Buy me a boat

I was listening to a Swedish radio program when I heard the song “Buy me a boat” by Chris Janson, it got directly into my soul, I really liked the rhythm from this country style song and of course the lyrics had definitely a strong connection to us. A poor chap wanted to get rich, it might not buy me happiness but it can “by me a boat” he sings. You find the song by clicking on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fFNrXGt56A. it’s well worth listening to I’m not the only one who liked it, it become no 1 played song for a while in US, very unusual for a country song if I’m rightly informed, especially for a sing a song writer with no record contract.

Well in Newport the J yacht owners do not have the problem to “buy them self a boat”, and I hope they are happy as well. It was WC in J Yacht recently and as I have been reading with great fascination when I was a small kid in very (1930s) old numbers of the Yachting world about the very impressive J Yachts that competed in the Americas Cup during the 1930’s. We looked forward to see them a little closer in real life.

We timed our arrival to Newport to be able to see them when racing, and down below follow many (too many?) pictures of the J Yachts.

Six of them were racing

Ranger was the one we got closest to when they were heading back to Newport

 

Ranger and Svea, Sveas drawings are made by Thore Holm a Swedish naval architect, she was never built as the Second World War came in between. Several attempts have been made to build Svea, recently and finally this spring she was launched. Svea is the longest J yacht 143 feet l.o.a

Svea

Velsheda 1984, now she looks a bit better …

She has now been restored to former glory l.o.a 129 feet 130 ton

Nice place for a morning breakfast before racing. Valsheda was for sale not long ago asking price 17.5 m€. A lot of boat for the money.

Topaz

I thought this would be a big event, with many spectators and a rather comprehensive program within a “J Yacht event village”, but it was not, one could walk around among the boats but this is just a playground for extremely rich people.

A racing J yacht has a crew of 29 persons to that follow a shore team who manage the repair and service from service containers that are shipped to the different places they are racing at.

Lionehart being washed and serviced after the race.

The Lionehart cockpit

Rainbow

Svea stern

Svea bow

Detail from a tender to a J Yacht, just the chair must cost a bit

The cost to build a J Yacht must be very high, and the running cost must be astronomical, but obviously some have the cash needed.

Interesting is that if one visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Herreshoff Manufacturing Company established 1850s, they manufactured steam engines, torpedo boats for the navy, the first one was LIGHTNING from 1876, but I think Herreshoff are mostly known for the some very well-known Americas CUP winners, and maybe the most famous one is the Reliance

A Model of the very beautiful yacht Reliance, a very big yacht, a 90 footer, i.e. water length of 90 fet.

With a lot of sail, 16160 sq. ft. or 1500 m2, all this before synthetic fibers, carbon fiber spars and sophisticated winches, when racing they were 64 persons aboard. The cost to run them was huge, hence they decided for a new and smaller class called J Class to keep costs down??? They 33 crew aboard.

Comparison of different Americas Cup Classes.

Herreshoff was pioneering also with multi-hulls in racing already in 1876

Amaryllis probably the first racing catamaran, who won an important NY race 1876.

 

Older days cruising standard seen in some older boats built by Herreshoff

Well the J yachts was not the only yachts in Newport, strangely enough we had to look quite a while before we found the J Yachts in Newport, how is that possible? They should be visible for miles with their tall masts. The problem is that it was a lot of sailboats with tall masts, the J Yachts was not the largest yachts in the harbor.

Eleonora a 50 meter Old Classic Yacht built year 2000 from a Herreshoff drawing

 

Annagine a 34 meter “Classic Yacht” Built 2011.

This dog got his feet’s cleaned before the he was allowed to enter on the very large sailing boat Athene (we saw Athene in English Harbor Antigua, then we found out that she cost 300.000 € plus expenses to rent for one week). I do not think this crew man expected to wash the feet of small dogs as part of his duty.

But big boats need to get on the hard sometimes as well, but I do not think they live aboard as we do

This 56 m sailing ship, look at the furling mechanism for the genua, bigger than a man.

But not all vessels are posh, this fishing boat just near the yacht’s need som TLC

And the dingy jetty…

Is for the agile ones, luckily both Kerstin and I are rather agile.

It was a much hyped eclipse when we were in Newport, we had not prepared but 4 sun glasses solved the issue of looking direct into the sun

Kerstin struggling to put on 4 sun glasses, but it was rather OK solution one could see that ca half of the sun was shaded by the moon it lasted for maybe 15-30 minutes so there was no hurry.

