Chebeague Island/Handy Boat YardCathy
We left Freeport on beautiful day, making a very short trip south to Great Chebeague Island. We stayed on the east side of the island this time. Four years ago we anchored on the western side. The Chebeague Island Boat Yard was small, quiet and very enjoyable. They had a great store called the Niblic that sold beautiful gifts, wine, and sandwiches and baked goods. The moorings were just put in so they were clean and only cost $25 a night. What a bargain. Crows Island was east of us, with people camping on the small-uninhabited island.
We are now in Freeport Maine, home of L.L. Bean. The trip over from Sebasco was ideal; calm seas, no wind and a beautiful sunny day. We even spotted our seal off the side of the boat most of the way here. We are staying at Strouts Point Wharf for two nights and then Brewers for two nights. They are both in the Harraseeket River, which we felt would give us good shelter in the upcoming bad weather. We are on the docks at both places, so we will have to keep a close eye on Troy, he does try and jump off the boat onto the docks when you are not looking.
Snow Island to Sebasco HarborCathy
It was beautiful morning for a dinghy ride around Quahog Bay. This has to be the perfect Maine spot; we will have to come back to Snow Island again someday. The wind was picking up, so we pulled up the anchor and headed to Sebasco Harbor Resorts. It was a short ride, just down the bay and hang a left through all the ledges to the other side of Harbor Island.
Portland to Snow IslandCathy
06/19/2015, Portland and Snow Island
The trip to Portland on Tuesday was a stressful one. We waited for the fog to lift and when it appeared to start doing that we dropped the mooring in Biddeford and headed to Portland. However, the fog did not lift until we made the turn into Portland Harbor. It was a good thing it did, because there was a lot of boat traffic, including big barges. Troy did not sleep much on this trip and wanted to sit in my lap. Between holding onto him, trying to see the buoys in the fog and watching the radar for other boats, it was not a great trip. We made a vow not to travel in the fog again for the rest of the summer.
Isle of ShoalsCathy
06/15/2015, Isle of Shoals
The long voyage to the Isle of Shoals took about 7 hours, with fairly calm seas. It was such a long leg that even Troy did not sleep the whole way. He woke with a couple hours left to the trip and sat in my lap for a time and on the dashboard. He got restless, so I built him a little shelter out of pillows and he crawled in and stayed there until we arrived at our destination. He is such a good boat cat.
Our extra day in Sandwich gave the insurance company time to send someone out to look at the damage on the boat (they didn't want to have to chase us up the coast of Maine). George took him out in the dinghy so he could take pictures. The claim will be processed, but we will not have the work done until the fall when we return to Rhode Island. I'm glad this did not affect our trip to Maine, which would not have been a good way to start our summer.
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