Vanish - Making The Switch From Sail to Power

27 September 2016 | Piankatank River, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA
22 September 2016 | Current Position - Sassafras River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA
16 September 2016 | Orient, Long Island, New York, USA
11 September 2016 | Ebenecook Harbor near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA
07 September 2016 | Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
05 September 2016 | Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
04 September 2016 | North Haven, Vinalhaven, Maine, USA
28 August 2016 | Castine, Maine, USA
27 August 2016 | Belfast, Maine, USA
12 August 2016 | Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA
06 August 2016 | Canada/USA Border Crossing
04 August 2016 | La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada
02 August 2016 | Photo: Quebec City. Current Location: Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
21 July 2016 | Mackerel Bay, Swan’s Island, Maine, USA
19 July 2016 | Rockland, Maine, USA
07 July 2016 | Rockland, Maine, USA
05 July 2016 | Camden, Maine, USA
02 July 2016 | Rockland, Maine, USA
01 July 2016 | Boothbay, Maine, USA
26 June 2016 | Ebenecook Harbour nr Southport, Maine, USA

Back or Forth

27 September 2016 | Piankatank River, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA
Vicki – Air 21 deg , Water 24 deg C, 8/8 Cloud, Rain Showers, 1 kn S
One could spend a lifetime exploring the Chesapeake Bay. It is 200 miles long with a width ranging from 4 to 30 miles across. The bay and its tributaries have a length of 11,684 miles, only 5,000 miles less than Australia’s entire coastline. The average depth of the bay is just 21 feet making it easy in which to anchor. There are always hidey holes to escape every direction of wind and in a number of places, the anchorages are almost enclosed so that no real weather can intrude. In the last few days, we’ve anchored just off the Choptank River in the Tred Avon River and also the Piankatank River which provides wonderful protection for all wind directions. We passed a lighthouse called Sharps Island Light leaning at a crazy angle off Tilghman Island and is known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This current lighthouse was constructed in 1892 and was knocked sideways due to an ice floe in 1977. Up until I saw this lighthouse, I didn’t realise Chesapeake Bay often freezes in winter.





A tropical disturbance appeared a few days ago spinning off Gambia in Africa called Invest 97L. Today it is expected to be upgraded to a Tropical Depression called Matthew with further development as a hurricane. The models show it travelling in a westerly direction before making a sharp right to pass over the Dominican Republic where it will continue northward through the Bahamas thence onto the USA. These models change daily but we watch them carefully as we need to decide what action to take heading south to Georgia. Yesterday I found an interesting website http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricanes/hurricane-history which documents the effects of hurricanes recorded in the Chesapeake Bay since 1635. It was interesting to read the months these hurricanes arrived in the area, the amount of surge recorded (between 8 and 15 feet), the fact that tornadoes associated with the hurricanes also greatly impacted the lives of many and just the sheer damage caused by the force of waves and wind. Just looking onshore at some of the houses near our current anchorage, some are indeed set at 15 feet above sea level, a very wise decision. This information told us that in the event of Invest 97L making an impact on the Chesapeake Bay, we would need to return as far north up the Chesapeake Bay, possibly to Baltimore or Philadelphia to avoid flooding and wind effects.

The Weather 4D model above for October 5 shows Invest 97L passing close to our current position. The weather models only need to move the hurricane slightly westward for us to take action. We either need to wait and watch, ready to move or sneak down the coast ahead of it before adverse weather affects wind and wave heights out at sea. Brunswick, GA is 500 miles away and can be reached in 2 to 3 days if the weather co-operates. Again, if the models change and Brunswick is in or close to its path, we would not like to think what would happen to Vanish. If we wait here until the hurricane passes, it will be several weeks before we can travel south. Time is ticking. What would YOU do?

Obama Drama

22 September 2016 | Current Position - Sassafras River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA
Vicki – Air 29 deg C, Water 25.6 deg C, Cloud 1/8, Wind 1 kn NW
We made our way down Long Island Sound spending a day anchored at Oyster Bay in heavy rain giving Vanish a lovely wash down.
Sunset after a rainy day, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York.


