NYC to Florida Provisioning.

Day 2 – NY to FLA Provisioning.

We flew in Sunday morning from Toronto. We rented a car and drove to Petersen’s Boat yard just north of the Tappanzee bridge where the boat rested on the hard since our delivery south from Toronto at the end of August. If you need any work done on your boat, minor or major, this is the place to get it done, they took excellent care of our boat, and the staff is top notch with customer service. If you need to store your boat, short term or long term the fees are also reasonable.

We spent a few hours just getting the boat ready; putting up the full enclosure, setting up the safety equipment, washing the decks, and organized the inside of the boat. We ordered a Storm JIB, Life raft and a solar panel on-line in the US, and had them shipped down to the boat yard, this saved Canadian Customs and taxes.

Cezary and I hoisted Peter up the mast, we adjusted the top spreaders, and tightened them up. We threaten not to let him down, but he did not care much, he actually enjoyed it up there.

Black Diamond at Petersen's with Peter up the mast.

Black Diamond at Petersen

Peter working on the spreaders.

Peter working on the spreaders.

Then it was off to the grocery store for provisioning. This was a very scientific process. Cez and I went in, loaded two grocery carts, while Peter slept in the car. Actually, we bought 150 bottles of water, and other liquids, snacks foods, lots of fruits & vegetables, apples, bananas, peaches, mangoes,  tomatoes and onions. We want to make sure we don’t get scurvy! We have enough steaks for two dinners plus hamburgers, sausages, stir frys, cold cuts, pizza, ready made chicken soups, clam chowders, cheese, bread, buns, cereals, dry fruits and nuts, milk and whole lot more. Have a look at the pics.

We should have rented a larger vehicle

We should have rented a larger vehicle

Enough food for ya Pete?

Enough food for ya Pete?

$550 bucks later and we shall be on our way….This should last us about 4-5 days. We plan to pull into port further down and re-supply.

UPDATED: We completed to journey to Florida, 5 days 3 hours, possibly a cruisers record. We found that we had enough food for about 8-9 days on board. We ended up donating the perishable items to a less fortunate person we found in Jacksonville, Florida.

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 [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Roxane Radonic says:

    These photos of provisioning the boat are hilarious! I actually laughed out loud.
    It is even funnier to see the serious looks on Peter’s and Cezary’s faces standing next to the trunk.
    Just wondering, is it really warm in NY? I noticed that Peter went up the mast with no shirt on!

  2. Glenn says:

    Good luck guys, fair winds and good luck – keep the dry side up!

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