September sailing in Penobscot Bay

We left for this mini-cruise with a new (oft-requested) feature on Brio: an outboard lift! AKA: Boat jewelry 🙂

It’s funny how a week of sailing can hold so many memories, and so much more living than a week of working!

We’d never been to Linekin Bay before, so that was our first stop…

Which led to a shore-side adventure over to Boothbay…

Including a quick swing on the tree swing, obviously…

And a couple of lobstahs to bring back and cook for dinner!

Day two brought the only shall-we-say mediocre weather…

Rain. LOTS of rain…

After the heavy rain comes the “where can we possibly hang these wet clothes to dry?” game…

But Long Cove (beside Tenants Harbor) gave us a chance to stretch our legs and explore a new anchorage…

And one foggy, rainy day is the perfect excuse for homemade pizza and Newport Dickinson coziness 🙂

Then the blue skies returned! We’d never been through Fox Island Thoroughfare before, and Inner-Inner-Seal Cove on Vinalhaven did not disappoint!

These funny “beaches” were actually shoals made entirely of mussel shells. Weird, right??

Wheat Island, off Isle au Haut, is still my absolute favorite spot in all of Penobscot Bay…

Although my self-timer selfie game is still weak! 😛

A stop at Brimstone Island had been on our list for the last few years, so it was an early AM departure…

But our early start paid off. This open roadstead anchorage is not for the faint of heart, but DEFINITELY for the rock collecting crowd! Brimstone has a STEEP beach made up entirely of smooth, polished brimstones….

Brimstone Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine - Dinghy Landing

Our pockets were full 🙂 (who says rocks aren’t good boat collectibles??)

Brimstone Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine

The scramble to the top of Brimstone rewarded us with an amazing view of the bay…

Brimstone Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine

Next time we may try venturing into the Southern anchorage (below), as it looked quite nice from above!

Brimstone Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine

Brimstone Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine - Anchored

Brimstone Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine

A long day later, we picked up one of the (free!) moorings at Five Islands Yacht Club.

And then before we knew it, our mini summer cruise was over, and we were back in Portland.

Time for shoulder-season-sailing preparations and a new crowd of winter neighbors!

– LMK

Summer in Maine

Oh sweet summer in Maine… you’re so worth it.

Worth the long winters, the gorgeous falls and the crappy springs. Worth the madness that descends for 3 months while the entire state tries to jam-pack an entire year’s worth of outdoor adventures into one season.

I can’t say that we’ve had a single summer go quite as planned yet — especially when it comes to our always-ambitious sailing plans 🙂 — but life’s what happens while you’re making other plans, anyways, right?

And at least this summer has included a whole lot of low key boat life, hanging out on a mooring in Bailey Island, or day sailing around the many little islands in the area…

As well as a whole bunch of berry picking (raspberry farmers take note: we may owe you a little more money than we fessed up to on the scales 🙂 )

Visits from sailing friends are always a highlight…

As are sunsets…

And spectacular sunrises…

Weeknight sails around the islands…

And homemade biscuits underway from my love…

Favorite little anchorages…

Yep, it hasn’t been quite the summer we expected…

But it’s been a great one, nonetheless!

– LMK

Painting the Boat – an Aristo Blue Alexseal Update (in Harpswell, Maine)

In case anyone forgot, we’ve been painting the boat…

Before pictures - topside painting

…trying to get rid of the ugly chipped topsides and rediscover our pretty little boat!

Before pictures - topside painting

And now I *finally* get to post some beloved after pictures!

With Brio - Topside Painting - After Picture - Alexseal

Despite the bugs and the hours (and hours, and hours) of sanding, we’re *really* happy with how the Alexseal turned out — we used their complete system, including primer and topcoat.

alexseal-sailboat-painting-topsides-aristo-blue

Jon painted the whole boat with a 6″ foam roller, and the Alexseal leveled beautifully.

alexseal-sailboat-painting-topsides-aristo-blue-hull

Now it’s time to enjoy summer sailing in Maine!

– LMK 🙂

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