Second Season Start

April 27, 2024 | 3 minutes

Splashdown Peregrine splashed at 8 AM on Friday, April 26th. It’s nerve wracking to see the boat hanging in the slings. This is only overpowered by the suspense of seeing if the boat has sprung a leak during the winter when it’s dropped in the water. Thankfully, everything went fine. Even better, the engine started on the first try! Antifreeze coming out the exhaust Back to Port Washington The next day, my dad and his brother (my uncle) joined me to take Peregrine from Jersey City back to Port Washington.

2024 Winter Projects Part 2

April 26, 2024 | 3 minutes

The second half of the winter carried on exactly as one should expect. I found a bunch of unexpected problems and ended up doing totally different projects than I planned at the outset. The Bilge: Redux I never understood why one of my batteries was shot; instead, I just replaced them in the last post. Well, there are no mysteries on the boat, and problems never solve themselves. I discovered that my electric bilge pump was trying unsuccessfully to pump water.

2024 Winter Projects Part 1

January 15, 2024 | 6 minutes

Between the holidays and some time off in between jobs, I got to spend a significant (for me) amount of time working on Peregrine. I was very thankful to have Peregrine in Jersey City. It was also weirdly surreal to sit on a boat, in a parking lot, with high rise apartments around you and a view of the World Trade Center. Peregrine in a parking lot At the start of the winter season, I wrote down a list of projects to work on.

Journey to the Hard

October 28, 2023 | 5 minutes

The rest of the sailing season was kind of a bust. It rained 7 weekends in a row. It was so bad that the Times wrote about it. I did manage to take some coworkers out with me which was pretty fun, although Peregrine did also carry its first seasick crew member, on my watch. While not directly related, I started to notice some sewage smells when we were going over some waves, but I didn’t have time to investigate.

Shackle Me Timbers

August 25, 2023 |

One thing (of the many) that my dad noticed when on Peregrine was that the square steel bolts at the transmission that hold the propeller shaft could very well come loose. The same thing could also happen to the anchor rode shackles. I bought some steel “seizing” wire from McMaster-Carr: Round Bend-and-Stay Multipurpose 304 Stainless Steel Wire, Matte Finish, 1/4-lb. Spool, 0.041" Diameter 8860K15 I did a mediocre job of seizing the transmission.

Party Time

August 18, 2023 |

We had some friends in town, so my wife and I took 3 people out with us for the day. At 5 people total, this is the most we’ve fit on Peregrine. I think we could’ve comfortably fit 2 more. The weather was perfect: mid 80s and like 10 knots of wind. We sailed out to Execution Rock and then anchored by Barker Point to swim for a while. On our way back, I stupidly let the jib furler line fall in the water.


August 6, 2023 | 3 minutes

My dad was still in town, so he joined my wife and kid for a day out on the boat. As has become a theme, there was no wind. We motored out to the Sound. The boat seemed quicker, thanks to my barnacle scraping. On talking with my dad, I realized I’d probably been running the engine too slow, too. The max torque for my Beta 16 HP is at 2600 RPM, and I’d been running at 2200 RPM.

Captain's Captain

August 4, 2023 | 3 minutes

My dad was in town, so we went down to the boat. He recently got back from sailing from Baltimore to Charleston to Bermuda and back to Baltimore on his 40 foot yawl. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about sailboats. We didn’t take the boat out; instead, I had a list of things that I wanted my dad’s help with on the boat. We crossed some items off and uncovered other items:

Kid Turning Point

July 30, 2023 | 2 minutes

The other times that my wife and I have brought our kid to the boat, it’s been… difficult. The kid gets bored on the train, doesn’t like wearing his life jacket, wants to get off the boat the moment he gets on, and so on. Today was… different! We had a great train ride, there were no life jacket complaints, the kid was fairly occupied while sailing, and he even fell asleep on my wife for almost an hour.

First Friends

July 28, 2023 |

Today was the first time bringing non-family on the boat. Two of my Data friends who had never met each other joined me on Peregrine. One met me at Penn Station. The other met us on the train in Queens. The conditions were objectively terrible. It was over 90 degrees out, and zero wind. The conditions were so calm that we spotted a sailboat that didn’t even bother to anchor while a bunch of kids swam off the boat.