We pushed off Quatuor II earlier this evening at 4:21pm from Manasquan inlet, NJ. Under overcast skies and a light breeze we pointed her south to her destination of Florida. After snapping a few pictures at the boat ramp we pushed off. It didn’t feel like much, but I’d been waiting for that moment seemingly forever.

Picture taken by my cousin, John just before we pushed off

I had a zoom college orientation in just a few hours at 7:00pm so we only went a few miles. We motored from Manasquan inlet through Point Pleasant Canal into Barnegat Bay and quickly found a marina to stay at for the night.

Point Pleasant Canal sure proved challenging. Some combination of current, winds and nearby boat wakes caused the entire mile or two to stir up significant waves. Past the canal it was smooth boating.

Once docked, I grabbed some frozen ziti my grandmother had prepared from the cooler, light up the propane camp stove and cooked up some dinner.

Weather is looking grim tomorrow as rain and thunder will prosper throughout the day. In preparation, we stretched a tarp on top of our bimini top and windshield. Last September we got soaked from rain so we learned our lesson and made a windshield for round two.

Our goal for tomorrow is the 102 nautical mile journey to Cape May (just past Atlantic City before the mouth of the Delaware Bay). If we can make it to Cape May it will provide a perfect staging point to traverse the Delaware Bay. The bay can get rough and ideally we’d like to start early in the morning. We’ll see how far we can push in the weather tomorrow but fingers crossed we make it to Cape May.

Cape May pictured bottom right and the Delaware Bay center screen

Highlight of the day: Random dude yelling “cool boat” at us 🙂

Day 1-Manasquan to Barnegat Bay

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