Time to leave and go “Home”

Last time you heard from us we where in Annapolis, we stayed there for over a week, combining lazy days with boat work.

Annapolis

It was rather busy days in Annapolis

Sandbagger (Copy)

Where we saw this replica of a Sandbagger, originally, they were built for oyster harvesting around New York, people were betting on which were the fastest and the Sanbagger become one of the first racing classes. The rule was no limits on sail and they had enormous sails up to 150 sqm that was counterweighted by people and sand bags. It started around 1850.

 

The weather was very “good” but way too hot and humid for us.

Shower in the rain

One day we got a lot of rain, and the captain took the opportunity to take a shower in the heavy rain to cool down.

We will go back to Europe for roughly 6 weeks mainly to attend our oldest daughter’s wedding, something we really look forward to, she is getting married on Samos Greece.

We will leave Kerpa in Georgetown Yacht Basin where we got a slip for free as they were so delayed when repairing Kerpa, Now the last days we have enjoyed AC and the AC units has been on 24/7 in 4 days we have used them more than the rest of the time we have had Kerpa, we might have been Americanized?

But it is a must, temperature well over 35 degree C and close to 100% humidity and a lot of work to do.

Regular service of all engines.

Outboard maintanence

Running fresh water through the out board engine, Kerstin stands..

Kerstin geting wet

Right in the way of the cooling water out let, she got very wet but still a happy smile

Clean Fuel tank

A clean fuel tank

Fuel traansfer pump

My home mad “fuel transfer pump”

A fuel hose in which I put an aluminium tube to make it stiff so that I could positioned at the lowest part of the tank and where I found the most debris. The pump it self is just an old out board fuel hose with a hand pump.

Fuel tank cleaning broom

When tank was empty I just made a “broom” by attaching a rag with a cable tie and mocked around the tank. Worked well.

Marco pump

Installed a new fresh water pump from Marco, look how small it is compared with the old Jabsco pump. It does not need any accumulator tank as the pump has variable speed and gradually increase the pressure. So not only small, we saw space on accumulator tank as well, cost a little bit more but, my 1,5-year-old accumulator tank from Johnson pump was broken so in the end it will be cheaper.

Pumps in Engineroom

More engine room work. I had notice that the water pump started now and then so obviously we had a leak somewhere, after some tracing I found it. It was the three way valve for flushing the water maker that I changed about 2 years ago that already have started to leak, so needed to put in a new valve and was forced to move the filters as well, it become a full day of work, on top of that I had to pickle the water maker again as the leaking water has flushed away all the pickling agent. Work, Work, work phu.

When we get back we will sail with the Salty dawg rally from Hampton to Antigua. In an information mail I got from them they offered a free rigging inspection from a rigger in Annapolis, very convenient for us as we were in Annapolis so why not take the offer. Of course, they want to sell us a new standing rig as ours is close to 20 years old, we have decided to change when we get to the Amel office in Martinique, but as the trip to Antigua is close to 1600 nm it is a must to make sure there are no visible flaws on the rig such as a broken strand. The rigger did not find any problem with the rig, but he said your radar will soon fall down!!!, as one of two bars holding the radar is broken. Well we had missed that one and we were both glad and sad, glad that he found the problem, but not happy when he said the cost to fix it is probably around 1000 $.

When we earlier went down the Delaware bay we were pounding heavily in the waves, we had the current with us but + 20 knots on the nose with very steep waves. It would not been fun at all having a +10 kg radar hanging in the cable banging violently into the mast threatening to falling down any minutes. Not fun at all! if falling down onto someones head it would easily been a fatal accident.

Radar Bracket

Our radar bracket

RB 3

The aft bar holding the radar was brooken on both sides. Simple to fix, just weld it but first one has to loosen the radar from the bracket, hanging it to a halyard, dismantle the radar bracket, bring it to a weld shop and then mounting it again. If I had time I can do most of the job myself, but I do not fancy very much having the radar hanging in a halyard for more than a day or two.

