Pink Duck Blue Moon

As it turns out, Washburn’s boat yard will not be able to fit our engine service needs into their schedule, so after a lovely week in Solomons Island we will be heading north Monday morning. This has been a nice stop. Very nice marina, short walk into town, several decent restaurants to choose from, shuttle to the grocery store, etc. We launched our tender and explored the area by water; by far the best way to see Solomons; it’s numerous bays and inlets, many marinas, boat yards, restaurants and bars, and thousands of boats. Great sunsets, a blue moon, a beautiful place.

(For you photography buffs both of these photos were taken hand-held using a Canon SX50HS “point and shoot” camera at or near its maximum focal length of 800 mm. The stabilization works pretty well and its 50X focal length range is terrific. Although the camera’s 12 megapixel resolution is far less than my Canon 5DMkII at 20 megapixels, I find I am increasingly leaving the heavy DSLR and heavy L-series lenses in the closet. The SX50 has plenty of limitations, especially its slow image recording times, but is a great little camera and allows me to capture images I would otherwise miss. You will also see iPhone photos from time-to-time. If I’m particularly ambitious I will use a tripod or monopod. While gainfully employed I invested in a carbon-fiber MeFoto tripod and it is wonderful; very light, strong and versatile. I typically post-process using Aperture or Apple’s Photos applications. I generally correct any obvious flaws such as tilted horizons (not uncommon on a moving boat), and I often crop images for style and will tweak the contrast to match what I see. On rare occasions I may use Photoshop to remove a reflection or flaw.)

We met the owners of Liberty Call and got a tour of their lovely Nordhavn 50. Only 26 of this model were built and each one reflects the original owners desires; they are all quite different. It is always fun to visit other 50s and compare notes, share sea stories, and come to know more of the Nordhavn family. I doubt you could find a more welcoming and supportive group. We’ve benefitted greatly from their collective wisdom and, as we learn ourselves, are happy to share.

Our next port of call is Annapolis where we expect to stay a month. There is much to do there and the time will allow us to catch up with snail mail, ordering a few items, whittling away at the usual boat “to do” list and visiting with friends.

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