Monday, October 1, 2012

How to use a Haulout, Maine-style I have figured out a better way to moor Juliet while we visit her in Maine. At low tide I observed the haulouts that locals use to keep their small boats off the beach along Eggemoggin Reach. A haulout is just an anchor below the lowtide line, with a line continuously looped through it to the shore. PVC pipe is used, tied to the anchor, so the line slides freely as you pull it to shore. A neighbor offered that Jennifer and I could use his haulout for the week we were there, so it made things easier given the enormous tides in Maine. When we wanted to sail, we unlashed the line from two metal posts above the high tide line, and pulled Juliet to us and the sandy beach, unlashed her from the haulout loop, and sailed away to Torrey Island. Upon return, we unrigged our Wayfarer dinghy on the beach, then tied the bowline onto to haulout, and then we could pull on one side of the loop, and Juliet would obediently drift out to the offshore anchor, and wait through the high and low tides. Anytime we want to sail, she is at reach.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Several Power Boats in Trouble at McCotter's Marina

Some Boats Swamped By Hurricane Irene

My heart goes out to the folks who have lost their homes in Irene in NC, and I wish speedy recovery for the towns that suffered most in the storm. After retrieving Paul and Piper's boat Delphine from Broad Creek, I took a little Dinghy around to get a closer look at some of the powerboats damaged during the destruction of the boathouse at McCotter's.

Here, Equinox, a blue hulled beauty lies partially submerged at her slip. She may have been held down by docklines or debris, or possibly holed by a piling as she settled down, as happened to Mariana.

This unknown powerboat (name "I Got Mine"?)was floated onto the dock and is awkwardly perched above the water. I would like to know the names of any vessels that any readers recognise from the photos, I hope the owner is safe and sound.

Here A 29 foot powerboat, "Beautiful Day" appears to be whole with a shredded canopy, a minor miracle from the look of the boats around her. Smart or lucky captain, can't tell which, yet.

"Animal Lover" out of Peekskill, NY is sunk at the dock, perpendicular to the normal berth, doubtless floated over the dock and came down sideways, swamping in the process. She will need to be hauled and refitted, but that can't happen at McCotter's just yet, they must repair their boat lift dock.

Once you have the urge to go out, know that navigational markers may be damaged, moved or gone. This is Red "6" just in Broad Creek, giving an idea of the storm surge (although it was higher). At the end of the spoils section out in Pamlico River to the East, Marker Red "10" is missing completely.

Please let me know if your boat is featured, or if you have questions. Almost all of the boats on stands at McCotter's Marina are safe, I only saw one in the back yard that had moved. Different story at Captain Sam's Boat Yard next door, they have much lower elevation it turns out. Numerous, perhaps fifteen boats were on the ground there, including a giant cruiser in the road. I am in Carrboro, NC and took all photos on Monday August 29th.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Athena up in the Air

Orion Appears to be in Good Shape

Met the owner of Athena, briefly. Like Marshall, he spent the night on his boat at the dock, but things got complicated. He' is going to need a crane to get this baby off of the dock.

Katherine the Grate is in a tight squeeze as seen here, but perhaps is not as bad as she seems. Paul and I both commented on how tough fiberglass boats can be, until they aren't.

Here's a general view from the north of the chaos Irene left behind.

In regards to Paul, an owner, who requested information, I have added a photo of several well-tied boat, among them Orion on the South Dock, which appears, from sixty feet, to be in good shape. I know some boats were retied due to the massive storm surge, and many docklines parted in the storm, so there may have been rubbing or other damage, all I can see is what's in the photo here. Hopefully she fared well.

I have some more photos coming, I am hearing from many owners about boats they own and hoping for good news. I have photos of Delphine, Orphan Annie, Antidote, Beautiful Day, Orion, Animal Lover, Island Time, Equinox, Princess, and some others, including a Catalina 36 from WYC which dragged mooring through the far end of the fuel dock. Here's hoping your boat is OK, can be fixed, was insured, or needed hauling out anyway. Peace, Chris.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Awesome Dude at Marina Saves his Home

Link to a terrific interview, where Marshall Harris of Key West describes his attitude about protecting his property. "Not the smartest thing to do". I don't know, Marshall. Seems pretty smart to me. Also, can we borrow your metal detector? Paul and I found no CQR anchor when we went out into Broad Creek to retrieve Delphine. Seems a sailboat got tangled in one of three anchors that Paul and Piper had positioned and chafed through the line. I know you hate CQR's, Marshall, but that metal detector you mentioned when we met you might do it. How else can we find the anchor, chain and line?

Click link below to meet Marshall.

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Sea Licious Survives, Mariana Probably A Loss

>Many Boats Damaged as Hurricane Irene Roars Through Broad Creek

Two boats at McCotter's have captured my special interest, and I first want to let reader Julian, owner of SeaLicious, a Pearson 303, get a gander at his rig, which appears below.

Looks great Julian. You are a lucky sailor, since right next to your boat were so many wrecks I couldn't count them. Most of the boats that were in the remaining boathouse were lost or damaged, as you can see below. Pictured below is (I think) Happy Sails, a Columbia 24, and Caroline. Both were damaged, but not sunk. Also, behind Happy Sails is a San Juan 28 which lies buried under tin roofing from the former boathouse. Even further back is Athena, which stands completely upon the dock!

Mariana is a Sam Crocker "Amantha" Class Cutter belonging to Don Justin, who made the difficult journey to see his sailboat. I met him on shore, and ferried him out to his boat, which was inaccessible from shore. She had risen on the amazing 8-10 foot storm surge, and settled down, fatally, on a piling. Only this prevents her from sinking now. She once belonged to G. Gordon Liddy. Don peers into the cabin to retrieve a souvenir, an irreplaceable knife from his Navy service.

Hurricane Irene has probably put an end to this beautiful and historic boat. The loss of a boat is a sad thing, but not knowing could be worse. I hope I have helped to put a few minds to rest.

I have many photos of other boats, most have survived, some have not. I will be happy to provide photos to anyone requesting information. Washington, NC has restored electrical service to many areas, fuel seems to be available, and McCotter's is open. The lift dock is damaged and must be repaired before any boats can be launched, or pulled out to be inspected for damage. The small boat ramp is also blocked by debris. Let me know if I can be of assistance as recovery from Hurricane Irene continues.