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  1. 2 minutes ago, accnick said:

    We traditionally stop at LL Bean and for lunch on the way to our boat about this time every year. We didn't stop last year, for obvious reasons, and have been discussing whether or not to do it this year. The jury is out on that right now.

    My wife also likes to stop at Stonewall Kitchen a bit further south to stock up on a summer's worth of sauces. It's only  a few hundred yards off 95, easy off, easy on.

    We are probably  headed north in about 10 days, one way or another.

    Stonewall Kitchen is also a great lunch stop. If you want to shop, Freeport is the place to go. 

  2. 20 hours ago, Israel Hands said:

    Looking at 2 boats next weekend, one in MA and one near Brooksville, Maine on Saturday. Wife and grown daughter are coming with me. I haven't been to that part of Maine since the 1970s! Anyone have a recommendation as to where to stay, somewhere between Brooksville and MA on Saturday night, picturesque but not too tourist-ee?



    If this helps: Camden is an hour and a half -3/4  drive from Portland this time of year.

    Most of the restaurants are open around here (Camden Rockport area), especially weekends. But check every one, online. Hours and openings are changing daily right now. 

    I can't think of a specific but hotel/motels are mostly open but check and confirm any you're planning on. 

    I just 'bought' a boat in Brooksville for a friend and client. Their first boat, ever. I selected a 60 year old wooden power boat for them.


    It was love at first sight. They don't feel compelled to see it. They just want to write the check.  :) I can hardly believe it. 

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  3. 45 minutes ago, Jim in Halifax said:

    Kris, I recall you have a solid fuel heater (fireplace)? I am waiting for a Dickinson Newport SFH (currently out of stock due to Covid apparently). I had a kerosene heater like Kolibri's in my last boat - it was OK but a bit undersized. I don't have propane on my current boat, so looking at solid fuel. Do you burn hardwood, softwood or some manufactured fuel? Do you ever burn underway?

    Hi Jim, we burn bone dry hardwood. I cut down typical hardwood splits of about 16" long, into thirds. These 5" or so chunks, are perfect for my firebox. It sounds like a lot of work but in fact this only takes a few minutes (I have a bandsaw :) ) to fill a canvas bag with enough chunks for several mornings, evenings on the anchor. I add pieces of dry pine kindling (shop scraps). A bag of fuel rests in the bottom of a hanging locker all season. 

    Chunks of hardwood (door is removed for photo): 



    I don't burn it underway because I could easily burn the boat up as this is more of a fireplace than woodstove. 

    For periodic use (mostly late fall) , fast heat, little mess, this works well for us. We're coastal sailors not long term cruising or living onboard. 

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  4. I put one of those on our last boat. When it was cold and wet on deck, it was loved. Should be perfect in your new boat, Phil. 


    You can do the math on the BTU's in a gallon of propane and the burner input, and know what you're usage will be. 


    With all radiant heaters, the lower you can mount it, the better. 

  5. 11 hours ago, Elegua said:

    Most people are pretty responsible and polite, even at the big grocery store. Shouldn't be an issue to roll-up and have a socially distanced ice-cream.  There are a lots of lobster pounds on the water like Five Island or the BBHB Co-op. All do take-away. 

    The Rockland Farmer's Market will be open by the time you get there...Atlantic Baking... Rock City Coffee. If you have a car, my wife bugs me about the Zack Shack onion rings.  And maybe have your spouse pick up a couple bottles of Maine Beer Company beer curbside in Freeport on the way up. The price is exorbitant, but the beer is worth it. 

    That is our favorite farmers market. Another plus for boats staying in Rockland: https://www.mainstreetmarkets.com/

    If you don't have a car, this grocery / take away foods, is convenient in the downtown. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, kent_island_sailor said:

    Particle board is not a new invention. I hope this version works as intended, the original is not all that good.

    The way I understand it, this process has nothing in common with particle board; sawdust mixed in glue and pressed. 

