Sailing on Bungalow

Vessel Name: Bungalow
Vessel Make/Model: Allmand 31
Hailing Port: Chipman Point Marina Vt
Crew: Pauline and Mark
About: Married, retired
Extra: We like sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter
05 October 2014 | St Michaels Maryland
25 September 2014 | Old Bay Marina
18 September 2014 | Chesapeake City
12 September 2014 | Long Beach
10 September 2014 | Manasquan
03 September 2014 | West Point
31 August 2014 | Catskill NY
27 August 2014 | Chipman Point Marina
Recent Blog Posts
05 October 2014 | St Michaels Maryland

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

We took a tour of the museum today. It was a nice showcase of what the Chesapeake was and is all about. There were a lot of old wooden boats that were mainly work boats from the past. They also had a lighthouse that was moved from further down the bay. The picture was taken from the top of it at a couple of the boats in the museum. The larger one is called a skipjack and was used for oystering. We spent a couple of days in the Kent Narrows waiting out strong winds and high tides. The winds and near full moon the last few days have pushed a lot of water up the bay and flooded a lot of low areas. We are not sure when the winds will die down so the water will go down and we can get out on the bay and hopefully sail. Today was the coldest day so far. We got up and it was down to 53 degrees and got up to only about 63 or so. It is supposed to go up again into the 70's so we will stay for a couple more weeks before we put the boat away and go home and wax our skis.

25 September 2014 | Old Bay Marina

Working our way south

We are at the mouth of the Patapsco River which leads into Baltimore. Yesterday and today the winds howled. Too much for Bungalow. Most of the time the winds are not blowing at all. Tomorrow we want to go into Baltimore and go to a trawler (slow power boats) show. We got to go up in a light house at Havre De Grace which pleased Pauline. She is studying the Fresnel lens at the top. Cool but too high for me. I held on tight.

18 September 2014 | Chesapeake City

Chesapeake

We made it up the Delaware Bay without a problem but it was a long day. We left Cape May at about 8 am and got to Summit North Marina at about 7 pm. We were both tired but happy that the bay was benign, unlike a couple of other times I have been on it. Today we moved to Chesapeake City docks and enjoyed [...]

12 September 2014 | Long Beach

New Jersey

We headed out yesterday from Manasquan inlet and had a strong south wind and seas bigger then we liked so we turned around and went back in. We discussed our options and decided to try the ICW (inter coastal waterway) through as much of NJ as we could. People we have talked to says it can't easily [...]

10 September 2014 | Manasquan

New Jersey

We made it through NYC without a hitch. We waited at Sandy Hook for a weather window that would let us get down the coast a little way. Today was that day so we headed out. The waves were not too big and the wind was light and variable so we had a great day. The current coming into Manasquan was [...]

03 September 2014 | West Point

Almost to NYC

We had a beautiful day today. Light winds and no humidity and a favorable current aided us in making it from Kingston NY to West Point without feeling over done like the last couple of days. Tomorrow we hope to be at the 79th Street Marina on the west side of Manhattan. Here is a picture of the view at anchor. Impressive. Knock on wood for us as everything has been working well on the boat. We plan on taking a couple of days off while the boat is in NYC and visit family and friends.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

05 October 2014 | St Michaels Maryland
Mark
We took a tour of the museum today. It was a nice showcase of what the Chesapeake was and is all about. There were a lot of old wooden boats that were mainly work boats from the past. They also had a lighthouse that was moved from further down the bay. The picture was taken from the top of it at a couple of the boats in the museum. The larger one is called a skipjack and was used for oystering. We spent a couple of days in the Kent Narrows waiting out strong winds and high tides. The winds and near full moon the last few days have pushed a lot of water up the bay and flooded a lot of low areas. We are not sure when the winds will die down so the water will go down and we can get out on the bay and hopefully sail. Today was the coldest day so far. We got up and it was down to 53 degrees and got up to only about 63 or so. It is supposed to go up again into the 70's so we will stay for a couple more weeks before we put the boat away and go home and wax our skis.

Working our way south

25 September 2014 | Old Bay Marina
Mark
We are at the mouth of the Patapsco River which leads into Baltimore. Yesterday and today the winds howled. Too much for Bungalow. Most of the time the winds are not blowing at all. Tomorrow we want to go into Baltimore and go to a trawler (slow power boats) show. We got to go up in a light house at Havre De Grace which pleased Pauline. She is studying the Fresnel lens at the top. Cool but too high for me. I held on tight.

Chesapeake

18 September 2014 | Chesapeake City
Mark
We made it up the Delaware Bay without a problem but it was a long day. We left Cape May at about 8 am and got to Summit North Marina at about 7 pm. We were both tired but happy that the bay was benign, unlike a couple of other times I have been on it. Today we moved to Chesapeake City docks and enjoyed a relaxing day of yarn shopping and doing a little work on the boat. Tomorrow we head out for Harve de Grace Maryland. Tonight as we sat in the boat we heard a deep rumbling and looked up and a really big cargo ship was going by a few yards away. The bridge near us has about a 140 feet clearance and it just made it under.
We ran aground again a couple of days ago. Luckily we have a sail boat and we let out one of the sails and it dragged up off the sand. Number 2.
Atlantic City came and went without losing any money. Of course we would have had to go to the casinos to lose. The run down the coast from Atlantic City to Cape May was great. We had wind behind us and almost no waves.
We were in Cape May and a dinghy went by us and they shouted "Hi Bungalow." It was a couple we had met about 3 weeks ago just south of Albany. They were in a trawler named Black Tie. We figured they were a long way ahead of us. Everyone seems to move at a different speed but in the long run about the same pace. Things to stop and see and people to meet seems to be the norm that evens everything out.

New Jersey

12 September 2014 | Long Beach
Mark
We headed out yesterday from Manasquan inlet and had a strong south wind and seas bigger then we liked so we turned around and went back in. We discussed our options and decided to try the ICW (inter coastal waterway) through as much of NJ as we could. People we have talked to says it can't easily be done with a sailboat. The first bridge tender we encountered told us to keep the markers on the correct side and we should be fine. So far so good. We will have to go out at Atlantic City as there are a few fixed bridges south of there that are too low for our mast. It looks like Sunday might be a good weather day to do that part.
By the way all the zebra mussels we had on the bottom of our keel are gone. We scraped them off on the bottom of the Sandy Hook bay and those we didn't scrape off we pounded to death. Luckily the tide was coming in so we ate lunch and waited. Within an hour or so we fired up the motor and took off. Number 1 grounding.

New Jersey

10 September 2014 | Manasquan
Mark
We made it through NYC without a hitch. We waited at Sandy Hook for a weather window that would let us get down the coast a little way. Today was that day so we headed out. The waves were not too big and the wind was light and variable so we had a great day. The current coming into Manasquan was really strong and against us so we had a slow run up the inlet. we found a place to tie up for the night which should be a little quieter then the last couple of nights at Sandy Hook at anchor where the wind howled.
Going through NYC on a boat never gets old. Here is the Riverside curch from the water

Almost to NYC

03 September 2014 | West Point
Mark
We had a beautiful day today. Light winds and no humidity and a favorable current aided us in making it from Kingston NY to West Point without feeling over done like the last couple of days. Tomorrow we hope to be at the 79th Street Marina on the west side of Manhattan. Here is a picture of the view at anchor. Impressive. Knock on wood for us as everything has been working well on the boat. We plan on taking a couple of days off while the boat is in NYC and visit family and friends.
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