"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

Friday, July 16, 2010

Avalon, NJ.

The ICW in New Jersey has very shallow water, they say if you draw less than 4 ft you should not have any problems.  Sales & Nails draws 2' 8" so we should of been fine, but we weren't.  Halfway to Atlantic City we hit bottom in the channel and kicked up black muck, and shortly after we noticed vibration. OK, new plan .  Pull into the next marina that we spot with a travel lift and have the boat hauled to check the props and shaft. That is how we arrived at Avalon Pt. Marina. The good news is it was only a slightly bent prop, no problem with the shaft.  They put our spare props on and sent the other ones out for repair.  They would be back by Friday.

Avalon has many beaches on the New Jersey shore, Avalon is a borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, on Seven Mile Island. The town is one of the most affluent communities along the Jersey Shore and is home to some of the most expensive real estate on the east coast. In 2007, Forbes listed Avalon to be the 65th most expensive zip code in the United States.

On this trip I am constantly amazed at the kindness of the people we meet, and Avalon was no different. Rich & Mary have their boat in the slip across from where we were docked, and Cheryl & George were in the boat next to them.  Both couples were very welcoming, and invited us to go to dinner with them.  It was a fun place called Windrift, they had live entertainment, 2 guys on pianos playing songs from the 60's thru the 80's. 

Rich & Mary had 2 cars at the marina, and gave us the keys to one for our use while we were there.  It was great, we ran some errands, and spent the afternoon at the beach. So a big "Thank You" to Rich & Mary and Cheryl & George for making our stay so enjoyable.

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