April 28th, 2009Danversport Yacht Club, Anchored at Peddocks and Sailboat Races
Captain’s Blog – Stardate 4/24 – 4/27 2009
Let me set it up for you – here was the outlook on the water for this weekend so lets just say we were very excited to be on the water this weekend. The weather was to be summer like all weekend and it was. First, we spent the evening on the boat on Friday getting ready for a nice weekend. It was great to see everyone and we had Donna’s friend Catlin and her new boyfriend out for a lovely evening cruise. It was great. Seeing Boston Harbor in the evening from the water is beautiful. We spent the night and then the next day Donna and I took a ride up to Danversport Yacht club to see the new Cobalt 37 (that is for sale by our friends at East Coast Flight Craft) in the water. I was supposed to test drive it on Friday, however a few technical difficulties, as well as time, didn’t give me the chance to take it for a spin. That is okay, when it is time to upgrade, that will be the vessel. Here is a shot of what she looks
like in the water. It truly is a beautiful boat. It was a great day for a ride too. First things first, we needed to fuel up at our favorite fuel dock, Mystic Fuel (I mention them because they are really great – friendly and fair, good service and the place is very clean), so 125 gallons later (at $2.60 a gallon, and they aren’t taking my $.20/gallon discount card this year) we shoved off. It was warm and it was nice to take a long ride from Boston to Danversport. We even went though the bridge in Salem that needs to swing open. The boat also ran fantastic. We are starting the summer with 290 hours on the boat and we shall see what we get for time on the boat this summer.
Here is a photo of me, proud as the day is long on our journey. After our trip north, we came back and hit another one of our favorite spots which is an inlet near Peddock Island in Boston Harbor. We anchored and had some lunch and read some magazines. Very relaxing. That night we felt like we had sun stroke so we had dinner at the 99 restaurant in Charlestown and then hit Target for some snacks and supplies – like a nice movie to watch that evening. I have to say we fell asleep right away.
The next morning we hung out with our friends at the marina for a bit – they are called out below and affectionately called, the “Cast of Characters” (see below). There were a bunch of people saying that the boats from the Volvo Ocean Race would be coming in that day around noon. Donna and I didn’t know what that was but after a few questions, we were told that some big sailing race boats were coming into the harbor. Well, they didn’t make it at noon, but some friends of ours did. We got a call from our friends Paul and Betty Ann (Paul runs Reel Pursuit Charter Fishing and is docked next to us) and they had come to the marina for a visit – as Paul’s boat isn’t in the water yet. Donna and I picked up Paul and Betty Ann and we then ventured back into a nice leisurely trip around Boston Harbor and Spectacle Island. On the way back, around 4PM we saw the Ericsson 4 Sailboat come into the
harbor near Deer Island Light, which marked the end of the journey to Boston for these guys after a month or so at sea. It was pretty amazing, they had 2 ‘protector’ boats around them, 2 Coast Guard boats and the MA State Police. Once the boat got into Boston Harbor near Logan Airport the Boston Fire Boat lit off it’s hoses and gave them a real parade through the harbor. There must have been 30 other boat around them as you can see in the photos.
We then headed back to the marina to call it a weekend after a tremendous day on the water. We got back and for the 3rd straight time, I have been able to easily dock the boat, I think I am finally getting the hang of it. We cleaned the boat down and sure enough it became a cast of characters evening. We started out having a couple of cocktails and before you knew it, 2, became 3, became 4 and we were laughing and having a grand old time. We even laid out a secret plan to ‘Jack Rabbit’
people that miss behave at the marina this year – more on that later, but don’t get caught miss behaving. The other strange thing was it went from 88 degrees while the sun was up to about 40 degrees, it was freezing and here you can see Mike and I bundled up, float coats and blanket. It finally got too cold and the next day was a work day so we buttoned up the boat, said good bye to our friends and we are looking forward to perhaps a nice Thursday evening cruise and another fun weekend next weekend. That is all for now.
Posted by Captain SteveK
The ‘Cast of Characters’ from E Dock
There will be more photo’s of the cast of characters as the summer rolls along so stay tuned, and thanks for all your comments and feedback.