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21 minutes ago, accnick said:

All is well that ends well. 

You want to arrive at the canal with at least two hours of positive current left.

Great.  I'll arrive with plenty more than that. Thanks. 

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It's good to see you are carrying on with enthusiasm, we have had to wait for repairs/parts/waking up on several occasions, and it can be a really disheartening feeling if you get too many in a row. You're doing really well so far. 

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Not too far from you, we’re currently in Hadley Harbour, but with these north-easterly winds you wouldn’t have been going very far anyway, so you’ve not really lost much, if anything other than a few boat bucks, getting the prop fixed. The forecast is finally for S or SW winds just in time for you to continue.

Good luck with the rest of your trip! Headed up to Maine ourselves in a couple of weeks.

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9 hours ago, Ajax said:

 

Too late and foggy to head for Onset now.  Flood begins at 0724.  The damn canal is only 7 miles long. I don't *have* to arrive right at the start of flood do I? 

 

Hell no. The canal nazis want you to be through in 2 1/2 hours, but this. like so many Corp of Engineers regulations is punished usually by a wagging finger.  I have been yelled at for a lot of things by them over the years.  Of greater concern is the run up the bay in a foul current.  It can seem interminable.  Mass Bay is currently  foggy as my thinking. Might be a good day for a leisurely hop to Onset to position yourself for the canal Thursday.  You can buck the foul current tomorrow.

One of my favorite canal stories is back in the early 80's, on one of my first solo deliveries, I misread the Eldridge and arrived at the railroad bridge at max foul current.Sneaking up the Northern shore, which is quite shear except for a couple of rocks I knew about, I got my bow out in the current a little and thus went under the bridge three times in one transit, forward, backward and forward.

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10 hours ago, Ajax said:

Fixed. The vibration is gone. Cost me $150.  The diver is just...really busy. He takes on every flippin' job that comes his way. He did say that the cutlass bearing does show some wear. I'll replace it in September when I haul out for maintenance.

Too late and foggy to head for Onset now.  Flood begins at 0724.  The damn canal is only 7 miles long. I don't *have* to arrive right at the start of flood do I? 

I could arrive at 9am and exit the canal in an hour and still not reach max flow. That's 3 hours after the start of flood. I'm 20 miles away and let's say I can make 6 to 6.5 knots. I could get underway at 4 or 5am and arrive in time to catch the magic carpet, right?

Yes, whatever, keep going, we are depending on you to be Victorious in your endeavor! :-)

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Watch for whales when you get off Stellwagen and Jeffreys Ledge (should you go that far West).  Apologies for the soggy weather

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8 minutes ago, Elegua said:

Watch for whales when you get off Stellwagen and Jeffreys Ledge (should you go that far West).  Apologies for the soggy weather

!

I haven't seen sun since Shinnecock!

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51 minutes ago, Ajax said:

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I haven't seen sun since Shinnecock!

Visibility was about 1/2 mile here in WLIS last night. I have a "follow this to get home" route programmed in my GPS and last night was the first time I used it for the intended purpose. 

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3 hours ago, jsaronson said:

At least the wind is behind you!

by Friday you should have sun.

I am hoping because we are racing to Provincetown from Marblehead that day.

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Just now, ChrisJD said:

Nice!  Hope Mr. and Mrs. Ajax snag a reservation at Primo tonight to celebrate.

Unstoppable, nice going. Is she with him? Weather looks perfect for the sleep of the dead that will start shortly,... 

 

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54 minutes ago, Kris Cringle said:

Unstoppable, nice going. Is she with him? Weather looks perfect for the sleep of the dead that will start shortly,... 

 

That sleep is such a good feeling.

Get in, pick up a mooring, put on the mainsail cover, have a drink, and crash. Welcome to Maine, Ajax. You done good

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Wife drove here. We'll hit Primo while we're here.  

The marine life that I've seen in the last 30 hours... huge ray,  giant sunfish (mola mola?) Sea lion,  and something that I don't think were dolphins. 

That narrow pass in deep fog was a real challenge. 

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19 minutes ago, Ajax said:

Wife drove here. We'll hit Primo while we're here.  

