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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Maine Island Trail Association



My lovely wife and I joined the Maine Island Trail Association. There's a whole series of islands off the coast of Maine that people are allowed to use. Some are day use, but many allow camping. They are geared mainly towards sea kayaks, but sailboats are welcome too. Many of the islands have decent moorings or anchorages.

We spent a good part of the evening going over their guidebook and coordinating it with Active Captain. Maine has some of the most interesting sailing in the world, but only a couple months of really good sailing weather. We hope to get out and enjoy it this year.

I went over the solar electric system of the sailboat Monday. It didn't work right away, but the problem was just a corroded connection, an easy fix. Unlike last year, the boat was well covered, keeping snow and water out of the cockpit. The boat only need a few minor touches. A new depth gauge is on order, and the boat could use a good cleaning. After that it'll be ready for launch.

Looking forward to a good season of New England sailing.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. I'm sure you'll be glad to get back on the water after a "dry" winter.

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    1. Oh yes! I'm torn between keeping the boat next to the house where I do a few more little projects on it and splashing it in the lake. I suspect it won't be too long before it gets wet.

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  2. Those islands sound like a great way to do some day time sailing and have a safe anchor spot at night. Week long trips - not a problem. Great way to de stress.

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    1. Looking forward to it. It's funny how I've done a lot more sailing in FL than I have right next door in Maine.

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  3. Don't know if it's open to public but Hurricane Island is a great place. Spent 6 months there a number of years back when husband worked for Outward Bound.

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  4. Has summer came to your area yet? It has been in the 90's the last couple of days here.

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    1. Summer during the day. Winter at night.

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