Lady LibertyHot, humid
06/27/2008, Newport Marina, Jersey City NJ
Hell Gate and NY harborBill
06/27/2008, Jersey City, NJ
Under the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to rush hour...
A guest mooringclear cool, light wind
06/26/2008, Manhasset Bay n 40 49.983 w73 43.370
Lara stows provisions...
Date set for Voyage North06/16/2008, Boat in Essex CT
Bill at the helm, Be Here Now sails into th CT River under the Old Lyme Rail Bridge.
Maiden Voyage05/29/2008, Essex CT
The maiden Voyage. Newport to Block Island to Shelter Island to Greenport to Hamburg Cove to Essex CT. about 150 miles with wind between 10 and 25 knots... a little on the nose and a lot on the beam.. Sometimes (when the plan went right) with the current and sometimes against it. Learning the boat, proud of my first mate, first rate soul mate up on deck wrestling the sail down. Seeing how the boat heaves to, feeling BHN reach across the Sound under a Genoa and hull speed and more. Lara at the wheel in 4-5 foot waves cresting as the current pushes against the wind. The calm of the sunsets, the peace of the mornings with yoga on the foredeck and meditation on the aft deck. Scrumptious meals and Champagne for our anniversary.
Leaving NewPort for a new portBill
05/19/2008, Newport, RI
Preparations for leaving the security of the Harbor. If the weather is good we are planning to sail the boat on Friday May 24th to Block Island and on the 25th to Orient Point NY. Then on the 27th to Essex CT. Funny how easy it is to write that... and how many little pieces have to be in order. Weather, currents, tides, wind speed and direction. And of course the question: Is the boat ready? The main sheet and upper block have been replaced; the roller furling line has been lengthened. The reefing lines have been checked. Engine has been checked, tested and run a good bit. Of course there is a long list of things left to be done... and we are ready to leave Newport for a new port!
Celestial Navigation vs harbor NavigationBill
05/11/2008, Newport, RI
Photo is of Be Here Now II across the wharf from Little Dipper.
The first sail on Be Here Now IIBill
05/07/2008, Newport, RI
We worked all weekend on our boat. We now have a working head, hot and cold fresh water, sea water, running engine, sails rigged, working new propane stove (although the propane locker needs new everything!), working wind generator. Only one small leak through a thru-hull. Repaired a leak over that Nav Table (we found because it rained all weekend and the first night we left both of our cell phones on the Nav table... at least it wasn't the laptop!).
A splash and a gurgle05/02/2008, Newport, RI
With a splash and a gurgle we went in the water. Well not we, Be Here Now II!! We were told to be ready for a 5:30 am launch because that is when the tide was high. While Lara slept in, Bill checked and rechecked until the guys showed up at 8! Using a very cool specially designed tractor trailer, they picked up the boat and backed it down a ramp like an oversize fishing boat. And that was it! Soon we were tied up at the dock, rocking gently!! At 1 Denny from DePaul Diesel showed up and went through the engine. It appears that we have a couple years left in her if we take care of it. Needs some new hoses, the water pump needs rebuilding, and insulation should be installed on the exhaust pipe.
04/24/2008, Newport, RI
The cover is off the boat and Lara was so excited she wanted to take a photo to show everyone. The old stove is out and the new one is waiting to be installed. Gear is starting to come on board and we are prepared to go in the water (I think!)
In the Ida Lewis Anchorage, Newport, RI
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