Well I woke up one night and thought why not just tie it with a piece of Dyneema string?

RB 4

My “Cooled welding” with Dyneema string, I tied down both bars even the one that was not broken, thrust it will last for a long time. And we can have bettter use for the 1000 $ there are always something new to mend, improve our just break down.

Well I’m not the only one working, Kerstin took care of the inside cleaning and treating with white vinegar to avoid mold. Cleaned out the anchor chain box etc. etc.

Kerpa at GYB

Now Kerpa is tied up with double mooring ropes and well fendered off. Remains from hurricanes can reach this area and then I know I have tied her up properly. Tomorrow we fly to Sweden

 

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Leaving Maine going south

We went south from Dessert Island a foggy day and again we came to Rockland, easy anchoring, good provisioning and to attend an OCC (Ocean Cruising Club) gathering. As you might remember I wrote last time about the old couple who sold their sailboat at the age of 96 and bought a brand-new motorboat an American Tug 365. Well we meet them at the OCC meeting and had a long chat with them, fantastic persons, they told us they bought a HR 42 in Ellös +30 years ago.

Ruth and Herb Weiss call them self and their new boat Ancient Mariners, an honor to meet them Herb will be 100 this fall.

 

On our way south, we saw this odd boat

Could be a friend of the Swedish character Sven Yrvind, who sail small, very small sailboats that he construct and build himself, if you do not know about Sven, I recommend you to read about him http://www.yrvind.com/my-life-texts/  at 79 he now starts to build yet another boat for a long voyage, a real character.

 

From Rockland we aimed for Provincetown at Cape Cod, but as we where to drop our anchor I had a look at the forecast and found that we will have strong southerlies so why not continue for another day and go down to Hadley Harbor not far from Newport, Kerstin thought it was a good idea, so we continued. Then we saw this ship

A real Pirate ship? No it is the Kalmar Nyckel, Kalmar Nyckel was a Swedish ship originally built 1625 in Holland which 1635 transported people to the Swedish colony, New Sweden situated in Delaware. 1655 the colony was lost to The Netherlands, but the most Swedes decided to stay.

1997 The city of Wilmington Delaware built a replica of Kalmar Nyckel. (for more information see) http://www.kalmarnyckel.org/, anyhow a large surprise to see such historical vessel.

Newport

While in the area it is almost a must to visit Newport again, this time there was the annual Jazz festival, either Kerstin or I are great friends of Jazz especially not the type they played in Newport, but the folk life was rather nice, except for the one day it was torrential rain, not fun at all for the festival.

A lot of boats large and small anchored outside the festival enjoying drinks and food aboard and free music, and so did we too.

The rainy day we decided to take a walk to a T-Mobile shop to fill up our internet, according to google map it should be about 2,5 km walk so total 5 km walk. The forecast claimed it should not start to rain within an hour. Well never trust the weatherman, after about 20 minutes walk it started to rain, and do not trust google map either the T-Mobile shop we aimed for did close more than a year ago, next one was another 3 km away, well we walked on in the rain and were rather wet when arriving to the shop. When leaving the T-Mobile shop the rain was rather heavy so we had a 5 km walk back, we got very wet, but just as we got back to the boat the real torrential rain started so we said that we had relatively luck with the weather anyhow.

Before the rain we saw these colourful houses in Newport.

Menemsha

Next stop was Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard, where part of the movie the Jaws was filmed, we were there last year by buss, but this time we anchored outside, a rather exposed anchorage, so the night was rather uncomfortable as more than expected swell hit the anchorage.

Menemsha is a rather idyllic place well worth visiting

No wild polis car chasing with this vehicle, a rather charming polis vehicle.

Plenty of sea food available, we choose mussels this time, and a sizable bottle of white wine

Sunset at Block Island

Block Island is a rather busy place, but generally it has been less boats out this season compared with last season, much easier to find good anchorage this time.