The marine life that I've seen in the last 30 hours... huge ray,  giant sunfish (mola mola?) Sea lion,  and something that I don't think were dolphins. 

That narrow pass in deep fog was a real challenge. 

Mussel Ridge Channel. It always seems to be foggy there.

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I'd like to lodge a complaint.  The weather this week is terrible. Did you guys forget to pay the Sun bill this month?

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2 minutes ago, Ajax said:

I'd like to lodge a complaint.  The weather this week is terrible. Did you guys forget to pay the Sun bill this month?

It has been an odd summer  in Maine. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of nice, sunny days we’ve had since we came up from Florida in mid-May

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Seen on a place mat in a tourist trap restaurant: Don't begrudge the fog; if only you were as free to come and go.

I don't know about Maine, but up the coast a bit (further down east?) we figure you're not really safe from the fog until late August/early September.

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2 hours ago, Ajax said:

I'd like to lodge a complaint.  The weather this week is terrible. Did you guys forget to pay the Sun bill this month?

Ah no, it’s summer, we pay a heating bill. 

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12 hours ago, accnick said:

It has been an odd summer  in Maine. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of nice, sunny days we’ve had since we came up from Florida in mid-May

We don’t have summer. We have summah. Typical week is two days of 90 degrees and a million percent humidity, two days of 50 degrees and rain, two days of 70 and foggy, and one that’s the best day you will ever have in your life.

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We're heading out shortly.

Sailing, looking for critters then anchoring off Monroe Island, we will land there with the dinghy. That scene where King Arthur finally landed at Castle Augghhh! and was taunted by the French keeps running through my head.

"God be praised!"

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On 7/13/2021 at 12:49 PM, accnick said:

changing a prop underwater is not a trivial job.

On a boat like the Ranger 33, with the right tools swapping props is about as challenging as changing a tire. There is no reason to ever haul a boat for a prop removal and I when I say that I'm talking about any sail or powerboat owned by anybody reading this. 

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34 minutes ago, fstbttms said:

On a boat like the Ranger 33, with the right tools swapping props is about as challenging as changing a tire. There is no reason to ever haul a boat for a prop removal and I when I say that I'm talking about any sail or powerboat owned by anybody reading this. 

I’d have to disagree in some cases, depending on the boat and the prop. On my last sailboat, I had a 3-blade Maxprop that required disassembly to remove. The chance of losing parts was significant If it was done underwater. 

I always lap a prop on the shaft before installing, to minimize vibration. That is only practical with the boat hauled.

When the yard pulled the prop on my powerboat last fall—I had it re-pitched and reconditioned—it was not easy to get off. I would not have wanted to try that underwater.

Divers here charge about $125/hour or more, with a minimum 1 hour charge, and half-hour increments after that.

You can do a short haul on a 34-footer for about $225 in and out and up to 3 hours in the slings. 

A mechanic at our yard is $85/hour.

Yes, you can save a bit of money having a diver do it in many cases, and on a smaller boat, it makes sense if you have a diver you trust.

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18 minutes ago, accnick said:

I’d have to disagree in some cases, depending on the boat and the prop. On my last sailboat, I had a 3-blade Maxprop that required disassembly to remove. The chance of losing parts was significant If it was done underwater. 

Well, I have only pulled and installed Max Props underwater maybe 50 or 75 times. 100% success rate and zero lost parts. Is it a job that just any hull cleaner can do? Maybe not. But it ain't rocket science and in fact, if you ask them, PYI will recommend to you a diver qualified to do it.

 

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3 hours ago, loneshark64 said:

We don’t have summer. We have summah. Typical week is two days of 90 degrees and a million percent humidity, two days of 50 degrees and rain, two days of 70 and foggy, and one that’s the best day you will ever have in your life.

And black flies! Don't forget those jolly little dudes.

Do black flies make it out to anchorages?

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3 minutes ago, Diarmuid said:

Do black flies make it out to anchorages?

More of a daytime issue. Mosquitoes provide the nighttime entertainment.

