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My new boat:) I am now at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor:)

Hi all and thanks again for the info. I left yesterday from Collage pt. Queens at around 8:45 heading south. My first night from oyster bay I made it to Hells gate but decide to go back to collage pt. and what for day and the tide. I tied up at night at some working broken down landing just west of the airport. I stayed there one night then moved to collage pt. I stayed at collage pt. for one night then left at around 9 ish heading south. I made it through Hells Gate with no problems spent a few hours at Liberty Landing Marine talking to a guy name John from Canada on a 35' sail who was trying to get 4 new batteries. He had so much gear. Solar,wind gen,a gen. set, etc.... Man by my being poor and not being able to buy all the gear I want and or need sure keeps it simple. I hung out with John until his battiers got there then took off at around 1ish heading south through the narrows toward Sandy Hook. As soon as I felt the wind I put the sails up and took off. I had to motor alot through the narrows just in order to keep from being run over. LOL Alot of big traffic out there. I sailed along the western shore of NJ until around 4:30 ish. I lost track of time and forgot that I needed to be on anchor by night. I then started my track toward the southern point of Sandy Hook. Now this is where a chart could and would have saved me a potently bad experience. There is this long pier sticking way out just west of Highlands Marine. I thought that it might be a working dock or State dock so I headed toward it. I did see the red buoy and green buoys east of it and so I made my track really close to this dock. As I got closer to it thought that it looked a lot like a navy sub. thing that I use to see up in Hood canal in Puget Sound. Any no subs or Ships in it but as I got just east of it out comes two young guys in a very fast boat with all the bells and whistles going off. Anyway I found the white buoys with a little escort from some very happy navy kids who thought that I was crazy for trying to take a boat such as Cloud down to NC. They could have used deadly force they told me. I told them thank God I just ate some Spam and felt like dying hehe. They didn't laugh. So now I plain on waiting for Sunday to try the outside run. Oh one more thing. As soon as I pulled out of Collage pt. My outboard died. Lucky for me I quickly cut the line from the fuel filter bypassed it and it started right back up. I am getting a new one right now from Napa here in town. I have pics. On my laptop I should try and upload them. I do have one old NE waterway book with a few maps in it. It helps to show where the marines are for the most part. Thanks alot guys Dan
One more thing! The Statue of Liberty and all the sights from the water almost made me forget what I was doing a few times. All I can say about the view of Manhattan and all is WOW!
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