Friday, June 29, 2007

Hello again, mateys. Today started out in the anchorage place. The first thing I did after I woke up was work some more on my Imperial Star Destroyer. About 1/2 hour after that it was finished. Then we went down the Hudson River some more and I drove the boat for about 1/2 hour and crossed under the George Washington bridge. I took four pictures of the Empire State Building. After that we docked at Newport Marina and watched Ice Age II, "The Meltdown" on the computer. Halfway through we paused to go to the South Side Grill restaurant. I had shrimp and pasta. The shrimp was spicy but it was good along with the pasta. Then we headed back to the boat and after that we found the marina office closed for the night where I left my lifejacket! I'll check in the morning to get my lifejacket back. In the while before that I fell into the drink. I was getting into the back of the dinghy with my feet in the water and I slipped in. Good thing the dinghy and the boat was right next to me and I had my lifejacket on. My wallet was soaked as well. My Grandpa pulled me out. After that I had to take a shower to wash down. After that we watched the rest of the movie. I went to the mall to find a Target or Walmart but could not find either one. I did go to KB Toys but I didn't buy anything. Goodbye, Matthew

That's the Empire State Building in the background. Matthew came up on deck and said, "Wow!
We came out of the Haverstraw Cove anchorage at 2.1 feet above low tide but still saw a low depth reading of 7.5 feet at the bar outside the anchorage (marked 5.3 feet at low tide on the chart). With the experience of last night and this morning, I'll revised the low tide reading on the chart from 5.3 feet to 4.5 feet. Perhaps the bar silted in over during the winter. We had thunderstorms come through during the night and swung 360 several times but the holding is good in mud and the anchor never faltered. We reached Newport Marina by noon and docked without incident. The charge per foot is only $2.40. The attraction is the area, the marina only has bathrooms, washers and driers and the docks. We ate at the restaurant Matthew referred to above, very nice meal. There's a mall within walking distance that is enormous and there are rail connections to New York City. We found another lifejacket for Matthew if the marina office doesn't open early enough in the morning. We'll have to leave around 7:30 in the morning to catch a favorable tide through Hell Gate and shoot for the Sand City anchorage at Northport. Regards, Bob