Location: Rockport Maine
Registered: February 2005
Coming to Maine this year? Most boats break up the passage.
Sun, 27 February 2005 09:47
My first passage from Cape Cod to Portland Maine was made this way. Weather was kind to us. We had a flat calm completely windless day to motor from the CCC all the way to the Isle of Shoals. Leaving at daybreak, we motored through the day and into the night. I remember dropping the anchor sometime after midnight. Many years ago, I don't remember exactly where we anchored. It was marginal and I only felt comfortable due to the benign forecast.
The next day was much of the same with the diesel running all the way to Portland. I believe we got in around 3 in the afternoon. Piece of cake although it didn't allow us the sleighride we expected. Motoring the trip is never what we hope for, but it could be alot worse. This was made in a 28 foot boat over 10 years ago.
More boats have the time and make similar hops up the coast in this manor than those that cross the Gulf in one passage. Often, weather makes this the only viable option. Many crossings have been cut short as well, by weather. What do you do then? The guide does a great job of outlining options for layovers along the way but I would be curious about first hand experiences.
I've been lucky weatherwise. With the likelyhood of more passages east and west on our New England coast, I'd be interested in how others have broken up the Gulf crossing. What harbors and stops have you used and would you reccomend?