Sailing the Seas of Eastport

For the past few months (since before we got back in February) we’ve been piling projects up on our “when we get to Eastport and haul the boat” list. We had put together everything we’d need, but ended up storing it all for later…bottom paint, rollers…all of it! You see, it was too cold in Warwick, Rhode Island, at the beginning of April to apply the chemistry we need on the bottom of the boat. It has to be at the very least 50 degrees F and it never got above 40 the entire time we were there. As a matter of fact, it didn’t get consistently above 50 for us until we got to the Chesapeake Bay! It was a long cold spring for us. That was after spending the winter in Kerala’s steaming jungle so we weren’t quite up for the work of a haulout until it got warmer…much warmer. We even took a side trip to one of our vacation homes…the bight past the shoal in Mill Creek. It was our favorite easy destination when we both worked full time in Annapolis. Close by boat, far by land, and we never, ever saw any of the slipholders while we were dockmasters. So by the time we sailed into Back Creek in Eastport (of Annapolis, Maryland), S/V S.N Cetacea was showing the signs of a well used traveling vessel. That brown beard around the waterline of the boat is caused by tannic acid in the brackish waters of the eastern seaboard of North America. If you travel by boat within the protected waters of the US East Coast and you have a vessel made of gel-coated fiberglass, your vessel will get stained brown as shown in the photo above. Because the acid doesn’t cause any long term damage[…]

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