If one takes the dingy into the shallow lagoon on Block Island it is not busy at all.

On our way further south to Port Washington we encounter some strong current mainly due to variation in depth.

One has to plan rather carefully to have the current with you, it is a rather big difference to have +2 kn instead of -2 kn. If your boat sped is 6 knots SOG is either 4 or 8 knots a big difference.

 

 

When arriving to Port Washington, the weather was not the best.

But some days later it was better, and we took the train into New York to meet our youngest daughter Linnea who had been on a training course and had a few hours she wanted to spend with us before she flew back to Sweden so a short but very dear meeting.

The day after we headed south passing Manhattan via East River

Approaching New York

Lower Manhattan

After passing Manhattan with relatively clear sky and sunshine we now saw some clouds over New York, but as we now were at Sandy Hook and it was good wind just forward of the beam, I was very tempted to set sail. We started with the main, but the sky was grey over land and sometimes the wind can be rather strong under heavy clouds, so I hesitate to unfurl the genoa, it was itching in my fingers to unfurl, but I have become older and hopefully wiser, so I decided to wait. Well we did not need to wait for a long while before the wind hit us, from maybe 12 knots to persistent wind of well over 30 knots and sometimes very close to 40 knots. In just a few seconds, furl the main quickly and continue under engine. It lasted maybe for 45 minutes then we could sail almost all the way down to the mouth of the Delaware Bay, but during that night we could not relax very much as we could se the clouds and thunder both over land and further out at sea, but luckily no more squalls hit us.

Not the best picture but wind 35 knots.

 

We anchored at the southern part of the mouth of the Delaware bay, most anchor at Cape May, but our draft makes it difficult to find a good spot, we had been advised to anchor at Cape Henlopen instead, not the most beautiful place but OK to wait for the tide to turn in the right direction for going up the bay. We were rather tiered when we arrived because both of us had been up all night as the weather was unstable, we were greeted by some dolphins very nice indeed, less nice was that the anchor chain had made a knot by itself so impossible to get out of the anchor box.

Luckily, we have installed an inspection hatch in the bow locker, but it has to be emptied before it could be open, not what you want to do after a long overnight trip.

Then it is rather easy to get access and untie the knot, the chain is rather dirty after being in muddy waters so good we do not need to use the inspection hatch that are available from the inside of the boat.

Annapolis

Now we are in Annapolis, plan to stay for a while to work on the boat. I did a lot of work on Kerpa before we started the trip and I found it sometimes rather fun and rewarding to work on Kerpa, so my ambition was to continue to do some minor improvements and maintenance during the trip, but as soon as we cast off, all the good ideas, lust and ambitions vanished totally. I can’t understand why the threshold to start even the most minor jobs feels enormous.  A few things have broken and urgently needed to be fixed, but I have not found the energy for it, in my mind a saw several days of uncomfortable work in awkward positions so it has been postponed, intill yesterday when I started. The bilge bump was leaking I had winterized everything except the bilge pump which I forgot, with the result it is now leaking, but luckily it is the easiest thing to fix so it could have been worse, glad I did not forgot to winterize the water maker.

Well yesterday I fixed it, it took maybe an hour. And it was not that bad at all to work so I did

The exhaust elbow on the diesel generator as well, as it started to be clogged, a rather dirty job, the worst part is to clear the clogged part on the motor block. It does not look that bad but if not cleaned the exhaust leaves very black stains on the hull. Well both job was done before lunch (but a late lunch).

I’m not the only one who loses the energy to work, Kerstin who do the cooking every day and more or less always from pure raw materials no half made starts, she lost the energy and served this for dinner

Ready barbequed chicken, Chips, Guacamole, cheese etc, she threw in some carrots as well to make it more nutritional correct.

But the next day back to normal this time and very old classic Swedish dish from the late 1960’s

Boiled chicken in curry sauce, brought out some nice childhood memories.

