Day 2: Delaware Bay to Atlantic City

4:30AM. I woke up in the same clothes I’d worn the day before, minus my waterproof shell layer. With temps like these, I’d be wearing this ensemble of fleece-lined running tights, hoodie, fisherman’s sweater, wool socks, hat, and mittens for the rest of the trip. We were going to be one ripe boat by the end! As Gerry prepared the engine and deck for a speedy departure, Brian and I went forward to the bow to take in the anchor. The previous evening, as we were letting out all of the chain, we remembered that we’d never actually practiced...

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Day 1: Down the C&D Canal to the Delaware Bay

The alarm went off at 4:30 AM, followed by a muffled “you awake?” from the salon. Gerry, apparently well-rested despite the racket of rain drumming above our heads all night, had sprung into action. While I fumbled with the coffee mill in the galley, Brian and Gerry got busy prepping the boat; checking the engine, filters, oil, and checking out the instruments that came with Morning Light. Once they had the lay of the land, there were eight dock lines attached to tall pilings at all four corners that needed to be undone. By the time they’d started the engine,  I was handing mugs of coffee...

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Sailing from Annapolis to NYC: getting ready

Weeks before we closed on Morning Light, we were hatching our plans to bring her from her former home in Annapolis up to our marina in New York Harbor. Timing hinged upon an important question: do we hire a captain to bring her up to us, do we hire a captain to join us on board, or do we go it alone? Having our bareboat charter certifications, a fair amount of small boat (J-24) experience on the Hudson River, and solo charter experiences in the Virgin Islands (40’ Island Packet) and Great South Bay (35’ Hunter), we knew we could go it alone...

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We bought a boat!

It’s been so fun sharing the news that Brian and I will very soon be giving up our Brooklyn apartment to move aboard our new sailboat home. We’d been laying this plan and securing the painstaking details for months, in relative secrecy. Finally announcing the news on Facebook, once the documents that made her ours were inked, felt like stepping out of our cave and into the sun! There have been lots of questions since our big announcement. What will you eat? Where do you shower? Will you sail to work each day? I’ll do my best to answer questions like those as I chronicle our adventures on my blog about life...

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