Kris Cringle

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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    I've been in Rockport Mass (the lesser Rockport ) and Maui is right! It took a couple tries just to get into the Cats Cradle they call moorings but once strapped into place, it was fun. Here's the dog looking at cat cradle: Rockport Me.(the Greater), you can set your auto pilot to 000 off Owls Head, 6 miles away, and go below. When you hear voices, your close to hitting the fisherman docks in the inner harbor. We're a funnel with the mouth open to the South with a fetch that starts in Africa, or maybe South America.
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    Coolboats to admire

    SONNY in Rockport Harbor. A couple of small, low maintenance (no varnish) woodies. A bright Albury skiff cruising the harbor in the heat wave.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    It's been almost 10 years since, but we've anchored in the area BJ marked. We dragged the anchor once when the wind piped up. The area was weedy. But we've also spent several good nights there. We always row and that is a good row but pleasant as there's lots to see. We've also anchored in one of the 'holes' up the channel. That was very protected, great swimming and access to an island beach (far from town). The best nights we've spent on Nantucket were all the way up the channel to the basin at Head of the Harbor. Amazing place! We spent a couple of nights, the only boat in the large pond. Last I knew it was off limits, but I'd probably go up there again. On a rising tide it was pretty easy navigation on the chart plotter.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I'm no scientist of shaft packing,... But I think you're ok with what you have. I packed my new shaft last season with typical teflon impregnated flax (Hamilton Marine). I used the teflon grease additive as directed. Not moving the boat after splashing isn't an option for anyone in my area. Trailer or travel lift, you splash, you motor away. It's hard to get a drip with this packing and grease. Plus as the transmission warms up, it warms the shaft and stuffing box. I've yet to tighten the box on the new shaft from last season, which I left with the shaft easy to spin, no friction from the stuffing. The only way I know it's dripping at all is I can feel the moisture on the lower edge of the box. Plus I'm getting a bit of a discolored spray around the coupling which looks like a mixture of seawater and the lube. I don't have a gun thermometer but the box feels hot after running, but it's damp below. This stuff works very well to about eliminate bilge water and maintenance.
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    Hard dinks, nesting dinks, and why we like them

    The Pudgy nails it.
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    Hard dinks, nesting dinks, and why we like them

    The Shellback is Joel Whites sports car dinghy, at least compared to his Nutshell dinghy, a large 9'6" pram design, which I would call a utility vehicle. The Shellback is faster under oar or sail with it's longer length, finer ends and slender shape. But it's tender,...for a tender, and doesn't tow as well as the Nutshell. Here, with the oarsman in the forward rowing station and a passenger aft, you can see the limits of the finer ends (wineglass stern). Whites Nutshell (pram) on the other hand stays trim in this mode (2 passengers - oarsman forward station) and doesn't drag its arse. The compromises in tenders are fascinating, to me.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    I knew you would say that on the water temp, coming from the Ches. I've been launching some docks I built this week on a lake in my neighborhood. I won't swim in cold water so I've been in the water to cool off (it's been record heat here the last few days hitting 90 inland). With sweat completely soaking my clothes (brutal heat and humidity for Maine), the water temperature in that lake is right on the threshold of losing its refreshing quality. Once I get those docks launched, we're headed out for 3 weeks on the boat. We can't wait.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    For sure, once the water 'warms up'. That happens earlier in the the season these days as the Gulf of Maine warms up faster than 99% of the worlds oceans. Late afternoon yesterday, about a half a dozen people were jumping off the public docks. The air temp was still in the high 80's. I have a pool thermometer on the boat as we do a lot more swimming off the boat these days than we did in the last couple of decades. I'm not one that likes cold water and don't go until I see the mercury hit 70. Usually, the water warms up in the backwaters of creeks and reaches off the bay. Plus, the state of the tide will effect the temps. during the day. Low tide here means the water had extra time to warm up. But even in our harbor which is just a cleft in the rock rim of Penobscot Bay, the water has touched 70 in 2020, before August. Just this week I saw the buoy just off Portland read 70. On the shark, they report is actually 20 yards, 60 feet,... But Maine coast, especially down around Bailey Island, is generally 'bold', meaning, you crush you bow pulpit before you run aground. Plus she was wearing a wetsuit which some think makes you look more like a seal. Go bare, it's safer.
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    Cell coverage in Penobscot bay

    We've had Verizon for years living on Penobscot Bay. Reception is improved out in the bay (and into MDI area), in the last 2.5 years. Not perfect, you can't get data in a few places but dead zones are fewer. Text will almost always go through, in time, in those out of the way places. I can usually get a data signal in most places, strong enough to do 'business', if I need it. I don't think there is a carrier with perfect reception.
  10. It's the first I've heard of it but I'd tell friends to avoid the Easypass lane if warranted.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Yes that is a great shot. If you use a long lens you can compress the buoys. Conversely, with a short lens they spread apart. The reality is somewhere in the middle. Jericho Bay is the worst in density, toggles start in Eastern Penobscot Bay. Relief for me is to sail. Once the prop stops spinning, I can relax. This was last season in Jericho Bay. I'll steer around most but a few, slide along the length of the hull. You hear them scraping and thumping below. They pop out of the wake with a loud "whoosh", instantly followed by a sharp "thud" as they hit the dinghy bow transom. Sail, sail, sail. Best defense for lobster buoys.
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    First (and hopefully last). Pan. Pan

    I've never had to dive to cut off pot warp in 30 years of coastal Maine sailing. Most were Hooked under sail, pretty easy to get untangled then). 2 long keels/prop in aperture helps (ok, my son went overboard ONCE). But I have had to dive - twice - to cut away the dinghy painter. The second time, about 30 years after the first, was just two seasons ago anchored off Jewel Island in Casco Bay, returning from Southern NE(I remember both incidents vividly). This is only important in that, apparently, it takes me 30 years to become complacent again with the dinghy painter. I'm relieved that vivid incident #2 will be my last.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    With more than a dozen crossings of the Gulf of Maine: The easiest legs - on me and crew - were all under sail. They were also the longest, in miles, and usually the fastest in time. Don't be afraid to fall off the rhumb line and let the boat run fast and smooth, even (especially) to windward. One of our fastest legs was straight into a South breeze that started at 5 to 10 and ended at 15+ at the mouth of the canal. My boat doesn't point as high as newer, but it likes to crack off into a comfortable gallop. Unfortunately, the majority of the crossings were done mostly under power. Short, noisy, boring, more stressful, amazingly long in time.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    I'd stretch it late into fall, but we're New Englanders and like the cool weather. I would like to be heading toward the Chesapeake in early to mid October, along the coast. The first time we sailed in the Chesapeake decades ago, from Vermont, was November. It was downright balmy for us, we were in the Caribbean from there on.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Too little time, but go for it! We've done the opposite, Maine to Buzzards Bay in two weeks several times. Your plan is even more challenging so: Head right to Penobscot Bay. No stops, if you're going on the outside. The whole coast is a bowl so the distance doesn't change much as you point your bow more East. Penobscot Bay as your destination will put you in the middle of the best cruising ground on the coast of Maine. Once there, you can head off in any direction, under sail, even if conditions are dicey outside. If your adamant on your schedule, keep in mind the old Downeast adage: One day sailing east takes 2 days to return. Having said that, we've had some of our best sails across the Gulf of Maine heading south. Maybe you'll be lucky. Good luck!