We have bought a new toy, I claim it is for when our kids visiting us, but I have wanted a SUP for a while and there was a sale on defender.com so we just had to try one it looked good so, a second is already ordered, soon we can paddle around both of us. It is less difficult than I thought but I do fall into the water now and then.

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Maine part 2

After the Blues festival we left Rockland a sunny day with a gentle breeze towards Mount Dessert Island, where one finds Acadia National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in the USA with over 3,3 million visitors every year. The trip was about 50 nM, and we had the wind just forward of the beam most of the trip, and finally we could sail most of the distance.

But it was almost an obscene amount of lobster pots

I can assure you that it is not lazy sailing, you have to have very sharp outlook all the time and slalom between the vast amount of lobster pots where off many have a double float a small one often just below the surface of the water, and then a larger float attached with a 7-8 m(ca 25 feet) line so if one sail between them one get caught.

We sailed passed this “nice” house which looks as it like to take a bath in the chilly water, it is leaning quiet a lot.

And of course, one sees many light houses

We found a very secured anchorage at Somes Harbor situated ca 8 Nm up in a narrow bay.

You can see our track up the bay, and despite being a very safe anchorage and a very early settlement, at the first it does not look very special, but we had daily a dolphin mother with her calf circling around our boat and frequently we saw seals swimming lazily in the narrow bay, and on top of that we regularly saw a white-headed eagle, rather amazing.

You can see Kerpa almost in the center and often we had the dolphin and seals circling around.

The tide is also very visible in the bay. We often complain in Sweden as we think the floating dock are so expensive to buy, but here it is just a minor cost compared to the ramp necessary to reach the floating dock.

Somes harbour did not only displayed wild life and tide, but also a few elderly ladies who still was going strong

This two ladies took a daily exercise even when wind and tide was against them, tough ladies.

There are surprisingly many cruisers and local boaters who row and do not use an engine.

Look at the dingy dock most dinghies have no engine, rarely seen elsewhere, but in other places we saw a massive amount of horse powers on smaller boats also. Americans use the whole scale from very modest to the most extreme in many areas.

Mount Dessert Island

Mount Dessert island is well worth a visit, it is not only a beautiful island but also an easy Island to visit without a car. Just go out on the road look for a bus, wave with your hand and it stops. The buss does not cost anything and take you to Bar Harbor which is the center for visitors. In Bar Harbor you find the normal B&B, Hotels, restaurants etc but also the visitors center and several buses that takes you for free around the island, the National Park fee is 15 USD and the pass is valid for 5 days.

Bar Harbour, most harbours in New England have at least one sailing ship, but in Maine there seams to be several in every village.

 

We took a longer trekking who started with the famous beehive. They warned people that you need to be fit and not afraid of heights and that the track is so narrow so one can not turn back but must proceed.  I am no friend of heights, as example I hesitate a lot going a loft in the mast and find it very uncomfortable to go up to the second spreader, I have not yet been to the top, I fear for the day I have to. But I preach to Kerstin and my children that you have to challenge your comfort zoon, so we decided to take the trip up the beehive.

Half way up, thankfully they had iron bar, so one got a firm grip for climbing

And we already got a nice view

This was the most challenging passage and some ques developed as a few hesitated to climb the ladder if you lose your grip you will fall ….., One young woman did not want to continue she was standing there crying, while her boyfriend explained that going down was not an option, he promised I catch you if you fall. Finally she decided to climb the ladder and of course she made it, The brave are not the one doing crazy daredevil things, but the one who take a big step out of their comfort zone, like this young women.  It was a great hike.

Kerstin on the top of the beehive.

The climb is not very long but on the top there are several routs to take and we choose one who took us further up to the top of Mount Champlain only ca 350 meters high so not so demanding but rewarding

Beautiful scenery

A surprising thing in US, is that many young girls and young women do trekking. I would say we have seen more young females that younger men when we have been out walking, in Sweden our experience is the contrary.

