Trip to Vancouver via Panama Canal: Day 4 – Newport, RI to Cape May, NJ | Yachtsmiths PEI

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Took on 615 USG of fuel this morning….I didn’t ask Neil what it cost! I am still trying to calculate the range of the boat at 10 knots….we are supposed to carry 990 gallons but you never really know until you fill it all at once.

Trip Map

 
Day 4 – June 6th

Took on 615 USG of fuel this morning….I didn’t ask Neil what it cost!

I am still trying to calculate the range of the boat at 10 knots….we are supposed to carry 990 gallons but you never really know until you fill it all at once.

Trip log now showing 472 nautical miles from home….

Robert and I checked the gyro again…we cleaned all of the input strainers and checked the flow. When we built the boat we installed a pump that had a capacity of 8.5 GMP where the installation manual only required 4GPM. I’m finding it difficult to believe that we don’t have enough flow!
Either way, the gyro is working again. I spoke to Seakeeper and they don’t know why it keeps stopping. So, this morning before we left we cycled it 3 times and had good flow.

We left the harbour at 9:45 after a hair raising exit back out through the skinny entrance. The boat handles very well having twin engines and a bow thruster, but being within 3 feet of a 10 million dollar sailboat always makes me nervous.

We exited the harbour into calm seas with 1-2 meter swell and headed towards Block Island.

Leaving Newport, RI: VIDEO

Leaving Newport, RI 2: VIDEO

Cruising Long Island Sound: VIDEO

I got pretty breezy and we were taking a lot of spray over the bow as we crossed the entrance to Long Island Sound as you can see in the video. This blow kept up most of the day but lessened a bit as we got into the lee of Long Island.

I have brought several boats south from Nova Scotia and normal go up the Long Island Sound into New York City. This is a bit of a hair raising trip and takes a bit longer to do, but the views are absolutely amazing. If you haven’t done this part of the trip I would highly recommend doing it at least once.

On this trip however we decided to stay offshore and go outside Long Island and head straight to Cape May. This involved an overnight at sea so I decided to take a video…

Atlantic City at night: VIDEO

A lot of people ask me what it is like at sea at night….I think some people are afraid of being at sea at night but they really shouldn’t be. At night the winds usually drop down and the seas calm a bit. The night sky is absolutely amazing because you have no light pollution to deal with. but, it is dark.
My training in the Canadian Navy and especially on submarines has taught me to keep the instruments turned down to minimum light and cover them most of the time so that your night vision is better.
This is a safer way to operate because you can see smaller boats in the dark that sometimes the radar doesn’t paint well. This is especially important on the east coast of the US because of the large number of boats as well as tugs and barges transiting up and down the coast at night.
We started watching for phosphorescence in the water at this point as it was warming up, but we didn’t see anything yet…

Day 5 – June 4th 7:38am

We are 7nm north east of the entrance to Cape May…beautiful morning!

Entering Cape May, New Jersey: VIDEO

Coming into Cape May the first thing you see is a very long breakwater jutting out into the ocean. It seems very narrow as you approach it because you are used to the expanse of the sea, but it is actually fairly wide. It is common to see many people fishing out on the breakwater and in little boats inside the channel. In fact you need to be careful here because they don’t move for you! Add to that the sport fishermen exiting the entrance at 30 knots and it can get pretty exciting in there!

Cape May itself is a very nice little community. You can get just about anything you need here and there is ever a West Marine store on the north side of the bridge. We did not stop her on this trip and continued thru the canal into the Delaware River.

One thing to be aware of in Cape May is that it gets very shallow very fast. Stay in the channel! Even if sometimes that means guessing where the channel is!
Leaving Cape May, New Jersey: VIDEO

We saw 2.5 feet on out depth sounder going thru here……

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