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ADDITIONS TO THE BLOG as of December 2015 (USET): Shamal and her Crew are STILL cruising the east coast of the US * Should you want to contact them you can do so by clicking on the Contact Us tab below. * We recommend that you subscribe to the Blog, so that new posts are emailed to your inbox.

13 January 2016

The Intracoastal Waterways - I.C.W. Part One

Hello Again

Lifting Rail Bridge
Swing Bridge
Once you reach the lower Chesapeake you have two options to reach Key West in Florida which is some 1,200 miles to the south. One can take the coastal Atlantic Ocean route, the outside route, or, depending on your vessel’s draft and mast height, you can take the ICW. ( Intracoastal Waterways).  Many do a mixture of both as there are safe  estuaries and channels used by big shipping to enter and exit  through.  Many though require local knowledge, the correct tide, and good weather to pass through as silting can be a major problem.  As we had sailed up the Atlantic Ocean route, we decided we would do the ICW on the return trip. We would have dozens of bridges to pass under or wait till they open for you. The Fixed Bridges are all around 65ft. Our mast is 58ft so no problem there.  Other bridges are Swing, or Bascule – lifting.  These have different opening times, usually on the hour and half hour, so you try to time your approach just before they open.  Each of these bridges has an operator whom you call ahead to and advise of your pending approach. Also we would have a couple of locks at the northern end to pass through.

10 January 2016

Cape May, New Jersey - to - Norfolk, Virginia

Hello Once More

First we want to wish EVERYONE Seasons Greetings. We hope your plans and preparations for the festive season are well underway and that you have a great one with family and friends.  As for us, well we are still meandering down the east coast of the U.S.A. not sure where we will be for Christmas.  It is so nice not to have the stress that can go with this season.  America really does know how to celebrate Christmas, and we are really enjoying seeing how the different towns that we are passing through decorate and dress themselves up with lovely decorations. Everyone really seems to get into the Christmas Spirit with shops, banks, public buildings and private homes all putting up wreaths with red ribbon, Christmas Trees, lights, and the likes.  Even some of the private docks in front of peoples homes, will have a Christmas Tree covered in lights sitting out on it.  It really is very pretty. We have even managed to catch a Christmas parade which was fun.

03 December 2015

Stamford, Connecticut to Cape May, New Jersey

123 The boys Park, Danbury      132 The Fall in Danbury079 Fall in Danbury
New England In The Fall

 138 Boys in the leaves

Hello Again

These pictures really don’t give the true account of just how beautiful this part of the country is in the Autumn, and this Autumn was gorgeous.  We only had a couple of days of rain.  For the most part it was warm sunny days.