Captains Log – August 17 2016 – Niantic to Port Jefferson

Stardate 94229.66

Air Temp:  26.7c
Water Temp:  82f
Wind:  5km S
Pressure:  101.6 kPa rising
Scattered Clouds

Today was a long haul with one false start and a second late start around noon. We are heading from Niantic to Port Jefferson for a night before heading down to Manhattan tomorrow. We had a heavy westerly wind that had been blowing all night running against the tidal current. This was creating big choppy seas on the nose.IMG_9403

Around 10 am the wind in the bay had settled down substantially, so we decided to give it a go. About 7 knots into long island sound the waves were 1.5 to 2 meters so we turned around and went back where we came from. Traveling with the waves and wind wasn’t nearly as uncomfortable. If you get just the right speed, you can almost surf along with them. Continue reading “Captains Log – August 17 2016 – Niantic to Port Jefferson”

Captains Log – August 16 2016 – Block Is. to Fishers Is. to Niantic

Stardate 94226.93

air 26.7C
water 82F
wind 5kn S
pressure 101.6 kPa rising
scattered showers
T.O.D. 8:00

It started out with a leisurely passage between Block Island and Fishers Island… and then three US Navy patrol boats showed up…

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Co-Captains Log – August 15, 2016. Wareham to Block Island

Air Temp:  25-30c

Water Temp:  87.9f

Wind 7kn NW

Departed Wareham, Massachusetts at 9:08am

This morning when I got up, Mini-Wheat and I went for a walk.  Then, after she wouldn’t go further then 100 feet from the boat, I put her back onboard and went into the village to get some coffee.

At 8:30am Kylie’s friend’s family came to the dock to drop her off.  She had an amazing time with them last night.

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We are so thankful for their having her.  Doug gave some tours of the boat, then at 9:08 we untied and were on our way to Block Island, Rhode Island.

From what we have read, Block Island is a very popular cruising ground.  The New Harbor Moorings are normally filled by 10am but later in the day the Harbour master will begin filling the private moorings too.  So we hope we will be able to get a mooring, otherwise, we will anchor.  (Some of the things I have read state anchoring in not the best here due to poor holding and dragging.) Continue reading “Co-Captains Log – August 15, 2016. Wareham to Block Island”

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”

Captains Log – August 13 2016 – Isles of Shoales to Sandwich via Cape Cod

Stardate 94218.72

Air Temp:  19c
Water Temp:  67.2F
Wind:  9km E
Pressure:  101.3 kPa rising
Clear Skies
Departed Isle of Shoals at 8:50am

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How to take a dog ashore while traveling by boat… or not.

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Captains Log – August 12 2016 – Biddeford to Isles of Shoales

Stardate 94215.98

Biddeford to York (for Provisions) to Isles of Shoales
Checked engine oil – both full
Air 21C
water 78.4F
wind calm
Pressure 100.9 kPa
Tide High 7:19      Low 13:16
T.O.D. 7:20

Excitement for the day – Lobster pot slalom – 20160812_085909It started out with the usual morning rituals, take the dog for a walk, make coffee and breakfast, check the weather and winds for the day at our current and destination locations. All looks good!  Another perfect day on the boat! For the full story… Continue reading “Captains Log – August 12 2016 – Biddeford to Isles of Shoales”

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

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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”