Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, Day 2

Still Clear, Sunny, Calm. No cell phone coverage, no local WiFi to pirate, no "internet".

Radio propagation has been poor. Not sure if it is our particular location, or conditions in general. Listening to comments from stations yesterday morning on the "Great Northern Boaters Net" (Google it) suggest conditions were pretty bad everywhere.

We did not do the Turn Point Lighthouse hike yesterday (gonna try today). Instead we took the dogs and hiked around the state park here on Stuart Is. There are two "loop" trails, all marked as "difficult" on the state park sign. In reality one was fairly easy and the other not so. Lots of "ups" and "downs" and a bit of rock scrambling.

The harbor is pretty packed with boats for this holiday weekend. For moorage, there is the state park shore dock (with a ramp to shore), two free floating docks in the center of the harbor, a linear mooring thingy, and numerous mooring buoys. The free floating docks have lots of boats tied, rafted up the three boats deep. Any vacant mooring buoys do not stay vacant very long. Mooring buoys are $12 a night. We checked the ships log and found that, ten years ago, we also payed $12 a night here for a buoy.

All is well on the boat. Our youngest dog got into some Tums (antacid tablets), but he seems ok. Though not very cold outside (60-70F), we have been running the diesel cabin heater just to keep things cozy. The quart container of stove alcohol (used to ignite the heater) leaked while stored in the settee locker. That prompted a cleanout of three lockers. No big deal.

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Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, Day 1

TIME: 2012/09/01 14:27
LATITUDE: 48-40.42N
LONGITUDE: 123-12.04W

Clear, Sunny, Calm. No cell phone coverage and no local WiFi to pirate, no "internet".

Did a long motorsail from home. Crossing the Rosario straight we had the sails up, close hauled, auotpilot on, guided by GPS following a track pre-plotted on the navigation software. Meaning, we were going the direction we wanted, with the wind from the right direction, and the computer following the track plotted while at the dock. That almost never happens! The only thing missing was current at our back (we were bucking a knot or two).

Stuart Island was the first stop on our honeymoon years back. Years ago, Reid Harbor was the place where Jake, our then new Schipperke pup, promptly fell off the boat just after we anchored. He had just been "fixed" and still had his stiches. The seawater clearly had caused some irritation as he was not a happy pup that weekend.

Lots of boats here this Labor Day Weekend. All mooring buoys are occupied. Many boats (including us) are anchored. We might hike to Turn Point Lighthouse today.

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