Having had a very convivial time in Newport we left with less enthusiasm for Fisher Island; our one night stop before heading down to Port Jefferson. Fisher Island is a 7 mile long and 1 mile wide island that is the retreat of the mega wealthy……..Celebrity is not enough to own a place here! We dinghied ashore to find a locals’ bar and discovered that there was only the American Legion open at this time of the year………a sure spot to find locals! We were welcomed by Big Lou, Mike and Rod who bought us a drink and filled us in on the island.

Fishing, which gave the island its name, is now almost dead and most islanders now work for the absentee mansion owners or at the golf and country clubs and the small airport that serve the wealthies’  needs. We later learnt that transient yachties are not usually welcomed ashore! Completely the opposite of our experience.

Aiming for an early start is always an invitation to the gremlins that lurk! We upped anchor and were on our way when the sea water that cools the stopped spurting out of the exhaust. We dropped anchor and Marcus spent half an hour clearing jelly fish out of the inlet and filter. Luckily, the same thing had happened while we were in the Scillies, so having spotted jelly fish floating by earlier we had a good idea where the problem lay! After 9 hours of motoring on a windless, hot and sunny day we pulled into Port Jefferson for the night.

The following day we set off for Port Washington, but as ever our plans changed when we picked up Bandersnatch on the AIS. Jan and Norman were heading for Oyster Bay, so we diverted there to meet up with them………and what a great decision that turned out to be!

One of the 'Cottages' on the way into Oyster Bay.

One of the ‘Cottages’ on the way into Oyster Bay.

 

Bandersnatch at anchor in Oyster Bay.

Bandersnatch at anchor in Oyster Bay.

 

Once anchored, we got talking to a couple on the boat nearest to us and by the evening we had Jan and Norman and our new friends, Hans and Basia on board IK for a very convivial dinner.

Basia and Hans

Basia and Hans

 

It was a great evening and by the end of it, Hans had offered us the use of his New Jersey marina mooring while they were away for three weeks!!

The following morning we went over to see Hans and Basia and take a look at Chimera, a 40ft double ended cutter rigged sloop, built in Taiwan a couple of years older than IK and with the same solid construction and interior teak………a boat we would have definitely snapped up!

The offer of the slip was still on, (not just the wine talking!) and it turned out to be ideally placed next to the ferry with a five minute ride across to Manhatten. It’s amazing how wonderfully generous fellow yachties can be.

Farewell to our new friends on Chiamara.

Farewell to our new friends on Chiamara.

We moved on with the tide in the morning around to Port Washington. After a great night and wonderful steak meal aboard Bandersnatch in Port Washington and a quick provisioning trip to the super market, we caught the tide again to arrive at Hell Gate on the East River,

On the way down th East River we passed this prison ship. Not the image of NYC that many tourists get to see!

On the way down th East River we passed this prison ship. Not the image of NYC that many tourists get to see!

 

Shooting down through Hell Gate at 11.6 knots!

Shooting down through Hell Gate at 11.6 knots!

with the current sweeping us down at 11 knots towards New York and towards our home for the next 3 weeks in Hudson Point Marina.

Our slip at Hudson Point, looking across at the very spot we said goodbye to Gaia on her way across the ocean, back to Denmark.

Our slip at Hudson Point, looking across at the very spot we said goodbye to Gaia on her way across the ocean, back to Denmark.

 

Since our arrival we have had parts shipped here for the outboard……(always a problem when we don’t usually know where we’ll be for any period of time)…..walked miles, been on a city tour by bus, walked miles, entertained and met up with Jenni and Cristian’s friends from Columbia, walked miles,  played boules, went to a ‘speak easy’ with Cara and Andrew, welcomed Hans and Basha back to their dock, done a lot of sight-seeing and spent a fortune!!

As pictures paint a thousand words, here are some of the photos of our time in New York.

Helicopter airport on the south shore of Manhatten.

Helicopter airport on the south shore of Manhattan.

 

Amazing sculptures in a children's park in the Financial district.

Amazing sculptures in a children’s park in the Financial district.

 

money, money, money

…………money, money, money

 

We took a two day trip of the city on an open top 'hop on hop off' bus. A Big Bus like ours, by one of the steam system vents near Times Square.

We took a two day trip of the city on an open top ‘hop on hop off’ bus. A Big Bus like ours, by one of the steam system vents near Times Square.

 

Nice job if you can get it!

Nice job if you can get it. And you get a good pension and healthcare plan!!

 

 

Duke Ellington memorial near Central Park.

Duke Ellington memorial near Central Park.

 

The High Line that we walked with Cara last visit; this time from the bus.

The High Line that we walked with Cara last visit; this time from the bus.

 

Andres and Laura enjoying Central Park and Andres new iPhone 7!!!

Andres and Laura enjoying Central Park and Andres’ new iPhone 7!!!

 

In Central Park.....Trapped as we passed, Marcus endures a brutal massage!!

In Central Park…..Trapped as we passed, Marcus endures a brutal massage!!

 

$10 for the privilege of being pulled apart.

$10 for the privilege of being pulled apart.

 

The Empire State Building. As we're only going to do this once we got tickets to go to the very top!!

The Empire State Building.
As we’re only going to do this once we got tickets to go to the very top!!

 

Sunset from the top of the Empire State Building

Sunset from the top of the Empire State Building

 

Just after sunset and the lights are coming on.

Just after sunset and the lights are coming on.

 

Not a job Marcus could have done......his hands sweat just looking at the photographs!

 

The 9/11 memorial with the Oculus Center in the back ground.

The 9/11 memorial with the Oculus Center in the back ground.

 

The 9/11 memorial south pool. A very moving memorial with the names of all those who died inscribedon the surrounding wall.

The 9/11 memorial south pool. A very moving memorial with the names of all those who died inscribed on the surrounding wall.

 

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

 

Tour bus headphones tied to Brooklyn Bridge fencing. I WOZ 'ERE!

Tour bus headphones tied to Brooklyn Bridge fencing. I WOZ ‘ERE!

 

The new with the old near Wall Street.

The new with the old near Wall Street.

 

Boules in Bryant Park, just behind the Public Library.

Boules in Bryant Park, just behind the Public Library.This is Janke about to play!

 

Our day out taking the youngsters sight seeing by water! Up the East River and up to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Our day out taking the youngsters sight seeing by water! Up the East River and up to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Andres and his new love......his iPhone!! and Laura on our day out.

Andres and his new love……his iPhone!! and Laura on our day out.

Anres, Laura and Janka enjoying their sight seeing tour by water.

Anres, Laura and Janka enjoying their sight seeing tour by water.

Capt. Janka

Capt. Janka

Capt. Andres.

Capt. Andres.

Capt. Laura.

Capt. Laura.

The real Captain.

The real Captain.

Jenni's lovely Cara in the Speak Easy, Long Island City.

Jenni’s lovely Cara in the Speak Easy, Long Island City.

As you can see we had a wonderful time. Three weeks on a pontoon, a mere spit away from transport into the Big Apple!!

On Thursday, we moved to the empty slip next to Hans’s and welcomed Chimera home. We spent two days entertaining and being entertained by Hans and Basia before it was time for us to part. We have made two new good friends and we hope they will keep an eye on the blog and join us along the way.

How Lucky were we !!!!???

Hans and Basia leaving for the airport. Back to Arizona for them and off to Cape May for us.

Hans and Basia leaving for the airport. Back to Arizona for them and off to Cape May for us.

Good bye Liberty!

Good bye Liberty!

Parting shot of NYC

Parting shot of NYC