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1 hour ago, fstbttms said:

Well, I have only pulled and installed Max Props underwater maybe 50 or 75 times. 100% success rate and zero lost parts. Is it a job that just any hull cleaner can do? Maybe not. But it ain't rocket science and in fact, if you ask them, PYI will recommend to you a diver qualified to do it.

 

You’re the right kind of diver to get for the job. 

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1 minute ago, accnick said:

You’re the right kind of diver to get for the job. 

i actually changed props on Hawk in the water a couple times - including putting a max prop on.  My main prop was an autoprop - they had a safety recall, and then later I had a seal go - had the max-prop on board as a spare.  I would only want to do the max in nice clear water, but the autoprop was dead simple.  I did stand 'upside down' with my feet on the hull in order to get enough leverage on the prop puller nut.

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15 minutes ago, cyclone said:

More of a daytime issue. Mosquitoes provide the nighttime entertainment.

And like home, we have had few mosquitos for the last 2+ seasons(Me. has been in a drought). We've spent a couple nights on the boat with no screens.

 

The best thing is, no browntail caterpillar/moths on the water.Their toxic hairs have been like the plague to some of us that are outdoors a lot a long the coast. 

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1 hour ago, Tucky said:

Congratulations Ajax, nice trip. Hope to run into you at some point.

I just sent you an email. PM me if you don't rcv it. 

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Bravo to Ajax!

Coming through Muscle Ridge channel past Owl’s Head and seeing Penobscot Bay open up in front of you (in the unlikely event it’s not foggy) is one of those rather special moments in the course of one’s life. Can’t get enough of that!

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So, is this typical weather for summer around here?  I am sitting in Menemsha, in the fog and the forecast looks like rinse and repeat for the next week.  Is Maine any better?  We are planning to head up next week.  The inside of the boat just gets more damp and it looks like no end in sight.  Any tips for minimizing that?  We don’t have A/c or a genset to run a dehumidifier (if I had one with me).

I wanted to cruise New England to try to get out of the heat snd humidity of the Chesapeake but that is not working out so well...

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28 minutes ago, T sailor said:

The inside of the boat just gets more damp and it looks like no end in sight.  Any tips for minimizing that?  We don’t have A/c or a genset to run a dehumidifier (if I had one with me

https://www.eberspacher.com/products/fuel-operated-heaters/air-heating/airtronic-d2
 

pretty easy install, Chinese knockoffs online are pretty cheap 

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Even in Maine, I would think running the diesel heater to 'dry out' the boat in the hot, muggy, summer weather would not be an option. Here in foggy Nova Scotia, I just live with the damp until the sun comes out...then its open every hatch and port and let the breeze do the drying. Come September, the heater is definitely the way to go.

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This is not a normal patch of weather, fog in July in Penobscot Bay is normal, but not constant. All the forecasters are remarking on the rain and wet.

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23 hours ago, CapDave said:

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Southwest Harbor this morning. We just finished an intense four days of boat projects, maybe we can see Somes Sound today??

Same around the corner in NE yesterday. We did have a nice day (Monday?) earlier in the week, and I took my nephew and his family for a spin up Somes Sound and back for a couple of hours.

Weather was good enough to run from the flying bridge, which we rarely do.

No fog this morning , but gray and overcast.

Flat calm . Good powerboat weather.

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9 hours ago, T sailor said:

So, is this typical weather for summer around here?  I am sitting in Menemsha, in the fog and the forecast looks like rinse and repeat for the next week.  Is Maine any better?  We are planning to head up next week.  The inside of the boat just gets more damp and it looks like no end in sight.  Any tips for minimizing that?  We don’t have A/c or a genset to run a dehumidifier (if I had one with me).

I wanted to cruise New England to try to get out of the heat snd humidity of the Chesapeake but that is not working out so well...

Well,  we're out of the heat...

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9 hours ago, T sailor said:

So, is this typical weather for summer around here?  I am sitting in Menemsha, in the fog and the forecast looks like rinse and repeat for the next week.  Is Maine any better?  We are planning to head up next week.  The inside of the boat just gets more damp and it looks like no end in sight.  Any tips for minimizing that?  We don’t have A/c or a genset to run a dehumidifier (if I had one with me).

