The Bard of Hibbing August 30, 2000
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Posted: August 30, 2000
The Bard of Hibbing
August 30, 2000
Skillings River, Frenchman Bay, Lamoine, Maine
N 44 29.290 W 068 15.970
By Douglas Bernon
Today we're at a mooring in the Skillings River, visiting our friends Kathy Massimini and Steve Callahan. Looking astern into Frenchman Bay, we can see the outline of Mt. Desert's mountains. Looking ahead there are ledges with seals. Looking above, there are ospreys and cormorants, and looking around our galley there are two pails of mussels from the nearby shores. We have a new moon, and the current right now is almost four knots. Although we're tied to a heavy moo...... Read More

The Third Beach Syndrome August 22, 2000
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Posted: August 22, 2000
The Third Beach Syndrome
August 22, 2000: Seal Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, Maine
N 44 17 59 W 68 14 42
By Douglas Bernon
The Buena Vista Social Club is serenading us on the CD player, Ithaka is resting peacefully in Seal Harbor at Mt. Desert Island, and I've just gorged on yet another bowl of the sweetest blueberries ever. It's not even noon and with that last mouthful, I've spooned my way past the two-pint mark for today alone. Last night the moonrise came late. Before it stole the distant drama, the sky was so clear that I lay in the cockpit in my fleece and stared up at the outline of the...... Read More

The Holy Waters Of Casco Bay August 18, 2000
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Posted: August 18, 2000
The Holy Waters Of Casco Bay
August 18, 2000: Tenants Harbor, Maine
By Bernadette Bernon
Maine from the water is a much different place from Maine on the land, the latter being the only way I’ve known the state until now. From the land it’s an acquaintance with a coast of lovely drives and walks, pretty towns, nice people. But from the water, the drama is breathtaking and intimate. You sail along a granite shoreline dotted with lighthouses. You poke into back coves, rivers and protected archipelagos you otherwise might never know existed. You have reason to meet the locals who wo...... Read More

Reflections August 10, 2000
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Posted: August 10, 2000
Reflections

August 10, 2000:
Seal Harbor, Maine
By Douglas Bernon
Ah Narcissus.
Weíre anchored tonight in Seal Cove, off Richmond Island, just outside Portland, Maine. Itís been an easy sail today of fewer than 15 direct miles, but oodles more than that while we went around in many circles, experimenting with our new Monitor servo-pendulum wind vane, screwing up often, and finally getting enough of the hang of it to proceed in a reasonably straight line more or less in the direction we wanted to go. It was another one of lifeís daily lessons in humility and hum...... Read More

The Perfect Ditch Kit For The Perfect Storm
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Posted: August 04, 2000
The Perfect Ditch Kit For The Perfect Storm
By Bernadette Bernon
From The Log of Ithaka, August, 2000
My wife Marilyn and I are outfitting our Catalina for some extended cruising down the West Coast of the US to Baja and then into the Sea of Cortez for a year. After that, we may leave the boat and return to work for awhile, or we may really "go for it" and explore the coast of Mexico. We may even head out into the Pacific. Which ever way we go, we're outfitting for The Big Time. How did you decide what to put into your emergency bag? Did you spring for a hand-held watermaker? Any...... Read More

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