For Sale...!

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We love our boat and really wish we could manage a cruiser with headroom and Averisera.  Just don't think so.  Maybe if we didn't have a big garden and Mama would never allow that.  (Not so certain Norm would either)

So, we are looking for a sailor who has $15,000 for a nicely tricked out Aphrodite 101.  Collected below are some boat pics.  As for equipment.  Cruising stuff and racing stuff.  It all goes!

From our first year, 2007, showing the old Diamond main and 1/2 oz kite which blew out moments later when a squall hit.

We have made Averisera comfy for cruising.  We used to cruise to an away double-handed race, race, and then cruise home.  One year we weathered Hurricane Danny in Fox Island Thorofare in Maine which cancelled the DH 100nm Maine Rocks Race.  We went back a few years later and placed first.

Rebuilt engine going back into place a few years ago.  Thumper runs well.

2Jibs.jpgThe dacrom 102% jib atop the black 102% jib.  Both from Doug Pope in Rockland Maine.  The black sail has battens and is very powerful.  The PHRF committee did not change our rating.

DSC00057.JPGNew mainsail from Doug Pope.  It has only been up a few times as we use the dacron main most often for day sailing.

New canvass is being made now.

Launch day, June 25, 2019

Next question... what to buy?  we looked at a Tartan 37 which mama says is too big.  (you can see where this is going...)  I'd like to have a look at  Sabre 34 especially if it has a keel/centerboard configuration.The Cape is just so shallow and we may get to cruise the Bahamas where the water is thin, too.  Maybe a catamaran?

Staye tuned and send suggestions to me at nhmartin at outlook dot com

First Family Cruise

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Elizabeth, Norm, Alicia, Stos, Zephyros and Marina went for a four day sail aboard a 40 Beneteau sloop and looked around Narragansett Bay.  It rained, we had some tough sleeping nights, and everyone departed with smiles.  Big adventures were later related to aunt and uncle and included, a walk ashore in Bristol, dinghy trip ashore at Prudence Island, anchoring in Potter Cove, a squall, and swimming off the boat in water too deep to touch bottom.

Jamestown, Mackerel Cove, Dutch Harbor, Bristol, Potter Cove, Patience Island, Wickford Cove, Jamestown.  There is plenty more to explore.  NOAA Chart 13221 has the entire area in detail.

The "responsible" parties!  Grandma and Norm

A few pics of the boat and the adventure.

Thanks, Evan, for making the boat ready for us.  
New England Sailing Center was the charterer.  They are fine with short charters and we think that four days, three nights is a perfect amount of time aboard for an entry into cruising.


Sell... or Not?

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Not too long ago, we put an ad for the boat on Sailing Anarchy and Scuttlebutt on line sailing newsletters/forums.  Found one interested party and showed the boat.  Averisera was not for him and we are OK with that.  

In the showing process we had a chance to meet a very nice fellow from NYC who wants a day sailor with minimal accommodations.  It will have to be a bit bigger than Averisera, however.

It was a pretty day on Stage Harbor and a Morris 36 sailed by.  It is a very nice example of a day sailor... pretty, fast, and just the right size.


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The other day I was out sailing solo and doing some tuning/testing.  Noted that Antigua was 1500 nm straight ahead with no land masses in the way.  At 5 knots that's 300 hrs or twelve plus days.  Too bad I was only provisioned with a small bag of Oreos and a dozen pints of water.

It was a beautiful day.


Nutshell Pram

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It was probably ten years ago that we bought this nutshell pram from Eric Dow in Brooklin, Maine.  It has given us a lot of joy.  All our grandkids have learned to row aboard it.  I am doing a little bit of a refit since the paint looks "below our standard."

Some kid keeps following us around.  He's always a help.  Here he is bailing the Nutshell.  Good fellow!  Later, I went for a sail and let him ride in the pram as we sailed... er... drifted in Nantucket Sound.


I have removed the thwarts and sanded the inside.  We use Interlux Bristol Beige paint.

Grandma has her garden and gramps his boats.  An orderly life.


Hallie Grace

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My niece Megan delivered her first child on July 4th.  Welcome Hallei Grace!


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On Saturday, July 6, Norm and Stos were sailing the skerry off Jack Knife Beach.  It was windy.  Another family was at the beach sailing their refurbished Dyer Dhow,  a 10 ft sailing dinghy.  Unfortunately, their mast broke a long way off the beach.  We saw the distress and sailed over to help.  We have oars and the Dyer folks did not so they had gotten into the water to swim/tow the dinghy to shore.  Rather than remove the skerry mast and take the Dyer under tow by oar, we sailed to shore, removed the rig and rowed back to take the Dyer under tow.

A very nice woman took some pictures so here's a big thank you to Mallory from Somerville for sharing them with us.

We are close the beach.  The Dyer and her crew are astern of the Skerry.

Not many sailboats out that day.  The wind wasn't so strong but it was very blustery.  On the skerry, we took a couple of gusts that rolled the rail right to the water and made our mast bend a lot.  So... we sailed home and saw these folks.

Take aways?  An auxiliary method of propulsion is a safety feature.  Glad we could help.

