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Old 11-02-2019, 09:01 PM   #101
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Dave, don't know if you have an inverter or not. As a backup plan, buy an electric blanket (twin size) to act as a comforter under another blanket. You probably will never use it above settings 1 or 2 and the power consumption at those settings is around 20 to 40 watts. They work very nicely off a cheap modified sine wave inverter drawing a few amps when at anchor.

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Old 11-02-2019, 09:41 PM   #102
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Where are you headed, Dave? South?


BTW, before I logged on, I clicked on the marina webcam to see your boat, and lo and behold, at 8:43 a.m. (eastern time) I saw you walk down the dock and board your boat. Big smile.


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Yes'm, south it is. It's getting too damn cold up here! There's snow in the forecast in a few days, and they're rolling up the sidewalks around here.

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Then he is obviously doing everything exactly right!
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Wifey B: One of three remaining there, until Monday Morning.
The most excellent chap aboard the fine looking Marine Trader to my east will be leaving tomorrow morning. I was hoping to get underway and buddy boat along with him, but it looks like I'll need another day to finish up some projects.

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Dave, don't know if you have an inverter or not. As a backup plan, buy an electric blanket (twin size) to act as a comforter under another blanket. You probably will never use it above settings 1 or 2 and the power consumption at those settings is around 20 to 40 watts. They work very nicely off a cheap modified sine wave inverter drawing a few amps when at anchor.

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Excellent idea, sir. I do have a 2500 watt inverter, and this boat is actually better set up for cold weather cruising than hot. The propane forced air furnace is keeping up nicely, even when it's gotten down into the thirties. That's a good solution as a backup though.
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:47 PM   #103
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Today was somehow very productive and frustratingly unproductive. I got the new home port vinyl lettering stuck on, and it came out well. There's some shadowing from the previous stickers, but that'll be there till the next paint job.

I filled up the water tanks, shipped the dinghy back aboard, cleaned and organized a billion and a half things, provisioned, filled the propane tanks, scratch built a custom model of Cutty Sark, and spent about 6 hours making trips back and forth to one hardware store or another trying to get this damned shower valve working. No joy on that unfortunately.

The old valve was one of those thermostatic valves, where you can set the temperature. I took it apart and found that there were some broken bits of plastic inside, and figured it was shot. I bought a new one similar to the old one and after several hours of trying to find the right bits to make it work, it's doing the same damned thing the old one was. For whatever reason, it won't let any hot water through. So I can have a shower at whatever temperature I like, so long as it's colder than my ex wife's heart. I'm going to try a local RV store tomorrow, and if that doesn't work, then I'm just going to give up on showers altogether.

We've gotten lots of heavy rain all across upstate NY over the last week, and there's been lots of flooding. The tides here on the Hudson are probably 3-4' above normal, and the current is running pretty strong. There's lots of big debris in the turd brown water too, which gives me another reason to stick around here till Monday. Hopefully things will settle down a bit by then.
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All of the rain and wind on this side of upstate has been making me just a little bit more ok with my boat being tucked away inside for the winter.
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Congratulations Dave on the great looking boat!
Perhaps the po cut in a shut off valve somewhere along the hot water line to the shower?
(just thinking out loud)
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Old 11-04-2019, 05:48 PM   #106
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Congratulations Dave on the great looking boat!
Perhaps the po cut in a shut off valve somewhere along the hot water line to the shower?
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Thank you! There weren't any shutoff valves for the shower lines, oddly enough. All the rest of the plumbing on the boat has them. I'd eventually like to install some there as well.
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:05 PM   #107
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buy an electric blanket (twin size) to act as a comforter under another blanket
That is a truly excellent idea, and I will do that, for when sitting around reading. I find a sleeping bag and a hoodie enough for sleeping when it's cold (not that it gets that cold around here!).
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Old 11-04-2019, 06:52 PM   #108
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Well, he's off. Checked his "former" marina web cam mid morning and he's not there.

Fair winds and following seas!

Looking forward to keeping up with your adventures!
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:01 PM   #109
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Finally heading south! Today has been a good day. I made 60 miles from Coeymans to a cozy bend in the river at Cornwall that is as close to an anchorage as I'm likely to find around here. The river was rife with junk and debris from all the flooding, which made for a zig-zaggy kind of day. I guess I'll be ready if torpedoes ever become a problem, so that's good.

