21 August 2021 | Seal Bay
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Cloudy
Entering Inner Seal Bay, Vinalhaven, ME
We found our cruise up to Arcadia National Park first delayed for a couple of days, then cut short by Hurricane Henri.
First, as we we starting up the engine a few days ago to anchor in Stonington, the transmission slipped so bad that we could not get the engine in gear. Fortunately we have a sailboat, so we sailed in and dropped anchor about 1/2 NM from Billings Diesel, the local Yanmar repair shop! Stonington has one of the largest crab fishing fleets in Maine and are used to towing boats in for repair. We became one of them, two more got towed in while we were there. The problem is a know issue with the Yanmar SD50 Saildrive, so the next day they removed the offending gear cone, took it to the shop and fixed it. We did spend 2 nights free of charge at their docks and got a chance to explore Deer Island.
We made it to Arcadia the following day while monitoring Tropical Storm Henri churning down close to Bermuda with a projected path up to somewhere between New York and Nova Scotia. So after some consideration we decided on Inner Seal Bay, a totally enclosed 'lake' on Vinalhaven as a good spot to ride out any high winds and irritation swells. The system is supposed to make landfall close to Orient NY ( we were there for 5 days a short while ago visiting Mary and Pete ) on Sunday morning. The local forecast for our location has been dialed down to 30 knots of wind and some good rain, so we feel good about being where we are.
The other good thing about a sailboat is that if you have to hang for a few days in one place you can always fix something and do routine maintenance, so that's how we are spending our Saturday.