Just completed first leg of our delivery cruise on a new to us Newburyport trawler from Annapolis to Kingston, NY on the Hudson River. After a 2 day training session with Captain John Albertine (who, by the way, was amazing) we felt confident to begin our voyage.
We left Annapolis on Thursday March 28 en route to Chesapeake City for the first leg of our trip under cloudy skies and a brisk breeze. Arrived around 9:30 and settled in for the night after a hot meal looking forward to day 2 on the vaunted Delaware Bay.
Our cruise down the bay was timed with the ebb current with the winds in our favor so as to make for a pleasant and uneventful trip to Cape May and we continued on to Atlantic City. Had our first experience with a soft grounding smack in between the channel markers to South Jersey Marina at low tide and were fortunate enough to free ourselves after a few minutes. Arrived Atlantic City and anchored out just inside the inlet next to Harrah's Casino. Weather stayed cold but winds remained light and we settled in for the night looking forward to long stretch to NY Harbor the next morning.
My long and anxiously anticipated journey up the Jersey coast was an experience I'll always remember - a beautiful sun filled day with temps approaching 60 and winds light and variable made for a tranquil cruise up the coast with my first mate for life Linda (aka the admiral) great friend Tom and sis-in-law Jenny. Rounded into Sandy Hook and anchored out after viewing firsthand some of the devastation wrought by superstore Sandy.
Next morning was Easter Sunday and we cruised into NY within maybe a quarter mile of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island which was quite a thrill! My grandmother from Ireland came through Ellis Island around 1915. No boardings by USCG, port authority or police was surprising as we were forewarned that would most likely be the case. Spent 2 days relaxing, taking in some sights and doing some minor repairs (coolant leak) at Liberty Landing Marina. Highly recommended due to their overall courtesy, efficiency and professionalism not to mention the fact that they were just a cool bunch of guys.
Left for final day after saying goodbye to our crew, my wife and new crew member daughter Valerie began a 12 hour trip up the Hudson in freezing temps and a steady headwind of 20+ knots with the icicles dripping down from the bow of the boat. And I wondered why when we encountered people along the way they would query "heading south?" Then scratch their heads when we replied "No, north!" Go figure! Summer is coming, isn't it?!!! Finally settled into Rondout Creek and spent an enjoyable evening with family and now looking forward to next leg of journey to bring our new vessel to her new home port in Wilson, NY on Lake Ontario.
We may be newbies to the trawlering lifestyle but are already in love with the possibilities. Our vessel performed admirably and we owe it to a lot of research, great surveyors in Annapolis and training before we set sail.
Bon voyage til next time!