2019-08-16 Block Island, Shennecossett, Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay

As the title suggests, Magnolia has definitely been on the move but at a leisurely pace! After a lovely visit to Newport, meeting up with MV Privateer and delebrating Al & MIcheles Anniversary our hearts were certainly full. We still though were blessed to have dear friends in the area…and we were off to Block Island.

A short hop down to Block and we rafted up with MV Amici. We visited just the one evening but glad to know they will be bringing Amici south this winter so we are sure we will connect!

It was a brief visit which as I write is our “modus-operandi” this entire trip! Next stop was down to Shennecossett Yacht Club where we met up with Al & Michele along with Dean and MaryJo.

We have met Dean and MaryJo several times over the years. They are members at Schenny as well so the details are all a little fuzzy! Friendly, kind and always fun. We had some leftover Anniversary Celebrating to do so we just continued on!

It was a lovely evening as always. Hanging on the Watson Mooring Ball is a prime relaxation location!

After a night of celebrating and a reprovision run Magnolia was off to Port Jefferson. We had fair current the whole way down Long Island Sound.

In addition to the fair current we had some expected thunderstorms coming in at sunset.

Unknown to us that fellow Pentagon Sailing Club PSC) Members SV The Norm (Rhonda & Bruce) but not only that, another PSC Member, Ross was skippering a Naval Academy Sailboat which also was making a port visit.

First though we had to get through the approaching thunderstorms.

As it turned out much more a rain event…and there was a LOT of rain!

The next morning we stopped by marina where the Academy Boat Captains were and we managed to get Ross off to lunch

We did not find Port Jefferson an overly friendly place for visiting yachtsman but we muddled through.

It really was a fun afternoon catching up and how we all ended up doing what we are doing. I guess self validation we were not completely nuts! (L-R Ross, Bruce, Annette, Rhona, Anthony)

A beautiful wrap to a fun day!

Next stop was a visit to Oyster Bay New York which I have looking forward to for a long time. It is the home of President Theodore Roosevelt. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagamore_Hill_(house) )

Before….I did not know Billy Joel is a resident as well. Below is HIS cycle shop ( http://www.20thcenturycycles.com/ )

Famous Theodore Roosevelts Rough Rider Equestrian statue, copy from original in Portland, Oregon ( I have no idea why Portland)

To our surprise MV Unforgettable made an overnight visit. A quick visit and dinner plan was assembled…except for the picture!!!!! A great evening and always happy to catch up with Scott & Melissa.

Thanks to some boater advice we were able to beach Blossom and then a mile walk to Sagamore Hill ( https://www.nps.gov/sahi/index.htm ) Gratuitous pictue of Magnolia at anchor

So the dead tree….the tree has not been removed because there is a court fight over who will get the wood!!! 🙁

With an extra day in the schedule the Admiral wanted to look for seaglass at the beach…when the Admirals….well the Captain gets to work. It was a couple mile dink ride out to the beach

with pretty fair success

Next up Port Washington and preparations to go offshore to Maryland

2019-08-15 Dinghy/Tender Hoist System

Long time readers of this blog know I have tried to document things we do or have done on and to Magnolia. Some things I miss documenting but if I get a question or two I try and get things written down.

While we were doing the refit on Magnolia in the summer/fall of 2017 we found the hoist that was installed was not serviceable. Notice the wooden frame on the aluminum mast…not to mention the metal wire rope it had on it. I wish I had a better picture but at least it and all its badness is GONE!

Our friends on MV Lali, a KK-42 of similar vintage had re-done their hoist and I did exactly what they did so I this is most certainly NOT my idea or information!

The ease of launching the dink is one of the things I miss about the sailboat, it was so easy, convenient and safe! The dinghy launching on the trawler is a bit more of a deal. Having the davits up so far above the water really really adds to the danger and the necessity for safe handling equipment…hence how we got here.

The hoist system is made up a hoist motor mounted on the boom which actually raises the dinghy.

A second hoist motor is used to raise and lower the boom. Raising and lowering the boom extends the dink over the side of Magnolia.