    The structural make up of the wood cells in the board are unchanged. Resin injected under pressure is then baked dry. 

    It hasn't caught on over here yet, I would have heard about it from our boatbuilding community. 








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  7. On wood in general, especially yacht decking, here's the new product, Lignia. 


    Claims to put most every argument anti wood to rest. From what I gather, this modified product starts with clear softwood (not one species), that can be sustainably grown with all the carbon locking properties. 

    It is then modified by impregnating resins into the wood and baking. 

    This produces not only rot resistant qualities beyond what nature can produce but increases the density, hardness of the decking for a long wearing surface, stability limiting movement, fire retarding, non slipping blah, blah blah. Life span guarantees and so on. 


    The teak argument is over. What are we waiting for? Why haven't we seen Lignia everywhere? I love it if it does what it says. 



  8. 13 minutes ago, Bull City said:

    Didn't the decks look like teak? That doesn't seem very green to me.

    Lignia. A new product, sustainably grown, from Wales.


    I think a softwood that is treated not only for rot resistance but perhaps, hardness too. Outrageous claims for lifespan I recall.


    Spirit Yachts seems fearless in experimenting. Must have a lot of $$ backing them. 

  9. Here she is on a Martha's Vineyard race. The small cockpit is split by a beam that holds the mainsheet blocks. That makes the bridgedeck unusable for seating. Looks like one other person got into the cockpit here. Everybody else stays on  deck. 



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  10. 1 minute ago, Bull City said:

    Do you think it's odd that a subsequent owner hasn't enlarged the cockpit. It looks like you could get a few feet aft of the mizzenmast... or bolt some Adirondack chairs to the deck.

    A beauty nevertheless.

    My thoughts too. I suspect there may be some low accommodation lurking below. We coastal cruised for 20 years as a family of four, that cockpit would be worthless for us. Seems a design driven by a single focus. 

  11. 7 minutes ago, Ajax said:

    My only interaction with Mainers ashore will be for provisions and fuel.

    If I have to wear a mask for the 10 minutes that I'm inside a General Store or marina office, so be it.  Didn't you say that the watermen will sell me lobster right from their boats if I have cash?

    We do want a couple of bugs while we're visiting.

    Yeah, you'll find them everywhere. This is Randy and his Corgy, ZIP. He has a floating dock in Pulpit Harbor with his cell phone #. 591903050_Randy.jpg.b070f6469119aace5734e0c5f85271b3.jpg


    We usually pick them up while getting provisions. Some places like the Fishermens Co-op on Little Cranberry Island will steam them for you to take back to your boat. You can always try a fisherman on a boat but that can be a mixed bag. 

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  12. There were more megayachts last season but that translates into one outside each of a half dozen or so large harbors. No people effect on shore. This season I think they will have more choices around the globe(?).


    It's a race here; we have a high positivity rate, 4%, so risk is still high but so is vaccinated rate. 


    It's hard to say. Maine is lifting outdoor masking right now. Our county on the coast is 51% vaccinated (over 18) and rising quickly. My family all fully vacced, even the kids at 29 and 30. 


    Things will be open along the coast. Outdoor venues will rule. If you're cruising, take what you want, or stay remote. Easy to do without going very far. 


    We've always been a dichotomy of cultures on this coast, ever since we started fleecing the 'rusticators' (after we chased the natives off). 





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  13. This could go in several ongoing threads. SAPHAEDRA, 1965 Nielsen. This one is the epitome of the design day; Old trouts racing to Bermuda. 


    Aage was pushing the limits of his raised coach design at 51' and over 13' on the beam. The side decks, we have them on this. We need them for the centerboard tweaker who probably had oversized biceps at the bar in Bermuda. 


    Once considered a very desirable feature of an offshore boat, the small cockpit,...


    ... I think is a very un-desirable feature of a coastal boat. Sure, great for a single hander, the helmsmen as the watch feasts below,...


