First fog

Swedish people has a special relation to the sun, it’s not strange as we live rather far north. Stockholm is on 59 north, actually the same latitude as the south tip of Greenland. During a couple of month in the winter we do not see the sun at all due to two reasons, grey and misty weather, and if the sun shows it self through the clouds it’s not high enough to be seen as shadowed by trees or even the lowest building. For people living further north in Sweden they do not see day light for up to 6 weeks, it’s pitch dark.  Hence when the sun starts to be visible in the early spring, you can see loads of people standing with the face raised towards the sun and the back against a wall or a fence to feel the first warmth from the spring sun. As soon Swedes has holiday they do whatever they can to be in the sun. Sun trips to the Mediterranean are very popular, as well as go sailing where ever the sun is shining.

Now when we are in New England the “North” part of the US East coast, currently at Martha’s Vineyard (if you can call North 41-42 degree for north, same latitude as Rome or Barcelona), we feel a little like home, similar green color on the vegetation, almost similar temp in the water as in a very warm Swedish summer, refreshing morning’s AND the sun is not burning but actually often very gentle. In Sweden we certainly dislike when sun and the wind are from different direction, they must come from the same direction else the sail will shadow the cockpit and one will freeze. In the Mediterranean and The Caribbean it’s the opposite, the sun burns like hell if you do not have the wind and sun from different direction, and a bimini top is essential. In Sweden one only see biminis on second hand boats from the Med, as absolutely no need for a Bimini in Sweden, but a total enclosure is better, it keeps the rain and cold out.

Strange that it’s such differences in climate in New England, even though about the same latitude as Rome. The Golf stream is blamed for a lot, the comparably mild climate in Scandinavia, and the comparably cold climate in US, even though the Golf stream passes relatively close to both Sweden and the US east coast. It’s also blamed for the frequent and heavy fog that affecting New England, and fog we got.

We had the alarm on very early one morning well before 06:00 to leave Nantucket for a ca 70 nM long trip to Newport, before even leaving the bed we heard the fog horns from buoys and ships, it was with some anxiety we left the bed and went up into the cockpit. Usually Kerstin is a very careful person and prefer to take the safe route, in this case to wait. I was waiting for Kerstin to suggest that we should wait, and I would not have blamed her, as the fog was rather thick, one could see maybe 100 meters, not a lot when boats are anchored very tight and high speed ferries passing very frequent. But obviously Kerstin was very keen to get to Newport to meet our old friends from our B50 Rally who had invited us for a birthday party.

With the help of our radar and AIS it was not really a problem, and a few hours later it cleared up, and a rather uneventful passage it was, except for when we were sailing through a narrow straight called Woods Hole, we had the current with us, I guess 4-5 knots, and we made maybe 5-6 kn by sail, so quickly we passed.

To our surprise we were greeted by a lot of persons arriving Newport, it must be a big thing to see a vessel arriving from Sweden we assumed. It could of course not been the regatta, or the jazz festival, such things they have more or less every day or…..

Newport is a very busy place with many boats, one notice the Americas Cup history as one often see old 12 meter yachts cruising the harbor, as well as the Americas cup boulevard.

But also very nice wooden houses

Even a church with Swedish originally a Methodist Church from 1888.

It was very nice to meet our friends again, the birthday party was at a park just by the water front, it became a very wet party but not due to the weather…. You are not allowed to bring and drink alcohol, so what happen?

A few days later we enjoyed our first Maine Lobster, yes we are not in Maine yet but the lobster came from Main. All lobsters are not for us, we invited Lady Rebel to taste how lobster can taste made the Swedish way with salt and dill. “The way to do lobster”

The next day Kerstin made a most fantastic lobster pasta, you can’t get better even if you visit the most exclusive Michelin stared restaurants in New York.

Boston

We rented a car to go to Boston as Kristoffer’s and Virginia’s flight back to Stockholm departed from there. Boston has a lot of history from the freedom war from England, such as the Boston Tea party. Kristoffer who is very interested in history, looked very much forward to the trip to Boston, and he did not become disappointed at all. We went the freedom trail which takes you to the most important places for the revolution.

The old State House one of several old houses which played an important role.

