10/18/2011, Booth Bay Harbor, Maine
It's TUESDAY...after 3 days of weather delays, the winds FINALLY died down last night and the seas, while a little high (5-8ft) this was our weather window to drop that tether to mooring #2398 and head SW to Boston, then on to Newport after the rain storm predicted for New England Wednesday pm & Thursday...
We finally left P.C. under sunny, skies, 56 degrees, waving a teary yet excited adios to John & Jane D, we were pleased with only 1-2ft swells but breezy winds...where you ask? ...yep...18-20 mph on our nose...but the "iron jenny" was humming. Once we got out of Hupper Island eye shot, the seas picked up to be pretty lumpy and we were going only about 2.5 knots!!!!! It almost felt like the Hupper Spirit wasn't quite ready for us to leave. We took the sails in (main was already reefed) as straight on the nose, they really weren't helping... It took us almost 2 hours just to get to Monhegan as the seas were now easily 6-8ft with an occasional BIG one that just slapped us right on the port side of the nose! Getting past the red can by Monhegan, Rob was increasingly concerned of the smoky exhaust and thought...hmmm bad impeller, as well as the line holding the boom slipped and it "bounced" on the solar panel...so we secured the boom to deal with it at a later time. After about an hour, we decided to head to Booth Bay, as our speed was still only holding at 2.5 knots...HALF OF WHAT WE HAD PLANNED...and needed to get to Boston by noon on Wed, before the really heavy rain was forecasted.
We arrived here at Booth Bay about 2:15, an hour and a half longer than it normally would have taken...BUMPY! Miracle worker and cracker jack mechanic, Captain Rob, discovered a HUGE blockage in the intake thru hull, which took care of the engine issue, he put a better knot in the tie off for the boom, so that should be fine and the alternator, well now it's working!!! Unfortunately it is now 4:15 and NO WAY are we leaving tonight, and by Thursday noon it "should be blowing like stink" (in the words of the Island Packet Yacht sales owner here, whom we had met at the Rockland boat shows and a rendezvous back in 2009. SO we will sit here for yet another weather window...with any luck it will be Friday?!?!?! So NO BOSTON... and it's 20 hours (at 5 knots) just to the mouth of the Canal from here.
We have now poured ourselves a cold one and will have our soup for dinner and turn in early tonight, we are both beat.
10/15/2011, Hupper Island
I just can't believe it's mid October 2011!!! So much as been accomplished, yet there is much to do. So many people we have enjoyed spending time with here on Hupper, yet so many people yet to meet. We truly love Hupper Island and have spent the past 2 years and 4 months enjoying life, friends, happy hours, parties and the very special feeling of being independent, calm and living with nature on an island. "Once you've slept on an island you'll never be quite the same!" This holds so true once you've slept and spent some time on Hupper.
We are preparing Triple Stars for our trek south to Rhode Island, joining the NARC rally to Bermuda, continuing to St. Martin. Ahhhhh, if there's one thing better (or at least just as beautiful) than the 1st new snowfall in December on Hupper, it must be the 1st white sand beach you set foot on in the BVI's in December! The rain and 30+mph winds and 6-9ft seas have delayed our departure until at least Monday. BUT still plenty of time to make our stop in Boston and head to Newport by the 24th.
We are very proud of the work we have done and definitely look forward to the next phase of projects when we return. Rob's vision and plans have come to reality and with the help many...Dana Meklin, contractor; Jon Gallagher, plumber; Cory & Jimmy of Carney Electric; Alan Willbergh, friend & carpenter; Steve Thomas & Terry Eifert, fellow Hupper friends and most of all Jerry & Joanne, spending EVERY vacation day here on Hupper with their sleeves rolled up, work gloves on and Aleve close at hand.
Here's to a well deserved change of scenery and a safe and exciting new chapter in the Andersons' Cruising Adventures.
10/07/2010, Hupper Island
The old saying is so true! How time flies when you are having fun...on Hupper Island. The Summer was AWESOME! The addition is all but done and if I must say so myself...it looks fantastic. So many people to thank and who had big parts in this true labor of love. JoAnnne and Jerry have been awesome, coming up every chance they could WORKING on their vacation and always right there with suggestions, solutions, picking colors and SUPPORT! Rob and I have certainly put alot of heart, soul, blood and sore muscles into this project and have learned alot. Rob, of course, designed this project from start to finish. His knowledge, logic, talent, problem solving abilities and dedication, just never ceases to amaze me. July brought the Anderson/Milbourn families together for the big event. Cooking the 1st meal in our new kitchen, all together! We had a great week together, working, hiking, clamming, visiting, boat riding and just enjoying the time. Of course the annual Hupper Island 4th of July picnic was a huge success. Lots of great weather, food, conversation and meeting new friends!
We were also lucky enough to have some good friends come for a visit. Terri & Lyman (our crusing buddies) and John, Judy and Janna from Texas. And spending time doing some of the "home-town" activities...Lobster Festival, St. George Days, Rockland's Boat Show, wine tasting, Camden Harbor & Arts Festival, lots of hiking around Hupper and visiting with our neighbors.
Rob and I have decided to stay 1 more winter, here on Hupper and continue the next phase of the project...rennovating the old kitchen into a laundry room, bathroom and bedroom in the main house. Be sure to check out our photo gallery, as I tend to post more pictures than write about our adventures.
We head to Acadia National Park to view the fall foliage, so no doubt more pictures will be posted later this month.... Enjoy your fall and thanks to all of you for following our adventures!