Captains Log – July 31 2016 – Lahave to Liverpool (Brooklyn Marina)

Stardate 94184.57

Air Temp: 24.2c

Water temp: 67.2f

Wind 7km N

Clear

There’s isn’t a lot to do in Lahave, so we didn’t spend a ton of time here.

When we arrived last night we had dinner and then went for a walk to the north to see the cable ferry and what else might be around. There is the odd art gallery, but they were closed by the time we arrived.

In the morning I went for a run to Fort Point about 1.5km south of the Bakery to check out the lighthouse museum. I was never much of a history buff as a kid, but it is interesting reading about some of the rich history in the area. Some of it dating back to the 1600’s from what I have read so far.

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The lighthouse.
The lighthouse.
Beautiful landscape for a morning run.
Great scenery for a morning run.

When I got back to the boat, the bakery was open, so we bought another half dozen butter tarts for the road, and I took some 360 photos of the shop as there are a lot of interesting things to look at in this old building.20160731_084850

Next stop is Brooklyn Marina in Liverpool, but first we’ll make a detour to Crescent Beach to look for some real sand on the ocean.

Great scenery for departure.
Getting ready for departure.

We ended up anchoring out 2-300 feet from shore in 7 feet of water. We arrive around 11am and there were a few dozen vehicles parked along the beach similar to Daytona. The beach is all white sand which is awesome!

I brought out the paddle boards so Spencer and Kylie could head to shore.

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TL and Ryanna stayed on board to read and draw. I joined the other two on shore with the GoPro and we took turns catching some surf. It was a light offshore wind when we arrived, so the waves weren’t huge, just some gentle swells breaking along the shore.

Around 1400, the winds shifted to onshore, the tide was on it’s way out and it started getting quite choppy, so we headed back to the boat for lunch and then hauled anchor to head to Liverpool.

The passage was fairly calm until later in the day when the waves were hitting us on the beam, and it was a bit rolly for the last hour or so. As we arrived at the Brooklyn Marine harbour you could see a couple of old Navy vessels that had been decommissioned and were being dismantled for scrap. You can see in the photo how much higher the ship is sitting in the water due to all of the weight that has been removed so far. The pulp and paper plant behind the ships is unfortunately closed.

Out of commission ships for scrap.
Out of commission ships for scrap.

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We were getting low on water and food again, so we needed to find a grocery store. Chatting with a couple of locals to get directions, one of them graciously offered us a ride to town. (I unfortunately didn’t catch his name, but thank you again for the hospitality!) Liverpool is a fairly small town, but had a couple of grocery stores, a hotel, a Dairy Queen and a McDonalds. We hit the grocery store for provisions and headed back to cook dinner.

After dinner we met one of the locals, Hugh, who was quite a character with a ton of interesting stories about being at sea and working on ships. He’s a very funny guy! He also introduced us to a couple that were traveling by sailboat from Mass. and planning to explore the east coast for the summer. Bert and Louise invited us aboard for a drink where we shared stories for the next few hours. You meet the most interesting people while traveling! If you are ever in the Toronto area, please feel free to contact us. It would be great to keep in touch.

We hit the hay around midnight, which is late for us lately. We will see what time we roll out of bed in the morning. Tomorrow we are off to Shelburne were we will need to fuel up as we are getting low. Too much high speed traveling lately!

Chow for now!

 

Author: Doug Law

A technology professional currently taking a three month sabbatical, doing the Down East Loop, aboard a 36 foot Express Cruiser, with his family.

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