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Maine Cruise – Day 25 – Portland & Portland Veterinary Specialists Emergency Clinic

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Emilie B

Pepper was still not great in the morning, so we needed to get him to a vet.  We got an early start and headed for Portland, 35 miles away.  On our way out, we waved goodbye to our new friends on Emilie B.  It was a beautiful, clear, calm sunny day and we had a quick, easy run.  We were in Portland before noon.  On the sailboat it would have taken more than five hours in good conditions.  It took us three and a half.  That’s what 480 horsepower will do for you. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Day 25 – Portland & Portland Veterinary Specialists Emergency Clinic

Putting Her Back Together

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Floating for the first time on the East Coast.

The boat finally arrived at New England Boatworks on Thursday, June 8 at about 12:30 in the afternoon.  Thanks to the quick response by our driver, Alan, and the NEB travel lift crew, she was floating by 1:20.  After so many delays getting her here, including a 10-day stint at a truck stop in Maryland waiting for permits, this quick splash was a welcome relief.  She was very dirty from all the road filth, but aside from that and a few superficial scrapes from tree branches and other flying debris, she was in great shape. Continue reading Putting Her Back Together

Newfound Gap: The Great Smoky Mountains

One of our favorite rides on our trip south is the trip over Newfound Gap across the Smoky Mountains. It is different each time we do it.  This trip the ride was punctuated by the damage left by the November fire. It was above freezing when we left Riveredge Campground in Pigeon Forge, but the temperature dropped quickly as we climbed towards the peaks and it started to snow.

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The Smoky Mountains On Fire

This past November, right after Thanksgiving,  I was watching the morning news and a quick alert flashed across the screen about fires in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. It caught my attention because we love the Smokies, we love Gatlinburg, and we even have a certain affection for the craziness of Pigeon Forge (ever heard of Dollyville?)
A day later, the wildfires in the National Park had exploded into a full-blown emergency and flames were licking at the mountain village Gatlinburg itself. The town was evacuated.  Vacation housing and resorts in the area were at risk or, in several cases, consumed by fire. Continue reading The Smoky Mountains On Fire

We Have a (Partial) Deck

Today we received a picture of the deck and superstructure just out of the mold.  Only one pic, not much detail, but it’s something.  We’re not even certain when it came out of the mold, although we assume it was yesterday-ish.  We hope for better images and construction reporting as the project trundles along.

Meanwhile, we are still hammering out a lot of smaller details.  The Newport Boat Show is coming up this weekend and the East Coast Yacht Sales demo boat will be on display at the show.  I suspect we will be spending a lot of time there.

The Infection That Wasn’t

The story of my “infection”.

Saturday morning three weeks ago I woke up and said to Dorsey, “I think I have broken my toe.”

As per standard “Real Man” operating procedure I ignored it that day. The next day, Sunday, it was red, warm and it hurt a lot so I went to the emergency room. They took X-rays and said, “it isn’t broken, it’s infected.” I was sent home, told to keep the foot elevated and prescribed oral antibiotics. Continue reading The Infection That Wasn’t