I woke up just after 6:00 a.m. this morning full of adrenaline. It was finally time to start our trip. Months of planning, so many details, an unexpected new boat that we could not have even imagined buying a month ago, and the time had finally arrived. I did not want to wake up Ann, so I stayed in bed for about 15 minutes, but then I had to get moving. With everyone sleeping, I took care of some details - moved the water hose from the dock to the boat, put our empty luggage in the crew quarters, which we use as storage, removed the remaining covers from the bow and stowed them, and secured the galley. At around 6:50, I woke up Elana, and we went for a 2 mile run along the inner harbor. Beautiful morning, and lucky for me, I am still able to keep up with her - barely.
When we got back, Ann was already up and having breakfast. Elana and I took showers, and I started getting the boat ready. Turned on the generator; pulled the power cords and stowed them; turned on all the electronics; turned on the main engines; plugged in our route to the chart plotter, and we were ready to go. Benny was still sleeping, so Ann, Elana and I released the dock lines, brought them onto the boat, and we were off! (enable FLASH to watch this video clip)
As we pulled out of Harbor East marina, Ann and Elana brought in the dock lines and the fenders, and I piloted and navigated from the flybridge.
|Heading out from Harbor East Marina|
|Leaving Baltimore behind us.|
Our route this morning was 118 nautical miles. We cruised along just below 6 knots through the inner harbor area for about 15 minutes until we were ready to get on plane.
|Day 1 route, through the C&D Canal|
|As we approached the Key bridge, I set a cruising speed of 23 knots.|
|What teenagers do on a boat.|
Our new boat, which we've only had for 2.5 weeks, handles great. She leaves a pretty big wake behind, and we had to be conscious of that because it really impacts other boats if we're not careful.
|Sababa has quite a wake. We almost knocked over a sailboat in the C&D Canal, so|
we learned to be more careful.
|Pretty Lighthouse on Delaware Bay|
|Beautiful lighthouse near Cape May inlet|
After leaving the Delaware Bay, we were in a no wake canal for several miles. We tried to get on plane in several stretches where it is allowed, but our wake was too big for the canal and we were knocking boats left and right, so we came down and cruised in slowly the rest of the way. We cruised into Canyon Club marina and were lucky to get a T-head to tie up to. That's a lot easier than docking in a slip, especially because they only had finger piers with pilings, and with this new boat, I felt relieved to have an easy docking experience. I'm sure before long, I'll have to conquer my fear of docking in an unfamiliar marina with a fixed-pier slip, but for now, floating T-head is the bomb!
|So happy to dock Sababa on a floating T-head|
|Benny and I tossed a ball, with beautiful boats in the background.|
After dinner, we walked around the quaint town area and along the beach. The teenagers again doing what teenagers do (although this time it was staged).
|Elana and Benny see something they like|
|Cape May beach|
|The senior band|
We found a trolley in town, and since we were planning on Ubering back to the marina anyway, we figured we would just see where the trolley took us. It seemed to go in the direction of our marina, and google maps on my phone confirmed that, so we took a ride, and then walked the 1.2 miles back to our marina. Totally exhausted when we got back. Along the way we saw some very pretty marinas.
|Marina we saw on the way back to our boat|
So far, the trip is off to a great start! Can't believe it's only been one day. Feels like eternity since we were home in Pikesville.