Day 13 – Peterson’s Boat Yard in Upper Nyack

Sept, 2-3rd, 2008

Peterson’s Boat Yard – Black Diamond’s home for the next 2 months.

I received a reasonable quote from Peterson’s Boat Yard, to repair the damage to the bow, from the incident in the locks. I decided to haul Black Diamond out of the water and store her on land, in order to avoid marine growth and salt-water damage. The yard is secure and gated, so I decided this would be a very safe place to keep the boat. Once out of the water, I power-washed the hull, inspected the keel, (no problems, considering we touched bottom a few times on this leg of the trip). Peterson’s is also going to change my oil, and re-apply some bottom paint to the hull. Black Diamond will be ready to go when I return with the crew in end October, for our ocean passage to Florida.

 



I spent two days getting the boat ready for storage on land, I pulled down the full enclosure canvas, emptied the water tanks and the fridge, cleaned the bilge, tuned the rigging and other little duties.

One of the evenings in Nyack, I went for a walk through town (one of the nicest little towns we stopped in, so far). It’s only about a 20 minute drive from Manhattan, and just one bridge away from the George Washington Bridge. On the main street there are many beautiful colonial homes that belong to professionals who commute to Manhattan for work, but live in the little town of Nyack.

Walking through town I found dozens of nice restaurants, little cafés, antique and gift shops. I decided to stop at this little Mexican place for dinner. Their special on Tuesday’s was $2 tacos and $2 Mexican beers. After looking through the menu, I decided to order, a shrimp tostada, with Salvadorian slaw, smoked jalapeno cream, salsa and guacamole (prepared fresh at your table with spice to taste). I noticed some other interesting choices on the menu: Cuban fries, dusted with cumin, Yucca steak fries, served with spicy mayo, BBQ sauce and banana ketchup. I have never seen anything like this in Cuba, I’ll have to ask Jarold our very talented designer from Cuba about this. Then I topped it all off with Mexican fried ice cream! Now you can see where I get my figure from (remember, I was eating alone!).

After tending to all the boats needs, I caught a flight out to Calgary to meet with our Client West Jet, and finally back to Toronto the next day.

I am home for now, until October, when I return with the crew for our off shore passage…..

Ed Radonic

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "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 cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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