It's been a day of firsts. It was my first day of single handed cruising on this beast, my first time anchoring her, first time this Mantus has gotten wet, and this will be the first time I've anchored overnight on my own. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly nervous about that last bit, but she's holding like a champ so far. She's swinging like a happy dog's tail, but I've got all the room in the world, so let 'er swing, I say.

Another big first for today was a hot shower aboard. You read that right, a hot shower. I finally decided to feed that damnable thermostatic valve to the local swan, and just installed a different unit. It's a cheap RV job, but it works, and even looks good enough that I'm happy to leave it alone until it breaks.

My father has been staying with me for the last few days, and he headed home this morning. He's been super helpful, and I couldn't have gotten it all done without him. The poor guy has been worried sick about this whole adventure. Not that he needs a reason to worry, but now that he has one, he's going at it full force. I know it's a dad's job to worry, but boy, he's in a class of one in that department. I wish I could convince him that I'm not out here trying to get killed or worse, but he'll never believe me.

Anyway, there's a casserole in the oven, the temperature is good, the internet is fast, and I'm content. I've got New York Harbor in my sights for tomorrow. I should probably try to take a picture or two on this trip. In lieu of visual stimulation, I present a piece of today's soundtrack. I'll spare you the 6 hours of Steinbeck's Log from the Sea of Cortez.

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Old 11-04-2019, 07:36 PM   #110
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If you're looking for a good place to anchor in the city, there's an anchorage behind the Statue of Liberty. If it's windy, it can be lumpy, but an awesome view of the New York skyline, World Trade center, and the butt of the statue. Entrance is just past the statue going South. Go down the side of the statue and anchor behind. Room for probably 30 boats.

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If you need a place to hide before heading down the NJ coast, inside Sandy Hook is the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. There is a breakwater with a mooring field inside. There is room to hide inside the breakwater but just outside of the mooring field. What's your plan for the NJ coast?

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this will be the first time I've anchored overnight on my own. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't slightly nervous about that last bit, but she's holding like a champ so far.

Another big first for today was a hot shower aboard. You read that right, a hot shower. I finally decided to feed that damnable thermostatic valve to the local swan, and just installed a different unit. It's a cheap RV job, but it works, and even looks good enough that I'm happy to leave it alone until it breaks.
You make me laugh, a professional mariner nervous about anchoring a tiny little boat?! I get it though, when its all you and its all your world, its somehow different.

The hot shower makes me laugh too, because I too spent the weekend on boat projects, and out of the three I struck out on two and finished one (new galley sink drain hose and fix leaky sink.) It turns out that someone in Taiwan decided to make custom sized stainless sink drains back in the 1980's, and everyone here laughed at me when I tried to find a new one. My final solution when the threads stripped? Epoxy a barb fitting onto the dang thing, epoxy lasts forever! Victory is mine! And now I replaced that dang stinky hose and the boat smells better!

Its the little things. Glad to hear there is showers going on there, that and some fresh fruit and you'll arrive without the scurvy and smelling fresh for the ladies ARRGGHHHH!
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In case you were kidding about deep 6ing the therma valve, I had the same problem with one the same. Got the manufacturer on the phone and found out that when they said "hot" on the left, they really meant "cold" and vice versa. When I changed the connections so they were backwards, it worked perfectly well, and still does, several years and thousands of hot showers in.
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If you need a place to hide before heading down the NJ coast, inside Sandy Hook is the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. There is a breakwater with a mooring field inside. There is room to hide inside the breakwater but just outside of the mooring field. What's your plan for the NJ coast?

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I'm aiming for Atlantic Highlands tomorrow night. I was hoping to get at least to Barnegat inlet Wednesday, possibly to Atlantic City, but that might be pushing it. Looks like Wednesday will be a little windy, but out of the West. Thursday will be calmer, but with seas on the beam all day, which doesn't sound great. We'll see how it looks tomorrow I s'pose.

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You make me laugh, a professional mariner nervous about anchoring a tiny little boat?! I get it though, when its all you and its all your world, its somehow different.

