s/v Skylark

It's Always An Adventure

22 August 2016 | Hope Maine
14 August 2016 | Hope, Maine
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14 August 2016 | Rockland ME
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14 August 2016 | Yarmouth ME
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04 August 2016 | Howard Pond, Maine
30 July 2016 | Bethel, Maine
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Sail Blog? Really?

22 August 2016 | Hope Maine
Elizabeth
This sign doesn't suggest it belongs on a sailing blog. But what's a landlubber to do when the blog is begging for some attention? I have been to see Skylark once since moving to Bethel and it was wonderful being on her, however briefly. I told Ed I loved living on a boat and it continues to feel like home for me. That is a bitter sweet condition, isn't it?

We are living inland. a 90 minute drive from the coast. And we love it here as well so that's all good. Ed doesn't take too many photos when he's in Yarmouth working but lately we've both been in Bethel taking care of business. He continues to work on dental issues, dermatology concerns and eye exams. I am scheduled to see an orthopedic specialist tomorrow and this afternoon will spend a couple of hours getting some dental work done myself. I'm finished with my eye exams and all is well in that department. We bought a car from a family member yesterday in order to have a 2nd set of wheels rather than continuing to rely on borrowing my mom's car. So now, in addition to having our coffeemaker set to brew each morning (love it!), a dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, hair dryer (rarely used but I like having the option), washing machine and dryer, smartphones and a television set (we've been watching some news but it's a bit too depressing for our taste and nothing else seems very interesting or tolerable), we now have two cars! The one we just bought was inexpensive with high mileage, rusts and a few dents, but we don't care. That's the beauty of living in Maine. People just don't care about having styled hair or nice cars. There just doesn't seem to be a point in all that. And I will say that makes our transition from cruisers to land dwellers far easier.

I suppose that's all I have to contribute for now.

Sea Glass and Mountains

14 August 2016 | Hope, Maine
Elizabeth
This is a photo that I felt captured the endless beauty of sea glass collected by my younger sister over the years alongside the equally remarkable splendor of mountain ranges in Maine. Beauty is everywhere in this state and while I can't say we don't miss the sea, it's refreshing having something new in our lives.

Rockland Breakwater

14 August 2016 | Rockland ME
Elizabeth
The granite breakwater and lighthouse in Rockland Maine made us yearn for Skylark and our cruising lives. We visited my sister and her family and walked out here to watch her swim in the very cold water. She is training for a swimming event for charity. As we gazed out at a sailboat looking regal under full sail Ed asked if I wished we were out there. My response? "Of course! I will never see any ocean or sailboat without wishing we were part of it." But what that means to me is how much I loved what we did. It was spectacular. And now? I am ready for a different kind of adventure, the creation of different memories and digging our feet into firm ground. Was it William Cowper who once said, "Variety's the very spice of life that gives it all its flavor."? A wise man if you ask me.

Sailblogs and Politics

14 August 2016 | Rockland ME
Elizabeth
A handful of readers have encouraged us to keep the blog going, some we know and others we've never met. I am touched by everyone who has sent a comment or personal email and continue to mull it over. It helps knowing what readers want because oftentimes I am clueless where to go with all this so please feel free to share your thoughts anytime. I welcome your input, especially what you might like to read about if it continues.

A friend who left a comment recently suggested that 50 Republican politicians would support Mr. Trump if I discontinued our blog. Now I'm not going to get into a political debate about the presidential election because who knows where that would go and I'm already stretching the limits by writing about life while not living on a sailboat. And while the veiled threat was in jest and I cannot imagine our friend was serious (right T?), I do pride myself in being cautious, covering all bases, making sure everything is as it should be...our friend surely knows this about me. So even though we were never superstitious sailors (for example, we occasionally had vases of flowers on the boat and didn't hesitate to start a passage on a Friday if the conditions were right), I decided I'd better keep posting on the blog for now. You can reach your own conclusions about where I stand...

Bristol 41.1 Centerboard Continued

14 August 2016 | Yarmouth ME
Elizabeth & Ed (photo by Ed)
Once the pin was removed we lifted the boat higher so we could plop the board over on its side, shown here in this photo. The round disc looking things act like large spacers so the board fits snugly.

