Curlew's Log

02 September 2017 | New Bedford, MA
31 August 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME
29 August 2017 | Port Clyde, ME
28 August 2017 | Camden, ME
27 August 2017 | Vinalhaven Island, ME
27 August 2017 | Vinalhaven Island, ME
26 August 2017 | Buckle Harbor
25 August 2017 | Isle Au Haut
24 August 2017 | Pulpit Harbor
23 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
22 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
22 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
18 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
17 August 2017 | Mount Desert, ME
10 August 2017 | Castine, ME
08 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
02 August 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME
27 July 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME
23 July 2017 | Boston, MA
17 July 2017 | Hyannis, MA

Leaving Maine

02 September 2017 | New Bedford, MA
Thierry
Friday 9/1: We deflated the dinghy, secured everything on deck and below and rigged the rudder of the Hydrovane. I don't use that unit much anymore, as the B&G autopilot does such a terrific job, but it is good to have a back-up. We were leaving for the Cape Cod/Buzzards Bay area and it was going to be a windy trip. The wind was forecast to be a gusty 15 to 25 knots from the WNW. It was a cool 55 degrees when we left at 0900 as we put in the first and second reefs and unfurled only the staysail while still in the Bay. We may not have needed that second reef, but it is easier to shake it out when outside than having to put in an extra reef. While under sail I let the engine run for an extra hour to charge the batteries. At first the wind was 15 to 20 knots and gusty. Later it increased to 20 to 25 knots sustained (true wind speed) with gusts into the low 30s. I was glad that I had put in that second reef! Although the wind and the wind-driven waves came from the WNW, a swell system rolled in from the east, and a secondary swell from the north-east, which resulted in a very confused sea state. Every time these three systems met a towering crest appeared, some of which blew quite a bit of spray into the cockpit. We were making tremendous progress though. Boat speed was consistently over 8 knots for quite a while. Great sailing! If it stayed like this we would be at the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal long before the tide turned in our favor. I had determined that slack tide at the mouth of the CC Canal was at 0738 the next morning and we should not get there before that. Around midnight the wind was down to below 20 knots but I left the second reef in and only the staysail up. We had to slow down; otherwise we would be too early at the canal entrance. It was so cold below decks that I turned on the heater. We did three hour watches and it was nice to go below in a heated cabin.

Saturday 9/2: At around 0200 the wind was down to NNW at 10/15 knots. I like to keep Curlew sailing properly so I shook out the second reef and unfurled the yankee. The wind stayed like that for the next several hours. But around 0530, near Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod Bay, I furled the yankee and the staysail to slow us down for an arrival at the entrance to the CC Canal at slack tide.
We took the sails down just outside the canal and motored through with the early ebb pushing us in the right direction. Once through the canal we entered Buzzards Bay with little or no wind. We motored the rest of the way to New Bedford where I had reserved a mooring.



A breezy day at sea



(FS photo)


Boothbay Harbor

31 August 2017 | Boothbay Harbor, ME
Thierry
Wednesday 8/30: We dropped the mooring in Port Clyde at 0800 and motored (again) to Boothbay Harbor. We stopped at the fuel dock to fill up with diesel and water and then moved to my favorite mooring no. 6. I had called Jack before to arrange for a diver. Not only did I ask him to clean the offending toilet intake through-hull, but also to check the other ones, clean the hull of any hard growth that I had been unable to clean when still in the Chesapeake Bay and to check the zincs. Murray showed up that afternoon and did a great job. He cleaned the hull, all through hulls and replaced the cone zinc on the folding prop. After he left I pumped the toilet and saw with delight that it flushed as designed. Frederique was happy too!

Thursday 8/31: A busy day with laundry (4 loads! I had not done laundry since I left Boothbay Harbor almost 4 weeks ago) and shopping at Hannaford's. Frederique rented a bike for a few hours and after we were done at Hannaford's we biked around Spruce Point. We finished the day with a memorable lobster dinner at the Whale's Tale.


Port Clyde

29 August 2017 | Port Clyde, ME
Thierry
Another sunny day but no wind. This is becoming monotonous. Overcast later.
We motored down Penobscot Bay through the Muscle Ridge Channel to Port Clyde. I had been to PC before, by bicycle from Tenants Harbor, but never by boat. So this was somewhat of a first. The mooring field (there is really no good place to anchor here) is controlled by the Port Clyde General Store. When I called ahead we were assigned mooring ball no. 15. Upon arrival we searched and searched but could not find no. 15. We were not the only one: another boat was circling around and asked us if we had seen no. 12. We had and pointed them to their mooring. In the end we picked up another empty mooring (no. 19) and called the store. No problem. When we later took the dinghy ashore we looked at a few other moorings, but still could not find no. 15. Not that the moorings were marked clearly: most of the numbers had faded almost to the illegible.