I wanted to cruise New England to try to get out of the heat snd humidity of the Chesapeake but that is not working out so well...

No this is not a very good July so far. Wet and overcast. People around town a week or so ago were all saying “we needed the rain” but now they aren’t.

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1 minute ago, loneshark64 said:

No this is not a very good July so far. Wet and overcast. People around town a week or so ago were all saying “we needed the rain” but now they aren’t.

Still need it. The air feels damp but the soil is still dry. Couldn't it rain at night?

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1 hour ago, Jim in Halifax said:

Even in Maine, I would think running the diesel heater to 'dry out' the boat in the hot, muggy, summer weather would not be an option.

We’ve burned more fuel in our two diesel heaters since arriving in Eastport June 8th than we have burned in the engines! The last two days is the first time I haven’t started the morning by switching one or both on. The temperature difference between harbor and onshore can be over 20 degrees. Doesn’t get too hot floating in water in the 50’s. 

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3 minutes ago, Ajax said:

Planning next destination. 

Thoughts on North Haven? 

Yes. Pulpit Harbor. It can get crowded on weekends, but the schooners often sail in, and it’s a lovely harbor. Be aware that the schooners often anchor in the middle to have swinging room.

it’s a good introduction to Maine cruising.

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19 minutes ago, CapDave said:

Somes Harbor this morning

 

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Odd. That same Pacific Seacraft 40, or its identical twin, has been on a mooring near me in NE Harbor for the last few days.

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30 minutes ago, Ajax said:

Planning next destination. 

Thoughts on North Haven? 

I second Pulpit. Knowing Though, Sunday is a rain out and winds are light today, I'd consider going into the Thoroughfare and spend the night on a mooring from Browns. Be aware we couldn't get a mooring last weekend. Not because of boat traffic, the reason was that Foy Brown hasn't gotten all this years launchings sorted out. 

There is an anchorage just to the east which is the same only a couple hundred more yards to row (or motor). 

You can spend some time in 'town' in the rain. Calderwood Community center will be open. Coffee etc. Pleasant place to watch the rain, good wifi etc. There's a couple galleries open now that have interesting local work. Small market. Calderwood Hall is serving casual dinners, Nebo Lodge is more involved (but just steps away) but also has a night bar and outdoor area. And a local brewery right there: 

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Sorry about the weather! Crikey, we were planning to go out overnight but the rain tomorrow is sure. Not a problem if you're on the boat and prepared, quite another thing to be getting on and off the next day

 

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Thanks @Kris Cringle

Plan is go out looking for marine life today,  explore Owls Head park and lighthouse and do laundry while it's raining tomorrow. 

Monday,  Pulpit Harbor or North Haven.  The trick is finding someplace to park her car.  

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4 minutes ago, Ajax said:

Thanks @Kris Cringle

Plan is go out looking for marine life today,  explore Owls Head park and lighthouse and do laundry while it's raining tomorrow. 

Monday,  Pulpit Harbor or North Haven.  The trick is finding someplace to park her car.  

I don't believe there is a parking ban except in winter but you may not want to risk that? We don't worry about our unlocked cars here but there's more potential in more populated Rockland. Is there long term parking around the public ferry landing? Maybe Knights Marina would rent a space? Nice to have a car there right now! You guys know how to do it. Lots to see and do. 

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Our plan is to move on the boat at the end of next, week for 3 weeks, We'll be loading up the boat with some gear today. I also hope to change fuel filters, a task I've been putting off for,...now longer than I remember. :) This week sometime I'll do my annual fill up of the 80 gallon diesel tanks. I'm betting 35 gallons will be my usage for the last year. 

 

What's your boats name? We may be out for a few hours today and cross paths. 

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FYI, Tilson Ave in Rockland (the road to Journeys End marina) is no-limit overnight free parking in the section by the public bathroom.  The schooner guests frequently park there.  Ditto Camden out Washington St (past the fire station).

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Nice to have the boy around to run a stern line. We’re hiding out for the moment. 

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I’ve had people park at the public landing with no issues. 

