Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The 2016 voyage south


First of all, I can see I'm not likely to be keeping up with this blog on any kind of reasonable time frame.  So, "Friend" us on facebook, since we seem to be able to post to that from our phones.  While we're in the Bahamas, I don't think we will have a lot of data on a phone, so it will be harder to post in real time.  We should be able to find an occasional wi-fi connection, but I bet that will mostly for FB posts.  And look at Jenny's blog, link on this page.

And hopefully, I will be able to post an occasional blog, too.  For this one, I'm going to be an engineer, and provide a summary of our travels going south this year.  It will end at the location where we send it from, probably Beaufort, SC.

Sept. 1, 2016- We moved onto Magus, expecting it to be for the next 9 months or so.  On September 3, we sailed to Portland for fuel and water at Dimillo's, and then stayed on our mooring on Peaks Island for a couple of days.  Had a going-away dinner with Matt and Stephanie:

Sept. 6, 2016- Sailed to Cape Porpoise.  Hurricane Hermine had just gone by, and there were big swells in the ocean.  Just stayed on the anchor.

Sept. 7, 2016- Sailed to Isle of Shoals, stayed on anchor.

Sept. 8, 2016- Sailed to Gloucester, MA.  On a mooring the first night, then anchor.  Dinghyed in to town quite a lot.  Nice visit.  A great restaurant is Passport.

Sept. 11 to 12, 2016- Sailed to Woods Hole.  7 pm to 10:40 the next morning, 78 n.m. in 16 hours. Rode the current through Cape Cod Canal early in the morning.  Stayed on a mooring at the Woods Hole Yacht Club, got to use their very Cape Cod style bathroom and shower, and walk all over the town.  The nearby public beach with fresh water shower was like the caribbean.  Jenny loved the trained seals at the Aquarium.

Sept. 15, 2016- Sailed to Block Island, 51 n.m.  Stayed on a mooring for a few days, then anchor for the last night.  Did a little touristing.  They were mostly closing for the season.

Sept. 21 to 22, 2016- Sailed to Cape May.  Left at 3:30 am in a thick fog, thankful to have radar; still a little hairy going out the channel from Great Salt Pond.  Arrived at 2:00 pm the next day-- 34.5 hours, 211 n.m. = 6.16 kts.  Some sailing, but mostly motor-sailing to get the speed.  Anchored by the Coast Guard station, just spent the night.

Sept. 23, 2016- Sailed to Chesapeake City on C&D Canal, at Shaefer's Canal House restaurant.

Sept. 24, 2016- Left early and sailed to Worton Creek, eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay.  Anchored, and caught a catfish.

Sept. 25, 2016- Sailed to Baltimore, just 26 miles across the Bay, mostly motoring.  Stayed at the Crescent Marina for three days; well actually left the boat there, and stayed with Echo.  Albert's brother Andrew and wife Sandy stopped by that first day for a visit and dinner out, with Echo and Chris.  Then, we did some provisioning and laundry and visited wtih Echo.

Sept. 27, 2016- Sailed to Magothy River, 22 miles.  Anchored out while a cold front went through.

Sept. 30, 2016- Sailed to South River, 22 miles.  Anchored in a cove right off of the house of Albert's good friend from UVA, Bill Ball and wife Katie.  They were great hosts, and we had dinner together several times.  One time Jenny did a live Facebook video that didn't work quite right.  More provisioning, and we saw then a couple of times later in the week, see below.

October 3, 2016 (Monday back to work for Bill)- Sailed to Annapolis, 14 miles.  Caught the 4:30 pm Spa Creek bridge opening, and anchored, twice, to make the Harbormaster happy. We still found a great spot between two City parks, and stayed busy for a full week.  Saw Bill and Katie, Echo and Chris, went to the Sailboat Show, lots of other stuff.

Oct. 12, 2016- Sailed to St. Michaels, eastern shore of Chesapeake, 26 miles.  Anchored in the harbor.  Jenny played some songs at Carpenter Street Saloon.  Met good people.  Went to the Tilghman Island Day celebration on Saturday.  Ate oysters and crabs, talked a little politics; this was Trump country.

Oct. 16, 2016- Sailed to LaTrappe Creek, Choptank River.  Hot day, used the SUP.  Lots of geese.

October 18, 2016- Sailed to Solomons Island, MD, used a mooring at Zanhazer's Marina.  Stayed several days with Ed and Karen Chambers, had a great time.

