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Thoughts on Inspecting Chainplates

At the Annapolis boat show, I had a conversation with friends who are planning a full refit, but are not intending to pull the chainplates. I said something about new rigging not meaning a thing if it is attached to … Continue reading

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A Cruising Guide to Lagoon Pond, Martha’s Vineyard

In early June, we left Cuttyhunk and continued on to Martha’s Vineyard, anchoring in Lagoon Pond on the inside of Vineyard Haven. We had never been to the Vineyard before, but had heard about how bumpy it could be in … Continue reading

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Hurricane Jose

As I write this, it is September 15th, which is my birthday. I am about three miles off Kennebunkport at the moment, heading for Isles of Shoals from Jewell Island up in Casco Bay. It is great to be out … Continue reading

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Where Is Bear and What Are Our Winter Plans?

Margaret and I started cruising early this summer, getting to Newport by the middle of May and to Maine by the middle of June. Even still, by the time the end of July rolled around, we did not want to … Continue reading

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Cruising Guides for a Year-Long Caribbean Sabbatical

Looking ahead to our sabbatical, we are stocking up on cruising guides to help us plan our trip. Of course, we will be using these while on the trip as well. Since guidebooks can be hit or miss, I have been … Continue reading

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Charts for a Year-Long Caribbean Sabbatical

Margaret and I are just eight months away from her 15-month sabbatical. We have pretty much decided – as much as you decide anything on a cruising boat – to head to the Caribbean. And, as we make our preparations, … Continue reading

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Dispatch from the Head of Somes Sound

With the twinned gasps of porpoises close by, somewhere forward of the dodger, I put my book down and bounded out of the cockpit. Now standing along the port rail, I waited for the harbor porpoises – who had been … Continue reading

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Rock Hall to Newport – Part Three

This is part three in a series. If you have not read part one and part two, you might want to check those out before reading this one. The next morning we awoke at 6am, made our morning caffeinated drinks, … Continue reading

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Rock Hall to Newport – Part Two

This is the second post on our trip north from Rock Hall, Maryland, to Newport, Rhode Island, in early May 2017. You can read the first installment here. We awoke in the morning at about 6:30 and were both instantly … Continue reading

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Rock Hall to Newport – Part One

I picked up Kerry in Annapolis on May first. At the time, I was still anxious about both having Kerry aboard and departing. Despite all the work I had done on the boat, there were still quite a few jobs … Continue reading

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