Oyster Bay is also the site of President Theodore Roosevelt's summer home "Sagamore Hill" which he purchased in 1885 and lived in until his death in 1919. The number of beautiful homes lining the many harbours of Long Island is astounding. We'd found a great weather window to continue our passage down the coast off New Jersey catching the slack tide through Hell's gate on the East River in New York City at 1pm on Tuesday. As we passed under the Throggs Bridge, another cruiser (who had just turned around) announced on the radio "All you boats heading towards Hell's Gate, the East River is closed due to the United Nations General Assembly. What!!! This is the only way for us to head out to sea on our planned voyage south. President Obama was speaking that day at the UN and all access past the UN Building which is right on the East River was closed until 5.45 p.m. We turned around and returned to Manhasset Bay to wait until the following day. As the East River was again closing on Wednesday at 8.55 a.m., we made sure we were up bright and early so that we could pass the U.N. Building in plenty of time before it closed again. As we approached the U.N., there were countless NYPD boats, coast guard tenders and larger coast guard ships all with machine guns mounted on the bow. There had been a terrorist bombing in New York City early this week so security was extremely high. Maynard said, just to make me laugh I'm sure, "If Vanish's autopilot goes crazy and turns at a right angle towards the U.N., you know they're going to shoot us dead don't you?" Ha ha. Very funny. (I checked and we were not on Auto Pilot!) We dodged all machine gun bullets and continued through New York City and out into the North Atlantic Ocean overnight in NE 10-20 kn, seas 3 ft. We motored up the Delaware Bay today, through the Chesapeake/Delaware Canal and are currently anchored in one of many beautiful anchorages on the Chesapeake Bay.

Woof Woof

16 September 2016 | Orient, Long Island, New York, USA
Vicki – Air 18 deg C, Water 22.3 deg C, Cloud 1/8, Wind 8 kn SE
On Monday, we left our anchorage at Ebenecook Harbor near Boothbay Harbor bidding a fond farewell to Maine. Our first night was spent at Hull, Boston and the next day we transited the Cape Cod Canal. Just south of Maine we passed by the Minot Ledge Light which is a 90 ft tall structure made of interlocking granite sitting on a rocky outcrop 1 mile offshore in the North Atlantic. This lighthouse has quite an amazing history which you would find fascinating if you google http://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/minots-ledge-light-history.html The first lighthouse was swept away in a gale in 1851 with the loss of two young lighthouse assistants. So many ships were wrecked on this treacherous ledge and in fact, in a 9 year period in the 1800's, 40 ships were lost on the ledge. The current lighthouse was completed in 1860. It is entered via a 40 ft ladder from the sea in calm conditions.
Minot Ledge Light built in 1860, south of Boston, MA, USA

It has withstood countless tempests and actually sways during particularly bad storms. In 1909, on Christmas Day, Keeper Milton Reamy claimed that a wave 176 ft in height hit the lighthouse. It is in a truly impressive spot and one I would not care to visit on a stormy night.

On our trip to the canal, we saw a number of whales and dolphins as the visibility was excellent. Once through the Cape Cod Canal we stopped at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts and weathered a sunset storm then proceded onto Bristol, Rhode Island. Today we moved again and are currently in Orient, Long Island. As soon as the anchor was set and the aft deck washed down, we sat outside to enjoy the end of a great day doing a Jane Wooster Scott jigsaw puzzle, listening to Trentemoller Radio on Pandora, sipping wine and watching as our friends on their motor yacht Woofie anchored nearby. We met the "Woofites" last year and have bumped into them numerous times this year. We are both heading south and looking for the right weather window but are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Karl spinning off Africa right now. If you look closely, the bullseye in the middle of the pink section shows the average wave height to be 8.4 meters (27 feet) just south of Bermuda. No plans to go to Bermuda, that's for sure.

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This is the projected position of Hurricane Karl next Friday 23rd September, 2016.

Set and Relax

11 September 2016 | Ebenecook Harbor near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA
Vicki – Air 19 dec C, Cloud 2/8, Wind 17 kn, W
We’re currently anchored in another picture perfect spot in one of our favourite anchorages, Ebenecook Harbour on the Sheepscot River near Boothbay. We left Rockland last Friday after a number of consecutive foggy days. The seas were 3 to 4 foot with high fog which burned off by late morning. Yesterday we took the dinghy through Townsend Gut and spent Saturday in Boothbay being tourists. We met artist Maria Boord at her studio in town. She paints up to 15 works at a time in oil on canvas and wood and her pieces really capture the feel and beauty of Maine. One painting in particular took my fancy and Maria kindly showed us on a tourist map where to find the actual scene of a shack covered in lobster buoys. Unfortunately the painting had sold otherwise I would have been very tempted. It was getting late in the day and was quite cool but we decided to find the shack and headed in the general direction of the map but then converted to the Navionics App on Maynard’s phone to try to locate it.
Our dinghy track from Boothbay, through Townsend Gut to the lobster shack and back to Vanish at Ebenecook Harbor, Maine, USA

It wasn’t easy as there are a myriad amount of waterways, rocks, the ubiquitous lobster buoys, bridges, and docks and a tourist map is not at all like a marine chart. We eventually found it (at the top of the above map) and I was able to take photographs of the colourful lobster buoys. It was a worthy and successful hunt.

