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Great Lakes to The Bahamas
Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
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It's time to become a sailboat again!
Cloudy, Cool, then Rainnnn, Rainnnn and more rain.
09/12/2008, Catskill, NY

Today was spent putting the mast back up, boom, and rigging, then wiring for the mast (since the rain chased us in). The sails will have to wait until the rain stops. But she's looking like a sailboat again! Yay!!! The cradles are gone and soon we'll have the decks cleared of our sail bags and other stored items. We moved from the main dock where the hoist is before low tide occurred, otherwise we'd have been stuck in the mud. Pretty shallow there.

The guys here are amazing - very helpful and friendly. They know their stuff too.

It looks like tomorrow we'll get a weather window and if we time it right with the tide and current we should be able to get to Pollepel Island and anchor off there - then the following day we'll go past West Point and we're going to try to get to Liberty Island and anchor off there. From there, we need to go out to the Atlantic (this is a long day - 22 hours straight if we can do it - then back in to Cape May, then up Delaware Bay up to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. We need to go out shore around New Jersey because it's to shallow for us to stay in the Inner coastal waterway in that area. That's the plan, weather permitting, so we're going to try to get to the SSCA Gam coming up Sept. 20th before the Annapolis Boat Show. So there may not be any posts for a week or so since we'll be anchoring until we get near Annapolis. All things are tentative depending on the weather.

Tested out our new lights on the mast tonight after dark and the %*#&$ deck light that didn't work before, still doesn't work (new bulb $12.00, me swearing at it - priceless). All the others are working pretty good so Wayne's magnificent wiring job (match up all the pretty colors in the right order) worked once again. It also helps, we found, to take pictures of the schematics before taking them apart - it's no fun shoving a large framed body down near the mast. My little hands came in handy today too J

09/14/2008 | Jackie Yaroch
Well dad, I just watched the Lions home opener against Green Bay. I hate to tell you this, but the score was Green Bay 48 and Lions 25. All I can say is UGH!!! Hope all is well. I will keep you updated on their season.

Love you


PS: Thank you for Hannahs crystal, she loved it. She was supposed to comment herself, but has been completely swamped with JR high homework.
Waterford to Catskill (Rip Van Winkles Home Town)
Cool, cloudy
09/11/2008, Catskill, NY

All flags in the town and at the marina are at half-staff and it clicked - it's 9/11 today...

There was a hard freeze last night (20 degrees) in the upper elevations and it got down to 40 here. Brrr... Went to the visitor center to check the weather on the television and was chatting with the guy about the tugboats and how cool they were and the next thing I know, he's giving me a t-shirt of their rendezvous. It's cute - a pic of a tug and the dates of the "10th Annual Waterford Tugboat Round up"

I discovered we have one more lock to go through today (good thing I still have my gloves, even though the algae has dissolved the rubber padding and it's fingers are melted together). Lock 1 - the missing lock? Is on the Hudson River and is not run by the State of N.Y. but it's a federal lock, hence not included in the Erie Canal New York State Locks... After we got through the lock (wow I maneuvered the boat through all the locks) Wayne had the helm the rest of the day up to the River View Marina (Catskill) and I started reading Chesapeake along the way (and of course taking pictures).

Once we got tied up we found the bulbs for the mast in their ships store (Yay!!!) so we'll be able to change the bulbs before putting the mast up. The people at the marina are very helpful and friendly, the store well stocked. I now have a map of the Hudson River and the NY Harbor. They also have a live web cam so you can call home and have people go on line and look at you while you wave at them. Riverview Marina has diesel as well as gas, power, water, laundry and a very nice shower facility, etc... I'd definitely come back here - highly recommend it.

I'd heard that they have cat statuettes all over the town and someone said they even have a pirate cat across from the police station, so after our bulb excursion we walked into town and I took pictures of a great many cats - my favorites: the police cat, the pirate, the chef, the actor and the post office one covered in different stamps.

This is the home town of Rip Van Winkle (forgot to mention that we passed under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge coming into catskill). And it's time for me to snoozzzzzzzzzzzze.

Waterford, NY
69 degrees, sunny & fair
09/10/2008, Waterford, NY

After morning coffee and a shower one of the guys that works here came by this morning to tell us we needed to unplug from the power cord. They had stretched a few long lines for the Tugboat Rendezvous that they had over the weekend so all the Tugs could have power. Se la vi... There was a spot on the floating dock with power and water but we decided to stay where we were since we'd be leaving tomorrow. I did manage to take pictures (of course) of quite a few of the tugboats. They even had Bogie's African Queen here (or a rendition of it) that was a wood burning steam engine - pretty cool.

Walked into town. Nice walk - the houses here are old and there are a couple nice parks before you cross the bridge. One has a very nice memorial garden to our armed forces going back to the World Wars with a statue honoring the soldiers and sailors killed. They have an excellent grocery store here. For anyone needing provisions, I've been told that this is the place to come to for your stores and after seeing it - I believe. They're very accommodating to boaters and let you take the cart back to the boat (encouraging you to buy more?) after unlocking the wheels for you. Just tell them at the checkout that you're a boater. It's interesting because as you leave, once you start to leave the parking lot - there appears to be some sort of locking mechanism that kicks in. This prevents people from stealing their carts. So someone from the store follows you out with a control and when the wheels lock, they push a button, and wellla - you can go again. Pretty cool.

While I unloaded the groceries and straightened up (things have gotten a bit lax), Wayne went up top to work. There was an older fisherman up there that was quite friendly and it was neat to just listen to them chatting away - the fisherman talking about family, the town, and Wayne sharing our tale with him. The fisherman had made some comment about not being able to do much anymore but fish because, well, he was 70 and that seemed to say it all for him, when Wayne responded back - Well I'm going to be 70 next year and I'm still out sailing. My wife wants to sail around the world... It was cute.

Later when we were below (after dinner while I was doing dishes) I heard someone discussing the boat - "This is a Bayfield". Ya gotta love it when you hear someone talking fondly about Bayfields, and their merits. I shouted out from below - yes - ya gotta love a Bayfield or something like that and heard "oops, didn't know there was anyone below". Bruce (another Bayfield site member) had buzzed in on a pristine 1957 Chris Craft and was showing his fellow boaters what a Bayfield looks like. It was great chatting with them. Read awhile now time for bed.

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