Distance Traveled: 14.25nm
Total Distance Traveled: 466.25nm
Thursday, Sept 23
Next morning, a Beneteau 475 was docked in front of the crane. Phil dinghied over and told them our plans to step the mast and Phil waited while the French Canadians woke up. While we were waiting, Phil talked to Chet Slabinsky, from New Hartford, Conn about when we were going to see him. It turns out that after he talked to his wife Carol, they were to arrive today at about 12 noon. After a couple hours, the Beneteau had their mast up, so Phil and I brought Changes to the dock. It wasn't long before Mark and Ebel (S/V Bye Bye Blues) dinghied over to assist us. I ran the remote control for the crane boom and with the 4 of us, we got the mast stepped and the shrouds, back stay, and forestay connected. Then Chet and Carol arrived. It was great for me to meet them and I know that Phil was glad to see them again after so many years.
Yesterday was a busy day for having sailboat step their masts. There were 2 other sailboats that came up to the dock (both Canadians), so we had to move Changes down the dock so they could have their turn at the crane. Then 3-4 more sailboats (also Canadians) came up a little later. Chet and Carol are new owners of a older Catalina 30' sailboat, so pitched in to help with taking the wood used to support the mast off the boat and help with some of the other items that needed to be done like put up the Farouk since it was hot. They have offered to save the wood for us for when we come back in the spring and also delivered us some mail that Virginia forwarded to us. Also came was the head rebuilt kit. We thank them very much for their assistance!!!
When we got to a stopping point, we left Changes docked at the CBC and went to lunch at the Village Inn which is on Main Street just on the other side of the RR tracks that the Amtrac high speed passenger train travels on. The Village Inn is a bar/Tavern that is run by one gentleman. We think that he is a one man operation taking the orders, cooking and serving. One item of note is that with this restaurant being right next to the train tracks, it's quite a surprise if you're not aware of what happens when a train goes by. What happens is that there is a change in air pressure that we felt as we were sitting at the front of the tavern when the train goes by at the back of the travern. The curtains MOVED and there was quite the noise to go along with it. Needless to say, we were all startled when this happen and the owner asked "anybody blow away?" We had a good laugh and when the train went by again during our meal, we know what to expect.
The food was good and on our way out I asked about a board that had numbers on the left and guy's names on the right. Turns out it's lottery for Nascar races. Each man puts down $.10 a race and has the chance to get $4.90 if the car they pick out of the jar gets first place. They have this lottery going every race so by the end of the season, there is a chance to win $500, $250, $125, some amount for being in the middle and last. We don't really remember all the details, but it sounds like the guys have fun.
Chet and Carol stayed until 8pm, so they helped us get Changes back in order topside, dock to get diesel fuel and then anchor. We put the main sail and head sail on.
|Phil and Chet Slabinsky raising the Main Sail|
|Carol tailing to raise the Main Sail|
|Chet and Carol Slabinsky|
The wind rose last night and it was a warmer night than we've had in a while. I didn't sleep well with the movement of Changes at anchor. Phil also got up to attach a line to the anchor chain to tie it to a cleat to take the pressure of the anchor chair off the anchor windlass. I also got up to take a look as I didn't know about it and had to see for myself what he was doing to understand. We finally got back to sleep.
Friday: Sept 24
Soon after Phil woke, he got going with the last jobs to finish with stepping the mast while I continued to sleep. He attached the mast ring hold down bar on the inside, put the electric connections for the mast back together. By this time I woke so helped him with putting another layer of plastic bag at the bottom of the mast to prevent water from dripping down the mast when it rains. He also went in and got a mooring ball for tonight, to we weighed anchor and moved to the same mooring ball we were on before. It was more challenging as the wind was from the south 11 - 16 knots, so when we came up the mooring ball I missed hooking the loop with the boat hook. Phil came up and we were able to get it as the mooring ball went along the port side. We had to take down the Farouk due to the above mentioned winds. At 411pm it's still windy - about 10-13 knots and very warm, about 85F. After breakfast of cereal, we went and took showers, had sandwiches and plums for lunch. I'm a little bored, - tired of reading - so got out my sewing machine and have been working on stitching down the appliqued numbers and letters for Calvin's quilt. We were too busy to post yesterday, hence the 3 day posting today.
Tomorrow we are planning on motoring to Middle Ground Flats about 16 nm away. We will anchor there for the night and then continue on to either Saugerties which is about 15nm away or Kingston an additional 10 nm. I feel the need for civilization, but we also need to see where we can anchor as we are getting in the part of the country that paying for dockage gets expensive. Two other locations where we can anchor is Pollepel Island and Haverstraw Bay which are on the way to E79th St Marina. These last two locations were recommended as good anchoring locations by Dick of M/V Ladyhawke. We hope to get to the 79th St Marina in NYC Sept 30 and Oct 1 for meeting Vicky and see some of the sights in NYC. Then we will be pushing it to go up the Delaware Bay to the C&D Canal and the Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis for the Sail Boat Show Oct 7 - 11. We look forward to Vicky's visit.
Wednesday, late afternoon, we saw a Bald Eagle flying around and landing on a tree not too far away. I took some photos, but not sure yet how well they turned out. I think he's too far away. We didn't notice the Bald Eagle yesterday, but saw him flying around as I was posting this message.