On our way home06/17/2009
A beautiful morning... 08:00 am slack high tide and we were on our way....quietly slipping away from E dock at Great Bay Marine in Newington. It's wonderful to be heading out on our trip home, but we will really miss the people here. An easy cruise down to Portsmouth ... meeting up with new friends Eric and Jeanne on Far Point at the first bridge as we waited for it to be raised. Soon we were past both bridges, then New Castle Island and on into the Atlantic. The weather was cooperating and although there was a fair swell and some chop, it was still a comfortable ride steering from inside the pilothouse. All systems were working well. A little extra excitement.... about 90 minutes outside of Gloucester Harbor we were boarded by the US Coast Guard for a safety check - we passed with flying colours. A little while later, on into the harbor, we picked up a mooring and relaxed... a glass of wine and time to watch the rest of the world go by.
Well, we didn't leave yesterday... Wednesday is now our tentative time to leave here... only six weeks behind schedule! I must admit though... Great Bay Marine is a wonderful place to be.
In Portsmouth again06/08/2009
We drove back to Great Bay Marine yesterday. It is great to be back on the boat.. we are hoping to leave on Thursday, but the weather forcast is not very promising.. in the meantime... I do enjoy time spent on our "back porch"
Back in Canada....05/27/2009, St. Catharines, ON
Cruising 101... always be careful of where you walk... well I wasn't and fell through an open hatch yesterday... lots of bruises, but no broken bones. I won't be much use as first mate on the boat for a few days, so Captain Dan decided that we would drive home today. I will spend the next week or so recuperating and catching up on stuff at home.... including rescuing Zoe from the kennel...
A busy week...05/09/2009
It's been a busy week. We took the boat out with John on Monday, just down to the bridge and back. There's a storm warning tonight... winds gusting up to 35-40 knots...
Look out!!05/03/2009, Great Bay Marine, Portsmouth
We launched on Friday... and spent Saturday and early Sunday working on various projects on the boat. Well, Great Bay Marine is a popular place and another boat decided to dock in front of us. The currents here are tricky... and the captain of this boat obviously didn't understand them.. we watched him come closer and quickly realized that he was way too close to us! We tried to call him off..but he jammed us... we had the fenders out to try and stop him, but he was just too big... slammed into our port side... then pushed forward and snagged our pulpit... what could we do... the New Hampshire Marine Patrol were watching but unable to help.... Eventually we managed to push the other cruiser off - and suggested he dock elsewhere! To be fair, the captain was apologetic and promised to make everything right..
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