|Hingham||Virginia Beach||447||447||Long Bay Point||Coastal||53.9||53.9||2.2|
|Virginia Bck||Beaufort||191||638||Beaufort Dcks||Coastal||23.0||76.9||1.0|
|Fort Meyers||Sarasota||70||1404||Marina Jack||ICW/Coastal||8.4||1.0|
Food Plan: Cruising the Great Loop (2010-2012) and the run north from Stewart to Hingham this spring and, for that matter, all of our previous cruising on Lake Michigan involved stops at marinas every night. Not much consideration for food on board as we would seek out restaurants most nights. Cruising non stop for 6 days changes this dynamic. Now the question is number of days of food and groceries for a crew of three and whether we intend to cook underway.
Cooking underway is problematic. Clean-up alone would begin to tax our water supply (300 gallons) and cooking underway especially in any kind of seas increases injury risk as hot pots and pans slide around. To eliminate these problems we decided on frozen meals for dinners and paper plates.
Trader Joe's to the rescue. They have a nice variety of frozen dinners and I have been sampling them in preparation for the trip. The key here is storage. Fortunately we have a fairly good size freezer and can easily store frozen dinners for 9 days. Augmenting our frozen dinners will be fresh vegetables for salads.
Breakfasts require limited freezer storage. The menu here will include yogurt, bagels with cream cheese, capers, tomatoes and nova lox; dry cereals with fruit and, if conditions allow, hot oatmeal. Lunch will consist of Deli sandwiches with a variety of meats and cheese.
Fuel: We topped off our tanks on Monday at Mystic Fuels in Charlestown Massachusetts (just north of Boston). We journeyed their to take advantage of their $3.51 diesel price. We took on 591 gallons and saved approximately $480 as compared to prices at close by marinas (which were charging $4.30). I still do not understand why some marinas choose not to be competitive. The trip to Charlestown used less than 20 gallons, which at $3.50/gal translated into a cost of $70. We still saved $410 and got a lovely cruise to Boston Harbor on a perfectly clear day. We are presently sitting on 1291 gallons (10 below full).
Bottom Cleaning: This was accomplished on Wednesday, which was also a beautiful day. Unfortunately our marina prohibits divers from cleaning the bottom at the dock. This required us to motor out one mile and anchor off Grape Island. The good news is by cleaning within one week of departure we will be moving with a clean bottom. Stuff grows aggressively at our location and a dirty bottom can easily shave off 2 knots of our speed. Two knots times 150 hours translates into 300 nautical miles or more than an extra day of travel, and about 300 gallons or $1050 of additional expense. The bottom cleaning costs $375. Even a loss of one knot translates into 150 extra miles and 150 gallons ($525).
Thermal Night Vision Installation: This project started last Thursday when the installers ran wires from the hardtop to the Garmin 7215 multifunction screens in the pilothouse. The installation of the Raymarine T353 system was completed on Friday morning. The system is amazing. At night from my slip I saw ducks in the water 10 feet in front of the boat, the channel leading out of the harbor, the first red nun buoy in the channel and the entire marina. The image appears as a black and white negative and is amazingly clear. You can see ripples on the water and I even have visibility to the sides and stern.
|Thermal image of the marina at 7:30 PM on Friday|
Now to the weather.
Good thing we are not leaving today and for that matter tomorrow (Saturday) through Monday. NOAA is predicting storm warnings along the entire east coast with gale warning over the route between the Cape Cod Canal and Norfolk. Purple on the NOAA weather chart below indicates storm warnings while pink indicates a gale warning with the potential of winds in excess of 34 knots (39 MPH) to 47 knots (54 MPH). The charcoal stuff in the middle indicates a freeze warning. .
Notice the low pressure area off of Virginia and the low over western PA with the trailing cold front.
|Weather at 5:00 PM EDT on Friday|
Heavy snow is forecasted in the western Carolinas
|Saturday evening. A powerful low is forming off Pennsylvania|
The forecast is for north winds 30 to 40 knots with gusts to 50. Seas 16 to 21 feet. Visibility 1 to 3 NM
|Sunday evening. The lows merge off New England. Note the isobars close together|
The Boston area is in for a Northeaster with gale winds
Seas of 13 to 18 feet are forecasted for Massachusetts Bay
|Monday evening. The powerful low pressure deepens area moves further north. |
I expect winds to shift to the northwest and still blow hard (gusts to 30 knots)
|Tuesday night. High pressure dominates the coast from Cape Cod to Florida.|
This is a weather window
|Wednesday night. High pressure moves north east as a cold front approaches|
|Thursday night. A low forms east of Pennsylvania with a low pressure trough along the coast down to Hatteras|
Below the link to the marine forecast zones. Click on the desired area and then click again to zoom into the zone.
|Day||Begin||Leg||Cum||End||NOAA Zone #||General Location|
|1||AM||100||100||Block Island||231, 234, 236||Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, RI Sound|
|1||PM||100||200||Long Beach||350, 353, 355||Long Island Waters|
|2||AM||100||300||Cape May||450-453||NJ Coastal Waters|
|2||PM||100||400||Temperanceville||650, 652, 654||MD Waters|
|3||AM||100||500||Kitty Hawk, NC||150, 152||Virgina Beach to Cape Hatteras|
|3||PM||100||600||Beaufort||154, 156, 158||Cape Hatteras to Beaufort|
|4||AM||100||700||Cape Fear||250, 252||Cape Fear|
|4||PM||100||800||Georgetown||254, 265||SC Coastal Waters|
|5||AM||100||900||Savannah||352||GA Coastal Waters|
|5||PM||100||1000||Fernadina Beach||450, 452||GA & N. Florida Coastal Waters|
|6||AM||100||1100||Daytona Beach||454, 550||FL Coastal Waters north of Cape Canaveral|
|6||PM||100||1200||Stuart||552, 555||FL Coastal Waters south of Cape Canaveral|
NOAA only goes out for six days. Hence, right now we have marine forecasts through Wednesday. Below I have listed the forecasts for the first two days of our trip. Based on available data we have a weather window through Wednesday evening that would enable us to cruise to Cape May. By tomorrow we will be able to "see" further out.
Explanatory Note: In the chart below I list the forecast, when possible, for the period before, during and after our transition of the area. This enables me to see the trend. Is the weather improving or worsening. Neeless to say I prefer the latter.
CAPE COD BAY
MON NIGHT NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 5 TO 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. >>>TUE SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FOOT OR LESS.
TUE NIGHT SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT
>>>TUE SW WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT.
TUE NIGHT SW WINDS AROUND 10 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
WED SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT.
RHODE ISLAND SOUND:
>>>TUE NIGHT SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
WED SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
WED NIGHT SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
LONG ISLAND WATERS:
TUE SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.
>>>WED SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
NEW JERSEY COASTAL WATERS
WED SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.
Stay tuned for updates. Right now we are a go for 6:00 AM on Tuesday Morning.
Written by Les.