Thursday morning we filled our water tanks and dropped off our Garbage at Brewer’s Marina before leaving South Freeport in a little fog, and had a good trip over to Jewell Island, beating the predicted rain. There were 5 other boats there already, so we anchored at the back of the line, still sheltered in the little cove, with only a little wrap-around swell from the point to the west. To the east it was blue sky with a few clouds. To our west, coming from the mainland (off Portland), there was fog and rain heading toward us. It finally reached us in the afternoon, but then it cleared again, stuff dried out, and we were able to eat out in the cockpit. We watched the sun set and the full moon rise, and Dave pointed out Venus, Jupiter and Mars on the ecliptic with the moon.
Friday morning was beautiful and I even got to do yoga on the bow walkway. We set out for Saco mid morning. There were some 6 foot ocean swells, but the weather stayed clear and we picked up a mooring at Saco mid afternoon. We did a little cleaning inside and out then enjoyed the warm weather (no overshirts needed!) and nice breeze up in the tramp. My friend Heidi was able to join us aboard for an early evening drink before heading out to a friend’s birthday dinner. The four of us took her ashore and headed to dinner ourselves at Huot’s. The rain even held off until after our return, and the thunderstorms stayed away from us.
This morning was another beautiful morning (Saturday). With a long ride ahead of us to our home dock, and thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon, we dropped the mooring and set off by 8am, having breakfast while underway. Initially we had 4-5 foot swells, but those have since dropped to 2-3 feet, and we’ve had mostly sunny skies. At one point we briefly entered a low fog bank, so our driving visibility was limited, but the sun was shining overhead!
In about an hour we should make Pepperel Cove where Mom & I will go ashore to get the car and bring it around to the boat launch at Traip Academy to meet the boys. Then we’ll start the business of sorting stuff and going ashore.
Or maybe we’ll leave the sorting for tomorrow and go get dinner at Warren’s 😉
This trip may be coming to and end, but I’m not done blogging. There will be more (shorter) excursions on Lady this season. I will also continue posting at least weekly while we’re ashore over the fall and winter months. There’s more to ‘life on Lady’ than actually being aboard her 😊.
When the weather is nice I want to share the amazing scenery and our fabulous experiences. However, I hope I’ve been reasonably representing some of the challenges of being aboard for 3+ weeks, which is easier to do when the weather is less than ideal.
My friend Courtney posted some ‘reality’ pictures on Facebook the other day- no makeup, clutter, crying child- the stuff we rarely see on FB. It inspired me to do the same here in pictures. Unfortunately, I cleaned just a couple of days ago, so Lady’s looked worse than what follows. It’s challenging to capture how dirty and cluttered this boat can get with four people aboard. Just keep in mind that (a) the exterior is bright white when she’s clean, (b) the interior salon/galley space is about 15′ x 8′, and (c) the cabins are 7.5′ x 8.5′.
I mentioned in another post that we hold 160 gallons of water on board. We have purchased a water maker which Dave will install when we return. So until then we have what we have and fill up when we can. So we are frugal in a couple of ways (sometimes more than we need to be; I worry about running out). Our galley sink has a valve to run either salt water or fresh water. So we wash our dishes with salt water and dish soap, then give them a final rinse with fresh water. Sometimes we do that for our ‘showers’ if we know we can’t refill our fresh water for a while. Our heads (boat word for bathrooms) only have fresh water, so if the ocean water temp is 65F or more (that’s warm for Maine) we’ll don our swimsuits, jump in and soap up with an ocean-friendly soap, rinse it off, then use the fresh water rinse hose on our starboard stern. Fortunately we have water heaters, so the rinse is warm!
Which leads me to electricity…
One thing I like about living on a boat is the reduced footprint. We are solar electric, which greatly reduces our use of fossil fuels. We only have to run the diesel generators (which charge the batteries that run the electric motors) when we travel more than 20-30 miles at a pop, or if we want to go faster than 5 knots, or if we’re traveling into head seas (waves & wind in our face). When we’re stationary, the solar panels keep the batteries charged nicely. We can run a coffee maker, a bread maker, an instant pot, a microwave, charge our electronics, run power tools, etc.- just not all at once 😉.
At least when it rains in the Caribbean, it’s still warm. Not so in Maine. The air temp might be 62F right now, with rain and an easterly wind (so coming across the even cooler ocean). Dave and Dad don’t seem to mind so much. Mom & I are holed up inside with all hatches & portholes closed save one small one that, for now, the rain isn’t coming through. It feels more like April or early May rather than July.
I know I’ve posted a bunch of idyllic pictures of the Maine coast and islands with the sun shining. And I know there has been a long hot and humid stretch for you all back on land. But we’ve been in long pants and chamois or fleece almost every day, especially when we’re underway, and certainly every evening. Our on-the-water temps have averaged high 60s-low 70s. When we go ashore on the mainland we can feel the heat, and we shed layers quickly. Even the interior of an island is a little warmer, but as soon as we’re back aboard we break out the warm clothes.
Wow, it’s been four days since I last posted. That’s because of the poor to zero cell coverage areas we’ve been in. Last post, we were passing a rainy day in Pulpit Harbor. From there we went back to Tenants Harbor for Wednesday night. This was our last stop that would allow us to refill our water tanks, so we did a few loads of laundry again. We sprung the $30 mooring fee that also bought us the right to use their on-shore showers. Oh luxury! We now have 160 gallons of water to last the four of us 11 days. I’ll leave you to do the math on that one. (Dave says that’s a luxury for most boats, or as my Mom said a luxury in some countries. Perspective.)
