When we first got our boat, it was in Florida
I had some friends with me for the first half, but then they left and my wife could not leave work. so it was a slow boring trek up the ICW
But once I got to Norfolk, it looked best to go off chore to Cape May and then again to NYC
That was hard. I discovered i really couldn't stop before Cape May, but I got there.
then the next day, i stopped in Barnegat Bay, OK so far.
Next morning I had to leave at 5:00 a.m. to make the currents at the Verranzano Narrows and Hell's Gate.
It was foggy. Very foggy. Vsby was about 100 feet, 30m.
I was concerned, but never thought of not going. I would follow my previous track and I had the radar
which I had a good idea of what it showed or did not show.
Leaving the Inlet, the winds had built seas of 6 to 10 feet.
I'm bouncing up and down, but not really concerned until I look at the depth
finder and see it going to zero in the troughs of the waves.
It was a shallow inlet.
Now I was worried. Terrified. I have never been more scared, knowing that the boat would not survive being slammed into the hard sand.
I didn't know what to do. I was sure i was on the same track as I had taken the day before, but I had not had to deal with any waves.
Seeing the depth sounder
go to zero, I knew I only had two feet of offset extra and the next 12 ft wave would destroy us.
I looked around, hoping to see an answer. Right, left or straight? I had remembered only that the inlet was deeper on the north side or so I thought.
I look up; look around and 100 feet to the right I see a fishing
boat thru the fog
passing on my beam.
I swung the wheel
hard right, got behind that fishing
boat as he disappeared into the fog
. the depth
went back to normal, maybe 10 feet.
i followed the fishing boat on the radar
staying directly behind him for 20 minutes until we were out of the inlet and I turned north to home.
Since then, 12,000 miles later, this was still the worst time I have eve had, I've had worse weather
, winds and seas. I have been miserable for hours and days, BUT the boat has never been at risk like that morning.
I always think that the worst part of being alone is not having a mind mate.
Someone to bounce ideas off of or suggest something l did not think of such as, why don't we just call the USCG and ask them what side of the inlet to be on???