The first step was to have a bracket fabricated to mount the hoist motor on the boom . We utilized High Seas Fabrication, 151 NW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994, (772) 692-0000. They fabricated the bracket out of aluminum and I painted it.

There was a metal bracket on the lower part of the mast that I was able to re-use so we only needed to have the boom mount fabricated.

As far as the hoists motors themselves we utilize Warn DC1000 hoist motors. There are two, one for the boom and one for the mast. The part numbers for the hoists, control packs and remote controls are below and should cost about $1800.00

DC1000 Industrial Hoist 82469
Control Pack 278041
Remote 25110

“Jerry” is the contact at Ivy R Redding Co Inc I spoke with.
Address: 168 Redding Rd, Calhoun, LA 71225
Phone: (318) 644-2883 ( http://www.reddingco.com/ )

Note to two control packs mounted just below the book hoist.

To power the hoists I chose to mount a seperate group 31 battery on the fly bridge which is charged with a small 100 watt solar panel and in-expensive solar controller. This is the same model battery as the ones used as start batteries for the main and generator engines. A little built in redundancy.

Remote controls, one each plugs into the hoist control pack

In addition to the equipment you also need some strong line and a heavy hook/weight at will keep a load on the line even when disconnected from the dinghy/tender.

I purchased Dyneema line from Defender. I used 1/4 inch, 90 feet for the boom and 50 for the hoist. Dyneema requires some specialized knots to create a splice so I also had Defender put a eye splice on the end. Rookie mistake I should have had them put a eye splice in each end so in case of chaff I could just swap end for end like you do with a rusty anchor chain!

Believe it or not the hardest thing was to find a hook/weight to connect to the end of the line. I finally came across a solution. Not the cheapest but the combination has worked flawlessly for us.

S0455-0150 Stainless Steel Swivel Eye Hook 6 $49.20 1 $49.20
S0115-FS16 5/8″ Stainless Steel Chain Shackle $33.49 1

This description is simply what we have done on Magnolia. Launching a dinghy from fly-bridge height in unsettled weather can be dangerous and why the quality of the equipment is so critical. I keep an extra set of lines aboard to replace the the moment chaff develops on the Dyneema. Also, go back to the very top picture in this post. That gooseneck fitting must bare a huge load, inspect the pins and fixtures often!

2019-08-09 Newport RI

After a wonderful time in Eastern New England it was time to start making our way west. We planned to visit Newport…..AND THEN…we learned we would be visiting on Newport Jazz Festival Weekend which encouraged us to arrive early to get a safe anchorage spot. We decided to make a long day of it from Hyannis to Newport

We stayed south of Cutty Hunk thinking we would be better able to take advantage of favorable currents.

Newport RI

We encountered a “Pirate Ship” as we passed north of Martha’s Vineyard…thankfully our booty was preserved!!!!

This lovely vessel passed near the end of Cutty Hunk….

A quick “Google” revealed she is available for charter…$238,000 a week…..in LOW SEASON!….just ignore that wealth gap…..

Passing “Sow & Pigs Reef” south of Cutty Hunk…

really…see chart below

After a long passage we arrived a hazy Newport.

Gilded Age mansions everywhere…this is an Inn…room rate $1600 per night

Entering Newport proper is Fort Adams, sight of Newport Jazz Festival. Funny note, within two hours of dropping the anchor the fog was so think we could not see 50ft….i mean THICK!!!!

My cousins Ann Marie & Deb live in Newport as well as fellow Krogen MV Privateer. Do to poor planning my cousins were to be out of town so after a visit with Greg & Lisa aboard Privateer it WAS going to be a quiet weekend in Newport. That was until my friend Al texted asked what the plan was Saturday?…”I have an idea”….Al and Michele were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

Upon their arrival along with Als son Tim & Amanda we headed for Magnolia.

Annette had made a brunch of Quiche, Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit and White Wine Sangria

We later met at thier hotel for a couple of pre-vow photos..

No we did not but the prop was RIGHT in front of the hotel!!!