Oct. 23, 2016- Sailed to Deltaville, VA, 56 n.m.  Albert's friend Mac Ward got us a free slip at Stingray Point Marina, where we met some wonderful people, and had a love fest, of sorts.

Oct. 25, 2016- Sailed to Hampton Town Dock.  First night fee, then we paid for a night.  Enjoyed a great jazz band at the hotel bar with a great community of people.

Oct. 27, 2016- Sailed to Portmouth Town Dock-- free.  Jenny got her absentee ballot here, and Albert's was lost by the US Post Office.  A new one was requested to sent to Deaton Marina in Oriental, NC.

Oct. 28, 2016- Sailed into the Intracoasal Waterway.  Left early to make the 9:30 am group through the Great Bridge lock and 10:00 am bridge opening.  Kept going to the North River, south of Coinjock, anchored off of Buck Island, stayed on Magus.  50 n.m., or about ICW statute mile 57?

Oct. 29, 2016- Sailed across Albemarle Sound, and up the Alligator River to Deep Point, anchored, stayed on Magus.  ICW mile 102.

Oct. 30, 2016- Motored to Belhaven, tied up to the Town Dock at 2:15.  Found out it would cost something and it was hot, so we anchored out.

Oct. 31, 2016- Sailed to Oriental, NC, stayed at the free Town Dock the first night, then we went over to Deaton's Marina.  We had them look at the engine, and found out that we needed to run it at higher rpm's, basically.  The smoke and smell is just the way this engine is, at this point in it's life...  she won't last forever.  We did laundry and provisioning, like usual.

Nov. 5, 2016- Sailed to Beaufort, NC- A little bit of sailing on the Neuse River, then motoring through a creek and canals.   Tied up to Finz Grill, went to a dog walk benefit event that was just starting at 6 pm, then had dinner at Finz.  The next morning we found out that the dock was managed by Beaufort Docks, and should have cost some real money at $2.50 per foot.  We negotiated a good bargain, so all was good.

Nov. 6, 2016- Sailed out to Lookout Bight, the southern end of the Outer Banks.  Stayed on Magus.

Nov. 7, 2016- Sailed to Masonboro Inlet, Wrightsville Beach.  Left at 7 am, had a good breeze, and anchored by about 4:30 pm.  Stayed on Magus.

Nov. 8, 2016- Motored to Southport, NC.  Got fuel on the way.  Stayed at a dock at the Provisions Company restaurant.  That made it easy.

Nov. 10, 2016- Sailed to Charleston, SC, actually a little past to the Charleston Crab House on Wapoo Creek, a free dock but very loud bridge.  133 n.m., 28.5 hours.

Nov. 12, 2016- Motored through the ICW to an anchorage on the Ashepoo River.  Very quiet, watched a few boats go by.

Nov. 14, 2016- Motored through the ICW to Beaufort, actually Lady's Island on Factory Creek, using the Lady's Island Marina, where everyone is great.

Nov. 17, planning to sail to Fernadina Beach or Jacksonville, FL, 120 n.m. or more.  Will ride the current down the Beaufort River and plan to arrive for a favorable current, too.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

2016 update


This is very late, so I want to make it short.  A lot happened with us in the past year.  We moved from Peaks Island to South Freeport in October, 2015.  That is a whole separate story, but a lot of work was done to the Freeport property in anticipation of our future there.

At the end of April, 2016, we moved Magus from DiMillos’s Marina (which we loved and where she had been since we brought her to Portland in 2012) to South Freeport harbor on the Harraseeket River.  That started with a couple of months at Brewers Marina on the hard, where a lot of work was done: Topsides painted, second water tank cleaned and painted, electrical things, new speed/ temp unit, replaced back stay, bottom paint, etc., and the big one: rebuild the two hydraulic cylinders at the rudder end of the steering system.   Many of these things were done to satisfy the marine survey that was performed for the first time.  Prior to this, we only had liability insurance, but now we have full boat insurance.  That’s supposed to be a good thing, but it could be debated.  Then, in July, Albert retired from his job as Town Engineer/ Public Works Director for Freeport.  All this was to prepare for going on a voyage somewhere for the winter of 2016-17.

