A lot has happened

Last time I wrote, the head line was not very much happens, well I can’t say that this time, actually a lot of thing has happened.

Annapolis

The main event in Annapolis was of course the boat show, Annapolis host the largest sailing boat show in the USA. And for most boat owners such event is almost like Christmas for a child, they can often not sleep the day before Christmas, and it is almost the same for an engaged boat owner. We had of course bought tickets for the opening day, they cost a little bit extra but instead there are less people and the exhibitors are not yet tiered of all the visitors. For the one interesting in buying a new boat there is an excellent opportunity to look at a lot of sailboats, did not count them, but someone told me there were around 200 large and small sailboats on display and I do not doubt that. There were a lot of sailing boats displayed. Jeanneau, Beneteau, Hanse, Lagoon etc had up to 6-8 models each on display

There must be a big job to arrange all the jetties and boats.

The only boat that we looked at was the Amel 55.

But for us who already have a boat, we are more interested in looking at all he gears, gears that we have used the last couple of months to convince our spouse are absolutely necessary and of course must be bought at the boat show as we then can make a very good deals on absolutely necessary items such as (I have not wrote anything here as for a boat junky almost everything boat related are “absolutely” necessary hence the list would be very long).

For us the Boat show was a big disappointment. The area for equipment was not very large at all and very few exhibitors with very modest booths. Even Gothenburg boat show has more boating gears.  The other strange thing was that the sales representatives that were working in the booths were, I must say substandard, one felt more that one disturbed them when entering their booth than as a valuable potential customer, very strange, there were of course a few exceptions.  The advantage for us, we saved a lot of money, but with some more professional sales persons the turnover could easily be doubled. I hope my American friends don‘t feel offended by this criticism but I have praise a lot of other things we have encountered in the USA, and everything can’t be perfect. When talking to sailing friends they had similar thoughts.

Well needed lunch break after a few hours at the fair with some of our B 50 friends also at the fair

We were 5 boats that meet up with Jimmy Cormell who was at the show to promote his new book 200.000 miles. We took the opportunity the get a photo of him together with us.

We had a great time in Annapolis meeting many old friends, making new friends attending dinners and other activities, so do not be put off for my criticism of the fair it’s a great place to visit especially in connection with the Boat show.

Everything is not fun, such as cleaning out all the lockers, all this things come from part of the cockpit locker.

Cleaned and treated with white vinegar to keep eventual mold away, but it was much tougher for Kerstin, She did the same with all lockers inside the boat.

Georgetown

We left Annapolis and went to Georgetown, Sassafras River where Kerpa will be hauled out for the winter.

Kerpa at the Marina in Georgetown, the marina looked a bit old fashioned and run-down, but we have been recommended to keep Kerpa there for the repair, they have done some very good job on other boats, and the impression from the employee was very good.

They had some run-down boats as well with a lot of ….

Mosquitoes on.  We washed Kerpa very thoroughly, but keeping mosquitoes and bird dropping from the boat was a battle one cannot win.

Vultures, did not know they were to be seen there, I wondered what they feed on and was told they feed  on dear killed by cars! Must be a lot of dears to feed all these vultures.

Kerpa being washed, one cannot see it very well on the picture, but the area above the water line was very dirty with yellow stain, we were a little bit worried that we would not have time to clean it off before we left, but cleaning was to our surprise included in the cost to haul out. They used a magic product on a sponge as seen on the picture, waited a few minutes and all dirt just vanished as a miracle, washed it off with water, it took maybe 15 minutes to get most of the hull almost shining, we often use a day or two to get it off, so of course I asked what kind of miracle product do they use?

Well it is Myraic Acid they said, I’m a Chemical engineer so I should know that acid but I have never heard about it, I just thought they pronounced it a little bit strange so I did not asked more, I just google it when I get home I thought. Via google I later found out it is hydrochloric acid! A very strong acid and a low cost chemical, but one should be very care full with it as it is a very strong acid that must be diluted. The question, is it safe for the vessel? I need to find out because if it is, it’s certainly a miracle product that will reduce the job the get the hull look much nicer with substantially less job at less cost as well. Now I start to understand why a saw bottles of hydro chloric acid in most chandleries in France.