Paul Revere House

Else Boston is a very modern city, but with some very nice older buildings

I guess mid nineteenth century building

And maybe the highlights on the freedom trail the USS Constitution, unfortunately in dry dock. all of this historical places was already well know to Kristoffer, he was delighted to see them.

Spares of different dimension that we are used to

The freedom trail was very interesting and illustrative, on many places in US they have signs explaining the historical value of a house, a square, or whatever it is you see. That is very informative and make the history easier to take too you, I wish other’s did the same, both in Sweden but all of Europe is full of forgotten but still interesting history well worth to remember and make visible. One should be proud of the history. And if you cannot be proud of it even more important to remember to avoid the same mistake again, I believe too much history is hidden of that reason all over the world.

Cuttyhank

We left Newport also on misty morning

The trip ended at Cuttyhunk, but we become I little concerned because we meet a whole armada of sail- and motorboats obviously heading for Newport. The thought came to us, have we missed something such as the main event of the year in Newport?

Are we heading in the wrong direction? And what are the boats doing in the cluster to the right, they did not move at all for a while were they fishing? Well we do not think so as it were yachts where of many was 60 feet and up.

Well in Cuttyhank we got the answer from the Lobster man further out on the jetty, it was the New York Yacht club who had one of their annual event with around 100 boats, they had been in Cuttyhank the day before and next stop where Newport. They had bought most of his Lobster, so now he only had small ones left.

Of which we bought a few, tasted divine again.

View over a grey and murky Cuttyhank, note the narrow straight into the secure harbor, we are anchored outside, as only buoys on the inside, all was occupied and 45 USD per night.

The inner harbor, Cuttyhank is a rather up market area, but the grocery shop looked more as it would have been on one of the remote islands in the Bahamas.

But the road is impressive.

Hadley Harbor

Next stop, Hadley harbor is a special place, the island or I should say Islands, they belong to the Forbes Family, who made its fortune on trade with Asia during the early nineteenth century. Many European companies made huge fortunes in those days, but obviously some Americans as well. The Islands which together are more than 6 nM long and close to 2 nm wide are now in a thrust so all relatives can share and use these islands. One can wonder how they all can come along without conflicts?

One of the main mansions on these islands

Very popular and buoys are free to use for any one at no cost.

One day we were approached by a man in an open boat, we asked him aboard as our coffee was just ready. He was 80 years old looked not a day older than 70 when he entered our boat from the side and climbed the guard rail with no problem at all. He told us the he was part of the Family and the reason for approaching us was that we carried a Swedish flag. He spent his first years in Helsinki with a Swedish nurse, his father was the American ambassador in Helsinki from 1938 to 1941 rather dramatic years in Finland and Europe at that time. His uncle was the ambassador in Stockholm during the same period. We got some of the family and island history told while we enjoyed a cup of coffee together a very nice meeting indeed.

A barn with very Swedish look, most barns and houses in Sweden has this special red color based on copper from the really old Falu copper mine, active from the 10th century until 1992, they still keep a stock of copper oxide for the Falu red color

The person on this SUP did not look very young either, he had invented or purchased a special SUP with “pedals” he got some god speed even up-wind looked very efficient.

The area was very beautiful for small excursions in the dingy

 

But also a lot of birds and bird droppings, guess the fellow on this boat were less happy to return and found his boat fouled with bird droppings.

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North towards Nantucket

From Port Washington, we took a few full days of motoring as Kristoffer wanted to see Nantucket before flying home from Boston, and what we saw of Long Island Sound I do not think we missed much, except from being invited to some of the mansions that were all along the coast.

It must be an enormous wealth in The US, all along the rivers in the Chesapeake Bay we saw many larges villas, maybe not as the large one as on the collage above but large enough to get lost in. The strangest thing was that most of them were empty, many of them on very remote places, so it looked as a lot of waste having these empty houses. However it creates a lot of job for the one taking care of these very nice gardens, one can hear lawn mowers most of the day.

The Mansions in Newport make some of the houses on the pictures look as a small cabin, everything is relative.

Not much wind therefore we had to motor.

