The Mythical Maine Swimming Hole (in “The Basin”)

I think I’ve been swimming in Maine a grand total of 3 times to date, and one of those times was a 10-second dip to confirm that our brand new prop was, indeed, too big for our boat, and was, indeed, trying to tear a chunk of our hull.

So when Jon mentioned that people really liked “The Basin” because of its warm swimming waters, I was… highly skeptical, to put it nicely 🙂

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But we wanted to go somewhere new for our spectacular Canada Day / 4th of July extra-long-long-weekend, so The Basin it was.

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A gorgeous downwind sail reminded us of how fun sailing can be…

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And an absolute idyllic, land-locked anchorage reminded us of how much we like being out on the hook…

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Drinking coffee at anchor might be my most favourite activity in the ENTIRE world…

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Oh and this was the debut of our new flexible solar panel (below) — so now we can actually see over our dodger when we’re docking, anchoring, or just generally driving around.

Personally I felt like being able to see exactly what’s in front of you might take some of the surprise and fun out of maneuvering a small, hard-to-maneuver sailboat, but Jon convinced me to give it a go…

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And she does look kind of nice with the cleaner lines…

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AND, surprise of all surprises — we got in the water and SWAM.

And not just a 10-second dip either! No, no, no, instead we discovered an additional fun aspect of the newly-made outboard throne — it floats! Since it’s stuffed with 4 adult lifejackets, it even floats quite nicely!

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It was heaven.

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And with a boisterous bash back to Portland, the whole long-long-weekend was complete!

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I think we’ll be back to The Basin soon!



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