The bottom did not look as I had expected, the front of the keel is painted with “normal” bottom paint and that part is less fouled than the rest of the bottom that has Coper coat as anti-fouling.

When the boat was launched after the temporary repair there was no fouling anywhere as it was pressure washed so the standard paint looks more efficient. We were launched the 30 of July so we have only been in the water for 2½ month, and I did not expect so much fouling.

The fouling on the rudder

Close photo on the bottom a lot of slime and beginning of “grass” the barnacle was on the slime so very easy to get rid of.

We have been in very murky water and a rather long time in brackish water, maybe that can explain the fouling, well not too happy with the copper coat now, but I will give our final verdict after a few years in more “normal” waters such as in the Caribbean.

One important thing was to get the damage after the grounding surveyed and for that I had appointed Olivier Beaute, probably the person who know the Amel boats best in the whole world. He has worked many years on the Amel yard before he started his surveyor business. I was pleased that the insurance company agrees to use him even though he has to fly in from Europe. I offer to pay half of his travelling expenses which they agree to which I think was fair.

The keel got a big blow and the keel bolts needs to be resealed and tightened

Not the easiest area to get to, there were other damages as well, but at least I’m rather sure Olivier has found all the damages, now we only has to wait for the yard to make a cost estimate and the insurance company to pay.

It was chaos in the boat the last days as Olivier needed to get access to all hidden places aboard to inspect for eventual damages. Not easy to cook aboard in this mess.

Fortunately there was a nice restaurant in walking distance from the yard witch served good food at very reasonable prices.

And of course the fantastic hospitality that one meets in the USA. Patrick and Diane who lives a few miles from Georgetown which also have an Amel SM, helped us a lot and invited us to dinner in their lovely home

Olivier the iconic Amel surveyor to the left and Patrick and Diane to the right, the “young” man in the middle are me.

Empty battery compartment, our batteries was totally run-down. The last days we had to shut down the fridge, the batteries could only hold charge enough for the light. We kept our fingers crossed the last weeks as we did not want to buy new batteries just before we should leave and then leave them unattended over the winter.

Kerstin did not need any work out that day, 8 times 25 kg to lift from the boat. Well, as a gentleman I did most of the job….

Last night we spent at Patrick and Diane as our boat was not very comfortable any longer, we are very great full for the help we got. But I must say Americans are very friendly so just that makes it worth sailing to the USA and of course the nice scenery and sailing ground.

What now?

We are in Lagos, Portugal since less than a week back were we will spend the winter.

Lagos, the large marina is just a few 100 meters up the river. We have been aboard a Swedish boat who soon heading for Madeira and then across to the Caribbean. Strangely both Kerstin and I felt a bit envy and wanted to cross we too again!

But we have nice beaches to do our morning walks on, just a few 100 meters away from our flat.

We have already made new friends, there are many Swedes in Lagos.

I have celebrated my 60 birthday with Tapas, the tuna was excellent.

And one thing is for sure, we will enjoy wonderful food in Portugal

Plenty of very nice wines

Fantastic cheese, and of course sea food.

There will not be any sailing for a while, but cheek the Blogg now and then, I will write a little about how we managed the need for electricity, good and bad gadgets, high and low lights, and maybe some other hopefully interesting reading.

The plan for next season is to go north to Nova Scotia and perhaps to Newfoundland, there is need for some more persuasion before Kerstin agree to Newfoundland, to cold and too rough she thinks, maybe she’s right.

 

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Not much happens

Not much has happened since last time, we left you with a small ”Cliff Hanger” as we did not told you where we ended up. Well we anchored in Sassafras river were we stayed for two days before we proceeded to Annapolis to meet some B50 friends, which have been in Annapolis for a while. We were a little worried if we would be able to find an anchorage as we planned to stay for a while and did not want to pick up a buoy for 30 $ a night.

