Kris Cringle

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    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    What's the story with that interesting old building at the end of the road into BBY? We first stopped there over 20 years ago and something small (biz) was in it. It's an interesting building, I always hope someone will save it and use it. I agree about the general village area. Typical road development hasn't been kind to it. Great old library!
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    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    One of our favorite anchorages is off the Torrey Islands, just across the Eggemoggin Reach from Brooklin and Center Harbor. If you're a little reluctant to anchor, this is a good place. Great holding and fine protection, you can't miss here. We've spent several very comfortable nights here, nearly always alone, anchored in the big bight formed by the long island (there's room for a hundred boats!). We row over to Center Harbor YC or Brooklin Boatyard. It's a pleasant 15-minute row each way. If you have a motor you can't tie up at CHYC, they don't allow them because of damage to other dinghies. Either gets you on an easy walk into the small center. We come here for the solitude and the beautiful beach and bar. The whole island is open to public use, your kids will love it. Don't anchor just off the bar as it goes completely under at HW. Lobster boats actually pass over it for an hour or so. Here it is at low tide. You can walk across to other natural beaches in each direction. This is the sunset last season. If you look closely (click the pic for better resolution), you can see the Deer Isle Bridge on the right horizon. That's just a few miles off Bucks harbor. The EB White pull is strong around here. I just finished Chickens, Gin, and a Maine Friendship, a series of letters between EB White and a friend, in the '50s and '60s, put together into a book by his granddaughter, Martha (daughter of Joel), also a writer, neighbor, and friend. I'm sure Joel and EB spent more time than I on Torrey Island.
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    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    Anchors, they all work here. It's nice to have a wash-down hose as the mud is sticky. More on NE; our favorite hike, and kids love it, is right off the boat. There is a public dock on the NE side to tie your dinghy up for the day. From there you can go up a beautiful trail to Thuya Gardens (easy hike). The trail builders did masterful work with stone stairs and trail switchbacks that give you a view of your boat, all the way to the top. Pack a picnic. There are a few lookouts along the way the kids will love. Use one of these look out shacks for the picnic. There's an old preserved camp up there and of course, Thuya Gardens. If you're into gardens, a small hike from there will take you to Asticou gardens, a mixture of Japanese rock gardens and indigenous plantings with a zenlike walk around a pond. Best kept secret: You can tie up to this same dinghy dock with your sailboat. One side is left open (and marked) for two hours (no charge) to fill water tanks or take a quick hike up. There are other water docks at NEH but they're usually filled. This one spot is always open and after a week or two with a family on board, it's nice to hose the boat off.
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    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    That's a realistic plan. The strong Southerlies that can slow you down going west (home) don't usually last long and it's likely you won't have conditions slow you down much, in either direction. But when they blow hard out of the Southwest, that's no fun to head straight into. We sailed from Penobscot Bay to Mystic Conn. in 2018, and back, in three weeks. I didn't feel pressed. We spent many nights in old and new places and did a lot of sailing in between. BTW, I think sailing is tougher down in your region than ours. Too much wind! Bar Harbor isn't far from Northeast/ Southwest Harbor area, just a few hours. We anchored there years ago and found a nice spot away from the commercial traffic. In just a few miles, it's a different world in say, Sorrento etc. Plus, you can take the Islander bus to BH from anywhere in Acadia. It's about a 20 minute ride as I remember. You should spend a night on Little Cranberry Island, just a couple miles east of NEH. The town (Islesford) has several free moorings out and there also room to anchor. A great and beautiful harbor to explore by dinghy. Easy touring for kids and adults, a real island, a good small store, a couple tiny museums, etc. Night and Day compared to Northeast just across the sound. The harbor below is surprisingly snug inside. One trick for moorings in this area is to always arrive early. We've been going to popular NEH for over 20 years and have never been unable to get a mooring. Most places we anchor so it doesn't matter.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    The scary thing is, for the budding sailor/cruiser going to Youtube to learn, these are their teachers.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    It's good to get this info about Youtube. We watch regularly for PBS news, etc. But also travel, food, architecture, interesting places, etc. I'm not dead down there, but once somebody starts showing some skin for no reason other than to create a soft porn thumb, I'm turned off. There's nothing wrong with some skin if it makes sense in a story but I find it's a warning: This is junk, the maker has no skill no anything to do with the subject you seek. This goes especially for Sailing Youtube. I must be doing ok because I don't get these sailing skin thumbs.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    If I had an urge to click, it's gone now. Thanks for taking one for the team.
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    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    It's a slightly different world once you pass the Bass Harbor Bar. Longer vistas, big stretches of blue water surrounding granite mountains, deep natural harbors in the clefts carved out by glaciers. Hiking on MDI is top notch. Trail heads everywhere and hopefully, the free shuttle bus will be running again in 2021. When we're on MDI on a cruise from home, we always take a 'vacation' within our vacation at Northeast Harbor. Cover the sails, raise the sun awning and the boat becomes a flop house between shoreside visits. All the amenities for an easy life for a few days. It's our most crowded stop on the Maine coast but still, so worth it.
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    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    Because she knew the local kids are cool. Most of them work(ed) at the Camden Cone so maybe she met some of mine. Camden is a great stop for all the needs of the boat and crew. Take this old adage seriously; One day sailing east, allow two days to return.
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    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    What's your general-hopeful plan on legs to get to Maine? If you're pressed for time, have you thought about moving the boat up a state or two over a couple long weekends. Or do you have enough time? How about your partner, or will you do the move with crew, solo? I want this to be fun for you.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I can't watch that, it's too sad a story (and too predictable). I like to follow the pro restorations of wooden boats. Step# 1 Assessment: Step#2 Write check, work starts: Step#3, write final check, viola.
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    Spreading controversy

    I can see that is a well-built dinghy. Who is the builder/designer? Did they make a sailing model? Looks similar to the Fatty Knees dinghy's over here.
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    Spreading controversy

    I get it now: The J lays in the center bilge wit the yoke locked around the thwart support post. The round fits under the gunwale in the bow, mortise hole takes the J tenon, the notch on the J captures the thwart support post. HOle for mast, voila. Ah, also explains the packing in the middle, it';s a pocket for the butt of the mast. What was the old arrangement in the dinghy? Edit: that was the old arrangement.
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    Spreading controversy

    Troweled on in that fashion, it should last a long time. At first I thought I saw a rudder and centerplate up front. Sounds like I'll find it's use on your website.
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    Spreading controversy

    Is there a connection between the Marmite in the jar and the finish on the thwart?