The scenery remains a lot of what we see where I grew up around Stockholm. Surprisingly I recognized a scent when walking, from linden flowers, I looked around and there was linden tress that blossomed. It woke up some very old memories from my childhood, when my father took me out and rowed out to a nearby island where we picked the linden flowers which we dried and made tea from, which we used to drink regularly for a few summers

An American linden tree in full of blossom

Linden flowers, one pick the flower including the long green leaves attached to it, dry it and brew tea from it, taste quiet OK. The American linden tree has smaller leaves and blossom much later that the Swedish one who blossom very early summer.

I also found (Johannes ört), St john’s wort

St John’s Wort a knee-high plant with yellow flowers. Very well known in Sweden, for seasoning Vodka.

Pick a few handful of flower buds, put them in a litre of Vodka and let it stand for a few days, not too long, the Vodka turns red. Filter the Vodka, put in a tea spoon of sugar and you get a relatively nice “snaps” as we say in Sweden or shot, I think it called in English, if you are not too thirsty store it until the next season and the taste is very nice indeed. In Sweden you rarely taste 1 year old Johannes “snaps” as Sweden belong to the “Vodka belt” and alcoholic beverage seldom last to the next day. The Johannes ört is supposed to have other effects such as calming you down, but the alcoholic effect usually overpowers any effect of what ever we are seasoning the vodka with. This is especially common when we have our seasonal crawfish party in August, when we are singing snaps songs and consuming large amount of seasoned vodka. I can highly recommend attending a crawfish party in Sweden and/or of course a midsummer party.

Pine is a common tree here as in Sweden and when talking to a local about pine he asked me what kind of pine we had. Well I do not know, pine is pine is Sweden, but in Maine he said they have two types, the normal 5 needle pine and red pine with two needles, the red pine is dying due to attack by harmful insects he said. So, I guess we have something similar to red pine as our pines have the needles in pair of two

American 5 needles pine I just toke for granted that pine needles always came two and two, always nice to talk to people one often learn something.

As can be seen from the pictures, we had luck with the weather the day we choose to take the walk in Acadia National Park, but the weather has offered a lot of fog

The air is very moist, so we stayed aboard, and we enjoyed our self with baking

Cashew nut formed bread, taste very good

And a soft ginger cake great taste.

Unfortunately when leaving Mt Dessert Island there was fog for part of the trip, and surprisingly, AIS on boats are rare in US so not only sharp outlook for lobster pots but also for other boats are necessary, that makes mowing around not very relaxing, We have decided to head south now, and awaiting a good weather window for a trip towards Cape Cod, else we have to short jump south, but the longer we stay the more we can enjoy lobsters, we eat them rather often as they taste delicious.

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Maine part 1

Maine Part 1

We left Provincetown late afternoon the 5 th of July for the 125 Nm trip to Booth Bay in Maine. The wind was from behind between 20-24 knots and the sea grew larger as we progressed towards Maine with good speed. The new autopilot need some adjustments it had difficulties in keeping a steady course in the not too large sea, strange as it kept very good course when we sailed up wind in choppy sea using the wind vane steering mode in the Delaware Bay. The manual does not give clear instructions, so we need to study it further (boring I’m no great friend of manuals, especially when the manual covering more than one model). Newer the less, we made good progress, but I did not get much sleep that night. When we got close to land some fishing markers showed up but not too many to be any great concern, but one had to keep rather sharp outlook. Well good outlook had the advantage that we saw our first shark out at sea, it was maybe 1,5 m long with the characteristic shark fin just above the surface, passing by lazily. We made landfall a grey and misty morning and had a continued good sail all the way in to the Booth Bay harbour. We quickly found a good spot to drop our anchor, it is always nice to get the hook down and have a relaxing cup of tea before clearing out the “extra” mess that we create during passage.

Booth Bay is a busy place witch at first sight it looked a little bit boring, but that was only the first impression it grew as we discovered more of it.