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2 hours ago, Kris Cringle said:

Our plan is to move on the boat at the end of next, week for 3 weeks, We'll be loading up the boat with some gear today. I also hope to change fuel filters, a task I've been putting off for,...now longer than I remember. :) This week sometime I'll do my annual fill up of the 80 gallon diesel tanks. I'm betting 35 gallons will be my usage for the last year. 

 

What's your boats name? We may be out for a few hours today and cross paths. 

I'm heading into Rock port right now. 

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I have met the Legend, @Kris Cringle!

No wind today but I took the wife wildlife spotting and we were very successful.  A seal swam up to the boat! It was extremely mellow. We saw harbor porpoises. 

Our pursuit led us to Rockport. This village is like a beautiful painting come to life.  I cannot stress that enough.  So lovely.  As we approached the public landing,  I saw a man rowing a dinghy with those 2 superstar pups in his boat. Dead giveaway!  Kris and his lovely wife are very gracious.  

They directed us to Graffam's seafood for our lobster rolls. 

Kris' Jack Russell loves him and him alone.  Dogs love me but that little guy wasn't having any of my scritches. What a personality!

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41 minutes ago, Ajax said:

I have met the Legend, @Kris Cringle!

No wind today but I took the wife wildlife spotting and we were very successful.  A seal swam up to the boat! It was extremely mellow. We saw harbor porpoises. 

Our pursuit led us to Rockport. This village is like a beautiful painting come to life.  I cannot stress that enough.  So lovely.  As we approached the public landing,  I saw a man rowing a dinghy with those 2 superstar pups in his boat. Dead giveaway!  Kris and his lovely wife are very gracious.  

They directed us to Graffam's seafood for our lobster rolls. 

Kris' Jack Russell loves him and him alone.  Dogs love me but that little guy wasn't having any of my scritches. What a personality!

Excellent! You are starting to feel the real Maine I think. 

 

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13 hours ago, Ajax said:

I have met the Legend, @Kris Cringle!

No wind today but I took the wife wildlife spotting and we were very successful.  A seal swam up to the boat! It was extremely mellow. We saw harbor porpoises. 

Our pursuit led us to Rockport. This village is like a beautiful painting come to life.  I cannot stress that enough.  So lovely.  As we approached the public landing,  I saw a man rowing a dinghy with those 2 superstar pups in his boat. Dead giveaway!  Kris and his lovely wife are very gracious.  

They directed us to Graffam's seafood for our lobster rolls. 

Kris' Jack Russell loves him and him alone.  Dogs love me but that little guy wasn't having any of my scritches. What a personality!

Thanks! It was great to meet you and your wife at the docks.

Especially nice for me as my wife doesn't 'do' social media. 

Usually when I say, "....... a friend from the internet is dropping by", she says, "I'm out of here,..." 

She said to me after meeting you both, "they seem nice". No usual jokes about 'your axe murdering internet friends'. 

I can't believe the weather you're enduring. You both seem to take it in stride. 

The dog would have been friendly on the docks. The dinghy like the boat (the car, his house) are all areas he protects to the death. 

The master brings Alacrity into the public docks in Rockport.

Very few make it to Maine for a 'vacation' type sail, especially from this far south. 

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Thanks, Kris.  I'm sensitive to the manner in which you've posted photos to preserve a certain amount of anonymity so I've avoided posting any photos. They're for my personal memories.

Wow, sea life is hard! My boat looks terrible! I've kept the interior very clean but the exterior needs some serious attention. That scum line on the port side is due to the port list that drives the non-antifouled part under water. The cockpit and decks need a real scrub.  I'm flogging the original mainsail that came with the boat, preserving my new tri-radial so that also lends to the "Black Pearl" appearance.

Yes, I've discovered that I've bitten off a rather large piece of elephant, trying to vacation here from Annapolis. 6 weeks is barely enough. I've met many sailors flocking up here from Annapolis but they are retired and not bound by any restrictions. I also found out that the Salty Dog rally arrived here yesterday. Massive cruisers and catamarans, one is even from my little town.

Today is major rain. Tomorrow is cloudy but dry and the next day should be sunshine! Really looking forward to Pulpit Harbor. We found a safe place to park her car so we don't have to put her on the ferry over to North Haven/Vinalhaven.

