay. Remarkable.

New specs for the Admiral…

Almost two weeks after her successful cataract surgery, Shelly now sports some new sunglasses.

I never knew that the replacement lens that they implant in the eye for this procedure is prescription, so corrective lenses are no longer needed for driving etc.

So, these are non-prescription glasses except for “reading”. She loves them and they look great. Also, they are “Clic”s. Meaning a magnetic bridge can be separated for taking them off temporarily, and a cord going in back around the neck keeps them secured. Perfect for boating.

What a day!

It all started with breakfast!

Then, as we headed out the Lindenhurst Cut we saw a Mainship 390… very similar to ours. POThe swim platform on this one is not typical; it’s shorter. An interesting change from the original design. They docked at Cedar Beach Marina… so we may go ashore to meet them.

Then we both jumped in for a while; the water was a very nice 72F.

AND

The Summer Solstice just occurred a few minutes ago at 5:44pm ET. Longest day of the year.

More papers e-signed on the purchase of the Mainship this hour. The Internet service was not adequate out at CB Cove this afternoon. So we came back to S-Dock to sign… now heading back to anchor for the night.

Anchored back at Cedar for what might be out last overnight aboard this Shellerina. In a few days, maybe next weekend this boat will be transferred to Kim and Josh. So, we are getting our last licks in!

I have started working on an equipment list for them so they know what not to buy.

As the sun goes down, Shelly radiates with her inner beauty!

It is going to be a magical evening and morning here on the hook, our favorite place to sleep and wake!

Note that she does not need corrective lenses since her cataract surgery on Monday this past week! She uses ‘readers’ sometimes; but she is in great shape now, five days after cataract surgery. For those of you who don’t know, the man-made replacement lens that they put in with this procedure is a corrective lens, improving one’s sight in more than one way!

Pizza on the Magma Grill/Oven on the Starboard quarter.

Done to perfection!

Nice crunchy crust, great cheese and tomato sauce up top.

Is Moriches navigable?!

The east-west inside channel through Moriches, south shore of Long Island, was not navigable for several seasons due to shoaling. This made us have to go outside for a 47 mile trip from Fire Island Inlet to Shinnecock Inlet, which means needing to have ideal weather conditions for our small 27 footer.

Last year during Labor Day weekend at Riverhead, we learned from locals that dredging had opened up the E-W channel through Moriches! So that made our return trip a lot more relaxing.

Today, I have it on good authority that Moriches has NOT shoaled back up, and it is safe and open to make that passage on the inside.

I am posting this in hopes that people searching for safety information about Moriches will know they can plan trips through that area this season!

There has NOT been a lot of good information about this on-line. This is one guy trying to change that!

Be safe afloat!

Today: First cruise to “Sunrise Lagoon” in Seaford NY…

Nick lives with Desiree and her parents in Seaford; their home is on a canal (which is a challenging place to get to by boat) the canal’s name is “Sunrise Lagoon.”

We loved the hospitality, food, and birthday ice cream cake. Thank you so much! Because of the pandemic, months have passed with us not meeting Kirk and Nancy, Dez’s parents, until TODAY. The setting was perfect, as we could stay on the boat, and tie up to their seawall/dock which is right in their back yard. It was a perfect day for it.

Big Rain!

Safely anchored during some big T-Boomers! Fun to watch from a safe anchored spot. Trying to make our way to Seaford to see Nick and Desiree, and finally meet her parents!

“Scattered Thundershowers” means: Perfect day unless you are lined up with one of these T-Storms peppered across the map! Fortunately, they are fast moving almost all the time. So, find a safe anchorage, and wait a while, then back to sail plan when things stabilize.

We don’t mind it one bit!!! It is all about being close to the elements. We love it actually.

Here we are loving the setting sun and some fillet mignon, asparagus, shrooms.

Second look today at Mainship 390 in RI

Shelly and I took the Orient Point-New London ferry across to CT and RI today for a second look at this baby:

I love to see women at the helm of a boat! She’s my Admiral!

Prior to seeing this boat, we shared a great fish taco dish for lunch at McKinley’s Irish Pub next to the dock. It was, like, day 1 or day 2 that they were re-opened after the Covid-19 lockdown. We hope we are safe to have gone outside of our self-quarantine on this RI trip. But, we need to get on with our life’s dreams.