Plenty of summer houses and B&B’s around the harbor I guess Booth Bay is rather sleepy of season.

Both pictures are obviously taken at low tide the difference between high and low tide is roughly 3,5 meters.

I’m still very fascinated by the tide it gives many views we are not used to.

Booth Bay must have been a lively place year around as it has its own opera house

Not large to be an opera house but not very common to see in fishing villages, must have been a very prosperous place once upon a time. Now it is active with Lobster fishing and summer tourists.

Maine is well known for its light houses

We have only seen a few so far, but Maine is more well known for all the lobster pots and we can absolutely agree on that.

Look at the picture with lobster boat and pots everywhere also in the middle of the fairway

Luckily, they have quiet vivid colours, so easy to spot, many of them has two floats connected with each other and if one pass between them one guaranty gets caught. Not yet but I assume it’s like sailing in the archipelago of Stockholm it is not if one hit a rock it is when, guess it is not if but when one gets caught. We will probably find out if the Spurs line cutter is working or not! Even in the harbours and anchorage they are in abundance.

There must be millions of pots thus it must be MANY lobster and incredibly amount. We have already enjoyed it several times and they taste delicious.

 

But they are not very cheap about 24 USD for two 1 ¼ pound about 600 gram hard shell lobster, but they are worth it. But the mussels are not bad either and much more cost efficient

We get good use of the big pot we bought in Bequia last season. Look at the pot one can still see the price we paid, I wonder what kind of permanent marker they used to write the price on the pot, would like to have one, most “permanent” markers we have bought have not been very “permanent”!

 

When enjoying sea food one needs bread, and we bake bread frequently, down below you see a combo “loaf” Baguette style and focaccia, made in our “mini” oven one put on top of the stow.

Rising the combo “loaf”

Reedy to eat, does not look very pretty but taste very good, especially the part with olives, sun dried tomatoes and thyme

One also sees many traditional sailing ships of both large and medium sizes

Very nice indeed.

Some old-fashioned fishing vessels as well, similar one could see plenty of in Sweden about 30 years ago, maybe they were sold to fishermen in Maine?

Plenty of boats at buoys in every harbour, but we have not seen so many sailing out among the islands, guess they more day sail not too fare from the harbour.

 

Seal bay

Below follow many pictures from the very beautiful Seal bay, and yes, we saw many seals there mainly out swimming, but also on the cliffs

It reminds a lot of sailing on the Swedish east coast, with granite cliffs, the trees in Maine are spruce and in Sweden we see mainly pine trees. About the same temperature both in the air and in the water as in the archipelago of Stockholm, we took a short swim in the 17 C “cold” water.

This photo could have been taken in Stockholm, but this is at high tide, at low tide there is an obvious difference.

This too

It was a beautiful evening

Rockland

In Rockland we stayed for a few days to attend a Blues Festival, we did expect a big event, but it was rather cosy and smallish, guess just over 1000 attendants and surprisingly most in our age. We used to say that sailing is dying because most cruisers are 60+, in Sweden one see very few young persons in sailing boats now a days, unfortunately it looks as Blues goes the same way at least if one judge from this venue, very few young persons among the audience.

 

The day before the festival, just right of the center one can see Kerpa at anchor.

 

As can be seen not very many young persons

The man in the white jacket is Bobby Rush he is 84 years old and still going, his voice was very good and strong, had the right moves, and he is great on harmonica. Amazing. But Bobby is not the only old champion, we have now from two independent sources heard about the owner of a nice red trawler, he sold his sailboat as he felt to old to sail, but did not want to give up the life on the sea, this was 4 years ago, this year he will be 100 years old, that is amazing to buy a new boat a the age of 96! A man to take of your hat for.

Rockland harbor.

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Work Work Work

It has been a lot of work for us on Kerpa, one of the major tasks was to tidy up some of the crow’s nest of cables the previous owner had created. That was necessary but also a good opportunity now when installing the new instruments and the new electronics for the Autopilot.