Nantucket

Nantucket is not any old whaling harbor, it is “The old Whaling harbor” not only due to that Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick has Nantucket as starting port, but as settlers who arrive from England in the late 1600 first started with drift whaling which they learned from native Indians. They soon realized this could be made in a bigger scale. Ships were built and soon a blooming whaling industry grew up in Nantucket. As whales became scarce in the north Atlantic they have to seek whaling waters fare away, so soon they sailed all the way round Cape Horn all the way to the North Pacific. Such a voyage could easily last three years and sometimes even more than 5 years (they must have had very understanding wives. You sailors if your spouse complains when you like to cross an ocean or cruise the Pacific and be away for a while, just tell he/she should be happy you’re not going whaling). Big ships were built and equipped with boilers so that the whales could be “processed” to ready to use products. Many objects was brought to Nantucket by the sailors from the Pacific Islands and as fare as from Japan, they were real explores who dared to sail in those more or less uncharted waters.

Small boats like this were used for the actual hunt of the whales, harpoons were not thrown in to the whale, but pushed into the whale, that close they had to get to the whale. Today we are very happy such hunt rarely exist, but it was different times then. When the whale was harpooned there was a long ride to get the whale tiered so the final kill could be done.

Long ropes were attached and coiled carefully.

After the decline of the whaling industry, due to lack of whales and competing products Nantucket became more or less a ghost town, but can now proudly show probably the finest 18th and 19th century architectural in The USA.

 The houses have been restored and shows what wealth the whaling industry brought to the Island.

Many houses had this nice “porch” on the roof top, good place for a beer and a view….

over Nantucket anchorage

Less good view from the old Prison that was built after a Bank robbery.

Now Nantucket attracts a lot of turists, most of them with deep pockets, nothing is cheap in Nantucket.

Fishing is still very popular, and some have more rusch than others to reach the best fishing places, or might it be an other reason for 1600 hp on

a rather small day cruiser?

If you do not like fishing, the water is not too cold for a swim and the beaches are not crowded at all as which the streets are of both people and cars, it looks as every turist brought there own car.

“Boy’s” on the beach…

enjoying the refreshing water.

Beautiful, this old ship still sailing

There are massive amounts of boats not only in Nantucket but everywhere, there are marinas all along the coast, and not small marinas, many of them are massive, but one does not see many boats on the water, most of them stays in the marina, or at best just a day tour.

A small boat on it’s day tour, please not the other very beautiful boats on the picture, I have written before how beautiful boats the Americans have, so below follow some new examples

Small traditional boats for day sailing

Beautiful blue-water sailing boats.

Blue looks as the favorite color on boats, looks good especially on this but not so practical

one see many traditional boats

We have few in Sweden as well, but here there are a lot of them.

 

One do not see many of these elswhere

But full dingy docks one see too often

But here they have not yet learned to have a long mooring line to make it easier for the late-comers to tie up on a crowded jetty.

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New York

After the unfortunate grounding just outside the C&D Canal we continued down the Delaware Bay passed Cape Cod all this by engine, but then we could set sail and had a rather nice sail most of the night. After lunchtime we arrived Sandy Hook roughly 20 nM south of Manhattan

Sandy Hook anchorage, they store rather large boats in racks. Would not call this a very nice anchorage but rather convenient as a stop to time the arrival to The Big Apple.

The next morning we pulled the hook and with great excitement we set course towards NY.

Before we got out on open water we could see the skyline of NY and  the 228 feet high Verrazano Bridge, we all put out our cameras and started to take photos, but as you can see it was a hazy day so no great day for photos.

A big smile on Kerstin’s face as we approach

Getting closer

The current is strong on the Hudson River.

All the famous landmarks

Maybe the most famous of all

The hook is down and we can see the Statue of Liberty, it is amazing to be able to anchor for free in such a place.

Where to anchor in New York?

We can recommend two places, first the anchorage just behind The Statue of Liberty, which give you access to the Liberty Park

Screens shoot from Garmin Blue chart. It is very well protected at the NW anchorage, the one the center of the picture I would not recommend, as very exposed with a lot of swell.

If you go to US I strongly recommend that you down load Garmin Blue chart and the App Active Captain, it give you very valuable information about danger ( but you need to read and remember), anchorage and marinas. For the Liberty State Park anchorage one can read that the Park ranger do not like you to take the dingy to the dock, actually they lock your dingy or take something from it. The reason is probably due to that some use the anchorage permanent since several years, and that might not be the meaning. The permanent have solved the issue by taking their things ashore in the dingy, then back again and then they swim back to shore. Well we did not that, we took the dingy to the backside of the jetty and climbed the fence to enter the jetty, and during the two full days we left the dingy there we had no problems.