The Fish Shack, our dinghy destination.  Note the mannequin in the top window. Knickerbocker Road, near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA

Everything happens at 3:00 am on a boat doesn’t it. A front was due to arrive after midnight. We have previously dragged anchor at Ebenecook Harbour with the CQR, so I made a special note before retiring of the direction of a red light tower, the moon, a nearby island etc so that if our anchor alarm screamed at us, I could leap out of bed and know exactly where we were. At 3:07 am, we awoke to flashes of light and the sound of thunder very close. I leapt out of bed, put my nose to the flyscreen and could see a white wall. Huh? Wake up Vicki. Something’s not right. Maynard waited for a report under the covers. I went outside and couldn’t see a thing as we were surrounded by the thickest fog ever. The subdued flashes of lightning continued from the nearby storm but to see fog and lightning together like this is rare. It is possible for thunder fog to occur when there is a very moist stable layer at the surface with a very unstable atmosphere above it. Last year we experienced thunder fog one morning in Massachusetts. The storms passed north of us and by the morning the fog had lifted. We experienced another storm mid-morning today with wind and our anchor pattern shows we have not moved an inch with the new Rocna. It’s starting to truly feel like a “set and relax” anchor.

The Fog

07 September 2016 | Penobscot Bay, Maine, USA
Vicki – Air 18 deg c, Sea 17.5 deg c, Fog, Wind 2 kn E
If you're wondering why we are still in the same general area, we spent last week dealing with the USA health system trying to fill a couple of prescriptions. This simple act took the entire week and it is no wonder that the American health system is in such disarray. This week we are waiting for the weather to abate further south and for the seas to die down from ex Hurricane Hermine. Meanwhile Maynard has been on the phone constantly with an incredible amount of work for his company. The older he gets, the harder he works it seems although I am trying to convince him otherwise. Fortunately we are very comfortable as Vanish is set up like a home with phone and internet access plus we have access to all that the local towns provide. We experienced only the slightest effect from Hurricane Hermine. My mackerel sky observation at 6pm the previous night brought a 20 kn north-easterly 9 hours later but we had moved behind the Rockland Breakwater on sunset. Rockland Harbor is exposed to the east and north-east so boats tend to anchor behind the rock wall in bad weather although the lobbie men have potted it out with lobster buoys so it's difficult to find swinging room. We are gaining more confidence in our new Rocna anchor and it means we can anchor with slightly less chain on the bottom so we can squeeze in a little better. Whenever we raise the anchor, it comes up with at least a couple of hundred pounds of sticky mud which Maynard pushes off with the boat hook so it is definitely grabbing the bottom beautifully. We find it doesn't slide at all when we put Vanish in reverse to set it. It just drops and grabs and is a totally different experience to the CQR. So far, so good.

Our marina in Brunswick, Georgia bore the brunt of Hurricane Hermine with 75 mph winds coming directly into the inlet with 5 foot waves which destroyed the dock house on Dock 1. Dock 1 sacrificed itself to save all the other yachts in the marina which all survived without damage. The outer bands here in Maine associated with Hurricane Hermine provided us with a beautiful sunset before the north-easterly arrived in the night.

Magnificent sunset in Rockland Harbor, Maine, USA

The next day, the fog rolled in as you can see in the above photo. The sea surface was glassy and every now and again a seal or loon would pop up nearby. It became very thick after dark and it was impossible to see any nearby yachts or their anchor lights. It was Maynard's birthday but unfortunately he was on the phone to Australia until late so we could not go to town for a birthday dinner. Around 9 pm, we saw a bright light outside in the pitch dark. When we went onto the bow to investigate, we saw that a lobster boat had come into the anchorage and was tying up to a nearby mooring. Even with radar, this would have been an incredibly difficult maneuver with lit and unlit boats, lobster buoys, moorings, barges and navigation markers. It is hard enough when it's dark but brutal with less than 100 meters of visibility with the fog. It felt super creepy outside but warm and toasty in the well-lit salon of Vanish. It is again foggy today and is forecast to be so again tomorrow with drizzle and then thunderstorms by the end of the week.

A lobster boat arrives in dense fog next to us.  He picked up a mooring we were anchored next to.
Vessel Name: Vanish
Vessel Make/Model: Marlow Voyager 76LR
Hailing Port: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Maynard and Vicki
Home Page: sailblogs.com/member/vanish
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