New Hampshire to Florida 
On the screen at left, you can see us heading through the Hell Gate Bridge - famous for its strong current.  The read-out on the screen shows our ground speed at 20.1 knots as we zoom under the bridge.  Our speed through the water was our usual cruising speed of 15+ knots, so this means we had a 5-knot current running with us.  Impressive, eh?
HELL GATE
  *Caution*
Our Raymarine E-80 screen shows us passing under the Hell Gate Bridge -  like flying IFR
Kit photographing the scene as we pass south of Manhatan - even without the WTC, it's an impressive sight!
Even with just us two men aboard, we managed to prepare some pretty decent meals.  This was dinner while anchored in Atlantic Highlands, NJ -  just inside Sandy Hook.
Here we are entering Manasquan Inlet, the start of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway
As we passed under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and out into the Atlantic Ocean, we found it to be still pretty riled up due to three days of strong winds.  So we decided to wait it out, and we went inside Sandy Hook to Atlantic Highlands, NJ -  a very pretty little town.  This was our first fuel stop since leaving Portsmouth 283 nautical miles to the north - it took only 109 gallons to fill 'er up.
Heading down the Manasquan Canal with an impressive tide rip
The seas finally subsided the next morning for our short passage in the open Atlantic down to Manasquan Inlet where we entered the NJ ICW - which we proceded to follow all the way to Cape May.  I've always wanted to do that, but until now, never had the right boat.  We did see some 3-ft depth readings but never touched anything - as far as I know.
The former site of Clews Boat Yard in Ship Bottom, NJ where I worked summers in my parent's boat yard.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, our family used to spend summers at the Jersey shore.  In fact, when I was 12, my father bought and ran a boat yard on Long Beach Island.  This made for a great summer job during my early teens.  But now, there's little sign of that old boat yard.  Instead, four houses occupy the point of land at the end of 19th Street where once there was a marina with a fuel dock, 40 slips and a marine railway.  That was back in the days before Travel-lifts!
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