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    Enjoying the inter-glacial while it lasts...

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  1. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Your boat is stunning.
  2. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    In Boothbay. Arrived this afternoon after aailong up from Block. Averaged 8.0 over 260+ NM. Was short and steep with the waves on our quarter pushing us along but making the a/p work overtime to keep us straight. Going to wait out Isaac at the dock.
  3. Dr Scott Piper, a CCA Award winner with several hundred thousand miles had avJ160, Pipedream. He loved it. Thot it was perfect
  4. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Kent, I oversimplified. I do have a lot of reading and am sorting through all of the user manuals, memos to boat files, maintenance logs and similar. There are also some fabulous books onboard related to topics on maintenance, hull strength and one book on metal yachts etc. Am deep into reading. I have months of work to do but feel comfortable doing coastal trips. BJ, thanks for the chart. Will look for the red area if when we go. I think I can find a spot somewhere.
  5. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    My daughter plans to put a go pro in the cockpit. We're never going to monetize our adventures but she may find it amusing to do a chronicle etc. On my way to REI to pick up an Inreach communicator. We have an EPIRB, LifeRaft and AIS PLBs but the InReach seems a good addition and will allow the wife to track us.
  6. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    They dropped a sensor in the water and hull etc and found no evidence of electric current being released. Big relief. Glad to know that I don't own a very heavy battery.
  7. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    The Perkins engine alarm went off when I was motoring the boat after a weekend cruise. The water temp and oil pressure appeared to be ok so I shut off the ignition switch to stifle the alarm. The yard tells me that I might have created an problem for the alternator with no way to displace the energy with the switch off. Waiting to find out. Am hoping that there was a device on the regulator which saved my bacon. I did check when I arrived at the dock and ran the engine with the ignition and alarm both on. The Victron app on my iPhone showed that at least one of the two alternators is functioning. Fingers crossed. Should hear back soon. The A/C or shore driven Grunnert system is working but we're still waiting to hear whether the engine driven holding plate system will hold the vacuum etc. There was a problem where the pressure controlled compressor switch is not activating, yet. I vaguely understand but need to become more saavy/edumicated on the details of the systems. Still like drinking from a firehose.
  8. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Just subscribed to the 'Pro" Predict Wind service and have been using the iPad app. It's very interesting. Now we are leaving Sat for Block. Spending the night (most likely) and then leaving Sunday at a time that puts us near Bar Harbor area in the morning and with reasonable tides etc. Looked at the dock rates in Nantucket. Not only are they all booked, the rates are $12.50/ft. Way too rich for me. Not happening. If I can't get a mooring ball, am assuming that it's out of the question to try to find room to anchor in the harbor? Where does one get an honest assessment of the viability of finding space in various anchorages in NE? Active Captain only gets u so far. IMHO.
  9. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Haha. Not going to try to land or release a shark larger than my dink.
  10. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    My daughter is finishing GWU this fall ,and wants to sail with me to the Caribbean this winter. She’s done some blue water sailing but needs more experience as do I . There will be the same four on this trip as the delivery. I want us all to get more offshore me together and this presents a chance to sail 300NM non stop and test the crew while being able to bail at most points except outside the cape. before we leave we’ll do mob drills, learn sea clock locations etc. Am now wondering if I should sail past block out East and then just turn north? This let’s us test the crew and boat with many options to bail out before getting to Nantucket Shoals. If I have any doubts at all, we bail and wait i can leave Sun, Mon, Thue and am thinking about an evening departure. All tide and WX dependent. Speaking of which. Forecast looks good for winds but the lightning storms over several days worries me. What are ur thoughts? Should I pay for weather guidance? If so who? Have rigged a temp setup for Nav in the cockpit with a b&g Zeus 3 9” and vhf/AKS transponder combo to add to the existing Furuno 1835 radar. bought 4 is mob devices. We have all 6he offshore safety gear (raft, Epirus, ditch bag, hydraulic rig cutter, sea anchor etc.
  11. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Would you recommend fishing around Monomoy Shoals on an outside sail? What might be biting and any rig recommendations?
  12. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    https://www.bostonsailingcenter.com/bsccruisingguide/itineraries/itinoutside.html This was helpful. Sobering.
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    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

  14. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    According to Navionics, the difference in distance from my origin to Penobscot Bay entrance is less than 10% (256 vs 283NM) between transiting the Cape Cod Canal or sailing to ACK and then outside the Cape around Monomy Shoals. We want to sail offshore distance to practice for longer voyages and to get to know the boat better. She’s 52’ and 48k lbs. We have a liferaft and appropriate saftey and survival gear. Not too worried about 1-2M swells but need to better understand what people mean by “rougher” and also need more of info regarding the other hazards (e.g. shoals, rocks etc.). Thots? Suggested reading?
  15. Student_Driver

    Sailing to Maine. Outside Route

    Skip Nantucket. Agreed. Will read you blogs also. Thanks BJ