During this trip I discovered that the new Samsung tablet was the cause of the deviation in the main compass. Problem solved! I moved the Samsung to a location under the dodger, away from the compass. Not as convenient as at the pedestal, but also less vulnerable.

Later we went ashore and walked around "town". Enjoyed a beer on the deck of the General Store.

Camden

28 August 2017 | Camden, ME
Thierry
Another beautiful day without much wind. We motored through the Fox Islands Thorofare and hoisted sail once in Penobscot Bay. We sailed in very light air towards Camden, in the hope that the wind would pick up around noon, but it didn’t. We motored the last few miles and picked up a mooring at Wayfarer Marine (now Lyman-Morse). I had not been here in years, but Curlew was still in their system. We went ashore, shopped at the local grocery store, browsed the bookstore and had beers on the new deck at the Sea Dog brewpub. Later we had an excellent dinner at the Fresh Restaurant.

Seal Bay

27 August 2017 | Vinalhaven Island, ME
Thierry
It was a beautiful day with no wind. So in the afternoon we motored through the Deer Island Thorofare to Seal Bay on the east side of Vinalhaven Island. Another one of my favorite anchorages. My first attempt at anchoring failed: The anchor must have been on top of a rocky bottom that was only thinly covered with mud, because when I put the engine in reverse to set the anchor properly it did not hold and I could feel by putting my hand on the chain that it was dragging over rock. We re-anchored a few boat lengths further east and had no further problems.
When I did my usual inspection of the engine compartment I noticed that a hose clamp on the raw water side of the oil cooler had broken. A section that was normally out of sight had rusted through. There was water in the oil drip pan under the engine. I replaced the hose clamp and carefully checked the other ones in the raw water cooling system.

Exploring Buckle Island

27 August 2017 | Vinalhaven Island, ME
Thierry
In the morning we hiked around Buckle Island. It was low tide and we got a good view of all the rocks and ledges near our anchorage. Frederique saw numerous abandoned lobster floats ashore and did not rest until she found one that she could take home as a souvenir. I had walked around this island once before, but this time the path had overgrown at the southern tip. So we turned around and walked through the door (!) to the northern tip.



The "dinghy landing" at Buckle Island



Curlew at anchor in Buckle Harbor



Lobster floats ashore



The door



Enter at your own risk



You are warned!



Buckle Harbor

26 August 2017 | Buckle Harbor
Thierry
At half tide we went through the narrow NE passage of the Isle Au Haut Thorofare. I had done this same route a couple of years ago but despite warnings in the pilots, I found sufficient water for Curlew's draft. A lobster boat came in from the north and passed us in the narrowest part, but we still had plenty of water. Once through the Thorofare we hoisted sail and sailed around Merchant Island into Merchant Row, then Jericho Bay, through Ponds Channel, down Blue Hill Bay into Mackerel Cove and between Swans Island and Orono Island into Buckle Harbor, where we anchored. This being a popular anchorage and it being a Saturday I had expected several boats inside, but it was empty.
While having dinner in the cockpit we saw a bold eagle flying by who ended up perched at the top of a tree.



Bald eagle on Buckle Island


Isle Au Haut

25 August 2017 | Isle Au Haut
Thierry
Sunny, no wind. We left Pulpit at 1045. Outside it was completely calm and there were no waves or swell. No current either. The perfect conditions to swing the B&G compass. The B&G software prompts you to turn around in a circle slowly and then it will calibrate itself to compensate for any deviation. I had done this earlier in the season, but I had discovered that the contents of a box that was stored near the compass sensor affected the sensor and had moved the box to a different location. During the course of this trip I started to notice significant differences between the bearings that the B&G displayed versus what the Ritchie main compass showed. To make matters worse, when I verified these readings with a hand-bearing compass, they were both off! The only reliable reading I got was the course over the ground, as indicated by the GPS reading on the Vulcan5.
After the B&G compass had calibrated itself I checked the readings against the hand-bearing compass and the B&G now agreed. The Ritchie still showed large deviation. I wondered if it might have something to do with the new B&G equipment in the NavPod affecting the Ritchie. Or perhaps the new wire that powers the Vulcan5 and the Samsung tablet. I usually twist power wires it they are close to electronics, but I had used an existing wire where that was not possible. Obviously, this issue needs further research.
It was going to be motoring all day. We took the scenic route (this is a redundant adjective; all routes in Maine are scenic. Some are just more scenic than others), close to the north shore of North Haven island and between the small islands to its north. Then down East Penobscot Bay to Isle Au Haut, where we picked up a guest mooring. Attached to the mooring is a plastic bottle into which you put the fee of $30. Honor system. We took the dinghy ashore and walked around a bit.



