05/07/2016, Brewers Sakonnet Marina
We've spent 3 weekends now working on the bottom of the boat. After disappointment with the Micro Ultra anti-fouling for the last few seasons we switched to E Paint ZO. Color is a bright blue which is the good news.
The bad news is that as we put it on the base coat of the existing paint started to fail and the paint peeled off in big patches leaving a very uneven surface!
Eventually we got two coats on but suspect that next year we will have to get it sandblasted smooth and repainted.
Only things left now are to buff the side of the boat to get the oxidation off the gel coat and have the yard fit the bottom boot seal for the saildrive which has fallen off.
04/16/2016, Brewers Sakonnet Marina
First Spring like day, but very windy.
Niki and I went down to Portsmouth & cut the shrink wrap off the boat.
Last sail of the season. Niki and I sailed the boat back. 15 knots. SSW. Sunny and cool.
Perfect sail but ended as an adventure.
As we were coming up the Sakonnet we started the engine so we could make the marina before Calum clocked off at 3. But there was a bang and suddenly no forward drive.
Ended up sailing into the slip just as the sun set at 6pm.
No easy task. Very glad that Cal and Yole came back and caught us.
Beautiful Buzzards bay weekend.
Went down to the boat on Saturday.
Sunday was picture perfect 10-15 SSW. So flew Spin up the Bay, hoping for dinner at the Chartroom. Harbor was booked solid . Niki snagged us a mooring in Marion. A fast beat across the bay for 30 th anniversary Dinner at what used to be the wave.
Monday was partly work and then a slog into 20+ knot wind on the nose back home. Niki drove almost all the way. Heavy sledding.
07/12/2015, New Bedford approaches
We had planned to go over to Cutty, but as we left we found the NBJR going on (200+ boats) so we basically sailed around the 420 action and enjoyed the show. They seriously had a start line of 100 boats!
At which point we'd missed the tide window for Cutty and went home for an excellent BBQ on the boat and a pleasant night on the mooring. Lots of stars. It is a very pretty river.
The next day we did the same thing in the morning and then explored New Bedford harbor. Tried a bar called Fathoms on Popes Landing that claimed to have a dock. Made it through the fence eventually but the pub wasn't worth it. Ok but not worth it.
The (yellow) town moorings work though so we may explore Fairhaven or the Whale museum.
Came home sunburnt, tired and happy. Fabulous sailing. We went no-where really fast.
NextDim was competing at the Vinyard (without us) and came 4th.
Boat is in good shape. Despite all the rain last week she was dry bilged. Battery fine. Roller furler gave us some issues, but keeping the spin sheets away seems to help. Niki found a pulpit screw that's rotating. Need to find a way of rerunning the topping lift. Niki has a workaround but there must be a better way.
Typical buzzards bay day. Sunny. No wind at the mooring. Wind built all day from the NE.
Sailed over to Quissett with wind with tide together. Niki in a bikini and smooth as can be. Wind and tide together. Wind built to 20+ knots but the sea state was smooth so it just got us there faster.
Picked up an open mooring in the harbor. Quissett is a beautiful gunk hole. Beautiful. But no pub. So lunch was ramen noodles and beer.
As we sat on the borrowed mooring we noticed everyone coming in in foulies and life jackets.
Wind had not really changed, but the tide had. Buzzards Bay....
Wind was now against the tide and we beat back to Padenarum into 20-30k and a steep buzzards bay chop.
Niki made a classic comment: why is it that everyone else is always hugging the land when we are always miles off shore on our own?
We will be going back there.