Pulpit to Southwest Harbor

50 miles to go to our summer “home” in Southwest Harbor. We’ve made arrangements to stay at Dysart’s Marina for the season giving us a port to use as a base of exploration as we venture further afield exploring Maine. We are anxious to get there and give Tivoli a much-needed bath and wax job. Plus there is always some maintenance to do. And Acadia National Park to explore.

We depart at 7 AM on a glassy smooth harbor. Weather is spectacular, temp is 55F, wind and seas remain calm.

We’ve been lucky to choose good weather windows that have allowed us to travel from Florida to Maine largely offshore. By arriving in late June we should have a good 2 months or more of decent weather to enjoy our surroundings before the cold northerlys begin their relentless cycle of nasty, foggy, cold weather in the Fall. At that time we will beat it south and enjoy Chesapeake Bay and points south September-November when the leaves turn and the temps cool down.

The run to SWH is spectacular. We weave among dozens of islands and thousands of lobster pots. I’m getting pretty good at the lobster pot slalom though I admit 2 or 3 bounced off the side of Tivoli as we passed. The islands in Penobscot Bay are absolutely beautiful.

We finally spot a few harbor seals lounging on a rock near Stonington, ME.

Too soon and we were “home”. We entered Southwest Harbor, called Dysart’s on the radio to get our slip assignment and soon were safely tied up. This will be our home for the summer.

Dysart’s is an interesting marina. Because it is only a half mile from the Hinckley factory it is loaded with these high-end work-of-art boats. Sailboats of all sizes and downeast boats of various sizes line the docks. All are beautifully maintained with high-gloss teak, shiny Awlgrip hulls, and the best hardware money can buy. Nice neighbors!

The tidal range here is about 10 feet, fortunately the docks float!

We have traveled 1,408 nautical miles from North Palm Beach, FL over the past 21 days; a great run and half of it with great friends.

We made it!

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