Well after some looking we  found an anchorage in Back Creek on a spot we never would have anchored in, if we were in Sweden or in the Mediterranean as one get very close to the marina jetties. But as long as you are more than 75 feet from a jetty it is OK.

Of course we party again when we meet our old B50 friends, this time it was a charity dinner with some famous musicians I never heard about (such as Jimmy Buffett, Scott Kirby, John Patti and others), many of them have had a few No 1 on the US lists.

The man to the left with the mouth organ was really good

Us at an early stage of the evening, later it was difficult to stand still when the music started to swing actually very nice evening and music.

 

St Michaels

You have all heard about the Hurricanes Jose and Maria, they are active for a long time and difficult to predict where they will end up next. Maria threatening to get close to Annapolis with gusts over 40 knots. We decided to move around a bit where we could get more room to swing and to have longer scoop on our anchor rod. One of the places we visited was St Michaels, a small upmarket village with a very nice museum about the life on the Chesapeake Bay in earlier days.

It was very busy at those days when the oysters were unloaded at the small harbor

A lot of boats indeed

Most of them were of the type below

A boat in better shape but still in need for a lot of TLC

The boards are very crude

The bow is just a piece of solid wood, must be very heavy, but the reason for that was that there were no saw mills in the area so they just used logs and hand tools

Rather big logs

This “Skip Jack” as they were called was built as late as 1955 and was used until 1975 when it was sold to the museum

Even the smaller boats were very simple in construction

But obviously not all of them the little vessel above looks very nicely built and show crtaftmanship

The vessels were primarily “fishing” or maybe harvesting is a better word for how they got the oysters.

They were put in tins, I can’t really imagine to open a tin with a gallon of, of the shell oysters, can you? Well in those days it was a delicacy

May be not easy to read but recipes for, how to cook oyster from the tin.

Catching oysters was a harsh life, a Dutch photographer Robert de Gast toke the B&W photos below as late as 1969-70. I hope I not violate any copy rights law by showing you the photos that I toke of his photos at the museum, I do think they are worth showing, and it maybe make you interested to visit the museum  in St Michael if you would be in the neighborhood.

A fantastic face

At the end of the day probably

The kettle is on

It could be cooled as well

Others had time for more fun activities, and assume some of them got wet

They had a light house here as they had in The  Solomons Museum, but this looked more Spartan

Not too comfortable or…

Old fashion work bench and tools

But probably not the tools that built this vessel

As mentioned Maria was not fare away and that we could see on the high water which was pushed up by the hurricane.

Kerstin and I had to wade through the water to get to the dingy

Surprised to see such low jetties and streets, it was not a very abnormal high water, so in case of a direct hit the whole area would be submerged, the same goes for Annapolis which is a very low lying city that easily got flooded

After St Michaels we went back to Annapolis for some work, we are going to haul out for the season, so Kerpa need to be prepared for a winter on the hard, and it is better to start early to prepare, we are anyhow only waiting for the Annapolis boat show to start (5 of October).

Empty and clean all storage compartments outside as well as on the inside, final treatment is with white vinegar to avoid mold.

A lot of moist ropes hanging to dry

In the mean time I polish all the stainless steel on Kerpa, rather shiny!

Can recommend these two products, probably both based on phosphorus acid and oxalic acid, using them and the shine last longer is supposed to passivate the steel, and it works

Another tough job was to remove the fridge, it needs to be removed so that we can inspect the keel bolts in the water tank who has one of its inspection hatches below the fridge.

My first thought was to try to lift out the GRP fridge from the plywood sofa module, but it seems to be impossible, and it was. After many questions on the Amel Owners forum I found the solution

The whole module should be mowed not as difficult as it looks the tricky part was to locate all the screws and here the Amel Owners forum was fantastic, of course someone had done it and documented it very well with pictures of where to find all the hidden screws.

The inspection hatch is now accessible.

We have had discussion with our Insurance company and agreed that I can have the best Amel surveyor, surveying Kerpa. His name is Olivier Beaute, from France, we have to pay 50% of his travel cost, but we think that is fair.