You can find in an older post our thoughts on going to Nova Scotia, the Azores, maybe Europe, maybe to the other Atlantic islands, and down to the Caribbean.  Here’s the current reality.  We have two dogs we are taking with us.  We are not going to be ready to go anywhere until close to September.  Albert really wants to go somewhere warm this year.  We are both worried about the Zika virus that is serious in the real Caribbean.  It will probably be in the Bahamas this winter, but they aren’t so populated (except on New Providence island and Nassau,) so we are imagining that the mosquito risk will be manageable.  We have screens, and DEET, and protective clothing, so we are really going to try to not get stung.  We’ll let you know how it works out.

The Bahamas are relatively easy to get to, compared to the real Caribbean that is much further to windward, not to mention just farther.  So, the plan is to go the Bahamas in the vicinity of Georgetown, Exuma.  Visit the Exumas, maybe Eleuthera, Long Island, Cat Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador.  That’s a lot of territory, actually.  To start with, we have gone through the process to get the Animal Import Permits for Bee and Tigerlily, saying we would arrive in West End, Grand Bahama.  That means we will leave from somewhere in Florida, like West Palm Beach—Lake Worth Inlet.  That will mean a lot of travelling down the Intra Coastal Waterway (ICW).  It would be considerably shorter and faster to go straight from Beaufort, NC to Marsh Harbor in the Abacos (northern Bahamas,) so that’s not completely ruled out.  Or, something in between.  At least, we’ll likely do some overnight passages between major ports to reduce some of the longer sections of “ditch” on the ICW.

But before that, we took a “shakedown” trip this summer to Rockland for the SSCA “Gam” in Penobscot Bay.  In previous years, it was held at Islesboro, so this was the first year at a new location— the south Rockland harbor, and the Sail Power and Steam Museum, started by Jim Sharp.  He was very gracious, and meeting the SSCA people was fun and interesting.  The event was organized by Keith and Nikki Davie on S/V Sionna.  They plan to go down the ICW this fall, so we will likely see them at some point.

While we were there, Sophi and Travis visited with the grandkids, Felix and Hazel, ending up spending the night.  That was a nice family adventure.  We also visited with Sophi's friends Colin and Ann on Mimi Rose.  This photo is from another summer sail in Freeport:

Next, we’ll update on how it’s actually going…

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Magus in 2015


We had some nice sails around Casco Bay early in the summer, including a couple of overnight trips with Sophi, Travis and their son Felix, both to Jewel Island.





Because the boat had not been out of the water for bottom paint since 2013, there was some noticeable growth.  We pulled up to the Army Pier on Peaks Island for a quick wash, and painted the waterline.  That was a big help, not that it lasted very long.  Next year, the full haul and  bottom job...

We had hoped to sail to Penobscot Bay for a couple of weeks, but circumstances conspired against us.  Jenny went out to visit her sister in Seattle at the end of the summer, planning to stay for awhile, so Albert decided to make a dash for Vinalhaven over the weekend of September 19 - 20, leaving Friday night at 5 pm and arriving in Carver's Harbor at 7:30 the next morning, just before it fogged for awhile. Overall, the weather was excellent, though.  


Albert was the consultant for designing and constructing the unique landfill cover system on Vinalhaven in 1997, and he wanted to see how it was holding up.  It was doing good, but a few trees were bigger than expected.  Everything needs to be maintained, and these should be removed.



On Sunday, the sail was beautiful along the west side of Vinalhaven and then across Pen Bay to Rockland.  Our friend Carter had a mooring that we could use, and he gave Albert a ride back home to Freeport.




I turned out that Jenny came back to Maine, so we will both go up to Rockland and sail back to Portland, soon.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Planning for 2016



Our next big trip will hopefully happen in 2016, when Albert plans to retire from his full-time job.  

PhotoVoyaging on the boat takes some planning.  Our initial plans have been a bit of a fantasy, but they are based on the real factors of wind, weather, schedules, boat and crew capabilities, etc.  Then as we started to look into the “social” realities and formalities of visiting various countries (with two dogs) things get tricky, and they will be more of a challenge that will greatly affect our plans.

