Monday, July 9, 2012

Manasquan, NJ, Day 47

We originally planned to travel from Atlantic City to a marina in Jersey City, NJ opposite Manhattan a distance of 110 miles in the Atlantic.  The forecast was for seas of 2-3 feet and wind of 10-15 knots from the NE.  We left at  8:00 AM and everything was fine.  Then about 2 1/2 hours into the journey the winds increase and the seas built.  I had to slow down from 20 to 10 due to the waves.  No way can we make it to NYC at this speed and in these sea.s  So Plan B, which a skipper always has for these crossings.  We call Hoffman's Marina in Manasquan, NJ and he had a slip.  We turned in to the protected inlet at 12:30 PM after making 60 miles.

The dockmaster said another boat called for a slip also that was behind me, a 74 foot
Hatteras who was getting "beaten up" out there.
We were very glad to tie up.

Nice Marina with new docks.
 My cousin Robert and his wife Liz were to meet us in Jersey city, but we didn't make it!  So, they drove 1 1/2 hours from their home in Mendham, NJ to meet us for dinner.  Robert had just flown in at Noon from England and he was leaving in the AM for San Francisco, so he gets the big A+ for effort.

Next to our slip was a track for commuter trains.  The bridge would normally be open, but several times an hour a siren goes off and the bridge closes for the next train.  Luckily, thanks to the A/C we didn't hear it in the night.

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