Funny enough we saw this modest sailing boat in Newport

A Fisksatra S30 built in Sweden, we also had a S30 before we bought Kerpa, ours was built 1973, 42 years old when we sold ours.

Bristol

As mentioned before, the Herreshoff Museum is in Bristol just north of Newport, The Herreshoff are not the only famous families from Bristol another one are the Colt family.

I think most kids which grew up during 60 ’s and have seen a lot of Cowboys movies have heard the name Colt, the famous gun used by heroes played by Clint Eastwood, John Wayne etc. I did not know that Mr Colt came from Bristol. The guide at the museum told us that Bristol was a big slave port and that a lot of families made a fortune on slave trade and that also include the Colt Family.

Slave trade was banned 1807, but it continued well into 1850′ s and after that it continued another decade with Cuba as base.

House in Bristol

An old and nice stone house in Bristol

East Greenwich

We had to visit East Greenwich not far from Bristol, as our new dingy from AB already starts to fall apart. We thought we bought a high quality dingy, but obviously not.

The joint between the hull and the tubes started to get lose and the dingy toke in water, the joint could easily be ripped apart for some length, and it was only after several rather angry mails they agree to repair on warranty.

They had an agent in East Greenwich therefore we got there.

Our Spray-hood needed some new sippers and to our luck there was a canvas man in the marina who could fix that in a few hours, really needed when sailing in rough weather, sometimes one get very happy for small things such as a few new sippers.

Again very nice old houses, this one from

1757 if one can believe the sign.

We left the dingy last Friday and could collect it this Monday, now I really hope it will last for a long time, but I cannot recommend anyone to buy an AB Dingy. The repair man told me that it is not unusual that the Ab Dingy with Aluminum hull joints starts to go lose. Our dingy has started to corrode also and that is not a warranty thing either and if one read the warrant one see it is rather poor, a lot of exclusions.

 

Autumn?

It feels like autumn now, we definitely need a duvet during the night, there is roughly 12-14 degree c during the night, and the other day we were forced to

Put on not only long trousers and a sweater but also socks on our feet’s, time to go south soon?

 

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“The Emerald Green Lagoon”

Many years ago when we were on a charter trip to Lanzarote with the whole family we wanted to see more of the island and as the charter company offered bus tours on the island we choose one of these tours. The one that we choose had as main attraction the Emerald Green Lagoon, and as supporting selling argument they also through in some albino cray fish. It was with great expectation the whole family went on this tour, but it was rather disappointing. The Emerald Green Lagoon, was a pond about 75 meters in diameter full of seaweed which made it green, with a lot of imagination one could call it Emerald Green. Along most of the coast line in Sweden we have the similar seaweed, and it is not very popular at all,  as it foul the water front were we take our summer bath and sometimes we have to put a lot of efforts to clean the beaches from the sea weed. The cray fish yes they were albinos totally white, one found them in a “pond” a few meters in diameter and they were in the size of normal ant, not very exciting.  Since that we have learned that most places has it’s  “Emerald Green Lagoon”, most often as they do not have very much more to offer but also surprisingly enough even places with a lot to offer, offer “Emerald Green Lagoons”. We have over the years learned not to visit such places but now and then we do fall into the trap.

Martha’s Vineyard

When we got to Martha’s Vineyard we visited the tourist information to get information about buses and what to see, one of the main attractions of the day was the Farmers fairs,  it sounded interesting, maybe we can buy some nice vegetables and other homemade stuff we thought. But this was not very exciting, maybe for children as they had an amusement “park”, pig race and a some animals that kids probably loved

Pig race, they run around the short court and swam a few meters the kids liked it.

Big bulls rather impressive size, they had a bull polling contest, we thought it might be how much can a bull pull, but no it was precisions pulling, not very action packed.

After a while we got hungry and there were many places to choose from, but this hamburger place managed by the fire brigade had by fare the longest queue, I asked the one in the queue is it really worth to stand in this long queue, absolutely it is the best hamburgers on the island they said. It was not, but the profit went to a scholarship so we were happy anyway.

The main attraction for me were old engines like this old combustion engine that was running at very low revs one could count every cycle, very charming

I would have guest that it was older but this kind of engine was made between 1925 and 1930.

This farmer’s fair definitely could be categorized as an “Emerald Green Lagoon”.

