Trip Start Jul 21, 2001
45Trip End Apr 22, 2002
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Repairs continue. Enough said?
No repairs are done on the weekend. We were told the remaining parts will arrive on Monday with the last one being delivered Tuesday. Thankfully, we received a very kind invitation from Bruce and Anne Miller to take a break from the boat and stay at their place for Saturday and Sunday. The cats are fine on board by themselves overnight so we jumped at the chance for shore leave.
I was Bruce's guidance counsellor years ago and his father Bar Miller taught for many years at MSS. We had great memories of Bar and Barb, and I had very special memories of the Tech Dept. fishing trips aboard "the Minwashka". I know a number of the former MSS teachers reading this will also have their own special memories of how Bar nursed his old Owens 27 into some incredible spots and adventures.
Bruce and Anne's two children, Sophia and Bridget, are quickly turning into typical American school children. Both are very good athletes taking after their mother who left us at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning to do an 18 mile run in preparation for her entry in the Philadelphia Marathon. WOW!!!
By typical American children, I make reference to the difference between entry in sports comparing US and Canadian models. For Sophia and Bridget, swimming means COMPETITION. Bridget, at 8 years of age, is doing exceptionally well, entering in all forms of swimming and diving. She proudly showed me two humongous trophies which she won this year. If this is the size she receives at 8, what will she bring home in her teenage years? Bruce will have to be ready to build a trophy room for these two athletes. Back in Canada, Carol, Laura and Paula Cunningham, our neighbours on Manitoulin, also participate in swimming. Their swimming is under the auspices of The Red Cross and they proudly show off the small badges which they receive as they complete each category. Bruce said in their town of Medford, NJ no one has even heard of the Red Cross program.
Off for a long Sunday drive by way of Manasquan Inlet on the New Jersey coast. When we leave New York harbour there is no protected waterway and we will be sailing in the Atlantic Ocean until we reach Cape May. Manasquan is the first harbour of refuge that a sailboat can safely enter and we have received different comments about the difficulty dogging large motor craft and commercial fishing boats entering and leaving the narrow inlet. It was very reassuring seeing it in advance and we are quite prepared to enter it in any weather except a strong North East wind.
A stop at the local grocery store completed our time together and it was with regret that we said goodbye to this terrific family. Sophia, who her mother said is afraid of cats, didn't want to leave because she was enjoying petting and playing with Hercules. Then just before they left, she and Bridget ran back up the ladder to say goodby to Sinbad so he wouldn't be jealous. So much for being afraid of cats. :-)
Andy Blan was the electronics expert who has been working on our boat this past week and today was his final day. I have learned a lot about marine electronics working with him and in addition, Margaret and I have obtained a lot of sailing advice. Andy and his wife have lived aboard sailing boats for over twenty years. Their latest is a fifty-five foot sailboat which Andy has been building from a bare hull. He has done quite a bit of solo ocean sailing with his wife joining him when he arrives in harbour. Margaret thinks this may be an excellent way for a couple to travel. :-)
At first we were to be on our way on Monday. Then we learned today that the last piece of equipment was to arrive and by late afternoon we were to be on our way south. It's 12:15 p.m. and I just learned that the driver of the truck bringing today's equipment to the boatyard is ill and the truck delivery was canceled. "Sorry, tomorrow you should be on your way." My close friends will know just how delighted I was to hear this information after waiting all morning to be on our way.
Parts arrived. Mast light installed. We're on our way as soon as we pay the bill and test everything out. We found out today that everything has been approved for payment by the insurance company and they will send us a cheque for the full amount less our deductible. That's good news except for the fact that we have to pay a sizeable amount of money up front. Thankfully, we have high credit limits on our cards but it still took accessing three of them to pay the bill.
Anyway, bill paid, up on the travel hoist, into the water, check for leaks from the newly installed depth sounder and speed log transducers (no leaks), start engine - RPM GAUGE DEAD A new gauge had been installed but it appears it needs a new sending head in the engine also. The new part is ordered and should arrive tomorrow. I don't think I need to describe our feelings.
Despite this, I must say that the service we've received and the staff here at Julius Petersen have been first rate. During our stay, we have heard of a number of boaters who have nursed their crafts to this boatyard to ensure the needed work is done here. Since some of the readers of this web site are planning to follow our route someday, I'll just add their phone number here Upper Nyack - (845)358-2100. Hopefully you'll never need it.