He will come and inspect Kerpa the 12th of October and then we need to be on the hard and ready to be inspected, and now when the fridge issue is solved we feel a bit more relaxed.

But everything is not just work, we found this fantastic place in Annapolis who sold “snus” a Swedish type of tobacco one put under the lip. I of course bought a box of “General Snus”, but notice it was a while since I tasted it, become a little bit affected by the nicotine so I only took a few then I put the rest in the bin.

But they do not only have Swedish “snus”, they do have Swedish Coffee as well

Gevalia from the small city of Gavle in Sweden

Kerstin found it rather amusing to find this coffee in a pharmacy of all places, but we opted for a more roasted coffee from Starbucks.

We are fan of Starbucks, not cheap but very good and consistent quality coffee.

 

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Going south

You have all heard and read about the devastation the Hurricane Irma has caused. Places such as Barbuda, St Martin and Virgin Island have been totally shredded, no working infrastructure, no electricity or water, on top of that many families without roof over their heads. Looting has occurred in many places adding to the very uncomfortable situation thousands of families have to coop with.

Fortunately we have not had any impact of Irma, even though some forecasts, threatening with sustainable winds of 45 knots and gusts up to 70 knots, so we took the precaution to move south to Long Island sound to wait out eventual strong winds.

First stop was Block Island, which has a very secured almost land locked anchorage were we stayed for 4-5 days as the wind was rather strong and with shifting directions. The anchorage is known for poor holding and during a few windy nights we were lucky not being hit by dragging boats. Why do not boat owners learn? Get a good anchor and at least a scoop of 5 times the depth taking free board and tide into account.

The American Tow Boat a “organization” that you could subscribe to, to have free towing if somethings happened, and things do happens frequently, they were on standby in the anchorage at Block Island during these windy nights.

It was not only windy it was rainy and cold to. For the first time for long we needed socks on our feet aboard Kerpa.

But we had a few good days as well, above the Atlantic side of Block Island with beaches and a small nice town

Usually most buildings are grand or magnificent so nice to see this very modest hut on Block Island but not a very modest sized anchor

At an overnight stop in Port Jefferson we saw

this Maxi 108, which we have a very warm hart for as we owned one for 13 years, in which we sailed with our kids most weekends and holidays, an old but fantastic competent sailboat both for family sailing and offshore cruising.

New York Again

Port Washington is a good place to wait out bad weather, they have low cost mooring buoys and the bay is relatively sheltered. Port Washington has good train connections to Manhattan, so there are worse places to wait out remains from a hurricane such as Irma who threatened to send some bad weather towards us. We feared that we have to stay for over a week, but fortunately for us, probably not for others she took another way so we did not notice anything from Irma.

But we got a few days in NYC.

Brooklyn street view is very different from Manhattan, we liked it a lot

To our surprise it is a Smorgasbord every Saturday during season in Brooklyn. Smorgasbord is Swedish, this was a very free interpretation of the Swedish concept, but it was very nice and much appreciated by many and rather crowded.

The smorgasbord in Brooklyn consist of around 100 different stalls that served food from all over the world, too much to choose from one almost get confuse by all the options, finally we decided for Peking duck Sandwich

Not very colorful bread but it tasted good and the whole menu was very nice.

There are at least one similarity between Americans and Swedes we have very good queue discipline

Kerstin enjoying the day together with many others this very marvelous day.

Time for a selfi this magnificent day

And of course a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a real tourist attraction and sometimes it gets jammed with pedestrians and cyclist, but no hard feelings from locals who have to pass and just not walk the bridge for fun.

A few days later we passed under the bridge and south of the Governor Island seen in the picture.

But before that we also wanted to see Manhattan again

Time square is a really busy place at least late afternoon and evenings

All kinds of way to attract tourists for a dollar or two, thought being more or less nude would not be appropriate for the prudish Americans but it obviously was as long as you paint over the most vital parts of your body.

Similar attraction maybe for both women and men.

