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Learning to sail a classic design.

August Sail Training Cruise

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Norm did a sail-training cruise last week leaving from Jamestown, RI aboard a ten year old Beneteau 43 three-cabin model. The trip consisted of a five day cruise to Vineyard Haven, Cuttyhunk, and Dutch Harbor with some intermediate visits. The crew of a couple and a single fellow handled the boat well. 

If you look up that sort of stuff: http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=6094

A few pictures from the trip.

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View from the outside mooring area in Vineyard Haven. The inside moorings are operated by the town and charge $45 per night. The outside mooring we used is operated by Gannon and Benjamin Boat Yard who also charge $45 per night. A launch services both mooring fields so no dinghy is required.
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We went over to Oak Bluffs to fuel and pump out. This is a picture of the beach just inside the entrance cut. I think our grandkids would love to dinghy back and forth between the yacht and beach to "beachcomb." That is an osprey nest on the pole. It is active with a family.

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The two pictures above are of the inner mooring field at Cuttyhunk Island which is part of the Elizabeth Islands. The mooring area is very tight and everyone seems friendly. A boat load of kids found that playing on the mooring was too much fun. They quickly invented a game of king of the hill. We enjoyed watching. 

Moorings here are $45 per night. Services ashore are limited but the hikes are superb. Cuttyhunk is a "dry island" so BYOB. One of the shore party reported a full lobster dinner delivered to your yacht at $45 per meal. Next time...!

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We met the nicest couple from Salem as they sailed by in their Joel White dinghy. We chatted alongside our boat for a while. I talked CLC Boats, harbors and cruising areas we both knew and love. This was their first trip to our sailing area. Once upon a time, Averisera was well known in their sailing area. It was good to hear about our former home waters. 
Notice the light fog?

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Eventually, the fog cleared. Not to worry, it returned the next day and brought some lightning squalls. We departed for Dutch Harbor that morning and had a nice sail.

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The house ruins on Dutch Island. There are tick warning signs all around the island. We did not go ashore.

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The lighthouse on Dutch Island's South end.

One of the things Norm noticed is that the islands of Martha's Vineyard, the Elizabeths, and Natucket are set up for cruising yachts with families. Narragansett Bay is beautiful sailing and has nice anchorages but it is hard to go ashore and wander. Lots of private property. The islands south of the Cape are a cruising playground.




August Sail Training Cruise

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Norm did a sail-training cruise last week leaving from Jamestown, RI aboard a ten year old Beneteau 43 three-cabin model. The trip consisted of a five day cruise to Vineyard Haven, Cuttyhunk, and Dutch Harbor with some intermediate visits. The crew of a couple and a single fellow handled the boat well. 

If you look up that sort of stuff: http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=6094

A few pictures from then trip.

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View from the outside mooring area in Vineyard Haven. The inside moorings are operated by the town and charge $45 per night. The outside mooring we used is operated by Gannon and Benjamin Boat Yard who also charge $45 per night. A launch services both mooring fields so no dinghy is required.
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We went over to Oak Bluffs to fuel and pump out. This is a picture of the beach just inside the entrance cut. I think our grandkids would love to dinghy back and forth between the yacht and beach to "beachcomb." That is an osprey nest on the pole. It is active with a family.

20180808_163809.jpg
20180808_162255.jpg
The two pictures above are of the inner mooring field at Cuttyhunk Island which is part of the Elizabeth Islands. The mooring area is very tight and everyone seems friendly. A boat load of kids found that playing on the mooring was too much fun. They quickly invented a game of king of the hill. We enjoyed watching. 

Moorings here are $45 per night. Services ashore are limited but the hikes are superb. Cuttyhunk is a "dry island" so BYOB. One of the shore party reported a full lobster dinner delivered to your yacht at $45 per meal. Next time...!

20180808_165915.jpg
We met the nicest couple from Salem as they sailed by in their Joel White dinghy. We chatted alongside our boat for a while. I talked CLC Boats, harbors and cruising areas we both knew and love. This was their first trip to our sailing area. Once upon a time, Averisera was well known in their sailing area. It was good to hear about our former home waters. 
Notice the light fog?

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Eventually, the fog cleared. Not to worry, it returned the next day and brought some lightning squalls. We departed for Dutch Harbor that morning and had a nice sail.

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The house ruins on Dutch Island. There are tick warning signs all around the island. We did not go ashore.

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The lighthouse on Dutch Island's South end.

One of the things Norm noticed is that the islands of Martha's Vineyard, the Elizabeths, and Natucket are set up for cruising yachts with families. Narragansett Bay is beautiful sailing and has nice anchorages but it is hard to go ashore and wander. Lots of private property. The islands south of the Cape are a cruising playground.




A Sail in July: Averisera

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Plan A was to do the New England Solo Twin Race in Newport. Plan B, as always, was a little different. Norm sailed to Martha's Vineyard, hung out for a couple days and sailed home. The usual things that get in the way got in the way not that life isn't richer for them. Anyhow... the sail was nice. Here are some pictures and notes.

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Chatham Fog

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Under Sail

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Oak Bluffs

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Oak Bluffs a few hours later

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Oak Bluffs, the view astern

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Oak Bluffs, the view ahead.
Summer Camp Hotel. A classic all updated and hip.

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A nice place to have a cocktail and a meal.

