Poughkeepsie is just 39 miles up the Hudson, so a short day. Armed with that information we took our time getting started. We spent the morning cleaning the boat. Russ hosed off the outside while I did the inside (dusted, vacuumed, and mopped).
Now, most boaters clean the boat after they arrive in a marina, not before the day. But we're not most boaters.
Around 10 am we hoisted off. We wanted to pump out first which meant we needed to get to the pump-out station on the other side of the marina. Not a lot of current, not a lot of wind -- this would be a trivial thing to do.
Russ had kept his lines and fenders on the port side, so I needed to turn around and back onto the dock. I did, nice and slow, then bumped the engines just a bit to get it moving backwards.
Then the boat started to shudder. I put her in neutral and mentioned that to Russ. He said he thought it felt something but he didn't seem concerned. I put her in reverse, bumped her again... and the starboard engine stalled.
Is that at all sounding familiar? Didn't to us, but it should have. I've written about this before.
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Russ and the tangled line
Russ cut the line at the cleat, which nearly exploded from the stress. Then he attempted to get under the boat to free the prop. Pretty clearly this wasn't going to work.
|The rope. New, too, dang it.|
Russ pulled himself out, peeled off the suit, took a hot shower, and sat in the sunlight. Meanwhile I made us lunch.
He was prepared for cold water, too. Russ has a second suit -- a dry suit. After giving himself recovery time he donned that, and went back under to finish the job.
By noon, we were underway. And my clean floors were a complete mess from wet foot prints... sigh.
We hailed the dockmaster, who told us to wait outside while he got into position. As I did I felt us being pulled to the marina wall. I decided to take a boat ride and turn us in a circle, just to kill time. Just as I turned away from the dock the dockmaster hailed us and said, "That's perfect. I want you to back in."
Oh. Kay. I did as instructed, letting the current pull us backwards into the marina. From there I'd have to make a turn to the right as soon as I cleared the wall. The instructions I received were to gently push the bow toward the right. Turns out this allowed the current to move us sideways, right up against the pier. All I had to do was occasionally add a bit of forward momentum to keep her in position. That was fun! I learned a new trick.
|The forbidden island. There's a castle there that's falling|
apart, so no one is allowed to go there.
|On the right is our doppler radar. It shows things coming at|
us in red and things moving away in green.
This is an image of a train.