You might think I’m unthankful, maybe so, but the rest of our experience of Martha’s Vineyard was very delightful.

Edgartown

Once up on a time a Captain Valentine Pease lived in Edgartown and he became the inspiration to Captain Ahab in Herman Melvilles novel Moby Dick.

The home of Captain Pease

He had a nice view of the water front.

Edgartown has also a past related to whaling industry, which has brought a lot of wealth to the town, which is showed by the many very nice old wooden houses

A very impressive tree,

A giant Pagoda tree indicating trading with Asia in the old days.

Today the harbor is very busy not with sailing ship but leisure boats

Nice seafront villas.

Old restored “sea shed”, we have similar in Sweden one see a lot of them, especially on the west coast of Sweden, they use the same technique for the foundation

Very simple and efficient foundation seen all over the world, even in the posh Edgartwon.

Edgartown is very popular and we can understand why, another evidence of its popularity was also showed in the massive buss queue back to Vineyard Haven were we had anchored Kerpa.

Luckily extra busses were in traffic so we did not need to wait for more than maybe 15 minutes and three busses.

Menemsha

Menmsha is another very charming fishing village on the North Wester side of Martha’s Vineyard, it was here they filmed part of the old cult movie The Jaws. Don’t miss the village if you are in the neighborhood, it is very charming.

We were recommended to have our lunch at “The Bite” a small fast food place where they do excellent fish food according to some of the verdicts from “Active Captain”

Again a rather long queue even as we were there well after lunch hour, it was not cheap as one maybe could expect from the appearance, on the contrary but it tasted good, and we consumed it in a very nice environment

down at the beach

There were other more chic places which served exclusive delicatessen such as oysters and other sea food.

The harbor in Menemsha.

Oaks Bluff

Another very interesting village is Oaks Bluff, it attracts loads of tourists by boat, ferry and car. You see cars everywhere in all tourist places, unfortunately that take away some of the charm, but despite the cars Oaks Bluff is a very nice place.

This time the harbor was extra full of boats due to the annual 40.000$ fireworks, but the harbor is probably pretty busy all days during season.

Some has more fishing rods than others.

There are loads of very old well maintained wooden houses, with a lot of “snicker glädje” we say in Sweden, direct translated “carpenters delight”, very nice to look at but a burden to maintain.

Most of them in excellent conditions, the pressure from neighbors to keep the house and garden in good order must be immense. One of the houses had a Finnish flag the lady in the house was Finnish and we had a chat, she confirmed a lot of job to keep the house up to standard, probably as much job as to keep a cruising boat up to standard.

The whole place was as an open air museum.

Vineyard Haven

We anchored in Vineyard Haven, the main anchorage, but I would recommend to anchor outside Edgartown it’s a nicer place, both of them are exposed to northerly wind, and instead of taking the bus to Menemsha, take your own boat and anchor outside it’s very beautiful and not very much more exposed than Vineyard Haven.

View from the dingy dock, looks as a very calm and peaceful place.

With old sailing boats cruising the bay were we were anchored.

But also very modern “vessels” this kite surfer was very fast on his foil, he came by and said hallo, his wife was from Sweden. One get surprised how many Americans we meet that have Swedish connections.

A reflection

Each village we have visited has had its own police force and Police station.

This policeman we meet in Oaks Bluff, he had nothing against us taking a photo of him, on the contrary.

Two police cars one from the station in Oaks bluff the other one from the station in Edgartown, and we also saw policemen in small type electric golf cars type polis vehicle from the station in Menemsha.

So at least three different stations on the Island, it could probably be more as there are six towns on the island. The total population is less than 20000, but during holiday period there are around 100.000 persons on the island. This is a holiday place for the very rich, some example of visitors are Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, the Clintons, Beyoncé, but if one google and scratch the surface there is also a dark side with alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide. So police is probably necessary. It is interesting to compare with Sweden. If one read and believe the Swedish newspapers, large areas are without Police stations, it could be several 100’s of kilometers to the nearest police station in less populated areas (N.b Sweden is a rather large country compared with how many lives in Sweden, about 20 persons per sq km, if I remember right). It get worse during summer when we are on holiday. Even at the most exposed areas to crime some police stations could be force to close during summer due to lack of policemen. One can read in the newspapers that insecurity is increasing among the citizens, several investigations show that, as well as that gang crime are increasing, solved criminal cases going down year by year and are on a (modern) historic low level. The politicians are competing with promises how much more resources the police authority will get if they win the next election.

