Another good case for the USCG to begin charging for these things.Betcha they all had cells phone and coulda called Boat US or Sea Tow, but figured they save he $60.00 a year.Three people on a ten foot inflatable fishing. What could possibly go wrong?
When I was living on board in New York City I wound launch in late March or early April. I still remember snow and ice on the docks. I was certainly glad I had the diesel heater on board. These days I don't launch until the water temperature becomes a little more survivable.Many people here boat on the Chesapeake or further South, and venturing into LIS is usually in full summer, so might not fully appreciate that on the water in LI Sound in mid-May is freaking COLD. Going out on the water now in an inflatable raft is not for the faint of heart. Hardy men, for sure. Stupid, but hardy.
I would guess the photo in the article was a stock photo, but since the article did not mention sea conditions or weather I would guess it was not a factor. Since the Coast Guard did not ding them for an unseaworthy vessel I will also chalk it up to stuff happens.Water temps are serious this time of year, more than most seem to realize.
However, I’m going to take a different look at this. A 10 ft inflatable should easily be rated for 4 or 5 people. They reportedly had life jackets on, so I’m not sure how we think they were unprepared or non-compliant. Seas in that pic don’t look that bad, although, pics can be deceiving.
There are none over the Sound, but a half dozen or more over East River. The Throgs Neck and Whitestone may technically be the Sound, but not really open water yet. All over 100 ft, clearance, the Verrazano over 200. Heavy commercial traffic. Awesome ride though. Time Hell’s Gate properly.Can someone please provide the bridge overhead clearance required for cruising up the Long Island sound.
Thanks, we require 100ft with 91ft of us poking straight up. Do you know the minimum clearance for the East River bridges? All of them look to be over 100ft except my chart doesn’t have the clearance for the Williamsburg Bridge.There are none over the Sound, but a half dozen or more over East River. The Throgs Neck and Whitestone may technically be the Sound, but not really open water yet. All over 100 ft, clearance, the Verrazano over 200. Heavy commercial traffic. Awesome ride though. Time Hell’s Gate properly.
FYI If you start two hours after low water at the Battery you'll have a nice ride up the East River and can then pick up the Ebb east on Long Island Sound.Thanks, we require 100ft with 91ft of us poking straight up. Do you know the minimum clearance for the East River bridges? All of them look to be over 100ft except my chart doesn’t have the clearance for the Williamsburg Bridge.
Never mind, google was my friend 135ft.
Departed Stamford at 0730... sky was overcast winds cold from NW. No activity at SCYC. Saw no boats in the AM but may 3 small boats fishing. The sail in the first part of the trip was actually lovely.. beam reach true winds 15-20kts true. Boat was moving well despite having an uncleaned and not recently painted bottom.My sailing on LIS begins tomorrow AM.
If you don’t remember kicking it, that might get my attention. Solenoid off? Tanks closed?..... the propane tank was empty we discovered at lunch......
Well, yea..... road traffic in the afternoon was definitely light. Driving to SCYC at 5:30am the roads were almost all deserted... I made it in record time door to door in just over 20 min... didn't ever touch the breaks and got all 6 lights green!If you don’t remember kicking it, that might get my attention. Solenoid off? Tanks closed?
Nice passage report. For a warm end to winter, it’s been chilly this spring. Especially overnight. We could technically sail, but haven’t really caught up with stuff yet. Haven’t touch the generator, for example. Don’t need it for a day sail, or shakedown. Although, I’ve always felt a shakedown should be overnight, so I can see how everything works off the dock.
I keep telling myself, the world is a month behind. If it were Apr 17, I’d feel like I was making excellent progress. Day at a time.