Our circle on the Vulcan display



Curlew in Isle Au Haut



Lighthouse and marked ledges in the SW entrance to Isle Au Haut Thoroughfare

Pulpit Harbor

24 August 2017 | Pulpit Harbor
Thierry
We sailed in light air to Pulpit Harbor. Getting closer I could see the top of the masts of a three-masted schooner inside. It turned out to be 212 ft Adix. We anchored further in but when we were done putting the sail cover on and the cockpit awning up she had left.



Adix in Pulpit Harbor (FS photo)

Crew is joining

23 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
Thierry
It was foggy early but then the sun came out and there was little wind. I moved Curlew to the anchorage in the northern part of the harbor. That was closer to a dinghy landing near the ferry terminal where my cousin Frederique from Amsterdam would arrive. She had flown to Boston a few days ago and will now join me for two weeks of sailing. We had dinner at Rustica.

More projects

22 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
Thierry
I had noticed for some time that the Lavac toilet was not flushing as it used to. That usually indicates a clogged hose and/or pump. It must have been several years that I last cleaned the pump. (A Lavac is a vacuum head, and the pump is a standard Whale Henderson bilge pump). When I took it apart on the fore deck (where I have a sea water wash down pump that I can use to rinse everything clean), I was surprised that it still pumped anything at all! The inside was completely covered with a hard calcium deposit, and the inside of the hose that goes from the pump to one of the Y-valves was also restricted by calcium. Time to clean the pump. Not a very enjoyable task.







Nasty pictures of the clogged Lavac pump and hoses

It took me a while to get rid of most of the solid deposits so that I could remove the old neoprene flapper and the duck bill valve. I used an old screw driver and a hammer to scrape the rest of the inside of the pump “clean”. I probably will replace it this winter. I don't think that soaking in vinegar will clean it up sufficiently. I had a spare parts kit for the pump on board and I replaced the diaphragm, the flapper, the valve and the large gasket and re-assembled the pump. I then went ashore to Hamilton Marine to buy a section of hose and a new spare parts kit. They did not have the flexible type of hose that I wanted, so I bought another brand instead. Back on board I re-installed the pump and the new hoses, then tried the pump. No success. Somewhere in the pump was an air leak. I took the whole thing apart twice more before it had proper suction. A functioning head is important. Especially as I expect my cousin Frederique from the Netherlands on board in a few days and I'm sure she will appreciate a functioning head.

Sunday 8/20: I hoisted the Aquair. Then went ashore to fill a couple of jugs with water.

Monday 8/21: I went to the fuel dock at Journey's End Marine and filled two jerry jugs with 12 gallon diesel. Also bought Yanmar fuel and oil filters at their store. Then back to Hamilton Marine to buy a new accumulator tank for the fresh water system. The old one is leaking through the valve, which also tells me that the bladder inside the tank must have failed. On the way back I met a couple who had docked their Cabo Rico 34 “Hildur Marie” at the town dock.

Tuesday 8/22: I ran the Honda generator for an hour, to charge the batteries and to do a proper vacuum cleaning at the same time. It was a very windy day after a cold front had passed. The Lavac was still not flushing very well. As the pump and the hoses were clean, I concluded that the raw water intake must be clogged. I had a diver clean the prop and rudder in the spring and he was also supposed to clean the through hulls. As I wrote before, he either did as very poor job, or did not clean all through hulls. When I pulled the hose off the barb and opened the seacock only a tiny flow of water appeared. Obviously the through hull was clogged with barnacles. Unfortunately, there is a 90 degree elbow between the through hull and the hose. So I could not ram a screw driver down to push the stuff out. I used a thin flexible wire instead, but that opened it up only a little bit. I’ll get a diver when I’m back in Boothbay Harbor. In the mean time we may have to flush with fresh water from the shower head.

Crew joining

22 August 2017 | Rockland, ME
Thierry
It was foggy early but then the sun came out and there was little wind. I moved Curlew to the anchorage in the northern part of the harbor. That was closer to a dinghy landing near the ferry terminal where my cousin Frederique from Amsterdam would arrive. She had flown to Boston a few days ago and will now join me for two weeks of sailing. We had dinner at Rustica.
Vessel Name: Curlew
Vessel Make/Model: Cabo Rico 42 cutter
Hailing Port: Baltimore, MD
Crew: Thierry Danz
About: Hometown: Philadelphia, PA - Members SSCA, Cruising Association (London, UK)
Extra:
CURLEW is a Cabo Rico 42, built in 2003. LOA 46' 10" 14.25 m LOD 42' 6" 12.95 m Beam 12' 8" 3.85 m Draft 5' 10" 1.80 m Displ 32,000 lbs. 14,500 k Mast height 58' 17.7 m Sail area (100%) 931 ft2 86.5 m2 Sail area (total) [...]
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