    But along the coast where does everyone go? The spacious aft deck, with a rumble seat,...


    ...., to dodge the mizzen. Cockpit for one, but plenty of ocean swept deck for the crew. 


    But all is forgiven when you go below. Another belt old chap? 


    She has since been turbo charged with faux wood finished carbon fiber spars. That will make her plane. 


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  14. The surgery was a success. Colored epoxy brushed into the gain and on the patch, then thickened brushed again, especially the low spots, it all fit back into place to be clamped down with the strong backs. It sat for days. 

    I revisited every wood cutting tool until settling on this old plane that has been hanging for years. Other planes were too long, too short, this one was just right. I kept a wehtstone and a bottle of water in the cockpit (the water was for both of us). A couple layers of painters tape on the sole edges let it ride on the cabin above the patch, and the deck fillet below. Constant fiddling with the blade depth and several trips to the whetstone (and water) in the cockpit, brought the patch down, nearly flush with the house. 



    Then one trip up the deck with 80 grit in various tools,...and one trip back down with #120 grit. I used a detail sander only as last resort. The real tool was a hand block with a dust attachment. I was able to place my sand paper only over the patch area (notice the partial strip of paper on the hand sander) . 


    Obviously I'm leaving the varnish on the house. It's in good condition and will give a few years before it needs wooding (will go at least 10 years total). 

    This is a challenge to match the finish. I did experiment with a filler stain vs no stain. The Sipo scraps showed a better match with the filler stain and a sealer coat. So that's what it got today, filler stain. Time will tell. I'll put on 2 - 3 coats of Petit sealer, fill the screw holes, sand, and build up some varnish. 



    Cover sewed back up for a few days. I wanted to get this done as I head into Portland in the morning for an Ulnar nerve entrapment surgery on my elbow. They tell me I'll be working one handed for a while. That's ok, I'm on the downhill side of this. 


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  15. No surprise, quite a few people have been working remotely along the coast, already. Some interesting bits from Maine Sailing and Cruising: 


    This guy is a professor and was teaching remotely last season: 

    I have had a blackboard wall behind my desk for several years. I plan on painting one on the boat this June in hopes that those people I need to have zoom meetings with never notice the change in office location.


    My better half, a musician, sometimes does live concerts from Stinkpot using a HomeBase that works surprisingly well with 10 down and 2 up almost everywhere on the Great Loop! Almost.https://www.att.com/.../3000.../3030/ATT-Home-Base-Z700a.pdf


    When working remotely we are unlikely to go anywhere on work days. The 11 year old can do sailing camp at the Apprentice shop. Anywhere else it all breaks down


    I work aboard the summer season from my phone’s hot spot. Haven’t gone too far afield, so I haven’t had any service issues. In a couple years I plan on cruising full time and working like that...


    I’ve been living and working on my schooner since i sailed up last spring


    Yes, will be working remotely from the boat starting in Maine and then down the ICW. Use cell phone for WiFi hotspot with Shakespeare cell booster. I have AT&T and hubby has Straight Talk so one of us has service just about everywhere. We save the really remote/non-cell locations for the weekends.


    We're Mainers currently cruising and working remotely from the boat. We're in RI making our way south.  We have unlimited wifi through the Calyx Institute (anywhere Sprint and T Mobile work). I don't hide it, but Zoom lets you do a virtual background if you wanted to hide where you are. Maybe put a sock on the ladder when you're on a call?


    Definitely the plan for at least part of the summer but for the most part from our mooring in South Portland rather than cruusing. I know I have a good cell signal from there. The real problem for me is trying to stay comfortable sitting on the boat for a extended time. I'm fine at an ergonomic desk chair but on the boat I need to move much more often, so we will see how it goes.



    I’m there this summer - remote teaching 3 classes while heading up and back from Down East.