So how many policemen are there in USA respectively in Sweden. Obviously it has to be much more in the USA as one can see them everywhere? Even at the most calm places were the need of a policeman does not looks very necessary. Well 2012 USA had 256 polis officers per 100.000 citizens, and Sweden had 208 Police officers per 100.000, but it was 280 officers per 100.000 citizen 1995 so numbers has gone down in Sweden. Other examples New Zeeland 247, Australia 217, Austria 326, UK 307 and Finland 143 polis officer per 100.000 citizens. Well what’s my point?  Not sure myself, but I believe it’s important that the policemen are visible on the streets, especially in areas where crime is high, so people regain their feel of security when walking the streets, that’s one very important responsibility for the government whatever color it has.

Police station in Oaks Bluff, looks as an attractive place for an office.

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First fog

Swedish people has a special relation to the sun, it’s not strange as we live rather far north. Stockholm is on 59 north, actually the same latitude as the south tip of Greenland. During a couple of month in the winter we do not see the sun at all due to two reasons, grey and misty weather, and if the sun shows it self through the clouds it’s not high enough to be seen as shadowed by trees or even the lowest building. For people living further north in Sweden they do not see day light for up to 6 weeks, it’s pitch dark.  Hence when the sun starts to be visible in the early spring, you can see loads of people standing with the face raised towards the sun and the back against a wall or a fence to feel the first warmth from the spring sun. As soon Swedes has holiday they do whatever they can to be in the sun. Sun trips to the Mediterranean are very popular, as well as go sailing where ever the sun is shining.

Now when we are in New England the “North” part of the US East coast, currently at Martha’s Vineyard (if you can call North 41-42 degree for north, same latitude as Rome or Barcelona), we feel a little like home, similar green color on the vegetation, almost similar temp in the water as in a very warm Swedish summer, refreshing morning’s AND the sun is not burning but actually often very gentle. In Sweden we certainly dislike when sun and the wind are from different direction, they must come from the same direction else the sail will shadow the cockpit and one will freeze. In the Mediterranean and The Caribbean it’s the opposite, the sun burns like hell if you do not have the wind and sun from different direction, and a bimini top is essential. In Sweden one only see biminis on second hand boats from the Med, as absolutely no need for a Bimini in Sweden, but a total enclosure is better, it keeps the rain and cold out.

Strange that it’s such differences in climate in New England, even though about the same latitude as Rome. The Golf stream is blamed for a lot, the comparably mild climate in Scandinavia, and the comparably cold climate in US, even though the Golf stream passes relatively close to both Sweden and the US east coast. It’s also blamed for the frequent and heavy fog that affecting New England, and fog we got.

We had the alarm on very early one morning well before 06:00 to leave Nantucket for a ca 70 nM long trip to Newport, before even leaving the bed we heard the fog horns from buoys and ships, it was with some anxiety we left the bed and went up into the cockpit. Usually Kerstin is a very careful person and prefer to take the safe route, in this case to wait. I was waiting for Kerstin to suggest that we should wait, and I would not have blamed her, as the fog was rather thick, one could see maybe 100 meters, not a lot when boats are anchored very tight and high speed ferries passing very frequent. But obviously Kerstin was very keen to get to Newport to meet our old friends from our B50 Rally who had invited us for a birthday party.

With the help of our radar and AIS it was not really a problem, and a few hours later it cleared up, and a rather uneventful passage it was, except for when we were sailing through a narrow straight called Woods Hole, we had the current with us, I guess 4-5 knots, and we made maybe 5-6 kn by sail, so quickly we passed.

To our surprise we were greeted by a lot of persons arriving Newport, it must be a big thing to see a vessel arriving from Sweden we assumed. It could of course not been the regatta, or the jazz festival, such things they have more or less every day or…..

Newport is a very busy place with many boats, one notice the Americas Cup history as one often see old 12 meter yachts cruising the harbor, as well as the Americas cup boulevard.

But also very nice wooden houses

Even a church with Swedish originally a Methodist Church from 1888.

It was very nice to meet our friends again, the birthday party was at a park just by the water front, it became a very wet party but not due to the weather…. You are not allowed to bring and drink alcohol, so what happen?

