Esmeralde is on the move. So are the fall gales, just like last year.
October 12 – 15, 2019, Days 0 – 3
Portsmouth, RI – Stonington, CT – Mamaroneck, NY
Thus begins our Winter Cruise 2019 – 2020. It will generally be a re-run of last year’s trip down the ICW to Florida, across Lake Okeechobee, along the Gulf Coast then down the the Keys. We will stop at some of our favorite spots from last time, and also add as many new destinations as we can. There is plenty to see and do. And, of course, it is a great way to get away from the New England winter cold, ice and snow. Continue reading Here We Go Again!
It was our first experience at TrawlerFest. American Tug was an Exhibitor at the Stuart, Florida, show and asked Esmeralde to be there for the event. We were apprehensive as the event approached, but we had a great time!
Days 142 – 148, March 4 – 10 2019
Our itinerary since leaving Key West on February 17 was loosely geared towards getting the boat to Stuart in time for TrawlerFest in early March. TrawlerFest is a six-day event sponsored by Passagemaker Magazine. The event includes a lengthy list of seminars presented by seasoned industry professionals designed to offer educational opportunities for those contemplating the trawler lifestyle, or for those looking to improve their experience and knowledge. It also includes shore-side exhibitors and an in-the-water boat show featuring — wait for it — trawlers! Continue reading We Survived TrawlerFest!
Crossing the Gulf of Maine by trawler is different from doing it by sailboat. First, we can go faster. Second, we’d really rather not do it at night because of the lobster pot issue. Third, you can’t — wait for it… — sail. It’s motoring the whole way.
Our Tug is really comfortable motoring at seven to eight knots. Most of all, the noise level is acceptable and can be tolerated for long periods of time. It’s the ‘happy place’, as long as you don’t need to get somewhere fast. Continue reading Maine Cruise 2018 – Gulf of Maine to Boothbay
When we cruise, we rarely plan more than a day ahead. And even when we do plan, we usually change our minds. That’s how we got to Scituate.
Figuring out how to get to Maine is always a puzzle, especially with two dogs. We sit with our iPads calculating the distances and times for different runs and argue the pros and cons of countless alternatives. On the sailboat(s) we generally did the straight shot overnight, either from Provincetown or directly from the Cape Cod Canal. With the Tug, it’s different. Continue reading Maine Cruise 2018 – Scituate