Nothing better than a sister (visiting in Portland, Maine)

My sister came to visit. She’s not really keen on the whole boat thing, or the cold, or being on a boat in the cold, so this was quite an exciting occasion 🙂

My two favourite people in the ENTIRE world

We put a little effort into her arrival, starting with a new halyard to hold our bosuns chair lifting-tackle setup 🙂 (Look at that beautiful bold color!!)

A new halyard for the lifting tackle

This system worked out quite nicely…

Lifting tackle and bosuns chair for accessible boating!

…down the hatch she goes!

Down the hatch she goes

We stuck her as near to the Newport Dickinson as we could, but she still found Brio a little chilly…

Jess looking chilly inside Brio

Although she did appreciate our Christmas decor!

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Jon sometimes refers to us as “the Kruger whoos” (from the Grinch) — we sisters are seriously into Christmas. Please note the matching toques (complete with battery-powered LEDs 🙂 )

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According to my iPhone, Jess and I spent her week here primarily taking pictures of ourselves #selfiesistersforever2016-11-27-08-42-43 2016-11-24-10-19-09

Although we did manage to get the girl a good lighthouse picture 🙂

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And take in some of the Christmas lights around town…

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And OF COURSE, eat some lobsters 🙂

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Jess was so in love with her lobster that she arranged for her flight to be cancelled so she could spend one extra unexpected night in Maine 😉 A delightful surprise for us, a bit of an annoyance for her! 2016-11-28-18-39-40-1

Don’t wait 4 years to come back bubz!

– LMK

Venturing out in November (Richmond Island, Maine)

We thought we might have seen the back of our sailing season, but we snuck another weekend in…
Portland Harbor on a November Day

Left our “summer slip” for the last time (we’re in our “winter slip” now, much closer to shore and a little more protected from big weather — shrinkwrapping is not far away!)
Brio's last day in her summer slip at DiMillos

More Leah artsy attempts

November sailing!

Not leaving until mid-afternoon meant I had all sorts of opportunities to take sunset pictures 🙂 Winch and the sunset

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Although we did manage to get the anchor down before the sun completely disappeared…

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Giving us a chance to try out our Newport Dickinson for *real*… One fun side effect of running the heater is we can boil water on top of it — this is my first cup of “heater tea” for the night.

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Tea aside, we got completely COOKED by the heater — 80*F in the cabin after 4 hours of continuous running — so turned it off and went to bed. Woke up freezing (as expected), and started her up again.

(By which I mean, I laid in bed under the covers while Jon started the heater and made the first few cups of coffee, stalling for the approximately 30 minutes that it takes to get the whole cabin warm again before I dared venture out from under the down duvet!!)

Brio at anchor at Richmond Island

Richmond Island is a beauty, connected to the mainland by a LOOOONG breakwater.  Richmond Island, Maine

We ventured ashore in the morning to explore a little, landing on the super nice sandy beach…

Landing - beautiful       Richmond Island, Maine - Trail Leah and Jon on Richmond Island, Maine  Richmond Island, Maine

Of course by the time we’d finished our explorations, the skies had darkened, the anchorage was a lee shore and we had 15-20 on the nose. “The Windex Points The Way” seems to always be true on the good ship Brio! Or maybe it’s operator-error…. 🙂

Leaving- here come the headwinds

We had a bit of an “energetic” bash back to Portland, including a nice little hail storm to round out our weather conditions…

November sailing in Maine - hail

But at the end of the day, it’s the sunset sails and the morning explorations that you remember, not the hail and the headwinds… right?? 🙂

– LMK

I really want to talk about heat (in Portland, Maine)

I want to write pages and pages about our Newport Dickinson heater.

Dickinson Newport Diesel Heater - Heating a Sailboat in Maine Winter

We just installed a fuel-tank pickup and pump, so we can now run this beauty 24/7 without worrying about trying to refill a too-small tank (awkwardly mounted on the wall in the bathroom, cuz we never had a great home for it).

Portland Harbor, Maine

You can’t imagine how nice it is to be TOO WARM without being plugged into shore power. We are literally self-sufficient (until the diesel runs out, I guess 😉 ) which is exactly the feeling that we’re going for in this whole “let’s be Maine liveaboards” thing 🙂

Sailing in Casco Bay

But I’m not convinced that anyone is as interested in the temperature of our little home as I am, so I’ll stick to some pretty pics from the last few weeks instead…

We got super lucky with another beautiful day

We got super lucky with another beautiful day of sailing

Side note: I think living on a boat makes you HYPER attuned to weather. And maybe more likely to complain about it when it’s not exactly perfect. But also SO grateful when it magically is perfect – 10 knots of breeze, blue skies, and not so cold that we need toques just yet 🙂

Coffee + Fruit Crumble = Heaven

Coffee, fruit buckle and sailing on a gorgeous sunny day!

Portland's skyline - this is an awesome place to daysail :)

Portland’s skyline – this is an awesome place to daysail 🙂

I like sailing

I like sailing

We did have one day of gale-force winds. Brio does not usually tip over this much in her slip!

We did have one day of gale-force winds. Brio does not usually tip over this much in her slip!

Did I say that "ten-foot-itis" is a real thing? This is proof. But this was also a very good reminder for us of why we LOVE our current boat and need to continue appreciating what we've got rather than giving in to the consumeristic "bigger MUST be better" mentality

Did I say that “ten-foot-itis” is a real thing? This is proof. But boat-shopping is also a very good reminder for us of why we LOVE our current boat and need to continue appreciating what we’ve got rather than giving in to the consumeristic “bigger MUST be better” mentality. This is an easier-said-than-done, continuous-struggle that we are currently winning against but I imagine at some point may give in to 🙂 In the meantime…. #withbrio

Maine beaches are quite pretty all year round

Maine beaches are quite pretty all year round

We did a pretty decent pumpkin job this year, if I do say so myself

We did a pretty decent pumpkin job this year, if I do say so myself

Don’t worry, I’m sure the next post will be all about how it’s snowing and #winterishere and why-oh-why did we ever leave the tropics…. but for now, life is good 🙂

– LMK

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