This chapel is located in the Seamen’s Church Institute ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seamen%27s_Church_Institute_of_Newport

https://seamensnewport.org/ ) Al and Michele discovered the chappel years ago wondering around Newport. It was perfect for two mariners renewing their wedding vows

As we were pursuing the library we found one of our mentors books…”Its Your Boat To” by Suzanne Giesemann ( https://www.suzannegiesemann.com/books/ )

A pre dinner walk around Newport brought us to ” YRS School of Technology & Trades” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IYRS_School_of_Technology_%26_Trades )

Annette nor I had ever been here before. What an interesting place and wonderful place to learn a trade.

The day of our visit they were setting up for an evening social event.

The schooner Coronet ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronet_(yacht) ) is being refurbished.

After a full day it was time for dinner.

So a quiet weekend ends in sharing a beautiful weekend celebrating a wonder anniversary and accomplishment!! Feeling blessed!

2019-08-07 Hyannis MA

Departing Vineyard Haven Magnolia headed for Hyannis MA. Another new stop for us. We departed late from Vineyard Haven and had a fair current the entire short passage.

The Admiral was not a huge fan but I wanted to anchor off the Kennedy in Hyannis Port before moving further into the harbor to Hyannis Yacht Club where we had a mooring ball reserved.

We anchored in at the red spot on the picture. Evidently man people confuse the large house to the right of the dock as the main Kennedy house. In fact it is the house and houses to the left of the picture that are the ones.

Note not the big house on right, but the one on the left.

After moving the boat over to Hyannis, we went for a lovely stroll around town.

One of the two big reason to come to Hyannis was so Annette along with her friend Debra could attend a Sea Glass Festival taking place in Hyannis

Debra had never visited Magnolia so of course was able to give Debra a tour of our home. She seemed to really like her time aboard.

We wrapped the day up with lunch ashore at the Hyannis Yacht Club…the ladies seemed like they had a terrific day and I was happy to meet Debra again!

The next day we walked around Hyannis and marveled at all the Kennedy historic locations. Here is the JFK memorial just up from the yacht club where we were moored.

Looking out to the harbor with Annette in front of the large mooring field.

There was also a Memorial to the Korean War as well.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy_Hyannis_Museum ) I really enjoyed this stop. I thought it was very well done and a lot of interesting information and photos. Highly recommended!

This is the Hyannis Armory where JFK made his acceptance speech on election night November 1960 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_United_States_presidential_election )

Now here is the really bad news…our friends Frank and Elaine came to visit the following day. Frank & Elaine were some of my oldest friends from the condominium we lived at in Arlington VA. They have a summer home on the Cape and came for a visit. Sadly we had such a lovely visit aboard Magnolia and lunch ashore no one remembered to take a picture!

Hyannis was a wonderful stop and so glad we made the effort to come up to the South Shore of Cape Cod!

2019-07-27 — Oak Bluffs & Vineyard Haven MA

I have to say I had never heard of Oak Bluff until the day before we arrived. The original plan was to head for Vineyard Haven but some significant weather forced us to seek better protection than offered by Vineyard Haven

Oak Bluff was the pleasantest of surprises! A thriving waterfront, a historic downtown and lots of Ice Cream Shops…whats not too love? ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Bluffs,_Massachusetts )

…and time to chill and enjoy a morning cup of coffee. Oh yes, there are limited mooring balls and no anchoring so we chose to share a ball than being assigned a stranger later on.

Wesleyan Grove – “Wesleyan Grove is a 34-acre National Historic Landmark District in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Also known as the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association (MVCMA) or the Campgrounds, it was the first summer religious camp established in the United States. It is famous for its many Carpenter Gothic[3][circular reference] cottages with Victorian-style, gingerbread trim.[4]Wesleyan Grove ” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyan_Grove )

Magnolia peeking out between the houses

The original Vineyard Vines….No, Edgartown was the original

Our favorite Ice Cream Shop….2 visits in 3 days…..