Quiet some difference before and after, there was some of obsolete cables and gadgets hanging around so good to get rid of them. In my eager to sort things out I got too ambitious and manage to cut away the alarm for when the Bow thruster are in the up or down position, and unfortunately, I can’t find the cables without some serious search. The short-term solution is that Kerstin has to have a look at the bow thruster when I operate it up or down from the cockpit and she communicate with me with our inter come, but she has to release the safety pin anyway so not so much extra work, but rather irritating mistake. Anyhow we have the new course computer and the old one side by side, both 12 and 24 Volt fused out lets for some old and new equipment added by me earlier, and now very quick and easy to add new gadgets.

One of the more difficult and boring job is to get the new cables from the transducers to the new instruments. It took a few days and some days to tidy up but it went well not to many bad words came from my mouth in the process.

Instruments in place only the closed hauled is missing at that moment.

Looks good when using them, must say we are very pleased with them.

Another important job was to change the lining on the freezer, the old metal lining was not ideal, it was rather extensive condensation between the two lids that we have. Metal lining was the only material available when I built the freezer in Levkas. I have been looking for PVC sheets but have not found it anywhere. However, on Amazon I found a material called Kydex I guess it normal polyethylene of some better quality, it is available in many different dimensions and thickness good to have aboard for unexpected trouble solving. It can be formed by heating and one can find on YouTube people making holsters for guns and knifes of it.

The old lining of very thin metal could be cut away by using a fruit knife!!

How a piece of Kydex becoming a box covering the blue polystyrene block after a lot of work and measurements.

The box taking shape, each bend need to be done individually by heating the bend and shielding the other part from heat to get a very short radius bend, it is quite a few bends already on the box

Will it fit? Or do I have to……..

Perfect!

We kept the top lid as good to put hot pots and pans on

When working aboard it becomes chaos aboard and living aboard gets difficult, when looking for things one find things one have not used for some time, such as well over 100 charts now no longer on Kerpa, a Weather fax, the old satellite phone system just to mention a few things we got rid of to create space for new “important” stuff.

Kerstin had to fight some of my tools when preparing food.

The engine needs some attention, such as a new

Raw water pump bought from Parts4Engine.com at a cost less than the original repair kit for the original raw water pump cost! It works fine so far.

The old semi flexible solar panels looked a little bit dull, but some light abrasive polish and they look almost as new again.

We have solar panels on the bimini and the Velcro who keep them in place needed to be replaced on the panel. A rather time-consuming job to get rid of all the old glue that was still on the panels. Kerstin worked a few days with that spoiling all hear finger nails. I had bought what I thought was high quality Velcro for out door use, but a real set back just after a few days.

The Velcro did not stay on the panel. And the worst thing is that the glue did lose from the Velcro and sticking to the panel, it will be very cumbersome to get rid of the glue.

More fun is to install new gadgets such as a Hydro generator

 

The new Hydrogenator from Swi-Tec

Relatively easy to fold up, but the mounting brackets and folding mechanism is a little bit oversized and over engineered, very heavy. Might be difficult to find a good place to store it when not in use, the propeller is in aluminium and could easily get bent when handling the unit. The unit is supposed to generate up to 500 W at a speed around 8 knots. Have only tried it a short moment and it gave around 6 A/24V at 6 knots.

One thing that was not overengineered was the contact, rather flimsy I would say, so I took an ordinary 16 A shore power plug instead.

Probably boring reading for you who do not get going on boat maintenance and boat gadgets, as we boat junkies do, so therefore I spare you from all the other things we did, and to be quiet honest I was rather feed up as well as the yard did not finalize the thing they should do in time, they worked very disorganized, one day they started something and then suddenly they went away with the job half done. A few days later nothing had happened, and I had to have a row with the owner at more than one occasion. That made it very difficult to plan own work. But we could enjoy some beautiful evenings

The big bird is a very large Heron we think, it was our nearest neighbour, we could hear him walking our deck in the early mornings.