Strand probably the largest book store in the world, my brother Thomas urged me to go there but this was as close as I got, close enough Thomas?

Central Park is always full of activities, but Christmas feels a little bit too early. Where is the snow?

The contrast between the park and the giant city is very visible in Central Park.

Going south

No strong wind was to be expected on the contrary hardly any wind at all, and we wanted to go south so after four days in Port Washington we decided to leave.

This time approaching New York from the north

Again we passed this very large prison vessel, someone said the whole island is a prison camp.

On the top of the vessel with the exercise area, a “splendid view” of New York

Approaching East River

UN building

Empire State Building in the back ground

Going south on East River one see the Statue of Liberty in distance

Brooklyn with the place for the Smorgasbord we visited a few days before

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan with Governor Island in the fore ground

It has been very cold some days, and the night when we sailed towards Cape May was really cold

We had arctic style underwear, wind breaker and cap on, but it was still very cold so we had to wrap ourselves in fleece blankets to keep warm during the night. Not very much wind as can be seen

Passing Cape May after motoring all the way from Port Washington

The original idea was to anchor in Cape May, but as we arrived very early and the tide was with us for the passage up The Delaware Bay, we decided to continue and soon we was rewarded with  a fresh wind just forward of the beam that gave us good speed

A nice sail, often exceeding 8 kn with the help of the current, lasted about three hours, then the wind came on the nose and dropped down so the engine had to work again.

A lot of goods are transported by barges, this barge is one of the largest we have seen, but on AIS it is often only the tug itself that have AIS.

Rather big fenders!

The transom has a “garage” for the tug that pushes the barge towards its destination.

At very long distance away we saw smoke or steam, several hours later we could see this massive cooling tower. It is a nuclear power station. You see a lot of things when cruising Nuclear power stations are probably not prime targets for any cruisers to see

A lot of birds looking for food opportunities when big fishes hunting small fishes to the surface, life are tough escaping the big fish just to be eaten by the bird.

 

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Buy me a boat

I was listening to a Swedish radio program when I heard the song “Buy me a boat” by Chris Janson, it got directly into my soul, I really liked the rhythm from this country style song and of course the lyrics had definitely a strong connection to us. A poor chap wanted to get rich, it might not buy me happiness but it can “by me a boat” he sings. You find the song by clicking on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fFNrXGt56A. it’s well worth listening to I’m not the only one who liked it, it become no 1 played song for a while in US, very unusual for a country song if I’m rightly informed, especially for a sing a song writer with no record contract.

Well in Newport the J yacht owners do not have the problem to “buy them self a boat”, and I hope they are happy as well. It was WC in J Yacht recently and as I have been reading with great fascination when I was a small kid in very (1930s) old numbers of the Yachting world about the very impressive J Yachts that competed in the Americas Cup during the 1930’s. We looked forward to see them a little closer in real life.

We timed our arrival to Newport to be able to see them when racing, and down below follow many (too many?) pictures of the J Yachts.

Six of them were racing

Ranger was the one we got closest to when they were heading back to Newport

 

Ranger and Svea, Sveas drawings are made by Thore Holm a Swedish naval architect, she was never built as the Second World War came in between. Several attempts have been made to build Svea, recently and finally this spring she was launched. Svea is the longest J yacht 143 feet l.o.a

Svea

Velsheda 1984, now she looks a bit better …

She has now been restored to former glory l.o.a 129 feet 130 ton

Nice place for a morning breakfast before racing. Valsheda was for sale not long ago asking price 17.5 m€. A lot of boat for the money.

Topaz

I thought this would be a big event, with many spectators and a rather comprehensive program within a “J Yacht event village”, but it was not, one could walk around among the boats but this is just a playground for extremely rich people.

A racing J yacht has a crew of 29 persons to that follow a shore team who manage the repair and service from service containers that are shipped to the different places they are racing at.

Lionehart being washed and serviced after the race.

