Weather permitting we will be heading for Hampton Roads tomorrow AM.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
My month in
Dawn is in for the weekend so I will get one last chance to tour the few places I have missed. Tuesday morning Peter and I will be heading down the “North” a.k.a “Hudson” River and then out into the Atlantic Ocean for the 2 ½ day transit to Hampton Roads. After a month of being lazy getting ready to take off again is quite a shift. I am rueing all the tasks that I did not get done – I am an expert in procrastination. Fortunately Reboot is always pretty much ready to sail, we have gone sailing while I have been here. But the list – getting the propane tank filled, pump out, fuel, food, rigging the jack lines – nothing difficult – just a desire to be complete can be a bit daunting.
The good news is the repaired AIS unit arrived yesterday. We will reinstall it before we leave
The bad news is the Autopilot has not come back from Raymarine. Not only that but they have not cashed my check – imagine that! Unless it shows up Monday morning we will be hand steering all 50 hours to Hampton Roads. At least I know it arrived at the repair center since FedEx sent me a delivery notice.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
When I was a student at Steven’s
We did Google Map’s and of course both the
Long story short after four hours of driving around, only to find both hot dog stands had been replaced by other commercial buildings I returned home to do further web searching. It turns out that both have been closed and gone for a number of years. What a waste of an afternoon.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Reboot is equipped with a medium frequency/high frequency single sideband (SSB) transceiver. I use it to keep in touch when out of cell phone (3 to 5 miles) and VHF Marine radio (25 miles) range. My normal procedure is to check into the Maritime Mobile Service Net on a frequent basis. They enter the offshore position reports for me. (For lots of information on the MMSN see http://www.mmsn.org. You can also listen in as they have an audio stream of the net on their web site.)
Most of the net controllers are on the east coast of the
Last night I took a break from installing the watermaker and turned on the radio. Since I could not hear the MMSN I decided to tune around 20 meters and see if I could make contact with anyone to assure myself that the radio was working. Within a 15 minute period I talked to
I listened to an interesting interview on TV about technology. Did you know?
1) Nokia has built more cameras then all of the film and digital cameras ever build by anyone else? It helps to be the leader in cell phone production don’t you know.
2) That the normal timeframe for a generation of cell phone cells (1G, 2G, 3G) is 15 years, but that 4G is so much better that it is expected to roll out in 5 years or less? And that 3G is about as fast as a DSL line, but 4G is as fast or faster than a cable modem?
Of course I don’t expect 4G towers in the middle of the ocean any time soon.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Although the Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club has much to commend it the one downside is that under certain conditions we get a lot of rolling waves thru the marina. This is due to the fact that we are saving something (not sure if it is a fish, a grub, two lawyers who would otherwise have to work for a living, etc.) so the owner was prevented from putting up all of the break walls he originally planned to install. The yacht club sits in the open space between two old
With the tropical storm off the
The one good thing is that I am slowly getting Reboot back. I have been able to unpack a lot of stuff and it is making a difference, I actually have to move less things to work on each project. Of course I am still suffering from always been one part short of completion of anything. The next couple of days we are expected to have rain, so that will help me focus on continuing to unpack and get things put away.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Today I made some progress getting the boat together. It is slow – because I am – but the boxes are disappearing and I am starting to get some living space back again. I am still not over the hump; every time I want to do a project I need to move things to either get to parts, tools, or the space I need to work in.
I went for a walk to stretch my legs and found that there was a free concert just down the street. I decided to go down and listen for a while. The music was great, a mix of jazz, bluegrass and a little soft rock. I had never heard of the group and had forgotten their name by the time I got to the concert. The park is right on the Hudson River so of course the entire skyline of
The highlight of the whole concern was of course the encore. It was, I think to everyone’s surprise, One Love by Bob Marley. The band got the entire crowd singing along with them. It was a great finish. Certainly shades of the
This reminds me, it has turned cool here. The boat heat kicks in at night. Thanks to Ed once again who resurrected the heat and air conditioning unit last year between the Bayview – Mac and the Chicago – Mac.
I spoke to Dan and he mentioned that Kevin, the Service Manager at Southwind had suffered a heart attack and passed away soon after I left. “Boats” was instrumental in getting Reboot ready for salt water. I know little of Kevin’s personal life other than he had, I believe, two daughters. He also was close to retirement after 28 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve.
May he rest in peace.
Kevin – Fair winds and following seas.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This was the “blast from the past” day.
First, Ace invited me to the Cornell Club where he was having lunch with Tony, his law school roommate. Of course Tony invited his brother Joe (not knowing I was coming) to join them also. The last time the four of us were together was in 1974 in Vail, CO. We all still are as young and handsome as we were then. I also have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.
On our way home from NYC we detoured into downtown
A fun day.
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