Living on a boat is the lifestyle we chose but some days are easier than others. The week spent visiting New York City was wonderful but since we left one week ago the daily grind of getting up at 5:30 or 6:00, navigating unknown waters, finding a spot to anchor and doing chores has already made NYC seem a long, long time ago.
On departing NYC we were blown to the south by a cold northern wind from Canada to a lovely anchorage behind Sandy Hook, NJ, a 9 mile long barrier Island with yet another "oldest lighthouse in America". How many can there be? We had intended to stay there for a few days and get some varnishing out of the way but the forecast was for rain - and rain it did. It fell all day in large drops and completely filled the buckets we had left sitting on the decks. Needless to say we did not spend any time out of doors, instead we closed all of the hatches and got caught up with a some correspondence and other computing things that had been neglected while we were sightseeing. At least the decks got washed from the NYC soot.
After the rain stopped we decided to sail 24 hours (overnight) to our next destination but the forecast winds did not occur so we had to motor which meant we had plenty of power to recharge all of our electronic devices plus leave our radar on continuously, which was a good thing as it was a very black night and there were a lot of fishing boats. Neither of us have a good nights sleep when it is the first night on passage so we arrived at our destination at 7:30 AM to a beautiful sunrise but both of us were very tired. However there were things to do, laundry had not been done for over two weeks and the cupboard was bare. So off we went into town, getting wet in the dinghy before we even got to shore - it was windy and rough. Feeling damp we hauled the laundry to the laundromat and when it was clean we returned it to the dinghy, then we set off again, this trek to the grocery store. I suppose we walked about 10 km and this would have been easier with a car, but on the positive side - walking is good exercise.
Two days ago we were sailing north up Delaware Bay at better than 7 knots smugly thinking that we might make it through the C&D canal all in the same day. But by 1:00 PM the wind had died and when we went to start the engine it did not turn over. There was still a breath of wind so while LE sailed GG fixed and in 30 minutes everything was working again. Now it would be a race to get through the canal before dusk so we decided to anchor and go in the morning. What a fortunate engine hiccup - the anchorage was behind a small grass covered island, birds flew overhead and we had it all to ourselves.
Yesterday we were up at 5:30 AM to motor west through the 12 mile long C&D canal and enter Chesapeake Bay. This canal can be very busy with freighter and barge traffic but we were fortunate and only met two, one going west, the other east. We also had intervals of thick fog, kind of scary when all you can hear is the freighters fog horn, but a good opportunity to practice navigating with the radar. Once the fog cleared the canal trip was pleasant with leaves starting to turn colours and bald eagles soaring overhead. We anchored in a quiet bay in The Chesapeake (40deg 26.66min N;073deg 59.89min W) with a pink sandstone cliff as a backdrop, waiting for what tomorrow has in store. Obviously some days are more of an adventure than others but in most ways everyday aboard Curare is a great experience.