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Well - we are back in Fredericton, NB after 1002.9 nautical miles and 167 hours and 15 minutes of motoring. We put Mystery in the water on May 14th and were in Fredericton on June 16th.

We "got sunshine on a cloudy day, When it's cold outside I've got the month of May" and there were days that it was very cold outside.

We did the "coast of Jersey" in one run. We went through Hell Gates (NYC) when it was so slack and flat we thought there was something wrong.

We sailed very little, we used 83 gallons of diesel. We stayed on moorings (we found yacht clubs were mostly better and cheaper than boat yards and marinas - for us, they were friendlier as well.) The town dock in Rockland ME was super! Gave us "pre-season" rates on the dock with water and power - we stayed two nights there, cheaper than a mooring.

With the dodger and bimini I was able to stay dry when it poured (and pour it did, going from Castine ME to North East Harbour ME)

With the AIS I was able to see that in 24 minutes I would be passing the Grand Manan V ferry at 0.013 nautical miles. And that was about 15 minutes before we were even able to see her. It was nice to be able to hail her by name and give her our intentions to pass astern her.

The only two things we might do differently were to do it later in the season when it was not so blinkin cold and / or install a Dickinson propane furnace. At times in the evening we had all oil lamps lit for heat as well as baking corn bread in the oven (for the corn bread, but also for the heat given off).

You guys on Sailnet were extremely helpful as was the information I got from ActiveCaptain.com.

Good on ya all!

Cheers

Rik and Linda
Mystery
Irwin Citation 34
trip blog at: Mystery - the Trip Home
 

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Great report and thanks for sharing. I think I will look a little harder now at AIS.
 

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I am convinced that AIS plus RADAR make a great combo. The simple fact that you can call the "target" by name to tell them where you are in relation to them and your intentions vis a vis their course is a huge advance in yacht safety.
 

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Yes - and if you use something that is AIS compliant (laptop with Nav software, a Garmin chart plotter etc) at less than $200.00, an AIS receiver is a no brainer!

Rik
 
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