Sailing kids

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July 4th at Jackknife Beach (Chatham and Harwich share ownership) on Big Pleasant Bay, we launched and sailed the skerry.  Stos and Z are pictured sailing in calm conditions.


In the run-up to July 4th Holiday, I made the skerry ready for the grandkids.  Got it out of the garage, painted the bottom and rigged the boat for sailing or rowing.  Next up... unrig and put on trailer, tow to beach and go sailing.

We built this boat a few years ago during the winter.  It was a very satisfying project in every way.  

End of June, 2019:
Just recieved, a couple pics of grandson Luke.  He is out with his mom, my daughter, Laura, on her very nice O'Day 240.  They sail out to the Norwalk Islands for the fun stuff boys enjoy: anchoring off and island and swimming ashore.

One of the pleasant recollections is to see these pics.  They so remind me of me doing the exact same things off my parents boats in the Florida Keys or Biscayne Bay.  We had a 23 foot Columbia Contender and then an Irwin 27.  Laura had some similar experiences with me when she was a young teen but mostly we raced an Olson 30 or Dehler DB2 so anchoring and swimming were not part of the equation.  The DB2 had a big sugar scoop transom and there are photos somewhere of her sitting in a kid-sized beach chair on the transom... pre race.

There are few things more satisfying for a young kid than a small boat and Luke is showing how it is done.
I love this picture of daughter Laura.  While others were cavorting at Antigua Sailing Week, she was at the American YC Spring Series.  Maybe we'll make it to Antigua some year.

Earlier in the week, Z and I went to Jamestown RI together so I could do some sailing school work.  Here, he is steering a Bavaria 46 that we were evaluating.  Z really did have a good time with twin wheels.  West Passage near Dutch Harbor.

The Saturday after our Tuesday launch we sailed from Wychmere Harbor to Stage Harbor and picked up our mooring:  SHM333.  The sun did come out and we did some cleaning.

New friends, Bob and Mary, have a new Jeanneau 440 in the outer harbor.  Much bigger than Averisera!  Nice boat and welcome.

Launch Day, 6 mos to Christmas!

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I got my Christmas present for 2019 when Averisera launched this morning.  Scott of Nauset Marine picked up the boat in the Queen Anne Yard and trucked her to the launching ramp at Harwichport Boat Yard.  Corey showed up with his boom truck and we put the twig on and Averisera look like a sailboat.  Well, the boom and sails are not installed but you get the idea.

She swims!

Some kid keeps rowing around in my dinghy.

Fog?  We must be on Cape Cod.

I also met Mrs Hayes who owns the J22, Haze, and lives in a house next to the boat yard.  Her house predates the boat yard.  We talked sailing and other common interests.  It is always a lot of fun to talk sailing in the boat yard and she is very nice.  Hope to speak with her more often. Our mast was in her back yard all winter as her house is adjacent to the boat yard and that is where the boat yard boys put masts.  Next winter I will keep the mast and the boat together.

I caught a couple pictures of what we think are beach plums in bloom.  It looks like snow in summer.  This is in Chatham near the old weather balloon station.  Pretty scene.

Oddly, no leaves.  Maybe just an aspect of this crazy wet and windy spring...?

Today is also my dad's birthday.  He'd have been 93.  

Boat Prep on a Sunny Day

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We have not had much in the way of dry weather for working on the boat.  A few weeks ago (today is 12June19) I backed the car out of the garage and set up my varnish shop. Two days ago, we installed the varnished wood and today I got the bottom ready for paint.  Some pics:

Seems like a decade ago when we were in Boston, I took this pic of Elizabeth doing a little fussing before the trailer came over to splash us.  The good old days!  It was probably early May.

Meanwhile, back in Harwich at the boat yard.  Pictures from a few sunny days in early June.

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Under shrink wrap with hatch and rails off and in the garage being varnished.  I clean the winter dirt with denatured alcohol and rags.  After everything is inplace, it gets a good wash.

Ugh.  Get the shop vac and mildew remover ready.  The boat winters well under the wrap but mildew still creeps in and a lot more dust settles than one would think possible.

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Varnish shop.  Mama's Ford is parked outside.  Hatch parts being varnished.

Someone was worried mice might have gotten into the loft and eaten into our sails.  Nope.  Tedi the Attack Cat guarded my stuff all winter.  Tedi has a cozy cottage in the garage loft with radiant floor heating.

The newly varnished rails are being dry-fitted before installation.  We secure one side, install the hatch in the slider, install the other rail and fasten everything in place.  Once the hatchway is watertight we can remove the shrinkwrap and get moving.

I am happy to have removed the shrink wrap and snapped this picture.  Somehow, I sense that the boat will make it to the water this year.

The old bottom paint flaked off in many places during the winter.  The bottom that is sanded is forward of the poppet. Unsanded is aft..  This year, bottom prep went real fast.  Thank goodness, everything else has dragged on and on.  We are going with two coats of Pettit ECO Hydrocoat.  White.  It must be dry in order to apply the paint.  Today, the 13th, is rainy.  Maybe tomorrow will be dry.

A complete aside:  The Bermuda 1-2 is in progress with the single handed leg finishing up.  Three Morris Justines are racing and close together.  One design ocean racing in Morris Justines?  Sure, why not.  

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