The next problem is how to get to Manhattan, the best way is to walk to the ferry terminal which you can see at the top right hand corner in the picture above. It takes at least half an hour, the ferries goes regularly and cost 7$ one way, it gets you to southern part of Manhattan not far from Battery Park.

Kerstin need a break after the long walk towards the ferry on Liberty State Park

The ferry to and from Manhattan

But do not exclude to explore the Hoboken side of NY, rather nice there too

A nice Hoboken Park for the more fortunate citizen guesses very expensive to have a flat close to the waterfront facing Manhattan

Guess this jetty was destroyed during the hurricane Sandy a few years ago

One day we took the dingy across, but I can’t recommend that at all, it’s a lot of traffic, strong current and very crab sea. Very few places to more the dingy, we found one at Pier 25 and it cost 45$ to have the dingy on a buoy, including transport to and from the dingy. But you have to be back before 20:00 as not allowed to stay overnight.

Port Washington is another alternative, but I suggest you do as us and try them both.

Port Washington is reached by taking East River passing Manhattan on the east side, but west of Roosevelt Island, it is around 20 nM. Make sure to time the current, it runs at some places at over 3 knots, it’s a big difference if it with you or against.

In Port Washington you can anchor, it’s a large anchorage, or pick up a buoy the two first nights are free, thereafter 25$/day including transfer to the dingy dock if your do not take your own dingy.

There are two good dingy docks, one very close to Stop & Shop so easy to provision, the other by the village, and from there it is about 15 minutes’ walk to the train station. The train take you to Penn station just besides Madison Square Garden, very central cost 17.5$ of peak and the ride takes about 45 minutes.

If you go the Port Washington, you must try the ice cream, from the dingy dock at the town walk south about 3-400 meters, one of the best ice cream ever, not too sweet and very tasty.

Port Washington, walk in the direction of the Pictures to the houses in the background and you get the best ice-cream

Me enjoying the ice-cream

Manhattan

Manhattan was/is fantastic, almost as one can see on TV series and on Movies, people were jogging, there were street performances, and of course a hell of a lot of people and traffic.

We really liked Central Park

 Where there is a strong contrast between the park and the high buildings, fascinating

Many people seams to enjoy the park, either by playing ball, barbecuing, or just relaxing together with good friends or family, we saw the same thing in the Liberty Park.

A lot of street performance of various sorts and caliber, unfortunately I can’t post videos but close to this place it was a lady singing opera and she was a good opera singer very nice indeed.

Another very nice thing on Manhattan was this café like places, but there was no café, just tables and chairs you could bring your own thing to eat and drink, or just stay and enjoy the day

Did not expect to see a street market on central Manhattan.

A mixture of old and new.

It was very hot and humid when we were there, almost unbearable, I wonder how this Policeman survived the day guarding outside The Trump Tower.

We thought we needed to help President Trump to make AMERICA Great again, so our support was to have a burger in The Trump Burger restaurant

Must say good value for money, they tasted good and the price was very reasonably for a Manhattan restaurant.

Unfortunately can’t say the same about the experience we had at the, at least in Sweden very famous Coffee chain FIKA. The environment was not very exiting at all, the coffee did not taste especially good and the selection of pastry was not very exiting either. Not worth a detour or the money.

Of course we need to see most the iconic landmarks on Manhattan

The new WTC

Just besides the very appealing and sober (maybe not the right words but I think you get the feeling) memorial from 9/11.

Empire State Building

Kristoffer in front of the UN Building

Cruising on East river the scenery was a little bit different

A bit north of Manhattan we saw this strange “ship” had to Google it and it’s a prison, difficult to dig one self out from that.

 

All in all a very nice experience to have sailed up to New York, but to many people for us, so on the way down I think we skip NY.

 

 

 

 

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On the hard again, or another snake in the paradise

I had hoped to update our blog with some more fun stuff, than being on the hard again.

