Take what you can, give nothing back

I saw that in a Pirate movie, the saying had to come from New England marinas.

After leaving New York we entered a part of the country that has no relation in dollars to the rest of North America.  We thought it would be nice to stay at a marina in Long Island Sound, so MB phoned for pricing, and it was more expensive to stay in a slip for one night here than for a month in St. Petersburg, FL.  When we said we would anchor and bring our dingy in, they said it would be a $10 charge, when we agreed, they said that was PER HOUR.

We belong to a group called the American Great Loop Cruisers Association, so that makes us Loopers (not Loopy), and I sent an email to the group asking for suggestions.  We were overwhelmed with help. 

We stopped in Port Washington and anchored, then took a dingy into the (free) town dock.  We stocked up on provisions and fuel, had a great Mediterranean lunch, then went to Port Jefferson where the marina said we could take our dingy for $12 per hour, no showers or facilities (go to the bathroom before  coming ashore, says he), MB called the town docks and they wanted more!  She sweet talked them into letting us dock for free, and they even threw in showers!

We met up with Bob, Ginny, and George, from “Time Out” (remember them from Beaufort, SC), they gave us a tour around Port Jefferson, and took us to dinner, what a grand time we had, thanks guys!

When we sent our letter out requesting reasonable spots in New England, a couple from New London responded, they are Loopers, their boat is currently under repair and their dock was unused, so they offered it to us for a day or two, we accepted, met them, they gave us a tour, saw the submarine wall of honor, and had a great time.  Phil and Vicki (‘Mid Life Madness’) were absolutely incredible folks who we were proud to meet.  Vicki made a mean lasagna, we missed her birthday party by a day, I hope they had a great time, thanks so much!

Then Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Buzzard’s Bay, Cape Cod, WOW, the history, the fishermen, the boats, you can feel the excitement in the air.  We are early, so the mooring fields are empty, the touristy stuff hasn’t started yet, and it’s cool in the air.

Again boarded by the Coast Guard, here they are more interested in Customs and Homeland Security than safety, they never did check our safety equipment, just our entrance decals and our passports.  Once again, they were professional,pleasant, and thorough.

We are in Onset, at a mooring field, one that is actually affordable and provides facilities, waiting for our weather window to head out for a 48 hour sail to Nova Scotia, and that won’t be for a couple days, so we’ll be sightseeing, visiting antique shops, restaurants, and meeting folks.

I phoned the trucking company I worked for today, and apparently I still have a job when I get back, so that’s good news (or sad, depending on your point of view)!  MB called and made doctors and dentist appointments today as well, so it looks like we are truly almost home, and our adventure is coming to a close.  However, it’s not over yet, we still have a couple weeks of sailing, adventure, and apparently there are lots of Right Whales in Cape Cod Bay, so there will be more photos yet.

MB no longer blows her conch at night, Michael McLeod and Jimmy Buffet just doesn’t sound the same when the temperature goes into the 50’s at night, hopefully summer will actually get here!

Love to everyone, and a special thanks to Loopers for making Long Island Sound to Cape Cod enjoyable for us!

Joe & Mary Beth Amelia
S/V “Pot ‘O’ Gold”

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