Co-Captains Log – August 14, 2016. Sandwich to Wareham… and Kylie gets a Sleepover at a Friends cottage

Air Temp: 39 c with humidity
Water Temp:  77f
Wind: 20 km W
Clear skies

Departed Sandwich at 12:14pm

This morning, after some boat work. Wifi searching and dog walking, we all headed to the Glass Museum for a 9:30am opening.

It was already hot out So we stopped for iced coffees enroute.

Walking to the Glass Museum
Walking to the Glass Museum

The Museum was very well curated, with some interactive exhibits, a glass blowing demo and a wide assortment of glassware. To keep the kids engaged, they have a scavenger hunt which ends with a prize (glass marbles). I love this, as it had the kids looking at all the interesting glass. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 14, 2016. Sandwich to Wareham… and Kylie gets a Sleepover at a Friends cottage”

Co-Captains Log – August 11, 2016. South Bristol (Christmas Cove) to Biddeford

Air Temp: 19.5c
Water Temp: 65.4f
Wind: calm
Foggy

We departed Christmas Cove at 6 am after Mini-Wheat and I took the kayak to shore.

At 12:15 we stopped at Grand Beach and anchored in about 8 ft of water, about 100 feet from shore. The beach stretched miles and was beautiful. We all paddled to shore for the afternoon and enjoyed the surf, sun and sand.

Grand Beach
Grand Beach

Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 11, 2016. South Bristol (Christmas Cove) to Biddeford”

Co-Captains Log – August 10, 2016. South Brooksville to Christmas Cove

Air Temp: 17.2c
WaterTemp: 65.4f
Wind: calm
Partly Cloudy

We departed our mooring at 6:04am with our first stop planned for Port Clyde, ME.

Port Clyde reportedly has a well stocked general store with a private dock we can tie to. We need groceries (the kids feel we are starving them) and we haven’t had easy access to a grocery store since Shelburne, NS.

The general store in Port Clyde wasn’t as fully stocked as I had hoped and it was expensive. Therefore we grabbed a few things for tonight and then looked around the town for a bit. It’s very touristy here and there are apparently a lot of artists in the area.

Sorry, we forgot to take pictures of the town, I think because it was starting to rain, but here are some of a car Spencer and Doug liked. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 10, 2016. South Brooksville to Christmas Cove”

Co-Captains Log – August 9, 2016. Bar Harbor to South Brooksville

Air Temp: 11c
WaterTemp: 67.2f
Wind: 0
Clear

Departed Bar Harbour at 6:55am

We untied and were on our way back through the crab pot maze! The docks we were tied to last night were the noisiest, clangy, bangy docks I’ve ever been on. Overall, I’d never stay here again. It just didn’t seem worth the dollars, but Bar Harbor was nice and I’m glad we stopped to check it out.

Crab pots
Crab pots

Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 9, 2016. Bar Harbor to South Brooksville”

Co-Captains Log – August 8, 2016. Seal Cove, NB to Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

Air Temp: 15c
Water Temp: 60.9f
Wind: 4 km NW
Clear
Departed Seal Cove at 3:38am

This morning it was still dark out when we untied from the fishing boat we were rafted to. We wanted the tidal currents in our favour, therefore we wanted to leave just after high tide so we could run with the current all the way out. So…. 3am it is.

Navigating in the dark. Using our radar
Navigating in the dark. Using our radar

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Initially I sat up on the bow to be lookout because we knew there were some fish farms that we needed to get past. But soon, Doug called me in and turned on the radar which was an easier, (more reliable) way to ensure we were not near anything. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 8, 2016. Seal Cove, NB to Bar Harbor, Maine, USA”

Co-Captains Log – Aug 7, 2016. Westport, Brier Island, NS to Seal Cove, Grand Manan Island, NB

Air Temp: 17.3c
Water Temp: 59.7f
Wind: 11km W
Clear
Depart West Port at 8:10am
Tide: Low 9:15am, High 4:21pm

We’ve been using a book called ‘The Complete Cruising Guide Down East Circle Route’ by Capt. Cheryl Barr to get information about playing the currents on the St Lawrence and here around the Bay of Fundy. We also use it for information regarding potential ports along the way. Although the port info is not as detailed as the Ports books I am used to for the Trent Severn Waterway and Lake Ontario it has been very useful for this trip. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – Aug 7, 2016. Westport, Brier Island, NS to Seal Cove, Grand Manan Island, NB”

Co-Captains Log – August 4-5, 2016. West Head to Yarmouth.

Air Temp: 13c

Water Temp: 58.6f

Wind: 5knots SW

Departed West Head at 6:55.

August 4, 2016

We left West Head harbour just before 7am which is great as it makes the trip feel short for the kids. It was a pretty rolly passage and I think everyone was up in the cockpit once they woke up as its better if you can see the horizon.

Lighthouse when entering into Yarmouth
Lighthouse when entering into Yarmouth

We pulled into Yarmouth and tied up just after noon. It looks like they are preping for a festival this weekend.

We went for a walk uptown to see what was around and to find a store selling hard-drives (we had a storage disk that stopped working and we are running out of photo storage space).  Doug found an electronic store on google maps so we headed there. It was a mix of electronics, (old and new) collectables, movie and game rental and other random things. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 4-5, 2016. West Head to Yarmouth.”

Co-Captains Log – August 1-2, 2016. Brooklyn Marina to Shelborne.

Air temp: 19.8c

Water:  64.7f

Wind: 3kn N

Clear

Hightide: 7:51

We decided on a fast breakfast this morning, cereal, so we could get going underway.

Ooh My! Jube Jubes in your cereal Douglas?
Ooh My! Jube Jubes in your cereal Douglas?

Captains note: Yes, all the main food groups, Red, Orange, Yellow. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 1-2, 2016. Brooklyn Marina to Shelborne.”

Co-Captains Log July 30, 2016. Halifax to La Have

Air temp: 22c

Water: 66.2f

Wind: 11km / N

Mostly cloudy

This morning when we got up we went to the farmers market which is on the Halifax waterfront.  Because it was Saturday morning there were lots of vendors and lots of produce.

Sun Rise this morning on way to Farmers Market
Sun Rise this morning on way to Farmers Market

Continue reading “Co-Captains Log July 30, 2016. Halifax to La Have”

Co-Captains Log – July 28-29, 2016. Liscomb to Halifax

Air temp: 16c

Water temp: 66.2f

Wind:  8km SW

Fog

Departed Liscomb at 6:15 arrive Halifax 3:53

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Today is our longest passage yet.  103 nautical miles.  In the Fog. Again!

We were up and ready to cast off at 6:15am.  We ran fast (20-22knots) for about 2.5 hours today to shorten the trip time a bit. We were still on the water for over 9 hours.  Thats Long!!!

We saw some seals early in the passage then at 11:25 we pulled a foil “get well” balloon from the water, but otherwise, it was pretty uneventful.  The fog finally lifted at about 11am.

We arrived at the Bishops Landing wharf on the Halifax Waterfront at 3:53pm.  After a brief confusion finding our slip – they had our boat name as Acadia (my cell phone signal was crappy when I called to reserve) – we got tied up, cleaned up and then headed out for dinner at a little Italian restaurant called A Mano, which was right at the waterfront.  It was delicious. Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – July 28-29, 2016. Liscomb to Halifax”