So what has happened? Well after cruising around in The Chesapeake bay we transited the C&D canal and came out on the other side the Delaware River, rather late we got the hook in behind Reedy Island when it was dark. We got up early and decided to have breakfast on the move to have the tide with us going down the Delaware Bay towards Cape May. We just left after high tide so in a falling tide, we motoring south to pass a submerged breakwater very well visible on the chart. When chart showing deep water I crossed the submerged breakwater which showed to be a very bad decision. As the depth was fare from enough, we hit the breakwater with a speed of roughly 6 knots and came to a halt after maybe 3-5 meters bumping into heavy rocks. We got stuck on the rocks with a falling tide exceeding 1.5 meter. With the help and advice from my friend Mikael who was aboard with his girlfriend Gunilla, we reversed and off we came but as we were in the middle of the breakwater, we needed carefully but swiftly get off the breakwater before the water was falling too much. Slowly we motoring but several times we bumped into rocks sometimes we got stuck, but by turning port and starboard with full revs on the engine we managed always to get off. To be stuck would have been disastrous, we would have been laying maybe in half a meter of water or less on the side against very rough rocks, not a pleasant activity what so ever. It was with a great relief we got of the breakwater.

No one was heart beside Gunilla who fell and heart her shoulder, but after a few days she felt nothing. The other question how bad is the damage on the boat? No idea to dive down in the murky water as sight depth is measured in decimeters and not meters. Amels are very strong boats so I hoped only minor damages. We contacted the insurance company and they wanted us to haul out sooner rather than later and we agreed to haul out when we came to Long Island sound.

Delaware River where we anchored and hit the breakwater.

The spot where we hit the breakwater, as seen on this chart view the color of the water is white i.e. deep enough for us I thought, but wrongly.

The day before yesterday we contacted Brewer Capri Marina in Port Washington and yesterday we were hauled out. It did not looked good at all.

A direct hit where the ultrasonic speed transducer is, it was totally disintegrated.

The keel with the new copper coat took some beating as well.

Even the skegg got some close contact, quiet sure the damage would been a lot worse with a free hanging rudder.

The light color close to the bulkhead below the floor board indicates delamination. It can also be damage around the bulkhead below the mast and damage to the chain plates. A further investigation will tell how serious the damage is.

However after grinding it does not look that bad, but bad enough.

The yard will fix the GRP impact damage allowing us to continue the cruise without water penetrating into the laminate. The keel and the bulkhead had to be inspected and repaired later hopefully during our planed winter layup. just hope the insurance company act responsibly

So Kerpa on the hard again, but Monday morning at high tide we will be in the water again and hopefully we can proceed our voyage. We are very keen to proceed as my son Kristoffer and his daughter Virginia arrived a few days ago. Kristoffer do look forward to visit Nantucket Island.

Nothing fun to write about? What about The Chesapeake Bay?

Well The Chesapeake Bay, is a very different cruising ground compared to other areas we have seen.

Inland relatively sheltered water brackish rather murky water, it does not inspire to take a swim. Many creeks to navigate and anchor in  with many very large houses along the water front of the creeks, most of them looks empty? Very few boats except on weekends when the locals think it is crowded, but with a Swedish or a Mediterranean view not very crowded at all.

Kerpa at anchor in a creek with no other boat in the vicinity.

At this anchorage we saw one other boat this very beautiful evening.

There is a fantastic bird life with Osprey and bald headed eagles in abundance.

An Osprey nest on top of most markers and beacons

But also a lot of dead fish in the water

A lot of mosquitoes now and then, time to stay inside the boat suffering the heat and high moister content. We rarely run the genset for running the air-conditioning, but in Chesapeake Bay we made an exception, but it only stay cool for a short while, the water is close to 30 degree Celsius and the boat itself is probably at above 30 degree ( type bulkhead floor boards etc.) It’s a challenge to sleep.

The weather has been VERY hot and humid, and sometimes we have been hit with fierce squalls, the worst so fare was peaking at 50 knots.

Not a very good picture (St Michael), but the nearest sailboat is moored along the pontoon on the outside, and it looks as it was trying to climb over to the inside of the pontoon. We are very happy with our Roccna who kept us safe so fare even during the most violent squalls.

Another squall less fierce but still winds well exceeding 30 knots, but we had no problem and could admire the rainbow.