Bristol 41.1 Centerboard

14 August 2016 | Yarmouth ME
Elizabeth & Ed (photo by Ed)
As a matter of maintenance Ed removed the centerboard from the boat to inspect the bronze pin the board swings on and to refit an attachment point for the pendant that raises and lowers the board. He first ground out the epoxy covering each side of the pin on the keel. There’s a big bronze plate screwed on each end of the pin. It was last inspected in 2006. Now 10 years later when it was removed it was still in perfect condition, still greased up along the pin itself as well as its ends so once the epoxy was ground away from the keel, and the weight of the board was taken off, the pin easily slid out from the centerboard and keel. None of the epoxy stuck to any of the bronze plates since they were heavily greased before being epoxied 10 years ago. We’ve done blogs in the past about how the pendant broke and the board dropped down while underway. Ed is going to attach a permanent attachment point similar to what the manufacturer originally designed so that will no longer be a issue.

Quick Update

10 August 2016 | Maine
Elizabeth
The transition to land life is proving to be rather intense. There are too many medical appointments to keep up with between skin, teeth, eyes, joints and what-have-you. Extended family and nuclear family come and go and we come and go to see them. There is the boat (our lonely boat who we have deserted unceremoniously) on the hard in Yarmouth with Ed traveling back and forth to work on her. He's making progress there but he says it's hard living on her when her bilges and cupboards are mostly bare. I don't think I want to go back anytime soon and that's not easy to say. It makes me too sad. There are all the tasks of moving to a new state, city, house. We share one car between us and that's fine until Ed goes out of town and I'm left to share a car with my mom. All that is working fairly well, it just takes constant coordination. There is my professional life which I'm trying to decide what to do with. There are houses we are looking at and land we wish we could build on. And then, there is the realization we are probably not going to live on a boat again, at least not in the foreseeable future and that's rather hard to fathom. Tonight as I write this, I have no idea what's to become of this blog but I suspect its time is coming to an end. Not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But soon. In the meantime, here's a shot of my mom younger sister and her family during a recent and brief visit to their place on the coast. I know, it isn't about sailboats but it's all I have at the moment.

Life Away from Skylark

04 August 2016 | Howard Pond, Maine
Elizabeth
It has been an incredibly busy time since we got off Skylark a few weeks ago. We've moved a lot of our things off the boat and into mom's but not everything. So far we've managed to tuck things away somewhere, somehow and because it's been quite hot since we arrived, it's easy enough wearing our boat clothes every day. We figure we'll worry about finding other clothes for cooler temperatures when the heat wave dissipates. My mother's brother, Uncle Charlie has been here visiting and that's been fun. Our Aunt Nancy (who has been featured on the blog from time to time) had a heart attack (maybe two) soon after we arrived in Maine and I can't tell you how relieved I was to be here, close to mom and ready to drive down to Massachusetts if necessary. It is true what people on boats say, that as cruisers you are only a plane trip away from family, but it isn't the same as being close at hand. It is a huge relief being here. Aunt Nancy is now in fine shape after a brief hospital stay and life goes on. Ed has had a broken tooth worked on and has seen a dermatologist for his damaged skin. I am next on both fronts. Luna saw a vet and is in better shape than we thought. She seems happy to be on land again and thinks it's delightful having people coming and going out the front door. After long period of hanging out with just the two of us, she is pleased having new energy in her world. She's a funny girl. We haven't been to the boat as much as we'd like or need but that will happen soon enough. And we are eager to drive down to NC to see our kids and close friends just as soon as we can make that happen. For now, we are still busy getting settled.

The photo was taken at Howard Pond, just 20 minutes from where we're living. Luna had a swim and then insisted on climbing out on the boulders along our walking route to keep an eye out for my younger sister Margaret who was swimming the entire lake with a friend, training for a fund-raising event she's entered.
Vessel Name: Skylark
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1CC 1985
Hailing Port: Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Crew: Ed Easter, Elizabeth Meadows and Luna the dog
About: Ed, Elizabeth and Luna the dog lived for many years in Charlotte, NC. They started their live aboard experience in Charleston, SC in June 2011, cutting the lines one month later. They have been living the cruiser's life ever since.
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Skylark is a USA documented vessel and is legally identified by her name "Skylark" and hailing port "Boothbay Harbor". Since our purchase of her in 2008 she had been moored in Tenants Harbor ME '08, Rockland ME '09 and Charleston SC for the 2010 and early 2011 season. After that follow the blog [...]
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