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06-13-2013 07:46 PM
tsell
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

The first part was fun. The wind direction was much more challenging after we passed Thatcher's, and it took another 2.5 hours to get to Rockport. It was plenty for us for a day, and you can't beat the hospitality of the folks at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club. An added bonus was one of the nicest sunrises we have seen.
06-13-2013 04:56 PM
DrB
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

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We left Marblehead last Tuesday with a nice WNW breeze, made it to Gloucester in 1.5 hours
That's moving right along. It's just over 8 nm to the lighthouse on Eastern Point. Subtract off 5-10 minutes of getting out of MH harbor, and you were probably doing 6+ kts for a bulk of the trip to Gloucester/Thatchers. Nice.

I like doing that trip with SSE to West winds. Basically some type of reach or run for the entire trip. (MH to Portsmouth, NH area)
06-12-2013 08:31 AM
tsell
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

The trip is over, and it was fantastic! We left Marblehead last Tuesday with a nice WNW breeze, made it to Gloucester in 1.5 hours, then when we passed Thatcher's island we turned straight into the wind, and progress really slowed. We spent the afternoon walking and being tourists in Rockport, then left early the next morning to finish the trip. We still had a North wind, so we ended up motor sailing in order to get there in time to meet some friends for a surf session at Jenness beach. It was an awesome start to the sailing season.
04-22-2013 09:20 PM
tsell
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

Since we are not in a hurry, we may take 2 days, and just enjoy the cruise. But i
Most likely we will push through and do it in one day. I think it is always best to have options.
04-22-2013 11:11 AM
DrB
You can do the trip in a day

Unless you want to take two days to do the trip, why not just do it in a day?

Averaging 6 kts, either motor, motor-sail,or sail, it's a bout 40 nm.

I did my trip from deep in Newburyport, MA (on the other side of the Route 1/1A drawbridge) to Marblehead in 7h and that included a side trip to Rockport to drop off my seasick wife. Took us 40 minutes to get down the Merrimack River, about 3 h from the mouth of Merrimac River to get to Rockport, 40 minutes or so for the side trip, then 3h to the mooring in Marblehead. We motor sailed most of the time because it was 40 deg F, and pouring rain, and the wind was in the "wrong" direction or too light.

We left the dock at 9:05 AM and were on our mooring by 3:50 PM.

DrB
04-22-2013 06:43 AM
tsell
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

Thanks for all the input. We will splash the boat on the 8th, and take a shakedown cruise that afternoon. If all goe well we will make the trip on the 9th. Hopefully the weather cooperates and we get a weekend to enjoy the boat. I plan on stocking up on rum this week, just in case we overnight in Rockport.
04-21-2013 11:17 AM
Alden68
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

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Originally Posted by klem View Post
Alden, I reread my post and I don't think that I was clear on going inside Thatchers. I go inside fairly regularly myself. The reason that I said to think twice is it can get really bumpy in there if there is a swell running. I have also seen more than one boat not follow the channel that well and run aground there. I actually jumped in my dinghy and went over and helped someone patch a hole there a few years ago because they strayed out of the channel. I guess that I should rephrase it and say that you should look at the chart before going inside and don't do it on a rougher day especially if the tide is lower.

Sorry for the confusion.
Agreed on the chart review. There is some great coastal navigation in that area. I find the trip south to the Cape Cod canal really boring; but going north either thru or around Cape Anne to be rewarding - albeit exciting if you don't pay attention!
04-21-2013 10:00 AM
DrB
Rockport - May not be "Open"

One word of caution if you're looking to Rockport as an overnight. I did a delivery on my boat in May 4th a few years back from Newburyport to Marblehead. My wife was seasick, so we dropped her off in Rockport for her sis to pick her. There were no docks or support folks until May 15th. We had to swing in and drop her of onto a wooden ladder from the street.

You maybe able to find an empty mooring inside the breakwater or anchor outside the harbor, but be prepared to have your own means of going ashore. You may want to call the harbormaster a day or too before your trip and get the status.

DrB
04-20-2013 10:12 PM
NaviGsr
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

Remember that Rockport is a dry town. If you stop in, be sure to bring your own rum!
04-20-2013 08:50 PM
klem
Re: Marblehead to Hampton, NH

Alden, I reread my post and I don't think that I was clear on going inside Thatchers. I go inside fairly regularly myself. The reason that I said to think twice is it can get really bumpy in there if there is a swell running. I have also seen more than one boat not follow the channel that well and run aground there. I actually jumped in my dinghy and went over and helped someone patch a hole there a few years ago because they strayed out of the channel. I guess that I should rephrase it and say that you should look at the chart before going inside and don't do it on a rougher day especially if the tide is lower.

Sorry for the confusion.
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