Showing posts from October, 2019

Dinghy Time

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.    Bravo at anchor. 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! Our dinghy. 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 explaini

Cruising Maine with Friends

Bellingham, WA to Maine Our friends, Pam and Larry, traveled from Strawberry Point in Bellingham, Washington to cruise with us in Maine. They are excited to be here! At least Pam is excited. Larry seems a little skeptical. We spend a couple of days exploring the shorelines, harbors, and towns on Mt. Desert Island. We love the rocky shorelines and tide pools. Larry makes it to the top of the hill! (actually it's only a 9' ledge) Nora exploring. After leaving Hinckley's Yacht Service in Southwest Harbor, we anchor just around the corner and join 4 other Nordhavns.  Nordhavns at anchor! 76' "Tango", 62' "Grey Matter", 76' "N76", 57' "Worknot", and us 63' "Bravo". The next morning, we depart Southwest Harbor into the fog heading for the islands of Penobscot Bay. We make a short stop and anchor in Frenchboro for lunch. We continue on to try and get in front of the fog