We left Camden after a pleasant visit. We were sort of smelling the barn, feeling like it was time to head home, but we left ourselves room to tweak our plans — as we always do.
It started out a clear and calm day, with the threat of rain and thunderstorms later on. Good for making tracks. We were under way by about 10:00 am, after walking the dogs, grabbing a few last minute items and French & Brawn, hoisting the dinghy and taking on fuel. The fuel would help us keep all options on the table as we contemplated pushing south. Continue reading Maine Cruise 2018 – Retracing Our Steps to Home→
It’s so familiar to us now, having cruised the coast for four-to-five weeks pretty much every year for the last twenty years, that the thrill that awaits first-timers has worn off. We almost didn’t make the trip this year because it just didn’t hold the grip on us like it has in the past, but somehow, we still went.
We do love Maine. This year, our approach was a little different from previous years. We kept it simple. We catered to the needs of the dogs and crew more than the need to explore and create adventure. It might seem like a boring cruise to some, but for us it was visiting comfortable spots and keeping the thrill-factor to a minimum. Maybe we’re getting older. Continue reading Maine Cruise 2018 – Tenants Harbor→
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→
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→
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