Old Fashion Bridge in a creek

One observation

All villages we were in had it’s on Polis station, one can have different views on that, but from my Swedish perspective with vast areas without a polis force especially during summer, I think we have some to learn from the USA.

This is a polis station in Oxford which is a very nice place indeed

A well-kept area

A long maritime heritage and some of the wooden boat tradition still remained

Saw this very nice Swedish Foalkboat in Cambridge

In the old days I guess one could clear in here.

 

 

 

 

 

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The life on the hard finally ended

It took much longer than anticipated to get the bottom copper coated. First the bottom should be lightly sandblasted to get rid of old antifouling, then two coats of epoxy barrier, a thorough sanding to get a good surface for the copper coat to stick to. Then 5 coats of epoxy with copper powder, that should be done wet on wet all in one day, they did half bottom one day and the other half the next day. All this has to be done under dry condition, and we had some rain now and then. After three days of curing the props could be shifted and the part that they have covered could be treated. All this took its time but, what I did not know and not the yard was that the epoxy with the copper powder needs to be sanded VERY thorough to get activated, it took them in total 30 man hour to sand. I’m very happy I did not do this myself a very tough job as a big part of the bottom is above the workers.

Initially we thought overoptimistic that everything should be ready by June 25, but finally we came into the water the July 6.

When the “grinders” took a break Kerstin did polish the water line and as high on the hull she could reach, Kerstin complained it was hard work, but nothing compared with the guys sanding.

So wat did we do in the mean time?

We enjoyed the environment that was very beautiful and remains a little bit of Sweden with the green pine trees and the brown brackish water. A lot of different birds that sang beautifully and very loudly, and of course they sat on our mast and did their dropping on the boat and bimini top, not so nice, a lot of job to clean up after them. Several types of predator birds, we saw one with a rather big fish in his claws flying not far from us. Squirrels in abundance they were very common in Sweden when I was a child but now we do not see them so often. Very nice wild life indeed, but all paradises has it snakes, and at Yankee Point Marina there where three. Flies a lot of them, they could easily have fixed that by not mixing food trash and trash from the yard, all went in to a dumpster, a paradise for fat nasty flies. By having lunch and dinner by the waterfront we escaped the worst of them. Then we had the mosquitos, two types one “big” the same size as a normal Swedish mosquito, but striped, is it not those who transmit Dengue fever and now also Zika? They were not too bad but the other mosquitos called “no see” because they are so small that you can’t see them, a lot of them and they do bite and it itching for many days. I got so many bites that my arms became knobbed.

The third snake was the heat and moister. We often had ca 35 C in the boat, not worse than in the Med but much higher humidity, which in combination with itching make the nights very uncomfortable.

When we did not admire the wild life or fighting bugs we did some maintenance of our own. A lot of spare parts were ordered on line from Amazon and Defender, a retailer of boating equipment that we have been recommended. They needed to be installed, such as new anchorwash pump, multimeter for shore power and generator power, new impellers etc etc

Boys do love knifes, one very big and one very small, one of them is for Kerstin, can you guess which? It’s a cliff hanger I tell you at the end of the blog.

The prop shaft busing together with three lip seals need to be replaced every two years or 800 hours, we were close to 1000 hours so definitely time to change.

The lip seal springs are made of mild steel and does rust, this time I ordered extra stainless spring. Well I hope it will take two years before I found out if it was a good decision or not.

Bow thruster needed new seals as well as a new propeller

The surface for sealing looks very uneven so tried to fill with epoxy, again time will tell if it helped.

The propeller got greased and coated with Velox anti fouling paint for propellers, hope it helps.

More fun job was to put name on our tender some “who knows” says never put name on your dingy, cause then thieves know that you are not on your boat. But the best way to know if there is no one aboard is to look if there is a dingy behind the boat.

After the rough passage from Bahamas the solar panels on the bimini needs new Velcro, it was ordered but it was for indoor use so we never bothered to change, but with hindsight, indoor probably better than nothing at all as seen on the picture

But all is not work, there were several initiative from the marina to make people come and enjoy

One such event was the Veterans Day they have annually, unfortunately not so many came

Not very crowded and they had three different band playing bluegrass and rock.

