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    Weíre on our way back to Portland from Belfast. We drove up yesterday morning and spent the morning putting the engine back together and loading up gear and supplies. Right now we are passing Seguin Island and have about 25 miles to go. Our mooring faces the spot where the city shoots off the big fireworks display. I think we are going to make it there in time.


    Of course you canít go sailing in Maine without seeing some pretty boats

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    Enjoy your trip Steven.!
    I'm missing Maine.
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    Thanks, Gerard! We were just talking about your visit to Maine yesterday. We donít have the luxury of time that you were able to enjoy. This is basically a delivery trip.

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    Your new boat???

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    Here we are at the dock in Camden picking up our last crew member


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    In Victoria we have that journey as well, (Port Fairy was originally named Belfast)
    port fairy to portland

    Hav a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thad View Post
    Your new boat???
    Not my boat. It’s my son’s boat. It’s a 1964 Chris Craft Sail Yacht 35. It’s an Olin Stephens design. ‘Glass hull with wood decks and cabin. W30 diesel. It is a bit rough but he’s working on it.

    It was neat seeing this old beauty in Camden. Last time I saw her she was still in Nova Scotia.
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    I’m sure you all recognize her from her WoodenBoat articles and her long history here on the forum.

    This boat was awesome, I need to have an engine like that.




    From Camden we headed towards Muscle Ridge Channel and with darkness approaching we ducked in by Dix and High Islands for the night.

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    The only way to maybe make it to Portland in time for the fireworks was to get an early start. Days are pretty long this time of year, the sun’s up early.

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    A couple of hours motoring before the wind filled:
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    Passing Spruce Head
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    See the Camden hills in the distance?
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    Superb photos !
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    Those points and lighthouses along that section of the coast can be confusing and sometimes seem endless, especially motoring. The point you thought was Spruce Head was White Island and its lighthouse (one of the multitude of White islands in Maine!) : http://www.scenicusa.net/101410.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    Those points and lighthouses along that section of the coast can be confusing and sometimes seem endless, especially motoring. The point you thought was Spruce Head was White Island and its lighthouse (one of the multitude of White islands in Maine!) : http://www.scenicusa.net/101410.html
    Thanks, Dave. I don’t have any charts at hand. Going from my phone app maybe Whitehead Island? Near Spruce Head at least.

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    Right, Steven! WHITEHEAD Island. I got it wrong.
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    thanks
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    Nice photos! and decent weather, we're all wondering whether you folks made it to Portland in time for the show???

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    Around 7 the wind picked up from the North! I guess a land breeze isnít too uncommon that early in the day. Usually our winds are from the South.

    The wind was was good until 10:30 or 11, we were making a nice 5-5 1/2 kts.

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    So we motored on until we passed Seguin Island around 1. Thatís when the usual South winds picked up. We made 5 1/2 to 6 kts the rest of the day. One tack all the way to Jewell Island.

    Seguin:
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    WHITEHEAD Island.
    I once spent three days fogbound under Whitehead Island light, with its foghorn lowing in my ear like some demonic constipated cow the entire time. By the time the wind came up and I could make sail, I was about twenty minutes from going ashore and adjusting the volume with an anchor stock. I forgave it a couple years later, making Mussel Ridge Channel on the way home from Boothbay with about 20-yard visibility, when the fog signal was just as useful as whoever built it had intended --but I was still quite happy to have a nice SE'ly to carry me north to Owls Head rather than anchoring under it again.

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    The fog horns are radio activated now. You click your vhf radio five clicks on a certain channel and the foghorn starts sounding for a set amount of time.
    I don’t see how that would help you unless you knew the foghorn was there and that you were close enough to hear it.

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    I donít have any pictures of the trip from Seguin Island to Jewell Island because I went below and took a two and a half hour nap. Best nap ever. Weíd been underway for 8 hours by the time we got to Seguin.

    The approach to the south end of Jewell Island:
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    Just after rounding the point on Cliff Island, right in between Cliff, Hope and Long Islands I saw the blow of a small whale and the distinctive shape of its back and fin rising out of the water. Sorry, not quick enough with the camera.
    From there we worked our way through the Calendar Islands to Chandlers cove where WBFourumite Hikingchrs was anchored off the beach with a boatload of 4th of July revellers
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    After a short visit we headed off to our mooring in Portland.
    This was a cool campsite at the South end of Little Cheabeague Island. Views of the Portland fireworks to the south.
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    Our mooring is to the right of the ugly square building in the center
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    It was looking pretty good for being on time for the fireworks
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    The fog horns are radio activated now. You click your vhf radio five clicks on a certain channel and the foghorn starts sounding for a set amount of time.
    I don’t see how that would help you unless you knew the foghorn was there and that you were close enough to hear it.
    Well that's pretty darn cool. Saves electricity, and cuts down on mental illness in coastal communities with lighthouses, too.

    Sounds like they took a page from aeronautical charts: a lot of smaller airports have pilot-controlled lighting: click your mic button 5 times and the runway lights, approach lighting, VASI, etc., come on. I suspect the charts have some sort of notation telling mariners about the system, just as a lighthouse with a fog signal will have it noted on the chart.

    And just informationally, none of your photos in #15 and #18 are showing up on my computer. There are just links (broken) saying "Attachment <number>"

    Alex

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    Hmm, they were working before but now they aren’t... if I go to edit them then they work. I’ll look at it in the morning.

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    Method for VHF radio activation of fog horns... and they don't always respond. One of them within hearing distance of us often is sounding on perfectly clear days for some reason:http://features.coastalboating.net/F.../Foghorns.html
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    Chris-Craft Caribbean/Sail Yacht! https://www.spinsheet.com/boat-revie...d-caribbean-35
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    Method for VHF radio activation of fog horns... and they don't always respond. One of them within hearing distance of us often is sounding on perfectly clear days for some reason:http://features.coastalboating.net/F.../Foghorns.html
    Hmm. Yes, that article does explain how the MRASS system is less than perfect. Flying small planes, line-of-sight communication with the lighting system's activating receiver is pretty much guaranteed. Down low to the water, in a small boat with a handheld VHF, I wouldn't put any bets on my being able to get the foghorn to activate.

    Whitehead's noisemaker is in a pretty much perfect location, too. I'd be upset to not hear it when I needed it.

    Oh, and your photos are now showing, Steven. Thank you!

    Alex

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    A stunning image of happiness

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbgarr View Post
    Thats the one, Dave. The Caribbean model is from the seventies. Same hull but different interior and deck arrangements.
    She sails pretty darned nice for a motorsailer with old sails. Those S&S guys knew what they were doing. I wonder who would have drawn her up in ‘63?

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    Could it have been our old friend Al Mason?

    Wouldn't that be delightful?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Could it have been our old friend Al Mason?

    Wouldn't that be delightful?
    That would be delightful. I’ll have to check the WBM article about Al to see if the dates match.

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    The Yachting article shown here might reveal whether it's a Mason design: http://sparkmanstephens.blogspot.com...sign-1657.html
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