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Voyager
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Response Posted - 10/08/2022 :  17:43:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Friday hit 77° here, sunny, with 10-15kt soutwest winds. The seas were a little choppy but doable. I started with a southerly tack, going 5 to 5.2kts for an hour or two, then tacked around to west for awhile. I tacked up as much as possible, then made a run wing and wing downwind at 4.5kts. It was about 3.5 hours of late summer fun.
Today the bottom dropped out, as it was in the 50°s. Tomorrow morning will be 40°. Things are due to warm up in the next few days, but it was a little chilly today.
I’m planning to move Passage up river in three weeks’ time. I’m hoping for a sunny day and no snow.

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

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Response Posted - 10/29/2022 :  07:25:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So as it has become my yearly custom, with Halloween weekend upon us, it’s time to move Passage from our summertime slip in Milford to our winter refuge in Shelton, seven miles up the Housatonic River.
While we’re expecting another few weeks of good weather in the 60°s and even the 70°s next weekend, you never know when that first snowstorm will arrive. Halloween as many of you know is the separation between the season of light and the season of darkness according to the Celts, being a cross quarter day exactly 1/2 way between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.
Today’s weather is expected to be perfect with 60° this afternoon, plenty of sun and light wind. Perfect football tailgating weather. The autumn leaves here are almost at peak color, and the marsh grasses along the way are golden brown. Birds are flocking and flying south, so it should be a fine day for sailing up river. Let’s hope that the bridge tender is listening on the radio!

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

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Response Posted - 10/29/2022 :  21:12:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We had a very successful and pleasurable day today. The weather did not disappoint and the winds, while light, combined with the currents, propelled us up the river at over 5 kts. We have two drawbridges to traverse: the US Route 1 drawbridge and the Amtrak railroad bridge separated by a 300 yard long pool. The Amtrak bridge requires a reservation to make sure that they have the proper crew on duty to raise the 150 year-old structure.
We arrived about an hour early so we tied up to a local public dock for lunch. We called both bridges on VHF 13 and informed them of the plan. We’re stopping for lunch, then around 15 minutes before our appointment, we’d call the highway bridge for an opening, then let the Amtrak bridge know we’re in position for a passage at the top of the hour.
Everything went according to plan, so at 10 minutes past the hour we were under both bridges and underway to the marina.
This stretch of the river is quite placid and as the afternoon wore on the sun got warmer and warmer. We eventually arrived at our destination and one 50ft-long tee-end dock was still available, so we sidled right up and secured our lines: bow and stern and our spring lines. A few minutes later a giant sea-ray zoomed up looking for a space. We’d taken only 1/2 the slip but apparently 25ft wasn’t enough for these folks. They must’ve ended up somewhere.
While the season’s end is bittersweet, we really enjoyed it. I should have a few photos in a day or two.

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

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Response Posted - 11/24/2022 :  11:52:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As happens at this time of year up north, the warm fall temperatures drop off the cliff into a winter-like routine. Instead of 60s during the day and 40s overnight, we went to 40s and freezing 20s. But before the drop, I spent a 70°plus Saturday earlier this month, cleaning the boat up on the hard, removing sails, removing dock lines and fenders, winterizing my outboard, removing the rudder and compass, and preparing the ribs and frame. I’m still debating whether to remove the new outboard and bringing it home to stay in the shed over the winter, or to cover the outboard with a tarp to keep it out of the weather.
We’ll still see some moderate weather that’s good for cleaning up and maintaining the boat before wintertime sets in after new year’s. For all intents and purposes, the 2022 season is in the books.

Bruce Ross
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islander
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Response Posted - 11/24/2022 :  16:32:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My engine is safe and sound on it's stand in my garage. I learned my lesson about leaving it on the boat in a yard for the winter.

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
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Response Posted - 11/24/2022 :  17:32:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I seem to recall, it was MIA.

Bruce Ross
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Response Posted - 11/24/2022 :  21:50:11  Show Profile  Visit OLarryR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I keep my boat year-round in its finger slip (except for one year). Yesterday, I went out for a couple of hours - Winds 5-6 mph, sunny and temps rebounded to mid-60s, The river water was around 49F.

Larry
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Response Posted - 11/25/2022 :  07:07:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bruce -- If you keep the outboard on the boat use a lock that can lock the clamps together so it is way too difficult to remove than most chiefs would bother with. I have used that type of system when the boat icon the mooring "just in case"

Peter Bigelow
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Response Posted - 11/25/2022 :  11:01:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pete, I had one of those locks and also a heavyweight chain. Neither stopped them. They also can just cut the tubes on the mount taking the engine and the mounting board. Quick and easy like a catalytic converter. It's strange but I was glad they didn't go that route or I would also have to replace the mount along with the engine. Also If you think about it, most people would just think the thieves were just some boat owner working on their boat and wouldn't give it another thought.

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
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Response Posted - 11/25/2022 :  18:40:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Scott, you’re right about the bad guys being hidden in plain sight. And even if some do-gooder were going to try to prevent a theft in progress, the bad guys generally will stop at nothing to do what they’re going to do.
There was a guy in CT recently who tried to stop catalytic converter crooks, and they cut him up badly with an angle grinder! Brutal.
I had a nice lock and steel cable on my old engine and the lock rusted solid. So I went to Harbor Freight and bought a cheapie bolt cutter, the cable just snapped in two without much work at all.

Bruce Ross
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Response Posted - 11/25/2022 :  18:46:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry, I can see it if you’re going to use the boat all winter long. You can’t live in fear. But when the boat is just sitting in the yard, there’s really no justification for leaving the outboard there. Except that it weighs about 100 lbs and it’s a bear to transport. I also don’t want to damage the finish, so I have to get a blanket to wrap it up so it can go into the trunk of the car. I don’t have a pickup or an SUV.

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Response Posted - 11/25/2022 :  18:49:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Going to get some decent weather tomorrow 55° and sunny, should be fine boat working weather.

Bruce Ross
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islander
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Response Posted - 11/25/2022 :  19:10:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use one of those moving blankets from harbor freight. They work great for protection and are cheap!

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
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Response Posted - 11/26/2022 :  22:03:35  Show Profile  Visit OLarryR's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I would also be concerned leaving an outboard on a boat that is laid up in storage. Oftentimes, those areas are not gated and access for others is easy. Not always an accurate indicator but talking to others at the marina, you can sometimes get a feel for how prevalent thefts have been at the marina.

Keeping a boat in the water all winter sometimes lowers chance of theft especially if the finger slips have security gates. However, at the marina I used to keep my boat, there was still some theft occuring - Outsiders could enter the marina by small boat from the water-side and tie up alongside boats. I heard of one portable gas tank taken off of one boat and an outboard off another. What some boat owners would during winter months to lower that theft risk, they would move their boats further into the marina, closer to the dock gates rather than be an easier target at a slip closer to the waterway.

Larry
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