Our visit to Wooden Boat ended in a very special way. We had a morning visit from the crew of the American Tug Ancient Mariners, which had also spent the evening at Wooden Boat. Always interested in something new and different, they came by in the morning to see our Tug. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Days 13-14 – Merchant Row & Isle Au Haut
After three nights in Camden we were ready to shove off and explore. The weather was not playing our game. As we returned to the boat from walking the dogs in the morning, still tossing about different destination options, the fog settled in as thick as ever. Our last choice was to stay one more day to wait out the weather, but several phone calls later we knew that was not an option: Camden was booked solid. We had to go. Fog or not. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Days 10-12 – Belfast & Wooden Boat
After a pleasant evening in Boothbay we dropped the mooring pennant at about 10:00 am and headed out of the bay in the warm, sparkling sunshine. For about 20 minutes. Then the fog descended. We had about one boat length of visibility for about 42 of the 45-ish mile trip to Camden. Thank goodness for excellent electronics. And for Rody’s diligent watchstanding and x-ray vision goggles.
After two days in Boston, we were ready to roll. Monday dawned clear, dry, sunny and calm. We were at the Mystic Marine fuel dock, right next to the Charlestown Marina, at 7:30 am, easy and fast in-out, less expensive than Harbor Fuels, and a 10-cent discount for Sea Tow members (which we are not 🙁). We were on our way by 8:00, and took a gander over to the Boston downtown waterfront with the city as a backdrop. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Days 4-5 – Annisquam River, Isles of Shoals, Boothbay Harbor
Otherwise known as The Gale That Didn’t Happen.
Actually, it did blow out of the north and east pretty hard, especially on the Rhode Island south coast where Block Island saw sustained winds of 40 knots for much of the afternoon on Saturday. Here in the Boston area it was gusting towards 30, and it appeared to be slightly less than that in Provincetown. We probably would have been fine in Provincetown, but no matter: we had a great time in Boston and are very glad the weather pushed us this way. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Days 2-3 – Boston
We left our slip at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, RI at 1:30 pm Thursday, July 27 under gray skies and occasional showers, with a gale brewing for the weekend. Our 2017 Maine Cruise has begun. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Marion & Boston – Days 1-2
Spencer Drake, our broker from East Coast Yacht Sales (the American Tug dealer for the East Coast and Great Lakes) had been trying to get down from Maine to Rhode Island for some time to see our boat. When he finally was able to make the trip, we suddenly had to be out of town so we missed him. It’s very sad to miss an opportunity to show off our new boat, but alas, it wasn’t to be. We told Spencer to have a look without us.
Spencer had a surprise for us!