We’ve been looking forward to this trip for a long time….all winter to be exact! The QM was put back in the water a few weeks ago and as with any boat that sits unused there will be consequences. We had to replace pumps, sensors, CO2 detectors ($$$), water filters etc. etc. We also had an enclosure installed on the flybridge. We weren’t convinced this was going to be a necessary nor positive endeavor, however as soon as we headed out across the Chesapeake Bay in 50-ish degree temps, we knew it would totally be worthwhile.
Jeff enjoying the view from the comfort of the fly bridge with the new enclosure!
The first leg of the journey took us up the northern edge of the Chesapeake Bay and into the C&D canal. It was a rather gloomy day and not much to see in the wide open bay. The canal was very pretty however and we stopped for the night at the Chesapeake Inn and Marina. It’s a five minute walk into the little town which consists mostly of little bed and breakfasts and a few small eating establishments. There is also a new little rum bar that just opened. Jeff loves a good sipping rum so we went back in the evening to share our rum with the owners and try some of their recommendations. We had great conversation and I must say we learned a thing or two about rum!
The picture above shows us leaving early the next morning and heading east on the C&D canal. There is some fascinating history behind the construction of this canal and I recommend going online to read about it’s construction…it’s pretty incredible! The canal is 14 miles long, 450′ wide and 35′ deep and connects the Chesapeake with the Delaware River. It is one of only a few fully sea level shipping canals in the world
After six hours cruising down the Delaware river, we arrived in Cape May, NJ. The historic district is filled with quaint stores, restaurants, pubs and ice cream shops. Beautiful 19th century homes, originally built as summer cottages line the streets and as we learned on our carriage ride, some of them have a very scandalous past!
The following day, we left the Cape and headed out into the Atlantic ocean to make our way north. The weather was nice. The seas were roughly 3-4′ swells with a period of 7-8 seconds so it made for a very comfortable ride. We pulled in to the Farley State Marina located at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City where we would be spending the next 3-4 days waiting out some nasty weather heading our way.
Our dock neighbor…”Boardwalk”…belongs to fellow Houstonian Tilman Fertita.
Working on our sound system and tv setup…