"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 4, 2013

Sept. 3 - Cape May, NJ

Miss Chris Marina 

Today was one of those days that would make the readers of our blog change their minds on wishing they were here with us. We traveled 132 miles (16 hours) from Atlantic Highlands to Cape May, NJ...all in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a fairly good day as days go in this part of the north Atlantic...more pitching than rolling, which is a good thing, at least for us. Our auto pilot (Otto) did a great job, which made the day a lot easier on Stan. 

Yesterday after Bryt and Kyle left for the airport, we left New York Harbor for Sandy Hook. The Atlantic Ocean is about 20 miles from New York City and we wanted to have a better position for beginning our long trip back to the Chesapeake. After arriving in Atlantic Highlands we spent 45 minutes taking on fuel...another fun activity we have to do ever now and then. The process is slow on our old boat. It's not like filling your car up...you actually have to hold the nozzle the whole time, pressing on the handle just right to keep the flow even and slow enough to keep it from burping diesel out at you. After that fun event and charging a small fortune to our credit card we anchored for the day. Luckily it was cloudy most of the afternoon, because it was quite warm and we have no AC when we're at anchor. We may have left Maine a little too early. Yesterday was the end of summer...right? Not feeling the touch of fall yet. See...I've tried to tell all of you that life on a boat isn't always fun. 

We'll stay in Cape May for another a day or so while we figure out the best time to travel up the Delaware River and through the C & D Canal. Once back to Chesapeake City we'll have about a month to relax before we head south to South Carolina where we'll leave the boat for the winter. 

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean

Wildwood, NJ
Sunset close to Cape May


  1. It sounds to me as if your fuel vent line has a restriction in it or is to small.

    Bill Kelleher

    1. Yep...it's small. Just the way it was made 30 years ago. But luckily we don't have to take on fuel very often. She's very economical that way...we use a lot less fuel than most boats.