The Lionehart cockpit

Rainbow

Svea stern

Svea bow

Detail from a tender to a J Yacht, just the chair must cost a bit

The cost to build a J Yacht must be very high, and the running cost must be astronomical, but obviously some have the cash needed.

Interesting is that if one visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Herreshoff Manufacturing Company established 1850s, they manufactured steam engines, torpedo boats for the navy, the first one was LIGHTNING from 1876, but I think Herreshoff are mostly known for the some very well-known Americas CUP winners, and maybe the most famous one is the Reliance

A Model of the very beautiful yacht Reliance, a very big yacht, a 90 footer, i.e. water length of 90 fet.

With a lot of sail, 16160 sq. ft. or 1500 m2, all this before synthetic fibers, carbon fiber spars and sophisticated winches, when racing they were 64 persons aboard. The cost to run them was huge, hence they decided for a new and smaller class called J Class to keep costs down??? They 33 crew aboard.

Comparison of different Americas Cup Classes.

Herreshoff was pioneering also with multi-hulls in racing already in 1876

Amaryllis probably the first racing catamaran, who won an important NY race 1876.

 

Older days cruising standard seen in some older boats built by Herreshoff

Well the J yachts was not the only yachts in Newport, strangely enough we had to look quite a while before we found the J Yachts in Newport, how is that possible? They should be visible for miles with their tall masts. The problem is that it was a lot of sailboats with tall masts, the J Yachts was not the largest yachts in the harbor.

Eleonora a 50 meter Old Classic Yacht built year 2000 from a Herreshoff drawing

 

Annagine a 34 meter “Classic Yacht” Built 2011.

This dog got his feet’s cleaned before the he was allowed to enter on the very large sailing boat Athene (we saw Athene in English Harbor Antigua, then we found out that she cost 300.000 € plus expenses to rent for one week). I do not think this crew man expected to wash the feet of small dogs as part of his duty.

But big boats need to get on the hard sometimes as well, but I do not think they live aboard as we do

This 56 m sailing ship, look at the furling mechanism for the genua, bigger than a man.

But not all vessels are posh, this fishing boat just near the yacht’s need som TLC

And the dingy jetty…

Is for the agile ones, luckily both Kerstin and I are rather agile.

It was a much hyped eclipse when we were in Newport, we had not prepared but 4 sun glasses solved the issue of looking direct into the sun

Kerstin struggling to put on 4 sun glasses, but it was rather OK solution one could see that ca half of the sun was shaded by the moon it lasted for maybe 15-30 minutes so there was no hurry.

Funny enough we saw this modest sailing boat in Newport

A Fisksatra S30 built in Sweden, we also had a S30 before we bought Kerpa, ours was built 1973, 42 years old when we sold ours.

Bristol

As mentioned before, the Herreshoff Museum is in Bristol just north of Newport, The Herreshoff are not the only famous families from Bristol another one are the Colt family.

I think most kids which grew up during 60 ’s and have seen a lot of Cowboys movies have heard the name Colt, the famous gun used by heroes played by Clint Eastwood, John Wayne etc. I did not know that Mr Colt came from Bristol. The guide at the museum told us that Bristol was a big slave port and that a lot of families made a fortune on slave trade and that also include the Colt Family.

Slave trade was banned 1807, but it continued well into 1850′ s and after that it continued another decade with Cuba as base.

House in Bristol

An old and nice stone house in Bristol

East Greenwich

We had to visit East Greenwich not far from Bristol, as our new dingy from AB already starts to fall apart. We thought we bought a high quality dingy, but obviously not.

The joint between the hull and the tubes started to get lose and the dingy toke in water, the joint could easily be ripped apart for some length, and it was only after several rather angry mails they agree to repair on warranty.

They had an agent in East Greenwich therefore we got there.

Our Spray-hood needed some new sippers and to our luck there was a canvas man in the marina who could fix that in a few hours, really needed when sailing in rough weather, sometimes one get very happy for small things such as a few new sippers.

Again very nice old houses, this one from

1757 if one can believe the sign.

