Category Archives: Cruising

Got Heat?

So, you want heat…

When we ordered our American Tug 395, we were aware that the boat comes from the factory with two different versions of climate control.  “West coast boats” are delivered with a single small air conditioning unit that includes reverse cycle heating capability, plus a separate Webasto diesel hot air furnace. “East coast boats” come with three air conditioning units that have reverse cycle heat, but no diesel heating system. Both boats also include a pair of King electric heating units. As we intend to take our boat south, the additional air conditioning capacity of the East Coast boats was something we need.  However, we also cruise in some pretty cold and damp conditions, so heat is important to us. Continue reading Got Heat?

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

Maine Cruise – Days 22 – 24 – Muscongus & Boothbay

We have only cruised through Muscongus Bay once before, almost 20 years ago on our the first Esmeralde, the little Able Whistler 32.  I remember it as being a little bit of a hairy experience.  It was thick thick thick fog, we were navigating with a new GPS, and the screen was indeed a chart, but it was about 2″ x 3″, black and white, and didn’t have a lot of pixels.  We didn’t have radar.  How things have changed.  Continue reading Maine Cruise – Days 22 – 24 – Muscongus & Boothbay

Maine Cruise – Days 20 – 21 – Rockland

We set out from Buck’s Harbor with a typical Maine forecast: FOG.  Make that RAIN and FOG.  It was clear enough getting through the harbor entrance, but then it socked in thick and stayed locked-on.  While I’ve done this for days on end in a sailboat, often with nothing but a dodger for some shelter, I can’t help but admit that being in a warm and dry pilot house was rather civilized.  Two large nav monitors, radar zoomed in, zoomed out.  And a Very Big Horn.  It was not a bad ride.  As usual, the lobster buoys commanded rather intense focus and tracking the numerous lobster boats cruising around like drunken flies was challenging, but in the end, Maine is Maine and FOG is part of the territory. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Days 20 – 21 – Rockland

Maine Cruise – Day 19 – Somes Sound & Bucks Harbor

After four days in Northeast Harbor and enjoying much that Mount Desert has to offer (including a lot of lobster!) we cast off from our town mooring with no particular destination in mind, other than to begin to nudge west again.  We were still a little nervous about Pepper’s health so wanted to keep ourselves within reasonable access to a vet. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Day 19 – Somes Sound & Bucks Harbor

Maine Cruise – Days 15 – 18 – Northeast Harbor & Mt. Desert

After our visit to the wild woodlands of Isle au Haut, it was time to head back to civilization.  Off to one of our favorite hang-outs, the home of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, and also home of the spectacular Acadia National Park and the tourist mecca, Bar Harbor. Continue reading Maine Cruise – Days 15 – 18 – Northeast Harbor & Mt. Desert

Maine Cruise – Days 13-14 – Merchant Row & Isle Au Haut

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