#4 Manasquan, NJ to Staten Island, NY

Sunrise on the ocean

Written by The Crew

Rev writes all the posts as "The Crew" at What Yacht To Do. It's just part of the First Mate duties. That list just keeps growing...

May 29, 2019

We started this journey on May 15th and most of the time we have spent in New Jersey.

While we had a great time complete with ups and downs, we were ready to move on!

Goodbye Hoffman’s Marina!

We left the marina at around 5:30 a.m.


I thought this was supposed to be fun.

Well, apparently currents and tides and weather are favorable when normal people are trying to sleep.

Leaving Hoffman's Marina
Hoffman’s Marina in the rear view mirror!
sunrise in the manasquan inlet
Sunrise in the Manasquan Inlet.

Only One Problem

Now, please understand that I have told Oh Captain, My Captain, that I will go whenever he wants to go.

However, he wakes me up at 5 a.m. and announces he is ready to go.

I’m up 5 minutes and he is starting the engines.

What is happening?!?

Now we each have our own checklists on getting the boat ready to depart.

My list includes charging up the headsets, turning on Nebo, securing our Dollar Tree champagne glasses, etc.

Sam’s list includes everything else.

I throw some clothes on and he is rushing me.

Handing me the headset, turning on the generator, turning off the power, etc.

I am a wreck running around trying to get things ready.

All of a sudden, he is off the boat to untie the lines because even though I’m the line lady, the tide is back up and I can’t get off the boat.

I do appreciate his thoughtfulness because I kept waking up having nightmares about how I was going to get that done.

What I didn’t know is that Sam had made plans with another boat to leave early but hadn’t communicated that with me.

Now we knew when we lived on dry land that we have communication issues and we did buy those headsets to “save our marriage” but this has taken an infuriating turn!

I am running around on the outside of the boat to clear the lines with my headset on and I cannot hear Sam at all.

So then the yelling starts.

And the anger boils.

And then my mouth runs off…

I didn’t even try to stop it.

When I found out that Sam hadn’t put the batteries in the headsets, I reminded him that those were on MY checklist!

Once we got out in the Atlantic Ocean and calmed down, he apologized and we made up because how can you stay mad when you’re on a boat in the ocean watching a beautiful sunrise?

Sunrise on the ocean
The headsets didin’t save our marriage. This sunrise did.

On to Staten Island

After our rocky start, the day turned out to be a beautiful one on the ocean.

This trip was a lot shorter than the previous day and we went a lot slower and took our time.

We got so excited when we first saw the skyline of New York City.

It was hard to see though the haze and we took a left to go to Staten Island and find a marina there.

The AGLCA Harbor Host, John Calascibetta wasn’t able to get us into Great Kills Yacht Club so we stayed next door at Mansion Marina.

Mansion Marina slip
We got the last slip for transients at Mansion Marina.

This marina doesn’t have hot water for showers or wifi but just the fact that we are on a floating dock again is worth it!

We did get to see more loopers who are also here and had a really fun time.

Then in the evening, after a nail-biting couple of hours with some tornado predictions and a bit of rain and hail (I feel like a kid back in OK!), we ended up getting a great night’s sleep.

Our Thoughts

Our Trip from Manasquan, NJ to Staten Island, NY

New Jersey to Staten Island

Overall, another successful journey.

That is, if you overlook the lack of communication, the yelling, the fighting and the scary weather.

But how boring would this blog be if I only told you about the good stuff???

Stay tuned.

Next stop: New York City!

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  1. for, it looks like fun so far! Have a safe trip to NYC!

    • Thanks, Tony! Will do.

  2. Love the post Rev. Have to chuckle about you getting “Reved up”. Every leg of the journey brings new challenges, but pretty soon this will all be “old hat”. New York Harbor and the Lower Hudson will be spectacular as viewed by boat! The Verrazano Narrows Bridge will be the introduction to so many things to see and enjoy. Great pictures to fill out the story line!

    • Thanks, Rus! We are really looking forward to our next trip.

  3. What you said. I see no boredom here!! So now on to more excitement!

    • Yay!

  4. I love watching you and hearing about your adventures. Enjoy New York City. It’s amazing!!!

    • Thanks, D’Ann! Will do.

  5. What kind of sea life are u guys seeing? I love whales! Great travels! love your posts!!

    • Hi Maggie! We have seen dolphins, a shark, and a whale so far. It’s really incredible seeing them out in the ocean and not at a zoo or Sea World! So weird. Anyway, we are so glad that you are going along on this trip with us. 🙂

  6. “When I found out that Sam hadn’t put the batteries in the headsets”
    OMG, LOL that is sooo funny, too much!

    Love youz guyz,
    The “Fortunate 2”

    • Can you believe that? You should hear how he describes what happened in the YouTube video that we made (coming soon). He takes absolutely NO responsibility for his actions!
      Love you, too!


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