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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.  

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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.  

One of the boats, Gryphon, has a blog:

More to follow.

Other Aphrodite 101s

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We have some pics from an A 101, Elixir of Seattle, sailing.  Another thing about living out there is year round sailing.  Here on Cape Cod, we are not so lucky.  In fact, we hear forecasts of snow inland.

OK Seattle folks, Mt Baker has snow year round but that's not the same thing.  In addition to the Elixir guys being out sailing, I then got word of the 101, Blue Max, being out under sail.  More on that later.  We are comparing notes about main sheet travellers.  They do a lot of DH so we'll be talking that, too.  Aphrodite 101s rock.

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Elixir in the passing lane

Elixir, on the far left, is in the process of passing... yeah, I said that correctly, passing... a couple of J109s.  It helps to be in the right place on the course.  The boat is owned by Megan and Jarred with Megan driving, I think.  (corrections may follow)  Megan had a comment that the new kite is so crinkly the crew can't hear what's being said as the sail comes into the hatch.  Woo hoo!

We also got a few enticing pics of evenings on the waters around Seattle.


So Honey.  Here's my idea: get a double axle trailer and rent a truck, sell the house, drive Averisera out west to spend her senior years with the other Aphrodite 101s and sail year round.


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Been wondering about a bigger boat for a cruise.  You know, something with standing head room and not too deep a draft.  A couple of Tartan designs are looking attractive. Both are 37 footers.  The Hood designed 37 footer is old school, long keel, tiller steering, no quarter berth and narrow.  The newer model is an S&S design with lots of modern features starting with roomy!  An S&S designed Tartan 37 is in nearby Harwichport and we've had a look.  Some pics follow.

Elizabeth and I are pondering the idea of cruising boat.

We like the T-37, Mark 2 but think about another name.  How about Hazel?

Our boat, Averisera, started out as Best Revenge.  It didn't suit us so we changed it. 

Random thoughts:
It is Sunday, April 28, 2019. Raining, cold, and another cuppa is in the offing.  Friday, met with an old pal, Burton, about some sailing, ocean delivery stuff.  He is sailing No Regrets back from the BVI.  I sailed her down in the Fall of 2018.  We shared knowledge.  Saturday and Sunday, Elizabeth and I gardened hard.  Houses sure a lot of work.  We should buy a boat, there'd be elss to do.... haha.  All sailing books, blogs, vlogs say otherwise and I know it to be true.

Glad we have a small boat, Averisera, since it is not too much work. Presently, I have stripped the varnish off the teak on deck.  Ready for some dry days to sand, bleach and varnish prior to launching.  This cold and rain is certainly holding me back.  A bigger boat will be a lot more work so we consider that, too.

So... after gardening, we did sneak off for a look at a very beautiful Tartan 37 that is in a local harbor. The boat was built in 1979 and looks "nearly new." For the first visit, Mr MacAndCheese was with Norm as the owner, Mitch, showed us around.  He is the third owner and the boat looks very well cared for.  I particularly liked the story that Owner 2's wife came aboard a year after Mitch bought the boat and said she  (Owner 2's wife) regretted ever having sold the T-37 for a bigger, newer model Tartan.  Good sign.  There isn't a lot of seller's regret in boats! 

Back to the "boat in question."

Some pics of the boat inside with Mr MacAndCheese (a few weeks ago) and outside, with E on Saturday afternoon, April 27.  After the look we went to Brax Landing for a cocktail and apps.  We could see the boat's mast from the bar seating.  We talked names. Norm declared the new boat to be named Hazel after his Grandmother Martin. She was a pretty clever old girl and kinda cute, too.  Elizabeth immediately flashed on the cartoon character, Hazel, by Ted Key and thought we'd all need to wear a housekeeper's cap.  Hmm...  they both work . 

All shiny and bright on deck. I like the halyard winches on the mast. Nice clean deck and cabin top.  Wide walk ways and good hand rails.

Mr MacAndCheese all settled in.

The couch is very important so we checked it out.  Comfy and roomy with the table stowed.  With the table down it makes a perfect place to lounge in comfort, read, draw, play a board game, etc.  The extended table easily seats six and the galley is big enough to feed six. 

It was a mighty cold day that day!  

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May 9 2014 on our way to Harwich and our new life on Cape Cod.
It is cold a lot of the year around here.  Look at that sky.

April 14, 2007 and 2019

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On April 14, 2007, Elizabeth and Norm went to Housatonic YC in Stratford, CT and met Averisera in the water for the first time. Moved aboard and sailed away the next day. It was a wild ride and the storm came to be known regionally as the Tax Day Storm.

Today, Averisera sits quietly on her hard-stands in the Queen Anne Yard awaiting the water.... and some varnish, polish, paint, love.  Be still my beating heart!

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