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Southbound

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South, south, south Keeping one eye on the weather reports and hurricane Dorian, we plan to be in Boston when the storm is projected to pass through New England. Nora plots the courses into the boat’s navigational system. We are ready to roll.

We make a brief, one night stop in Kittery, ME and head to Gloucester, MA. What a surprise. It is schooner weekend and we are greeted at the harbor entrance by 20+ vintage schooners in a race.


We anchor for a brief two-night stay before we continue on to Boston. Dinghy into town for shopping, sightseeing, and a peek at our favorite “dock rock”.


Boston Harbor The cruise from Gloucester to Boston takes us past several outer harbor islands and through interesting working waterways. Dredges are working on a side channel. The main channel into Boston Harbor takes us directly under the flight path for planes landing at Logan Airport!
Worknot and Bravo have mooring ball reservations at Boston’s Waterboat Marina in the heart of downtown Boston. It’s a busy sp…

Dinghy Time

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Dock? Mooring Buoy? Anchor? 
When traveling on a boat like Bravo, and you come to a harbor, you have three choices...
- Dock, can be expensive (even if space is available)
- Mooring Buoy, less money (most of the buoys are for smaller boats)
- Anchor, free (if there is a safe location)
At a marina, you usually have the convenience of hooking up to shore power; you step off your boat onto the dock, and walk to land. At anchor, or on a mooring buoy, you must use your dinghy to get to shore.


The Dinghy 
Our dinghy is a Ribcraft 4.8T, with an internal fuel tank, and an arch which also has a divers boarding ladder. The dinghy is 15' 7" long, and is powered by a 60 hp Yamaha. It's a great dinghy that is stable, has room for guests, and is fast enough for us!


Dinghy Location
Bravo's dinghy is stored on the foredeck, and people often ask us, "How do we get the dinghy into the water?". So, we decided to do a blog explaining the process.  

When the dinghy is on deck, it is strap…