So, the general idea has been this.  Get Magus all ready in May (2016) with new bottom paint, and a fresh survey so we can get insurance for anywhere.  Then we can leave Peaks in June and cruise along the coast of Maine, then to Nova Scotia for the summer.  A visit to St. Pierre and Miquelon (just a few miles south of Labrador, and which is a territory of France) would be interesting.   In September, we could sail to the Azores (about 1,200 miles from that area) and take it easy by spending the winter there.  The next spring, we could sail to Ireland (about 1,000 miles) and cruise around there, Scotland, England, and arrive in the Netherlands at the end of August.  Then, it would be possible to travel through the canals to Paris and across France to Marseilles on the Mediterranean-- leisurely in two or three months.  Then head south along the west coast of Italy, and spend the winter somewhere.  Because of VAT tax issues, we would need to stop in north Africa, like Tunisia for a few weeks or months within 18 months of first entering the EU, which would have been St. Pierre & Miquelon the previous year, so we’d have until January.  Then sail around the Med the next summer, visit Greece, get to Gibralter by October, then sail across the Atlantic to the Caribbean in November/ December for the winter.  We could then sail back to Maine the next summer, or even leave Magus somewhere and fly home for the summer, and go back to the Caribbean for more cruising.



From an article in Sail Magazine, Feb. 2013

But the above is not legally possible because of a thing called the Schengen Agreement relating to visas.  This rule says that a non-EU resident can only stay 90 days out of every 180 days in all of the Schengen countries, which is practically all of the EU not including the Brittish Isles.  This rule has been on the books since 1985 apparently, and has been routinely ignored.  There have only been rare cases of problems; but the problems are serious, like forfeiting the vessel and big fines to get out.  But now, there is more awareness of the rule, and we have two dogs that will add the the formalities, so we are not likely to ignore it.  There are all kinds of “work arounds” that we are researching, like one-year visas, but then you become a temporary resident and they get you for the VAT tax-- 20% of the value of the vessel as they determine.  There’s also the paperwork annoyance of getting an International Certificate of Competence for operating the vessel and a similar licence for the canals, but these can be resolved with time and money.  There is now supposedly a proposal to change the Schengen rules to allow US and some other nationals to stay for longer in those countries, but no one knows when this will happen.

Given all the above, we don’t really want the hassle, so we’re looking at options.  Not to mention that we don’t want to be so far away from our daughters and the grandchild(ren).  If we cruise to Nova Scotia and visit St. Pierre and Miquelon, it could still make sense to sail to the Azores and visit for a month or so in September/ October on the way to the Caribbean.  One could sail directly from there (about 2,500 miles,) or detour a little to the Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands on the way (about 4,000 miles; the extra 1,500 miles is about two weeks of ocean sailing, not really that long). There’s still the Schengen rule for a maximum total stay of 90 days in the Azores (part of Portugal) and the Canaries (part of Spain), but that’s not hard, since its best to get to the Caribbean in January/ February. 


Or we could bail on the whole thing for the first year or two, and just head south along the East Coast.  There are plenty of places we haven’t seen in the Caribbean basin, and even Key West might be fun.  With the recent changes for visiting Cuba, it would be very interesting to visit there.  And Jamaica is basically on the way I’d want to go; from the north or east, not west around.  We’ll really need to get better with our Spanish; Puerto Rico didn’t help us much because everyone spoke English with us, right after we tried saying “Buenas Dias”.  


And we joined the Seven Seas Cruising Association (which is also on Facebook).  They seems like a great organization, with their Seven Traditions including Leave a Clean Wake.   They have “gams” of boat raft-up social parties in various places every year, and a regular one is in Isleboro Maine.  We plan to go to the one this summer from July 31 to August 1, 2015.  Members and friends invited. 


 


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Maine in 2013 and 2014


There was not much adventuring done on Magus during 2013 and 2014 because we were too busy with other life events.  In the fall of 2012, we had moved back to Peaks Island after a two-year diversion in Bowdoinham; that is a huge story not detailed here.  We were happy to still have our house on Peaks, but we wanted to “down-size” our overhead, and we bought a nearby cottage in disrepair.  Then we had a big renovation project for the next year, moving into “Nirvana” for the summer of 2014.  In the fall, we sold our original house on Peaks.  During this time, we were renting the original house by the week in the summers, living on Magus at the marina at times, and doing a lot of family things.

One of the family things was becoming grandparents in August, 2013.  Sophi and Travis continued to live on their boat Seabird for the next 9 months or so in Portland, then moved to a great apartment in Bath, Maine, and had Seabird on a mooring in Bath for the summer of 2014.  They were disappointed to sell Seabird recently, but they’re hoping to use Magus some.  We enjoy seeing them and Felix every few weeks, and that’s pretty wonderful.  They may still have a blog of their adventures.

Also in 2014, we had a big reunion of Jenny’s family.  



