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Cruising: motoring DDW at 6 knots in 6 knots of breeze, on the cool North Atlantic,...

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  1. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,735 posts, 415 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Finally a cool breeze for the evening.

  2. BruceB1


    Joined Mar 28, 2017
    48 posts, 43 likes
    American Tug 395
    US Newport
    A912272E-5AFA-43C7-AB29-A67BE9AF41D1.jpeg Well, for what it is worth, it has been hot here in your home waters too!
    I will say that as a MoBo’r we do have a generator and air conditioning but running a generator for just AC is not recommended. You want to keep the generator loaded!
    So, unless we are at a dock and plugged in, we get a few hours of AC during the day.
    I’m not complaining though and neither are our dogs!
    By the way, at 5 3/4 knots we burn about .75 gallons per hour, not much more than our sailboat did. The problem is that we never just move at that speed... 7 knots is just under 2 gallons per hour and 8 is 3 gallons per hour. Now we are getting toward that “barrels of fuel” label...

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  3. uralite


    Joined Apr 26, 2018
    121 posts, 39 likes
    Catalina Catalina 30
    US Bayview
    We moved from Tucson AZ to north Idaho last year. It was 118 degrees in Tucson when we left. Closed Sky Harbor in Phoenix because it was over 120 deg. Yesterday it was 104 here in Idaho, and 94 in Phoenix, 89 in Tucson. What the heck?! (Monsoon time, but still shocking). Going to swim in Pond Oreille today. Waters perfect

  4. Rick486


    Joined Oct 1, 2007
    1,135 posts, 265 likes
    Hunter 44DS
    US Pt. Judith
    Spent some time on Pond Oreille back in the day. Beautiful country.

  5. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,425 posts, 1,093 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    We had less luck, Rick on provisions. We spent an afternoon in Scituate enjoying their 'Heritage Days'. Unaware of the event, we were lucky to get the last mooring.

    We walked around town and except for street food for the event, we didn't see a 'grocery store'. Is there a convenient grocery in Scituate?

    Curious about the lack of shore side groceries, I began to ask locals in Gloucester for the local grocery store: They (2-3 folks) told me no such thing within the downtown.

    Then in beautiful Rockport (the lesser,...) :), we found the same case. A gent that had been there for decades told us the only thing close was the 7/11. Processed prepared food there, but no groceries, produce, etc.

    In fact in Boothbay, a place where we regularly provisioned just off the docks years ago at a local small grocery, I found the space filled with a tourist shop. Like we found elsewhere, the 'local' grocery was now outside of the town center.

    The solution for us (like in Sandwich-16 minute walk in 94 degree heat with groceries?), was Uber. :)

    This is just a minor inconvenience for the cruising sailor. I look at it as a resident of a seaside village. The trend, decades old, is clear.

    Coastal towns and villages are becoming more seasonal and year round residents, more rare. When we do find local suppliers in our travels, we try to support them.

  6. Rick486


    Joined Oct 1, 2007
    1,135 posts, 265 likes
    Hunter 44DS
    US Pt. Judith

    Please see notes above Tom. With our boat now we can provision for much longer than when we sailed our P-39 yawl. We would pack 100 lb of ice in the mammoth ice box so there wasn't enough room for food.

  7. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,425 posts, 1,093 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    Apropos of this post on August 7th, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute just reported that they recorded the second highest water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine on August 8th. We weren't imagining the heat!”-gulf-maine-experiences-record-temperatures

    "This year has been especially warm, and scientists at GMRI are now saying the Gulf of Maine officially experienced its second warmest-ever day on August 8. On that day, the average sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Maine reached 20.52°C (68.93°F), as measured by satellites operated by NOAA and NASA. This is only 0.03°C (0.05°F) shy of the record set in 2012."

    We were treated to a storm on Isle of Shoals that night.
    Storm over Portsmouth.jpg
    I watched a sailboat out of Portsmouth NH trying to outrun the storm. Weather these days is a roller coaster ride. Did he make it? Heck no,...
    Storm over Portsmouth sailboat.jpg

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  8. John P

    John P

    Joined Feb 11, 2017
    10 posts, 15 likes
    Almost to Gibralter, started in Tunisia in June, there has been no break in the HOT temperatures since. Want to get to Portugal by mid October, park the boat for the winter, come back next year and head south and then west across to the Carribean.

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