Monday, July 25, 2011

Harmony returns home

From RI we motored to Three Mile Harbor just East of Sag Harbor. Then to Port Jeff where the fuel was $5.00/gallon! But the moorings are free behind the sand spit. Left at 6AM and motor sailed down LI sound getting to Throgs Neck about 2 for the tide change. Actually we were early and came down the East River in slack tide. Got back to the club by 7:30, got a drink at the bar and went home to collapse....

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Monday, July 18, 2011

At Cuttyhunk

Dutch Harbor, RI


Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:33:05 -0400

We left Plymouth early morning (7AM) and headed through the lobster pots down to the Cape Cod Canal.  With the current we were speeding (speed limit is 10 knots) at 10.7 k over the ground...i.e. with a 5.7 knot current with us.  Got down to Cuttyhunk Island by about 4 and met up with some friends on a mooring outside the harbor.  There is actually lots of room to anchor just outside but we splurged and got the mooring right next to Mel and Sandy.  The next day they took us on the walking tour of the island and we had a wonderful shrimp and lobster dinner with them on our boat.
About 6:30 AM we were off and headed past Block Island to Three Mile Harbor...Yeah Right!  The wind was on the nose and kicked up to gusting 30 in open ocean.  We only got as far as Dutch Island Harbor (directly west of Newport on the other side of Conanicut Island where we had anchored on the way up.  Since it is scheduled to continue blowing from the SW with high gusts and thunderstorms we decided to splurge and take a mooring rather than possibly do the anchor dance at 3 AM in a thunderstorm.  Snug as a bug.
For the cruisers:  Mooring costs per night at Plymouth (call the Plymouth Yacht Club)were $60. At Cuttyhunk (First come, first served and a boat comes out to collect), $40.  At Dutch Harbor (call Dutch Harbor Boat Yard on VHF 69), $50. Lobsters are just as expensive at Cuttyhunk, where they catch them, as in Keyport, NJ but a lot fresher.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Plymouth, Mass

Here we are in historic Plymouth where the Mayflower landed after landing at least 2 other places. The rock is a rock. It is a real tourist town. Went to dinner with John and Sue, old friends from cruising. It was great to see them but I am not thrilled with cruising up here. Lobster pots everywhere, especially in the harbor channel. Yikes. The harbor is very very crowded with no anchoring and transient moorings costing $60/night. 7 year waiting list for permanent moorings.
We are at a dock at a nice but expensive marina (electricity discounted to $15/day). Renting a car and off to Boston for a night and day.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Buzzards bay

We are anchored between Scraggy Point and Bassetts Island...N41 40 22.7. W070 38 29.6....we tried the guidebook suggested anchorage just north of Bassets only to find it FULL of moorings. This is about a mile East of the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal but we have to wait for the current (up to 6 knots) to turn before entering (about 12:30). Of course at 8:30 the fog has begun to roll in just to make life interesting for a boat with no radar. We should get into Plymouth about 6 tonight...pray for the fog to lift!!!

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

BoatUS Vessel Locator Notification

Lew Hill's wireless phone was last located near Lat: N 41° 30.281' Long: W 71° 23.154' on 2011/07/09 06:04 PM EDT

Friday, July 8, 2011

BoatUS Vessel Locator Notification

Lew Hill's wireless phone was last located near Lat: N 41° 0.818' Long: W 72° 11.307' on 2011/07/08 05:43 PM EDT

Three Mile Harbor

This is one of our favorite harbors. Just East of Sag Harbor and 8 miles directly south of Plum Island. Google it ...eastern Long Island. Two days from Keyport. Good holding and very protected. Good thing as thunderstorms and hail expected today. That plus the morning fog led us to hang out here for a day. We want to be in commuting distance from Boston so Florrie can show grand daughter Boston School of Art (her Alma mata) on Wed.

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