Taking a boat to Maine has been on our bucket list for years. After the canceled trip to Quebec last year, we decided this was the summer to cross Maine off the list and get it done. Magnolia was coming north to escape the Chesapeake summer heat so we would cruse together again.
Both Krogens, Magnolia and Kindred Spirit left Shennecossett at 7 am on July 13th, an overcast and humid day, destination Cuttyhunk. The trip was very bouncy and uncomfortable all day. Stabilizers are great for minimizing side-to-side movement but not as effective against the ups and downs of 3-foot waves coming towards you. I was grateful for the many handholds throughout the boat.
The conditions were iffy enough to have the radar up and spinning, just in case. Although overcast all day, there was decent visibility. We have been practicing with the radar, but more practice was probably going to be a good thing to get under our belts. Remember, we haven’t really put many hours on this boat yet.
To give a sense of the grayness of the day —
Not much was going on out on the water that day. This dreary Wednesday was not a top ten day for boating.
After 8½ hours of up and down bouncing, we gratefully anchored in Cuttyhunk’s outer harbor for a calm night’s sleep.
Wednesday, July 14th we departed for Onset at 10:00 am, and it was still foggy.
It was a slow and foggy trip up Buzzards Bay as we watched the radar, chartplotter and the view for 3½ hours. No photos, nothing to see.
On Thursday morning we awoke to …. wait for it…… FOG. Dense FOG. My new F-word. And we aren’t even in Maine yet.
We needed to depart around 8 am to catch the best timing for the Cape Cod Canal. %&*#! Whaat!!! We really are leaving! And here I thought yesterday’s fog was bad.
We creeped out, slooowly following our track in from yesterday, watching the radar, and the 360 degree view all around.
It was one of those days when the sun is shining down on your boat like a spotlight, but haze and fog surrounds you, reducing visibility to <1/4 mile.
Thirty-six nautical miles and 5½ hours from Onset, we reached Scituate, our next stop.
It will be good to stay in one place for an extra day. Three days of overcast and thick fog are more tiring than the good days. What will tomorrow bring?