Mistakes we made on August 6th:
Pulling into Nantuxent Cove. It was small, shallow and not very sheltered. Port Mahon, Delaware, might have been better.
Anchoring anywhere near crab pots. Our keel and rudder protect our propellor from just about all assaults. Apparently, however, if you switch gears right over a crab pot, then Red Ranger can grab the line.
Failing to understand what a snagged crab pot line feels like. We mis-diagnosed the resulting problem as transmission or linkage or something other than a crab pot.
Things we did—right or wrong.
- Call BoatUS and get towed. Rather than bash the crap out of the boat with a bad transmissions problem, we elected to pay for a tow to someplace out of the wind and waves.
Surprising things we learned.
The Cohansey River, surprisingly, is easy to enter. The chart is devoid of details.
The river has a surprisingly huge current. Choose your entry times wisely.
Scary things that happened.
- The boatyard looked very sketchy. There was a small liars club meeting out front. Almost no staff and even fewer customers. A world away from Deltaville Boatyard. It looked like the setting for an HP Lovecraft story. "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", for example.
Passage duration 0700 to 1500 (approx.) = 8:00.
Passage distance from Reedy Point to Nantuxent Bay: Reedy Point to Ship John Shoal 20 nm; 8nm to Nantuxent Bay= 28nm.
Towed 12nm to Greenwich, NJ.