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Summary of our 1st Adventure and next steps!

Hello!

We wanted to share the details of our entire trip from Stuart FL to Noank CT.


  • 15 day adventure

  • 13 days of travel (2 lay-days in Norfolk VA due to high winds in the wrong direction to head up the Chesapeake)

  • 1 night at anchor

  • 14 nights at various marinas

  • 118 hours underway

  • 12.13 knots of average speed (we cruise at 13-15 knots) but with bridges and no wake zones we averaged less

  • 1431 miles traveled

  • 577 gallons of diesel fuel purchased

  • 4.89 gallons of diesel burned per hour, between both 100 hp engines


Highlights from the trips:

  • Florida ICW

  • Cumberland Island GA

  • Isle of Hope GA

  • The interaction with fellow travelers along the ICW

  • NYC sights

  • Buddy Boating with David Ryan, Ty Dickinson, Mark Dickinson and Dave McKenna


Low points:


More to research before the trip back south in the fall:

  • The ICW inside the New Jersey shore

  • Free Docks along the way

  • Good anchorages along the way

  • Research on land attractions

  • Mail forwarding - this is a service we have learned about https://www.sbimailservice.com/



This picture is of Gerry and I arriving home to the Mystic River!


The second picture is of my two favorite Aunts, Christine and Carolyn with the surviving spouse UV. Thank you for coming by the first night we were home to see our new boat. It meant so much to us!


What’s next?


We kept the boat at Ram Island YC for a few days once back in CT to get settled and we are now waiting to have her hauled out at Mystic Shipyard to have some projects complete. The port engine has a vibration when running at 3100 rpm and we believe it needs to have an alignment.


She will get a good wax on the hull and top sides, as well as a new coat of bottom paint. We also need to change the name on the boat and have a special ceremony, https://blog.dockwa.com/how-to-rename-your-boat install AIS, StarLink and Solar power. We plan to have the teal canvas replaced with white stamoid and few other minor upgrade's/improvements to make a year long adventure safe!


We will be working on Cortina again this summer! Check it out and book an event! We would love to see you on the water! https://www.dogwatchcafe.com/gooddogcharters


Last note, sorry about the test email notification this week. I attempted to build this blog by myself via WIX but in the end I needed a little assistance from a professional to get the blog to work the way I wanted it to. Thanks for your patience.


If you have comments or questions, we would love to hear from you!

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