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Old 11-08-2019, 08:44 AM   #129
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City: Oneida Lake, NY
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Sylphide
Vessel Model: Kingston Aluminum Yacht 44' Custom
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 1,495
Good morning Boatnerds. I've had a couple of good days of running. The trip from NY harbor to Barnegat went very well. The weather was good and sunny, and the boat ran well. The anchorage at Barnegat was exceedingly pleasant.

Yesterday was a blustery one. The wind was forecast to be out of the south in the high teens and low twenties, and so it was. I decided I didn't want to bash into a head sea all day, and took the inside route. I'd been a little nervous about that stretch, since I've heard a lot of reports of shifting shoals and grounded boats. I've spent some time aground in the past, and have found I don't much care for it. No such trouble, though. My charts were good, and the markers were reliable. We went on a rising tide, and took it slow. It felt like the current was against me most of the time, so it was a day of many hours, but not so many miles.

I arrived at the Chris Farley state marina at Atlantic city around 3:00 yesterday, took a splash of diesel, pumped out, and availed myself of water, electrical, and other services. A seagull tried to eat my garbage.

Sylphide was a dirty girl, and so I started giving her a good ol' sponge bath. I worked along for a bit until I realized that it had gone dark, and I was wet and cold, and probably looked a bit of an idiot. I figured, 'well, it's dark, and probably getting late, so I'll pack it in for the night.' Then I checked a clock and saw it was 5:30

I'm taking a zero today. It's cold and blowy, and the weather will be better tomorrow. I haven't set foot on land in four days, so I think I will today. I need a few fresh provisions, and I'd like to make a trip to the hardware store and maybe West Marine. My boat project today is to service the batteries. I've never done that before, so it'll be a learning experience, but it needs doing. My terminals are pretty corroded, and I think it's causing me to lose voltage.
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