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  1. Roger Long

    What Happens to Old Sailors?

    Greetings from the darkside, A few of you may have noticed that I disappeared. So, what happened to my plan to cruise in “Strider” for the rest of my life? Well, readers of my late forum will recall that I fell in love with the girl-almost-next-door from my childhood summers at the lake. We...
  2. Roger Long

    Documentation Dysfunction – Serious Issue for Buyers and Sel

    It is illegal to operate a U.S. Documented vessel without a current and valid Certificate of Documentation on board. Fines for violation are significant, up to $10,000 per day. When a vessel is sold, the certificate of documentation becomes invalid immediately upon signing the bill of...
  3. Roger Long

    Home is the Sailor

    I was just a few boat lengths away from a brief "pier head jump" crew drop off at City Island, New York, when I realized that I was about to see something that I have never seen. Not once before, ever, in a decade that has seen over 20,000 miles go under her keel, have I viewed Strider...
  4. Roger Long

    Trouble in Rockland, ME

    Maine cruisers should take note of what is going on in the best run and most welcoming harbor in the state and make their feelings known to city officials. http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/17/news/midcoast/rockland-harbormaster-transfer-station-worker-placed-on-leave/
  5. Roger Long

    What Next?

    Well, clearly a lot of work. In addition to the usual for a boat that has gone thousands of miles with just paint and zincs, I have to assess whether the engine starting problems and high resistance connections found (and repaired) in the AC system dictate a complete rewiring. There are a...
  6. Roger Long

    Living Backwards

    Oh that we could! As they say, youth is wasted on the young. Anyway, I’ve been running up the Hudson realizing again that this perhaps the most spectacularly scenic cruising ground I have seen between Halifax, NS and central Florida. There is something about moving a boat between mountains...
  7. Roger Long

    Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity, Jig.

    This old piggy in his little trawler yacht disguised as a sailboat is feeling pretty good. C & D Canal to Atlantic Highlands, 177 nm singlehanded in two days with some 30 mph plus gusts measured along the way, not too shabby. I woke up in Chesapeake City still feeling a bit punky. Fourmite...
  8. Roger Long

    Homestretch

    History repeats and, this time, I’m going to try and take the lesson to heart. Early spring travel by boat (this is now more of a delivery than a cruise) is frustrating when you have a reasons to want to be there. Once again I’m weather bound with Dreameagle doing her April thing in New York...
  9. Roger Long

    The Joke's on Me

    It’s been an April Fool’s kind of day. I woke up in a beautiful little creek just outside of Reedville with remains of the night’s gale just evident in the nearby treetops and occasional jerks on the mast head. Jonathan, my dinner guest of the night before and fellow I frequently encounter on...
  10. Roger Long

    Mile Minus Eleven

    We are at anchor back in Hampton, VA after covering 281 nm in five days from Southport. This delivery style run was driven by the long range weather forecasts which have become very accurate. We wanted to take advantage of a great spell of traveling weather and get settled in Hampton to avoid...
  11. Roger Long

    The End of the Cruise

    The end of cruising sometimes sneaks up on you. Little by little, the sense of timeless freedom leaks away back in your mind and you suddenly realize one day that progress has become again the measure of the days. So it was with us. I’m sure that, if time stretched before us without...
  12. Roger Long

    Virginity

    I guess running (seriously) aground is sort of like that. After the first time, the next is apt to come a lot sooner and not seem like such a big deal. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. The morning after our excellent Cumberland Island adventure, we woke to a dull and dispiriting day with...
  13. Roger Long

    Proof of Armadillos

    First, some back tracking. Just before I ran aground making the turn into Fernandina, this Pelican kept flying up and landing next to the boat. After buzzing us a couple of times, it sat on the lifeline for nearly a quarter mile. It was amazing how well it could balance on the wire with...
  14. Roger Long

    It Finally Happened

    I should have saved the title of my previous post for this one. Or, maybe it was prescient. Anyway, after over half a century of sailing and cruising, I finally ran aground. Oh sure, I’ve bumped before while poking around in places where that was an expected part of the game but, I’ve never...
  15. Roger Long

    Hitting Bottom

    Well, we are thoroughly enjoying Florida. Never say “never” in reference to some of my previous posts. I’m writing from the municipal mooring we picked up last night in Saint Augustine and, despite what a good time we are having, we were looking ashore last night and decided that his will be...
  16. Roger Long

    Cumberland Dividings and St. Marys

    We buttoned up Strider last weekend and headed back north in a rental car so I could attend a meeting about the research vessel design. Six hours up the road, I got a text that the meeting was canceled since no one from New England could get out by air. We were able to reconfigure plans with...
  17. Roger Long

    Cumberland Island Short Cruise

    This was cruising the way most people do it. Sail somewhere within an easy days sail, spend two nights with a day of walking an exploring ashore, and then return. We could have been working stiffs on a weekend. In a way, work was to blame. We pick up a rental car tomorrow and drive back to...
  18. Roger Long

    Busted!

    I put this picture of one of Strider's chainplates in a Facebook album so I could link to it for my previous post. It wasn't supposed to show up on Facebook but, due to some FB weirdness, went out to several friends newsfeeds. One of the friends is a retired Transport Canada inspector, now...
  19. Roger Long

    Dismasting Imminent

    All the talk of Cuba travel restrictions easing has us thinking about a larger boat so we’ve been walking around the marina dreaming. Looking at an otherwise well found appearing craft, we saw this amazing arrangement of the aft upper and lower intermediate shroud arrangement. (If anyone’s...
  20. Roger Long

    Florida Bound

    We arrived back on Strider last night after a four day, three night, drive from upstate New York in a one way car rental. Despite a drop off charge that is more than the rental itself, the cost is too close to that of two airline tickets to influence a travel decision. Visits with friends who...