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Vineyard Haven
I bought a bus ticket and rode over to Vineyard Haven to buy a couple books. Pirates stories. The VH harbor is more classic sail than OB which is party town power yachts. In VH, I also found a Jamaican restaurant that served me some very good Caribbean food which I missed since getting home.

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Vineyard Haven, Gannon and Benjamin Yard

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Vineyard Haven Launch

There is launch service in both VH and OB. The VH Launch services their moorings which are outside the breakwater and the town moorings inside the breakwater. Mooring rates are in the $40 to $50 range per night. The launches charge between $2 and $5 per person per trip. Bring small bills and get ready to pass them out. Dinghies have docks or beach space for free. The OB Launch is on Ch 77 and runs to midnight or later. The VH Launch is on 72 and  closes at 10PM. VH is a more sedate town! Dock space starts at around $5 per foot per night.

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Averisera on her mooring in Oak Bluffs. The sailboat near us is a Beneteau 343 which is just a foot longer than Averisera and about three times the volume. A nice young couple sail her.

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Images of the "cottages" in Oak Bluffs that hark back to the late 19th Century. Pretty cottages and pretty gardens. I think ownership must include a passion for home maintenance.

Two harbors and two very different places separated by only a few miles.


Coincidences around boats, all good.

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A couple pictures of the boat Norm sailed as a youngster. Thetis was in the family from 1958 through 1962. This came up when Norm (that's me) found a very interesting blog about a cruising family and we corresponded. Here's what the 50s and 60s looked like. Just for the Robin Hoods.


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Leaving Hatchet Bay entrance in 1961. We loved Hatchet Bay. Saturday night movies for 10 pence a person, cheap ice cream from the dairy, horses, caves, other kids, and my first Boston Whaler ride. We also dragged anchor one night and that was dramatic.

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Hermita was Thetis' original name and she was home ported in Marion, MA. We bought her from her third of fourth owner and sailed from Stamford, CT to Cape Cod in the Spring of 1958. It was cold as the dickens.

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The skerry on Jackknife Beach, Big Pleasant Bay, Harwich, Cape Cod, MA. A guy named Dave is building a Chesapeake Light Craft NE Dory nearby. He saw our boat on the beach and drove down to say hi and look over our handiwork. A local newspaper had an article about a woman in Orleans who built a CLC Whitehall pulling boat. Norm wrote to her and some day E+N will drive over to see her and then later swop stories and viewings. Nice serendipity meetings. We will get some pics of the other boats up some day soon.

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Averisera on Boston Harbor, ten years ago.




Averisera: More Maintenance

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A typical view: the boat on her mooring. Gee, wouldn't it be great to see a picture of the boat somewhere else? Maybe soon? Soon we sail from Stage Harbor to Newport for the New England Solo-Twin July 27-28. Mostly, I am looking forward to the sail home.

Tasks in progress are a toilet repair, holding tank maintenance, varnish, engine hour meter replacement, scrub decks and teak, fix a loose stanchion, and clean up below. 

The stanchion repair is "hopeful" as it is always getting yanked as the launch comes alongside. So... we'll see. I repaired the weak area with an application of a quick setting epoxy on deck and a fender washer below decks.

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Averisera: More maintenance

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Hauled out at Stage Harbor Marine. Met some new sailors from the mooring area and we talked boats. 
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The tape is off and the red paint is on. What a lot of work. Up and down ladders, moving ladders, sand, wipe clean, brush on paint. The paint will have a couple days to cure before we tape and paint the bottom.

Need a new engine hour meter, toilet rebuild, and some engine room cleaning and fussing.

Averisera: Annual maintenance

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All taped off for a couple coats of red paint. After the red is done and hard, I will do the grey stripe, too. The topsides have been cleaned and polished using Prism Polish. I will apply two coats of the Mirage finish also from the Prism Polish Company.

https://www.prismpolish.com/

The boat stored beside Averisera is an O'Day 35 that is now for sale. Looks like a nice boat.

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The Yard required that we capture our waste water. I put down this tarp which did catch all the waste water from my bottom washing. The water evaporated leaving the grime and sloughed off paint on the tarp. Worked well. I used 5 gallons of water to clean the bottom. Later, I will sand the bottom and capture the dust, too.

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The bottom was pretty clean. Zachary at Harwichport Boat Yard had done a short haul and wash in early May. We raced to Nantucket and did a few day sails. More sailing would have meant an even cleaner bottom.

Last year!
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Another new boat in our fleet

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The skerry has a mooring in Pleasant Bay off Jack Knife Beach and we need a beach pram. Thanks to the Newcombs we have one.now and are pretty close to a fully operational fleet.

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Maybe just right for Marina?? Name? Colors/Livery?

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Averisera in Stage Harbor

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Skerry being prepped at home

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Z's skiff on Sand Pond

Averisera: Headsails

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We have two 102% jibs, the Heavy 102 and the Light 102.  Yesterday I lay the heavy atop the light and here is the difference. The Light 102 has positive roach supported by battens. The Heavy 102 is a standard hollow roach head sail.

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Doug Pope of Rockland, Maine made both sails.

When we bought the boat (ex-Best Revenge) we had 150% and 130% genoas. They proved too big for us in any breeze so we removed the genoa deck tracks and settled on the 102% size. 

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