Then finally, the yard was ready 22 of June! Not end April as agreed!!

Before we cast off we needed to do the provisioning of important items, above my priorities

Different from Kerstin’s priority of good nutrition. Well we will not only drink, we did stock up with some solid things to eat as well, so freezer is full.

Cast off

First trip we did was not long, just around the corner, then rest and just enjoy being on our own anchor

First anchoring, outside where Pat and Diane also Amel owner who have assisted us during our stay, so we invited them for dinner

They brought the desert of course Apple-pie, delicious this beautiful evening

 

North, we go

Well after a few days we passed the Chesapeake & Delaware canal out to the Delaware bay, a big bay facing the ocean 50 Nm in South East. Of course, we had head wind ca+/- 20 knots apparent, at first with the current, reasonable speed but very uncomfortable sea, water breaking over the boat and we were slamming into the sea sometimes with very high force, resulting in that one of our downwind pools fell down, on deck fortunately and not in to the sea.

On the port side you can see how we usually store the down wind pools to have them quickly ready to deploy, but one of them broke lose and we had to secure them with water splashing over out deck.

The rivets were broken off, When inspecting the other pool, I saw that we needed to replace the rivets on that too.

After a while the tide and current turned against us and progress in the I must say at that time violent sea was about 2 knots with the Volvo working at almost full rev.

Time to motor sail, usually we do not make very good progress upwind, headwind is not the strong points for an Amel SM, and now with the current against us 1,5-2 knots, we mentally prepared for a long and uncomfortable trip down the bay. To our positive surprise progress was excellent, refed genua and almost full mizzen gave us a speed exceeding 8 knots with engine at 1400 rev. a fellow boat who passed us motoring a few hours earlier, deployed the same tactics and we overtook them rather quick. The seas soon became much gentler as the tide and wind was in the same direction.

This is our progress with the new autopilot in wind vane steering mood. For our Amel standard, excellent

Exiting the bay we could easy the sheets a bit and cut the engine, we did very good progress now as current at the mouth of the bay was not very strong. It felt divine.

Nantucket

The aim was for Nantucket a trip of ca 370 nM, and as usual more motor than sail as the wind died on us much earlier than forecasted. But the sun was shining and the temperature was gentle

Dingy dock in Nantucket, not very crowded compared with last year where it was packed on the anchorage and on the dingy dock.

We had hoped to go directly from Nantucket up to Maine but the forecast changed so we decided to make some local cruising

Evening at Hadley Harbour

Morning mist

We have a lot of free passengers from Georgetown, tons of spiders but this morning we had many beautiful spider webs to admire

The area is well known for its fog but fortunately it cleared up a few hours later when we entered the Cape Cod Canal.

So we got a slow but nice downwind sailing to Provincetown for the 4 of July celebration

We were in Provincetown a few weeks ago by car, but it was different this time definitely

 

The dress code had changed and this was far from the most extreme on the contrary, not all Americans are prudish, but I was to shy to take photos of the more extreme, sometimes the street looked more like a drag show.

The beaches were empty as most people were in the town showing off.

We did some showing of on the boat with our first exercise for the season, we had been rather ambitious with training when being in Portugal and the idea was to continue exercising but working on Kerpa and the mental stress with the delay did not give us any energy left for training.

New equipment has also been brought aboard. Two sandbags, one in the form of a Kettle bell, but instead of filling them with sand we bought dive weight in the forms of bags with lead shots. We do not want a lot of sand aboard and much easier to adjust the weight. Just used it a little but it will work. New elastic bands were ordered all this from Amazon.

Kerstin using our old TRX band

And I trying the new rubber bands, putting several together give good resistance, now lets se if we can keep up the “healthy” life. If you see some contradiction between my priorities in provisioning and healthy life style you might be right…….

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