The morning of the “BIG” storm we decided to head in for a trim….insert dark humor here

Returning with the booty…a watermelon!

In the end we survived the storm though we did have a few tense moments…when you are on a mooring ball, not many feet from the neighboring boat and you it is blowing 40knts…you damn well better be a little tense or you are in the wrong business.

Morgan 3-Wheeler – I have never seen one of these before. Very cool ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_3-Wheeler )

I guess one mans junk is another ones art????

Patient shoppers…..

Game night….they did not do well with the colors orange and red…..

Heading around the corner for Vineyard Haven

Annette and Michele made it to the farmers market

Annette has been practicing her SeaGlass wrapping.

Annette and Mary (SV Pegasus) took the bus across Martha’s Vineyard to visit Aquinnah, Massachusetts formally known as Gay Head ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquinnah,_Massachusetts )

Gay Head Light ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Head_Light )

I did not know until researching this blog that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a farm in the area. Her Red Gate Farm is available for 65 million if you are interested.

( https://www.christiesrealestate.com/sales/detail/170-l-239-1906111036074454/red-gate-farm-the-jacqueline-kennedy-onassis-marthas-vineyard-estate-aquinnah-ma-02535 )

Long time readers know Greg & Marie Rogers (SV Second Sally) taught us most of what we know and gave us our start in cruising. Its was great we were able to meet up in Vineyard Haven

Having SV Second Sally (Greg & Marie), SV Pegasus (Rod & Mary), MV Kindred Spirit (Al & Michele) & MV Magnolia all together called for a party!

Every good party starts with good food which often and particularly this one starts early in the day. Todays main menu is Anthony’s Famous Barbecue Pizza. The beer based dough spends several hours resting and raising in the darkened but warm engine room. For more details see ( http://a2baker.com/magnoliablog/?p=4143 )

The dough is rolled and placed on the grill for to bake one side

The crust is then flipped and the desired topping applied

10 minutes later…poof pizza for the gang!

Early the next mornings it was time for Kindred Spirit to head for home. It was has been an amazing couple weeks shared with Al & Michele.

Kindred Spirit underway and heading for Groton CT with Second Sally behind..

Next it was time for Second Sally to get underway, they will be along the Maine coast in a couple days.

Annette and Mary went for a morning walk & shopping before Magnolia got underway for the trip across Vineyard Sound to Hyannisport, MA on Cape Cod.

2019-07-25 — Edgartown, MA

Departing Nantucket was a little on the sad side since that was as far east as were going to make it this season…it was also the first step in heading back home though we have LOTS to do before that happens!!!!

We departed Nantucket to a little late in the morning to better take advantage of the tides/currents in Nantucket Sound. The tides through there run over two knots and so you certainly do not want to be pushing AGAINST that and better yet letting it push you along in the RIGHT direction.

Arriving Edgartown Harbor ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgartown_Harbor_Light )

The First order of business was to find where the Vineyard Sound Acapella Group ( https://www.vineyardsound.org/ ) were performing. I was a bit skeptical if I would enjoy going in but the show turned out to be very good.

There were a couple of songs that went way beyond good…they were amazing!

Thanks go to our Vineyard experienced tour guides!

I have not been to many churches in the USA that were established before 1650!!! I find that utterly amazing…..

Next up was a road trip over to Vineyard Haven….

in search of the Original Vineyard Vines Store…..no silly…

We were in search of the Grace Episcopal Church! Huh? You are saying….looking closer you will not the sign for “Lobster Rolls.” ( https://www.yelp.com/biz/grace-episcopal-church-vineyard-haven ) See Grace Episcopal Church! has used the proceeds from their weekly sales to support the charitable work for years and you get the best darn roll on the island….talk about win win! ( https://www.facebook.com/gracechurchlobsterrolls/ )

Ok, not the best picture but boy was it good!

The church is in an amazing neighborhood AND you can pick this “little” place up for a few million…dont expect us to be retiring here!

If you are going to live on the Vineyard, you had better like Cedar Shingles….in Washington DC if you want a job for life you become a Escalator Repairman on the Vineyard, Cedar Shingler!