Penobscot is vast. Far wider than the Chesapeake. The water is so deep right up to any obstruction. Sailing with the mountains in the distance, the cliffs nearby, watching the waves crash against them is incredible. It really conveys a sense of ancientness of the place. Eons of forces of nature wearing against each other. 

The water is so clear. I had 100' of rode out at Monroe Island and I could *almost* see the anchor.  I put my arms in the water to attach our polypropylene dinghy painter and got quite a shock from the cold. I told my wife- Don't fall in or it's all over.

I'm sorry to report that Primo is booked solid for the entire week.

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My boat was actually a New England boat long before it made its way to the Chesapeake. The previous owners started a cool tradition of recording their travels, which I have decided to maintain.  I cheerfully applied a Maine sticker to the mast yesterday. :)   I'm going to order one for Block Island as well.

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Back in the day, my uncle had a house on the Sheepscot River and a Rhodes 18 to daysail. He chartered boats a couple times, but he found the anguish of being fogged in somewhere with the meter ticking was too great. So he bought a Tartan 27. 

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Hope I didn't offend with the photo. As a 1961 fiberglass boat owner, all I saw in your topsides was a smooth ready blank slate for a days work and 2 quarts of enamel. My daughter and I would paint that before lunch. 

 

Our favorite in Rockland is 'In Good Company' on main street. Nice casual place with excellent food. 

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14 minutes ago, Kris Cringle said:

Hope I didn't offend with the photo. As a 1961 fiberglass boat owner, all I saw in your topsides was a smooth ready blank slate for a days work and 2 quarts of enamel. My daughter and I would paint that before lunch. 

 

 

If that’s the original green gel coat, I would go after it with some rubbing compound before pulling out the paint brush.

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No offense taken,  trust me. 

No,  that's 20 year old Awlgrip. I spoke to a previous owner who painted it. We like the green.  I'm thinking repaint it in green Alexseal. 

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4 hours ago, Ajax said:

Yes, I've discovered that I've bitten off a rather large piece of elephant, trying to vacation here from Annapolis. 6 weeks is barely enough.

We found going up to Alaska, that six months was just the beginning of a good start.

Currently thinking of a windward bash out Juan de Fuca Strait, maybe across the border down to Washington State (Neah Bay), then back up to the west coast of Vancouver Island...but how many weeks of escape do I have...

How is the trip south?  What little I know of the east coast is that the strong Gulf Stream runs S-N, and that the E coast is of course the W side of the larger N Atlantic gyre.  Does this mean that you’ll have mostly southerlies, headwinds, on the way back?

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6 minutes ago, Ajax said:

No offense taken,  trust me. 

No,  that's 20 year old Awlgrip. I spoke to a previous owner who painted it. We like the green.  I'm thinking repaint it in green Alexseal. 

I'll look forward to that thread with great expectations. I have a 51 year-old hull that had a Dupont Imron paint job twenty years ago. I am also contemplating Alexseal.

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9 minutes ago, Jud - s/v Sputnik said:

How is the trip south?  What little I know of the east coast is that the strong Gulf Stream runs S-N, and that the E coast is of course the W side of the larger N Atlantic gyre.  Does this mean that you’ll have mostly southerlies, headwinds, on the way back?

https://www.windy.com/-Show---add-more-layers/overlays?cmems,currents,40.909,-68.577,7,m:eQSaef0

 

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6 minutes ago, ProaSailor said:

I wonder what’s a good strategy for heading south?  Bash via motor as much on the inside as you can (after passing the coastal parts)?  Wait for a N’ly offshore?  Tacking offshore against a S’ly?

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I may go inside LIS to Sandy Hook.  The two coastal legs will be Maine to the CCC and New Jersey. 

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10 hours ago, Kris Cringle said:

 

 

Our favorite in Rockland is 'In Good Company' on main street. Nice casual place with excellent food. 

Another strong vote for “In Good Company’ in Rockland.  Dine early, rather than at ‘peak’ dining hours, to have a better chance at getting a seat. (There aren’t many)

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