    This may be of interest to live-aboards or those who wish to be very connected but Elon Musk confirmed via Twitter that Starlink will be available to moving vehicles as the sats populate the sky. One caveat is that I think in their current form the dishes consume a lot of electricity. Still, if you want 100+ megabit connection at sea..


    I’m impatiently waiting for a marine Starlink kit. The extra speed would help me finish my work earlier and get me out enjoying nature that much sooner each day. Plus not needing to worry about being in 4G range would be a game changer for us

  16. 54 minutes ago, Se7en said:

    Smart - pretty much guarantees buying new books for second hand book prices.

    We restored a vacant old house in town and the owner turned it into a used bookstore. It was never planned to be profitable (thank god). It's a self serve bookstore normally with no clerk present: Leave your cash or check in the slot. 


    The above is todays truth. New books, many out of print, are the bulk of used books today. 

    Print is all over the place. Used books can be trash or treasure. We go through this all the time here (I manage the property). After the last 'sale' to benefit the local library, we're looking at a familiar upcoming 'purge'. 

    After seeing how this worked in Venice a few years ago, I'm always tempted to 'build' something with the books.

    But I know too much about buildings,...and future maintenance. 




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  17. 7 minutes ago, accnick said:

    I have worked primarily remotely for the last 30 years, in that I have not had a permanent office outside my house or boat except for stretches working in fixed locations around the world for anything from a week to six months at a time, depending on the job.

    It's a lot easier now than it used to be. When we were off cruising in our sailboat 20 years ago, I had a Nera mini-M satellite terminal, which was compact, but painfully slow and ridiculously expensive. I used to spend most of my monthly retainer on one job just checking and answering email on that thing.

    We haunted internet cafes in various locations around the world in those days.

    Fast-forward to today, and on the boat I use multiple cell phones to locate a signal good enough to establish a hotspot, if there is no usable local wifi. If I rent a float or a mooring in a larger harbor (think Camden or Belfast), you usually get a wifi password to use. 

    I have a wifi booster that looks like a VHF antenna, with a modem down below. That is usually (but not always) usable even with NE Harbor's lousy public wifi.

    As mentioned before, if you are a Comcast/Xfinity customer, you often have access to their local networks, including in odd places like Roque Island. Someone there or nearby is obviously an Xfinity customer

    Every Maine public library has free high-speed wifi, even the tiny ones. In pre-covid days, we would just go into one of those if there was no alternative source accessible on the boat.

    Is it always convenient? No.

    Does it beat going into an office every day? Yes.

    This is our current boat, Calypso. Same name as our last sailboat. Not exactly a trawler, but close enough from the perspective of a lot of sailors. 1962952466_Calypso34.thumb.JPG.c8142e7ad65893ad26227035bd3f4162.JPG

    Stop by and say hello if you see us.



    I recognize your boat, now. I'm sure I've seen it NEH. Pretty 'office'.

    I have to keep up some work correspondence and have been able to hot spot the phone to a laptop, when I need to. It's just going to be more of a thing this season, much more I bet.  

  18. 29 minutes ago, Elegua said:

    Yeah. That and updating the weather over cellular. 

    I just read some reviews on this cell booster: 


    The only measure was a report that it 'boosted signal by two bars'.

    So this wouldn't necessarily get a remote worker a signal that he could hot spot to and work online (not a lot of data back and forth, of course), but it could if they were on the fringe of a good signal. 

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  19. 20 hours ago, Elegua said:

    Cell service has improved tremendously over the past 10 years.  I remember having to row the dinghy in small circles in the half of the harbor that got good reception.  Now I can get decent service most places. 

    Still not as good as the "shithole" countries I used to live, where I could get solid reception at the top of a 4k meter mountain and other out of the way places.  My personal "best" (worst?) is holding the HR review for my department with the head of HR in Australia while having my wife quietly gybing the assy on an SB3 as we went up the Johore river.  

    I'm not ready for video, but I am debating installing a cell booster... 

    Cell booster, is that the go-to for remote workers afloat? What is it? :)

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