A few days later we enjoyed our first Maine Lobster, yes we are not in Maine yet but the lobster came from Main. All lobsters are not for us, we invited Lady Rebel to taste how lobster can taste made the Swedish way with salt and dill. “The way to do lobster”

The next day Kerstin made a most fantastic lobster pasta, you can’t get better even if you visit the most exclusive Michelin stared restaurants in New York.

Boston

We rented a car to go to Boston as Kristoffer’s and Virginia’s flight back to Stockholm departed from there. Boston has a lot of history from the freedom war from England, such as the Boston Tea party. Kristoffer who is very interested in history, looked very much forward to the trip to Boston, and he did not become disappointed at all. We went the freedom trail which takes you to the most important places for the revolution.

The old State House one of several old houses which played an important role.

Paul Revere House

Else Boston is a very modern city, but with some very nice older buildings

I guess mid nineteenth century building

And maybe the highlights on the freedom trail the USS Constitution, unfortunately in dry dock. all of this historical places was already well know to Kristoffer, he was delighted to see them.

Spares of different dimension that we are used to

The freedom trail was very interesting and illustrative, on many places in US they have signs explaining the historical value of a house, a square, or whatever it is you see. That is very informative and make the history easier to take too you, I wish other’s did the same, both in Sweden but all of Europe is full of forgotten but still interesting history well worth to remember and make visible. One should be proud of the history. And if you cannot be proud of it even more important to remember to avoid the same mistake again, I believe too much history is hidden of that reason all over the world.

Cuttyhank

We left Newport also on misty morning

The trip ended at Cuttyhunk, but we become I little concerned because we meet a whole armada of sail- and motorboats obviously heading for Newport. The thought came to us, have we missed something such as the main event of the year in Newport?

Are we heading in the wrong direction? And what are the boats doing in the cluster to the right, they did not move at all for a while were they fishing? Well we do not think so as it were yachts where of many was 60 feet and up.

Well in Cuttyhank we got the answer from the Lobster man further out on the jetty, it was the New York Yacht club who had one of their annual event with around 100 boats, they had been in Cuttyhank the day before and next stop where Newport. They had bought most of his Lobster, so now he only had small ones left.

Of which we bought a few, tasted divine again.

View over a grey and murky Cuttyhank, note the narrow straight into the secure harbor, we are anchored outside, as only buoys on the inside, all was occupied and 45 USD per night.

The inner harbor, Cuttyhank is a rather up market area, but the grocery shop looked more as it would have been on one of the remote islands in the Bahamas.

But the road is impressive.

Hadley Harbor

Next stop, Hadley harbor is a special place, the island or I should say Islands, they belong to the Forbes Family, who made its fortune on trade with Asia during the early nineteenth century. Many European companies made huge fortunes in those days, but obviously some Americans as well. The Islands which together are more than 6 nM long and close to 2 nm wide are now in a thrust so all relatives can share and use these islands. One can wonder how they all can come along without conflicts?

One of the main mansions on these islands

Very popular and buoys are free to use for any one at no cost.

One day we were approached by a man in an open boat, we asked him aboard as our coffee was just ready. He was 80 years old looked not a day older than 70 when he entered our boat from the side and climbed the guard rail with no problem at all. He told us the he was part of the Family and the reason for approaching us was that we carried a Swedish flag. He spent his first years in Helsinki with a Swedish nurse, his father was the American ambassador in Helsinki from 1938 to 1941 rather dramatic years in Finland and Europe at that time. His uncle was the ambassador in Stockholm during the same period. We got some of the family and island history told while we enjoyed a cup of coffee together a very nice meeting indeed.

A barn with very Swedish look, most barns and houses in Sweden has this special red color based on copper from the really old Falu copper mine, active from the 10th century until 1992, they still keep a stock of copper oxide for the Falu red color

The person on this SUP did not look very young either, he had invented or purchased a special SUP with “pedals” he got some god speed even up-wind looked very efficient.

The area was very beautiful for small excursions in the dingy

 

But also a lot of birds and bird droppings, guess the fellow on this boat were less happy to return and found his boat fouled with bird droppings.

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North towards Nantucket

From Port Washington, we took a few full days of motoring as Kristoffer wanted to see Nantucket before flying home from Boston, and what we saw of Long Island Sound I do not think we missed much, except from being invited to some of the mansions that were all along the coast.

It must be an enormous wealth in The US, all along the rivers in the Chesapeake Bay we saw many larges villas, maybe not as the large one as on the collage above but large enough to get lost in. The strangest thing was that most of them were empty, many of them on very remote places, so it looked as a lot of waste having these empty houses. However it creates a lot of job for the one taking care of these very nice gardens, one can hear lawn mowers most of the day.