From Tenants we went to Monhegan Island, meeting up with our cousins from Bremen who came in on their sailboat. Gorgeous! Amazing! Beautiful! Unexpected! I expected a rougher lobstering community, and what I found was a community of lobstering/artististry/summer folk, with a lot of pride in their history. They have a fabulous little museum that documents the thousands-year history of the island, and they had an art display in honor of the 50th anniversary of their art association (although artists have been coming to Monhegan for about 150 years). We walked around a bit, enjoying the phenomenal landscapes, stopping into the little shops and a couple of galleries. The guy who bought Dave’s old boat, Michael Brossard, owns the Island Inn there. He met us when we arrived, and spent some time talking with us about the island, island life, the inn, etc. We had dinner at the inn- splendid (and Michael covered our desserts)! We (minus me) spent Friday morning walking some more (I was not feeling well). We set out for our next stop around lunch time, having lunch underway.
Manana Island from the lighthouse/museum
Museum (formerly the lighthouse keeper’s house)
Town from the harbor
Town from Fish Beach
Friday night we pulled into Damariscove Island and even found a mooring. This is a popular, narrow cove, with dicey anchoring, so we got lucky with the mooring. I stopped counting at 8 boats in this little area. My folks and Dave went for a walk while I snoozed in the hammock, catching the breeze to help reduce my fever (that and ibuprofen did the trick). We all slept soundly last night, and here we are on Saturday morning, watching the sun try to break through the morning fog and start to dry out the heavy, rain-like dew that covered the boat last night.
We’ve been fortunate to spend several 4ths of July with our Maine cousins. This year we shared a big, yummy breakfast (homemade waffles!), attended the parade in Round Pond (always a hoot!), had a lobster and steamers feed at Round Pond Lobster afterward, shared a yummy dinner, and in the evening attended the fireworks in Damariscotta. A fun day (with perhaps a bit too much food!).
When traveling by boat, one is at the mercy of what transportation is available when one arrives someplace and needs to get additional provisions (this is often by foot, although in the States, taxis and Uber are often options). Fortunately, our cousins were willing to drive us into town for this, which is what we did this afternoon of July 5th. There was of course more socializing, some relaxing, and more food today as well!
Tonight we will say our goodbyes and head back out to Lady for the night and depart early in the morning for Tenant’s Harbor. It is unlikely I will be able to post tomorrow, but look for the next chapter of our adventure on Saturday sometime.
Cruised comfortably from Sebasco Estates to Greenland Cove on Muscongus Bay. Little bit of a head sea, but we still made good time. Cool enough on the water for chamois shirts, until we got to the cove where we shed layers the closer we got to our cousins’ house. Picked up their mooring and went ashore for dinner and fabulous family time.
After a wonderful night’s sleep aboard (my first in 3 nights!), we’re ashore for breakfast. Then we’ll be heading to Round Pond for the 4th of July parade and a lobster feast.
Poor connectivity yesterday, so I’m posting yesterday’s entry the morning of day 3 of our cruise…
Dave & Dad started yesterday rubbing the ‘fur’ off the props, cages and hulls. That explains some of the poor performance the day before. Fortunately, the water was 67-degrees, although Dave was still shivering after an hour in the water (Dad was in half that time). So Lady performed a little better Monday, but there are still some bugs to work out of the system.
It was a bit cooler on the water Monday, and mostly overcast. The boys drove the boat, but it required layers, including windbreakers! We spent the evening on a mooring at Sebasco Estates in Phippsburg, ME. It was warmer on land and with the sun out, was delightful. We took advantage of the location and went ashore for a brief walk, and discovered a little ice cream hut on the premises. Yum! Mom & Dad treated us to drinks at the pub, along with an appetizer of mussels simmered in garlic, butter, and white wine- a perfect appetizer to our stir-fried gingered scallop dinner back aboard Lady. We then sat in the tramps and enjoyed the fireworks display Sebasco Estates was doing. A pleasant surprise, as we had no idea they were happening! Today we are heading for Greenland Cove in Muscongus Bay to visit with cousins for a few days.
Mom & Dad came aboard last night and we celebrated with filet mignon (actually a Christmas gift we owed my folks from 2 years ago!).
Dropped me and mom off onshore this morning to bring the car to Pepperell Cove, where Dave and dad met us with Indigo Lady. After hosing her down (for a clean start 😉), and topping off her water tanks, we set off at 10:30am for our first stop at the Saco River.
It was a smooth run, but we had some shakedown issues involving false system readings and some reprogramming. To be expected, thus one reason for this cruise.
Dad saw one smallish whale briefly. Dave sighted one porpoise briefly. There was a flotilla of Canada geese to see us off from Pepperell 🙂.
We are now sitting comfortably on a town mooring in the Saco River enjoying a round of our signature boat drinks (pirated from a lovely gentleman with an awesome cabana bar in the Virgin Islands where we bought Lady, and perfected over the 2300 miles sailing her home).
Lime in Da Coconut (aka- Indigo Ladies): 1/2 C each Cruzan rum, pineapple rum, coconut rum, lime juice, and cream of coconut, blended with ice. Serves four.
Last load brought aboard today. Everything unpacked and stowed. A brief clean, then we reaped the benefits of the beautiful breeze at our mooring in our hammocks. Got Mom & Dad aboard. We head out tomorrow morning!