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Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

Headed South!


To get to Florida, you’ve got to do some driving. And some packing.

In this case, we had to pack the car twice. The first time, I failed to notice that the mat on the floor of the cargo area was very slightly misplaced.  Which meant that the automatic door closer (Why do we need automatic door closers? Can’t we just close it ourselves?) refused to close the hatch that critical last half-inch…

So, unload most of the stuff, slide the mat forward one measly inch, re-pack the whole mess, and “Voila!” – it closes!  And even better, we managed to get everything in that we hoped to: Solar panel, two new dinghy davits, the new sail, the VHF antenna to replace one broken off by some avian friend last spring…

Day one was Saturday, a relaxed drive from Maine to Burlington Vermont.  Burlington – you might notice – is actually NORTH of Rockland, Maine.  

This seems to be our habit, this starting off in the wrong direction.  Last year we sailed from Rockland on August 18th, and spent the night in Pulpit Harbor on North Haven Island – 3 miles North of where we started.  At least we’re consistent!  This picture is Sionna on the mooring of her former owner in Pulpit. It’s a lovely spot, a very decent hurricane hole.

Day 2 was a rather longer one, beginning with the packing task described above, and involving about 3 hours driving into the southern Champlain Valley of New York State for lunch with Nicki’s relatives. I expected a quiet meal with her Aunt and Uncle. Instead it was a near-family reunion of much of the current generations on that side, 15 people plus a couple young ‘uns… Lunch took 3 hours, and was a great visit to boot! I’m still learning names…

Back on the road, it was on through southern NY, into Pennsylvania and watching the sun go down as we traveled, finally stopping for the night about 8:30pm in Hazelton, PA, tired, but accomplished – we’re finally moving south!

And just in time: It was 31 degrees F this morning, just before dawn…

Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house, we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

5 thoughts on “Headed South!

  1. I thought this was a *sailing* blog… ;^)

    Just kidding, of course (that’s my remedial “wink” emoji, by the way)… always glad to hear about any of your travels, even if they’re taking you in the wrong direction (away from us).

    Speaking of Pulpit… earlier this summer, there was some hullabaloo there when the Pen Bay Pilot boat (really!) escorted an uber-fancy *300 foot* motor yacht up the bay and set about making plans to bring the boat into the harbor. The VHF fairly crackled with life in the ensuing “discussion,” and the boat ended up anchoring outside. Any of you familiar with crowded, narrow-entranced Pulpit Harbor will understand the concern…

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  2. Safe travels. Warmer weather awaits you down here 🙂

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  3. Love following your adventures! Safe travels!

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