- Normal maintenance of the engines, transmissions and generators
- Correction of an oil leak on the port engine that manifested itself on the trip north
- Alignment of the port engine's running gear.
This first article will deal with the fun stuff, the cruise from Hingham to Gloucester and the challenges we face as live-aboards when the boat goes on the hard.
Bottom line. We need to find a place to live while the boat is on the hard. Diana to the rescue. She undertook the task of finding a place for us to live. My role is to move the boat, clearly the fun part.
For this trip I decided to cruise to Gloucester single handed. That cruise started Monday morning with cast off help from Skip Roper, a former crew member (November 2015). The weather was perfect, calm winds with a temperature in the low 80s at 8:15 AM. The tide at departure was dead low, which exposed all the shallow water along the route out to open water. Fortunately, my route is well marked with lots of deep water.
At around 9:00 AM, I passed Nixes Mate (a tricky spot), turned north into President's Road, the main channel out of Boston Harbor and activated the route to Gloucester. The GPS showed my ETA at 11:50 AM. I called Rose Marine to report my ETA and was advised that their crew goes to lunch between 12:00 and 12:30 PM. This prompted me to throttle back to time my arrival when the crew returned.
|Map of Gloucester Harbor|
Rose Marine is across from the State Fish Pier
|Expensive waterfront homes to port as I approach Gloucester Harbor|
|The lighthouse at Ten Pound Island|
|Gloucester downtown area|
|Arriving at high tide|
|Passing historic buildings at Rocky Neck Park|
|Scenery on the way to Rose Marine|
|Rose Marine is located just after the dinner cruiser to port|
|Commercial fishing boats across from Rose Marine|
Approaching Rose Marine at 12:20 PM, I passed the Beauport, a dinner cruiser docked just short of the Travel Lift, which is between the stern of the dinner cruiser and the blue fishing boat.
|Boats on the hard at Rose Marine|
|Holding station at the lifting bay waiting for Rose Marine to move the fishing trawler|
|Oops. I picked up polypropylene lobster trap line on the port propeller|
Good thing the boat was being hauled today
|Power washing begins|
|View of the yard while the 63 is hanging on the Travel Lift|
|Guided Discovery waiting for transport into the yard and onto the hard|
|We had dessert at this lovely Rockport restaurant|
"Perched on the rocky shores of Cape Ann, just a short drive from Boston, the Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rocks is a historic landmark in scenic Gloucester. Originally constructed in 1899, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, our hotel has welcomed guests for more than 100 years. Picture-perfect views of the Atlantic Ocean and rocky Cape Ann shoreline inspire you to unwind in comfortable rooms and suites with private patios and verandas. Enjoy complimentary seaside breakfast each morning and watch the sun set by the fire pit every evening. Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or make use of our complimentary bikes and go exploring. Relax, unwind and play at our historic New England retreat at the edge of the ocean in Gloucester."
|Ariel view of The Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rock Gloucester|
|The Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rock|
|Pool and rooms at the Ocean House|
|Fire pit and ocean view from our room|