Near the end of their stay, a lot of us went for a sail to Fowler Beach/ Sandy Beach/ South Beach on Long Island.  We went out for sails and visits throughout the summer, too.

As for Magus, we love the bowsprit and new roller furling jib.  We still have a lot of projects to get done in 2015.  We had a big mooring installed on Peaks Island, so that’s nice to have in addition to the Dimillo’s marina slip in Portland, that we will probably give up in May, 2016. 

I’ll do another blog on our overall plans for voyaging in 2016.  In the meantime, we’re going to attend the whole weekend “Safety at Sea” workshop in Boston in March, 2015.


 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Magus in Maine– 2013




This blog is the story of our major Spring maintenance and upgrade project for Magus.  This work is a combination of the regular Spring commissioning work like bottom paint, catching up on some deferred maintenance like the topsides paint, and my favorite project: build and install a new bowsprit.  The bowsprit will allow for a larger jib on a roller furler, in addition to having the working jib (on hanks,) essentially where it has always been. 

The location for this work is Falls Point Marine at the Dunning Boatyard property in Freeport.  Falls Point Marine is owned by Carter Becker, and his company does marine contracting work like wharf floats and ramps, as well as mooring work throughout Casco Bay.  He does a great job of stepping and un-stepping masts right from a boat on a mooring, and he can do pretty much anything related to boats and marine construction.

So, Falls Point Marine and Dunning Boatyard are located at the old Porter’s Landing on the upper reaches of the Harraseeket River.  At low tide there is a shallow trickle of water through the mud flats for almost a mile before reaching the upper end of the harbor/ channel in South Freeport.  Carter takes his work boats and barges up to the yard at high tide on a regular basis (and lets them ground out when the tide drops,) but not many pleasure boats with a 5 foot draft go up there.  There is a boat ramp that can be used from mid-tide or higher, and a boat hauling truck and hydraulic trailer can pick up a sailboat and put her up on the hard.

The unmarked channel is not easy to find at high tide, so I studied the channel at low water, and got some good advice from Carter before making the trip.  The trip from Dimillo’s was made on Saturday, April 27 with Jenny and Travis, and Sophi drove up to meet us and bring us back to Portland.  The winter boat cover had just been removed, so we stopped on Peaks to drop off the frame and a few things.  The night before we had snow flurries, and we ran the gas heater on the trip to Freeport.  All went well, and we got Magus set up at the yard by about 2 pm.  Then Jenny and I borrowed Carter’s pressure washer and got real dirty cleaning the bottom.  We left before dark.




That was the beginning of all the cleaning, sanding, and painting that continued steadily for weeks, while planning for all of the other projects.  All this work made me realize that the bottom work we had paid for in Ponce, PR was well worth the money.

The other projects included replacing the through-hull fitting for the engine cooling water and replacing the valve on one of the cockpit scupper through-hulls.  I was planning to install some high-tech material on the prop shaft packing box, but Carter recommended that the cutlass bearing should really be replaced also.  He was absolutely correct, but I hadn’t been planning on that project, so I persuaded him to help get that bugger off, which took a combination of several tools (that I didn’t own) and a lot of experience and skill that I also don’t have.  Then we discovered that the bearing was a metric size which is OK, but that it did not match the sizes that are typically used (and sold) in the US.  The short story on this is that we got one procured from Europe through Jerry at Nautilus Marine in Ellsworth, Maine. 

On one of the nice Sundays that Jenny and I were sanding and painting, a guy with his wife and dog on their motorcycle stopped by to look at the boat.  He asked if it might possibly be a Banjer 37, maybe hull #50, once named Magus (the name was removed for our painting work.)  When we asked how he could possibly know any of this, he said he was a previous owner of Magus in the 80’s, and he sold her to Vern and Patricia who we bought the boat from.  His name is Jim Horowitz (www.oxfordaviation.com) and we’re looking forward to seeing him and Louise over the summer to share stories.

This is being posted just before the tentative launch window over the Memorial Day weekend that is forecast to be all rain, so that’s not going to help with getting the other boats painted so they can go in at the same time.  We’ll see how all that turns out…

Again, many thanks to Carter for helping to get the cutlass bearing out and back in, and the super great job with the bowsprit and mast and rigging modifications.  Here’s a photo Carter took while re-stepping the mast.  