We left the dingy last Friday and could collect it this Monday, now I really hope it will last for a long time, but I cannot recommend anyone to buy an AB Dingy. The repair man told me that it is not unusual that the Ab Dingy with Aluminum hull joints starts to go lose. Our dingy has started to corrode also and that is not a warranty thing either and if one read the warrant one see it is rather poor, a lot of exclusions.

 

Autumn?

It feels like autumn now, we definitely need a duvet during the night, there is roughly 12-14 degree c during the night, and the other day we were forced to

Put on not only long trousers and a sweater but also socks on our feet’s, time to go south soon?

 

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”The Emerald Green Lagoon”

Many years ago when we were on a charter trip to Lanzarote with the whole family we wanted to see more of the island and as the charter company offered bus tours on the island we choose one of these tours. The one that we choose had as main attraction the Emerald Green Lagoon, and as supporting selling argument they also through in some albino cray fish. It was with great expectation the whole family went on this tour, but it was rather disappointing. The Emerald Green Lagoon, was a pond about 75 meters in diameter full of seaweed which made it green, with a lot of imagination one could call it Emerald Green. Along most of the coast line in Sweden we have the similar seaweed, and it is not very popular at all,  as it foul the water front were we take our summer bath and sometimes we have to put a lot of efforts to clean the beaches from the sea weed. The cray fish yes they were albinos totally white, one found them in a “pond” a few meters in diameter and they were in the size of normal ant, not very exciting.  Since that we have learned that most places has it’s  ”Emerald Green Lagoon”, most often as they do not have very much more to offer but also surprisingly enough even places with a lot to offer, offer ”Emerald Green Lagoons”. We have over the years learned not to visit such places but now and then we do fall into the trap.

Martha’s Vineyard

When we got to Martha’s Vineyard we visited the tourist information to get information about buses and what to see, one of the main attractions of the day was the Farmers fairs,  it sounded interesting, maybe we can buy some nice vegetables and other homemade stuff we thought. But this was not very exciting, maybe for children as they had an amusement “park”, pig race and a some animals that kids probably loved

Pig race, they run around the short court and swam a few meters the kids liked it.

Big bulls rather impressive size, they had a bull polling contest, we thought it might be how much can a bull pull, but no it was precisions pulling, not very action packed.

After a while we got hungry and there were many places to choose from, but this hamburger place managed by the fire brigade had by fare the longest queue, I asked the one in the queue is it really worth to stand in this long queue, absolutely it is the best hamburgers on the island they said. It was not, but the profit went to a scholarship so we were happy anyway.

The main attraction for me were old engines like this old combustion engine that was running at very low revs one could count every cycle, very charming

I would have guest that it was older but this kind of engine was made between 1925 and 1930.

This farmer’s fair definitely could be categorized as an ”Emerald Green Lagoon”.

You might think I’m unthankful, maybe so, but the rest of our experience of Martha’s Vineyard was very delightful.

Edgartown

Once up on a time a Captain Valentine Pease lived in Edgartown and he became the inspiration to Captain Ahab in Herman Melvilles novel Moby Dick.

The home of Captain Pease

He had a nice view of the water front.

Edgartown has also a past related to whaling industry, which has brought a lot of wealth to the town, which is showed by the many very nice old wooden houses

A very impressive tree,

A giant Pagoda tree indicating trading with Asia in the old days.

Today the harbor is very busy not with sailing ship but leisure boats

Nice seafront villas.

Old restored “sea shed”, we have similar in Sweden one see a lot of them, especially on the west coast of Sweden, they use the same technique for the foundation

Very simple and efficient foundation seen all over the world, even in the posh Edgartwon.

Edgartown is very popular and we can understand why, another evidence of its popularity was also showed in the massive buss queue back to Vineyard Haven were we had anchored Kerpa.

Luckily extra busses were in traffic so we did not need to wait for more than maybe 15 minutes and three busses.

Menemsha

Menmsha is another very charming fishing village on the North Wester side of Martha’s Vineyard, it was here they filmed part of the old cult movie The Jaws. Don’t miss the village if you are in the neighborhood, it is very charming.