Else we made our own dinner by the waterfront, we found good meat at the Walmart store.

When the sky looked like this witch it did frequently during evenings we know rain and thunder will follow, so eat fast.

We have been very well received by the Americans, many of them came to us asked about our boat and trip, asked if we needed transport to buy groceries or other things. From one of them we got the most fantastic home grown tomatoes, tastes divine together with the home farmed onions. On happy hours in the club house we never felt alone always some to talk to.

Most boats at the marina were real boats, plain good old boats.

But despite all the nice people the nice scenery we wanted to get into the water and sail away

And finally the 6 of July we went into the water and everything went well, at least in the fairy tale, but in real life shit happens. First as soon as I started the engine the alarm went on, engine off and down in the engine room. My new original VP oil filter has fallen off and all new oil in the bilge. To make things worse I had no spare filter that fitted (Kerstin had told me not to throw away the old filter until we were totally sure the original VP filter would work, guess what I did with the old filter?). I had asked before in the Marina but they did not have any for VP. But I went in there again and they found what third party filter that could fit our VP, find out where to find one and send someone to pick up, that is good service. When I had cleaned up the mess they delivered a filter that fitted, “Jabba dabba doooo”, I asked if they could fix five more filters before we left and they said no problem, so now we will not have filter problem for a while. But the ordeal was not over by that, when I have put back the head stay tensioned as hard as I dared, connected the cables for the furling motor the furlermotor only unfurled, but did not furl the head sail. Nothing happened when trying to furl the sail, I measured the volt but nothing wrong. I do not know much about electrical motors, but at least I can have a look so opened up the motor cheeked the brushes but found nothing strange, disconnected all cables and put them back again, put everything together again and a miracle it worked. All this on the hottest day ever, after rivers of sweat, bruised knuckles and a lot of nasty words I could conclude that I had not have time do anything of what I had planned for the day.

The next day most things went rather smooth and we were ready before the Happy Hour ended and could finally cast off saturday July 8.

Some really nice sailing brought us to this very beautiful anchorage called  Mill creek just south of Reedville.

Fantastic sky

Solomons Islands

We had been recommended to visit Solomons Islands, 40 nM to the north, head wind so the engine hade to work.

Solomons Islands are more upmarket I guess, it looks very prosperous. Several marinas and very nice water front properties, but not to surprise one, the anchorage and marinas are very sheltered.

Kerpa at anchor at Solomons Islands

Garage for boats I have never seen that in Sweden or in Europe.

We very seldom visits museums but today we made an exemption from that and visit the “Maritime Museum” in Solomons

It was this light house who attracted us, we both like to visit light houses when possible. This is very typical for The Chesapeake Bay area.

The light house keeper lived in the light house and it did not looked bad at all

Nice kitchen

Given the time at the turn of the nineteenth century the bed room must have been rather luxuries. The salary was 500 $ per year not bad at all, free coal for heating opportunity to fish and farm.

They had an interesting way to build boat, they took several logs dug them out and put them together to a boat.

But they did more sophisticated boats as well, obviously these was for crab fishing, and crabs we had the day before

Kerstin enjoying the “Crab Hammer”

Oyster fishing was a very big business especially during the end of the nineteenth century

A Bushels is roughly 25 kg so ca 37000 ton oyster per annum during a short period, not so much now, man never learn.

The oyster were put into large cans of maybe 2.5 kg, what do you do with 2.5 kg conserved oysters? We did not found out.

But a lot of shell that’s for sure

Interesting Museum don’t miss it if you come to Solomons Islands.

Finally some boats

An Albin Vega a very popular Swedish boat, it was made over 3000 of them during late 1960 early 1970. Several have circumnavigated with them and a crazy Norwegian even visit Antarctica with one. But one does not expect to see them at a posh place as Solomons islands.

Another classic Swedish boat an Albin 25, a rather popular motor boat in the 70-ties. sold in the hundreds but not thousand  A very few were sold as motorsailer and to find one in Yankee Point Marina was unexpected.

About every 15 to 20 odd years one can read in some of the yachting magazine someone trying to introduce a new rig. They are usually not very successful, one never see them in real life. Well now we have seen one of them.

Finally who got the big knife?

Well from now on I better behave else…..

 

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