The Mansions in Newport make some of the houses on the pictures look as a small cabin, everything is relative.

Not much wind therefore we had to motor.

Nantucket

Nantucket is not any old whaling harbor, it is “The old Whaling harbor” not only due to that Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick has Nantucket as starting port, but as settlers who arrive from England in the late 1600 first started with drift whaling which they learned from native Indians. They soon realized this could be made in a bigger scale. Ships were built and soon a blooming whaling industry grew up in Nantucket. As whales became scarce in the north Atlantic they have to seek whaling waters fare away, so soon they sailed all the way round Cape Horn all the way to the North Pacific. Such a voyage could easily last three years and sometimes even more than 5 years (they must have had very understanding wives. You sailors if your spouse complains when you like to cross an ocean or cruise the Pacific and be away for a while, just tell he/she should be happy you’re not going whaling). Big ships were built and equipped with boilers so that the whales could be “processed” to ready to use products. Many objects was brought to Nantucket by the sailors from the Pacific Islands and as fare as from Japan, they were real explores who dared to sail in those more or less uncharted waters.

Small boats like this were used for the actual hunt of the whales, harpoons were not thrown in to the whale, but pushed into the whale, that close they had to get to the whale. Today we are very happy such hunt rarely exist, but it was different times then. When the whale was harpooned there was a long ride to get the whale tiered so the final kill could be done.

Long ropes were attached and coiled carefully.

After the decline of the whaling industry, due to lack of whales and competing products Nantucket became more or less a ghost town, but can now proudly show probably the finest 18th and 19th century architectural in The USA.

 The houses have been restored and shows what wealth the whaling industry brought to the Island.

Many houses had this nice “porch” on the roof top, good place for a beer and a view….

over Nantucket anchorage

Less good view from the old Prison that was built after a Bank robbery.

Now Nantucket attracts a lot of turists, most of them with deep pockets, nothing is cheap in Nantucket.

Fishing is still very popular, and some have more rusch than others to reach the best fishing places, or might it be an other reason for 1600 hp on

a rather small day cruiser?

If you do not like fishing, the water is not too cold for a swim and the beaches are not crowded at all as which the streets are of both people and cars, it looks as every turist brought there own car.

“Boy’s” on the beach…

enjoying the refreshing water.

Beautiful, this old ship still sailing

There are massive amounts of boats not only in Nantucket but everywhere, there are marinas all along the coast, and not small marinas, many of them are massive, but one does not see many boats on the water, most of them stays in the marina, or at best just a day tour.

A small boat on it’s day tour, please not the other very beautiful boats on the picture, I have written before how beautiful boats the Americans have, so below follow some new examples

Small traditional boats for day sailing

Beautiful blue-water sailing boats.

Blue looks as the favorite color on boats, looks good especially on this but not so practical

one see many traditional boats

We have few in Sweden as well, but here there are a lot of them.

 

One do not see many of these elswhere

But full dingy docks one see too often

But here they have not yet learned to have a long mooring line to make it easier for the late-comers to tie up on a crowded jetty.

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New York

After the unfortunate grounding just outside the C&D Canal we continued down the Delaware Bay passed Cape Cod all this by engine, but then we could set sail and had a rather nice sail most of the night. After lunchtime we arrived Sandy Hook roughly 20 nM south of Manhattan

Sandy Hook anchorage, they store rather large boats in racks. Would not call this a very nice anchorage but rather convenient as a stop to time the arrival to The Big Apple.

The next morning we pulled the hook and with great excitement we set course towards NY.

Before we got out on open water we could see the skyline of NY and  the 228 feet high Verrazano Bridge, we all put out our cameras and started to take photos, but as you can see it was a hazy day so no great day for photos.

A big smile on Kerstin’s face as we approach

Getting closer

The current is strong on the Hudson River.

All the famous landmarks

Maybe the most famous of all

The hook is down and we can see the Statue of Liberty, it is amazing to be able to anchor for free in such a place.

Where to anchor in New York?

We can recommend two places, first the anchorage just behind The Statue of Liberty, which give you access to the Liberty Park

Screens shoot from Garmin Blue chart. It is very well protected at the NW anchorage, the one the center of the picture I would not recommend, as very exposed with a lot of swell.