Long time boat friends Cheryl and Lee came by for a visit. We first met our freshmen year in Wardwick Wells and have crossed paths all over the east coast ever since.

National Ice Cream Day was appropriately celebrated oboard Kindred Spirit….YUM!

Edgartown Harbor has a floating barge/dock anchored out that allows you to take on fresh water. Never sail past easy access to fresh water….even if you have a watermaker!

This picture is actually from Tashmoo but forgot to include….one of my favorites!

Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven next!!!

2019-07-22 — Tashmoo & Nantucket

Departing Cuttyhunk Kindred Spirit & Magnolia headed Lake Tashmoo.

Entering Lake Tashmoo from Vineyard Sound can be a little challenging for deep draft vessels but we did not have any troubles. Some history of Lake Tashmoo ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashmoo_Springs_Pumping_Station )

Kindred Spirit traversing Vineyard Sound.

Magolia being passed by a sailboat…not the first and not the last….the life of a Krogen Owner….

Arriving Tashmoo we met up with our mutual friend Colin. (MV Tortuga)

Al Watson in his natural habitat

Colin aboard Tortuga

Magnolia’s Official Photographer, Mrs Michele Watson and her able assistant Alan Watson captured the below photos. They will become the center piece of our new note cards!

Departing Tashmoo Magnolia and Kindred Spirit made passage for Nantucket.

Spending time with my pal, Nuntuckets version of the “Thinker.” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker )

The crew of Magnolia has never visited Nantucket before so we all took a bus tour of the island to get an overview. I thought Sankaty Head Light and the surrounding area was really beautiful. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankaty_Head_Light )

Enjoying a beautiful sunset aboard Magnolia

We could not visit Nantucket without a beach day. Even anything made a rare beach appearance!

Celebrating Annette’s Birthday started with a her favorite sparkling rose wine. Michele wove the amazingly soft dish towel.

We then visited a lovely restaurant in Nantucket for dinner.

As is always the case we had a terrific celebration.

These are the people most like the image behind!!!

Heading back after a wonderful evening

Cedar Shingles are definitely the siding of choice along with beautiful flowers!

Yes, lets go to the Brewery today cause it might rain TOMORROW!!!!!

Lobster Rolls at Cisco Brewery ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_Brewers )

Of course we did not realize it till the day we were departing we found that fellow Pentagon Sailing Club members Rhonda & Bruce Hoglund of “The Norm”

Next stop we head back to Martha’s Vineyard and Edgar Town Harbor

2019-07-21 — Block & Cuttyhunk

Kindred Spirit departed Groton and Magnolia Lake Montauk. We both arrived Block Island in the afternoon for a brief stay. Weather was closing in and we wanted to get further east before its arrival.

We did make time for a sunset ice cream run!!!

The following day we were off to Cuttyhunk which would give us good weather protection and less crowds than Block

Kindred Spirit is actually a bit faster than Magnolia but I did have to catch her on our poty quarter.

Rounding north shore of Block Island

We did see a couple other Krogens out. One was an unusual version that had a couple of masts for sails!

I guess sails do help!

We have favorable west winds and fair current making the passage a real delight.

Arriving and getting settled we headed to Lookout Park Cuttyhunk to get a view of the island.

Thats Magnolia anchored in the outer harbor right in the middle of the picture.

Descending from “Mount Everest.”

As is often the case, the sea and wind delivered yet another voyager to Cuttyhunk . SV Cutting Class, (Dan & Marcia). They returning west as we headed east which made the visit to Cuttyhunk all the better!

We fired the barbecue on Magnolia and everyone brought what they had aboard.

A wonderful evening of eating drinking catching up…..and CHOCOLATE!!!

As Dan and Marca headed off to Connecticut but crews of Kindred Spirit were in search of breakfast…which brought us to the Cuttyhunk Fishing Club. ( http://cuttyhunkfishingclub-bb.com/ )

I will say the breakfasts were fine, not extraordinary, but the view of Vineyard Sound was amazing

As we travel more and more in New England there is one aspect to the area that really appeal to my OCD. The rocks! All over the islands the rocks have been collected stacked into fences, houses and many other structures.

