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.
Nick came out with us yesterday to celebrate my birthday.
Even though it is raining, Shelly and I met after work at the boat tonight. I wanted to run the engine before we fly to Boston for Nicole’s 50th birthday party on Saturday.
Rain doesn’t stop us from hanging out on Shellerina.
and a 17 point crib! What’s up with that!?
New grills arrived Thursday at S-Dock, so we decided that we should be the first customers to fire one up! Swordfish Kabobs!
Doubles as a butt leaning pad when standing! Very nice for long runs.
Anchored today on Great South Bay, Long Island NY, we remember lots of great skiing at Sunday River back on Maine! Here we use a cup to hold the hatch open.
We think this spring skiing pic was April or May 2012, last day of Sunday Rivers season.
Also new this year is our collection of SS straws. Doing our part to keep plastics out of the ocean! They come with SS cleaning brushes…
…and now power and lights too!
The smallest of things on a boat can bring the most joy … e.g. a new seat for the head installed today!
… 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!
A great night’s sleep!
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.
Too windy today (25K) to fight it, so we are just hanging out at S-Dock listening to our favorite music on the new sound system!
Also installed a new stronger boarding handle. Getting ready for some cruising this season! This boat wants to Go!
Nick and Ray got up early and drove out to Fire Island Light for a sunrise tour !
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!
At S-Dock once again!
Marine Max Lindenhurst NY.
I got this new stereo installed this afternoon. It should eliminate the need for an AUX cable to our smartphone this year!
Boat should be launched this week!!!
Ray was at the boat all afternoon. Unshrink-wrapping, installing the batteries, canvas, and improving the transducer’s transom mount.
The Bergen Point yard will do ext wax, and bottom paint, then drop her in for us this week!
I have gotten some feedback from friends that there are not many pictures of ME on this blog, as I am usually the one taking pictures. So we are going to work on that this season. Here are some “old” pics Of me on Shellerina for you!
This last pick was of Shelly at Robinsons Wharf, Townsend Gut, Southport Island ME. Our boat is in the background. June 11, 2013.
Our dear friend Lynn Beaudoin from Sabre Yachts and Harrison Maine was able to hang out with us due to the light crowds of opening day.
We then went to visit with former dock mates, the Rose family, who moved into NYC last summer… Stuyvesant City, very nice.
Best of Shellerina.com:
See our blog post when we visited this wind farm in June 2017:
December 24, 1968
Apollo 8 (50 years ago tonight)
“The most influential environmental photograph ever taken”
February 16, 2019 update: Below are the new pistons installed as we prepare to launch next month!!!
Shellerina was hauled today. End of a great season! Hope the next four months go by quickly!
Nick is driving Shelly and me to JFK early tomorrow morning for our 30 Anniversary Trip to Little Gasparilla Island FL. Looking forward to that. Our host, Lori Charette, will be picking us up at SRQ then shuttling us out to their home by boat.
Love and Thanks to both of you!!!
Ran the engine, and listened to the Jets-Patriots pre-game show on the radio. If not for this 1:00 pm local game, and chance to watch the Pats from our NY home, we’d be going out on Great South Bay for certain! It would have been #88 underway for this boating season.
Light dusting so far.
87 – times the boat left the slip or got underway from a port we were visiting.
83 – times we hung out on the boat not going anywhere.
We also stayed overnight on the boat 83 times.
1027 – miles travelled according to the GPS chart plotter which is always on when we are underway.
A great season by all accounts!
Anchored off the south side of Fox Island on this beautiful 65F day. Low wind. Nice day out here! 72F under the canvas camper top.
We are anchored off Fox Island. Will this be the last sunset pic of the season?
We watched TowBoatUS at work freeing up this express cruiser off a sand bar this afternoon.