If you go to US I strongly recommend that you down load Garmin Blue chart and the App Active Captain, it give you very valuable information about danger ( but you need to read and remember), anchorage and marinas. For the Liberty State Park anchorage one can read that the Park ranger do not like you to take the dingy to the dock, actually they lock your dingy or take something from it. The reason is probably due to that some use the anchorage permanent since several years, and that might not be the meaning. The permanent have solved the issue by taking their things ashore in the dingy, then back again and then they swim back to shore. Well we did not that, we took the dingy to the backside of the jetty and climbed the fence to enter the jetty, and during the two full days we left the dingy there we had no problems.

The next problem is how to get to Manhattan, the best way is to walk to the ferry terminal which you can see at the top right hand corner in the picture above. It takes at least half an hour, the ferries goes regularly and cost 7$ one way, it gets you to southern part of Manhattan not far from Battery Park.

Kerstin need a break after the long walk towards the ferry on Liberty State Park

The ferry to and from Manhattan

But do not exclude to explore the Hoboken side of NY, rather nice there too

A nice Hoboken Park for the more fortunate citizen guesses very expensive to have a flat close to the waterfront facing Manhattan

Guess this jetty was destroyed during the hurricane Sandy a few years ago

One day we took the dingy across, but I can’t recommend that at all, it’s a lot of traffic, strong current and very crab sea. Very few places to more the dingy, we found one at Pier 25 and it cost 45$ to have the dingy on a buoy, including transport to and from the dingy. But you have to be back before 20:00 as not allowed to stay overnight.

Port Washington is another alternative, but I suggest you do as us and try them both.

Port Washington is reached by taking East River passing Manhattan on the east side, but west of Roosevelt Island, it is around 20 nM. Make sure to time the current, it runs at some places at over 3 knots, it’s a big difference if it with you or against.

In Port Washington you can anchor, it’s a large anchorage, or pick up a buoy the two first nights are free, thereafter 25$/day including transfer to the dingy dock if your do not take your own dingy.

There are two good dingy docks, one very close to Stop & Shop so easy to provision, the other by the village, and from there it is about 15 minutes’ walk to the train station. The train take you to Penn station just besides Madison Square Garden, very central cost 17.5$ of peak and the ride takes about 45 minutes.

If you go the Port Washington, you must try the ice cream, from the dingy dock at the town walk south about 3-400 meters, one of the best ice cream ever, not too sweet and very tasty.

Port Washington, walk in the direction of the Pictures to the houses in the background and you get the best ice-cream

Me enjoying the ice-cream

Manhattan

Manhattan was/is fantastic, almost as one can see on TV series and on Movies, people were jogging, there were street performances, and of course a hell of a lot of people and traffic.

We really liked Central Park

 Where there is a strong contrast between the park and the high buildings, fascinating

Many people seams to enjoy the park, either by playing ball, barbecuing, or just relaxing together with good friends or family, we saw the same thing in the Liberty Park.

A lot of street performance of various sorts and caliber, unfortunately I can’t post videos but close to this place it was a lady singing opera and she was a good opera singer very nice indeed.

Another very nice thing on Manhattan was this café like places, but there was no café, just tables and chairs you could bring your own thing to eat and drink, or just stay and enjoy the day

Did not expect to see a street market on central Manhattan.

A mixture of old and new.

It was very hot and humid when we were there, almost unbearable, I wonder how this Policeman survived the day guarding outside The Trump Tower.

We thought we needed to help President Trump to make AMERICA Great again, so our support was to have a burger in The Trump Burger restaurant

Must say good value for money, they tasted good and the price was very reasonably for a Manhattan restaurant.

Unfortunately can’t say the same about the experience we had at the, at least in Sweden very famous Coffee chain FIKA. The environment was not very exiting at all, the coffee did not taste especially good and the selection of pastry was not very exiting either. Not worth a detour or the money.

Of course we need to see most the iconic landmarks on Manhattan

The new WTC

Just besides the very appealing and sober (maybe not the right words but I think you get the feeling) memorial from 9/11.

Empire State Building

Kristoffer in front of the UN Building

Cruising on East river the scenery was a little bit different

A bit north of Manhattan we saw this strange “ship” had to Google it and it’s a prison, difficult to dig one self out from that.

 

All in all a very nice experience to have sailed up to New York, but to many people for us, so on the way down I think we skip NY.

 

 

 

 

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