Cape Cod Bay

Trip Start Jun 22, 2007
Trip End Sep 25, 2007

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

We spent two nights in Marion Mass.  It was a nice, quiet and quaint New England town....very quiet.  We wanted to make one more stop before our arrival in Boston Mass so we ask.  The recommendation was a town called Scituate (sit-u-at).  So off we go.

We are up early ready to go, but the weather was stormy.  It had been very humid and something had to give.  Not only were there serious thunder going on, but visibility could not have been more than a mile.  Normally we don't worry too much about such storms in coastal waters, but visibility was low too and we were under no time pressure so we had another cup of coffee and in an hour things looked better.

Our route for the day, took us through the Cape Cod Canal.  The cruising guide warned of potentially strong currents and large ships.  Having read a lot of these warnings before, I'm beginning to sense that they all read like you are going to Baghdad and may be skewed toward the alarmist.  Today was no exception.  We estimated the tidal flow pretty well and although First Forty hit nearly 11kts, we had no suggestion of lost control etc.  It was straight forward and we saw no shipping.  Before long we were in Cape Cod Bay.   Wow.

We enter Cape Cod Bay with glassy could have water skied.   We stayed only two miles off and could see homes up on the ciffs with rocks below.  We watch the plotter carefully as rocks are marked on the chart but not on the water.  No time for stupid mistakes. 

This was whale season, but no spouts in sight.  So we continue our trip up and arrive at the Scituate inlet around 2:30 when I hear the radio: "First Forty....this is US Coast Guard, we are going to board you".   FF has been boarded two other times and I could not help but wonder why our boat had to undergo yet another open water safety check.  Soon, a small CG boat was along side and three sailors were on board.  They check our ships papers, safety gear, ID and otherwise look around...."nice boat"...."what kind is it?"...."we don't see these very often".   As usual, the CG check is routine and the young sailors are efficient and very courteous.   No big deal.  Oh, yes they all make a joke about us being from Scottsdale....and I always make the same joke about "the worst part is getting it over the mountains".   So I conclude that our affinity for CG boarding is both the unusual looks of our boat and the fact that our hailing port is Scottsdale, Arizona.  

We get into the harbor and see a town sitting on top of a bluff.   We take a ride in on the harbor's launch...walk around and get a few things.   This is a very nice town, a number of good looking restaurants and again some very nice folks.  We end up having Italian food before getting back onto the 'forty'.  One thing of note is that the tidal range here is 11 feet so when the tide is out it is way out.  We are happy to be on a mooring ball and have a secure tie for the night.  Tomorrow is Boston harbor. 
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cwstev on

Cruising doesn't get any better....
Hi Friends,

It sounds like you are having a great cruise through some of our favorite waters. The best is yet on your bow!

I hope that you have a copy of 'A Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast' by Hank and Jan Taft. It was our bible during the month that we explored the islands of the Maine coast. Matinicus was a favorite!

The granite bottom of some of the harbors make anchoring impossible but the lobstermen usually have a mooring fastened to a logging chain that they will let you use.

We will arrive in Bar Harbor on the 21st and head up to Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Will return to Bar Harbor on the 27th. Hope that you will still be around. We head south on the 31st.

Keep us posted on your progress. We enjoy each episode!

Warmest regards,

Chuck & Nancy

gknopp on

Re: Cruising doesn't get any better....
Our plans are still fluid (pun) and we may be able to cross paths. I would love to take the boat over to Nova Scotia someyear, but we may settle for a ferry ride. Thanks for the note.

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