Old anti-fouling paint

November 27th, 2009

  I discovered something that I never read before in any sailing magazines or books. The effectiveness of anti-fouling paint degrades over time. That statement seems like common sense. But I didn’t know that, nor as I mentioned ever heard of that before. Read the rest of this entry »

Mattapoisett in November

November 27th, 2009

  I usually go down to the harbor whenever I take lunch breaks while I’m down in Mattapoisett working on the boat. It’s a great chance to just sit there and take in the sights. See the harbor when it’s quiet and still. Read the rest of this entry »

Back to work

November 27th, 2009

 Last weekend I started my winter’s maintenance work. I had a list of a dozen things to do. Though of course I ended up working primarily on a single project and getting only a few things done. That always seems to happen. The reason being, I start out thinking I only need to do something minor, then as I start taking things apart, I find I have a whole bunch of stuff to fix.

 The picture above is my steering pedestal. That was my major project last weekend. There had been a leak under the pedestal all last season. So, I intended to spend a half hour or so sealing up the base of Read the rest of this entry »

Goodbye to another season

November 6th, 2009

Hi everyone. I’ve been remiss in keeping up with my blog. I apologize for that. The truth is, I hadn’t had anything to write about. This Fall, I went out for day sails whenever the weather was nice. But I didn’t have anything new to say. In October, the boat was hauled out of the water for the season. Again, you could read my last years blog entry for the haulout and it would have been the same thing. So, I thought, whats the point in writing anything.

However, for this winter I plan on writing about all my maintenance work. And I’ll post any good pictures I’ve taken during the season, or post any good sailing tidbits. Basically, anything to get through the long cold winter.

Cormorant Rock

August 30th, 2009

Sailing up Buzzards Bay along the western shore and rounding West Island to head for Mattapoisett or Marion, the only hazard to navigation is Cormorant Rock. When the tide is low you can see the rocks and it’s easy to see from a distance during the day. The picture above shows the rocks at mid tide, along with all the cormorants drying their wings. Read the rest of this entry »

Cuttyhunk

August 30th, 2009

  I took the day off from work Friday to go sailing and secure the boat for the arrival of “Hurricane” Danny. I went sailing with Scott Keck, who’s pictured above with the island of Cuttyhunk off in the distance. We had an easterly wind all day which made it perfect for sailing south to Cuttyhunk. Read the rest of this entry »

The Kayak

August 30th, 2009

 I thought I’d show a picture of how we get the kayak ready. As you can see, we just inflate the boat on the foredeck of Galatea and then launch it over the side. It’s really easy. This picture was taken when we were at Onset.

Going ashore at Onset

August 19th, 2009

 

 My notes on going ashore at Onset: Onset is a small village within the town are Wareham. It’s a quaint little place, with a dual personality. During the day it has an old time friendly feel, with gingerbread houses, small town charm, families lining the beaches, salt water taffy and ice cream parlors with signs stating “Est 1895”. But in the evening, you don’t really feel safe walking the streets. There’s a strong police presence watching over a large number of teenagers hanging out and obviously up to no good, buying, selling drugs etc. Reminds me of my hometown. In any case, as Janet commented, “Onset’s great to visit as long as you get out of there before dark”.

 The picture above is the beach next to the wharf were we spent the afternoon.

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Sailing over to Onset

August 17th, 2009

wickets 

We spent last weekend in Onset. Sailing over in a moderate southwest breeze on Saturday morning with patchy fog. By the term patchy I mean being hit with varying degrees of fog density / variable visibility. We’d be in light fog with 1/2 mile visibility followed by denser fog with 150 yard visibility and so on back and forth. Luckily by the time we reached the entrance to the Cape Cod canal we had enough visibility to see a couple of bouys ahead of us. Enough to get us through the canal safely. I was nervous during the approach. I did not want to enter the canal if we had dense fog. I could plot a course easy enough. My worry was shipping, especially barges coming out of the fog and heading for us. Luckily, as I mentioned, the fog lightened up enough for us to make the trip and no big ships passed us by.

Overall, it took 2 and a half hours to sail from Mattapoisett to Onset. The picture above is Wicket’s Island that we anchored behind. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting up ……

August 11th, 2009

 While we were in Red Brook Harbor we met up with friends of ours; John and Suzanne. They were sailing back from Maine and we planned to meet them Saturday afternoon. They sail all summer along of Maine so we had a lot of catching up to do. The picture above shows them on the way over to our boat Sunday morning with a plate full of freshly baked scones……. which were awesome. Read the rest of this entry »