Night at S-Dock…

Tonight we got to see the ISS, International Space Station, with the naked eye again. There are great apps that help you determine when the best viewing times will be. There is another visible pass tomorrow evening when the new SpaceX capsule should be linked up.

Nights are fun aboard Shellerina, either at S-Dock or on-the-hook. I like on the hook, but having shore power for heat and microwave is handy, must admit.

Wind shifting today

In this video you can see how the wind was out of the NW when we left. But, it started shifting to west and it will continue to shift until it is SW around sunset. The changing color gradient indicates wind speed (mph) on the color scale at the bottom.

The Predict Wind app is amazing!

Watching paint dry!

So exciting to wait for paint to dry! It is time for our annual anchor chain marking paint to be re-applied. Each end of our 75 feet of chain is painted, as well as a 1 foot marker at 25 feet, and two foot long markers at 50 feet spaced a foot apart. “We always know exactly how much chain is out.” Behind the chain is 150feet of half inch nylon. The anchor is a 26 pound Ultra Anchor… stainless steel with lead inside the casting. We love it… and this whole system gets used a LOT!

S-Dock hang out Saturday in fog and rain…

Awoke at slip Saturday to fog and rain… just hung out here as long as we could before leaks in the biminis forced us to head home for the rest of the afternoon.

Thirteen boats are tied up here now, the most we’ve seen in a few years. Matt and Diana are back in their Chaparral 28 + center console. Their dog needed some extra persuading before daring to jump across the gap between the dock and their swim platform. Restauranteur Anthony is promising to show up with FOOD on Memorial Day so we will all have to figure out how to socialize with Covid19 distancing rules still being the smart way to assemble.

Virtual Happy Hour aboard …

This was the set up Friday, enabling Ray to check in with his co-workers at Microdesk for their weekly Virtual Happy Hour.

The laptop has a webcam camera built into the bottom of its bezel; this was the resulting “background” for his resulting broadcast!

So called “Virtual” Happy Hours have become common since the Covid19 Pandemic has prevented friends and coworkers from gathering at bars and restaurants.

Needless to say, our ability to self quarantine both at home AND here on the boat has given us an unfair advantage on our mental health. <grin>

There is some good news this week:

Big “Clean Water” Infrastructure Project happening right near our hangout, Cedar Beach Cove…

Today I finally figured out what the big construction project is that is happening very close to our favorite anchoring spot!

For a year or two there has been a sizable construction project going on just west near Cedar Beach cove.

It is part of a new 2.6 mile wastewater outfall tunnel / pipeline which will bring treated effluent (water clean enough to reintroduce into the environment) out into the Atlantic Ocean.

FMI click here. https://www.ohlna.com/projects/tunnels/bergen-point-outfall-replacement/

Herehttps://tunnelingonline.com/ohl-led-jv-awarded-bergen-point-outfall/

And Here

https://tunnelbuilder.com/News/Bergen-Point-WWTP-TBM-ready-to-be-shipped-to-New-York-.aspx

Since I was a young boy when Senator Ed Muskie D-ME got the Clean Water Act passed into law (and the Clean Air Act) I have marveled at how good-for-business the environmental movement has been. Of course it has also been good for public health and quality of life!

It is GREAT to know that this big construction project is a clean water initiative! Makes my day!

Bergin Point WWTP, walking distance from our home.

This nautical chart (NOAA 12326) shows where the Bergen Point WWTP is located, where the construction site is for the new 10ft diameter pipeline-tunnel, and where the outfall is out to sea.

Perrrfect day!

Wind was light out of the north when we left this morning, we anchored in Cedar Beach cove. As predicted by our app, the wind zeroed out at 1:30 pm and did a 180. It was our of the south by 2:30!

Got a few minor projects done, like the ensign and bow pendant as well as the new 22″ wiper blade. Pumped out on the way back.

Shelly spied this Southport center console near us today, manufactured in Maine by a friend, George Menezes. This one had FLIR night vision and computer controlled joystick maneuvering options! Very nice.