Traveling the coast of New Jersey was not all that exciting. Not a lot to see. When I left the last time we were–GASP!–having to go out on the ocean for the next hundred-plus miles. There is an inside passage but time, storms and lack of money to dredge it are taking it toll and it is no longer smart for a boat this size to use it.
When I last wrote, we were still in Cape May, New Jersey at Utsch’s Marina. We were waiting for a weather window to run up the coast. We left early on the 21st with two other boats – Larry & Caryl on Prime Time and Ron and Jane on MV Rachael. Larry and Caryl are from Wisconsin and will cross their wake in the Trent-Severn. Ron and Jane (not loopers) were heading back to Maine after being in the Bahamas all winter. They were from Steve’s home town of Brunswick, Maine. We were off to Atlantic City. The ocean was good to us that day – not too bumpy with waves only 2 to 3 feet. Since we could always see shore, it didn’t feel all that much different than some of the bays that we had crossed.
We could see damage from Hurricane Sandy as we traveled up the shore and when we entered the inlet to Atlantic City.
Atlantic City is pretty gaudy and more of a party place than I normally would like but it was still fun to be there and see it.
Early the next morning we were on our way for another day on the Atlantic Ocean. This time Prime Time and Rachael left us because they are faster boats . We traveled closer to shore but it was pretty rough so we went out about three miles which was better but not great. The waves were not much bigger than the day before but they were from another direction and it caused the boat to roll a lot. We found out later that the other two boats went out about ten miles and had a very smooth ride. Our destination for that day was Belmar Marina in Belmar, New Jersey. Belmar was a happening town with lots going on. There were four or five “head” boats (fishing boats that hold a ton of people) and a tour boat. There was a restaurant that had a band and lots of partying people. There were a LOT of boats around because Saturday morning there was a shark tournament going on.
You can’t really see it here but when the boats started heading out for the shark tournament, a lot of them went out together, one right after the other. Steve said it reminded him of the “Jaws” movie. Before we knew it, we were heading back into the ocean for your last run on the outside. This day we were headed for Staten Island. We had said goodbye to Ron and Jane the night before because they were going to continue on up the coast toward Maine. We traveled with Larry and Caryl that day.
Next stop – Staten Island and a visit to NYC. I’ll be back tomorrow with more!