We left Sheepshead Bay (Long Island) after a night on the mooring ball to get a notch closer to “the action” in “The City” …no to mention just inch a little further north. Since our plans included a photo shoot with friends on their boat at the base of the Statue of Liberty on the following morning, we were going to by-pass her and loop back a little the following day. However, just seeing her majestic-ness in the near distance, B was so excited and, of course, wanted to capture a picture from afar. That excitement, compounded by the major rocking in the current, river and the wakes from all of the big boat traffic, resulted in B’s knee smashing into the kill switch. For non-boaters that means the engine immediately turns off. Not a problem…normally. However, if your knee snaps the plastic and it breaks, then there is a big problem. The engine won’t start short of cramming your thumb into a little tiny inset button and permanently holding it there. We did manage to devise a bottle cap and duct tape aid (which still required constant thumb pressure but at least we could take turns and switch hands and not have our fingers get half inch depressions!) and limped into the nearest dock…nearly under a May Day call…but not really! Needless to say, there are no pix memorializing the event due to all the difficulties! An uber ride to another marina that had a set of universal kill switches brought only short-lived relief as, of course, as Murphy’s Law would have it, none fit! SO much for “universal”!! N carved the plastic of one with that handy Swiss Army Knife (while also slicing his finger!). And we were underway again after about a 1.5 hour delay. In hindsight not too bad overall….but B was so bothered by the whole thing that she had to literally choke back tears as we ultimately and safely made the emergency landing in high winds and current!
So we finally actually made it to Manhattan! See feature photo at the top of post.
A respite in an actual home! Yay! And Kids! haha….Yay!
We subwayed our way around Manhattan (a bit more than necessary…ie we took the wrong train at one point! Haha)
We pushed off in the morning to get our Statue of Liberty photos (the other couple had decided to bag on the idea!) So we were left to selfies…still fun and special!
And one more of just her!
Out of the concrete jungle where dreams are dreamt and into the countryside:
With rain threatening, and certainly the wind picking up we stopped for the day.
Got some miles in to get out of incoming weather the next day and arrived at Albany Yacht Club…well technically we are in the town of Rensselaer (which btw is NOT where the University of R is…that’s a few more miles north!)
Book-ending this post, in juxtaposition to JayZ’s New York, with that little diddy (and mind worm! J ) (Which song will have a longer life?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzRhFH5OyHo