Stuck in the mud

On July 27, 2010, in 61 Marlow, Captain's Rants, Cruising Notes, by Aaron

On a windy evening, as I was coming alongside the face dock at Canyon Club Marina in Cape May, NJ, I found myself with a spring line on the dock and my wheels in the mud. I was steaming mad, to say the least, and I may have taken it out in the unknowing dock attendant as black silt filled my cooling systems.

As a rule, I am very careful in choosing marinas with controlled depths of 6′ or better.  Further more, when I make reservations and I am on approach via VHF, I inform the Dockmaster that my draft is 5′ when in fact it’s less than that. So you can see why I was very upset with the situation.

On a perfectly calm day I would normally abort the landing, as I saw I was losing water. However, in this situation I was crabbing and fighting the current in the small approach channel.  I had no choice but to commit to the landing because of the wind.

Fortunately there was a soft silt floor and no damage done.  Once we were settled on the dock we looked around and felt somewhat out of place.  As shown in the photo below, you can see that we are the only motor yacht on the dock in a sea of sport fishing boats.

This marina was very clean, safe and the staff were very helpful.  However, it’s located on the wrong side of the bridge and you can not walk into town as there are no sidewalks.  Not recommended for yachts over 45′ or with a draft over 4′

Epoxy & Glass Cloth

On July 27, 2010, in Boat Building, Photos, by Aaron

Last night, with the help of three other people, we covered the hull in fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. I’m happy with the result and I will roll on 2-3 more thin coats of special clear activated resin over the next few days. It’s looking like the hull will need little or no fairing compound.  I will be able to prime and paint very soon.

Some shots from our last trip to the Exumas, Bahamas. Stops include: Nassau, Wardwick Wells, Compass Cay and Sampson Cay Marina and club. Cruising on our 61′ Marlow Explorer.

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Hull finished!

On July 24, 2010, in Boat Building, Photos, by Aaron

The hull is finished on my 15′ electric boat I’m building from Glen-L plans called Lo-Voltage. There are no screws or nails used so far in this construction method.

I have made some changes to the Glen-L plans

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I know, I know, it’s a bold statement, but yes, the best ever. In fact, sampling the other plates around the table, there was nothing less than perfect. Even my side of roasted potatoes included duck fat, and what isn’t good roasted in duck fat I ask you?

If you have a chance to visit Manhattan, this is your first gastronomic stop on the island. Order the porterhouse for two, you can fight over the bone!

Start the night next door at the Standard Biergarten and enjoy a selection of authentic German beers on tap.  After you put your name in for a table at the Grill, they will call your cell when the table is ready. The only thing that bothered me all night was the fact that the want-to-be authentic benches were to damn close to one another and your back rest was the chap behind you. If only once and a while a corporate bar manager would actually sit and have a beer in their own bar, us customers would not have to trade back sweat with our fellow beer drinkers.

This grill is a first class venue that has a loud trendy bar and adjoining dinning area with professional service.

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26′ East Coast Dory Build

On July 23, 2010, in Boat Building, Videos, by Aaron

Several years ago I built a 26′ replica of an East coast dory. This is a video showing the build.

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Liberty Landing Marina, NJ (NYC Harbor)

Most notably, NO WAKE in this protected marina! Decent floating docks, a few big face docks for the big boys and plenty of water!

The only negative thing that makes me always want to move to Newport Marina just up the block is that it’s a real pain in the ass to get home if you are having a late night out in Manhattan. There is a ferry on site but stops running around 7:30pm and if you take the 24 hour PATH train to NJ, it’s a $8 cab ride to the marina through a not-so-great area.

61' Marlow at dusk

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This repair started with fluid in the engine room close to the hydraulic pump for the davit. One would think the source was in the engine room, but after hours of ripping out hydraulic lines and pressure testing them, I figured out the source was in the crane itself. In fact it was in the solenoid block area and dripping all the way down 2 decks to the engine room!

After a call to Quicklift Inc. I soon learned there is no service rep in the NYC area. So with some help and no drawings, we disassembled the davit and replaced the bad 1/4″ line. I had to go to a commercial hydraulic shop to get the line made in stainless steel.


The line went bad because the designers made the area that holds the block and control board way too small and this line was forced to bend at a sharp angle. As a note, the control board just kind of sits there in this area also. I think a better solution would have been if they made the area bigger and placed the board in a watertight box.  Then they could have thrown some protection around the wires and generally cleaned it up into one run of wires (like a wire harness on your BMW).


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19′ Sea Kayak build

On July 23, 2010, in Boat Building, Videos, by Aaron

This video shows the build process of a Stitch and Glue Sea Kayak. This was my first attempt at this construction method. You can purchase the plans from Glen-L Marine.

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