End of season sailing

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We have a new carbon mainsail and a five year old, hardly ever used carbon jib. Last weekend, we got them both up together and it was nice. We didn't fuss very much with settings or controls and simply enjoyed sailing a nice boat with a beautiful rig on a stunning day.

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Averisera's deck. View before departure from Stage Harbor, Chatham, MA

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Our pretty but not spacious interior.

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The forward hatch latches need to be replaced. Here is the first fitting of one of the two replaced latches. Thanks, Zachary!
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Thanks to Doug Pope's sails and rigging outfit in Rockland, ME

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Kid keeps showing up on board the boat.

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Parent and grandparent

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And then we sailed into Harwichport Boat Yard and unrigged the yacht.

All Done... more

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OK. Now you see the inside of our garage. Monday the 17th.  Everything is off Averisera and in the garage. Sails are in the rafters and the rest of the goods are awaiting removal to the rafters/loft.

Our skerry is hoisted for winter storage. Such a pretty sailor. 

Soon, the Ford will be parked as usual and all will look normal.

All done!

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Skerry headed home from Jackknife Beach. Grandma and Z in the truck. Norm and Stos following in the Ford. A Sunday well spent.

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Carbon Main

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New mainsail from Doug Pope in Rockland Maine. It is made of Carbon Sport fabric, specifically, CS/15 and CS/10. It fits. I checked the reef and full hoist. This weekend, I will sail the sail. It is pretty and light. The main it replaces is a dacron main also from Doug's loft. The dacron sail is still a good sail for cruising. The carbon sail has about half the weight and folds up into about half the size as the dacron sail. 

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An amusing error. Somehow I switched to selfie....
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Hard to see the camera on a sunny day.

Labor Day Weekend

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While Norm was at work driving the launch at oyster River Boat Yard, the kids went sailing. Some pics they sent us.

From Laura's camera:
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Laura has an Oday 24 in Westport and she, her BF, Martin, Luke and Marc got out for some sailing and cavorting. Good job!

The Cambridge kids went out on the skerry for a sail to Little Sipson Island in Pleasant Bay and came back with this image. the kids had the challenge of "sail that boat" for this summer and they have. Good job!

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Meanwhile, at home, the garden cat minded her business. No mice attacked the house. thanks, Tedi.

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Averisera awaits her new mainsail.

Skerry Sailing

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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 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.

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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.




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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