We were recommended to have our lunch at “The Bite” a small fast food place where they do excellent fish food according to some of the verdicts from “Active Captain”

Again a rather long queue even as we were there well after lunch hour, it was not cheap as one maybe could expect from the appearance, on the contrary but it tasted good, and we consumed it in a very nice environment

down at the beach

There were other more chic places which served exclusive delicatessen such as oysters and other sea food.

The harbor in Menemsha.

Oaks Bluff

Another very interesting village is Oaks Bluff, it attracts loads of tourists by boat, ferry and car. You see cars everywhere in all tourist places, unfortunately that take away some of the charm, but despite the cars Oaks Bluff is a very nice place.

This time the harbor was extra full of boats due to the annual 40.000$ fireworks, but the harbor is probably pretty busy all days during season.

Some has more fishing rods than others.

There are loads of very old well maintained wooden houses, with a lot of “snicker glädje” we say in Sweden, direct translated “carpenters delight”, very nice to look at but a burden to maintain.

Most of them in excellent conditions, the pressure from neighbors to keep the house and garden in good order must be immense. One of the houses had a Finnish flag the lady in the house was Finnish and we had a chat, she confirmed a lot of job to keep the house up to standard, probably as much job as to keep a cruising boat up to standard.

The whole place was as an open air museum.

Vineyard Haven

We anchored in Vineyard Haven, the main anchorage, but I would recommend to anchor outside Edgartown it’s a nicer place, both of them are exposed to northerly wind, and instead of taking the bus to Menemsha, take your own boat and anchor outside it’s very beautiful and not very much more exposed than Vineyard Haven.

View from the dingy dock, looks as a very calm and peaceful place.

With old sailing boats cruising the bay were we were anchored.

But also very modern “vessels” this kite surfer was very fast on his foil, he came by and said hallo, his wife was from Sweden. One get surprised how many Americans we meet that have Swedish connections.

A reflection

Each village we have visited has had its own police force and Police station.

This policeman we meet in Oaks Bluff, he had nothing against us taking a photo of him, on the contrary.

Two police cars one from the station in Oaks bluff the other one from the station in Edgartown, and we also saw policemen in small type electric golf cars type polis vehicle from the station in Menemsha.

So at least three different stations on the Island, it could probably be more as there are six towns on the island. The total population is less than 20000, but during holiday period there are around 100.000 persons on the island. This is a holiday place for the very rich, some example of visitors are Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, the Clintons, Beyoncé, but if one google and scratch the surface there is also a dark side with alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide. So police is probably necessary. It is interesting to compare with Sweden. If one read and believe the Swedish newspapers, large areas are without Police stations, it could be several 100’s of kilometers to the nearest police station in less populated areas (N.b Sweden is a rather large country compared with how many lives in Sweden, about 20 persons per sq km, if I remember right). It get worse during summer when we are on holiday. Even at the most exposed areas to crime some police stations could be force to close during summer due to lack of policemen. One can read in the newspapers that insecurity is increasing among the citizens, several investigations show that, as well as that gang crime are increasing, solved criminal cases going down year by year and are on a (modern) historic low level. The politicians are competing with promises how much more resources the police authority will get if they win the next election.

So how many policemen are there in USA respectively in Sweden. Obviously it has to be much more in the USA as one can see them everywhere? Even at the most calm places were the need of a policeman does not looks very necessary. Well 2012 USA had 256 polis officers per 100.000 citizens, and Sweden had 208 Police officers per 100.000, but it was 280 officers per 100.000 citizen 1995 so numbers has gone down in Sweden. Other examples New Zeeland 247, Australia 217, Austria 326, UK 307 and Finland 143 polis officer per 100.000 citizens. Well what’s my point?  Not sure myself, but I believe it’s important that the policemen are visible on the streets, especially in areas where crime is high, so people regain their feel of security when walking the streets, that’s one very important responsibility for the government whatever color it has.

Police station in Oaks Bluff, looks as an attractive place for an office.

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