Monday, June 4, 2012

St. Mary's to Maine



This is the the trip that needed to be done the fastest, like in one week, and its still 650 miles. But first,we got to enjoy the waterfront at the school, meet Echo's friends, and relax a little. Travis and Albert arrived on Tuesday afternoon, May 8, a beautiful hot day. The official policy of the school is we can't stay overnight on the dock, so we acted like we didn't, and they were very welcoming and accommodating. We caught up on things, like laundry, and got some free meals in the cafeteria and as part of some nice school events.

On Thursday, we went for a boat ride up the St. Mary's River with Echo and a crowd of her friends, sailing downwind on the return trip. Later, Jenny and Sophi arrived by plane and rental car to Lexington Park where Albert and Travis met them in Echo's car for a ride back to SMCM and Magus. We were late getting back to Magus to meet up with Albert's old friend Ed Chambers, his wife Karen, and son Adam, who drove down from Calvert County. Echo had a school event to go to, but the rest of us went to an outrageous seafood restaurant, Cortney's, where owner Tom told us some great stories.

On Friday, we walked around historic St. Mary's City, relaxed, and went to the Family Picnic for dinner. There was a convocation ceremony that evening, and then we turned in to get some sleep for the commencement/ graduation ceremony the next morning. After photo events, we had a nice potluck lunch with Echo's roomates and parents, and helped Echo pack up her stuff for a short move to a different dorm for the summer.

Echo's move happened on Sunday morning. It was about noontime when Sophi and Travis left to drove Echo's car to Maine, and Echo, Jenny and Albert prepared Magus for the voyage to Maine. We invited Ed and Adam to come with us on the first leg of the trip, overnight to Annapolis. Karen made us a nice package of chicken sandwiches and snacks. It was a cloudy evening, with enough wind to put up the sails, but not enough to turn off the engine except for a couple of short spells. We got into the City Dock by about noon. Albert met up with his college friend Bill Ball and wife Katie, and with friends from 30 years ago in Annapolis-- Jum and Linda Mumper, and Bob Mumper. Karen had driven up to get Ed and Adam at about the same time. A little too much all at one time, but it was great to re-connect a little.

We left the next morning in the fog and rain, but it slowly improved to calm and hazy. We lucked out on the current timing in the C&D Canal, and tied up to the north side dock at the bridge in Chesapeake City, that had still not re-opened, so no fee. We talked to the new dockmaster and his wife, and they said they're only open on weekends now, and starting slowly. We left early the next morning, Wednesday, and motored into no wind all day, going through the May Canal at about 4 pm.

We tied up at Utsch's Marina, ate a bunch of seafood, and worried about the weather. It was supposed to blow from the northeast for the next four days, 10-20 knots, with stronger gusts sometimes. That's straight into the wind for our planned course to the Cape Cod Canal. We also noticed that the forecast showed lighter winds up near New York City and Long Island Sound, so we left in the afternoon to arrive in the City the next morning. The wind started off strong, but followed the forecast and was not much the next morning.

We checked the timing of the current up the East River, and needed to wait a couple of hours before it turned favorable at 3 pm, so we anchored in Coney Island Creek between a park next to a housing project, and wrecked ruins of boats on the other side of the creek.

The trip up the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty, past the construction of the new World Trade Centers, the Brooklyn Bridge, lots of ferries and everything else, it was all fun and overwhelming.


Then we checked the timing of the currents at the Race- between Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound- and at the Cape Cod Canal, and realized that we needed to keep the speed up to make the best currents. With not much wind, we just kept chugging away, and made it to the CC Canal before dark on Saturday, and called ahead to Seafood Sam's near the Sandwich East Basin to get a seafood take-out order. The guy at the gas dock said he needed $10 for us to tie-up, but then he got nicer when we said no problem, and he wouldn't take our money when we went to walk to the restaurant, then he was gone when we got back. Nice guy.

After that short stop, we kept on going towards Portland, and again there was essentially no wind, and we pulled into Dimillo's Marina at 4 pm, with Sophi and Travis at the dock to help. That was a very successful delivery: 650 miles in 7 days, an average of 93 miles a day, the fastest of any part of the whole trip from Puerto Rico. For one thing, we were very fortunate with the weather and the current timing. And really, that was true the whole way along, compared to some times. Next time, we want to have a lot more time, and stop to see where we are more often. It was still great as it was, though. Now we have to get back to our “normal” life, and we still won't have time to fix up Magus as much as we want, but slowly it goes.