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Re: Chesapeake to Maine and back for summer 2017?

You will be traveling from "marina country" to "anchor or mooring buoy country" and back, so your "where can I leave her for a while Up East" question will depend more on finding a nice mooring buoy, with pennant, to borrow or rent. You don't really want to leave her on just an anchor if you're leaving for a few days to be an inland tourist or wherever.

Ask around to find one. Radioing a harbormaster might work. Do you have a home yacht club? The "old school" way is to get visiting privileges at another club who might help you with a guest mooring, or a member's mooring who is off somewhere else.
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ActiveCaptain.com is another source for trip information

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Great - I was hoping there were some blogs available! Thanks for letting me know.
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You did pick up on one of my concerns - cold water! So late June makes sense. That also gives me a few weeks down in the Bay to prep and do a bit of local cruising.

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We too have full cockpit enclosure - which sounds like it will be very useful!

Ah - life raft. Right. Good idea.

We are comfortable with overnight legs.

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Old charts are also good for basic planning - tape to the study wall and start marking up options.
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You did pick up on one of my concerns - cold water! So late June makes sense. That also gives me a few weeks down in the Bay to prep and do a bit of local cruising.

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One of the primary reasons we'd head for Cape Cod in August, was to swim. I've never been much for swimming off the boat since moving to Maine nearly 20 years.

Things have changed a bit. For the last several years, the water in Penobscot Bay has been warmer(I know if anything, my tolerance for cold water swimming, has decreased.

In my area (Western Penobscot Bay), mid summer has water temps in the 60's. I keep a thermometer onboard. I'll consider going in when it reaches the high 60's.

Fact is, we've been finding low 70's occasionally in coves and anchorages not far from open water(up estuaries, even warmer).

The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest warming sea bodies on Earth.

When the air get's into the 80's (and it does get into the 80's on the water in August-90's not unheard of), we've been swimming off the boat. I can hardly believe this myself.

But we still have the cool nights on the water.
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Re: Chesapeake to Maine and back for summer 2017?

We did it a few years ago and I think we left Chessie Bay in May and worked our way up and back. A few questions:
1. do you have an ssb? there will be a lot of folks headed that way and there is a ssb net each day for the east coast and a lot of folks headed north. and of course you get Chris Parker weather.
2. we did all our planning with and still do all our planning with OpenCPN putting in potential stops and then review it as we headed north.
3. As above Tafts cruising guide of Maine is great but get cruising guides of the route from the bay up and it has a lot of insights such as the tide factors at NYC, the Race, when to run the canal, ect
4. stop along the way and enjoy but what we have learned is we do a bit of sight seeing on the way north but only a little and then do a lot while in the northern area we reach and then as we head south we do a lot of sight seeing as we colder weather chases us south.
5. Hope you have radar as the fog can set in and quite heavy in Maine. It was nothing to leave on a clear morning and get hit with heavy fog. It was so heavy that a buddy boat left and headed south as they did not have radar but then again boats we knew who came up a week after we did had no fog at all. luck of the draw
6. just get use to trying to avoid lobster pots and it is nothing like the crab pots - it is carb pots on steroids and energy drinks

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