Lobster trap floats…a wide selection

Hang’n with Jake and Elwood!

Kindred Spirit prepares for her coming boat wash!

Next stop, off to Martha’s Vineyard

2019-07-18 — Fishers Island, NY – Montauk, NY

The summer tour begins…first stop a short hop out to Fishers Island for some post 4th of July fireworks. We had never visited Fishers Island and frankly I really did not grasp how many people actually live on these islands that physically separated from the mainland. Ferry boat in their only mode of transport. I guess you just make a ferry ride part of the plan as you need.

Kindred Spirit at anchor in West Harbor Fishers Island, NY (Yes its New York in spite of the fact it a lot closer to Connecticut)

Kindred Spirit at anchor in West Harbor, Fishers Bay

A great location to catch the afternoon races.

The crews aboard Kindred Spirit

We woke to a little fog…Magnolia engulfed!

Fishers Island

…..and then the fireworks barge arrived….JUST off Magnolia’s Bow…this could be interesting…..



back to interesting…….

In the end we were destroyed in a ball of fire though I would not have wanted to be any closer that is for sure!

Afternoon walk through the lovely park at the edge of town

Kindred Spirit had to make an appointment so while they took care of that, Magnolia headed for Montauk Lake.

The passage down to Lake Montauk, NY was an easy half day passage.

This is the coast of Fishers Island…lovely area for sure

The “Race Lighthouse” This light sits at the edge of Fishers Island in an area known as the race. During tide changes, the water RACES through here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_Rock_Light )

Entering the harbor you are greeted with the beautiful Montauk Coast Guard Station. What a summer posting this would make….perhaps the winter not so much ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coast_Guard_Station_Montauk )

SV Kismet (Jim & Laurie) were to be in Lake Montauk as well. We hera Kismet often on the HAM Radio but we seem to narrowly pass in many anchorages. Exploring Montauk Lighthouse was a real treat. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Point_Light )

Looking south to the quiet today Atlantic Ocean….some days not so quiet!

SV Kismet headed out heading west…something about a grandbaby!!!! 🙂 So exciting

Next post Magnolia meets back u with Kindred Spirit in Block Island, RI

2019-07-12 Sydney Wedding, Detroit & Groton

We arrived in Groton, CT a couple days before we had to depart for Detroit. We had a wonderful evening catching up with a number of people at Shennecossett and greatly appreciate SV Cutting Class for getting the ball rolling. The night before our departure we were gifted with a sensational sunset sendoff.

The primary purpose of our trip was to celebrate the wedding of my youngest niece Sydney and her husband Rodrigo. It was a wonderful afternoon!

My niece Lori cutting a rug with her daughter.

The happy Grandparents my Mom & Dad

My Brother and his daughter Sydney

A rare sighting….I am NOT wearing shorts!

Even though Magnolia was 700 miles away…we were able to keep an eye on her from the UConn webcam!!!!

We had very little time in Detroit but we did sneak in two special events. Friday morning while every one else was working we ran down to the Ford Motor Company Piquette Plant. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Piquette_Avenue_Plant )

Annette quickly found her care…of course it was Red…and it has pockets too…inside joke

I tended towards the blue coupe…

The volunteer docents gave a great tour and VERY enthusiastic !!!

Later in the afternoon we were joined for dinner by my nieces Lori & Janine…of course we gabbed and missed the picture!!!! Speaking of pictures…our friends Al & Michele sent some of Magnolia who hung on their mooring ball while we gone…THANK Al & Michele!

The day after returning to Connecticut our friends on SV Minx arrived fr a brief stay. As always we enjoyed our visit with Jay and Tonya. It was great fun to introduce Al & Michele as well as Anthony’s Famous Grilled Pizza with homemade Engine Room Dough!!!†

Next post the “Summer Tour Of New England” really gets rolling!