The hot shower makes me laugh too, because I too spent the weekend on boat projects, and out of the three I struck out on two and finished one (new galley sink drain hose and fix leaky sink.) It turns out that someone in Taiwan decided to make custom sized stainless sink drains back in the 1980's, and everyone here laughed at me when I tried to find a new one. My final solution when the threads stripped? Epoxy a barb fitting onto the dang thing, epoxy lasts forever! Victory is mine! And now I replaced that dang stinky hose and the boat smells better!

Its the little things. Glad to hear there is showers going on there, that and some fresh fruit and you'll arrive without the scurvy and smelling fresh for the ladies ARRGGHHHH!
I'm glad your boat smells better! lol. Yeah, I bought some clementines to stave off the scurvy, and I figured I could just rub them on my armpits if the shower situation didn't pan out.

Also, it's pretty easy to sleep at anchor when there's a mate in the pilothouse knitting and watching the plotter, lol.

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In case you were kidding about deep 6ing the therma valve, I had the same problem with one the same. Got the manufacturer on the phone and found out that when they said "hot" on the left, they really meant "cold" and vice versa. When I changed the connections so they were backwards, it worked perfectly well, and still does, several years and thousands of hot showers in.
Honestly, after the second one wasn't working right, I sort of assumed that I was either using it wrong, or had installed it wrong. Either way, I figured it was user error. I decided a simpler setup with manual temperature adjustment would be a safer bet.
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:06 PM   #116
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Dear Diary,

The trip down from Cornwall to the George Washington bridge was calm and smooth. It was a gray, gloomy day, but comfortable enough, and the scenery in the lower Hudson is impressive. It's entirely possible that there's something else out there that looks like the Palisades, but I haven't seen it. Words like loom and sentinel come to mind. They're very imposing, but just like big seas, quite impossible to capture on camera.

I've spent a lot of time in New York City. I lived in the Bronx for four years while I was in college. I have a huge amount of respect for the place. It's really an incredible feat of humanity. It's just so big, so busy, and so alive. Everyone should go there at least once.

The flip side of all that vibrant chaos, is that I find the place overwhelming. It's total sensory overload. I get anxious as soon as I see the skyline, every time. Yesterday was no exception.

By the time I got to Midtown Manhattan, the ferry traffic was biblical. I'm pretty sure that at least on two occasions, their captains steered right on me until the last second to establish dominance. The resulting melee of crossing wakes produced a ride that would have made the laundry inside of a washing machine aboard an Alaskan crab boat weep. The sun peeked out enough to grab a few pictures in between harried bouts of ferocious sawing at the wheel. I think one of my kidneys may have shifted a bit.

I had hoped to make it down to the Atlantic Highlands anchorage, but I'd gotten off to a late start, and by the time Lady Liberty had hove into view I was nearly out of daylight. We dropped the hook behind the statue, admired the view, and continued to roll for a while. Sylphide and I slept well.
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Great pics
For a pretty neat way to document and share your cruising take s look at BlueBoatLog.com
Here's a link to our 2019 summer cruise on BBL.
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It turned out to be a great way to keep folks updated as to where you are and how things are going.
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I'm not a big fan of NYC, but it's hard not to be awed when motoring through. Think you're mistaken about the ferries, they just wanted to admire Sylphide more closely. Always a good night anchored in the glow of Lady Liberty.

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Dave, I love your writing; amusing and heartfelt. Make sure you keep all your posts; they will be the backbone of a fine book, one day.
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Great pics
For a pretty neat way to document and share your cruising take s look at BlueBoatLog.com
Here's a link to our 2019 summer cruise on BBL.
https://blueboatlog.com/collection/5...97ea5c54cc5bd5

It turned out to be a great way to keep folks updated as to where you are and how things are going.
Enjoy the adventure.
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I like the look of that... If I hadn't already signed up for a wordpress page (and paid for a domain name) I'd sign up in a second.

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I'm not a big fan of NYC, but it's hard not to be awed when motoring through. Think you're mistaken about the ferries, they just wanted to admire Sylphide more closely. Always a good night anchored in the glow of Lady Liberty.

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