First Boat Vacation August

We were so excited to have our first boat vacation. Actually we tried to have a mini vacation before and failed….in July with our neighbors Pat & John we wanted to go to Port Jefferson, but we only managed to get to the the Statue of Liberty Ferry Terminal and then one engine over heated….. and we had to return….lucky we made it safe back to the marina… by the way the water pump belt broke…another great experience for Marcus to learn how to fix it – thanks to our other amazing neighbor Don…. Did we mention that we live at the best marina one can dream off…

Back to our vacation. We started on August 19th to City Island. We moored the first night near our friends Noelva and Alex place and enjoyed a most delicious dinner together.

On August 20th it was Marcus Mom 80th birthday and our 15th Wedding Anniversary. We were very sad that we couldn’t celebrate with Marcus Mom in person, but did a video call instead and Noelva provided us with a cake, candle and wine to celebrate in style.

Then we took Noelva and Alex to a little trip to Oyster Bay where we continued our celebration.

Next day we explored Oyster Bay and drove our lovely friends back to City Island. We moored another night at City Island and then went all the way to Port Jefferson.

The mooring balls at Port Jefferson were booked out so we had to anchor… We did before during the weekends a few over night trips and anchored and I thought it was a piece of cake…super easy….but didn’t realize that we always received very detailed advise where and how to anchor….so we arrived in Port Jefferson – by the way soooo gorgeous….and had not idea where we should anchor….it does say on the map, but it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea…..we saw some other boats anchoring and thought hopefully they know what they are doing and anchored nearby. A bit to close for my taste to the shore….I had better night sleeps… but we made it without any issues throughout the night. The anchor warning app helps…The next day some boats left so we thought we are smart and move away from the shore to the place the other boat was, but not long after the Harbor launch boat came and told us we better move away as in the night boats drop off gravel onto the near by barge and the barges might swing around…. and possible hit us…

Anyway we didn’t need much convincing and moved a second time… the last spot was my most favored one….

We absolutely loved Port Jefferson…visited the town – so cute with many Restaurants, shops and even the cutest market where I bought the most delicious self made cake and honey. Hiked up the beautiful dunes and watched the most magnificent sunsets…

By the way we could anchor the Dingy at the Harbor in town as much as we liked for 10 $ for 24 hours…

After two nights we sadly started our way back, stayed a night at Port Washington – mooring was free the first night and $25 a night from the second night on….we will remember this for the future. In Oyster Bay the Mooring Ball rental was $86……

I had to be back on Tuesday August 25th for my Tuesday night races…It was very windy that day, but we made it back with our kind neighbors help to Dock with only a minor scratch at our neighbors boat….





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